back in the park

So even though I have to try and get shots for my film project, I still need to spend time in the park and get my tricks back to where they were before surgery. I feel like I am progressing really fast and have most of my jumps tricks back. I definitely haven’t done them all but I am feeling great on my ski’s and I think the hardest thing to get back after knee surgery is confidence, something I am working hard on getting back.

Two days ago, on Sunday, it was a bluebird day in the park. It’s mid winter here in Australia and I swear it felt like spring. It was warm and slushy and the jumps were epic. Granted they are not the biggest jumps but they are great for me to get back on my feet. I have just been trying to spin in both directions as much as I possible can, and eventually that led me to the decision that I should try a rightside double cork 1260. Even though the jump I did it on is only about 40 – 45ft, it still seemed like a great plan.

I’m pretty sure under flip 540 Stale is one of the most fun tricks you can do :)

I tried two of them, the first one was the right rotation but I slightly under rotated and landed on my side which made me slide out. The 2nd one I took a bit more speed and it felt absolutely normal. I was super scared to try this trick because it was the trick the tore my left ACL.

It definitely feels good to be getting my confidence back and to be doing so many of my tricks again!

Cork 3 hand drag on the rainbow rail. I over shot this on my first attempt and probably went about 60ft to flat haha. Good to know the knees work ;)

Today is a day off and the perfect time to start planning some more shoots and send some emails!

Over and out

//Russ

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My Back Yard

Since the last post I have been busy busy busy. As some of you may already know, since you follow me on my other social media accounts, I have been given the opportunity, thanks to Redbull Australia, to film a small mini movie about skiing in Australia. We have decided to call it ”My Backyard”.

I have wanted to do something like this for years but because of one reason or another, it could never happen. I am so stoked to finally have it happen and I cant wait to show you guys the finished product.

Obviously I would love to keep post’s flowing on my website, but it becomes tough when I spend 8h a day on the hill shoveling/shooting a feature. I want to keep the features relatively secret so that when the movie comes out, everyone is surprised :)

A sneak peak of one of the features we built and hit!

Heading back up the hill today for some more scouting for features I would love to do.

Over and out,

//Russ

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park park park

Since the last post, I have had another two days in the park, and I am pretty sure they have been the best two park days I have had this season. Sunday was the last day in the park before the rebuild and it was super fun. Because of all the snow we have had this season, a lot of the features had gotten a lot smaller. This meant everything was mini shred and super fun.

Then on Sunday night the park was rebuilt and we awoke on Monday to 3 super fun jumps in the park. I had only hit small jumps this season and the bottom jump was rebuilt to 50ft. Definitely not the biggest jump I have hit but it was big enough for me to get my feet back and try some tricks. I am 17 weeks post surgery and I managed to do my first double corks yesterday. If you had of asked me if I would have been doing tricks like this 17 weeks ago I probably would have said ” No way” and laughed. Its crazy how fast I am progressing and I am so stoked on the decision I made to have this type of surgery :)

This is what the park looked like on Sunday. It was so much fun :)

The new gap rail is pretty fun!

I am super stoked on the progression I am making and I cant wait to get back in the park! I am absolutely loving skiing right now.

Over and out,

//Russ

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Pow and park

Sorry for the lack of post’s. Since my last post, my computer charger decided to die and I have only just got a new one, which means now I can get back on top of my blogging.

The last few days have been epic becauseI have been skiing a lot. I had a few more days in the park and worked on my rail skills. Jumping with my knees feel’s fine, but on rails they still feel a little sluggish. So I have been trying to ski rails as much as possible to try and get them back to normal. I am slowly but surely starting to get my tricks back as well which is super fun. It’s like I am learning all these tricks all over again because its been so long since I did them :)

I forgot how fun flat spins are :)

Gap 270 on one of perishers new rails

Today was a little different then the last 3 or 4, instead of waking up and grabbing my park skis, I grabbed my fat skis to go ski some pow. This winter just keeps on giving and I don’t think anyone is complaining. I had the best time ripping around the resort with Dhanu and Scott. I know I keep saying it, but having my legs fixed, and being able to rip around with no hesitation, feels absolutely amazing!

I’m lovingr my Volkl One’s. The perfect ski for Australian pow!

Since I just got of the hill, I think I am going to have a stretch and the pass out.

Over and out,

Russ

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jumping

This last Tuesday I had a full day of jumping in the park. I started off slow and took it relatively easy with the tricks I was doing. I did a lot of 360s and 540s but towards the end of the day I was doing switch 540s and even a couple of cork 7′s. I know it sounds silly because these are tricks I have done a million times, but I don’t think I have ever been so stoked to land these tricks!

I know I keep saying it, but my knees feel amazing. I haven’t had any swelling after skiing and I am not getting any instability while skiing. The first time I had surgery my knee was swelling quite a bit after skiing so for me to not be swelling after skiing now is amazing. My legs are starting to get really tired though, because I have skied the last 10 days in a row, lucky I have a day off coming up soon ;)

Switch 5 japan

Switch 7 critical

Cork 5 tail

Then yesterday was Laura’s birthday and it was one of the funniest days I have ever had on the hill. Laura, Emma, Zac and I all hired snowblades and cruised around having fun. As much fun as the snowblades were, I think ill stick to skiing ;)

Emma and Laura sliding the fat flat box

Yours truly hitting the jump on my blades. It was so much fun!

Heading back up to perisher today to ski some more park. Fingers crossed for some more good weather!

//Russ

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