{This daily blog segment was during the month of April 2010}

I’m going to be spending the next 10 days in Whistler during the Telus World Ski & Snowboard festival. My mentor for the work practicum is snowboard photographer and filmmaker Brian Hockenstien. I’m super stoked and I’ll try as hard as I can to update my blog daily.

Day 1

Well, I made it to Whistler. and I’m currently parked in the parking lot across from the village. (Why is that important you ask?) Because my parents mini-van will be my home for the next 10 days. As it turns out, its like 400 bucks for 2 weeks in a hostel here. As a starving student, I can’t afford that shit.

But I did however finally meet my mentor Brian. He invited me over to his house in Creekside to meet and hangout with him and his roommate (2 of which are pro snowboarders). As it stands, I am currently refered to as Intern, not Marcus, Intern. It’s not the coolest nickname in the world, but it is valid. He’s teaching me lots already, like how to roll an inside out joint. But Day 2 were heading up the mountain to shred gnar and get some shots, so I’m pretty stoked.

(Side note – I successfully had no sleep last night. It’s a tough life trying to sleep next to your snowboard.)

Here are some photos I took on the drive up to Whistler, enjoy! (and keep reading)

Day 2

Brian and I met up in the village around noon, we got our media passes and headed up to shred for the remainder of the day.

They spelt my name wrong though, close enough I guess. (I also learned not to have you pass showing when your riding, cause apparently only nerds do that.)

After a while of riding and meeting his buddies, we decided it was time to take pictures. We went to a place they call Cake Hole and I got a couple of shots, until snow patrol asked us to leave since the mountain was closed for the day. Brian was nice enough to let me use his Canon 7D, fuck yeah 8 fps!

We later went over the photos and discussed what I did wrong and how they can be improved. Theres a lot of rules to snowboard photography that I was unaware of, but I’m learning lots and I look forward to our next day of shooting.

Rider – Jay Rolston (Both)

Day 3

Today was the first day of competitions, it was called the Orage Masters. It might have been the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. There are 7 teams of 4 (all skiers) and each team is dressed in matching theme costumes, as they do their run down a slopestyle course they have to come up with a routine before hand. It didn’t matter if you were very good (though most were REALLY good) just as long as you were entertaining the crowd. One team actually stopped halfway through to slam beers!

I also happened to see my photojournalism teacher Jeff Boyce shooting this contest aswell, small world right? Here are some photos:

That night I went to a huge art show in the village, it was super gnarly. I didn’t have my camera with me at the time but I did take some photos on my phone, so I’ll put those up on Facebook when I get a chance if anyone is interested in seeing them.

Day 4

After a quick shred sesh up on the hill Brian took me to something that’s not exactly part of the festival. It was the Westbeach 2nd annual jib BEEF contest. For anyone who doesn’t know what BEEF is, its kind of like SKATE (except for snowboarders). Everyone has to do the same trick the first rider does, if they fail to do so they lose a letter. Fuck up 4 times and your out. Grand Prize – a Texas Mickey of Whiskey.

Needless to say it was heated battle. In fact I got laid out by one of the riders at one point, I guess I was too close. Luckily with my quick reaction, my lens and camera were just fine.

Brian even let me use his 14mm lens, soo dope.

Rider – Kael Hill (above)

Rider – Alex Stathis (below)

Rider – Kael Hill (above)

Rider – Andrew Burns (above)

I was told to get more creative

Rider – Kael Hill (above)

Rider – Loosh Shunishev(below)

The sweet taste of victory:

(Winner – Alex Stathis)

Later that night we went to a new bike movie premiere called Follow Me. I’m not really into mountain biking let alone mountain biking movies, but holy shit. This piece of art blew my mind. If you can, I would recommend watching it. But be prepared to get super stoked.

