STAMP – The Street Arts melting Pot International Festival of Street Arts, Hamburg (Germany) September 3rd – 5th, 2010
Street performances, illuminated carnival costume arts, two parades – during the day and at night, multiple street music and urban cabaret, spectacular street dance and the latest street art: International and local artists create an event which is unique in its kind in Germany and a meeting point for the international street arts scene – a new festival for Hamburg.
Urban-Art artists will create an outdoor art scene on the street and on surrounding walls. Graffiti, stencil and installation – a large variety of forms of expression will be represented, supervised and organized by the internationally active artists-collective getting-up.
If you live on the West Coast and haven't gotten an opportunity to catch The Birth Of Big Air yet, you're in luck. There is a screening this Friday, September 3rd, at Downtown Independent on 251 South Main Street. Besides the screening of the film, there will also be an art show featuring works by Brian Barnhart, Edwin Delarosa, and more.Danny Trejo aka Machete lowriding with Mister Cartoon
a big thanks to everyone who came out last saturday night to see my show. we had good times, showed some art, made new friends, and enjoyed a few laughs and some oat sodas while we were at it. that makes 7 out of 7 shows in 2010, and officially closes the art show part of "the road less travelled" mobile art tour. big thanks to jen at space 619 in pioneer square, jay and richard from upper playground, roy and candice of the seattle spb, and the good people of seattle for giving a shit. this song goes out to everyone who gives a shit. rest in peace jimi. next stop mexico...
DEAR PORTLAND: i love you. i am soooooo sad to leave this city. thanks to everyone who came out to the show on saturday, we like the good times. packing the van today, loading up the travel bros, and heading on to seattle. portland, i will be back to see you again as soon as i can, until then, this elton john classic goes out to you from me xoxoxoxox...
Highland Park is the northernmost distillery in Scotland, and its older single malts have become a cult favorite. In 2009 a limited release of its first 40-year-old whisky quickly sold out, and although scarce, it remains a part of the distillery's annual line. Now comes the U.S. launch of the Orcadian Limited Edition Series—a five-year offering of vintage dated one-off, ultra-aged, single malts. The first, a 40-year-old 1968 Highland Park, was released in 2010. After four decades of aging in eight American and Spanish sherry casks, only 1,594 bottles were produced—even though the label states each is "1 of 1550." Nonetheless, the 1968 Highland Park is scarce by any standard. Less than 100 bottles, priced at $3,999 each, have been allocated for United States.
The 1968 vintage is dramatically different from anything Highland Park has ever produced. The bouquet brims with sherry, toasted cedar, sweet violets, and cinnamon. The candied flavor is enhanced by a whiff of smoke and black cherry in the lengthy finish. By law, only the year of the youngest whisky can appear on the label. Thus, one can only imagine how many much-older spirits from this distillery reside within the golden-hued liquid contained in the distinctive black glass bottle. (www.highlandpark.co.uk)
There is no denying that there are many different applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. But how many of these are useful to those of us involved in the creative industry?
Below we feature a few iPhone apps that may be of use to graphic designers and those in creative industries. Some looked to be useful organisational tools, others we thought might help inspire or motivate creativity, whilst others we have included simply because captured our imagination.
Whilst researching this, in many cases we found that there was more than one App which performed a similar function. We have simply listed the ones which appealed to us most. So it may be advisable, when at the iTunes App store, to do a search for similar Apps, as there may be one which is better suited for one purpose over another. It is also, of course, always worth reading the Customer Reviews on iTunes, both positive and negative. What works for one person, may not work for another.
Bentley's Continental GT coupe and GTC convertible have never been shy on power or speed—the "base" models' 552 horsepower and top speed of 195 miles per hour and the Speed editions' 602 horsepower and top speed of 200 miles per hour are hardly figures to sneeze at. In keeping with this too-much-is-just-right philosophy, the English automaker one-upped itself again earlier this year with the superheroic Continental Supersports coupe, a 622-horsepower titan with a 204-mile-per-hour top speed. And now, right on cue, the hardtop Supersports (one of the Robb Report's Best of the Best for 2010) is making room for the Supersports convertible.
Bentley's ultimate drop-top employs the coupe's twin-turbocharged 6-liter W12 engine, which produces its prodigious power on regular gasoline or E85 ethanol, following the company's promise to make all of its cars biofuel-ready by 2012. With the aid of a tenacious all-wheel-drive system and a quick-shifting six-speed manumatic transmission, the big Bentley will launch to 60 miles per hour in a breathtaking 3.9 seconds and fly on toward a very breezy 202 mph. The Supersport's performance figures are all the more impressive when you consider its 5,400-pound curb weight—more than a seven-passenger Mercedes-Benz GL450 sport-utility vehicle.
