I'm sure most people are aware of this camera. It did the rounds on the internet earlier this year, everyone went crazy about it, and all for the right reasons. It captures HD quality footage, has the ability to be strapped to most parts of your body (thanks to its small size) and comes in at a reasonable £200. It gets me even more excited at the thought of having one for my snowboard trip at the end of this month. Tomos and I are heading to Val d'Isere with a group of 41 people. Filming a convoy charging down a mountain would be epic.
I would happily trade back my socks with Santa for one of these.
A friend of ours, Mark, and a few of his mates have headed to Japan on a snowboarding trip, stopping by a few places along the way. He's just set up a blog where he's done his first entry. It looks like they're going all out on this one and will be documenting as much as possible (i recall him mentioning headcams) so it should be pretty sick.
Check it out here and keep your eye on it, should be epic.
Green Initiative for Tomorrow - Eco means a lot more different things these days. At salomon, it means lighter weight products, a signature bamboo snap, and new materials that are less harsh on the environment.
"A growing awareness of environmental issues and a demand for greener products has led to the new additons in equipment lines. Snowboarders are attached to the natural world, they are going to be more apt to buy something that he or she feels is ecologically better for the planet" - Alex Warburton, Salomon.
Salomon won a 2008 Volvo sports design award for Eco design for the construction of its Sick Stick snowboard. By using structural bamboo in the construction of the board, Salomom was able to both reduce the amount of resin in the board and make it lighter.
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As always we will have free Organic beers and Juices available. Doors open at 7:15pm and remember spaces are limited so get in touch quickly.
With a chill in the air sweeping over London, we thought it an appropriate time to focus on an issue that winter sports enthusiasts should have a great interest in.
Our next Wee Do at the Carnaby Street store is next Tuesday, 17th November; and we have Betony Garner coming in to talk about the Ski Club of Great Britain campaign Respect the Mountain.
She is passionate about green issues and has been trying to raise awareness about how to minimise the impact of snowsports on the environment for the last four years.
Respect the Mountain was a campaign launched by the Ski Club of Great Britain in 2004 with the aim of safeguarding the mountains for future generations to enjoy. Its basis is raising awareness and educating skiers, snowboarders, resorts and the whole snowsports industry on how they can do their bit to minimise their impact on the environment. The talk will investigate how the mountains have changed, how humans have impacted them and what we can do as skiers and snowboarders to help.
Right then. If I only get one present from Santa this year it's gonna have to be a new snowboard. But which one, I'm not really sure.
Briefly explained, Rocker is shaped like a smile. The nose and tail are raised from the center of the board, making it nice and floaty on powder runs and also makes the board really nimble as the edges are raised.
Camber is the opposite, more like traditional snowboard shapes. The middle of the board is raised putting more pressure on the nose and tail. Acts kind of like suspension, making it really responsive down the slope and increases the pop.
Burton have released a pretty damn sizable range of boards in both Rocker and Camber. The former being available in four shapes for whatever style you ride.
Bataleon have a range of boards that use their patented Triple Base Technology, basically meaning the edges are raised, making you less likely to catch an edge and eat the white stuff. The TBT board has a flat center so it's great for going straight and because the edges are raised there is less friction. A conventional board will always want to kick back onto it's base after a turn but because the TBT board is pre-shaped it's a lot smoother in and out of turns.
Also, my mate's got an Evil Twin and he says it's the bee's.
...well it's never really got me going. When Big Brother is on I don't even want to hear the theme music...I'm flicking that channel straight away.
However my mind may be changing. There is a new reality TV show due to launch on the internet, following the winter season of phenominal Finnish pro-snowboarder Eero Ettala. He made a name for himself at the Air & Style competition in 2007, with a double cork 1080. He has also had some amazing spots on each seasons big DVD releases (including Follow Me Around, Lost in Transition and Picture This...to name but a few).
So the Oakley team manager approached him this year, with this concept of producing this web TV show. The theme is to follow him travelling the globe, riding new places and documenting it. Check out the web link for Tracking Eero.
It's a beautiful sunny day, but Ben and I can't help but talk about this coming winter. Firstly, because we're sorting out all our summer sale stock in store, and excited about the new collection coming up (of course!). But the main reason is that we are pining for snow. I'm considering getting up to the new snowdome at Hemel...for a little fix. However nothing compares to the real thing obviously! I'm mulling over where to go this winter, and dreaming of improving my skillls...hopefully this winter I can finally get over some stupid fears and charge it!
Anyway the new Absinthe snowboard movie trailer "Neverland" has been released; and maybe if your thoughts weren't drifting towards the snow, on a sunny day such as this...well now they will.