So, I just got back from Hood River, Oregon. I was there for a week doing a photo shoot for BEST Kiteboarding and then hung out for the 2010 AWSI Kiteboarding Expo. It was my first time in the Hood and that spot completely lived up to the hype. Amazing scenery, awesome people, great vibe!
I was lucky enough to shoot with one of the best photographers in the industry, Gavin Butler. Here’s fellow team rider Joe Ruscito, Gavin, Jake and I discussing the plan for the day… GET SHOTS!
After a late night airport pickup to grab fellow REAL Team Rider, Jason Slezak, and a night on the town in Portland with the Liquid Force crew, we woke up early to find the river glass’d off!! After a couple cups of coffee we managed to get the crew together and put the boat in the water for an amazing wake session. It was my first time behind a “legit” wake boat and after a couple warm up runs I felt pretty good and was able to land a few solid rotations and invert tricks.
On a light wind day, Joe, Gavin, Kristin and I headed out to do some lifestyle shots on the cliffs over the Gorge.
It wouldn’t have been an industry Expo without a few solid parties! Here’s the BEST crew at the Liquid Force/Monster Energy birthday bash for SBC Magazines 10th Anniversary.
Ahhh, the real girls of BEST! I had a great time riding, shooting and hanging out with 9-time World Champion Kristin Boese. I learned a ton from her during the week and was stoked to get to work with a legend!