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New Harness for Cameras Created for Man’s Best Friend

Posted on: September 23rd, 2014 by Pulse

With the seemingly endless YouTube videos of people’s dogs being posted, pet owners are searching for new and inventive ways to film their beloved canines. Social media is becoming more and more about video with popular sites like Vine and Instagram recently rolling out a video feature. So now more than ever pet owners want to capture every moment with their adorable pooch for themselves and an audience to see. This has led to the innovative idea of strapping a camera onto the actual dog’s themselves, so that the point of view of the dog can be captured fully.

Introducing The GoPro Camera Harness

GoPro Camera

Previously, the idea of a dog being able to take its own videos might’ve seemed like a fanciful notion, but with the rapid progression of technology it’s already a reality. GoPro has come up with the innovative idea of utilizing a harness so that two cameras can be strapped to a dog, one on it’s shoulders, and one between its two front legs so that both shots can be taken. The harness is adjustable so that it can fit a wide variety of dogs like:

  • Bulldogs
  • Labradors
  • Cocker Spaniels
  • Bassett Hounds

This way, owners of dogs of all sizes can use the GoPro camera to capture the dog’s best moments. Funny point of view shots can be taken, and the dog can capture angles and moments that would be virtually impossible for the owner to be able to take.

Meeting A Demand

While the development of the GoPro dog camera may be a relatively new development, in fact people have been creating their own DIY camera harnesses for their dogs for a long time. So GoPro recognized the demand for a custom harness, and they were able to create one that is not only comfortable for the dog, but that is very user friendly for the owner.

When the harness gets dirty it can just be thrown in the washing machine, and the harness makes sure the camera is secured to the dog no matter what crazy actions it tries. With this new product, this probably hails the beginning of a wide range of technology targeted towards animals.

Only The Beginning

Even though dogs are man’s best friends they are closely followed by the ubiquitous cat. Smaller and more rental friendly, cats may be almost as popular as dogs, considering how many cat videos are floating around the internet. And they are more uniform in size, which should make creating a harness for them more simple. While GoPro has yet to announce a cat harness, it shouldn’t be surprising if that is the next step towards making cat videos, where the cats are the ones controlling the action. People who love their pets will probably delight in the GoPro harness and will be able to fill up their social media feeds with even more videos of their pets.

And besides the videos, these cameras also allow dog owners an interesting glimpse into their pets’ lives. Whether strapping the cameras on a hiking trip, or on the daily walk, they’ll be able to literally see what their pets see, what they stop to sniff at, and how the world looks from a dog’s vantage point.

Already there are many YouTube videos featuring the GoPro harness. Some people are even taking the GoPro “day in the life” idea even farther, attaching the camera to an oven to see a day in the life of their oven. But beyond that, while it doesn’t seem to have been mentioned yet, the GoPro harness seems like it would have many useful possibilities regarding search and rescue dogs, who can be made even more effective with cameras attached to their bodies.

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Will Utah Outlaw Arch-Swinging?

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by Pulse

Young people crave excitement and adventure and search for novel ways to experience it. And the feelings of an adrenaline rush are often intertwined with real imminent danger, because it lends an air of unpredictability that heightens the anticipation. Most of the time, the pursuit of excitement doesn’t lead to fatalities, but in a recent case a young man of twenty-two years old, Kyle Stocking, died while taking part in the latest trend dubbed “arch-swinging.” A very popular video on YouTube depicting arch-swinging has garnered nineteen million views, which undoubtedly has helped fuel the popularity of the pastime, and people seeking to try it themselves despite the undertaking being extremely dangerous.

Arch-Swinging

What Is Arch-Swinging?

The YouTube video that features arch-swinging is filmed in Utah, on the Corona Arch, which is located in Moab and features an arch in the desert that is of breathtaking beauty. In fact, Utah can boast of having some of the most beautiful and grandiose natural sights in America with their deserts. However, in this case, people weren’t content to merely view the beauty of the Corona arch, but have undertaken swinging from the extremely tall arch with a DIY rope swing.

While the exhilaration and thrill of doing it has captured people’s imagination, the reality is that arch-swinging on the Corona Arch is extremely dangerous and shouldn’t be attempted by anyone, least of all young inexperienced people who don’t grasp the concept of how truly dangerous swinging from a manmade rope swing is. In the case of Kyle Stocking he overestimated how much rope he should use to build the swing and ended up hurtling straight to the ground, since the rope was too long. While medical help was called immediately, unfortunately Kyle Stocking had already passed and couldn’t be saved. The death of such a young person when it was completely avoidable has raised concerns about the Corona arch and how accessible it is.

