No Such Thing as 'Off Season' for Norona Life
Some passionate skiers call summer the 'off season', but that's far from true for G3 athlete Dave Norona. All about 'getting out there', he's just as pumped for summer as he is when the snow flies. And who wouldn't be? If you could combine ski season with summer weather, now then we'd be talking! While we wait for winter 2011 to kick in, Dave checked in with an update of his antics from this summer.
What a Summer!
Last season was epic, it seemed to snow a ton each week and the touring and skiing were amazing! Especially skiing those deep days on the newest sleds from G3... the HighBalls!
Well winter had to end sometime and luckily for me summer is super busy, busy having fun that is. Even though the spring was wet I managed a lot of travel and riding dirt bikes with a KTM demo tour I was running at Tracks throughout BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. It was a great way to meet some awesome people and see a little more of Canada off the beaten track. Plus I got to ride my road bike every day on some amazing back roads!
The rest of spring was spent aboard my mountain bike shredding sweet BC single track. My backyard is the North Shore Mountains and the quality of riding is amazing, hard ride ups and technical rides down, I Love it!
The middle of my summer involved a cool project; doing all the filming for the BC Bike Race, a 7 day single track epic that snakes its way from Vancouver Island to Whistler through some of the best single track on the planet. I used a Zero MX Electric moto to follow the racers and film their epic moments. It was a tough week but someone had do it!
The BC Bike Race also has another event called the BC Bike Ride, which is 7 days of riding with out the racing. It is more my style these days and we hit high alpine trails from heli drops, shuttles and good old pedal power from Pemberton to Vancouver Island with lots of partying in between!
Once July and August arrived and the trails were dusty my amazing partner Kim and I hit the warm waters of Nitinaht Lake on Vancouver Island to kite surf. Each sunny day brought strong thermal winds to this magical lake on the edge of our Coastal Rainforest! It is a truly special place and the kiting is off the hook!
Throughout the summer I also worked with Grind for Kids to raise money for Vancouver’s Children’s Hospital through Grouse Mountain’s famous Grouse Grind. This 2800 vertical foot climb over 2.9km is a must do on any visit to Vancouver. I have other secret trails that I do over the crowded Grind that have mixed climbing and hiking and are a great way to start the day!
One of the coolest things I did this summer was work with a Japanese film crew on the Aqua Skipper a human powered hydrofoil and teach three Japanese comedians how to do it…they didn’t really get it but it was so funny and the crowd was huge!
Well it is October as I am writing this and I just recently added a new bike to the quiver, a Sherco Trials Bike courtesy of my good buddy Ted. Trials is a new found love for me and I am blown away with all the amazing trails that are littered throughout the Sea 2 Sky corridor! We are so lucky in British Columbia to have all this amazing access to so many wicked adventures right out our door!
I hope this summer has been a great one for you and your families and remember life is about having fun and sharing it with your friends and family, so get out there!
Winter can’t come soon enough and neither can my new NoronaLife HighBalls! Bring it on!