Drew Christianson released a short video from some leftover footage he shot with Stephen Sullivan at stephensullivanphoto.com and Katerine at Fitbodynow.wordpress.com. Drew rides for Shinn, Dakine, Mutiny, AOK and Hyperflex and has a fluid, effortless looking style of riding. His passion and professionalism for kiteboarding is rare to find in this industry. Drew is a positive influence on many riders and his he has a bright future in this sport as well as in business. Check out this short that he recently edited himself.
Elite Shinn rider, Alex Bournay “tears it up” in his new video short, “The Alex Bournay Identity”. Edit by Bartek Jankowski.
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I’m sitting on a plane right now, on my way to Sacramento. I am completely geared out with Dakine travel gear, including the BTS Bag, Quest Photo pack, and the Over Under carry on suitcase. I have been traveling with Dakine gear for quite sometime now, however, the start of the trip has really proved to me just how awesome their bags and packs are.
To give you an example, my BTS Bag is completely packed with 7 Shinn boards, pads and straps for all, two slingshot boots, a 9m fuel, 11m fuel, Dakine renegade harness and a Shinn flag. I’d really like to hear if anyone has ever been able to fit that much gear in another bag. I’m assuming not that many other people would really have to travel with as many boards as I do but hopefully it gives you an example of just how much stuff you could fit if you had to.
If you are unfamiliar with this bag, BTS stands for “Beat the System”. It can pass as one bag or it can be split in half to be checked as two. This is really helpful when you have packed as much gear as I have and know you are going to be over the weight limit. Each bag weighed in at 45lbs today (I think their scale is off). If I wasn’t able to split it I would have been stuck with a nasty overweight baggage fee, but instead, it weighed in perfectly.
Side note, for anyone who travels, what is up with people thinking that they can take both arm rests when they are in the isle or window seat?! The guy next to me (who is probably reading this as I type) continues to fight me for control over my arm rest. I’m not sure how other people feel about this, but in my book, if you are sitting in the middle between two strangers you have priority over both arm rests. It is acceptable to share but there
Is no reason to try and claim the s;@t when you can lean in the isle or against the window. What up wit dat! Anyways, I digress. (ADD)
When I checked my bags no one asked me anything about what I had in them. In my experience I am less likely to be questioned about the contents of my baggage if I’m not traveling with a bulky “golf bag”. I also always check the airlines policies before checking my kite gear. Most of the time you can find a loophole. Never check the “special baggage” button when you are checking in online or at the kiosk. You will definitely be questioned if you do. Also, be prepared with a story if you are questioned. Remember, the people who check you in are not security and you don’t have to tell them that you have anything other than clothes in your bag. There might be some exceptions to this, but I rarely come across any problems.
For my carry on bags, I am traveling with the Dakine Photo pack an the over under roller bag. Both products are a great size and work really well for carrying on.
The Quest photo pack is probably my favorite bag I’ve ever owned. It has the ability to hold my camera body, grip, flash, 4 lenses, all of my accessories, my laptop, sunglasses and a bunch of snacks. The pack also fits under the seat in front of me or in the over head.
The over under is a very simple roller bag with several compartments on the outside. The handle is sturdy and the wheels are super smooth. The design is very simple but is accented with neon orange zippers and interior.
So, I didn’t really mean for this to become a review but somehow it started to go in that direction. I guess I blame Radiohead for distracting me with their amazing music. Anyways, go out and get geared up with Dakine travel gear!
Unfortunately i think the BTS has been discontinued. Go with the club wagon or sx bag if you want to get a new one. Neither of them split but just remember, you can still “Beat the System”.
I am still fighting for control over the arm rest! Haha!
I will be traveling to Sherman Island this week to run a Shinn demo with “Kite Naked”. I’m really looking forward to checking this spot out. I’ve heard really great things about the riding there and the scenery looks pretty sick as well. I packed my gear this afternoon and felt the need to express how amazing the dakine products are for travel. I am traveling with 7 Shinn boards 6 pads and straps, 2 Slingshot kites, 1 Dakine harness, Slingshot Boots, and a Shinn Feather flag. I seriously can’t believe I am able to get all that gear into my luggage. Dakine is amazing. I’m guessing the airlines wont like the weight but I can usually find away to avoid charges with a little persuasion.
