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Surfing with Sunny Garcia during Vacation in Oahu

Sunny Garcia lookers left of me, the Volcom Surf team and me after a crossfit workout but before surfing on the North shore

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:

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p7041512h

here is pic of the place from the dock:

 

 

Ska music / Sirius/XM Faction show/Cushing Crossing

I was listening to some reggae in Pandora and this music came on from Tommy McCook. I hit the option to read more about him and this is what came up:

 “The leader of the legendary Skatalites, tenor saxophonist Tommy McCook was among the most innovative and influential Jamaican musicians of his generation, a prime catalyst behind the evolution and international popularity of ska and reggae. Born in 1932, McCook learned to play sax while attending Kingston’s Alpha Cottage School, an institution for wayward boys; upon exiting the school at the age of 14, he toured with the dance bands of Eric Deans and Roy Coburn, emerging as a highly skilled jazz player. Between the late ’40s and early ’50s, he also frequently collaborated with the famed Count Ossie, lending his talents alongside those of the Rastafarian hand-drummers and chanting vocalists who comprised Ossie’s group. In 1954 McCook relocated to the Bahamas to join a dance band there, and in the years to follow his mastery of jazz became increasingly pronounced.

 McCook did not return return to Jamaica on a permanent basis until 1962, arriving in time to help push the developing ska sound to the next level. In 1963, he was approached by Studio One musical director Jackie Mittoo to lead a new group he was forming dubbed the Skatalites; McCook initially declined the offer, but by mid-1964 he accepted the role of bandleader, drawing on his extensive knowledge of jazz and R&B to add distinctive new dimensions to their sound.”

 I found it interesting that a guy born in the 30’s was one of the most influential guys in Ska music in the 60’s. I never associate the 60’s with anything related to the thirties, but that is just ignorance. Anyway, I love saxophone and ska and had never heard of Tommy McCook.

I guess when I think of Ska I think more about The Specials. I know Ska started way before that but that is my association They call that era the “Ska revival. The Specials added the punk to the ska and rocksteady styles. I grew up on Selector and the Specials. I was too young to go to shows and everything but I loved it. My brothers were a little older so they were all about it.

Here is a little specials:

Of course I was into The English Beat as well. Thay were under the same label :”Two Tone” that The Specials formed. They had a 50 year old guy in the band that played for Desmond Dekker. So there you have that connection back to the early Ska days.

Let’s hear some Engilsh Beat

I was reading about The English beat  and I found out that Ranking Roger who is the distinguishing voice in the band went on to form general public, which I knew, but I did not realize that two other guys from the band, cox and steele  went on to form Fine Young Cannibals.

Let’s roll out some FYC, it has been awhile for sure.

I can’t remember what the hell I did this week. That is what happens when you stay home for a week. The days just blend.

Here is some SELECTOR

That was the first week in awhile that I have been home every night. Feels great. I just chilled with my son. We hit the park two times a day. I did have to do some work. I was in Sacramento helping Squaw slang season passes. They are “giving them away” this year which is sweet. I was posted up at an REI. I love REI. I bought a beach cabana. Unfortunately I had to miss the pond cross that I talked about so much. Here is a link to the video. JT Holmes, Cody Townshend, and Tim Dutton won with the 2 men and baby. Three people on four skis. Awesome. My favorite part was Jeremy Jones trying in skis in tribute to Shane McConkey. Funny part too was Tom Burt stacking  trying to get across on a snowboard. Check it out for sure.Cushing Crossing  http://www.tahoetopia.com/

Let’s go back in time to the The Slackers:

Toots and the maytals  54-46

Let’s get up into NO doubt

Let’s end it with the hives

Free running, check out this levi Meeuwenberg:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1mrVGVHZWA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1mrVGVHZWA

I thought the parkour was ok until I saw this video. This guy is ridiculous. It shows how being able to absorb landings in certain ways is the key to survival in sports where you jump off of stuff.

CHECK out The Moseley Method on Faction: Sirius 28/XM 52  Wed. 7pm EDT

 

 

