An Interview with Rafael Pease

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We had a chance to catch up with Team Rider, Rafael Pease. We chatted about filming with TGR in Alaska last season for the Mountain Revelations project and spoke a little bit about what he's up to this winter.
SPLIT FITNESS: Functional Training for Splitboarding. Functional training is a way to get stronger using purposeful movements specific to your sport. It involves increasing strength, endurance, mobility, and stability. Let’s take a closer look at the different facets of functional training related to splitboarding and how they can be applied. We can break up a typical long day in the mountains in the uphill and downhill portions.

5th Annual T-Shirt Design Contest

Every autumn we put out the call to all the artists, graphic designers, and other creative types, to submit a design or designs for a Spark R&D T-Shirt. Over the years we’ve had some amazing entries and every year it gets more difficult to select the winner.
Active Recovery
In order to get the most out of your offseason workouts, it is important to let you body recover. Recovery is essential in all training regimens because it provides your body with an opportunity to repair damaged tissues, adapt to the stresses from the exercise session, and replenish energy stores.

Manufacturing Day 2016!

Manufacturing at Spark R&D
We are now in our tenth year of operation at Spark R&D. We have worked hard since the beginning to bring as much manufacturing in-house as possible.
While aerobic training should be your primary training focus during the summer, strengthening specific muscle groups can help improve endurance and increase joint stability. Splitboard touring requires muscular endurance more than strength and/or power.
Did you find that your fitness level held back your splitboarding last season? Maybe another lap or two sounded fun, but your body was telling you that your day was over?  If so, you’re not alone – splitboard touring and riding is hard work. If you want to make more laps and get more vert

Why We Love Spring Touring

Spring is one of the best times to get out into the backcountry on your splitboard. The days are longer, the temperature is milder, snow stability is generally better, and BBQ’s and brews back at the car after a good session are commonplace. Not to mention, as temperatures warm up many outdoor enthusiasts make a
Chris Coulter is a busy man these days spending over 130 days each season on the snow. His life in the snowboard world has taken him from being a well-known, pro shredder in the early 2000’s to a highly respected, year-round snowboard guide working in some of the most iconic mountains on the planet. He
Words: Clark Corey December, January and February are busy months for avalanche education in North America. As March rolls around, there’s a whole new generation of backcountry enthusiasts who are excited to get out and use their newfound knowledge. But, just because you’ve completed your avalanche course, does that mean you’re good to go? For