P3: Pipes, Parks, and Powder

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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 10 years has gone from underground to the forefront of the Olympics.

In the late 1980s snowboarders were seen by skiers as skate–punks and 'knuckle–draggers' but in just a few years the sport has rapidly gained popularity in ski areas and resorts. By 1994 snowboarding was an ...

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Overview

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 10 years has gone from underground to the forefront of the Olympics.

In the late 1980s snowboarders were seen by skiers as skate–punks and 'knuckle–draggers' but in just a few years the sport has rapidly gained popularity in ski areas and resorts. By 1994 snowboarding was an exhibition sport at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer; 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 Richards is one of the biggest names in pro snowboarding. Now his image is on PlayStation games, plastic toys and countless magazines. He's won world championships and X Games medals. Known for his wit, work ethic, and front side 900, Todd has helped bring snowboarding out of obscurity and into the limelight. 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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  • ISBN-13: 9780060761790
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Blehm

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 former editor of Transworld SNOWboarding, author of Agents of Change: The Story of DC Shoes and Its Athletes, and coauthor of P3: Pipes, Parks, and Powder. The Last Season was a Book Sense bestseller and a Barnes & Noble Discover selection. He lives in southern California with his wife and son.

Biography

In 1999, Blehm became the first journalist to accompany and keep pace with an elite Army Ranger unit on a training mission. His access into the Special Operations community set an important milestone for American war journalism two years before reporters began to gain widespread "embedded" status with the U.S. military in the War Against Terror.

Blehm has earned a reputation for both his accuracy and leave-no-stone-unturned approach to nonfiction writing. For The Only Thing Worth Dying For, he interviewed the surviving members of ODA 574, Special Operations soldiers and airmen, key commanders, war planners, and Hamid Karzai. He also scoured the military records and personal writings of the Green Berets involved. This unprecedented access continued with Fearless: Adam Brown’s civilian and military life was recounted to Blehm by family, friends, SEAL teammates, and other members of the military. In addition, he drew from official documents, statements, military records and reports, criminal records, family archives, letters, emails, and journal and diary entries. While writing The Last Season, Blehm pieced together the portrait of Randy Morgenson from journals, letters, photos, and interviews with his wife, friends, and colleagues, as well as by retracing Morgenson’s steps in the backcountry of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

This diligent reportage has made Blehm a recognized voice in many communities, including National Park Service search-and-rescue (the Morgenson investigation was one of the most extensive search-and-rescue operations in NPS history) and various branches of the military, particularly the Special Operations community.

Blehm is also the founder of Molly the Owl Books, the independent publishing company behind Molly the Owl—his popular nonfiction children’s book about a barn owl and her family-which won the 2011 Nautilus Award and the 2011 San Diego Book Award. Currently, he is working on his next nonfiction book, which takes place during the Cold War era.

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Some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Blehm:

"I became a writer so I could see the world and experience some of the places and things I'd read about as a kid. My mother died from cancer when I was 17, and toward the end of her life she told me, "If there is something you want to do in life, do it now, because you don't know about tomorrow." She had been a workaholic and was always putting off things like travel for later. Because she didn't get that chance, I have lived my life through her words of wisdom. Don't wait. If you have something you want to do, get on it. One of the best decisions I made was to use my savings to travel around the world for almost a year with my wife before we settled down and started a family. It was a time to slow down after working high-stress jobs right out of college and really relish the experiences.

Although I've been called an adventurer because of the stories I've written in locales ranging from the Himalaya to Iran, I have to say that being a parent is the greatest adventure of all. It's the most amazing, wonderful, exciting, and challenging "journey" that I've ever been on. My hat goes off to parents everywhere who try to make this world a better place by filling it with open-minded, responsible, and kind-hearted kids who will become open-minded, responsible, and kind-hearted adults.

It took me seven years to get through college, working 30 hours a week all the way through. First, however, I moved to Breckenridge, Colorado, to be a snowboard bum. So many people told me, "If you quit school now, you'll never go back." I knew I wanted a higher education, but I didn't know what in, so I followed my heart and eventually ended up graduating with honors from San Diego State University with a degree in journalism and a minor in outdoor recreation.

Snowboarding has been my ticket to seeing the world. Surfing has been my yoga. I think it's important to have something in your life that transcends being just a hobby. Something fulfilling, not because of success or accomplishments but simply through the act of doing it. Fishing, not to catch fish, but to be in the wilds ... that sort of thing.

I once jumped into a freezing-cold lake to try to revive a drowning trout. I would rather surf a lesser, uncrowded wave than deal with the vibe of a crowded peak. My idea of a perfect day is doing anything with my family, unplugged from the rest of the world. I believe in karma and the Golden Rule. I like good tequila better than good wine. I can get dressed for almost any occasion in less than five minutes. I've been saying I'll try yoga for about twenty years now. I'd rather fish a wild stream for small fish than a dammed lake for big fish. I actually really like my in-laws, all of them. Hospitals scare me. Oh, and about that trout-it lived to swim another day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    EXTREMEly funny and historical

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2003

    Fakies, 900's and Wet Cats

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2003

    it is good

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    You dont know what its like to be a pro, till now

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    This book Blew Me Away!

    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.

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