Birthday POW!

So I had a pretty good week last week! On Friday my Praxis skis (www.praxisskis.com) were delivered and man are they beautiful! A pair of 187cm Praxis Concepts and a massive 200cm pair of Praxis PowderBoards!

The very next day we decided to head to Ischgl one of my favorite ski resorts! Even when it does not snow I always have fun in Ischgl. Despite the massive parties and the girls dancing on tables Ischgl, most of the time its about the skiing…. ;)

Here was what Frau Holle delivered on my Bday!

Thats all for now hope to head out this weekend after some work. Tour a little get in touch with what the snow is doing and hopefully look forward to a strong February!

May the POW be with you!

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie

Back Home… Once with a Bro once Alone!

First time I headed home it was with my good bro Paavo (http://finnishedinaustria.blogspot.co.at/). We headed to the trees, It was Paavos first real day back on skis this season and he was still rocking fat cheeks from missing 4 of his wisdom teeth but that didn’t really slow him down. He took a couple hard hits that day but he couldn’t get the smile of his face.

I sort freaked out before the cat track cause I thought I was going to slam hard.

                    I sort freaked out before the cat track cause I thought I was going to slam hard.

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                                    Stoked to be back home and in the trees I grew up skiing!

After that it was back to work and the weather was warm. It rained a couple of times. It snowed last night so getting a break at lunch I decided to head out for a couple of laps because I one had about an hour of time. So I poked around in the woods. It snowed a maximum of 10cm and it was sort of weirdly distributed on a really weird base; 1cm here, 10cm there, magically 15cm over there! Talk about having ski conservatively, the whole base amounts to about 30cm at 1600m on a shady northern aspect. There is stuff poking out death spear style every where. Down low its barely there anymore. I am heading back to Tirol tomorrow where the whole alpine sounds scary that I am going to miss all the protected trees back home!

That’s all for now. Hopefully Winter will turn around and turn the taps on. Some forecasts say it will, however I’ll believe it when I see it! Good news is that our Praxis Skis are currently in Köln, Germany which means that I get to fondle new ski gear by the middle of the week… WOOHOO!

Till next time may the POW be with you!

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie

She came late!! But when she did she came hard… Start to Winter 2014/15

Well Winter 2014/2015 left us hanging for quite a bit there. There was some early season snowfall in October and November but as always early season snow usually foretells of hard times come December. It all changed in the space of about 5 days. With a mini dump on the way I headed into the mountains for the first time this year and man were my legs weak. The snow was pretty marginal and all in all it was just about sliding around a bit.

Can't get much better than this can it?

Then out of nothing came a really cold and dry system. It stated snowing and just did not stop for 3 days. Cold light dry powder… Everywhere!

So I headed out, skied some great POW, explored a new area for the first time. Found fun tree runs, pillow lines and a multitude of faceshots. What more can you ask for as a skier coming home to green fields on the 23.12 to trenching pits by the 29.12. Most photos and Video was a crap shot because intense from was rolling in and out all day. Plus all I really wanted to do was schralp POW.

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OOOHH Yea First tracks right under the lift!

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Shaking my head and smiling… Too much STOKE!

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Tree Slalom!

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Cant wait to hit this on Sunday again. (Photo: Christoph Loerke)

That pretty much it for now… Took a hit on Sunday giving my self a nice fat bruise on my thigh so taking a rest day even though its blue bird out touch decision but the snow pack is still super sketchy and knowing myself I know when the stokage is high it is easy to make bad decisions.

Till next time may the POW be with you!

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie

When The Sun Comes Out…

Well Summer is sort of touch and go rain here, sun there. Not much really to write about. Went surfing a couple of times, hung out on the lake, house party. Pretty good times in all.

SUMMERTIME!

SUMMERTIME!

