Photos: Andrew Miller Words & Captions: Bryan Iguchi, Pat Moore, Jake Price & Andrew Miller
Chile is by far one of my most favorite places in the world. I don't know if it's my family heritage, or the local hospitality, delicious food or unworldly landscapes of the Andes, it always feels right…. like I'm at home or something. We knew going into the trip that the conditions where going to be tricky. The reality set in when we arrived to a higher dirt ratio then snow, on top of some of biggest human triggered avalanches our guide Clark Fyans had ever seen in the region. I give tons of credit to the whole crew for staying positive and keeping the good times and escudo rolling. As Curtis said best, "If it has nipples you can milk it" and that's just what we did. You know you had an awesome trip when you come back with just as many skate and surf images as snow. – Andrew Miller
Team huddle. We were lucky enough to have Clark Fyans & Jesse Weeks as our guides making sure we knew exactly what we were dealing with. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
“Foreign feelings… I had a really hard time getting my stance dialed in… My snowboard is feeling as foreign as the language on the menu as we place our food order at the slope side restaurant. I've changed my stance at least once a day trying to make it feel right. I don't speak Spanish… as a matter of fact no one in our group does as Jake, Pat and Curtis continue to receive bowls of mussels and shellfish. They thought they ordered noodles? lost in translation… Snowboarding in August. A mighty range rises out of the dessert. The Andes mountains vast alpine terrain tower above the city. Accessed by eucalyptus lined valleys and endless switchbacks wrapping around cactus thousands of feet into the sky. Open one way on weekends up and down the narrow winding roads as the curves allow only one car at a time. Family weekend slope side BBQ sledding, local snow culture, kids and good times… It feels like Southern California meets Alaska an amazingly powerful combination. A thin snow pack with a deep slab instability, we had to pick lines carefully to avoid hitting rocks and triggering Avalanches… we needed to show restraint and ride with caution, it was tough to make things happen but some how it all came together… Riding mountains, mini ramps, concrete bowls and waves… High altitude mini ramp skating, 10,000ft at Valle Nevado. Concrete mongrel chasing in Santiago finding family filled skateparks with harsh transition, tears were shed. Colorful houses and smiling people under the grey coastal skies, cold water, black sand beaches and left hand point breaks. What’s lost in translation is found in boarding. Leaving with stitches, bruises, and content after a good old fashion shred trip. ” – Bryan Iguchi
" I LOVE CHILE!!!!!!!" – Curtis Ciszek
Due the high elevation and tight toe–ins the heli had to be as lite as possible. Pat got the whole backseat to himself… what a lucky dude. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
“Chile is such a sick place, you can literally shred pow, surf good waves, and skate good parks in the same day. Although we didn’t get the epic conditions we were hoping for on the mountain we were still “frothing” as the kids say. Snowboarding all day, rushing back to change so we could skate each night, and when we saw the snow wasn’t getting better we booked it straight for the coast to get in the water… Buckets brah! I had a great time getting stuck on the inside watching Guch and Curtis rip, although I was disappointed Curt dog did not attempt the Mctwist I requested… pussy. At the end of the day you send our crew anywhere and we’re going to have fun, but Chile really made this trip what it was. What a sick opportunity to see a country truly built to shred, to meet locals so accommodating and real, they treat you as their own, and to do it with this group of buzzards so down for anything, it was a trip for the books!” – Pat Moore
Jake Price making magic hanging out of the heli, the master mind behind the new Volcom movie, Mr. Plant. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
“Ah, Summer, glistening of the sun, the beach, barking trucks, babes in bikinis, waves, & powder. Yes, you heard me right. pow. To make this dream possibility a reality, you have to jet down to the Southern Hemisphere. Arriving in Santiago with the best crew of triple threats I can think of. Everyone had the necessities for all true to this activities, snowboarding, surfing, & skating.
Upon hearing from multiple contacts that there was no snow, we knew if we just showed up, we could make something happen and at the very least have the best time ever finishing up our film Mr. Plant. This crew is down for anything and getting lost is encouraged.
After a few days ripping dirty snow, waking up the knees at Valle Nevado, we jumped in the Heli with master guide Clark Fyans. Clark got us to the right spot & everyone made the magic happen. Filming from the Heli is unlike anything else in this field. Hanging with your feet out the side door while the pilot is whipping around the sharp ridges & cold air. Looking through the viewfinder capturing the ridiculous action the snowboarders are bravely throwing on the line, we got gold. The plant is flowering.
From the mountains to navigating the foreign landscape through Santiago. We skated our way to Punta de Lobos on the Chilean Coastline. I’d highly recommend doing a google image search for this wave. It’s considered the most consistent & longest left point break in South America. Bryan Iguchi the only goofy footer of the group looked as though he was on a treadmill of waves. He hit the start button and flew top to bottom for some rides that had to last at least a solid minute. The outside sets kept us on our toes & everyone had a blast. Even Pat the least experienced surfer grabbed rail and got tubed on his banana soft top.
When traveling, try to be open to whatever wrench is thrown into your spokes. Listening to your gut & getting off course sets you up for some of the best times and memories of your life. With the few days we had good snow, it opened up possibilities for some of the best reasons why we do what we do. Get barreled in the circumstances.” – JAKE PRICE