Thursday, December 1, 2011
Since I have been in Breckenridge I have had the chance to work with a couple of new photographers, and we have been able to produce a couple of great pictures despite the lack of snow due to preseason conditions.
We started at Arapahoe Basin before anything else was open and were able to get a couple of fun shots on the features with Ryan Bregante, I also made a trip to Vail to hit their setup in the backyard and take some lifestyles..
Thanks to Dave Roth over at Copper Mountain, Joe Large and I were able to go shoot in their park before anyone else had jumps to offer. Fortunately we had beautiful weather, and were able to ride all day with very minimal traffic through the park.
The next morning we met again at Starbucks to take a couple of lifestyle pictures, I thought the location was very fitting since I am a coffee fanatic! Thanks again to Joe, Dave, and Ryan for getting the shot!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The main reason I wanted to get to Colorado so badly was to go and use the facilities at Woodward. Fortunately, I got a pass so I have been taking full advantage of it. Thanks Don, and Phoebe! A couple of my girlfriends and I decided to start a little project and film our sessions. This is a little edit from our first two, we had tons of fun and learned some really good corked spins both ways, doubles, and even a triple front! Enjoy... and remember, just do it in the PARK!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Early Birds at the Abasin from erika Vikander on Vimeo.
After many hours spent prepping to move to Breckenridge I finally made it on Wednesday. I stopped through Park City on my way to break my drive up, so I had a nice little 7 hour drive. Lucky for me Arapahoe Basin opened the following day after I arrived. I am ecstatic to be in Colorado for the season and I can’t wait until Breckenridge opens! But in the meantime I shredded the opening day at Abasin with Courtney Cox and Bev Vuillemier. We had tons of fun playing frogger with all of the people everywhere on the “white ribbon of death” and we were all smiles
Monday, September 12, 2011
The weather in Oregon is... unpredictable to say the least, and I captured a lot of it on my GoPro this summer. Not only was it amazing to come from the clouds under Mt. Hood in Welches up to the sun at the top of Timberline, but the roads around that area are indescribably spectacular. That is why I filmed most of us driving around, we went to some great areas including, Lolo Pass, Bagby Hot Springs, Estacada, and a few secret spots, we did plenty of fun activities along the way. Here is a little taste of the simple Oregon life.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
After a restful night of sleep on Saturday night, I woke feeling very refreshed the morning of Sunday the 21st of August. I had my friend and fellow Shred Betty team rider Randa staying with me as well as our team manager Diana who drove all the way down from mammoth area just to come support. Thanks lady!
We hopped in the cars early at 8:00 am to get up there by 9:00am which was my designated interview time for before the contest. After finding an awesome parking spot in Venice which is hard to do I went and got my interview out of the way, then found Diana again to grab some breakfast.
This contest is always a ton of fun, and it's fun to see people you haven't seen all summer, and what they have learned. After chatting with some friends who were also interviewing, Diana and I went to my favorite "Sidewalk Cafe," for some much needed consumables. With about 2 hours to kill before the riders meeting, we leisurely ate and drank coffee and watched the colorful people of Venice Beach, CA.
Finally at about 12:30pm the riders' meeting took place. We were all antsy to get up to the top of the drop in to practice on the same setup as the previous year which included; a down rail on the right and a skinny down box on the left. I only took a couple of practice runs in order to save energy for the main event. I was in the second heat, so I had a little time to sit back relax, visualize, and support my fellow supergirls.
When it was time for the second heat, I was more than ready to get things going, and put down a few solid moves right away. I wasn't trying to kill myself and the judges said they wanted to see consistency and landing tricks, so I made sure thats what I did. I felt pretty good about my performance, and was happy to hear my name announced into the top ten finalists. It was a hot day in Venice, and though I didn't have all of my snowboard gear on, I was still feeling the effects of the heat. It was awesome to see how much girls have improved and really got after it at this contest in the middle of the summer!
In the end it was Laurie Currier who took the title again with her smooth riding, and technical tricks. I was happy to end in 9th place, after all i'm really NOT a rail rider!
Monday, August 22, 2011
I have never been able to spend my summer at Mt. Hood before and I was fortunate enough to make it up there this year thanks to Gatorade, Fydelity, and my family. I didn’t quite understand the dynamics of how the summer shredding works, but I think I finally figured out how to keep a happy balance of working hard and playing hard. This is what I’ve been working on for the past month and half, check it out
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I stopped through Monterey, CA on my way to Orange County to see my mom and my stepdad. My stepdad is THE MAN having won Le Mans when he was 24 he still he drives cars professionally, and was kind enough to host me at the track one day. Enjoy the ride...
Monday, August 15, 2011
It took about 2 or 3 weeks to finally track down all of these girls to ask them “why they ride.” When I finally sat down to start editing I was very pleased to see how it turned out and how everyones answers were almost the same, we all know snowboarding is fun, but can you guess any other reasons “Why We Ride?” Enjoy!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
My friends and I were bored in Oregon one day so we decided to take a little hike up to Bagby Hot Springs, I hadn't seen them in a while so we were all excited and documented our adventure on the Go Pro. Here is a little edit I made from it, enjoy!!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
On a side note to the Colorado trip, my mom flew up from southern California to accompany me on my trip and spend a little time together. We took the scenic route leaving Colorado through Moab, UT and the Grand Canyon National Park. We had tons of fun together. My mom rocks! Love you!
Following along the Colorado River
Welcome to southern Utah
The typical yoga pose..
Life is good.
Love my whip!
What is that?
Negro Bill Trailhead
My lizard friend striking a pose.
Everything important to me fits in my car. Can you tell?
First view of the Grand Canyon
Two of the most spectacular places I have ever seen.
Friday, June 24, 2011
The campers arrived on June 14th and had the day to settle before a welcome dinner that evening. After the dinner the wonderful staff at woodward took the time to walk everyone through the facility and the schedule for the next day. I am still in awe as to what an state-of-the-art facility they have to offer. With real snow jumps, and an airbag outside, to multiple trampolines, foam pits, and snowflex jumps in the barn, Woodward offers a variation of features for all ability levels.
The following morning was the first day on snow, the excitement was in the air as we all loaded up the buses after breakfast, which was supplied all week including lunch and dinner! (Thanks Woodward!) When we got to the snow, we had a little time to check out the features and decide whether or not we wanted to hike, or take car laps, I opted to take advantage of the car laps and not tire myself out hiking in the hot sun. First day was pretty mellow as everyone was getting their legs back, and I had some work to get accomplished as well. I showed up to camp with several awesome products from my sponsors; NICHE SNOWBOARDS, GATORADE, AND AKINZ to give to the campers. Niche had given me a snowboard to specifically give to the girl I thought deserved it the most, and I had already made a decision the first day. Just as anxious as the rest of the campers, I had trouble sleeping that night and couldn't wait to get back on snow the following day.
We woke to a beautiful sunny morning. With the sun dancing on the iridescent mountain-tops it was one of the most inviting spectacles I have ever seen. Fifteen minutes later I arrived back at breakfast got my coffee and was back on the bus being shuttled to the hill. There were a couple of other invited pro's there, and I had the chance to get to ride with those guys, which was awesome! Woodward was also flexible enough to let me interact as much or as little with the campers, and especially the female campers. I gave pointers where I could, but most of the girls were separated into all male groups, so I went around to the girls and let them know that the following day we were having an all girls group and it was ON!
Before leaving on Thursday, myself and the two other male snowboard pro's were invited to stay after the campers left and have a private photoshoot in the park. We were all so excited to just be able to ride without a lot of people there, but we also got snowmobile laps on the park! What an end to an already amazing day. WOODWARD you really outdid yourselves there! And a huge shoutout to RYAN SABOL for taking great shots! That evening there were some fun activities geared towards the adult campers, I came out and spectated for a while at the beer pong tournament, we had some fun!
over was a sad one. Determined to make sure the girls specifically had a good time, I grabbed each one from their separate groups, and formed our own. I wanted to work, but also make it fun for the girls, so I told them that I would give them each prize packages for really trying new things. Every single girl in my group took at least 3 huge steps up their personal ladders, which is more than any coach can ask for. The looks on their faces at the end of the day was priceless, and it feels awesome to get people stoked on something you truly love as well. The day flew by, and we barely had enough time to hit the jump, before we started the highest high-five contest for the entire camp. Everyone participated and had so much fun, the pictures will justify.
After the on-snow session we came down to "The Edge," to have lunch, and do the giveaways. I had prize packages put together for all the girls, and the seemed pretty stoked! I had one snowboard to give to a girl, as well as Scott having bindings and boots to giveaway. Lisa Collier was a camper in my group from New York who clearly deserved a new setup, she had a great attitude, and was riding a setup straight from 1997. Upon receiving her new setup, she wasn't sure what to do, cry, laugh, jump, scream, or just stand there in total disbelief. In the end she was so excited and it was rad to see what an impact you can make on someone's life. Around the same time we had cases of Gatorade show up for the campers and staff to enjoy... Thanks Tera!
Hope everyone had as much fun as me and comes back for the Angrysnowboarder.com session at Woodward at Copper! THANKS ESPECIALLY TO AVRAN, GATORADE,NICHE, AKINZ AND OF COURSE WOODWARD FOR HAVING ME!
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