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Definitely an outdoors kind of day. Tantalus Range, Squamish BC (Photo Pip Gardiner)

I love my brain - it is constantly surprising me. Case in point - my ability to get back on the bike after ignoring it for several months over winter.

A lot of research has been done into how humans learn complex physical tasks like riding a bike. Even riding a bike in a straight line on the flat requires a lot of work. Think about how many muscles are working to balance and move forward. Think about how much information is going from your brain to your muscles via the nerves. Not to mention the sensory information pinging back and being processed. Then think about how much more is happening when you are bombing your favourite track, dodging chipmunks and dominating obstacles.

If you think back to learn a new skill, you might remember that your movements were uncertain, a little bit stiff. You probably had to concentrate really hard to do it right - I still stick my tongue out when snowboarding down steep stuff or through trees! When you repeat motor skills over and over again, your brain consolidates the information them to a point where eventually, you are able to perform them without thinking about them. This packaging of complex movements is known as muscle memory. Without our brain taking control like this, we would not be able to achieve that magical state of mind called flow.

This week the weather gods smiled on Squamish, drying out the trails and flooding the valley with warm golden sunshine. Back in the saddle? Yes please. Tyres pumped, brakes checked and bag packed. On with the shorts (told you it was warm!), some wool for luck and I am off. I plan on shorter ride close to home - a 20 minute fire road climb to the trail head then a couple of xc trails down with enough roots and rocks thrown in to make it interesting.

At the top of the trail I stop and unlock everything, wind the forks out. A few seconds to breathe then I am off...

...and a little rusty!! My brain is in overdrive trying to remember which foot and hand to weight around corners and where I need to be looking. I make progress but wibble and wabble disgracefully. Halfway down I realise I am in the wrong gear, and a little further down I realise I have forgotten to use my uppy-downy seat post.

But just before the trail ends I glimpse it...that fine form I was in at the end of last season. It may only have lasted a few turns, but it proves that those muscle memories are still there waiting to be woken up.

Here’s to muscle memory and mid-winter rides. Anyone else excited for the summer of riding ahead?

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Free Ski Day & Chariot Demos

FREE SKI DAY January 22 sponsored by Kootenay Nordic Sports

It's another FREE SKI DAY with Mountain FM tunes and hot chocolate.

Kootenay Nordic Sports in Rossland is offering FREE RENTALS for the day so gather up your friends and show them how fun it is to belong to Black Jack.

Contact Kootenay Nordic Sports to reserve your skinny skis!

250-362-7071

Chariot Demo Days

Gerick's Sports in Trail will have ski Chariots available at Black Jack Ski Club on Friday January 20 and Saturday January 21 to try them out with the wee ones.

Contact Gerald to reserve your time. 250-364-1661

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Yesterday Carissa Moore competed in her first heat at the Vans World Cup of surfing. 

 

Up against the boys Carissa was pitted against Sunny Garcia (13.93) def Mitchel Coleborn (10.00), Carissa Moore (7.83) and Alain Riou (5.60).  Unfortunatly, Carissa's heat was plagued with a lack of waves from the beginning and after a brief flurry of waves where Carissa posted her first scores, the surfers spent the rest of their heat waiting for a chance to post a score.  The waves she did catch were impressive showing the crowd that she could stand her ground with the boys and given one of the waves that Sunny or Mitch got they would have been in trouble! 

Can't wait to see her out there again and hopefully she gets another chance to ruffle the boys feathers in future competitions now she has points on the board it is just a matter of time before we see her in with the boys again. 

Check out her heat here.

 

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Carissa-Moore-300x195Check out this great video of Carissa leading up to her first competition with the boys at the Reef Hawaiian Pro last week at Haleiwa.   

 

She did awesome, although she did not get through her first heat it was not due to her lack of skill or ability!  It was all about getting the few good waves coming through and unfortunatly she was not able to get one to show the judges what she could do!   Here is the footage from her heat.

