It was Luke’s last day in town and it was his choice of where we should go ride. After shuttling Loveland pass for the past couple days Luke wanted to return to explore a little more and to share the good snow he had found. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about I’ll do my best to explain…
A friend of mine recently came out to Colorado to catch the first few weeks of the new season before heading back to Michigan to catch the start of their season. Bringing the Midwest luck with him Luke arrived to a snow covered Denver as we had just received a second fall storm. After an interesting day of attempting to film, a trip to the ER (not for us) and some epic mini shred, Luke still wanted more. So off we ventured through neighborhoods and up mountain sides looking for something, anything that looked like it could help us have fun on our snowboards. Finally, we stopped at the base of a very worn out looking sled hill and Luke giving me the look that says “well, how bout it?” stepped out of the car. Here we are on the edge of the Mile High city, at the base of the Rocky Mountains and of all the places we could have chosen to go snowboarding, we picked this haggard looking hill. Turns out, it was the best pick of the day. Dodging mini boulders and cacti, we dropped in on the sled hill and a blast of nostalgia hits…
Somewhere along the line, a couple of very good friends of mine decided to get together and start making music. When they told me about their band, the Sailor Kicks, I knew right away that this was gonna be good and I hadn’t even heard the music yet. We all pretty much grew up listening to the same music, skated together and went to school together so I thought I knew what to expect, but what I heard was way better!
Paul Gemignani is a fellow Michigander from the U.P. who I met last year on the MMW Tour. We had the chance to get together in Colorado with friend and photographer Terry Ratzlaff to try and get some shots. It wasn’t the easiest of days but while looking through SBCM I found out that it paid off. There on page 61 was a method that I recognized and sure enough it was Paul. As far as I know the video never made it out anywhere so I created a short from that day to show to Adam at SBCM.
Since I’ve lived in Colorado I’ve done a lot of different things and been to a lot of different places. But Colorado is big, fun and full of adventures and I know I’ve only scratched the surface. A friend of mine tried all last summer to get me to come out and hike a 14er (a 14,000ft+ mountain), for many reasons it never happened. This year however, I hope to bag a couple 14ers with my friend Ryan. For our first adventure we decided to go mellow and hike James Peak (13,294ft) on the Continental Divide. I’m not used to being in the mountains outside of winter, typically the mountains are covered with snow and I have a board strapped to my feet when I decide to visit them. This was completely different and I loved it! Check out some of the photos that I snagged from the hike, the panoramic ones are my favorite. With James Peak under my belt for a warm up, next week is time for my first 14er! (more…)
Recently I had the chance to be apart of the “unconventional mobile art gallery,” A Truck Named Art. Parked in front of the main entrance to the Westward Music Festival, the gallery was open to the thousands in attendance for free. Not only is Denver a very biker friendly city but the music festival also promoted riding your bike for “free parking.” With this in mind, I created the Pedal Hard Pedal Fast install in hopes of attracting the attention of all the pedal enthusiast and was not disappointed. The raddest part of the day was when a couple guys pedaling their fixed gears happen to catch a peek from the road, locked ’em up and turned around to check out the truck.
There we’re a bunch of talented Denver artists involved in this project, you can find more of their work at so-gnar.com. A big thank you to Pat Milbery and the So-Gnar crew for the chance to display some work and meet some rad individuals and artists.
I’m not, strictly speaking, a Cypress Hill fan. I’ve listened to their music throughout the years randomly at best. That said, after seeing them live I now have a new respect from Cypress Hill. They really get the crowd hyped and know how to create energy. For now, enjoy some photo’s from the show (note: there was no smoke machine used in the performance, all the haze and smoke is man-made), a video edit from the night is in the works.