I’m a landsurfer … almost

9 Sep

Hey,
Check it out! I’ve been practicing very hard to stand and have the style on my Biscuit by Hamboards.

Land-surf 101!

8 Sep

Landsurfing on the Hamboards BiscuitI always wanted to skate, but I missed the opportunity and inline-skated instead, then I was too busy to give it a shot.
I thought skating was not for me, thinking again skating is not for me BUT land-surfing IS!
I just received my Biscuit from the Californian family company called Hamboards.

The model is the Biscuit Hamboo.

The first thing I must say is it’s a beautiful board, a piece of art, so beautiful I want to hang it on the wall.
Just looking at it you can tell someone built it with love and care.

Not just anyone because each board is signed by its maker and this time mine have been made by Tory Johnson (thanks TJ!).

The Biscuit and its spectacular shape

The Biscuit and its spectacular shape

It's a piece of art

It’s a piece of art, shaped with love

Time to check it out in the wild

Signed and numbered

The board is covered with a grainy/satin coating while the back is smooth and shiny with the name of board, its very own unique number, the signature of its maker and the green wheels and trucks.

Tag along to see if I’ll make it in one piece and become a land-surfer.

Testing of the balance on the carpet

Testing of the balance on the carpet

Testing of the "speed" in the hallway

Testing of the “speed” in the hallway

Practicing in the wild

Practicing in the wild, barefoot then with shoes

Day #1, let’s find the balance and the foot which will push. I stayed safely on a carpet, it was easier …

Day #2, let’s start to push a bit and stay on the board, I was practicing in a hallway on wooden floor. I pushed on the wall to gain “speed” and help myself with the balance. I started my first attempts to pump but was not at ease as I lost balance.

Day #3, let’s try to look “surfy” and go in the open wild boardwalk.
I found a great spot in Santa Monica with a small slope, great to try the carving (it looked like a hill to me, but it was small).
I fall a bit, scratched my feet (I was barefoot) and board but that’s part of the process. No pain, no gain. Nothing serious and definitively lots of fun and progress.

Day #4, back on the board (this time with shoes) and trying to improve the push/pump and carve. I’ll make it!

So, is land-surfing for anyone?
YES! But like anything else it takes a bit of patience to get the hang of it.
I’m now a land-surfer in becoming and I love it!!!
Practicing hard now to be matching Hamboards values and spirit of the land-surfing.
Now I can push, pump and carve, need to work on the style ;-)

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PS: get this tool that will help you tighten all the screws, nuts and bolts of your board to surf safely. Mine is green matching the color of my wheels.

Also, add helmet and wrists protection so your mom will be relieved ;-)

 

 

 

SKATING + SURFING + ART = HAMBOARDS

 

More infos on
. The official Hamboards website
. The official Hamboards Europe website
. Like Hamboards Facebook
. Like Hamboards Europe Facebook
. Instagram Hamboards and Hamboards_Europe
. Follow @Hamboards and @Hamboardseurope

Thank for your help: Pete, Gus, Don and Andre

Back to school, on the smart side

1 Sep

Vacations are over, we had fun on the beach, BBQ everyday, made new friends, discovered new places… Basically we enjoyed our time off before the rat race starts again.
As we didn’t win the Powerball, we have to go back to the office and we better be ready.
Here’s what I always have with me to face the worst.

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. Extra battery for my iPhone, iPad and computer, the Sherpa 50 by GoalZero (powered by a solar panel!!)
. Jump Cable by Native Union, giving you a 30% boost and serving a a charging cable too
. Klean Kanteen bottle, to cut on using plastic
. Nunn tabs to stay hydrated during the work day
. Luminox watch, the brand of the Navy Seals (I switched to the textile bracelet to have it a bit funkier)
. A Bluetooth earpiece, the New Era by Jawbone (4 hours autonomy, super light)
. Tile, a bluetooth tag that helps me not to forget my stuff behind (in this case my wallet)
. Shine by Misfit to track my daily and night activity
. And my beloved Biscuit skate by Hamboards to land-surf to the office and back home (still practicing).
Have fun, work well and the next vacations are around the corner!

Do 2 things simultaneously!

25 Aug
Pocket size extra batt & cable

Pocket size extra batt & cable

Remember when your teacher told you to focus and do only one thing at a time?
The guys from Native Union didn’t listen and developed a really smart gadget called the JUMP cable.
The JUMP cable is a 2 in 1 device:
1. It’s a USB charging cable for your iPhone
2. It’s an extra battery for your iPhone that will charge itself while using the cable to charge your phone. When off the plug, it will give you an extra 30% boost.

Jump cable by Native Union  Jump cable by Native Union Jump cable by Native Union

The 3 little lights on the USB face will blink while charging. When the 3 lights are steady, the extra boost will be ready to deliver the 30% extra boost (one light means 33% batt charged, 2 lights 66%). Full charging time for the extra batt is about 1,5 hours.

The best of it is that it’s very compact (5x5cm) and lightweight (40gr) enough to fit in your coin pocket!

