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The Snowboard Szine Vol. 1, Issue 11

8/10/04

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In This Issue

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1. Wakeboarding Diary - My First Time

2. Snowboarder Mag. Aug. Issue Highlights

3. Riding Giants - Movie Review. Also 2 other great Board Flicks ====================================

What Snowboarders Do in Summer

1. Wakeboarding Diary - My First Time

"This sport is adrenaline city!"

Read the full article at http://www.snowboardsecrets.com/wakebord.htm

I had been hearing how much fun wakeboarding is from a friend, for a couple of years. So last week I decided to take a lesson, on a small lake in north central Massachusetts. Chad Dooley is an expert wakeboarder, certified instructor, and college student who teaches wakeboarding there.

Wakeboarding is to water-skiing what snowboarding is to snow skiing. Same idea, but you face sideways on one board and carve back and forth over the wake while holding onto the tow rope. As in snowboarding it is possible to jump the wake and get enough air to do the same kind of aerial tricks that can be done in the halfpipe or off a kicker.

I gave the signal and I waited for the boat to pull me up into a standing position. SPLASH! At least water is the softest of the surfaces I've fallen on in my boarding career. (Read about my beginner efforts on the skateboard, T-Board, and Vew-Do Board in future Szines. My friends think I'm losing my mind!)

Embarrassment, defeat, and wet demon thoughts of *why am I doing this? * I'll never get up * maybe my arms aren't strong enough * remember the time I tried water-skiing as a teen and couldn't get up * and * I thought this was supposed to be fun * started to gather around the edge of my brain to ridicule and haunt me.

Just then Chad gave me some reminders of what I should do, and miracle of miracles, the next thing I knew I was standing on the surface of the water and skimming along at 19 miles an hour across the lake! WOOHOO! I couldn't believe it! What a great feeling! (Read the full article)

Chad's buddies joined us and I got to see Chad do some stunning tricks like jumps, grabs, and tootsie rolls. Eric demonstrated "wake surfing" where he rode a surf wakeboard - no bindings, behind the boat holding a short tow rope. After the boat's wake reached the right shape, he let go and just was carried along on the wake -no hands!- for a minute or two.

I learned to carve up on my heel edge. Chad had me practice making S-turns, just like you do in your first snowboard lessons. The toe side is more of a challenge, as it is for many snowboarders on snow. Crossing over the wake scared me at first, but if it wasn't white water, it was amazingly smooth, gentle and effortless. Crossing multiple wakes was a different story.

This sport is adrenaline city. I can't think of too many other sports where you go this fast your first time, except maybe skydiving. I was also amazed at my early success. After my session and the next day I was plenty sore from using muscles not normally called into action. Aspirin, arnica, bromelain and hot baths helped. But wakeboarding gave me my best day of this summer, so far. Chad asked me if I'll be back this season. I have a feeling the answer is YES!

Contact me at Lauren@SnowboardSecrets.com if you'd like to get in touch with Chad Dooley about lessons.

Chad will be competing at the INT League competition in Sturbridge, MA, on

Aug. 21-22, in the Outlaws Class. http://www.intleague.com/

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2. Snowboarder Mag, Aug. Issue Highlights

Just got my new issue of Snowboarder Magazine (Aug. issue) in the mail. They haven't published for a few month. What a great idea - sending the 'zine in the summer when we actually have time to read it, and we're pining to get on the snow again. It includes the '05 Buyer's Guide.

The August issue of Snowboarder has a totally cool interview with MFM; Marc Frank Montoya. He is very straightforward and certainly doesn't pull any punches in the interview. He trashes Mack Dawg Films for totally cutting out his part after filming, and Abe Teter for trashing rooms at his snowboarders hotel, the Block http://www.snowboardsecrets.com/Articles/theblock.htm in Lake Tahoe. He gives props to his sponsors. Very frank, Marc Frank. A good read.

I also read there that Tara Dakides will be hosting a new primetime TV show on Fox. And that pro-boarder Josh Malay will be remembered. This 23 year old was tragically killed last winter in Spain after landing a jump on snow, then hitting his head on rocks. I can't help wondering if he was wearing a helmet.

I've been catching up on all those other old snowboard mags that piled up this winter when I was too busy riding and writing to be inside reading. ====================================

3. Riding Giants - Movie Review. Also 2 other great Board Flicks

Riding Giants (in theatres now)

Dogtown and Z-Boys (see it at home)

Step into Liquid (see it at home)

A Movie Triple Feature for Summer

Read the full review at http://www.snowboardsecrets.com/Videos/triple.htm

FS - Family Safe

(with no embarrassing sex scenes that will make you squirm if you watch this with your parents or kids.)

If you surf, you know that it is one of the gnarliest sports out there. Not too many other sports carry the constant threat of dying by drowning or being crushed, and are played on a moving battlefield. Surfing makes snowboarding seem easy.

There's a fab new BIG surf movie out. Riding Giants was released in theaters in late July in the US. Directed and co-written by acclaimed surfer, skater and now director Stacy Peralta, (who also made "Dogtown and Z

-Boys") this movie has that same "Stacy" touch showing the history and progression of surfing in the US since it's inception.

There are lots of incredible film clips from the 50's on up, showing surfing, and surf antics. The newer sport of big wave riding, of waves 30 to 60 feet dominates the second part of the movie. If you have tried surfing, involuntary sounds will issue forth from your mouth when you see riders diving over huge cliffs of water and being chased by fast moving curl.

Since this is a snowboard site, you may wonder, what do skating and surfing have to do with snowboarding? Plenty! First of all, these three board sports are some of the fastest evolving sports in existence.

Read the full review at http://www.snowboardsecrets.com/Videos/triple.htm

This movie was awe-inspiring and exciting. Go out and see it on the big screen while you can, although it's only playing in 56 theatres nationwide this week, up from 44 last week.

Meanwhile if you're looking for a board sport couch potato evening, rent "Dogtown and Z-Boys" also by Stacy Peralta, which traces the history of skateboarding since it first evolved as a pastime for surfers and groms in the afternoon when the surf was flat. You can make it a double feature with "Step into Liquid," another incredible surfing movie that just came out. They're both so riveting that I watched them twice in a week!

You can rent "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and "Step into Liquid" at Netflix and have them sent right to your home.

To try Netflix Free, go to http://www.snowboardsecrets.com/Videos/triple.htm

and scroll to the bottom and click on the RED Netflix box. Thanks! ====================================

HELP WANTED - MOVIE REVIEWERS for SnowboardSecrets.com

ANY AGE!

Got extra time this summer or fall?

There are so many great snowboard-related videos and movies out there.

Way too many for us to review them all ourselves. If you have seen a movie that readers of SnowboardSecrets.com would like to watch, why not write a short review, and we can put it up on our site?

It's cool to see your name online as a writer when you "Google search" yourself! Just drop me a line - Lauren@SnowboardSecrets.com

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Thanks for reading The Snowboard Szine!

Lauren

Editor - www.SnowBoardSecrets.com

Westchester County, NY

 

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