Dave Genchi – Pioneer videographer and photo guru at SPC
On December 21, 2006, our photographer, best friend and brother Dave Genchi, suffered a serious spinal injury. Dave was Steamboat Powdercats pioneering photographer and videographer who made the classic Steamboat ski films Boat Trip and Boat Trippin. Dave’s daily work with SPC was genius. While snowboarding with our guides on that scary day in 2006, Dave took a surf turn, hit a rock, lost his balance, tumbled and seriously injured his neck. Our guides reacted immediately and we transported him safely off Buffalo Pass.
The posts below were added over the years to keep you informed with Dave’s progress. Please read the information below, learn about Dave, keep posted and witness his progress since that day in 2006. If you can, please support and donate to Dave’s recovery fund. Send your positive vibes his way at all times.
Winter 2009.10: Dave is now living in Florida for the winter with his family and his childhood home of Melbourne Beach. This past summer, Dave moved back to Steamboat Springs for a stint, enjoying the beautiful days provided to us here in the Yampa Valley.
Dave’s enthusiasm continues to inspire many. Though he is no longer enrolled at Project Walk, Dave continues to work out with the PW methods and is hoping to fundraise more so that he can get back to California and continue at this world class facility.
We encourage and thank all of you who continue to keep Dave in your thoughts and those who help Dave financially via his recovery fund. Thank you.
November of 20007: Dave has relocated from Florida to Carlsbad, California. He has enrolled in a spinal rehabilitation program with the organization Project Walk. The progressive therapy program “exists to provide an improved quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries through intense exercise-based recovery programs, education, support and encouragement.”
July 5th, 2007: Dave moved from the Craig Hospital in Denver where he was since the first of the year, to Florida to be with his family and close friends in his hometown of Melbourne Beach. He is settling in and working on continuing his rehab.
The Steamboat Pilot and Today newspaper did a follow up story about Dave on July 1st. Check out the article here. Also on the Steamboat Pilots website, there are images and video from when they interviewed Dave for the article. The piece is excellent as it talks about Dave and another Steamboat local who was also injured here in Steamboat during the ’06/07winter.
***The national and local support for Dave has been tremendous***
March 21st, 2007: Big Head Todd and the Monsters played an almost sold out show at the Steamboat Grand Resort and Conference center. The crowd was amazing and everyone left the event buzzing with a great energy. We’ve posted additional information and images and video links from the event on our photo/video page which you must check out.
We ended up with over 225 raffle items and generated some good monies through the raffle and admission for Dave’s recovery fund. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the event and to everyone for your generosity.
Monday March 19th, 2007: Kent and Jules went down to see Dave to catch a final visit before the benefit. Dave mentioned that his thank you to everyone who has reached out to him will be in working harder than ever to get up and walk again. His attitude and positive approach was contagious and he is at peace with the situation. “Once you are peace with everything in your life, then you will have the tool to move forward and overcome any obstacles which may be limiting you today or in the future.” Dave said.
There have been several other fundraiser’s that are have support Dave and his family through this tough time. Steamboat Magazine hosted an online fundraiser titled the “Photographer’s for Genchi”.
The auction generated $6,500 dollars to the recovery fund.
On Feb. 28th, 2007 Don Tudor hosted a gathering for the Photographer’s for Genchi auction. Click here for images of event.
In Melbourne Beach, Florida, also in New York and other venues across the State’s, people have coming together for Dave.
Dave is now at the Craig Hospital in Denver. He is in room 307 and the address to the Craig is 3425 S. Clarkson Street, Englewood, CO 80113 (please do not send flowers or gifts, just cards to his room).
He is settling in at the Craig and ready to tackle the long road of rehab. His attitude and energy remain positive and he’s eager to get moving forward.
Check out images from the Jan 14th showing of “Boat Trip and “Boat Trippin” at the Steamboat Mountain Theater. Thank you to everyone who came out to give a big cheers to Genchi!
Message originally posted late December 2006: On December 21st, our photographer, best friend and brother Dave Genchi, suffered a serious spinal injury.
While snowboarding with our guides, Dave took a surf turn, hit a rock, lost his balance, tumbled and seriously injured his neck. Our guides reacted immediately and we transported him safely off Buffalo Pass. A life flight ultimately transported him to St. Mary’s hospital in Grand Junction, CO where he is currently on the path to recover. Surgery was successful to stabilize the fractured vertebrae.
We at Steamboat Powdercats and the entire Powdercats Nation are shocked by this sudden turn of events but remain hopeful for a full and complete recovery. Our hearts and prayers go out to Dave, his immediate family and all those who have been blessed by knowing him.
Dave’s passion, creativity and lust for life are evident in everything that is Steamboat Powdercats. His ability to capture the soul of our experience and your epic powder day has touched thousands. His images and movies that you see on our website and have in your home, on your computer or on your wall, are a direct result of one man, Dave Genchi.
With this type of injury, the healing process will be extensive for Dave and our support will be paramount to his recovery.
Wire transfers can be made directly to the account via routing # 121000248.
- With wires, please also include the account number and include our manager’s name, Eric Deering for account reference.
- If you wish to send a check made out to the David Genchi Recovery Fund. The address is Wells Fargo, PO Box 774888, Steamboat Springs CO 80477.
- For those locally, you can go directly to the bank and talk with Brandy or any of the tellers.
- The fund account representative is Brandy Forsyth and her direct line is 970-870-2075.
Please contact us if you have any other questions regarding contributing to this fund and thank you again for your support.