September, 2010

Governator vetoes safety bill

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

This past Friday Governor Schwarzenegger passed bill 880 that requires skiers and boarders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the bill had a little companion, Assembly Bill 1652 that would mandate that resorts implement new safety standards. This little companion was vetoed and thus, the helmet bill won’t become law either. This would have become the strictest ski safety law in the country.

“Many California ski resorts are located on U.S. Forest Service land, and are already required to compile and file safety and accident reports with USFS as well as maintain some of this information in the resort management office,” Schwarzenegger wrote in a statement. “Ski resorts in California also already mark their ski area boundaries and trails with appropriate information. This bill may place an unnecessary burden on resorts, without assurance of a significant reduction in ski and snowboard-related injuries and fatalities.”

Senator Leland Yee, a co-author of the bills, will supposedly reintroduce the helmet law again next year as a standalone measure.

Would a helmet law really decrease the number of injuries? Who knows. I know a lot of people would feel safer/better with the helmet law in place, but it still requires riders to be safe and pay attention. Take note of the resort signage and look out for those below you. For this season, helmets remain riders choice. Enjoy the ride and be safe, with or without a helmet.

Channel disks!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Hey Burton ICS board riders, current and future. Burton has, thankfully, changed their disc design this year to make ALL of their bindings ICS compatible. Isn’t that great news?!? No more buying just EST bindings or trying to find converter plates. Keep in mind though, that the strength and level of the binding should match or come very close to that of the board. So don’t cheapen out on the bindings just because they fit the channel. Buy it right the first time and you’ll be happier longer.

Here’s what Burton has to say about the benefits of the Channel. “Focusing power through a central connection that evenly distributes energy for added rebound and snap, it also lets you easily micro-adjust your stance width and angles.”

And for you Flow binding lovers, they also make a channel disk compatible for the Burton Channel. It’s definitely an online product, search around the web before driving anywhere. Thanks Burton for making your products even more consumer and retailer friendly!

Witness the Sickness

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Flow Snowboarding presents it’s full length  film Witness the Sickness this Thursday, 9/23 at the OC Tavern in San Clemente. There’s no cover charge and it’s free to anyone 21 and over. Doors open at 8pm and special guests Agent Orange will be there dropping some tunes. Head on down and support the local brand bringing you some of the best product on the market.

Helmets required on riders under 18 in CA

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Hey all you California skiers and snowboarders. Have you heard the latest bill to be put through the Capitol? Read it here. Basically, the bill states that all persons under the age of 18 must wear a properly fitted helmet while skiing or snowboarding. There is a modest fine of $25 for not wearing a helmet, which seems a bit like a slap on the wrist, but 25 bucks is 25 bucks (that’s like 25 items off McDonald’s dollar menu!). Still no word on how the mountains intend to enforce this new supposed law (pretty sure it’ll go through, just has to pass one more level of legislation). Look for resorts and area rental shops to maybe adjust their products included with lessons/rentals (or even a price increase? Yipes!). Shops like ours are stocking up on helmets, making sure we have enough for everyone. Stay tuned for more news from Sac town. Give us your thoughts and get ready to grab a helmet and shred!

Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails 2010

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails is coming your way September 18th at Bear Mountain. Show up early to catch the season pass sale. Dual mountain passes starting as low as $249! HDHR starts at 2pm and Red Bull will be there dishing out some cash for the best trick on their signature feature. The Park crew has been working hard to bring you the most innovative HDHR yet, so don’t miss out cause it’s FREE for everyone! Enjoy the vendor booths with free giveaways and two movie premiers! Let’s get this season started!!!!