When I heard that slopestyle skiing was admitted to the Olympics I tracked down this footage of one of the first ever ski slope contests in 2000 at Vail to show to the NBC guys. I just got it converted. I am having trouble getting the whole thing up so I just have my winning run. surprise surprise! I will work on it. The show never aired because Mike Jaquet and Jerk at Freeze mag sold the sponsorship to Lifestyles and the network was not having it.
I have been meaning to post this pic for awhile. I went on vacation to Oahu and stayed in this amazing pad in Wailupe just east of Waikiki. Place had a dock and a deep water channel for a boat and also a surf break 300 yards away. Pretty amazing.
I windsurfed one day in Kailua, long boarded waikiki, and SUP’d wailupe and Tongs the other days. However the highlight of my trip was getting hooked up with Sunny Garcia. I was pretty intimidated at first but he really could not be any nicer. He picked me up at 6:30am and we drove over to the North Shore where the 1st of the Triple Crown was on at Haleiwa. He was entered in the contest so we stopped by the beach to talk with the contest director and up walked Rob Machado, and Taylor Knox to say hello to Sunny. Pretty sweet. The waves were small so we drove along the North Shore while Sunny showed me all the spots and told me some sweet stories about Waimea and other contests. We stopped across from Pipeline and did a crossfit work out with the Volcom, Billabong team. It kicked my ass. I slacked this summer. Then we got a snack and went and talked to his buddy Uncle about a board for me. Uncle wanted to wrestle me but he looked strong even though he was 70. You could tell he had that old man strength. I declined. We picked up a board and headed to Chuns. Waves were perfect for me. 3-5 feet, luckily. I caught 5 out of 7 waves even though I could not even muster a push-up after crossfit. I tend to drop straight in b/c of my slow snap and Sunny was trying to help me by using ski lingo. He kept saying , you have to “traverse” on the wave. Brilliant and true. Of course Sunny was ripping it up and chatting with the crew.
Sunny did an interview on the beach and I had to bounce after that to get back to my family and Sunny drove me home after we stopped to pound a shave ice at Matsumotos. I loved hearing all about his life. I snapped an interview for my radio show on XM which I will post at some point.
Hi ex-wife Anela manages the house and she hooked me up. She also hooked me up with Kainoa McGee, reknown pro body boarder and SUP boarder. He took 4 four yr old son Jack, my mother-in-law and my wife and I surfing in Waikiki which was fantastic. Jack was fully standing up on the shore break with Kainoa’s help. He did eat hard into the beach one time, but is was a good ride.
Getting the backstage north shore tour from Sunny and having Kainoa help us navigate Waikiki was amazing. I felt like a local getting hooked up everywhere and put into all the right spots. Epic.
Here is a link to the house:
here is pic of the place from the dock:
Was at the World Cup in Beaver Creek last weekend. Fun to see Bode win the downhill. I wish they would put the GS on Saturday instead of Sunday so we could watch Ligety.
You can’t really see the actual race very well so most people watch from inside the tent on TV.
On Saturday, I got this shot of (from left) Franz Weber, Billy Kidd, me , Franz Klammer, and Klaus Heidegger, inside the tent watching the race on the TV.
We had a bunch of new young rippers at the Premiere of the new Warren Miller film ‘Like there’s no tomorrow”. Caroline beat out Tyler Ciccanti and the others for the photo!
Warren Miller blew this premiere out. 2600 people packed Abravnel Hall in Salt Lake. Pre party sponsor village was in effect and the VIP party upstairs featured a shot ski with view of the spectacular Mormon Tabernacle! Davenport demonstrated perfect technique. He also ripped in the movie with an especially interesting and strong segment from his home region, Tuckerman Ravine.
Although JT Holmes was busy hucking himself of some bridge in Virginia, Michelle Parker and Timy Dutton showed up to represent the 1st Squaw Valley Segment in 10yrs thanks to new CEO Andy Wirth. Tom Day captured the 800″ winter like only he could and also skied in the film. According to the producers Tom shot like ten miles of film. My son Jack also made his second Warren Miller appearance. The segment featured Timy Dutton, Squaw local and World Freeskiing champion straightlining Eagles nest then airing off it the end into a 180. Even Tom Day was impressed. Timy rips.
I also really loved Daron Rhalves, Banzai skicross segment because it is raw and not your typical ski movie porn.
