Powerslide Prediction for 2010

早くも、Powerslide の Newsletter December '09 が更新されました。その中に2010年の展望など掲載されていますが、ちょっと元気無さそうに感じるのは私だけでしょうか。来年2010年・・・Powerslide に限らず、日本だって予測不可能な感じです。

What will the year 2010 bring?

Powerslide Newsletter (Dec. 2009)
To have a prediction for 2010 is probably as certian as the big tax reform our government promised in October. But we will give it a go. As sure is that the Football World Championships will be held in a subtropical climate in South Africa - or will we have winter there in July? Thanks to Charlize Theron for choosing those difficult teams in the preliminary rounds. So the German Team should easily move into the third week of the championships and the summer will be perfect. For skating we would wish to have more than just a little report in the local news, instead. God knows we try. No more companies are really willing to invest something in the sport - yet.

Some decisions could be due to the jungle of intransparent racing-series. Today no one is able to say which racing series will exist and how it will exist next year. A big experiment without any structure. Is this the end of skating?

A small town in Franken says NO.

The products are sophisticated and innovative as ever before. Even in these bad times it is profitable to invest. There is no other sport in summer that has so many different aspects: fun, wellness, fitness, healthy, tension, living together. The focus for 2010 is a mixture between the fascinating high performance-sport and the fun of the movement for hobby skater. “Get out on the street and have fun“ is our motto for 2010. Motivate yourself and do not wait on others. Powerslide is going to take part in about 150 events next year from “night skate” to the most important marathon races in Berlin - regardless of any racing series, association or competing company. Our signal is clear! - WE LOVE TO SKATE - especially in 2010.
Powerslide Newsletter: What will the year 2010 bring?

Interview with Powerslide star Kalon Dobbin.

(Jan. 22, 2010)
Kalon Dobbin (New Zealand) is an ICON of our sport. He is the only skater from his generation still racing at the highest level. Powerslide caught up with him as he increases his preparations for another season.

Kalon DobbinKalon you are one of the most successful sprinters from the past decade, and your actually the only one from your generation still racing at the highest level. What keeps you hungry and motivated?
I think its because I love to skate. I wake up in the morning thinking about skating. I am constantly thinking about my technique, and how to go faster. Then at the end of the day I go to bed still thinking about skating. So I think as long as I see myself with the same "love to skate" passion then I will not be hanging up my skates for many years yet.

In recent years our sport has come on in many ways, most of all technology. Everyone knows your famous about having your skates perfect, so in your opinion what is the biggest advancement in technology?
I would have to say the biggest advancement in technology is in the wheels. The development of new urethane and hub combinations. With wheel size going up to 110mm it has allowed us to get much more out of the wheels, and now even minor tweaks can have huge imacts on how a wheel performs.

Speaking of technology, 2010 will see the release of the 168 boot. What is the story behind this? What makes this boot unique?
In New Zealand when you start racing you are given a racing number, and this number you keep for the entire time you are racing in NZ. I have been number 168 for the past 24 years. For me its a symbol of everything I love about this sport. I actually helped design the 168 boot, and several ideas from my past 24 years of skating have gone into this boot.

One idea in particular is the smart shell. With the smart shell we were able to take the exsisting shell ribbing that can be found in the XXX boot, but we extended it the whole way up the side of the carbon shell. This process allows us to make a carbon shell that is lighter, and stiffer.

Another idea is having the laces on an angle. In the past other boots have come out with the laces on an angle, but mostly this was for show. Where the 168 boot is unique is that the laces are off-set all the way to the top of the boot. This was done to ease the presure on the large tendon that runs down the centre of the foot. Many skaters have had problems when they do their laces up tight, putting too much presure on this tendon and causing pain, however with the 168 boot I believe we have fixed this issue.

Now that you have got these cool boots for 2010, what races will you be showing them off at? Track or marathons?
2010 will see me split my season between marathon and track racing. I will kick my year off in USA racing on the indoor. At the same time I have been training hard for the long distance events around the world. Later in the year I will shift my focus to look at the sprint events for the World Champs in October.

Lastly, right now your in your adopted home of Mar del Plata, Argentina. Tell us what your typical day looks like;
At the moment my training is split between, skating, cycling, and weight lifting. In general I will start my morning session around 10am and finish at 1pm. Right now I am actually doing a lot of work on my skates so that I can get maximum power out of each push. In particular I am looking at things like wedges and pitches (ed.- changing the angles of how the frame is mounted to the boot). Then in the evenings I will head down to the track for training between 8pm and 10pm. Then in back home for some dinner and TV.

Thanks for your time Kalon. Train hard and we\\\'ll look forward to seeing you at the big events in 2010.
Powerslide Racing: Interview with Powerslide star Kalon Dobbin.

Inside the Team

by Scott Arlidge (Jan. 27, 2010)
This opportunity towards the middle of 2009 and even though it was tough to leave some of my friends at the Zepto/Bont set up I knew I had to take this chance. So I'm really looking forward to starting the season because its going to be great racing with guys like Yann and Kalon.

Scott ArlidgeHowever racing isn't the only think I'll be doing at Powerslide, in fact its only half the story. Together with the guys in USA I'll be working on a range of new wheels for 2010 and beyond. I'm really motivated to do this because testing wheels, developing them and racing on them is a real passion of mine.

