Archive for August, 2010
August 31st, 2010
Here are Snowfinder HQ we cover all of the most popular resorts throughout Europe and the USA in our ski guides, but we’re always on the lookout for fresh inspiration and new territory. We recently came across this clip about skiing in Kashmir and holy pow has it got us dreaming of winter again.
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“b4apres Media’s debut film, “AZADI: Freedom”, is a cultural documentary as seen through the eyes of skiers. Set in the disputed region of Kashmir, an area deemed the most dangerous place in the world during the violent militant insurgency of the 1990’s. What director Anthony Bonello and crew find in 2010 is an aesthetically beautiful landscape and a people eager for Kashmir to once again become paradise on earth. Whilst exploring the mountains surrounding the world’s highest skiable gondola, the crew meet vibrant local characters, ski picturesque forests and thin alpine air. Through beautiful cinematography, interviews, animation and quiet pauses, this backcountry ski film will give you with a greater understanding of one of the most negatively publicized regions on the planet… and leave you yearning for winter.“
August 30th, 2010
Gee Atherton is the new UCI World Cup DH Champion for 2010. In an absolutely thrilling finale to the season, Atherton came in just 0.37 seconds ahead of Greg Minnaar to win the event, and with it the season’s title. It was a great weekend for the Atherton’s with Rachel winning the Women’s DH.
After Friday’s qualifying run, Atherton led Minnaar by just 4 points and there was lots of talk about someone other than these two winning the event. Steve Peat almost did, having been fastest in qualifying he was 1.5 secs up at the split, but crashed just before the finishing area. Peaty’s had a rough season, but looks to be in good form to defend his World Championship crown in Mont St Anne next weekend. Anyway, massive congratulations to Gee Atherton … highlights courtesy of DirtTV at Mpora.
August 27th, 2010
Final round of the UCI World Cup is on this weekend from Windham in upstate New York. All eyes will be focused on Gee Atherton and Greg Minnaar in one of the tightest finishes to the season in years. From the clip below, courtesy of MTBCuts, Gee is looking pretty relaxed.
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August 26th, 2010
Just over 60 miles from Swansea and about 15 minutes along the A487 from Haverfordwest and you’ll find Newgale.
There are many peaks up and down Newgale Sands with several car parks and good facilities. A bit of a swell magnet, therefore very consistent. Best on the dropping tide. Mild currents. On the pebbles at high tide, but can be surfable at the south end. Copes well with its fairly relaxed crowd. Something for al standards here.
Penycwm has a sucky, hollow right that works for a few hours on the climbing tide at the north end of Newgale Sands, below the cliffs. Beware of the fast climbing tide on the rocks. Mainly locals, only holds a small crowd. Intermediate / Advanced.
There are plenty of other options in this area for the intrepid, so get out there and explore!
August 25th, 2010
If you’re an athlete signed up with Red Bull, you can be pretty confident that they’ll do everything possible to make you better. With that in mind, here are some highlights from their recent Snowboarding Performance Camp held at Snowpark in New Zealand, which brought together top snowboarding talent from around the globe. Bradford’s own Jamie Nicholls was there, flying the flag for British snowboarding.
August 25th, 2010
Here’s a view you don’t see everyday. Thanks to the new GoPro HD Hero, enjoy Mike Montgomery’s fluid run that got him 2nd place at the 2010 Crankworx Whistler … including a nice bit of rider commentary.
August 24th, 2010
August 23rd, 2010
August 23rd, 2010
The UCI Men’s World Cup Downhill moves to Windham, New York this weekend and with just 7 points in the standings separating Gee Atherton and Greg Minnaar we’re looking forward to an exhilarating finish to the season. UCI Technical Delegate (and author) Chris Ball will be out there early checking on the course, but in the meantime here’s a vid from the guys in Windham showing off both the 4X and the DH courses:
August 19th, 2010
Shapely sand peaks across the bay on all tides, but low provides much faster, steeper walls & barrels. Peaks north of the stream are generally better. The Reef, at the north end, is a quality rare R, needing very high tides or it’s a boiling rock field. Shallow sucky take-off. Needs major swell. Advanced only as errors = dents. Reef does not handle numbers so only surf it if you are with a local. Some good lefts at south end.