Ignore the next paragraph if Gimbal news does not seem interesting…

Took out the new 3-axis Gimbal to test it out. While it works out pretty well it has been the bane of my existence! After sort of crashing while filing, the x-axis started to hang to the left. Switched out the batteries nothing changed still sagged. Tried to use it over the weekend, and nothing. So I contacted the seller, have not heard much back yet hope that they can sort this out because what happened next was an absolute shit show. Thinking that I might be able to somehow recalibrate the Gimbal by plugging it into the lap top using the supplied mini usb cabel. I plug it in to my computer and try and start my computer. Nothing… Thinking that the battery is just dead I plug my laptop in and foolishly plug the Gimbal into a second laptop. Instantly boom, black screen. Try to turn it back on NOTHING!! At this point I am freaking out cause I think that both laptops are now completely fried. One of them is brand new so I did not want to mess around with it in case I voided my warranty. So I opened up the bottom took the battery out, hooked it up to the charger to see if it still ran. It did! So put the battery back in and it started. To see if it really was the Gimbal I got out my old laptop turned it on let it run on battery and plugged the Gimbal in… Boom gone. So it is officially the Gimbal that is overloading the battery causing the laptops to crash. I think its because power is being transferred over the two outer pins of of the USB port. This should not happen because the cable is for data transfer which means only the inner two pins should have any function. Now this is what I understood from reading up on it, no expert but I am rightly pissed that the Gimbal fucked my computers. I hope that Feiyu Tech sorts their Gimbal out…

Now for some footage and photos:

The Video above is the first footage from using the new 3-axis Gimbal.

After working for the rest of the week we spent the weekend in Salzburg chilling on the river, then the lake then chilled on the lake had a couple brews… good times!

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Setting up the rope to tow into the wave.First go around rope was too short meant a trip to the hardware store.

Rupi heading out to hook the rope up with a carbiner.

Rupi heading out to hook the rope up with a carbiner.

Warming up between waves. Waters pretty cold.

Warming up between waves. Water’s pretty cold.

Waiting my turn.

Waiting my turn.

After a couple of goes it started to work.

After a couple of goes it started to work.

Rupi doing the same

Rupi doing the same.

The tool the rules = more rocks more tools.

The tool the rules = more rocks more tools.

After that we headed to the lake. It was warm, sun was out and was dope to hang out with the SBG crew.

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Lake time!

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Stoked!

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Just right. Warm, sunny, crate of beers and a BBQ

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Took the Gopro out got a spin.

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Swim, Swim Swim!

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Just Chilling.

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SUP!

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BOMB!

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Almost looks like we are in the Pacific!

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Under the pier!

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Chilling on the balcony!

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Beers and good times…

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Down the line, up they piled!

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Taking a breather after a game of foot volley ball, volley ball and then a round of footie.

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Till next time back to the river!

That’s all for now lots of party footage to go through but that is for another time.

As always may the “Flow” be with you!

 

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie

 

The Final Rig!

So this is the final rig we built for the “Steadipolefollowcam” thing! Most the the parts have been sourced form other products, from figure 8 clamps usually used for fastening a flash light to handlebars or the carbon pole from the swivel mount. The GoPro itself has a lens protector on it but besides that its pretty standard. We usually film in 1080p Superview as it makes keeping the subject in frame easiest.

From above.

From above.

The Gimbal attached to the end of the carbon pole using the figure 8 clamps.

The Gimbal attached to the end of the carbon pole using the figure 8 clamps.

 

Another angle.

Another angle.

The funny this is that even though this part of the project is done I like that I have designed it in a modular fashion. We have a 3-axis stabilizer on the way form the same company which can be ordered off of http://www.aliexpress.com/ including all the extra parts needed to make the entire follow cam set up.

The Gimbal itself is made by Feiyu-Tech more specs at:

The new 3-axis Gimbal.

http://www.feiyu-tech.com/product-en.php?id=43

So that is the rig we are currently using. I am always thinking of new ways to improve the rig the next step will be to add the grip form some crutches that my room mate will soon no longer need which will make the rig easier to hold for an entire day. I am also ordering 1m 25mm carbon tubes to build a new rig exactly the same as the current one for the 3 axis Gimbal with a 2m boom instead of the 1.2m boom we use currently. This will make it easier to get close to the subject without having to ski right next to them. The other four 1m poles will be used to make a sort of handheld crane which I hole to use to get aerial like shots without having to fly a drone. The entire rig is very light considering the small size of the GoPro and the Gimbal it should not be a problem holding a 4m boom. I hope to make each 1m pole attach to each other using a quick release system like a pin and hole solution so that I can collapse the pieces to fold down. That way I will be able to strap the to the outside of my back pack keeping us mobile in the mountains!

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Back to the river!

One last shot for good measure!

As always may the “Flow” be with you!

 

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie

Supporting Our First KICK STARTER Campaign…

This is an awesome product, great for action sports filmers and for everyday people who want a new perspective on their surroundings. Take a look below and help them reach all of their stretch goals. We have been putting a lot of energy into out Follow cam pole so we are excited to see a product like this come along.