Inside, supple hide, Alcantara faux-suede, and carbon-fiber trim adorn the cockpit, and front seats made of lightweight carbon-fiber composite save a not-insignificant 49 pounds apiece. Unlike the Supersports coupe, the convertible retains its rear seats, earning it the title of world's swiftest four-passenger drop-top.
On sale this summer, the 2011 Supersports convertible is priced at $280,400—$13,400 higher than the 2010 Continental Supersports coupe and a whopping $78,900 higher than the standard Continental GTC. For those who require an open-air Bentley that boasts more than mere speed, however, it will be money well spent. (www.bentleymotors.com)Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has designed its new superbike, the 1190 RC8 R
Robb Report - 7/1/2010
Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has designed its new superbike, the 1190 RC8 R (www.ktm.com)—the first RC8 R to reach U.S. shores—with refinements meant to challenge European literbikes such as the Aprilia RSV4 Factory, the BMW S 1000 RR, and the Ducati 1198 S. The $19,998 KTM has a 75-degree V-twin 1195 cc engine that churns out 170 hp and 90.7 ft lbs of torque. Light Marchesini wheels and stiff WP Suspension components improve the bike's handling, while a powder-coated frame and carbon-fiber front fender sharpen its look.
evo explores the collaboration between culture and sport by seamlessly joining music, art, and fashion with action sports. As a leading provider of ski, snowboard, wakeboard and skateboard product, evo carries brands such as K2 skis and Never Summer snowboards. evo has also hand-picked an amazing selection of clothing and accessories to truly round out the mix. Passion for building community is evo's driving force; both on a national level and locally in Seattle. Through unique events such as movie premiers, art exhibitions, and partnerships evo provides a venue for people to share what they love.
US denim firm Levi Strauss has told just-style it is too soon to assess the impact of rising cotton prices on its own pricing structure.
The company, one of the industry's largest cotton purchasers, said it will take up to a year before it can reflect on the changes and adapt its retail approach.
A spokesperson for the company said: "While prices may have gone up recently, we contract for finished products in advance, so any effect of cotton prices on the cost of goods sold in the current quarter reflects cotton prices of roughly 6 -12 months ago depending on the lead time.
"We will see the impact of recent increases in raw material price trends later this year and are taking appropriate pricing actions where necessary."
It follows recent hikes in raw material costs in Asia during recent months, particularly cotton. Prices of cotton neared a historic peak in China - the world's largest importer of cotton - in June as the market reacted to a sudden recovery in demand after the downturn.
Levi's added: "We have been consistent in saying that cotton price is only one of many inputs that impact the future cost of goods. Given the many variables that go into product costs, it is premature to speculate on the long-term implications of the cotton prices we are seeing today."Top apparel importers meet with Secretary of Commerce
Fibre 2 Fashion - 6/2/2010
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke met with representatives from key U.S. apparel importers and retailers, including J.C. Penney, VF Americas and Polo Ralph Lauren, at the Commerce Department to discuss trade benefits created by recently passed legislation designed to help U.S. companies increase their apparel sourcing from earthquake-stricken Haiti.
The apparel sector has the greatest potential to generate jobs relatively quickly and boost Haiti's economic recovery, and it's a critical component of the Haitian economy, constituting more than 80 percent of Haitian exports to the United States and employing more than 25,000 workers. Just four months after January's earthquake, Haitian manufacturers are up and running, operating at more than 90 percent capacity.
"Trade benefits between Haiti and the United States were significantly expanded this week when President Obama signed the Haiti Economic Lift Program, known as ‘HELP,'" Locke said. "These benefits will encourage investment in, and sourcing from, Haitian apparel producers, helping to build an economically sustainable Haiti."
Commerce has a lead role in the administration's strategy to assist the people of Haiti and has been instrumental in connecting businesses in the U.S. with opportunities to help in the rebuilding of the Haitian economy. On June 7, Commerce will host a Haiti Reconstruction Forum in Philadelphia to provide information on opportunities for U.S. businesses wanting to contribute to the country's recovery. On June 10-11, Commerce will co-host "Building a New Haiti: Business, Commerce and Investment," a forum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to share ideas and information about Haitian reconstruction, recovery strategies and programs. Similar events held in Washington, D.C.; New York, N.Y.; and Miami, Fla.; attracted more than 800 participants.
