DANO Pendygrasse

odds and ends from an unusual life

The Shred Show 2013

Hi friends,

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler starts today which means we're less than a week from The Shred Show, one of the biggest activations Monster Energy does in Canada and one I've been working on since it was Grenade Games 5! I miss Danny and the boys showing up, I truly do.

Nowadays the event is a TTR 5-star, which means a bunch of kids will win a bunch of money and some points that help them win even more money. Can you imagine being a teenager and having the potential to win 25 grand in a day, several times a year? It boggles my mind. No wonder so many of those kids turn into freaks.

So here is a preview of The Shred Show with a bunch of footage from last year. It's always super fun, whether you snowboard or not. I'm looking froward to seeing old friends, eating at Sushi Village as many times as I can, and hopefully checking out Nas. My goal for the week is to not get stuck in the media suite as much as in years past and get up the mountain.

Hope to see you around the village.

D.

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Enemy Lines at Fernie.

Hi friends,

This weekend I made a video for a Monster Energy event called Enemy Lines. It was the first year for the event although the concept may seem familiar to some of the older folks in the audience. Anyone who watched the movie "Hot Dog," growing up will probably know the type of race I'm talking about…




So while the concept came from a low budget ski comedy from 1984, and over the years there had been multiple underground versions, (some, like the Westbeach Chinese Downhill in Whistler have become pretty big,) nothing had ever happened on this scale.

First of all, the prize was $20,000. Second of all, Fernie Alpine Resort got behind the event making it the first time I've ever heard of a Ski Hill endorsing this kind of thing. Third, a hand-picked field of world class skiers from a variety of backgrounds competed making it a hard race to handicap.

So the weather the week prior was 21 degrees causing the snowpack to essentially rot from the bottom up. That was a hard reality to swallow but it didn't change the fact that we were going to pull this thing off no matter what. Because the format had to be amended, we changed how the prize was distributed; everyone got a share of the pot as a gesture of goodwill for showing up, but 5 grand was set aside to give to the winner.

It was nuts. The whole run was less than 90 seconds. People chose a variety of different lines, some of them super smooth but longer, some of them super sketchy but shorter. Next year, off the top, this will be the best event ever. Until then, check out the first ever Enemy Lines. Watch for local guy Luke Nelson jumping a massive dirt patch and Rory Bushfield straight lining into a slushy mogul field. There are all kinds of good points to pause.

Enough talk, check it out.

D.




This is your winner; Stan Rey was smooth and fast and beat em all.

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Rip Curl Pro in Tofino

Hi friends,

Just got back from the Rip Curl Pro Surf contest in Tofino on Vancouver Island. This is the first time I’ve been to this event and it was fun to finally attend an event that I’d heard so much about. There is a real sense of community in the Canadian surf scene and it’s nice to see how they support each other. The family dynasties are readily apparent too.

Check out some of my photos from the trip and then the video we made at the bottom.

D.


wake for me

wet ride

castle

everyone stops at cathedral grove at least once

remembering another time

longboard

Pete won.

Dalby shooting Noah

bargain on the way home

big gnome

passengers





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Back in BC. Out of the frying pan...

Hi friends,

Well life certainly doesn’t pull any punches when it wants to get good and busy on you, does it? 2 weeks ago I was sneaking a quick last dive in on the Cordelia Banks in Roatan, a week later I was looking at a contract with Monster Energy Canada, and a few days later I’m on a plane to spend the week with some of the best wakeboarders in the world on a 100 foot long houseboat. Ok... Meanwhile I am still trying to catch up with all the interesting opportunities that have arisen from the Cordelia Banks photos, which has been surprising but fantastic.

Here are a couple highlights from the week. I don’t shoot wake on the regular so I was trying to bring something different to it than what I see in the magazines. I didn’t come close to trying all the things I had in mind. Next time. The wakeboarders sure know how to have a good time. There were lots of late nights and fun stories. Having your own Chef and Mixologist doesn’t hurt either...