 

Carissa is up again in the second competition of the Triple Crown, the Vans World Cup keep an eye out for her in Heat 14, Round of 96 - Watch it Live here

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XTC300 - 250BettyGoHard will soon be streaming a podcast of videos of the Betty girls ripping it up.  As well as incorporating video analysis into our camps and clinics for those that want it.  Before we put this into action we are looking for the perfect camera.

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Interbike Trade Show 2011-09-13 002I made a special effort to shrug off all commitments and get to the Interbike dirt demo this year, I have heard great things and thought it was time I checked it out.  I arrived into Vegas at 11.50 with the goal of making it for the last shuttle at 2.30pm out to the demo.  Vegas was calm and overcast when I got there, however from what I heard it sounds like I arrived at the perfect time, just after the storm passed.  Earlier that day the dirt demo had been more of a mud fest with only the hardcore hitting the trails with some serious rain around them.

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Paige Hareb (Tara) has regained the billing as New Zealand's top ranked female surfer after placing fifth at an international event held in Spain over the weekend. The 21 year old surfer now sits in sixth place - two spots clear of Mason and well within the hunt to qualify for the 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour.

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As I was searching the internet today with cool things to share with all you Betty's I found this online petition. Please lets do our part to help women become an integrated part of action sports!

GRO and Yeah Zine have teamed up to give a voice to the girls of BMX! It is time for women to have a division in BMX Park at Summer X Games 2011.


X Games began in 1995. In 2003 Women’s Skateboard Street and Vert were added. 

In 2008 at X Games 14, Women’s Moto X Racing was added to the event. At which time Rick Alessandri, managing director of X Games Franchise, said, 

“We are committed to expanding the female participation at this world-class event, and the women’s motocross circuit demonstrates unbelievable talent deserving recognition on the X Games stage.” 

The women’s BMX riders have unbelievable talent. 

Read more info here... http://girlsriders.org/?page_id=9238

With all the talent, riders, media, companies and individuals already gathered, now it's

"Unfortunately at the ESPN tv network level it’s all about the ratings. It has little to do what is best for bmx or the progression of our sport. "

So the next step is to start showing ESPN and X Games that there are many individuals that would love to tune in to watch girls ride BMX at X Games. You would not only get a great show, but also be supporting the sports and all those who ride. 

All it takes is your signature.

Sign the petition at http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/AddWomensBMXToXGames/

 

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The Betty team is heading out to Panorama this weekend and I am super excited about trying their newest feature - the Mouse Trap.  Designed by 25-year-old Kyle Wynia of Abbotsford, B.C., The Mouse Trap was Wynia's design entry into a joint contest put on by Panorama Mountain Village and Rockstar Energy Drink.

The Rockstar Bike Rodeo—Dream it, Drop it! contest had mountain and stunt bike enthusiasts enter their own stunt feature designs. Wynia's winning design was selected by a panel of judges, including pro free-rider Kurt Sorge.

The feature was debuted on July 16, 2011, and was christened by Wynia and Sorge before it was officially opened to the public; it received positive feedback from riders, spectators and Panorama staff.  The new feature, The Mouse Trap, consists of a steep lead-up with a jump, which lands riders on a wooden track. At the end of the short track, riders can either launch up onto the adjacent wall and ride it across to the finishing mound, or make a full jump off the launch ramp to the mound if they so choose.

If you didn't know Panorama Mountain Village is just 15 minutes north of Invermere in B.C.'s Columbia Valley.  They are open till September 4th so get out this weekend for one last chance to experience lift assisted downhill at its best.  Panorama offer a variety of trails for many different levels of riding with fun stunts and challenging features for those looking for a bit of adrenaline.  For more information, visit the resort's website.  And we will see you there!

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2011 EVENT Courses Info & Maps

This endurance athletic event will come to Kaslo on October 1st & 2nd, 2011.  A 2 day Multi-discipline Stage Race including XC & DH mountain biking & trail running amidst the spectacular scenery of the Selkirks in an area steeped in history.  Challenge yourself to complete one stage or compete for the Monster Challenge or Cody Quest Challenge to be the overall greatest sufferer!

