May 3, 2010

ESCAPE: ASHLEY BATTERSBY

Ashley Battersby was born to ski. She grew up in Chicago, and she’s the second of four children who all enjoy the same passion. At 18-months-old, she was first to put on skis and continued to evolve with the sport of Freeskiing. Ashley was fortunate enough to leave the Windy City and surrounding Midwest ski resorts and move to Park City, Utah in 2002. During this time she was able to ski at least 50 or more days in the winter and later attended the Winter Sports School where the number of days on snow only increased. She had received her first sponsor at a Big Air at the Canyons Resort and from then on she started making a name for herself as a young female freerider. Ashley now resides in Park City Utah, living out of her suitcase nine months out of the year when she’s skiing. After winning the 2008 US Open slopestyle, Ashley Battersby was qualified for Winter X 2009 but could not attend after tearing her left ACL a month before the event, so she was pretty amped up to finally attend her first Winter X in 2010:

“I got the chance to go to Europe for the second time this year and it was by far the best trip of 2009-2010 season! We first headed to Laax, Switzerland for a week where I had placed 1st in the European Open. From there four girls and myself traveled to Tignes, France for the European X –Games. That was a drive I will never forget, all of us from different countries (America, France, New Zealand and Canada) stuffed with four bags the size of an average human, driving in a car with no working windshield wipers in the middle of winter, windows won’t roll down, eating nothing but Swiss chocolate and gas station ham and bread sammys in a five person car. It was supposed to take us only seven hours from point A to B but we had hit up closed roads and got stuck in Italy for a few hours. We had been through three different countries in a total of 14 hours (never rely on a outdated GPS)!
The morning we competed was epic, 9:30 am and completely slayed! After hitting the longest course in my entire six years of free riding (two rails six jumps), I ended up taking home the bronze from Euro X. I have never been so stoked in my life…I accomplished my dream. I have always wanted to be in X games and to be able to travel over seas to do it with some of the most inspiring men and women skiers, I couldn’t ask for anything more!
My brothers have always been my motivation for skiing, they pushed me out of wanting to be a racer to switch to free ride. They are also the most dedicated guys I have ever seen in the ski industry, they slay! We all grew up on a 200 foot vertical hill in Wisconsin and then our parents moved us to Utah so we could try and achieve our goals. Four years ago I tore my left ACL and last year I did the same thing to my right. Those injuries are very common in skiing, as well as being the most annoying thing that could happen. I had unfortunate luck, as I did it to mine in 2008 a month before the very first year they had ever put women slopestyle in X-Games. I was heartbroken that it had happened right before, although it lit a fire under my belt to get stronger for next season, to learn new tricks and achieve my goal! I have to give thanks to all my sponsors, Volkl, Tecnica, Marker, First Drop, Scott USA, Bendis, Kicker, McDavid, Bern for your continued support as well as my amazing brothers, parents and God.

“Third place went to the lil’ steezeball herself, Ashley Battersby. Ash-B was absolutely killing it all day, and like many of the girls today, was skiing better than ever. 5’s both ways, switch 7’s and a silky smooth 270 on 270 off the rail up top, proving that she is absolutely the most stylish girl in skiing, hands down.” -Jeff Schmuck

-Via Jessica Bush


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April 21, 2010

INSIDER: WAKEBOARDER RAIMI MERRITT

Raimi Merritt has always had a knack for watersports. From the ripe age of 10, the athlete has been making her notches in the world of professional wakeboarding, at home and around the world. The daughter of legendary barefoot waterskier Steve Merritt, Raimi has shown that no matter how much the sport changes over the years, the board doesn’t fall far from the dock. The teen has proven within the past six years of competition that she is a force to be reckoned with, on and off the water. Not only is she one of the youngest women in the sport to bring home such prestigious titles as the IWSF World Cup and World Games, but the 16-year-old is just getting started in the world of women’s wakeboarding. We got together with Raimi to meet the girl behind the board.

Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m from Lantana, FL and I now live in Orlando, FL.

How old were you when you started wakeboarding?
I have been wakeboarding for about 6 years.

How did you get into the sport?
I got into wakeboarding because of my dad-he was a professional barefoot waterskier and I grew up waterskiing until he introduced me to wakeboarding, then I got hooked!