Moseley Method April 30th

Was in Squaw last weekend. On Sunday I was filming for a documentary about Squaw starting with the Washoe Indians settlement there. They guys filming were not skiers and they had this special camera called a “RED”. Some fancy camera that looks like 35 mm but it is digital is how I understand it. Conditions were very difficult. Wet snowfall from a couple days before on top of slush that was frozen at 10am in the morning. Plus since they did not ski we were limited to where we could go. I forced some stuff on KT including a 360 over the camera off of a semi-cornice dropping into East Bowl. Sketchy because when I landed my outrun was crust/ new/old snow moguls with chunk on top. After that I found a spot where I could air over this rock then ski out some bumps that had a little slush on them. After that I had them shoot rock garden as a long shot with a 300. We did not have time for much more because I was scheduled to be at the pool party up top and help emcee. I asked the guy if we were good and he said, yes, but could you do something spectacular! I started cracking up then I had top go.
Green day
Sometimes it’s hard to explain to non- ski filmers, what it takes to actually shoot good footage. In general I think people underestimate what goes into getting one good shot in a ski film. The time it takes to wait for conditions and planning the details. Not to mention the cameraman who are mostly former pros who whip in and out of lines with all the camera gear including tripods. I am always amazed when these crews try to shoot the stuff themselves instead of just hiring someone like Tom Day or Scott Gaffney.
Offspring
I spent the rest of the day at the pool up top in Squaw. They had an air guitar contest. After watching a few people go I jumped in myself. It looked too fun. I found it to be harder than it looks. When I watched the other guys I kept thinking , why did he not do this or that. I did the” on the back Ac/dc move,” I did the big facial expressions, the riffing on the neck of the guitar, I am sure there is a name for that. My favorite move was when I took both hands off the guitar as if it was playing itself. In the end, I felt like I was off the music by forcing some of the moves. And I could not remember some of the moves I wanted to do. It was hard to do well. I found out they have a world Air guitar championships. I checked it on youtube, Daonoji, the world champ, reminded that I forgot to smash the guitar of course. Awesome.
Here is a good air guitar song:
Van Halen eruption:
Of course, that was followed by a bikini contest. The girl who won was very good a working it. There was this one girl with a better body but she did a model walk like you might see in a Miss America pageant. The judges were not impressed, they wanted to see booty shakin, which was a little surprising because the judges were all girls.
Good charlotte
Not a bad weekend I guess. I camped on the couch and watched celebrity apprentice Sunday night. I watched Joan and Melissa rivers just embarrass themselves to no end. It was painful, I thought the mom was the most out of line and the most ridiculous. The whole thing was quite entertaining. Jesse James is going to win for sure. That Clint Black guy is just a weirdo.
White stripes
weezer
Blink 182
Foof fighters
Bouncing souls

Levi’s Powersliders/ Celeb week in LA/SD radio show Sirius 28/XM 52

Since I talked to you last wednesday I have been on the road.

I was in LA for Levis for the 3rd annual Powersliders competition. That’s right powersliders.  You’ve heard of it right? Probably not but you have done though in its beginner form. Sliding on your ass down railings is what you have done. Powersliding is what you have not done. Extreme ass sliding is what powersliding is. Levi’s built a massive powersliding terrain park at the Santa Monica pier in LA. They had a full on contest. The course was pretty gnarly. Huge and difficult with regards to sliding, plus there was a brisk wind. The powersliders went for it  and it was sick! Check it online. I was judging with Kendra from the “Girls Next door” and Wee Man who I am convinced is the same volume as Kendra’s boobs.  The band that played was this two man, actually one woman one man band called Matt and Kim. Matt plays keyboard and Kim plays drums and smiles a lot. I like them here they are on the Faction:

Matt and Kim 

She is a pretty and punky chick who is super fit and wails on a modified small drum kit . She sings at the top of her longs in sync with Matt but she does not use a mic. At one point she stood on her base drum singing and pumping up the crowd. I loved her. Matt is tall and skinny and leads the band with the singing from behind the keyboard. He keeps the crowd fired up with his music and his story telling. In this particular show he explained how he had just gotten scabies. Crude but it was entertaining especially because it embarrassed Kim. I guess they are a couple. Bottom line is I had never heard of them or seen them and I was impressed. Great live show. Here is another band along those lines, with a song you may have heard:

MGMT song called kids.

My whole trip was a celebrity fest. I hung with Wee man who I had never met and is cool as shit. In my hotel I got a picture with Rachel Hunter who I always liked as kid. She is older now but still way hot. She looked like she was just running some errands but when I got the picture with here you could tell why she is a super model. Her face pops on camera of course.  Later that day I was having lunch on the third st. promenade and I got a picture with Audrina from The Hills. She was cool, and looked the same as she did on TV. She was having  lunch next to us with her sister or something. Then of course I spent the rest of the day with Kendra from “The Girls Next  Door” where she played one of Hef’s girlfriends. I actually watched that show a bit  back in the day and I liked her the best  I guess because she was sporty. She is now engaged to a football player and has left the mansion . I asked her immediately if she banged Hef, but I never really got an answer. Wee Man was super cool and entertaining and the crowd loved him. He says he is rolling out some show right now but couldn’t tell what so stay  tuned I guess. And to top it off on way home to the hotel I look over and it was none other than Jason Ellis. Ellismate was having some family time at a Mexican joint on the promenade. I rushed over to get my picture. He said no at first but eventually I convinced him by telling him I had a show on Faction which he was surprised to hear.

