Link Friday: Afterbang, Sweets Blog & Al Pugh

This week I have 3 links definitely worth taking a look at:

First up is Afterbang. A snowboard Blog all about one mans love for snowboarding, Gavin Hope.

What I particularly like about the site as a whole, is that it’s buzzing all year round, keeping you interested in shredding 365 days of the year. Gavin does this with up to date reviews, articles and tips to help snowboarders, also adding in a dose of his personal snowboarding experiences along the way. A great blend which makes the site unique.

One post which I really like, is about using a balance board to improve your rail/box tricks, “How to use a balance rail to improve your snowboarding”. Something which I plan to build for this summer.

Unfortunately, Gavin has been out of action since July last year due to an injury, which you can read more about here, but is back on road to recovery set for next season.

James Sweet Snowboard CoachNext up is a blog by a very good friend of mine, James Sweet.

James has got to be one of the nicest guys around, a qualified surf and snowboard coach and a dam good skater too!

I first met James back in April 2008, while in Zermatt on my BASI Level 2 exam. A year later we both returned to pass our Level 3 and have since done a few other courses together to obtain our ISIA qualifications.

Since then I have spent 2 summer seasons in Bude, where James is from, coaching surfing with him. In the winters James is a freestyle coach for the RNSB (Royal Navy Snowboard Team) and took them to Gold in every event in the RNSB Snowboard Championships last year!

Also, over the past few years, (I think since buying himself a HD GoPro camera), James has also been dabbling in some video editing and has produced some fine short videos since. Definitely worth checking out his Blog and YouTube channel

….I like snow. I ride snow. I like drums. I play drums. I like golf. I play golf. I am nearly ready to submit my PhD in golf ball design then go and do some design for Nike Golf…..

Another good friend of mine who has just started up a Blog is Al Pugh.

In short Al Blogs about his love for snow, drums and golf and is set to spend next winter season in Canada (git…!).. looking forward to reading all about it. Be sure to check him out too.