One of the big reasons I don't go to SIA is Vegas. I can’t imagine a worse place for a trade show about the outdoors. But SIA knows who it’s marketing to I suppose, and the adrenaline fueled macho male winter sports industry must love the cheesy vacuous crap that is Vegas. “Hi, I’m Bode Miller, I’m a drunk, and I win World Cups.” Such hypocrisy having Miller apologize, btw. For what, being a bad role model? Please. Phil McNichol is probably getting a lap dance at the Crazy Horse as I write this. Speaking of hypocrisy, explain to me how the SIA proclaims the importance of women to the industry in their Day 1 cover story, “Belle of The Ball: Big dreams equal big bucks: the spotlight is on the burgeoning women’s market”, yet holds their tradeshow in the most misogynistic city in the world after Bangkok. I mean lets not kid ourselves, next year SIA should schedule the show to run parallel to AVN, the porn industry's tradeshow, instead of a week and half after. It would be so much more convenient. "Oh Climb_CA, you are so wrong, it's the strippers, porn stars and escorts that have the real power. Don't be so naive." Right, and Tom DeLay was just helping orphans. If that wasn't bad enough, they run this ad not 20 pages later of a buck naked model (or famous skier I'm supposed to know about) holding her breast up with a Stockli ski. Depressing. Is it me? Am I just too sensitive? Are my estrogen levels too high? Was I not loved enough by my mother? Hold me. Tell me it’s going to be alright. Anyway, Salt Lake don’t disappoint me this weekend. If I see one woman in hot pants, I’m heading for the first state-controlled liquor store to purchase my $30 tequila bottle and drinking myself into a stupor in front of the temple. May I be smitten down in a flaming ball of tequila and Mormon bibles.
A while back we posted something about the environmentally friendly, petroleum free wax being put out by HillyBilly Waxworks. Well, it seems one of the founders took the time to post a comment in response to someone complaining about the site and the supply shortage in the comments section. The post is rambling and we can't vouch for it's authenticity since Tyler never emailed us back, but it seems legit. It also involves conspiracy theories, taking on big business, and rants. All things we love here at GoBlog. So thanks Tyler for the reply. Hopefully you round up a good web designer and let us know if you need help fighting the goddamn oil companies and global wax monopoly. We hate those guys too. Well, other than the ones that make our polypro. And the ones that make gas for our Subarus. They're o.k. And maybe the ones that make plastic sporks. We love sporks.
In regards to Hillbilly and Ethica brand environmentally friendly ski
and snowboard waxes- I am the resident Waxorcist here at Hillbilly, and
I felt compelled to account for the difficulty many have had in
attaining our products.
Without launching into a long-winded woe-is-us type story, it is worth
mentioning that a wholesale assault on our products began before they
were even introduced. Because we have the necessary patent material
pending in near all ski and snowbaord related jurisdictions, our
competitors have gone out of their way to make everything from
manufacture to sales and distribution difficult for us.
Consider it a micro level example of what goes on in the much larger
oil and gas industry. New advents and technologies are derided as
inferior, and every underhanded tactic available is employed by
existing corporate bodies.
We have been effectively blocked from growing as quickly as we would
like by undercutting and advance bad press compliments of our
Underpinning our distribution problems and the reluctance of many
skihills, resorts and retailers to deal with us, though, is also the
fact that we are new to this. Indeed, principle thirteen necessitates
the appropriate execution and follow-through, not just good intentions.
However, as a company that has been in formal existence for a mere ten
months, we're not doing too badly, especially when one considers how
effective we have been in getting the word out on PFC hazards,
Teflon/PTFE and PFOA toxicity, etceteras. That, taken in sum with the
fact that we chose to use this season as a "dry run," leaves us more
with the sense that it has been a roaring success as opposed to a poor
debut. What wax we have sold this season was wax that would otherwise
have been paraffin and/or fluorocarbon based. Though small-scale, the
benefit is still considerable, and any apprehensions we had about
taking this to the next level have been effectively shed.
On the website front, yes, it could absolutely do with an overhaul. If
someone is familiar with a skiing/snowboarding Web designer that can or
will work for wax and potential stock options, have them contact us. In
the meantime, our lame site will remain in place as we prepare to
launch a full-scale assault for next season.
Thanks, and enjoy the good weather.
We did a check on Tyler Bradley, and found his bio. Seems like a good guy. Buy his stuff damnit. If you can find it.
A long-time environmentalist, Tyler Bradley has a background in organic chemistry, botany and earth sciences. For the past four years, his research has focused on environmental toxins, specifically the perfluorochemical family. As a co-owner of Hillbilly Wax-Works & Ethica Enviro-Wax brands, Tyler is the inventor of the world's first environmentally friendly performance ski and snowboard waxes. His writings on environmental issues have been featured in magazines such as Common Ground, and his work to improve environmental practices in the snow sports industry has been the subject of news segments for both the CBC and Maclean's magazine.