There will also be a kid’s event taking place on the Kaslo River Trail.  Kids ages 13 and under will have the option of biking or running down the Kaslo River Trail on the side closest to town.  They will start from the bridge and leave one at a time at :30 second intervals.  8 & under will complete the 2k distance, 9-13 yr olds will complete a 4k course.

All races will finish on Front Street in downtown Kaslo in front of the historic Kaslo Hotel overlooking spectacular Kootenay Lake.  Front Street will be blocked off, a professional race announcer will be covering the race and a live video will be shown via large screen projector.  The finish area will be extremely exciting for all.  It will include a 10ft high wooden jump for the bikers to enter Front Street 'in the air' if they choose, putting on a show for the spectators.

Courses Info & Maps
**Please note, all areas of the course are habitat for bears, cougars, deer, elk, moose, grouse, woodpeckers and much much more... please take caution.

Kids Race100K Galena Ghost Ride40K Buchanan XC MT Bike15K Mountain Bike
50K Cody Claim Run25K True Blue Trail Run10K True Blue Trail RunMonster
Kaslo Suffer Fest™ Wall Of Fame

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LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand (24 August, 2011) – Day 12 of the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games saw many of the world’s best snowboarders hit the Big Air at Cardrona Alpine Resort with Canada’s Maxence Parrot and Germany’s Silvia Mittermueller taking the gold.

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Winds picked up in the morning, delaying the competition but in the end mother nature cooperated and it was all go with a small but strong field competing for this year’s Winter Games NZ titles. With the delay the format was changed and competitors went straight to a three run final with the best two different jumps counted.



Everyone including the judges was happy to see the conditions improved. “We saw some good tricks,” said Iztok Sumatic, head judge “The wind didn’t the affect the level of the tricks from the top competitors but it probably did affect the size of the field with some of the less experienced riders opting out today.”


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After a challenging season with a dislocated elbow followed by a rolled ankle, Germany’s Silvia Mittermueller was happy to turn a page today taking the top spot amongst the women.



Mittermueller attributed her success today in part to a desire to avoid hitting the knuckle and further injuring her ankle. “I knew I had to go big today to avoid injury,” she said. “After a series of injuries and some bad luck I am really happy with today’s results and hope I’ve shown the German national team selectors that I’m capable.” Silvia also has her sites set on competing in the new Olympic discipline of slopestyle in 2014.



Silvia was a surprise,” said Sumatic. “During the practice she was only doing straight airs but when it came to the competition she boosted out with a lovely switch backside 180 mute grab followed by a frontside 360 tailgrab which was also performed very well, with big amplitude.”



New Zealand’s Abby Lockhart and Shelly Gotlieb placed second and third respectively.

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Lockhart said that after taking time away from serious competition the inclusion of slopestyle as an Olympic discipline and the additional funding that will be available to New Zealand athletes has prompted her to refocus on competition. “This is a trial year,” she said. “If it all goes well then I hope to be named to the slopestyle team so that I can afford to compete at the level I need to get to the Olympics.”



Abby rode really well putting down two good jumps, a backside 360 melon grab and a backside 180 melon,” said Webster. “It’s good to see her stepping up her game.”



Shelly landed her first backside 360 tailgrab but fell on her two subsequent attempts at a backside 540 leaving her in third place,” said Sumatic.

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Those seeking full results can log on to http://wintergamesnz.com/results/ <http://wintergamesnz.com/results/> .


Tomorrow brings the Adaptive Slalom racing at Coronet Peat and Day Seven of Curling at the Maniototo Curling Rink in Naseby.

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Are you thinking of entering a mountain bike race but are not sure if you are ready or are unsure of what to expect during a race.
This article will provide you with 10 essential tips that should help you to prepare for your first race.

