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Kokanee Crankworx 2010 First Weekend Highlights

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Calaghan Creek Race

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The Callaghan race this past Saturday was a resounding success! Despite some worries about water levels and an organizational hiccup days before the race the local community came together to throw a fantastic grass-roots event with beautiful summer weather, a perfect water level and a great turnout of both competitors and spectators. Water levels dropped from a high medium to a perfect medium just in time for the race making the course far more manageable than days before.

I went along to shoot some photos for the race and to generally hang out and boat with all the folk who turned up to celebrate the Creek.

Calagahan Creek is the defacto afterwork classic for Whistler locals and is a classic Southwest BC run that draws kayakers from across the globe to paddle it’s perfect waterfalls. Read Steve Arns’ of Liquid Lores description of the run

The race itself went really well – when the dust settled the team of Kurt Braunlich and Fred Norquist took the title down to Bellingham until next year – great work guys! The top three teams all finished within 30 seconds of one another. Also notable is Mark Basso’s finish with a broken and sinking boat from a small piton while still coming in third place and Maxi Kniewasser and Ric Moxon racing without posting a time after putting in a valliant effort to get to the start line in time but just coming in 5 minutes to late (we were all relieved that we didn’t have to compete against these monsters…).

Check out some shots below from the race. I experimented with using the new Fuji Instax 210 wide to grab some portrait and personality shots for the race. What a fun little toy that turned out to be. The others were taken off the Nikon D3S.

Here are the competitors times for the whole length of the Calaghan Creek ! Next time you paddle the creek and spend 3 hrs scouting it all bear in mind these times ! :-)

Fred Norquist – Kurt Braunlich – 16:55
Matt Kompass – Ben Hawthorne – 17:09
Mark Basso – Benjamin Hjørt – 17:23
Greg Dashper – Mikael Aubin – 17:29
Jakub Drnec – Matt Mackinnon – 18:17
Jordie Mackenzie – Bryce Shaw – 18:31
Spencer Cox – Sean Allen – 20:05
Ali Marshall – Steve Arns – 23:40
Jonas Grünewald – Leif Embertson – DNF

3rd Ben Hawthorne and Matt Kompass

Whistler Bike Park with Katrina strand, Miranda Miller and Rebecca McQueen

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Mist

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Having spent the larger portion of my time in places where it pisses it down for large amounts of time, believe it or not you actually start to form a strange love of the rain, or possibly a deep seated hatred and a drink problem. It is still hard to tell which way I will go with it, but one thing I do know is that when the rain stops, the mists in the coast mountains are some of the most inspiring scenes you can imagine. They roll gracefully across the hillsides, pulsing through the forests and breathing with the landscape. They somehow make all the wet misery worth it………….

This Spring has been a continuation of the Coast mountains ‘el Nino’ trend with large amounts of rain falling on the coast. Here are a few selects from the spring rains…….

Freewriter magazine

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Freewriter just published this shot of Andy Meakin on Cloudburst mountain in their 4th issue. Check out Freewriter http://freewriter.ca/

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cloudburst

The River Gypsies Guide to North America

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River Gypsies just finished publishing their new Guide to Whitewater Kayaking Classics throughout North America. I managed to get a page in there for some of Squamish’s classic waterfalls.

Check out the River Gypsies Guide to North America

River Gypsies Guide to North America

River Gypsies Guide to North America

Rider of the year awards

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Rider of the year awards

Rider of the year awards

Patrick Camberlain of formerly YGP and more recently the Tribe riders has come up with the ‘Rider of the year awards’ . This is a yearly competition to celebrate whitewater kayaking in all it’s forms and recognize some of the key players in the progression of our sport.There are a variety of different awards from the best freestyle move, which will be a video submission to the more subjective rider of the year which will be peer voted.

Hopefully this concept will grow for Pat and will gain the support required to become an annual event that grows and continues for years to come. Working in Whistler I often get to go to all the contests and similar set ups in the snowsports industry and often wish kayaking had some sort of similar platform. Well here it is….. Great idea Pat….

On a personal level , I was pretty excited because I got invited to submit photos to the ‘photographer of the year’ section. This is super exciting as it is an opportunity for all the amazing whitewater photogs to showcase their work next to each other. Great to see the talent pool of photography that exists within our fringe sport that in reality has little to no financial potential for a photographer.

CLICK TO SEE MY SUBMISSION TO PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

VISIT PAT’S TRIBE RIDERS SITE

'Seasons' Web TV series

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Seasons web tv series

Seasons web tv series

Bryan Smith of Reel Water Productions and Fitz Cahall began this Spring to produce a Web TV series chronicaling the Lives of five Adventure Athletes through the ups and downs of an adventure lifestyle.

