Billy Morgan takes bronze at the X-Games 2016.

Billy Morgan has grabbed his first ever medal at the X-Games.

He took the bronze in the Big Air finals in Oslo only moths after returning from a knee surgery.

Here is his Bronze winning trick.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs2CXxUO9yE

Things continue to look on the up for British riders competing on the snow, bring on the Winter Olympics!

Girls Gone Rad!

We were happy to sponsor and help run an event called Girls Gone Rad.

This was the second event put on for and by the girls and it all went down in Milton Keynes Snozone.

With a quite similar philosophy and set up to She rides out in Meribel, the emphasis is to get girls into the park and build confidence through meeting new people and getting tips from some top instructors.

It’s a jam format with prizes to be won from the sponsors. Categories like Best trick, Best bail and most improved kept the competitiveness flowing and made for a super enjoyable winters eve. Big shout out to all the girls who got involved and everyone who helped out. More to come from this crew so keep your eyes pealed!

Take a look at the video which was put together on the day, just click on this link.

enjoy!

 

Stall at, Nass festival 2015

This weekend we will be at Nass fest in Bath, doing a Bamboo Bay stall Friday – Sunday!

We have done Nass once before and we are stocked to be back. This is not your average festival, it’s all based around extreme sports and has some of the biggest names in the game there, like the bird-man – Tony Hawk!

As well as some top music names from the UK and world wide like Public Enemy.

One of our favourite things about the festival is that everyone is cruising around on skateboards and BMX and there are public skateparks and ramps set up for people to shred in-between bands and live shows.

Not to mention the bad ass pro skatepark they set up for the big boys to show you how it’s done. It’s a real spectacle and we will be right there amongst it. So if you’re there come and say hi and check out our bargains on offer.

If you’re still umm’ing and arrr’ing about it then take a look at the website with the full roster here.

Paddle round the pier, Brighton.

This weekend (4,5th of July) we will be doing a pop up stall at the Paddle round the pier event in Brighton!

 

This will be our 3rd time at this special event in the place where Bamboo Bay started, Brighton.

Each year is more fun and jam packed than the last, with live music, pop up skate ramps and shows, lots of events that the public can enter, demos, amazing local and artisan food stalls, loads of other stalls with gadgets and gizmos for surfing to longboarding, as well as the main event where people use home made rafts to paddle out to sea and race around a corse!

 

The Bamboo Bay team elite, will be entering a “raft” and hopefully this time it won’t sink straight away and trap everyone who is on it upside down under water, wouldn’t that be nice…..

We will also have bargains galore at our stall so come, get involved with the fun. Oh yea and the best part…..It’s all FREE! Why wouldn’t you?

here is the link to their website, have a look for yourself.

Festival season is upon us!

The Bamboo Bay crew love a festival and we have done many stalls all over the place in recent years. From Cornwall to the south of France we have had a great time selling at festivals and have met some incredible people along the way.

However, there is one festival that stands out for us. It’s a home away from home and we get especially pumped for Secret Garden Party!

Our extended family “The Dance-Off crew” absolutely kill it there every year with their interactive stage which ensures people are raving and laughing from dusk till dawn. Last year we were lucky enough to do a collaboration with them and they kindly built in a Bamboo Bay shop into the actual stage! The theme was hillbillies and rednecks and we plummeted ourselves into it.

If you want to know more and see for yourselves what you’re missing out on then have a look at the video below.

We will be there again this year as well as other festivals all over the UK and France. So keep an eye on our blog to find out dates and places.

Let the festivities begin, roll on summer!

The Fisherman’s son, short film.

This is a great little video about big wave surfer Ramón Navarro, who was born as a fisherman’s son in an area of Chile called Punta de Lobos.

He taught himself how to surf the local wave and ended up taking his skills to the top of big wave surfing.

One thing is clear throughout and that’s his passion and connection to the ocean and trying to protect it.

It’s only around 20 minuets long but it’s a really powerful and uplifting story about someone who has risen up to become an ambassador and voice for what he loves!

 

New edit from Bamboo Bay rider, Ollie Underwood.

We are stoked to have Ollie on our team, he is an amazing guy, super fun to be around and has style for miles on a board!

We managed to get up the hill with him when we were out on our “Go a long way tour” for a couple of days and he is one of the smoothest riders we know.

He has been out in Meribel this winter shredding the DC Area 43 park whenever possible, take a look at the sick edit he put together below.

 

 

 

On the lip and Bamboo Bay go a long way tour!

Bamboo Bay have partnered up with our friends from On the lip to do a Winter tour around the Alps!

We will be driving down in the Bamboobaymobile at the start of March and making our way to as many resorts as we can, doing pop up stalls and getting involved with events such as Sherides, the Morris pub’s terrace party and the Tignes rail jam. All the while putting together an edit of our trip with some serious shredding thrown in to top it all off!

