DANO Pendygrasse

odds and ends from an unusual life

Thanks very much

I need to say some thank you's before I move on from the Grenade Games stuff and get back to our regular programming.

This was a new stage in my career, I went from simply being a photographer covering events to running a team of people to cover GG5. Before it started none of us had worked as a team, so to have been as successful as we were was a testament to hard work and good luck combined with a bunch of solid groundwork.

Jay Vaillancourt built and maintained our site with little direction and a healthy dose of self motivation. Jay takes what you think about Web geeks and throws it out the window. He is straight metal and an intimidating looking dude, but don't be afraid, he rolls with the punches (and drunk dudes knocking on his door at 3AM) and keeps everything running. Couldn't have done it without him. Thank you.

Damon Pyett from Coastal Riders is a freak of nature. He brought together a crew of fimers who, if they walked into a meeting you might laugh out of the place, but then you'd be an idiot. Jeff Keenan, Matt Standish, and Mike Fikowski worked their asses off shooting pretty much around the clock to get our edits up faster than people could believe. We set out to raise the bar and we did because of these guys. Thank you.

In front of the camera and keeping busy behind the scenes as well, Joanna Majcherkiewicz, came into our team as a sort of floating media expert but quickly found her role. She was tireless, fearless, hilarious, and pro in the face of a daunting schedule and a generally crazy scene. I still can't pronounce her last name, but I sure know how to say thanks. Thank you.

Russell Dalby has been shooting events for Monster for a long time, but this time he truly upped his game. His shots from the Poker Final Table really stand out to me. The fact that he managed to stay mostly sober this whole week totally amazes me. Most of the photos you see on the web were taken by Russell and he deserves high praise. Thank you.

We also got some filming from Rob Picard although he wisely kept his distance from the mad media room most of the week. Thanks Rob.

The Canadian Monster team is the best group of people to work with in the game. They are patient, persistent and resilient. They also brought the soul back to an event that badly needed it. Anyone who doubts their commitment to making action sports a better place is way out of line. In it for the right reasons. Libby Everest is strength personified. She takes no shit, makes no excuses and is completely on point. Friend crush. Nelson Phillips is a visionary dude, make no mistake. He saw the writing on the wall for the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival and set out to do nothing short of remake it. Mission accomplished. Thank you for getting me involved.

Dave Phillips and Paul Rak are the boots on the ground and I often think that they work harder than anyone. They also play harder. Honorable mention goes to Brad Broughton who was right there with them almost every step of the way. So were Amy Huddle and Lindy Thomson who made sure so many things were taken care of, and always with a smile. Thank you all.

I'm really impressed with Danny Kass and Kevin Casillo from Grenade. They decided to take the Grenade Games bigger and international this year, and they trusted us to do it up right. They were nothing but gracious and grateful and it made dealing with them and fulfilling their vision really painless. I've worked with so many prima donna pro snowboarders before, and to deal with someone who is at the top of the game but still does it for all the right reasons is truly encouraging. Kevin is like some kind of soul mate from across the continent. Instant friends, intelligent conversations way into the night, awesome. As the week wore on and I got stuck in the media world more, I didn't get to spend as much time with them, but still, we had a great week.

I've saved the best for last. Nobody put in more hours or worked harder than Clayton Larsen from Sandbox. He is the amazing editor that put together all the videos. He brought good ideas and great technical skill to the table, did revisions quickly and without complaint, and worked just an unbelievable amount. You can see that he has gained a ton of experience in the Sandbox camp, and he's clearly unflappable. Clayton man, you get the biggest THANK YOU of the week.

Around this time last year I was writing this. The most important line of that was "Put the snowboard back into the "ski and snowboard festival". I challenge the organizers of the WSSF to make this festival into a legitimate part of the contest scene, and to bring us back some credibility, not just the hotel visits."

What do you have to say? Did we do it?


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Joanna M and Damon. Can I get you some sunscreen Damon? Joanna M photo.
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Dalby always looks like this in photos.
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Biggest Canucks fan ever? Possibly. Nelson Phillips is the captain of the ship. Don't kiss any pigs in Mexico.
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Radical dude. Just ask his ass. My favourite grenerd Kevin Casillo and me at Sushi Village.
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Libby and Jay at Sushi Village. Jay is the man.
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Friends. Libby and me at the skate jam
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And this drink means it's over. Oh wait, Danny just bought a round of shots? Oh shit.
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Grenade Games day 5 and all the crazy video movies...

I'm poking my head out to say hi to everyone. The Grenade Games are a rolling ball of madness and destruction. The parties every night and the hilarious events are way beyond what my fragile soul was prepared for but I like to think I'm rallying to the cause. My liver hasn't taken this kind of abuse in years.

The halfpipe finals are on now, I'm uploading photos from the rock party last night that SBC and Monster threw. The video is going to be as hilarious as the Grenade Games opening night at sushi village video. You can see all of em here.

Wish me luck. In 48 hours it will all be over.

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John, Scott and Mat rock out.
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Aliens are real.
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My favourite hair metal rocker of the week
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The dancefloor was madness. Especially for Slayer, Angel of Death.

