The AD crew (Tash, Steph, Myself) hit the road early on the morning of March 19th to have an awesome weekend at Wentworth. We get to Enfield, when Natasha realizes she left a whole bag of stuff at home... so we turn around and head back to Dartmouth to grab it. Sooner then you can imagine we're back on the road and already passing Enfield again... c'mon Wentworth!
We get to Wentworth and put on all of our gear, I'm rocking one of Natasha's jackets because I thought it would be a good idea to just not bring one.... typical Sarah decision right there. We hike up the park to talk to Rob (the owner of Entity) because he's hosting Park Rats an all guys competition that day. We're going to help him tear down at 2pm, so we hit the slopes in the meantime! I end up doing one run and feeling horrible, so I go inside. I end up passing out in the lodge for the day, Natasha hitting me didn't even wake me up. This makes me realize I'm getting sick which I'm not too stoked about. Steph and Tash had an awesome day shredding though and before you know it we're helping tear down tents and watching the awards ceremony.
We then head to the hotel we're staying at down the road and get all cozy. Once we're all changed, we head to Truro for some Swiss Chalet and Giant Tiger. Giant Tiger is the best store ever, hands down. Swiss Chalet is also pretty delicious. After our Truro adventures, we head to JP's cottage in the middle of nowhere. We go down many dirt roads and get lost because the GPS told us too. We finally arrive and are greeted by familiar faces and lots of food. Too bad we're stuffed from the Swiss Chalet ;)
We hang out there for a bit and Steph goes on a 4wheeler ride. We then head to see Rob and sort out all of the prizes for Get Railed the next day!
Luckily the cottage we are trying to find this time is not as difficult. We are greeted by the guys lighting off fireworks and talking about bacon. The prize sorting starts, with me in charge. For any of you who have never sorted prizes before, it is probably one of the most stressful things I have ever done! Once I got a system going it got a lot easier, but still. It stressed me out.
Soon it's time to head back to the hotel and get a good nights rest. I'm pretty sure that once everyone's head hit the pillow, we were out.
The morning comes, we grab our stuff and load it into the Outback. Natasha and Steph start setting up the park while I head inside to do registration.
We had 10 snowboarders and 5 skiers register. Girls WHERE WERE YOU AT! And why were you not at Wentworth getting your shred on?!
The clinic gets underway and we see the girls start learning some new tricks for the afternoon's contest! We see front and back 1's, some 3's, lots of different slides on the boxes from the snowboarders. On the skier side of things we see some grabs a few spins and some side slides!
Lunch time is next, I of course head into Wentworth's lodge and get a panini, my favorite thing to get there. This time I got a club panini, it was pretty tasty!
Competition time comes before we know it and the girls including Steph and Myself are hiking up the park with our game faces on. Everyone's riding super well and the stoke meter is bursting. The competition pushes everyone to try new tricks or lock in ones they've been working on. This is my favorite part of the day, you get to see just how much each girl has progressed!
Soon the judges are telling everyone last run and everyone's scrambling to land that one last sick run that could put them in or below the top 3. The heat is on.
We all meet on the deck for pizza and snacks while the prizes are getting sorted and organized. Jere's how the placings went:
1. Christina R
2. Livy F
3. Nikki M
1. Amy C
2. Emma S
1. Stephanie M
2. Sarah P
3. Dallas R
I'll be writing again soon to tell everyone about the last days of shredding, a few comps I was in and some stuff to look out for this summer!
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I arrived at Martock to be greeted by Natasha and Kita setting up the A1 tent for the event. I ran over and started helping them put it together, it was quite windy out so doing so was quite the task. Finally it was up and it was time for me to head inside, grab a Martock breakfast and start registration! The girls start rolling in super stoked for the day, before I realize it’s time to head to the park to start the beginner/intermediate clinic. We had two pretty sick lines to choose from, an urban step down tube rail to a flat pink box and an urban kink to a up down corrugated tube. Most of the morning was spent seshing the tube rail and pink box, with girls stomping some pretty sick tricks! Frontboards and boardslides on the tube rail, half cab on to switch backside 3 out on the flat box... along with some steezy presses, tweaked out nose and tail slides and one of my personal favourite tricks to do... slides with grabs :)
The game of KINKY was started with myself as the leader. I started off easy and stepped the game up pretty quick... these girls were just too good and weren’t getting and letters. I got them on a few tricks though, seeing how well they can stop the rotation of their snowboard... or seeing how low they can go to grab that board! Nikki walked away with the least amount of letters and a pair of Vans boots that were actually her size, she was super stoked!
The beginner riders were next to take over the park with a half hour contest jam. Seeing how much these girls improved over the few hours riding the park always makes me grin from ear to ear. Ten year old Isabelle walked away with 1st, followed by Chantal in 2nd and Kate in 3rd.
Soon it was time for me to start hiking up the hill for the intermediate/advanced jam. I love the adrenaline rush of standing at the top of the park getting ready to drop in for your first run in a contest! By this time, we had lakes forming at the bottom of the first features making it tricky to have enough speed to hit the second ones. You had to land your tricks perfectly or it wasn’t happening!
The intermediate girls showed the Advanced riders what they should be watching out for next season! They KILLED it. Frontboards on the down tube and pink box, boardslides everywhere, 50-50’s through the kink... even with some 180’s out! Christina walked away with 1st, followed close behind with Livy in 2nd! Pulling up in 3rd was a new face, Mary Ann... who shredded hard all day!
