Updates – Tailgate Alaska

Tailgate Alaska and the Flow World Freeride Championship

The results are in - Top 8 dudes and all the ladies are in the Finals!

Flow Freeride Championship Men

  1. Scotty Loso
  2. Brandon Reid
  3. Cody Beach
  4. Max Zipster –Blog Page
  5. Mike Marohn –Mike Marohn on Vimeo
  6. Donny Mills – Donny can’t be contained by the internet
  7. Sammy Lucbke – Lib Tech » Sammy Luebke
  8. Micah Hoogaveen – Micah Hoogeveen on Vimeo and Micah Hoogeveen (micahhoogeveen) on Twitter
  9. Will Bromliesick
  10. Sin Biyamq
  11. Mark Carter
  12. Danny Delozier

Top 8 in the Finals.

Flow Freeride Championship Women

  1. Emily Weir
  2. Yoko Nakamura
  3. Nathalie Zenklussen
  4. Cecelia Millac
  5. Sarka Pancochova

Top 2 are in the Finals.

These are the results from the Flow Freeride Championship at Tailgate AK.  The top 8 men qualify and top 5 women qualify for the finals. If you have links to more stuff about them, please share in the comments below!

Check out the websites below for more details.  Good luck riders!

Summary and event write ups

Event and Valdez Information:

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Event Update: TAILGATE ALASKA

TAILGATE ALASKA.

It’s no secret that I love Valdez and the Copper River Valley.  If I had to choose one reason why, it wouldn’t be the whales in the prince william sound.  No.  Not the tidewater Glaciers. Kayaking.  The McCarthy Road Summer camping out at the Kooskolana bridge.  3 feet Snow Storm weekend? no, close.  $75 dollar an hour snow shovelling gig? no, but getting closer.

Thompson Pass is the reason I love Valdez.

Starting 20 miles outside of Valdez on the Richardson Highway is Thompson Pass.  One Pass to rule them all, as it was explained to me.  I was a refugee from the industrial culture of the lower 48, when a good friend loaned me a bunch of fleece and an old snowboard to teach me to snowboard.  “Boots?  Do I need boots”, I asked.  “No”, he said. “Your sorels will do.  Here put these ski boot liners in them.”

Alaska Kills stupid. But, I got by with help from my friends

I learned to snowboard on Thompson Pass.  That was in the Spring of 1996.  It’s close to my heart. Some many friends and friendly people congregate there each Spring.  I met the gang up there.  Dean Cummings and Lisa Wax.  John and Jesse Tol.  Pete Lowney. The Mills Brothers.  Greg Geidt and Sean Wisner.  Most are still around.   Raeann Kruger.  Ran Crone.  Of course, my crew of Dale Bard, Eddie Spaghetti.

Crap, I’ve reminisced enough.

Someone but in a bootpack up Schoolbus

Trust me.  Thompson Pass, Alaska in April is a world class special place.  It’s hard. It sucks when it blows (paradox are common).  But in that crucible, lifetime memories are forged.  You will get high breathing the air and it will last a very long time. It’s special.  It’s ultra Alaska.  And I miss it.

So, if you are heading there, be glad.  If you are there, enjoy.  And, if you don’t know, now you know.

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BBC News – US Coast Guard sinks tsunami ‘ghost ship’

It was adrift about 195 miles from Sitka, Alaska, when it was sunk, officials said.

via BBC News – US Coast Guard sinks tsunami ‘ghost ship’.

A ‘ghost ship’ of the coast of Alaska!  It had been drifting for over a year and met it’s demise in Southeast Alaska.  Demise? final resting place in 9,000 feet of sea water.

A Canadian crew tried to claim salvage rights, but they decided against it.  Also, the Alaskan coast guard decided to NOT unload the fuel from the ship.  There was 2,113 gallons of diesel on board.  Dang!  My buddy had to pay a fine for spilling 10 gallons of diesel in the Valdez Boat Harbor.  I suppose it was just too risky to pump it out.  Understandable. And, it would be in extreme poor taste to fee the Japanese for this… heart goes out to those people.

Anyway, the video of them shooting the boat is pretty cool – check it out!

