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!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Photos from Europe

1 of 3 Gondola rides on the way up Hintertux




Backside 180 over the crazy T-Bar

Getting the shot - Backside Rodeo 1 of 2
Backside Rodeo 2 of 2



Greasing up the rail with some snow
Backside 1 out

Hiking at 3200 meters....

Chillin in my Westbeach Softshell Hoodie

Headin down after another awesome day at Hintertux

My first rental car - got me from Austria to Belgium and back!

Andrew Matthews photography - getting the shot, being tourists

Our home for a week of the trip

No caption needed

Frida walking through Mayrhofen

Sun going down early

Me at the cool little skatepark

Skating into town

The butcher shop had some of the best and cheapest food in town

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Antwerp Big Air World Cup

Goeiendag (flemish for hello)

The Big Air at Anterwerpen was a great experience. The jump was a way safer (read: more fun) jump than the last Big Air that I did in Quebec City. They raised up the knuckle of this jump so that there was less impact if you didn't have enough speed to make the landing. The snow condition was perfect despite a little bit of rain for the competition. It was cool to see how many people came out to check out the event. Belgium doesn't have many hills so this was a big deal for the city to host this event. On Friday night we had a training session and there was about 7,000 people watching! During the finals on Saturday people took over the streets and there must have been well over 10,000 fans that came out.

Frida and I drove about 10 hours from Austria to make it to the event just in time for practice. We spent the night in a small city in Germany and drove the rest of the trip the next day. Our rental car had hardly any acceleration and had a tough time even making it up some hills! When I arrived at the venue I didn't have a bib and no one seemed to know where I could find one so that I would be able to do the practice. Eventually I found it but the gentleman at the race office explained to me that I needed to pay $80 in order to compete. I had left my wallet in the car and spent the next 30 minutes (which seemed like 3 hours) searching for Frida,who had the car keys, so that I could get my 6 jumps in practice. I finally found her and made my practice... thank God I was in the second heat!

In the competition I really just wanted to land a solid trick. I stuck with my game plan and landed a front 7 really well in my first run. Then I was free to go all in so I went for the front 10. I had a good takeoff - held my grab - landed... and then over rotated a little bit on my heel side edge but I quickly brought it back. This was good enough for 28th place out of 52 riders but more importantly the best I've ever ridden in a World Cup competition so far.

Tot ziens!




The Venue - Frida Berglund Photography
Dropping in - Frida Berglund Photography
Andrew poking out a grab in training - Frida Berglund Photography



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Update from Austria - Big Air WC in Belgium!

I'm halfway through my European training camp/competition/crazy adventure. This is my first time snowboarding in Europe and my first time to Austira - so far its great. It feels amazing to be back on snow. The timing of our camp couldn't have been better. It snowed the first day I was here which gave the glacier a well needed soft layer on the ice and then it turned sunny for about 10 days. Molly Milligan and I paid for our coach Joe to come with us to get a kick start on training for the 2012/13 season. My riding feels better than ever for this time of year... well usually I'm not riding at all this time of year but you get the picture. I'm working on a whole new competition run and I'm stoked to put it down in a contest!

As part of this trip I really wanted do an early season competition. Well it turns out that I'm going to get more than I expected.. I've qualified for my 4th FIS World Cup (first European) - in Antwerp Belgium! The Big Air will take place on November 10th. I competed in a very similar event in Quebec City last year so I'm confident that my experience will help me to improve this time around.

Thank you to Ric, Dave, Jude and everyone else at NCVC Group of Companies (Ryfan Electric Ltd, Nexum Systems Inc. and NCV Industrial Inc.) for making it possible for me to fly to Europe with my coach for this great opportunity.

Sequence Shot Cab 5 at Hintertux










Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2012 Season Video

Here's my 2012 Season Video!


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Glacier Photoshoot numero 2

Hey you! Rob Picard came up again in session C to take photos of the WVSC crew at Camp of Campions. This year we only had about 4 rainy days on the Glacier - last year we only had about 4 sunny days. That's right, we beat the weather man this year and had a great time! 
Thanks for the photos Rob!




 



Friday, August 3, 2012

Cache Wars Audition Video

Hey hey,

Here's a video I put together to audition to be a host for a new show on YTV called Cache Wars.
Cache Wars Host Audition from Andrew Matthews on Vimeo.

Monday, July 9, 2012

This video is of a backside 7... a trick that has not come easily for me and was my number 1 goal for summer camp. I'm pretty stoked that I got this today, now just a matter of perfecting it.

Glacier Photoshoot with Robbie P


Summer has arrived in earnest here in Whistler! By that I mean 30 degrees Celsius days of non stop sunshine. And here we are trying to hold on to the last (huge) patch of snow left on the mountain. Anyways WVSC operator Rob Picard was kind enough to donate his time and talents to us for a day to get these (awesome) photos. Thanks Rob!



 



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Summer camp is on!

Camp of Champions is going off right now which means its summer snowboarding time!

Last week kicked off the glacier riding season at Whistler and it was a good one. I'm going to put up a shot from each session on the newest Summer Snowboard Shot Sundays (S4)!



I managed to score one of the best jobs at camp. I'm supervising/security at the compound, where the kids hang out after their day on the hill, skateboarding, playing games and doing whatever they can to get product. Good times :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Awards Banquet Video

Here's a video I put together for the NWT awards banquet this past weekend.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

15th Annual Showcase Showdown

The longest running snowboard competition in Canada went down last weekend. The Showcase Showdown returned to the Whistler base this year and it was awesome!
I would say its the best course since it was a pipestyle contest in 2008. Shout out goes to Brad Broughton for making the whole thing come together.

