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Nica time….

Been a minute since updating this thing!

Winter is over…. we had a pretty fun spring loaded with good weather and good times!  Lots of people show up in Whistler in the spring to take in all it’s got to offer – shredding in a hoody, then downloading from the mountain and changing into boardshorts and sandals, where you then depart the chairlift, and head to the lake for a good ‘ol hangout and likely a bike ride!  I’ve long since departed winter, where at the very end of May I hung up my snowboard gear for the season, and headed back to Toronto to see friends and family for a few weeks.  Shortly after, I made a quick stop-over in Colorado, did some hiking and had some great times!  That place is amazing and full of rad people!  From Colorado, I boarded my last flight for a few months, and ended up in Managua, Nicaragua, where my buddy Mike picked me up and drove me to the beach!  I’ll be calling this place ‘home’ for a little while, trying to surf everyday and managing to work a fair amount too (web design and all that jazzzzzzz).

Here’s a couple shots from the first week here in Nica.  Life, really is better in boardshorts….well, that is until I get that itch to feel winter and that ever-stirring urge to shred snow!!  For now, though, it’s time to shred the liquid version of H20.

My whip on the beach at low tide

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Joey on the boat back from surf last night.  Happy birthday buddy!

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A bow full of boards…  Boat-Surf-Trip-Nicaragua-boards-fins Boat-Surf-Trip-Nicaragua-panorama

My VOLCOM Basis Slouch backpack in Camo, holdin’ everything I need for this surf adventure! Looks dope too! Boat-Surf-Trip-Nicaragua-volcom-basis-slouch-camo-backpack

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We needed to get there somehow, and the other bike was acting up… why not triple into town? :)

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I had the pleasure of gettin a shot in the latest “When In Whistler” webisode presented by Boardworld, created by Ollie Pop films. Enjoy!

Click here to check it out or wait for it to load below.  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152388823082803

If you’re around Whis this Thursday, come check out this FREE video premiere from Volcom.  Gonna be a blast, and oh ya, FREE beer!!

 

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Here’s the teaser

Volcom Stone presents True To This | Official Trailer from Volcom on Vimeo.

 

Last week was the annual KnowShow here on the west coast, so a few of us went down to check out the show, new products, some partying, and some awesome spring riding…. yes. Spring riding. Yes. It’s January.  I know.  Caley Vanular, Taylor Godber, Erik Gelling, Phil Hudec, and myself had the pleasure of riding Grouse Mountain one afternoon for some super fun park laps.  Check out the blog post on Grouse Parks’ site here.

Here’s some super fun screengrabs from the day!

Oh, and if you have any influence over our weather systems…. PLEASE send us some snow! Thanks. In advance!

Erik tapping!

Erik tapping!

Erik F/S 3 Stale

Erik F/S 3 Stale

Erik, havin a goooood time!

Erik, havin a goooood time!

Erik SWFS sameway

Erik SWFS sameway

Taye Stale

Taye Stale

Phil gettin' some air

Phil gettin’ some air

Surfin!

Surfin!

High Fives. All Day!

High Fives. All Day!

SWFS sameway

SWFS sameway

Front board

Front board

Laughs!

Laughs!

Phil backkyyyyyy

Phil backkyyyyyy

More surfin!

More surfin!

Life's good!

Life’s good!

Chuntz 5-0 scorpion arm....

Chuntz 5-0 scorpion arm….

Yeow!

Yeow!

Adam FS 1

Adam FS 1

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Chuntz BS 180 flyout

Chuntz BS 180 flyout

Wish I could spray like this real surfin'

Wish I could spray like this real surfin’

More high fives! Strangers get em too!

More high fives! Strangers get em too!

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Beauty!

Beauty!

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Caley!

Caley!

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Carvinnnnnn

Carvinnnnnn

Follow cam...

Follow cam…

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Endeavor Snowboards

Endeavor Snowboards

Erik, carvin, laughin, good times!

Erik, carvin, laughin, good times!

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Pow gloves give the best high 5s

Pow gloves give the best high 5s

Erik monster bs 3 flyout

Erik monster bs 3 flyout

I'm having more fun than you

I’m having more fun than you

We are havin a terrible time!

We are havin a terrible time!

Selfie

Selfie

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Almost killin Phil

Almost killin Phil

Laughs afer near death!

Laughs afer near death!

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Buddy boardin'

Buddy boardin’

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So much goin on!

So much goin on

 

Dreaming Of Nica

Been boardin a fair bit lately, but still really not much snow out here!  C’mon Ullr send us some winter please! :)   Spent a few days last week in Van for the Know Show, and ended up shredding Grouse Mountain for some amazing spring-like conditions! Power laps and laughs!  Blog post coming soon for that one, but for now, take a sec or about 300 (~5 mins) to watch this edit my homie Ben Powlesland made from our Nov/Dec 2013 surf trip to Nicaragua!  Enjoy!

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http://vimeo.com/84581631

Dreaming of Nica from BENPOW on Vimeo.