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Paul Stevens Strikes First

AIRprentice Sweepstakes

Words by Paul Stevens.
July 10th, 2010

In case you missed it we took a new approach to AIRprentice this year (more on that to come).  Instead of just one rider we realized that this crop of riders was so good we needed to nab two riders.  We knew for sure that we wanted Matt Montandon; he threw down fearlessly and stylishly and he was super easy to be around.  For the other rider it was the DH/big mountain stylers who had us smitten – but which one to choose?  We declared a tie between Ian Morrison and Paul Stevens and we gave them a month to show us what they could do – but we didn’t give them much more to go on than that.  Paul Stevens has struck and here’s his first punch.


Well, after a tie was declared at last weekend’s AIRprentice, it seems that myself and Ian have been put head to head to do battle. The thing is, Ian is my buddy and we have shredded and filmed together before. But if it’s blood and battle that you NSMB clan want to see, then the both of us have agreed that we can put on a show for your viewing pleasure. I have a few nifty moves of my own, and a couple of killer death combos to combat Ian’s arsenal.

The Morrison Scrub. The thing of beauty that was those couple of seconds in the “how to procrastinate” video , that I played back over and over, wondering how this kid seemed to warp time and space. This fair maiden has turned into the monster that I must now slay.

Luckily, I have been monitoring the monster’s behaviour. Taking notes at the AIRprentice, I have concluded that it only rears its head for very short periods of time, coming out to mercilessly decapitate the lips of jumps, and then disappears back into the ether. I have been talking to many of the lips on A-line for input, but either they have had their heads torn clean off by the Scrub already, or are too scared to talk. I am trying to recruit them to fight back, but for now, it looks like I will have to battle the beast alone.

paul stevens, airprentice, ian morrison, duelling, whistler  bike park
  The lips of whistler live in fear, join AHOLE (Association for the Help Of Lips Everywhere) and you can help them too.

paul stevens, airprentice, ian  morrison, duelling, whistler  bike park  Planning routes for underground tunnels to take the Morrison scrub by surprise

paul stevens, airprentice, ian   morrison, duelling, whistler  bike park   I headed into the woods, wielding my battle axe and spear, to hunt down some other wild animals that might prepare me for the wrath of the Morrison scrub. The forest amongst the BC wildlife should be a good training ground.
 
paul stevens,  airprentice, ian    morrison, duelling, whistler  bike park   I have been frantically digging, trying to sniff out any bears or cougars to fight in preparation, but i haven’t had much luck yet. Maybe I am digging in the wrong places. 

Back at my waterfall gap, featured briefly in Todd Hellinga’s Whistler report #3, I was caught by surprise by some evil sharp rocks on the landing. I am starting to wonder whether they have joined forces with the Morrison scrub, in an attempt to crush me to a pulp. I survived this guerrilla ambush, but will be constantly on the look out, and next time, I’ll be ready.

paul stevens,  airprentice, ian     morrison, duelling, whistler  bike park   They went for my eyes! this time, I was lucky

 

paul stevens, airprentice, ian     morrison, duelling, whistler  bike park   Scanning the horizon for the armies of the Morrison Scrub


We are going to ask for your input on this as well. Should we take Paul Stevens for the team or Ian Morrison? In truth we’d love to have both – but we only have one spot. Who should it be? How should we choose? Tell us here…