Let me start by saying that everyone who is serious about riding should do at least one race.
Why? It makes you a stronger rider by pushing you in ways that other rides will not.

What should you expect and what should you do to prepare for your first race?

1) Pick a race that is far out enough to allow you time to prepare. - Give yourself a minimum of three months to get ready (
See Tip 2 Get Fit)

2) Get Fit -
Establish a Base: Allow a month or two of long rides of 2 or more hours 3 times a week other rides can be recovery rides.
Add Intensity: After you get a base add intervals to build intensity. Two weeks before your race do a practice run at near race pace. The week of the race begin to taper. Decrease ride lengths but still have some short intense efforts to keep legs fresh.

3) Hone your Skills - Practice the skills necessary to confidently ride the race of your choice. Expect to encounter logs, rock gardens, quick transitions, switchbacks, and steep descents.
Work on maintaining speed and flow. Try not to get bogged down in the rough stuff.

4) Make sure your bike is race ready - Ensure that your bike is in proper working order especially shifting (a finicky derailleur can ruin your day), braking, and tires.
Lube your chain and shifter cables. Inflate tires depending on conditions: If hard pack tires can be firmer. If wet or muddy conditions run a little less pressure. Tubeless tires will enable you to run less pressure and still avoid pinch flats.

5) Get the right Gear - Baggy shorts and a loose fitting tee may be okay for a quick trail ride and some beers with your buds but, on race day you will be better off with Lycra shorts (preferably bib shorts) and a form fitting bike shirt with three back pockets and a 3/4 front zipper to keep you cool. You can use a camelback but I would suggest traveling as light as possible an extra five pounds on you back can get pretty heavy after an hour and 1/2 of hard pedaling.

6) Get your race routine ready - Know what you will eat on race day from breakfast to post race. Too much and you will feel sick. Too little and you may bonk. Know what you will eat and drink during the race and pick points on the course where you will eat and drink. Have a post race recovery drink and sandwich waiting as well. Make sure you get your bike ready the night before: Lube the chain and cables, pump your tires, check shock pressure. Then put your pumps, tools, and lube in your car in case you need anything on race day. Lay out your race kit the night before and pack post race clothes as well as something to cleanup with. (I find that wintergreen alcohol a towel and a gallon jug of water will do the trick)
Fill your water bottles the night before. The less you have to worry about on race day the better. By being organized and prepared you will feel more confident and calm on the day of your race.

7) You will need a one day license and money for the entry fee this will run you between 25-40 for both. If you know that you will be doing a series or more than a few races apply for a license at
USA Cycling for $60 you can race any Domestic event (race fee not included) and you receive quite a few discounts with USA Cycling affiliate partners as well.

8) Expect race time to be between 45-2 hours in duration depending on your class. The Beginner races are usually around 5-8 miles where sport races are about 10-15 miles.

9) Get to the race venue about an 1-1/2 to 2 hours before. Register online to save some additional time. You will still need to fill out a waiver at the race and you will want to be warmed up before you go off. You should be on the start line with a light sweat but feeling energized. Despite what some people may say do not ride the entire course on a race day. Ride 5-10 minutes of the beginning of the course and the end. This should be enough time to warm-up without fatiguing yourself up and enable you to review your start and finish strategy.
*Note you should ride the race course the week before the race or be familiar with it.

10) A winner never quits and a quitter never wins: Unless you are injured or you bike is broken do not quit. If you are pushing yourself hard you will probably want to quit but, dig deep and finish strong.

11) Don't Take yourself too seriously and remember to have fun it's "only a race".

When your done you should feel good about yourself Congratulations you just competed in your first mountain bike race - Well done.

Warning: Racing may be addictive!

 

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It was my birthday last week and totally contrary to my personality instead of heading out and hitting the trails I just hung out and took a day off.  It was awesome to sit back and relax with the knowledge of a weekend of biking just on the horizon.  This weekend past was the annual Silver Mtn Brewsfest.  Silver mountain is in Kellogg, Idaho and a great place to go downhill.  The Brewsfest is a super cool event; for less than the price of a regular lift ticket you get to ride the mountain bike trails, try out beers from 30 different breweries and listen to cool music. 

