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Going West with Mark McMorris, Aaron Biittner, Bode Merrill and Zak Hale

As winter starts loosening its hold on us, the fever of spring starts making us itch and when the itch hits, you have to scratch it. So we opened our maps and dropped a pin in Oregon. Why? It’s one of the only places to skate, snowboard and surf in the same day.

We wrangled together a snowboard crew, crammed into an RV and filled it to the brim with bacon and wireless speakers. After waiting on Zak (per usual), we turned the key and let an electronic voice guide our way off the grid.

 THE DUDES

THE FULL ADVENTURE

SPOT 1: WINDELLS SKATEPARK

Crisp air, the smell of pine and the feel of four wheels on the concrete is like pouring hot soup all over your soul. As Zak puts it, “Skating Windells is always a treat. They have one of the best skateparks I’ve ever been to in the entire world.”

SPOT 2: DOWN BY THE RIVER

After a good skate session, a quick dip in the river was in order. Of course it was practically frozen but these boys aren’t known for playing it safe. They dove in head first without thinking twice. And what would a day at the river be without Zak turning his shorts into a diaper and Biittner sending out some flies?

SPOT 3: CAMPING AT MT. HOOD

Logs over fire, koozies in hand, and the call of sleeping bags seemed like the best way to cap the night. We threw on our packs and set out to claim a spot. The dudes spent the night talking shred and Bode chopped wood like a crazy person.

SPOT 4: SESSION AT MT. HOOD

When winter makes a run for it, we chase it down. For a crew that makes a living on their boards, the occasional day of pure fun snowboarding is a necessity. Nothing beats mini park lines and rope ollies over your friends.

SPOT 5: CAMP ON THE COAST

Departing Mt. Hood is never easy, but when the ocean is calling — it’s hard to say no. We spent our last night under the stars with more fire, more stories and a surf check. After everyone rolled out of their tents in the morn we unraveled the bacon one last time. Biittner had his say on the matter.

“Instead of calling it grease splatter, let’s call it bacon kisses—we all got plenty of love.” – Aaron Biittner

SPOT 6: SURF CHECK

Cruising around the oceanfront is a good way to end any trip, and Oregon has one of the better coastlines out there. “I have never been to the Oregon Coast. I’ve been in that area a million times but never the coast, and it was amazing” said Zak. We caught some views hiking the cliffs and paddled out to get some wave love on our boardsAs reluctant as we were to leave behind the good views and great times, it was time to bid the PNW adieu.

Several minutes and a 46-point turnabout in the RV later, we headed home. The itch had been remedied, but we know it won’t be long before the need for adventure returns.