Rick Wade, senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to Locke, is heading the department's Haiti business outreach and joined Locke in meeting. Wade attended all three recent conferences and plans to participate in the upcoming June events as well.
"Meeting with U.S. apparel importers and retailers gave us greater insight into how we can make ‘HELP' work for Haiti," Wade said. "With this information, we can better facilitate relationships between U.S. companies and Haitian manufacturers at our upcoming events in Philadelphia and Port-au-Prince."
‘HELP' was enacted on Tuesday and significantly extends existing trade benefits for Haitian textiles and apparel until 2020, including increased quotas for knit and woven apparel and unlimited duty-free treatment for certain textile and apparel products. The program greatly increases the attractiveness of the Haitian apparel sector for foreign investment.
Mobile phones, digital cameras, netbooks, e-readers and MP3 players. The list of must-have gadgets that must be crammed into pockets and bags is always increasing.
But now, researchers and fashion designers are working on ways to integrate technology into the clothes that we wear.
Will we one day be able to wear our gadgets rather than carry them around with us?
Since the creation of the very first wearable computer in 1961, generations of fashion designers, academics, computer programmers and scientists have been collaborating to create garments which fuse haute couture with hi-tech.
"We're at a time where we have fashion houses - people that understand garment construction - starting to explore with electrical engineers and scientists, to create products for a consumer market," said Dr Sabine Seymour, assistant professor of fashionable technology at Parsons, the New School for Design in New York.
One such team is CuteCircuit, which prototyped the M-dress, a mobile phone that is literally built into a frock. The antenna is in the hem and the SIM card, along with an activation button, fits into the dress label.
A sensor and microphone in the wrist enables the wearer to start and end a call by raising or lowering their arm to their ear. CuteCircuit plans to bring it to market in 2011.
"The M-dress was born out of necessity - I am always fishing around in my bag for my phone," said CuteCircuit co-founder Francesca Rosella. "I wanted something you could hear ring and answer in real time."
However, a concept such as the M-dress can take years to get to the shop floor - Ms Rosella and her partner Ryan Genz have been developing the idea since 2007.
Scientists at MIT have been designing keypads for clothing since the 1990s, but they have yet to enter the mainstream.
So-called "wearable technology" has seen some of its biggest commercial successes in the field of sportswear, said Dr Seymour.
She cites breathable fabric Gore-tex and garments by the big sports clothing labels, which incorporate sensors monitoring an athlete's performance or heart rate, as examples of successful projects. Ski jackets that allow a wearer to control their MP3 player also exist.
Edward VIII, the late Duke of Windsor, once offered that "brown in town should never been seen" in reference to the true gentleman's wardrobe. Such looks, he intimated, should be limited to the countryside, where they blend appropriately with the outdoor landscape. Although such suppositions have long been abandoned in modern fashion circles, American suit maker Adrian Jules hopes to revive the Duke's fashion mandate, as well as his preferred double-breasted clothing style, with its new Town & Country line debuting at better men's stores like Peter Elliott in New York and Pacific Tweed in California this fall.
Centered on old-world woolen fabrics, including lofty England-made flannels and 12- and 14- ounce tweeds produced in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, the handmade, tailored clothing collection is decidedly a throwback to another era when men had separate seasonal wardrobes and allowed color and cloth to define their work versus weekend wear. To that end the Town portion consists of micro-patterned double-breasted, peaked-lapel suits and sport coats mostly in shades of blue and gray, while the Country offering highlights earthy Harris and Donegal tweed single-breasted suits—many worn with coordinated vests—in more rough-hewn shades of the great outdoors. The collection ranges from $1,895 to $3,195 for sport coats and $2,400 to $6,500 for suits, depending on the cloth and the amount of customization a gentleman requires.
Nevertheless, everything old is not necessarily new again. "The flannels of the past were heavy 18- and 19-ounce fabrics whereas these are considerably lighter," explains Arnald Roberti, co-owner of Adrian Jules. "We're also styling the suits in a more modern way with slightly higher button placement, a narrower lapel and a little bit trimmer fit," he says. Despite the label, cloth, and color variances, there's no rule that says you can't interchange these suits for either town or country dressing. The Duke may object, says Roberti, "but today it's very acceptable to wear brown in the city." (800.295.SUIT, www.adrianjules.com)
Squaw Valley's renowned mountain bike park will reopen on July 16, 2010 (and will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the summer) for the first time in almost a decade. Lake Tahoe's legendary mountain bike park is back in action, with over fifteen miles of dedicated downhill single track and mountaintop cross-country trails.
