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An Open Letter on Mental Health from Taylor Elliott

Mental health, I’ve struggled with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression and let me tell you, it can be really scary and lonely. It’s frustrating because you know you’re having irrational thoughts and that those invasive thoughts do not mean much in the big scheme of things, but you can’t get them out of your head. The simplest tasks turn into daunting jobs. My panic attacks take over my whole existence. It’s embarrassing and I end up feeling ashamed. I walk around ripping my hair out wondering when it will stop, I can’t breathe. My chest gets tight. I feel alone. I feel like no one understands me. I don’t know if I really told anyone about my struggle until a...

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686 Becomes Climate Neutral Certified

686 is proud to announce that it is officially Climate Neutral Certified. "As we have seen our snowpack, winters and overall climate shift over our 29 year history, we believe that informed decisions and hard work can help reduce our environmental impact so that the snow is just as deep for our grandkids as it is for us. Recently, we've challenged ourselves to do more on our sustainability journey, and to do it faster so we’ve partnered with Climate Neutral to offset our 2020 carbon use and further reduce our future carbon footprint." - 686 President, Doug Sumi Working cooperatively with independent non-profit entity Climate Neutral, and using specific and accurate tools and info, 686 measured their entire 2020 carbon footprint and offset it...

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Hana Beaman Natural Selection Tour Recap

We recently sat down with Natural Selection Tour finalist, Hana Beaman, to talk about her experience on the first year of the NST and what was going on inside her head during the finals at Tordrillo, AK. Thank you Travis Rice, the NST, Hana and all the riders for putting your vision and riding on display for us all to enjoy. Interview conducted on 4/9/2021by 686 Team Manager Patrick McCarthy 1 week before finals day. All photos by Erik Hoffman (@erikhoffmanphoto) Patrick McCarthy: What was your favorite take away from competing in the NST? Hana Beaman: I really enjoyed the crew we had. It was awesome to get to hang out during the week and see how differently people would ride...

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100 Boardslides

A conversation with Stephon "Sterph" Deifer. All Imagery by Chip Proulx (@chipproulx)   I met Sterph six or seven years ago. He had this super raw, completely unperfected, yet perfect style and his seemingly off-the-cuff trick selection and mile wide smile caught my eye immediately. We put Sterph on flow right on the spot and over the years anytime we would pass through CO we would always be sure to invite to throw the invite out there to hang. For most riders, their personal priorities usually come first and invites are in great parts dismissed as they have other plans that take precedence from hanging out with a bunch of office-legged shredders. But I don’t think Sterph ever didn’t come through...

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Design your own 686 Waterproof Hoody

  Now is your chance to DESIGN THE NEXT 686 WATERPROOF HOODY. This is an open call to Designers, Artists, Photographers and Creative Minds to create their very own graphic, print, and/or color way of the waterproof hoody. One winning design will be selected by the 686 team of male and female athletes to be featured in the next 686 Waterproof Hoody Collection.  The winner will receive $500 cash, your own custom Waterproof Hoody in your size and design and your design will be turned into an actual production design. SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS CONTEST HOVE NOW BEEN CLOSED. STAY TUNED TO SEE THE WINNING DESIGN SELECTED BY THE 686 TEAM. This contest will remain open, and entries will be received through 11:59 PST on 2/26/2021. ...

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