Surfing on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington in August

I bought a new DJI Mavic Pro a week back and headed to the coast to see what kind of shots I could come up with. I always love surfing on the reservation run by the Makah tribe. They are welcoming of surfers. Last weekend I actually participated in Warm Currents, teaching local kids on the reservation to surf.

Saturday the waves were tiny. We got the David’s Prism Kite out in the morning for some flying while we waited for the waves to pick up. This was my first flying the Mavic. I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth it flew. It’s stability, even in wind, is mind boggling.

Saturday night we were greeted by a bit of rain. We got food in town to pass the time. By morning the rain had stopped and we were rewarded with good surf. Only those who stuck around reaped the rewards.

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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!

Seattle 48 Hour Film Festival

I spent this past weekend with a crew of 55 volunteers making a short film, 7 minutes in duration, for the Seattle 48 Hour Film Festival. This film was created under the direction of the talented Ben Strickland of Tricky Whiskey Films. It was my first time doing the 48 Hour Film Fest. It was a great experience seeing what a large group of volunteers, industry pros and amateurs, can come together and make in 2 LONG days.

2016 Seattle 48 Hour Film Festival - "pew pew"

We shot at a private airfield in Monroe, WA.

2016 Seattle 48 Hour Film Festival - "pew pew"

We got our shot of a plane riding into the sunset and a van following shortly behind with gunfire.

2016 Seattle 48 Hour Film Festival - "pew pew"

We had great talent thanks to all the individuals who helped plan the film.

If you’d like to see the film, come next week to SIFF at the Uptown, Tuesday, July 26th, 2016. You can buy tickets online. Be sure to buy tickets for the 9pm showing for Group D if you want to see our film “pew pew”.

View more behind the scenes photos here.

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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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Splitboarding Near Rock Mountain

Last Friday, February 28th, 2014 we set out on a splitboard tour up Rock Mountain off US2 in Washington. This was a first attempt for the #magicblack #peakoftheweek crew. The tour began with some mellow switchbacks, as most tours often do. After about 3 switchbacks we began a steep accent up a ridge near the middle basin of Rock Mountain. We observed a several wet slides that had happened within the last day or so. We kept as close to tree lines as we could, trying to avoid the wide open, steep faces. I’m not quite sure what came over me, but I blazed the steepest skin track I’ve been on to date.

Rock Mountain Tour - 02.28.2014

With hearts beating fast and breaths deep, we reached the top. The warm snow was quickly cooled as we lost daylight and winds picked up on the ridge we just ascended on. Selfies and beers were had before we suited up for a fun decent. The snow for about the first 2,000 yards was crusty on top, hard to make turns in, but seemed very stable. Once we got back to the steep open faces, the crust layer softened and the turns got way more enjoyable.

Rock Mountain Tour - 02.28.2014

Overall it was a great tour. Next time we have to arrive earlier at the trailhead if we want to make it all the way to Rock Mountain… we have our eye set on you buddy 😉

Rock Mountain Tour - 02.28.2014

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

Penumbra Beer Bash

The first Penumbra Beer Bash was amazing. Everything went smooth. The beer flowed like a river of deliciousness and the bands were entertaining to say the least. I produced a video from the event. I hope you enjoy.

Music: “Haunt Me” by Prism Tats

We get sleepy in the winter. It is dark and cold and wet. We see less shows, see less of our friends, and conserve energy to use in those far-distant five days of summer. To hell with all that! Let’s get drunk on good beer, dance to awesome music and celebrate the LAST WEEKEND of Winter in Seattle at a crazy underground events space strategically located right behind Mt. Baker Light rail.