Jul 12, 2012
Author: Marie-Andrée Racine
I remember my first day of shredding this year on Whistler. We got 70 cm of new snow… balls deep. Such an awesome start to the season and a good workout too because when you get stuck in 70 cm of unpacked snow, it’s not too easy to get out of there. So a lot of pow riding and of course some park on days with less then 15 cm of new snow. I rode a lot with my friend Matt Belair and we got to film quite a bit with the Go Pro's and had such a good time riding everyday.
Backlip, Whistler Hand plant, Blackcomb
Early January, it seemed like there was no snow anywhere, the winter pressed pause and it was cold and dry everywhere. Almost everywhere but Alaska was getting dumped on and so Joanie Robichaud and I decided to head there for a couple days to go do some street filming. Yeah you read that right, street riding in Alaska.
Alaska is known for having the gnarliest big mountains lines but it also has a lot of good original street features. We hit up a couple cool spots all around Anchorage in -30º C. Shoveling was the best thing to try to stay warm. We also went and hiked a mountain on the side of the highway. We built a jump at the top, hiked it all day, then just before sunset, rode back down. Unfortunately, on one of the rails that we were hitting, I tore my meniscus and wasn’t able to ride for the rest of the trip. Alaska was awesome. I will be back!
Backlip, Alaska Beautiful sunset in the mountains
February 6th, I got meniscus surgery so no more riding for a while. This time instead of just waiting around in Whistler watching all my friends go shred everyday, I saved up some money and went down to Asia for 3 months. I spent a month in Thailand and two months in Indonesia, which was amazing. We did a lot of surfing around Bali and Lombok, went on volcano hikes, sun tanned and did scooter road trips. Definitely a good trip as I ended up meeting up with some friends from the states, Whistler and some more friends from Quebec. As if we were on the other side of the world and there were at least 20 people I knew from back home. It’s a small world they say.
Surfing in Medewi, Bali
I am now back in Canada right in time for Camp of Champions. The first week of July, Camp B, was Roxy week so we got to shred with the girls. Robin Van Gyn, Erin Comstock, Ty Walker, Joanie Robichaud, Samm Denena, Zoya Lynch and myself were up there all week shredding and having a time. As it was +25º C down in the valley, we were riding up there in the sun. Tough life right. About two more weeks of riding now and then I’ll be working, skateboarding, biking and getting ready for next season: waiting patiently for the snow to start falling and start shredding again.
Joanie, Marie-Andree Racine, Erin & Ty Marie-Andree & Joanie
Method on the bottom hip at COC Handplant at COC