Archive for November, 2015

Snowboarding Ain’t No Fringe Sport, Man!

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snowboardingWhen John Barber first tried snowboarding three years ago on a dare, he attracted more than his share of attention. “Everyone was wondering who the old guy was on the board,” says Barber, 35, who owns a vintage clothing shop in Portland, OR. Now entering his fourth season as a snowboarder, Barber is less of an oddity on the slopes. “Having skied since age four, snowboarding was new, it was different, and it was far faster than skiing–I’m still loving every minute of it.” That same novelty is what attracted Marie-Pierre Gendron, a second-year psychology major at the Universite de Montreal. “For me, skiing became boring,” says Gendron, 21. “Snowboarding creates a new sensation, almost like floating on water.”

The key to the popularity of snowboarding, a winter cousin of surfing and skateboarding, seems to lie in the progress its participants can make in a relatively short period of time. “The appeal is definitely in the learning curve,” says Yvette Jackson, 32, a veterinarian technician from Ladner, B.C., who …


Anti-Snoring Scams: An Ugly World

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anti-snoring-scamsWhat’s worse than snoring? If you’re having a hard time thinking of something because snoring is really annoying and inconvenient let me help you out a bit. One of the worst things is people preying on those who are facing some sort of misfortune or discomfort and are trying to change it. There are people out there who are using anti-snoring devices to create scams and cheat honest people of their money. Unless you are in the 1% chances are you don’t have a whole lot of disposable cash and if you are buying something it generally is being purchased for a reason.

People who snore don’t have control of their bodies when they sleep, let alone the muscles in their mouth which relax and cause the tongue to fall back in their mouth against their throat which is where the snoring sound can come from in many cases. Most people who snore know that it is not an easy thing to live with. They generally snore for a variety of health-related issues like excessive smoking or drinking. Even stress can cause people to snore and sometimes those who snore not only wake their partners but themselves! No one gets a good night sleep and it can be very strenuous on a relationship. There are a lot of products out there to help people reduce or eliminate snoring and with all those products come those trying to make a quick buck.

Most people shop online now for the things they need. Just look at how big and busy Amazon has become in the last few years or so. EBay was also a very big online supplier but it has died down a bit as Amazon took more and more customers from them. When you shop online you rely a lot on the product photos, descriptions and reviews. If you haven’t heard of the company before a lot of you will try to read the reviews and see if it’s worth your time. This is where things can get tricky and scammers can take advantage of you from the other side of the screen.

Some sellers will tell their customers that if they leave good feedback for them on Amazon they will give them a discount or prize of some sort. When this happens, you can’t really trust the reviews any more. There have been instances where a seller will post a product for sale, usually an anti-snoring mouthpiece, and provide pictures from many different angles of a mouthpiece that looks professional and productive. However, when people place their orders a completely different product arrives at their doorstep. In these cases the victims of the scam have been sent a cheap athletic mouth guard which will do nothing for your snoring. It will, however, protect your teeth if your partner rolls over and whacks you in the face in an effort to get you to stop snoring.

But it doesn’t stop there. There is an issue with a supplier falsely sending athletic mouth guards to people and when they try to return the product the seller indicates they will get a full refund minus shipping and handling fees. Even more opportunity for the scammer to pocket some cash that isn’t theirs. It is very important to read all reviews on a product, especially the negative ones, to see what exactly people are complaining. You need to use your judgement and decide if you want to take the chance. You can always look online with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and try to talk to family or friends who may have ordered a similar product and find out their experiences with it. Naturally, there are review sites you can trust. You have Read the rest of this entry »


Marijuana And Snowboarding – Shouldn’t We Embrace Both?

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snobordingWhen Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati had his slalom gold medal–one of the first medals of the Games–stripped last week after he tested positive for marijuana, it seemed like a self-fulfilling prophecy. When he was then caught with an ashcatcher equipped TAG water pipe like this, it was pretty much over.

The snowboarders had come to Japan with a rebel image, unsure they wanted to be part of any club that would invite them to be members in the first place.

“They were the ones who wanted snowboarding in the Olympics, and they know snowboarding is a little more liberal,” Swiss snowboarder Anita Schwaller says. “They wanted us. It’s not the riders who want to be here.”

But once all the “O Cannabis” jokes and “The Olympic motto: faster, stronger, and way, way higher,” punch lines were used up, the Rebagliati controversy spawned legitimate debate on bigger issues, such as:

* Should the International Olympic Committee be testing its athletes for recreational drugs’ such as marijuana7 Or should the …


Snowboarding Equipment For The Ladies

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snowboarding-equipmentAt the male-dominated BoarderFest in Aspen, Colorado, last winter, one competitor seemed to overshadow an the others. Twenty-nine-year-old Morgan Lafonte dazzled the audience with a fully laid-out back flip across a 20-foot-wide jump at Elk Mountain. The crowd broke out in raucous cheers that far surpassed its response to her male counterparts.

Riders like Lafonte, with her polished yet aggressive style, are luring women into snowboarding and forcing manufacturers to take them seriously. The numbers, too, are garnering attention: women participants rose from 18.2 percent of riders in 1994 to 27 percent in 1995-and the growth is not expected to stop anytime soon. So with more women than ever slapping on snowboards the industry’s cold shoulder has definitely warmed up. Read on to find out how to outfit your riding style with the season’s newest boards, boots and bindings for women.

Ticket to Ride

When you’re shopping for a board, look for one that suits your body type, skill level and the terrain you’ll be riding. In general, women’s …