Monster Grenade Games 5 - Day 4 from monster dano on Vimeo.

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Grenade Games updates

What an insane week this has been so far. This basically the first time I've had a second to pause and update here since I've been doing all my updates over at the Monster Site. (blog, galleries, video) The Grenade Games started off with a bang and they have been loads and loads of fun. The moguls are going on right now, and unfortunately we went from sunny slush yesterday to cold overnight, so it's hard as a rock up there. Luckily the weather is going to get back to warm and sunny soon.

Here is a video from the opening party. We're doing tons of posts so if you want to know what's happening in Whistler this week check it out. I'm a twittering little fool too, so if you need instant updates you can follow me @dspphoto.


Grenade Games 5 - Night 1 from monster dano on Vimeo.

I can't give you guys any promises about updates for the rest of the week so drop by the Monster site if you are into that sort of thing.

D.
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Grenade Games 5 is on

Registration day. Grenade Games 5 is on!

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Westbeach Heritage video number one is alive!

The first of several videos for the Westbeach Heritage Project is up. It's essentially a teaser for what is to come. It's fun for me to see so much of the work that I've done over the last year put together in video form. We hired Lenny Rubenovitch to produce the series and I think he's done a really great job. Check it out:


The Heritage Teaser from Lenny Rubenovitch on Vimeo.

While you're in Whistler for the Grenade Games you should check out the "State of the Art" show at the Whistler Conference Center. Westbeach has a heritage display there featuring a bunch of my old shots and best of all, the Classic Westbeach video "Virus" is playing. Watch all the way through for one of the few video parts I ever had as a sponsored shredder. I laughed my ass off when I watched it there, it's been 15 years since I've seen it.

Speaking of the
Grenade Games, the riders are starting to show up already and Monster's takeover of the Adara hotel is almost complete. More green M's than you can shake a dead cat at. Come on up and check it out!

d.
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Sarah Conrad and Grenade Games

I was shooting with the WVSC today in the Blackcomb pipe and met our Canadian National Halfpipe Champion, Sarah Conrad. She's really nice and she threw down for my camera for awhile. Here is a sweet Japan to fakie. As we get closer to the Olympics I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot more of her name.

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Throws down...
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and super pretty. This girl has a future.

We're charging into the Grenade Games now and soon I'll be blogging on a different site for he duration of the event. I'll post a link when it goes live.

Cheers,

D.



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crash

Earlier this week I drove to Whistler early one morning to shoot some park. You can watch a video of that day here. On the way up, past Squamish, in the Cheakamus canyon I was the 4th or 5th vehicle at an accident scene. As I dove up I saw the highway was blocked by a pickup truck that had been dumped on its cab. Two people were taking the driver out and then took her (I think) to the barrier where they were attending to her. She walked away from this.

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Motorists attend to the victim of an early morning accident on Highway 99 north of Squamish, April 7, 2009.

She was taken care of and I was late, so after I saw that I couldn't be of any assistance I drove on. I called it in to Mountain FM, so if you were listening to the radio on Tuesday you might have heard Dano.

Drive safe.
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Park photos from blackcomb, video.

Yesterday I shot photos in the Blackcomb Terrain Park. It was sunny, hot as heck and super, super fun. Mark Gribbon assisted, he's awesome. Rob Picard from the WVSC came along and shot video and then stayed up late putting it together. That was super nice of him and because of his hard work now you can watch a day at work with Dano. You'll have to wait for the photos until after Whistler/Blackcomb gets to see them.

Thanks to Dan Stubbs, Robjn Taylor and Mark Sollors who hiked a lot for me.

Enjoy Quicktime:


Or Youtube:

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Brian Savard


Snowboarding is timeless.


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Quiksilver Showdown over the city

A couple shots from last Saturday at Grouse Mountain. Despite the fog I had a lot of fun shooting. Thanks to Jeff Silcock from Grouse for hooking me up.

I'm still really busy with too many projects and dealing with my truck. Sorry I don't have more to say today.

Grenade Games are coming soon and registration is open now right here. It's only open till the 8th so get on it!

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This kid had sweet tailslides through the kink. He and his friend never stopped hitting it all day. I love it when kids are stoked on shredding.
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seb toots won it
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ridiculous style
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Atsushi came third.
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belzile at the end of the day in the skyride.
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Life Photos, Snowboarding, and other stuff.

Just after I started writing this blog I got a call fro the New Westminster police to tell me that my truck had been recovered, a week to the day since it was stolen from in front of my building. There is some damage but it looks like I will be getting it back. It remains to be seen how long that will take and what condition it will be in. Of course my sled is gone. I'm going to have to eat that loss and it completely sucks. If anybody is looking at a really good deal on a 2007 skidoo summit 600, please take a close look at the VIN and give me a call or drop me a line.

I shot a couple things over the weekend including the Showdown over the City and was going to show some photos but I suddenly don't care that much. Instead I'll show you this:



Life magazine is allowing bloggers and non-commercial web folks to use images from their archives free of charge, a very interesting move.
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