Formerly the site of the Mountain Bike World Cup, Fat Tire Festivals and Downhill Mania events, Squaw Valley's bike park has been completely rebuilt to increase the flow of the trails and incorporate more freeride elements using the mountain's natural terrain.
Craig Altschul, Editor-In-Chief On The Snow - 8/20/2010
The first phase of its re-do of The Canyons Resort has just been announced by Talisker Mountain Inc., a private developer in Park City, Utah. The key pieces of the new look and function will be a butt-warming enclosed lift and a new direct-connect gondola from the village. Both are under construction and are expected to be ready for this winter season, The Canyon's Elizabeth Dowd told OnTheSnow.com
The developer, a subsidiary of the Talisker Corp. of Toronto, Canada, acquired the Canyons from the now defunct American Skiing Company in 2008, after a contentious series of lawsuits over the rights to the land. The resort was originally known as Wolf Mountain. Talisker added the new Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to its property list earlier this year.
An "orange, bubbled, state-of-the-art" lift will be built just outside the Grand Summit Hotel. A press announcement proclaimed it "a marvel of engineering." The quad lift, with chairs enclosed in a bubble, offers plenty of visibility and, for a touch of luxury, heated seats.
The idea of the weather-protecting orange bubble, they say, is to evoke the feeling of being inside a pair of ski goggles. It will transfer skiers and riders from the hotel's steps to the mid-mountain Lookout Peak, continuing uphill to just south of the existing Sun Peak chairlift. Uphill capacity will be increased by 47 percent. The ride will take nine minutes.
A new gondola portal has been created across the village center from the existing cabriolet lift (an open-style gondola), which remains. The new gondola will create a smooth direct-connection from the village to the Red Pine Lodge, a cafeteria.
Other improvements announced include 300 acres of new skiable terrain at the southernmost part of the resort, including a new detachable quad, dubbed the Iron Mountain Lift. There have been snowmaking enhancements with a 20-million gallon reservoir, more than doubling the ski area's snowmaking capacity. Finally, Canyon Ski Beach will be a new gathering for food and entertainment.
Talisker is developing real estate in several Park City area communities, including The Canyons ski resort, Empire Pass at Deer Valley Resort, Tuhaye golf course community, and others, comprising more than 13,000 acres throughout the area.Crystal Mountain will feature new gondola, terrain park
Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times - 8/21/2010
In a few months, Crystal Mountain Resort will have its new gondola in operation, plus another surprise will be popping up on the slopes.
The new Sasquatch Jib Park will turn the heads of snowboarders and skiers of all abilities who'll have the opportunity to grind and glide on more than 30 rails, boxes and other features like culverts, tractor tires and oil drums.
"This jib park wasn't in the original plans, and we've always kind of positioned ourselves as a big mountain, free-riding terrain area," said Tiana Enger, director of marketing at Crystal Mountain Resort. "But, we'd finally gotten to the point where we said in order to be diverse you have to appeal to a younger demographic.
"We've had a lot of requests to build a cool, hip park so this is our way to please everyone. It will be a different style park, and you'll find a lot of unique things that you won't find at other terrain parks."
The new jib park will cost about $250,000, and Washington native Josh-Paul Sokolowski is leading the design, installation and management of the park.
"(Sokolowski) grew up snowboarding at Crystal, and he always wanted a freestyle area," Enger said. "As a teenager he used to write letters to Crystal's ownership asking for a park to be built."
Sokolowski ended up working and building terrain parks in places like Park City, Utah, and New Zealand.
"Now he is back and fulfilling his dream so it has come full circle for him," Enger said.
The park will take up nearly all of Mr. Magoo Run that sits under the Forest Queen chairlift.
This also comes on the heels of the new $6 million high-speed Mount Rainier Gondola at Crsytal, making it the first area in Washington or Oregon to have a gondola.
"We are working hard on the gondola project, and it will come right down to the wire to have it finished by mid-November or early December," Enger said.
The gondola will consist of 13 lift towers with a vertical rise of 2,456 feet. The uphill capacity is 450 people per hour, and 900 after the additional cabins are added.
Other plans include mountain biking trails and ziplines. The resort hopes to have those completed by summer 2012 depending on approval by the Forest Service.
One of the nation's fastest-growing sports will hold its women's national championship in Onslow County this year.
Up to 90 of the country's best female professional disc golf competitors will converge on the county in September to spend a weekend competing on disc golf courses in Jacksonville and Richlands parks.