They have just released the trailer……….22 more episodes to come…….

Here is the low down….

The Season. Five lives. A world of possibility.

From the creators of The Dirtbag Diaries and 49 Megawatts comes a new web television project following five athletes through the course of a single season in the Pacific Northwest. A veteran climber invents a new piece of gear.  A pro snowboarder searches for a way to return to the roots of his sport.  A boulderer returns from a series of injuries with new perspective.  A family man goes to Whistler to test himself against mountain biking’s elite. A young sea kayaker with a troubled past sets out to reinvent his sport.

Shot entirely in HD, this 22-episode series is available to you for free at a number of locations. Every episode premieres on the Arc’teryx web site.   You can have the HD version delivered right to your computer and find all the old episodes by subscribing on iTunes. Expect new episodes once or twice a week.

WATCH THE TRAILER ON VIMEO

First day of winter

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Winter feels like it has begun. Great weather in Squamish, sunny and cold up top, still a few clouds floating over.

First turns of the season

First turns of the season

View on the way back to the truck

View on the way back to the truck

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November 13th, 2009 at 3:59 am

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Squamish Base

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Cody Nordick Base jumping the Squamish chief during a shoot for Reel Water Productions.

Cody Nordick jumping the Squamish chief

Cody Nordick Base jumping the Squamish chief

Freewriter Magazine

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Freewriter is an all new free magazine being distributed in the Sea 2 sky corridor, recently set up by Mike Nixon from Squamish. Great work so far, long may it last. Pick up a copy if you get chance…..

The 2nd issue featured one of my images of Max Kniewasser dropping 50/50 falls on the Ashlu river.

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Maximillian Kniewasser dropping 50/50

Maximillian Kniewasser dropping 50/50

Rain, rain, rain………

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It has rained for a solid week now in Squamish. One of the great by products of this is the amazing fog you get in the woods. Jonathon Desrosiers enjoys a trail ride in the dark woods of the Garibaldi Highlands….

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Jonathon Desrosiers biking in Squamish

Crankworks 2009

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This weekend is the final weekend of Crankworks mountain bike festival at Whistler. Here is a shot of last years winner of the infamous slopestyle event Andreu Lacondeguy, during a pratice session this week. Having watched his pratice sessions this week I wouldn’t personally be suprised if he takes the top spot again, his level of riding seemed to be much more adventurous than some of the competition….

Andreu Lacondeguy training for the 2009 slopestyle at Whistler

Andreu Lacondeguy training for the 2009 slopestyle at Whistler

Andreu Lacondeguy's winning run in the 2008 slopestyle contest at Whistler

Andreu Lacondeguy's winning run in the 2008 slopestyle contest at Whistler

Whitewater Rafting with Anthill films

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Last week, I was out shooting with Anthill films again for the Tourism Whistler B-roll campaign. The location was the mighty Green river, ten minutes North of Whistler. The boats and support were provided by Wedge rafting.

Darcy shooting rafting from a cable

Darcy shooting rafting from a cable

Rafting on the Green river with Wedge rafting

Rafting on the Green river with Wedge rafting

The rain finally came

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After what seems like months of little to no rain, it finally arrrived. Dryed out and parched forests sucked up the moisture and breathed life once again…..
Hopefully the rain at least slowed up some of the still raging forest fires…..
I caught the last light of the day on the descent from Peak 1 on the chief…
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The rain rolls in to the Squamish Chief

Shooting with Reel Water Productions

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This weekend was spent shooting with RWP for an up and coming TV documentry. RWP are a Squamish based production company run by Bryan Smith. In the past I have worked with Bryan on some of his Ocean kayaking movies and other kayak based productions. The rigging for the stunt was set up by Local climbing/rigging guru Matt Madaloni.

This weekends shoot was between summits 2 and 3 on the Stawamus chief here in Squamish. The plan was for ‘extreme ginger’ Robin Avery to walk a slackline spanning the gulley between the two points.

The shoot turned out to be a full adventure weekend with us ending up getting stormed off the peak on saturday evening as a lightenning storm descended upon the Chief. Having planned for a dry lightweight bivouc on the Chief, non of the team had brought tarps, waterproof camera bags or even rain jackets as the forcast had shown nothing but dry weather. Just as we finished up shooting on Saturday evening what looked like a sizeable storm rolled around the back of Garibaldi peak, the general consesus was it was nothing but a light shower :-) 20 mins later we were booting it over peak 2 cluthcing our camera’s within our bivi bags, watching as lightenning bolts fell all around us. We finally ended up descending in torrential rain in pitch blackness.

