Snowboarding was brand new and gear hard to come by. The hard-cores at Snowshoe WV were on it early and learned the hard way. Guys like Bernie Wheeler, Gil Willis and my OBX Surf Tribe were loving it.
This project was funded by the proceeds of my previous film, East Coast Motions Volume II, Hatteras Surf Feast. A difficult production as access was limited by the resort and I literally had to smuggle my gear in and out of remote locations. Back then it was a two piece 3/4″ Set Up with exposed wires, plugs etc. As you can imagine it was a nightmare to keep the gear dry and in working order.
Snowshoe was so remote that I had to use the payphone in nearby Slatyfork to conduct business. I would pull my van up to the window access phone and sleep while I waited for return calls from by various video clients and distributors.
To make matters worse, I broke my leg and got laid up for a while at the end of the season. My production company folded up at this time and I had to do the edits on overnights at various production facilities.
Here’s the full length feature film:
Lots of funny stories from that winter. The vehicle of choice was an old 3/4″ ton work van with a load of firewood in the back for weight and some snow tires for traction. I drove to Timberline for one of the segments with a snowboard friend from France that didn’t speak much english. On the way back my transmission went out during a raging blizzard. Reverse was the only gear that worked and I had to drive up backwards on the mountain between Buckannon and Elkins. Michel kept muttering “Mon Dieux Mon Dieux”. I had the door cracked and just followed the edge of the road up. We turned around at the top and coasted down the other side to the relative safety of a service station. I had to call the OBX to score a local Elkins contact to come get us. I ended up selling the broken down Van to a farmer that wanted the firewood and needed a dry place to store it.
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So much for the view from 30,000 feet. From where I am sitting it looks like Social Media and Internet TV should be turning the broadcast and cable world on its ear.
Take control of your life by viewing what you want when you want. Find your favorite shows online and enjoy having unlimited online channels and viewing opportunities. Your Cable Provider licenses and sells its programs and content. This makes the selection limited because of this bias. You can move your Internet Connection to the TV and take advantage of a larger, less expensive free market. If you cut the cord from your cable provider you will be in charge of when and where you would like to watch your favorite programs.
Do some online research, that’s what I did:
Roku.com get internet on your TV.
Chromecast Play your tablets and smartphones on your TV.
Subscribe or order TV SHOWS and MOVIES from NETFLIX, AMAZON, ITUNES and HULU.
Find FREE SHOWS! Go to the shows website or Network/Producers Website. YouTube has a free TV Show section.
I work as a Snowboard Instructor at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling WV and at 7 Springs in Champion PA. This season I got to work with a group of 13 Pittsburgh Area Boy Scouts in pursuit of their Snow Sports/Snowboarding Merit Badge. This 5 Week Program was very rewarding because we got to see these guys progress over a compressed time period.
Steve Draper, Nathan Tedjeske and I got to work hands on to get these guys down the hill in grand style. We started with the basic elements of riding: Balance, Edging, Rotation and Pressure. Using the terrain and specific riding drills these elements were reinforced with Instructor Feed Back and Riding Analysis.
Here is a short ten minute video of our last day:
I took some photos and have them posted on my Public Facebook Page also:
Please call Oglebay @ 304-243-4049 or 7 Springs Resort @ 800-452-2223 and Request Me for a Private Lesson. I specialize in Video Analysis.