Springtime is one of my favorites. Probably like third behind winter and fall, and maybe even summer. Alright, so spring kinda blows in my opinion. The last three years I’ve been hurt in spring, so that doesn’t help. I also get bummed because I know the end is near, at least for riding Mammoth everyday. This year I have a partially torn hamstring and it’s getting super annoying. It’ll feel decent, then a run through the park will prove otherwise.
I’ve been home for about three weeks and there has been some times worth mentioning. Last weekend’s Grenade Games were super fun. Check out full coverage at the Grenade site or any of the snow sites. The only negative was that the cops were out in full force. My friend Cody was pulled over twice on the way to June Mt., and once on the way home. My friend Jeff was pulled over for having expired registration on his snowmobile, which was in the back of his truck! Those cops were a little overzealous to say the least and it was frustrating to see my tax dollars being used in that fashion. They didn’t stop the party though and way too many good times were had.
After dusting off the haze associated with the games our crew had a session on a pretty awesome park jump. Danny K had this idea of building a jump that looks like “The Boned Age” eyeball logo. It sounded fairly ridiculous but when it was done it looked amazing. The landing was this big circular mound and our filmer’s Greg and Jake got all Picasso and painted it just like the logo. Our friend Star who works in Hollywood brought up a big grip truck with lights that lit the place up like Dodger stadium. Our session started around 7 and we rode until 11pm. Louie Vito, Danny Kass, Scotty Arnold, Tyler Flannagan, Sketchy D, myself and a few others had a fun time bombing through the nighttime into this big take off that was as bright as anything, then landing in near darkness. A handful of Advil helped make it possible for me to ride with the team, cringing and grunting on every landing.
Earlier that day I had another first time experience. Somehow I got a call to do some snowboarding for a commercial. The commercial is for the state of California tourism board, or something similar to that. Upon arrival at the set I was interviewed a bunch and after awhile they asked if I could talk on camera. “Yeah, sure?” I said, wondering if there was any chance of my inner Tom Cruise coming out. I couldn’t help but chuckle as I would be repeating lines over and over again for the next two hours. “Big smile Gabe!” their directions had me laughing out loud a few times. The Governor of California made an appearance, yup, Arnold was shredding ch. 14 all afternoon. The shittiest part of this story is that I couldn’t take any photos of the Governator. They weren’t messing around with his security, six dudes surrounding him at all times. You’ll just have to wait for the footy.
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