International Snowboarder Magazine (ISM) is a new online, free snowboard magazine. They recently agreed to post our snowboarding vs skiing debate, which I’m pretty excited about.

I’ve experienced one or two online flash style pages before and I didn’t think the interaction was that good. They felt a little clumsy and loading pages was sometimes slow.

But ISM seem to have it dialed. The navigation is good, no problems waiting for stuff to load and the full screen view really sets it off. The first issue, covering October and November, is pretty sweet.

Of course an online magazine has the advantage of being able to provide different media formats, namely audio and video. There’s a piece in there about The Stash at Northstar; the video that comes with it is excellent!

I was sent a press release from ISM around two weeks ago. I wanted to have a quick read of the magazine before I posted about it, but then I didn’t get around to it and it slipped further down my inbox…

It’s definitely worth checking out. Great articles, pictures and video, and it’s free! Here’s the late-on-my-behalf press release:

The Worlds first online flash snowboarding magazine was launched yesterday. International Snowboard Magazine or ISM for short uses technologies that allow a full page flipping magazine experience on the web.

The magazine is totally free to read and has all the qualities of a normal magazine but with the added bonus of embedded audio and video. The video is embedded right onto the page and streams whilst you read the magazine, so there is no waiting around for it to download!

The magazine also features a full screen option (located in the top left navigation bar) this allows readers on smaller screens to enjoy all the benefits that the magazine offers. You can zoom, print pages off and jump backwards and forwards as much as you like.

This first issue features some amazing photography from Cole Barash, an interview with Nicholas Muller, a product heavy bindings review, backside handplant technique and literally loads more!

To read the magazine just visit the website and click on the link, it is as simple as that, no software to download, forms to fill in or expensive subscription. Just click the link and you’re in!

ISM will be published bi monthly throughout the year taking a global look at the sport. It is published by Next Element Publishing Ltd.

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