Random Rambles I

I met mini shred Nick last night while doing a few laps with Dan Jonas and crew. This kid is sick. Keep your eyes out for him in the Quiksilver park. He's easy to spot. The smallest dude hitting the biggest stuff is a good sign that it's him. The term "Blogger" now identifies me, apparently. The following exchange from last night pretty much solidifies that assumption.

Sam: Hi Alice.

Alice: ...Hi?

Sam: It's Sam!

Alice: Hi Sam.

(Pause)

Alice: Sam who!?

Sam: The blogger.

Alice: OH! Hi Sam!

The Rookie park is amazingly fun right now. Everything is ride on. Even my girlfriend can hit features. Yay for progressive parks!

Nathan Jonas hurt his knee trying a ridiculous corked 7 off a tiny hit by the snowblowers. Bail or not, I was pretty impressed.

Formerly local shred Wes is back on the scene, working on restoring his local status. I ran into him lapping the park Sunday afternoon and got a few laps in with him. He's super fun to ride with, but long hours at work keep him off the hill.

The BC Snowboard Association is holding a slopestyle competition at Grouse Mountain on February 7th, hosted by Showcase Snowboards.  You need to be a BCSA member to register, check out the Facebook page or their site for details.

Fellow blogger Charlie Grinnell will be filming local boy wonder Liam Casey on Thursday with yours truly behind an old school 35mm SLR.  If you're in the park, feel free to stop by and say hi.  If you've never seen Liam ski before, you're in for a treat.

You may wonder why my blogs lack the visual stimulation some of the other blogs have. To be completely honest, I have so much fun riding, that I forget to pull the camera out. That and the fact that I don't want cold hands.

SIA is over and done with and the new gear for 2010 is looking sooooo sick. Here's a quick rundown of what I find sick...so mostly the reverse camber boards.Capita has introduced Flat Kick Technology to two more models. DC has a camberless model out. Rome is back with 1985s on more models. As for boards with camber, the choices are endless. All reverse camber boards have a sister board with camber. Now, some pictures!

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Nitro Sub Pop Series for 2010 ft. RC"]Nitro Sub Pop Series for 2010 ft. RC[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Signal 2010 Park Rocker with RIDICULOUS amounts of rocking"]Signal 2010 Park Rocker with RIDICULOUS amounts of rocking[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Some of DC's 2010 line."]Some of DCs 2010 line.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="333" caption="Capita Stairmaster Extreme"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Technine keeps it's street roots for 2010"]Technine keeps its street roots for 2010[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="333" caption="The new Ride Slackcountry for all your powder riding needs"]The new Ride Slackcountry for all your powder riding needs[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="333" caption="Local boys Endeavour have 4 RC models for this season. The Colour series for 2010, white with rocker and orange without."]Local boys Endeavour have 4 RC models for this season. The Colour series for 2010, white with rocker and orange without.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Stepchild's 2010 line up"]Stepchilds 2010 line up[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="32 is in the outerwear business for 2010"]32 is in the outerwear business for 2010[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="375" caption="Sessions has you covered if you forgot the gloves at home. Just pull out them mitts!"]Sessions has you covered if you forgot the gloves at home.  Just pull out them mitts![/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="A sampling of the Rome boards. The Design, Graft and Slash from left to right."]A sampling of the Rome boards. The Design, Graft and Slash from left to right.[/caption]

Speaking of Rome, I've managed to get my hands on a 2010 Artifact 1985 courtesy of the good folks over at the SDS. Dan and I will be reviewing it in the next couple weeks. Be sure to check back to get the low down on some of next season's gear.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="2010 Rome Artifact 1985"]2010 Rome Artifact 1985[/caption]

See you on the hill,

Sam