Wednesday April 23, 2014

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Brett Esser: Japan and Vermont

Hello everybody! Just finished up a 2 week long trip to Japan and Vermont, doing a snowboard competition called Junior Worlds and in Vermont I did the Grand Prix. Man going to Japan was such a awesome experience! It was the first time out of the country for me so it was super cool. We all started off the trip with a 12 hour flight from San Francisco to Tokyo. Once we arrived in Tokyo we got our money exchanged and headed up to Nagano, which was 5 hours away from Tokyo. Once we all got to the hotel it was 1 in the morning and we all crashed in our rooms.

The next day we woke up to snow, and the snow in Japan where we were was really weird. The halfpipe team had 3 days to ride the pipe before the contest, which was nice because the pipe wasn’t in the best condition. After one day of riding the halfpipe we thought we would go do something cool in Japan since we had just been hanging out in the hotel, so we all decided that we were going to go see the snow monkeys. The snow monkeys were probably the coolest things I have ever seen. They would just walk right up to you and stand there like they didn’t even care that we were there. So that was a big highlight of the trip.

The next day we had our contest and it was a pretty good day for a competition, nice and sunny. I did my first run and it was kind of sketchy so it wasn’t going to make finals. On my second run I tried to squeeze another spin in and couldn’t fit a straight air in my run and straight airs are mandatory in this contest. So I was bummed I didn’t make finals but stoked to be in Japan (haha). It was an ok contest for us though because Dylan Bidez pulled threw and got 2nd place. After the contest we finished our last night in Japan and woke up really early the next morning to get to the airport. Japan was an awesome trip and I had so much fun!

After that I went to Killington Vermont to do the Grand Prix and that was an awesome contest. I ended up getting 5th in slopestyle so I was pumped. The weather was nice, and the Belgium waffles were amazing. That was 2 weeks of good fun!


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