25/09/2006 | by Tom Copsey
Ciao bellas and fellas, we are spending our summer vacation here in Wanaka for about a month. Having an amazing time with our friends, go snowboarding and enjoying life in a totally different country down on the ass of our earth where suncream with UV factor 60 is saving your life.
Here is a little story what already happened on our trip:
A small crew introducing Xaver Hoffmann (who is a little bit taking care of us because we haven’t been travelling around too much until now), Philipp and me left Munich airport on July 28 and arrived after a two days –flight and a seven hours car journey in a small town called Wanaka on the Southern Island of N.Z. In this town there is nothing special – it has a supermarket, a golf course, two bars and two hills (if you are from Europe you wouldn’t call them mountains) but with two of the best snowboard parks I have ever ridden. One is called Cadronna and the other Snowpark, but that´s a different story. So we arrived with small eyes and the craziest jetlag I ever had in a nice small house rented by three girls who we already knew from last year. We took a little bit care of the household and the beer an din exchange, we could live with them for two weeks. It was really cool – cold in the night (the power bills in N.Z. are so expensive here that nobody is heating the houses so we had to sleep with the jacket on!), but cool.
At our first days, the Burton N.Z. Open where going on but we didn’t compete because Philipp and me weren’t riding in the last eight months due to an injury, and we all still had a hard jetlag, Xaver as well. So we were just a little bit shredding the snowpark for two weeks, getting our skills back and having fun. Wednesday and Saturday are always the party days with Karaoke Night on Wednesday and Saturday… Well, Saturday is just Saturday. We really had some funny parties – there are just two bars in town and they are always covered with hundreds of snowboarders from all over the world. But we also had great house parties as well. One day we got a big twister field, did a “Twister Party” and played the game with 20 people in one game. This was just amazing… So we had heaps of fun. Hasi (the Burton Teammanager) said, it really remembers him at the old SPC Camps and you even meet more Europeans than in Hintertux. Our knees, which were injured last season (we both had surgery on our cruciate ligament), were working really good on snow without pain. The only thing that sucks a little bit is, that it’s a really cold winter this season and everything is icy and cold and the weather changes every day and there are no mountains for some nice powder turns. After two weeks the rest of the German Snowboard Team arrived, which includes Chris Schmidt, Andre Kuhlmann, Ethan Morgan, Benny Urban, Alessandro Manchini, Vinzens Lüps and the coaches, so we moved into a house with them far away from town where Fox and Rabbit are saying good night to each other ( that’s a German saying ) so that means not so much party for the next time, but it’s ok – we are here for snowboarding as well. The weather was still weird in the three week and we went to Queenstown one day which is the next bigger city. you can do a lot of adventure stuff there like skydiving, bungee jumping, speed boating… We did Speed boating and it was great: You are in a fast boat with 15 people and the driver gets you through a small big river very fast surrounded by big rocks and canyons, and he is doing 36ties and stuff… you are feeling like in one of those James Bond movies… Going fast without a mistake or die, awesome!
Then in the four weeks that are still going on, the climate turned good, it’s getting warmer now, the snow is soft, and the weather is better so we are riding every day, with or without hangovers from the last nights.
Ohh, and one funny story happened last week: Chris and I were putting some bread into the toaster and forgot them in there. So they were burning, it got a bit smoggy and the fire alarm started – it was so loud and nobody was there who knew how to put it off. But the fire alarm was connected to the Fire Station and ten minutes later three big fire trucks arrived in front of our house but there was nothing just a black toast – this was damn funny.
Fips is training for his drivers license all the time (he didn’t pass the test in Germany) and is managing the left-hand driving pretty well.
So that was it for our first blog. We are here until 5th of September, then going back to Germany and enjoy the last week of our summer vacation at home. Hope to get some better weather at home till this date.
Don’t forget the Isen Seven movie release “prediculous” at the September 16 in Munich – great party! For more infos check out www.isenseven.de
All the best,
Tobi & Fips