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20th january 2013

Happy New Year to you all! Hope you are enjoying this rare but seasonal snowfall..!

So the big news this year is that Prevail skatepark in Poole has opened, just out the back of my house... Awesome ;)

They couldn't have done a better job to be honest - every transition is perfect, every line gives the maximum opportunity for variation, and there are none of the "dead spots" so often present in skateparks where the last little bits didn't match up...

It even has a foam pit and a rainbow rail - what could the practising snowboarder ask for..?! So I have spent a load of time in the foam pit (visible in the panorama below, far left), the perfect practise for the upcoming snowboarding holiday in Chamonix...

Inside panorama of Prevail Skatehouse in Poole, Dorset

In the panorama above, you can see the foam pit far left, the street section mid-left, the blocks and rail mid-right, and the launch boxes far right...

Prevail is already proving very popular with the Day One streetboarding crew, who have already been down more than I have - so watch this space for lots of indoor skate action throughout this year!

On a slightly lighter note, I saw this guy busking in Bournemouth just prior to Christmas - and had to share it with you...

His technique mixes hammer-on, pull-off guitar fretwork, with striking the strings and the soundbox - to create tunes with a hybrid sound unlike anything I hvae heard before... Enjoy!

So I'm off to Chamonix soon to join my dad and his friends for a 7-day tour of the mountains around Leysin, spending a day in each resort before ski-touring to the next - before returning to Chamonix to meet up with CJ for a few days... The weather should be epic, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime trip, not to be missed!

Enjoy the snow, and I'll be back shortly with a holiday report from Chamonix :)