August 29, 2012 By Jon T
Alright, so over the last few years I have been writing about wakeboarding and snowboarding and the different aspects of being able to ride all day, everyday. Well to say the least I found another way for you to get out on the water if all else fails. Check this out.
I don’t really know if you call this wakeboarding, surfing, or skiing. I do know that it really doesn’t matter in this case. This picture just cracks me up and it goes to show that if you really want to get out on the water bad enough, you can do it.
All it really takes is a piece of plywood and a horse. Maybe a car and a couple sheets of newspaper or maybe a team of titans and a few milk cartons. In the end, all it really takes is some passion and a desire to get out on the water.
So what is your excuse for not Boarding the Midwest All Day, Everyday?
March 2, 2012 By Jon T
This one was simple. About 100 feet from where this blog is typed, a perfect snowboard shred spot lurks in my view. It looks like a melting pile of snow next to a fence that stands on top of a 4-5 foot retaining wall. It was time to get creative, build that melted pile of snow into something snowboard savvy, and drop that fence line. So we did.
Bungee Fence Drop
This fence drop has been staring at me for way to long so I threw out a couple Facebook messages and we went for it. The snow situation was far from perfect, but we were able to bungee it. We had to get after it before the snow completely melted. Here is a quick edit of our Mission: Bootleg 006.
The whole plan could have gone a lot better if we had two less ankle biters (the dogs) and one more person to help pull back the bungee. Some faster snow would have made things a lot better also. All in all our Banshee Bungee snowboard mission was a success and we are onto Bootleg 007.
Where should we go next?
February 29, 2012 By Jon T
Holly, MI. On a beautiful sunny Tuesday morning three shredders decided to take to the hill with their snowboards. Lets explain beautiful. 38 degrees F, perfect groomers, blue bird skies, 20 dollar passes, untracked park runs, and almost zero wind. Now lets talk about the snowboard crash that broke ribs #5, #6, and #7 at Mt. Holly resort.
We happen to have the camera rolling when the smack down took place. Take a look at the clip of this nasty crash in full, 1/2 and 1/4 speeds. Our brother is in some major pain and probably will be for the next couple of weeks.
We missed a lot of the impact, but it is easy to imagine what went down. The tube was at least three feet in diameter. The jump was probably 4-5 feet tall. And Miller got bucked over the nose of his board which put him flat on his back right side.
Want to know how it hurts? When someone is groaning in pain. This is what can happen when you strive for progression and push limits. Everyone hates to see someone get hurt, unless you are related to our newest team member, and it is never fun.
What’s the Lesson…
If you are going to tail tap something, make sure you only use your tail. If you use to much of your board, you risk a much greater chance of getting bucked like this. A good suggestion would be to first jump the obstacle without touching it. Get a feel for the jump and then slowly work in the tail and nose taps.
Use Miller as an example. Learn from his mistakes and do not repeat this on a snowboard. He would not want you to be in the pain he is in right now.