My alarm goes off at 5am and its time for me to grab my stuff and chuck it in Shania. I hop in and head to Tim Hortons to grab some breakfast before I hit the road. Just over an hour later (after seeing a van flipped right before Bedford) I arrive at Natasha's and transfer my gear from my truck to the SUV we're taking to Crabbe.
I hop in the backseat and off we go to New Brunswick. Now this is quite the frightening drive for me, last time I went to NB I got in a pretty nasty car accident. But I put it behind me and try to sleep as much as I can on the drive up... This plan fails horribly because I am just too stoked to get to Crabbe since the only time I have been there was for Roast Beef and Rail Jam in 2009!
We stop in Ormomcto for some Big Macs and soon arrive at our hotel. We quickly run inside, gear up and off to Crabbe we go for the Intermediate night clinic!
We get everything set up and ready to go in the jib park, which is of Crabbes THREE parks... it had a double barrel urban down, jump, down flat down box, dance floor and a c box ! Then we go ride the hill. Crabbe is amazing, I fell in love with it. The had 3 crazy parks, which you can hit in one run... I seriously thought I died and went to heaven! The rest of the hill is pretty sick too, lots of variety in runs, trees, etc.
Soon it's time to start the intermediate clinic, the girls are SENDING it and the tunes are pumpin'. Back 1s, front 1s, lots of grabs over the jump... and even some 3's! lots of boardsides and frontboards on the dance floor, along with boardslides on the c box and lipslides and boardslides on the urban down!
The clinic is soon over and we remind all the girls to come back the next day for the competition! Natasha, Craig and I head back to the hill to get some shut eye because Saturday is going to be a long, fun day!
Sooner then we know it, we're packing up our stuff and heading to Crabbe the next morning to get everything ready for the beginner clinic! The Crabbe park crew even took out the down flat down box and replaced it with a flat down for us over night! There was a HUGE turnout for the beginner clinic with girls of all ages and abilities! By the end of the clinic the girls are destroying the mini park (flat box, wall ride jump and a flat down) and the jib park! The morning clinic flys by! The next thing on our plate is the contest!
I decided to compete and get the girls stoked on shred! Everyone KILLED it! We saw a wide variety of tricks and overall the girls improved so much in these two days it's crazy! So here's how the placings went!
1st - Lisa Mills
2nd - Megan Akkerman
3rd - Talia Richard
1st - Sarah Payzant
2nd - Caitlyn Cronkite
3rd - Rachel Blaquiere
Best Trick - Sarah Payzant (gap to boardslide on the flat down)
Sooner then we know it, we're packing up and hitting the road to get Natasha home... she's flying to Calgary the next morning at 6am!!!
Stay tuned for the PEI vs Cape Breton blog update!