Will Arch-Swinging Be Outlawed?

Kyle Stockton’s sad, preventable death and the prevalence of the pastime of arch- swinging has led to the state taking some action to try to prevent another fatality from happening again. The state of Utah has banned touring companies from charging people who want to swing on it, but that seems to be as far as they are able to go. Legally, people cannot be banned from swinging on the arch, just like they can’t be banned from climbing or jumping off a mountain. In essence, while the dangers of arch jumping should be strongly emphasized and warned about, ultimately people need to use their common sense and realize that their lives are worth more than a temporary, fleeting thrill. So while it doesn’t seem like arch swinging will be outlawed anytime soon, if ever, hopefully people will learn that the risks of arch swinging far outweigh any temporary thrills.

Safer Alternatives To Arch-Swinging

Young people, and thrill-seekers in general, should seek out safer alternatives to arch-swinging and there are many. While any type of activity has a chance of an accident, most likely if a mishap were to occur, someone wouldn’t hurtle to their death like in Kyle Stockton’s case. Other activities that people can do are:

  • Riding rollercoasters
  • Skydiving
  • Kayaking
  • Skiing
  • Skateboarding

All of the previously mentioned activities provide an adrenaline rush, and when practiced in a safe and supervised manner, are much safer than arch-swinging.  Young people can visit skate parks, ride rollercoasters with friends, kayak with a group of people, and also go skiing. They can take part in all of these activities as safer alternatives to arch-swinging. Kyle Stockton’s death shows how easily something can go wrong when attempting such a dangerous feat in a completely unregulated environment.

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Snocross Racer Builds Bionic Knee

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by Pulse

snocross racer

A rising star and a serious injury

Mike Schultz calls himself Monster Mike, and was one of the rising stars in snocross, a wintery variation on motocross racing that uses a snowmobile on snow and ice.  After earning the World PowerSport’s Association Most Improve Pro for the 2006-2007 year, he won first place in a major race in Iceland, and competed in 6 Winter X-Games between 2002 and 2008.

Mike’s story might have simply stopped there, with him continuing to excel in the snocross field, and fulfill his dream of being on the biggest racers in the world. However, in December 2008, while taking part in a race in Michigan, he was thrown off his sled, and suffered a very severe compound fracture of his left knee, requiring amputation of his leg, an injury most people would have considered tragic and career ending.

Finding a way to get back on the snowmobile

However, Mike’s love of his active lifestyle was too strong to let his injury force him to get rid of his dirt bikes and snowmobiles.  He explored existing lines of prosthetic limbs, and found that, while they might have been ok for people who just want to be able to walk and perform simple tasks, they wouldn’t survive the rigors of doing what he loved.  Using engineering knowledge gained from repairing trains in Minnesota, insurance money from his injury, and some help from his sponsor FOX racing, Mike developed the Moto Knee.

The Moto Knee is a simple to manufacture prosthetic knee with the range of motion and tension that makes it possible to engage in intense physical activity. The Moto Knee has a series of compressed air springs, working like a shock absorber to be very adaptive to different levels of resistance.  While traditional prosthetics can’t bend past 90 degress, the Moto Knee can bent 135 degrees, allowing for a much fuller range of motion.

This extended range is necessary when allowing him to pop back up after having to squat to support his weight on a high jump.  With a prototype Moto Knee, it only took 7 months for Mike to get back into racing, winning the silver medal in adaptive motocross at the 2009 X Games, and the gold as at Snowcross at the winter games.  A lot of people who had suffered an injury like Mike’s may have been told they would never be able to engage their passion for extreme sports ever again, but Mike’s ingenuity offered a hopeful way to be able to move freely again, and reimagine what is possible for disabled athletes.

Expanding the Moto Knee to others

It didn’t take too long for other people to become very interested in the exciting possibilities of the Moto Knee, and so in 2010, Mike Schultz launched Biodapt, a company that manufactures Moto Knees to anyone wishing to have a bionic knee that can come closer to withstanding the rigors of an active life.  One very exciting feature of the Moto Knee is its customizable features. It’s different parts can be adjusted to meet the unique needs and passions, allowing snowboarders, horseback riders, water-skiers, and people wanting to engage in many other types of physical activity to adjust.

