Biff is Trislideable. Skis, Teles and boards. Also sings a little too
Biff is Trislideable. Skis, Teles and boards. Also sings a little too
So I’m heading to Japan in 2 days. They have had over 2 meters of snow already this season. That is a lot! While I’m there I am going to be traveling and also teaching snowboarding. I love snowboarding for so many different reasons. The view alone is often enough to make you get up early, but the rush of dropping in to a big jump, the thrill of finding a new untracked line, secret pow stashes, funny chair lift rides with mates, the reward of landing a new trick or slaying mogul fields after working on down unweighted turns…. all of these things alone would make it worth it. But together, the whole package is just unreal. It makes me laugh when I’m asked if I am going to get a real job. In an office. working for 50 weeks a year to maybe do a week of riding… just not for me. I love every single run every single day out on the mountain.
So, how did I get here? Well I took a course with the Rookie Academy in Wanaka New Zealand. It gave me the skills to get where I am today. But dont just take my word for it, this is a video I made about the rookie courses, interviewing other ex students.
So. Last Monday Treble Cone had 50 plus cms of heavy snow. We thought it was going to be the last dump. In fact I called the video from that day Late Season Dump. And you can see it here:
However, during Saturday and into Saturday night, it was raining cats and dogs in town, and cold too…
The forecast was for cloud and rain and snow showers. All things that point to a day editing rather than filming. But I diligently got up early and sussed the situation out. It was clearing… and sunny.
Got up to TC ASAP to capture one epic run of flips and spins on the front side. Once I had had a taste of how LIGHT and DRY the snow was got to the bottom, put the camera way and went and got some! BOOM!
Here is the edit from that day…
I ended up getting a couple of laps int he saddle basin before coming back to work in home basin filming the last day of riders and sliders. This is a 10 week program that runs on Sundays. School kids in lessons parents skiing.
Once I had enough footage of that, I once again put the camera away and rode for myself. I landed 2 tame dogs aka nollie front flips off the sides of easy rider which was the first time. I also was busting out my new Burton Ante Up jacket that I got cheap as chips for $99 on www.lastseason.co.nz – i have nothing to do with them other than buying a $269 USD jacket for $106 NZD delivered.
You can see all the videos I have made this 2012 winter here.
And you can see all the Treble Cone videos I have made here.
Snowboarders do like to race, especially if it is the 20th Annual Banked Slalom at Treble Cone!
Was an awesome day, first sunny day for the event in a while. Was epic to see unknown Antoine Blaizeau smash the competition by 18 seconds! 2nd,3rd, 4th and 5th were all within 1sec of each other and he was well ahead!
Here is the other recent edit from Treble Cone.
Skiing and snowboarding in the southern hemisphere can be a surreal experience after Canada. I was riding and filming yesterday am, and came home, sat outside and drank a beer, in the sun, in my t shirt. And snowboard pants, I was not naked.
We still have not had any more snow but good conditions on trails makes it still awesome fun t o shred up at Treble Cone. Only 2 days ago did we brake the inversion layer of doom and gloom here in town, but TC has been sunning it up every day above the lake of cloud below.
I wanted to get this across in this weeks edit, so I got up nice and early to do a time lapse of the stars, sunrise, and inversion layer all in one. The moon was unexpectedly out which really killed some of the astro aspect to the time lapse, but still, I was quite happy with how it turned out. A disproportionate amount of time and effort went into making what is essentially a 5 second shot.
I also wanted to cover one of the Race programs that was going on, and include some killer shots of Richie spinning off Easy Rider AKA Steezy Rider, and Campbell sent it of Main St and threw a backkie. Perfect for some Super Slow Mo, replicating 1000fps.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45631904″>TC Cat’s birthday and more.</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/treblecone”>Treble Cone</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Thanks to all those who jumped in front of the camera this week!
My website is www.rideclass.com go check it out. 😉
Here is the edit I did for Treble Cone’s first week of 2012.
<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45192854″>Week One 2012</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/treblecone”>Treble Cone</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
I used some slow motion techniques to emphasize how good the snow is on trail and in the gullies. All shot on the Canon EOS 7D.
Thanks to Campbell Smith and the TC Freeski group for letting me film them, and to Lucy Waters for letting me do a Time lapse of her work on the ice sculpture.
Have been wanting to create some start trail images for ages. Found a piece of software called Star Stax and it is pretty easy to use. Here are is my first image.
It is 90 images from a timelaspe I should while out here in BC. Each photo was a 20 sec exposure. That equals 30 mins of exposure.
Will be adding simething like this into the TL’s at some point. Currently pulling together TL’s and footage for a promo video which is taking up all my free time. Hoping to get it done this next week.
Thanks for reading!
Light painting. Canon EOS 7D. 5 sec exposure. 400ISO. F1.8 on Canon 50mm.
Have been playing around with long exposures and light sources at night. After helping out a friend cutting rebar I knew I had to have a go at using it during the night. Here are the results.
Hoping to do some more soon with other light sources. Also some astro timelaspe are to come.
Well the snowboard season ends this weekend. Closing day is something I always attend. Not this year. I’m tired. Not in a bad way, just fatigued. My legs just wont let me ride how I want to. So, we moved out of our place, stayed on a couch or 2, had some good bye / see you later drinks and headed out to BC.
Took some pics as we were heading out.
Once in BC we have to cross a couple of ferries and I took some pics of a ferry in a dry dock while waiting. The sign clearly said “Danger Stay Out!” but as it was not locked I went in. I was impressed with the size of the thing, just hanging there. I used my new Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens but left the lens shade in the car. Could have used it. Oh well, still happy with how some of the shots came out.
Got some more shots on the 2nd ferry as we docked.
Tonight is supposed to be a “Super Moon” with the moon being 14% closer and 30% brighter than normal. We are expecting broken cloud cover tonight and I’m hoping to get a Time Lapse of it some how. Will be a hard one to expose for as well as the fact I will be trying to hit a moving target. Fingers crossed for a usable result.