Next, I’m catching up at home for a bit and then trying to sneak a day of flyfishing in before Crankworx and Monster Energy week at the Camp of Champions. Doesn’t look like life will be slowing down anytime soon...

Enjoy,

Dano.


supplies, part one.

supplies, part two.

das boat.

Gettin’ warmed up. Shane Bonifay.

Craven along for the ride, doin his best impression of Huck Finn.

Waterslide action.

Henshaw goes off the top rope.

Shane, method style.

Splashing about.

Mel and Tom watching Bob.

Mel getting some.

Bob spinnin’ and flyin’.

Tom.

Henshaw.

Shane.

Shawn Watson.

Parties are always better when Darryl is on board.

Henshaw again.

Balzer with a little balance beam over a creek.

Balzer on the wake skate at dusk.

wildlife

Sonni on the tow boat.

Shane staying warm.

Dusty air to body jar on the rail.

Shane’s method.

Nicest guy you ever wanna meet, Tom on the last morning.

Balzer watches Dusty’s pass.

Balzer sneaks one last run in on the wakeskate.

The man, the myth, James Balzer.
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The Show: a snowboarding event. Part one and two.

Hi Friends.

Just finished up with “The Show: a snowboarding event” here in Whistler. As part of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival, The Show is the biggest event of the year for us at Monster Energy Canada. It’s been my baby since conception and it’s nice to get through it with some really good events and breaking some new ground.

Here are the first two parts of the Video Webisodes. In the past I’ve hired a crew of videographers and an editor to put together our videos, but this year we brought in a production company. Hope you like em.

Still a couple more to come so stay tuned.

-dano


episode one


episode two
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On tour with Korn

Hi friends,

One of the fun things about working with Monster Energy in Canada is that weird opportunities come up all the time. 6 weeks ago or so I was asked if I would come along on the Music as a Weapon tour for the Canadian leg. The tour is headlined by Korn and Disturbed with Stillwell opening. Now I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of Korn, I remember thinking “got the life?” was a pretty good track back in the day, but I never bought an album or anything. Disturbed isn’t even on my radar to be honest. The fans seem to love them but I’m not a fan. It’s like a campy version of the classic metal I like. Iron Maiden on broadway. Really nice guys though.

Korn however, have 100% won me over. I’m the kind of guy who prides himself on having an open mind so I was excited to shoot some photos of big time rock bands, live out of a bus for a week, and get a little insight into tour life but I didn’t expect to be so affected by the music. At this point I shoot my photos (photogs typically shoot the first three songs from the pit) and when I’m done, I’m there for the whole damn show. Munky is a totally engaging human on stage and Fieldy holds down stage right. And then there is Jonathan, a man who seems so totally possessed by the lyrics he sings, it’s like he’s reliving every torn heart and frayed nerve every time he sings. He holds nothing back and finishes the set ready to collapse every night. It’s as if he opens the sores to all his damage every single times he takes the stage, and that kind of energy is nothing to ignore. I’ve seen a lot of really good, really emotional shows, but his psychic bloodletting on a daily basis is almost beyond my comprehension.

Ok, enough about that. I’ll go see these guys anytime I’m in the same town as them. It’s real. And now I’m out of the closet.

Here are some of my favourite shots from tour. We finish up with Halifax tonight and then fly home tomorrow. “The Show” starts next. Are you ready?

-dano

(I’m watermarking all this crap because people tend to grab it a lot. Sorry if it annoys you.)




Jonathan Davis. Ottawa.

Munky. Ottawa.


Jonathan Davis at the Toronto show.

Fieldy and Spider from Stillwell.

Munky in Toronto

Wuv from Stillwell. Quebec City show.

Jonathan Davis in Quebec City.

Fieldy in Quebec City.

Jonathan Davis in St. John.

Munky. St. John.

Ray. St. John.

Fieldy. St. John.
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This week.

Hi friends,

Here’s a little update of what’s going on in my world in the second week of December, 2010.

