We have had a few days off while the snow reloads up in the alpine. The BC backcountry is hard on these machines and making sure your sled is dialed in is critical. Here are a few pics of Eero Niemela and Eric Jackson working on there sleds.
This video is looking sick!
K2 Snowboarding is out and about in 10 countries across Europe with the PopThis! tour. Check out the Highest Ollie Tournament in your area. The tour kicked off this past September 24 at freestyle.ch in Zurich. Can you pop it? What do you need to bring along? Nothing – K2 will take care of everything. There will be unique “snow free” ramps made using dry mats. Come and try out the award-winning Fastplant board with Bambooyah technology – you might to pop the highest ollie of your life!
You’ll need to work those thigh muscles though – so get your running shorts on. It’ll be worth it: the overall winner will be flown to Mt. Hood, USA for one week at the High Cascade Snowboard Camp, where they’ll be able to pick up tips from pros such as Eero Niemela! Each tour stop winner also gets a limited-edition K2 Pendleton skate deck and a Planet Earth combo! For tour stops in your area check out k2snowboarding.com or k2snowboarding.com/facebook and get training. The competition will definitely not be taking it easy! The regional winners go head-to-head at the finals in Salzburg. We’ll see then who’s got the pop to make it to Hood!
Ole Ole Ole! It’s that time of the year….catalog shoot time. So while many of you are probably trying to squeeze in the last few days of float life, BBQ’s, beaches, bikini’s, warm weather surf and all those other wonderful things about summer. We decided to end it early and take some of the team down to Chile to shoot the 2011.12 Catalog, and what can we say? Such a good decision!
First met up with K2 Staff Photographer and video cameo master Mike Yoshida. Between the two of us we had around 14 bags including our photo gear. Packed everything into my girfriend’s Subaru. Not enough room for me and Mike so we had to get a cab as well. Good times. Then we had an interesting challenge of trying to get 10 bags of product onto a jumper flight to LAX. Thanks to the counter ladies at United for the straight hook up! We met the majority of the rest of the crew in Los Angeles which consisted of Jordan Mendenhall, Travis Parker, Gretchen Bleiler, Leanne Pelosi, and one of our filmers for the trip Sam Hiltner. 13 hours, a quick stop in Lima, some delicious wine, and a couple Advil PM’s and we were in Santiago.
The drive up from Santiago to the Farallones area is a fun one. Over 39 counted switch backs on a road not much wider than your car in some areas climbing around 4,000 feet. We arrived at our house for the trip right next to El Colorado Resort, one of the first houses to built up here. Farallones is next to four resorts El Colorado, Valle Nevado, La Parva, and Farallones. Every window has a view of the Andes. Not bad.
But now looking forward to a great week! Not the powder we expected, but can’t beat the sunshine. Stay tuned for updates as much as we can. Internet is a pretty rare commodity up here.
So i wanted to do something awesome before my shoulder surgery. and this motorbike/camping trip was exactly what i needed. 1st day we had a late start ’cause Iikka’s bike would not start (some stupid fin left the key on overnight). He got a new battery and I hope he learned something. We started our trip in Encinitas, met up with Lauri in San Clemente and Joe Carlino in Santa Monica. We drove the Coast Highway the whole way to Ventura,Ca (170 mi). We got to the camp site in Ventura around 10.30. Got the bonfire going and Iikka started to put up his and Lauri’s tent and i thought that Joe would have a tent for us. I was like ” where is r tent Joe?” He goes, “nah man, we r sleeping outside”. So, had few beer by the fire and put down my little bike cover down for bedding and jumped into sleeping bag and started to catch some zzz’s.
Next morning packed up and headed northeast to a lil town called Ojai, Ca. Drove all kinds of mountain roads in Los Padres National forest and just enjoyed the warm weather and windy mountain roads. Stopped in some random biker bar for cold beers and some funny local biker stories. For example, “some guy got kicked out few nights before for being too drunk. So the drunk then decided to put gun powder into the ashtray and when the next guy was about to put out his smoke he nearly lost he’s hand and set the bar on fire”. Classic move!
We started to head back to the camp site, stopped by the store for beers, burgers, and fire wood. While we where cooking up the burgers i spotted a three foot garden snake. And i am so terrified of snakes that it doesn’t matter if it’s a little harmless garden snake or a blood sucking rattlesnake. I was ready to leave knowing that i have to sleep on the ground. Then, next thing i hear from some other campers is how the raccoons like to dick around your camp site and will try to get into your shit! So great, here we r surrounded by snakes and raccoons. Around 11 pm Lauri and Iikka got into their tent and Joe and I had this picnic table set around the fire to try to be safe from the snakes and the ‘coons. i wake up around 4am freezing and the fire is out. So i put my head lamp on and try to re-start the fire. I get the fire going and look around with the head lamp and i notice i’m surrounded by seven raccoons. Here I am, knife in my hand, trying to make noise to scare them away. But they were way more interested in the party they were having at the garbage can next to r camp. Joe is so dead asleep, he’s not helping and Im just so terrified. I don’t know what to do. Iikka wakes up and sticks his out of his tent and tells me to get the fuck out of there and get into the tent. At this point it started to get funny ’cause the ‘coons were having the party of their life and Joe is just snoozing right next to them. Then Joe wakes up and yells, “there is fucking ‘coon’s out here” and falls back to sleep. Me and Iikka r just laughing and amazed how Joe just went back to snooze town and I picked up my tampons and crawled in to the tent.
Next morning we woke up early and packed r bags and headed back home. Drove the Coast the whole way again (185 mi). Left Lauri at he’s house in SC and rest of us still had the longest 30mins r life’s. Made it home safe but extremely tired. Even knowing that i had the shoulder surgery the next day i had one of the best sleeps ever. Surgery went very well and now Im just sitting on the ground shoulder rapped up watching golf and of course so high on pain killas!