A Deep, Snowy Winter in the Northwest

It has been a great winter of cool temps here in the Pacific Northwest. It all got started in early December. The snow and cool temps have been really consistent. From resort riding to backcountry travels, the fun has not stopped.

I rode Mt. Baker the first Sunday it opened. We had great snow, but it came with low visibility.

We rode Stevens Pass the day they opened the backside up for the first time of the season. My camera was dead before 1pm when it opened. Maybe some things are better left undocumented, left to our memories.

Alpental opening day, like the others, did not disappoint. We ended up getting first tracks down International. Again, undocumented.

And then there’s touring. Here are some photos and video from our tour out Commonwealth Basin across from Snoqualmie West.

Tour up Commonwealth Basin

Tour up Commonwealth Basin

Tour up Commonwealth Basin

Tour up Commonwealth Basin

Tour up Commonwealth Basin

Tour up Commonwealth Basin

Hope your’e finding time to enjoy the snow!

Learning to Surf on a Longboard

I picked up surfing about 4 years ago. When I first started I was on a “fun board”, a 7’4″ Ocean Pulse. I quickly went from that surfing Lib Tech shortboards about 6’4″ or less while working at Mervin Manufacturing. Surfing wasn’t really an option for me growing up in the Milwaukee, WI area. At the time I didn’t find paddling out with icicles on my face appealing.

This summer I got a longboard from Murdey Surfboards. Dan Murdey was awesome to work with on the board and gave all the right recommendations. Dan glassed for Gerry Lopez for about 15 years and now does all his own shaping, tinting and glassing. I’ve been riding my Bells & Whistles nose rider for most of the summer and it’s been a blast. I’m just now starting to try to learn to cross step. Check out the video below from last weekend in Westport, WA.

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Splitboarding The Slot Couloir on Snoqualmie Mountain

March 21st, 2014 the #peakoftheweek crew decided it was great conditions to tackle The Slot Couloir on Snoqualmie Mountain. We woke up early trying to beat as much sun as we could on the skin up. The conditions could not have been better. There seemed to have been a group that toured either earlier that morning or the day prior that got tracks before us, but throughout the whole day we saw no one. It was perfect and exactly what us office warriors needed. After a day of great pow turns in the sun, we headed for the best corn dogs on this earth. They were even better after a great day of touring. Hope you enjoy.

Filming: Brian Behrens & Shawn Bishop
Editing: Brian Behrens
Music: Mungo Jerry – “In The Summertime”
Recorded with GoPro Hero 3 + Black Edition

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Lunch stop

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Looking back up

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Exit notch

Crossing the South Fork

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To Wild Waves and Beyond!

30 years into my life and an unforgettable 3 of them spent with Amanda, I still love the feeling of being a kid. Amanda has brought me great happiness and what better way to celebrate each other and the end of summer than a trip to Wild Waves! I love this girl with all my heart. Amanda, let’s grow young together.

Music: Chvrches – “Lungs”
Filming: Brian Behrens and Amanda Krutenat
Editing: Brian Behrens
Recorded with my GoPro Hero3 Black Edition
Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro

Skydiving with Friends for my 30th Birthday

I decided what better way to go into my 30s than jumping out of a plane. After discovering Amanda and some daredevil friends wanted to join, we possied up for some debauchery at Skydive Snohomish. Our jump on my actual day of birth was canceled due to rain/overcast, but we got to go the following week. It was a great experience, and I’d recommend it to anyone interested. I hope you enjoy the video.

Filming: Brian Behrens and the crazy sky gods at Skydive Snohomish
Editing: Brian Behrens
Music: MGMT – “Alien Days”

Recorded with GoPro Hero3 Black Editions

Whidbey Island

I went to Whidbey Island for the Memorial Day weekend. This was my first time on Whidbey and it was quite enjoyable, even with the rain.

The weekend started out right with an epic surf day at Westport. Rob and I enjoyed beers on the rocks after our morning session. I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable on my board.

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We departed on the Mukilteo ferry late Friday evening after surfing for the day at Westport. By doing so, we avoided the huge ferry lines. Shane’s beard got some photo love with the beautiful horizon beyond.

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The ferry ride is quite short. Arriving in Whidbey Island the surrounding terminal area seems much more chill than that of the San Juan island ferries. Whidbey doesn’t seem to be as touristy as the San Juan’s or even Bainbridge.

We spent the weekend at our friend’s parents place. They recently purchased it and moved to Whidbey. The land had a horse farm among other small animals. We shot BB guns, went clamming, full dipped in the hot tub, drank many beers and cooked a lot of food.

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We also spent some time checking out Fort Casey. This was a first for me, but as I’m told, many people who grew up in Seattle took several school trips there. There are stunning views of the Puget Sound from all over Fort Casey. While enjoying the views you can hear the children screaming from the halls of the dark, abandoned Fort.

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Whidbey Island, thanks. It’s been real.

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