We will end our tour back home in the UK just in time for a special evening at the Milton Keynes Snozone on the 20th of March, where we will be hosting a freestyle jam night with prizes to be won and fun to be had!

So if you’re in any of those areas keep an ear out on our social media for dates and events, then come join us for some fun and loads of Bamboo Bay bargains!

 

 

 

A review of Oakley’s new film: For Me by Joe Emerick

Mayfair is one of the last places you’d expect to find a room of scruffy shred-peddlers, but the Curzon cinema opened its doors to a band of snowboarders, filmmakers and their eager fans for the premier of Oakley’s new film, Snowboarding for Me.

After a brief wait in a lobby/Victorian gentleman’s club, the audience was ushered into the theatre and the show started. The intro from some of the stars, the director, head of music, and editor didn’t give much away (Nico Muller’s cells can stalefish), but was a great warmer for what turns out to be one of the best films of the year. Here’s why:

 

1. The film is beautiful.

From a purely aesthetic point of view, this film is a pleasure to watch. Big wide vistas to rival The Art of Flight, varied scenery, a great score, and a line-up with more gold medals than Jessica Ennis’s front room. You’re not overwhelmed by 45 minutes of tricks, nor are you bored to tears by convoluted stories of ‘how I got this one thing down.’ Yes, there are moments where you wonder ‘why are you telling me this?’ (Mark McMorris’s social media metrics are a conversation for the boardroom) but they’re balanced by moments of genuine interest, which leads me onto…

 

2. It is genuinely interesting.

Oakley realise the ‘for me’ element of the film in vivid displays of though and emotion that help elevate it above your average shred flick.

Case in point: At the end of the film, Torstein Horgmo apologises for doing that triple cork, and the ensuing chain reaction that has come to define how competitive snowboarding is judged.

Moments of vulnerability and humanity in a sport that turns its pros into something between cyborgs and Greek gods are rare, and Snowboarding for Me places those moments on par with all the medal-talk and switch double-backflips.

Watching JP Walker have a mini-breakdown when reminiscing about his double rodeo in the early 2000’s is as moving and engaging as Eero Ettala admitting he lets people think he can still do tricks he could 10 years ago that he’s long-since forgotten.

 

3. Not giving a shit about selling something.

Simply put, the film has lots of shots of goggle-lenses, straps, and close-ups on jackets. There was a goggle display in the lobby, and a big advert for their prizm lenses at the beginning of the film. Terje Haakonsen even referred to the work Oakley were doing as ‘selling cars’.

Yes, Oakley put on a great show, but they never hide the fact they want you to buy their stuff. They’re the dominant force in their market, and the brilliance of their film is testament to their determination to remain better than everyone else. Whilst corporate flourishes may not be your thing, I can’t help respecting Oakley for doing something with such overwhelming confidence.

 

No film is without flaws (others have noted the lack of any female snowboarders in the film, which is a big area to leave out given Oakley sponsor some of the biggest names in the women’s competitive divisions). If you were going to be cynical about it, you could accuse the athletes of Snowboarding for Oakley, and debunk the entire individuality aspect that the film is based on. However, Snowboarding for Me’s greatest strength is in its bringing-together of snowboarders from all over the professional spectrum, and managing to interlace their talents into a film that is not going to be forgotten quickly. Wear the goggles or not, there is no escaping Oakley’s vision.

 

Here is the trailer.

Absinthe Films – Heavy Mental review

We were lucky enough to be invited to the premier of Absinthe films new production, Heavy Mental last week in London. We went along and had a really good night, met some very interesting people and thought we should do a quick write up for you guys.

We have been long time fans of the Absinthe Films of the past and were really excited to see what this new production had in store. Absinthe have been making great snowboard films for a long time now and some of the older ones like “Futureproof and Pop” were way ahead of their time and in some ways lead the way for snowboard films of the future.

So that brings us nicely to their new addition, Heavy Mental. Obviously our hopes were high and even higher after watching this pretty full on trailer:

But how did it stack up to its predecessors?

To sum up, we would say this is a no nonsense, predominately powder based film. There is not but about 5 words spoken the whole way through the film and its all about the riding! There were some epic powder lines and sketchy moments with slides and huge airs but it all got a bit repetitive by the end. There was some inventive riding and one footed insanity’s thrown in for good measure but if your after humour or some sort of side text then this is not the film for you. This is straight up snowboarding with no if’s or but’s.

We did enjoy it however, a bit more monkey business from the riders and more variety in they style of riding wouldn’t of gone a miss. We all agreed on a 6/10 with basically no umming or arring So thats what you get Heavy mental. Not quite packing the same punch as some of the classics produced by Absinthe but they are some tough acts to follow!

But hey what do we know? If you want to check it out for yourself you can download it on I-tunes………..probably?