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9/24/2008 9:20:03 PM This is what I need because I'm a noob and I suck... http://feeds.engadget.com/~r/weblogsinc/engadget/~3/402423451/
9/16/2008 12:03:14 PM I don't remember when I signed up for it, but I don't skateboard. Subscription expires on 04/2010 so shoot me a PM with your name and address and I'll transfer it over to you.
9/3/2008 9:07:24 PM http://www.stairporn.org/2008/08/steps-made-usin.html Cool stuff... wonder if it would be too much if they printed customized designs on each deck.
9/2/2008 8:25:07 PM Just read this article in Fast Company in case anyone else was interested: http://www.fastcompany.com/article/quiksilvers-cool-chicks Quiksilver's Cool Chicks By Tina Dupuy In the hip Silver Lake section of Los Angeles, nestled between a Latino folk-medicine shop and a beauty salon, there is a loft space that could be an art gallery. Two people are inside. As I enter, one woman chirps, "Hi," then turns back to her conversation. They don't ask me to leave. They don't ask me anything. I look at the art on the walls: no prices, as there would be at a gallery; nothing for sale; no explanatory signs. Just a disclaimer stating we're being filmed for promotional purposes. Where am I? In SiteLA, an open-to-the-public storefront where Quiksilver showcases its Visionaries in Residence, six "independent and creative women" whose pursuits are being sponsored by the $2.4-billion-a-year apparel maker. The goal is to promote its first-ever line of young women's contemporary wear, which debuted in July. I've also stepped through the looking glass into a bizarre marketing experiment -- touting real people the way Quiksilver has long associated itself with surfers and skateboarders. The timing for the new business and this ridiculous stunt is curious. Earlier this summer, the company reported a net loss of more than $200 million due to a failed expansion into ski and golf equipment. SiteLA itself carries little financial risk -- the whole yearlong project will cost less than a Super Bowl spot, about $2.5 million. But Quiksilver Women's success will require authenticity: A grassroots campaign (cool chicks doing cool stuff!) that's wholly synthetic (Quiksilver presents the eco-friendly Spice Girls!) is an odd way to start. Quiksilver's mission forces the company to pull off the trick of being a maverick with mass appeal. "Its core customers want to be cool, wearing brands that represent the heroes they aspire to be," says retail consultant Matthew Katz, managing director of AlixPartners. "At the same time, those cool kids want to be viewed as unique." When Quiksilver execs describe SiteLA, my hyperbole meter went to 11. "It's an alternative to pop culture," declares Erik Joule, senior VP of merchandise and design, "something with substance." So it's areality->marketing campaign? "I don't see it as a campaign," says Joshua Katz, director of marketing and communications (and no relation to Matthew Katz). "I see it as a movement that transcends that." According to SiteLA's MySpace page, the Quiksilver execs aren't trying to start a movement so much as generate some enthusiasm for Quiksilver Women's. With its Visionaries in Residence, the company recruited women under 30 to help it "craft a story of female ambition, creativity, talent, and growth" for its target audience of 21- to 28-year-old women. "I wanted to have something to talk about at trade shows with buyers," Quiksilver's Katz explains. The "visionaries" are interesting women, but as a team, they seem like the cast of a Bravo reality show. There's the architect, Jesse Rodato, who wants to build a collapsible "guerrilla" skate park. The singer-songwriter, Pilar Diaz, is working on her first solo album. The designer, Khrystyne Zurian, develops cars for eco-conscious women. The artist, Sarah Anderson, runs a collaborative drawing club. The fashionista, Beth Jones, is a blogger who wants to open her own retail store. And the activist, Dorothy Le, is a bicycle advocate. The company p
8/21/2008 7:48:54 PM http://www.core77.com/blog/materials/soularc_skateboard_unlike_anything_else_on_4_wheels_10880.asp No one would blame you for calling it the SpringBoard, but the SoulArc Board is a brand new skateboard with a rigid top and below-deck composite spring that provides the action and feel of surfing (and shredding). A result of a class project at Kendall College of Art and Design, the board is the brainchild of Mitch Mulder, who partnered with Salvaore Vilardi to bring the board to market. It'll be introduced in a couple weeks at the Action Sports Retail trade show in San Diego at the Surf Expo in Orlando. (The name comes from the surfing expression "soul arch"--being one with the wave.) Comments Mulder, "I've been making boards for 8 years and got sick of riding planks. With this board, you can ride in places you typically can't ride." And what