It is not the most extensive bike park you'll ever visit but the trails are fun and super long.  From the top of the world's longest single pole gondola back to the base you drop 2,200 ft, its a long way down!  Three runs and I was revved up and loving life but the body was tired and ready to eat some food and drink some beer.  The runs are a little bumpy but have fun flow, a few challenging sections and lots of smiles at the bottom.  The gondola ride gives the legs and arms time to recover then downhill we go.  To make it a full weekend you can stay on mountain and enjoy the water park too where they have the Flowrider so surfing and biking in one day is possible at Silver Mountain.  This is the second year I've attended and it is definitely an annual event; check it out next year we will be there!!  The more friends the more fun to be had!

After the weekend I was a little jaded, slightly stiff and in need of some yoga.  BettyGoHard and Kerry Yoga had our first Hiking and Yoga event on Monday night - what a way to start the week off on the right foot!  We hiked to the top of Raven Rock trail to the lookout overlooking the the town of Trail and the Columbia river - what a view!!  Overlooking the Columbia, Agathe led us through a half hour gentle yoga practice; normally I have trouble stilling my mind and really getting into my practice but with the wind blowing gently and the view of the mountains it was the best yoga I have done for as long as I can remember.  Thank you to the ladies that joined us and the cute guy at the bottom with the amazing quinoa fruit parfait it was the perfect way to end a perfect experience.  Next week we will be doing Elder Trail high above the Columbia on the other side of Trail.  Maybe I will see you there.

Have a great week

Betty

 

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It was Australia’s day today at the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games Jucy Snowboard Cross with reigning snowboard cross world champion and X Games competitor, Alex Pullin taking out the men’s competition and Belle Brockhof taking gold in the women’s competition.

Mother nature cooperated providing blue skies and light winds; the athletes provided the entertainment in this fast paced competition that, for spectators, is similar to watching a motocross event.

“It was great to be out here today competing against some of the world’s best,” said Pullin.  “The Winter Games is fantastic in that it provides another major competition during the Southern Hemisphere season.  It’s critical to our training and to being in top form for the Northern Hemisphere season.  I’ll definitely be back.”

Pullin went on to comment on his teammates Cameron Bolton and Andy Fischer who placed second and fourth respectively.  “We’ve been working hard to bring these two developing athletes up and it was fantastic to see them step it up for this competition.  All around it was an amazing day, the weather was great, the course was great and we’re all happy to be here.”

In third was America’s Chris Mahaney the second highest ranked competitor in today’s field.

Six nations were represented in the men’s field with 31 riders competing.  New Zealand’s top ranked snowboard cross rider Philip Dominick was the top placing kiwi today finishing in sixth place with Cody Logan coming in just behind him in eighth.

The women’s results today proved that in snowboard cross being at the top doesn’t guarantee the win; one small mistake can see a title slipping away.  In the semifinals, top ranked rider, 2010 Olympian and X Games silver medalist Callan Chythlook-Sifsof (USA) slid out while overtaking Amanda Taylor (AUS) who launched over Chythlook.  This small error cost Cythlook her shot in the finals and in the end the win went to Brockhof with teammate Alexandra Lockie taking second and Japan’s Karen Iwadare rounding out the podium.

Brockhof was pleased with her result, “This is my third race back after a two year break.”  Brokhof took the break after a year of too many close calls and for a time changed her focus to Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom.  “When I stopped competing I was ranked 32nd in the world; it feels good to be making a comeback.  I knew with Callan in the field I needed to go flat out.  I was hungry for the win today.”

There are two stages to each snowboard cross competition. The first stage sees riders taking on the course against the clock to decide in which order they race. Then riders race in heats of four where they fly down the same course at the same time as three other competitors. The first two to cross the line move to the next stage of the competition.

