The Other Guys

The Other Guys are back at it again. You’re not going to find mind blowing runs, or gravity defying tricks. You will see Brandon White, Allen Santucci, Joe Marfeo, Evan Mansolillo, Kyle Gallup, Brandon Fain and Ashley Pollock are attacking the local streets, backyards and Yawgoo Valley in their second episode. These guys have done a great job at putting together fun and entertaining edits for amateurs. Hopefully someone picks these kids up. Maybe the police. Just kidding. Let these guys do what they love and keep sharing what they do!

The Other Guys 2015 ep. 2 from E Man on Vimeo.

Feature Product Friday

This weeks featured item is Wilson’s brand new 2015 Burn tennis rackets. This highly anticipated racket finally made it’s way into our hands early last week.

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#burnthebaseline has been Wilson’s hashtag throughout the release of it’s newest generation of playing rackets. Wilson has nailed it’s marketing, I’ll give them that. So far our staff has had a limited trial with this racket and so far the one word that’s been repeated was “powerful”. It’s going to need a little adjusting to how much power comes out of it, but it’s worth it. It is available in 5 different models; the 100,100s, 100uls, 100ls and the team racket. Which is the all show and no go version(which it’s not a bad thing. More for beginners whom like the look but not the price tag). You want some stats? Boom here you go;

+ Spin Effect Tech
+ Booming Power
+ Maneuverable
+ Easy to Play

These are just a few from the 4 base models.

This will be a fun and furious racket to play with and I hope you get a chance to try one out soon. Our local shops do offer these rackets for demo.

Feel the Burn! Wilson Burn 100s racket

New arrivals in Tennis!

Inspired by the blazing sunshine the Northwest wilsonhas received this winter we thought to ourselves, lets highlight a few of our new tennis arrivals for 2015! Like the inevitable red tone your skin will achieve if you spend too much time outdoors, the new Wilson Burn series of racquets are sure turn up the heat on court this spring.

At 11.3 ounces strung, the Wilson Burn 100s will impress you with its spin and power. Designed for the modern baseliner, the Burn 100s is packed with key design features to help you rip winners from the backcourt. Firstly, Wilson added a longer grip to give modern players plenty of room for their 2 handed backhand. The Burn 100s is the first racquet from Wilson to incorporate carbon fiber in the layup of the frame.  Carbon fiber is lightweight and stiff, creating explosive power without adding weight. Lastly, Wilson drilled the 100s with an 18×16 spin effect string pattern. Denser than the 16×15 on last year’s Steam 99s, the 18×16 adds some control back into the mix while still generating loads of spin. We have demos of the Burn 100s along with its lighter sibling the Burn 100uls  available for you to try. Swing on in and check them out! To go along with the hot technology in the Burn, Wilson has introduced the new string Revolve. Decked out in vibrant orange that compliments the Burns paintjob, Revolve is a control oriented polyester string with a very slippery outer coating. By reducing friction between the strings, revolve takes advantage of the Burn’s spin effect technology to its fullest allowing the strings to snap back extremely fast. Expect some wicked kick on your serves and big time bite on your slice!

– Written by Eric Johnson, Tennis Department, Bellevue

Ken Block’s Ford F-150 Raptor #TBT

There are a lot of different ways to get up a mountain. I don’t think there’s many that could top this one. Monster Energy’s Ken Block has dreamed up the perfect RaptorTrax “sno cat” to plunder and pillage any terrain and leave no one behind. The Ford Raptor is already a beast in it’s own way. Ken gave his just a little extra juice to make this an all mountain destroyer. Here’s a clip of him with Zak Hale and Ethan Zeiss in Baldface Lodge, Vancouver BC back in October.

and here is a closer more personal look at the Raptor.

Wake UP Wednesdays’ V

Today’s vid of the week goes to Chad Worall of OWC and Liquid force teams’ Chandler Powell. Both riders coming from Florida bring some friends along while they travel to Thailand’s Wake Park with Aaron Gunn and Busty Dunn. Next they take to the land down unda with Sophie Hogben at Bli Bli Park. Even if you’ve still got any snow at your house, these guys will certainly make you miss warmer weather.

Tennis Tuesday ; Sportsmanship

Being a high level athlete comes with high expectations. Not only in your performance but also in your character. Yes there are a lot of things at steak and there are moments when things don’t go as planned. Either with a team or individually, you grow up hearing about sportsmanship and what it means. Some athletes forget about that and some hold that philosophy very near to them. Once in a while things happen and you get to see that players character shine through. Back in the Rotterdam Tournament Tomas Berdych was in the middle of a volley and took a nasty spill. His competitor Gael Monfils crosses the net to check on his opponent to make sure he’s okay, helps him up and continues on with the match. It’s times like that when you realize that the people we watch are still people. People with great tenacity and empathy. It’s a combination that can be hard to find in certain sports.