Aside from extreme sports enthusiasts, another group that has found Mike’s Moto Knee very helpful have been veterans. Wayne Waldon, who lost his right leg in to a bomb blast in Iraq, was even inspired to get into snowboarding because the Moto Knee made it possible.  Mike Shultz, in addition to continuing to be a great racer, is now also an award winning inventor, and has sold over 100 prosthetics uniquely tailored to a active lifestyle.  That represents more then 100 people who have received an expanded sense of hope in what is possible for them.

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Top 5 Places to Zip Line in the World

Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by Pulse

zip lineA zip line is a series of pulleys and cables mounted on an incline, allowing you to travel from the top the bottom, often very high up into the air.  It is one of the most thrilling ways to safely approximate the experience of flying.  It is both deeply excitement, and, with properly trained operators, can be safe and easy for anyone to use. Thus, it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of possibilities when it comes to zip lines, they exist all over the world, and many try to outdo each other promising more adventure or beauty.   Here are five of the most noteworthy zip lines, to whet your appetite and see the numerous exciting possibilities.

1) The Fastest –Zip 2000 Line, Sun City, South Africa

The most noticeable thing about this zip line is the extreme speeds you can get up to.   You are placed in a unique “superman” harness you lie horizontally, feeling the wind as you go 2 kilometers reaching speeds of up to 100 miles an hour.  Speed builds up so rapidly as 2 meter ground suddenly gives way to almost 100 meters, creating a very action packed minute of flying.   It has operated since 2004 from a resort 2 miles outside of Johannesburg.

2)    The longest run – Icy Strait Point Zip Rider in Hoonah, Alaska

 

At almost 6,000 feet long, this zip rider is the longest in the world, with six separate cables each a mile long.  The adventure begins with a 6-mile drive up a mountain, showing spectacular views even before you harness up and drop down.  You then accelerate down a steep 1,300 foot vertical drop, as you see the Icy Strait Beach get larger.   The Icy Straight Zip Rider has operated on Chichagof Island since 2007. 

3)    The Spookiest – Screaming Eagle Tours, Banning, Georgia

 

This is a large complex of six different lines spread out over 10 miles throughout the Banning Mills Park in North Georgia.  There are multiple zip lines at five different grades of intensity. Level one is appropriate for any children above age 8, and level five will hurl you down a series of tunnels, shooting you out 20 stories high in the air. The massive adrenaline rush is compounded by the park’s setting of a ghost town, of buildings abandoned since the 19th century that will take you back in time, more exciting then any haunted house.

4)    The Most Likely to Freak Out a Bird – The Canopy at Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

 

This zip line is in a thrilling setting of a protected rainforest, 10,500 hectares of deeply rich nature, sheltering a breathtaking diversity of wildlife within a thick forest canopy.  This sky trek offers breathtaking views of the rainforest’s canopy, allowing you to view the forest from a wide variety of vantage points.  You can take 9 cable systems, the longest of which is 2,525 feet.  There are several observational points, where you can stop to enjoy the view.

5) The Wettest – Dragon’s Breath Zip Line, Labadee, Haiti

At 2,600 feet, Dragon’s Breath is the word’s longest zip-line over water, this starts out at Labadee Beach, and puts you up 500 feet in the air above crashing waves. You reach up to 60 miles an hour, going down to a secret beach cove, watching waves hit the shore.  Dragon’s Breath is a rocky cove, named for the sound of the ocean hitting the rocks, and this zip line is the best way to get thrilling views of these beautiful beaches, with 55 seconds of feeling the wind as you glide to the water.

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Base Jumping Reaching New Heights

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Pulse

…Or should that be ‘Falling to new depths’?  For people driven to experience an adrenaline rush coming face to face with nature in all its gritty glory, sometimes the old way of doing things isn’t going to cut it, and we need to create new, innovative variations on a theme.  For example, snowboarding evolved out of skateboarding, surfing, and skiing.)  Likewise, base jumping exists for people who find jumping out of an airplane not quite daring enough. Base jumping involves using a parachute to leap off both natural and man-made objects. It presents few action-packed seconds that may be the closest a mere mortal will ever get to what Buzz Lightyear called “falling with style.”