I’m back with Monster Energy Canada working on media and events for the winter season. The big event at the 2011 Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival will be all new this year and I’m pretty excited to be building up something that will stoke everyone out. Details to come in the new year.

In case you missed it, I’ve been the guest editor of VancouverIsAwesome.com’s Daily Flickr photo for the last 3 months. It’s been very cool to see some of the great photos that come out of Vancouver and taken as a whole, the collection is pretty amazing. It would make a great coffee table book actually. I’m coming to the end of my stint with them since winter work is getting busy, but the passing of the torch will bring a new set of eyes to the process, which is good. VIA is currently raising funds, they are a great organization and if you’ve enjoyed any of their city coverage it would be nice if you could donate. I’ll continue to be involved with them in any way I can so stay tuned for some new ideas in 2011.

I finally caved and made a “Dano Pendygrasse Photography” facebook page that is separate from my personal page. It will take awhile to migrate people across but I’m going to keep the photo stuff on the photo page and the personal stuff on the personal. Right now I have about 1500 friends on my personal page and 150 on the photo page which is about completely backwards, but hey...

We were in Whistler for Mat the Alien’s birthday this week. A bit of a bender at Sushi Village and then on to Maxx Fish. It’s been awhile since I went underground in Whis. It’s dangerous.

Work continues on the Paul Brunes Young Heart Foundation. After we lost Paul last spring there was much discussion about how to make a difference in the lives of people with heart rhythm disorders. This partnership with UBC and VGH is trying to put into place resources for professionals who work in the field. Precious little is done for young people with heart disorders and many go undiagnosed. For people like us, the first sign of a problem could be the last, and if you are young, you can easily slip through the cracks. Please consider a donation or join the Cause page.

I’ve done some reorganizing of my Photoshelter account. I still haven’t used this site up to its potential. It is an incredible resource and I wish I could have all my photos up there. I keep plugging away at it but for now it’s incomplete. It sneaks a little revenue into my life too, so that’s nice. Check it.

I’ve been throwing a lot of my day to day shots on Flickr lately. I like that I can only ever have 200 shots at a time up there so I’m always weeding out some of the least successful ones and the best ones stay. You can add me as a friend on there if that’s your thing. Here are a couple of my favourites from the last little while.

D.










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I came up with this new thing

So last year at the Grenade Games we did a damn good job of showing everyone out in the snowboard industry how much fun we were having. It was a ton of work and by the end we were justifiably proud. In the months that followed, people emulated our strategy and even our style and I thought it was al very flattering. It also highlighted something that I thought was missing and that was interaction for all the people that couldn't make it to the event. Sure they could watch, but I wanted them to feel more involved.



To give the masses some control from far away, I decided to do something new. Partly based on the fact that every single day kids are uploading short videos that they've made from their local hills or from their trips, I decided to provide all of our raw clips from the Grenade Games every day and let people edit their own remixed version of our daily videos. Every day we'll highlight our favourite, or the funniest, or whatever, and at the end we'll award prizes from Grenade for the best video.

I decided to call it Remote Control, cuz you know, people get to have some control, from remote places...

Give it a look and tune in between the 20th and 25th of April to watch what happens.

-D
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Monster, Nike, Olympics, History, Keynotes...just a normal couple weeks.

What a crazy couple of weeks.

It goes without saying, but during the Olympics the eyes of the world were on Vancouver. There was so much going on that it was almost impossible to keep track, so here is a little wrap-up of the projects I was involved with.

I worked with Monster to put on a series of parties at Grouse Mountain, the highlight of which was Live Transmission. It took place the night of the Men's halfpipe contest and featured Mixologist Darryl McDonald from Port Restaurant in Toronto creating adult beverages from behind a custom ice bar, and Chicago MC Kid Sister who blew everyone away with her set.




