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The crew over at Kordorouy TV just posted this great surf and conservation movie up on their blog. The Sitka crew threw down for it and its a real sweet one. Far more to surfing then just surfing. We need to protect the waters we love to play in. Do you like bears? This video has some of the coolest bear footage ever including footage of a spirit bear looks like an albino bear and is threatened by oil interests of course. Crack open a Mocean Mate’ and check er’ out!
Sasha was just featured in a great video produced by Adam Klein. Big ups to them both. see it below and also glimpse the beauty of East Burke where we all ride!
Pennsylvania Adventure By Sasha
As members of the Mocean Mate tribe, Leif and I are always looking to embark upon any and every adventure we can while taking along some Mate to â€œenergize our adventuresâ€ and spread the stoke.
Somewhere I have always wanted to go is to Pennsylvania to ride the infamous Posh and Catty Woods BMX dirt jumps. I have grown up seeing these trails in magazines and videos and drooling over the perfectly manicured, endless sea of jumps. Trails like this survive by being kept on the DL, i.e. invite only, no published locations, and respecting the builders and riders.
My friend Josh said he had an in at Posh and Catty, so I jumped at the chance, grabbed Leif, and made the drive. We only had a one-day window but we made the best of it.
Tues. 4pm- We drove down to Joshâ€™s house, gawking at all of the downed trees from the recent snowstorm. We arrived late, got some gross fast food, went back to Joshâ€™s and watched some PA trails videos to get stoked, and passed out. I got the couch.
Wed. 5am- We filled up Joshâ€™s Subaru with bikes, coolers, tools, and hit the road. We drove through CT, NY, NJ, and finally hit PA three hours later.
Wed. 9am- We arrived at Posh and met up with our friend Larry. We unloaded all our gear, hit the grocery store for supplies, and pedaled down to the trails. Upon first sight I was totally blown away: endless intertwining jump lines of all shape and sizes, uphill and downhill, winding in and out of different lines, with totally dialed, glass-smooth steep lips and landings. The amount of work put into building this spot was mind-blowing. We did some raking, watering, and un-tarping before riding. Initially riding each line was like figuring out a maze and laying a mental map in your head- you just had to relax, remember which jump went where, and pull up and nose in as hard as you could on every transition. Josh and I rode every line that was open, while Larry and Leif cruised on the jump line Chillers and another roller-coaster line Qualimente. We literally rode all day, hanging out with the locals once they arrived and finishing off the day with some trains through the bigger sets. The locals were super cool and even allowed us to take some pictures. I canâ€™t thank them enough.
Wed. 6pm- We packed up all our gear into Joshâ€™s car again and hit the local cheap diner. I ate veal, spaghetti, salad, potatoes, cole-slaw, rolls, and dessert for $10. After stuffing our faces, Leif grabbed the wheel and Josh and I passed out in the car.
Wed. 11pm- We arrived at Joshâ€™s, threw our stuff into my truck, thanked Josh, and headed back up to VT. We made it back home by 2:30am, when Leif went to bed to get up and work at 5am the next day and I got up early to hike Mount Washington.
Overall it was a crazy one-day trip that will be extended into a week-long vacation next year. Posh was by-far the best jump spot I have ever ridden. Thank you to Josh, all of the Posh locals, and Mocean Mate for the energy!
We were vendors at the Key Bank Burlington Marathon this past Sunday. Tribe member Joe Fox successfully did his first marathon so we are proud and stoked! My good friend Rob Westover’s wife Heidi also came by to see us after winning her 5th marathon in Burlington in 6 years.
Joe Fox Mocean Mate’ Tribe
Women’s Overall winner, Heidi Westover
Patrick Kell, the head of VMBA(Vermont Mountain Bike Association) and a member of the Mocean Mate’ Tribe works diligently on creating new mountain biking opportunities throughout the state of Vermont which means well..he is a hero in our eyes! Very important stuff and as bikers ourselves we pass along a huge thank you and want to share the news about his and others latest work on new development. We even heard him on VPR the other day! Patrick, we raise our mate’ bottle to you!
PRESS RELEASE Date: February 3, 2011
For Immediate Release
Patrick Kell, Executive Director, Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA)
The US Forest Service working with local group to expand mountain biking in Vermont
Goshen, VT â€“ The United States Forest Service (USFS) announced that through their partnerships with the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), they will be allocating approximately $154,000 in 2011 towards trail improvement activities that will include developing increased mountain bike access in the Green Mountain National Forest.
