Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Costa Rica Bound!

Smooth Criminal!

I arrived in Costa Rica a few days ago after way too many hours in Airports. Chris was in Santa Teresa with our friend Ben. I didn’t tell Chris I was coming so it was a little surprise when I showed up. I landed in San Jose CR in the afternoon with just a small backpack. I packed 3 boardies, 3 tanks, and a couple GoPros for the journey. The journey to Santa Teresa is a bit of a mission. It’s a 2.5 hour bus from San Jose to Puntarenas where you get on a ferry to cross the Nicoya Penisula. The ferry is just over an hour to Paquera. From there you get on another bus for 3 hours to Santa Teresa. The bus system in Costa Rica usually rocks but I wasn’t so lucky this time. The bus left late from San Jose because they were fixing something on it. About 25 minutes into the loooong journey the bus shuts off going up a hill on a packed highway in just outside of San Jose. There were lots of clanks and banging by the bus driver on the engine when it started again and we were on our merry way. It took about an to fix the bus so we missed the ferry in Puntarenas and had to wait 4 hours for the next one. I ate some mystery meat off a stick and explored the town and watched the sun set. I was tired but super stoked to be in Costa Rica again. I got to Santa Teresa around midnight and found Christopher at a rad surf hostel called Brunelas. For the past three days we’ve been waking up around 545 for the dawn patrol session. We usually surf again during the day but the sun is really potent right now and it’s hard to not get fried. At sunset we go out again because the wind dies down and the water becomes smooth. Last night we went to the Coco Loco for Bens last night and had a blast showing the ticos how to dance. The sun is setting right now so I gotta go wax my board and head out! A big swell is coming this weekend and we’re trying to decide on whether to head north to Nicaragua or South to Bocas de Toro in Panama. I’m voting north but we’ll see. Until next time… Pura Vida! 

Sunset Beauty!

Euro X Games: Tignes France!

Living life in Tignes France! 
The last couple shoots I did with GoPro were a blast. We kept hearing rumors that we might be going to France for the Winter Euro X Games. Rumors turned into reality and I headed to Tignes France for some high octane potency. Before we went to France, our USC Ski Team had to compete at Nationals in Sunday River Maine. We had a blast at Nationals and took 2nd overall in freestyle. I had to fly out two days early to San Fran to pack for France. 
Nationals in Maine with the USC Ski Team

front row seats at halfpipe
I had never been to Europe so the whole trip was exciting. I flew to San Francisco to meet up with Abe, Zak and the rest of the GoPro crew. We flew to Geneva and took a shuttle into the French Alps where the games were held. We had amazing weather the entire time and filmed nonstop while we were there. Abe and I spent our days filming and the nights at the local crazy club call the Melting Pot shredding the dance floor. The techno beats from last year’s top 25 list didn’t stop until 5am. We were definitely living the life in France. The ski resort was the largest I’ve ever seen. At least 10x the size of Mammoth! They had an underground train that went from the base lodge up 4000ft vertical to the top peak. My ears popped at least a dozen times during the ascent. The après ski life in France is awesome. The locals would be partying by 4pm when the lifts shut down. Unfortunately I didn’t take part of this because I was busing filming but it was fun to see the different culture.
Hitting the Euro X Slopestyle Course
Claiming Euro X!!

Our GoPro Euro X Games highlight video was a huge hit online. Here is the link to it, check it out! After eating a years worth of cheese and begets we relocated to Geneva Switzerland to relax and explore for a day. In Geneva we stayed downtown and met up with a friend Jen who is studying abroad there. We explored the city and went out at night to experience the Swiss club scene. We made the most out of a quiet Tuesday night by going to a small little pub. The next morning we flew out of Geneva back to San Fran. When I landed in SFO I made a last minute decision to fly home to LA because I had an exciting plan! Chris had just flown to Costa Rica to chase babes and waves with Ben. I made another last minute decision and bought a one-way ticket to Costa Rica to chase him down. I flew out the following day. Talk about jet lag! France-LA-Costa Rica in less than 48 hours. 
Switzerland with the GoPro Crew!
Après Ski Action - Fine Dining! CHEESE ON CHEESE ON CHEESE!!!!

