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Memory Lane

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I am sorting through four years of old photos, trying to make galleries for this here site. In the process I have learned a few things, the main one being that I used to be really terrible at shooting wakeskating. I mean, we are back in the 10d days (I am now up to 40d) but the focus, composition, and other basic photographic elements were not really happening. (I was just informed that I still suck at taking photos, sometimes I just get lucky.)

The good news though, is that I have come across a few photos that make me smile and think of the “good old days.” (yeah, two years ago.) The snowboard photos don’t really have the same effect, but wakeskating has changed a lot in the last few years. Here are a few of my favorite old photos I’ve come across.

Kyle Walton

This is Kyle Walton. Back in the day he was a lot of fun. Now he is trying to change the world and has become a lot less fun. I just emailed him this photo with the message “I miss you.”

Young Guns

Here is a photo of Nick Taylor, Reed Hansen and some other kid. These days Nick and Reed are pretty much the top dogs in the sport, but in ’06 they were just trying to qualify. And look how cute they were, pre-puberty!

Boobs

One thing that hasn’t changed is Nick loves to grab my camera and take pictures. Back then Reed also was known to steal my camera, but now he has his own. Either way this photo was the result of that, I am thinking it was probably Nick because I imagine Reed was scared of boobs back then.

Austin Hironaka

My parents came to visit, so I decided to take them to the Holy Oly. They like beer, so I figured it would work out. We went up early to do a little night riding at the Summit at Snowqualmie, which turned out to be amazing. Apparently if it rains all day, then stays warm, the snow is perfect. My dad was claiming the best Friday night of his life, that is until we were at the bar eating dinner and the worst band ever started to play, really, really loudly. But it was still a good night.
Things only got better for the event the next day. The sun was out, the quarterpipe looked really good, and Jeff Brushie was there! The Jeff Brushie! Since that guy pretty much put me and my shittalking on the map, I have a special place in my heart for him. Anyway, for not snowboarding for five years (according to him) I’d say he did alright.

I ate a Cobra Dog, made a video, shot photos and worked on my tan. The day culminated with two Oly’s in the lodge (thanks Jeff!) and then the ‘rents and I headed back south. Apparently I missed a dude barn blow out but hopefully they will have another and it was worth it. This Holy Oly was definitely the best yet.

You can check out my post on Future or just enjoy the video below.

I missed out on the best skate weekend of the winter to put new floors in my house. Granted it was nice to be able to stain the trim and cut the boards outside instead of cooped up in the garage so it wasn’t all bad. Oh yeah, and I have amazing, beautiful new floors now. Here’s the HGTV-style before and after.

THEN:

THEN

NOW!

Now!

Fake Spring

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Every year Portland does this. The spring fake out. For a couple days in the middle of winter it’s warm and sunny. I definitely fell for it this year. I mowed the lawn and even planted some flowers. I have my fingers crossed that when it gets cold again (which it will) it’s not so cold, or for so long that they all die. And of course the perk of fake spring is skateboarding! I did some of that and man was it fun.

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Why?

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 I am not opposed to people cashing in on action sports. In fact, I like to cash in myself. However, it really bothers me when these people, who have no real background, passion, or knowledge, try to be cool. Lat34’s Life of Ryan recaps not withstanding, I recently came across this, which without mentioning any actual names, is from the people who do Sports Center. Yeah.

“We think it was either the tech guys bonking the server while ollieing over it, or the wet snowboard gear that dripped over all the hardware that is causing this problem. Your page isn’t available right now. but we’re on it and we’re working to get it back up. So don’t worry about tweaking anything. We’ll try to get the ollies higher, the snowboard gear stowed properly, and EXPN content filling up your browser. Please check back soon.”

Clair Bidez

I was able to negotiate with my hostage takers to leave Tahoe today, but it wasn’t without a little suffering. After two days of temperatures too warm for jackets, we went up to Boreal for night riding. Not only was it night time, but the weather patterns had changed and the temperature had dropped dramatically. In short, it was freezing. I braved the cold (and held my camera in my armpit between shots) to make a little video. Check it out.

Now I am just waiting for my snowboard to show up (I think it ended up at the other house) so that I can make the trek to Reno and fly home. Logically I am going through SF and have a 45 minute connection, so cross your fingers for me! Can’t wait to get home.

Being a filmmaker is hard. I must have saved these 15 times before they were small enough for Youtube, but high enough quality to not look like crap. Anyway, I finally succeeded so go check them out!

Day 1: Northstar-at-Tahoe

Day 2: Sierra-at-Tahoe

Girls on Film

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I have been riding in Tahoe, working on my suntan (ok, burn) and making videos of the Nikita photoshoot. I am not sure exactly how it happened, but I made one video and they convinced me to stay longer so I could make videos every day. apparently people appreciate my randomness and dry wit. so anyway, the compression on these suck. I will be posting all of them on futuresnowboarding.com when I am done here and they will look better, but if you want a special sneek peak, here ya go!

Day Two

I am down in mid-California, about to go ride Northstar with the Nikita team girls. While there may be an epic video coming out of this day, the real reason I was here was the Nikita Chickita event at Mammoth. I’ve been helping out Josh as event manager — getting sponsors, hyping up girls on the internet, and various other important tasks. All my hard work finally came to fruition on Saturday and I’d say we ran a pretty rad event. There certainly was a lot of free stuff for the girls, and well, everyone loves free stuff.

I had planned to shoot photos of the contest but got recruited to judge instead. I managed to snap a few shots from the judging booth, but nothing spectacular. I did manage to crush a few girls dreams and progress snowboarding with my judging though. Actually, I don’t think I did either of those things. In fact when one girl complained that she should have made finals I made the executive call to just let her in.  It worked out, she ended up getting third.

Anyway, the event was awesome. Super mellow. I’ve written about 4 different stories about it, and here is a link to the one I did on  Future Snowboarding. Actually, it ended up being a tag team with Kevin Westenbarger because this event was such a big deal we both ended up doing posts. Most of the photos are his, but here is my favorite of my photos from the event. This is the winners of the Nikita Sponsorship for the past two years:

After the event I rode at Mammoth and Holy Crap! that mountain is fun. I even rode halfpipe and got like “head high” (you know, the height of a human head.) Here’s a sweet picture of me at the top of the mountain. Thanks to Kim from Osiris for making this masterpiece happen.

Yay Mountains!

Blogging

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Blogging is cool. Everybody’s doing it. Even me. Here is a picture of my cat.Tyra