Modest Mouse:

I did a bit of surfing in LA  which was nice, even though I was smoked after a half hour. My upper body is so out of shape,  and the period of waves was super tight in Venice beach but at least I got er done.  I was jonesing to play golf  after watching the masters last weekend.  Did you see that. poor guy  choke. Kenny Perry was winning that thing. But that is golf for you. It has to be one the hardest sports to compete in because as you start to get on top you want to overanalyze everything. Here is a small analogy. The other day I had a really early flight and I had to make it because had a paid gig on the other end. When I got home the night before I was going through my plan. Wake up call from the hotel at 4:20 am and the alarm on my phone. Of course I get my phone and set the alarm and double check  everything. Long story short I wake up and its light out and I know I am screwed. Miss my flight and everything. I did not get a wake up call which is lame but not my fault. But with regards to the alarm on the phone, I had reset the time an hour behind somehow. The clincher here is that I had been using that phone and the alarm everyday flawlessly until that point.

Or how about the two foot put in golf? Normally an easier shot but when the pressure is on you look at the put  twice as hard as normal and grip that putter and sometimes hose yourself. I think it is mainly because you want to be able to look back and say “I did everything I could”, but in the end that doesn’t really matter when you lose unless you count your mental sanity as important which you probably should.

Right, ok, here are

The strokes.

Ok, so the rest of my trip. I flew from LA to San Diego, which took twice as long as if I would have driven with all the transitions etc. I was in SD in order to host ALT games. Essentially it is the College Action Sports Championships. College kids competing in Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Skiing, Beach Volleyball, Eating, and the signature sport Flowboarding. I have talked about Flowboarding before when I tried it back in the day and got my ass handed to me. Serious whiplash. I have never seen a sport that looks so easy that is so hard. Basically, it is a standing wave created by shooting water out of jets at a padded structure shaped like a wave.  It is called a “waveloch Flowbarrel” in case you want to look it up. It is located in San Diego at an outdoor bar on mission beach called the wavehouse. It is a great spot and it was packed all weekend. Spring break and the beach was just slammed. Shoulder to shoulder. Great people watching. Of course there were all the girls in bikinis, but my favorites were bodybuilders and their chicks. Bulging out everywhere  and the best part was they never sat down on the beach. I was hosting the show  doing a bunch of stand-ups with my co-host Adrianna costa, so we watched these weightlifters for awhile and they never sat down. In the evening, the flowboard finals were closed out with a  show by Rebelution, a reggaeish band that has a incredibly large draw. People were packed out onto the beach where they could barely see the band. The cops were freaking out about it all. San Diego is pretty rowdy. Here is that band Rebelution:

That  flight that I missed earlier was supposed to get me to Squaw for  a party for all the passholders. I made it somehow and it was a perfect day at the top of the mountain by the pool. Hot and sunny. At the end of the day I skied down and had some beers at the Chamois. Skiing is still great up there right now and San Diego is nice but it is hard to beat a nice warm day skiing followed by some beers. Although the other day I did have at day the beach in Bolinas, here  in Northern, and that was pretty sweet. 88 degrees, Not crowded, good little waves for long boarding, great scenery, crispy cold water and did not see any sharks.  I bought a beach tent like sun shade, that I highly recommend. Especially if you have a kid, its like having a cabana at the beach.

Later everyone, here is some Michael Franti:

 

Skiing with Rahlves and Burge, Warren Miller and a visit to Stratton Vermont for my radio show: Sirius 28/XM 52 Wed. 7 pm EST

I missed you guys last week but I was slammed. We were filming in Tahoe for Warren Miller. Conditions were great. I had mentioned last week that we did some shooting in Squaw with Daron and Jamie but we got clouded over. The following days we hit Alpine meadows and did some early-ups on all parts of the mountain for a three days. We did some out of bounds stuff in Munchkins which was very cool. I had never been out there and was impresssed with terrain. A little sketchy but fun. When the snow socked in again we did a bunch of tight powder shots in the trees. It is really the only option when it socks in but some of the shots turned out great. Three or four pow turns here and there. When the weather cleared up we got Alpine really good. Cold powder out in Estelle bowl and we were able to ski some actual lines. After that we drove straight to Kirkwood to film in The Cirque, a rowdy part of the mountain that is permanently closed. The weather was clear and it was untracked but it was pretty boney. Lots of rocks just under the surface. I was pretty sketched out about but Daron Rahlves and Jamie sacked up and charged some big lines. As the day went on we skied more stuff around the cirque but Daron’s first line was definitely the highlight. He charged it through some sketchy sections and stuck it. I was really impressed. On the second day at the very end of the day we hike out to a place called emigrant aka California chutes. Emigrant is al arge face with probably about 1500 vertical and some good nasty features. We ran out there fast and Daron laid down another blaster. The only bummer was that about two minutes before Daron dropped in some other dude had hiked up from the other side and hit Daron’s line to a tee which sucked for filming purposes. He still diced it however and pretty much made one turn for every five of the other guy’s. D straightlined this chute that the other guy made ten turns in. I think it will still show well on camera. I skied another line but kind of slow and conservatively. The snow was money though. We did a ton of hiking over those five days and I was beat for three days. Every day I woke up fatigued. Slept well though. Rahlves has killer photos of the session on his site.

