2013 Outdoor Action Company Rail Jam

November 23, 2013 By

Now that the snow season has basically started, I figured it was about time to get a video done of the pre-season rail jam we did at Outdoor Action Company in Keego Harbor.

snowboard, ski, rail jamYeah I know, it only took me a month and a half to get it on youtube, but what can I say? At least I got the video done.

Overall, I would have to say that this set up was one of the best we have put together. From the picture you can see we had a ton of snow. We had three different rail lines set up, and the kids came together to turn the corrugated tube into a jump line. Check it!

[embed width=”620″ height=”349″]http://youtu.be/ykEJU135H58[/embed]

We have to give it up to Outdoor Action Company for inviting us in to put on this event. They threw out killer prizes and I can only imagine that next year will be better. They served the crowd smoking hot dogs and popcorn, and threw out some nice deals inside. I saw people walking out all day with new gear in their hands.

If you have heard of OAC or not, make sure to get in there this year and say hi. They have a great staff to help you out with your every need. As far as next year goes, we can only hope that they invite us back for this great event. We also hope that everyone who wants to get down on some early season shredding shows up to dial in their skills.

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Distilled Spirits

November 3, 2013 By

General Spirits (distilled at an undisclosed location) in Michigan!!

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Downtown Rail Jam 2013

September 13, 2013 By

It is about to happen again. The Downtown Rail Jam is about to go down in Birmingham, Michigan on September 21st. Last year was off the hook and this year should be much of the same. Bring your friends, bring your boards, and lets jam.

Don Thomas Sporthaus

Here are some pictures from last year. The drop in will be the same this year due to city ordinances and crap, but we are hope to have some new obstacles for you to jam this year.

Well Flickr slide shows still do not want to work on my site, so here is the link.

F…. Flickr

Since my slideshow didn’t work here is a video from last year to get you pumped. Enjoy and I hope to see you at the jam.

[embed width=”620″ height=”349″]http://youtu.be/85R8VZ5kRYY[/embed]

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Summer Sabbatical is Over

September 3, 2013 By

It’s sad but true. Whether you noticed or not, I took a little break over the summer from writing and some of the social media things I was doing. Actually I pretty much took the whole summer off and loved every minute of it.

No More Sabbatical

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Honestly, listen to what I was really doing instead. I had a baby girl, maybe I should say that again, I had a baby girl. I also worked for the wakeboard clinic, healed my broken clavicle, worked Boyne Camp, and I spent a lot of time with the family.

Although I was on sabbatical, I thought daily about the next step(s) for Parx. I thought about where I want Parx to be in three years. How can I improve it? What needs to change? And in the end, how can we have more fun?

Here are a few of my thoughts as we move forward.

•It is time to update this site. What it will look like and how it will function is still up in the air, but its got to change man.

•Posts will to come more often. Instead of posting things to Facebook, I plan to post everything on this blog first. Posts may be short or just a picture. They could be long. 95% of them will also come from my handy new iPhone 5’er.

•I’m switching up social media outlets. I’m late for Instagram but might give it a try. I have a few other thoughts also. As I put them into action I will let you know.

FB will always be there, but is getting a little old. I will still toss links up and scroll through every now and then to see what is up.

•in two months, I will be 100% healed and back on a board. Be on the lookout for private backyard bashes/jams. At least some videos.

All in all, I am excited to switch some things up and to try out a few new ideas. The sabbatical was a great thing that took place and who knows, maybe I will take one every summer. As far as PARX goes, this is PARX and how we roll. All I can ask is that you roll with us and let us know what you want also.

What would you change

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A new trick: The Fire Hydrant

July 10, 2013 By

After a good day of coaching at the Wake Board Clinic, I took to the water with a few long time friends to wakeboard and surf. The day started off with some rain and lightning which happens to be one of the best ways to start the day because all of the neighbors get off of the lake. With a good start, came good riding by all. Check out my latest wakesurf trick.

Fire Hydrant

boating, wake surf, midwest, MichiganBefore I go any further, I am not 100% sure if this is a true fire hydrant or not. I did a search and only found a few other fire hydrants. One looked like mine, and the others were done by taking the front foot off of the board. There were also a few other variations.

Fire Hydrant or not, I don’t care. This is a new trick for me and I am stoked on it. My next move will be to bring my leg out the front instead of the back. That will add some technicality to the trick and push my limits just a little bit more.

