Ice. I immensely dislike snowboarding on ice. I traveled all the way to New Zealand last year and the first thing on my list to do upon arrival was snowboard. I paid to rent gear, and as I am totally spoiled on my gear from working in board shops for the last 6 years, this was extremely painful. Yes, I ended up with slightly soggy boots, that no matter how small you go down in size are STILL somehow too big, bindings from 1987, and a board that is cap construction. Then I headed to the front desk of my hostel and spent almost $200 on a lift ticket. I gritted my teeth and tried to look at the big picture: snowboarding in New Zealand! I geared up and headed to the hill. When I got there I was blown away by the lack of lines and amazing facilities, but there was sooooo much ice.
This, at home, would be no problem seeing as I have a Gnu board with the Magne-Traction that cuts through ice like nobody’s business. In Oregon ice is everywhere, but I have overcome it by riding my Gnu. It grips and holds turns in conditions that even the Titanic would go under in. Unfortunately for me this was NOT the board I had. I took 5 runs with no problems, but on my 6th run I took a turn on some of that dang ice stuff and my board flew out from under me. Don’t worry; I caught myself, with the back of my head. After cleaning up my yard sale and taking a couple more runs with a headache, I retired to the lodge for some delicious Chai. If you want a board that will help you perform in adverse conditions I highly suggest the Gnu B-Nice with Magne-Traction to kill the threat of ice and Banana Action for floating through pow; it really is a very diverse board. It’s great for an all-mountain rider, a park rat, and even a lady just starting to get her mountain legs under her. Gnu also makes all their boards in the U.S.A. So tell Jack Frost to get bent and ride a Gnu board, or bag it and hang out in the lodge, because New Zealand has the BEST Chai of any place I have been thus far.
Setting sail with a small crew from Ushuaia, Argentina on January 4th, Kepa Acero aims to be the first European to surf on the continent of Antarctica. He’ll be bringing his Patagonia R4 Wetsuit no doubt! Check out the video, and stay tuned for news of his return.
Part surf adventure, part travel log. On the one hand you see some rather epic moments, however, the movie falls back into the grind of travel a bit too often. Too many shots of Rasta yawning and Craig Anderson sleeping, like a surfing reality show more than a fantasy, or film with a real message. This time tomorrow has it’s moments, but lacks any in the water photography and settles for angles from the beach, parking lot, or boat. Perhaps they could have focused more on the local people and told their stories. Maybe some comedy? Remember when surf movies had it all?! Personally I felt it was missing something. Oh well, tomorrow’s another day!
We’ve always been very pleased to carry OluKai Sandals in our stores. They make a durable, comfortable product that always leaves our customers satisfied. We also greatly respect and love their commitment to giving back. This holiday season Olukai has partnered up with Project Save Our Surf and the New York Surfrider Chapter to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief. They donated $85,000 worth of shoes to victims and also helped with financial support.
“Everyone at OluKai has been deeply moved by the aftermath of Sandy,” said Cara Hockersmith, OluKai Project Lead for Sandy Relief Efforts. “We are grateful to be able to take local action with our partners Project Save Our Surf and New York Surfrider.”
OluKai’s giveback philosophy is a deep part of the brand’s DNA and marked by a continual commitment to partnering with organizations actively pursuing Mauka- and Makai-initiatives (protecting the land and ocean). Additionally, OluKai has built a legacy of support with meaningful events such as their annual Giveback Day, during which the company closes its doors and joins a local cause – such as Project Save Our Surf and Inside The Outdoors for wetlands and ocean conservation and StandUp for Kids to raise awareness and supplies for homeless and street kids in Orange County, CA.”
Support a wonderful company with a great mission this holiday season by giving a quality pair of footwear from Olukai.