The famous (in my world at least) Dallas Rourke slayed the park like there was no tomorrow. Switch tricks, switch ups, frontboards, lipslides.... you name it this kid probably tried it. Who knew she could do more than just ride pipe? Her jibbing skills landed her 1st place in the Advanced category, followed by Charlotte Butcher in 2nd. I landed myself a nice 3rd place, after fighting with the puddles at the bottom of the first features to get to the second ones.
The best trick contest on the pink box was probably the most fun event of the day. Everyone piled up to the drop in and threw down! Frontboard 270’s and switch back tail 270’s are just a few of the crazy tricks that everyone pulled out of their hats. Nikki walked away with the prize for her sick style!
Anyway, that’s all for now folks,
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PEI vs Cape Breton
I'm very sorry for slacking on these blog updates... But I'm not going to lie... I'm a busy girl. I'm either running up and down the bunny hill at Martock, stirring coffees at Tim Hortons, hiking the park at Martock, off to another hill to do some sort of contest/clinic/camp or dancing to Motown music with my friends. Unfortunately these blog updates get pushed to the back of my schedule until a night like tonight where I am too overtired to sleep, have just had a SICK day of shredding, can't stop thinking about all the tricks I want to try tomorrow and just generally don't want to sleep... because I want to write to YOU of course :)
A few weekends ago (Feb 12th to be exact) Natasha and I were sent on our separate ways (oh no! what am I going to do without her?! scary!). Tash was off to Brookvale, P.E.I and I was of to Ben Eoin, Cape Breton.
After some delays (I got my Dad's 4x4 truck stuck in my driveway, just don't ask... it WOULD happen to me)... I was finally on my way to the city to pick up the boys (Gabe and Luke) so we could hit the road. We had a handy dandy GPS to lead us on our way so we wouldn't get lost or anything! There's no way anything is going to go wrong...... right?
So, I pick up Gabe in Halifax and off to Dartmouth we go... I throw my quarters in the bridge toll machine and start to drive away......... The gate doesn't lift. I slam on the ol' brakes, jump out and put a new quarter in (apparently I had a faulty coin, go figure) this time it accepts and we start weaving our way through Dartmouth in my Dad's extended cab GMC Sierra with the cap on back. Let's just say this trip I learnt how to use my mirrors.
We finally get to Luke's, load his stuff in the truck and off to the highway we go! We're minding our business, driving through Dartmouth... when some young boy decides to walk out in front of my truck! What is he thinking really? I slam on the brakes so I don't hit the poor feller and off we go again!
We didn't even make it to the highway and Luke was passed out in the backseat, the poor boy had a late night shooting with Jon Burke and Charles Stevens gaping Charles' car, so he was pretty tuckered out. Gabe puts on some jams and we start the supposed to be 5 hour drive to Sydney!
We hit Antigonish and decided this is a wonderful spot to stop for supper and snacks. We arrive at Wal Mart and 45 minutes later walk out with a bunch of snacks. The boys went healthy, buying things such as muffins and juice... myself, I went for the funner things. Gummy bears, Dunkaroos, a HUGE chocolate bar, War Heads, mini eggs... I love candy. We then hit up Pizza Hut for some grub.... and two hours later we're finally on the road again.
Finally the causeway is in sight and Cape Breton soil is under our feet. We take the exit we were told to by a coworker of mine... and off we go venturing into the unknowns of CB. The weather soon turns horrible.... rain, snow, wind, slow drivers... I just stick 'er in 4wd and there's no stopping us!
Turns out when your GPS is telling you to make a turn..... you should really listen. If you pass that turn, I highly recommend turning around and making it happen. I however decided to keep driving. We managed to take the longest way to Sydney ever, weaving in and around the opposite side of the Bras D'or lakes in almost every weather condition possible... thank god for 4wd.
Finally we arrive at the wonderful and sketchy Martin Arms (we're doing this as low budget as possible since my dads truck eats gas like I
eat candy) and get ready for a night out on Sydney.
We end up at a bar called Capri. Luke rolled up his pants into capris in hopes for free cover, but they shot his brilliant idea down. We immediately hit the dance floor and are having a time... until someone throws a drink in Gabe's face. Not cool, really not cool. We decided to peace out and head back to the hotel, as we have to be up early to head to the hill.
Before we know it the alarm is going off and it's time to put our stuff in the truck and head to the hill. I am greeted by some friendly familiar faces and get to work getting everything organized for the clinic! The boys put the billabong rail in as I went inside for registration. Five girls registered, all of them intermediate... so I knew the day was going to be awesome!
We start hiking the park, learning tricks on the flat box to start, then hiking up further to hit the oillie on features! Ben Eoin always uses their features they have the best they can, which I am super stoked about. The people you run into are also awesome, which always makes the trip up 10x better!
Soon it's time for lunch and we decide to have a mini rail jam after lunch since their were no beginners registered for the afternoon clinic. This is where we saw all the girls improve the most.... we even saw a cab 270 on 270 off!
Soon it's time for us to pack up the truck and head back to the mainland.... until we return in a few weeks for Snow Jam!
On the P.E.I side of thjngs, Natasha led an awesome two day event! Here's what she had to say about it:
Brookvale native, Lyle Robinson, had set up an amazing progressive park for the girls to play in all weekend. There were only a few that came out to learn some new skills during Saturday's clinic however Sunday's contest was full of talent and fun! The youngest female snowboarder ever to join us in the park was there today dancing and snowbaording along to the great Adrenaline Divas playlist - 3 year old Kalie Robinson!
1st - Maggie
2nd - Lindsay
3rd - Hailey
* and props to all the beginner girls as this was a hard one to judge!
1st - Katherine
Best Trick - Lindsay (frontside 180 gap over the flat rail!!! WHAT!)
Best Bail - Katherine after a sick FS 360 on the jump.
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