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Goodbye Colorado

09:06 23rd December 2008 by Gjermund Bråten
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After staying in Breckenridge for almost a month, I had to go home for christmas in Norway. I had a thousand reasons for not leaving though, next time I’ll book a one way ticket! Since the 24th of November me and my friends at the national team and a whole lot of friends I’ve just met over here, have been shredding amazing parks in Keystone, Copper and Breckenridge. The first three weeks we spent our days either hitting up the rails of Keystone, hiking the pipe in Copper or cruizing powder in Breckenridge. When we got back home we ate dinner, rested for a while then went to work out and play basketball at the rec-center.

Anyway, these last two weeks have been the most progressing and intense during the stay. It started off with the US Grand Prix in Copper, and I fell in both my runs. I was somewhere between nervous, not safe and unlucky. The next day we went to Keystone because they just opened their park with three jumps in a row, then 4-5 rails and then two jumps again. We spent the following days here. I teamed up with photographer Andreas Halser, Oakley team manager Alex Rieger and a bunch of talented german shredders for a photoshoot in the fresh groomed park! It went off the hook!


Photo by Roger Hjelmstadstuen

A couple of days ago I, my austrian friend Tom Clocker and Andreas did a rail to drop photoshoot in the town of Breckenridge. It was my first streetrail and I was lucky to get some good shots, and not to slam at all. Tom was putting down some sick nosepresses on that spot by the way, look out for pics in the next issues of Onboard!

And finally, I had my last weekend in Colorado. I was going to ride the qualifiers for the winter Dew Tour. The pipe was the best I’ve ever ridden, so was the new DC PBJ board I got from Zack Dalton. It is crazy how fast you can progress with a board that is exactly your type. As for me, I went from doing spins at one meter height to what you can see at the pictures! That board is going to be the most radical christmas gift for this year, no doubt!

Back to the Dew Tour. I was standing at the top waiting for my second run. I fell on cab 7 in my first. My second run was a fs air, bs five, fs 7, cab 7 to a fs 9. I landed. That was my best run so far. I didn’t make it to semi’s, but I did my best! I was stoked! That day we went to a concert with the all american rejects and 3OH!3, that was crazy. Probably one of the best concerts I’ve been to!

Right now I’ve done my packing, and I am ready to leave. I’ll give thumbs up and a big thank you to Andreas Halser for freezing his fingers off to shoot pictures of me and the other guys here in CO. Then it is goodbye Colorado for this time, hope to see you again soon!

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