Kings gate world cup disqualification + travel updates 

Once de arrived and got out tents set up, a group of us decided we would walk the hill to check the coarse. At first glance all I could think about, was the safety of the coarse, managing 4 man heats was going to be insense 

 On practice day, we rallied to get up for runs at 11, breakfast made, we ate and got our gear ready. After the first few runs the corners felt nice. The coarse marshals decided on doing two man heats to start, that way the amount of crashes would be less. The day lingered on, skateing with a bunch of different people, testing out diffrent lines. The next day was dry for one run then the sky’s opened up. Every one took a few runs to get their lines dialed on the wet road, then packed it in trying to keep the leathers as dry as possible. 

Qualifying, the next day was wet, the morning was quite with everyone at the camp site tinkering with their wheels, deciding what the best option would be. The four runs we did where pretty split up. First run, fully wet. Second run, patchy bottom wet top. Third run, patchy all around. Fourth run, the staff waited till it was fully dry. The fourth run I took the number one spot overall for qualifications 

Race day was per usual, with talks about race tactics going on, everyone changing wheels, and all the warm ups. The disqualification happened during the quarter final heat. I made contact with my arm against his butt, he took on speed in his slide from the contact. He ended up finishing third, he then stopped sourly, and decided to do somthing about it. The contact was significant enough, causing him too much of a disadvantage to have a fair race. Both Qui and I didn’t seen the footage. Based on the circumstances Colin made the decision to go through with it, and I wasn’t able to skate down the hill. 

Croatia, Prementura’s atriatic sea

After riding hills in Slovenia for a few days, checking out the Socha Valley, Nanos and the surrounding area’s, Mihael decided he was going to show us the atriatic sea in Croatia. We rallied our crew, camping gear, no boards. 

We drove for a few hours, through Slovenia, then into Croatia, crossing the boarder. Once we got into the camp area, tents got set up, and swim suites got thrown on, then off to the water we headed. Mihael had told us on the drive that there was a cliff jump spot to check out, Emily and I were super keen to check it out to go for a jump or two. Once we got there, the cliff was around 60 ft tall, definitely jumpable. Emily, with a broken toe, about 2 weeks fresh, stepped up before me, the sangria finished moments before was the liquid confidence she needed to send it. She jumped and landed it. Stoked, she hopped back up the rock to giver again. I jumped and followed her back up. One more time, with me jumping first she followed me shortly afterwards, this time she was not too lucky with her toe. She hit the water and was ok, afterwards when she hopped out the toe was soar and the sun was setting. We all sat on the rocks, chatting about nonsense, watching the sun set.

The next day, after waking up fully, we decided we would rent a boat. Breakfast was sandwiches and crackers, we hit the water an hour later.  Our boat was an open top, with a dodger, and 5 horse on the stern. Benjamin, and Sabrina where in our boat, and Mihael, Nadia, and Emily where in the other.

The day whittled away, putting around small islands, snorkeling at each spot we chose. The blue water popped against the green alge, schools of Mediterranean fish swam by the rocks as I free dove. After, we putted into a cove with a bar in it to grab some beer. Chatting about the downhill scene, as longboarders do. We cruised back later to the camp site, we chilled out and recover from the insane sun burn.

 The trip was well worth the time and effort. Croatia’s coast line was one for the books.

Slovenian roads. First three days. 

Short little blurbs and photos from my time skating roads in Slovenia.

Shortly after waking up at noon, fully recovered from jet lag, breakfast filled us up and talk about plans for the day ahead were at hand. Later that day, we hit a spot, and stayed into the evening. The pavement was slightly and fun. Flat corners and not too steep, but still fun. 

The next day we rallied a bit harder, and made it to a spot called Nanos, the terrifyingly chill run. A lane and a half wide, it was terrifying being in front through a tunnel met by a nole where cars can not be seen from inside the tunnle 

Later on we made it to a small town near by and sessioned a corner, Mihael filmed and Benjamin Sabrina and I skated. Emily couldn’t resist the urge to skate, so as them session got dark, she took one slide for the camera. The drive home was accompanied by a nice sun set, and Chinese food was enjoyed once we were home. 

Broken toe side predrift

Mihael and I doing our thing

Mihael filmed a corner

Top of the run, Nanos had a nice view.

Benjamin and I skating some standup slides

Small town in the country side. Top of run

Sabrina, Benjamin, and I skating the flattest corner

Top of the run

Euro tour 2017

Today I flew from Vancouver to Venice to meet up with Emily Pross, and Sabrina Ambrosi, to travel with for a month and a half. We’re going to be skating around the Slovenian hills the next few days, honing in the skills for the next few weeks.

The events I’ll be at the next two weeks, I’ll have the new Powell Snakes, a 69mm 75a center set freeride wheel & Powell Scales, a 70mm 75a fast freeride wheel for people to purchase. Very limited quantities available but for a discounted price €30 a set due to graphic defects. 

I’ll keep things posted on here for the rest of the trip, skate photos and  random stuff that I think is cool. 

Events;

– King’s Gate

– Kozakov Challenge

– Teolo 

– KNK Longboard Camp WEEK 

5th place. NEWTONS world cup, Mt panorama 2017.

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2017 brings back the legendary race Newtons. Mt panorama is a very well known spot for V8 race car drivers year round, but this is the first time this race has happened for skateboarders since 2013.

the track its self is like none other, within the first 30 seconds of leaving the finish line, riders clock in at 80km/h on one of the first corners, the dipper. Continuing on the track weaves down advertisement filled barriers, ending on the last straight clocking in at around 91 km/h.

Race day was filled with amazing runs with four man heats. I have never been to such a unique race track.

I finished 5th over all, getting taken out (crashed out) in the semi final, on the last corner. In the consolation round I took first place against Australian riders Connor Ferguson, and Jackson Shapiera,  solidifying my spot in 5th.

 

#1 Canadian in Men’s Open & ranked 6th in the world

With the IDF 2016 racing season officially over, I’m pretty stoked that I was able to finish in the top six in the world, and be the #1 Canadian in Men’s Open. Congrats to Carlos Paixao (1), Thiago Gomes Lessa (2) and Max Ballesteros (3) from Brazil, and Aaron Hampshire (4) from the US. Last year I was the #1 Junior in the world, but this was my first year competing exclusively in Men’s Open. The goal was to podium in Open, so I’m pretty pleased to have exceeded that with a 3rd at Mahackamack, a 3rd at Whistler, and a 2nd at Lillyhammer. Making the semi-final and finishing 4th in the consi round for an 8th overall at Mt. Keira and a 9th at Almabtrieb was pretty awesome too.  What a year!

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Looking forward the the 2017 race season!

Thanks to my sponsors Original Skateboards, Aera Trucks and Powell Peralta Wheels (formerly These Wheels) for the awesome support throughout the year.

NEW Powell Peralta longboard wheels line up 

Powell Peralta Longboard Wheels

When These wheels announced they were no longer a company alot of people were confused, since These™ wheels where the best wheels on the market for quite a while. Rumours started going around that Powell Peralta would be taking over the brand, and that was exactly case. They’ve launched a new line up of wheels that is sure to impress – with a better slide, roll speed and durability than a These wheel.