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Byerly's Halloween Bash

Every year Scott Byerly has his annual Halloween party. The first few years I had gone it was at his house, but as the party got more and more popular and more people were showing up, it’s graduated at SKY 60, a roof top bar downtown Orlando. Probably a better idea than having your house getting beat up.

Jon and Kate Plus 8

Jon and Kate Plus 8

Is Kilgus a bumblebee or a clown? How about a Bumbleclown.

Is Kilgus a bumblebee or a clown? How about a Bumbleclown.

People really go all out for Halloween; there were some elaborated costumes that people had put a lot of time into! Scott’s party was on Fri the 30, so after we parked our car and walked through downtown, only half the people were dressed up, and the other half were waiting till the real night, so we got some weird looks walking through downtown as a lumber jack (Russ), and Cop, (Lindsy), Jon and Kate plus 8(me and Kate), and a guy in a white suit with a mask? (Jimmy)

Rusty is a scary looking lumberjack.

Rusty is a scary looking lumberjack.

Photographer Jason Lee as

Photographer Jason Lee as "Where's Waldo?"

The quarterback always gets the hot cheerleader.

The quarterback always gets the hot cheerleader.

There is always a best costume contest and Grubbs roommate Spencer Williams ALWAYS wins.  However most years he always does have the best outfit.  This year when I first saw him I wasn’t sure what he was and thought maybe he slacked off a bit this year on the consume, I walked over to him and asked what he was dressed up as, and he instantly started yelling at me in the Billy Mays infomercial voice and selling me some OXY Clean, Ha he looked just like him! I gave him my vote for best outfit again; it was a perfect Billy Mays!

Long live Billy Mays

Long live Billy Mays

Hope everyone had a good Halloween, I’m headed to Mexico this weekend for a little fun event, should be good!

 

Posted: November 2, 2009 at 02:04 PM
By: Adam Levitt
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China

Last week I started out on a mission to head over to China to ride in the IWWF World Cup. I was pretty excited to be invited to participate in the event; the payout is really good, it’s cool to go see new places, and a bunch of the other boys were going so I was looking forward to it.

Rusty [Malinoski], Trevor [Hansen] and myself all booked our tickets together so we didn't have to travel alone. The longest leg of the trip was a 13.5 hour flight from ATL to Tokyo, SO FAR!

When we finally made it to the hotel, me and Russ checked into our room and it was awesome, we were so worried it was going to be dumpy. After traveling that far and being in a different country all you really want is a nice normal clean hotel room and we got so lucky with one!  When we went and checked out the other guys rooms, they were exactly what we were afraid of getting: old, smelly, crappy, dumpy rooms. I felt bad for the guys in those rooms and was glad I dodged that bullet!

Rusty's new ride. Rattray photo

Rusty's new ride. Rattray photo

We arrived on a Wednesday and practice was Thursday. We headed to the site Thurs morning to check it out and try and get a ride in. We saw the site and it looked great, pretty calm, good for watching, then they drove the first person of practice.  Both sides of the river had 10-foot cement sea walls. So after the boat went up and down once, the river was a huge soup bowl of water bouncing back and forth off the walls, and it was like that the rest of the time. I was kind of bummed to travel that far for an event that has good money in and not even be able to hardly ride because there were so many rollers. If anyone ever went to Kelowna for the old Pro Tour stop, it was that bad! So I rode horrible in the first round and got dead last in my heat: I was stoked! The rest of the time we spent watching the event, watching the jumpers try and jump in the rough water, ate a lot of MacDonald's, and tried out different Chinese beers!

Kiling time in China. Rattray photo

Kiling time in China. Rattray photo

Now the season is over, no more events for a while now. I'm going to Guelph for Thanksgiving, then coming back to FL and gonna spend some time learning a few new tricks. I've made a bit of a list to work on this winter.

Peace for now!

Rattray

Posted: October 7, 2009 at 01:59 PM
By: Adam Levitt
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Summer Wrap-Up

Man, a lot has happened since the last time I blogged!  Since the last time I wrote in Wakestock has happened, Surf Expo happened, and the WWA Worlds went on in Orlando. I sort of got overwhelmed near the end of the summer and it all felt like it blurred into one big busy week!

Wakestock was fun this year.  I’m from just outside Toronto so going to Wakestock means I get to see my family during the weekend, and Katie came up with me to hang out.  This year was the new site; it was cool to be in Blue Mountain village at night, the site though was pretty rough water.  Hopefully next year the wind gods takes a break for us, the water conditions ended my weekend pretty fast this year at Wakestock, sucks, oh well.