The event is the first major disc golf tournament held in the area but marks a much larger milestone as well, Onslow County Sports Commission director Jesse Newsom said.
"It's going to be the first national championship held inside Onslow County," he said. "It actually is a really big deal."
The location of the championship is the result of a 2007 bid by Scott Knapp, president of the Onslow County Flying Disc Association, which boasts 36 members.
"The Professional Disc Golf Association put it out there for any clubs that were interested in hosting it," Knapp said. "Me and my wife and a friend of ours thought this is something we could do."
Knapp's wife, Melissa, a professional golfer with five national tournaments under her belt, has assisted him in preparing for the event, soliciting sponsorship and raising publicity.
The tournament, which begins Sept. 24, will include games at Steed Park in Richlands and Northeast Creek Park in Jacksonville and will crown champions in masters, pro and advanced categories. A tentative schedule on the tournament website includes an opportunity to tour the Beirut memorial, emphasizing the military presence and history, an aspect of the host city that Knapp said was a draw.
"We tried to emphasize the things about Jacksonville that are unique to Jacksonville," he said.
Knapp said he hopes to secure a small color guard detachment for the tournament's opening ceremony.
With 22 women signed up to date and competitors coming from as far away as Santa Cruz, Calif., (and two from Onslow County), Knapp said the competition would do much to increase local awareness and interest in the sport. Disc golf has grown in popularity lately, he said, but that's the tip of the iceberg:
"I like to compare it, honestly, to the way skateboarding was 20 years ago," he said. "I always tell people that disc golf is the fastest-growing sport you've never heard of. I think you'll see in the future, as long as there are groups in town supporting it like ours, disc golf is going to continue to grow."
Newsom, who said disc golf was one of the fastest-growing sports in the country thanks to popularity in local clubs and college campuses, said he expects the tournament to increase the sports local profile.
"It's just going to bring more awareness to the local area that there is this sport out there," he said. "We're just really enthused and ecstatic about this event."
One of the token big wave events during the winter season, Mavericks has seen discrepancies the last few years as organizers and sponsors were displaced for more corporate ones. In an attempt to remember the roots from which the event originally came, a group of competitors and organizers have submitted a permit and garnered the support of every who's who in big wave surfing. This could get interesting, stay up to date on everything regarding the switch at The Jay Facebook.
Maverick's Competitors, Surfing Community Unite to Support "The Jay at Maverick's Big Wave Invitational"
Surfers Unanimously Vote for New Event; Will Not Support MSV Inc. Application
HALF MOON BAY, CALIF., Aug. 25, 2010 - Twelve years after it first took place, and six months after a record-breaking swell made global headlines, a group of Maverick's competitors and long-time big wave event organizers has formed with intentions to produce the only big wave surf competition to take place at Maverick's in the 2010-2011 season. The group recently submitted its permit application, which will be reviewed by the San Mateo County Harbor District on Sept. 1. The surfer's group plans to name the event "The Jay at Maverick's Big Wave Invitational" in honor of Jay Moriarity, one of the sport's greatest watermen.
"We are close to making this grassroots effort a reality," said Grant Washburn, a well-known surfer and one of The Jay at Maverick's group organizers. "Watching the surfers and the community rally around The Jay has been incredible. By dedicating this event to his memory, and sharing the excitement and the prosperity with local youth groups, we will be channeling the Maverick's energy to one of Jay's favorite places.. the next generation."
While recent Maverick's events have been organized by Mavericks Surf Ventures Inc., event competitors – including last year's 24 invitees and more than 50 of the world's top big wave surfers – have pledged their support to The Jay at Maverick's
The new group takes their responsibility to the competitors, fans, and the local community very seriously. They will launch a historic partnership with a number of local charities including the Half Moon Bay Parent Action Committee, The Boys and Girls Club on the Coast and the Jay Moriarity Foundation.
"To host an event that honors the spirit of Jay Moriartiy, a friend who personified pure stoke, and one that directly benefits the local community is a perfect fit. The vibe is incredible." said Frank Quirarte, The Jay's Operations/Safety Director.
"The competitors want this to be organized and run in a way that is true to the sport," said Washburn. "Unfortunately, it has become increasingly clear that MSV's focus is not on managing a world-class big wave surf contest. This is not only damaging to the Maverick's event, but to the sport of surfing itself."
