Monday, August 29, 2011

World Cup @ Cardrona

The WC Halfpipe was run this past weekend at Cardrona. Unfortunately it did not go as planned for me. On my first run I made an error and took off early for my front 5 landing on the deck and then bouncing back into the flat bottom 22 ft below. I was unable to take my second run but luckily nothing major was wrong and I'm just feeling stiff and sore now.

Holly and Nate both did well placing 2nd and 4th.

Womens results: 
1. Xuetong Cai China
2. Holly Crawford Australia
3. Ursina Haller Switzerland

1. Janne Korpi Finland
2. Yiwoi Zhang China
3. Dimi DE Jong Holland

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunny Days in NZ

I made it out of Christchurch! Four days of blizzard conditions, hours of standing in queues and many telephone calls later I finally got a flight to Queenstown. Woo hoo! What a relief!

Upon arrival I was greeted with beautiful sunny skies and it hasn't changed since. I've had four days riding now at Cardrona and everyday has been great. The pipe is fun and the snow is good. 

I'm staying in Wanaka with my friend Paula Mitchell, I love it here. NZ is so beautiful(when its sunny) and Lake Wanaka is no exception. Here is some photos from the last few days.

 On the hill before 7am yesterday. Yawn.

Watching the sunrise at Cardrona

Early morning Cardrona pipe

Kelly Marren's birthday party last night. Thanks for the fun and food!

This guy ate appetizers, two large mains and two desserts. Tummy Ache? 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stuck in a winter storm

Early yesterday morning my dad dropped me off at Melbourne airport for my three hour flight to Queenstown, NZ. It all went smoothly, we made our decent but just seconds before the tarmac the pilot hit the throttle and accelerated rapidly back up into the sky. We were re-routed to Christchurch as it was unsafe to land in the blizzard conditions.

I was re-booked on a flight at 8 am this morning but when I awoke to howling winds and snow I knew it was not going to happen. I arrived at the airport to see all flights had been cancelled. They got our hopes up with talks of shuttle buses but that was impossible with every road into Queenstown closed.

So I'm back in the airport hotel again tonight and most likely tomorrow night as well. I'm hoping for an improvement in the weather but looking out my window now it looks like the 50 year storm :(

This was the highlight of my day.....   Jealous Ellen Trigger?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sunny days at Hotham

Last week I spent some time at Hotham with my family. Everyday was beautiful and sunny, perfect snowboarding weather. We rode just about everywhere and did plenty of Village Loops(one of my faves). There was a few fun rails and boxes in the Basin Rail Park which I was really enjoying, it's amazing how much fun you can have on such simple things.