does it really feel like? "You've gotta ride it to really understand it," answers Vilardi. Well, that Core77 address is easy to ship to, guys. Here's the official word: At the heart of this revolutionary design is the SoulArc performance spring. The performance spring absorbs and transfers energy in a manner similar to carving a wave. Extensive adjustments to size, shape and material selection have produced this latest generation of the SoulArc performance spring. The smoothness and feel of this ride is unmatched, as each directional movement interacts with the spring to provide a corresponding and complementary reaction. The end result is a board that provides a uniquely exceptional ride. Then some of the rigor: Each performance related variable was considered. Extensive ergonomic testing was performed to determine the optimal board height. Quantifiable variables included ground distance, lateral flex and vertical flex. These quantifiable variables were then analyzed and compared to qualitative measures that included ride feel, torque response and general overall ride ability. First samples of the device are going out right now. If you want to try to get your hands on one, hit the website. Tons more pics and video of the board in use after the, uh, jump. New type of skateboard< value="http://tribeca.vidavee.com/advance/vidavee/pv3/vFlasher_debug.swf?p19=movie1219373199409&p2=off&p3=off&p4=50&p5=off&p7=on&p8=off&p31=on&p22=http%3A//analytics.tribeca.vidavee.com/vanalytics/gateway/&p13=no&p16=v3AdvInt_mLive.swf&p17=http%3A//tribeca.vidavee.com/advance/vidavee/pv3/skins/&am
8/7/2008 5:01:31 AM Hey guys, will you be carrying the Dakine Low Roller Bag this season?
7/22/2008 4:08:58 AM Top Gear America pilot shoot: http://www.ocatv.com/shows/show/216
4/8/2008 9:03:44 PM In case anyone wanted some information on Japan, here's my blog post on it: http://blog.dcdomain.org/2008/03/hakuba-matata-snowboarding-in-japan.html Hakuba Matata, snowboarding in Japan Credit goes to Elmo for coming up with 'Hakuba Matata', and yes it's a play on 'Hakuna Matata' (had to clarify for Al Du). I'm going to try to sum up my experience here, if you care to read the more detailed entries regarding my Hakuba experience, please see my Snowbook. Conditions Riding in Japan is a phenomenal experience. Mountains aren't the biggest in the world, but it's a small price to pay when the snow (or slush) is so damn good (not a single brown/bare spot even with the insanely warm temperatures). Craig (Morino Lodge co-owner) explained to me that the reason they get so much snow is because the cold air from Russia picks up moisture in the Sea of Japan, before dumping it as snow when it reaches land. I guess it's similar to a lake-effect, but much more consistent in Japan. While the trails may get somewhat crowded, lift lines were somehow never an issue. I don't know how that works out but I'll take it. Riding Attitude In addition to the conditions, the attitude of the riders here is so positive. Park rats aren't like the punks you see in the states. As an extension of their every day manners, you'll be hard pressed to find any bad attitudes to ruin your day. Back on the East Coast, or most of North America for that matter, you probably can't make it through one day of riding without some ass ruining your day. Not so here, like almost every other Japanese person I met, they are well-mannered. You also almost never see bad riders. I guess they are so focused on improving their riding technically, everyone rides pretty well. You do see noobs, but they aren't like the ones we are used to seeing, sitting on their rears and bitching and moaning. Here they take learning seriously, getting some serious instruction from their mates are instructors. In America, you sometimes meet people riding for 10 years and yet they can't do anything but go down the mountain riding regular (or goofy). I don't understand how some riders can do the same thing for 10 years and not get bored. I've also never seen such a high concentration of skilled female riders before. Kevin and I were trying to pick up tips from them. Lodges The lodges are pretty cool areas to be in and the food blows the states away. I've never really felt comfortable in any lodge in America. Either there were tons of kids screaming or they were just plain dirty and smelly. The ones here are clean (as you would expect) and are very comfortable areas to relax in. I especially liked the all concrete and wooden lodge at the top of Iwatake Mountain. Even though it's a double-story ceiling cafeteria, it still felt pretty cozy. I swear, the Japanese can do no wrong with concrete. Stolen boards, not a chance When on breaks in the East Coast, if you don't lock up your board, you can pretty much kiss it goodbye. I don't think crime exists in Japan (exaggerating, there is crime, but so few incidents that it makes America look like it's in a state of anarchy). Here, just toss your board anywhere and you don't even have to glance over your shoulders. Parks Parks are still in its infancy, they love building their ki
2/29/2008 7:24:02 AM Does this mean we have hope for places like Creek? =T. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080228174801.htm Evidence Of 'Rain-making' Bacteria Discovered In Atmosphere And Snow Brent Christner, LSU assistant professor of biological sciences, collecting precipitation samples in Antarctica. (Credit: Brent Christner) ScienceDaily (Feb. 29, 2008) — Brent Christner, LSU professor of biological sciences, in partnership with colleagues in Montana and France, recently found evidence that rain-making bacteria are widely distributed in the atmosphere. These biological particles could factor heavily into the precipitation cycle, affecting climate, agricultural productivity and even global warming. Christner and his colleagues published their results on Feb 29 in the journal Science. Christner's team examined precipitation from global locations and demonstrated that the most active ice nuclei -- a substrate that enhances the formation of ice -- are biological in origin. This is important because the formation of ice in clouds is required for snow and most rainfall. Dust and soot particles can serve as ice nuclei, but biological ice nuclei are capable of catalyzing freezing at much warmer temperatures. If present in clouds, biological ice nuclei may affect the processes that trigger precipitation. Biological precipitation, or the "bio-precipitation" cycle, as David Sands, Montana State University professor of plant sciences and plant pathology calls it, basically is this: bacteria form little groups on the surface of plants. Wind then sweeps the bacteria into the atmosphere, and ice crystals form around them. Water clumps on to the crystals, making them bigger and bigger. The ice crystals turn into rain and fall to the ground. When precipitation occurs, then, the bacteria have the opportunity to make it back down to the ground. If even one bacterium lands on a plant, it can multiply and form groups, thus causing the cycle to repeat itself. "We think if (the bacteria) couldn't cause ice to form, they couldn't get back down to the ground," Sands said. "As long as it rains, the bacteria grow." The team's work is far-reaching. Sands and his colleagues have found the bacteria all over the world, including Montana, California, the eastern U.S., Australia, South Africa, Morocco, France and Russia. These research findings could potentially supply knowledge that could help reduce drought from Montana to Africa, Sands said. The concept of rain-making bacteria isn't far-fetched. Cloud seeding with silver iodide or dry ice has been done for more than 60 years. Many ski resorts use a commercially available freeze-dried preparation of ice-nucleating bacteria to make snow when the temperature is just a few degrees below freezing. "My colleague David Sands from Montana State University proposed the concept of 'bioprecipitation' over 25 years ago and few scientists took it seriously, but evidence is beginning to accumulate that supports this idea," said Christner. But, what makes this research more complicated is that most known ice-nucleating bacteria are plant pathogens. These pathogens, which are basically germs, can cause freezing injury in plants, resulting in devastating economic effects on agricultural crop yields. "As is often the case with bacterial pathogens, other phases of their life cycle are frequently ignored because of the focused interest in their role in plant o
2/27/2008 7:11:09 AM Posted this on another thread but I think it was the randomness thread so it got lost. http://www.sierrasnowboard.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=1820&PN=103 My friend and I both purchased the Wig-Out off WM. Very disappointed. The flex is okay, similar to my Ride DH which I sort of expected. The issue is with the way it rides. It looks as though it may be because of the side cut that is throwing both of us off. When we rode each others boards, Ride DH and Burton Se7en as well as the other demo boards around, X8, Seeker, etc. We never really had any issues with turn in. The O-Matic Wig-Out seems to have a longer side cut than any other board I've ridden. The thing loves to go straight and it takes a bit of an effort to initiate a turn. In addition, with all the boards I've ridden previously, it was easy to sort of just move it around on the ground, almost squirrely but in a good way. The Wig-Out is sort of like a muscle car, it just loves going straight. I ended up taking back my Todd-O-Matic from last year and giving my cousin the Wig-Out. Right when I jumped on the Todd-O-Matic everything felt fine again. Can someone explain to me why the Wig-Out felt so weird to my friend and I? Is it the side cut or is there something else going on with that board?
