Feb 072017
 

The 1995 Grundig World Cup downhill mountain bike race video has been uploaded to the watermanatwork.com website. From analog Hi-8 video tape in 1995 to the internet in 2017, finally got around to it.

These were the glory days of mountain bike racing. Full suspension mountain bikes were just coming out, but the inch or two of suspension wasn’t much by today’s standards. Clipless pedals and primitive disc brakes appeared. Full face helmets, but not too much body armor. Not super technical by modern standards, but the Snow Summit downhill course was plenty challenging with rocky, dusty trails, off camber turns, sudden steep sections and peddling(imagine that) for two timed runs down Bear Mountain.

Check out the video HERE or click on the photo below:

Click HERE for 1995 Grundig World Cup downhill MTB video

We will be uploading the video to YouTube, but the video quality is always better on the watermanatwork.com website.

We’ve had plenty of time to work on these videos because the winter here in the PacNW remains challenging. Lots of snow for winter activities is what you want, but there is a point when there is so much snow and/or cold, when the novelty wears off. If you can’t get out of the driveway, you can’t do much else. More snow today, but not as cold as it’s been, so we are hoping for a blizzard-melting deal.

Pacific Northwest blizzard 2-7-17

Work continues here at the watermanatwork.com World Headquarters. We have more mountain bike videos in the chute and kayak fishing videos and photos to get the 2017 fishing season going, whenever winter cuts loose of us. Stay tuned…

Jan 302017
 

The relentless winter weather has eased a bit so we’ve been working on a classic Grundig World Cup DH Mountain Bike video. Many people, including us, have been essentially snowed in for about a month. Lots of time we would spend working on photos and videos has been spent instead with endless snow shoveling sessions and clearing snow off the roof so it didn’t collapse. We are hoping the worst is behind us so we can get on with things. Anyway, the mountain bike video has a lot of great footage of some of the early generation downhill mountain bike racers like Myles Rockwell

Myles Rockwell-1995 Grunding World Cup-Big Bear CA

and John Tomac

John Tomac-1995 Grundig World Cup-Big Bear CA

Looks like another few days of crappy weather so we should be able to get a lot editing done. We really need to get outside and get some exercise, use the snowshoes for a walk in the woods instead of getting from the house to the truck. Stay tuned.

Jan 142017
 

We have had a series of winter storms here in the Pacific Northwest with intense cold and heavy snow. It’s been called the worst winter in twenty years. People around here expect snow and cold in the winter, but this prolonged stretch of winter weather is more like you might find in the Rocky Mountains, not a hundred miles from the Pacific Ocean at 700′ elevation. It’s been one blizzard after another leaving about three feet of snow on the ground.

Heavy snow for winter 2017 in the Pacific Northwest

Since a few days before Christmas, getting around has been very tough. The interstate through the area has been closed a number of times because of dangerous conditions, county roads remain anywhere from impassable to dangerous, with plenty of snow and black ice because the temperature has not been above freezing for more than a week. There were a couple storms that dumped about a foot of snow each just a few hours apart, burying the area with snow.

Heavy snow in the Pacific Northwest January 2017

It’s been difficult to get to the WatermanAtWork World HQ because it is on a hill. Snow, ice, vehicles and hills do not work that well together. When we finally are able to make it up the road, we must use snowshoes to get up to the office.

Snowshoe tracks up to WatermanAtWork HQ

Needless to say, work on the watermanatwork.com website has slowed down a bit. We’ve been mostly digging out, which is more work than one might think. We are hoping the life threatening weather will taper off and we can get back to work.

Jan 062017
 

We’ve added closed captions for the Voyager Albacore Fishing 2003 video on the watermanatwork.com website and on YouTube.

Closed captioning is a time consuming and tedious part of video production. Most viewers won’t use it, but we want people who may have hearing problems or can’t listen to the sound for some reason to enjoy the video just like everybody else. All the watermanatwork.com videos have closed captions except for the older video clips, we are in the process of updating those videos and when we do, they will be closed captioned.

The winter work sessions here at the Hood River office have slowed a bit due to the very nasty winter weather. We’ve had an unusually long stretch of cold, snow and ice. We do have significant winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest, but for the past month or so, it’s been more like Alaska. We are still getting work done, but we have to take time to do the things you need to do to prevent becoming a frozen meat patty. Keep checking in for new stuff.