Actually it’s B.A.S.E. Jumping

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The first person insane or awesome enough (take your pick) to attempt a base jump was Carl Boenish, who in 1978 successfully landed from El Capitan, a massive rock outcropping in Yosemite National Park. He and fellow base jumping pioneers created a system of different things they could jump off, with a goal of completing each type of jump. The name came from B.A.S.E. – an acronym for each jumpable surface from which the jumper will leap.

Buildings

Antenna towers

Spans (bridges)

               Earth (natural formations like cliffs, canyons, and gorges)

As one might imagine, this sometimes involves some sneaking around and illegal trespassing, but base jumping events are beginning to find some official sponsorship, and there are a few places where base jumping is encouraged.  The Kjerag mountain in Lysefjorden, Norway is one such spot.

Signs of emerging popularity

What was once almost an exclusively illegal and underground activity is beginning to get more mainstream attention and official sponsorship.   One of the largest base jumping event is Bridge Day, where as many as 800 people have 6 hours to jump off West Virginia’s New River Gorge Bridge as many times as they can.

Everyone who makes all four jumps can get assigned a base number, with Base #1 going to Phil Smith in 1981. Currently, there are around 1,800 people with official base numbers, and this doesn’t account for the hundreds of enthusiasts either trying, or not seeking recognition through official channels.

Wingsuits, a full body jumpsuit that gives the body more lift and allows for more floating away, has increased the possibilities for what a jumper can do once he or she is in the air. 2012 saw the creation of the first professional team, the World Windsuit League, that uses windsuits to do “base racing,” in which jumpers raced between two points in China.

How to base jump, and what you need

Be aware that base jumping is among the most dangerous recreational activities in the world. A 2007 study of a base jumping site in Norway found that every 1 in 2,317 jumps ended in death.  Thus, it should not be attempted until you have already had a great deal of experience with skydiving. Generally, base jumping with an experienced mentor only takes places after 100 regular skydiving jumps.

Since you will be leaping from shorter distances, there’s a lot less time to deploy a parachute; there are only about 5 seconds of free-fall available. Most modern base jumpers use specialized base jumping parachutes, with a rectangular ram-air chute that allows more control over direction and speed.

Another option, particularly useful with jumps less then 300 feet, a static line that will deploy automatically is used instead.  Jumping takes place facing down, using the natural aerodynamics of the body to “fly” away from the object, to avoid hitting anything on the way down.

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X-Games Goes to Mongolia

Posted on: September 5th, 2014 by Pulse

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The new and exciting world of extreme sports is continually expanding as more and more people are discovering how exciting adventures and communities come out of skating, boarding, and biking.   Exhibit A for how fast this growth is happening should be the X-Games. What began in 1995 in Newport, Rhode Island with (according to ESPN.com) 500,000 spectators has grown into a phenomenon too big for one country to handle.

Global youth culture continues to inspire people from all over the world to get into these sports for themselves, brining the adrenaline to their own cultural context, and the X-Games have had to find new environments to meet the growing demand. 2013 was the first year of X-Games in Shanghai, China and Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil as the action expands globally.  Most recently, the games have expanded further into Mongolia, a landlocked country in east-central Asia between China and Russia.

This year, the Mongolian X-Games took place in the capital city of Ulan Bator, as 12 professional skateboarders traveled from Europe and Japan alongside thriving local interest, as together they filled the city’s Central Square. Alongside a monument to Chinggis Khaan, who once ruled over the world’s largest empire, the country’s youth found new opportunities to bring shred to the a rich heritage of ancient buildings and numerous mountain peaks.

Beginnings of X-Games Mongolia

This most recent event on August 17, 2014 was the most recent of three X-Games events in Mongolia.  It started on October 19, 2013, when Dagina Khot, the Mongolian Extreme Games Club cooperated with local NGOs and the government’s Cultural Authority to respond to the high level of popularity of innovative outdoor activities among the youth around Ulan Bator.

Not just an opportunity for professionals to “show off,” the Games had a real impact on Mongolia’s economy and culture, most notably impacting the government to work towards building a 143.7 km bicycle road to and around the city, which, when completed, will go a long way towards improving air and traffic quality.  The overwhelming success of this initial event led to a Winter X-Games held just a few months later, in December 2013.  Nikle Ganbaa, a local company that manufactures bicycles and mopeds has seen a dramatic rise in business, as more local youth are exposed to the adventures riding can provide.

