We did it again for 2015–Beauty and Beast, a winter collaboration with GNU, spearheaded by the amazing Barret Christy. Beauty is based on our Glacier National Park anniversary blanket design, and Beast is based on our Rainier National Park blanket design.
See BEAUTY in action here:
Watch BEAST in action here:
GNU Beast and GNU Beast Splitboard
Beauty is based on our Glacier National Park anniversary blanket design, and Beast is based on our Rainier National Park design. They were designed to help celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. That’s why these boards went on the Volcano Tour, a journey down inactive volcanoes all over America.
Read about the Volcano Tour here: PEOPLE
See the coverage in Snowboarding magazine:
More coverage in SELF magazine:
And keep shredding.
Barrett Christie is an accomplished athlete who has won more medals in the Winter X Games than any other female competitor. She competed in the 1998 Winter Olympics as part of the first US women’s snowboarding team. She oversees the design of women’s snowboards for Gnu Snowboards, including the Gnu Barrett Christy Pro Model, the most enduring women’s pro model snowboard on the market.
When Barrett needed an eye-catching graphic that still looked like a serious snowboard, she approached Pendleton. The result is our newest co-branding effort; a limited edition snowboard from GNU, featuring a graphic based on our Day of the Dead blanket. Every board comes with a specially labeled Day of the Dead blanket.
Life in the Pacific Northwest is very, very busy for Barrett. She’s a serious competitor and product developer, as well as a mom. But she recently found a little time to talk to us about the new design.
Karen: I’m sure you’re always looking for inspiration. What initially drew you to Pendleton?
Barrett: My husband I have a collection of Pendleton blankets we’ve won as prizes at the Mt. Baker Slalom. We’ve won a lot of races, so we’ve won a lot of blankets.