Do you make sure to push your limits when you are on a board? Even if the move is small, small moves all add up to be big moves. So always push to do something different. It will help out your overall riding skills in a big way.

What will your next trick be?

 

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Backyard Christmas Ski – APPROVED

July 8, 2013 By

Snowboard and skiIf there is not snow on the ground and it is already Christmas, what the heck will you do to ride? You might be able to go to the local ski resort if they are open, but what if they are not? What I suggest you do is carefully watch this video and follow every step these Michigan shredders take. It works, and has to be one of the best ways to get on your skis or snowboards no doubt. What it also is, is a lot of hard work and dedication to the sports you love the most. For that and for dusting off the cobwebs, this video has to be Approved! Enjoy.

Christmas Ski Edit

Each week we highlight our favorite piece of social media from the snowboard and ski world and give it our “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval. All we want to do is give recognition to all of the hard working folks in the Action Sports Industry.  

Sit back, enjoy, and take a look at this weeks “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval.

[embed width=”620″ height=”349″]http://youtu.be/1CKwWoXWWSA[/embed]
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Wake Board Clinic Week Two

June 28, 2013 By

Wakeboard, water, ski, lessonsI have honestly been trying to post this slideshow of week two at the wakeboard clinic for over three days. I really don’t like how it looks, but who cares at this point. Check out how much fun we had surfing, skiing and wakeboarding.

http://www.flickr.com//photos/jonathantollefson/sets/72157634347451769/show/

If you want to get in on the fun, make sure to hit me up, or go to the wakeboardclinic.com. 

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Wake Board Clinic

June 20, 2013 By

After the birth of my child almost two weeks ago, I started in on a new summer adventure. For the rest of this year and what could be years to come, you will find me coaching people of all ages how to wakeboard, wakesurf, and ski with the Wake Board Clinic.

Board Clinic

Wakeboard clinic, Midwest, Michigan

Over the past two years I worked at Boyne Wake Camp getting my feet wet and learning the ropes. This year I made the jump and joined Brian and his team for the whole summer. I think this was a jump in the right direction.

The summer is young. So if you ever want to get behind a boat and don’t know how to get there. Hit me up or go to the wakeboardclinic.com. We will hook you up behind a brand new 2013 Nautique in no time.

Wakesurf/surf/wake/boat

 

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Steez for the Cheez – APPROVED

June 17, 2013 By

Snowboard and skiEarly season rail jams have a place in my heart. And if you know anything, you know that early season rail jams in Michigan really have a special place in my heart.

This one is from Marquette, MI. It’s where the Yoopers live.

It is also where Marquette College and Mountain are located. Yoopers + College + Mountain + Steez and Cheez = A Good Rail Jam.  It’s Approved.

the Cheez

Each week we highlight our favorite piece of social media from the snowboard and ski world and give it our “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval. All we want to do is give recognition to all of the hard working folks in the Action Sports Industry.  

Sit back, enjoy, and take a look at this weeks “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval.

[embed width=”620″ height=”349″]http://vimeo.com/55674734[/embed]

Filmed//Edited by Mike Kvackay | mikekvackay.com

1st Place Male – Jake Moore

1st Place Female – Jessi Heuge

Thanks to Casualties Skate and Snow for putting on the Event.

Enjoy!

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The Cable Factory – APPROVED

May 28, 2013 By

Snowboard and skiI am not really sure how I feel about this, but I have to say that it is an interesting concept. Cable systems have been in the wakeboard industry for a few years and I have always wondered if they could be used on snow. In short… They can. As you will see, these folks built up a small park in between two Sesitec towers and made it happen. All in all, it looks pretty fun. It’s a new way to use cable systems and heck it gives you the ability to ride with out a hill. That in itself has to be Approved. Enjoy.

Cable Snowboarding

Each week we highlight our favorite piece of social media from the snowboard and ski world and give it our “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval. All we want to do is give recognition to all of the hard working folks in the Action Sports Industry.  

Sit back, enjoy, and take a look at this weeks “I’d Hit That” stamp of approval.

[embed width=”620″ height=”349″]http://youtu.be/Tpux2YOycc4[/embed]
Do you have a special piece of snowboard and ski media that you would like to get approved?  If so, Send It Over.

 

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