Yes, the high holy season is upon us. Sun Valley was blessed with its first big dump and things are setting up for a great holiday season. This marks my 19th season at Sun Valley. Pretty crazy that I only came for one season but never left. I was instantly hooked. I am still hooked. Life has pretty much revolved around skiing. My wife and I’s first date was skiing. I have made life time friendships with a collection of great characters. Here’s to another great season of skiing pow with family and friends.
Photos by Jon Mancuso. December 10,2016
I got this suit for surfing in Oregon and river sup. As someone who lives in the mountains I have had great Patagonia gear over the years. Patagonia’s has a reputation of quality, environmental ethos and long lasting gear. The suit has a really good fit for me. It was a bit tight the first few days but now it is easier to get on and off. I really like the 4.5/3.5 combo. It gives you the extra warmth where you need it. All other suits I’ve had you could feel the cold water down your back not with this guy. This suit kept me toasty in the 56 degree water. I’d highly recommend this suit. Be sure to check out https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/ for all you wetsuit needs. They carry all the top brands and have you covered!
Here is a little edit from Oregon. I have to say that this is my new addiction. I wish I had more than a week a year to do this. Nothing like an empty line up for sunset at Indian Beach.
The song in the video is from Ethan Tucker. Ethan is currently on the Voice. He played a few of the Reggae in the Mouhtains festivals. https://vimeo.com/184066277
It’s always a good day when the new Stand Up Journal arrives at the Post Office. The fall issue celebrates SUP 10th Annaversary as a sport. There are great articles about the history and people that made our sport. All the hero are in there Gerry Lopez, Laird, Kia and many others. To my surprise on the last page Editors Note is a picture of Nesta and I! It is such honor to be in such a great publication. This makes the 3rd time we have appeared in the Stand Up Journal! All the images were taken by Ray Gadd.
It is the end of August so it must be time to make the pilgrimage to the Pacific Ocean. We return to Cannon Beach each year to stay at friends and get our surf fix. Our main surf spot is Indian Beach in Ecola State Park. The drive through the park is stunning and takes your through a thick lush rain forest down to the ocean. This beach break also has great rock features coming out of the water that add to the mystic feel. New addition this year is our daughter Maeve! I have to say before the trip we were a little hesitant with the wee one on this adventure. Not to worry our little Maeve rocked it! Both Jaime and I were able to get our daily sessions and played pass the baby. There is some great hiking also at Ecola SP. I would take Maeve and Nesta on a hike while Momma surfed. Nesta too got plenty of ocean time and a few great sup surf sessions. We were blessed with great weather,waves and had all around amazing family trip.
Last month, I was visiting family in Ohio and was lucky enough to get a sweet sunset sup session with my nephew Jack. It was really fun teaching him proper paddle technique and sup safety. Living in the mountains I miss the full horizon sunsets. Special thanks to Vito at West River Water sports for the Bic SUP’s. Enjoy these images from Vermilion, Ohio.