The girls have set off from Whistler and landed in the deep forests of interior BC to meet up with friends at the GT memorial NoBoard race, then out to a little cabin in the woods for some dreamy pillow riding. First rule about T^*#+ L@&%, don’t talk about T^*#+ L@&%!!
P.S. WEBISODE #1: 2012 Hana Beaman, Robin Van Gyn, Leanne Pelosi are out in the Canadian backcountry searching for pow pow and good times. In this episode the girls run into some sled complications while they are out getting warmed up for the season.
Leanne Pelosi has done a tremendous amount for female snowboarding. She founded the MGT Snowboard Camp for Girls and Women who want to continue to progress their snowboarding and she has appeared in many runway films such as La La Land, As If, and Ro Sham Bo. She is one down to earth rider, and her set up is just as rad as she is.
For the park, where Leanne has no problem throwing 720s and cab 270 on to 180 out on down rails, she checks in her K2 Va Va Voom 143. When in the backcountry she rides her K2 Wolfpack 154. “I developed this board for an all-around board that I use for park and backcountry. You can’t go wrong with feathers on the base.” remarks Leanne.
For bindings she kicks it in the K2 Agogos because of how fast she can get in and out of them and the K2 Contour boots because the Double Boa is easy and fast to use when your on hill.
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!
The Mike Yoshida
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.
Customs in Chile is pretty mellow. Brought in over 30 snowboards. Helps if you pretend not to know what they are asking you.
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.
360 degree views
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.
Spring Time Weather!
Leanne's Funny Pillow Chile House Shoes
our home for the next week. we do all of these activities.
Just a lil’ update from Mt. Hood! Last week was my signature session at High Cascade, as well as the women’s k2 alliance product testing week. It was awesome to check out the new line for 2011. There’s definitely some sick product that I can’t wait to get on! We’ll be shooting the catalog with the K2 team in Chile coming up in August…so not too many sleeps to go and we’ll be shredding some deep pow and getting some soul turns in. Yes!
So back to HCSC…one of my favorite features at high cascade was the airbag. I was pretty skeptical of the whole idea when it came out because I’d heard of so many people getting hurt. I passed by a bunch of campers so unbelievably stoked that they’d gotten all these tricks they’d been working on, so I figured I might as well give it a go. It didn’t seem like many people were getting hurt, and I saw some carnage go down! One of my first tries I rotated a backflip so slowly that I had time to visualize everything possible that was going to go wrong before my face hit the bag. And all I got was a bruised ego. So…from there, I decided that this was a good thing for my snowboarding. I’m getting to work on some tricks that I haven’t had the chance to try in awhile.
MGT Academy Class of 2010; And the Winner Is…..Marie-Andree Racine Gagnon!
Whistler based rider Marie-Andree Racine may soon need to follow in the steps of other Quebecois rippers before her and adopt an acronym moniker like DCP, LNP or MFR. Today MGT Snowboard Camp announced that Marie-Andree Racine Gagnon is the winner of the yearlong “MGT Academy” contest. Marie-Andree was chosen from a group of 5 finalists who were vying for a sponsorship with MGT Snowboard Camp that would provide the winner with unique snowboarding opportunities and a network that could fast-track their snowboard career.
The contest began 1 year ago and was open to anyone who registered for an MGT camp. The idea for MGT Academy came from seeing so many promising riders, including Raewyn Reid and Bev Vuilleumier, pass through the camp program that the MGT crew decided to permanently incorporate this sort of ‘sponsorship scholarship’.
To kick off her role as MGT Academy winner, Marie-Andree will be stuffing her new ThirtyTwo boots and pleasantly smelling Dakine snowboard socks and other gear into a Dakine luggage suite. She will then head into a snowy field to shoot with photographer Ashley Barker who holds the coveted cover of the current Snowboard Magazine Photo Annual (featuring Mikey Rencz). In addition to gear and a private photo shoot with a professional photographer, Marie-Andree will receive access to some of the season’s most desirable contests.
“To win the girls had to calculate the square root of a cab 540 and dial the molecular formula of 2 parts dedication and 2 parts raw talent.” jokes MGT co-founder and camp director Joanna Majcherkiewicz.. “The final 5 were all strong riders with great personalities. The judges agreed though that Marie’s riding stood out and she was consistently growing her list of strong regional contest results. Not that contests are the only performance barometer but they can build reputations and help you evolve as a rider. And they’re a great way to get free tshirts and indulge in resort french fries.”
Congratulations to winner Marie-Andree Racine Gagnon and the rest of the final 5; Shelley Julio, Kallie Murray, Emily Park and Jenna Mae Togado (visit her toque company at www.sikknits.com ). Learn more about these riders and see their photos on www.mgtsnowboardcamp.com .
MGT Snowboard Camp for female snowboarders has been spreading the shred since 2001. MGT’s winter and summer programs are designed for first time terrain park riders through to advanced terrain park riders and all mountain riders. The program operates under the inspirational gaze of professional snowboarders and venerable coaches. Get really really good this season! Brought to you by Burton, Monster Energy, K2, Dakine, Dragon Optics, ThirtyTwo and Snowboard Canada Magazine.
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