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Slacklining – First time tips

7 Aug

I’ve been seeing slack-lining everywhere lately and was always intrigued by it.  At the rock climbing gym I’ve been going to, they have all sorts of different balance and agility tests you can practice on and one of which is a slack line.  Let me be the first to tell you that this looks much easier than it actually is.  You will probably see someone twirling and walking back and forth on one right before you try which will give the illusion that this is a cake walk.  I’ve only attempted a few times now but in the times that I’ve tried, I have picked up some important tips.

1. The wider the slack line, the easier to balance.  There are different variation in width and the wider the line, the easier to start out.

2.  Starting near the ends of the line is easier than the middle.  The line is more taught on the ends and you will feel more stable.  However be careful when you fall near the sides as you will be very close to the supports.

(Brie picked this up pretty quickly!)

3.  Commitment is half the battle.  Once you have stably placed your foot on the line, try to stand up quickly.  This way the rope doesn’t have as much time to toggle.

(Daniel)

4.  It’s easier to get the feel for the slack line if someone sits on one side of the line.  I know this may technically be “cheating” but it can be scary when you first try.  This allows you to get the feeling of the balance you are going to need.

(Tuckey helping stabilize the line)

5.  Starting straight forward is the way to go.  I would not suggest jumping on perpendicular to the line.

(Moss demonstrating the correct way)

(Me demonstrating the wrong way HA!)

6.  Once you get comfortable with the feel of the balance (which you should always start with your dominant foot/leg), try starting and balancing on your other foot/leg so that when you want to start walking along the line there will be no surprises in balance.  They are both pretty different to get the feel for.

(Tuckey)

7. Have fun with it!  Brie’s friend Daniel had the slack line which can be set up anywhere there are sturdy posts so we just set it up in the park overlooking some of the lake and just played around with it.  The more you try, the easier it becomes.  It’s an interesting activity but provides a lot of entertainment!  We all kinds of random things we were trying for fun like 2 people on at the same time, etc.

 Dog friendly of course 🙂

At the end of the day, we took down the set up and headed home.  It’s one of those work outs you don’t realize you are getting at the time but I slept so great that night.

Slack lining is the ultimate mind and body balance challenge.  It is the ultimate yoga and if you can conquer this, you are demonstrating immense discipline and balance.   The following video is slacklining at it’s finest and craziest.  I believe I first saw this video on Transmission’s blog here but now have an entire new feeling about the video.  Slacklining is an entire new extreme and this video is AWESOME!

Lean into it – Moto GP at Laguna Seca

2 Aug

This past weekend in Monterey was one of the largest motorcycle races of the year, the Moto Grand Prix.  Some friends invited to me to come down and hang out, so of course you know I would not be missing hang time with some of my good friends and something thrilling.  I have to say, this was extremely exciting to be watching in person.  The bikes move so fast and the riders are practically half way off their bikes the entire time.  It’s hard to catch the detail when they are moving so fast but we cruised around to all different parts of the track to really experience the event.

First things first.

People were scattered all around the 2+ mile track.

With Lacey and Shannon watching the bikes zoom around in record time.

The world famous corkscrew!  This is also one of the most dangerous parts of the track.

The riders tilt their motorcycles sideways practically.

Close grid of racers.  You can see here how they lean to get through the top curve of the corkscrew.

Bottom curve of the corkscrew.

Knee to the ground.

Helicopters were constantly circling the track trying to keep up with the motorcycles.

This gives you a little more perspective.

Spectators.  They’ve got a great view!

Standings.

There were a few motorcycle spectators at MotoGP.

MotoGP at Laguna Seca was an awesome event and I have now I have an idea of how exciting motorcycle races can be.  I’ve now seen maybe car races but I’d never seen Moto so this was a thrilling experience!

What’s your favorite kind of racing??

Weekends are for fun

30 Jul

This past week/weekend were a string of events based around spending time with a friend who is moving from Northern California to Southern California.  We had a group dinner and also went down to Laguna Seca for a weekends worth of fun.  I also tried to squeeze in some decompressing time and I have some more photos from my DSLR of the past events to share this week.  Until then, here’s a few iPhone photos.

Being silly at Lacey’s dinner send off in North Beach.

I’ve been checking out rock climbing/bouldering and I really enjoy it.  It’s like figuring out a puzzle and getting a work out, what more could you ask for? 🙂

We went to Laguna Seca for the Moto GP this weekend and it was AWESOME.  I have some photos to share from that.  The bikes fly around the course.

With Nicky Hayden in the Oakley Lab.

The good stuff!  I’ll be sharing more action photos some time this week 😀


X-Games VERT!

9 Jul

Massive.

Jamie Bestwick was majorly impressive and made it look effortless.

A few spills but everyone was OK.

HUGE.

Medal Ceremony.
Gold – Jamie Bestwick, Silver – Vince Byron, Bronze – Simon Tabron.

The elevated balconies in the middle is where I got all my shots from.  Media access is AMAZING.  Talk about incredible views all around.