Everyone was throwing down despite tough conditions. Once it started snowing it was really hard to clear the jump. We were dropping in way above the course, getting 'bro tows' in and then speed tucking the entire way to the jump in the finals. Congrats to Molly Molligan for placing 2nd. As for me, after falling on my first 2 runs I landed my 3rd and final run clean which was good enough for 6th place.

Check out this awesome video edit here:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Showdown Over the City

 Hey hey,

My brother took some photos from my last competition the Quiksilver Showdown Over the City at Grouse Mountain last weekend. The sun was out and the jumps were huge for the green run they were on... not the best combination. Speed was a huge issue for the riders. The park crew had to trim down the jumps as much as possible after the riders were unable to clear the last jump in qualification. The next day they were ready with bags and bags of salt. Even still the best guys were narrowly clearing the last jump. Pretty crazy.






Thursday, March 22, 2012

One shot one day late

This weeks one shot is from my qualification run at Snow Crown last week. In semis I ended up being on the bubble to make finals. It was such a fun week of riding in the sun and a great event. Thanks to everyone who made it happen.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Post Number 100 - Battle at the Big Air

For my 100th post check out this video I made from the Big Air in Quebec. It was a battle with the elements: ice, wind and blowing snow. On top of that, it was also my first time hitting a scaffolding jump and we only got 45 minutes of practice before the contest. Crazy!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Canadian Shield Photo

"Did you see you're shot in the Canadian Shield article?" Darcy. "Which shot?" "Boo yeah!"

Congrats to Darcy for taking second at the contest, killing it with a front 5 off the rail. Yah a 5 off a rail... I know! At least I got something out of the tough conditions: this sweet photo!

For the full article check this out http://push.ca/blogs/nlangmann/archive/2012/02/20/getting-pow-the-2012-seymour-canadian-shield.aspx


Shot by Jussi

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

One Shot Wednesday SB5

This past week I've been trying to get ready for the World Cup and just generally trying to progress my riding. After looking at some video with Joe we noticed my switch backside spins aren't as nice as they could be so I'm working on a few things to make them better. What do you think?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Three Shot Thursday

Hey,
I've been super busy with contests the last couple of weeks and I missed out on a couple of 'One Shot Wednesdays'... so in response to my lack of blogging I've created the best thing ever! Go tell all your friends: 'Three Shot Thursday' is on my blog (this week only, limited time offer).



Saturday, January 28, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

One Shot Wednesday Switch Front Lip

Discovery Air - Diamond Sponsor!

Discovery Air has answered the call of supporting high performance sport in the NWT. This year they moved up two levels from last year's Silver Sponsorship to my Diamond Level! Discovery Air's philanthropic contribution has allowed me to increase my amount of high quality training, case in point my three week training camp in Colorado this past December. Without the support of outstanding community leaders like Discovery Air, I would not have the opportunity to pursue my dreams and goals in competitive snowboarding. Thank you!

Discovery Air is also supporting NWT high performance snowboarder Molly Molligan with her athletic pursuits; as well as several other well deserving initiatives. For more information check out their Community Involvement page here.

One of Discovery Air's companies Air Tindi planes, photographed here, charter and schedule flights across Canada's north
From Discovery Air's website we learn the following about the company:

Founded in 2004, Discovery Air Inc. is a specialty aviation services company operating across Canada and in select locations internationally. With over 140 aircraft, it is one of the largest air operators in Canada, employing more than 850 flight crew, maintainers and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance and logistics solutions to its government, airline and business customers. The Corporation's subsidiaries include: Top Aces, which delivers airborne training and special mission services to the Canadian military; Discovery Air Fire Services, a supplier of airborne fire management services to the Ontario government and charter services to government agencies and corporate customers; Discovery Air Technical Services, which provides a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services; Great Slave Helicopters, the second-largest VFR helicopter operator in the country; Air Tindi, the largest fixed-wing aircraft charter provider based in Northern Canada; Discovery Mining Services, which supplies all-weather exploration camps as well as expediting and logistics support services; and Discovery Air Innovations, the innovation arm of Discovery Air that identifies and captures large, new market opportunities.
Another of Discovery Air's companies,
Great Slave Helicopters (GSH), is one of the largest helicopter operators in Canada.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Canadian Dream "Team"

Introducing the Canadian Dream "Team"! Action Talent Sports Management is changing up the game for corporate funding and sports management. They're trying to help Canadian athletes get the funding they need to achieve their goals. Kyle Thomas and I are fortunate and excited to be on the "Team"!

Check out my profile on their website www.actionsportsmanagement.ca.










Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Crazy flag tap!

I still haven't got the footage from last weekends BCSA Slopestyle so here's a wild accidental flag tap shot Keystone Colorado!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Couple Laps Edit

This was such a fun afternoon shredding with Sam and Tac I had to put up a couple more shots. Check out Sam's blog here: http://samweston.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One Shot Wednesday Back Rodeo

This week I've been training with the National Slopestyle Team on a private custom air bag jump session. It's been great to get comfortable flipping again. Today I decided enough is enough, time to get comfortable pulling back rodeos on snow. Thanks goes out to Tack for getting the shot and Canada~Snowboard for allowing me to session the bag jump this week!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

One Shot Wednesday

Happy New Year!

I thought it would be cool if I try to upload my favorite shot from the week every Wednesday. Here's the first One Shot Wednesday. It's from an amazing lap where we got incredibly lucky with the opening of Harmony Chair as we were debating whether or not to stay and wait. Needless to say, it was epic! Enjoy


- A.M