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Marco Feichtner checked in with us and shot us some pics of a recent surf trip to Portugal. OK, while I don't see any waves in the pics whatsoever, I'm sure there much have been a swell that came through at one time or another. In any case -- as expected -- Fichtl and the snowboard crew had a killer time with plenty of smiles. Ya gotta love that.
Here's what Fichtl had to say:
how are you doing?! short update!
i'am back from my trip to portugal with the mbm crew! it was a nice trip: surf was on (the washing machine was on too) - tuff sport! see you soon ocean!
all the best!
Melissa Presslaber is one adventurous freeskier. She recently sent us some amazing photographer of some back country Arlberg action this past season. With terrain like that, I'm sure she was happy to have her back protector strapped on.
We recently caught up with her and asked her a bunch of questions. Here's what she said.
Birthdate: 19th June 1980
About Me: I love life, nature & mountains and I’ve been skiing since I can remember. In summer I’m out downhill biking and rock climbing, in winter my great passion is freeriding.
In winter 2009/10, I went with five other European freeride girls on a road trip through the Alps. Our journey has been captured on camera and the first Girls ski movie of the Alps "As we are" came out... It has been a great success and my goal is to inspire especially the girls to take up the freeride sport, to motivate them going out and having fun!!"
Films or Publicity Coverage: AS WE ARE – a girls ski movie
Something you think everyone should try in their lifetime: Skiing ?
Age you learned to Shred: 2 ½ years
Craziest Dream: I believe I can fly …
What excites you: Powder, friends, happy people, sunshine ?
Other (anything else to say?): Enjoy life ?
If you're going for it on the mountain, you better take some sensible precautions. Just take a look at this spectacular ski crashes video of carnage!
Turns out that Marco tweaked his neck on after slamming hard on a massive jump. Actually, this pic was taken moments before the fateful impact. Yeah, his back was spared, but what can you do about whiplash besides not hit ramps like this in the first place?
In the end, it's not about IF accidents happen, but WHEN. And when they do -- I don't know about you -- I want to be reasonably protected.
Well, all good things come to an end, and it looks like Marco Feichtner (aka Fichtl) may have had his last day of powder for this season. He was out shooting pics on this killer powder day with Gigi, Björn, Ludsch and Flo, when he got bitten by a landing and twister his shoulder again. He reports that he'll have to spend a good amount of days resting and recuperating.
Check out the sweet pics... he didn't disclose where this is, but I want to go!
Austrian flow master Wolle Nyvelt recently checked-in and told us of the not-so-great news that he tweaked his knee while out on assignment. Pain intense and fearing the worst, Wolle set out to check with a knee specialist.
Much to his surprise, he was told he did not require year-ending surgery, but instead there was enough left of his ligaments to go straight in to rehab. That means, rather than spend 9 months sidelined, he's out only 6-8 weeks. Already looking forward to get on the ride, he's looking to hit it in the summer time already.
I wonder what he's doing right now... maybe popping in videos like this one, reminiscing what it was like to have his body in one piece...
More Snowboarding Videos
I've seen a lot of snowboard and ski action flicks, but this one seems to have something extra special about the cinematography and editing. There's something pretty damn slick about. Looking forward to seeing the first of 3 installments coming this Fall. Slytech's very own Lisa will no doubt put out some jaw-dropping action. Ohhh yeah...
Yale wins the Burton Creative Use of Space Contest! He's $25G's richer and super stoked after a year of showing off his creativity and style. For more details, check it: http://www.minispace.com/en_us/article/burton_cuso_announcement/535/
Burton and Mini (Cooper) have put on a contest to see who is most innovative snowboarder at the Burton Tour Stops... Slytech Athlete Yale Cousino is a finalist. If you go and vote for him, you have the chance to win an all-expense paid trip for 4 PEEPS to either New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada or the USA.
Head on over to Mini's Facebook page, LIKE them and then click the LIKE button under Yale's Youtube Video. Word!
Motocross may be one of the gnarliest action sports I can think of. I've had friends take it too high, too far and end up casing their bike and shattering their legs. I've seen broken clavicles, compound fractures and bruised egos.
Whatever injury you can imagine, it's probably happened in motocross.
Slytech Protection found it's legendary protective material in motocross and built around it to for applications in skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. Whether the standard back protector, the hardcore Slammer Pro, or the snug vest, Slytech's got your back.