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Olympic gold medallist, Justyna Kowalczyk confirms her spot at next weekend’s Winter Triathlon

 

Olympic gold medallist, Justyna Kowalczyk has confirmed her spot at next weekend’s 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games Winter Triathlon joining a field of local athletes that also includes New Zealand Olympic biathlete, Sarah Murphy.

Featuring a 6.8km run, 12km bike and 9.5km cross country ski, all on a hard-packed snow course at Snow Farm, the event is also open to age group athletes. The sport is new to Winter Games NZ, having been a demonstration sport at the 2009 event. Winter triathlons are an exciting sport and great for low impact, high intensity training over the cold winter months attracting a broad spectrum of athletes, from multi-sporters to triathletes.

“The winter tri adds a new dimension to triathlon,” said Winter Games NZ CEO, Arthur Klap. “It’s quite novel to be biking and running on snow, all at altitude and is great fitness and a lot of fun. It’s great for spectators as well with a few thrills and spills!”

The event is part of the ITU Oceania Championships and athletes can enter at www.wintergamesnz.com/accounts/register

Keep up to date with all of tomorrow's action on Twitter/Facebook

Keep up to date with the action as it happens on the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games Facebook and Twitter pages.

www.facebook.com/WinterGamesNZ

http://twitter.com/#!/wintergamesnz

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121356675MB005_Winter_GamesWith the sport on the brink of being included in the Paralympics, 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games today its first WSF Para-Snowboard World Cup at Cardrona Alpine Resort, featuring a strong international field from both sides of the world.

It was an all-American victory with world number one, Amy Purdy, taking out the women's in a combined best of 202.69 and Evan Strong, also world number one, taking out the men's in 148.25.

"I'm surprised at how fast I went in my first run as I was taking it easy and just wanted to stay upright. My second run I somehow lost time in the middle section but it was my final run that was the quickest. It's great to see an improvement overall and that's what feels good, to know that you can improve and do better all the time. You're always racing against yourself."

Amy said the athletes were just waiting to see if snowboard cross would be included in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi. "It's not a Paralympic sport at the moment but we're due to find out any day. I think to bring a sport that a lot of our generation relates to will definitely benefit the Paralympics and it will really blur the line between able bodied and adaptive sport. We all raced really well here today and showed the sport has the ability to be included at Paralympic level."

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The men's race was incredibly close between X Games gold medallist, Evan Strong and Carl Murphy (NZL), world number two, who took silver.
"That was one of the most fun World Cups this season," said Strong. "It was nerve wracking in the morning with low visibility and the practice was rough as we couldn't see very well. But the sun came out, softened up the course and made it way faster. It was fun racing with Carl, he's an amazing snowboarder. On the first run he had 4/10 of a second on me so I had some pressure to push through. The second run put me in the lead by 2/10 of second but I know Carl is a fast racer and that he could easily take that up so I had to make sure I made my last run count and pushed through to take the win."

Both athletes agreed Cardrona's World Cup course was the best they'd ridden for an adaptive competition.

"The course was built beautifully, probably the best the world cup snowboard cross course we've ridden," said Purdy. "It was perfect for all abilities - having prosthetics on both legs I don't compress very well but once you get on long berms it's fun to ride. It was a perfect mix and open enough for us all to ride well, no matter what your strength."

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As well as the competitive World Cup competition, today's race also included the demonstration sport of sit ski on the gravity cross course. Corie Peters (NZL) clocked the fastest time in 190.97 after just three weeks in a sit ski. In the women's Gemma Fletcher taook first in 222.40.

The snowboard cross competition continues tomorrow with the FIS Continental Cup snowboard cross at Cardrona Alpine Resort from 9.00am.

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LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand (August 18, 2011) – American’s Gus Kenworthy and Devin Logan repeated their success at Winter Games NZ taking out back to back victories in both yesterday’s freeski halfpipe and today’s freeski slopestyle.

