Friday, February 12, 2010

VT for Gatorade Free Flow Finals

As a result of this trip iv decided iv spent way too much time in airports recently.. but it was totally worth it. this past weekend i traveled out to VT to compete in the Gatorade Free Flow finals at Mt. Snow. After waking up at 4am. to catch a flight to Denver i wasn't sure what to expect from this weekend, but after i met up with some other friends coming out for the finals as well i was a little more ready. We finally made it to Albany around 2am and jumped on a bus for 2 hrs and drove to the Austrian Haus where we were staying.

The next day started off with a bang when my good friend Jason Arens and i woke up late and had to scurry to get to registration. Once i was all signed up we went to get our pictures taken and i met up with one of the chillest girls ever, Erika Vikander.

We swiftly got along real well and stepped in front of the camera and got some fun shots. the rest of the day resulted in meeting the other slope girls, Nirvana Ortanez, Jessica Jenson, and Elle Kayloe and rallying through Mt. Snows pretty fun park. Surprisingly it wasn't as icy as i had expected it to be AND it was a blue bird day! After getting our day packed full of trains, scopein out the rather large Dew Tour course (which we were competing on), and dodging people through every park lap, we headed back to hot tub and chill the rest of the afternoon till the epic pizza party Gatorade was throwin for us. All in all it was a pretty sick first day ever ridin on the East Coast.

The next day was comp day. It was another super sunny nice day except for the wind was blowing so hard it was decided half the course would be cut out of the competition. So that left us with a down rail and two 50 or 60 ft jumps which were very hard to clear due to the high winds. After a few hits off the first jump and clearing them pretty well i decided to do a super mellow 3 and ended up knuckling when a huge gust of wind caught me right when i was in the air. I ended up with a concussion and a broken helmet which resulted in me not being to compete in finals along with Jessica who also knuckled one of the jumps pretty bad. We sat at the bottom and watched the other girls step up to the jumps. Unfortunately the wind was such an issue they couldn't throw the kind of run they wanted to. 1st place run was 2 straight airs with no grabs...

Although the comp was nothing i expected i still had an amazing trip and hopefully the slope crew will get to meet up again this winter for some more epic park days. those girls are some of the best kids to ride with!

1 comment:

  1. gill i love you!! you are the best and that trip was sooooooo fun!