A couple more shots from the scenic cycle route to our local beach. I'm sure it's pretty obvious that i'm heavily influenced by all things californian and i love everything i've seen of the coast there so far. One thing they don't have in abundance is lush green rolling countryside, far from busy roads, hiding small coves and rocky bays, some with great waves. I'm really hoping our Californian friends make it over next year so we can show the place off. I think they will love it, narrow lanes, tractor caused traffic jams and all!
Miles Hunt, just post Wonderstuff in classic vitriolic form. Vent was made up of Miles, Morgan Nicholls, originally from senseless things and currently keyboard player for Muse, and the drummer from Eat whose name i've forgotten. One brilliant album and they were gone. It remains one of my favorites.
Finally made it back into the water today after a month off( ! ) Surfed just like i hadn't for a long time but it felt good to slide a couple of semi clean peelers. Lighter mornings and evenings are definately well on the way, even if the dawn patrol would have been easier with a foghorn today.
While i'm in a snow coloured mood, one of my other favorite snowboarders is Nicolas Mueller. Thats obviously not my picture by the way.
He's often described as a snowboarder's snowboarder. Prodigiously naturally talented, he has a fluid style that many pro's would kill for and the technical freestyle skills to go with it. What really makes him special though is the way that he reads the mountain, putting big technical spins in the middle of lines, creatively using natural features and mixing it with simple tricks like powder butters, working with the natural terrain in a way that no one else seems to be able to do. His snowboarding always looks smooth and spontaneous, making the difficult look easy and making it all look fun, something that is lacking more and more often in the increasingly big budget "sport" that is modern snowboarding.
His snowboarding is true freeriding and provides a direct link back to it's surfing roots. If you have ten minutes to kill, check out some of nico's footage from the latest absinthe movie here. If you are in any doubt that snowboarding came from surfers originally or that riding powder is a HELL of a lot of fun, the first couple of turns make it certain
If you still have more time, have a look at Nico at home in Laax and see the regard his peers hold him in!
Well just around the corner from it anyway, near a fun but exceedingly fickle spot that i haven't surfed in a few years.
Despite the sunshine, this was a cold morning, so cold that my fingers barely worked to manipulate the camera. The bike, if you missed the previous shots, is my beloved electra deluxe 3i cruiser. Guarunteed to bring a bigger and bigger smile with each revoloution of the pedals.
Whenever i have to endure a long spell without a dip in the local brine, my dvd library gets a fair bit of attention. I'm a great collector of surf films and have spent probably far too much money over the years devouring the latest logging related releases.
Pick of the latest crop, for me anyway, are:
Rip Shred Tear from Mitch Abshere and crew, full on skinny jean, cutting edge logging and really inspirational. It's no frills and the surfing is cut with random excerpts from 50's b-movie horror films. Shot over just a couple of weeks it makes you realise how consistently good the surf is in the OC from a longboarding perspective.
Stoked and Broke from Cyrus Sutton which is just plain fun and reminds me a lot of "bikecar" the travis parker snowboard film from a few years back. It chronicles a no frills trip around the encinitas area by foot. It has it's tongue firmly in it's cheek but there's some good surfing in it. Logs, fishes, guns, handplanes and square styrofoam blocks!
Final choice is 180 degrees south from Chris Malloy which is big budget and not a full on surf film but has some great surfing and climbing footage in it as well as some quality scenic cinematography. The strong enviro message may be a small turn off and it could be considered a moving patagonia catalogue by some but it's a good film nonetheless. There's a really cool book of photos by Jeff Johnson that goes with it that i would highly reccomend too!
I'm feeling distinctly landlocked and in danger of drying out, a mixture of work and bad timing keeping me away from the few windows of waves we've had recently. Typically there are frustrating tales of derring do filtering back from those with more luck in their schedules. Hopefully a little swell will linger and the wind will abate soon.
If there is a plus, it's time for my shins to heal properly after their argument with a handrail......... still, i have a quiver feeling lonely and unloved in the board shed!
Anyone who got into snowboarding in the nineties should be aware of the influence of Jamie Lynn. I'm sure i'm not alone in saying he remains my favorite snowboarder ever. He stood out mainly for his smooth style, with spins that looked effortless without the flailing rotataion that was prevalent in snowboarding at the time.
This section is from the 95 mack dawg movie "the meltdown project" and much of the footage, gloveless and stylish, is from the mountain high camp at verbier.