Grassroots riders Jeremy Jensen and Scotty Arnold take a trip up north to powsurf with a handful of Canadian rippers. 4 days of sunshine and dry powder conditions in the Coastal mountains of British Columbia had stoke levels high as ever. Most of our Canadian friends were riding Grassroots Powsurfers for the first time and seeing the stoke and the smiles on their faces at the bottom of every run made the trip that much better.
Riders: DCP, Kevin Sansalone, Alex Warburton, Justin Lamoureux, Rob Stevens, Scott Gaffney, Scotty Arnold, and Jeremy Jensen.
Out of nowhere came an email from the Canadian National Television station wanting to do a story on Powsurfing. They said they couldn’t send a cameraman down to Utah and needed someone in the Whistler area to do the interview. As luck(?) would have it, Scotty Arnold and I just happened to be in the Whistler area at the time! I’ve only been to Canada twice in my life and this was a pretty crazy coincidence. I knew it had to be done so we set aside a day of our trip to do some PR work.
Avalanche conditions were high with a fresh couple of feet on top of a deep layer of surface hoar. We weren’t about to take a TV crew deep into the backcountry and put them and ourselves at risk. We had to settle for some very low angle slopes completely out of harms way. All the obvious signs of fresh wind slabs breaking everywhere, cracking, collapsing, etc confirmed our decision. On the approach to a relatively small but steep slope we remotely triggered numerous fresh slides that were a few inches deep, two steps later while crossing a creek the snow cracked loudly, breaking 4 feet deep and sending me into the creek bed below. One knee and one arm plunged into knee deep icy water. That sealed the deal and we relocated to another zone, very low angle and out of the way of any hang-fire.
The TV crew interviewed myself and Scotty Arnold about the history, the how, and the why. Really good interviews that kind of ended up butchered in the end, but so goes the mainstream tv world. The action shots were very mellow due to the sketchy conditions that day. We hiked a couple of short low angle lines and jumped off some small drops for their cameras and called it a day. Not the most epic day by any means but good for the PR machine. We were just stoked on the opportunity to spread the word about what we love to do and help Grassroots continue to grow.
English Channel Story : “Powder-surfing pioneers seek freedom in a new sport”
|Bryan Iguchi – Tasting the nectar .|
|Skylar G had no trouble getting his first turns in on some slushy wet sierra spring pow|
|Chris G from Splitboard.com getting his feet wet for the first time in the Sierras.|
|It pays to have a sled to get you up to where the pow is at in the late spring. The Cheetah Factory Racing racks are rigged up here to make it work.|
|Jason H. getting in touch with his inner sledneck for the first time.|
|Take note of the shit eatin grin on Jason’s face….. thats what we are talking about!|
As I was typing this Russia was added to the list. Ivan is the proud owner of the first Grassroots powsurfer in Siberia. (Thanks for your help Sergey)
|Sergey and Ivan taking the dogs for a walk to some remaining patches of snow in Zheleznogorsk, Krasnoyarsk krai, Siberia|
|Ivan couldn’t wait for next years powder to arrive, he went right out and found something slidable.|
|The Guch is one of many snowboard legends that have caught the bug.|
Ian and Neil posted this edit the other day. I’m always stoked on the Provo Bros edits, no matter if they are skiing, snowboarding, fishing, or powdersurfing. Good dudes doing what they love… I’m all about it. If anyone was wondering how our Grassroots Powdersurfers handle the deep and light pow in some steep lines, look no further (or of course stay tuned for the “Big Waves” episode in The Powsurf Chronicles).
Here you go.. Ian, Neil and friends slaying the deep on their 140cm Slasher and 140cm Powder Shark.