Archive for May, 2011

Devise and Conquer

Posted in News with tags , on May 26, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

The dudes over at Transworld Wake have this pretty cool contest going on right now that puts four wakeskate teams against one another to see who can build some cool stuff to hit and come up with the best video. I just watched all the entries and sweet baby Jesus, Obscura’s team completely annihilated the competition.

None of the videos were bad, mind you, but Obscura’s entry has arguably the best team in the biz, a bunch of fire, a fake cityscape, and this one little rail where they did a bunch of shuvits through a hoop, not to mention the best soundtrack out of the bunch. I mean, honestly, it’s not even close. If Obscura doesn’t win this, I’m gonna show up on the doorstep of the Bonnier building in Orlando because someone has some serious explaining to do.

I’ve already seen some talk on the internets that the contest is really similar to stuff that’s been going on in skateboarding or surfing for years, but so is pretty much everything cool about wakeboarding, so whatever. It’s a pretty cool idea, so check out the videos and vote for your favorite here.

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“Watching Wakeskating at Work” Playlist

  1. Avail – 4AM Friday
  2. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
  3. The Sounds – Something to Die For
  4. Spiritualized – Songs in A and E


Getting Rowdy in Bladen County

Posted in News with tags , , , on May 24, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

I’m slacking big time on this one, but I just sat down to capture the footage from our trip to White Lake weekend before last. Nearly a dozen of us invaded my Mom’s house for the weekend and a bank rail was built next to my dock. Matt Schrier brought down a kicker, which was also set up next to the dock and before we knew what was happening, a bunch of people had come over and there was a massive wakeboarding bro-down at my house on Saturday afternoon. The highlights of the evening came when Connor landed a 540 off the kicker, which was then followed up by Schrier landing his first 180 off the kicker. Everyone on the dock was going apeshit and some of my neighbors were even getting into it and cheering whenever something was landed. It was honest to God the most fun I’ve had wakeboarding in years, and I didn’t even get in the water.

I also have to give it up to Mark Rugala, who hands down wins the MVP of the trip. The guy went to White Lake to get some work done; he spent the entire weekend with either a handle, a drill, or a beer in his hand. So good job, Mark; we salute you. If you want to let Mark know how awesome he his, you should follow him on the Twitter page that Schrier created for him over the weekend. Check him out: @dillion00fmx.

All in all, it was a solid weekend. We had a blast, a bunch of good wakeboarding went down, and a whole new boatload of people have been introduced to the greatness that is Pole Golf.

Check out a few more pictures after the jump, courtesy of Jessica Wagoner.

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Really Nostalgic Playlist in Honor of White Lake:

  1. Blink 182 – Dude Ranch
  2. NOFX – The Decline
  3. Millencolin – Pennybridge Pioneers
  4. Strung Out – Twisted By Design
  5. Lagwagon – Hoss
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Lessons Learned in Greenville

Posted in News with tags , , on May 12, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

I’m admittedly a little late with this post, but last weekend, Chris and the crew over at East Coast Wake Park hosted their second Summer Slider Series stop (go ahead, try to say it five times fast) and I made the trip up to get some shots of the boys. Our good buddy/intern Connor Buss put together a sweet little summary of the event, so check that out for the rundown. It was a Slingshot-filled podium with Brian Reeder taking the win along with Nate Perry, Oli Derome, and Zach Schneider rounding out 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively.

The whole weekend was a good time, and it actually turned out to be educational. A few of the lessons I learned:

  • Playing wingman for Geoffrey can be exhausting, and potentially hazardous, it would seem.
  • Oli Derome can sing like a bird.
  • Monster’s new drink Rehab is fantastic. I figure they called it that because as soon as you take your first sip, you’re thinking about how awesome it would be if there were booze in it. Dangerous.
  • Sam Baker’s greatest talent is probably climbing trees.
  • In Greenville, the kids go nuts when they play “All the Small Things” in the bar. It’s like the new “Living on a Prayer.”
  • Tim Boyer still has the best one-liners out of everyone I know.
  • Brian Reeder can hit rails really well.
  • Actually, the entire pro division could hit rails really well.
  • According to no less than 20 drunk college students, I look just like Zach Galifinakis.
All in all, a successful weekend. ECWP is hosting a bunch more events this summer, so be sure to give ’em a thumbs up on Facebook and check out some of the stuff the have in store.
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In other news: watch out White Lake. After this weekend, you’re not going to know what hit you.
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Current Jams:
  1. Why? – Eskimo Snow
  2. The Secret – Solve Et Coagula
  3. ZZ Top – Ranch Texicano: The Very Best
  4. Okkervil River – I Am Very Far

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Posted in Random with tags on May 6, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

Just got finished putting together a little prize package for Wilt C, who is the big winner of the contest we put up last week. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally on the way. Sorry for the hold-up, Wilt. He was the first person to correctly identify the title of the last post as a line from the song “Springtime” by the band Leatherface (he got bonus points for also noting that Hot Water Music covered the song). It’s a great jam, and appropriate, considering the fact that Springtime is in full effect. It should be noted that Erin, our resident PR and marketing genius, also got the correct answer mere minutes after Wilt sent his email in (Sorry E, don’t be a hater). Anyway, Wilt’s email never included his last name, so I’m going to go ahead and assume that it was Wilt Chamberlin and that he’s a big fan of our stuff, which is really exciting…

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Also a little delayed, I wanted to be sure to send a big ol’ congratulations to White Lake OG Tyler Bumgarner, who got married in Virginia Beach last Saturday. The wedding was a blast; I drank a bunch of whiskey, took the microphone from the band and made a big impromptu speech that most likely made no sense whatsoever. Also, here’s a little factoid: Tyler got arrested once for dry humping a woman in a pig costume at White Lake. True story. Anyway, he and his brother took me wakeboarding for the first time and I’m sure he still kills it behind the boat whenever he gets a chance to ride. I know he checks the site from time to time, so congrats Tyler. See you this summer…

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Speaking of of White Lake, big moves are being made there next weekend. Bladen County residents: hold on to your butts.

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Currently on the iPod:

  1. Isis – Mosquito Control
  2. NOFX – Heavy Petting Zoo
  3. Small Brown Bike – Fell and Found
  4. Future Islands – In Evening Air
  5. Criteria – En Garde