Founded in 1983, Sessions is a leading snowboard and action sports company that designs, merchandises, sources, and distributes high performance snowboard apparel, accessories and apparel for the core, youth-driven sports segment. Sessions was the first snowboarding company to incorporate Gore-Tex fabrics and Recco avalanche reflectors into their products. Today, Sessions has placed itself at the cutting edge of the music, snowboard and skateboard culture. Sessions is one of the last remaining independently owned brands.
The Sessions Team Is - Tim Humphreys, Tara Dakides, Andreas Gidlund, E-Man Anderson, Antti "NAKU" Piirainen, Ian Thorley, Taylor Carlton, Kyle Miller, Nial Romenak, Peter Benchetler and Brett Butcher
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
The Snowboard Realms interviews Brett Butcher.
SnowboardRealms- What happend ?
Brett Butcher – It was day two of Snowboarder’s Super Park and after hitting the 90 footer all morning, the attention turned to the massive hip. About 20 of us where feeling it out and warming up. There was a weird rut in the far right takeoff, so a few guys started to hit the takeoff more too the middle. I believe it was the fourth or fifth time I had dropped. I remember getting a little swirly in the bottom of the transition and got pushed right
SBR- When you were in the air what were you thinking?
BB- The second I left the lip I knew I was done for. There was a shadow line at the bottom of the transition and I was already out of the shade and over the sun as I was peeking. I could also hear the gasps of everyone watching. I new it wasn’t going to be good. The only thing going through my mind was to stay loose and land feet first. The fall didn’t knock me out so I remember it all very vividly. Watching the video, it looks like I’m falling forever. When it happened it seemed to have gone by quicker.
SBR- What were your injuries from the crash ?
BB-My injuries from the fall where a compressed L1 vertebrae and a blown out sternum. My back broke on impact. Once I hit, my body went numb. Everything hurt. *Friends where by my side instantly helping me out and Ski patrol was close too fallow. They advised me to get a ride down in the toboggan and take an ambulance to the hospital. I had never been on a toboggan ride nor have I been in an ambulance and I was determined to avoid it. Ski Patrol was very reluctant to let a friend take me to the hospital but after some discussion they agreed and told me I had to sign a waver to release me from their care. By this time I had been laying in the snow for a good 10 minutes and everything was sore. Felt like I got hit by a truck. This is when things took a turn for the worst. There was a ton of pressure in my chest from the fall and as I sat up, the pressure released blowing out my sternum. I instantly started to freak out thinking I was dying. My chest was gurgling and I was having trouble breathing. Ski Patrol jumped into action and raced me down to the ambulance.
*( myself and another dude were the first on the scene , I’m in the purple hoodie with the shaved head. I remember we started running towards him before he had even hit the ground. This was one of the scariest moments of my life. I thought for sure he was going to be broken in half. When i got up to him he was gasping for air and we just tried to keep Brett calm. I was really scared for him. )
SBR- Are there any lasting injuries from this crash ?
BB- It has been 18 months since the fall and my back and sternum still get sore from time to time if I don’t stretch. I have a bulge on my chest from where my sternum blew out and that will be with me forever. I swear I am shorter because of the fall!
SBR- When you think back to the fall, how does it make you feel ?
BB- When I look back at the fall, I feel very fortunate. I wasn’t really feeling the hip but decided to hit it again. I usually am good about listening to the little voice in my head. But that’s life, you live with the choices you make. Looking at the footage, I fully believe it’s a miracle that I am walking, let alone alive. Landing any other way would have been devastating. It hasn’t changed the way I snowboard but it has made me think a bit more about what I am hitting and how I am feeling that particular day on my snowboard.
check out Brett , were happy he’s alive too.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Monday, November 23, 2009
Tara Dakides just finished the Baja 1000 this morning. She and Plake took second. One rough ride but they pulled it!