Sex pistols

I took some days off and went back down to Marin. My son and I took our skiff out every morning and cruised around the bay. He is 18 months and he loves it. He goes into the closet in the morning and brings out the life jacket and starts thrusting it towards me as he says “boat, boat”. He likes to ride up on top of the center counsel like a dog. We stop and check out all the seals and birds. Usually there are a lot of seagulls and pelicans but right now there are also some Canadian geese. I did not know they hung out here by the water. The seals look cool right now as well. They are kind of white with spots. The bay is really calm this time of year even though it is a bit damp. Jack does not seem to care if it rains or not he is still game.

I hit up Aspen for a day. I Stayed at the St Regis which is always nice. I was there skiing with the top sales people from company called Galderma. They make Cetaphil etcetera, I guess they I have a great sunblock that I am going to try. We tore up Ajax mountain even though the weather was not great. It was sleeting and foggy and miserable but the skiers put in a strong performance, skiing until the buzzer even though we soaking wet.

Blink 182

I also hit Stratton, Vermont last weekend. When I got there it was raining and starting to freeze. The parking lot at the restaurant was a double black diamond. The to car I was in got stuck on the flat a couple times. Walking was dangerous. The following day I skied with some guys who bought a day of skiing with me through a company I work with called Sentient Jet. The guys were cool and great skiers. The mountain was a lot better than I though it would be however I experienced two firsts: I had never seen a mogul run closed down because it was too dangerous due to the ice. Secondly I have never ducked a roped to get first tracks on corduroy while the cat was still grooming. I had a really good time skiing very fast. We hit some bumps and the park a bit which I was very impressed with. I was sure the park landing would break my heels but the groomers have it down to a science out there. I though it was my first time to Stratton but it turns out that I had been there before when the weather was foggy and clearly I was too back in 1998 right after the Olympics.

Wolf mother

It took me 14 hours to get home from Stratton to Tiburon and everything went smoothly. I could have gone Paris in less time. On both flights I sat in front of women that never shut up. The first flight I had t move, this woman was crazy. Even when the jet engine revved up she raised her voice to talk to the person across the aisle. I wanted to strangle her. She was in her fifties but she talked like a sixteen year old. In the second flight I had these two chicks behind me that chatted the whole time about he nothing but one of their friend’s husband and purple eyeliner. One kept giving the other one heat about how small her eyes were. I turned around to look at them and figured out that her eyes were small because her cheeks were like greatfruits due to the fact that she was carrying an extra 100 around. Travelling is a nightmare.

