Wow. Crazy. Just when we thought Shaun White has amped to 11, Danny Way breaks his former World Record Backside Air of 23.5 feet with the new record: an amplitude/altitude of 25.5 Feet on his new quarter pipe.
Check it out:
(Courtesy: Thrasher Magazine)
For traditional and cultural folk music enthusiasts, one relaxing instrument to play or listen to is a ukulele musicians friend.
The warm and hollow acoustics of this instrument conjure the same imagery of warm and hollow surf, palm trees swaying in the breeze and a mellow, slow pace.
Fortunately, playing a ukulele is much easier than playing a 6-string guitar and it is common to tune this little guitar to alternate keys or registers.
The spacing between the strings and the action on the fretboard each provide a relaxed way to play; low pressure.
The strings themselves are often a softer wound gauge, so even if your fingers are not too strong or nimble, this is an instrument almost anyone can play.
There are ukulele groups and classes where enthusiasts gather to play songs together and as long as everyone is in tune with each other, the peaceful sounds of a strumming ensemble can take you right back to native Hawaii.
Vans Skateboarding brought and delivered an amazing, historic event to Van(s)couver on Saturday July 11, 2015. This event resurrected and yet fortifies Vancouver’s Historic Skateboarding scene in several manners.
Boarderama met a colorful and chronological cross-section of the history and construct of what makes this event, the Bowl and its riders so special to skateboarding, VANS and Vancouver all.
11:30 am July 11, 2015:
Met Vans Team, staff and Vendors, everyone checking in as a few rain drops drizzle down…
12 Noon: Welcome Renee Renee (nee Jason Bothe)
Boarderama: Renee! Jason! Hey hey!??!!
Howsit? Love the threads man!
RR: Good man, thanks- what’s happening, how’ve you been?
Boarderama: Great thanks, it’s been a a decade I think! I hear you’re living back in Vancouver now?!
RR: Yes, I am consulting etc for the BCMEO, I moved back to town, for the kids, you know? Man it’s more expensive here than Hollywood though…
Boarderama: Ok- legit, for sure. So, hey- random quiz, nostalgia-memory test:
WHO was photographing Chalmers gapping the 1999 New West park from the cabin-roof of that Park’s ‘hut’?
RR: Me! I don’t know where the footage is but, ya- that was me! How did you know…How do you remember this?
Boarderama: I was there every day skating New West in 1999/2000…I shared lines with you and Alex, we were all bustin airs over the quarter-pyramid…
Next…Boarderama encounters other Vancouver Locals:
Rob [Sluggo] Boyce:
Boarderama: Rob, Hi, umm- do you recall the first time you ever went snowboarding at Whistler/Blackcomb, namely Blackcomb in 1991? Like on 7th Heaven with Rob Wolk (and me) from Vertical Addiction?
Sluggo: “Well, ya, I guess I do, wow. It was a great powder day, an awesome memory.
Boarderama: “Right…so, Rob…throwing it out there…but, Rob
Sluggo: “Wow, I guess that’s true, I remember now. That’s pretty cool that you know this…I guess that’s true history…Thanks for the memory, man!”
Vancouver BC, Canada, is confirmed to bring back a vibrant and eclectic roster of Professional Bowles Skaters for the 2nd Annual Van Doren Invitational (Vancouver) session. A massive purse of $75,000 is up for grabs as these bowl riders will stamp forward from the familiarity of 2014’s stunning and groundbreaking event.
As of July 2, 2015, VANS has confirmed the following riders to compete:
ADAM HOPKINS (tall socks and methods)
ALEX SORGENTE (consistency)
LAKE WORTH, FL
BEN HATCHELL (lots of grinds)
BRAD MCCLAIN (featherly footwork)
CHARLIE BLAIR (Junior Mastery!)
CHRIS RUSSELL (Consistency!)
HERMOSA BEACH, CA
CORY JUNEAU (Good combos)
SAN DIEGO, CA
CURREN CAPLES (Grasser-Veteran, FS Flip Master, Blunt your nose…)
DANIEL VARGAS (Beyond up and coming by now)
LAKE FOREST, CA
JAKE REUTER (Deserving invitee!)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
JAMES CLARKE (Frontside Kid! FS James!) As a kid, James has owned Hastings since at least 2002…
JOSH BORDEN (Regular threat to any competitor.)