Antarctica averages around 30-40 sunny days a year. So far we have had three in a row, so roughly closing in on 10% of Antarctica’s clear weather. We are keeping our fingers crossed and knocking on wood that this will continue. Yesterday we set anchor in the Port Lockroy area and rode amongst dramatic mountains such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the highest peak on the Peninsula Mount Francis (9,456 ft straight out of the sea). I can’t even begin to tell of how gorgeous the weather has been. I come close to fainting from the overwhelming feeling that I get from the scenery here. As you hike up, you look over your shoulder and see glaciers as old as time, gnarly ice falls, calm ocean water reflecting the majesty of all the mountains and ice flows and icebergs creeping along with the tidal currents - then add in the sounds of penguins and seals. WOW!
Anyways, yesterday we started our tour by taking the zodiacs from the ship loaded with our gear to a landing point on Winkie Island. Once we organized into our rope teams we worked our way up and across the glaciers. On our way we passed by hundreds of penguins and a couple of seals basking in the sunlight on the snow. We quickly went at our objective which was straight in front of us and began skinning up as far as possible. When we could no longer use our skins, we all shifted into boot pack mode with crampons and short roped the remainder up the ridge, ready to self arrest at the slightest misstep with our ice axes. Skipping the fixed rope that was set up by another rope team near the ridge, we took our steps very slowly and maneuvered around cliffs and across the fall line until we reached safety. We kept the rope tight and were all ready to fall instantly into self arrest positions should anyone slip and fall. Our slope looked almost glacier free, but was loaded with crevasses and weak snow bridges that were hiding beneath us in the snow. This made the experience even more interesting. I got to look down a few of these hidden death zones as our boot pack would occasionally break through and give us clear sight of their dark eerie abysses. I remember this place being loaded with crevasses from last year, but they weren’t hidden like this.
The day ended up, despite its beauty, being quite sketchy. There were numerous reports of snow bridge collapses with other rope teams that had many punching through and looking into these gnarly crevasses and even one person who took the plunge of over 35 feet. This marked the end of our day, and began the start of a 6 hour rescue to get the victim out of the crevasse and onto the boat. The rescue went fantastic and quickly and we have God to thank for the clear weather and for the victims safety. Being down in Antarctica, you are essentially days away from help and an emergency of this magnitude can turn to life threatening quickly. Everything that could go right went right and the victim was in good spirits despite the ordeal. Due to the fall occurring while he was still in his crampons, he caught sides of the crevasses walls which broke his bones above his ski boot in his leg as he fell down the giant crack. It is amazing that he survived this fall and that the crevasse was not bottomless or jagged. Once he was brought onto the boat, the crew tried to get him an emergency evacuation from the US Antarctic research base - Palmer, which was two hours to the south of us. Unfortunately, we found out that they would be unable to get him flown out and that we would have to head up to the South Shetlands (18 hours) to get him flown out by a C130.
Today we reached King George Island in the South Shetlands during the afternoon and the plane was there waiting with engines running. It was definitely a different sight to see in this part of the world. He is expected to be in an American hospital in the next 48 hours.
We are now planning on going back down to the Peninsula to an area called Hope Bay. We should be there by tomorrow morning. In the meantime, I am going to enjoy the views of frozen ice floating in the ocean and waves crashing upon them. I also need to get ready for my live satellite broadcast to Wasatch Academy tomorrow.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
S.Stalling in powder snow.
Too much fun.
Some hammer lines. Not quite ripe yet.
Yep, it begins.
Premature photo snap.
Good thing I fight fires in the summer....
Lost my shovel handle, stick job.
Tried No-boarding for my first time. Wild stuff.
The ol' jimmy rig.
It was super cold this night.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Hey Tim,I am just wondering what you keep yourself busy with during the off season? Right now its driving me nuts, trying to find everything possible to shred, but whats your vice?
Oooohhh mannn, The things that I keep myself busy with in the offseason. I would have to say that my biggest vice is skating. Itrequires the least amount of effort to go from the couch to shreddingthe gnar. It’s also alot harder then snowboarding so I feel like I’mlearning tricks and little things that will help me out in the winter. Surfing would have to be a very close 2nd. It’s alot more difficult forme though because I have to wait for there to be waves, and then driveat least an hour to the shore. When I’m not skating or surfing, I’mprobably shredding road in my STi. It’s a nice change up for when I’mtoo beat up from the latter. I always have a good time going to thistrack with some friends and dragging some 1/4 miles : ) I’ve also beendoing that gym thing when I can. Hopefully I answered your questionMitch. Shred On!