IWWF Tournament Council approves Natalia Berdnikova's score of 9080 as the new World Record in tricks
Lived to see 40
Family is all healthy
My mother loves me the most
Have a job
Have a 3 legged cat that loves me
Have a 4 legged cat the endures me
Have a couple of dogs that would take a bullet for me
Mostly I am grateful that I found a woman that loves me and married me
This video was taken last week down in Acapulco, Mexico at Gordon Rathburn's ski school...Enjoy!
Location- Orlando Florida
Ski School- Lucky Lowe’s
Cost -$60 a set
Able to stay in bunk house at no additional cost.
Hot tub at the end of the dock .
3 courses & 1 jump
Lake can be affected by winds.
I have been to Lucky’s twice & We had him come & coach a group of us @ a friends site in New York once this summer. He has an amazing knack of picking out what needs to be changed.
Skied with him at Lake Alfred 3 weeks ago with my wife & daughter & the both had a great time & Lucky was really helpful with them, We would all go back in a flash.
I asked a friend the does & don’t’s before skiing with Lucky last January & it served me really well, here it is.
Do's and Don'ts:
Do start donning your gear if you are next to go when Lucky takes the person before you out. Be ready and at the end of the dock as soon as possible. You never know when lucky will point the boat for shore and he wants the next person at the end of the dock all ready to go.
Be patient while he is speaking. He takes a while to get things out and may rephrase things because sometimes he is hard to understand???
Don't miss instruction. If you are not certain what he wants you to do ask again to be sure. He will have you start at ball one or ball two or go before ball one or go before all the balls so listen and don't screw up.
This may shorten your session.
Do your best to make the change he is asking you to make. He wont get mad if you try, but if you do the same thing he just got done telling you to dodifferent he may shorten your session.
Lucky wants to feel like he is coaching you. He wants to see you change something. He is not concerned that you run a PB but that you have keys to learn to know when you are doing things right and wrong.
He is a complex guy but overall tons of fun if you know his temperament may be fiery but he gets over it quick. Besides, we are making his winter
season with seven guys. He is bound to be in a good mood.
I will be giving away RadaR gear, memorabilia from pro skiers, coaching sessions at my school in Clermont and the grand prize is a signed 2010 RadaR Theory with double Vector boots. Here’s how it works… you MUST be following me to be eligible. I will start by giving away some of the smaller prizes. I will tweet either a code or a question and the first one of my followers to tweet @swini_skis and the correct answer will be the winner. I will be giving the ski away sometime during the day on Dec. 15th so keep watching. All prizes will be shipped free of charge within the continental US. Any winner outside of the US will be responsible for the cost of shipping and any other charges that may apply to get it to your location. Hope you guys enjoy this contest and have all your friends follow me on twitter….the more eyes watching the better chance you have of getting the swag!
5 Skiers won prizes this week playing BallOfSpray Twitter Jeopardy!
@theproskitour @scoke @bevloew @MattP_ and @buoychaser
Each of the winners will receive a copy of the Terry Winter West Coast Visualization DVD. As a special bonus @MattP_ will be receiving a pillow belonging to Marcus Brown. Look for more fun and silliness as we all try to survive winter.
Gallagher and I are driving home from a weekend of hedonistic overeating and drinking in Lake County, Northern California. As I write this, I am stuffed with the sushi we stopped for in Sacramento. (Thanks to Dave Smart for recommending a killer Sushi place) Originally this was a work trip for Gallagher but she talked me into taking Friday off work so we made it into a newlyweds weekend away.
After work Thursday we drove most of the way from Bako to NorCal wine country. We arrived in Petaluma at 12:30 am and watched silly cartoons until 2. We had two more hours to drive before 2 PM Friday. Unfortunately we slept till 10 so by the time we found some food, it was a scramble to arrive on-time. We made it to the lake side lodge where she was to speak with 15 minutes to spare.
Gallagher gave an hour speech about bugs and little critters to a room full of vineyard farm types and then there was another hour speech about fungus or mold or some thing you do not want on wine grapes. Since I really do not care about fungus, unless it is sautéed and on a steak, I went to check us into our room. The “Lodge” is basically a refurbished old motel on the edge of Blue Lake. The scenery is lovely but there is not food to be had plus the clientele might be a touch trashy. Gallagher describes the lodge as a dog friendly motel that caters to bass fishermen and Cougars.
