Thursday, July 21, 2011

2011 SMS Mt. Hood Oregon Summer Snowboard Camp.

Mt. Hood towards the end of July. Still with a good amount of snow. Thank you Timberline Mt. Hood and Windell's for great summer camp sessions.

Mt. Hood in June with the most snow I've ever seen this time of year.

Karen Kobayashi getting ready to ride.

Karen doing a lean air out of Windell's big 22ft halfpipe.

Multnomah Falls Oregon.

Josh Cohen with a nice frontside air out of the halfpipe.

Josh spinning a 180 grab in Windell's jump line.

Owen Barth with a sweet tail grab.

Harry Burt sliding the top of the pyramid.

Charlie Burt getting sideways on the picnic table.

Julia Marino sliding the table.

Karen board sliding.

Gideon Le Gros hitting the down tube with style.

Xander Raith with a frontside 360 nose bonk.

Owen Barth kick flipping up the euro gap in Windell's B.O.B.(Building Out Back).

Gideon getting upside down on the tramp.

Tamanawas Falls. Our 4th of July hike.

Owen chilling at the water fall. You can go behind the falling water which is cool.

Fire works from Hood River park.

Marian working on her frontside board slides.

Noelle Edwards with a nose press across the table.

Owen sliding the big tube.

JJ Thomas showing us how it's done in Windell's pipe.

Will Steller nailing a frontside board slide on the down rail.

The view from the top of Windell's during the Bonfire Pipe to Pipe contest with the Bag Jump in the back ground. Windell's also had the Pipe Bag Jump which was sweet.

Marian, Karen and Noelle getting ready for the finals in the Pipe to Pipe. Noelle Won the Am Women with Karen placing 3rd and Marian 4th.

Noelle kicking out a big backside air over one of the Windell's jumps.

Will Steller and Abby Lancour. Our KMS friends.

Marian airing out of the 22ft pipe with a mute grab.

Abby jumping with a nice backside air.

Eric Beauchemin SMS class of 2010 showing us how to flip with a skateboard into the foam pit.

Will with a 360 into the foam pit.

Checking out a baseball game in Seattle during one of our in between trips after visiting K2, Ride and Line. We also did some fun adventures to the OR coast to surf, an industry trip to Bondfire and to Hood River to check out all the outdoor activities.

Evan Werner with a frontside grab over jump 1.

Evan board sliding the down bar in one of Windell's jib lines.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Day 4 on the 5th Day

Two days ago we hung in for a full day in chilly winds that chased away the feint of heart. There was poor visibility and rain threatening but it cleared just as we hit the parking lot. It was chased out by a surprising wind. Sweitzer and Raith closed the joint as usual. Riding past all lift access and using the gaps in the cloudbank (that had returned) to keep flipping onto the deck and then working the alley-oop back rodeos when everyone else had left the mountain.
The next day the mountain was socked in and the lifts did not run. We went bowling in the am, cart racing in the afternoon and then some watched Pirates! of the.... while others skated the pre and post dinner hours. While my bowling is miserable my go-cart racing comes highly enthused. I will race again even though I did get back at Josh for beating me at Ping Pong...
Dave, Ross, Harry, Josh and Charlie. Not quite the order of finish...

It was a long day without riding and the camp really gets to feeling short when you lose that day in the middle. Lucky for us the weather today was stellar and the exceptionally smart snowboarder Randall Stacey who goes to Dartmouth was the only one who really got sunburned! Funny for us but it is great to see Randall and he is riding very strong in just one day. Randall will be joined by others, more recent SMS grad Hunter Wood, Serena Shaw and Chris Tierney at next weeks Project Gold Slope Camp out here. Surely they will connect with new Coach Eric Beauchemin over at HCSC and perhaps even Danny Davis who I was lucky enough to see this afternoon. These guys are always great to see and keep our youngsters motivated to reach similar heights. We pushed the halfpipe riding again for the morning and expanded to full laps for the afternoon. Highlights for me are watching Josh Cohen nearly get his first front nines after a great morning with the sevens, Owen B nearly get sev's after a few days of good fives and Marian Lobell nailing her first front five. We were so greedy for these full top(Windell's Park) to bottom (public park)
These shots may have cost us that final chair ride now that I think about it...
Mace, Sending it.
X. Back one off
laps that we pushed our luck just past perfect timing, making the final chairs on the bottom lift but not getting on the next/top. Ross brought Mason, Julia and Marian's bags but Xander, Benji and I hiked up to the Windells Park for that last hour of riding. Well worth it to see Xander  scrape out a back rodeo, half cab, front sev line and me to spin a couple front threes. When you get as many days as I've had it's the little things that add up- little jumps, little spins and little friends! Another great day to be up riding and see some serious work taken in as serious fun.