Alright so it has come and gone again for another year and I must say that it was amazing once again! This was my 9th Buller River Festival but this one was different! Unfortunately this year was my first year not racing due to recent shoulder surgery but I still made the trip and it was so worth while!!!
The weather came to the party for most of it and the sun roared down in between patches of classic Murchison fog and cloud. I left Hawkes Bay on Wednesday morning to pass by the Hydraulics HQ to pick up some spot prizes and some kit for the team and then made my way to the ferry in Wellington. After a meen feed with my bro and his flatties I met up with Sanga and Flick for the 2.25am ferry crossing. By 8am Thursday we made it to Murchison with no sleep and rearing to go for the weekend ahead. While everyone got ready and raced I did some last minute editing to a collaborative film Tyler and I would show that night. Mike D came in with the 1st place spot even though there was 3 others equally able for the spot.
The night kicked off with Zac, Keith and Dylan's East Waikaia Film and then we finished off the showings with a bunch of 2010 missions mixed in to make an epic flick! The rest of the night I will leave up to your imagination..
Saturday morning was the slalom race but a few of us decided to go rest our heads at Maruia Falls while some of the boys hucked it. Some interesting lines but no serious carnage.
Back at the camp people were getting restless for the party planned for the night. The theme was denim and the sneak peaks of costumes I had seen were epic! Again the rest can be left up to you imagination.
Sunday monrning got off to a slower start than the one before with some much needed cold juice and a pie before the events kicked off. This was the fun event and it came in the form for the first time this year as a cardboard cup. Competitors had to make a vessel out of cardboard and race down the river to the camp where we all watched from. it was very funny and entertaining!!
Prize giving went down a treat with some very stoked people winning sweet prizes from great companies such as Bliss-stick, Hydraulics, Skull Candy and many more!!!
THEN... as we were about to set down for a few hours sleep before an early start to make the 8am ferry home we realised that we did not fuel up and that we had 80km of Gas and 120km to the nearest gas station... We decided to get up a bit earlier and go for it and hope for the best. 4am we woke and began the nervous dash via Nelson to get gas! No trouble! We made the ferry and then 12.5 hrs later i made it back to Hawkes Bay where I set in for 2 days rest and recovery! Thanks Ben for once again outdoing yourself and producing a world class event!!!
Cheers to all the friends that come to this event! cant wait to see you all again in a few days, weeks or at Buller Fest next year!