2016 is in the bag. Here's to 2017!
It's been a shotgun start to the 2016/17 winter and the New Year is already stacking up to be one our biggest yet. There has certainly been no shortage of travel for the last couple months as we’ve been searching out the best in surf and snow.
After a long run of Mavericks swells that solidified November as one of the best kickoffs for a winter season in years the swell generation machine in the North Pacific backed off and our focus turned towards ski guiding, production work, travel and a general disregard for everything other than powder hounding.
Notable highlights include:
Big Wave Risk Assessment Group - Oahu’s North Shore
TPX owner Tucker Patton was honored to be included in the Big Wave Safety Summit put on by the BWRAG team. This safety summit is similar to the avalanche communities version held every other year called ISSW. We were fortunate enough to travel to the famous Turtle Bay Resort on the fabled north shore of Oahu. This amazing event brought together hundreds of big wave surfers from around the world looking to learn important safety skills, improve their risk assessment decision making and collaborate with other participants from Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Brazil and beyond.
It was an amazing learning experience and served as a great building block and much needed resource in furthering the safety protocols used in big wave surfing. We found it particularly useful as individually and as a company we cross into both worlds: big waves and avalanche mitigation. It is truly a privilege to be on the forefront of safety for our two biggest passions and it’s always important to keep training and getting better every day. Lastly we were able to attend the opening ceremony of the Eddie at Waimea Bay which was a truly special experience.
Baldface Lodge with HiBall Enegry Drink Company - Nelson, BC
Mid December brought together a unique opportunity for us to travel with the HiBall energy team to Nelson, British Columbia. We were excited to work with the best athletes in world as they came together to push themselves in Balface Lodge's amazing terrain all while representing an amazing brand. We spent the week skiing with all the athletes and shooting photos as the trip was blessed with perfect snow, good stability and sunny skies.
A majority of our time was spent working with adaptive super athlete Grant Korgan as he challenged himself for the first time on a sit-ski in deep powder. It was truly an impressive performance watching Grant push himself and re-learn to ski powder after suffering a spinal cord injury a few years ago. His stoke and zest for life will encourage us for years to come. We think the pictures speak for themselves about the conditions.
We’ve traveled the world in pursuit of surf and snow and we can confidently say that Balface is at the top of our list for great destinations and deserves a very humble thank you.
Of course the trip wouldn't have been possible without HiBall and a special thank you needs to be extended to this exemplary brand and it's founder Todd Berardi for including us in this special opportunity.
Hokidaho - Sun Valley, Idaho
Upon returning home from B.C. to California we packed up our belongings and moved shop to Ketchum, Idaho where we were immediately greeted by cold temps and a white Christmas. Sorting out a winter base for TPX is never easy to pin down and as we settled into Sun Valley to have the skies open up and blanket the mountains with deep, cold snow. Since our arrival we've been on many awesome adventures with Stellar Media and Sun Valley Heli Crew. We look forward to many more adventures in our new home.
Next stop Japan............
With a couple late additions to a Stellar Media trip we jumped on the opportunity to pursue powder in the winter snow globe of Northern Japan. We are currently enroute and adding stops in SFO, Tokyo and Sapporo via planes, trains and automobiles. We are looking forward to deep powder, hot pools and sushi. So far one canceled flight and a few glitches haven't deterred our stoke for this amazing opportunity. Thanks Reggie Crist and Stellar Adventures for inviting us along.
Stay tuned to our social channels as we continue the best from our first adventures into the new year! @triplepointexpeditions