Sling In Sing – apore.

post author: Jeff McKee

I’m finally getting back on track after nearly two weeks on the opposite side of the world. At first I started digging a hole in my backyard but quickly discovered it would be far quicker to fly to the opposite side of planet earth. Plus in one trip I earned nearly 30,000 skymiles with delta which was worth the trip in itself. The first stop was Philippines where we focused on filming exclusively for an upcoming Slingshot wake video project. The footage turned out incredible. The governor LRay lent us his helicopter while at CWC so we got some rad angles and shots of some of the sickest rails I’ve ever hit. After 10 full days in Camsur, It was time to head to singapore…

Singapore – When I arrived in the singapore airport it was midnight and I was a hot mess. I barely made my flight, forgot my carry on luggage in the overhead compartments, and started wiggin’ out when I arrived in baggage claim to find my board bag on someones luggage cart abandoned in the corner looking as if someone had planted a bunch of drugs in it or something. The immigration cards said “drug trafficking punishable by death,” so somehow I was convinced that my bag was a set up for the ultimate doom. Thankfully I made it out into the open air alive and unharmed!

My first impressions of Singapore was “Wow!” The streets are so clean and the architecture is extremely impressive! A world apart from my previous destination in Philippines. Everyone drives super fancy cars, there’s gucci shopping malls all over the place, and the people are warm and welcoming. It was great to be in Singapore! My first meal was full asian style including tons of rice, curry, and even fried chicken’s feet. They were actually pretty damn tasty besides the fact that you had to spit out all the knuckles before you could swallow.

As for the wake scene in Singapore, It was fore more established than I anticipated. Michael Teck Tan is our Slingshot Importer in Sing and also the owner of “The Board Shop” pro shop which just so happens to be located in one of those insane high end shopping malls. Mike and his crew Joseph Soh, Brent Chambers, and Stuart Perkins all did a great job of showing me the town, the nightlife (including a bar where all the women weren’t exactly who they claimed to be haha), and all that the wakeboard scene has to offer. We did some great demo’s out in the salt in front of Seletar Island where there were about 7 or 8 wakeboard boats loaded with people all trying to ride at the same time…haha. It was awesome! Thanks to Kenny and Ann from Substance as well as Paul From Edge for each giving me a tow, and also to David Ngiam for snapping some rad shots! Also on the trip we checked out Batam cable park in Indonesia and the Ski 360 cable in Singapore. In all it was a trip to remember and for that I owe huge thanks to Slingshot, Michael Tan, Stuart Perkins, Brent Chambers, The Board Shop, Substance, and everyone else who was a part of it!

Karolina Winkowska – Best Female rider 2010!!!

 Karolina Winkowska – Best Female rider 2010!!!

Karolina Winkowska wins the hearts and minds of riders throughout the globe and has recently won IKITESURF readers awards “Best Female Rider for 2010!!!”  With her progressive technical moves, style, and power she continues to be dominate force.  Slingshot is proud to support her efforts and wish all the best for another successful season!!!

The complete article regarding here accomplishment and other great info can be found on killer web magazine IKSURFMAG.COM or at http://www.iksurfmag.com/issue25/?page=133

Make sure to check it out!

Philippines

Post Author: Nate Perry

I just returned home to the US from the Philippines where I competed in the Ultimate Wake Championships. When I first arrived I thought I would never get to CWC. My flight from Manila to Naga (Where CWC cable park is located) had been canceled so I decided to take a bus instead: Bad idea…I figured it would be a be a good way to see the countryside and at first it was indeed, but just a little bit cramped as I was competing for shoulder space. I got to see everything from the cities to the ocean to the mountains. The scenary was epic, however a problem quickly arose when this kid threw up right beside me  2 hours into the 13 hour bus ride! As if this wasn’t miserable enough, no one cared to clean it. I thought I was gonna go crazy…11 hours later I arrived to the cable which smelled like heaven compared to the bus. If you’re ever in a third world country, don’t use the bus system its not as good of an idea as it seems. haha.
Upon arrival here at CWC it was the most epic sight I have ever seen. A wakeboarders playground with anything from full cable, boat, jetski rails, and the best part was the stepdown rails that crossed over concrete stairs all pulled by System 2.0. I got a few days of practice in before the contest started so I was riding pretty well by the time teammate Jeff McKee and camera man Patrick Wieland showed up. I was feeling ready for the contest and ready to film. I ended up taking third in the contest and was super pumped to place and win some cash! We got about a week of filming in after the event that was totally insane, including my first session with a Helicopter ever!

Slingshot signs Keith Lyman to the Global Wake Team!

Slingshot Sports, FIRST IN FLEX WORLDWIDE, is proud to announce we have signed Keith Lyman to a sponsorship agreement.  He has instantly become an important anchor point to an already strong group of riders on our 2011 Global Wake Team.  Our support for Lyman will continue indefinitely.

Even as a veteran pro of 11 years, Lyman is known for “huge air” off the wake, and taking his riding to the extreme.  His “badass” attitude and energy are very apparent in his style, and he sits among the elite when it comes to his professionalism as an athlete.  Keith summed up his reasons for joining Slingshot with us as he signed his contract.  “I am extremely excited to be working with Slingshot!  I think with what you bring to the table in the way of concepts and technology, and what I bring to the table with my riding style and experience, we can produce the worlds “next level” big wake riding board.  I truly believe in what Slingshot stands for and am a HUGE supporter of an American based company building their product in America!”

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Lyman now resides in Orlando, FL where he’s currently shredding his massive wake on the 2011 Slingshot Hooke from the all new Ballistic Board Line.  Wade Wagley, our Wake Brand Manager, is confident Keith is the perfect fit.  “Ever since Keith took the win at Blacktop Oasis 2.0, I’ve known he would be a perfect fit for Slingshot Wake.  The way he boosts off the wake and charges rails is exactly why our boards are designed and built the way they are.  I greatly appreciate Keith’s professional attitude and energy, and have truly enjoyed getting to know him better over this last year.  Now I can’t wait to see what we’ll come up with for his new “Lyman Board!”  Welcome to the family, Keith!

Photo by Jason Lee

Stay tuned.  There’s more excitement coming from Slingshot soon…