Last year's contest saw the largest prize purse offered in a big wave surf event - $150,000 - however, the significance of that prize to the sport was marred by the financial management of MSV. As in previous seasons, MSV failed to pay obligations to event staff, vendors, community organizations as well as competitors – including 2009-2010 contest champion Chris Bertish – within the agreed upon timeframe. This was a contributing concern for Barracuda Networks – a former sponsor of the Maverick's contests – which decided to pull its support from MSV. The Jay at Maverick's Big Wave Invitational will be presented by Barracuda Networks, which has committed to a three-year sponsorship of the event and is the only sponsor to date.
"We believe in what The Jay at Maverick's group is aiming to accomplish with this year's event, and we are more than willing to support the surfers and to the community at large that the event has the stability and resources that it needs to make this a successful for years to come," said Michael Perone, CMO and executive vice president of Barracuda Networks and The Jay at Maverick's Big Wave Invitational premier sponsor.
One of Surfing's Favorite Sons Jay Moriarity became famous through his mastering of the feared K2 of surfing's big wave breaks, Maverick's in Half Moon Bay, as a teenager. He passed away unexpectedly at the age of 22 in a diving accident while visiting the Maldives Islands in 2001. Before his passing, Jay was considered one of Big Wave surfing's most dominant talents. His generous character and pure stoke gained him respect in and out of the water.
"The spirit with which Jay lived his life has inspired the Maverick's community to move in a new direction," said Peter Mel, a legendary surfer and member of the new organizing group. "We feel it is time to make a change."
"The contributions of this passionate and talented group of individuals make the possibilities for The Jay at Maverick's endless," said Darren Brilhart, The Jay at Maverick's event producer. "This event will become the crown jewel of Big Wave Surfing Contests."
Next Steps The group has formally asked MSV llc to withdraw its application, but a resolution has not been reached at this time. Following the decision by the San Mateo Harbor District, The Jay at Maverick's organizers will iron out the details. No matter who gets the permit, this surfer's group will have many issues that will need to be addressed. The ultimate goal will be to showcase the sport, raise funds and awareness for local charities, and do so with a premium placed on the preservation of the Maverick's site, and safety.
"How we will promote the event, how and where spectators can take part in the event and other details are simply not set at this time. What is known is that we will adhere to all harbor and permit requirements and keep the safety of everyone - spectators, organizers, surfers – central to all planning."
The San Mateo County Harbor District plans to review the permit applications for the event on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Comfort Inn in Half Moon Bay. Community members and The Jay at Maverick's Big Wave Invitational supporters are encouraged to attend and show their support. Alternatively, supporters can email email@example.com.Oh Yes We Did!! Anastasia Ashley Exclusive Interview
Squaw - 08.23.2010
We love Anastasia, and Anastasia loves Dailystoke, so we caught up with her to break it all down. Here's how it went:
Dailystoke.com: So you have been deemed one of the 10 Hottest Chicks in Surfing by a certain magazine. We at Dailystoke are officially crowning you as #1, Numero Uno, so how does it feel to be the hottest chick in surfing? (applause)
Thanks!! I am stoked, I'm flattered!….I try not to take myself too seriously, I love to surf, and in the meantime whatever comes along with that.
Dailystoke.com: OK, with that out of the way lets gets down to business. You grew up in Hawaii, who did you ride with growing up and what are some of your favorite surf spots?
LOL! I grew up in Hawaii where I started surfing, Jamie O'Brien was one of my first surfing friends. I grew up surfing Euhkai Beach Park, and V land, it was such a great place to spend my childhood, I would spend hours and hours in the ocean. Now some of my favorite surf spots are Backdoor and Keramas.
Dailystoke.com: You have an impressive resume (ASP Triple Crown ROY 2003, APSPR title in 2008), but what's the biggest challenge you had as you worked your way up the ranks?
Definitely peaking too early in a contest, before the finals, I usually go" all out "in all my heats, its just the way I surf, I don't like to hold back. Which also sometimes hinders me, I'm a progressive surfer, I like to "go big".
Dailystoke.com: You recently won the Pipeline Womens Pro….tell us how you approach things when you're not getting big barrels on contest day, like at Pipe?
Well definitely its strategy, and patience, you only need 2 waves, which in 20-30 minutes with 3 other very hungry girls for the win, isn't' as easy as it sounds. I basically just try to get wave selection, and also not let me nerves get to me.
Dailystoke.com: We love how surfers continue to push the boundaries, and surf what was once considered unsurfabale stuff. We heard you have been towing in search of some evil slabs, where were you towing?
Yeah , I just started towing this past year, I am excited because its a new chapter in my surfing. I towed some outer reefs in Hawaii, like Phantoms, Hammerheads. Garrett McNamara took me out one day, he was whipping me into some good ones it was fun.