Over on Mt. Seymour, I was working with Nike 6.0 to document the installation of their "Greatest Hits" park. The idea was to give locals a place that they could hit up some really iconic urban jibs in one setting. the 6.0 crew did an amazing job on recreating a version of the Quebec Red Ledge a few weeks ago, and then smack dab in the middle of the Olympics they unleashed a perfect replica of the infamous Burlington double set that has been featured in shred flicks for years. With the video I set out to do an opening segment that could be mistaken for a true urban setup, and then reveal it to be part of the greatest hits park. Since a couple Olympians dropped by we had a ton of issues with clearance, but eventually it got done and released. I like the opening. We did a ski and a snowboard edit, here is the ski edit.



I spoke a bit here about the Aries 2010 project that I was involved with, that took place right in the middle of all the Olympic madness as well. Here is a shot from Trevor Graves, and the video of the project. I can't say enough about being able to speak at this event, the people involved are just so top notch and the idea behind it is overdue. Thanks Trevor for thinking of me.





I also managed to sneak in some actual Olympics. In fact, I was somehow lucky enough to attend the single biggest hockey game of my lifetime, the Canada vs. USA gold medal game. I've never been so consumed with a sporting event. As someone who came a little late to hockey fan-dom, I have certainly embraced it now. There are some shots on my flickr, and here are a couple to tease you.


Faceoff

Team Canada sings the anthem

crosby waves the flag

And now it's on to the Grenade Games. You'll start seeing more from me on that by the end of the week. Stay tuned...
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Winter work sets in.

Now it can be told...

So I started to work with my old friends at Monster again last week. As longtime followers of the blog know, I've been doing all kinds of different media projects in the last few years as a way to keep myself challenged and to continue to add experiences to my list. After the success of the Grenade Games last spring, Monster was nice enough to have me back to work on through the Olympic year. Which brings me to this event. I'm afraid that I can't give anything away yet because details are being pounded out as we speak, but suffice it to say, for all the people who can't afford, or don't want to attend the Olympics, we're going to make sure that there is an event you can get stoked on at the same time.

Stay tuned for details, this one is going to be good.

Oh ya, and then I'll be working on Grenade Games 6 too. My liver hurts already.

Also. I've been taking pictures of the buildings on my walk to and from the Monster Office for a long time now. Eventually the plan is to have photos of every building on the west side of Main, from Alexander to the viaduct, in all sorts of different media (35mm film, digital, large format, paint, whatever) and line em all up on a white wall somewhere so you can experience my walk to work. I'm hoping to get it done some time in 2010. I've been posting a bunch of stuff on flickr lately too. Weird.


121, 123 Main Street. Vancouver, BC.

229, 231 Main Street. Vancouver, BC.
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Thanks very much

I need to say some thank you's before I move on from the Grenade Games stuff and get back to our regular programming.

This was a new stage in my career, I went from simply being a photographer covering events to running a team of people to cover GG5. Before it started none of us had worked as a team, so to have been as successful as we were was a testament to hard work and good luck combined with a bunch of solid groundwork.

Jay Vaillancourt built and maintained our site with little direction and a healthy dose of self motivation. Jay takes what you think about Web geeks and throws it out the window. He is straight metal and an intimidating looking dude, but don't be afraid, he rolls with the punches (and drunk dudes knocking on his door at 3AM) and keeps everything running. Couldn't have done it without him. Thank you.

Damon Pyett from Coastal Riders is a freak of nature. He brought together a crew of fimers who, if they walked into a meeting you might laugh out of the place, but then you'd be an idiot. Jeff Keenan, Matt Standish, and Mike Fikowski worked their asses off shooting pretty much around the clock to get our edits up faster than people could believe. We set out to raise the bar and we did because of these guys. Thank you.

In front of the camera and keeping busy behind the scenes as well, Joanna Majcherkiewicz, came into our team as a sort of floating media expert but quickly found her role. She was tireless, fearless, hilarious, and pro in the face of a daunting schedule and a generally crazy scene. I still can't pronounce her last name, but I sure know how to say thanks. Thank you.

