Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Land of Lord of the Rings, and sheep. Welcome to New Zealand

New Zealand. Who doesn't like a country with more animals in it then the people? Everyone's got a cool accent, the landscape is insane, and the drinking age is 18. Nuff' said. After graduating high school at Stratton Mounatin School, I was given the opportunity to head down to NZ with the SMS snowboard team in August to shoot them in the New Zealand Open. I was beyond stoked.
Within 10 days, I went base-jumping, bought some sweet moccasins, slept in a heated beds, and snowboarded in weather that varied from sunny and sick, to fog so bad you couldn't see your hand in front of you. And when it came to crunch-time, the SMS shredders did work in both the slopestyle and halfpipe competition. I had an amazing expiernce with these guys in the land of the Lord of the Rings, and couldn't of asked for a better crew to be with. Enjoy!

11 Year-old Ty Walker way too exicted to drop off a bridge
SMS rider Hunter Wood and his mom getting the ariel view
Bombs away
SMS Coach Scotty Johnson showing the kiddies how it's done
They all got the stare going for them
The early ride up to the mountain is worth the view.
...and then the fog rolls in
...and then we wait
SMS rider Mikey Perle likes to match with his enviroment
SMS rider Chris Tierney
Our good friend Mr. Tomato man Shuan White
Kazuhiro Kokubo sending a massive air to fakie
US team rider and SMS Alumni Lizzy Beerman after a hard fall
...and US Team coach Bud Keene checking out the damage from up top
James Haffner checkin out my point of view
SMS Head Coach Mike Mallon doesn't mess around with his wax

good thing she has gloves on
Mike Mallon gets his femine-side on with the chicks
Randall Stacy shifty-ing everything
The crew destroying the slope course
Cruisin' around town

Good vibes all around


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