Archive for March, 2011

Go Buy “More Than Machines”

Posted in News with tags , , , on March 21, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

Seriously. Go buy it right now. I just got finished watching it, and I’m seriously blown away. It’s been a long time since a wakeskate video this progressive has come along, and if you consider yourself even a casual wakeskater, this needs to be on your hard drive.

Tad Mathews is the guy behind the movie, and I’m here to say that this guy has got things figured out. He’s made a really entertaining video that features unreal riding from the best wakeskaters in the world and best  of all, it’s not plagued with a bunch of over-editing or flashy effects or other gimmicky video trickery. The soundtrack is laid back and fits each section really well. There’s a perfect mix of  boats, jet skis, rails, and winching. Even the running time is what I would consider perfection, clocking in at just about half an hour. I know it might sound like I’m just blowing sunshine up this guy’s ass, but this movie is exactly how I think wake movies should be and now all I want to do is get to work on something myself.

While the whole thing was really good, several things stood out after one viewing:

  • Austin Pastura – Truth be told, it’s kind of depressing watching kids like this. He makes everything look so easy that you almost start to think that it’s not that hard. As far as I know, this is his first official video part aside from some web videos, and I don’t think he could ask for a much better formal introduction.
  • Stu Shinn – This guy is f_____g retarded when it comes to stuff behind the boat. I’m talking wake-to-wake kickflips and frontside flips where he catches the board about four feet off the water. It’s seriously insane.
  • Ben Horan – I’m not really a fan of the whole hippie wakeboarding/wakeskating movement (ie: endless supplies of tie dye shirts, excessively long hair, ironic facial hair, etc…). It’s just not my style. However, Ben Horan will forever get a pass from me for all that hippie stuff because he’s just so damn good at wakeskating. He’s had a few really good video parts over the years, put this is probably my favorite of his so far.
  • Matt Hooker – He has the closing section, and if he keeps it up, he’ll be everyone’s Wakeskater of the Year come Fall. There’s one clip where he ollies out of a fountain and front boards a ledge that’s at least 8 feet past the ollie. It’s kind of hard to explain, but it’s bananas. There’s also the shot of him clearing a massive gap to back lip a piece of corrugated pipe. You’ve seriously got to see this stuff to understand how gnarly it is. Two thumbs up.

So yeah, long story short: go buy this movie. It’s available for just $10 as a high quality download and it’s seriously worth every penny. If you need some more persuading, check out a teaser here. And when you’re done watching it, just go ahead and click the “Buy Now” button. Trust me. Also, be sure to check out WeSubsist for more stuff from Tad and the boys.

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Monday Night Playlist

  1. Deafheaven – Road to Judah
  2. The Hood Internet – Mixtape Vol. 5
  3. High on Fire – The Art of Self Defense

Going National

Posted in News with tags , on March 18, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

(Press release shamelessly ripped off of the Slingshot Blog)

Slingshot, FIRST IN FLEX WORLDWIDE, is proud to announce we have signed Nick Joseph to our National Wake Team.

As an east coast rider from Wilmington, NC, Nick has spent the last several years shredding on the Cape Fear River, and producing videos for Although he’ll show up at a few contests here and there, the majority of his time is devoted to freeriding, and shooting photos and videos. When not riding, he’s coaching students at TA Wake School, his Wilmington based wakeboard camp.

Nick has big plans for the 2011 season, and we’re stoked to have him on board. To see more of Nick, check out and

Welcome to the family, Nick!

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It probably goes without saying, but we’re all super proud of our boy and we’re psyched for the upcoming year. Congrats Nick, it’s gonna be a good summer.

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National Playlist

  1. The National – Boxer
  2. The National – High Violet
  3. Freddie Gibbs – National Anthem EP


“Grizzly Adams DID have a beard…”

Posted in Random with tags , , on March 15, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

Sitting in the hospital over the last week has provided me with a lot of spare time, which has allowed me to catch up on my movie watching, internet browsing and music listening. However, one thing that I haven’t done over the last week (and then some) is shave. So I got to thinking that maybe I should just let it go and see if I could pull off one of my lifetime goals, a legit beard.

