I am honored to release the final episode of A NZ Freeride Story. Rather than focus on snowboarding, we made a push to delve into surfing in one of the picturesque locations in New Zealand with a good friend of mine, Warrick Mitchell, Founder of Awarua Guides.  However, this was no ordinary surf trip.  Due to the remote nature of the Awarua Guides lodge, access is limited to helicopter, plane, boat and by foot.

 

Warrick, has spent a lifetime discovering the hidden gems of the region and showed us just a few of the daily rituals such as offshore fishing and diving, surf hunting by boat, sunset bonfires, feasts of epic proportions and story telling around the table. Some friends Lyndon Hutton, Lachlan Humphreys, Alex Carter and Warrick helped to etch a moment in time for a few days before all our paths led a in different directions and mine commenced onto the Freeride World Tour.

 

Thanks to Carlton Dry, iON, Epic TV, Awarua Guides, Greenstone Helicopters, and Mons Royale for helping to make this trip a success.

 

Produced by:
Clean Line Productions | Lachlan Humphreys & Colin Boyd

 

Music:
Civilian Sol – Danny Fairly
1st track – Maskless Masquerade
3rd track – Brother Man
4th track – Patupaiarehe

Smoke Stack Rhino
2nd track – Riverside

 

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After completing my initial year on the Freeride World Tour in 11th place and getting knocked off the tour, I was hungry to prove I had what it takes to stay on.  In order to qualify for the 2015 FWT I had to defend my position as the top North American snowboarder on the FWQT (Q for Qualifying).  The last win in Andorra put me into the top spot but there were two more 4-star events and a handful of riders capable of grabbing one of just two spots for the 2015 FWT.

 

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 On the road again, the San Juan Mountains sit in the distance. 

 

Sofi and I had a couple days in Tahoe before I jumped in the car again and blasted out on another 20+ hour road trip for another contest, this year has been ground hog day on replay.  We arrived in the European styled out town of Telluride and my good friend Kingston met me on the main street and looked after me with kind generosity over the next five days.

 

The venue for the first day contest looked like mini golf, however there were loads of snowboarder features which typically works well for my style of riding.  The line up of riders was stacked, however I knew all I had to do was achieve a top three result to hang onto my top spot.  All the calculations of points and results flew out the window when I dropped in and I had a blast on my run hitting about six features on the way down.  On the qualifying day, it all came together really well and I managed to qualify in first with a bunch of talented guys just behind me.  I was honored to have pulled it off and head into the finals day knowing I was already halfway there.

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Backside 360 tail on the qualifier day.  Photo: Jake Niece.

The finals day started just like the qualifiers with an hour long solo session on perfectly manicured groomers.    Over the past year I have fallen in love with groomer riding again, especially when we are granted early morning lift access and can session groomers without a single person in the way.  This is perhaps one of my favorite parts of these ‘extreme’ contests.   Anyway, with the weather pressing, the event organisers pushed hard to get as much completed as soon as possible.  As the male snowboarders began to drop the snow got heavier and heavier and by the time they called my name, I could barely see the bottom of the venue.  With all the riders already at the bottom and seeing the high level, I knew I had to put down a solid run to keep my top spot.  I aired a method into the top of the face, threw a little 360 onto the main face and proceeded to the more technical section at speed.  The venue was much shorter than I imagined though and before I knew it, I had missed one feature and ended up below a critical air… not good.  I managed the terrain with speed and aired out and into the final section with confidence.  The bottom wasn’t as smooth as the day before, but I hit four features before the finish and rode in knowing I stayed on my feet, which is usually the hardest thing to do.  Click here to check out the Subaru Freeride Series webcast, my run is around 1:52.30.

Down in the village I was stoked to see so many old/new friends on the podium and I was again blown away when my name got called up in first place.  It was the first four star I had won in years and this had a proper stacked field of talent so it really meant a lot.  That night, a Talking Heads cover band literally burned down the house and we celebrated one roller coaster of a year.

Screen shot 2014-04-10 at 10.36.01 AMGoofing around with the Tahoe Crew. Photo: Jake Niece.

IMG_7881So stoked to get on the podium again with my amigos –  5th – Rob Vandervort | 4th – Dave Brumm | 3rd – Chris Galvin | 2nd Vincent Remmel | 1st – me. 

