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Welcome to the Family Gigi Rüf!

We are proud to announce the addition of iconic snowboarder Gigi Rüf to the team. Gigi brings his own unique approach to snowboarding and will complement the entire global 686 team including snowboarders Forest Bailey, Sammy Luebke, Phil Jacques, Victor Daviet, Matt Belzile and Mary Rand along with skiers Parker White, Laurent De Martin and more. Welcome to the Family Gigi! Gigi will be wearing our GLCR and Multi Collection garments while exploring the Earth. He will join Sammy Luebke as teammates at every Freeride World Tour top and will also focus on filming for various projects. “I am honored to be offered a place on the 686 Team. With an independently owned venue, the welcome feels warm. I have...

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Return to Form

Return to Form directed by Ian Post follows Brett Esser, Matt Wainhouse, Sammy Luebke, Tor Lundstrom, Phil Jacques, Victor Daviet & more through three different experiences in the west. The 686 short film was shot at Woodward Copper, Mt Baker, and Mammoth Mountain. Check the full video out now. Directed by Ian Post @lifeafterhours Produced by 686 Cinematography + Editing: Afterhours Additional Cinematography: Josh Jarvis, Gary Milton, Brad Andrew Cover 

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Now Playing: Riding Playlists with Matt Wainhouse & Chase Blackwell

Snow's been falling and mountains are opening up for the season, which means it's time to get your riding playlists in tune for the winter. If you have been searching for some new music to start the season out with a bang, then you came to the right place. Team riders Matt Wainhouse and Chase Blackwell just shot us over a couple playlists they've been streaming during their early season laps. Enter their headphones and give them a listen. Follow their playlists and take them with you on the mountain. Like what you're hearing? If you're interested in listening to more playlists curated by the 686 team, check out our Spotify Channel!  

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Transworld Snowboarding Perspectives: Sammy Luebke on Measuring his Own Success

Words and Article Courtesy of Transworld Snowboarding As snowboarders, success is rarely determined through a lens of our own. Instead, it is often gauged in an analogous manner, either against others or by a criterion created at the hand of some authoritative entity. Sammy Luebke resists this model. As a young teen, Sammy achieved what many in snowboarding consider success—sufficient sponsors, competitive achievements, well-regarded video parts, and the luxury of celebrity within our small bubble. However, just as quickly as it was all attained, Sammy's trajectory shifted. At 22 he became a father, fell to injury, and failed to film a major video part. What followed was considered by many potential sponsors as the first sign of a slip from...

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