My current hosting company has just expired so i’ve taken the trip across to dreamhost who will look after my hosting needs from now on. They give me a lot more freedom than my previous host so the first thing i’ve done is to get my blog up-to-date. I’ll cease to use this blog as of today and all updates will come through to my new site. If you have had this blog delivered to your email or a rss reader (whats this?) then just visit the new site and subscribe again. It wont take you 2 minutes.
This latest blog has been designed by myself and i feel its good to go out live now. If you see anything you don’t like or have any suggestions for improvements then just let me know, i’d be happy to hear them. Hopefully it should be looking nice and slick very shortly. I’m currently designing a new website for this blog to compliment which i’ll let you know about as soon as its ready to drop.
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I’m in a transition stage back in the UK spending long hours on my computer trying out all sorts of new things whilst following the daily Swine Flu drama. Could this turn into such a pandemic where countries start closing their doors to visitors – watch to find out!
The hours spent on the computer have finally succumbed me to the world of Twitter. If thats the kind of thing you’re into the feel free to follow me here.
One final update for you; I’ll be over in Nottingham this weekend and will be competing in a charity 5Km run for a childrens charity in Central America. It’s not exactly marathon distance (having done one i’m glad) but its for a great cause. If you can spare any money then please donate by following the link on this picture.
To see more information on the charity please visit www.eftc.org.uk
I wish i could take credit for this photo but it’s me in front of the lens this time. Dodgy exposure, dodgy motion blur and slightly dodgy composition. Absolutely love it! making the most of yet more down days by just doing what we all do best – dicking around.
The last week or so has been dictated mainly by the weather. Promised bluebird conditions have lead to whiteouts and not much has got done. One day was spent playing hangman in Cardrona base after carting all my gear up there. Thrilling stuff!
I’m writing this on another down day with word that its raining up on the hill which is abit of a nightmare. All of my house mates have moved on now and i’ve discovered that the board game RISK isn’t too captivating by yourself. World domination, it seems, is better with your friends.
It’s not all doom and gloom though – i’ve managed to get a few things done. I found myself shooting a profile image for Volkl of Kiichiro Kazumi, one of the riders i was with a few weeks ago. I’d arranged to hook up at the top of Captains lift at Cardrona due to the surrounding mountain views being superb. On the chairlift up Kiichiro was saying how sick it was on that side, “i’ve never been to captains before”…….he’s been at Cardrona for 3 seasons and that was his first venture out of the park. Brilliant! Whilst i had him over there we sessioned a fence for 20 minutes or so. It took no time to set-up and was easy to hit a couple of times. Fences are kind of iconic in New Zealand and we spotted a couple more that we’ll hopefully get shots of before the season is out.
Kiichiro at Cardrona
I made it over to Ohau, a club field 2 hours from Wanaka and had a wicked day. I’ve always said that Asahidake over in Hokkaido is my favourite resort, though with only one lift going every 20minutes and constant unstrapping required, it’s anything but a resort. Ohau is much the same; just a 2 man chairlift and not much else. What fun though, wicked hiiking, one of the best views i’ve ever seen and a road up that makes the roads to Cardrona and Snow Park look like great feats of design and engineering. I’d love to go there with fresh snow. I’m sure it would be up there with some amazing freeriding potential.
Top: Tall Paul shredding at Ohau
Below: View from drive down
For the sake of escaping the weekend crowds we headed over to Milford Sound at the weekends to check out some more New Zealand “must sees”. Yup, all good, all done. Next!
One of the many waterfalls at Milford Sound
Finally, we’ve had some blue skies! This week has been a lot of fun as the storms have cleared leaving us with a couple of blue bird powder days. I’ve spent my week up at Cardrona working with 3 Japanese riders; Daisuke Hosono, Kiichiro Kazumi and Nobuo Otake. These guys are pure work horses. They strive to get their stuff down and make it super easy for me to work with them. Loads of fun was had.
I’ve taken some time off from the hill and went on a little road trip the last two days to check out some of the south island. Lots to see, not so much to do!