Fall Sales Meeting…and East Coast Hurricane Swell

I have been with Storm Day Sales and the Tecnica/Blizzard Family now for 23 days and I couldn’t be more excited. I recently had the opportunity to travel back to the East Coast for the Fall Sales Meeting and the 2nd Annual Coldwater Classic. Clem informed me that there was some epic hurricane swell materializing so I grabbed every piece of neoprene I owned and headed out East a few days early. The surf was amazing. We covered all of the basis; reef breaks, beach breaks, point breaks and even one strange place that combined all three into a long right hander. We surfed from Rhode Island to New Hamshire and found better surf than we have seen all summer in California.

We arrived in NH early for the surf, and then had to buckle down to company business, luckily surfing was still included. The Tecnica/Blizzard family couldn’t be more fun. We surfed every morning and evening and still got all of the business done during the day. The sales team is more ready than ever to make sure that every person on the hill can enjoy the wonders of Flipcore skis and Cochise boots. The 2nd Annual Cold Water Classic got under way the third day and saw some serious progression in the surfing. The winner, AKA Ninja of the Year, Pat Sipe managed to pull off a mid wave board change. Here are a few photos of the surf and the sales meeting.

Words by Hunter Claxton
Photos by Hunter Claxton and Frank Shine.

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9 Responses to Fall Sales Meeting…and East Coast Hurricane Swell

  1. todd Doshier says:

    Clem,

    I am considering changing skis and I’m looking at the blizzard bonafide. I am an advanced skier who is 6 ft and 170. I ski mostly in the spring and want just one ski. I ski about 10-15 days per year and have been skiing on Salomon 176 tornados for the last three years. I ski mostly blue and black runs and not real aggressive anymore but still ski bumps and powder as well. I dont always get a lot of powder since our schedule has a tendency to be pretty fixed so its mostly groomed slopes.

    My questions for the Bonafide are how do they relate to the Tornados for (1) stability; (2) bumps; (3) ease of turns (4) speed and (5) overall ease of skiing. How long is the transition to the fatter ski in you opinion? I have read a lot of reviews on the skis but would like your help on these specific areas if possible. Also, it is my understanding that last years modle and this year are identical except for graphics. Lastly, what length would you recommend.

    I will be skiing Yellowstone Club and Teluride this spring. I may try and demo the skis if they have them.

    Thanks for all the help.

    Todd

    • Todd,

      I’d say the Bonafide would be. Great ski to transition of off. It should be a pretty quick transition. I think you might be overthinking the jump over. The Bonafides are gonna be more stable, carve better and float better than the tornado. The only place is the tornados may be a little more nimble in the bumps but I bet it’s hardly noticeable. The Bonafide will be a great one ski quiver for your 15 days a year. I’d say for length it’s gonna depend on what size turns you make. I’m kinda feeling the 173 based on some of your comments but if you like to make slightly longer turns the 180 would be fine too. If you walked in to a store off the street I bet 90% of the shop guys would say 180.
      Hope that helps and thanks for reading.

      –Clem

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