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Posted by on Sep 30, 2014

Nori de furtuna

Nori de furtuna

Somewhere in France… I didn’t ask where, and it hardly matters, but I was a bit blown away (ho ho etc) when I saw these epic photos my friend had taken in France… I know the clouds themselves are more than impressive enough, but I can’t help playing ;) I will never tire of looking at amazing cloudforms… and hopefully there’s a few more left in me yet…...

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2014

Spellbound

Spellbound

Watership Down… Back to the lake then, for some more spellbinding moments of serene loveliness as the sun floats away for another day… and lucky you – you have this video and a small gallery of things to see, including some clouds, some water, and a pair of the most heart-wrenchingly beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen. Time & Space There was a lot of proximity going on today, which was all very good. And the water was nice, and it wasn’t too cold, which meant I could stay lakeside for a good hour, so I parked my GoPro for the last bit of that, set it firing every 2 seconds, and captured the last of the dying light. Tomorrows cloudscape will be every 5 seconds, which should make stuff move a bit faster… See you soon, peoples…...

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Posted by on Sep 28, 2014

Afterglow

Afterglow

Waterside At first glance, Petersfield lake doesn’t seem to be a particularly spectacular lake. But those of us that live here know to look again, and keep looking ;) It would be easy to take that lake for granted, but it gives me such regularly amazing views and is one of the most relaxing places to sit, that I’m constantly reminded of how lucky I am to live close to it. I must photo it more. After a long night’s gigging in Wales I caught up my sleep and was straight out on my little Airwheel, and down to my favourite lake to see what I could see as the sun went down. Sundown Tonight’s sunset really was exceptional – the perfect combination of 10 types of clouds over a viscerally deep ever-reddening purple-orange-crimson dragon-fire backdrop that made me wish I could climb into the sky and live there in a little cotton-wool house. It couldn’t last – it would surely catch fire eventually. Also lucky enough to be sharing it...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

A Week on a Wheel

A Week on a Wheel

Wot No Time ? Sorry no vids from me for a little while – been videoing for clients instead, but now my deadlines are met, I can begin to catch you all up on the weeks Airwheelings, which have been extensive, for many hours of every day… And while I knew I had a video queue as long as my arm I decided to stop taking video of anywhere I have been before… But I am never without a camera in my general vicinity somewhere, so couldn’t help but release 2 videos while I wasn’t really looking :) Airwheel Crazy For the first vid, I’m just Airwheeling about in my front yard, seeing which camera angles work, and doing quick videos like these means I can more easily work out what type of shots I like best and want to get better at capturing… So here I am, not doing anything clever, but certainly giving my editing muscles a small stretch in the right direction, as well as my legs…...

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2014

South Coast Glide

South Coast Glide

To See the Sea… I love those Southsea walkways, and can barely let a week or 2 pass before I feel the pull of the Southsea coastline, and long to be Airwheeling my way along the seafront, with the wind in my hair, and only the vaguest of ideas about where I might be heading… 4 solid miles of walkway action was my reward for venturing South on such a lovely day, and my Airwheel effortlessly glided me up and down the most challenging of slopes and surfaces. No falls or UDM’s, and very few foot-downs at all in the whole trip. Suddenly found myself surrounded by ‘proper’ unicyclists at one point, and impressed by their skills followed them for a while, but ultimately their leg muscles couldn’t compete with my batteries ;) Then it was back to the hoverport to watch the hovercraft leave, and then a leisurely glide back to the Pyramid center and home… Galleries are us… Pictures say more than I can bothered to type...

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2014

Master Airwheel Training – QECP NightGlide

Master Airwheel Training – QECP NightGlide

Lost in the woods Today I felt like challenging myself and improving my all-terrain skills. And the most challenging cross-country run I have done so far on my Airwheel was up at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, so I thought I’d have another go at that, except this time, I’ll do it on my own and in the dark. I have just returned from that mission, which started out as a planned 1 hour trek, but ended up with me utterly lost in woodland I didn’t know well, and unable to see more than 5 ft square of it at any one time for a good 2 and a half hours while I manually scaled the sides of the hills trying to find the path… Mission 1 – QECP Bottom to Top Having conquered Butser it seems only rude not to try the same at QECP. Today I thought I’d try the main winding road up from the lower car park, and I am pleased to say I got all the...

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2014

Team Aerowheel do Butser

Team Aerowheel do Butser

X-series, off-road, uphill In what will surely be remembered as Team Aerowheel’s second outing into the wilderness, we joyfully wheeled ourselves to the summit of Butser Hill, and then ventured forth onto the surrounding grassy plains for a full battery’s worth of gliding about the numerous undulating hillsides… it was a good hour and a half of weapons-grade fun. Skillset It’s quite a challenging ride in places, especially after dark, but Butser is always a rewarding place to Airwheel, if you can only avoid those damn rabbit holes. Although the main tracks at the top are fairly easy, there’s some difficult cambers and areas of rutty, stony ground ready to unfoot you at a moments notice if you don’t see them or if you’re going too fast… The key to not letting this happen lies in making sure you have total lower body independence from your top half, which allows a general lean in the direction you want to travel whilst simultaneously choosing a ‘micro-path’ around that general line, avoiding the worst terrain...