When done charging, just put the cords and plugs back in their spot and tuck it in your pocket.

Jump cable by Native UnionThe price is not that lightweight though with a $49,99 tag.

But I f you do the math, one iPhone cable $19 + one extra battery (small boost) $29,99 it’s an OK price. Worth trying!

PS: I would have like the possibility to hook it as a keyring, but that’s ok.
And a little notch to pull the plugs easily.

More infos
. Visit Native Union official website
. Follow @native_union
. Instagram nativeunion

This doctor is cold!

18 Aug
made of Coolcore

made of Coolcore

Now that your are familiar with the compression wrap made by DrCool and you can wrap like the best nurse in a 25 miles radius, let’s talk about the icy property of the DrCool!

DrCool wraps are different than the others, they are made with Coolcore‘s chemical-free cooling material.

Why is ice important when you just hurt yourself? Because the cold stops the inflammation and prevents or reduce the bruise.

So now, let’s wrap icy cold around the injury. What you need is water, a deep freezer and wait a bit for the freeze to start.
1. unwrap the strap
2. soak the wrap under the water
3. roll it back or lay is folded
4. put it in the freezer to freeze
5. take the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pot out and make some room for the wrap
6. wait 20 minutes if the wrap is rolled or 40 minutes if it’s folded

soak it

soak it

freeze it flat

freeze it folded

freeze it rolled

freeze it rolled

When you done eating, the wrap should be ready to sooth you. Wrap it around the injury and let it rest or keep going because you are done wearing ice pack on your sore muscles!

More infos
. Official DrCool website
. Like DrCool Facebook page
. Follow @drCoolwraps
. Instagram drcoolswraps
. Buy DrCool Virtual Soccer

PS:
. Warmth is used to drain and to bring oxygen/nutriment to reconstruct the injured tissue.
. the wraps are washable, UPF45

Thanks for your help: Jim, @chuckV, @jibfabre and @mrikichou

That’s the Yvolution!

11 Aug

Photo 13-03-2014 5 19 00 pmThat’s our evolution
When we are babies, we crawl then we stumble and rise to finally walk and run. That’s when we want to go faster and discover the tricycle and the bike …
With Y-volution, my little nephews discovered a whole new world.

Photo 14-03-2014 11 01 29 amLittleB, 5 years old boy, chose the Fliker B3 , littleE, 3 years and half girl, the Fliker B1 and I went for the Fliker C3.Yvolution
The Yvolution upgraded the regular one slate scooter to a v-shape 2 slates scooter with a hand break.
The front wheel works the same as a regular scooter but the 2 back wheels are “loose” and allow you “to fool around”.

The Fliker is great on flat and downhill, uphill will be more challenging physically.

Unfold the scooter, and screw the 2 big green buttons and here you go! You are ready!

Easy but heavy transport

Easy to transport, a bit heavy though

Unfold the scooter

Turn the screw to fasten

Turn both green screws to fasten

To start, just kick as with your regular scooter than shake your bootie (move your hip from one side to the other) to experience the speed, carve and slide. Take a bit of speed and here goes the 360 turn, lean on the handlebars and here goes the skidding!!! All in full safety with the handbreak!
With a bit of practice and sweat, you’ll master the beast.
The Fliker is great to do workout and works evenly on both legs (instead of the regular scooter), you’ll challenge you thighs, hips and abs and this is good. Great workout while having fun.

the front wheel

the front wheel

Yvolution Y Flicker C3 Carver Series

the handy handbrake

Yvolution Y Flicker C3 Carver Series

Ready to kick!

Meanwhile littleB and littleE are having fun with the B1 and B3.

More infosYvolution
. The official Yvolution for kids and grow ups website
. Like Yvolution Facebook page
. Follow @YvolutionWorld

I’m a Boba-head!

8 Aug

Boba Guys bubble tea What about you?
Remember Boba it’s the nickname of the Taiwainese bubble tea that I like so much.
Wherever I travel, I try to find a good bubble tea shop.
This time, while in San Francisco, I found the Boba Guys, but not only!
I also discovered the app called Order! Order is a spin off of the app Square.
Order will check out the nearby shops surrounding you and will give you the possibility to order from your couch whatever you want. It also tells you if the shop is opened, closed or will open soon as well as the delay to service your order.
Then you pay for your order (I registered my MasterCard in the app).
And when it’s ready to pick it up, just walk to the shop to grab your order.

Searching nearby shops

Searching for nearby shops

Boba Guys bubble tea Boba Guys bubble tea

Boba Guys bubble tea So far this app works if you are in NY or San Francisco.
Test it, it’s really cool, and if like me you don’t like to queue, you’ll be a regular user in no time!

Let’s go back to bubble tea now.
I used Order to … order my bubble tea from the Boba Guys.
I went for a green tea (brewed on demand) with almond milk, I added boba and extra almond jelly and asked for no sugar. Delicious!

PS: the bubble tea was great! I’ll be back!!

More info
. Download the Order app for iPhone
. Check the Boba Guys out on twitter @BobaGuys and on Instagram BobaGuys

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