Of Life and Love was an idea passed down from the late Aaron Robinson. The goal was to make a snowboard video that not only showcased the physical action of snowboarding, but what goes on behind the scenes. What is the real reason we all snowboard? It wasn’t all about the contests and video parts for A Rob, it was about the experiences snowboarding provided him on and off his board. He knew there was something special there. After A Rob passed away last summer, Sam Tour and crew released Manifest- a tribute to his amazing life and talent on a snowboard.
For the third time in my life, I boarded a plane with a final destination of Bariloche, Argentina. As a veteran to the area, if that’s what you wanna call it, the laidback airport security and gypsy luggage thieves, who wait for you to walk away for a moment so they can steal your luggage, seemed normal to me. Everything went smooth as sand. I had to run around all of the luggage carousels for nearly an hour to find my duffel bag, and the 45-minute immigration lines were mere child’s play, compared to the 10-hour flight from San Francisco.
It’s funny how one’s path, to a vast extent, is determined by coincidence.
For me, randomly running into Jackson local/legend Rich Goodwin at the Arctic Challenge back in 2004 was one of those life-altering moments.