Far out, time really books it along when you're closing in on a cross globe journey.
Winter, Spring, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer. I guess its pretty weird having 6 seasons in a year, but I like it a lot!
After my favourite NZ winter in memory, spring settled in and I found myself working at the Airshed Trampoline centre in Wanaka as a check in/safety manager and trampoline coach.
That all came from an opportunity presented to me to do an 8 day coaching course through winter. It was cool to be able to take the teaching skills learned as a ski instructor and apply it to a different sport, I have improved my tramp game a tonne with a bunch of new stunts and It has been great fun teaching beginner progression tramp lessons to kids and adults.
I have also been doing lots of running, biking, swimming, gym, slack lining and paddle boarding, among other warm weather activities, with my first half marathon and a triathlon in the mix. So I am feeling pretty fit and ready to get after it.
I am currently sitting at gate 10 in Auckland international airport, waiting to board my long haul flight to Europe!
After landing on the 7th of Jan I will head to Verbier where I will compete in the Verbier Freeride week a couple of days later. The week is made up of two 2* events and one 3*. My plan is to use it as a warm up, more for mental preparation so that I am feeling head strong when my first 4* at Hochfugen comes around about 2 weeks later on Jan 29th.
From there I will hit more comps bringing my season to 9 stops in total, these include:
Les Arcs 4*, France - Feb 6th - 7th
Jasna 4*, Slovakia - Feb 24th - 28th
Nendaz Freeride 4*, Switzerland - Mar 11th - 16th
Chandolin 3*, Switzerland - Mar 19th - 20th
Obergurgl 4*, Austria - April 9th - 12th
After the last comp I will head straight home to NZ on April 15th.
It is now almost two years after injury and my knee is feeling solid! I am definitely excited about this season, it will be full on with comps and travel and I am really looking to push myself to see how close I can get to qualifying for the Freeride World Tour.
I have been doing a bit more carving this spring as well, the pictures below are of pieces I made recently.
See below for cloud porn.