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August 08, 2009 | By

I am now completely immersed in winter...yet again. Sometimes when I look at the amount of days I spend on snow it shocks me that the seasons even allow the possibility to be riding 250+ days a year. Chasing winter has it's perks for sure, but it really can be hard to leave beautiful Vancouver when it's +30 out and the bbq is fired up.

Regardless of what I left behind Wanaka is one of the most beautiful places in the world and the preferred summer shred spot for a large majority of snow sport athletes. Especially with the Olympics just a few months away, the usually quiet town on the lake is much busier than usual, as is the halfpipe at Cardrona. Hundreds of hopefuls from dozens of countries around the world are here to train for the big show that lands in our backyard next February, so needless to say it's a bit of shit show up there. It's times like this that make me stoked I'm over in the park and not lined up at the pipe dreaming of olympic glory. Instead I'm here to do the Burton NZ Open next week, shoot a bit for next year's Burton catalogue and just do a bit of snowboarding for myself. I'm going to be in one place for a solid month. That's the first time in a long time I can say that and the fact I'm going to be doing it far, far, far away from home is sort of weird to me. Anyways, here's a few pictures from my wandering day in Christchurch and my first few days in Wanaka.

Talk soon,


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