‘Okay, on three we go at the exact same time.’ “Right before the second pole?” ‘Yeah I’m thinking right beside that tree’ Our hearts race as we both go silent. ‘Okay. One, two, THREE!’
And in that moment I felt free. For one-second I was floating mid air. Halfway between the lift-chair and the ground below. Unsure of what was to come; Unsure of our safety, yet peaceful. For that split second I found a calmness in the chaos. A smile began to form, then ‘BOOF!’, I made contact with the soft ground below. Hysterical laughter overcame me as I quickly scrambled out of the powder and over to the other side of the knoll. Being outside the first ten chairs, we compensated by taking the early exit. Avoiding a few pole lengths and a traverse, we had done it! Standing on top of the Garbo lift line staring downhill in amazement. Not a single track was there to take away from it’s natural beauty. We were free to carve our signatures into the fall line.
Just another day in the life, or a lap in the life, and this life is paradise! Since the last time I wrote to you guys a lot has happened. The mountains are in full swing, and unlike the rest of the world, whistler has been doing pretty well for snowfall this season. I’ve met many new friends, and have become closer to the ones I already had. At no point in my life have I had this many positive influences. I’m surrounded by knowledge. Every day on the mountain, class is in session. There is so much to learn from locals who have been riding here for decades. I am really grateful for these opportunities I’m given to further my knowledge. I’m having many years of experience through multiple perspectives just handed to me. Without these guys, my knowledge and understanding of the mountain, of riding, technique, and of snowboarding, would not be where it is today.
Like any season I’ve had a few ups and downs. From my perspective I’m definitely on the ‘ups’ side though. I’ve had a few injuries, mostly minor, and one that has made me decide to always wear my helmet. But I believe some things that happen now are to prevent more major things in the future. Even with the forced time off my day count is now above fifty. I also entered in a ‘King of the Rail’ contest a few weeks back and ended up winning the men’s division. Still pretty stoked on that. Competing in Whistler isn’t a walk in the park. The sport is booming here, and everyone is so talented. Props to all my friends who are out there hucking themselves daily. The future of our sport is looking stronger every season.
I now have a few contests in my sights. They’re taking place over the next month or so. I harbour a lot of goals when it comes to snowboarding, and a lot of expectations that don’t have to be met. I often find my self soul carving the days away. Whether with friends or not, I’m always hiking out to get a few more turns in. I feel this pull away from the park. It’s like I can sense the fresh snow, or even hear it whispering out to me. Who could resist that? But getting myself back on track over the coming weeks would be a responsible choice. It’s nice going into a contest with your run already planned out. Then it becomes just another day in the park. As fun as improvising is, there’s a lack of consistency. I remember reading a motocross magazine back when I was young. There were words that stuck with me to this day. “The race isn’t won on Saturday(Race day), it is won the Sunday before.” I’m starting to apply this mentality to snowboarding, it takes away that edge of uncertainty. It also allows you to loosen up and have a little more fun in the ‘serious’ environment that competing is.
With Competitions and snowboarding aside, life is just an adventure. We are all just striving for knowledge and understanding. Some of us have found interest in these sports or hobbies and realized that they can serve as a tool to obtain what we search for. Snowboarding for me is a great reason to get up early, to eat healthy, exercise, to learn things about myself and my surroundings, and to be strict with my daily lifestyle choices. Maybe without it I wouldn’t be as attuned to mature into the person I really aim to be. Looking at my passion with this mindset seems to make the details melt away. It doesn’t matter if I podium my up coming contests, or if I land that trick I’ve been planning on learning. It doesn’t matter if I get injured next week and have to take time off, all of these things are part of the sport and a part of life itself. Each event is just another lesson on the learning curve. When you have dedication to something you are passionate about, that thing will reward you time after time with opportunity. Opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding, and not just of your passion, but of life.
Sending love and good vibes out to all who have taken time to read my words.
My appreciation to you is endless.
Logan Ayren Farrow