Next was Expo.  Expo is fun because you get to show the industry your new product, see what everyone else has come up with, go to the Wake Awards, and this year the Parks Doc came out. That movie was insane. It’s so cool everyone should see it. They did such a good job of it; you don’t even have to be a huge fan of wakeboarding to really enjoy the film.

Right after expo was WWA Worlds in Orlando. This weekend was fun. Being in Orlando always feel like a little less pressure. Maybe it is because you’re not hoping to win some money to pay back your plane ticket.  The sun was blaring, the water was calm and they had the wake really dialed.  Everyone rode really well that weekend. I made it through 2 rounds and ended up out in the semis.

Lately I’ve been finally spending some time at home.  Expo has passed so I now have my 2010 product from Gator.  I’ve been testing out my new stuff making sure it’s all dialed in before they go into full-blown production. I’ve been shooting a little bit, but mainly trying to learn some new ticks.  Everyone is getting so good these days and I feel like I need a few new spins in my arsenal.  So I’ve been riding a lot trying to figure some new things out.  I’m actually in the ATL airport right now flying home from a clinic I did this weekend for a student who is a regular at The Boarding School. Tomorrow morning I’m getting back on a plane and heading to China for the IWWF World Cup. I’m flying with Trevor and Rusty so I wont be alone on those long flights. Hopefully I can sleep on the plane or something.

I’ll check back in After China, I wont let near as much time pass in between these from now on, promise!

Posted: September 28, 2009 at 01:57 PM
By: Adam Levitt
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The World Games in Taiwan

I’m on my last day of my last major road trip for the summer; I’m in Taiwan for the last day of the World Games. From what I’ve learned about the World Games, it is an event put on every 4 years like the Olympics, with sports that are trying to be in the Olympics. So, basically, it’s the Olympics for sports not in the Olympics…did I explain that right?

I arrived here on Tuesday and then rode Wednesday morning. After quarterfinals were done we had two days off to check out the city. Andrew [Adkison] and myself walked around the city a little bit and found some cool stuff. There are some temples across the lake from the site we went into and they were insane. So detailed inside, every square inch of the building is decorated in honor of Bhudda; people come to those places each day to worship.  

 There is also tons of other events, there’s like tug-o-war, jujitsu, sumo wrestling, all kinds of stuff.  One of the nights we went and watched doubles trampoline.  Its where two people bounce side by side like a mirror image of each other; it was crazy, but really cool to see.  The city built a building just for indoor gymnastics stuff, as well as a stadium for track and field. I haven’t seen that building yet, tonight we will for the closing ceremonies. They said at the opening ceremonies there were 50,000 people watching. Tonight should be cool I hope.

Yesterday was the last day of riding; Andrew won, I got second, and Padiwat “Bomb” Jaemjan got third. It was definitely the biggest crowd I’ve ever ridden in front of in my career. After my ride I whipped into shore and had to walk through the crowd, probably 10,000 people. They all clapped, cheered, and I stood right by the edge of the lake where I took pictures and signed autographs for about 2 hours. It’s cool to see people so into it.  I wish more events had crowds like that; it was really cool to see. People here sure like their pictures taken with you! They then did the podium and it was full Olympic style. They raised the flags, sang the national anthem, the whole deal.

Today is our last day of hanging out here, then it’s a 23 hours mission home. I’m SO happy to be going home, I’ve been gone for so long. I miss my house, my lake, my grass, my chick, my dog: I love Florida. I’ve been lots of places in the world, and Florida is still my favorite place. I’ll be home for two weeks now getting ready for Wakestock!

 

Posted: July 27, 2009 at 01:46 PM
By: Adam Levitt
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Pro Tour Stop #2

Pro Tour #2 is in the books: Rathy won. It was cool to see him finally get a win. He’s been destroying it lately, he deserved a win by now for sure.

My weekend also went a lot better; I blew it in the first stop. The first two events are open for anyone to come out and qualify. After the first two stops riders ranked 40 and above are able to continue to ride the tour. Coming into this weekend I was 41 on the tour standings, I was in a pretty bad position. I was a touch nervous that I might blow it again and miss out on riding the tour this year. Things ended up ok though; I ended up tying for 11th place this weekend and am sitting in 18th place on the tour standings.  Phew!

This week I’m going to be working at The Boarding School, riding and getting ready for PWT #3 in Knoxville this weekend, and spending some time with the fam. I haven’t seen my fiancée for over a week, and my parents are in town. I haven’t seen them in a while either. Should be a mellow week, then crazy travel hits for 3 weeks. I’m going to enjoy my time at home this week.

Posted: June 23, 2009 at 01:42 PM
By: Adam Levitt
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