DANO Pendygrasse

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2010 Whistler opening day

Hi friends,

Snuck up to Whistler for opening day today. Harps from Monster and a couple of his good friends grabbed me and Smiley before the sun rose and we trucked it up. Made good time, hit the hill and managed to find most of the best snow on the mountain. Ran into a bunch of friends along the way. Opening day always has such a great vibe.

Here are some people I saw.

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smiley before dawn
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first view of the peak
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the posse
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looking back at Dave Murray rollers. They were good.
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DCP was there.
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So was Romain
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Picard wears this sweatshirt every opening day. It’s an autographed photo of him shredding. Awesome.
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Stubbs was up in it.
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Mike D has been skiing all week so opening day is no big deal for him...
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Rencz and J-Bone at Dusty’s
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wings
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Browner and Craven working on their mustaches.
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Then Browner grabbed my camera and took this gem!
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Jumping through hoops for the Olympics.

All last year my friend Shin would disappear now and again for a secret project that he was working on. I didn't think too much about it until we started getting closer to the Olympics and the rumours started flying about a crazy ramp being built in BC place for the opening ceremonies. Right around that time I noticed that Shin was making a lot of trips to the city. And then My friend Johnny sorta disappeared from the twittershpere. Hmmm, something was going on.

Well secrets don't stay secret very long in the snowboard community, so by the time I attended the Opening Ceremony rehearsal I already knew that Shin and Johnny were going to be jumping through the Olympic Rings as part of the ceremony. What I didn't know was that the whole stunt would be preceded by a couple minutes of really well filmed freeriding shot last year, and that the jump was going to kick off the whole Olympics! Damn!

I wish I had a chance to see Shin hit the jump in the first rehearsal but it was amazing to watch Johnny stomp his indy on the sketchiest carpet and airbag landing. As the story now goes, the decision came down to a coin flip. I'm stoked to have known and shot these guys for years and glad that they had such a positive influence on the way snowboarding was portrayed to the world. Shin has said that the producers were really open to their input and made sure that snowboarders wouldn't be bummed on yet another misguided "hollywood" attempt at portraying us.

Here are some shots of the boys over the years.
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Johnny Lyall on a Whistler kink rail
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Johnny Lyall on a Whistler Backcountry booter.
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Shin at Whistler last season
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Shin Campos from the deep winter contest in 2008
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Shin Campos on Whistler last season.
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