KEVIN KOWALSKI (Kowalski is your Skater’s skater; Omar, Childress, Krahn etc all love this ripper! BURNSIDE FTW!)
OSCAR NAVARRO (Oscar lands 93.39% of ever hit. Watch.)
SAN PEDRO, CA
PATRICK RYAN (Patrick has a great chance to bust out here in Vancouver!)
PEDRO BARROS (Pedro. Pedro. Pedro. How HIGH will he go at this event? McTwists, Body Jars, Methods…likely to burst the Canopy…)
RILEY BOLAND (Wonderful opportunity for Riley to snag a position here…stay focused!)
RILEY STEVENS (More air and maybe complex lip-tricks could help RS place atop this event!)
ROBBIE RUSSO (Robbie is growing. Every week. Watch out for his flick.)
SAN PEDRO, CA
SAM LIND (Sam can step up his game at this event– if he continues to go FULL SPEED AHEAD!)
SKY SILJEG (A new addition, Sky has a subtle and quiet style that can bust out HUGE at any moment. Sky is not to be underestimated.)
TRISTAN RENNIE (Tristan is a bit of off the chart. That might be why the charts do not matter when Tristan hammers down his enders.)
ZACH MILLER (Zach is a deserving invitee. Expect flowing and bursting lines at Hastings, or any bowl/park.)
BRANDON PERELSON (Brandon is accumulating accolades and flow. Props.)
SAN DIEGO, CA
DALTON DERN (More to be discovered daily, ‘Mini-Reynolds’ holds his own 540-ing any ramp and yet busts sick Fs/Bs Blunts, nose or tail, a la rail.
MASON MERLINO (Anothe PNW PDX Kid, Mason has the skills, steez and a threatening repertoire. Wild Card!)
THIS JUST IN:
Steve VAI returns to Vancouver in a few weeks (JUNE 2) for a master class through Long & McQuade and Vancouver Tech School’s auditorium. A formal, thorough and interactive meeting is guaranteed between the attendees, and Steve.
STEVE VAI has made many appearances in Vancouver;
dates mostly at the epic Granville Street Commodore Ballroom since 1993, 1997, 2005, 2007 (Venue- Plaza of Nations) and 2012.
The Commodore is a great venue for Steve’s single note vibrato to put you in a trance… Ibanez makes the JEM EVO for STEVE VAI, beginning in the range of $1,200- $1,500, really quite an awesome deal, considering their performance prowess!
HOLY FRKNG CANOLI: RUSH has cleanly outdone themselves with classic on-stage amplfication and bass-i-fication…then…they DARE to pull put the DOUBLE NECKS for Xanadu? I don’t need no pill….just this! WOWFFWWOWWOWWOWWWWFFWW
RUSH’s R40 BlastOut Tour has begun!
The excitement, enthusiasm and raw appetites of RUSH fans is officially enjoying RUSH’s last major tour, right about now.
Fans have already been posting their photos inside the BOK Bank of Oklahoma Center as they take their seats, and clearly, there is a HUGE vibe semi-spamming among these sites:
RUSHISABAND, THE RUSH FORUM, and a twitter account are all following this inaugural evening; one that sadly, could be called the beginning of the end; of the most successful rock trio ever, RUSH.
Thanks to the multitudes of fans for the pics and updates posted here, this is easily the most exciting and emotional RUSH tour.
Ever. [Grabs handkerchief].
Some may wonder if there are (m)any fans who are older than RUSH themselves, but that is just to posit…any age, any decade, any Century…Moon Records has brought us the most undeniable virtuous group of musicians who remain(ed) true to themselves, their roots, their fans, their own heroes, their goals and endeavours. RUSH is in a class of their own, downward dog.
It is beyond amazing and barely humanly possible that man can ascend the Earth by foot almost halfway to space.
Here are plenty of public images showing the dare, commitment and risk, the penultimate perils of summitting Earth’s highest standpoint:
Was Doug Baldwin the only Seahawk to drop it while it’s hot?
Did Wilson just become the first QB to throw a SuperBowl winning interception???