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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Mother nature blessed that ASS with good weather and mild temps July 8-13 up at Mt. Hood. Fellow ASSman, Pat Moore and I were called upon from the Drink Water crew to help out withThird Annual Rat Race waxing stations. Rather than spending just the day at the race, we decided it would be good ol’ time to get nasSty riding for a week and set off a minor ASSplosion. Our first day up on the hill developed quickly into an all time quarterpipe session with riders dropping in faster than they could drop a toilet of ASS. A handplant demo put on by Pat Moore, Mike Ravelson, Forest Bailey, Desiree Melancon, Alex Lopez, and many more was ended abruptly when Mr. Gigi Rüf decided it was time to drop the hammer. A McTwist of epic savage proportions was demonstrated by Gigi, cheers were thrown and off we went. The next day, we jammed around the hill taking repeated runs on the quad chair and swooping through the High Cascade park. Snapping a few pics here and there around the park and on the hill. Mt. Hood is an unbelievable experience for a snowboarder. If you’re planning a winter trip somewhere cold next year, you may want to cap that ASS and go where the temps and parks are off the meat rack.
Pat and I had a job to do though: keep the Rat Racers racers properly lubricated. So, Rat Racers needing a quick fix of speed before and during the race were taken care of at registration and on the hill with all the Haul ASS Wax one could desire. Wax was melting on some of the best-shredders-known bases faster than Preparation A was spread at the ol’ folks home on a Sunday. We graciously warned a few that our wax does carry a warning label indicating high speed, but few were scared. A state of the fart waxing technique was shown to our asses by Alex Yoder at the registration waxing. Alex prefers to apply his coating of ASS with a surf-like application process. Slowly heating the ASS and then rubbing it like a bar of surf wax over his base, he insured proper heat distribution.
One Race Race highlight included a toeside turn WA-POW!!! by Jake Price that resulted in aggressive acceleration, shooting him out of the course. It was like he hit a nitrous button and couldn’t control it. It was also our duty to present the Half ASS award. This was determined to go to the biggest name pro with the lamest time. The award was a bottle of Fireball Whisky covered in “I Love ASS” stickers, sure to send the victor to the toilet the next morning. The winner was one of Canada’s finest, Devun Walsh. Pat Moore presented the Half ASS award to Mr. Walsh at the Rat Race ceremony, Devun took a sip and was left gasping for air. We had a hell of a time and look forward to going back to Mt. Hood next year. Thanks to everybody that loaned a helping hand and remember, we’re not farting around!