Twinboards???

March 22, 2013 By

I am always down to find different ways to board and to get out on the snow or the water every day that we can. With an engineering background I think it is my nature.  Some ideas end up good and some bad.  I did not come up with this board idea or design, but it resembles a bad idea in my eyes.

Twins Boards

Snowboard, twin board, midwestNow before anyone gets crazy, I have to admit that I have never tried Twinboards. I will also admit that I never will because my knees do not like it unless my feet are strapped to the same board.

I really don’t understand this product. I guess it gets you down the hill. You can do cool hand drags with them, and you can utilize the running start option. Surface spins also seem to be a breeze on Twinboards. Everything else looks pretty sketchy to me.

Check out this promotional video of Twinboards.

So there you have it. In my eyes, I have seen enough of Twinboards. The function of them is to replace a snowboard, but have the same feel as a snowboard. Why not just put a snowboard under your feet.  You will be a lot better off and you can do a lot more on a ‘real’ snowboard.  Twinboards are a good attempt at a product and I hope someone has learned something from producing them, but I do not see a long future ahead.  It’s just my opinion.

What do you think of Twinboards? Would you try them?

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My Mini Urban Jib Set

January 23, 2013 By

When it finally snows in south east Michigan, you have to take advantage of it when ever you can.  It often feels like people complain about not having snow, and then when it comes, they complain that it is cold and snowy.  Instead of crying, get out there and have fun in the snow.  It’s what I did when I decided to jib the mini stair set I have looked out my window at for years.

Mini Urban Jib

Snowboard, Rail, Urban

I call it mini, because it was.  Is it hittable though?  That was the main question.  I never really knew, but I knew that if there was a time to test it out, this was the time.  Check out the quick documentary I did of the day.  In the video you will see 12 attempts at this little thing.  After 12 or so hits I was done.

There it is.  I will say I conquered it and that many more tricks need to be completed on it.  I will not say this is the biggest urban feature I have ever hit, but it was a challenge.  The thing was super quick so you had to make your move fast.  All I can hope for now is that it snows more.  Then I can invite some friends over to jam this thing and really show how to board a mini stair set.

What is the latest Urban snowboard session you have had?

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Add a Pole Jam to Your Backyard

January 9, 2013 By

Seeing that the Midwest has had a shortage of snow at the beginning of the season, I had to travel to Des Moines, IA to find some fresh snow.  Actually, I went there to visit my grandma and family over the holiday season.  Before we got there mother nature dumped 6 to 8 inches across the flat land.  That only left me with one thing to do.  Build a pole jam in my grandma’s backyard.

Backyard Snowboarding

Snowboard, Midwest, Backyard Snowboarding

This is not the biggest obstacle I have ever built in a backyard, but it is all I had to work with.  The snow was icy fresh so I did what I could with a few hours of shoveling snow.  After I shoveled the snow, I found an eight foot steal pipe in my grandma’s pole barn and shoved it into the jump.  An instant pole jam.  Take a look at the few clips I have jamming this thing.

All in all, I was happy with the result.  The pole did not last forever, but once I took it out I was left with a nice jump to play around on for another couple of hours.  It sucks that it took a ten hour drive to find snow, but at the end of the day it didn’t matter.  I had fun, my cousins had fun, and my grandma didn’t care that I built a pole jam in her backyard.  What else do you need?  If you have never built snowboarding fun into your backyard, I would highly suggest getting out there and shoveling your butt off the next time it snows. Who knows, maybe you will build yourself a pole jam to have fun on for days.

Have you ever build a pole jam in your backyard?

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Texas Snowboarding Rodeo – APPROVED

November 12, 2012 By

Snowboard and ski

Now this is just funny.  It is not often you see a group of people shredding it up in Texas.  This might be a first for me.  You have to check this out as this group of ice/grass slayers get after it.  They do not have a lot to deal with, but they sure do have fun smashing themselves on the thin layer of ice mother nature provided for them.  All I can hope is that mother nature hooks them up so they can get some real turns on real snow.  If not, I hope they keep ripping up the ice!

How can’t a video like this be approved?

Texas Rodeo

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.

Do you have a video, a picture, or a special piece of snowboard and ski media that you would like to get approved?  If so, send your story through our Contact Page.

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Five Tips to Prepare You for the Snowboard Season.

October 31, 2012 By

The snow is about to fall and a few different Midwest resorts are already open.  This only means one thing.  It is time to start preparing yourself for the season.  Many people forget to prepare themselves and their gear which leaves them stranded on the first day.  I created an easy list of five tips to help get started before your local resort opens.

Snow, Midwest, Michigan

Prepare for the Snowboard Season

1.  Get your board out of the closet and give it a new wax job.

2.  Get your legs and body ready for the season.

3.  Make sure your boots fit.

4.  Write down a trick list you want to complete this year.

5.  Look through your gear to make sure you have everything in your board bag.

6.  Bonus Tip: Start planning your big trip of the year.

The tips before you are fairly straight forward and easy to do, but if left unnoticed you will be left stranded while your buddies are out on the hill shredding their faces off.  You know you don’t want that to happen.  The time is almost here my friends.  Get prepared.

What else do you do to prepare for the upcoming season? 

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20 Tricks in 2 Hours – APPROVED

September 10, 2012 By

Snowboard and skiEach 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.

20 Snowboard Tricks

If you are ever stuck in a rut on the hill and don’t know which snowboard trick to learn, I think I have the answer for you.  In this weeks Approved video, Ryoki Ogawa throws down at least 20 different hammers for you to watch and learn from.  You might have to watch this video 20 times, but I am sure that you can learn something from Ryoki.  It is never fun to see or do the same trick over and over.  So go out, try something new, and blow your friends minds.  Ryoki Ogawa’s video 20 Tricks in 2hrs will get you out of the rut, which is exactly why this video is APPROVED.

Do you have a video, a picture, or a special piece of snowboard and ski media that you would like to get approved?  If so, send your story through our Contact Page.

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