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august 2006 articles

sunday 20th august

Variable weather conditions recently have given some great streetboarding opportunities, at the expense of worse conditions for snowboarding...

Dom and CJ, at the top of Ohau skifield.View of the Ohau range, on approach through the access road.CJ and I made the 2 hour journey to Ohau with Farmer and Rachel, finding fresh powder on arrival! There we only about 20 people there all day, so we had a great day, hiking the summit and jibbing rocks and concrete storage tanks found on the piste.

Farmer, Ohau Dom gets some powder in at Ohau... Dom pops a butter-180 180-out on concrete storage tank, Ohau Rachel & CJ givin it some on the chairlift, Ohau

The Ohau trip was so successful, we are looking to go 45 minute further next time, to Mt.Dobson - prime heliski and hiking country!

Unfortunately since then we have had no snowfall: although there is still plenty of base, it's compacted hard, which makes for riding park but no backcountry as the snow makes for bulletproof landings. I have spent more time riding with Tassie Ben, Johnny, Kiwi Ben and Tom at Snow Park, but the recent Burton open has mean't it is very crowded.

The warmer weather has given us some sunny days, perfect for streetboarding. Tassie Ben, Johnny, Tom and I hit up Wanaka skatepark for a session with and locals Tomu, Jesse and James - a beautiful sunshine day, the afternoon whiled away hitting the large quarterpipe for big air...

Dom about to grab boned melon, Wanaka quarter Jess pushes a handplant to the sky, wanaka Tomu with a huge transfer out the Wanaka bowl tom, 360 off the wanaka quarterpipe

unfortunately I hurt my foot on a sketchy landing during the session and so have had to bow out from streetboarding and snowboarding activities for the last week, concentrating on web work and administration instead.

There has been a change in the weather, with a number of low pressure fronts sweeping over New Zealand, bringing more snowfall. There has been 50cm dumped on Treble Cone in the last 2 days, and we are looking forward to a combination of deep snow and blue skys on Tuesday...

Enjoy the sun, I'll catch you soon...