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The Air New Zealand Freeski Slopestyle course at Snow Park NZ included an urban rail set with three rail options for the first platform followed by a jib jump platform with a pole jam, tractor tyres and a 45 foot jump, next a 55/45 jump, a 65/55 jump and then finally the Air New Zealand Lily Pad at the bottom.

The women’s field of ten elected to go straight to a three run final with AFP’s overall champion Logan topping the podium for the second day in a row having won yesterday’s halfpipe competition.  

“Her run today was solid,” said Beattie.  “The cork seven was a stand out trick.”

Logan started her run with a lip slide to switchout on the downrail, then frontside to two seventy out on the up cannon box and then a switch five to cork seven to a straight on 360 out of the last feature and scored 79.75 points. 

An amped Logan was thrilled with her win, “It was great to win again today as I have my sights set on both both the halfpipe and slopestyle disciplines at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.”

In second, it was Kim Lamarre , the top ranked slopestyle skier in today’s competition.  Lamarre was tight on the heels of Logan with less than one point separating them. Her run which oozed with style included a lipslide to switch on the downrail and then switch on to switch out of the cannon rail to a switch five safety to a big five forty mute to switch one in to a one eighty out on the bottom lily pad.   She ended with 79.25 points just .5 off of Logan’s top score.

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In third place was Canadian Dara Howell finishing her day with 70.5 points.

New Zealand’s up and coming skier Rose Battersby just missed the podium, skiing strongly and hitting the big side of the jumps with a big seven twenty on the final jump.  She’s someone to watch out for in the future.

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Those seeking full results can log on to http://wintergamesnz.com/results/.

100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games continues tomorrow (August 19) with Snowboard Cross at Cardrona beginning at 9am and Ice Hockey at the Dunedin Ice Stadium from 7pm.

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I am about to give you the key to speed. One phrase. Are you ready?

 

Don't use the brakes.

 

Don't look so disappointed. What were you expecting, Magic? I don't mean to not use them at all, just use them less.

 

One of the best ways to improve your riding is to go with someone that is faster than you. Not way faster, so that you get discouraged, but a bit faster, so you really have to work to keep up. Once you've found someone that fits the bill, try following them through some downhill singletrack. Notice how the gap keeps getting bigger? You're not doing much pedaling so it's not likely a strength issue. What could it be? I'll tell you, the faster rider is using their brakes less.

 

Have you ever been on a ride when, for some reason, you had no brakes, or a lot less than you wanted? Maybe a cable broke or your rims iced up or something. I know it was scary. Careening downhill, unable to slowdown to a comfortable speed, you thought you were going to die. But you survived, and you went down that hill a lot faster than you otherwise would have. If you want to go faster every ride you need to harness a bit of that experience and apply it in a more controlled manner.

 

Moving out of our comfort zone can make us apprehensive. To try to calm the fears of your rational mind have your irrational mind tell it this: Speed is our friend; Speed brings stability; Stability is good. The wheels underneath do more than just hold us up. They also act as gyroscopes, like those spinny things you may have played with as a kid. They're also the things that keep spacecraft stable in the vacuum of space. The faster a gyroscope spins, the more rigidity it has. This means the faster your wheels are turning the more they will fight to stay upright and pointed straight ahead, just what we want. Now you know why sometimes when you get anxious and slow down you biff, but if you stay fast and ride it out you make out okay and look like a hero.

 

The hard part is knowing how fast is really too fast and when to say whoa. You can set yourself up with an exercise to explore these limits. Find a section of downhill singletrack steep enough that you won't have to pedal much and fast enough that you definitely have to brake for the corners. (Keep IMBA happy and make sure you won't encounter any hikers or horses on the way down). Make your first run at your normal blistering speed. Try to note where you apply the brakes for each corner. On the next run, each time you reach for the brakes fight the impulse for one second. Remember that every bit of speed that you can carry through the turn is speed you don't have to gain back on the next straight. And that's energy in the bank, my friend, better than money. A little bit saved every corner can really add up over the course of a trail.

