Yes, i know.. Andy moe already posted this video. But it was so good i had to add it to my blog portion of this website. This video showcases the talent of familytree's Ryan Kenny. Keep it up kenny! Your killing it these days!
Alright, so this video is the fourth webisode from familytreeland.com and it happens to be my favorite webisode yet. I had the pleasure of filming a few shots, of NICK ROY and PAUL LALONDE killing it. Those boys got their shit on lock. Anyways i hope you take 5 minutes out of your busy day to enjoy. - lessard
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Its been a while since Ive written a blog post! (Almost) three full camps have passed since the last one. I tried to do daily pictures, but that didnt really work out, lack of internet on trips makes it hard to upload photos when being so busy.
This is my first season being a member on the Canadian team. Heading into Chile, I really had no clue what to expect because Ive never been that south before. Being on snow September 3rd really felt different. Last year I thought being on snow in November was early, but this was unreal. While in Chile, it was about 90% sunny and only a few days were foggy. The altitude is very high there, skiing at about 12,000 feet above sea level and 11,000 where you sleep. Staying hydrated is key when training in altitude especially for three weeks. The Chile camp was geared towards Giant Slalom training while slowly changing over to slalom to get ready for Saas-Fee, Switzerland. I had about two and a half weeks at home before heading to Europe.
The journey over to Saas-Fee was crazy. From the start I had to get my flights rebooked because of plane problems. I was originally supposed to leave from North Bay > Toronto > Geneva, Switzerland (while meeting the team in Toronto), however, I was rebooked from North Bay > Toronto > Frankfurt > Geneva. This meant I couldnt meet with the team in Toronto (or Geneva because it was later) so I had to take a train from Geneva to Visp and then get one of my coaches to pick me up there. This whole time I didnt have any cell phone service in Europe, so I had to find a pay phone to get in contact with one of my coaches.. Anyway, I AM STILL ALIVE! Haha.
Saas-Fee was also awesome to see, slalom is my least favorite event however when we have a block of one discipline it makes it a lot easier then switching back and forth from slalom to another event. At the end of the trip, teammates Kirk Schornstein, Braydon Luscombe, and myself went to Germany for six days. I unfortunately got food poisoning the first day but all in all it was an awesome trip!
Finally, I just returned from Nakiska, Alberta. Unfortunately I have a concussion from the first day of slalom training and am resting at home. Currently the team is now in Panorama training speed which is the main reason why I am not skiing; if I do fall in speed training the concussion can be much worse. I am recovering and getting ready for our first Noram races held at Copper Mountain, CO. Looking forward to getting back on snow!
Ill try to update the blog more often! To see more posts, and pictures, head on over to mikewhitney.ca
This is Behold! The City, a faith based hardcore band from Barrie, ON. Be sure to head on over to their facebook page and check out more photos, videos and tunes! (photos taken by yours truley)
I remixed this song a while ago, but wasn't happy with a couple of things, so naturally, I fixed it up.
For those who havent heard it before, it's something different that I usually do, with most of my songs being more pop-orineted. With this mix, I dabbled in a lot electro styles and even threw in a bit of dubstep.
Check it out!
I had the opportunity to shoot promos for Final Thought in Barrie, ON. This is definitely my favourite band shoot to date because there was aot of thought and planning that went behind it from myself and the band and not just like "Lets shoot insode of that abandoned building" haha. Make sure you check out there stuff at http://www.finalthoughtband.com/
Stay tuned for the album art I shot for thier new record too!!!
Escape Of The Week
I broke away from my usual style of riding this weekend and decided to do some adventure riding. Trying to find my own trails and basically riding through tight sketchy tree lines. It was a lot of fun tested out my GoPro Camera and got some shots. I will throw up a video of next ride for now here is a couple photos of the recognizable spots i was at.
In my down time with photography, I like to do some graphic design. Just fooling around in photoshop, making posters and tee shirts and what not. I made this wallpaper for my deskop a while ago and I would like to share it with some of you!!! Just click the link and download the image and VOILA! you're all set. It's a pretty clean and simple design but has some subtle details at a closer look. Let me know what you think too :)
So we were all suppose to die today but as of 7:26pm we are still alive with no rapture coming to take us away. On this day Mike Trudeau, Justin Lajoie and Taylor Cesco went and did some skating around Ottawa to enjoy our last day alive in the sun and on our wood planks! It was super fun, got some tricks, making an edit now and I will post it up later today or tomorrow. Ordered some escape swag the other day and i can't wait until i get my new gear this coming week. Well I'm out to party to celebrate another day alive so go buy some escape movement clothes and enjoy another day alive. Peace
April 20th, 2011 - May 1st 2011
Well Just got back from an Epic Trip in Avon, North Carolina.
