Monday, March 15, 2010

I always tell myself...

everything happens for a reason. So when I get hurt and have to miss an important competition for the second time in a row, it all happened for some reason- maybe I would have hurt myself more there, or maybe I will never know the reason...but I will only gain experience and knowledge and hopefully it won't ever happen again. Graham Banks looked at it as paying your dues, so they don't keep filling up the balloon which will eventually pop. I thought that was a funny way of looking at it. Rob Macfarlane looked at it as the better you get the harder you're going to fall. I totally agree. There's tons of risk at the pro level of competition, and that's why they get compensated so much. I must say I was pretty intimidated by this down rail with a "donkey dick" (2 ft flat) in the middle of a 18 set of stairs. This was the first year for me at the Ride Shakedown, which was held in the U.S. for the first time, in Snoqualmie, WA. I got to hit the spool bonk once and the down rail once before I wrecked myself and dislocated my elbow. I was devastated and knew exactly what happened and that I had to go to the hospital to get it popped back into place. I've witnessed a few being popped back in, and I was not looking forward to it. I knew it wasn't the worse thing that could've happened, but I was so sad because I had a pretty good chance at winning. Hana Beaman took 2nd and Megan Ginter took 1st with backside 360's. I knew I could've thrown a cab 540, and I wanted to try my backside 720. Who knows why I was meant to be standing and watching rather than throwing down some tricks, but I hope it was a good reason. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Billabong Flaunt It @ Sierra-at-Tahoe

Niki 2nd, Lynn 1st, Jessika 3rd

Last weekend was a busy one for me and the Wasatch Project. Summer Fenton killed it in the Rev Tour Pipe comp and won by a mile. Sam Elliott came back from his shoulder surgery to win a rail jam in South Lake and got 3rd at the Trans Am at Northstar. I competed in the Billabong Flaunt It- an all girls slopestyle and rail jam. It was so much fun! We got free lunch and had a blast shredding with the ladies. I won the slopestyle with a cab 540 and backside 720. My teammate Jessika won best trick with her incredible misty flip 720. The rail jam, or "box" jam was fun and I ended up getting 3rd with my front blunt 270 out because they judged it as best trick. Besides winning $750 cash, a Dakine travel bag, Billabong outerwear and clothes, I won the gold Nixon watch that I had my heart set on.

Jessi Huege 5-0

Jessika Jenson Misty 720

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