Blog: September 2009

game on!

finally got my MRI results back. looking pretty good. little bit of damage, but most likely old stuff from a life of snowboarding. So aside from a few aches left over my ankle is pretty much good to go. getting back into my normal life. Lots of time in the gym these days. that didn't change much with the ankle. just changed what i could do.
Going surfing to check out how my ankle is gonna feel standing sideways and getting torqued on. then in october we're heading back down to NZ to ride some more. can't wait to ride again. so my life should get exciting again here.

Game on!

whew. MRI came back pretty good an my ankle has been getting way stronger since being home. So still some sore spots in there but its pretty much good to go. going surfing this week,


my grandfather first introduced me to woodworking, cause that's what he did in his spare time. And my dad taught me some more. And i love designing and building stuff.
It's a great way for me to get cheap furniture or do reno's on my little house.
So since i've been asked about it a fair bit recently i'm going to start posting some shots of some pieces i've made over the last few years.

logo for Kevin Sansalone at Sandbox Films

table i made for my friend's Cancer Fundraiser

pine and cedar shelves, with carved snowflakes

bar top made from salvaged fir, with cedar dovetail keys

fir/cedar rocking crib for my nephew, same piece of salvaged fir as the bar top

jewellery box for a present, made from reclaimed cedar

i hate hospitals!

Finally getting closer to knowing what i did to my ankle. I've had 3 rounds of xrays, a ct scan and a MRI. still waiting to hear on the MRI results but the CT scan came back good. I didn't crack any bones, which was a big concern with the mechanism of my injury. So, now waiting to hear if i bruised the bones, pulled any ligaments off the bone or just really super sprained it.

So lots of physio right now. i've gotten the OK to jump a little bit and ride my bike. My good mtn bike got stolen so i'm road riding on my very first mtn bike, which is 20 years old. Never thought i'd train for the olympics on it. it's got hockey tape holding the seat together, the bars, gouple gears don't work, seat doesn't stay straight, frame's a little bent. it's so sweet the thieves didn't dare take it when they took all the other bikes from my garage.

So if you're around squamish and see some dude with a fro, pedalling like crazy on an old fully rigid mtn bike, probably in sandals, that's probably me.
and if i'm screaming, it's cause the brakes hardly work on that bike.

nz photos.

Had to leave NZ and skip out on surfing the south island. one of our team physios basically told me to go home and get it checked out here. she knew i wouldn't take it easy while surfing. So i'm home now and the internet works so i can put up a bunch of photos from from my trip in NZ.

frends keir dillon, jack mitrani, danny davis, scotty lago and the head gre-nerd, danny kass

danny kass gets some interesting grenade logo placement on danny davis

shaun white, first hit first run 830am. cardrona

the famous "el gato loco",brad martin's mexican wrestling alter ego

perfect, peeling ankle high barrels lake tekapo. oh to be 2 inches tall!

the look out onto the canyon swing. soo much fun.

brad getting strapped in for his first bungy jump

brad, after watching the first person hit the canyon swing.

bob rae glacier

my kind of sign.

the hurt ankle brigade. me and luke mitrani up at the world cup finals

trennan paynter. trenn is coach of the cdn ski pipe team. aka coach to the stars (sarah burke, justin dorey and a whole slew of other ski pipe slayers)

the triple up birthday party (korey wright, myself and our MTV filmer tom). some of the team with party favours that tor (the danish coach) brought over.

me and the canadian girls.

i was expecting a little rock from the previous sign. not something the size of a house tetering on pepples.

possums are not native to NZ and are shot on sight because they kill all the native animals. so the farmers skin them to collect the bounty and leave the carcas on the side of the road for the hawks to eat.


lake wanaka

dead center of the frame is one of my favorite places in NZ, which happens to be one of the best right point breaks there. and with 9000 foot mtns as a backdrop, it's unreal. magnamanu, kaikoura, east coast of the south island. unfortunately dead flat the day i flew out of NZ.

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