Pass It On Project
This spring Travis Rice decided to send one of his new pro-model snowboards out into the world as a sort of social art experiment. Only three rules were laid down to take part. If you come across the board: 1. Do something cool with it, 2. Post a picture and 3. Pass the board on to someone else. In the past few months the board has made it across the world and back. We thought we'd check in on its progress so far.
Starting point: Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Though the board's journeys are being monitored and shared through Rice's art gallery, Asymbol, neither Rice nor anyone at Asymbol has any control over where the board goes, or who will get it next. Of course, it originally made the "pass it on" rounds back in Rice's home of Jackson. Here, in the photo on the right, Lance Pitman takes it for a test spin back at the project's first launch.
Lake Tahoe, Calif.
From Jackson the board made its way into the hands of park builder J.P. Martin, who then passed it on to someone who passed it on to someone who gave it to this gentleman, who took it to the lake and tested it out with a proper method.
If you were a snowboard and had free will and a mind of your own, you'd probably want to go to Japan too. And how would you know if you were on the right path, as a soul-minded snowboard -- if you were really following your heart and doing it "for the love," as they say? Well, if the Japanese Gentemsticks (upper right) let you hang out, it'd be a pretty good indication that you were doing okay.
Gentemstick Sessions, Whitewater, B.C.
Now if the Gentemsticks brought you all the way back to North America, let you ride in one of their much-revered "bowl sessions" and then put you on the feet of Josh Dirksen? Well, then you'd really be able to hold your head high, knowing that you'd followed your soul-shred path right into the heart of the snowboard underground.
We believe the backside rodeo on the right comes from a GoPro still. This is one of Rice's favorite photos from the project so far. Tricks courtesy of Darcy O'Keefe. Composite love courtesy of Rob Antill.
Mervin headquarters, Washington
Mervin Manufacturing co-founder Pete Saari claimed the board in Whitewater and drove it back to Washington to give it some love and a tune. And then some Lib Tech homies decided to go show it off to the Freemont Troll.
From Washington the board made its way to Tailgate Alaska, where it was passed around amongst the snowbags camped out in the parking lot at Thompson's Pass. As the "selfie" on the left, taken by photographer Tim Zimmerman, can attest, the conditions in AK were not all-time this spring.
The board disappeared into the backcountry wilds of Alaska for a time before reappearing in Girdwood, where it was picked up by a traveling cinematographer, thrown in a truck and driven back to Jackson Hole. Where is the board off to next? We don't know, but we're betting someone on the way to the Southern Hemisphere has it packed into a bag right now. Here, Mark Carter takes a quick summer picture for posterity before it departs on its next adventure.