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Co-Founder/General Manager/Director of ecommerce - Ambush Board Co. | so-called artist | singer/songwriter | surfer | Individual

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Curt Morgan And Brain Farm Are Ushering In A New Era In Action Sports Cinema Production

Have you seen what Curt Morgan has been up to?
Inspired by the groundbreaking Discovery Channel TV Series, Planet Earth, Curt Morgan is taking new technology and a new perspective to Action Sports film-making.  Armed with a personalized Cineflex V14 Gyro-stabilized Camera that has to be registered with the U.S. Government due to the fact that it uses the same stabilizing technology found in “Smart Missiles”, Morgan is capturing mind-blowing HD cinematography to, as he puts it, “test the limits of high definition motion picture production”…and, as pro snowboarder Travis Rice explains, to “bring a new perspective to the whole film-making creative”.

It took two years for Morgan to learn how to effectively shoot using all of this new technology, but now he’s an expert at really putting the viewer in the perspective of the rider while recreating the entire experience for the viewer.  It all got started for Morgan after a series of serious injuries forced him to drop snowboarding in favor of another passion: film-making.
Now…he’s awing people with amazing images that can’t be captured using yesterday’s technology.

Morgan’s first full on endeavor using this new technology was for “That’s It, That’s All”.  From there, the whole thing exploded.  And…now…Morgan is shooting for the likes of National Geographic.

Check this out:

For more information and to watch more videos, check out The Creators Project and Brain Farm Digital Cinema.

Osama bin Laden Is Dead.

Obviously, I understand that this has nothing to do with snowboarding or or any specific product release or promotion or the industry as a whole, but this isn’t the NBA Playoffs or the Princess getting married, it’s big news…and something that is beyond worth discussing and even celebrating. Osama bin Laden is dead.

After a intensive world-wide manhunt that lasted nearly a decade, two wars that are still ongoing, and questions as to whether or not capturing or killing bin Laden was still even a major objective of ours, President Obama made what is rightly considered to be “one of the gutsiest calls of any President in recent memory”. The result: the world had rid itself of one of its greatest mass murders.

The death of any human being typically isn’t something to be applauded, but I don’t think that I am alone in saying that we can make an exception in this case.

Clearly, bin Laden’s killing isn’t the magic solution to all of our problems…and the threat of terrorism against the United States has by no means vanished. According to CIA Director, Leon Panetta, terrorists will “almost certainly will attempt to avenge” the death of Osama bin Laden. However, the point has been made: you cannot wait us out and you cannot defeat us.
And…I think that we can all exhale with a certain feeling of closure…and can find solace in that the thousands of civilians that died on September 11th…and that thousands more soldiers that have died combating terrorism since did not die in vain.

Terrorist rot in hell.

They’re Bringin’ Back The Nixon Jibfest

The word around the campfire is that they’re bringin’ back the Nixon Jibfest.  In fact, as I understand it, it starts today at Northstar at Tahoe.

After nearly 8 years in hibernation, what is widely considered the best, most laid back, most progressive, and most innovative events is about to get underway.

Details surrounding the event have been pretty vague and indefinite…particularly as it relates to the setup and the rider list, but Blotto has posted some images on his blog today of his arrival at the Jibfest…and we now that Simon Chamberlain is going to be there based on what he is posting on his blog, Simon Sayz.

I can’t wait for footage from the event to start surfacing.  Until then, these videos from past years will have to tie us over.

Eric’s Spring Product Picks

With the weather warming up…I’m starting to think about the things that I want/need for Spring.  I really can’t explain why my shopping patterns coincide with Season changes, but I guess it makes sense (that’s why companies release new lines with each Season…right?)…and I would like to share some of the top wants and needs on my list.  Check it out:

Analog Hawke II S/S (True Black)

Analog Hawke
Stripes are in…and I’m jumping on the bandwagon.  Plus…how am I supposed to be able to resist the chest pocket?  The 100% cotton comfort and the chest embroidery only add to the mix.



686 Mix Boardshort (White)

An outerwear company making boardshorts?  Really?  Yes, really.  686 brings the same progressive design philosophy and forward-thinking fashion sense to their boardshorts as they do to their technical outerwear pieces.  This boardshort is all about quick-drying 100% Polyester Micro Fiber, a waistband stash pocket, and engineered print design, and a Spandex fly gusset so that you don’t rash your little jimmy jam.



Sanuk Scurvy (Black)

Sanuk are the originators of the whole closed-toe sandal craze (don’t let anyone from Sanuk hear you refer to these as shoes, they’re sandals…OK?), and my personal favorite out of the Sanuk camp is the Scurvy.  I’m really feelin’ the Boat Shoe styling and the lightweight “Vulc-Lite” construction.  And…if you’re going to be rockin’ these things without socks (which…in my estimation, is the only way that they should ever be worn), the Aegis antimicrobial additive is a definite bonus.  Plus…fellow like-minded individuals will be happy to note that these are 100% Vegan.

Von Zipper Mayfield (Black Gloss/Grey)

Let’s face it: Wayfarer-style shades are as dead as…dead.
Actually…they’re not, but I think that the hipsters out there are ready for a change.  Enter the Von Zipper Mayfield.  A revival of the iconic Kennedy-era eyewear styles, the Mayfield comes correct with and impact-resistant polycarbonate lens, an optical quality metal acetate frame, and 100% UV protection.

Feel free to bite on my style.  If I happen to run into you…and we’re wearing the same thing, we’ll have to tell everyone that we planned it that way.

The Season Is Almost Over, Make The Most Of It

With there being just over a week left before most resorts pack it up for the Season, the reality of the approaching long, hot, snow-less Summer is starting to set in.  But, don’t let it get you down.  Instead, make the most of it.

Even though most resorts will have packed it in for the Season by the time that April is through, there’s still plenty of snow to be had…particularly at places like Breckenridge, Snowbird, and Kirkwood.  I mean…in the last 24 hours, Mt. Hood, Loveland, and Mt. Baker all got nearly a foot of fresh.  If you aren’t going to take advantage of the Season’s last hurrah, you’re blowin’ it.

But, if you can’t manage to fit in any more days on the hill in the next week or two…or if you live in a part of the country where the Season is already done with, there are plenty of spots that run Summer snowboard camps to tie you over until next Season’s early snows.  High Cascade bills themselves as “an all-inclusive 8-day summer snowboard camp located on Mt. Hood, Oregon determined to show you the best time of your life”…while Windells has been considered one of the premier Summer camps (if not the premier Summer camp) since ’86…and playfully call themselves “the ‘funnest’ place on Earth”.

And…for you intrepid travelers, there’s also the option of getting a little Southern Hemisphere action in at standout places like Las Lenas in Argentina, Portillo in Chile, Falls Creek in Australia, or Cardrona in New Zealand.

So…yeah…just because we are heading for the dog days of Summer doesn’t mean that you have to spend the next six months fighting snowboarding withdrawals.  Get out there and make it happen.