Day 5

I slept in this morning. How do you sleep in when you sleep in a van? Pretty easy when you wake up at 5am EVERY morning for no reason. The reason I’m telling you this is because of my sleepy attitude I forgot that the mens ski superpipe qualifiers was taking place on Blackcomb. By the time I got up there was about half an hour left. So I did manage to get at least a couple of shots in the end. Oh well, its only qualifiers. I wonder if the semi-finals are today, if so I’m already late…

Later on that night I met Hocks buddy Stan. Stan is a local artist and was on his way to do some illustrated graffiti work on this crashed train site near Function Junction. This train had derailed and crashed into a forest in the late 70s, and people go there to express their creativity on it. Not only that, but Whistler mountain bikers have actually turned it into a place to ride, using the train as additional obstacles. Brain insisted I tag along to get some shots, and I did:

Day 6

Today was the World Invitational Men&Women Skier Superpipe finals. It was a really gnarly completion, everybody was going balls out to win this thing. Especially once the completion had ended, The Big Hit contest began. All skiers had 15 minutes to drop in and pull off the biggest trick they could, the price was a $2000 bar tab for anywhere that serves Kokanee.

That night Brian was able to get us tickets to see the annual film maker showdown. 40 teams had 72 hours to make a short 5 minute film. The film had to take place 100km within whistler, and there had to be a yo-yo involved. 39 were able to make the deadline, and only 8 made it into the finals. I’ve never been to this before, but apparently it was one of the best film maker showdowns they’ve ever had. Every entry had potential to win. The War of 1910 and or 1924 won peoples choice, and Panty Bloom won the contest. ($5000)

I’m getting pretty stoked now because the Grenade Games start tomorrow! I have a feeling I’m going to be taking a shitload of more photos, so be prepared cause I just might have to start a new page.

Day 7

I’m sitting on the Blackcomb gondola coming down from the mountain and I decide to check my Twitter. Yes, I have Twitter, It comes with my phone, whatever. It just so happens the day before I decided to start following WSSF (the festival) to get updates on whats going on in town. This is the first time Twitter has actually been useful for me. What did WSSF tweet? – Deadline for the Amateur Photographer Throwdown is midnight tonight.

Wait, what!? WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED OF THIS!?

So thanks to Twitter I was able to get 3 of my best shots from the day of the jib contest in before midnight. I’ll find out if I win on Thursday during the Pro Photo Showdown, hopefully I can get tickets to that.

Unfortunately I was not able to shoot any sports which was a bit of a bummer, But tomorrow will be filled with action as grenade games 6 is well underway! So I took a couple of night shots of Whistler just for fun.

To see the rest of my adventure, please go to the next page titled Grenade Games 6

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16 Responses to “Whistler Work Practicum”


  1. 1 M buddy
    April 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Hey intern! Sounds allll very exciting, have fun sleeping with your snowboard the next 9 days ;)I like the boats, super cool 🙂 take photos of your habitat! haha (your van)

  2. 2 Hannah
    April 17, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Oh man, my friend Julian got a D7 as payment for photographing an event at the Olympics…SO drool worthy

  3. 3 Laura
    April 17, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Great shots! Keep them coming, intern!

  4. April 18, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Hey Intern, I’m enjoying your ride too!!!

  5. 5 Auntie Carol
    April 18, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Hey Sir Intern, I’m enjoying your ride, keep it up xo

  6. 6 Jenna
    April 18, 2010 at 3:30 am

    OMG I am so proud of you! Your pics look amazing! I am so jealous of you right now!! wish I was there with you!

  7. 7 M buddy
    April 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    wow wow wow, good stuff.

  8. 8 M buddy
    April 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    dude with red pants and the one overloooking the town are my favorite

  9. April 19, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    The trailer for “Follow Me” is unreal…

  10. 10 Laura
    April 21, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Shots of old train crash are surreal………

  11. 11 Auntie Carol
    April 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Marco I’m enjoying your “ride” too, keep it up, you have such a talent!!!! xo

  12. 12 Tieran
    April 22, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Nice framing duders! Fuckin’ bad ass.

  13. 13 wyatt
    April 30, 2010 at 3:39 am

    WOW dude your photos are so dope. i always new you were guna kill what ever you did, keep em cuming bud

    ps lets party . were young were wild n free

  14. July 30, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Brilliant stuff! The boat and the high cliff are just awsome locations. Sounds like a kick-ass trip!

  15. August 6, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Good share,you article very great, very usefull for us…thank you

  16. 16 krisdtinalitwinowa
    March 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    hey! some of your pictures are amazing! like the snowboarding photography a lot!

    rock on, aloha. krisdtina : )


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