Girl shredders take over Martock!
I crawl out of bed on morning of the 22nd super stoked on the weekend that was about to go down at Martock. I throw on my gear and out the door I go to Shania the S10 (best truck ever, hands down). The short 10 minute drive to Martock from my house feels like it's taking forever... I just want to be at the hill getting everything set up for the FEAST clinics that day!
I arrive shortly after 8 and start looking for Natasha and Craig to see where I am needed. The snow is falling, its somewhere around -2 and life is awesome. I find them heading up from the lodge to Tasha's car to get everything unloaded. I quickly run to the shack and throw on my boots then we get to work setting up banners for the day! The park is looking awesome by 9am, but there's still some work left to do... Craig however takes over so Natasha can go inside and start registration and I go in and grab breakfast because I coach the Pro Girls team at 9:30 with Alexe!
Pro Girls went awesome and for the last half hour we join Natasha in the park for the intermediate clinic. The park is bumpin' with Steph's awesome playlist, so I'm just dancing and having fun the whole time. With only two girls registered, they got lots of one on one time and were KILLING it by the end of the day! Working on front boards and 180 on 180 off.
Soon it's lunch time, so I head up to the ol' Martock lodge and grab something to shove in my stomach. Before I know it, the beginner clinic has started and I'm running outside to meet up with Natasha and the rest of the girls!
Beginners? Pfft, you wouldn't think that by the end of the day! We had the girls working on hitting the two boxes on the bunny hill park, 50-50s were on lock, boardslides, frontboards and presses were being thrown into the mix also! The beats are still going and I'm still dancing... I mean, who wants to snowboard when you can dance..... right? hahahaha
The two hours fly by and soon its time for the awards!!
Goggle Draw Winner: Isabelle A
Sunday morning I show up at Martock with quite the limp. Stoked to compete in BUSTED! So, why might you ask was I walking with a limp? I decided to try out some parkour Saturday night in Halifax and it didn't turn out quite as well as planned...... Anyway, it didn't phase me. I was determined to ride...
Martock built us a new park for the competition, with a jump a flat tube rail and a small battleship box. After a few hits on the course, I decided that I really shouldn't be competing because any impact on my foot was shooting pains up my leg (I would end up doing this to myself the night before a competition). So, I unstrap.. watch some of the competition then head home to rest.
The girls destroyed the course, throwing back 3s, 180s in all 4 directions, lipslides and boardslides on the tube rail, boardslides on the battleship box... and just showing those boys who were sitting on the sidelines what girls can do!
1st Dallas Rourke
2nd Charlotte Butcher
3rd Anne Gillbert
For the lowdown of the BUSTED Girls Ride Day at Martock check this out: http://knowmediablog.com/progirl/2011/01/billabong-pro-girl-vz-and-martock-present-busted/
Stay tuned for the update on our wonderful weekend at Crabbe!!
☮ ♥ shred
FEAST Tour Kicks off at Wentworth
Saturday night Steph and I show up at Tasha's (of course after using Steph's ginger senses to guide us through Dartmouth....it's better then a GPS really) to get everything ready to hit the road at 6:30 Sunday morning. We load the generator into the Subaru Outback that Steele Subaru is letting us borrow (ballin!) and head to the gas station to fill 'er up. On the way there, Steph's 22 day old Samsung Galaxy screen starts going all sort of weird colors... what a bummer. We try to take the battery out, but no luck. We fill up the generator and head back to Natasha's to find the closest Telus.
Off to Mic Mac we go, to find out that Steph's screen is somehow cracked and that's the whole issue.... as Steph tries to argue that she doesn't know how that would have happened. The Telus guy shuts her down saying its physical damage.... Damn
So we head back to Tasha's with a disappointed Steph and start loading up the outback with the sound system, banners, etc for the next day. Before we know it, bedtime arrives and we hit the hay.