Russell Dalby has been shooting events for Monster for a long time, but this time he truly upped his game. His shots from the Poker Final Table really stand out to me. The fact that he managed to stay mostly sober this whole week totally amazes me. Most of the photos you see on the web were taken by Russell and he deserves high praise. Thank you.

We also got some filming from Rob Picard although he wisely kept his distance from the mad media room most of the week. Thanks Rob.

The Canadian Monster team is the best group of people to work with in the game. They are patient, persistent and resilient. They also brought the soul back to an event that badly needed it. Anyone who doubts their commitment to making action sports a better place is way out of line. In it for the right reasons. Libby Everest is strength personified. She takes no shit, makes no excuses and is completely on point. Friend crush. Nelson Phillips is a visionary dude, make no mistake. He saw the writing on the wall for the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival and set out to do nothing short of remake it. Mission accomplished. Thank you for getting me involved.

Dave Phillips and Paul Rak are the boots on the ground and I often think that they work harder than anyone. They also play harder. Honorable mention goes to Brad Broughton who was right there with them almost every step of the way. So were Amy Huddle and Lindy Thomson who made sure so many things were taken care of, and always with a smile. Thank you all.

I'm really impressed with Danny Kass and Kevin Casillo from Grenade. They decided to take the Grenade Games bigger and international this year, and they trusted us to do it up right. They were nothing but gracious and grateful and it made dealing with them and fulfilling their vision really painless. I've worked with so many prima donna pro snowboarders before, and to deal with someone who is at the top of the game but still does it for all the right reasons is truly encouraging. Kevin is like some kind of soul mate from across the continent. Instant friends, intelligent conversations way into the night, awesome. As the week wore on and I got stuck in the media world more, I didn't get to spend as much time with them, but still, we had a great week.

I've saved the best for last. Nobody put in more hours or worked harder than Clayton Larsen from Sandbox. He is the amazing editor that put together all the videos. He brought good ideas and great technical skill to the table, did revisions quickly and without complaint, and worked just an unbelievable amount. You can see that he has gained a ton of experience in the Sandbox camp, and he's clearly unflappable. Clayton man, you get the biggest THANK YOU of the week.

Around this time last year I was writing this. The most important line of that was "Put the snowboard back into the "ski and snowboard festival". I challenge the organizers of the WSSF to make this festival into a legitimate part of the contest scene, and to bring us back some credibility, not just the hotel visits."

What do you have to say? Did we do it?



Joanna M and Damon. Can I get you some sunscreen Damon? Joanna M photo.

Dalby always looks like this in photos.

Biggest Canucks fan ever? Possibly. Nelson Phillips is the captain of the ship. Don't kiss any pigs in Mexico.

Radical dude. Just ask his ass. My favourite grenerd Kevin Casillo and me at Sushi Village.

Libby and Jay at Sushi Village. Jay is the man.

Friends. Libby and me at the skate jam

And this drink means it's over. Oh wait, Danny just bought a round of shots? Oh shit.
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Grenade Games day 5 and all the crazy video movies...

I'm poking my head out to say hi to everyone. The Grenade Games are a rolling ball of madness and destruction. The parties every night and the hilarious events are way beyond what my fragile soul was prepared for but I like to think I'm rallying to the cause. My liver hasn't taken this kind of abuse in years.

The halfpipe finals are on now, I'm uploading photos from the rock party last night that SBC and Monster threw. The video is going to be as hilarious as the Grenade Games opening night at sushi village video. You can see all of em here.

Wish me luck. In 48 hours it will all be over.


John, Scott and Mat rock out.

Aliens are real.

My favourite hair metal rocker of the week

The dancefloor was madness. Especially for Slayer, Angel of Death.

Monster Grenade Games 5 - Day 4 from monster dano on Vimeo.