If you decide to back them, please send a short email to contact@hexoplus.com that you found their project through https://auffiundowi.wordpress.com/ and add my name, Bernhard Victor Brandstatter. Full disclosure here I get a free battery not really a big deal as they are generic at 30EUR a pop but one can never have enough batteries.

FOLLOW ME, FOLLOW ME!!

I would like to add the entire KICKSTARTER page but we are moving the blog to a dedicated site soon so we will have more options when posting!

As always may the “FLOW” be with you!

 

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie

 

Summer Distractions!

So summer is officially here and Rupi and I have been making the most of it. From cruising across Austria trying to surf as many river waves as possible in one day to an unexpected surprise of getting to wakeboard on Mattsee.

First wave of the day.No rope meant it was a no go but the next wave was only a short distance away so we didn't even have to get out of the wetsuits!

First wave of the day. No rope meant it was a no go but the next wave was only a short distance away so we didn’t even have to get out of the wetsuits!

The first wave was a little hard to get into but we tried anyway. Trying to paddle into river waves is tough, the current is fast the water is cold and in all reality you cant really see anything cause of the water foaming all around you. We gave it a go. Failed at it, so we moved on. The next wave turned out to be much more promising and we both got a feel for what river surfing is all about. Which in all honesty has nothing to do with normal surfing. Its not down the line but more straight up the line surfing.

The second wave he headed to was perfect for learning some basics. Instead of having to pop up you could start standing up with the help of a rope. Once up things got way easier.

Getting up on the wave...

Getting up on the wave…

The helping hand...

The helping hand…

The great thing about this wave is that you can get up right off the bat and get used to being up on the board instead of trying to pop up and getting sent through the spin cycle. Plus the vibe at the wave is great! The dudes are soo stoked to give tips and tell you what’s up instead of the classic aggressiveness that one usually experiences. That is what got us going that day. After enjoying 3 sick hours at the wave we moved one, the next spot the next wave!

Trying not to stall out!

Trying not to stall out!

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Walk the deck 1…

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The next stop was about an hour and a half away after looking at it we thought it was doable but the problem was again we didnt have a rope with us! so we tried anyway and got washed out every single time! but no worries we will be heading back as the wave is deserted and clean as a babies bottom!

Keeping our eyes open!

Keeping our eyes open!

Walking some more!

Walking some more!

Walking...

Walking…

This wave was a beauty! Rupi and I really want to head back because we could not get into it without a rope… Once again we tried got wet and had a blast! The only thing is about this wave is there is nowhere to relieve yourself so its all about the bush man mentality!

So clean. To think that this wave is formed by a sewage pipe running across the river... Lucky accident?

So clean. To think that this wave is formed by a sewage pipe running across the river… Lucky accident?

So after failing again we headed to our tried and true spot and it was a first for myself but after getting in and thoroughly washed through I finally got up and it was great!

Get ready to get cold...

Get ready to get cold…

Heady to hop!

Heady to hop!

Rupi up and killing!

Julian up and killing!

Thats how its done!

That is how its done!

Snap from a photographer that was on hand!

Just a short little vid most of the time we are getting sent through the spin cycle so that is all we have atm!

And finally the surprise of the week!

Getting to wakeboard on Mattsee thanks to http://www.steiner-nautic.at/ who took us for a spin on what is currently the fastet electro motorboat in the world I believe. The thing is fast it hits over 70kph maxed out. The weather was sick and again we would like to extend out thanks for ramping up an already kick ass sunday!

After years of not standing on a wakeboard it was a relief to be able to stand up! Like riding a bike!

Rupi getting after it!

All of us having a great time!

So all in all summer has been great from fun SUP sessions to working on new camera gear and even supporting my first Kickstarter campaign lots of new stuff happening. Some interesting news includes new Gimbals and hopefully new Gopros… I keep saying I will post up about my follow cam set up but its not quite perfect yet so I am going to take the time to perfect it! On another front Rupi and I are exceited to shape some Alaia’s for River surfing cause I would rather be sliding around then using fins marginally wall. All we are waiting for is our Paulownia blanks and then its off to shaping, testing and having a good time!

Again thanks to Herman at Steiner Nautic for taking us out last Sunday!

As always may the “Flow” be with you!

 

Cheers,

Rupi and Bernie