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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Letters From Camp P.P.S.: Louie Vito Certified

As part of a larger campy EXPN summer feature this month, "Letters From ... ", I've a late-posted entry to submit straight outta Welches (Oregon). A special shout to Louie who delivered on his assignment, as planned, just not quite on any schedule (laughing). All good, in the Hood.

On location; on his way to the top! Mt. Hood, OR.
So I just got the "okay" to make some turns two-and-a-half weeks after my scope on my knee. As soon as I got home, I booked my ticket out to Oregon to check out Windell's Snowboard Camp and cruise around on Mt. Hood.

I have been going to Windell's since I was about seven years old, so I have seen the camp grow first hand. Let me tell you, the camp now is going off. This is the most snow I think I have seen at Hood in the summertime. The on-hill action is poppin' from jump lines to a fresh cut pipe to rails all around. If you like to skate, then this is also the place for you because they have added a ridiculous amount of skating stuff to the off-hill facilities. They added more wooden ramps to their indoor building called B.O.B. (Building Out Back) and expanded on their cement skating.

I always love coming to Hood because you are guaranteed to see friends shredding around. Let's start a little list of people I have ran into up on mountain in just three days of being here: JJ Thomas and Josh Sherman are doing a signature session at Windell's this week, the Frends Crew is up doing their signature session at HCSC, Torah Bright, Leanne Pelosi and Raewyn Reid are cruising around, the Technine Crew was out building some jumps and gaps to finish out filming for the new Finger On Da Trigga movie, Zack Siebert is actually digging at Windell's, Kazu and Takaharu Nakai are around, Robbie Sell, Zac Marben, Tanner Hall and Sammy Carlson have been around Windell's.

I shot my ad for O-Matic up in Government Camp with Robbie Sell (which I was stoked to do it with him). Of course, since I was in Gov'y, I had to get a Cobra Dog from my boy Cory Grove and then finish it all up with a Volcano Cone from Sally. Talk about a good combo of food.

Hood was a fun trip, sunny weather, good riding, and good people. If you have never made it out to Hood, I recommend that you put that on your list of things to do.—Louie