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Grenade Games updates

What an insane week this has been so far. This basically the first time I've had a second to pause and update here since I've been doing all my updates over at the Monster Site. (blog, galleries, video) The Grenade Games started off with a bang and they have been loads and loads of fun. The moguls are going on right now, and unfortunately we went from sunny slush yesterday to cold overnight, so it's hard as a rock up there. Luckily the weather is going to get back to warm and sunny soon.

Here is a video from the opening party. We're doing tons of posts so if you want to know what's happening in Whistler this week check it out. I'm a twittering little fool too, so if you need instant updates you can follow me @dspphoto.


Grenade Games 5 - Night 1 from monster dano on Vimeo.

I can't give you guys any promises about updates for the rest of the week so drop by the Monster site if you are into that sort of thing.

D.
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Showtime at last.

Well folks, today is the day. I'm just finishing up the final details for the opening party tonight and getting ready for the good times. Thanks so much to the folks at Monster Energy who are supporting this exhibit and Holly at the Blake Jorgenson Gallery who has been burning the candle on both ends and still made time to hang all the photos with me yesterday. All I can say is, I wish I had more space. I would love to show about three times as many photos as I'm finally able to, but that's the deal.

We're going to try to help my friend Murray Siple raise some money for spinal cord research tonight so please bring at least a twoonie to throw in the jar or go here if you can't make it. I know that we're really close to being able to treat injuries like Mur's and every little bit helps. That way, when you see him walking through the village in a few years you can take a tiny little bit of pride that you helped make that happen. This isn't a question of "if" anymore, just a question of "when" and the sooner it happens the sooner the life of Mur and thousands of others will improve.

Ok, I have to go sign a bunch of prints. Check out some more of the coverage here, here, and even here.


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Recent Work, Westbeach Heritage book, Grenade Games 5.

It has been pointed out to me that I should maybe showcase some of the things I've been up to lately. As you can see from the last blog, my last year has been really busy as well as really diverse in terms of the projects that I've taken on. I'm still waiting to get the hard copy of Whistler/Blackcomb's media kit to see the portraits I shot for it, but I'll show you some of the other things going on.

Go here to see the Westbeach Heritage blog. We'll be leaking bits and pieces from the book in the next six months as we lead up to the publication, as well as some things that didn't make the book that are super interesting.

Of course I'm
charging hard on my new project with Monster Energy and Grenade to bring the Grenade Games to Whistler for the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival. I'm really impressed that after voicing what a lot of people were thinking last year, that the TWSSF has taken an active stance to make a better festival and let me be a part of it. It's very much a "put up or shut up" situation and I've turned my focus to this for the season. Join the Facebook group here for updates.

I've had a bunch of work getting published in the last month or so too. Here is some of it that I like best:



The word "legend" makes me feel old. Snowboard Canada Mag.

Landvik rules. I'm glad Anon picked this shot.


Devun Walsh's interview in Frequency Mag is pretty great. It's a good issue and you all should pick it up.
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Several steps

My life is getting torn in several directions lately. It's exciting to do new things and have new challenges, and it's also difficult to let other things wait.

Yesterday was the beginning of the media campaign to promote Grenade Games 5, this spring and it went very much according to plan. As the days move on we'll be bringing more information out and continuing to work to make sure that the World Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler is the best it has been in years.

On the other hand, the winter in BC has being very difficult and isn't cooperating in the making of snowboard photos. I find that to be frustrating. C'est la vie. Life moves on. Mine continues to be very, very interesting and unusual. As I shoot more and more in my neighbourhood, I am starting to really "see". Themes start to become obvious and I spend more time developing the ones that speak loudest to me. This is a long process and It's very interesting. The best part about it is that as you live longer, the things you see change. How you see changes. What is important to you personally and photographically change. This means I'm often dismissive of some of my past work as I move past it, and also some things from my past that didn't resonate with me immediately grow on me over time. My work evolves even after it's in the can.

As my snowboard photography suffers in a bad season, I become a better photographer.

Here are a couple shots from this week.


s canoe

dog run

casino bird
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