Wanaka

I was lucky enough to get away to Wanaka for 2 weeks in September for a bit a spring time fun. I stayed with good friend Mitch Brown and shredded with Conner and Mitch at Cardrona for almost 10 days straight. It was such fun times hitting the mini pipe and sending it off the natural hits.

We managed to squeeze in a fly fish where I hooked a brown Trout. I also organised a “Disc Golf” tournament called the ‘Club House Back 12’, a fun disc golf tournament with friends. It was an awesome night and we are looking forward to bringing it back next year.

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Mt Ruapehu – Weekend Warrior

Johnny McCormack and I decided a true weekend warrior mission to Mt Ruapehu was long overdue. Our goal was to hike into step terrain that is only accessible using crampons and an ice axe. To find some distinctly Kiwi terrain to photograph. We hiked into the side bowl of Whakapapa and found some amazing terrain. Keep an eye out in the New Zealand Snowboard mags this winter for more shots from the day.

 

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Laura and I thought we would escape the winter cold in New Zealand in search of the Indonesian dry season. We were blown away by the kind spirit of the Balinese people the amazing local food. But more importantly, the cheap living and the world class surf spots that made for an amazing trip!  Bali has ever thing you need for an amazing mid-winter holiday and I can’t wait to head back next year.

 

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Wanaka round 2. Caravan Life

I managed to to sneak away for one last trip to Wanaka before the Winter season ended. My mate Mitch Brown was kind enough to let me sleep in his 1975 Zepher Caravan that was parked up in his back yard. I rode Cardrona resort for nearly two weeks straight and was completely shattered by the end of it. I gave fly fishing a real good go and managed to hook a Brown and Rainbow trout in the mighty Upper Cluther river. Was an awesome way to finish up the winter, Thanks heaps to all the crew that made it so fun!

Mitch's 1975 Zepher
Mitch’s 1975 Zepher

Mitch's 1975 Zepher
Mitch’s 1975 Zepher

Brown Trout on the Clutha
Brown Trout on the Clutha

Driving up the hill
Driving up the hill

Chair Lift with Mitch
Chair Lift with Mitch

Following Mitch over the small Jump Line
Following Mitch over the small Jump Line

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Fornt 3

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Back 1 japan

Pow day in the park
Pow day in the park

2 time mini Pipe world Camp Mitch Brown
2 time mini Pipe world Camp Mitch Brown

Crippler 7 in the mini
Crippler 7 in the mini

The drive back into Wanaka
The drive back into Wanaka

Mitch throwing out the line
Mitch throwing out the line

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Mitch throwing out the line
Mitch throwing out the line
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Mitch cuffed on the his Rainbow
Mitch cuffed on the his Rainbow
Great way to top off an awesome trip!
Great way to top off an awesome trip!

Turoa weekend warrior

Im in Auckland for winter so we decided to get a crew together and try score Mt Ruapehu. We had an awesome crew of Bevan, Gemma and Jazzy who drove up from Wellington. With Laura and I driving down from Auckland. I have never managed to score good snowboarding in the North Island but on the Sunday it was perfect blue skies and the snow was epic! We had an absolute blast riding with a good crew, launching off the natural hits and sending it off some cliffs. I was amazed at how fun Turoa was and look forward to getting back down there again!

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Rad Gloves, Sales Gig

I am stoked to announce my new gig as NZ sals manager for Rad Gloves. Rad Gloves is a supper fun brand that with holds the same core values I try to portray through my riding.(have fun and hang with mates) The brand has gained success in many parts of the world and I am excited to make it grow here in NZ.

The following is the media release from NZsnowboard.com

“RAD Gloves is an Australian brand that has been rapidly growing around the world with their affordable, fresh range of snowboard gloves, mitts, and accessories.
Their growth is coming across the Tasman, with the appointment of Liam Peter Ryan as the first RAD NZ Sales Rep.

Along with LPR, RAD will also have a full local team roster including Hamish ‘Buckwild Bilzy’ Martin, Jack Spence, Mitch Brown, JJ Rayward, Colin Bartlett, and Sean Thompson.
For wholesale and other enquiries, please contact Liam on:
liampr@radicalgloves.com
021 1399 052”

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#Downsouf2014 Porridge, Southland Surf Mission

While down in Wanaka I headed up the hill to Cardrona NZ one day and the wether was looking bad. I did a quick surf check and saw Porridge in Southland was pumping. I quickly rang Nick Raply and made a impulse decision to jump in the car. We boosted the 4 hour drive ran over the farm land you have to cross to acces the brake and came across this perfect line up with 2 guys out! This ended up being the icing on the cake for the trip!

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#Downsouf2014 Wanaka

After Christchurch and Dunedin Bevan and I headed to Wanaka to ride Cardrona NZ. I stayed in Wanaka for 2 weeks and headed up Cardrona early every day. The New small jump line is so fun! There are so many activities to do after riding and I ended up trying to clock them all. I got to catch up with heaps of mates and share a few turns a beers. Was an awesome trip I cant wait to go back in spring. IMG_3353

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