Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Red, White, BOOM! Eh, Bock!

The end of June is upon us. Barbecues and summer events are currently growing in occurrence. Capital Bock is just days away from happening in Washington, DC. BUT! The start of July is just around the corner, more picnics, more barbecues... and was that an explosion?

Yes, that's right the 4th of July weekend is coming up! Currently, the XD Bockers are planning on "Invading" Red, White, BOOM! The Quad Cities Fireworks Festival for the 4th of July. It's hosted in Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois. Fireworks are shot off over the Mississippi River for a super cool show. We plan to attend the cities official events on our PowerStilts. We'll meet up on the river front, bock down the 3 mile bike bath. Head over to the crowds, do some jumps in the 30 thousand square foot skate park (Which has a great view), and just spontaneously enjoy the 4th of July.

We welcome any one to come out and join our small gathering. For more information, please visit our Facebook Event Page to check it out. Don't forget to RSVP if you can make it. If all goes well, we plan on more "Invasion Events". They'll be full of good laughs, good times, and good height. xD

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Last Chance: Attend Capital Bocking USA

National Meetup: Capital Bocking USA, June 26-28, 2009...
The big meetup is less than two weeks away. It's going to be a blast... and the good news is that it's free and registration is still open. We would love to have new participants and supportive spectators / photographers. Also, if you have been waiting to try a pair of stilts for yourself, note the last event which will be an extra special opportunity. The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday June 26 ~ 7:30-11PM
Pizza Kickoff Party at the DC Power Stilts HQ
Capital Bocking kicks-off in Chevy Chase, MD at this invite-only party sponsored by DC Power Stilts. Enjoy artisan vegetarian pizzas, talk to acrobats and meet dedicated power stilt-walkers. RSVP Required. (BYOB)

Saturday June 27 ~ 11AM
National Monument Terrain Challenge in Downtown DC
If you haven't seen dozens of people on stilts leaping, bounding, and doing acrobatics while competing for points, then you will not want to miss this spectacle. Most challenges are intermediate level and it's sure to be a great environment for learning a few new tricks.

Saturday June 27 ~ 2:30PM
Georgetown Bocking Tour (Tricks and Treats) starting in Rosslyn
Scenic Walk includes stops to do tricks in Georgetown and on campus as well as cupcakes and ice cream. Points awarded for crowd pleasing tricks. Suitable for beginners+

Sunday June 28 ~ 10:00AM
Breakfast on Stilts and Final Award Ceremony at Eastern Market
Leisurely breakfast prior to the secret "point swap". Competitors will sell their cause when the outcomes of scheming, skills and alliances will determine the winner. Who has the cunning to claim the top prize?

Sunday June 28 ~ 2:30PM
Free Try-out Lessons in Friendship Heights
If you have been waiting to try power stilts for yourself, in addition to an instructor, stilts enthusiasts will help and encourage you during your brief 10-minute free tryout lesson! RSVP requested.

Click here for the Capital Bocking USA information

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Scouting out routes for Capital Bocking USA

So we just had a nice weekend in DC... with 80 degrees and sunny, hopefully it was a "weather" preview for Capital Bocking USA which is in less than two weeks. The mission was to go bocking and scout things out. I was running across Key bridge at full speed when I tripped and fell as the bridge transitioned to slightly uneven brick sidewalk. I skidded on the smooth bricks for about 20ft, going from about 20mph to zero. It was a very bad fall, and I was stunned, wind knocked out of me, laying on the ground. After a moment, I sat up and assessed the damage: fresh skid marks on my kneepads, elbow pads, and wrist guards plus a minor scratch along the edge of one wrist guard. The moral of the story is: Although falls are rare, always wear protective pads and a helmet while bocking! Bocking looks dangerous, but it doesn't have to be.

And yes, we now have some good, tested routes! See you all in two weeks. It's going to be a great time!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

XD Bockers

Hello sirs and madams!

Your Davenport, Iowa Affiliate here. I am sitting here writing this after just getting in a while ago from a nice warm up bock over at LeClaire Park on W River DR. I'm winding down now, finally not sweating as profusely and just wanted to announce the formation of our local group (Still small, but hey you can help!)

The XD Bockers

The XD Bockers has a total of 4 members currently. Our aim is to take an enjoyable approach at bocking. To focus on laughs, and good times first and foremost before the rest. To do it the xD way!

You can check us out on our Facebook Group. The XD Bockers!

If you're local and are a bocker, or looking to become a bocker. Please look us up, I'll be more than happy to help you out.

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