TRIP: VOLCANIC VISIONS ON MT. SHASTA

February in California has not been one for the books when it comes to snowfall and bottomless pow days. While the North East has been buried in fluff all month, us Californians have been dealing with the complete opposite; high temps and corn snow. This ridge of high pressure has forced us to think outside the box about where and how to keep the dream alive! Luckily, we've had a solid crew of motivated boarders and everyone is antsy for adventure. 

A few hours North West of beautiful Lake Tahoe, lays a sleeping giant; the majestical Mt. Shasta. Shasta is an amazing volcano that sits in the boundaries of the Cascade Mountain Range. Taylor Carlton sparked an idea to venture north and rip around the rolling, wavey terrain that Shasta offers and with no fresh snow in sight, we jumped in our adventure mobiles and hit the open road. 

We spent three full days basking in the sunshine, ripping gullies apart, blasting off windlips; having ourselves a real good time. Sulfur surfing to the max. With more volcanos plastered up and down the West coast, Shasta has been our jumping off point for the discovery of new and unique terrain. Stay tuned for the Volcanic Visions flick!

Featuring:

Eric Messier, Gray Thompson, Taylor Carlton, Tucker Andrews, Alex Horgan, and Felix Mobarg

words & photos: GT


TRIP: POW SURF SAFARI

January 2015. A new year means new opportunity and our resolution is to take on adventure in any shape or form. What better a way to kick off the 2015 winter season than to hit the road for a bucket list adventure, heading North to Interior British Columbia, a powder-filled paradise destination that neither Eric nor myself have traveled to before. Our good friend and photographer Sean Kerrick Sullivan reached out to us with an invitation to join him and Jeremy Jensen on a 10 day Pow Surf Safari into the heart of the powder- holy land that is BC.

Jeremy, owner and operator of Grassroots Pow Surf- has been exploring this area for a few years now, riding terrain that compliments his beautifully hand made, binding-less powder surf boards. While Eric and I have merely dabbled with binding-less riding, we were honored to be invited, and ecstatic to get up there. We stuffed our gear into every nook and cranny available in my two seater Toyota Tacoma, loaded our snowmobile and set forth on a 20 hour drive from California, through Oregon and Washington, finally crossing into Canada.  

Enjoy these behind the scenes photos from the Pow Surf Safari and keep an eye out for the full story and short film.  -Gray