 

I cruised back through Utah with fellow FWT riders John Rodosky and Laura Dewey and caught the midnight train from Utah to California.  Some Tahoe friends were on board, so I caught a ride back to South Lake with them and reunited with Sofi.  We made a plan to hit North Lake for the remainder of the week and a couple of mega storms were on the forecast meaning we were again in the perfect place.  We had the week to try and plan out the next two months and have some much needed time together to relax.

 

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IMG_7971Tahoe Legend showing me around the local South Tahoe Backcountry.

 

With one more contest remaining, we made the decision to pack the gear again and make the move to Big Sky, Montana to finish out the year.  How could we say no to just one more 15+ hour drive and the open invite from our friends Gabe, Tracy and Lizzie?  Before we knew it, we were back in Bozeman and then in Big Sky preparing for the contest.

 

The first day of the contest had perfect weather and relatively amazing snow conditions.  With another stacked field of riders and nothing to lose, I decided to let it rip right off the top throwing a switch 540 to enter my run.  A very wind loaded cornice was too powdery to pass up, so before I knew it, I was getting face shot after face shot as an added bonus before the main part of the run.  I entered a chute with a cross-court air out of the bottom and as I exited over a slightly rocky section, I hit a rock causing me to lose control and take a mid fall run without even doing a trick!  I pulled it together pretty quick though and hit my final two airs solid and styled.  At the finish I was pretty gutted, but Sofi assured me that a lot of guys fell and I should just squeak into the finals.

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Her prediction was correct and I snuck into the finals the next day in 11th position knowing I would need a high scoring run to catch up to the guys at the front.  Jonathan Penfield, a very talented rider was placed just behind me, but had the same thought and we rode identical lines back to back; he just bossed it and won the day, where I landed in his bomb hole, tomahawked into a no fall zone and was unable to hold it together on the big air below.  I was gutted not to end the season on a high note, but the contest results confirmed I would hold the top spot for North American riders qualifying for the 2015 FWT and my fellow shred buddy, Chris Galvin would take the second spot.

 

Screen shot 2014-04-07 at 6.30.16 PMDropping into my finals run with a consequential air at the top. 

Screen shot 2014-04-07 at 6.31.12 PMTaking a FWT style line out and into the main face. 

Screen shot 2014-04-07 at 6.32.13 PM Unfortunately I made a poor decision and didn’t carry enough speed off this feature, meaning I hit Penfield’s rocky bomb hole and tomahawked into a very precarious section, catching myself just in time. 

 

Its been a really wild roller coaster of a year with loads of highs and a lot of lows.  I feel I now understand the competitive freeriding game a bit better given all the recent experience.  Right now I am looking forward to taking some time off the snow, working on some new projects and taking life in a bit of a different direction in the coming months.  Keep posted for travels across AMERICA!

 Screen shot 2014-04-07 at 7.34.27 PM2014 Freeride World Qualifying Tour Results, stoked to be at the top and have so many buddies in the top 10. 

Screen shot 2014-04-08 at 8.45.59 AM A shot from the Swiss Magazine 30 Degrees published in March. 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t have been more stoked to arrive in San Francisco late in February.  I was coming into the fourth stop of the Freeride World Tour with fresh steam after my latest win and knowing my amazing girlfriend was arriving the following day. A quick night in San Fran catching up with old friends and Grain Surfboards was had and I was reunited with Sofi the next day. We hit the road for Lake Tahoe where we spent a couple days lounging, shredding and prepping for the next few weeks and 2,000+ mile journey ahead.

 

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My fellow FWT comrade, Brian Bozack, scooped us up and led us on a quick tour of his home resort in Tahoe, Sugar Bowl on what was one of the best days of the season. We then shot across the desert for Snowbird, Utah and the fourth stop of the FWT.

The contest was meant to run immediately, but an avalanche on the contest face (again) left the FWT management scrambling to sort out a new venue. Silver Fox was proposed to us and many athletes had mixed opinions as it was in bounds, skied by the public daily and because of that, a field of moguls. However fresh snow was on the forecast and we were granted an in course inspection, something rare on the FWT. The contest went ahead and I was feeling really positive about my line choice and chances on the venue.

IMG_7663Scoping lines with John Rodosky and Tom Burt.

 

IMG_7668 Silver Fox, the back up venue at Snowbird.