If you are reading this and are going to be in the Sherman Island area this week please stop by and check out some of the new boards in the Shinn line up. I will be traveling with all of the latest Shinn rides. If you need any details about the event just leave a comment below.
Check back for pictures and updates while I am at the event.
Okay, I will try to sound like I am being somewhat constructive in my critique of the Shinn Street 135×41 however, I must tell you it is extremely difficult. I’ve been waiting for a board that would perform slightly similar to the Monk but would give me much better control while riding in boots and practicing wakestyle. The Street is definitely where it’s at!
I’ve actually only ridden this board with straps once and have been strictly riding it with boots ever since. This is not because I think it lacks anything with straps but only because it is absolutely excellent with boots. The rocker is the most noticeable difference that this board has compared to the others. I have been putting it to the test riding it finless, over land, in the waves, chop and off our local kicker. So far, it has done everything I could ask for in a board.
The Street comes naked so it is totally up to you how you want to set your ride up. I’ve been testing it with the Slingshot RAD Boots and no fins lately however, I have had a number of sessions while riding with the 43mm fins as well. If you weigh in the same as me, 158 lbs, then the heavier the boots the better since the Shinn boards are extremely light. I’ve notice that my heavier boots allow me to sit lower and grip the water much better in choppier conditions while riding finless. A few days ago I swapped out the RADS for an older pair of Slingshot boots called the D2. The result caused the board to feel more similar to what it feels like with fins. I definitely feel a lot more agressive edging power when I’m riding with the D2 boots. This may sound a little strange but I think that if the board had a little extra weight to it then it would totally stand out as an outstanding finless ride in all conditions.
The flex characteristics seem slightly similar to the Monks however it is a touch stiffer and you can feel that while popping this board. I think my pop has increased about 25-30% since I’ve started riding the Street over the Monk. The flex in the tips feels a bit more forgiving and less technical then some of the other rides such as the Player or SS (Supershinn). I think this board will definitely appeal to a large group of riders from wakestylers to freeriders. Obviously my preference for this board is wakestyle but I can definitely feel the versatility in its riding characteristics.
Last but not least, the graphics. One word, SICK. The top of the deck is absolutely beautiful. There is a pattern across the entire surface that is exceptionally simple yet stands out as such a unique design. The layers of colors create a “thatched” look while at the same time the “racing” stripes give it that “Shinn look”. The bottom deck graphic reminds me of the ski resort I grew up riding on in Vermont. Any guesses?..
Overall, I am excited to have a board that I get excited to ride before each session. I think my riding has become more “energetic” and stylish due to the performance of the Street. I think this board is definitely going to give the Monk some competition this year.
Finally, Tybee Island has a kicker. Huge thanks to Steve Ross and everyone else who sponsored the kicker. Thanks, Philippe, Brady, John, and AOK. Also, thanks to Jack for letting us temporarily store our kicker at his house so that the city doesn’t destroy it.
I’ve been working with Stephen Sullivan for a little over a year now. We recently traveled to Hatteras, NC to gather a substantial amount of photographs and footage while attending two demo events for Shinn. Although we had shot together before we had never been able to take a trip that was strictly focused on capturing photos and video. Stephen’s excitement for the sport and enthusiasm for photography drives me to work harder at my riding and work harder to get better shots. During this entire trip and shoot, Stephen had no waterproof housing on his brand new 5D Mark 3! That’s dedication!
Here’s a sneak peak at some of the shots Stephen captured in OBX.
I took the Shinn Beast for a spin yesterday and got some nice shots with Talin Bolen. The wind on Tybee has been kicking ass for the past 4 or 5 days and I’m hoping it continues to stay that way!
Check out these photos by Talin: