Testing out the Mavic Pro Drone at Westport

I brought my drone out last weekend to Westport, Washington. By the time I took it up flying the winds had turned on shore but the waves were relatively good still. It was too good in the morning to be filming and not surfing. I’ll be filming with this more hopefully as we move into fall.

Lords of Seatown – 5th Annual Skateboarding Event

I headed on my bike over to the Marginal Way Skatepark event, Lords of Seatown. After a short ride over the West Seattle bridge I arrived at the event late afternoon just in time for the Men’s finals. The competition was stiff. Zion O’Friel was putting down some heavy lines in competition with Phil Hansen and the rest of the men in the finals.

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There were fun side sessions going on throughout the day. In particular there was some serious skating going down in the “newer” pool area. Kyle Ward and Zion were especially fun to watch grind down some pool coping. In the end the event raised $4,208 for the park and brought the 5 year fund-raising total to just over $20,000. Pretty awesome.

On my bike ride home I took the drone up for a shot of the Port of Seattle.

Port of Seattle

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