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The Burton Nug

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In an unfortunate turn of events here in Whistler I lost my snowboard in transit, but fortunately the wonderful people at Whistler Blackcomb and Showcase Snowboards hooked me up with some new goods right away. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love after hearing about the The Burton Nug– an entirely new kind of snowboard meant to be downsized 8-10cm from your normal snowboard size for extra agility and fun. It’s a lot wider, and because of something called ‘flex profiling’, all the edges are very effective in every kind of condition.

I can easily say I’ve never had as much fun on any snowboard over the past 10 years. It’s just so all around well made. Surprisingly stable at high speeds, poppy, and even solid ripping in deeper steep powder. Maybe short and wide will make a comeback. I for one am totally sold. You can listen to John Gerndt (Burton’s board testing development guru) talk about making the Nug here.

Everything You Know Is Pong

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EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS PONG is the most important book you’ll ever buy. Well, the most important book about sports you’ll ever buy. Fine, the most important book about table tennis, ever. Go, buy, now. Congrats Roger!

This book tells the ripping story of Ping Pong’s definitive role on global politics, history, and culture with additional fabulous insights from our friends in Pong including Nick Hornby, Jonathan Safran Foer, and fresh off his Booker prize win, Howard Jacobson.

Equinox & Derringer Cycles Giveaway

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Derringer is one of the most sought after bike brands in the nation – owned primarily by celebrities like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Until now, Derringer has created only one type of bike, a gas hybrid, sold at the Derringer bike shop in LA.

Equinox recently launched an exclusive partnership with Derringer: Introducing the Equinox Limited Edition Derringer cycle, Derringer’s first pedal bike (yay for the environment). In addition to the giveaway detailed below, the bike will be sold at The Shop for $2300.

Every week in October, people who have met with an Equinox membership advisor will be entered in a drawing to win one bike. Equinox members are automatically entered to win, drawings occur on the 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and 31st of October.

A few interesting things about the bike and Derringer Cycles:

• Started by Adrian Van Anz in Los Angeles – renowned designer
• Custom color combination for Equinox (and the only place to buy it for a limited time)
• Unique, one size fits all 18” frame, shorter than a “small” bike, longer than an “extra large” bike
• Single arc style (opposed to “triangle” frame) for classic look
• Both single speed and fixed gear option, simply by switching the configuration of the back wheel
• Fits riders 5’ – 6’4”and weighs 26lbs

Click here for your 3-day trial membership to Equinox and enter for a chance to win the beautiful Derringer Bicycle.

Surfing Meets The Matrix

I don’t care how old you were when the first Matrix came out, you were wiping drool off your chin when you saw the bullet-time effect for the first time. Now, over a decade later, the team who brought you Neo and Trinity in all their ass kicking, 360 degree glory, has teamed up with Rip Curl and a team of champion surfers for something totally different. Filming in Malaysia’s Sunway Lagoon Wavepool with a rig of 52 Canon SLR’s, the team shot spectacular footage of Mick Fanning and Steph Gilmore doing what they do best, shredding waves. Timeslice Films and Rip Curl were able to pull off an impressive shoot, giving fans a glimpse of what it’s like to be the world’s best, from every angle imaginable. The project wasn’t without its casualties though – a couple of Macbooks plus half a dozen hard drives gave their life to bring you this goodness.

Rapha x Ridley Scott Associates

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Over the course of the next three Fridays, Rapha will be screening three exciting films created by Ridley Scott Associates to highlight the Rapha Club Jersey’s from the Summer 2010 line. The first movie (Throw of the Dice) focuses on professional bike racer and three time Paris–Roubaix winner Johan Museeuw. The second and third focus on Sean Kelly (another pro-racer) and legendary framebuilder Dario Pegoretti. It’s amazing to see what the world of cycling looks like through the eyes of a Hollywood film maker. Each film, available for only 24 hours on the website, tells an intimately focused story of these three men, each a legend in their own right.

Check out links to the trailers Throw of the Dice, Two Broad Arrows and Of Steel. The first film is already up and remember to check back the next two Fridays for the final two.

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