Sea Otter Weekend Photos

Had a great time this weekend at The Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA.  Met tons of awesome people, watched a few races and brought people up to speed with our products and even sent a few down the road with products in hand. Can’t wait to do it again next year. I’ll have a detailed post up later but for now here are a few pics of some of the action around the downhill track.

Even the groms came out to watch the Pro Class DH racers!

Even the groms came out to watch the Pro Class DH racers!

DH Racer rocking our knee pads!

DH Racer rocking our knee pads!

KHS/iXS/Spank team rider stylin over the tables on the course.

KHS/iXS/Spank team rider stylin over the tables on the course.

Luana Oliveira going all out into the first berm!

Luana Oliveira going all out into the first berm!

Crowds were gathered around the first set of jumps to watch riders hit the jumps with steez

Crowds were gathered around the first set of jumps to watch riders hit the jumps with steez

Some DH racers know just what buttons to push to get the crowd going!

Some DH racers know just what buttons to push to get the crowd going!

Voila!

Voila! Just look at their faces!!! Hahahaha

Even though he was totally about to fly off course Gordo is proud to say that he still didn't put 1 finger on his brakes!

Even though he was totally about to fly off course Gordo is proud to say that he still didn’t put 1 finger on his brakes!

Madkats rider speed jumping the last table in the upper section

Madkats rider speed jumping the last table in the upper section

iXS/Spank Rider Logan Bingelli rocketing the straight away on the DH course

iXS/Spank Rider Logan Bingelli rocketing the straight away on the DH course

Sea Otter Day 2

After the marine layer finally burned off it turned out to be a really nice day. People rolled in and so we spent the day talking product with consumers, selling Spank and iXS components and protective gear. I even had the chance to shoot some enduro race. Here are just a few of the shots I was able to get from the races. There will definitely be more to come after the weekend is over!

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Benny, George and Vic

Benny, George and Vic

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Sea Otter Day 1

Dual Slalom view from the parking lot.

Dual Slalom view from the parking lot.

The first day of Sea Otter was today and Gravity Cartel/Spank/iXS kicked ass! Our team riders strolled by with their Spank equipped race rigs and they looked sick. All of our riders are stoked on the products and looks of their bikes for the races this weekend. We had our booth displays up and ready to go in the early morning and they looked great. We hung out at the booth all day answering product questions and poster along with stickers were on hand for anyone that wanted them. I managed to sneak in a chance to step away while I got Gordo registered for the Juniors DH race on Saturday so that he can represent The Gravity Cartel and PNW Life on the course. I also roamed the exhibition floor and snapped a few pics of some of the products I found interesting and awesome. Tomorrow will include some shots of our racers out on the course so be sure to check out the action on the trails.

Wheels display at the Spank/iXS booth.

Wheels display at the Spank/iXS booth.

Our Spank pedal display with Spike and Oozy pedals.

Our Spank pedal display with Spike and Oozy pedals.

Vic hanging out with the kids from Lil Shredder.

Vic hanging out with the kids from Lil Shredder.

One of our iXS walls with leg protection.

One of our iXS walls with leg protection.

Alex from Madkats and Mike.

Alex from Madkats and Mike.

Our Spank stem display.

Our Spank stem display.

Cavalierie belt driven mountain bike with Spank wheels and pedals.

Cavalierie belt driven mountain bike with Spank wheels and pedals.

One of our iXS displays.

One of our iXS displays.

Spank Spike and Oozy display.

Spank Spike and Oozy display.

Alex from Madkats stoked with his Transition Covert dressed in Spank Spike Enduro wheels and Bearlaw Spike bars and stem.

Alex from Madkats stoked with his Transition Covert dressed in Spank Spike Enduro wheels and Bearlaw Spike bars and stem.

Mike with a couple of Madkats riders who came over to show off their bikes after outfitting them with Spank products.

Mike with a couple of Madkats riders who came over to show off their bikes after outfitting them with Spank products.

Sick Spank Spike 28 Race wheel.

Sick Spank Spike 28 Race wheel.

Our iXS helmet display.

Our iXS helmet display.

One of my favorite things around the Sea Otter show!

One of my favorite things around the Sea Otter show!

Shinola's sick truck behind their booth.

Shinola’s sick truck behind their booth.

Gordo riding around on a BMX bike at the Sea Otter Grounds.

Gordo riding around on a BMX bike at the Sea Otter Grounds.

iXS side of our booth.

iXS side of our booth.

Sea Otter Setup

So after a long night driving down from Vancouver, WA. … the trailer coming off the hitch on the freeway… and two and a half hours spent sleeping at a rest stop along I-5 we finally made it Monterey, CA for the Sea Otter Classic. Luckily we made it in one piece and the weather couldn’t be any better! We spent the day unloading and finishing setup at our booth in preparation for the next few days out here at Laguna Seca. If you are at the event come by the booth to say hi to the team and to check out all of the new products we’ve got on display.  Some of the products we will have available for sale and we can also answer any questions about the products.

