So I was out at McCormick’s a couple weeks back for a photo shoot on a Tuesday. The cable was closed, but they opened it for a bunch of us to ride and get some sick shots. There was probably about 10 local riders there and just about everyone was riding Slingshot gear. At first, I was kind of shocked to see such a large majority of riders on Slingshot gear, but it makes total sense, because the boards and bindings totally rock, especially for cable riding.
Patrick Hertel was shooting and got some beautiful photos. He set up on a barge with a few stacks of scaffolding on it and shot everyone hitting the 30-foot uprail, the 60-foot flatbar, the 100-foot A-frame and the massive kicker. I had a great time on the 141 Reflex and D3s that day. While there were a couple of wakeskaters there as well, most people were riding either the Response or Reflex boards, as they are both amazingly fun and high-performing on the obstacles.
On the other hand, both boards are super sick for air tricks. Bummer that Patrick was only shooting obstacles, but maybe some other time…
I was back out at McCormick’s this past Saturday and landed my first grabbed front-to-blind. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I made it out to be in my mind. If I was riding a traditional molded board though, I think it would have been much harder to get so much pop, as the 142 Response and D3 setup gives me insane pop off the flatwater.
Hola everybody, The weather has been sick lately and I have been ripping the water up a ton! I have been working and riding out at the boarding school for the past 2 weeks pretty solid and am going to be back out there next week as well before I head out to Wakelab in Tempe, Arizona. I am super stoked on the reflex and the d3’s and you should be too! Shred on and feel free to follow me on twitter! http://www.twitter.com/robjacques
Just got done with the South East Collegiate Kiteboarding Tour and decided to get a change of pace and head out to Utah with fellow slingy rider Tripp Hobbs. I’ve been all around Park City and Snowbird but its been almost three years since i’ve seen snow, so here we are with a full quiver of Fuels and RPM’s and some scrappy-snowboards.
We’re staying at this place called the Peruvian Lodge in Alta which is just past Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon, its a ski-only resort thats run by a bunch of great vibed ski-bums. The second we unloaded our gear and mentioned to the front desk we were looking to kite they hooked us up with the resort bartender Jay-Ray who just so happens to be the only guy on this mountain that kites and also happens to tear it up on SS Rev’s!
Basically the past three days have turned into the Ultimate snowkite/utah experience thanks to Jay-Ray and another badass local named Dave. We’ve ridden everything from 5-6 knts to 35-40 knts on the 8-10-12 RPM and Tripp’s been sporting his 11m Fuel when its dialed. Yesterday we tried to get some shots off this sick parking lot kicker, but it was a complete whiteout with sideways snow so nothing was too quality… I’ll post the pics in a day or two. It started snowing yesterday at noon and is still a whiteout, we hit the mountain at 7:30 a.m. today and got a guided tour by the head ski patroller from snowbird nothing but freshies thanks to Dave who turned out to be the local North Face rep.
This is way too long and i’m going to get a beer as my stoke is through the roof but if your in Utah and want to check out the latest slingy kites hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll hook you up with a demo for sure! Forecast tomorrow 20 – 25 knts with 2-3 feet of fresshy powpow!!! Pics and vids to come soon!
What’s up everybody? I recently just took a trip to Dubai to do some demos for Mastercraft. It’s hard to believe, but people actually do wakeboard over there. I usually forget my digi. everywhere I go, but I made sure I had it for this trip. Dubai is the craziest/coolest place I’ve ever been. Here are some images for your personal enjoyment.
Come to Bali this winter and kite great waves. Limited places left.
Join my coaching team and I this July for a week of surf, kiting a consistent reef break, great accommodation and awesome food. Oh and the beer is even better. Plus Virgin is doing cheap airfares from Australia from $600 aud.
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Check out last trip on this youtube clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_exFkTcOHR8
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