Sunday, July 27, 2008

Stash Opening, Diaries Downunder.

Eggs and Salad courtesy of Muel Cafe.
Well Saturday brought a beauty of a morning with heaps of sunshine and a mad crew for the official opening of The Stash at the Remarkables. Bugs and I were up there filming the first episode of Diaries Downunder, a little webisode about the goings-on on around these parts and they are to be posted on Looking forward to getting them up for viewing. Tomorrow brings the premiere of the new Dero film "I'm Broke Too" and it will be a marathon showing..starting at Derotica all the way through to the "I'm Broke Too".

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Resting, riding, boozing.

The last blog went up a while back now but I am still here..Have been coaching a few days and have been getting excited/frustrated with the weather lately. Trying to film but the weather doesn't play its part then trying to organise stuff around RUBBISH forecasts makes for frustrating times. Hiked a box for 3 hours yesterday with my Wintech crew. Was planning on riding some powder today and yesterday and tomorrow but who knows what happened to the storm. There is still heaps of fun being had up the hill. A day off to replsnish mind and body then back into it tomorrow. Stash Opening Saturday, Dero premiere Monday.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

A week or two of stuff.

Blair Finlay had a birthday on Monday - shortly after this 28 Jagermeister shots were laid out on the bar at Rattlesnake.
Sam Hanna - ummm Switch Jackson?
Lagging big time in the blog updating. Seems like a bitch trying to get photos up on here. Sor tit Google or Telecom..whoever sucks. Went over to the Dunedin Rail Jam last Thursday. Slow snow but a dope ledge (pictured) and Grootz killing it meant for a progressive session. Filmed at the Skatepark on Sunday, Blair had a birthday on Monday, The Remarkables Slopestyle and Newsweek episode 8 on Wednesday. 
The biggest news  in the past week I guess would be that myself and Reason Films have been given the green light to make some videos for We are stoked to have Ride, Smith, Lo.wer and Parklife on board for the project. 
Dunedin Rail Jam Thursday July 10th.
Singstar last Saturday at Alex Hughes' digs.
Skatepark last Sunday - Bugs films Gregg Timms.
View from the very top of Shadow Chair after a short hike at The Remarakables.
Back towards the park.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Haven't put one of these up for a while but I have 5 minutes so here we go. 
Hiked up to the top of Shadow at The Remarakables and got these beauty photos. The first one is looking over the Wakatipu Basin and the second is back over towards the park and Sugar chair.

Mini-Shred photos

Connor and grommies waiting and waiting for results.
Josh-san. Classic.
Heath amongst the sticker throwout chaos.
Late as but here are a few photos of the Mini-Shred. Kiaora.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Went up to the Mini-Shred competition at The Remarkables today with Heath Patterson and Callie Conaghan. Our job for the day was to 'be seen' and ride with the grommets after prizegiving. The snow and features are so good up there. Everybody was loving it. Most of the grommies were exhausted by the time we got to ride with them but they seemed stoked. Browner did his darndest to try to convince me go to Treble Cone with him and Vaughan Brookfield but I decided the mini-shred was a worthy cause and the decision was a goodie! He drove to Treble Cone did one run-saw the snow was wind effected rubbish then did the same at Cardrona. 
Stoked I didn't go. Word to all the grommies out there that I saw absolutely destroying it today. Josh Clark put it well when he said 'The young fullas made me feel..well....old'.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The broken kink.
We followed the cat back to the car and got fresh corduroy after the Rail Jam.

Arrowtown - Wallow 21 - Winter Festival Rails

Shovelling stairs by the hedge.

The hedge.

Jordan getting tossed on the kink. Didn't slow him down.

Creames about to drop into the kink with a new drop in ramp after ours broke.
Coronet Stair Feature.

Woke up yesterday and the view outside the window of the house was WHITE! Snow covered Queenstown. Myself, Jordan Rehrer and Karl Dunham knew that Arrowtown must be more covered than Queenstown and off we went. The big 30 stair at Arrowtown has always been a rail that I have wanted to hit. Jordan and I were pumped. We arrived at Arrowtown and there was 15cm of white but no rail! It had been pulled out and it looks a massive kink is going to sit in tis place. Heaps of people were sessioning the skatepark and then a few deros rocked up to session a few things. I was scratching my head about how to best use the opportunity and spotted a hedge. it was a total experiment. Unsure of how it would ride and hold weight. We started digging and a crowd gathered. Snow in town in New Zealand means people tend to lose their minds. It was a circus. I managed to get a shot on the hedge after convinced 'shovel lady' to give us one hit each. To our amazement it worked! Hedgejibbing is on. After our drop in ramp broke we headed to one of the new kinks and Jordan got some dope shots and got tossed on one attempt too. Creames also had a raz and dealt to the kink with a badass 5050. Halfway through the session "Tim" turned up. "Tim" got a 5050 front 0ne then tried to front 1 into the kink! Madness! He ended up snapping breaking the rail, ending the session. 

We then made a treacherous endeavour over the Crown Range for Wallow's 21st birthday for some 2 buck beers. There was a good turn out at the Trout Bar in Wanaka. Heaps of food, crew and cheap alcohol made for a top night and a worthy mission.

Today started slowly but after a good sized coffee the started to take shape. We headed up to Coronet Peak for the Winter Festival Rail Jam....but not before getting a run in. It is so good up there at the moment! So many cut-outs and so much snow has covered the mountain. The Rail Jam started at around 3pm and it was a jam session to sort out the 14 finalists. So many people were throwing down. 

The setup was 3 features.
12ish stair round down bar or flat down rail then a tabletop-style snow feature with a down box that could be gapped onto or hit street style. 
Harper and company were up there until 10 last night in a blizzard setting it up.

Jordan won best trick with cab 270 -270 off the flat down
Jeremy Thorns also got an award for doing a SICK backside 270 onto the stair feature
I won the overall and Callie Conaghan won the Womens.

When prizegiving was over we got some nightriding in. Karl Dunham was claiming all-time Coronet. It was damn good.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Cardrona - Newsweek 6.

Second day of the journal box and the second entry - might not keep this up but lets see how things go.

Well, this morning it was bloody hard to rise out of bed hearing rain on the roof and it still being dark outside but....Cardrona delivered the goods for us. No park but a few cat track hits, rollers and oversized coffees delivered a fun day. Browner and I met Jake at the bottom of the Crown Range and headed over to the 'alternative' side of the range. I Filmed Episode 6 of Newsweek with Wallow (viewable 9am Friday morning - always the same) while Browner and Jake lapped the powder. Once filming came to a conclusion we met up with them and Stef Zeestraten. 
Browner got a doooope Front 3 off one of the big air rollers and Jake boosted a mental Cab 7 off one of the cat tracks. As much fun as it was, the highlight of the day would have had to have been the mad table tennis battles in Jake's garage afterwards. 
Jake was 'emotional' you might say. 
A few (very) low resolution photos of today's actions attached.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Journal Box - Unveiled.

The first post in the box. 

A slow start to the season has meant heaps of skating and a bit of golf but now that the white slippery stuff is here, the mountains will be my local over the next few months. This journal box should serve the purpose of documenting my movements on and off snow. The Remarkables has put up a fun rail line that has been given a bollocking by every Dero and and his dawg over the past few days. Rode Exchange today at Coronet Peak with Jake Koia and Nick Brown. Loads of fun cutouts and hits all over the place.

Snowmaking, wireless internet, blogs..well and truly a crazy world  in this 21st century.