Green Day

Tahoe dumpage/Squaw/Warren Miller/Sirius/XM radio

Wow this is getting ridiculous. The snow has been falling for a week. We have been out shooting storm footy for the Warren miller film. Squaw has been great. Sessioned mainline pocket with Daron Rahlves and Jamie Burge early. They were really killing it, stomping everything. A couple of local kids pulled up on us and one of them boosted off the skiers right cornice airing over all the rock. I decided to take the same line. Since he showed me the straight air I threw the 70’s continental back flip. It was large. Much larger than I thought. I got to my feet but I was over rotated and slapped it to my back. I was pissed so I went back up and did it again. This time I set a lot less rotation and put it on my feet perfectly but I just sunk in deep, my skis grabbed and it pulled me over. Pissed me off. The back flip is a no brainer for me. I figured out that my skis were center mounted. Lame. The mark is too far forward. I would have done it again but the public was hacking the pocket and we had to move onto Silverado. More on that after of this Fabolous here:
We hit Silverado and teed up a cliff with a sharky takeoff. Daron hit it first. He super g’d into it and pre jumped the takeoff about ten feet back. It was classic. When he landed he slapped back but skied away in a cloud. He had so much forward motion when he hit it because of the speed he took I figured if I backed off a bit I might have better shot of sticking it. I skied up to the take off and cowboyed the rocks in a forward position, knees up. When I landed the opposite happened. I dug in and fell forward again. Pissed me off. Then the clouds came in and we were hosed. We did some tight shots against some rocks. It was a fun day. I really enjoyed skiing with Daron and Jamie. Daron is a sick skier, Super G world champ, Downhill champ, won the Hannenkahm, also won the X games in Ski Cross. Daron has been doing a bunch a filming since he stopped racing and he works his ass off on it with enthusiasm. I think he is determined to go down as the best skier ever. He may take a medal in the skicross in Vancouver then I will no longer be able to say I am the only skier to have medals in the X games and the Olympics. Damn it. Jamie has been killing it for years. Jumping over trains etc. Here is a little Bush:
Daron took off the last few days to race in his signature race the Silver Belt Banzai at Sugar Bowl . We have been filming in the meantime around Alpine Meadows. We got out to a cool area called Munchkins 2 the other day. It was a little scary with the new snow and avy danger etc. but after I made five turns and it was stable I felt a lot better. We had a guy with us who was local and dug a pit to assess the snow but still it is always stressful. You know when you are having a discussion over the radio that sounds like this it is a bit freaky:
Siig: so what’s your exit strategy?
Me: I am thinking if the slope starts to go I am going to cut right out into those rocks. Over
Siig: I don’t that is a good idea because to could get drag down across the rocks and into the chute below. Over

Me: 10-4. Jesse what do think?
Jesse: I think if it goes you should head for the left side spine and try to grab a tree.
Me: Ok, that sounds good. Siig, I am going to try to go left and grab a tree if I get in trouble. (Over)
Siig: 10-4, just know that after the chute it opens up considerably if you have to straightline out of there.
Me: 10-4.
Siig: cameras ready: 3-2-1

It turned out to be stable and we stayed out there for three hours getting shots. We skied out to the road and got picked up by Mike Vale in his pick up full of snow and cold beers. We had been on the hill since 6am and that beer tasted great.
G love and special sauce:
We hit alpine again with blower powder and a skier named Errol Kerr. A Squaw Valley native, Errol’s dad was from Jamaica and Errol has decided to ski for Jamaica in the Olympics in Ski cross in 2010. He is one of the three top American skiercross racers but the US team decided to only fund Casey Puckett and Daron Rahlves so Errol went on his own. He is an awesome skier on and off the course and I expect to him medal as well. We got into Estelle bowl which is a rad area skiers left of the summit skier’s chair at Alpine. Of course we were shooting tight shots in the trees but I could tell the skiing there is rowdy. The public were barreling down on us all day. Sometimes filming is not glamorous, but the movies are rad.
Burning spear;
I saw those guys in montego bay once. Late night, like three in the morning. Some guy accused us of stealing his weed and pulled a knife out. Scary. That was when we were with the Real World/ road Rules crew.

Here is some Rage against machine:
Bode Miller:
Where do I begin. This guy just steps in more s$@# that anyone I know. This time he actually pissed me off which is hard to do especially since I love Bode. This time he tried to say that his competitors skied like wussies when he lost to them at the World championships in France last week. Totally unacceptable. I understand that he thought the courses where built so tough that you had to ski defensively, but to talk smack about the guys who beat you is only acceptable in a judged sport like moguls if your name is Jonny Moseley.
Here is some rage against the machine.
Did you guys see that Red Bull Skyscrapers: They gave 100k to a guy who did a 20 foot air. They should have consulted us on how to build an urban jump. It is a lot harder than it looks and the Icer guys paid their dues. I think red bull did not sponsor the Icer because they thought it was weak.

Moseley Method Feb 9/09 Squaw Warren Miller filming

Franti
A Rod:
Peter tosh
Up here in Squaw Valley. Dumped overnight. 16-20 inches of nice snow. Over the weekend we shot, I skied with some friends and my brother Rick. My brother Rick is my favorite person in the world but he is a real character. He taught me everything I know and chaperoned me around the world competing in freestyle. He was a better skier for sure. He won all the alpine races as a kid and was the top moguls skier as well. We did Nor-ams and World cup together in freestyle. On Nor-ams we were 1-2 all the time. Rick did one year of world cup and then quit because his back was always jacked up and could not sleep well on the road. He went back to school to be a Mechanical engineer. Anyway, he has never cared about ski equipment was always been sponsored his whole life including a run with Nishizawa, anyone remember those guys. Now Rick gets his skis from me and recently I gave him a brand new pair of Head Mojos with new binders. So when I saw him this weekend I asked where his skis were and he said he can’t find them. This is the problem with getting free stuff. This is true in life. Easily earned=easily forgotten.

