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The mood was tense, the water was cold, the waves were minimal, and boards were breaking… But that didn’t stop us from having one of the greatest surf contests (sans ocean) of all time. Derived from the ever so popular skate contest “Goofy Vs. Regular,” we decided to hold our own event to see what stance was dominate. I’m going to leave it for you to decide (pictures attached). Things to look for; Style, amount of spray, overall impression, and anything else you think pertains…

Orange and purple shorts: Chris Benchetler. Stance: Regular

Olive green shorts: Eric Pollard. Stance: Goofy

Black and Yellow shorts: Blake Nyman. Stance: Regular

Brown shorts: Dylan Hood. Stance: Goofy

There will be an edit to shortly follow (when I have a moment to make one), so check back soon.

Tongue out… Extra points?

Lay back…

Taking a few of the lefts that rolled through…

Back side slashing… He trained in Mexico for this sh!*

Birds eye view.

Testing the flex of the board…

Teaching that wall a lesson…

Board retrieval. 

Shot check…

Photographer: Felix Rioux

The mood was tense, the water was cold, the waves were minimal, and boards were breaking… But that didn’t stop us from having one of the greatest surf contests (sans ocean) of all time. Derived from the ever so popular skate contest “Goofy Vs. Regular,” we decided to hold our own event to see what stance was dominate. I’m going to leave it for you to decide (pictures attached). Things to look for; Style, amount of spray, overall impression, and anything else you think pertains…

Orange and purple shorts: Chris Benchetler. Stance: Regular

Olive green shorts: Eric Pollard. Stance: Goofy

Black and Yellow shorts: Blake Nyman. Stance: Regular

Brown shorts: Dylan Hood. Stance: Goofy

There will be an edit to shortly follow (when I have a moment to make one), so check back soon.

Tongue out… Extra points?

Lay back…

Taking a few of the lefts that rolled through…

Back side slashing… He trained in Mexico for this sh!*

Birds eye view.

Testing the flex of the board…

Teaching that wall a lesson…

Board retrieval. 

Shot check…

Photographer: Felix Rioux

So, we finally got to session the awesome jump that Mammoth so kindly built. It was myself, Eric, Blake Nyman, and Dylan Hood, along with a group of very talented snowboarders lead by their fearless leader, Gabe Taylor. There was a bit of wind limiting what we could try, but it definitely worked out, aside from the slightly unfortunate samurai battle that took place against my ski and hip. My hip lost…

The boys are now going back to OR (due to more wind hold), but I plan on waiting it out so I can have redemption on the jump. I will keep you posted.

So, we finally got to session the awesome jump that Mammoth so kindly built. It was myself, Eric, Blake Nyman, and Dylan Hood, along with a group of very talented snowboarders lead by their fearless leader, Gabe Taylor. There was a bit of wind limiting what we could try, but it definitely worked out, aside from the slightly unfortunate samurai battle that took place against my ski and hip. My hip lost…

The boys are now going back to OR (due to more wind hold), but I plan on waiting it out so I can have redemption on the jump. I will keep you posted.

Eric and the rest of the Nimbus Independent crew made it down to my house in Mammoth, Ca. We are waiting for the weather to cooperate so we can try for one of those lovely spring jump sessions that everyone seems to partake in year after year… And we may, or may not, have just played Uno (the fantastic card game you learned as a kid), and turned it into a “drink it blue” game. I also have this picture of the jump (background), along with three strapping young lads (foreground) who go by the names of; Alex Daywoud, Gabe Taylor, and yours truly, taken by photographer Peter Maxwell Morning. Stay tuned for how the jump fairs…

Eric and the rest of the Nimbus Independent crew made it down to my house in Mammoth, Ca. We are waiting for the weather to cooperate so we can try for one of those lovely spring jump sessions that everyone seems to partake in year after year… And we may, or may not, have just played Uno (the fantastic card game you learned as a kid), and turned it into a “drink it blue” game. I also have this picture of the jump (background), along with three strapping young lads (foreground) who go by the names of; Alex Daywoud, Gabe Taylor, and yours truly, taken by photographer Peter Maxwell Morning. Stay tuned for how the jump fairs…

It’s time for the third and final winter installment of the “En Route” webisode series from Nimbus Independent.  There will be other short edits coming out this spring and more short edits coming out next fall, but this is the last major release of this season.  The plan to shoot the whole thing in Montana fell through due to injuries, weather and travel fatigue. Everyone chose to hang close to home and hit the West Coast. The crew decided split into two groups for increased efficiency.

After a few days rest from the trip to Europe, Pep, Wiegand, Andy, and newcomer Blake Nyman headed to the Mt. Baker area. Upon arrival, sunny skies and good snow greeted them. Moving quickly to avoid landing zones getting side-hilled by the ever growing sledneck population, they built a nice wedge into a steep transition. Blake and Andy went back and forth on the jump, landing numerous tricks backwards or what’s called “switch.” Pep rested his knee but still managed to have some fun on his sled.  They celebrated that evening by preparing “the best burgers ever.”

The snow turned good again the next week, prompting Andy to recruit Ike up to his home terrain of Yakima, Washington. Andy showed Ike a nice jump spot the first day. It was one of the few times Ike’s seen a sunny day with cold, deep snow in the Northwest. They took full advantage of the weather and put a few more shots in the bag, then spent the storm days doing avalanche control work with the ski patrol at Andy’s home mountain, White Pass. This led to more good shots and allowed us to ski the resort an hour before the public.

While one crew was in Washington, Benchetler, Eric and Wiegand hopped down to California and a well known sled zone. They had four good days of sun and deep snow before parting ways. Chris headed up to Canada to film for Warren Miller, and Eric and Wiegand joined Andy and Ike in Oregon.

The last leg of our journey took place in Eastern Oregon. Everyone drove thru the night expecting to get another sunny powder day.  Unfortunately the snow was already baked, so we headed back west to check out Mt. St. Helens. To no one’s surprise the snow was baked there too!  Guess it was the first week in April, but nobody complained and still made do with great snowpack and some airsoft guns. Needless to say, the next webisode has variety. If we were to tell you everything that happened, it would take longer than watching it. So don’t forget to go to www.nimbusindependent.com on or after tax day, April 15, to watch “En Route – America.”

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