Washington TC – A Film By LINE Traveling Circus
The LINE TRAVELING CIRCUS has returned for its Ninth Season with WASHINGTON TC. There’s no debate – this film will be a tremendous success. In what may be the largest cast yet, this international group of deplorables explores this great nation’s 42nd state – Washington!
Featuring: Leo Taillefer, LJ Strenio, Peyben Hägglund, Rob Heule, Khai Krepela, Will Wesson, Garrett Russell, Andy Parry, Ross Imburgia, Dylan Siggers, Jack Borland, Tucker FitzSimons, Sämi Ortlieb, Remus the Corgi, Jeff Curry & more!
Filmed on location at Summit at Snoqualmie, Stevens Pass & Mission Ridge!
“I’m living the American dream right now?” – Leo Taillefer
Words and photos by The Red Knight
Besides the obvious anticipation for the first snowfall, the TC crew has been especially excited about the 2011-2012 season for the return of Garrett Russell. Garrett had been absent for all of last year’s episodes because of ACL surgery he had in October of 2010.
Garrett returns! Next episode: Spicy Cat returns!
Garrett preparing food in the van’s breakfast nook.
Typical TC parking lot breakfast session.
Unfortunately, in some sort of weird plot twist, Traveling Circus front man Andy Parry has switched places with Garrett on the disabled list this season, succumbing to the same terrible fate that sidelined Garrett last winter. Long story short: Andy blew his knee out this past fall, jumping over a fence. (See episode for details)
Andy’s hair sock: years of shaving only his upper leg for personal style, finally has a practical purpose.
Will and LJ taking a break from intense training at Snogression.
A rare moment of organization in the van. Kinda.
So Andy had surgery, we drove to Montana, slept in the base lodge. LJ ran a marathon, ate a spicy chicken sandwich, and went skiing – all in the same day.
LJ at an effortless 17 miles into the race.
After finishing a marathon LJ only ate half this orange slice and demanded McDonalds.
Ian came back to Utah for a bit, Thanksgiving was delicious, and we drove the van to Lake Tahoe to hang out with Garrett, twice. 5. Ian flew out to Utah for a few weeks.
Ian after eating two spoonfuls’ of wood-glue…
…and training for an alternative career in futon skateboarding…
Utah’s fall colors really bring the best out in the van’s graphics.
And now, here’s episode 4.3 of Line Traveling Circus, Fall Into Winter…
The LINE Traveling Circus leaves sunny Utah and drives 2000 miles into an unplanned month long tour full of rain, sleet, snow and everything else that is east coast skiing in March.
Welcome to fall, the search for wherever snow hits the ground. Stop in with LINE rider LJ Strenio with a tour of his basement living conditions and learn why he’s one of the best freestyle skiers in the world. After that come along with the whole TC crew seeking out classified ad’s for jib-junk removal. Finally follow TC to LINE HQ in Seattle to transform a commercial van into the ultimate ski-bum-mobile. What better to do than take off on an unplanned 2,000-mile road trip through Oregon, California and back home to Utah taking park jibbing to the next level.
Will: This summer has been great! In June I was planning on doing whatever I could to stay and ski all summer at Mount Hood. I was expecting camping, couches, and ramen noodles. Luckily, with only a few weeks before heading north from Mammoth (TC Episode 9) I was presented with an opportunity to work at Windells Ski and Snowboard Camp. Needless to say, I was stoked and jumped on the opportunity right away. At the end of May, I caravanned north with coaches Ahmet Dadali and Ashley Battersby to start working.
At Windells my job duties included: driving vans full of campers to the mountain everyday, working as a counselor in between sessions, and helping out as a coach during busy sessions. As summer rolled along I kept thinking how incredibly boring it would have been to be home in Western New York…
Huge thanks to Jeremiah and Sean for making my summer infinitely better.
Andy: After living out of my car in Mammoth for several weeks I was ready for rest and relaxation back home. Less than a week later I was sick of New York and I still had two months until TC week at Hood. So I focused on cutting grass and not stepping in cow poop till it was time to fly out and go skiing.
Session 5 was the Traveling Circus session and the entire LINE skis office staff came out to ski at Windells. Eric Pollard came out to ski for a few days and helped give away dozens of pointy sticks with grips, skis and other swag. I even got lucky and invited to coach the last session of camp. Oregon gets more fun every year and can’t wait to go back next summer.
Shane (TC Camera Guy): Filming with Will & Andy at Mount Hood was exactly where I left them last summer so it was a pretty familiar feeling when I landed mid-day in the hectic Portland airport. The only difference this time was Will & Andy’s newfound “fame.” Is fame the right word? Probably not.
In textbook Traveling Circus style the next few weeks would be filled with the same struggles for rides, food, lift tickets and places to sleep.
Three weeks of July summarized: Erik Olson is the ultimate ski bum, the Oregon coast is awesome even though we all are horrible at surfing and Ian Compton had the best haircut while Andy had the worst. Plus days filled with skiing, camping, eating, sleeping and cramming into Ahmet’s tiny chick car.