The funds, being allocated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to create a nine-mile loop trail that will begin and end at the Silver Lake Campground in Goshen, Vermont. This trail work will take place in the popular Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, a congressionally designated area within the National Forest. The trail will also be accessible from the Blueberry Hill Ski Center in Goshen and from Branbury State Park. VMBA will provide the on-the-ground project management and oversight of VYCC trail crews for 22 weeks to perform the rigorous work of building mountain bike trails.
“The Forest Service is enhancing mountain biking opportunities where it is sustainable and compatible with other activities. Diversifying recreation opportunities increases public use of federal land; engages our youth in enjoying the outdoors; and helps drive economic activity,â€ said Holly Knox, Green Mountain National Forest, Northern Zone Trails Coordinator.
“We have been partnering with the USFS for three years on this project – we sawgood progress in 2010, through the hard work of VYCC crews, and we are delighted with this funding allocation for 2011â€, said Patrick Kell, VMBA Executive Director. â€œWe expect to see the Chandler Ridge-Leicester Hollow Loop Trail completed or close to it, by fall 2011. A big thanks to the USFS for their vision in developing this trail”, Kell added.
The new trail will offer a popular and unique destination, due to the combination of trail sections along the shore of Silver Lake, a ridgeline trail with panoramic western vistas on Chandler Ridge, lush vegetation and fascinatinggeology in Leicester Hollow, and camping facilities at Silver Lake campground, with access from Branbury State Park.
Megan Smith, Commissioner at the Vermont Department of Tourism stated “Mountain bike tourism is the perfect fit for our Vermont Brand. It encompasses the use of our natural landscape while promoting good health and family fun. As we expand our venues for mountain biking we will be contributing to local economies in areas that might not have already had a focus on outdoor recreation therefore bringing in new types of business.”
The tourism industry has been one of the more consistent economic drivers in the state during the recent economic downturn. Visitors to the state provide a great deal of tax revenue as well assupport small business throughout Vermont.
We are rocking and rolling here with some solid surf rocking the coast that we have been chasing and continue to do so moving into the weekend. So we scheduled a tasting at our friends Matt and Julies new joint, “Las Olas Taqueria” in Exeter NH.(they also have a new one in Hampton.) The places are going off and their hard work is paying off.
We will be there tomorrow at lunch time so come over and try some amazing mexican food and some latin american based energy tea. Try out both flavors and grab a sticker and shoot the breeze, share a surf story etc. Check out their website here..http://www.lasolastaqueria.com The food is absolutely amazing. Get the pork bowl and tell em’ Skye sent you.
We are stoked to be so involved with our retailers. We do tastings and support events but we also make a point to buy stuff we need from them. This week alone we have bought necessities from 5 of our retailers and its only Thursday. That is supposed to be how it works in a Buy Local, Support Local economy so give that some thought the next time you hit a box store to save 75 cents. But thats just my 2 cents so take it for what its worth.
Below are some shots of me surfing at one of my favorite points in New England which is north of Rhode Island and south of Nova Scotia..(Oh at Mocean Mate* we do NOT name spots so don’t bother to ask, just go explore and find your own private mecca!)Â Shots were taken by the lovely Evangelyn Morse on a beautiful 38 degree February day.
Our great friend and Team rider Sasha has had a busy summer and fall. From competing in Colorado Crankworx, coaching at Woodward to building from scratch his own private jump mecca, the boy runs on octane…or should we say, Mate! Here is what Sasha had to say recently about Mocean Mate.
“As a factory rider it is my job to ride as hard as possible and Mocean Mate helps make this possible- natural energy with great people behind a stellar product keep me happy and healthy.”
He recently hooked up with the very talented photographer Aaron Rohde to get some shots at his new secret backyard spot and we have them for you. If you need a talented photographer(and i’m not available ha ha) then look Aaron up here.. http://www.aaronrohdephotography.com/ and to see more shots of the session, check out Aaron’s blog at:
Thanks for the great work Sash and Aaron!
We headed to Burlington Vt to fuel our friend Scottie Raymonds adventure. Here is a vid of his mastery with paint.