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My most recent trip took me to the heartland of America. Well, wait, is Kansas in the heartland, or more like the pelvis? Whatever, it’s a weird-ass place, probably one the strangest I’ve ever gone to on purpose. I was there for a wakeboard event at a cable park on a dead end road. In between where we stayed and the park was miles of mid-scale chain restaurants and big box stores, so I guess it was pretty much like anywhere else in America. I like to really immerse myself in the culture of a place though, so I managed to eat at Applebees, Old Chicago, Ruby Tuesdays, Chipotle and Hooters. Well technically we didn’t eat so much at Hooters as begin what would become a hangover I won’t soon live down. But really the most notable part of my trip to Kansas was a strip club called the Double Wide. As the name implies, it was a double wide trailer, and that’s all you really need to know. Now here are a  couple random pictures from my trip Kansas so that you never have to go there yourself (although please note I spent my entire time at a wakeboard contest, so subject matter was somewhat limited.)

Kansas bugs

Kansas grass

If you wanna see more sweet wakeboard shots, check out the full gallery here.

Believe it or not, I didn’t just travel down to Texas to check out my first flash flood. I was actually already there and the flood just happened! Why, you might ask, would anyone be in Texas already? On this occasion it was in fact a cable wakeboarding contest that Alliance was sponsoring. I took pictures, got a sunburn, and generally killed it, as usual. Here are a few pictures that were taken during my moments of artiness, and not really appropriate for the wakeboard website. If you want to see all the hot action shots, check out the posts here and here.

Rupert!

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This weekend I found myself covering a wakeboard double up contest in the heart of Portland. A bit out of my comfort zone for sure, but at least I wasn’t at the X Games! The Wake Jam PDX was in fact, nothing like the X Games. It was totally mellow, I only needed my media pass to get into the cheaper beer garden and of course, I could drive there in 10 minutes. After reading the barrage of hateful tweets about X, I was pretty glad my only interaction with it this year was the occasional bits I caught on TV. But enough about that…

The Wake Jam was quite a scene. It’s always amazing to me the watersports culture that exists in Portland and the line of excited boaters and random kids name dropping sweet wakers around me was pretty funny. After shooting exclusively wakeskating for the past few years though, it was a bit of an adjustment to switch to the complete opposite that is the double up.

I think my favorite part of the event had to be the Sublime cover band that played between the semis and the finals. More specifically, when I joked to one of the younger wakeboarders that I couldn’t believe they got Sublime to play he looked at me in awe and said, “This is really Sublime!?” Better than, who’s Sublime, I guess.

Check out my full coverage on Alliance Wake. Next week Trifecta is in town so I’ll be back in my comfort zone. Maybe i’ll enter. I did get second in my last skate contest...nbd.

Puppies!

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I’ve spent the last few days of my life at Nike Migration. Some of it involved amazing free food. Most of it was time I can not get back. If you care about Migration, check back later and maybe I’ll write something, or better yet, read my intern’s blog. It’s way funnier than what I would come up with anyway. INTERN BLOG HERE

For now though, I will just touch on my favorite part of migration which was puppies!

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I have no idea who this guy is, but he has tats and is drinking Busch. He must be extreme!

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This was by far the cutest puppy. I thought about buying him off the dude, but he’d recently been swimming in the Willamette so I am pretty sure he had some sort of disease.

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This is Gus. He belongs to Silas but I often think about stealing him. I mean, he likes beer! We have so much in common.

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Oh yeah and this is the St John’s Bridge. It was sort of neat to be under it instead of using it to drive to Pier Park or googling to see how tall is it (205 ft fyi). And I thought this was a neat picture.