Here's what's been going on with the team. The season is winding down and everyone is either scrambling for shots or just straight-up burnt. So far, the injured list goes a little something like this (these guys and girls will be out pretty much for the rest of the season either rehabbing or psyching themselves up for next season).
Dionne Delesalle has a torn MCL in his knee and will be out for the remainder of the season. If recovery goes well he'll be shredding in the Summer.
Markku Koski has a broken wrist and will be out for the next few months. Hopefully, he'll be shredding in the Summer.
Janna Meyen has a blown-out knee, taking her out for the rest of the season. Hopefully, she'll be shredding in the Summer.
John Jackson has a sore knee from landing flat (hopefully, nothing serious.)
Kevin Sansalone has a torn MCL in his knee. He'll be out for the remainder of the season, but seems positive about shredding in late Spring or early Summer. He'll utilize his off time filming for his Skids project.
Joni Makinen has been filming and shooting photos around the Northwest. He's been feeling super-positive and having fun here in the States. He headed back to Finland on May 10 and may return to hit-up some of the Summer camps.
Nicolas Droz continues to film and shoot photos with the Absinth crew in France. He'll be heading to the Summer camps this Summer to finish off his part. Looks pretty positive for a good segment.
Alexis Waite, Kevin Sansalone, Roberta Rodger, Tyler Lepore, Benji Ritchie, Gabe Taylor
and a handful of shredders gave it all they had at Snowboarders Super Park in Alberta, Canada. They were huckin' and chuckin' last week to try and get as much esposure as they could.
Wille Yli-Luoma recently went back to Sweden for a day and then flew out to Hemsedal, Norway, where he filmed with the Mack Dawg crew for ten days. He may head back to the States to finish off some Summer shredding till he completes his part for the movie.
In other snowboarding news:
Last weekend, Canadian team rider Leanne Pelosi pretty much handled the situation at the Ripzone in Whistler, dominating over the rest of the girls in the Rail Jam, taking home a whopping $1,000! Congratulations, Leanne!
This past weekend, Mammoth Mountain hosted the West Coast Invitational. The set-up was pretty much the same as the Hard Rock and Boost Mobile Rail Jams. Over 5000 spectators came out to cheer on the shred dogs. The contest format pretty much favored the best rider to land all of his or her tricks, which a nice reward of $10,000. Unfortunately, only one rider could reap this reward. Mark Franck ended-up snatching the prize money. Oh well, team. Maybe next year...
Summer camps in Europe are on their way and the Euros are getting psyched to do some Summer schralping. Until next time, peace be whichooo...