What do you notice about women participating in the sport of wakeboarding?
I think that the women in wakeboarding are really trying to step up their game as far as competition because they have to in order to stay on top. Everyone is training really hard on and off the water and trying to stay healthy.

Where has wakeboarding brought you? Where do you travel?
Wakeboarding has brought me all over the World from China to Dubai. I’ve been to so many places and it is such an awesome opportunity to be able to go all over the place doing what I love!

What’s next for you?
I am actually going to Miami to kick off the season at Board-Up Miami. Its a fun contest that’s not too big but still a great way to start the season. It’s April 8-10 and can be found at board-up.net!

Mandy Spivey


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April 15, 2010

DIY: DECK THE HALLS

Feeling pride for your ride? Then don’t hide it away, rig up a naff hanging system from rope, splash cash on a wall mounted board rack or leave your beloved stick leaning against a wall waiting for a ding. Instead make a sleek hanging set-up that takes less than a tenner and about half an hour of time.

Materials:
6 x D-rings
2 x rawl plugs
2 x 80mm screw-in hooks
1in wide nylon webbing
Matches
Thread
Sewing machine
Scissors
Drill
Tape measure

Directions:

1.Measure the width of your board and multiply this by 5 to get the length of nylon webbing you’ll need. Cut the nylon webbing into two equal pieces. Hold a lit match close to the four raw ends of webbing; this will melt together any fraying threads.

2.Loop two D-rings onto the first piece of webbing, then fold the end of the webbing back on itself 5cm. Stitch this into place on your sewing machine, running two or more seams for sturdiness. Repeat on the second piece of webbing.
Loop a single D-ring onto the first piece of webbing, then fasten the two ends together like you would a belt. Repeat on the second piece of webbing.

3.Decide where you want your board to be displayed on your wall horizontally. Measure the length of your board and divide by 4, then measure the resulting distance in from both ends of the board to get your horizontal coordinates.

4.Decide where you want your board to be displayed on your wall vertically. You’ll want your hooks to be positioned 5-10cm above this (but remember you can adjust the length of the straps to alter vertical positioning). From here you can derive the two points on your wall where your hooks need to go.

5.Drill holes at these two points and insert rawl plugs, then screw in the hooks. Loop the free D-ring on each length of webbing onto each hook. Slide your board into the “belts” you’ve created, and adjust for optimum positioning. If there’s too much extra webbing hanging off the end, you can cut and burn the ends to your liking.

Images and text by Shannon Denny


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April 7, 2010

ESCAPE: MEGAN ABUBO SURFS MEXICO

In the ultra-competitive world of pro surfing, most surfers know that you have to get into the game early if you’re going to make a splash. Megan Abubo(center) caught her first wave at the famed Waikiki beach when she was just a mere 10 years old, and has been paddling her way as a competitive surfer for team Roxy for years, taking her around the globe in the hunt of the perfect surf. You can find her extending her technique past the shore, starring as a stunt double in the surf flick “Blue Crush”, or making her way along the pages of Rolling Stone and Fitness Magazine.

“The last surf trip I took was to a secret area of Mexico. Let’s just say it was in an area near Barra, but I’m not sure if it was North or South. Every morning we would wake up and get in massive four-by-four wheel trucks and blast off to the firing point. Every wave was at least 300 yards long and every surf was just the five of us. The waves were so rip-able, it was like having a bunch of snapper rocks without the crowd. We would surf until we could barely paddle, then load back up mid-day and drive back and eat a huge Mexican lunch, sleep for an hour and then head back for the evening session. The town we stayed in was pretty eventful, and lots of business was always taking place. We had beers every sunset and soaked it all in. It was one of the most fun trips I have ever been on. It was super warm water, no sea lice, good waves, good food, good beer, and good friends. I liked this trip particularly because it wasn’t just death barrel kind of waves- it was all sandbars and very minimal consequence to the body but loads of happiness. I would recommend Mexico to any female surfer-it’s a blast! I hope to go again this year.”