Dailystoke.com: What women's surfer do you think had the greatest impact on the sport, why?
Definitely I would say Lisa Andersen, she was a great role model for young surfing girls, I looked up to her, and for style and iconicness, I would say Gidget who is probably the most well known surf style icon to this day.
Dailystoke.com: What's your relationship with Jamie O'Brien (aka JOB) and what do you think of WHOisJOB? When is WHOisAA coming out!?
He is one of my good friends, he is awesome, I think WHO IS JOB is going to be the best surf movie ever made. I have seen alot of footage from what they have been filming so far, it looks insane. I've been thinking about doing something for a while.. I'm in the works of something, I can't quite give too much details yet though ; )
Dailystoke.com: We at Dailystoke love Airwalk, we heard you are doing some designs, what have you designed and where can we check it out?
Yes! I love Airwalk too, they really get me and my lifestyle, and make the cutest shoes. I have done some designs with them. I have a Anastasia Ashley X Airwalk line in the Childrens store Stride Rite, and also a signature shoe design at Payless.
Dailystoke.com: Tell us what gear and new surf products you like, what should we be checking out for our fellow surfers?
Well boards, fun boards, shorter wider fatter than your usual boards, sounds trendy to say, but for small gut less waves they work great.
Dailystoke.com: If you could tell all our dailystokers one piece of advice, what would it be (surfing or otherwise)
Live your dreams, don't listen to negativity , and F*CK the haters!!
Airship at Paine Field offers scenic trips above Puget Sound
EVERETT -- What's billed as the world's largest airship flew into the skies above Snohomish County on Monday.
The zeppelin Eureka will be stationed at Paine Field through Sept. 6 as part of its first visit to the Pacific Northwest.
Rides on the airship will be available to the general public. They won't be cheap -- prices range from $375 to $950 -- but it's comfortable and the view is as good as it gets.
The 2-year-old zeppelin, owned and operated by Airship Ventures of Mountain View, Calif., arrived at Paine Field after spending five days in the Portland area.
The $15 million airship is one of only three zeppelins in the world, all built by the Zeppelin Ltd. Company of Friedrichshafen, Germany, company spokeswoman Rachel Loya said. At 246 feet, this one is a few feet longer than the other two, she said.
A zeppelin is larger than a blimp and has a light metal internal framework covered by a material similar to Kevlar, Loya said. A blimp, by contrast, is a large airbag inflated by the helium it contains, with a gondola attached to the bottom.
The zeppelin's structure enables its engines to be stationed at several locations around the hull while a blimp's engines must be attached to the gondola. For zeppelins, this makes for quieter rides, greater maneuverability and more speed, company officials say. One of the other zeppelins holds the world speed record for airships at 77 knots, close to 90 mph, according to Brian Metzler, guest services manager for Airship Ventures. Typical cruising speed is 30 to 40 knots, owner Brian Hall said.
"It's the lightest, it's the fastest, it's the biggest," Hall said.
The Eureka was bought by Hall, owner of mark/space software of Los Gatos, Calif., and five other investors while it was under construction. Hall had taken a trip on a zeppelin in Germany and was enthralled.
The investors started Airship Ventures and for two years have been selling rides in California. The venture has been a profitable one, Hall said. The airship also does promotions for its primary sponsor, Farmers Insurance, raises money for charity, and is increasingly being used for scientific research, Loya said.
Last fall, it flew over the southern San Francisco Bay area, gathering images for NASA of sea life that thrives in highly saline conditions. After it's done at Paine Field, it will look for orcas off the Washington coast as part of research for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, based in Massachusetts.
The ship's maneuverability enables it to fly very low to the water without disturbing sea life, company officials say. In fact, whales have been known to follow the airship, Hall said.
"They might think it's the whale god," he said.
For passengers, flights range from $375 for 45 minutes to $950 for two hours. The gondola seats 12 in two rows of six, so each seat is on the window and the aisle. The gondola has a lot of window space, including three windows that open -- the crew even invites passengers to stick their heads out. Once the ship reaches its cruising height of 1,000 to 1,200 feet, passengers may get up and move around. The lavatory also has a window: Crew members call it a "loo with a view."
Pilot Katharine Board flew blimps for 10 years before catching on with Airship Ventures. She's the only woman airship captain in the world, according to the company.
A native of Canterbury, England, she was excited to fly the zeppelin in the Northwest, she said.
She loves her job, she said Monday as she directed the airship over south Whidbey Island. The Olympic Mountains and Admiralty Inlet were visible in the distance.
