Archive for January, 2011

Heavy Machinery

Posted: January 30, 2011 in Uncategorized
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First video. What do you think?

Probably one of the best closing days I’ve ever participated in took place at Treble Cone this year.  Thanks to Richie – the man on the surfboard here, I was lucky enough to round out a super fun day shredding with a wake-surf on one of the sickest boats I’ve ever seen.

 

ps – Surfing an endless wave is way better than wakeboarding!

Hey Yotei

Posted: January 29, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I woke up in the Land of the Rising Sun and this is what I saw:

If you’ve been to Jackson – you may have not seen this little gem stowed deep behind Cody Bowl.  If you have, chances are, you probably haven’t skied it.

At the close of 2009, I was luck y enought to head out there with Andrew Whiteford and some of the other VT JH implants.  Check out this story by Miles Clark on Unofficial Networks:

 

The North Shore – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

BY MILES CLARK · JANUARY 26, 2011 · 2 COMMENTS

the north shore


I’ve been dreaming of skiing this zone for around 10 years now.  Yesterday, when on top of Cody Bowl, I looked over, recognized it from the movies, and decided that I’d be heading out there the next day, no matter what.

the north shore skier's right

Jackson Hole Freeride Team member Andrew Whiteford was kind enough to take us out there today.  I gotta tell ya:  it’s a helluva hike.  We even had to hike downhill for about 20 minutes thru this rimmed up sugar snow on top of scree rocks with penalty if you fell.  The hike was bizarre, gorgeous, and very Jackson.  TGR had beat us out there and was filming with Griffin Post, Ryland Bell, and Jeremy Jones.  Griffin skied two lines today that were extremely impressive.  The guy is a ripper and it’s gonna be fun to watch TGR’s upcoming flick.

north shore lines from tgr

Our experience in The North Shore was unforgettable.  We got in two laps, had some highs and lows (including a tumble and a run-away ski).  But it was an awesome introduction into a world class ski zone.  I can’t wait to get back out there and get some more time making friends with more of those beautiful cliff bands.

Look for our Jackson Hole video edit coming early next week.  We’ve already gotten some great video and we’ve got 3 more days of skiing out here.

Special thanks to Jackson Hole and Zahan and Andrew Whiteford for helping us out A TON while we’re out here!

a great view in jackson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Miles is a Pro Freeskier, Mountain Guide, Writer, and recovering Coprophobic from California. Traveling, Surfing, Skiing, Mountaineering, Language, and Culture float his boat, but don’t rock it.

 

 

 

Power Trip, Round 2 – FIGHT!

I ran another Power Trip around Hokkaido this week and was blessed with some of the best weather I’ve seen in Japan.  After 15 feet of snow, the skies opened for the crew and delivered a week of bluebird.  The trip started in Niseko,ended in Sapporo and was jam packed with stops  in between.

Here are a couple of photos from the trip.  Check out the Black Diamond Blog to get the whole story.

 

So I took my Stage 1 Avalanche Course at Temple Basin, NZ last season and bumped into Martin and Billa from Gulmarg Heli-Ski.  My old flatemate, Jase Hancox happened to be their cinematographer the previous season and decided to head back for more this year.  This is what he has shot thus far.

After hearing what those boys had to say, this is definitely a spot on the hitlist.  Tim Binks from FreerideNZ is out that way at the moment sussing out terrain and the possibility of running trips out there next year.

For more info check out gulmargheliski.com.

Pablo Bro

Posted: January 25, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Homeboy Pablo Azocar, a Chilean Snowboard photographer who resides between Chile, NZ and the states just put together a video montage from 2010.  Check out his video here and his other work on PabloAzocar.com.

 

So I got to go Meow-Boarding for the first time in my life the other day.  It was quite a trip, seeing it was located on the cusp of the sea of Japan in a port tow called Iwanai.  I reckon the raddest piece of localism in Iwanai is their mascot (see photo).

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Anyway, it turned out semi-flat, but we had a blast anyway.  All you can eat lunch turned out to be one of the hairiest lines there.  Anyway – check the full story on the Black Diamond Tours Blog.

 

Since I never bought a GoPro before I left – I will now substitue other people’s footage so you may live vicariously through their Niseko powder shredding lense.  And yes it has snowed about 11 feet in the past two weeks.  Boom!

 

If your not from New Zealand or haven’t visited, you may not know the man, the myth, the legend  – Dougal Allan. I recently found this post from his blog – dougalallan.co.nz and had to share it.  This cat is the most motivated athlete I have ever met in my life while at the same time the most humble and genuine.  I can’t say enough about him.