The 2014 Summer Mongolian X-Games

Announced as a celebration of Mongolia’s 375th year as a nation, the local X-games featured from noon to 9:00 p.m., popular Mongolian bands playing alongside freestyle and high-jump contests in skateboarding, rollerblading, and BMX.  The four competitions drew 80 competitors.  One skateboarder Erkhembileg, was only 11 years old. One female skater participated for the first time, a highlight that will hopefully pave the way for many others in a traditionally male dominated culture and field.

BMX in particular is a new sport to most of the Mongolian enthusiasts; it’s sometimes been a challenge to find ways to keep practicing in the long winters, but a small core of enthusiasts are helping their passion to spread. There were a few foreign visitors, most notably the American pro skating team Carhartt Work in Progress that put on a demo show as part of the festivities.  However, at its core, this was a local, wholly Mongolian event, showcasing how local youth are enthusiastically getting into and building their own scene.

According to the event’s Facebook page the winners in each category were Bayrhuu and Tengis for skating,  BMX: Huslen in BMX, Ariunbaatar in trail biking.  One of last years’ winners, Turmunkh was overwhelmed by how youth have been so excited and inspiring. While he had to learn how to ride from online videos made in far-off countries, he now has a large group of young riders who he can teach personally.  Mongolia is thus a very exciting scene of motivated riders, and one that can only keep growing.

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5 Street Obstacles That Can be Tricked On

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by Pulse

Freestyle scootering on the street can be a simple and fun way to work on tricks, and learn some new ones. A typical street provides numerous obstacles on which to perform tricks. One nice thing about street scootering is that you can do it anywhere, as long as there are no laws against it. For people who do not live near a half-pipe or skate park, the street offers the best place to practice tricks. However, scooter riders need to take care not to do tricks when there is traffic around, as well as take other safety precautions.

Parking Blocks and Curbs

Parking blocks & curbs

Parking blocks and curbs provide some of the most basic obstacles skateboarders, scooter freestylers and other extreme sport athletes use for tricks on the streets. They provide the perfect base on which to perform slides and grinds. In fact, any obstacle on the street that has any type of ledge offers a great opportunity to grind or slide. You can also jump over or off of a curb, or use it as a base on which to perform jumping tricks.

Stairs and Railings

Stairs and railing also are classic areas on which to practice many different tricks. You can grind or slide, or you can perform jumps and flips. The best type of staircases to use has limited pedestrian traffic and multiple levels with breaks in between. Stairs with may different levels provide more options on which to try tricks. You can jump and do tricks on the stairs themselves, or concentrate your tricks on the railings, or perform tricks that combines the two obstacles.

Planter Boxes

Many cities landscape their sidewalks and streets to provide a beautiful atmosphere. For scooter athletes, these become obstacles for performing freestyle tricks. Some planter boxes are higher up, offering a ledge for grinding or sliding. Other boxes or planting areas are ground level or slightly higher, providing an object over which to jump. If a street has several planter boxes, you can set up an obstacle course and practice doing more than one trick in a row.

Drainage Ditches

Drainage ditches provide excellent places to take the scooter and perform tricks. Many ditches offer a place similar to a pool, ramp or half-pipe. Some places may have laws in place for using drainage ditches, so it is important to look into the laws before going to perform the tricks. In some cities, a drainage ditch might provide one of the best places to take a scooter and perform tricks, and almost seem like a half-pipe built just for scootering.

Benches, Street Lights and Traffic Barriers

Some of the most unique obstacles on which to perform tricks are benches and other street furniture. This might be streetlights, taxi stands, trashcans, or even memorials and public sculptures. Many of these offer odd shapes on which to perform tricks, or they might be obstacles over which to jump. Traffic barriers also offer a great place for tricks, but care needs to be kept to ensure that the area being blocked off is safe for scootering and doing tricks.

It can be easy to find obstacles on which to perform tricks when you take your scooter to the streets. Whether you stick with the classics of the stairs, rails, curbs and parking blocks or find more unique obstacles, you can have fun trying all different kinds of tricks. It is important to keep your safety in mind, in addition to any particular local laws regarding using these areas for tricks. You can also bring your own obstacles with you, such as chairs and boxes, to practice jumping over items.

