Hey all! Well it’s hard to believe it is that time of year again already. Snow will be flying soon and snow season will be in full swing. Wow does time fly!
Needless to say it has been a busy off season. Although I am not sure there is even any such thing anymore in my life. Seems like I am pretty much always on the go. This spring I was able to spend a good bit of time in Alaska and actually got to do some spring riding in the AK mountains. Frank Harris and Big Lake Polaris was kind enough to lend me a badass RMK Pro 800. Arctic Effex got it all wrapped up and looking mint and we were able to get some blue bird days filming in Turnagain Pass. It is some of the most amazing countryside in the world. Joe Wiegle from NSP was on hand to get some great footage and still pics. It’s a little like learning how to ride all over again. Figuring out what you can do and getting a little more comfortable and better each time I get on the sled. I even remembered how to crash! Haha! Really had a great time being a part again and fortunately since my legs don’t want to cooperate yet I get out of having to help shovel jumps! Ha! Really looking forward to getting a legit seat built for this upcoming season and really getting after it this winter.
With summer it always means Summer X Games. Usually it is a great weekend for us Winter X Athletes a chance to relax and watch someone else risk life and limb. No stress just good times. This year was no different. The SoCal weather was amazing as always and the events and after parties did not disappoint. Its amazing that every year the moto guys seem to continue to progress when progression seems fully impossible. Year after year someone does something gnarlier and crazier than the year before. Nothing but mad respect for all those guys. Of coarse the pool time and event parties are always a great time and its great to see all of my fellow Monster athletes both summer and winter crew. The Action Sports World truly is a small one. Needless to say Summer X was a total blast.
I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work quite a bit with Ekso Bionics and have been all over the country doing demos and walking all over! From coast to coast and back again. Been a traveling fool. Florida to California to Florida to Michigan to Maryland and on and on. I even had a chance to swing a golf club for the 1st time in years. Pretty amazing where the technology is headed. Hopefully some day this will help people in my position walk on a daily basis. Pretty exciting.
Summer has also brought a new event on to the scene. Terracross is up and running in full swing. June brought us to Elk River MN for the kick off of the Terracross Championship. Bristows Polaris was kind enough to hook up a new Polaris RZR 900 and with the help of WaldochCustoms get it dialed in with some Hand controls. Holy smokes what a blast!! Some of the most fun I have had in ages. I cant get over how well the Polaris RZR’s rip bone stock! Tons of power and the FOX Shox soak up the bumps like no other. Really impressive. The racing was tight and it really was a total blast. I am actually doing some of the commentating as well so doing double duty definitely keeps me busy! We are looking to put an actual “Handicapable” class together for some of the upcoming events and next year. I am super stoked to be a part of a cool new event series. Can’t wait for the next stop at Haydays in Sept!
Like always this upcoming season promises to be amazing. Definitely getting back on the saddle as far as riding and hoping to do some crazy things on a sled that haven’t been done before. Guess some things never change. Haydays is the next big event on deck and if you don’t have plans to be there I suggest you change that. This year will be amazing and as entertaining as always. Definitely a do not miss. Make sure you check out the new foundation website, PT11.com, when you have a free second for updates and remember that any donation helps spinal cord injured athletes get back doing the things we love to do!
Until next time,