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Posted by on Sep 13, 2014

The Power of 3 – Airwheeling the DPB, Hindhead

The Power of 3 – Airwheeling the DPB, Hindhead

3 go up a hill… ‘Out with my crew today’ I might say if I was young, and a twat, but no, today I was out having glorious Airwheel fun at the inception of what must surely later become known as #Team Aerowheel, as me, and my goodly friends Nikki and Mark took to our X-range wheels and carouseled our way around the upper rim of The Devil’s PlugHole or whatever its called… but anyway, it’s bloody perfect for Airwheeling, and no mistake. Stopping only to observe the spectacular views, eat cake, drink tea, and smoke, we had what can only be described as a bloody lovely time, and everyone agreed we all should do it again. Which we will. Especially fun were the hill starts, overtaking uphill walkers and trying each other’s wheels over the nice grassy bits around Gibbet hill. The cakes today were Waitrose Hand-made toasted Almond Croissants, and the tea was Twinings Earl Grey Original, not that lemon piss-water in purple boxes they try and...

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2014

100 Airwheel Hours !

100 Airwheel Hours !

Thank you Airwheel It’s been a wonderful couple of months learning to Airwheel, and now as I move past my 100th hour of Airwheel time, I’m feeling pretty confident on it. I don’t really fall off it any more, even when doing really challenging surfaces, mainly because experience has taught me to always be doing the right speed for the terrain, and to be ready to IDM when / if I need to. This state of awareness and readiness all but eliminates the possibility of falling if your concentration remains… State of Control After 100 hours, your turns are quite tight, you can stop and start at will without getting off, and move very very slowly without losing balance. You can comfortably weave in between really quite densely populated pavement, and have a good level of control and forward planning in every terrain situation in which you find yourself. I have deliberately not learned any unessential acrobatics yet, as I don’t want to place my hands and livelihood in...

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2014

Lake Marsh Sun

Lake Marsh Sun

Airborne Again… You can’t ride your Airwheel forever, right ? Well I had mine with me today, and great fun it was too, but the weather was perfect for other things, and I had a boot-full of Discovery Pro, so with not much ado, Aerocam gets off his Airwheel, and takes his trusty new GoPro3+ on a mission to get some epic aerial footage of some local lakes over in Milford, Surrey. I’ve asked for permission to film and The Angling Society that own it were kind enough to let me fly, if I shared the footage with them – my pleasure ! I get a free place to fly, they get some free aerial shots of their lake. So to the skies It may have been a while since I’ve been behind the sticks on pilot duty, but I’ve kept my hand in with regular practise on my trainer quads, so I felt a bit like a duck back in a lake as, preflight checks completed, I took off...

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2014

Blackdown & Haslemere

Blackdown & Haslemere

Up to the Down Blackdown, in Haslemere, the highest point in Surrey to be exact. I’m here for a double Air wheel adventure in which I will spend an hour up with the forests and high sandy paths of Blackdown Heath, and then a second hour journeying from the Tesco at the bottom of Wey Hill all the way to Haslemere Town Center, and back again. That will use up all my power, and I will cover some furiously difficult terrain and some perfect paving alike as I glide the 10 solid miles by Airwheel faultlessly carried me. What viewpoint ? Due to a complete absence of any sort of beginners luck, and having no memory from childhood of how to get to the best viewpoints, I ignored the signs, took my own path into the woods, and ended up doing a 4 mile circular route, full of immensely challenging terrain, and managed to circumnavigate all the viewpoints and not find a single one of them, before I found myself...

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Posted by on Sep 2, 2014

Skate Park AirTime

Skate Park AirTime

Twice the Moves For the last 3 days I’ve been down at the Skate Park with my new flashy camera pole thing to get on film the various amazing skills I see going down whenever I pass there on my Airwheely adventures. I pass there quite a lot because the Skate Park is between my house and the shops. Over the 3 days, my filming got better, braver and closer, and whereas in Part 1, the skaters are very much in practice mode, and the BMXers are pretty solid, it really comes alive in Part 2, where everyone really kicks it up a gear, assumedly to go with my drop-heavy monster-groove soundtrack ;) Key players I’m shit at remembering names, but I have to name Jim on his scooter and BMX as the star of Part 2, whereas Seb, him and Dave (?) and couple of others are ‘best of show’ in Part 1. We also get some nice moves in from some older riders, whose names I know absolutely...

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Posted by on Sep 1, 2014

Airwheeling Spinnaker Tower to Clarence Pier

Airwheeling Spinnaker Tower to Clarence Pier

What’s bigger than Butser ? The Spinnaker is what’s bigger, and today I’ve Airwheeled all the way from the war memorial to Gunwharf Quays, right in the shadow of the tower itself, where I’ve stopped for some photos and a lovely cup of tea, and then videod most of the way back so you can share in the fun. Airwheel Range Test My machine put in a decnt performance today, taking me all the way into gunwharf and back again, but did run out of jiuce on me before i got back to the car because I got hopelessly lost at one point, and ended up putting 2 miles on the clock in the wrong direction. Had I not done that, my bettery would have been more than adequate for the 2 solid hours of gliding about that I did. I mainly followed walkways, even along wall-top and interior paths, across wooded walkways, through the funfair, and over the streets of Old Portsmouth towards Gunwharf, and once there found the...

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