Archive for September, 2013

Earlier this season I was approached by good friend, Lachlan Humphreys of the Daily Dump Snow Report to see if I would be interested in collaborating on a filming project for the 2013 NZ Winter season.  Given the time frame and what we were looking to accomplish, I agreed and A NZ Freeride Story was born.


We took the month of August to shoot four episodes and will re-visit the project for the final two episodes in early October.  Although the official episodes are not yet released, I thought I would post a few photos and videos highlighting what we’ve been up to so far.


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Getting it done at the Opening Ceremony for the World Heli Challenge.


Lachlan getting the shot and generally pointing the camera at my at all opportunities.


Stef Zeestraten deep in the white room behind TC.


Same TC zone, different characters – Patagonia Ambassadors and Jones Riders Alex Yoder and Forest Shearer scoping my backyard.


Helluva surprise birthday party thrown into the middle.  Thanks Sofi and Richie!


We were stoked to spend 5 days at Temple Basin, NZ’s freeride mecca with Chief of Operations and bad ass Todd Windle.


Sitting at the top of a ridge waiting to drop at the Black Diamond Big Mountain at Temple Basin.


Hiking lines at Temple with a posse scattered down the ridge.


Freshies at Treble Cone.


Lake Wanaka water sports.

Lachlan’s winning edit for the World Heli Challenge ION Clip:

Sneak preview of Episode 2 of a NZ Freeride Story – Lachlan’s edit for the World Heli Challenge:


I am a bit late in getting this post up, but I wanted to share some of the amazing content that was generated during the 2013 World Heli Challenge.  I was not sure whether or not I was going to compete, but a last minute phone call had me running out the door to attend the rider’s meeting in just 15 minutes.  From there, it was two weeks of filming and fun.


Unfortunately, the competition did not run for both days and the results were taken just off the freestyle day rather than a combined score with the extreme day.  We only had two runs and I was stoked with both of mine as I landed all my tricks.  My second run was good enough to put me in third place behind Kiwi snowboard legend Will Jackways and X-Games Gold medalist, Antti Autti.


I have posted a few photos below, both my own and some from the World Heli Challenge.  At the bottom of this post, you will find all of the World Heli Challenge Edits.  There is a lot to take in, but I do recommend checking out each videographer’s perspective on the event.





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Better late than never….  Here I waltzed up after my phone call just 15 minutes before letting me know I was in!

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Training up at Treble Cone.  Photo – Taylor Rapley







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The method never fails in competition.


Surf Day


Another TC pow day with the posse.

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Stoked to be on the podium in third place!

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Lachlan Humphreys and I stoked to bring home the bacon!