I put down a big method right off the top and went into a quick air through the top section and then into one of the best backside 360’s I’ve ever done in a contest. I rode out and into my next set of features which were a bit close. On my first, my landing was a bit weak as I was attempting to slow down to spin the next feature. This landing through me off so I changed my mind and straight aired a funky air, then into the next.  My mind was already off and I was unable to pull the air I wanted, but stuck it and rode away towards the finish line. Unfortunately I tried to pull one last slash at the bottom and got hung up in the funky snow and crashed right before the finish! IDIOT!

 

Check out my run here!

My score came in putting me into 7th place where I stayed as I was one of the last riders. I was happy with my line choice, but disappointed with my riding as I knew my chances for re-qualifying were that much more slim.

We hit the road early heading for Jackson Hole where we skied a mushy spring day and headed next for Bozeman, Montana, my west coast hub. Tracy and Gabe put us up for a few days to relax and recover before making the 18+ hour journey to Revelstoke, Canada.

 IMG_7669Shredding the legendary Jackson Hole with Sofi!

 

We had an epic crew for this journey consisting of (Sofi, the Chickering-Ayers brothers, Hadley Hammer and Sasha Dingle). The journey was a riot and after one blow out, a night in Fernie and a few detours for hot springs etc, we arrived in Revelstoke for the last and most anticipated stop on the FWT.

 

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IMG_7693Captain Larz dealing to the mega blow out.

 

Conditions were not looking great as a huge warm cycle was increasing instability in the snowpack by the hour. On our inspection day, ski patrol took to the air to heli bomb the face as they typically would. A ten kilo charge was dropped on the top cornice and did not explode for about two minutes. In that time the cornice dropped from the top ridge which was enough to trigger a slide as wide as most of the middle of the face, ruining our chances to compete on the legendary Mac Daddy Face. Just minutes after our riders meeting explaining the circumstances, another human triggered slide occurred on a different aspect in the back country and within reach of our crew. A heli was put in the air and patrol eventually rescued the punter that triggered it.  Needless to say conditions were scary and not getting any better.

 IMG_7705The legendary Mac Daddy Face of Revelstoke.

 

After seeing these events and hearing of the 50 year avalanche down in Rogers Pass, the FWT management made the decision to cancel the event leaving many riders, myself included, unable to have a chance to qualify for Verbier and for next season.

 

Gutted, but relieved the FWT season was complete for me, we spent our last day sledding with local legend Scotty Heale and another Kiwi and old friend Dre. This was the best part of the trip as Sofi got to check out snowmobiling and we got an amazing view of the available terrain accessible from Revelstoke. Unfortunately we blasted out the next day, but I can’t wait to go back.

 

IMG_7721 Kiwi/Revelstoke legend, Scott Heale showing Sof the goods!

 

Drew Tabke whisked us away to Seattle where we spent a night with one of my cousins, however we scurried away early the next morning for the journey South to San Fran for another cousin’s wedding a few days later. Robin our Craigslist Rideshare Captain had just purchased a rare RV Campervan and was making the journey south back to California and seeking company. As soon as we stepped on board I realized the journey may be a bit longer than anticipated. About 10 hours later we made it about 300 miles to Eugene, Oregon, about 1/3 of the distance to San Francisco.  Not ideal, however an old friend saved us from a night in the van and we carried on the next morning for San Francisco, making it just in time for the wedding and a rad family reunion.

 

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IMG_7829Our new whip, thanks Kiel and Olivia

We didn’t stay in the city very long and we were fortunate enough to move into a new Alaskan rig for the next leg of the journey.  Patty, pictured above, was lent to us for an undetermined amount of time by some generous friends and Sofi and I were off back to the Sierra Nevada mountains to see what might shake out next.

 

After my debut on the Freeride World Tour I was in need of a break from contests.  I was seeking good friends, lots of powder and no stress.  The break from competing lasted about two days, but the powder and amigos came in bounds.

 

Ruari MacFarlane and I were dropped off in Silvaplana, Switzerland the day after the Kappl FWT stop hungover and unsure if we were even at the right mountain.  We were told we were invited into the Engadine Snow FWQT 3 Star stop but we didn’t know much else.  A registration desk magically appeared along with lift tickets and lunch passes and we soon found ourselves dressed in snowboard gear riding up the tram.  As soon as we took our first turns, we knew we made a good decision and our hangovers were long gone.  We caught up with some other competitors and rode amazing powder for two days leading up to the contest.