 

In all your subsequent training runs try to brake just a tick later than the time before. It is super important to ensure that you are only using one or two fingers on your brakes - no three, four or five fingers - what are you holding on with?  Although some might suggest that a tip to avoid the temptation to brake too early or when you really don't need to is to ride with all eight fingers wrapped around the bars. I personnally subscribe to the theory that you should always be brake ready including uphill climbs. 

 

The key to pushing the envelope is to do it gradually, in small increments. Riding a downhill with your front brake disconnected may make teach you how to go really fast. More likely, it'll teach you just how brittle collarbones really are. Even though improvements may seem small one corner at a time, it will add up and it will make a difference. You worked way too hard for that speed to just turn it into heat for no good reason.

Good luck and stay safe!

Thanks to Dirtworld.com Staff for more tips and biking information visit them at www.dirtworld.com

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LA GRANDE PLAGE, Biarritz/France (Friday, July 15, 2011) – Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, has just made ASP history as the youngest ever ASP Women’s World Champion, clinching her maiden title today at the Roxy Pro Biarritz.

“I dreamed of surfing at this level my whole life since I was a little kid and I don’t think you can ever expect or anticipate the feeling,” Moore said. “It is amazing. There is no place I would rather be right now.”

The clinching came when then-reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, dispatched of the remaining title contender Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, in the Semifinals of competition.

“I’m not really feeling anything right now I am just so happy,” Moore said. “It was really stressful watching that last heat and I was trying to just listen to my songs and zone out. It is kind of weird to win on the beach. I have always visualized and imagined winning the Final or a heat and coming in and winning but I’m so happy and excited. I have been thinking about this for a long time since I was a little girl and just to be here right now and being world champ is pretty crazy.”

In only her second year competing amongst the world’s best, Moore has had a stellar run, making the Finals in every event thus far and scalping three wins along the way.

“I have had this goal written on my door and it has been waiting there for a long time to be ticked off so I can’t wait to go home and cross it out,” Moore said.

2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Results:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast:
WIN
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: Runner-Up
Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival New Zealand: Runner-Up
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic: WIN
Billabong Rio Pro: WIN
Roxy Pro Biarritz: Runner-Up
Nike US Open of Surfing: TBD

This year’s stellar run set another record for the youngster as the only ASP World Champion in history to make the Finals in every event this season, and sees Moore as the first Hawaiian ASP Women’s World Champion since Margo Oberg (HAW) in 1981.

“I definitely first and foremost want to thank my little sister Cayla, thank you so much,” Moore said. “I wouldn’t be here without you. There are way too many people to thank but my Dad, he has been here every step of the way and I could not have done this without him. It is so much sweeter having him part of my team. I want to thank my sponsors Nike, Target and Red Bull I couldn’t do it without them. My family, my uncles and aunts and my grandparents.”

The next and final stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season will be the Nike US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach from August 1 – 6, 2011.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

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What an amazing week at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. Team Roxy enjoyed everything there was to enjoy about the quaint French town and surfed and swam their hearts out! Lily Wood and the Prick and the Sounds played a free concert for the town and over 6,000 people came to boogie down!
Team rider Jennifer Smith finished Runner-up on the World Longboard Event as she took down her fellow team rider Kassia Meador in the semi-final in 2-3 foot surf at the Cote d’ Basques.

For some other exciting highlights straight from the ROXY PRO in Biarritz, France take a peek at these ROXY PRO PODCASTS:

Check out this ROXY ART backstage clip and fall in love with the world of Surf throughout the generations. (pretty cool stuff!)

Wishing ROXY a very HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY  is Lisa Andersen in this short clip (HAPPY BIRTDHAY ROXY)!

For some silly clips of the surfers (produced by LeeAnn and friends) have a look at the ROXY PRO X-TRAS

Last but not least, we’d like to share a big congratulations to Carissa Moore, who was crowned the 2011 Women’s World Champion during the event!
Cant wait until next year!

 

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