Airports and Ski Resorts!

Killington Vermont
So it had been awhile since I have last updated this blog but I’ve been back on the airplanes and Farroaming the world once again! I recently graduated in December with my bro and I was nervous that I was going to miss the college lifestyle but life has been absolutely great. As soon as school ended I started working for GoPro as a production assistant slash videographer on contract. My first gig was back in January where fellow friend and colleague Zak S. and I went to Killington Vermont to film and cover the second stop of the Dew Tour. The weather wasn’t that grew and it was unbelievably cold. Overall, the trip went well and we finished our course previews on time. It was a great first gig because it wasn’t super intense and we only had to do a Superpipe course preview. I met GoPro sponsored pro skier Tucker Perkins and followed him through the half pipe to get the shot.  After the Dew Tour stop in Vermont we flew directly to Aspen to meet our huge GoPro crew to cover Winter X Games 15. 

I had never been to Aspen and was blown away by the beautiful weather. The first few days of X Games was super action packed. I was following the athletes through the slopestyle course non-stop. I was spending an average of 12-15 hours in my ski boots every day. On the last day of X Games I was asked to follow the athletes of the Big Air jump. It was 85 feet long just to the corner of the knuckle and the kicker was a good 30 feet high. I was pretty nervous to hit the jump for my first time but I was able to follow in pro snowboarder Eric Willett to get the speed right. 55mph is what you had to aim for to clear the jump. After I got comfortable on the jump I was started doing the follow cams of the athletes. I got some pretty sweet shots for the highlight real. ESPN posted the clips on their YouTube channel and they got a ton of views. Here is the video of me follow Eric of the Big Air. HERE!
Following Eric Willett during practice
Here is a link to one of the runs I did with Tom Wallisch Here! My favourite part of X Games was that it was fully catered and was an all you can eat buffet. I definitely took advantage of this and was clocking in whenever I scored a few extra minutes of free time. By the end of the event all the tickets checker ladies knew my name! After the event we had two free days to explore Aspen and get some free skiing in. Somehow I was suckered into a bet and jumped off the lift for a quick thrill. To my dismay the wrong person was sitting a few chair back and called ski patrol to chase me down. In Colorado it’s a major offence to jump off the lift and they arrest you on the spot. Lucky for me the red coat ski patrollers aren’t as fast as me. I saw them coming and took off. I hadn’t been on that lift many times so I had zero clue on where to run. I dipped into some trees to hide and clipped one that I didn’t see and ate dooky. I double ejected and was lying on my face when I saw the ski patroller ski by. Apparently I got lucky again and he didn’t see me. I busted my thumb pretty good on the tree but in the end it was worth it… I think? Our last night in Aspen, the GoPro crew went to a decadent restaurant to celebrate our hard two weeks of work!
Big Air Madness!
Working Hard at Winter X Games!
sled laps to the top of the course
After X Games we flew back to San Francisco to regroup and organize. Chris, Abe and I did a quick trip up to San Luis Obispo to surf/kite and visit Joe, Andy and friends. After our quick visit I went back to San Francisco with Abe and we flew out to Ogden Utah for the third stop of the Dew Tour. The weather wasn’t great but we pulled off some great course previews. I followed Eric Willett and Tom Wallisch a bunch through the slopestyle course and got some sick shots. Our last night in Utah, Zak and I went to the city and tried the artificial surf wave. When I saw it, I was convinced it would take me two tried to master it but after a solid two hour and about 100 falls I can honestly say that I am still a complete noob at artificial surfing. I’ll stick to the real thing! After Utah I had a little break and spent my time in Mammoth shredding the jump park with Christopher and friends. We did some filming for Party In the Park II which will be released soon. 
broken board in San Luis Obispo
Utah Beauty!