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Ohio Dreams Action Sports Summer Camp Provides Training For Going Big

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Pulse

Ohio Dreams Action Sports Summer Camp offers the perfect summer adventure for kids who want to learn more about extreme sports and train to become a professional one day. Located in Butler, Ohio, the camp features week-long camp sessions that teach different skills for extreme sports. Campers get to spend all day enjoying their sport under the watchful guidance of experts.

Ohio Dreams Sports

Camp Sessions

The week-long summer camp sessions at Ohio Dreams Action Sports Summer Camp are for children between the ages of 7 and 17. There are eight sessions throughout the summer months, and each session is limited to 100 campers. Keeping the sessions small ensures each camper receives plenty of time to learn with one-on-one training in his or her sport of choice. The camp has a five to one camper to counselor ratio, providing plenty of attention to each camper.

There is also a four-day session for adults to come and have a similar experience.

Activities

The main activity is the various extreme sports, including BMX racing and freestyle, skiing, snowboarding, scootering and skateboarding. The camp features 66 acres of activities, including indoor ramps, foam ramps, and trampolines, where campers spend most of their day learning and practicing their sport of choice. Examples of activities include learning how to grind rails over stairs, new tricks on indoor foam, or working on a trampoline.

The campers have sessions where they learn about the sport, and open sessions where they can practice what they have learned. Campers can concentrate on one sport, or they can participate in more than one. If campers are going to participate in more than one sport, they need to bring all equipment with them. The campers are taught by highly trained staff and visiting pros from sponsoring companies in the various sports.

In addition to the sports, the camp also features the famous Slip N’ Fly that is only open to people between the ages of 7 and 17 during camp. This is a long slide and ramp that leads into a pool. It plays a significant role in each session, and it features in the year-end Sports and Music Fest, where people over the age of 18 can play on it.

There is also free time, rest time, and time just to enjoy the pool during the day. Every evening, the campers also participate in a fun activity.

Amenities

The camp is located in the Mohican forest area in mid-Ohio, providing a beautiful atmosphere in which to stay and play. Campers stay in dorm style lodges. There is also a pro shop on the grounds, so if there are any equipment malfunctions, campers can get replacement parts so they can get right back into the action. There is also an Athlete Lounge that offers refreshments and a cool place to relax and watch videos between sessions.

End of Summer Bash

Every year, Ohio Dream Action Sports opens up the Slip N’ Fly to the public for a legendary bash that draws people from all over. There is music and opportunities to enjoy the Slip N’ Fly, but only for those over the age of 18. It is a fun way to say goodbye to another summer at the camp. This event is the only time the ramp is open to the public.

Ohio Dreams Action Sports Summer Camp offers a great experience filled with fun, adventure, and training. It provides a safe atmosphere to learn, and all staff members have gone through first aid training. Attending a session, or two, will help anyone become a better athlete in his or her chosen sport. For those hoping to one day turn pro, it offers a great opportunity to get one-on-one instruction from the pros to take their talent to the next level.

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UK To Put On Scootfest 2014

Posted on: August 22nd, 2014 by Pulse

Scootering

Scootfest 2014 is set to take place over two weekends in August in the U.K. Scootfest is an annual event celebrating the sport of scootering. The 2014 event launches a brand new multi-site event taking place over two weekends that provides a variety of events for the scooter fans in the U.K. This year’s event also includes the 2014 ISA World Championship competition. This is the second year that Scootfest hosts the ISA World Championships.

What is Scootfest?

Scootfest is an annual event celebrating the sport of freestyle scootering in the UK. It takes palce over a weekend and features competitions for amateurs and professionals alike. It also provides opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels to try out the sport on impressive skate parks. There is also music and other activities for scooter enthusiasts to enjoy between competitions.

Two Sites, Two Weekends

This year, the activities of Scootfest are spread out in two weekends in two different locations. This provides the opportunity for more people to come to the event, and for twice the entertainment for those who can make both. The first weekend of Scootfest 2014, called Scootfest North, will be held at Rampworx in Liverpool on the 9th and 10th of August.

The second weekend, Scootfest South, takes place the following weekend, the 16th and 17th of August, at Rush Skate Park in Stroud. Both events feature events for all age groups and skill levels, but they have different focuses and unique opportunities, making them two separate and distinct events. People can choose to only go to one, or they can enjoy attending both and still feel they have experienced something different.

