Sunday, December 20, 2009

Park City is OPEN!

Park City has finally opened, with 3 parks up and running. The first few days of shredding we all got to enjoy a very nice little 3 jump line right on homerun. The jumps are so fun! The new park director of PC is doing a great job, and I am excited to see what he has in store for the rest of the season, and the bigger parks.
They also opened up pik-n-shovel. The setup in there is so fun. Starting off with two picnic tables together to make a long one, down rail, wall ride, another down rail, and into the jumpline. With 5 perfectly built jumps to session, people are throwing down, and it's easy to learn new tricks, because they are not your typical lippy park city jumps. The pipe is open too- and its HUGE! I haven't had the opportunity to ride it yet, but I will definitely make my way over there tomorrow! That's it thats all folks! Go ride PC!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Backyard Bang in Denver Nov. 21st

The backyard bang hit Denver's Art Institute of Colorado on Saturday. They closed off Lincoln street and put a three feature setup in the middle of the street! It was a beautiful day, about 55 degrees, sunny, and blue skies. Lots of spectators flocked to the street to watch everyone throw down. I think registration was one of the most packed full little tents I have ever been in. So many guys trying to register day of for 45 spots. Luckily, every girl gets to compete, because there are so few of us. Turns out there were more than they expected, so they split us up into groups of about 4 and threw us into the guys heats.
The drop in was to say the least, fast. Before you even had time to think about what you were doing you were already at the rail! Unfortunately the landing was flat too, so some people hit pretty hard without any transition for it.
Next year I hope they build some sort of landing, and it would be nice if they had put all the girls in the same heat. A lot of the girls seem to get overlooked when they are in a heat with 4 of them and 15 guys. I'm not exactly sure what they were thinking only taking the top 3 girls to finals, with 5 girls at least more have a chance, and there is a mystery as to who will get top 3!
Shred Betties girls were all killing it. I think we each were in a different heat and everyone was definitely shining. Everyone had a good time and was smiling and thats what counts!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It feels good to be back!

I have been looking forward to snowboarding since last April. This morning was beautiful and a perfect day to get the rust off the edges of me and my snowboard! We got up early this morning, had some coffee, and hit the road. There was a light dusting of snow from last night, so it was soft, and luminous in the light. We drove up Big Cottonwood Canyon to a little spot where there are jibs set up in the preseason. About 40 feet off the road we found a nice little flat rail.
Unfortunately the rail had a gnarly indention in the middle, so doing boardslides and frontboards would have been death. Luckily we snowboarders can hit rails in many different fashions, so I started off easy with some 5-0s. After a little warming up it was time to do some 180s off and get some presses in there too.
We got up early enough that we were the only people there and had the whole jib to ourselves. A much better environment to really get stuff done. Get in, get out, and get on with it!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Rain, rain, where's the snow?

Its been very drizzly here in Salt Lake for the past couple days. The weather is not helping my itch to go snowboarding. It might as well be winter here, it's too wet and cold to do anything outside, but there is not enough snow, or features to go riding. Its supposed to keep up here for the next few days, so hopefully there will be some snow, and therefore some handrails to be hit in the valley.

In the meantime I will be working my life away in order to put a dent in the financials I will need
for this upcoming season. A couple more weeks till it starts and I am EXCITED to say the least. Lots of good things happening all around me, there is so much positive energy I could explode!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

S3 Supergirl Jam September 6th 2009

Venice Beach. A place full of things; shops, people, beaches, and on Sunday September 6th, snow! The Supergirl Jam is always a fun competition. Many people down there have never even seen snow, let alone a bunch of girls killing it on a handrail.
Practice was a little scary to watch. Unfortunately there was some carnage right away. After a couple drops everyone seemed to figure out the course and we were off! The first heat went well for me, I had to work for it though. All the other girls were really getting down. Laurie Currier was just dominating all day long and deserved her first place finish.
By finals, I think everyone was pretty hot and tired. Laurie held it down and claimed her first place. Everyone seemed to be pretty equal in ability in the finals, yet some people placed higher than they should have. I was extremely happy about my performance, I landed everything I wanted to.
All in all, Supergirl is one of my favorite competitions to do based on the vibe. It was so nice to be around a bunch of down to earth girls who shred!

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