Strokes:
Sublime:
This past weekend in Squaw was Olympic Heritage weekend in Squaw. It was the kick-off to a slew of celebrations upcoming next year here in the Squaw and around around the North side of the Lake to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley. In addition it will be 60 years since the founding of Squaw Valley. I did the microphone duties for the gala to raise money for an Olympic museum and for the celebration next year. We had a room full of Olympians including a woman who carried the torch in 1960 and skied the downhill in the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck. We had Tamara McKinney there who until recently was the most successful American female ski racer ever. Only recently Lyndsey Vonn has tied her.
Tha Bravery
Sunday morning we hit Silverado at Squaw for some Warren Miller shooting. Got a couple shots off and then the storm came in. Snow was good and I was happy to get something. Last time I went up we froze behind a rock for and hour and went home because the light was no good. We are headed back up there tomorrow, should be really good after the recent dumpage. Saw a bald eagle this morning.

“The Moseley Method” excerpts from Radio Faction Sirius 28/XM 52

I told you Shaun was going to silence the critics. He was dominant in slope style, airing the channel and hitting the cannon. Todd Richards who is a great analyst, by the way, agreed with the judges on this one unlike Shaun’s halfpipe win. I am not knowledgeable enough to call the difference between Kevin Pearce’s run and Shaun’s so I will go with Richards on this one with one caveat. Shaun qualified first giving him the final run of the night and it is a fact in judged sports that judges cannot help giving out the bigger scores at the end and everyone knows this. In big events you pretty much have to win both runs period. In some sick way it my be the organic way to compensate for the extra pressure involved with running last versus the “got nothing to lose “ attitude of running early.
Also- The Loved Ones (punk) has a new ep out called Distractions

With regards to Simon and Jon in the Big Air obviously Jon’s DJ flip or whatever he calls it, a switch double rodeo, is way harder to learn and probably something Simon does not even do. That being said a double front flip is no fun to land either and most people, despite what they say have not done any of those either. For aerialists the double or trip front flip is the most consistently difficult to land and most dangerous trick in the book because it is blind (meaning you can’t see the landing between 180 and 270 degrees, the most critical time) and the consequences of over rotating are usually disastrous, like a broken neck bad. Jon should clearly be the winner in that contest but I think keeping the crowd involved with text judging is a good idea but there needs to be a panel similar to AI where experts weigh in on the performance before the vote. However, you will never get around the fact that Jon is Swedish which has been something he has lamented about for years. I have a dream, maybe with our new president there will be less prejudice against Swedish skiers in America. BTW if a double front flip won big air and they don’t change the format imagine if they invited a real aerialist off the world cup tour who could easily throw a triple front with multiple twists, or a triple back or even a quad back. Funny how the sport is rocketing towards a sport that already exists.

The Riverboat Gamblers (punk) are dropping a new cd in March

On to Skicross. Canadien Stanley Hayer won. Rahlves who had a great start which is unusual for him was in second in the beginning and clearly had slow skis, there is no question about it. The sticky snow created a tricky situation. For Daron to fall behind in the rhythm section can only be explained by wax. I read that Daron switched up skis with Puckett before the final for some reason which is unclear to me. Apparently he won all his heats before that on one pair of skis and then decided to make a change to another. What pisses me off about that is it is the same reason Daron lost the Olympics in Torino. The story I know is that Daron smoked the field in Qualifications and then decided to ski on some special skis that Bode had made for the final which Daron had tested only by freeskiing around the mountain. This decision making by Daron must keep him up at night, I know it makes me mad so it must really piss him off. Hopefully he will get it right for Vancouver.

Atmosphere- Re-released his first LP (God Loves Ugly) indie hip hop

The double backflip on the snowmobile may prove the point that it does not matter who wins and who loses, what matter is what they did. No one cares about anything in the Snow X contest this year besides Levi’s double back. No one could tell you who won the thing, This is what happened for me at both Olympics and it proves both ways how important what you do is in the context of going for the win.

And B Real from Cypress Hill has a new solo song called “Fire”

I was at Sundance during X Games . I skied Deer valley in the pouring sleet. I skied with the Mahre brothers and met Michael Phelps and Dara Torres because I was hanging out with some people from HP who are sponsors of the two athletes. I saw a good movie called “In the Loop” about the back and forth between the US and British goverment in the lead up to the Iraq invasion. I tried to see the band “ Nerd” at Harry O’s in Park City but hey were so obnoxiously loud that I had to leave, I guess I am getting old.