Sky high

5 Jul

One of my favorite events to watch/shoot at the summer X Games was the Big Air BMX contest.  I unfortunately missed the Big Air Skate contest which I’m sure was just as cool but there was nothing like standing at the top of the Mega Ramp watching these athletes fly so high into the sky.  These are some of my absolute favorite pictures from the weekend.

The lighting and shadows were awesome during practice.

The landing of the big air before the mega ramp.

Helicopters filming as well as all the ground coverage.

I got to shoot some photos from right under these guys behind those Geico signs.  The shots are unreal as you are about to see.  Such a surreal, incredible experience.

The under side of the ramp!

Huge.

Top of the Mega Ramp.

My favorites.

Doubles!

Successful.

The magnitude of the height of these tricks in person is unbelievable.

Dropping!  That has to be the craziest feeling.

Upside down.

Above the crowds.

The riders were all flying.  I saw some MAJOR spills and the sound of the rider hitting the ramp is terrifyingly loud.  Luckily, everyone made it out OK but what a thrill to watch.  Truly a dream come true to stand at the top of the Mega Ramp and watch it all go down 😀

Taking gold was Steve McCann, silver was Zack Warden, and bronze was taken by Kevin Robinson.

Everything is right about getting extreme in the summertime

2 Jul

I had the pleasure of shooting the summer X-games this weekend in LA.  Talk about a dream come true.  I cannot wait to share all of my photos and stories with you this week 😀  Until I upload the DSLR shots, here’s a photo re-cap from my iPhone photos.  Enjoy!

Big Air!

Vert!

Street skate and bmx course.

Rally pits!

Staples Center for Moto!

Finals on Vert

Where all the press conferences were held for all podium athletes.  So interesting to hear them answer any and all questions.

Hot Wheels loop!

BMX Big Air from the top of the ramp side.  Un-real view.  I can’t wait to share these photos.

Skate and BMX bowls.

This was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had as a photographer and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity.  I can’t wait to share all of the photos that I took of these talented athletes!

Father’s Day – Winding the Northern California Coastline

19 Jun

As a continuation from yesterday’s post about my amazing Father’s Day road trip with my dad, today’s a continuation of stops from our trip up the Northern California coast.  We snaked along the Russian River from Hwy101 to Hwy1 on the long, twisted, canopied roads and found treasures around every bend.  When we got to the coast, I’ve never seen it look so spectacular.  The colors were just like Hawaii and the sun was beaming down.  It was a perfect Sunday.

Jenner.

We pulled over at this small restaurant, River’s End, we would frequent all the time when I was younger but we were still full from our breakfast so we just stopped to breath in the ocean air.

The colors couldn’t have been any more outstanding.  You can sit out on this patio here and just take in the magnificent ocean colors.

This is where the river meets the ocean and it’s just beautiful.  Two calming (at times) forces coming together between tides.

The roads are all gently curving to hug the mountain making sure you get every view possible.

My dad enjoying the view.  You can see Goat Rock in the background.  We head there after this stop.

The span crossing over the river.  It’s one of the most scenic drives.  Such a great day road trip to take.

Winding down to Goat Rock beach.

Out beyond Goat Rock there is a large rock formation with a large carved out tunnel.  It’s really cool to see.

I like that on these trips my dad has no problem pulling over to explore and we laugh while snapping photos.  I don’t think he could be any more easy going, especially on such a nice road trip.

The marine layer peeled back even more and the sun soaked the coastline.

Then beyond our belief… A whale popped up!!!!  This was extraordinary.  I’ve never seen one this close to shore.  He/she must have accidentally come in to close and quickly made it’s way out to the deeper waters.  I didn’t get many photos of the whale though because we were just watching in awe.  I’ve never seen one this close before and it was moving with excellent grace.  It was mesmerizing.

Part of Hwy1 matching the coast line.  This stretch is right near the town of Jenner.  It’s a small adorable beach town with seafood shacks and saltwater taffy galore.  It’s about 2 hours North of SF but more than worth the trek.

You can climb on the large rocks.

The sand is pristine.

The curves that lead down to the water line.

Of course I always have my camera in tow 🙂

When I was young, my dad would take me to this beach so we could search the tide pools and look at all the interesting sea creatures.  I was always into the starfish and sometimes we’d even bring a bucket to fill with saltwater just so I could take one home.  I’ve always loved the water, whether it be oceans, rivers, lakes or pools.  I was always swimming in whatever waterway I could find.  Even when I’m not swimming I still enjoy being around water.  There’s something so tranquil and beautiful about it.

This was the perfect road trip and I highly recommend to anyone even if there are no memories attached to it.  It’s beautiful and the things you will find along the way may surprise you.  In one day we managed to see the Russian River, waterfalls, large spanned bridges, the river meeting the ocean, and of course the wonderful coastline.  I enjoyed a great Father’s Day with my dad and I hope you all did as well 😀