When I say Cougars I do mean older women who like younger men. After I checked us in, I received a few beers from the queen of the cougars who was setting man traps outside her room. I was safe as long as I repeated words like “Newly Wed”, “Wife” and “Happily Married”. Lucky for me the spore talk ended so I could escape to the safety of a viticulture reception and drink some wine I did not have to pay for. It sounds crazy but the best part was the curried and fried chick peas.
It felt like 10 o’clock but Gallagher pointed out that it was only 5, and she needed dinner. According to the locals, the nearest grub was a good 7 miles away at a place called the Blue Wing Saloon. We had no idea what we were in for but Gallagher was sober so we piled in to my “Dale Jr Blue” GMC and headed down the dark lake side country road. After only one unplanned U-turn we arrived in the town of Upper Lake and found the Blue Wing for a darn good bit of grub and more wine.
Full of wine and yummy food we went to sleep early. The next morning we woke to find the scenery outside was beautiful and the cougars were still in their dens. Motel coffee did not offer much in the way of drinking pleasure or sustenance so we packed up and moved to the Tallman Hotel next door to the Blue Wing in Upper Lake. Gallagher had stayed their before and raved about this place. As a guy, I am thinking “How great can a darn hotel room be?” This 100 year old place is simply awesome - more on that later.
We checked in before the room was ready so we had hours to kill and no plans. We saw all 5 shops in this quaint little down within an hour. We found coffee and a bagel in an oddly NASCAR themed coffee shop and then headed off to a winery that Gallagher wanted to show me called Ceago Vinegarden.
I had heard about this place and the people who run it. If you Google the term “biodynamic farming”, you will learn about something I find as hard to swallow as UFO cults. Since Ceago is a biodynamic facility, silly, ignorant me expected a crusty vineyard run by a bunch of dirty hippies. I soon learned that I was not allowed to use the term “dirty hippie” and that Ceago is one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen. Its Spanish architecture is flawless and is the perfect complement to the wooded hills behind it and the sparkling lake in front.
Crazy ideas or not, we were hungry so we ordered wine and a platter of cheese with a baguette. How good can a plate of cheese be? First of all, you have to appreciate that we were sitting on a Spanish-style patio looking across a few hundred lavender plants out to a perfect lake surrounded by rolling hills and, overhead, there was a clear bright blue sky and the warm sunshine. When the platter arrived, we were pleasantly surprised to find dried Asian Pears, dates, olives, honeycomb and sprig of fresh rosemary in addition to two semi-hard cheeses and a triple cream brie. How perfect can a lunch be? If you have never applied the perfect brie at the perfect temperature to a piece of dried pear with the slight afternoon breeze blowing though your hair, you just can not understand.
Full of the some of the finest luxury foods Northern California has to offer, we made our way back to the hotel. Upon actual check-in, Gallagher upgraded the room (on my card) to one with a Japanese soaking tub. How great can a wooden bathtub on your patio be? With mineral water at 104 F, geo-thermo heating and perfect weather, it is pretty darn relaxing. After a bit of a soak, we headed back to the Blue Wing, and, instead of ordering off the menu, we instructed the waitress to tell the chef Mika to make us what ever looked good to him. After 4 courses we wondered if either of us would ever need to eat again. It was all pretty darn good but the scallops with oyster mushrooms and citrus glaze was astounding. With the drive home looming in our minds and a lot of food of our bellies, we found unconsciousness early that night.
Our only plan for Sunday was to get home a decent hour. We “walrussed” around the room until 11 and then headed out for home. Believe it or not, we were thinking of food by the time we got close to Sacramento. I had Gallagher call my old friend and freshman year of college roommate Dave Smart who lives on Sac. All we wanted was directions from the freeway to sushi restaurant, but we got an invite to visit Dave and Dr. Fritz at Bell Aqua. As I expected, this led to 30 minutes of Dave telling stories to Gallagher about my misbehaviors in college. Yeeaaah fun for me! Finally, we got directions to the best sushi in Sac and were on our way.
The plan for tomorrow: No drinking, health food and time on the exercise bike.