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.
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 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.
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.