Monday May 25, 2015

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EOS12829.jpgFrom Steamboat to New York, this being my first trip to the big apple I did not know what to expect.

I just returned back to steamboat springs from my unbelievable trip to New York City. I have never been in that kind of atmosphere so it was a completely new experience for me.  After 6 hours of flying I had arrived in the big city just seeing millions of buildings everywhere. After fitting 6 people, 4 board bags and a lot of luggage, in a mini van, I think I was ready to get out and walk the city. That night we walked through Times Square and it basically changed my life. All the people and lights were amazing. You can actually watch T.V. on big buildings, which I didn’t think was possible.

EOS12454.jpgThe next morning, waking up at 5 didn't feel too good. I’ve never snowboarded at 6:30 in the morning but Good Morning America wanted to broadcast their show while the Pacsun kids hit the jump in the background.  It was cold and pretty icy but we ended up hitting it for a couple hours, getting some good practice in.   Later that day was the RedBull Snowscraper competition with the top 16 pros in the world. There were 25 thousand people watching the 16 pros hit the giant jump. What the best part is the Pacsun team was still wearing our snowboard gear, so no matter what everyone thought we were competing too. We were being interviewed all night, people were always asking for autographs. It was probably the best feeling of my life.

EOS12853.jpgSo now it’s Friday and we have a pretty layed back day. Just excited to explore the city and take a lot of pictures. We went to the Rockefeller Center that took us 70 floors high where we could look out at the great scenery and see every building in New York.   The whole time I was there I honestly couldn’t believe how lucky I was to see everything I did. Every place we went to was so new to me and so much fun. The highlight of my trip was the ninja dinner later that night. People dressed as ninjas actually served us our food. They were very sneaky and would love to trick us but it was honestly the best dinner I have ever had.  Trevor was talking back to all the ninjas and im pretty sure they were about to destroy him right there on the spot. When they served us our food, something was always on fire, they would make our food explode, the ninjas did a wonderful job keeping us entertained. After looking at the bill of our dinner, I don’t think I will be back there for a very long time.

EOS12861.jpgFinal day was our time to hit the jump. It was Saturday February 7th Winter Jam Festival in NYC. Fun activities, for the 15 thousand people like sledding, ice climbing wall, trampolines, live music, and the future of snowboarding invitational. When we got there, I was so pumped up. So many people watching us snowboard and there were only 7 riders hitting the jump. There was just one problem, it was 45 degrees and no matter how hard we tried we just couldn’t get enough speed for the jump. We barely could make the gap. We felt embarrassed and disappointed but that wasn’t stopping us, we started getting towed down the ramp by a winch.  We still had a hard time getting enough speed to throw down but we got to put on a good show for the crowd. I have never been so happy. The whole crowd treated us like we were the best. Every one was yelling our names and wanting pictures and autographs and I’ve never been able to experience that and it’s the best feeling ever. I will never forget that trip. It was the most fun I’ve ever had and I just want to thank Stacie, Jason, and PacSun for giving me the opportunity to experience what New York is all about.

Check out Jason's gallery of photos from our trip on SmugMug!

See the view from the top of the Snowscrapers ramp in a 360 degree Virtual Tour. Click the thumbnail below...

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