Ross Champion update
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
I just wanted to take a few minutes and give everyone a quick update of what has gone on so far this year, and what is still to come.
In January, we were in Mexico to finish filming the Palm Pictures/Nascency Cinema documentary film project on me and our sport. The trip was also featured in one of the Japanese magazines. Chris Burgess of Nascency Cinema put together a short clip from that trip which can be seen here. The documentary will be done in the next several weeks, and Palm Pictures has the rights to distribute it if they choose to. If not...we will try to push it toward the indy film festivals and hopefully will be able to work some licensing deals for TV.
Since our trip to Argentina in February, I laid low while my knee and shoulder healed up. They both need surgery to be "fixed" but after taking a couple of months off, neither effect my riding at this point and surgery will be put off until some point in the future.
Fortunately for us, although I was down we were still getting good exposure. During this time there have been two TV shows airing in South America and some of the US Spanish language channels that covered my trip to Argentina. In addition there are several videos on various sites of our trip that seem to be getting lots of views. Here is one of my favourites from that trip.
We did not make the first stop of the IFWA World Tour in France this past March, but we still made the cover of Jet Pulsion's issue #17 covering the event.
Also during my "down" time, I shot a segment for Fuel TV's Thrillbillies in Las Vegas. We basically performed some shenanigans in a pool and then jumped the boat off a ramp. That episode is airing in some sort of regular rotation, and the part we shot for Nitro Circus in Mexico with Travis Pastrana and the rest of the cast still plays in regular rotation on Thrillbillies as well.
This past month we were fortunate enough to win the USA stop of the IFWA World Tour which was the Blowsion Surf Slam in Pacific City, Oregon. The event was blessed with incredible surf, great conditions, and awesome light this year...as was the Monday photo/video session afterward. So I'm sure we will get some incredible images from those days. Attached is a pic from the contest...progression is always good.
In the three days after the event, we finished up shooting a project that is more exciting than anything else I've been working on this year, the Blowsion Team Trick Tips DVD. The DVD is loosely based on the freeride clinic that I give in Argentina each year, and goes through all aspects of boat prep, gear, physical prep, and of a tutorial on how to do every trick in the book. All of you guys got heavily featured in the prep and gear sections. This video has footage from the past three years, and the world's very best riders talking about how they developed their signature tricks and teaching the audience step by step how to do them...from Randy Laine talking about how to surf ride like a pro to Pierre Maixent teaching you how to double back flip, all with footage to go along with it. I think the coolest part about this DVD will be that the audience really gets a feel for who these guys are from their interviews...
I know we have been getting some fairly regular exposure in Ride Magazine and Wet Racer here in the US and several of the International publications as well. But I have not been keeping track of that exposure as much as I used to. With the decline of the world wide print industry, I'm fairly certain that the 200 or so pages a year of print coverage that we got over the past couple of years is a thing of the past. So it is with that in mind that I am trying hard to transition to getting more TV/Movie/Video content out there, and there are some really cool projects in the works for the rest of the year. I would rather not discuss them till they actually happen, but I think those avenues will show you guys a greater return going forward than the print industry will.
I am planning on being at World Finals towards the end of the last week with our current boat. And I may or may not go to Brazil for the final round of the IFWA World Tour which is also in October. Since we are out of the points after missing France, we don't ever get too much coverage from that event, and I can't bring my own equipment; I don't think there is a lot of value in my going there. However, if the promoters choose to bring me down there I will go.
There is a slim chance that I will go to France for the Hossegor Air Festival in October, but I do not have any confirmation on that at this point.
November should see us in Morocco for what will be an incredible event sanctioned by the royal family.
And quite possibly before the end of the year we will be in Oregon again for the NellScott Classic big wave surfing event, where we will do a watercraft demo.
The final point to mention is CWEcoSport and our electric watercraft. Steve and I had really expected that we would be much farther along at this point. And I really appreciate the help that you all have showed us thus far. The fact is, we need some serious investment to move the project forward. Our current boat is good and really all that we could afford to build...but we have the potential to build much better. I can't and won't ask for any more help from you guys until we have a serious backer to move the project forward. Here is a quick demo video we did some months back to announce the project.
Red Bull X-Ray goes off
Friday, 17 September 2010
Red Bull X-Ray went off last weekend with over 15,000 people turning up to see the boys tear up the huge natural terrain course just out of Picton.
The riding was off the hook with Maddo and Taka going head to head in the FMX final with both throwing down amazing runs both busting out huge flip tricks, Taka started out with a massive seat grab flip over the 120 tabletop which set the standard high for Maddo. Maddo gave it all he had with his bung wrist and attacked the course but came up short of Taka's huge score.
Speed style was stacked with both national level racers and international FMX stars including Cam Sinclair, Tye Simmonds, Robbie Marshall and Lewis Woods. It would be Robbie Marshall's day however showing the rest of the field his mix of smooth FMX skills and polished race speed.
1. Taka Higashino
2. Robbie Maddison
3. Brody Wilson
4. Cam Sinclair
Speed and Style
1. Robbie Marshall
3. Dan Mcoy
Cam and Maddo
Sincs Nac flip
Clinton Moore Whip
Red Bull girls
Friday, 17 September 2010
Ken Block is back with the third instalment of his Gymkhana series, if the second effort left you felling a little cold, then this is about to turn things around, this is insane, the venue for this episode is France's L'Autodrome de Linas and its 51 - degree bank that what was built in 1924, Check it out.
Dustin Farthing new sponsor
Friday, 17 September 2010
Dustin Farthing has been tearing the bag all year and has just picked up a new sponsor in Mountain Motorsports, these ads will run worldwide in Funjet, Jetnews and Ride so keep an eye out for it
Miku Asai clip
Monday, 13 September 2010
Check out the below clip of japanese JP rider Miku Asai in a contest in japan laying down a great run, Miku will be competing in the US next season and is sure to give it a shake, girls got skills
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