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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!

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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.

Park Warriors

6 Jul

I thought I’d add some of my Park photos to kick off the weekend.  Also, some photos of the actual event and what it looked like.  It was overwhelming in one of the best ways possible.  I felt like a 5 year old on Christmas Eve.  I couldn’t help but want to see everything.

The X Games was massive.  They completely took over the streets of downtown LA and slathered them with action.  Here’s just one entrance.

There were blimps, airplanes and helicopters constantly flying overhead.

The Hot Wheels Loop!!  One of the coolest things ever.

Also, one of the most dangerous stunts.  Seeing the concept of little action toys brought to life.

There were features everywhere for little kids to play on as well.  Here’s a balance inflatable structure where kids were competing to see who could stay on their skateboard deck the longest.

The Rob Dyrdek Street League larger than life skateboard!  I personally LOVE fantasy factory and this skateboard was massive.

Another awesome area of the X Games was the park.  They held contests here for BMX and Skate.  This course was more amusing in the sense that because there were bowls and dips everywhere, the athletes seemed to just have one long run as opposed to 5-10 different lines of tricks.

Some shots I looked at after the contest and just thought, you would never know this athlete made if back on the bike but he did.  It’s incredible the extension they can pull off with such little air time.

There’s Pete and Zack – I was there with them shooting photos while they shot episodes for their CW TV show B-Sides.  They interviewed all major athletes and showed me the ropes around X Games as they’ve been a few times.  They were the ones awarding me the amazing opportunity to go shoot some photos.

About to kick off Skate Park.

Hand plants.

Andy MacDonald.  Veterans throwing down.

Shadows!

Little skater, big air.

Style for days.  Ben Raybourn was one of my favorites.  He had awesome flare and he was always pushing the limits on the tricks he was going for or trying something different than the other skaters.

Gap.

Pedro.

BMX Park standings: Gold – Scotty Cranmer, Silver – Ryan Nyquist, and Bronze – Pat Casey.

Skateboard Park standings: Gold – Pedro Barros, Silver – Ben Hatchell, and Bronze – Rune Glifberg.

I still have so many more photos to share.  We haven’t even gotten into the indoor events so I hope you’re not bored yet 🙂 Happy Friday and I hope you have a great weekend!

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.

Gaps, Ollies and Hips – Getting up to throw down for the gold at X Games

3 Jul

This past weekend at the LA Summer X Games the top athletes from all over the world were stepping up to claim medals in a wide variety of events.  I cannot tell you how grateful I was for the chance to snap photos of these events.  I took so many photos and choosing some of my favorite shots was definitely hard to do!  I’m going to share Skateboarding Street Finals first.  These guys were going trick for trick trying to land a run and then stepping it up on the next run.

Clearing the entire picnic table.

Huge.

Chris Cole.

Paul Rodriquez.

Ryan Sheckler.  Crowd favorite for sure.

In the end it came down to Paul Rodriguez and Ryan Sheckler.  P-Rod took the Gold, Sheckler took Silver, and Nyjah Huston took Bronze.  I’ll fill in all of the skaters names tonight when I’m done playing catch up!