So the past weekend was fun and thanks to the wonderful networking tool of Facebook, one of my friends posted this to my wall. Danika also got it in with the Finals Edit, you can check that > HERE < I unfortunately got sunburned to the extreme and my face is taking the toll for riding with no hat & sunglasses…it was worth it.
Why do people like to hate? In my opinion it’s cause people who are on top of the game have other people try to bring them down. But, like the cliché saying people gotta have haters if they’re doing something right. If you like snowboarding and like participating in something once in a while. Check out the Crew Clash on Yobeat.
if you enjoy a bit of art in your life, here’s a link to one of my friends webpages. She specializes in drawing people, but if you ever get the chance to see her other art not featured on her webpage, it’s a real treat.
She’s going to join in on blogging about our snowboarding conquests. One of hers was recently winning Best Trick at the Grand Prix…I’ll let her blog about it, but here is a little photo so she isn’t faceless..
So the US Grand Prix was supposed to start today Wednesday
February 29th, but has been put on weather hold. The past 2 days of practice has been pretty much only the rail portion of the slope course here at Mammoth Mountain. We have been needing snow but really? Of course we’ll have “damaging winds” the almost the whole week of competition! Oh well…
1) Everything is closed on Sundays all of us were pretty bummed that the indoor skydiving was a no go
2) Beer has an alcohol content of 3.2% I mean I could have hydrated with the beer there.
Other than those two things Utah was absolutely awesome. The final stop of Dew Tour was being held at Snow Basin just about 40 minutes away from Ogden. Also, this was where the Gatorade FreeFlow Finals were being held. Although it was low-light for the event, I’d say people were throwing down some fiery tricks. Putting all contests aside I know that I was able to finally learn double tails off of a hip, which I was super pumped on and we all made some pretty cool friends.
Karly, Jamie, Myself, Spencer, & ?
Unfortunately 2nd & 3rd only get rather large, and heavy plaques while 1st gets a paid trip to next years Dew Tour. But the trip was well worth it in laughs and good times. Hoping to get into Open Qualifiers for next year though!
The Cholula Triple Air hosted by Mountain High Resort was graciously renamed to the Chuck Allen Triple Air. For those who are unfamiliar with who Chuck Allen is, he is quite the inspirational guy. As one of the co-founders of NSSA (National Scholastic Surfing Association) & founders of USASA (United States of American Snowboard Association), Chuck Allen was always looking for ways to create great things for the youth. Growing up I could always count on Chuck to ask me “Hey, did you have fun?” And I did. He always was looking for a way to give back - either feeding us breakfast or lunch at events or holding raffles - everyone had a chance to be a winner and to have a memorable time. Without you Chuck, who knows if I would be still competing, still snowboarding. Thank you for that.
Cash prizes were on the line and everyone was throwing down. On top of getting some cash flow, myself and all competitors got to hit the air bag for free, for both practice and comp day. Let me tell you, it was probably one of the best times I’ve ever had. I tip the hat to whoever designed the bag.
Well, 2nd is definitely not last.
1st Katy Williams Bend, OR 2nd Moi! 3rd Jamie Madrid Fontana, CA
Hello everyone. This is Danika here. As you all may have noticed, Nirvana has been doing a most excellent job holding down our blog, but I decided it might be time for me to contribute a little something as well. I have just returned home from the inaugural world snowboard championships in Oslo, Norway. Now, a lot of you might be thinking, “You just RETURNED from the WSC? Wow I thought that hadn’t even really started yet!” To those of you thinking that, you would be correct. I had been in Oslo for a grand total of four days when I fell on the slopestyle course during practice. I ended up breaking my hand and wrist in four places and needed surgery. I also suffered another contusion to my back and hip. The doctors in Oslo said they could fit me in to have surgery there if I wanted. They would need to put several pins in, which would require a second operation to remove later. The whole thing would take about 12 weeks to heal. I elected to go home for surgery, and let me tell you, that was an awesome 11 hour flight! My hand kept swelling up and we had to frantically cut off the cast the intern in Oslo had put on me. To top it off, the doctors had only given me some over the counter pain meds, pretty much the equivalent to Aspirin. Between my hand and my sore back and the lack of painkillers, I don’t think I’ve ever been so uncomfortable! Despite the horrible flight, going home ended up being the best decision I could have made! My surgeon was able to put a metal plate in my hand, eliminating the need for pins and a second surgery. This method also reduces the recovery time in half and means I’ll be able to ride with a cast sooner! Hopefully I’ll get the all clear to ride in the Grand Prix and US Open with Nirv in a few weeks.
I did get to sightsee for one day in Oslo, and it was FREEZING! Here are some of the photos; Oslo is definitely a cool place and I hope to go back one day.
Oslo’s Royal Palace
Oslo is at sea level. You can be standing on the edge of the North Sea, and then a few minutes later be up on the mountain! Part of the water was actually frozen, so the birds in the photo aren’t floating, they’re sitting on the ice!
A Little Ways Down The Course
Bundled Up in the Opera House. I Couldn’t Warm Up!
I had a lot of trouble walking the first few days after my little tumble and needed a wheelchair to get through the airport. We had fun parking me in awkward and uncomfortable places. This one was a personal favorite of mine.
On a final note, I won week one of the Roxy Shooting Star video contest! You can check out the link here! I’m so happy! I can’t wait to be back on my snowboard and filming some more!
After the Gatorade, I was to hightail it back north to beat the incoming storm. The drive was mellow and there wasn’t too much snow in town. Little did I know that there would be about 3 feet of snow waiting for me to shovel the next day.
Monday Morning shoveling
Tuesday proved to be one of the best days of the year. Granted storm boarding is fun, but visibility isn’t at its finest. Since everyone decided to go down south for a mini vacation, I had a solo pow mission. Chairs 8, 22, 25, 9, & 12 were, to say the least, epic.
So, everyone has heard of the Volcom PBRJ right? If not here is the sitch. Free entry, free food, free stuff. It’s an excuse to have a good time with your friends and if you want to throw down on some rails…or boxes. Top 5 get invited to a Finals that is hosted by none other than Mammoth Mountain sometime during the spring. After Danika’s win at the Burton Pro-Test last weekend, why not do 30 straight minutes of cardio the next?
We waited until the sun went down. I specifically dressed for hiking weather, instead of it being cold while standing still weather. It was freezing while we waited for the results, but it was worth it in the end.
We ended up in the top 5 and so we will in the Volcom Championship Finals in the near future. For info on how all the others did, you can go Here. I personally heard the groms put on quite the show.
I mean, wordpress is a great blogging site, but there were a few things that just wouldn’t fly. 1) our name was technically already taken by another two man crew in the snowboarding world & 2) we would both get incredibly frustrated when trying to post things with ease and in a way we wanted it to look. So here we are at tumblr for our blog, but we both do have individual blogs still on wordpress if you’d like to visit them…