 

Screen shot 2014-03-03 at 7.21.31 AMRuari shooting down at me with his GoPro in one of the many insane pillow zones.

 

Unfortunately the contest went terribly as I picked off a heavy line and I didn’t execute.  However, it was the winning run for the male skier category, so if I had pulled it off a bit more fluidly, it would have scored highly.  Below is a photo of my friend Juan Bergada executing it like a boss.  Out of 100 riders, only three of us entered this heavy double with a hairy landing that isn’t shown below.

 

Screen shot 2014-03-24 at 3.12.06 PMJuan Bergada skiing like a boss.

With that contest over, we had one day before the Engadine Snow Invitational commenced.  This event has about as much history in competitive freeride snowboarding as Verbier.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but it turned out to be one of the most fun and unique competitions I’ve ever done on a board.  The concept was a parallel freeride with teams of two facing off against other teams of two.  I was a late entrant and did not have a team mate, but fortunately my friend Ally Watson was about and we entered as ‘Team Scottish Roots’ against the classics – Austria, Switzerland, Argentina, etc…

 

Screen shot 2014-03-24 at 3.09.22 PMHalf of Team Scotland vs Team Swiss.

 IMG_7372Getting ready to repel 50 meters into the face.

IMG_7371The crew looking up at the North Face of the Corvatsch.

 

Screen shot 2014-03-24 at 4.29.05 PMTeam Scottish Roots on the legendary North Face of the Corvatsch.

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Team Scotland wrapping it up.

I think it was perhaps the deepest snow I’ve ever ridden in a contest and any plans to do any tricks flew out the window as the snow billowed over my shoulders with each turn.  Once again, my competitive edge did not shine and Ally and I were knocked out after the first round.  Fortunately Team Argentina led by local Lucas Swyiekowski and Juan Bergada took out first place.  There are a handful of videos to go with this event, so I have posted my favorite here.  To check out more, please visit the Engadin Snow Website or their Facebook page.  Thanks to Christian Mueller for hosting such a rad event and I hope to be back next year!

 

 

After three contests in a week, I was ready to relax.  The Corvatsch did not relent though as the snow kept falling, the free lift tickets kept flowing and the Argentine mafia kept skiing.  I couldn’t resist and took part in about five days of absolutely insane riding.  It was the best week I’ve had in a long time and I was able to fall in love with snowboarding again.  I will have some epic POV footage somewhere but have yet to review it!

   IMG_7422The Argentine Mafia showing Nadine Wallner and our crew around the area.  Ropes don’t matter in Europe…

IMG_7421Local legend, Lucas Swyiekowski showing me around his other home-base in Switzerland.

IMG_7324The snow in this area has been all time.  This shot was taken after our first day, just at the base of the hill. 

IMG_7352Perhaps the highlight of the whole trip was Friday Night Lights, where the tram is open until 2:00 AM and fortunately for us, there was nearly 3 feet of blower pow to shred in the dark!

We left Switzerland in a hurry and ended up back in Chamonix.  I took a flight the following day to Spain and next a bus to Andorra, a rad wee country in the Pyrenes.  Two contests drew me there, however I didn’t have a spot in either of them as the riders list was full.  I did however get on the judging panel for the first 3 Star event, known as the Grand Valira Freeride.  It was my first proper judging experience so I didn’t know what to expect, especially in Andorra. I was pleasantly surprised as I was treated super well by the event organisers, had a blast hanging with my fellow comrades, Lolo Besse, a Freeride World Tour Judge, and Bruno Compagnet, Co-Founder of Black Crows Skis, the mountain was tons of fun and our accomodation at the Mountain Hostel Tarter was epic.  I wanted to judge in order to learn more about what the judges see and how to upskill myself in contest runs.  Although the job was difficult to decide who deserved what points, I found it super helpful for my riding.

 IMG_7464Gaining a fresh perspective.

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Lolo Besse, French freeride legend teaching me how to carve.

 

I was granted a late entry to the El Dorado Four Star FWQT event in Andorra the following week.  I needed a solid result in order to be in the running for re-qualifying onto the Tour and I knew the level would be high with the Euros in their own alpine setting.  The snow appeared variable, but on the qualifying day, it couldn’t have been better at the top.  The venue was steep but with a bottomless 30-50 cm anything was possible.  At the top I found myself picking and choosing between the most fun features, something I rarely do, but about two minutes before my run, I settled with one line and let it rip.  The top section was really playful and I had landed five airs before rolling into the bottom section.  I changed my line at the bottom which was an error and I didn’t land a cliff well costing me the top run of the day, however I ended up in 2nd going into the finals.

