Friday, August 29, 2008

12 days in a row.

The first table in The Remarkables Rampage Slopestyle.
The Remarkables - filming for Diaries Downunder Episode 2.

August is a busy month around these Southern Lakes and this year has been no exception. The last 12 days have been pretty hectic. Diaries Downunder Episodes 2 and 3 are now up on and should be on really really soon. This week has been slushy pretty much every day and it looks Spring will bring some good long days. Everything up the mountains is looking good and the coverage is awesome. Sunday (August 24th) was the Remarkables Rampage Slopestyle. Real dope course with a street style down rail, then a 45 foot jump into a 40 foot jump, then a wallride, then a 45-50 foot jump, then finishing with an up rail. I managed to link together both my runs and was stoked on both of them. I ended up winning and got the best pay-cheque of the year to date. The That's It That's All premiere was also hammers in Wanaka last Wednesday. Travis Rice is a force that will take a lot to be reckoned with.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Parklife Rail Jam and Mountain Dew Rail Jam and Remarkables Day.

Big Buck Hunter - Revolver
Booze Fullas - Revolver
Well Thursday was a big day. We hiked up above the chutes at The Remarkables and found some goodies. Episode 2 of Diaries Downunder will show you more. Should be up in the next day or two on and After a day of marathon hiking Jordan Rehrer and myself hopped in the car and made our to Snowpark for the Rail Jam. Jordan ended up in second. He switch backside 270ed in to the ledge and then tried it on the middle rail and roly pollied down the stairs. Last night brought the Parklife Invitational Rail Jam. The snow was soft and the set-up was great. A flatish rail to drop and a down pipe were the items. Jye Kearney took top honours. An American guy Wes, absolutely killed it. I ended up with Best Trick Snowboard apparently but the Best Trick money went to the skiers. Another good event. Bonza.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Diaries Downunder.

Check out the first episode of Diaries Dowunder. Link is right here.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Burton Open, Coronet Peak

Last Monday myself, Bugs and Jordan went up to Heidi's Hut at Coronet Peak and got a few shots on a new rail up there. The set-up was disgusting but it didn't phase Jordan at all. He managed to get a whole heap of tricks. I spent the whole trying the same trick pretty much but ended up getting it after a lot of switch accidental firecrackers. The car got stuck, it started to snow, there was no snow nearby for the run-in, the picnic tables were too close to the rail and there was a drop off the end of the tables right before the rail, oh yeah, and we had to stop every 15 minutes and unravel the extension cord so the groomer could drive by. We hurried off the mountain and got to the Dero premiere. Playing catchup I outdid myself pretty quickly and have blank spots from the night. The video is dope though!

Practice for the Burton Open started on Wednesday at Snow Park. We got some good runs in although the light was flat. On Thursday we headed over at way too early in the morning for qualifiers. Browner put together a dope run with Cab 9 into Back 7. He qualified in second and I qulaified in 3rd.

Friday brought another early start for semi-finals. I managed to qualify in 12th and made finals. In finals the light came flat again but it didn't slow Mikkel Bang down. All 3 of his finals runs would have got him first place. I ended up in 8th, first New Zealander with a run that I didn't really plan to do but I stayed on my feet and made it to the bottom with a smile on my face.

Went night riding at Coronet Peak last night with Jake Koia, Bugs and friends before heading to Wanaka for the Manual party at Barluga. Sick bar and party but they overcharged like crazy. In turn people stole some beers - then got kicked out.