Category Archives: Extreme sports

Ride Tips: Intro to off piste

John Jo from Rideclass Productions spent an hour at Treble Cone going through a couple of tips to work on feeling better in variable snow. Below is a 4 minute video… Have a fun last few weeks of the season! Visit Rookie Academy for more information.

Snowboard Improvement: Stance and Balance riding off piste. from Rookies on Vimeo.

Best day of the season!

Freshies were enjoyed on a bright Sunday at Treble Cone! With more snow on the forecast, it’s going to be an awesome last few weeks of the 2012 season.

<p><a href=”″>Best Day of 2012? Riders and Sliders last day.</a> from <a href=””>Treble Cone</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Jet Ski Endurance

On a stormy Saturday, I make my way out to Glendhu bay, Wanaka to support Mark Williams in his race. My day changed quickly when I accept the opportunity to race in a teams event with Garett Shore. Mark handed me my wetsuit and that’s when it hit me! I was about to race around a circuit through choppy water on a 260 horse power Kawasaki.
45 minutes of race time reaching speeds of 71mph (110kph) was one of the most unique work-outs I have ever had. Especially considering I have only really had about an hour or two experience on these things. We placed 2nd in the Teams event & 4th in the South Island!

Below is a video of the highlights from the day. Big Thank You to Mark Williams, Canterbury & Otago Jet Sports Club and Farnley Jet Skis, Christchurch for the whips.

Jet Ski Endurance Race, Wanaka from Richie Johnston on Vimeo.

10 months & 30 years

It was a little surreal attaching a Snow Park lift pass to my Mum’s snowboard jacket. Myself along with some of the Rookies were getting ready for a day of riding park, along with many pro riders warming up for a competition. Brook rode with the Rookie crew and it was really nice to shred with Mum for a day. How many can say that!?
30 years ago Mum and Dad celebrated bring me into the world! A little over 10 months Dad and I went through successful operations and recoveries from a Kidney transplant. So far so good! Below is a short video I made to say thanks to my Mum (and Dad) for everything they’ve done and said to bring me where I am today.

Thanks Mum! from Richie Johnston on Vimeo.

The New Zealand Snowboarder Banked Slalom

The most anticipated competition day of the season had arrived! Over 60 competitors enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at Treble Cone, which was a nice contrast to the gloomy days in previous seasons. As I left my group of Rookies I’d been training during the morning, I headed for Shooter to complete my first run. The top section rode well, however as I approached the 3rd to last gate my board dug itself into a rut and I crashed into the bank. My left shoulder took the impact and ended up tearing a ligament, my AC joint A disappointing first run with the chance of a redemption run not an option. The next few weeks will involve physio, patience, rest and strengthening. Onwards and upwards!

Watch the video below – At 3 minutes 57 seconds, John Jo from Ride Class Productions captured a section of my run.

New Zealand Snowboarder Magazine Banked Slalom from Treble Cone on Vimeo.

Treble Cone Opening Day 2012

Opening Day at Treble Cone 2012 is always a special time to ride, no matter the conditions. Gearing up and getting the legs back for the season ahead with Rookie Academy. Smiles all round!

2012 Opening Day! from Treble Cone on Vimeo.

Splitboarding in the Garden of Eden, NZ

Friend Colin Boyd and his take on Splitboarding in New Zealand’s Remote Southern Alps. Great photos showcasing some of the Alps epic terrain.

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Topo of the area

Day 4 in the Garden.  Photo: Shane Orchard

The 23rd October 2011 was a historic night for New Zealand.  But while nearly every kiwi throughout the world cheered the All Blacks on to win the Rugby World Cup Championship, eight of us watched lightening crack across the spring sky, reflecting off the surrounding mountaintops between thunderous booms.  The patter of precipitation was constant. Three days into a 5-day backcountry splitboard trip in the Southern Alps of NZ, we were camped on a little known glacier called “The Garden of Eden.”  John Pascoe, the man who bestowed such a fitting title, first laid eyes on it in the 1930’s, and has since been described as not a hospitable place to weather a storm.  Not heeding that advice, we found ourselves pinned down on the Garden of Eden, a place as epic as it sounds, in the…

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Enjoying the coastal life.

Colin, Warrick and I flew West, with the help of our pilot, Hugh. The plan was only to spend a couple of nights in a very cool place on the coast, however it turned into a week of excellent times. The King Tide and gnarly weather forced us to stay a few extra days… Cheers Warrick! Awesome.

Somewhere in Fiordland… from Richie Johnston on Vimeo.

Sister, Rose and her husband Jackson

My sister Rose her husband Jackson are not your typical couple who enjoy their mountain biking… Check out this little video I made of them enjoying some downhill tracks in Victoria Park, Christchurch two weeks ago.

Tandem Mountain Biking – Rose & Jackson Green from Richie Johnston on Vimeo.