The Wedding

by The Good Life on October 17, 2014

in The Good Stuff

Its been a while since the wedding but there isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not thankful for such a special day in such an amazing place with my wonderful wife.  To have so many great friends and people that me and Mareike both love, respect and enjoy spending time with, its amazing to look back on such a wonderful day.  Sani Alibabic the king of Innsbruck was in the house with his camera so this update is his fine handiwork.  He managed to somehow still operate a camera when many others of us where dancing, sweating, drinking and shaking the night away.  Thank you Sani.


Well where else to start except with the girls.  Lots of good looking girls.


And of course the fellas.  The blokes.  The Lads.  The chaps.  Looking at this picture is amazing to me.  The people on this photo all mean the world to me, and i can safely say that with each of them I have snowboarded/worked/travelled with each of them and definitely laughed and been drunk with each of them.  Its so good to think about where I met each of them, and how much since we have all grown and things we have all achieved, whether its moved countries, got new jobs, started families, grown beards (frode), lost hair or just become more legendary in my eyes by the day.


Ah the lady of the day, Its amazing when I look at photos of Mareike like this, how amazing she always looks, and especially on this evening after we got married, how happy, calm and great she looked.  

After we got married the two blokes below got the girls above going and we had a great start to the evening thanks to the legend that is Beckna.P1000426

Funny straight after we got married I noticed how Gigi had a ring just like mine.  Lucky for him, his left hand is in much better shape than mine.  He rode snow and i rode dry slope growing up so probably explains a lot.  In the background two likely lads get ready to work out who will pass out the quickest.

Sani ever being the hipster with a camera painted a banksy and sourced a living piece of art for the shot.  Well, it was Koens little one, but you wouldnt put it past the guy with the best hair in austria.


Talking of Koen, if you have been out and about with him, you probably know him like this.  Loving life 24/7 and living the King Van Isegham dream.  If you know Doom, you have definitely seen this face before too.  Its kind of deathstare meets “we’re gonna get drunk” meets “flesichkaiser oder”


Ah yes the man himself Senior Weaver.  He did himself very well through the wedding, really enjoying hanging out with all the gang, many of whom he is very well known too after his many years of traveling to various places to spend time with us all.  It was a  great evening to be able to celebrate with our parents, and despite me sweating for Wales, we had a great time.  Not sure why he carried biros in his pocket at all time though.  He probably thought he might get lucky.

In a pretty amazing part of the evening, Nicolas and his girlfriend grabbed her guitar and quite unbeknown to all of us, Leia had written a song for us, and well, by this point i was in tears anyways and this only reinforced those tears.

Sage was one of our longest travelers for the wedding, and we were so thankful to have her there, she has been such a good friend taking us in back in france, and is a superstar.  How she juggles work, travel and the most amazing superstar of a child is an inspiration.

There was a LOT of this through the evening from the first dance to the last, people were loving it.P1000571

As you see, the girls still singing along and in a permahug, meanwhile my dad thinks his luck is in :-)P1000527

Ah yes, the winner of the award from earlier.  Mr Copsey.  This guy has without done more for me than anyone else I think by putting a picture of me on snowboard UK cover about 13 years ago.  I still can’t thank him enough.  Thankfully he drank his body weight in booze and schnapps on the day, and managed to be out cold at points whilst there was a drum and bass rave going on with him in the middle.  Legend.


Dancing shoes!!!


Run Portland

by The Good Life on October 13, 2014

in Portland

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So yesterday after a busy day of running errands i decided on trying to go for the longest run I have ever done.  Now I am by no means a fast runner, if anything its just something I do to clear my mind.  I love it though after I get going, just sometimes the getting going is the tough part.
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Now with Mr Tom West being now a marathon runner I thought he would love this place to run, so I took a few pictures for him of how the running is along the Williamette river.  One of the things Portland is famous for is their bridges, and last night I ran around 6 of them.  The first above is the steel bridge which is the first one on the north of river that you can run 3-1

Just before it you have the Moda Center where the Portland Trailblazers 4-1

This big bridge we actually cycled over earlier in the year, when we had the bridge pedal cycle when they close the bridges one sunday morning and you can ride up to 40 miles around them 5-1

This picture is for Senior Weaver as I know he enjoys watching the ships in the night 1-2

Steel Bridge again.

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Down the other end of town, there is a submarine also, which you can go look at.    The bridge on the left is the new bridge just built, which apparently is the first bridge in USA which is soley for public transport and bikes.  Pretty amazing that no other city in the US has one like that.  So the light rail, bikes and walkers are the only ones on 4-2

Thank you!  This was my route below.  As I say, I definitely am not the fastest but 5’13 per km is quite fast for me.  Maybe thats slow, but personal bests and all that.  Running is definitely a funny thing, its something that you can’t really imagine to get into, but once your on it, its really good for your body and mind, as it really does clear your mind.  photo 3Anyways.  Hope that gives you an idea of running in Portland.

Camping x Beach x Surf

by The Good Life on October 8, 2014

in America, Portland, The Good Stuff




Yes, before you ask, this is another post about the coast in Oregon.  Its the second week in October, and this weekend was insane.  Mid 80s just inland, so probably around mid 70s on the beach it was unreal how nice it was.  I walked into short sands on a new route this weekend, and got to see it from a new view.


If I had one of those meme generators, my quote here would be “i don’t always walk to surf, but when I do i need a little path in the woods”


This was the view from above of the waves.   That is howling off shore combined with a decent swell.  When its too big it closes out, but hey, if you get a few decent ones in between, its all good.


Like I say.  Strong enough to slow my weak arms from paddling into the waves.

This guy, no worries at all.  Charging.


The good thing this weekend though was there was good sized waves, off shore wind, and the best thing ever, it was WARM.  Well, by warm, I mean you only needed a 4’3, and you didn’t need a hood, booties or gloves.  Amazing.  The difference in wearing a 5’3 and a 4’3 whilst only a little bit of extra rubber, makes so much difference.  There was loads of seaweed in the water, so not sure if that was the reason for the warm water, but what a nice change.IMG_1413

This was actually a couple of whales who were swimming by.  After watching a movie about whales the other day, my fear of sharks was nearly replaced by whales.


That night we camped out, and so the wetsuit dryer machine was going all night long.IMG_1446

There was cars, camp vibes, wetsuits, but no dogs this time.


Pretty beautiful though the next morning when I went out to clean my teeth in the woods.

Early morning check.  Amazing light this weekend all round.IMG_1539


Not sure either, it just looked pretty good piece of timber.


If you surf regularly, you know this feeling is just about the best feeling ever.  Charge down the line and jump off the back. It doesn’t get much better.


Also, if you surf regularly, you’ll know the feeling of having a nice wave when all of a sudden the whole thing closes out.  Without doubt a elevator straight down.


As you can see on the right wave, it was going down this weekend.

IMG_1610The tired, knackered, walk out and home.  I slept once at the side of the road on the way back, and slept soon as i got home.  It was warm, sunny and a beautiful weekend.



by The Good Life on October 6, 2014

in Uncategorized

Halldor Helgason, Sage Kotsenburg and Ethan Morgan brought together by Johannes Brenning.  Mayhem crew.  Best trailer ever.

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