Introduction

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Andrew Matthews and I'm a snowboarder athlete from Yellowknife, NWT. I decided to start this blog to keep my friends, family, fans and sponsors up to date about my life as a full time snowboarder. I will be posting about my travels, competitions, training and random awesome things that I come across. Enjoy the journey!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Video Time!

Hey,

It's crazy to think about all the time that went into filming, thinking and editing a minute and forty five second edit of me. I'm finished now and proud of the final product, check it out!

Monday, May 18, 2009

One of Those Amazing Days

Hey hey!

As I said in my last post, I've been filming a lot lately. On Friday I had the best day of filming this season... I was riding with Ali and Aaron, both my roomates in the WVSC Academy, while Rob (the owner of WVSC) was filming us. With just days left of riding the Black Park (the park where all the big jumps are) before it closed, we were on a mission to learn new tricks and get them on film. It was a hot spring day that would have been equally awesome for hanging out by the lake as it was for snowboarding.

We were all riding well and landing most of our tricks. It was really cool to see Ali charging the jumps. There aren't many girl snowboarders that can ride big jumps and Ali was killing it! She was stomping some frontside 180s and by the end of the day was trying frontside 5s! Aaron landed some nice frontside rodeos off his toes. I was stoked on my backside 3 melon grab on the hip. At the end of the day we were having too much fun to stop, so we hiked a jump a bunch of times. I landed a couple switch backside 5s that were feeling good so I decided to go for a 7. I had never tried one before and fell my first time. On my second try I landed it! The feeling when I landed was amazing. 

After we were finished filming on the jump we sessioned a cat track gap drop. It was really cool to hit, I've never tried a gap like this before. We all got some tricks on the gap and slapped high fives all around. It was at this point that Rob reminded us that we had better get a move on to see if we could still download the chair - it was 5 o'clock and the hill closes at 4! We had lost track of time because we were having so much fun. We were the only ones left on the mountain besides the staff . We raced down to the Gondola and were lucky to find that it was still running.  It was an amazing day, top 5 best days of my year!

I'm putting together a video part from all the filming this year which I'll be posting soonish.

I hope everyone is enjoying their spring. Cheers,

-Andrew

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pipe Mashup Video

Hello there,

Spring time is the time when I'm done with my competitions and I focus more on filming, photos and learning new tricks. I went up last week with Snowboard Canada photographer and chief photo editor John Scarth. We did a shoot on one of the bigger jumps in the park. The weather wasn't great but it was good experience nonetheless. I'm hoping to get more done soon as Blackcomb is set to close on May 18th. Thankfully Whistler will be opening up at that time but I'm not sure what there park will be like.

Anyways I've put together a mashup of some of my best pipe shots from the last couple seasons to go with the theme of focusing on media. Lets face it, videos are way more fun to watch than reading posts. Enjoy :)

video

-Andy


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Grenade Games Finale Video

Hey, check out the video for the grenade games finale! Can you spot me?

Grenade Games 5 - Finale from monster dano on Vimeo.


-A