Jan 012017
 

Happy New Year from the cold and snowy Pacific Northwest! 2016 was OK, a bit of a bumpy ride at times, but we looking forward to a great 2017.

We here at watermanatwork.com have been enjoying the holidays, but we’ll be back in the workshop tomorrow.

Dec 242016
 

We here at watermanatwork.com want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas from watermanatwork.com

Whether you are walking on the beach or trudging through snow, home with family and friends or on the road, we hope you can find a bit of joy this Christmas.

Dec 212016
 

Not a lot of outdoor activity has been happening for the past few weeks, unless you count shoveling snow. Lots of snow. Around here, weather is a major factor in daily life, especially when the weather is bad. Heavy snow and ice storms have closed highways and knocked out power. It’s been pretty cold as well. Even when the weather is not so good, the Pacific Northwest is a breathtaking place, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

A short break in the 2016 winter storms near Mt. Hood in Oregon

The WatermanAtWork Hood River office has been snowed in for about ten days. The first day I was able to get into town to check the mail and restock supplies, I made a two foot error in judgement, slid off the road and got stuck in the snow and frozen mud underneath.

Stuck up to the axles in snow and mud

We still have lots of projects in the works and when we aren’t trying not to become Donner Party 2016, we are working to get them on the watermanatwork.com website. Working on videos where we are in shorts and T shirts can take it’s toll when it’s 20° and snowing.

Dec 102016
 

We have posted a new albacore fishing video to the watermanatwork.com website and to YouTube. This video features some wide open albacore fishing aboard the Voyager out of Seaforth Landing in San Diego. The video has non-stop albacore fishing action, the stuff dream offshore fishing trips are made of.

Albacore fishing aboard the Voyager

Click HERE or on the photo above to check out the albacore fishing video on the watermanatwork.com website. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube. The closed captioning needs to be added, I should have that in the next day or two. There is very little talking in the video, but a lot of hooting and hollering.

We will have more stuff coming up, so keep checking in!

Dec 032016
 

To say “thanks for stopping by” the watermanatwork.com website and blog, we’ve made a couple wallpapers that you can download and use on popular mobile devices. You can use the images for a lock screen, wallpaper or screen saver. They are JPEG image files so they are small and load quickly. Best of all, WatermanAtWork wallpaper is 100% FREE.

The images available are both sunrise photos, one from the Columbia River Gorge in the Pacific Northwest and the other is from La Jolla, California

Columbia River Gorge WatermanAtWork wallpaper for mobile devices La Jolla CA WatermanAtWork wallpaper for mobile devices

Click HERE or on the photos above to go to the wallpaper page. Find your device and download the image. Set the photo as wallpaper for your Home or Lock screen. If you need more help changing your wallpaper, google it for your device, there are plenty of tutorials and specific directions. It’s really easy to do.

We’ve got more stuff coming up so keep checking in!

Nov 282016
 

Hate to do it, but I’m putting my Burton Supermodel 174 snowboard up for sale. This board was purchased direct from Burton in 1997 and hand made in Vermont USA. The board is in mint condition. A few minor scratches on the deck from skier’s poles, the bottom is like new.

Burton Supermodel 174

Burton Supermodel 174

The board comes with more recent Burton Cartel bindings, stomp pad and leash. Padded board bag included. $250 for everything, ready to ride.

Burton Cartel bindings

This board was designed by Craig Kelly and hand made in Vermont. The Supermodel is the board Kelly rode for backcountry and helicopter boarding. It is for big mountains, power carving and powder, the deeper the better. It is very fast. Wood core smooths out the ride.

Burton Supermodel 174

I’ve had some epic days riding this board, but my big mountain days are over. I’m on the Supermodel 168 from now on.

Bear Mountain 1997

Burton Supermodel 174

They didn’t make a lot of these boards so they are pretty rare. It’s a board for a more advanced snowboarder who wants a board for those deep powder days or trips to the big mountains. You can ride with confidence on the steepest slopes and deepest powder. If you are a tall person, it would be a good everyday board but it would be a shame to run this vintage classic over rocks and dirt.

Board, bindings and bag $250. If you are interested contact me at watermanatwork@gmail.com