Blog - Professional Snowboarder Brock Butterfield

Tyrant Schism - Splitboard - DIY

I took a Tyrant Schism 162 right from the press and turned it into a splitboard with the DIY split kit from Voile. Here's a quick video timelapse of the board being split and then taking it out for a ride.

 

Opening Day - Brighton Ski Resort - November 9th, 2011

Brenden "Pockets" Chadwick and myself worked out the cobwebs at Brighton Ski Resort yesterday on their opening day of the season. Video filmed and edited by RideUtah.com

Alta, Utah - Preseason Snowboarding - Brock Butterfield

Jeremy Tidwell and I got a few fresh pow turns in at Alta, UT on November, 6 2011.

Bonk BLVD Interview - Brock Butterfield

Here's an interview I did with Bonk BLVD. It has some great tips and things I've learned on how to get sponsored in snowboarding.

Building A Hidden Log Rail - Brock Butterfield

It was somewhere between pitcher number two and three at the local VFW post that Nick, Cody and myself decided that the next day would be a perfect day for building a log jam or log rail at one of our local resorts. We started putting a plan together and as men we all began the claim on how many and what tools we were going to bring. As we always joke and repeat the Jerky Boys line, "Should I bring my f*cking tools?"

VFW is one of my favorite low key bars to skip the crowds. Nick sets up for a tricky bank shot.

 

We agreed to meet up at noon to give us some time to sleep off the other brutalities that followed the third pitcher the night before. "G-Lot" as we call it was the place to meet and shortly after 1PM we rolled up the canyon scoping out potential contruction sites. After some debating and talking it through we made our way to a parking lot that would allow us access to the goods. A short 10 minute hike up and we began the search for a good location. I stumbled on a section in a clearing of the trees that already had a five foot tall stump that we could utilize for the post of our log rail. There was plenty of timber around to find a good log to slide but the in-run and run out wasn't the best. The section was ruled out after we considered the fact that a five foot tall stump would be buried during a season in Utah that averages 500 inches.

Colors are changing and it's getting cold in Utah. Perfect time to build a snowboard log rail.

 

There was another area a bit deeper into the woods that we decided to check out and made our way there. After some exploring we found a perfect clearing in the trees with plenty of in-run and a banger, steep transition drop out for the landing. Nick got started on digging the post hole and Cody and I began cleaning up a log for the post and a log for the rail. I cut the post at fourteen feet and began notching out the top in a "V" to give the other log something to rest in when placed on top. Cody finished cleaning one whole side of the log we would be sliding just as Nick finished digging the post hole. We took a break and opened a couple of "premium" Budweiser beers as Nick called them in comparison to the Natural Light we usually consume.

Nick gets ready to start digging our post hole.


Bow saw is the best tool to keeping the noise level down. Last thing you need is Smokey catching you with a chainsaw...

 

The notch at the top of the post is crucial and helps keep the top log sturdy.

 

Cody takes a break and fuels his tank with some "premium".

Next we began the task of carrying the fourteen foot post through the ankle breakers and deadfall down to our post hole. The post slide right into the hole without much trouble and we filled the hole with dirt and rocks for support. Some rope was fastened to the live tree next to it in order to provide some support as we attempted to lift the top log. The top log Cody had chosen is twenty feet long and heavy as hell. Even though the log had been lying in the forrest for who knows how long and was dried out, the log weighed a ton even with the three of us. We now had the daunting task of lifting the end of this twenty log rail up ontop of our now thirteen foot post. This is where we ran into a bit of a problem. Our thought was that we would simply just "walk" the log up and onto the post but we quickly learned that was not going to happen. It was too heavy and we were no where near tall enough to reach the height we needed.

Cody puts a few finishing touches on the post hole.

It was at that point we realized we were out of time and would have to come back and complete it the next day. That night I asked our good buddy Harlee if he would be down to come give us a hand with lifting the log. He was game and even brought his own "f*cking tools" of which included a rusty machete. Harlee and I came up with the idea to stack dead fall against the post until we could stand on it and easily reach the top of the post. After gathering enough dead fall I was able to touch the bottom of the "V" notch and we decided to give it a try. Cody and Harlee lifted the log end up to me and I was able to muscle it up into the notch. I grabbed the remaining rope we had and tied it around the post and log rail to hold it secure while I put a few 16 penny nails in it.

We began to stack dead fall to help with lifting the log up thirteen feet.

 

Securing the notch and top log with a couple 16 penny nails.

Harlee had to jam out early but he left us with his Gatorade and machete to help clean up the log rail which had now turned and placed Cody's smooth side on the bottom. Cody held the log rail steady and I straddled the log with the machete in my mouth while making my way across the log jam cleaning up the branches and knots. At one point I couldn't stop laughing at Cody's jokes and references to me looking like "Aladdin". It was sketchy but I was able to clean up the log rail good enough to ride a snowboard 5050 across it.

Machete in mouth, straddling a log, "Aladdin" style. Check.

 

Side view. A bit of cleanup left for the exit.

Next Cody climbed the big pine next to our log rail to clear out a few branches that were in the way. I handed him the sawzall and in just a few minutes Cody had opened up a nice window off the exit of the log rail. We stood back and admired the massive log rail and the accomplishment. The thing was a beast and is going to be sick in the winter time even with the large base of snow.

Cody takes care of a few branches in our exit.

 

The approach. Send it through the window!

 

Cody takes a spill on the way out and rather then asking if he's ok I tell him "Hold on. Don't move. I want to take a picture for the blog."

 

Hopefully the new log rail will turn out as good as the one I built a few years ago.

 

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