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Supernova 2012aw: the pictures! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

 

Supernova

Supernova 2012aw: the pictures! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine.

You all may know that I listen to Earth and Sky which begins the KNBA.org broadcast day.  Today, I was surprised to find out that ALL of the GOLD on earth is due to a very cool celestial event: The Supernova!

And Guess What?  A Supernova is visible in the sky right now.  Of course, it happened over 38 million years ago… or 28 million miles away.  It’s ridiculous the time and distances we talk about here – Astronomical, namely.

Is it true that all gold comes from supernovas?  Will there be more gold on earth now?  Interesting questions, for sure.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

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Iditarod Update: Jan Steves takes the red lantern

Living My Dream — Part 3

Jan takes the red lantern and steps off the trail under the burled arch.

Congratulations everyone involved with the race.  It was great to catch the Iditarod fever.  See ya next year!

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Iditarod Update: Jan and Bob are still on the Trail

 

Living My Dream — Jan Steves Iditarod Blog

Jan and Bob are coming in from White Mountain.  C’mon, Red Lantern’ers!

You are an inspiration to so many – You can make it!

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Iditarod Update!

51 Dan Seavey 65 White Mountain 3/17 13:50:00 11 5h 30m Elim 3/17 08:20:00 8.36 ✔ ✔

52 Bob Chlupach 49 Elim 3/17 15:12:00 14 6h 28m Koyuk 3/17 08:44:00 7.42 ✔ ✔

53 Jan Steves (r) 40 Elim 3/17 15:15:00 12 6h 32m Koyuk 3/17 08:43:00 7.35 ✔ ✔

via Iditarod | Last Great Race on Earth®.

Are Dan, Bob and Jan friends?  I hope they run together to the finish.

GO RACERS!

51 Dan Seavey
52 Bob Chlupach
53 Jan Steves (r)

 

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Iditarod Update: Teacher on the Trail

Target® Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ | Target® is the Official Sponsor of the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail program

I found a cool blogger this morning.  A teacher sponsored by Target to report on all the informative and interesting bits about the Iditarod.  Posts about Robert Service and the ice and the snow and the dogs… all for school kids!

Our racers!

The Sisters are in.  Dan and Matt are close together.  But I think Jan and Bob are racing for the Red Lantern.  Perhaps Dan has too much pride to come in ‘Last Place’.  We see the last in line one way is first in line going the other way.

Race Hard and Sleep well!

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Iditarod Update – Our Gang is still racing

Iditarod | Last Great Race on Earth

 


Anna Berington
(r)

Kristy Berington - iditarod musher 2012
Kristy Berington

Matt Failor - 2012 Iditarod Musher
Matt Failor
(r)

Dan Seavey - 2012 Iditarod Musher
Dan Seavey

These fine folks – these Hero Mushers of the Iditarod trail!  Why are are watching them as oppose to all the other racers?  Do you really need to ask in the case of the Berington Sisters?  And, Dan?  He is the Patriarch, the GRAND PAPA of the trail.  Matt?  Well, he was with Dan on the first day and we just sort of picked the rookie up.

The race is winding down.  The winners are doing brodies with their new truck.  But… out on the trail our racers are still grinding it out.   Still mushing.  Still in the wilderness.  Still hoping to see Nome and the crowds and the burled arch – the symbols that the race is over and the race is won, for them.

Good Luck, My Champions!

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Iditarod Update: Dallas Seavey celebrates Iditarod victory

Iditarod Live: The Sled Blog : Audio: Dallas Seavey discusses his Iditarod victory | adn.com.

Dallas paces Aliy to reach the burled arch first to win the 2012 Iditarod – plus 500k and a new Dodge truck.

Here are the top ten finishers:

1 Dallas Seavey
2 Aliy Zirkle
3 Ramey Smyth
4 Aaron Burmeister
5 Peter Kaiser
6 Ray Redington Jr
7 Mitch Seavey
8 Michael Williams, Jr.
9 John Baker
10 DeeDee Jonrowe

Dallas wins the burled arch. Daddy Mitch is in the top ten. And, perhaps, Grandpa Dan can take the Red Lantern.  Wonderful story!

Congrats to TEAM SEAVEY!  These dogs deserve a rest!

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