Sep 28th, 2012
Santiago , Chile August 31st , 2012
Chile’s capital , Santiago, rests at the bottom of 60 switchbacks carved into the Andes Mountains winding up to Valle Nevado . To the west, the beautiful rugged coast, is only a couple hours away where Sea Wolves share waves with avid surfers. This time of the year, bigger boards are a must.
Chile is one of my favorite places to travel to. I love the culture, the language, the people, the mountains and the waves . So this summer (South Americas’ winter) I decided to take one more trip to Chile for a little bit of boarding! It was amazing. I rode great pow, hiked a bunch, got to Heli 1 day with the Mekis Brothers, our south American Yes distributers and dear friends. It seemed natural that with the new movie in the can we treat the locals to a showing.
The event started with a skate Jam with a few kids at bowl park right in the hearth of Malls Sport at the bottom of the switch backs. Kids were going off – there’s so many good skaters in this town!
Then we invited everyone in to join us for a Corona and some food from BBB, burgers and empanadas. Buena Onda! Everyone seemed to enjoy that part a lot, and they were able to check out the yes catalogues and boards on display as well as buying raffle tickets to win prizes for our fundraisers. This year the fundraising was for the building of a new skate-ramp at Buchupureo, a few hours south of the Capital. This is part of what the Mekis do; they build ramps around the nation and teach kids to skate. In fact, the premier was hosted at their own bowl park. Also, we gave a framed picture recognition present to Claudio Dre , a graffiti artist that painted all the walls around the park. We foreran our movie with a little clip of him painting the park followed by Jeremy Jones’ new adventure Further.
Many people showed up including various snowboard teams from North America and Europe. Billabong team including Eero Niemala, Jamie Anderson, Helen Schettini (YES rider) as well as guys like skater Spiro Razis, Shane Polpisil ,gabe langlois , Kohl Christiensen even popped in for a few and Sharon and all the compadres I met the last 3 weeks . It was awesome.!
Gracias amigos para venir !
It was also my first time watching the movie and I was thrilled to share the excitement with my new friends from Chile that have been so generous and welcoming. It was a treat to share with them our yearly newest project .
Man the movie is good…Good music and well done, Thanks to Paul Watt , timmy tim tim and Dustin Ortiz, as well as the whole YES team.
Coronas were flying, Carlos de Spy Optics was capturing the moment. I even got to meet Miss Chile 2012 Camilla Recabarren , gave her a Yes shirt.
People screamed when the CHILE section came in, it was great! Good thing we just had a week of pow up in the mountain cause the new flick defiantly makes you wanna ride pow a lot …nothing wrong with this!
The party continued downtown with surfusidos.com crew and had the privilege to listen to some unique Chilean reggae with the most amazing female singer and chorus. When they played a Marley song, it was all over …party was on till the early morn!
Nov 8th, 2010
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Oct 15th, 2010
Checkout all the boys slaying it by going to iTunes and downloading your copy of Absinthe’s NowHere. As usual Absinthe Films does not disappoint for one minute with amazing shots of the best big mountain riding in the world with an awesome soundtrack to boot. This is the easiest, cheapest and most green way to own your own copy.
Sep 30th, 2010
I recently took a trip to the southern part of Chile, near Osorno on a Transworld trip. My crew was The North Face snowboarders Lucas Debari and Xavier De la Rue , TWS photographer Scott Serfas, filmer JOE CO Carlino , writer Ben Gavelda , fellow rider , Canadian legend and trip organizer Shin Campos as well as 3 Argentinean guides: Jorge, Nico and Paula . Our mission was to ride the inside of a volcano, someone told us that the last time the volcano erupted was in 1982. Not bad. Although, this last year’s worldwide tectonic activity (Haitii , Chile, New Zealand ) made me wonder …what if? But, what are the odds?
We first arrived in Chile. That’s right, I flew in a plane on 9/11. Now I may seem superstitious with my last two comments but I am not at all, I’ll stare down a black cat while walking under a ladder on Friday the 13th any day, especially to go on this kind of adventure.
