This was the first “dry” season that I’ve experienced since starting. If you listened to everyone you would probably think that it didn’t snow at all but for a storm chaser, the snowboard season is always great. Honestly, despite only being able to go up and ride under 20 days this season, I still had some of the best riding days EVER! Being able to ride on my new favorite snowboard (Venture Storm) helps too!
I guess it’s safe to say that I’ve been extremely spoiled the last couple of seasons so even with the weak forecasts, it’s hard to get too disappointed. Here is a video of one of the sickest trips from last season to help get everyone stoked for this season even if we aren’t going to see major pow.
My first couple of days were last weekend. I recorded a little video of us riding some groomers so I’ll hopefully try to get an edit together.
I can honestly not believe the amount of views this video got because for me it was a huge disappointment. I drove out to Anza-Borrega Desert State Park with a pretty specific vision in my head. I wanted to capture as many meterors as I could and create a time lapse of them. The sky was going to be dark and ABD SP was listed as one of the top spots to watch the shower so on the peak of the Perseids, I headed out and maneuvered my Civic past 4 miles of sand to get to Font’s point. Immediately, I realized this wasn’t the ideal place to be. To the east, I saw a low looming layer of smog or pollution rolling in and city lights in the distance. It was going to be a challenge but as I began to shoot my timelapse and chimp on the rear LCD, I realized I had a much bigger problem–air traffic. The amount of planes were ridiculous; at times there would be 4-5 in the sky at once. At this point I was tempted to turn around, hike back down to the car and go home until I got the call from my friend, Joe, who was planning to meet me up at Font’s Point. His truck was stuck only a couple hundred yards from the entrance.
At this point it was already completely dark and my fear of getting stuck in sand 4 miles from the road were definitely creeping in so I kept shooting with my camera hoping to at least piece something together. This is what I came up with. The only saving grace is that I was able to witness some of the shower with my own eyes, even if I didn’t capture many on camera and I did make it out of the sand alright. Heres for hoping the Leonids in November are better!