|Heading into the "bird bath"|
This year both of my parents came out to watch and cheer me on. I did heaps of runs on Homestake prior to the race on Thursday and I was feeling really good. The water was really low this year so there were loads of rocks everywhere to get stuck on.... or pinned.
The Teva Games have been really well known throughout the industry because the pay out is huge and there is a lot of publicity that comes with it.
|Ending out the mank section of Homestake Creek.|
|The beginning of the waterfall section.|
|Left air wheel in a shallow hole in a composite boat!|
|I even made it into the newspaper!|
I made it through the "mank" section and I was feeling really good, then, I let my head get out of the game and suddenly I was pinned. I was head up and in no danger but I was losing time quickly. I was stuck there for about 30 seconds and finally got myself off of the pin spot. I knew I had lost the race and that someone else would be taking the top honors this year.
I learned a lot that day. I have been racing a lot in the last six years and I don't mess up races very often. It is a lot harder losing than it is winning.
So, just because my steep creek race didn't go well, it didn't mean my weekend was ruined.
On to the freestyle!
|The scene at Vail during finals. Pretty awesome in there.|
In one of my practice rides I hit my head so hard that I almost knocked myself out, I also hit my paddle on the rock so hard that my wrist hurt. Needless to say, all of us in the eddy were trying to be "careful" while also trying to do the biggest tricks we could.
|Looping huge in the composite boat! Representing Liquid Logic to the world!!|
|Right air wheel during finals. You can see the bottom....|
Huge thanks again to Bryon Dorr for taking some awesome photographs!! Check out his website at www.exploringelements.com
I've also gotta thank Shane Benedict for making an awesome composite boat that didn't even break in Vail, even though I was trying my hardest.... if I can't break it... I don't think anyone can.
Also huge thanks to Kokatat for the immense support in the last few months, it's been amazing meet everyone that works for them and learning about their company. Also, having gear that is warm, dry, and breathable is life changing!! Check their gear out if you have never looked at their stuff, lots of good things coming out of their company right now!
I am now off to my new adventures, a full time job being a Paramedic with Greenville County EMS.
Until next time. Over and out.