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The heli ride is always more fun than the contest.

IMG_7588Loose as heli pad.

The finals were heli-accessed and the venue and conditions were completely different than the day before.  I found it to be much more Kiwi than anything else.  20 riders were flown to the top and I had to battle it out with five other snowboarders for the top spot.  I picked my line from the bottom up, again something I rarely do, but it seemed to work well.  I was the last snowboarder to drop in and the snow conditions had changed drastically. On my second turn I nearly got sluffed over a sizeable cliff due to the wet slide I triggered on my first turn, but held it together, landed the air and rode into my next double confident and fast.  Clearing this boney feature I had some fast paced turns through a wide open section before taking a blind mandatory air into a lower chute, leading into a method right above my last final chute out.  The run was fast and border line out of control, potentially due to the fact that I was riding my splitboard, but I felt great coming through the gate at the bottom.

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Screen shot 2014-02-28 at 2.39.09 AMCommitted for the mandatory air into the lower section.


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My run turned out to be enough and I took home the top spot and a handful of Euros.  My good friends Sintu and Mariona whisked me away out of Andorra and into Barcelona by sunset.  I said goodbye to them after a short catch up and flew back to Geneva at 11:00 PM.  Another friend scooped me up and I was soon off to Chamonix to clean up the rest of my scattered gear and life from the two months prior.  With just enough time for a 3 hour nap, I departed for Geneva at 7:00 AM and caught my flight back to the USA.  Mission complete!

Screen shot 2014-03-02 at 5.32.01 PMSplitboarding my way to first place!

For my first trip to Europe, I was totally stoked with all the amazing locations and the chance to spend time with old and new friends.  So many people helped to make this trip happen and I’m blessed to have such great friends.  See you next year!

 

 

 

 

Episodes 4 and 5 of A NZ Freeride Story span across the Southern Hemisphere from New Zealand to Argentina.

The NZ Clubbies are infamous around the world for their rope tows and are quickly gaining a reputation for pumping out serious big mountain freeriders.  I’ve cut my teeth here in competitive big mountain riding and Episode 4 at Temple Basin highlights the potential here.

 

 

In Episode 5, A NZ Freeride Story heads to Argentina and back to New Zealand to chase snow and show another side of freeriding – splitboarding.

 

I have just returned to the USA after my preliminary trip around Europe.  I was honored that my maiden voyage included four weeks competing and traveling with the Freeride World Tour. I was unsure what it would be like and I came into the event feeling like I was going into a pretty serious season, but I soon realised all the riders on tour were there to have fun and enjoy and I started to relax into it.  My first weeks were spent in Chamonix hosted by kiwi ex-pat snowboarding/climbing legend Andy Lagan and good friends Antoine and Camille.  This valley is home to some of the most insane lift accessible backcountry in the world and I barely had time to scratch the surface.  It was great to experience such a spot with great friends and the FWT.

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First day in Cham.

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Riding with really good friends!

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The legendary Aguille de Midi in Chamonix.

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Checking out Verbier.

Following Chamonix the first event was held on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif in Courmeyer.  My strategy going into the event was to leave nothing on the table as I felt I had short changed myself competing in major events the season before and coming short of the podium.  I picked out a fun line with a very similar top section to my mate, Ruari MacFarlane, who was also new to the tour this year.  We dropped first and second and were pumped to light it up!

I had just broke my competition board the day before so I sized down to my spare board which, in my opinion, did not aid my riding for the rest of the season so far.  Dropping into the first section of my run, I decided to do an air into a fairly high speed straight line through a tight coulior and I had a slight control issue getting my speed down before my first feature.  I went into a three drop sequence with a frontside 3 tail, a straight air in the middle and spun around for a cab-5 at the bottom which I was unable to ride out of cleanly, costing me a decent result on the first stop.  However I was pumped to give it my all and know that if I had landed the trick I would have probably been on the podium.  My good friend Antoine was there with me to celebrate and we headed off for the next stop, Chamonix.  To review the replay of the Courmeyer run, click here and fast forward to about 30 minutes into the run to watch Ruari and I make costly mistakes!

