Daily Archives: 08/23/2018

Watch Blackburn’s Second Water Cycle Film: Ocean, Surf by Bike

Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design has created WATER CYCLE, an ongoing documentary film project.

In the second chapter, OCEAN, we follow Ashley Llyod Thompson, a surf shaper from Santa Cruz, California. Ashley took time away from her shaping studio to travel with her husband and son to Mexico in search of quiet surf breaks. Many of the best breaks are tough to access and aren’t on any map. Fat bikes made the most sense to enjoy these secret places. Along the way, she found some beautiful quiet moments with the ocean and with her family. These are the simple joys that life on a bike can bring.

Ashley has been an avid surfer since she was a child, eventually turning her passion into a career shaping surfboards and teaching new riders. As she became closer to her craft and the ocean around her, she adopted an emphasis on sustainable building practices that respected both her ability to ride huge waves, and desire to do as little harm as possible to the planet.

Our fragile oceans sustain life on our planet, but increasingly, they are polluted with plastic waste. This waste can range from single-use plastic products like cup lids, and take out bags, to microscopic particulates that kill fish and foul beaches. Protecting our oceans is important to Blackburn and so for this project, we’ve partnered with Sustainable Surf to bring attention to the continued need to be stewards of our oceans. If this is something that resonates with you, consider becoming involved with one of Sustainable Surfs initiatives. sustainablesurf.org/

All Photos: Brian Vernor

Featured at: blackburndesign.com/ocean

OCEAN was directed by Nicole Mackinlay Hahn. Mackinlay Hahn grew up in New York, where she worked at for the family business on Fire Island National Seashore. Curious, adventurous, and with a drive for honesty, she began making films in 8th grade using her brother’s pixelvision camera. Since then, she has collaborated on projects throughout the US, Africa, and the UK.

Brian Vernor, a noted filmmaker and photographer, is provided art direction for the film. Brian has long been a Blackburn collaborator and will be making certain that each story in the project has a distinct point of view, while still holding close to the overall theme and vision.
Ocean was produced by Robin Sansom, a long time Blackburn collaborator and a principal of Offsite Studios, a brand and content agency.
Chris McNally returned for the second chapter of Water Cycle by providing the amazing illustrations.

Short Circuit: Connor Fearon Rolls into the Top Ten in Timed Training at La Bresse

It’s hard to believe the 2018 World Cup DH Season is almost over, after it finishes this weekend in La Bresse, France all we’ll be left to watch is the World Champs in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Timed Training has only just wrapped up and we’ve still got two days of World Cup DH excitement left.

The track at La Bresse is totally new for 2018, and its mix of bike park berms and flowy trail seem to be a hit with the riders. Connor had this to say after finishing 9th in timed training earlier today, “The track is fun, there’s actually heaps of pedaling in it which I didn’t think there would be after walking the track. The bottom section is sick, the dirt is pretty loose and slippery.”

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Kona’s Lacy Kemp Featured in Freehub Magazine’s Pillars Series

Freehub Magazine has launched a new web series called Pillars, highlighting the people that help define the local mountain bike community. Bellingham is home to several bike companies and this first piece features an employee from both Kona and Transition. Check out what makes Kona’s Communications Manager, Lacy Kemp, a Bellingham Pillar.

 

 

“Every community has its cornerstones, the people making forward progression possible. Bellingham, WA, has a thriving mountain bike scene with so many people contributing in every possible way imaginable. However, there are a few who epitomize the community as a whole, simply through their actions.” – Freehub Magazine