Also Rise Against

What else, I was in LA as a judge on a reality show which I can’t talk about because I will have to pay them a trillion dollars if I do but I met Sasha Cohen the figure skater who won a silver in Torino but is more famous because Shaun White had a severe crush on her which was made public. I asked her about it, here she is:

I wanted to ask her if she regretted now that he is such a big balller, I mean he is on the cover of Fast Company for crying out loud. I did not have the balls though. Same story as always in Fast Company, how he turns everything down blah blah. There was absolutely nothing interesting in the article. No numbers stats or figures. I don’t care about knowing how much Shaun makes but it is a biz mag and I would think they could provide some insight if only in percentages of Shaun’s impact. BS mag, I won’t buy it again.

Words from most recent ” Moseley Method” on Faction Sirius 28/XM 52

Since I talked to you last I have been to NYC and Lake Placid in upstate NY. While I was in NY I Stayed at this awesome place called the NY Athletic club. It is a 21 story private club in NYC where almost every floor has some athletic set up. A pool on one floor and an indoor track over two basketball courts surrounded by a weight room on another in addition to fencing and judo rooms. It also has hotel rooms, a billiards room, card room, library, dining rooms and a pub. On floor is dedicated to its athletic heritage. A Hall of Fame honors all the Olympic champions and other accomplished athletes that are members there. The club was started in 1868 so they boast over 200 Olympic medals with over half of them gold. Very impressive. One member in particular, Al Oerter won four gold medals in four different Olympics in the discus. The club was founded by a group of amateur athletes and grew to be a force in both the production of great competitors and in the direction of various Olympic sports. I noticed a complete absence of winter Olympic athletes but the club is very old school so perhaps they don’t really see the winter Olympics as a “real” Olympics. Either that or the facilities could never accommodate the training of winter sports athletes. I really loved the place and was amazed that something like that existed in Manhattan. Thanks for hooking me up Meredith.
Blink 182
While I was in NY that plane crashed into the Hudson. I was thinking about that when I jumped on a small puddle jumper to upstate New York. I was amazed at how long that plane floated after it landed. Especially with all those people standing on the wings. I guess the wings are just big balloons filled with jet fuel. Jet fuel floats on water, not that it matters if the tanks are sealed. The real tail fins are essentially just sealed aluminum airbags essentially. Makes me feel good if we had to land in the Atlantic. What does not make me feel good is that a couple birds can easily bring you down. That is a very sketchy, but I pretty much expect to go down every time I fly anyway.
Kottonmouth kings.
I hit Lake Placid for the Freestyle world cup. Normally when you hear freestyle you think moguls, aerials, big air, halfpipe, slopestyle, but skiercros is now also under the umbrella of freestyle when it comes to the International Ski federation aka FIS. It makes sense except that all the dudes in it now are former Alpine racers. The sport is cool, but man it is sketchy. Even though the FIS has cut down the number of racers from 6 to 4, the crashes are still nasty. Which I suppose will make it a great spectator sport in the Olympics in 2010. However, I have competed in a couple and it was fun but sketchy. Even on a course like the one in Lake Placid which was relatively low speed, there is a major blow up in every other race. The problem is the athletes know how hard it is to pass because you don’t have a throttle, so they get dirty. There are judges and rules but in the end they don’t help after you already got smacked up side the head because someone clipped you by standing on the back of your skis. Daron Rahlves and Casey Pucket are the top US guys. Casey is ranked third. in the world with two X Games Gold Medals. He has been to four Olympics in Alpine racing with a 7th place in slalom in Lillehammer, Norway in 94. Impressive record. He was a bit off in Qualifying and had some tough heats out the box including a match up against Daron Rahlves in the second round. In his first heat Casey had a nice pass on the inside. Then he was involved in a huge tangle up in the second heat where Rahlves advanced.
Rahlves was looking very slow all day out of the gate but managed to advance through a combo of luck and skill. In the end he could got through to the small final and ended up fifth. Lars Lewen won the event with Patrick Koller second, and Thomas Kraus third. Kraus leads the standings going into the X games, and Puckett is third.
I don’t how long these guys will last. The crashes are ridiculous, look at you tube. Pucket takes a snow nap there. In alpine you might crashe really bad once or twice a year, In Ski cross these guys get worked every other week.
AC/DC ultimate freestyle skiing band.
BTW I am calling the event for NBC’s coverage which will be on this weekend.
Aerials was pretty standard. Jared Peterson won the event with a monstrous dfff stomped. That’s three flips with four twists. Two on the first flip one on the second and one on the third . Nissen and Shouldice were 2nd and third. Both Olympians from Torino as I found out in the bar late night that they are Faction listeners. I told you that most of the faction listeners were Canadian stoners. Eh. Nah just kidding, these guys are serious Olympics athletes that get drug tested every week. Thanks to their fellow countryman Ross Rebagliati. Damn snowboarders. Shouldice does an insane trick and stomped it in Placid. Lay triple full full. That means no twists on the first flip, three full ones on the second, and one on the third. Very cool. Imagine trying to fit three full spins into one flip while 60 feet in the air. You can check it out this weekend on NBC.
Blues Traveler:

Beaver Creek Alpine Skiing World Cup 08

Since I spouted off last wed. on my radio show (Sirius 28/XM 52 Wed. 7 pm eastern) I shot off to Beaver Creek Colorado for the Alpine skiing World Cup. I have only been to two other alpine world cup races, one was the Olympics in Torino. The other was a ladies race in Aspen.
The Birds of Prey downhill is the highlight of this world cup, the only stop in the states. I was skiing around The Beave enjoying my 1st day on snow getting ready to watch the start of the downhill. When it was time I tried to ski over and watch it but they would not allow spectators anywhere near the thing, You had to take a bus from the base to get to the spectator area. For real, I was going to miss Bode Miller go.
I did the natural thing and ducked some ropes and got myself up tight to the part of the course they call the brink because it drops off significantly. I skied this area before and it is definitely steep and dangerous at high speed. When I got in there no one seemed to care. There were just a bunch of coaches hanging out and I have lots of stickers on my helmet so I fit right in. I watched form there for awhile then the guy who lays down the dye for the course recognized me and told me to head down to The Pumphouse for a better view. I did, poaching some pow turns on the way which were overrated on my non pow skis. Any way I missed the cut because there were people standing guard and I ducked into the other area and skied right into a euro guy getting ejected by patrol. I told the patrol the truth, that I ducked and I wanted to see Bode, just as I said that, Bode crashed in front of us. Too bad, I really did not even get to see him rail a turn.
The course workers were, cool, we took some pics and they let me slide in the course and work my way down to the Golden Eagle jump. The racers come in hot to that thing and go about a hundred feet to slap ice before they crank a hard left. Downhill racing is hairball. It’s like moto racing with you feet attached to the pegs. When they crash sometimes their skis release sometimes not. A couple guys got hurt but the Americans were alright, best result was a 7th for Nyman. On the bus ride on the way home from the course people only were talking about Bode and his crash and that he had been out late. Par for the course. I did see him shortly before I left the only bar in town, The Coyote around 12am. I woke up the next morning thinking to myself, damn what if I had to race downhill today. Scary.
Overall the Alpine WC scene was great. Even though you really can’t even see the races which is pretty lame ( they should definitely find a way to get people on the side of the course) just being there among an international crowd and having the racers doing there thing is cool. It is definitely, primarily, a social event with the racing merely a topic for discussion.
The skiing was great for early season. Lots of little soft bumps. I was out with a bunch of snowboarders and I kind of felt sorry for them. It just is the wrong piece of equipment for the conditions we had. Even on the groomers it looked kind of brutal. You know I love snowboarding but it does not makes sense for like 80% of the conditions. Even the good snowboarders in our group were slower and they look like they are getting punished the whole way. Thank god this is the case because skiing would be really dead by now. I think downhill racing and moguls have saved skiing because those are the two most common activities on the mountain they just happen to be much better on skis. Powder still rules on a snowboard as long as you have a steep pitch and never get stuck in the flats. I swear I’m not a hater! But I do like physics.
Super g was like groundhog day for the Americans, Bode screwed up and Nyman was the top finisher. I flew out on Sunday, the day that the dependable and talented Ted Ligety was to race Giant Slalom. He performed, coming in 2nd by 1/100 of a second. That is tight. When he finished he could not believe it. He looked visibly frustrated. I watched it live thanks to universal sports. I was in the airport in Vail on the county’s free wireless watching the race live streaming through NBC’s Universal sports formerly WCSN. It was awesome, loved being able to do that. I walked on the plane with my computer open watching the race as I walked. When I went to sit down the old guy sitting next to me made an old man wise crack that I must be important to be walking and watching my computer all the way onto the plane. Then I told him what I was doing, and how. I explained to him Wi-fi and he was thoroughly impressed and watched with me. Of course, at the end he exited by saying happy streams or something cheesy like that. Getting old must be a bitch, in fact this guy launched into that right away explaining that his buddies are all dying or have some issues. His suggestion to me was to have friends of all ages so you don’t lose them all at once.
Speaking of technology I rode into Beaver creek from the airport in an escalade that was super pimp. Direct TV playing while Sirius/XM was on the radio and I had the wi-fi rolling as well all at the same time. I took a pic, check it out.
Let’s look to the future:
Long rangeforecast for squaw. The ten day looks like: Snow starting on Dec. 13th for tahoe 90% chance o snow on xmas
Snowmass
Taos 13 inches
Silverton 12 inches
Alta 11
Wolf creek 10 inches

Later,

Jonny