We had a blast the last couple days starting with an autograph session at Eastern Boarder. Then heading up to the Volcom Mr. Plant movie premiere in Pats home town of Plymouth N.H. The last night of September in N.H a slew of snowboardings greatest showed up at E.B in Nashua for an autograph signing. Pat Moore brought a group of savage beasts along such as Terje Haakonsen, Jamie Lynn, Bryan Iguchi, Jake Welch, Curtis Ciszek, Zach Normandin, Mike Ravelson and others. Less than 24 hrs later we experienced a head banging opener to Mr. Plant with face melting speed. A heavy \m/ metal \m/ vibe that made you want to smash your teeth out the first day of the season. The theatre reached max capacity and the rumor of a second showing was squished shortly thereafter. Good times were had by all and Mr. Plant will be available to download when the time is right.
I call Chile the California of South America, not only because geographically it resembles the golden state but the place is built to rip! Within one day you could easily skate, surf and shred epic spots, Valle Nevado was where we were snowboarding, is only 2 hours from Santiago and the coast is only 2.5 from there… you do the math. We showed up to Valle Nevado with some sub par conditions contributing to their lack of snow, but that didn’t slow down our crew of veteran travelers. Jake Price, Bryan Iguchi and fellow ASS man Curtis Ciszek made the best out of our week in the Andes mountains, throwing up hand plants and slashing some left over pow, and then we packed our things and searched out some new adventures.
I’ve been down to Chile a bunch of times, but have only seen the mountains, so making it out to the coast was such a sick sight. I’m not much of a seaman but the surf turkeys on our crew were ripping perfect looking lefts from what seemed like a perpetual wave machine. I on the other hand found a perfect Cement bowl that sat directly over the break to do my own version of duck diving. We spent a few days getting tubular and staying in an awesome coastal cottage before we booked it back to the city.
Santiago is a badass city, lots of good food, good people, and good skateparks. We spent the last of our gringo days searching for spots to skate and learning basic, terrible spanglish that only worked to order the wrong item off of menus. But after leaving our summer shred vacation I look at Chile in a different way, not just a summer destination for filming some last minute pow, but a true boardin’ destination of all types.
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