Mandy Spivey


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April 5, 2010

UPDATE: ROXY CHICKEN JAM 2010

Congratulations to Roxy snow newcomer Enni Rukajärvi, who was crowned the 2009/2010 Ticket-To-Ride World Snowboard Champion after scoring a total of 858.11. Rukajärvi took home a major prize purse of $50,000. The Roxy Chicken Jam was the last stop on the TTR World Tour season for women.

Other big winners of the day included Jamie Anderson for Slope-style and Kelly Clark for Superpipe (both took the 1st place prize). All winners were honored during an awards ceremony at Mammoth Mountain last Saturday night.

Even Foam fav and Olympic gold medalist for the snowboard half pipe Torah Bright stopped by to lend her support to all the amazing riders with a demo run at the end of the day.

And as for the 3rd annual Mascot Competition at the RCJ, the NPG Cable Cheetah (worn by Mammoth local Trevor Jacob) took the number one spot. Best trick went to the Hot Dog, Mammoth resident Luke Wynen with his “McTwist.”

For more on the big day, head to Roxy’s website for highlights.

Johnie Emma Gall


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April 5, 2010

IN THE MAG: CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE


In Tulum, where breathtaking beaches, yoga camps and ancient ruins co-exist, there’s always something to do (even if you feel like doing nothing at all…)
Cruising along Highway 307, about 20 minutes outside of Cancun, it happens: those lingering, bad vibes from security, crowds, noise, long lines- they all vanish. The hassles of travel are happily replaced with visions of emerald green palm trees, flashes of turquoise-blue water and gleaming-white sand. It’s a straight shot to Tulum, an easy 80 mile drive that allows your mind to wander to blissfully more pressing matters, like how to spend the coming days.

Get the best Foam insider tips for traveling, dining and staying in Tulum in our print and digital editions.

Keith Mulvihill


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March 31, 2010

HEALTH & FITNESS: THE “THIRD” COAST

Think die-hard surfers only reside on the coasts? Well, for the most part, that’s probably true. But the California surf trend is spilling into Middle America, and small surfing communities are flourishing across the Great Lakes. What started in the early ’60s has spread throughout the region, and today surfing on the “Third Coast” is more popular than ever. The Great Lake surf trend formed in 1964 when Bob Allen, Craig Van Single and Rick Sapinski were in high school. They got their friends interested, Great Lake Surfing Association membership grew little by little, and then competition started between the high schools in Grand Haven, Muskegon and Grand Rapids. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, surfers hit the Lake Michigan waters for their own piece of Cali past-time.

The significant size of the Great Lakes is what makes surfing on them possible. The Great Lakes system consists of six quadrillion gallons of water and more than 10,900 miles of shoreline. The Great Lakes are the largest fresh water system on earth and have more coastline than the East and West coasts combined. Rather than waves being created by distant storm systems, waves on the Great Lakes are formed by localized winds. Ironically, what usually seems like good surfing weather is opposite to Midwest surfers are used to. Unlike the warm waters of Hawaii and Florida, on the Great Lakes, the colder it is the better the waves. These surfers accept a dangerous ride on their boards until the ice closes in. Because of the ongoing improvements in wetsuit technology, surfers are now able to comfortably ride lake waves year-round, including in winter and freezing temperatures.

Lake surfing has been featured by national and regional news sources such as The CBS Early Show, The Today Show, Newsweek, National Public Radio, newspapers like The Chicago Tribune and The Indianapolis Star, and The Honolulu Star Bulletin. Its popularity has recently become more significant than ever. The idea of surfing on freshwater lakes in the heartland of America, especially in the winter season, tends to catch peoples’ attention.

by Jessica Bush


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March 30, 2010

VIDEO: NOOSA 2010 HIGHLIGHTS


Global Surf Industries 2010 Noosa Festival of Surfing - day 8 highlights from GSI Noosa Festival of Surfing on Vimeo.

If you missed Australia’s Global Surf Industries Noosa Surf Festival 2010, you missed an amazing group of surfers doing their thing. Good thing there is a highlight reel!

Also, make sure you catch St. Augustine, FL native Lauren Hill explain why surfing “makes life better,” and we love her mission for March: to surf with all types of surfers for 31 days and capture it all on film for her friends.

Global Surf Industries 2010 Noosa Festival of Surfing - interview Lauren Hill from GSI Noosa Festival of Surfing on Vimeo.


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