Speaking of Ski porn, Wescott and Tom Day nailed Points North Alaska with epic conditions. Wescott laid down some lines in blower steep powder only a few in the world will experience.
Luckily due to Tom Day being heads up and rolling camera on their guide Kip Garre, The segment features Garre’s last days ripping Alaska with Seth before he died in the Sierras ski touring with his girlfriend. RIP Kip. We miss you, nice segment.
Bunim/Murry Productions, best known for creating The Real World, will work with CBS Interactive’s GameSpot division for The Controller, a web series revolving around Electronic Arts’ upcoming shooter Battlefield 3. The reality competition show will center around six professional gamers who must train six amateurs for challenges inspired by the game; the pros, meanwhile, will face physical tasks. The teams will compete for a $50,000 prize. Hosted by Olympic skiier Jonny Moseley, with appearances by Internet figure Freddie Wong, the show will air weekly on GameSpot.com for eight weeks starting October 21.
In case you missed it which it sounds like most of you did due to the ratings, we got third on Skating w the Stars. I knew I would have a hard time with Rebecca even though we were starting to beat her, but I was surprised when i got taken out by Bethenny. I knew to expect some surprises because 50% of the score is at home voting but I still thought in the end justice would be served! I did not think that people would really want to see a final between Rebecca and Bethenny considering the disparity in skill. Congratulations to Rebecca who was great.
Also, I give Bethenny the credit she deserves. It is difficult to build a loyal following and she has done that very well. After all I think my wife may have voted for her.
After solid wrap party complete with a posture lesson from Dick button and some crumping with Laurieann I flew straight to Squaw and skied for 10 days straight. I did a bunch “Ski with Jonny” days with some great Apres ski. I enjoyed skiing and meeting everyone. If you missed it we will do it again next year. Meet me at Gold Coast at 2pm.
I spent roughly 3 weeks in Squaw doing some great dawn patrol missions and shooting some Warren Miller stuff for the movie next year. We also had a bunch of Christmas too. Jack and I skied a bunch and my brother Rick got Jack an awesome remote control helicopter which they flew around the house all Xmas long.
Jack is really starting to ski. I use a long bamboo pole which he can hold onto. i make lots of turns so he does not learn to just go straight and snow plow. The shooting stars coach taught me that. He loves it which is the most important thing. I have to beg him to go in for cocoa. He is tough.
During those three weeks i took a quick trip to SF to MC the press announcement for the Americas Cup which is coming to SF in 2013. Awesome. I was nervous. I have done a lot of speaking but this was odd because usually I talk about myself. This time I had to intro people like the mayor and Larry Ellison. I had to get facts and names and titles correct and talk about sailing. It went well though and was a great experience.
I spent a day in Palmdale driving the the new Ford focus and doing little video bits for the upcoming Ford Focus Rally that i am hosting.
It was gorgeous up there. Looked like Joshua Tree.
I just got home from Lake Placid. Man, it is gorgeous there. They had great snow and the scenery was ridiculous. I stayed at the Mirror Lake Inn which is quaint and cozy. Owned by the parents of Andrew Wiebrecht 2010 Olympic Super G bronze. They have a great hot tub area. I was there to do the commentary for the NBC Freestyle World Cup but I managed to do a bunch of skiing and ice hockey on the Lussi’s pond rink. I loved it.
Headed to White Sands, NM for some sand skiing then on the road for the Ford focus Rally. Should be fun. Later.
Brooke and I managed to perform the routine last week really well even though our practice rehearsal before the show had us pretty stressed out. I slipped and fell while lifting Brooke over my head which shook our confidence pretty bad. In some ways it was better that it did happen because it made me realize quickly what I had been doing wrong. I have tendency to think when I am practicing that if something works then maybe more of that something will make it work even better. When I am learning something new I tend to keep tweaking it to the extreme until I go too far then I come back. It is not a terrible thing except in this format not only could I hurt Brooke but we don’t have time to play around. In this case I had noticed our lifting coach just slightly turning his head to the side as he lifted Brooke. So I started doing that as well which made it easy to get underneath Brooke and use my legs. As we continued I started getting Brooke way over my right shoulder before i lifted her until I was almost lifting her completely with my right arm and right leg. When it finally came crashing down I remember really pushing off my right leg and having brooke too far over the right side and being totally off balance as I exploded through my legs. Of course on skates unlike shoes there is no friction and I just remember trying to reach over my head and save Brooke as I was going down. Luckily we were both ok but it scared us both pretty good. To top it of we lost our double sow throw which had been working pretty well in the previous days. Needless to say we were freaking out before we competed. We managed to get a quick warm up before we hit the stage where things felt pretty good and that carried through into the final skate. When Brooke landed the double sow I got so excited that I could barley finish the routine and almost fell down.