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Front 3 tail to stomp next to Ruari’s line.  First two tracks down the face!

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Frontside air mid-run.

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Cab 5 to mistake.  

Back in Chamonix I was motivated to put a proper run together.  I had seen the face before and picked out a natural line I would ride anyway if I were to hike it myself.  I found a bit of a rocky entrance into a cornice air with a tight landing, a hip further down and some fun features at the bottom.  The day of the contest we took the 6:15 AM tram and rode to the face in the dark.  We saw the sun rise over the Mont Blanc Massif and hiked through the still and crisp morning air.  At the top the contest moved quickly and I realized later that I spent too much time watching my fellow rider’s top sections and not focusing on my own.  When it came time to drop I was relaxed, but almost too much and rode into my line in a mellow manner. I lined up the backside 3 off the cornice, landed, but shut my speed down too quickly, as I wanted to hit my next feature.  This was a mistake as my next feature was a vertical wall of snow and I couldn’t air it as I intended.  I rode out of the coulior searching for my airs at the bottom, however I made a costly mistake here and missed my bottom rocks and rode into the finish line feeling largely disappointed with my performance.  I was granted a score in the 60’s and ended up in 12th place just in front of the two guys that fell.  It was definitely one of the lower points in the tour, not because of where I ended up, but how I performed on the day.  However, I learned a few things about myself and my strategy so have used this going into the next contests.  I also learned that things can always get worse as I contracted a violent 24 hour stomach bug shutting down my system for a few days.  To view one of my worst competition runs in recent years click here.

Heading into the last of the European leg, I was in the back of the tour and needed a result.  The Fieberbrunn face was not very inspiring and fortunately the face slid during avalanche control, leaving the FWT Management searching for another option, which was found at Kaapl, a tiny resort on the other side of Austria.  The competition face has been used in the Qualifiers, but looked fun with a lot of options.  I picked out a line on the main face, but then decided that 98% of the riders including male/female ski/snowboard would probably ride that section, so I went for something on the complete other side of the venue.  This turned out to be a really fun option, however the windlip I had scoped from the side appeared to be a monster from the top.  When I questioned my friends if they would hit it about 5 minutes before my run they agreed it wasn’t a good idea.  I should have taken their advice…  My run was pretty good up until the windlip where I went into a high speed corked belly flop (which should have been a rodeo 7)….  Once again I rode through the arch disappointed with my decision to risk so much, but happy to have attempted.  Check out the full run here.

Screen shot 2014-03-03 at 9.44.08 AM Slashing at the bottom in Kaapl.

So the first leg of the Freeride World Tour has not gone as well as it could have for me.  However, I have had such a blast riding with some of the top freeriders from around the world, checking out some amazing places and living the dream.  Keep posted for the next update.

I am stoked to share with you the first three edits of A NZ Freeride Story.  I encourage you to check them out if you haven’t already and please stay tuned for the next three episodes.

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.

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

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Stef Zeestraten deep in the white room behind TC.

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

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

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

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

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

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Freshies at Treble Cone.

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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:

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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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HELI 1!

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HELI 2!

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HELI 3!

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The method never fails in competition.

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Surf Day

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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! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peak 2 Peak

Posted: August 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

Last weekend I competed with four other friends in a race called the Peak to Peak. Richie Johnston wrote the story up and I thought I would share his post. As the snowboarder, I started the race with approximately 120 others on the start line. I was stoked as I was the fourth skier/snowboarder down and gave our team the head start which everyone held onto throughout the race. Look out for next year!

Richie Johnston

A much anticipated event to link the two ski mountains in Queenstown took place over the weekend…

Individuals and teams of two to five people race by ski/ snowboard, mountain bike, kayak, foot and road bike from the top of the Remarkables Ski Area to Coronet Peak. Team RISKY BISCUITS entered during the last week of registration with an select few semi-pro athletes from Wanaka & Hawea. With the help of an amazing support crew we had an amazing time racing.

The courses encompasses snow covered mountains, steep gravelled and tarmac ski field access roads, State Highways and tarmac rural roads, public reserve, public walking / cycling tracks, and Lakes Wakatipu and Hayes.

The Race
Stage 1: Ski/Board 2km – Colin Boyd
High on the Remarkables Ski Area. A mass start – run down to skis. Actual start determined by snow cover

Stage 2: Mtn Bike 17km – Richie Johnston

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