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New Zealand snowboarding by Andy C and Sam David Smith – Always On The Run

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always on the run, aotr, aotr clothing, snowboardingSight for sore eyes, Mt Ruapehu looking amazing after 3.5hrs in the car. Photo – Sam David Smith

Loading up the car at 4am with our breath floating through unusually calm Wellington morning air, double checking a third time that all boots, passes, goggles and boards are in, there’s a sense that its gonna be another unforgettable day. The 344km drive from Wellington to Turoa is absolutely beautiful with pink and golden clouds of the sunrise filling the sky as you wind your way up the coast and through the country side till finally the volcanic mountain makes its magnificent first appearance. For a small crew of Wellington shredders, Tuesday day missions are a weekly passion.

 always on the run, aotr, aotr clothing, snowboarding

Spectacular sunrise through the North Island. Photo – Sam David Smith

always on the run, aotr, aotr clothing, snowboarding

Andy C gearing up. Photo – Sam David Smith

Excitement exits the car with the boys as boots are laced and final thanks are given to God for the overnight dusting of fresh snow and the good times to come. As ‘Weekend Warriors’ only riding one day a week after a 4hr drive to the snow, we quickly make the most of whats on offer. With no park set up due to a re build, we have fun on early season terrain with plenty of wind lips and rocks to pop off.

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Jadon McConnell and Andy C finding the goods! Photo – Sam David Smith

Now warmed up and the easy access to freshies getting tracked, we make the decision to hike to the crater to explore new terrain and get some fresh tracks. Once at the top we are met by stunning views of the crater lake with steam and snow blowing across the surface and icy cliff faces captivating our creativity. Clear skies provide views of Mt Taranaki with low cloud lapping the foot hills like the ocean. A snack at the summit is always welcome and then we’re straight into it!

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Andy C getting pitted in the white room. Photo- Sam David Smith

always on the run, aotr, aotr clothing, snowboarding

Andy C taking in the views at the crater lake. Photo – Sam David Smith

Snow conditions are in our favor with dry and light pockets allowing us to get in the white room every turn. We drop down over the ridge into a bowl which beauty is astounding. Greeting us is a couple of fun 20ft rock drops, which calls our name. But the lure of laying out fresh lines was too enticing to pass up and we were back into shredding. Snow coverage was pretty wind affected with real nice pockets of powder, still with rocks that needed to be avoided and ice patches that kept us on our toes.
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Andy C poking out an indy. Photo – Sam David Smith
always on the run, aotr, aotr clothing, snowboarding
Underflip 5 off a nice natural wind lip. Rider – Andy C. Photo – Sam David Smith
Having to take our boards off, we hike back over rocks to get back into the ski area and make haste to the lifts for a few extra laps. Finding a natural wind lip with Mt Tarinaki in the background we ride in a takeoff for a fun hit to finish out the day. We ease into Ohakune and enjoy a soak in the spa pool before making the 344km trip back home. Excited and already looking forward to the adventure each and every Tuesday. Be always on the run.
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Sunset after an epic days shredding. Photo – Sam David Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

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