Friday, December 17, 2010

Blog jacked!

Rail Comp at Lake Louise Saturday! footage and pics up soon!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ski And Surf In the Same Day? In Ontario? In November?

So last week I was back home in Thunder Bay, Ont. I was there to get my braces off and help out and ride in Rollin Thunders' 3rd Annual Chairty Jib Jam. If I was lucky I was also hoping to use my new surfboard on the lake (thanks a ton Jakko from NatriBros Surf Shop)!

So, up until Thursday night of that week, I thought I wasn't going to be using my new board at all. Then the forcast shifted and the waves were lining up perfectly for the evening the day of the jib jam. I thought to myself "Perfect! I'll hit up the jam, it's usually done by 3:30 at the latest, then rip out to Terrace Bay, get a dusk surf in then fire up the geny for a couple hours and be back by midnight for some sleep before catching my plane in the morning".

Well I had some major issues renting the generator (the size I wanted was rented like 20 minutes before I got there) and had to go to the jib jam with out it. The jam was sick and everyone was throwing down! It started pretty mellow being most guys first day. By the end though, it was a mini air comp over the car with some sick stuff being tossed on to the step down boxes. Big thanks to Brian from Rollin' Thunder in Thunder Bay, Ont. for putting it on and letting us take over his parking lot!

With the jib jam ending much later then I had thought and all my leads on a generator falling through, I opted to rent the big beast. Because it was so big we had to strip down just to get into my dads Jetta wagon. With me was Dillon Montenarh, and we were on our way to meet two Terrace Bay locals at the beach. When we got there, we quickly got everything up and running and got in the water. It was awesome, but hard and so worth it. The waves were a decent 4 feet (any bigger and this probably wouldn't have worked). It was really hard to catch stuff though because wave would cast a showdow behind it until it broke. Basically you couldn't see a set coming and you had very little time to react (either catching it or realizing your inside). All in all super fun.

I would like to appologize for lack of surf footy in the video below. A week earlier was a crazy storm that had a recorded swell height of 26.7 feet and it trashed the beaches. The break we surfed used to be alot closer to shore which the camera could have picked up, but unfortunately the break is now a bit furthur out to the point where we were getting to the far range of our lights.

Anyways heres a video I made from that day! Also gimme a break on the editing I had to use Windows Movie Maker!

video

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Snow!

Snowed in the city today! Even better was I got didn't have to work because of it!




Sunday, October 10, 2010

Earliest First Day Ever!!!

It started on September 18th, a Saturday when me and my buds/roomies got word that the well below average temps and tons of rain had dusted the east side of the Rockies with some serious snow. After checking some online forums and weather reports over the rest of the weekend and even hearing of some slides on the glacier happening we decided with had to go and at least check it out!

We decided that Tuesday worked best, so Monday night we packed our bags with avy gear, protein bars, G2. We made sure our factory wax wasn't too dried out and mess around with are skins that where just a touch to small but got them working anyways. The next morning it was up at 6 am, not that any of us slept much, and loaded the truck to make our way through rush hour Calgary traffic and onward to the mountains.

It was epic! As we started on Highwood Pass the ground went from green to white and we knew we were going to hit pay dirt...I mean snow. By the time we pulled into the parking lot at 7250 feet (2206 meters (highest paved point in Canada)) there were plow trucks going by clearing the roads.

After suiting up the guys put me through a 45 or so minute crash course in using a beacon, probing and digging, just in case. It was nice getting to do that as I have spent tons of time reading up on avys in books and on web sites. It was also awesome having two experienced guys take a backcountry noob like myself out and show me the ropes a little.

Having your hike start only 200 feet vert below the top elevation of Whistler mountain is well, you get winded easy, spesh with out a touring set up! So it was a nice and easy pace most of the way up. On the way up we opted not to do the two and half hour hike up to Rae Glacier were we heard news or slides, so we stuck to a nice open then into glades 1500 foot vert run.

It was so sweet putting my skis on for the first time of the season and beating my earliest day ever by over a month. Once we were all geared up it was a quick group fist pound then time to rip. I pointed my skis straight down the open face to pick up some speed. The snow was knee deep and light. Laying in those first turns was sick, they made me forget about the long summer away from skiing. After a bunch of long, arcing highspeed turns I got a reminder of the fact that it actually was still September from the noise under Fisk's skis. It turns out there wasn't much of a base but it didn't matter, we were out rippin' and  havin' a good time. After getting into the trees we managed to find some fun little but sketchy airs and finished off a run with hilariously gay figure 8's down the last 40 feet to the highway, were we returned to the car cracked some beers and scoped the core shots on our skis.

Due to the time involved and the snow conditions we didn't head back up for another run, I was just happy that my brand new S5's didn't have a pulled edge. Also I'll through up some footage when I get my go pro hooked up to a computer.