Submitted by Hannah on April 26, 2012 at 10:09 am
Blank Snowboards donated a snowboard to be auctioned to raise money for the Norwegian Outdoor Exploration Center. The NOEC is designed to provide children a chance to experience and learn in nature to combat Nature Deficit Disorder.
The snowboard design, done by Star Moose Marketing’s Jen Lee, of a troll on a mountain represents the folklore of trolls, which is a huge part of Norwegian culture. The stories of trolls are told to teach children lessons of living. Lise-Lunge Larsen, a Norwegian born author and story teller said the need for stories is like the need for fire. “While ritual and storytelling now many seem unnecessary for the survival of the body, they are necessary for the survival of the soul.
Like the stories of trolls, the NOEC strives to teach children how to be happy and respectful and find answers to life’s problems in a natural environment. They base their curriculum on the Norwegian way of life called the Friluftsliv or Free-Air-Life. The NOEC works with youth ages 10 through 18 teaching skills from hiking to rock climbing. They focus on children and educating adults to provide support for the youth. For more information on the NOEC visit www.noec.org.
Blank Snowboards is proud to help the NOEC and its attempt to bring children back into the outdoors.
Submitted by Hannah on April 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm
The sun comes out and the lifts shut down, but those muscles you’ve created from all your winter shredding can be kept all year long. Staying in snowboarding shape during the off season can leave you ready to hit the slopes as soon as the snow comes. Here are some tips to stay ready for winter, even in the summer:
Mountain Biking is a great cure for the summer blues. It’s a good workout for your legs and as an added bonus it keeps you close to the place you call your winter home — the mountains. Many of the same mountains you shred in the winter are available for mountain biking in the summer. Check with your local hill to see if they offer summer lifts.
Riding other boards
Keep in touch with the feel of a board by trying one with wheels or one in the water, such as a surfboard, skateboard, wakeboard or mountain board. Nothing can compare to the feel of fresh pow underneath a freshly waxed board, but it can keep the boarding cravings under control until snow can be found. And hey, many new boards now mimic the way a snowboard feels, so it will be like you never left.
Endurance is important. Come winter time you don’t want to be about to hit a sick kicker and feel the gnawing pain of fatigue. Running and hiking can help with your endurance and keep your heart going. A good cardio workout is important to keeping in shape.
Anaerobic (Strength training)
If you are lazy or just low on cash and can’t hit a gym very much this summer, here are some things you can do in your own home to strengthen your muscles so you can nail a backside 360 without breaking a sweat or worse, a bone. Pull out some old soup cans or weights and do lunges and squats. These will help strengthen your quads which is important in pulling off a sick trick or just casually maneuvering down the hill. You can also do some calf raises to keep the burn off when your flying down toeside. Your core and arms are just as important when being impressive on the mountain. Make sure you spend some time doing push ups, crunches and planks.
Any abs, arms or leg exercises you can do will help. Stay strong and fit and maybe the pain of snow-less days will subside with time. But, if you can’t quench your summer frustrations by working out, try strapping in anyway. Salt Boarding
Because let’s be honest — nothing feels as good as being strapped into your favorite board.
Submitted by Jeff on April 12, 2012 at 8:27 am
Recently Blank Snowboards was part of a promotional package endorsing the new snowboarding video game SSX. The company Green Demon Laser put together this package for Electronic Arts that included a free Blank snowboard wrapped in an SSX design along with some other awesome gear.
We were pretty stoked about being included in the SSX release because it’s the biggest extreme sports video game release in nearly a decade. For some reason or another, extreme sports video games died temporarily, but with SSX they have come back with a bang.
Video games have come a long way since Blank owner Jason Murphy was involved in the development of Amped and Amped 2 for the original Xbox. Many gaming critics rated the new SSX as a 9 out of 10 or better. Developed by EA Canada, SSX takes you through a race down the nine deadliest descents in the world that definitely raises the bar for extreme sports games. Though the snowboarding season is coming to a close, you can still get your rush playing the new SSX, at least until it snows again.
Check out this review to learn more about the new SSX.