Sunsets over the Cardrona Valley, NZed Mate…..
So yeah, the webcast. For those of you who missed it, check out the replay today and tomorrow because it’s pretty much the craziest contest to date and is a mini sneak preview to the awesomeness of this upcoming Olympic Season. Shaun claimed it was the heaviest contest he’s ever been to and I am still amazed at what a little Olympic pressure and a smidgen of competitiveness can do for the progression of a sport. At the end of last year, ya know like 3 months ago a few people were hucking doubles in the pipe…maybe….it was kind of a third run in finals sort of trick….fast forward to the New Zealand Open and there are a slew of top riders who all of a sudden have not one but two double corks in their runs on lock. Louie Vito did one in Semis, Luke Mitrani and Shaun White did a two huge ones each in finals and I think the world of snowboarding just tinkled themselves. There were a lot of riders scratching their heads thinking ummm okay so that’s what it’s gonna take now, maybe I’ll go film this winter. Or like, ummm okay so my back to back 1080’s aren’t even podium worthy. So yeah, this trip to New Zealand was full of sunrises and sunsets and both on and off the hill…..cheesy? I know but I am still functioning with a heavy layer of jetlag fog so enjoy the photos and watch the webcast…xoxox t