Acutally I'm a pretty busy guy because I also have a role inside the huge skating project in Geisingen, Germany. For those of you that don't know, Geisingen is a small village in Southern Germany and very soon it will have Europe's premier inline skating facility. So now I'm spending more and more time in Europe. In the past years I'd only spend around six or seven months there, but now its much more. I'm actually very luck because my new fiance also works there. She is from New Zealand also and so to find her a job in Germany is great.

So, yes we plan to get married soon. Well kind of soon, January 2011. I'm sure time will pass very quickly. I have to be honest in the fact that I was a little naive about a wedding. Don't get me wrong I want to get married but its really a lot of work. Sometimes it makes training and racing look like a walk in the park. Ok, it's a little more difficult for us because we've had to organize many this off season in a short space of time because its very difficult to organize something from the other side of the world. I waited a pretty long time to get engaged, but I went in with the thinking of, "do it once, do it right" and I have the same thinking about our wedding.

So what does my day look like in January.
    7:30 - Wake up.
    7:45 - Eat breakfast, drink coffee, read all the emails I've had over night from the Powerslide and Matter guys. I'll also reply if anything is urgent.
    8:30 - First training of the day. For example today I did 3.5 hours cycling.
    12:30 - Eat lunch and relax a little bit.
    14:30 - Go back over some emails, do all the replies that need to be done.
    17:00 - Second training for the day. Always on skates, indoor or out on the road.
    19:00 - Dinner time. In New Zealand I still live with my parents. Its not worth renting an apartment for a few months, plus it's the "cheapest hotel in the world"
    22:00 - No late nights for me. I'm an old man and I need my sleep :-)
Make sure you all join our fan page on facebook. Once the season gets under way it will give you up to the second inside info from the team. We'll let you know about all our travels and adventures, both on and off the track.

Happy skating.
Powerslide Racing: Inside the Team - Scott Arlidge.
Scott Arlidge: Facebook

Felix's Blog

by Felix Rijhnen (Jan. 27, 2010)
I want to give you a quick recap about my last 4 weeks:

FelixI spent my first out of three weeks of school holidays at home celebrating Christmas with my family. I really tried to do as much kilometers as I could on bike, ice and skates which was difficult because of freezing temperatures of -15ーc and less. I was maybe a little to motivated which led to a flu that really knocked me down for almost a week! But around New Years Eve I was getting better again which was just in time for a training camp in Berlin. During those 10 days I could skate on perfect ice every day which really made me feel much more comfortable. I also trained Shorttrack a few times which was great for technique and a lot of fun!

Back from Berlin school started immediately - actually my last 8 weeks of school! So right now I have to work a little more for my final exams which makes it quite difficult to get my training program done. Anyway with my weightlifting I already improved about 8-10% compared to last year which makes me confident that I'm slowly getting into shape.

That's it for today! Thanks for reading!

Felix
Powerslide Racing: Felix's Blog
Felix Rijhnen: Facebook

Nam Joo Young

Something a little special.

(Apr. 9, 2010)
We hope everyone is going to be attending the two big track races coming up in Germany. The new WIC track event in Geisingen, and the now world famous event in Gross Gerau. Of course the Powerslide/Matter team is going there, but this year they will have a special addition to the team; Nam Joo Young. "Mr Nam" is from Korea. He is a superstar in his home country and at the World Championships, but this will be his first experience travelling outside the national team to a western style race and hanging out with the rest of the PS crew. He will be teaming up with some of the other best long distance skaters in the sport; Yann Guyader, Fabio Francolini, Scott Arlidge, and Matteo Amabilli. So make sure you come check him out, however you will need to pay attention, because he is FAST!!!

Powerslide and Matter are very proud to welcome Nam into this new world of skating.
Powerslide Racing: Something a little special.

ISPO 2010

Powerslide Newsletter (Dec. 2009)
The biggest Sporting Goods Fair in the world takes place in Munich, the ISPO. From 7th to the 10th febuary over 60.000 visitors come to Munich to see the new collections in sports business. The Powerslide booth is going to present the new ice collection for 2011 and will be located in Hall A5, Booth 534. in the same Hall as big companies in wintersport like Head, Nordica or K2. Come to the shows and visit the Powerslide booths. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Event Name: ISPO Winter 2010
Date: 07 - 10 February, 2010
Venue: New Munich Trade Fair Centre
City/State: Munich, Bayern
Country: Germany

Ispo Winter 2010 is an International Trade Fair For Sports Equipment and Fashion. It is the only one-stop-shop winter business platform uniting all segments under one roof at the right time – with a full selection of services and added values. It is the leading winter sports trade show which is based on more than 30 years of trade show experience, intensive market research and especially on the success of the past two record shows in 2008 and 2009, as well as ispo’s very strong international events.

Ispo Winter 2010 is a full-service platform with advanced services on location and optimized communication network that will ensure each exhibitor the perfect framework for a successful performance. This includes improved segmentation and presentation of the Special Communities. Ispo has taken great pride in supporting newcomers and visions. It has also established several newcomer platforms integrated in the individual tradeshow segments in order to reduce the gap between less-known brands and retailers.
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