Saturday, January 23, 2010


Yes that's right, Comrade Scotty James did it. Finishing in 13th place at the FIS World Cup in Calgary yesterday easily sustains Scotty with enough FIS points to ride at the Olympics for halfpipe. This is the best possible scenario since the devastation of Nates injury. What this means is that if Nate is unable to compete at the games Scotty (at the age of 16) along with Ben Mates will head to Vancouver next month, this is surely to be a life altering experience for the youngest Comrade.

Scotty your an absolute champ! Do us proud buddy!

The Comrades

Not so good news.

As most people would have heard, be it on the grapevine or in the Australian media, Aussie Olympic Team member and Comrade Nate Johnstone injured himself in Otsego Resort, Michigan.

Nate was learning cab double corks into an airbag at the resort earlier this week and one one attempt landed one awkwardly leaving him with a fractured fibia (ankle / lower leg). Now without speaking the obvious it is unlikely that our friend Nate will be able to compete in the games, but hey crazier stuff has happened. As Ben Mates (who was with Nate in Michigan at the time) put so well on his blog 'It is a huge bummer for Australian Snowboarding' but 'he will be back bigger and better. Nate will be well missed at the games, it certainly wont be as exciting for us to watch, that's for sure.

Here is a photo poached from Matesy's blog of Nates ankle.

If there is a silver lining to this devastation it would be that comrade Scotty James is now able to qualify for Nate's position. Scotty just needs to finish up in the top 19 places in the next world cup in calgary. Good Luck Scotty!

Keep your chin up Nate, we hope you have a speedy recovery so we can ride together soon!

The Comrades

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Fresh Blood.

Hi everyone. We have a new comrade by the name of Patrick Davis - Meehan. We have been riding with Patto (a.k.a The Big Man, a.k.a Onyx) alot over the last year or so and he has really stepped up his riding. Being that he is riding sweet and the fact that it is pretty difficult not to have a good time with Onyx around, we thought it was a good time to make him one of us. Keep an eye out because I expect big things from this one.

Here are a couple of bad photos from Pattos' facebook.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010


This week Tyson, Jarryd and Jason arrived in Colorado, USA and will be riding Breckenridge and other resorts in Summit County. On top of this Nate, Kim and Scotty are traveling a bunch as well, so stay posted for regular blogs.

However Charlie and Samboss are at home in Jindabyne recovering from knee and shoulder reco's, so we wish them a speedy recovery.

The first Northern Winter blog update will be up soon. So don't forget to check back.