My alarm goes off at 5:30, I hop out of bed stoked for the day ahead. We make some oatmeal for breakfast then are ready to hit the road. Little did we know, at least 5cms fell over night and it was still snowing. What a pleasant surprise to walk outside to!
I get shotgun on the way there, crank the heated seat and put on some jams. Leaving Dartmouth, we notice none of the side roads are plowed, but whatever... they for sure have the highways plowed.... right? The roads are fine, then all of a sudden it looks like the plow decided to see how talented all the drivers are.... You'd be driving down one lane, it would disappear and you'd have to switch over to the other lane. The snow is still falling though, which is awesome!
We finally arrive at Wentworth around 8:30 am, half an hour later then what we had wanted... with probably 7-9cms down and the snow still falling. I head inside to find someone to help us up the hill with all of our stuff, as Natasha and Steph unload the Outback. It's pretty close to 9am by the time we get everything together and ready to go up the hill, so I head inside to do registration and Natasha and Steph head up the hill to set up.
We end up having Martock locals, Wentworth locals and even two girls from PEI sign up for the clinic! With around 13 girls and 10cms of fresh snow the clinic kicks off with a bang! Wentworth hooked us up with a mini park right under the chair, where I spent the day announcing and dancing... oh yeah! And coaching, hehehe.
The girls had 3 hits, the first was a sick little jump which then you could pick from a down box and an ollie on round rail. The girls rode amazingly, the stoke meter was bursting and the amount of new tricks those girls got in 2 hours was sick!
The clinic wrapped up at 12 and then we broke for lunch for an hour, where girls could then register for the mini comp that started at 1pm! At 1pm, 7 girls were ready to throw it down and put their riding to the test. We had 4 girls in the advanced category and 3 in the beginner. The girls killed it.... front and back 1s on the jump, switch 180 on the down box 180 out, front boards on the tube rail and down box, some steezy presses on the box... along with boardslides and even some 3s over the jump!
The competition wrapped up and everyone headed down the hill for the awards, I stayed up top and took our set up down with lots of help from Mel (park crew) and Mike (ski patrol)! Soon we had everything down the hill and back in the Outback... It was now time for some tree runs to end of the day!
Knee deep pow in the trees at Wentworth made for an amazing few runs. We found a drop or two, a bridge and just had a blast. For sure my best day of shredding this season. Soon it was time to head to Truro to grab some supper at Pizza Delight and then head home.
1st: Krista G.
2nd: Isabelle A.
3rd: Erica C.
1st: Christina R.
2nd: Charlotte B.
3rd: Alexe P.
4th: Zoe F.
Von Zipper goggle draw winner: Alex P
Best Bail: Zoe F
Most Improved: Erica C
A few more things before I let you go... FEAST tomorrow at MArtock! I better see you there!! Followed by Busted an all girls Slopestyle/Rail Jam on Sunday at Martock!
Winter is in full force!
Friday morning at 5am we hopped in Darcy's Jetta and hit the road from ol' Mount Uniacke... after stopping somewhere in NB for a gas up and some Mc Donalds (worst mcds ever... my egg was haggard and darcy's english muffin was burnt!) we finally made it to Sussex and discovered they don't salt roads.... Just sand.... So there was a few inches of hard packed snow on the road with a bunch of sand dumped on top of it... Apparently they don't know how to plow either! hahaha
We arrive at Poley mountain, stoked for the weekend! I go inside, get my lift ticket and head to the summit! I check out the park (super sketch, but it's only their temporary park so i'll let it slide haha), but I hit it anyway.... of course. After a few laps of the front side of the hill I got pretty bored of the hill and was bummed out.... until I discovered that Poley has a backside, which has the most comfortable chair lift I have ever sat on in my life. I fell in love with the backside, a tree run, some pretty sick drops and just better terrain. Turns out Darcy's kit box for the course is stuck at the post office... so she has to wing it all weekend...
