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Outdoor Rec Act Passes Congress

Outdoor Rec Act Passes Congress

Groundbreaking legislation counting outdoor recreation jobs as part of Gross Domestic Product clears Congress; heads to President’s desk for signature Photo: Bruce Dorman Press Release // Washington DC – The United States Senate has passed the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act in a unanimous and bipartisan vote. The Outdoor REC Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives two weeks ago, also with unanimous, bipartisan support. With passage in both chambers, the REC Act, introduced just a year ago by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), is expected to be signed into law by President Obama before the end of the year. OIA’s Outdoor Recreation Economy Report shows that outdoor recreation annually accounts for $646 billion in consumer spending, 6.1 million American jobs, $80 billion in federal state and local tax revenue and other significant economic activity across the country. With today’s Senate vote and subsequent...
Best of Tahoe Season Pass Deadline November 20

Best of Tahoe Season Pass Deadline November 20

Early storms and sophisticated snowmaking systems promise great winter fun at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Press Release // North and South Lake Tahoe, CA/NV • November 16, 2016 – With the recent arrival of fresh snow, skiers and snowboarders are getting excited for the ski season, which begins with opening day scheduled for Wednesday, November 23,2016 at Heavenly and Northstar. Sunday, November 20, 2016 is the deadline for skiers and snowboarders to get their season passes for the Best of Tahoe resorts – Heavenly Mountain, Northstar California and Kirkwood Mountain. With the recent addition of Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada, all 2016-2017 Epic Pass holders will receive five free days of skiing and snowboarding at Whistler Blackcomb. Tahoe Local Pass holders will receive five free days in Colorado and Utah this winter season with holiday restrictions. The Best of Tahoe resorts bring the spirit of Lake Tahoe’s...
California Enduro Series Announces 2017 Schedule

California Enduro Series Announces 2017 Schedule

Popular mountain bike race series returns with extended lineup for 2017 season Evan Geankoplis crushing his way to the Pro Men top step for the 2016 season. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso. The California Enduro Series (CES) is pleased to announce the 2017 race schedule, promising another extraordinary year of enduro racing. Celebrating its fifth year, the series introduces two new venues and welcomes back a favorite from the 2015 lineup. The upcoming season also sees the return of the successful Golden Tour with a $24,000 cash purse for Pro categories. Expanded schedule; new venues For 2017, the California Enduro Series expands to eight rounds. Returning for 2017 are the popular Golden Tour events at China Peak, Northstar, and Mammoth along with the Toro Enduro and the Ashland Mountain Challenge. The series also welcomes back a popular venue from 2015 – the Wild Wood Adventure Enduro on the Mendocino...
American Rivers Supports Standing Rock

American Rivers Supports Standing Rock

National river conservation organization states strong support for Sioux Tribe’s right to clean water and protection of sacred sites Pipeline protesters and police on November 2, 2016. Photo: Pat Clayton. Press Release // Washington, November 3, 2016 – American Rivers called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline across the Missouri River and urged Energy Transfer Partners to halt construction until the EIS is completed. President of American Rivers president Bob Irvin states, “American Rivers supports the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s efforts to secure clean water for its people now and in the future. The tribe is a sovereign nation and has every right to protect the health and safety of its members as well as the lands and waters vital to its culture and heritage. If constructed as planned beneath the riverbed near the...
Save Red Rock

Save Red Rock

Red Rock Canyon under threat of development Photo: Tom Moulin Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) – a popular Las Vegas-area destination for outdoor enthusiasts across the globe – is under threat of a massive housing development project that includes 5,000 homes. Clark County Commissioners are considering a request to rezone land that’s currently deemed rural, which would result in the destruction of Red Rock’s landscape, bringing pollution and traffic to the area and enraging the two million visitors who use the RRCNCA each year as a destination for climbing, hiking, biking and camping. The proposed development is on land that borders RRCNCA. Save Red Rock (SRR) is a grass roots organization committed to protecting the rural, recreational, and scenic nature of Red Rock Canyon. The organization has a long history of success in safeguarding the area. The group is currently rallying the support of outdoor enthusiasts and...
Spotlight on Blix

Spotlight on Blix

Santa Cruz company produces beautiful environment-friendly electric bicycles By Luke Yates Electric bikes are rapidly gaining popularity, and there is a notable company based near the ASJ office in Santa Cruz – Blix Electric Bikes. Blix moved to the California coast from Scandinavia in 2014 and has been growing ever since. “It started in Sweden in 2006. My best friend started over there so they’ve been doing it for ten years now,” says Pontus Malmberg, CEO of Blix. “The bike here has been under product development for ten years. We’re using the same technology.” Earlier this year, ASJ staff was invited to join Blix for a test ride around Santa Cruz. The company produces three e-bike models: the Stockholm which features traditional geometry and a classic look; the Komfort+ which includes a European style convenient step-through; and the Vika+ – a foldable bike with the same electric capabilities...
Wildflower Triathlon 2017 Cancelled

Wildflower Triathlon 2017 Cancelled

Tri-California puts triathlon events on hold; focuses on event rental and traffic management division Wildflower 2016. Photo: Kaori Photo. Tri-California announced that it will not produce its iconic Wildflower Triathlon for 2017 – nor any of its other triathlon events – due to prolonged drought, the economic climate, and a decrease in triathlon participation. Although the event planner pulled out all the stops to produce quality Wildflower events in 2015 and 2016 with alternate swim, run, bike, and run courses, participation was too low to make it economically feasible. In a ripple effect, low participation affected exhibitor, sponsor, and camping revenue. The financial losses proved too great to run the event without water levels high enough to hold it in one location. Tri-California co-founder Terry Davis said, “In the 34 years that I have been producing the Wildflower Triathlons, I have never experienced anything that compares with the effect...
Kai Lenny on the Red Bull Heavy Water 2016

Kai Lenny on the Red Bull Heavy Water 2016

Esteemed waterman Kai Lenny shares his strategy for taking on the treacherous Heavy Water event By Joe Spota Kai Lenny ready for the Red Bull Heavy Water event. Photo: Joe Spota Kai Lenny is an all-around maverick in the ocean. From big-wave surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, and stand up paddle boarding, Kai is the epitome of a waterman. As a native of Maui his love affair for the ocean is deeply engrained within the Hawaiian culture. Kai’s focus and determination to succeed in hardcore events like October 19’s Red Bull Heavy Water race are apparent to anyone who talks to him. Kai was one of fifteen of the most elite watermen in the world invited to take on the treacherous Heavy Water race on the San Francisco coast. The entire race is 7.5 miles from the start in the big surf of Ocean Beach, along the dangerous coast...
Celebrating Roof Top Camping at Tepuifest 2016

Celebrating Roof Top Camping at Tepuifest 2016

4th annual festival unites Tepui community in Hollister Hills By Joe Spota Video by Michael Horn, Tradewinds HD Nestled in the nooks of Hollister Hills the 4th annual Tepuifest united the versatile Tepui roof top tent community the weekend of October 14-16, 2016. Tepuifest attracted a variety of adventurous individuals and families challenging the nature of camping itself, even as an ominous storm began rolling in over the hills. Proud Tepui owners woke up dry and well rested – unlike their soggy counterparts in tents on the ground – after rain came through both Friday and Saturday nights. Tepui staff hosted off road clinics into the Hollister Hills trails during the day, providing an element of adventure and some amazing landscape views. Back at camp, the days were filled with a delicious catered breakfast, bean toss games, horseshoes, raffle prizes, and of course the coveted Tepui awards show....
Surf Dog Ricochet: Canine Ambassador for Surfers with Disabilities

Surf Dog Ricochet: Canine Ambassador for Surfers with Disabilities

Surfing dog and veterans with PTSD help kids with disabilities catch waves of empowerment Ricochet has been providing therapeutic assistance and creating unique surfing experiences for kids and adults with disabilities for over seven years. In that time, there have been numerous life-saving and life-changing transformations in the people that she has helped. Those transformations led to an organic evolution with Ricochet’s newest program called Waves of Empowerment (WOE). The WOE program is about inspiring and empowering kids with special needs, people with disabilities and military with physical and emotional challenges like PTSD to help themselves by helping others. These individuals are now volunteering to assist new people with disabilities who want to surf with Ricochet. The interactions in the water or on the beach cultivate renewed spirits and a sense of purpose for both the participants and volunteers. ​Everyone involved is developing relationships with each other as they...
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