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New movie: Think Thank Is Brain Dead and Having a Heart Attack

Think Thank Brain Dead Heart Attack

Think Thank is one of the most influential snowboarding groups out there right now. Think Thank has an amazing ability to pick out the up-and-coming names in snowboarding and throw them into insane videos, pushing their careers into overdrive. Jesse Burtner, who created Think Thank, is always brainstorming new, and bizarre, ways to add a whole new level of excitement to the sport.

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The group dubbed the video the most “mind numbing, heart stopping” freestyle snowboarding video available. With an unwavering sense of creativity and daring tricks, the video is well worth the view.

With names like Brandon Hammid, Jaeger Bailey, Ted Borland, Brandon Reis, Sammy Luebke, Nick Visconti, Curtis Woodman, Sean Genovese, Jesse Burtner, Chris Beresford, Sean Black, Nial Romanek, Desiree Melancon, Kyle Lopiccolo, Brendon Hupp, Sam Hulbert and Mitch Richmond starring, you know it will be impressive. There are even guest appearances from Scott Stevens, Gus Engle, Ted Lavoie, Mark Landvik, Ben Bogart, Danyale Patterson and Freddy Perry, to name a few.

If you want to see the movie in the company of other riders, there are still a few premiers scheduled across the U.S. through October. If seeing it once just isn’t enough to wrap your mind around it, then you can purchase the video or download it on iTunes to keep replaying the jaw-dropping rides. Remember snowboard movies are the best way to get pumped for the season.

Will Shaun White’s injury affect Sochi 2014?

Shaun White Private Pipe

Last month, Olympic champion Shaun White injured his right ankle during Olympic training in New Zealand. He was there for the FIS World Cup slopestyle competition at the Winter Games in Cardrona, and shared a picture of his injury on Instagram.

The entire men’s slopestyle event was canceled due to weather, so White decided to rest his ankle and not compete in the halfpipe World Cup that took place later in the week. With the 2014 games slowly creeping up, White thought it would be more important to ensure that his ankle completely heals than push himself at a qualifying event. White has so far only met the qualification requirements to be considered for the halfpipe team, and still needs to be a top-30 finisher of a World Cup event for the slopestyle event. White is confident that he will be able to qualify at other International Ski Federation (FIS) competitions.

As he rests his ankle, White will plan his method of attack at Sochi. He has not stated how long he plans to spend recuperating, but he has a few opportunities to qualify before it’s too late. He is always ready to surprise fans with a bold and daring ride, so many people are eagerly awaiting his qualification.

Shaun is sponsored by Burton Snowboards.

How to best capture action: GoPro

Ever find yourself watching skate video after skate video wishing you could make your own? Getting a different perspective on your daily rides is inspiring and can make you a better skater. And why not spend your down time editing, mixing and mashing clips for your own video?. Viral videos are making a big splash so you never know whose hands your video could fall into. Making a video is a fun way to pass the time and you never know whose hands the video may fall in to.eyes may see the video – it might make you the next star.

If you want to immortalize a ride on one of your favorite parks or just want to run through a ride again to see why you just can’t seem to stick that one landing, recording your ride may be the answer. You don’t have to fumble around with high-tech video equipment to make your ride memorable. The GoPro camera has captured many riders from a wide variety of extreme sports doing what they love. The high quality, durability and functionality of the cameras make them ideal for capturing video on the go.

While holding a camera certainly isn’t an option to capture your ride, you can’t get the intriguing angles from a buddy recording you off to the side. Mounting a camera for hands-free videography is the way to go. The wide lens and the durability of a GoPro camera make it an ideal candidate for filming your next ride. You can mount a GoPro on your deck – looking back at your stance or forward, looking under the board at the wheels, on your hat or on the edge of a bowl or rail. Mix angles to make a professional quality film that you can star in. The quality of picture that you can capture with the GoPro is impressive for such a tiny camera.

Longboard gear for fall

Longboarding is a great way to cruise around town and take in all the colors of the season. With winter around the corner, riders want to maximize their time on the board and get as much ride time in as possible. Fall also means it’s time to head back to school for some, and longboarding is also a great way to get around campus. But before you hop on your board and cruise off into the sunset, check out some of the seasons must have gear.

  • Don’t forget your helmet – especially if your campus has a lot of hills. You never know what’s going to snag a wheel, so it’s better to be safe than end up with a head injury. You don’t want to waste that tuition money when you could easily prevent a blow to the head with a helmet like the Bern Macon.
  • You’ll definitely need a hat for the colder days and nights. While a snap back may be your style, check out some beanies that will keep you warm on your board. You’ll want a decent sweatshirt too, or a windbreaker to cut the breeze.
  • Although the sun may not be hot, it’s still shining so don’t forget your shades. No matter how seasoned of a longboarder you are, if you can’t see where you’re going, you’re bound to have a bumpy ride.
  • If you’re in the market for a new board, check out the fall inspired longboards at Eternal. Getting it at the end of the season will give you time to break it in so you can hit the ground running when spring comes around.

So before you head out this fall, grab some of the newest gear and enjoy the ride.

How to prep your snowboard for the season

When the season starts to hang in that sweet spot between fall and winter, you will want to start getting your board mountain-ready. If you didn’t get your board tuned up at the end of the last season, it will in need of a little TLC. When the slopes open up you don’t want to be the last one out there because you didn’t prep for the upcoming season in your downtime. The season only lasts for so long, so don’t waste any time doing things you could have completed in the off-season.  Get your gear together and prep it while you have time to kill.

Once you’re ready to prep your gear, check your board. Any major fixes to it will probably take the longest, so it’s best to start big. Check the bottom of your board for any dents or scratches. If you find any imperfections you’ll want to resurface the bottom. Riding with a bunch of dings on your board will slow down your ride and affect its performance. You can bring your board in to a local shop if you don’t have the tools or experience with resurfacing a board. Don’t try to refinish the base if you have no idea what you’re doing – you could end up further damaging the board. The rest of the tuning you can easily do at home with a tuning kit and save some cash.

Once you know your board is good to go – and all the binding are secured in – you can check the rest of your gear. Make sure any holes in your outerwear are patched and your helmet is up to par. After everything is in order you can start stocking up on all different kinds of snowboard wax. You’ll want to wait to wax your board until right before you hit the slopes so you know what type of snow you’ll be facing. But whatever falls, you’re sure to be ready for it.

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