Category Archives: Life
When it comes to skate boarding you cant win them all. Going back for one, two , or more tries to make the trick legitimate isn’t unheard of. The city of Vancouver is ever growing and with that said, spots come and go quite frequently. Some spots stay around for years while others last for just days. You just never know how long they will be around for. Read more
Over the years I have taken part in a few midnight missions, they are not always of the legal nature, but the stoke and memories of pulling something off under the veil of darkness is never easily forgotten. The earliest mission I can remember is liberating some plywood for a jump ramp that we “needed” to have, and the kind lady that shone her headlights so we could skate the wood safely home. Read more
When I was asked to be part of this project, I had absolutely no idea what I could write about, let alone that anyone would want to read. “NOW” is the most familiar, and so that is where it starts. I’ll probably swing from the past back to now and everywhere in between, but for now, well.. how many times can I say that word and not look like I am endorsing a new binding company? Read more
People often ask me who I look up to in snowboarding, and for sure, it’s the big-mountain chargers like Nico Mueller, DCP, Roman, and Travis Rice, but there are also a few out there that fly under the mainstream radar, people like Scott Newsome, who I take my toque off to for riding mountains the way mountains should be ridden and for being able to transcend their passions and visions into careers.
Every time I see a hand rail I instantly imagine sliding down it on my snowboard. The fact that I no longer possess any ability whatsoever to do such a thing never crosses my mind, yet this daydream is always the same. I wonder; when I’m an old man and must use handrails for their original purpose of assisting my walk down the stairs, will I still imagine locking into a backside lip slide? I sure hope so. Read more
Like many of us older shreds, I come from an era in skateboarding when it wasn’t “cool” to skate. It was before the mainstream stuck its clutches in— dollar signs etched on its nails—“legitimizing” it in the eyes of overzealous parents as a means to live out their un-achieved dreams and secure their retirements. Before it was on TV and in commercials selling everything from pop to gum to energy drinks. Before “action sports” as a term even existed. Read more
This past fall saw the end of Gravis Footwear as I or you know it. I was really bummed. It felt like a break up. I mean Im not going to get to spend time with all my close friends anymore. Yeah it will suck not getting fresh shoes every month and the paychecks were nice as well but the real bummer was not getting to travel and hang with people that had become my second family.
We’ve had some unseasonably sunny weather so far this early season in whistler.
A decent early snowfall started off the winter with some resets here and there to keep things going but the backcountry has shaped up a bit differently. there’s a lot more exposed glacial ice, and things are a lot more lumpy and less filled in. this makes for some of the features we’re used to hitting being unridable but at the same time opened the doors for new terrain, steeper landings and gaps that we haven’t shot before. Read more
A friend sent a link out the other day. Thinking it was just another forgettable YouTube video, I left it unopened in the inbox for a few days. When I finally got around to looking at it—I was floored. I don’t know the kids in the video, I have no idea where they are from, but we all share something intimate: we have both lost friends that are close to us. Read more