2/17/2008 6:18:46 AM Saw this over at NYSG http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/02/15/travel/escapes/15noboard.html?8dpc February 15, 2008 For No-Boarders in British Columbia, It’s No Bindings, No Problem By JESSE HUFFMAN THREE miles into the Kootenay Range backcountry by snowmobile, I stood alongside 50 other riders, gathered at the bottom of a wide and untracked sub-alpine run. The mid-January snowpack was so deep in the Interior Mountains of British Columbia that the effects of logging were buried beneath 180 inches of powder — the downed trees, stumps and rocks all transformed by the bounty of snow into a snowboarder’s paradise. The conditions were extraordinary, and the crowd included Travis Rice, a professional snowboarder and multiple gold medalist in the X Games. But on this overcast Saturday, the draw was the third annual Greg Todds Memorial No-Board Race, and the challenge was simply to get down the hill — without bindings. No-boarding is a young sport that replaces traditional snowboard bindings with a knobbed polymer traction pad and a heavy-duty bungee rope, which transform a snowboard into a no-board. Without highbacks to lean on or straps to hold feet in place, the pad prevents slipping, and a firm grip on the rope keeps the board in place. Staying upright is like surfing: riders adapt to pitch and snow conditions by moving their feet and center of gravity. A six-year-old company near Revelstoke, British Columbia, Noboard Inc., is taking the lead in promoting the sport. Its Noboard kit (179 Canadian dollars, which is about the same in U.S. dollars) comes with the pad, rope and mounting hardware, and is sold through its Web site, www.noboard.ca, which is being improved, or by e-mail using the address on the site. The kit is also available in snowboard shops in Alberta, British Columbia, Alaska, Utah, Colorado, Vermont, Europe and Japan, said Cholo Burns, a company co-founder. Estimates of how many people are abandoning their snowboard hardware are hard to co
2/5/2008 8:56:57 AM http://www.dregen.net/p_page.html Facemasks / bandanna with velcro in the back. Expensive, but the designs are nice. Too bad all the designs I like are out of stock. Love the designs for the Page and the Sabbath, don't like that black border on the chin for the Iomi designs. Anyway, does anyone know of an American equivalent to these?
1/28/2008 9:15:35 AM Anyone else going to be there? Some of my buddies got a slope side house. Will be bringing my Giants jersey!
1/11/2008 7:18:10 AM A snowboarder goes Modern near Mammoth, carving out his own slice of cool solitude. http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la-hm-mammoth10jan10,1,2850390.story?coll=la-headlines-home&ctrack=5&cset=true jerkme@hotmail.com / bogustoyou (from http://www.bugmenot.com/)
1/10/2008 1:03:54 PM Question should have been: What's the most difficult ski and/or snowboard trick to pull? Answer: Coming up with the $80 for a lift ticket. =D


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