Help Our Good Friend Chris Brunkhart

With deep sadness we share the news that our dear friend Chris Brunkhart has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to his liver. For anyone who snowboarded in the mid and late 90s, especially in the Pacific Northwest, Brunkhart’s name is synonymous with the artistic, austere, and evocative approach he brought to snowboard photography. Brunkhart’s powerful images helped inform who we were and how we thought of ourselves as individuals finding our way in the world, and indeed they continue to take our breath away.

A couple years ago Flow Snowboarding was invited to take part in Snowboarder Magazine’s Battle of the Brands. Flow decided to collaborate this event with the one and only legend snowboard film and photographer Chris Brunkhart. Brunkhart filmed this great edit with his trusty old 16 mm camera and captured the essence of riding without the overly-hyper, perfectly tuned HD that we are so accustomed to today.

“Chris is a master of emotion and we were so thankful to have him be part of this project,” said Flow Snowboarding Marketing Director, Dale Rehberg. “Along with Brunkhart, Flow was also blessed with the presence of OG riders Matt Donahue and Wes Makepeace who put together a one off rendition of Highwaymen, that was recorded on the spot. True legends making great things happen in the name of snowboarding.”

Battle Of The Brands: Flow from Snowboarder Magazine on Vimeo.

Two years later it is up to all of us to help out Chris Brunkhart. Brunkhart was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, that has now spread to his liver. He is in need of financial support to cover the integrative and alternative treatments he is pursuing, in addition to the intense chemotherapy he has already begun. Your support will also help offset the very deep financial drain that Brunkhart, his partner and his mom now face, as they become full time patient and caregivers.

Please stand in solidarity with Chris Brunkhart and his family. Rally your friends and all you know and give a little (or a lot) to a friend in need, to aid in his battle for survival.

In an update on Chris Brunkhart’s condition, the GoFundMe.com/chrisbrunkhart had this to say:

“Chris went in for his third chemo treatment yesterday. He has been feeling great, seeing a few lucky friends, and having fun working on a secret project for the November 14 benefit coming up next Friday at Nemo Design in Portland. If you’re in town on Friday 11/14, please join us at Nemo from 7-11pm for a benefit event in support of Chris. Every cent of every dollar raised will go directly to Chris and help him in his fight.

Up for silent auction will be 50+ pieces of artwork/prints from an amazing roster of artists and photographers (including many of you – thank you!) along with 36 limited edition prints signed and numbered by Chris. We’ll have one-of-a-kind snowboard memorabilia; product packages from Vans, Volcom, Mervin, iNi, DaKine, Nixon, Mizu and more arriving daily; plus full season passes from both Meadows and Timberline and some very special surprises to be announced next week.

And if you’re SoCal based, please save the date for our second benefit event, Thursday November 20th at the Boathouse Collective, from 5pm-11:30. More details to follow shortly!

In the meantime, please keep an eye on the Instagram feed @psfuckcancer and please continue to spread the word using #helpbrunkhart. Chris sees your posts and reads your messages and they are making a difference daily – please keep them coming!”

We are each just one devastating diagnosis away from the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that Chris is now up against. Our collective efforts can truly make a difference and help lift and carry Chris through this scary time. By making a donation you’ll also be added to an email list so you can stay up to date on events and benefits coming up in Portland, San Diego and NYC.

For more information on how to help Chris Brunkhart please visit:
www.GoFundMe.com/chrisbrunkhart
www.instagram.com/psfuckcancer

BATTLE OF THE BRANDS…

Flow and NXTZ Battle of the Brands

Flow and NXTZ Teamed up together for Superpark 16 up at Mt Bachelor, Oregon this past May.  This year Snowboarder Mag is having a Battle of the Brands Video Edit Contest and Flow was very happy to work with Legendary  Snowboard Cinematographer Chris Brunkhart.  Chris hails from back in the day and when I say back in the day I mean back in the 90′s.  He’s worked with everyone from Jamie Lynn to Craig Kelly and he returns into the snowboard scene after too long of a hiatus to work with Flow Snowboarding.  We can’t wait to premiere the almost seven minute long edit on SnowboarderMag.com, look for the comp to start June 18th.

Craig Kelly
Craig Kelly
Who is Chris?  Well listen to what METHOD MAG had to say…

Nobody has visualized snowboarding quite like Chris Brunkhart. Few people have traveled and ridden the world with its legends, not just as photographer but also as friend. Even fewer possess the talent that charges Chris’ photos with a hypnotizing potential to put us there, to feel snowboarding.

Because of his photos’ success, Chris too is a legend in snowboarding. Today his camera is focused on other themes, but when documenting snowboarding in the 1990s his mission was to present what he saw as a snowboarding photojournalist — to tell a story about snowboarding, using its most talented riders as characters. His recently published book, How Many Dreams in the Dark?, is a visual collection of stories from the hardcore, underground days when ski resorts scowled at us, the Olympics left us alone and a punk kind of energy flowed through snowboarding on the mountain and off, on the road, wherever we were.

After a decade of silence, Chris has finally invited us to open our eyes again and revisit those moments of snowboarding’s fermentation. Wander through Chris’ book and you will see where snowboarding comes from. These images are universal, timeless, just pure moments of snowboarding that resonate within us, inspire us to round up the crew and go ride. What follows is a glimpse

How many dreams in the dark? Chris Brunkhardt

 

(How Many Dreams in the Dark?, by Chris Brunkhart, 2010. 208 pages, hardback, printed in USA, $65 USD. Book and custom prints available internationally at www.gamafunction.com/dreams

MORE ON B.O.B.

SNOWBOARDER Magazine Announces 2012 Superpark Battle Of The Brands Presented By Gatorade

Superpark 16 Presented By Gatorade once again brought together the building efforts of the best terrain park crews in the world and the riding abilities of snowboarding’s top freestyle pros. For five days in May, over 250 renowned icons of shred including Halldór Helgason, Danny Kass, Tyler Flanagan, Sage Kotsenberg, Romain De Marchi, Phil Jacques, Josh Dirksen, Gjermund Bråten, Bjorn Leines, Chris Bradshaw, Joe Sexton, Zac Marben, Sebastien Toutant, Andreas Wiig and Forest Bailey lapped Mt Bachelor’s Sunrise Chair sliding, launching, slashing, and stomping for the lenses of over 60 invited videographers. In addition to the daily edits released during the event on www.snowboardermag.com and the footage stacked for the requisite video parts, all of the best Superpark 16 action will be broadcast in SNOWBOARDER’s new Battle Of The Brands Video Showdown. Starting on June 18th, 2012 the Superpark 16 footage compiled by over a dozen renowned pro teams will be matched against each other in a head-to-head social media melee to see which company’s squad captured the shots most capable of winning over the public’s hearts, minds, and most importantly, computer monitors.