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Poor Boyz Productions and Nimbus Independent are proud to announce the launch of a new event series deemed the “Triple Threat Tour.” The Triple Threat Tour is a newly branded event that will encompass three parts: a photo/art exhibit, viewings of the 2009 films “Contrast” and “Everyday Is A Saturday,” and an after party. The tour kicks off in Seattle on September 12th with the World Premiere being held at the King Cat Theatre. The tour will continue on to hit over 50 stops in North America, as well as stops in Europe and New Zealand.

Go to BNQT for more videos.

Poor Boyz Productions and Nimbus Independent are proud to announce the launch of a new event series deemed the “Triple Threat Tour.” The Triple Threat Tour is a newly branded event that will encompass three parts: a photo/art exhibit, viewings of the 2009 films “Contrast” and “Everyday Is A Saturday,” and an after party. The tour kicks off in Seattle on September 12th with the World Premiere being held at the King Cat Theatre. The tour will continue on to hit over 50 stops in North America, as well as stops in Europe and New Zealand.

Go to BNQT for more videos.

Prior to our arrival in Argentina the snow base was minimal. There were countless death spikes and skewers ready to impale you, but as luck would have it, the pow hasn’t stopped piling up.

For the full story and picture gallery go visit freeskier.com-

http://community.freeskier.com/articles/article.php?article_id=4005

That’s my “Oh Sh#!” face…

That’s my “I’m by a lake” face…

That’s Eric logging some hang time.

Prior to our arrival in Argentina the snow base was minimal. There were countless death spikes and skewers ready to impale you, but as luck would have it, the pow hasn’t stopped piling up.

For the full story and picture gallery go visit freeskier.com-

http://community.freeskier.com/articles/article.php?article_id=4005

That’s my “Oh Sh#!” face…

That’s my “I’m by a lake” face…

That’s Eric logging some hang time.

I was meaning to post this story I wrote over at Powder Magazine, but I ended up heading to Argentina (where I’m currently at now) and never found a good enough internet connection, so it slightly slipped through the cracks… This story is going to take you back in time, only a couple weeks prior, where I headed to the West coast of New Zealand with Daron Rahlves and Martin Steinbach.

Excitement levels are high…

Written by: Chris Benchetler
Is it normal to bring a wet suit, hood, and booties on a ski trip? No… Was it the best decision I ever made? YES… Before we left the states I made sure to send out a quick email to the crew informing them that we would be staying on an island surrounded by big/good waves. I actually only knew that the surf was really good because of a personal experience I had two years prior with Jp Auclair. Jp and I had the pleasure of surfing the Catlins (far Southeast of the South island) the last time I was in NZ, and still talk about it as if it were yesterday. It was one of my most epic (we actually refer to it as “Great Day 2007”) trips to date…

Sure enough as we made our way across Aurthors Pass (from the Clubbies to Wanaka) and hit the West coast, the waves were firing. Unfortunately, every person who we stopped to ask about boards on the way looked at us as though we were the pioneers of surfing. I even asked one woman at a café about surfing and finding surfboards, and her response was- “Sure you can go surfing… If you want to die…” So, after what was quite possibly the saddest day of my life, we hit Wanaka and found our beloved friend Jossi Wells. He thought we were just as crazy as the Café lady did, but he supplied Daron, Martin, and myself with boards to go try our luck.

As predicted, it was AWESOME! Offshore winds, 6-10 foot, pretty messy, but the only warnings we had to beware of were rips, rocks, and sharks… Sure it was a little spooky being the only one in the dark deep water. Sure it was a little cold (10º C) and Daron started hyperventilating. Sure the current took you a mile down the beach within 10 minutes. But, it was one of the best days I’ve ever had. Surfing with snow-covered peaks in the background is a site to see. So, I’m going give you that site with these photos…

Photography by: Chris Benchetler, Daron Rahlves, & Martin Steinbach

Martin, Myself, and Daron. Stoked!

Very exciting closeout…

Castle rock.

Daron on a nice little peeler.

Headed back to the snow… Saw a few sheep. Go figure.

I’m back in the mountains… More posts on the way.

I was meaning to post this story I wrote over at Powder Magazine, but I ended up heading to Argentina (where I’m currently at now) and never found a good enough internet connection, so it slightly slipped through the cracks… This story is going to take you back in time, only a couple weeks prior, where I headed to the West coast of New Zealand with Daron Rahlves and Martin Steinbach.

Excitement levels are high…

Written by: Chris Benchetler
Is it normal to bring a wet suit, hood, and booties on a ski trip? No… Was it the best decision I ever made? YES… Before we left the states I made sure to send out a quick email to the crew informing them that we would be staying on an island surrounded by big/good waves. I actually only knew that the surf was really good because of a personal experience I had two years prior with Jp Auclair. Jp and I had the pleasure of surfing the Catlins (far Southeast of the South island) the last time I was in NZ, and still talk about it as if it were yesterday. It was one of my most epic (we actually refer to it as “Great Day 2007”) trips to date…

Sure enough as we made our way across Aurthors Pass (from the Clubbies to Wanaka) and hit the West coast, the waves were firing. Unfortunately, every person who we stopped to ask about boards on the way looked at us as though we were the pioneers of surfing. I even asked one woman at a café about surfing and finding surfboards, and her response was- “Sure you can go surfing… If you want to die…” So, after what was quite possibly the saddest day of my life, we hit Wanaka and found our beloved friend Jossi Wells. He thought we were just as crazy as the Café lady did, but he supplied Daron, Martin, and myself with boards to go try our luck.

As predicted, it was AWESOME! Offshore winds, 6-10 foot, pretty messy, but the only warnings we had to beware of were rips, rocks, and sharks… Sure it was a little spooky being the only one in the dark deep water. Sure it was a little cold (10º C) and Daron started hyperventilating. Sure the current took you a mile down the beach within 10 minutes. But, it was one of the best days I’ve ever had. Surfing with snow-covered peaks in the background is a site to see. So, I’m going give you that site with these photos…

Photography by: Chris Benchetler, Daron Rahlves, & Martin Steinbach

Martin, Myself, and Daron. Stoked!

Very exciting closeout…

Castle rock.

Daron on a nice little peeler.

Headed back to the snow… Saw a few sheep. Go figure.

I’m back in the mountains… More posts on the way.

Eric Pollard and I are here with Josh Dirksen, Leanne Pelosi, and Austin Smith shredding pow and shooting pics for the 2011 DaKine catalog shoot… There is a full story with scores of photos documenting the trip, so please go take a gander-

http://freeskier.com/articles/article.php?article_id=3995

More posts on the way- Chris Benchetler

Tasty waves and fresh pow…

Kill Bill 3…

Benchetler / Pollard ski acting lessons…