The Yamaha V Max was the most powerful factory motorcycle ever sold to the public when It was introduced in 1985. It changed everything I thought I knew about how to ride. My friend Johnnie said the caption should say “from Vmax to Flowmax in 10 years”
1986 Mt Equinox Vermont. Elevation 3,800 ft.
I had an altitude gain of 600 ft over the top and the flight duration was about 45 minutes. Three pictures were put together to make one. The first picture I’m standing on launch, the second picture I’m running down the ramp and the third picture shows me soaring 600 ft. over the top. I flew a supine harness (sitting or reclined) and the glider was modified to accommodate that style. The vast majority of hang-glider pilots consider supine hang-gliding to be radical and dangerous. I took my lumps for that but I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
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When I met my wife she told me that she had always dreamt of flying like a bird. I told her I could make that happen. Three years later I arranged a tandem flight with a certified pilot. I helped them launch and watched as her dream came true.
Fitzgeralds April 17, 2011
I have played drums in bands before but this was the first time I played guitar in public. I had the honor of playing with the amazing John Nardo. We rehearsed it once and John laid down this great base line. The song is Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive breath”
Windsurfing is an amazing sport . You can ride for hours at a time just using the power of the wind. The adrenaline rush is as good as anything I’ve experienced. Combine that with crystal clear water and a beautiful tropical environment, it doesn’t get any better that.
Big Slush Bumps, Hunter Mtn
Bumps or Moguls are formed by skiers turning around them. As the weather gets warmer in the spring the bumps form more easily and tend to grow larger. The larger moguls and slushy snow add to the challenge. The warm weather is like icing on the cake. These conditions are as good as it gets for mogul skiers!
3 Spins and 2 Tip Rolls
Forward skiing only engages the 2 inside edges. Learning to spin on skis starts with learning to ski backwards. To ski backwards you’ll need to get used to using your outside edges. Once you get comfortable going backwards and using your outside edges it becomes easy to spin 360’s
The snowskate is great for teaching balance. There are no bindings so the only thing keeping you on the board is balance. Don’t be afraid to be a beginner again and move slowly, be patient. The balance you’re learning will pay huge dividends when you go back to your snowboard.
Brookdale Park, Montclaire NJ
Freeline skates take the ripstick to the next level. By eliminating the bar in the middle you allow a much larger range of motion. Although freeline skates are more difficult to ride, the increased control makes it worth the effort. Some people have commented that I looked as though I was close to disaster in this video. Actually, I was in control and never felt threatened.
Mountain Creek, 2011
Keep the board flat and straight for maximum speed. Keep the back knee bent to put more weight on the back of the board when you enter the water. This keeps the front of the board above the water. Try to tune the crowd out and enjoy the ride.
Kiteboarding – Outer Banks, NC
Took an RV trip to the outer banks of North Carolina. My brother in law Marcus and I took Kiteboarding lessons. I finally got up and rode on the third day. This ride took me a few miles into the bay. The instructor and Marcus gave chase on a wave runner.
Riding a flow rider for 30 minutes is the equivalent to a full day of skiing or snowboarding . If you calculate how much time is actually spent riding or skiing on a typical day you’d probably find that it is less than 30 minutes. Most of the time is spent on line or on the lift. This flow rider is on Royal Caribbean’s, Oasis of the Seas. I highly recommend it.