 

Anyway – he’s been slaying multi-sport events (sea-kayaking, running, mountain biking, cycling) for the past 6 years and has more recently started to sweep the bigger events.  At the height of New Zealand summer, lies the world championship multi-sport race, The Speights Coast to Coast.  Dougal took 2nd last year and as an up and coming multisport athlete he is certainly one of the biggest threats to the previous champions.

 

Check out what Dougal’s got to say about training for this years Coast to Coast and his philosophy on motivation and confidence:

 

Happy 2011 to everyone!

It’s now less than 6 weeks until Coast to Coast 2011. With the race drawing closer and the talk starting to develop on who will be on the start line, I have been asked a number of times the same question: “Do you think you can win?”  At first it seemed unfair to me that people would ask me this question. Answer ‘no’ I thought to myself, and I would be writing myself off before I had even started. What would be the point in all the training and sacrifices I had made all summer if I was dismissing my chances before the race had even begun? But answer ‘Yes’ I thought, and I will set myself up to look arrogant, a silly thing to do when one considers the calibre of athletes expected in February, 3x Champion Richard Ussher to name just one super human that will be amongst those looking to get home first in Sumner. So the question remained, but I couldn’t decide upon a better answer than to simply state the obvious: “I have no idea”.

But then I gave it some thought. I find I have plenty of thinking time during a 20-25 hour training week, and gradually my thoughts and feelings surfaced with ever-improving clarity. And here is what I decided.

First of all, when setting a goal, one must always ensure the goal(s) that is being chased is one that can be controlled by the person setting it. There are plenty of things that I cannot control on race day. For example the weather, the conditions of the run course, the ferocity of the rapids in the paddle, and most of all – the opposition. I cannot control how good Richard or anyone else feels and performs on the day, but I can certainly control my own performance. So then, there is no point in me setting a goal to “Win” the Coast to Coast this year. Because on the day, any one of about ten athletes could do that. But my goals to run the pass in a certain time, stick to a nutrition plan, and save some energy for the last ride for example, are all things over which I have control and should then be focussing on. If a top placing results, then I can consider it a bonus.

But inevitably the thought of winning the incredible Coast to Coast is occasionally entertained in my head. Of course it is. Having finished 2nd (albeit on a different course) last year, I know there is only one placing better to one day try and achieve. But this will never happen, unless I believe it can. Last year I lacked self belief. I had beaten myself before I had even started. Because I never truly believed I deserved to be near the front. So when I found myself racing alongside the legendary Gordon Walker, I had already considered my race a success. Second would eventually feel beyond my wildest dreams as I crossed the finish line.

But this year, I want to think and feel differently. I want to believe that I have every chance of racing up front, if I execute my race plan and focus on the controllables. Why not? Why should I not believe that I can lead the race? Perhaps it feels awkward to even consider this a possibility because of the ‘tall poppy’ dynamic we have here in New Zealand. But I really do think we can have unwavering confidence in ourselves, without being ‘arrogant’ or ‘egotistical’. Here is why.

Think of a goal you have worked towards in your life. It doesn’t have to be a race or even sport-related, like my Coast to Coast example happens to be. Think about how much that goal meant to you, how it seemed at times more important than life itself. And how hard you were willing to work in order to achieve it. All the sacrifices that were made during the journey towards the final test. When asked along the way whether you thought you could do it, what did you answer? I can tell you from experience standing on countless start lines for multisport races, not many people will acknowledge upfront that they are confident they can achieve what lies in front of them. And I have been the same. “Oh training has been patchy, I haven’t done as much as I wanted so I don’t expect to be very fast today. I guess I will just be happy to survive!” Sound familiar?

To anyone who has worked all summer towards a goal. The Coast to Coast, Challenge Wanaka, giving up smoking or whatever. Well done on your efforts to date. All the commitments you have made and the tenacity you have displayed in moving yourself closer to achieving a result. The only thing left to do now is believe it is possible to do something great when your chance arrives. You owe it to yourself. I know for me I will be arriving at Kumara Beach on February 12th with more self-belief than I have ever had. Because I am quickly learning that the journey is always huge. And the last obstacle to overcome is confidence. But if you have done all the hard work leading up to ‘race day’ why throw it all away and disrespect all your personal efforts by abandoning the belief you have (and will be needing more than ever) now that it counts.

When you arrive on the start line look around yourself briefly, but look inside yourself always. Because this is where you’ll find the controllables, and this is where you’ll also find the key ingredient for your success: self-belief. My coach Val Burke gave me some advice a few weeks ago that sums it all up perfectly and I’ll be repeating in my head on race day: “Respect everyone. But fear nobody”.

Go for it!

Dougal