May 3rd, 2010 by Rusty Manoff

Texas Ski Ranch and Cablestock Embrace ShadowBox 3D Ride Capture  Technology

New Braunfel, TX, May 1, 2010 – ShadowBox (www.shadowboxlive.com),
the space-age, 3D ride capture system that allows wakeboarders,
kiteboarders, windsurfers, snowboarders and more to capture, analyze
and share their rides in 3D, will be utilized in the competition at
this years Cablestock at Texas Ski Ranch (www.texasskiranch.com/cablestock)
, May 7-9.    For those not yet familiar with the ShadowBox (or Sbox
as it’s often called), the device is about the size of a deck-of-
cards, weighs about 4 oz. and secures to the center of your board with
a screw-in mounting system. The Sbox not only records a person’s ride
and complete set of tricks in 3D, it also captures all the rider’s
stats, including speed, jump heights, airtime, jump distances, board
angles, rates and degrees of spin, roll and flip, g-forces and more.

While the stats from each recorded ride and trick can be viewed
immediately on the small, waterproof, box, the entire ride can later
be uploaded (via USB) to a PC or Mac for visual 3D playback and a much
greater depth of analysis, including exporting the entire ride track
into Google Earth.  The visuals and information from the box can be
used for learning new tricks, competitive training, equipment
analysis, or just simply proving to your friends what you’ve pulled
off and where.  The ride files are very small in memory and easy to e-
mail around.  Event organizers are looking to the technology to bring
new and interesting information to spectators about what’s happening
with the sports they are watching.  Brands are using the device to
compare their equipment to others, seeing performance differences that
can be improved upon in an R&D fashion or touted in a marketing pitch.

Cablestock is shaping up to be the biggest and best event at Texas Ski
Ranch. TSR is excited about the addition of Shadowbox and it’s
possibilities related to cable wakeboarding. While the device has been
put through the paces in many sports including wakeboarding, it has
never been fully used with cable riders. The two top names in cable
wakeboarding, Tom Fooshee and Nick Davies, guarantee to put on a show
and shadow box will be there to capture each movement that takes
place. Exactly how the ShadowBox technology will be used at this years
Cablestock is yet to be determined and will be the focus of some
exploration and testing next week at the ranch. More than likely,
given both its power and novelty, and the fact that most riders are
not yet used to the system, the application this time around will
likely be limited.  However, Blake Hess of TSR and Dan Meyers of
ShadowBox are indeed looking to the future here.  Having a tool that
can objectively measure so many different physical stats truly blows
open the doors of possibility.  With access to things such as g-
forces, board angle and speed, new statistical mixes like “smoothness
of transition”, or “biggest impact” can be determined.  Measures of
real jump height, distance and hang time can be gleaned…as can who
had the biggest and/or fastest rotation.  For reference, Rusty
Malinoski’s spin rate while pulling a 1080 was clocked at 856 degrees
per second on the box.  Check it out for yourself on the ShadowBox
website Downloads page http://www.shadowboxlive.com/downloads/, where
you can grab their free 3D player ‘Ridetracker’ along with Rusty’s
1080 recording.  You’ll see Rusty unwinding at that breakneck rate as
he completes the last part of the spin, just before hitting the water.
The Cablestock judges may or may not decide to use data to assist in
their decisions, but if you are interested in checking out what the
riders have done the information will all be available on
CableWakeboard.com after the event.

For purchasing, the ShadowBox is available online at www.shadowboxlive.com
.  The current model of ShadowBox (v1.0) is presently sold-out,
however Pre-orders have begun for the next batch. For more information
please contact Dan Meyers at 503-550-6110 or dan@shadowboxlive.com.

Visit Texas Ski Ranch at their location in New Braunfel, Texas, or
online at www.texasskiranch.com.

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