Now, once upon a time, I used to think that I was completely incapable of growing a beard. I was certain that one side would be spotty or that it would look funny or that it would just take me forever to see results and I’d abandon the mission out of frustration. And my friends definitely didn’t with help my beard insecurities. Nick and Blake, my best friends from high school, can grow full beards in about 45 minutes and they look super legit. Clay Martin can sneeze a beard whenever he wants and I’m pretty sure that Tim Boyer was born with facial hair. It always seemed like such an uphill battle, but after the last few days, I’m starting to think I could do it.

So now I’m asking for your advice, dear reader. Would I look like a total bad ass or would it just be weird looking? Vote in this poll and let me know what I should do with my face. (And just for the record, this whole idea came about solely because I just realized you could create polls in WordPress and I wanted to try it out. Plus, I currently have some painkillers in me and they’re making this whole idea really amusing at this particular moment. So humor me.)

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Beard-Growing Playlist:

  1. Explosions in the Sky – “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care”
  2. Hot Water Music – “Forever and Counting”
  3. Metallica – “Ride the Lightning”

Big Ups To Brooklyn

Posted in Random with tags , , , on March 9, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

Thanks to the Facebook page of my good buddy DJSK, I just realized that 14 years ago today, The Notorious BIG, hands down the greatest rapper in the history of the universe, died at the age of 27. And since I’ve got a ton of free time on my hands, I’m going to be watching old Biggie videos all day. Hell, I might even sign up for Netflix just so I can watch Notorious again (believe it or not, it’s not one of the movies they have on the pediatric floor at Duke).

I also just realized that even though I have several good friends who live in New York City, I still don’t have a Biggie Smalls t-shirt. What’s up with that, ladies?

Anyway, here’s a little TA video memorial to remember the man himself so check it out. These are all modern day classics, and let’s be honest: it’s not like you were really working anyway.

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“In Memorandum” Playlist

  1. Notorious BIG – “Ready to Die”
  2. Notorious BIG – “Life After Death”
  3. Notorious BIG and The XX – “The Notorious XX Mixtape”
  4. Notorious BIG and Frank Sinatra – “Bed Stuy Meets Blue Eyes Mixtape”



Temporarily Out of Commission

Posted in Random with tags , , on March 8, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

Okay, I know that things have been a bit slow around here lately. It’s partly due to the fact that it’s not quite warm enough to jump headfirst into wakeboard season, but it’s mostly because I haven’t exactly been running on all six cylinders lately. As we speak, I’m currently holed up at the Duke University Medical Center with an IV in my arm and a severe case of bedhead. I’ll probably be here for the next few days or so, taking care of some swollen lymph nodes and avoiding the hospital food like the damn bubonic plague (on a related note, I feel like Sweetarts Jelly Beans are like God’s personal gift to me – thanks Hawley!). I’ve already had a few guests drop in and hang out for a while, and rumor has it there might even be a HotSauce sighting sometime this week, so it’s basically a big party in room 5131.

(Photo credit goes to my Mom and her brand new cell phone. She’s becoming quite the gadget nerd these days.)

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In actual wakeboarding news, I just had a few very positive phone calls from my hospital bed regarding a new project that I can’t quite talk about yet. Top secret stuff, but I’ll give you this hint: it’s gonna be cool.

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And finally, Nick is gearing up to head down to the Sunshine State for his annual Spring Break pilgrimage. Rumor has it that he’s going to be hanging out with Adam Fields a bit, so hopefully those guys can get some work done. If you haven’t had the chance to check out the new AF Wake School website, quit slacking and click that link right up there. Top notch wakeboard coaching from Lake Gaston to Lake Brantley; what more could you ask for?

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Hospital Bed Playlist:

  1. Weedeater – “Jason…the Dragon”
  2. Flock of Seagulls – “Flock of Seagulls”
  3. Cold Cave – “Cherish the Light Years”
  4. ASG – “Win Us Over”