"This is the view from my office," she said.
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The Farmers Airship is the only commercial passenger airship in the United States, according to Airship Ventures, which owns and operates the vessel out of Mountain View, Calif.
The airship, named Eureka, is not a blimp; it is one of only three zeppelins in the world and the only one in the United States. One of the others operates in Germany and the third is not in service.
The zeppelin is the largest airship in the world at 246 feet in length.
The zeppelin is 15 feet longer than a 747 and 50 feet longer than the largest blimp.
The airship's cabin holds 12 passengers and includes oversized windows (some open), an on-board restroom with a view and a rear loveseat with a panoramic, wrap-around window.
How to ride
For information on rides on the zeppelin Eureka, call 650-969-8100, ext. 111, or go to http://farmersairship.com.Home Think Tanks
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Aquarium designer Martin Schapira's love affair with marine life began in the third grade. "My father came home with a 10-gallon fish tank one day, and I was immediately captivated," he recalls. It was Schapira's first aquarium, and although it contained just two small turtles and a goldfish, it fostered a fascination that bordered on obsession. "I went to every pet store in New York and bought every type of plant and rock I could find in order to maintain it," he says. "I've been hooked ever since."
Now 28, Schapira creates some of the world's largest and most complex aquatic landscapes through Okeanos Aquascaping, the New York–based aquarium and pond design firm that he cofounded with Noam Kamelhar in 2002. Schapira's approach relies on a think-outside-the-box mentality: He and Kamelhar reject traditional stand-alone tanks in favor of sleek, modern-looking aquariums (priced from $12,000 to upwards of $150,000) that they build into the walls or other paneling in their clients' homes. "It's not easy to make 500 gallons appear light and elegant," says Schapira. "Most people think you can just stick an aquarium in the middle of a room and people will be wowed, but the design side is as much a factor as the aquatic side."
Every Okeanos project is custom. At each client's behest, the company combines such cutting-edge materials as Starphire—a low-iron glass that minimizes reflection and green tint—with interior-design elements like shagreen stingray leather, macassar ebony, or zebrawood to decorate the tank's exterior, and recessed lights, set in the top or bottom of the receptacle, to mimic sunlight. The lighting equipment is concealed, as is the filtration system. To accomplish this, the company produces all parts—filters, tubes, drains, and so forth—by hand, with each project's particular requirements in mind. The result is a seamless scene submerged in many gallons of water and rife with dozens of types of fish and coral.
"It's like a living painting," says one client, whose 300-gallon coral-reef aquarium displays rare Kupang Island live rock and a rainbow of clown fish, wrasses, and anthias from Indonesia, Vanuatu, and Fiji, respectively. Okeanos spent nearly four months building the 10-by-32-foot aquarium, which is built into, and flush with, the walnut paneling in the den of the client's New York City home. "We didn't want it sticking out into the room," says the client. "It's part of the wall, almost like a window into another world."
To add yet another dimension to their company's offerings, Schapira and Kamelhar recently announced a travel option that will immerse their customers in some of the planet's most densely populated underwater ecosystems. Beginning this summer, Okeanos will offer vacation packages to 10 exotic locales, among them Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Guided scuba diving and snorkeling tours will enable clients to identify firsthand the various species they would like to see in their tanks. The trips, priced from $75,000, will include round-trip airfare, accommodations in a five-star resort, and the construction and filling of an aquarium.
These sojourns may also afford the opportunity to experience the kind of childlike wonder that Schapira felt when he received his first fish tank. "Exploring that world is one of the most beautiful experiences you can ever have," he says. "And to replicate it at home is the greatest souvenir imaginable."
With the Smart Fortwo introduced in the US this past January, the iPod Nano in everyone's backpack and everything else getting more and more compact, it was only a matter of time before someone took it to a completely new level. Nicholas Notara designed a collapsible surfboard whose frame is made of carbon fiber.
Notara carefully designed the board to maintain the balance and weight of a traditional surfboard. The surfboard breaks down and becomes half its usual size with the help of a quick release level and flipping two pins. The board can also adapt to the rides needs with its swappable fin system.
While the collapsible surfboard is not a new concept, Karl Pope first conceived it for Pope-Bisect in 1964 and dubbed it the ‘Travelboard', Notara's carbon fiber board has been receiving a lot enthusiasm from the surfing community. The only concerns voiced have been those of cost, loosing the pins or fins, and the board of metal pieces heating up in the hot sun and burning the skin.
While the board is a beautiful example of great design, it is unfortunately just a concept at this time.
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