7 days straight of pure Kiteboarding with Andy Moe! Weather was amazing, Winds were perfect as well!
Going to be a yearly trip!
Hey everyone this is my first blog entry, thought id throw up my first edit from 07/08 season. Fun to look back on super old footage and see how different my riding has become. hope you enjoy the footy!
Hey Guys ,
My buddy Dave Myers sent me this video and I decided to make my first post about something I enjoy doing and am fortunate enough to do with my position in the Action Sport Industry.
I have been involved in the snowboard industry for the last 10 years. I have been an instructor, coach and I have worked for a couple companies doing on hill marketing and other fun stuff. The last 4 years I have worked for Ride Snowboards, which has been an amazing. I have been to many events from international contests with pro riders to local contests allowing the up and comers to shine. Luckily my job with Ride Snowboards I was introduced to a little event in Orangeville behind there local hockey arena. It was a free event organized by Skate Orangville and it was open to anyone in the community. It was an amazing reminder of why I started snowboarding in the first place. As you know the sport is not the cheapest in the world. The event let kids who've never gotten the chance to enjoy the freeing feeling of sliding down a hill on a board. There were so many smiles all day from all ages and for all reasons.
There were two memories that stick out in my mind. First was when all of the experienced riders stopped shredding so that a kid no older then 9 could hit his first rail, He may not have stomped it but the joy that overcame him from actually stepping up was unbelievable, Ride was fortunate to give out some product at his event, not for best trick or best run but for people who deserve it, we forget how privileged we are to enjoy this sport. We gave a pair of bindings to a kid whose mother through out his because his mom thought they were to dirty and we gave a board to a kid we believed be shredded hard all day and made sure every when around him was just as stoked as he was. There expression of gratitude towards us was a great reminder on what the sport of snowboarding is all about. So If you are in the opportunity to give something back, be it knowledge, running an event or just getting people stoked DO IT!!!! Trust me there is no other better feeling.
Unfortunately this year weather prevented from the event from happening. Just looking forward till next year!!!
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Make Someone Smile Today!!!
On Sunday, April 10, 2011
The day before sunday I had noticed on Lake Nipissing some open water near the boat launch right by Amelia Park. Later that night I mentioned to my friend Ross Paul that we should drop the canoe in for a couple laps. He agreed before being up a valid point, because it was the one area of open water among a otherwise frozen lake that all the garbage left from the ice fishing season would collect in that opening of water. I was shocked i hadn't thought of this myself and quickly said "let's bring a couple garbage bags and clean up the garbage". Ross agreed quickly, it was perfect timing seeings all the gabage was concentrated in one main location. Ross and I filled our entire canoe with garbage for the better portion of the day and then disposed of it. 2 needles, 4 balls, road blocks (from city workers), a table top, countless bottles and cans and countless plastic rappers not including what we picked up on shore. It was rewarding to say the lest. As the youth of our generation, we have to make a diffrence, we need change. It feels good to do good.
Well it is finally here... the new 2011 Escape Movement Summer/Spring line is released. Everything looks great and fits everyone style from small v, deep v, unreal sweater v shirts and also regular tee's with simple yet great designs. Andy Mo, congrats on the line, everything just keeps getting better and better and your eye for design is purely unique.
On a side note, it is that time of year for us when the snowboard season is ending and we are quite sad but also excited for the skateboard season to begin. Only crappy thing about this time of year is school exams and unpredictable weather that goes from warm days to pure cold rainy snowy days. Hopefully this line of Escape has brightened your day as it did mine. Spread the word on the Escape Movement and lets get ready for summer skating and day patio beers of pure relaxation after school is finally done for another year.
Thanks to Andrew Morrison from The Escape Movement: www.theescapemovement.com for letting me use his logo and t-shirt image and for ultimately inspiring this design. I’d say this design is a combination between the movie The Beach and 127 Hours (minus getting your hand stuck in a rock).
I hope this image accomplishes what I set out for it to accomplish. To inspire the search for the ultimate playground, to do something that nobody has ever done before, and to find your Ultimate Escape no matter what you have to do to get there.
My name is Caleb and I'm a professional photographer out of Barrie, ON. I mainly shoot weddings and fashion photography and on the side I shoot bands, both live and promo. Ill try to keep this blog all up to date so that you guys will know what I'm up to. Have a good'n!