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07:07 6th April 2009 by
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My filmer Robert Brunton at lunch time, telling some kind of funny story – as always…

I know it’s been a while. No internet in the backcountry and my fingers are too tired at night to be typing. I should do some thumb exercises this summer so my right thumb gets stronger…

The last month has been insane and I would almost consider it a highlight of my snowboarding career. Going to the backcountry as much as possible, waiting for nice weather, window-shopping, looking for spots, spinning the wrong direction, wrong turns, shoveling, looking for lines, take-offs, landing, eating shit, good snow, bad snow, ice, slush… One broken belt, two broken ice-scratchers…


Photog Phil Tifo… – check the background for Martin Gallant and Dave Short

I’m starting to get to know the zones a lot better and I’m so much more comfortable being out there and looking for my own things to hit than I was just a month ago. I have been watching the guys closely and trying to copy how they go about it.

I don’t have very many shots though unfortunately. But there is some really good ones, too. I never thought it was gonna be easy…

Yesterday for example, I went out with Rasman, Rob and Tifo. Tifo pointed out this jump to me that I was able to hit natural. While doubling up there I fell off the sled and hit my head on my board that I was carrying (bruise no.1). Meanwhile, Rob and Rasman were filming a cliff drop close-by. We then went to this other jump spot, where Rasman was going for a sick FS360. The landing was flat as hell and it was anything but powder. I doubled him up and he finally landed it. On my way down I was on one side of the sled nd hit a bump I wasnt ready for. Both my feet slipped off the footrest and my shins painfully slid down the cheese-grader metal all the way to my knees. It felt pretty shitty and led to bloody bruise no. 2. I was, however, able to hold on to my sled or else it would have made its lonely way down the hill…


Self-portrait on my sled…

My turn to go hit Rasman’s jump. I was gonna bs 3 it but then decided for a straight-air first – luckily. The landing was way more flat than I thought (and I thought it was flat) and I took my knee to my forehead. Beautiful. (bruises no. 3 and 4)
But I had built this pad-down drop the day before so I took Tifo and Rob there and started hitting it. Did a couple of cab1s until I was happy with my style. When Rob doubled me up, he pinned it as I was jumping off his sled and his no-board, that is attached to his sled, hit me in the ellbow wicked hard (bruise no. 5). I did however, get the shot – photo and film!


Chris Rasman – so fun to shred with this guy!

Well, considering I have been more than healthy all season long and these bruises won’t kill me, just make me stronger, I had a great day. My right knee is pretty swollen so I am taking the day off – back tomorrow though – we still have two more days of sunshine coming up and I still need tons of shots!

Oh, and I heard there might be an Alterna teaser coming up soon…


2 Alterna crews in their way up…
From left: Phil Tifo, Julien Sallenave, Beardmore, Rasman, Jeremy, JF Fortin

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