Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Back in New Zealand

After running all over Canada /USA I was beat and jumped on a plane with my 3 bikes and copious amounts of luggage and headed back home for some sunshine and bike ridin.
1st stop was my home town of Nelson, it was good to be back shreddin with the crew. I got straight into building stuff for Tim Pierce's new "Take One". I built a slopestyle line at my friend Grants house. It was pretty hard work lugging timber for my wall ride up a steep DH track and digging my jumps and spending my limited cash on materials. But it was all good when I got to film and ride what I had built.

After that I packed all my gear in to the super cuzzy (my trusty van) and headed for Winton in Southland for the Frew Farm Jam travelling over 1000 kms in one day, all the way from Nelson! When we woke up it was practise day and there was lots of new stuff to ride. We had a good sesh on the super kicker which was set up next to the FMX jump. The big line was looking amazing but the wind came up in the afternoon and we couldn't ride. That set the tone for the remainder of the weekend. Howling winds made it impossible to ride the big line during the main event. WIth hundreds of spectators expecting some action, we rode the smaller line and did the best we could. It was a wicked event nonetheless and I am already looking forward to the next one, minus the wind hopefully.

Next step was settin up shop in Queenstown for the summer. Woohoo! First stop was the newly revamped Gorge Road jumps which I would say is a world class setup. It has been awesome shredding such cool jumps every night after work with the QT crew.

We had the Revolver Wynyard Jam a few weeks ago, it was a hell of a lot of fun. Matt from Revolver set up an awesome cable cam to capture the action going down. There were about 20 riders and we sessioned the jumps with the sounds and bbq blazing. I got a pic in the Mountain Scene (local newspaper) and they somehow mistook me for an Australian - not cool!

Next thing is the Gorge Road Jam on the 11th Feb which will be cool, also heading to Area 9 Music festival this weekend to ride a demo with the boys and check out some live music.

Pics- photo credit to Greig Howell - thanks!

Been a sick summer so far and lots more to come...

Kelly McGarry.