Soon it was time to head to the All Seasons motel and call it a night. For $59 a night for double occupancy, the rooms are very nice! But there's a catch.... I hope you don't get locked out of you room at 11:30pm at night... But we'll get into that later! Darcy and I decided to hit up Sobeys and buy a bunch of snacks. We of course stopped at the NBLC (or whatever it's called) and picked up two bottles of Baby Duck, then stopped at dollarama where we got ourselves some fancy glasses and I stocked up on toe warmers. We get back to the hotel.... and fall asleep. No word of a lie, We were stoked to watch Jersey Shore, but ended up just falling asleep.
We wake up and got grab some breakfast at the restaurant at the All Seasons and head to Poley for day 2. I end up riding with a bunch of the current snowboard instructors at Poley all day two, giving them some riding tips etc. The day ends and Darcy and I are sitting enjoying a deep fried chocolate bar (yes, they exist and are delicious) when we get invited to come sit with a bunch of the Poley staff. We end up hanging out, I get to be part of my first ever shot ski and we got to listen to the lady sing her heart out on stage. It was awesome. Darcy and I head back to Sussex around 11 with all intentions of going to a local bar called the Thirsty Mule (with that name, who could resist really....)... we get to out hotel around 11:30 after a pit stop at Mc Donalds for some late night grub.... and our keys won't work. Not a big deal, so we go to the office to get them fixed. Turns out the person working the office leaves at 11pm every night and there's no one there until morning to help anyone if anything went wrong!
So, we call the number that's listed for emergencies and the lady on the phone says she'll get a hold of someone and send them right over. Ten minutes goes by, no one shows up. Darcy calls back, apparently they can't get a hold of the people who run the motel! So Darcy and I sit in her car, freezing... waiting. 20 minutes goes by, 30... finally 45 minutes later someone shows up to help us! By this time, we're pretty bummed out and just end up going to sleep.
We wake up, late. We throw all of our stuff in the car and Darcy heads to the front office to get the whole situation sorted out. Apparently they "couldn't do anything" so Darcy got the owners cards and off we go to Poley for our final day!
The conditions were awesome, we discovered the glades on the front side of the hill and just had a good ending day at Poley. Darcy ends the course early because of the storm that was hitting NS and we hit the road. We're driving minding our own business. We get to an intersection and drive through... because it looks like we have the right of way... Darcy looks at me and says "were we suppose to have a stop sign?" the next thing I remember is Darcy yelling at me and trying to get the passengers side door of the car open. Turns out, we were suppose to have a stop sign... the stop sign was however blown off and buried in a snowbank.... not being from the area we had NO idea. Turns out we got t-boned by a van that was going at least 100, the car spun around 3 times and went down over a bank.
I crawl out of the car, the whole back end of the jetta is destroyed. The trunk flew open so our stuff is scattered everywhere so I start to pick everything up. My board was across the road, Darcy's was up against a telephone pole... My brand new helmet got dented and coated in dill pickle popcorn seasoning... The paramedics finally arrive and I tell them my neck and shoulder were hurting. They backboard me (with the assistance of a ski patroller from Poley who came across the accident and stopped to help!!) and send Darcy and I off to the hospital by ambulance.
After some x-rays on me and some tests on Darcy, we're cleared and the cops take us to the police station where all our stuff from the car is. Now we have to figure out where to go, what to do. Nova Scotia is being hit by a snowstorm, so we don't want anyone to risk driving to get us that night. So, while at the police station they show us the cells they have... it was pretty cool. The Poley snow school director comes and gets us (she had visited us at the hospital to make sure everything was okay!) and takes us to the Fairmont Hotel for the night.
Mike, Darcy's boyfriend drives up the next morning to get us after getting a late night flight home from Toronto.. He was there for a boat show thing that had the System 2.0 set up for wakeboarders! We finally arrive back home safe and sound!
Now that I'm done with my story! A few things y'all need to be updated on: