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The 'benefits' of water shortages...

  • Posted by will
  • 20 October 2010

This year we had the driest start to the year since 1976 and it was the North West of England that was supposedly one of the worst effected.
For someone living in Manchester and riding to work in Salford every day the idea of a lack of rain didn't really correlate with the day to day experience - the concept of a drought in Lancashire is perceived to be somewhat of an oxymoron!  But a brief trip out into the Pennines quickly revealed (and I'm sure does still illustrate to some extent) how low the reservoirs were.
The upside to the lack of water in the reservoirs was that the drainage ditches and overflows were dry and ridable. A quick scramble down into this one opened up a very windy but untouched spot the likes of which are usually resigned to magazine pages and countries far afield.
A big thanks to Baito and Sparky for directions and to Northern John for the photos.

Will Jackson


  • Posted by james
  • 14 October 2010

So after two and a bit weeks on the road, shooting for the Spring/Summer catalogue in the rain, I'm now starting to take stock of all the photos, and start the editing process... so far 35 rolls of film have been processed and 140Giggas of digital files downloaded, this is gonna take some time.

In the meantime, here is a selection of polaroids, of some of the people, that make the catalogues look so darn good...

Lydia Savage, at our secret little cove all wrapped up for summer...

Mr Nick Radford, music maker and surfer...

99% of the team that puts the catalogues together, Mr Peter Davies...

Miss Elsie Pinniger, queen of custom wetsuits (and cool cars)...

Miss Camilla Marotta, producer extraordinaire...

Mr Dan Yeomans, rides bikes, paints and looks good in howies...

Ms Lisa, designs the mens clothes and styles them too...

nice people...

nice quiver...

...and a nice little camp out.

(if you like these, I shoot lots of them and share them here, oh I love polaroid)

Dan Yeomans Art

  • Posted by aron
  • 8 October 2010

As well as being a world class mountain biker, howies team rider Dan Yeomans is a dab-hand at painting. As Dan puts it, "the painting above is of Mal, a lovely old guy who pops by pretty much on a daily basis and tells wicked stories in his welsh accent that's really quite hard to understand".

You can see all his work here – http://www.danyeomans-art.com/ – including a painting he did recently for our Louise.

All artwork is available to purchase and he also does commissions, in case you're after something special.

Couch Number One

  • Posted by james
  • 27 September 2010

So here I find myself tucked into my sleeping bag and in the familiar territory of a mates couch, on the road again for a howies catalogue photoshoot. The task I have been set it to visit a selection of howies team riders and spend some time with them, documenting their lives through photos, in the place they know the most, that is, home. First up on my list is Holly Fifield in deep west cornwall. Holly's a talented surfer and a lovely lady to boot. We drank tea in her little windswept cottage in St Just, discussed surfboards over coffee at her dad's café, rode bikes on the busiest country lane in cornwall and surfed fun waves at a beach down the road (where we bumped into fellow team rider, Nick Radford).

All in all,  it's been a grand few days down here.

I leave couch number one, tomorrow morning, destined for mates couch number two in Bristol and skateboarding instead of surfing.

Fingers crossed the next couch is as comfy as this one.

BMX dvd winner

  • Posted by hollie
  • 24 September 2010

Earlier this week Emma posted a competition to win a copy of Ashley Charles' new BMX dvd THISISUNITED

Thanks for all the BMX photo enteries...Ashley picked his favourite this morning, from Al Maconald -

Congratulations Al, we'll get this in the post to you today.

Win a BMX DVD.

  • Posted by emma
  • 22 September 2010

Our lovely BMX team rider Ashley Charles has sent us a copy of THISISUNITED.

It is a great piece of work and the boys have done amazingly well.

If you would like to become the proud owner of the video please email your BMX pictures to us [email protected]

Ashley is going to pick the best photo for us.

Competition closes 10am Friday winner to be announced on the blog.

Tick Tock.

Dan Yeomans

  • Posted by ruben
  • 20 August 2010

Just got a call from Dan, howies mountain bike rider and all round action man.

He's just set up a skills coaching company called New Mountain Rider.

Find out more here. Dan's offering private coaching, or training camps for groups of up to 4 in Wales, Switzerland and France for a more social experiance while learning on some of the world's most awesome trails.

Dan says a huge thanks to Sam Gunton (who you may have met working in the howies Bristol shop) and Alastair Wright for their help building his rather nice looking site.

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