La Jolla Family Vacation, Feb. 9, 2011

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Okay, it looks like I’m in real time cyber mode! Lets see if this works…

What’s happening right now is my family and I decided to cash in my airline miles and make a trip to La Jolla, CA, to escape the arctic blast back home. We arrived last night and just got photos of what the weather looks like back home… Whew, just in time.

This is my attraction to La Jolla: paragliding Torrey Pines Gliderport.

Here’s a pic of the last session I had flying here.

Right now, I’m staring at the cliff hoping the wind cooperates and I can fly some today. Gianna, Jet and Jaci are all down for a tandem ride, too. We already scoped the launch site out and there is hope for the wind to align this afternoon. Fingers crossed.

An Aggro Circus Christmas, Huahine, Wayne Coyne’s birthday, etc.

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Aggro Cirus

For Christmas, I built in the Aggro Circus show with team at Universal Studios then broke out to Huahine in the French Polynesian Islands with my family.

Huahine was amazing!  It was like living inside an aquarium!

I brought all my paragliding and skydive equipment with me, just in case.   I couldn’t find anyone that would let me jump out of their plane, but I found a cliff and I hiked up it, through the tundra, and launched my paraglider and flew around.

The mountain made me earn the fun, but it was worth it. My first hike I didn’t know there was a trail, I was by myself and, at one point, I ran into a bunch of bees and they attacked me!  As I was panicking, I rolled down the mountain with my gear, over their nest.  I was getting stung like crazy.  I couldn’t get away from them… then I thought of Dave England’s advice and stopped panicking and they stopped stinging me!  hahaha.  Jackass 3D came to be very educational for me!  awesome… Thanks to my ridiculous friends!!

The local kids started hanging with me and would help me launch. They were all lil tropical gangsters!  I made a bond with them by flying into their soccer field and landing.  They were cool.  Here’s another short flight.  When I landed, all my lil friends come to greet me.  They loved cheetos…

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Here’s a flight I got about 8 or 9 min of soar time.

Here are some rad sights.  These are dolphins teaching their baby to do tricks!  Here are the sacred fresh water eels of Huahine.  You can hangout and feed em.

On the trip, I read the Magnificent Failure. This book is about the life of Nick Piantanida.  This dude is my hero!  He’s the originator of the f’it flag!  I love this guy….  He took a hot air balloon up to the stratosphere DIY in 1966!!!   I dream to do this some day!!   I got this book from Keith Treanor’s dad, Harry Loney.  Thanks Harry.

When we got home, I was greeted by a present I’m in complete awe of.  Ben Harper sent me one of his signature guitars with a message that made my life.

My birthday was January 9th and I chose to do nothing! Except I took a flight with my paramotor from my house over to my new house I’ve been renovation for the last year. This house project has completely consumed me, but it’s gonna be rad when we finish… I built a launching pad off the roof for my flying machines!  A lot of new playgrounds are in construction mode!

On January 13th I went to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch. More here.

Then went to Wayne Coyne’s surprise birthday party.

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Now I’m at the Winter X Games typing away…

Well, that brings us up to now.  I hope you enjoy the new site and I’ll keep it up to date with the happenings in my world.

Going back out West: Jason Ellis, Perris Dropzone etc.

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Nov 6th was the next Stand up for Skatepark in Vegas with X playing!!  I was excited to have another jam with the masters, and I’ve been trying to see X since I was a little kid, but I threw my back out working on my new house and could barely walk…. So last minute I decided to go back west in support of Jason Ellis.  He was having an Ellis Mania at the Hollywood palladium.  …and I arranged to jump out of a hot air balloon on the morning of the 7th  before my flight back.

I’ve toured with Ellis on many tours and he may be the funniest human alive.  He would make tour fly by and always stand up for me if there were any bmx haters around… He rode his board like I like to ride my bike.  I’d see a big transfer line and the only person who would beat me to it would be Ellis.  He goes big and I must state Jason Ellis may be the wittiest dark overlord of our century.  The dude makes me laugh and shake my head constantly when he’s around.

The hot air balloon jump didn’t work out because the winds were at 40mph + at around 5000 ft, next time…. so we went to the Perris dropzone and got 3 jumps in.  Then, Rooftop dropped me off at the airport.  thanks roofy.

Jumps

On Nov 13th I went to Stew Johnson’s the Anthem premier in Austin.  I saw a lot of OG greats and hung out with Sheps!  I love that man.  Ain’t nothing changes but his limp.

Dec 3rd I went to Vegas to raise some money for TJ lavin.

Dec 8th  I went to Portland to meet up with Lew and show my film at Nemo to all the rad local.  Ryan Barrett brought me by Burnside to let me drool.  I should have brought my bike… We had an auction and were able to raise some money for Mike Vincent!  Mike needs all the support anyone can give, so if you can spare some for a brother please give, press here.

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