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    RIP Craig Kelly

    Craig Kelly

    Take a moment to rip a few turns....

    K



    Last edited by Kent; January 20th, 2009 at 03:00 PM. Reason: Fixed wiki link

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    the man.

    I did rip some epic turns today. Sugarloaf got 18" on Sunday and no wind. They rolled it out last night and with temps around zero (F) overnight it set up just right. Brought out the Madd 180 for the first time this season and just leaned it over at Mach 1 with no worries. A thin veil of frozen mist hovered over the mountain, and the sun shining through it made it look like glittering pixie dust. It was truly a rare day. Maybe he had something to do with it.

    But jeesh, someone change that unflattering picture.
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    i will toast the man & make some turns in his honor this eve. ripping oldschool:

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    For those of you who would like a cool sticker, check out this:

    http://www.craigkellyismycopilot.com/

    Proceeds go to Canadian avalanche foundation.......... or something like that.
    Doug in MN

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    more appropriate pics

    soft boot carving
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    Eventus stultorum magister.

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    Amazing rider - unforgettable style
    I often have images of Craig Kelly destroying Japanese powder in one of the old Burton movies in my head when Im riding ... a true icon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Michaud View Post
    But jeesh, someone change that unflattering picture.
    Good point. I edited the post, but never have tried a Wikipedia edit.

    Anyone wanna take those chores?

    K

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    Craig Kelly is the Jerry Garcia of snowboarding... our spiritual leader...rip

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kent View Post
    Craig Kelly

    Take a moment to rip a few turns....

    K
    Glad I did make a few turns today. Some really good ones too. Got "Let it Ride" for Christmas and it is just awesome.

    I will be ordering some sticker. Thanks Kent for the the reminder.
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    ....just dont let it intimidate you..... long boards with big scr's smell fear and will hand you your ass if you let them.

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    Fitting..

    I guess it's fitting that the first snowboard I ever owned was/is the Craig Kelly mustard/ketchup design, the one pictured in the bumper sticker mentioned above.

    I still have that board, adorning my living room.

    Time to throw some old fashioned method's in his honor....

    He died doing what he (we) loved, not a bad way to go.
    Every man dies, but not every man truly lives.

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    I had the pleasure of meeting him (and the rest of the B-Side team, in matching purple outfits) at the Off The Wall can-Am at Talisman in '90 or '91... as a kid at the time, it was like meeting Wayne Gretzky at a pee-wee tourney.

    The man inspired a generation. And still does.

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    God rest his soul in deep powder.

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    I remember being 15 years old and trying to pull one of those method airs on a burton backhill and landing on my chest and gasping for breathe.

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    Bump for 2010

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    My favorite rider ever. Was watching footage of him last night, so great all around.

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    Exclamation

    As I said elsewhere....

    "Legends dont die, they are remembered."



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    that's a sweet board

    big mountain worthy, I want 1
    N.I.C.E. at Schwietzer
    metal binders, plastic boots, powder snow, vive la glisse
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    Any cat can make cord. Only God can make powder." John E

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    His riding was an inspiration.
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    i still ride with my knees together because of CK!
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    is that a poster I can get somewhere?

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    It was done by Burton. Best bet is to send them an email and see.

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    odd coincedental thoughts popped into my head....

    I bought a 1966 Thunderbird in 2003. (Born/died years of CK)

    I sold it last year on the last day of Eastcoast season.

    It was painted in the primer color: artic white.

    The guy who bought it, found it from Craigs' List.

    That very same day, I bought my friends K2 big mountain Nemesis board.

    That board is going with me to SES. My first "big trip" to a "big mountain" out west.

    GO BIG OR GO HOME.

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    Wow...I was working for Burton when Craig was "aquirred" from Simms to ride for Burton, with out Simms knowledge. Only met him once when he came to visit the factory/offices in Manchester, Vt. R.I.P.

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    Bump for 2012

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    thanks as always Kent.
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    payin homage to craig kelly

    When I heard he died the first thing I did was retire my 88 craig kelly 162.5 and hanged it in the kitchen next to my 84 performer elite 155 woody. May he feel every powder turn the world makes.
    In Ruts We Trust

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    I met craig in the 90's at a local skate / snow shop, it was really cool. I still have that sheet of paper with his signature on it.

    Went riding on friday with some buddies, I had to lock the long carving board because the mountain got 50 cm of snow in 2 days. So I took out the fat board. I get to ride powder once a year if I'm lucky. Maybe he send that snow

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3dYv...ature=youtu.be
    Ernie

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