Steven’s Pass Park LogApril 18th Day 1: The jumps are ready
and its time to head to Seattle to pickup the kids. What is usually a 4
hour drive turns into a 8 hour ordeal. Afterpicking up Gus Kenworthy,
Bobby Brown, AJ Burton, and Lesh it begins to snow.Mind you we are at a
park shoot and its dumping in Seattle. The Pass islittered with
Corvettes, Mustangs and other horrible cars that slid off theroad. We
approach a car stopped in the middle of the highway. AJ rolls down
thewindow and asks a guy, “what are u doing” The guy, quickly replies,
Itbeautiful out here. We finally make it home to hear stories from Mike
Wilsonabout pulling cars with his trailer that already has three
snowmobiles on it.Typical Mike Wilson.
April 19th Day 2: The snow
continues to fall. Over a foot of new and its timeto start shooting
park. We light up a bottom jump at night and film as Bobby,Gus, AJ,
Dvorak and others destroy it. All park shoots in the Northwest shouldbe
planned at night. Its easier to create your light than to wait for the
April 20th Day 3: Its warmed up to about 25 soits time to
film on some rails. We spend time dusting of the rails and begin
tosession them. I get a call from Mike Mertion, who should already be
at StevensPass. “He are you guys at Stevens Pass, “Yeah are you here”.
Mike replies, NoI’m at Summit, so I’m close right. By close Mike means
that he drove about four hours out of the way. Bythe time he arrives
its snowing but we decide to hold out and hit the rail feature in the
afternoon. Gusdecides that he is feeling it and absolutely murders it.
Mike and Cosco get afew in as well, so we call it a day and return to
the lavish life in LevenworthWashington.
April 21st Day 4: It
has now warmed up to 28degrees, and there is rumor that the sun was
spotted poking through the clouds.Anticipation is building for the big
jump that the cat drivers have beenpushing on for 3 straight days. We
warm up finishing off the lower jump andrail feature. Mertion, Felton,
and others session the jumps as Cosco and Leshreturn to the rail
feature to get their shots. Gus sits back and instructs theon how its
done. In the afternoon the main jump is ready. Time to figure outwho’s
going to guinea the 90ft Long Jon Jump. Speed checks are made and
TaylorFelton steps up to the plate. Taylor is extremely underrated on
his ability todo crazy shit. He is really calculated and confident on
big jumps. A quicksession leads to a snowstorm and our day is done.
22nd Day 5: it’s a 5:00am wake up call on our last day of shooting.
Theforecast is calling for a three hour break in the weather before the
next stormrolls in. We roll up to the mountain to see Spong sleeping in
his car waitingfor us. Next comes Seo like a bat out of hell. Rock
music blaring as he pullsinto the parking lot at about 40. Ask anyone
who as experienced a drive withSeo, and they’ll either tell you it was
fun or incredibly frightening. Theskies are clear and its 32 degrees.
No time to break out the tanning lotion,and the session begins. Dub’s,
straight airs, knuckles and overshoots are allwitnessed before the wind
and snow return to close out the shoot. This will godown as one of the
most fun shoots ever, in between hitting jumps athletes wereable to get
powder laps around the features. We bid farewell to the sun and putthe
wraps on the first of four park shoots. The best jump that we have
everbeen a part of was only hit for a few hours but thanks to Rage’s
most talentedcrew to date, we have bangers to share. Thanks again to
Brian, Chris, Junior,and the rest of the staff at Stevens for making
such a killer park for us. If you want to hit a dope park and ski super
fun terrain, Ski Steven's Pass.
Shasta Park Log
24th: Day 1: One day isn’t usually enoughtime between park shoots but
word is that the snow is melting in Shasta and thecrew is ready to work
on our tans. We arrive and get straight to work on aroller coaster box
of sorts. Gus once again puts a show on while Cosco showswhy he is so
well rounded. At Shasta it’s a different pace. More laid back andcasual
with a bunch of shoveling. After hitting the box we set in a rail
withthe expectation of hitting it the next day. With the return of
Spring weather an official start of theB-ball season began. Stand out
up incoming Rage basketball athletes includePoint Guard Derek Spong.
TheRookie team was no match for the veteran team anchored by Dylan
Natale andKyler Cooley.
April 25th: Day 2: With weather in the
60’s the crew woke up stoked to see thesun. A 45 foot gap with an up
hill knuckle was a bit sketchy to step to. Aftersome deliberation on
who was to hit it Mertion and Gus gave it a go. Afterabout 7 hours
everyone including, Devo, Gus, Mertion Dylan, Spong, Burton, and Wilson
bagged solid shots. Oh I also had a great conversation withIan Cosco on
the phone it goes as follows. “Hey Ian are you still on your way,” Ian
responds,” Wellkinda, I crossed the California border but they turned
me around.” “Why”, “WellI guess they don’t allow Ferrets in California,
So I have to drive back to Renoand drop little Weez with some friends,”
April 26th Day 3; We put the rail to rest
andquickly work on a Dub QP jib. The woods of Shasta hold some really
big andscenic trees first scoped by Pete Alport. We decided to once
again create atree jib focused on timing. After many tests for timing
two teams wereassembled to get the shot. Team A of Mertion and Devo,
and Team B of Dylan andKyler. The pressure was on as a hoop game was on
later the day. Without muchpractice both teams got the timing right and
another successful day was had.The only timing that was off that day
was Dylan’s broke ass jumper.
April 29th Day Day 4-5: The first
three days werethe exact opposite of Stevens. Each day was hotter then
the next with temps inthe 70’s. We were happy to have a few weather
days to treat our burned skin.The highlight of the weather day saw a
record movie performance entailing 6movies viewed, capped off with
Gremlins 2, Kyler’s Pic,.It was time to ski again. The last feature was
a dozzy thathad plenty of skepticism. We had a jungle gym of sorts with
a hip, snow wallride, butter box, jump feature. Richard Permin came
from Alaska to join the fun, and by the second day witnessing the 10th
rodeo off the wallride, I knew that Shasta was a complete success.
30th; As bad weather moved in, the crewdisbanded and headed to Squaw
for the third leg of the park tour. Once againShasta provided such a
fun atmosphere for a park shoot. Big Thanks go out to Tyand the Shasta
crew. If you ever get the chance, check out Shasta Ski Park next
winter. It is the mostlaid back and fun ski area out there.
Next update in a few days!