Scootfest North

Rampworx Skatepark features 70,000 square feet of ramps, providing the perfect setting for Scootfest North. One of the main highlights of the weekend will be the UK Championships, which provides a space for the best of the British Isles to compete for a place in the ISA World Championships.

There will also be a superstar lie-up of 12 of the biggest names competing for the International Best Trick, including Dakota Schuetz (two time world champion) and Lewis Williams (current European Champion). Everyone can enjoy riding in the Scootfest Am Jam, including children. There will be a dedicated kids ramp build especially for the weekend that will be free to use for small children and beginners.

Scootfest South

Rush skate park is a brand-new park featuring five parks in one, and there will be two additional parks added for the event. The park has Street Plaza, Park section, Bowl, Resi jump box and foam pit, and a dirt park. It is the only park like it in the UK, and for the event Scootfest is adding the Scootfest G Ramp and Kids Park. The main event at Scootfest South this year is the ISA World Championships, which will have 50 of the best professionals vying for the title.

There will also be International Streets Sessions competition, and an Am Jam for all riders to enjoy. The Scootfest South will be similar to the original Scootfests, featuring a Scooter Trade Village, music, and offsite camping. This year, there will be a Parent’s Lounge, providing a comfortable place for the parents to relax while their kids enjoy the festivities.

Scootfest 2014 promises to impart an exciting and entertaining event for visitors and competitors alike. Scooter enthusiasts can enjoy watching the elite competitions, potentially learning a few new tricks. Amateurs can compete in the Am Jam, providing them with the chance to be spotted and turn pro. Even beginners can compete in the event, allowing them to feel the excitement of competition. All ages and skill levels can easily find some activity to enjoy during the event.
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3 Tips On How To Make A Scooter Video

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by Pulse

Once you’re starting to feel more confidence in your scooter riding ability, videos can take your passion to the next level. Other people all over the world who are part of the scooter community can be introduced to you. A strong video is essential part of getting sponsorships, auditioning for teams, or just exposing your love and your talent to the wider world.  There are a few simple tips that can help push your video to the next level and be something that is going to capture our attention.

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1)    Have the camera move

Videos should accurately represent the high energy and rapid movement of the scooter riding experience. Just having people move around while the camera sits still on a tripod is way too boring!  Instead, the shooter should move around with the rider, and follow him or her, so the viewer gets a feeling of full immersion in the riding experience. This means using a diversity of shooting techniques, including a wide-angle lens to capture the full scene, and then zooming in on a close detailed shot of the action. Don’t be afraid to change your point of view often to keep things interesting.  One really useful tool for the camera is a top handle cage, a series of rods and screws that can support the camera and give the shooter a lot more freedom of movement.  With a top handle, the shooter can get a lot more freedom of movement, even riding along on a bike, so it feels like we’re right there.

 

2)    Mix it Up!

Friends who already recognize your awesomeness may be content to just see cool tricks, but if you want to stand out among the thousands of scooter videos on Youtube and Vimeo, you need to be different from what else has been done before. The worst thing a scooter video can be is identical one that already exists.  Watch other people’s videos, not with an eye to imitating them, but trying to figure out what you can do differently, what will make you stand out. Think about what you can do to put a unique spin on a trick, and find a way to feature it so your video will stand out.   If you have time, try more then one type of scene, so we can see you riding on both a pretty natural street scene, some more gritty urban landscapes, and in a more focused and intense skate park.  Use your creativity and experiment with how you can best feature doing what you love in a way that is uniquely yours.

 

3)     Edit the footage and combine with music to tell a story

Start out with slow shots of the landscape, and do some filler shots to capture the riders’ personalities. Don’t just do the same tricks over and over, but show a wide variety of things, and take advantage of cross-fades and different types of shots to keep things moving.  Start out with some simpler stuff, and let things build up so the truly impressive shredding will feel all that more amazing.

Music can add a lot to the intensity of a scooter edit, helping to further draw the viewer in and experience how exciting a trick can be.  If a hard driving song can be timed to match the intensity of a well-performed trick, the combination can be a pure adrenalin rush that can’t help but draw in the viewer.  This means listening carefully to songs over the footage.  Low-key moments in the video should be accompanied by low-key music, so that as the intensity of the riding increases, we feel it in the soundtrack as well.
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