We jumped on horses from the valley rode them up the mountain for 2 1/2 hours, with other horses and donkeys carrying our camping gear, food, generator, gas, splitboards, boards. When we reached snowline, our horses were having a little bit of problems, one of them fell to its side and we decided it was time to give them a break say ”Gracias bueno caballo,” suck it up and unload all the gear, put it on our back and split board up to the refuge we were wanting to get to. One hour of splitboarding up the mountain with 80 pounds of gear on you for your first splitboard experience is perfect. Because after that, everything seems like a piece of cake. It was awesome, after a couple falls on my side and realizing that putting weight on your heel is the way to go. I made it up and then we rode back down and picked up more gear and food and this time, I had a head lamp on…The mission started nicely, I knew I was up for some good days …
The weather was very bad, but snowing, we decided to go down a couple more times to get the rest of the stuff. Our refuge was cool. Right at tree line, 8 bunk beds, a table, a wood stove. Good thing I had some solid ear plugs since a couple guys were snoring pretty loud, one guy was grinding it up and one other French guy one was talking in his sleep….in French. If I heard him, I would have been the only one understanding him. Good or Bad? We all had a good book and a headlamp. I slept on the top bonk away from the wall. So it was already getting extreme.
I turned 30, it’s my B-day. We wake up and the weather is half decent. We decide to move some gear up closer to the rim of the volcano. We are getting all the tents and some of the food up there. Two hours later, the weather moved in and we had to leave the stuff against a big boulder and get our first run down that thing. Totally blind but the snow was sweet. It was awesome. Lucas hit Xavier on the way down, then they both got sprayed, haha! Then I got it back. That night, I chopped some wood, We had a full on Milanos pasta dish cooked by our Italian chef Debari , we played a game of catchos, we DJ’d on Jo COs computer , we drunk wine and Pisco. It was awesome B-day! Thanks to all you guys who made that day very special. I wish my girls were here!
Chilled….chopped more wood.
We wake up its half decent again so we decide we are making the push to the rim no matter what. And here we go. We reached the rest of the gear in decent visibility, what a view from up there, it’s gorgeous, you see lakes, other volcanoes…Then we packed everything on our backs and we started splitboarding up again. Then, WHITE, can’t move, we need to hang for a while and wait, hoping for a clearing to keep going. It finally happened and we got going we couldn’t see much but we were side traversing, on splitboards, not knowing where I was going to was the weirdest feeling ever. Pretty awesome though. Then we reached the Rim, wow, we could see the inside, all the lines, only for a moment, and this moment’s gone. We then picked a spot to set up camp, had mac and cheese, read and passed out.
Thanks to THE NORTH FACE for the ”Inferno ” sleeping bag, I was hella cozy…-40 C bag…can’t go wrong. Although we had to sleep with our wet liners inside the sleeping bag and leave our shelves to ice up in the lobby of our tent. Good night! I can still hear the snoring of 4 tents away. Doesn’t matter we are on a volcano.
We wake around 7 am to the most beautiful view you have ever seen. And I actually opened up the tent door and saw Xavier about to drop in his first line. Holy smokes Lucas, wake up, lets go, Xavier is about to drop in! And it was the start of a very very very fun day of Volcano riding and splitboarding across the crater, hiking back up using an Ice axe. It was all new and fresh and we were the fortunate ones up there. Vini, Vidi, Vinci
That night we saw the storm starting to roll in so we packed the tents up and had the sickest longest run at sunset with 60 pounds of gear on my back . Holy back leg! We had a wicked dinner of sausages and the rest of the Milanos spaghetti sauce. We did it. We rode the volcano, I wished we had one or two more days in there but, hey…we got to ride POW in September. Happy BDAY David!
Chile National day, 200 year celebration, its pouring rain and the wind is howling, We decide to go down that day. We rode with so much gear to snowline…then the horses are in holiday…ho ho! We had to down hike the whole mountain with most of the gear on us… ouff…what a day. We then decided to go to Bariloche ,Argentina (3 hour drive) and go PARTY!. We celebrated Chile day in Argentina and the completion of our mission. We sent it that night! YES we love to party! Especially when there is something to party about! Nice to meet you all on that trip, it was an awesome experience and I hope to live more of these type of experience again and again.