All in all the weekend was a total success, the team worked well together, overcame the many hurdles in the way and came back down on sunday evening with a TV documentry ready to be edited. Here are some of the images from the weekends events……

Find out more about Reel Water Productions

Hauling the Am steel to get the line under tension

Hauling the Am steel to get the line under tension

Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

Tim Loubier shooting the rigging of the line

Tim Loubier shooting the rigging of the line

The Slackers crew

The Slackers crew

Robin out testing the line

Robin out testing the line

Robin walking the thin line , with the cable camera rigging above him

Robin walking the thin line , with the cable camera rigging above him

The end of a long days shooting

The end of a long days shooting

"Nah it's nothing, just be a bit of drizzle"

"Nah it's nothing, just be a bit of drizzle"

The calm before the storm

The calm before the storm

Elinchrom Ranger RX speed

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Elinchrom are a Swiss based manufacturer producing high end studio flashes for the fashion and action sports market. They are very popular within the action sports market due to their rugged builds and super fast flash durations, combined with a short recycle time. There are lots of manufactuers producing high quality studio flashes (alien bees, profoto, hensel etc etc) , but Elinchrom seem to produce the product best suited to shooting outdoor action sports with.

In the past I have spent a lot of time and effort working with the strobist model of utilising small speedlight strobes to create outdoor lighting set ups. Most of my time was spent using METZ C45 and the Nikon SB800′s with the pocket wizard radio remote triggers. There are  lots of advocates for using small flashes (joe Mcnally etc etc) but they tend to be more portrait based or sponsored by Nikon ( 20 odd speedlights in your bag ). Personally I found the small flashes needed to be extremely close to the subject to achieve any results and also the ambient light had to be very low in order to over power it. This can be an acceptable path to go down for sports such as skateboarding, certain MTB shots, but I found for sports that put the subject further away from you such as skiing, kayaking etc etc, the speedlights produced nothing but lots of failed shots and frustration…

So after spending countless hours planning amazing outdoor lighting scenarios only to be shutdown, by moisture problems, battery issues, lack of duration issues, I finally threw down the dollars on what seems to have become certainly in the ski industry the strobe of choice the Elinchrom Ranger RX speed.

So the last week has been the initial learning curve on using the elinchrom for kayaking and biking shots specifically. So far the elichrom has been fantastic , it is super reliable, it fires every time, recycles fast enough to pop two shots in a sequence and most importantly has a short enough duration to freeze motion in the water and the kayaker. The build quality of the Elichrom is also an important factor as it is fully sealed on both the pack and head, as you can imagine this is a deal breaker for use around water and snow.

Elinchrom Ranger RX speed

Elinchrom Ranger RX speed

Cheakamus River BC

Elinchron Ranger RX Speed @ Cheakamus River BC

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Biking on the Squaumish trails

Elinchrom Ranger whitewater shots

Elinchrom Ranger whitewater shots

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June 10th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Gold Rush 2009

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Gold Rush Longboarding 2009, Britannia Beach, BC

Gold Rush Longboarding 2009, Britannia Beach, BC

The 2009 Gold Rush Challenge took place this weekend at Britannia Beach, located on the Sea to Sky Highway, 15 minutes south of Squamish. The Gold Rush event is a challenging longboarding race down a super steep – 1000 ft vertical,  3.5 km track, with several sharp switchbacking corners to navigate at ridiculous speeds.

The weather was amazing. Bluebird skies made for a perfect venue. On the track the action was pretty intense with several high speeds spills and carange filled runs…….

Thank you to the communtiy in Britannia beach for being open minded enough to allow events like this to happen….

Britannia Beach, BC

Britannia Beach, BC

Longboard racers riding up to the top of the hill , 2009 Gold Rush event, Britannia Beach, BC

Longboard racers riding up to the top of the hill , 2009 Gold Rush event, Britannia Beach, BC

 2009 Gold Rush event, Britannia Beach, BC

2009 Gold Rush event, Britannia Beach, BC

 2009 Gold Rush event, Britannia Beach, BC

2009 Gold Rush event, Britannia Beach, BC

 2009 Gold Rush event, Britannia Beach, BC

2009 Gold Rush event, Britannia Beach, BC

 2009 Gold Rush event, Britannia Beach, BC

2009 Gold Rush event, Britannia Beach, BC