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P3: Pipes, Parks, and Powder

P3: Pipes, Parks, and Powder

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by Todd Richards, Eric Blehm

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One of the most charismatic, popular, and talented snowboarders in the world,...Todd Richards, tells the story of his life as a skateboarder-turned-world-class-snowboarder and of the sport that in less than ten years has gone from underground to the forefront of the Olympics.

Todd Richards is one of the biggest names in pro snowboarding, and he is one of the


One of the most charismatic, popular, and talented snowboarders in the world,...Todd Richards, tells the story of his life as a skateboarder-turned-world-class-snowboarder and of the sport that in less than ten years has gone from underground to the forefront of the Olympics.

Todd Richards is one of the biggest names in pro snowboarding, and he is one of the hardest working pro snowboarders. At age 33 he is still pushing himself and helping to progress the sport. In the late 80s, snowboarders were seen by ski areas as skatepunks and "knuckle-draggers" and were banned from most mountains. But in just a few years, as the sport rapidly gained popularity among Generations X and Y, ski areas and resorts across North America began welcoming snowboarders. In 1994 snowboarding was an exhibition sport at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, since then it has become one of the most popular sports in the Olympics. Todd Richards was there through it all, and as he tells his story, he shares the history of his sport.

Todd was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. He skied every winter, but enjoyed eating French fries in the lodge more than anything else. He was a skateboarder, so when he saw an ad for a snowboard in the back of a skateboarding magazine in 1987, he decided to buy one and give it a try on a snowy hill at the local golf course. He hated it. The equipment was terrible, and he hated being wet and cold from falling. Two years later, he went to the University of New Hampshire, and decided to give snowboarding the college try. The equipment had improved greatly, and soon Todd's snowboarding did too. After 2 years of college, he left the University and wrote his resume. His objective: "To become the most recognized freestyle snowboarder in the world." It worked. Now, his image is on PlayStation games, plastic toys, and countless magazines. He's won world championships and X Games medals. He was among the first snowboarders to make a six-figure income through endorsements and contest earning, and he remains one of the most popular and consistently dominant athletes of his sport.

Known for his wit, work ethic, and frontside 900, Todd has helped bring snowboarding out of obscurity and into the limelight of ESPN's X Games and Olympic primetime. The sport continues to gain momentum through growing media coverage, and no professional embodies the image and attitude of snowboarding better than Todd Richards.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Todd Richards continues to compete in and win the world's most prestigious snowboarding competitions and is currently producing his second trick-tips video. He makes frequent television appearances but is avoiding a commentator job for as long as possible -- at least until he lands a major role in a future Star Wars movie. He lives with his wife and son in Encinitas, California, and Breckenridge, Colorado.

Eric Blehm is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Fearless and The Only Thing Worth Dying For. His first book, The Last Season, was the winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and was named by Outside magazine as one of the "greatest adventure biographies ever written." He has dedicated his life to telling the stories of those who serve.

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P3: Pipes, Parks, and Powder 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Samalama More than 1 year ago
P3: Pipes, Parks, and Powder by Todd Richards is a book about his life as a skateboarder/snowboarder. Richards tells his story on how snowboarding and skateboarding both shaped his life and turned him into the person he is today. It is a great book for young snowboarders and skateboarders to relate to and learn from because Richards discusses the highs and lows of growing up and how he faced them. His writing style was very laid-back and easy to read, not formal. His writing style makes it easier for teenagers and young adults to relate to his story and understand it. People who like a formal style of writing would not enjoy this book because it's more humorous and sarcastic than most. I enjoyed this book specifically because not only does it give a psychological view of snowboarding, but Richards also talks about how he got to those points in his life and how he got through them. The photos that were included in the book were very enjoyable and entertaining. This book would be useful for school curriculum because it's easy for young adults and teenagers to relate to and it's entertaining to read the humor and sarcasm. This book should be made into a movie because it would be enjoyable for everyone not just a specific age group or snowboarders, anyone could feel inspired by his story or just simply enjoy listening. And overall rating for this book would be a five out of five no doubt.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
T.R. writes some funny stories in his monthly column in Snowboarder Magazine, but I never thought he could pull it all together into a book and keep me laughing for 200 plus pages. Props to T.R. (and co- writer Blehm who probably had a lot to do with the skillfully woven narrative) for admitting things like pooing your pants during the finals of a contest, and admitting your awkward years. Finally, P3 really does give a great timeline perspective of snowboarding. You don't even realize how much you've learned about the sport because it's blended into the narrative of Todd's life. Discrete and informative. Nice book. I'm glad I got a hardback first edition. May be a collector some day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.... Every page, every photo and every term I didn't understand! It was a fun read from cover to cover!! These words are coming from a person who, at 51, has never even put on a snowboard, I do ski, have SEEN a halfpipe AND a snowboard park AND I think running with scissors is a pretty brave thing to do! I have always enjoyed reading about people who are willing to go-for-it, risk it all to become wh they want to be, to be so focused on something that time pretty well stands still in their minds. Todd set his goals way high and went from the kid who didn't want his Star Wars Action Figures to get dirty, to a WORLD CHAMPION SNOWBOARDER, all the while dealing with the demons and doubts swirling around in his head. Todd tells his story well, he doesn't sugar coat the life of a pro boarder. There are lots of perks AND many many nights lived out of a duffle bag. It may be a free duffle bag with a logo on it, a free hotel room and some incredibly fresh pow that no one has touched, but it still ain't home with Lindsy and Cam, it is still, in many ways a job. Mind you, it can be a FUN job, it pays well AND, as he discovered first hand last year, a dangerous job! Not only is Todd an incredible athlete, he is first and foremost an incredible person, a great daddy, husband and friend, none of this fame and fortune has gone to his head. He is still falling asleep most nights plotting and planning his next big move. So, whether you are a snowboarder, or a wannabe anything or a parent of a kid who does not seem to have a passion, or a person who likes to read about triumph... Do yourself a favor and read this book. Me? I got to run outside and do a frontside grab.... Does it count with scissors?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I knew a little bit about the snowboard industry and lifestyle, getting the details from one of the worlds best made for captivating reading. I highly recommend this book for anyone who can read- and anyone who could have someone read it to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most accurate account of life as a snowboarder you can come across. with some much attention in the media and marketing focusing on the'X' factor the general public cannot truly embrace what life is like when all you want to do is play in the snow. after being bombarded with images of bad methods, grabless airs, horrible beanies and cheesy punk bnads and women...finally a true portrayl of life as a shred. atta boy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw an advanced copy of P3, by Todd Richards and Eric Blehm and couldn't put it down. It had me laughing out loud as I put myself in Todd's shoes. I am constantly amazed to hear the stories of these extreme sports superstars who are larger than life. Who would have guessed they can rip at telling a story as much as they rip while they're upside down pulling 900s to the tune of million dollar contracts. Good job Todd, and thanks for sharing your inspiring story... My only complaint? I wanted to keep on reading when it ended.