Archive for February, 2008

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plug in your mp3 and head for the slopes.

February 28, 2008

John Childs-Eddy has put together a fantastic product to help you teach yourself, with expert advice, how to snowboard better. He persuaded the coach, Anthony Crute, to……….. but why listen to me, here’s what John himself says about the product:

“Finally! World renowned snowboard coach Anthony Crute breaks his 8 years of silence to teach YOU his powerful (and expensive) snowboarding secrets that anyone can use to quickly and easily go from: learning to turn, to sliding on rails, to landing 540 airs!”

“In fact, Anthony has not only spilled his guts on the fastest and easiest way to learn all the tricks you’ve always wanted to do… But also… He’s let me put it all into an Mp3 audio, so you can take it with you to the hill, and have him teach you exactly how to do tricks while you ride!”

That’s not a bad idea is it? Crystal clear air above, crisp white snow below, Mp3 plugged in and somebody quietly instructing and advising you exactly how to perform those moves you’ve been longing to do.

Good luck and happy boarding.

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Want to brighten up your room? Here’s how…

February 28, 2008

My brother disappeared into his room for what seemed hours last Sunday and I eventually decided to go and investigate this unusual silence. A cacophony of colour greeted me in there and I found that he had virtually wallpapered the room in fabulous posters showing his ‘flavour of the month’ sports – namely kite surfing and snowboarding.

To see how he did it follow the link below:

Buy Posters at AllPosters.com

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Want to see a snowboarding video – check out this link:

February 27, 2008

This is a site I have just discovered – perhaps you already have. They have a wide selection of extreme sports videos. You should be able to browse around happily!

Snowboarding Video

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WARNING: All Kitesurfers take heed…

February 26, 2008

I came across this information whilst browsing through various blogs and magazines. I think we need to take it as a warning of things to come if we are not cogniscent of others and the right of others on the beach and in the surf…

Hawaii Kiteboarding Ban

The Hawaiian Senate recently came close to banning kiteboarding and windsurfing within 200 feet of other water users. Although the measure did not pass, the introduction of such a bill is a harbinger of further complications. Please always kite with caution and safety in mind.

ASNews Thurs: Do It or Lose It — Act Now to Preserve Access
Posted by Marina on February 18th, 2008

“Last week, a bill went before the Hawaiian Senate (no kiters or windsurfers within 200 feet of any surfer or swimmer) which could have been devastating to local and visiting kiteboarders and windsurfers to Oahu and Maui, not to mention the entire windsports industry. Simultaneously, kiteboarding was just banned at Pompano Beach in Florida, and Fort Lauderdale is currently under jeopardy too. Sites that have been closed or are under scrutiny typically share one common theme: irresponsible riding or lack of respect for other water users by a single rider or very small group.

Our guests on this week’s ASNews.net and The Kiteboarder podcast are Martin Kirk from Maui and Neil Hutchinson from Florida. Both are passionate advocates of safe kiteboarding practices who have worked hard to open, save and preserve access in their respective areas. Both also have some very strong feelings about what we as kiteboarders, both individually and collectively, need to do to so we and others can enjoy kiteboarding for many years to come.

Neil went as far as to propose the following:

1. Any of my sponsored riders breaking rules will lose their sponsorship or hook up.
2. Any of my existing customers breaking rules, I will no longer sell to them.
3. Any known rider breaking rules will not buy a kite from me and I will discourage my dealers to sell to them also.
4. I have not and will not sell a kite to anyone that has not taken lessons and does not know how to kite.
5. Any known rider breaking rules will not be allowed at my beach (no violence of course but we all know that if we take a hardline backed by our peers, most reasonable people will get the picture)

Hopefully other dealers and companies will do the same.

This is what I think we should all do:
1. Everyone needs to be a policeman in our their own community.
2. Set a strict example to new people coming into the sport.
3. Do not just try to police it on the beach — if all else fails after trying to reasonably deal with irresponsible riding or lack of consideration for others, let’s name names on the forums and make examples of people, letting everyone know who is responsible for getting us all shut down. If you are breaking rules or got somewhere banned, you deserve to be publicly exposed everywhere.”

On all forums, kiters worldwide are very fast at criticizing company’s products for all to read, why do we not criticize kiters who are screwing it up for all of us?

Come on guys, be sensible. We don’t want to be banned from all but a few beaches do we…

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A Continuation of Yesterday’s Musings…

February 15, 2008

So yesterday I thought it was all about getting your ‘ollie’ right, now I learn that perhaps equipment has just a little bit to do with it too….

Burton and Noboard are proud to present the NoFish. Say yes to the no: it’s not a snowboard, it’s a Noboard. Based off a hybrid Burton Fish shape, the NEW NoFish is a board that combines speed, control and float with the freedom to move your feet, similar to the sensation of riding a skateboard or surfboard.
The original Burton Fish, co-created eight years ago by Terje Haakonsen and Burton Testing Supervisor John “JG Gerndt, allowed for a smaller board to be ridden in deep powder due to its unique shape. The NoFish takes that concept one step further by replacing the traditional snowboard bindings with an engineered rubber composite pad that sits 3mm into the recessed topsheet. The board is a softer-flexing Fish hybrid that combines some elements of the Burton Fish, Malolo and Piranha shapes into one. The rope, a nylon bungee cord used to pull the board closer to the feet for control, can also be dropped for surf style riding.
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HOW TO IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS (AND YOURSELF) WHEN SNOWBOARDING…

February 14, 2008

The snow is magnificent this year – in Europe anyway and the temptation to disappear up to the mountains at every opportunity is hard to resist. I thought I was pretty hot as a fairly newcomer to snowboarding, but my friends all seemed to outjump me – so what was I doing wrong?

Having watched, with awe, the snowboarding sequences in the James Bond movie I decided to take some tips… and, besides the old idiom “practice makes perfect”… here’s how you do it (or so I’m told!):

Firstly when working on ‘going big’ on a snowboard the speed is important. You need to start somewhere on the slope where you feel comfortable going in a straight line – and then pick a spot a little further UP the hill! The second important element is how hard you ‘ollie’, or spring, off the lip of a jump. The harder you ‘ollie’ the higher and further you will go. To ‘ollie’ off a jump you need to stay low with your knees bent as you approach the jump, then just as you are about to take off, spring off the tail of your snowboard while you lift up with your front foot. As you ascend into the air bring both knees into your chest to continue the upward momentum. Good speed combined with a good ‘ollie’ is the secret to ‘going big’ on a snowboard. Just be sure to extend your legs to land and ride away smoothly – that should impress anyone watching!

Then watch James Bond in ‘A View To A Kill’ again, and get on out there…

But if you’re still not convinced and feel you need even more help:

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CHECK OUT THIS GREAT LITTLE TOOL I FOUND…

February 14, 2008

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It really is incredible …