May 07, 2014
A 1st time for everything!
It’s always a strange feeling when one ski season finishes and the next is a couple of months away and you have to find different things to do. All I can say is thank goodness for surfboards, skateboards, hockey sticks and school! I have just arrived back in Perth, Western Australia after spending the winter in Breckenridge, Colorado. It was a big season of 1st’s for me. It snowed and snowed and it was the 1st time that I got to ski real powder on powder skis – wow it was so much fun ripping amongst those trees. Aspen/Buttermilk is only a couple of hours away in the car so I went there for the 1st time. It just so happened to be the week of the X Games. I got to do half pipe sled laps for the 1st time as I practiced to forerun the Men’s Superpipe Final. You lap so quickly it’s like a whole day in the pipe in 2 hours. [caption id="attachment_1486" align="alignnone" width="662"] My favourite sled driver, Cooper and me getting laps.[/caption] I wore my new steezy Planks Outer Wear for the 1st time. Meeting Henrik and getting on TV in the athlete lounge were also memorable 1st's. [caption id="attachment_1483" align="alignnone" width="662"] Wu-tang is for the children[/caption] The Snow Industry Association Trade Show in Denver was another 1st time experience – that place is insane, its like being in a huge sweet shop as a 5 year old – (no I’m 12 and I still get excited by lolly shops) all the brands are there and it was great to meet Jim and Hugh the creators of Planks clothing for the 1st time. Thanks guys you are awesome 1st sponsors to have! Did a comp where the prizes were big boxes of sweets that was a 1st – it took me 3 weeks to eat all those sweets. It was the 1st time I’ve made my lollies last that long. At the end of the season I competed in my 1st USASA Nationals and got to wear a real olympic gold medal for the 1st time. It was so heavy. There is one more 1st and it is probably the most important 1st for me if I want to be a freestyle skier. It was the 1st season I really learnt to grab all my spins in all directions. It took a while but it finally happened. I’m so pleased. (So is my coach, it was doing his head in with my inability to grab - haha). [caption id="attachment_1487" align="alignnone" width="564"] Finding my skis!![/caption]