Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Enlight Earth, LLC and Eric Arakawa Designs have teamed up to create a new “carbon nanotube surfboard,” a material that’s more than 14 times stronger than carbon fiber.
According to a release:
This board was hand shaped and uses single wall carbon nanotube infused Epoxy making it one of the strongest and lightest surfboards in the world. Nano technology is definitely the wave of the future; the best phrase to describe the amazing abilities of NANO is “Surface Area”. These particles are so small that they have many times the surface area of regular particles, being that surface area is far greater it allows for a lot more electro-chemical reaction, which can make a small wrist watch battery have the power of multiple 9 volt batteries and a bonding area which can be used to fill in the gaps for amazing structural strength. A quick comparison of the tensile strength of different materials will show that Nano materials far exceed the strength of anything known to man…
Structural strength examples:
Aluminum alloy Strength (Mpa) 600
Steel Strength (Mpa) 2,000
Silicone Carbide Strength (Mpa) 3,440
Carbon Fiber (AS4) Strength (Mpa) 4,300
Carbon Nanotube Strength (Mpa) 62,000
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Randomly browsing Freeskier.com today and came across a little questionnaire with Tommy Wallisch and his happenings lately. Then the questions turned to a bit of a different topic and I was lucky enough to be pulled into the conversation with the likes of Matt Margetts and TJ Schiller. Anyway, click below and read if you're interested, but it will most likely be a letdown...
A Whole Lotta BS: Tom Wallisch, King of 'Banging
My final day on snow was a fun one. Honestly, I can say that I'm not ready to stop skiing this year. In the past few years, I've welcomed to end of the season, but this year I left Mt. Hood not feeling fully satisfied. But I would consider that a good thing. Happy to have that extra drive motivate me even more for next season.
I am quite hungry to spend a lot of time in the water this Summer; surfing, wake surfing, paddle boarding, swimming, canyoneering, etc. Love it. So my last days in Hood River I got that list started by trying out a bit of wind surfing. Turned out to be a pretty good time. A bit more complicated than expected, but after some trial and error I was able to make it happen. I would definitely try it again.
Up next we had some hiking to do. Pretty popular hike to some falls about 20 minutes outside of Hood River, but luckily there wasn't much traffic the day we went out. I used to do this hike when I was a kid, coming to Hood for some race camps, so it was nice to retrace some old steps.
But after a couple adventurous days, I was off to Portland to finish up things with Nimbus for the year. We got some studio time in at Nemo, which is a rad design house that I've always wanted to check out. My head has been turned plenty of times by some good people in there, that drum up great ideas and design. As expected, the building was no letdown and the studio provided, helped us finish off some great interviews for Nimbus' upcoming film Contrast. It was my first time being with the whole crew at one location, so it was a good way to close the season for me. Then we went off and got some indian food, a quick nights rest and hit to road for home.
And here's some images that you can tie to the above paragraphs...
Not too sure what to say about this one.
Controlled chaos. Looks wild to be out there with that much traffic, but I guess its just another day in the Gorge.
Tamanawas Falls. I'm pretty sure it was in the thick of the runoff. There was a lot of water coming off that thing.
Nemo and its red wall.
Hollywood X Nimbus. Mr. Eric Pollard - Writer, Director, Producer, Key Grip, Best Boy, Head Electrician, Key PA, Driver to Chris Benchetler & Pep Fujas, Set Designer, Wardrobe Assistant and Editor. He gets it done.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thanks to Mike @ Surface for making it happen and providing for more than reasonable circumstances. Had a great time.
Enjoy the photos.
XD filling our bellies with some delicious Korean cooking.
Josh Bishop was one motivated SOB throughout the trip. Good on yah Josh, way to GTS.
The Polar Bear aka Jeff Kiesel is good. Really good. I like skiing with that kid.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Mike, J and I enjoying another Oregon sunset.
Beeeshop dropping into another one of the dirt features we've been having fun with.
More to come over the next week...