That was very exciting night and I was fired up to be a point ahead of Rebecca who skated flawlessly.
Now we are working hard to get our routine together for this Monday. It is a free skate where we pick the music and choreograph the run ourselves. I really will miss the time here but my body is starting to beg a little for mercy. I was trying to do some axels the other day and unfortunately I don’t think it is going to happen. They are harder than I thought plus I fell hard on a silly little knee slide and my left wrist is pretty much worthless right now. When I crash and have to put my hands down it is extremely painful. This translates to it being kind of hard to try axels when I know i will take some spills. I don’t want break my wrist before Monday. My right shoulder which I blew up doing aerials and had fixed years back is not loving these overhead lifts or the crashes either. Back soreness standard, ankle is hanging in there, fitness is good, attitude is even better. Show is on Monday and Tuesday.
Looking forward to getting up to Squaw Valley Wednesday and skiing with everyone. See you there.
Working on my eighth week of pairs figure skating for “Skating with the Stars“. Last week was amazing and very tough all at the same time. We started off with a great trip to Squaw Valley where we skated on top of the mountain and then I took Brooke skiing for her first time. I knew she would be good, but not that good. By her fourth run she skied Siberia which is an advanced run. A ski instructor would get fired for bringing her up there and it was stupid on my part because if she would have gotten hurt we would have been done with the skating show. My plan was to bring her down the ridge while our buddy skied the face, but when I showed Brooke the run from the top she wanted it. She is a tough chick. The snow was great but there were small moguls and it was variable which is hard for beginners, not to mention steep. I tried to make her follow right behind me and cut deeply across the hill but she did not like my instruction and wanted to do it her own way. She ended up executing three perfect “yard sales” losing all equipment and goggles each time. Each time she got right back up and continued laughing and wanting more. Her final crash was the most spectacular. After pointing em straight down towards the bottom of the pitch and making three nice GS turns she was too far forward when the slope flattened out and she got snagged in some soft snow and did a nice headplant/yard sale completely filling her pants with snow.
It made me realize that skiing is a bit like surfing. The actual motion of turning a ski which Brooke could do very easily from her skating experience is only a small part of skiing. Managing conditions, steepness and other element is the harder part. Like surfing, standing and turning on the board is not the hardest part, it’s everything else that kills you.
When we got back to LA we had a lot of work to do and we had an increased level of stress and intensity because we had not been getting good artistic scores. This made us both focused on getting the details of the routine right. The emotion and artistry specifically. Plus, we were exhausted from both the skiing trip and just being on for so many days in a row. In addition the difficulty level of the routine increased because we were now skating in lock step as a pair telling a romantic story of forbidden love. On Sunday the day before the show we had never completed a routine yet we had to perform on the studio ice for the director. On our first attempt I swung too wide on a lunge and snagged the edge of the ice sending me into the lights then whipping Brooke over my head into the seats. Luckily, we were only bruised. We got up and tried it again, this time I caught an edge taking out Brooke who came inches from launching herself off the ice to a 5ft drop to concrete. Scary stuff.
So that did nothing for my confidence and went to bed that night thinking of how to change the routine which can be even harder. On show day Brooke and I finally got through the routine once but the directors wanted to see it again which was good for us. On the second time around I made a misstep and tripped Brooke who slashed her finger on my skate as she fell and had to go tot he hospital for stitches. Her finger would not numb so she was there forever. She finally told them to put the stitches anyway and she showed up just in time for the dress rehearsal. We ended up nailing our routine with the exception of my shaky jumps and we ended up on top. Of Course, Brandon did not compete because he was in the hospital with as stomach virus, but I’ll take it anyway.
This week I feel better physically although today I am very sore again in my hammies. My groin is at least doing well. I think my hammies are sore from doing overhead lifts with Brooke. We have had a pro skater named John Zimmerman here teaching me how to lift and throw Brooke which are required elements for this week. Our routine is going to be awesome 80′s music. I hope you will check it out and vote at ABC.com.