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Unloading all the merchandise to sell throughout the weekend and gear for our team riders and for the displays.

Unloading all the merchandise to sell throughout the weekend and gear for our team riders and for the displays.

Marcos on sticker duty.

Marcos on sticker duty.

Vic and his war face.

Vic and his war face.

View of our 2 tents side by side.

View of our 2 tents side by side.

Mike and Marcos setting up displays for tomorrow.

Mike and Marcos setting up displays for tomorrow.

Marcos from iXS and Mike from Spank stop for a quick photo.

Marcos from iXS and Mike from Spank stop for a quick photo.

Display of our wall of Spank stems.

Display of our wall of Spank stems.

View of some of he other vendors around us and around he pond.

View of some of the other vendors around us and around the pond.

The Gravity Cartel van on the sand behind our tents.

The Gravity Cartel van on the sand behind our tents.

 

Update 4/7/2014

Just wanted to update whoever is reading on what I’ve been doing lately and let you know that this blog isn’t dead yet. I’ve gotten a new job recently and am now the Asst. Warehouse Manager/ Sales Rep for 2 very awesome bike industry manufacturers.  I’m working at The Gravity Cartel(www.thegravitycartel.com) and we are the North American distributors for Spank Industries (www.spank-bikes.com) and iXS (www.ixs-sportsdivision.com). Both companies make great quality products and I’m glad to be working for them both.

New Work Spot

New Work Spot

I also flew down to southern California to drive up with a new transplant and we saw the coast and a few humongous pine trees along U.S. 101.

Roadtrip with Big Trees

Roadtrip with Big Trees

And I’ve also done some Pacific Northwest spring time riding on the local trails with my kids and our friends.

Springtime Shred with My Boys

Springtime Shred with My Boys

Last but not least I finally got myself a new mountain bike in hopes of getting back in shape and having some fun riding my mountain bike again. Thanks to Hi-5 Bikes (www.hi-5bikes.com) for hooking me up with the sweet frame and components!

New Bike; Tomasa

New Bike; Tomasa   2014 Banshee Spitfire

Look for me to be cruising around at Sea Otter this weekend on my bike of walking around with my camera in PNW Life, Spank and iXS gear!

Sunday Birthday Ride

So this Sunday we tolled out to Thrillium in SW Washington for our boy Todd’s birthday party ride. The turn out was good and I managed to bang out a couple of good shots of Todd and my boys out on the trail. Hope Todd had a great time and we hope we can get together and do it again soon now that the weather is clearing up.

To view and purchase any of the images from this ride go to ralbisurez.com and click on “print” in the menu. From there go to “All Photographs” and then you’ll see the album under “Recent”. Thanks!

Birthday Boy Todd McCarthy aboard his new bike!

Birthday Boy Todd McCarthy aboard his new bike!

Ran into 2 of my buds out on the trail working on  a new feature.

Ran into 2 of my buds out on the trail working on a new feature.

Mylan flying past the camera and having a blast!

Mylan flying past the camera and having a blast!

Trail building tools secured to a motorcycle.

Trail building tools secured to a motorcycle.

Gordo leaning into the large S berms!

Gordo leaning into the large S berms!

Self portrait of what I do between riders.

Self portrait of what I do between riders.

First Event Is Down In The Books

The Pacific Northwest Life Clothing crew had it’s first event showing this past weekend. We packed up and headed up to Burlington, WA to be an event sponsor and set up a vendor booth at Outlaws of Dirt. The event was put on by Plus Size BMX (psbmx.com) and was a blast for our first time as vendors at an event. We had some sales, saw some family, saw some more winter weather and had some fun riding bikes and shooting pics of the event. Here are just a few images of our crew during the event. If you like our style be sure to visit our store at http://www.pnwlife.co where you can purchase any of our products.

Gordo scoping the layout and rocking his Pacific Northwest Life hoodie.

Gordo scoping the layout and rocking his Pacific Northwest Life hoodie.

Riley and Mylan having fun riding the park.

Riley and Mylan having fun riding the park.

Mylan getting low in the pump track.

Mylan getting low in the pump track.

Shot of our booth set up.

Shot of our booth set up.

Riley doing great for his first time on a dirt jump bike!

Riley doing great for his first time on a dirt jump bike!

Gordo having fun on the mini bike from LFDJ's booth.

Gordo having fun on the mini bike from LFDJ’s booth.

Shelby rocking one of our hoodies and having a good time riding with friends.

Shelby rocking one of our hoodies and having a good time riding with friends.

Our banner on one of the features in the course.

Our banner on one of the features in the course.

Gordo having some fun out on the pump track.

Gordo having some fun out on the pump track.