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TauBu Beer’s Sundance Pick: Stacy Peralta’s “Bones Brigade”

Stacy Peralta's documentary about the legendary Bones Brigade premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival this week.

Supermodels, cicadas, synchronized swimmers and one psychotic teenager with a penchant for all things bloody are subjects getting lots of buzz this week at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. But here at TauBu, we’re most psyched about two-count ‘em-TWO new Stacy Peralta films.

Both Peralta’s No Room for Rockstars and Bones Brigade: An Autobiography documentaries premiered in Utah this week – a pretty amazing feat considering the festival gets some 10,000 entries per year. Two years in the making, No Room for Rockstars follows the 2010 Warped Tour and proves a compelling look into the realm of modern era rock and roll. Kids traveling cross country in a beat up van playing parking lots and praying for a little notice, the veteran stage manager who credits the Tour for saving his life, the musician who crosses that line from obscurity into mainstream success while on the road – you’ll get to know them all.

Bus as extreme sports enthusiasts, we’re seriously stoked about Bones Brigade, the story of the legendary group of ’80s street skaters who became the most competitively dominant skateboard team in history. Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero and Mike McGill pioneered modern technical skating and revolutionized the way the sport was marketed. The website’s opening paragraph says it all:

“It’s not a death metal band, an extreme diet club or historic dominoes association—the Bones Brigade was a talented gang of teenage outcasts. Unmotivated by fame or popularity, they completely dedicated their lives to a disrespected art form. For most of the 1980s, this misfit crew headed by a 1970s ex-skateboard champion blasted the industry with a mixture of art and raw talent becoming the most popular skateboarding team in history. The core unit of the Bones Brigade built an empire that covered the world. They dominated contests, made hundreds of thousands of dollars, created the modern skateboard video, reinvented endemic advertising, pushed skate progression into a new era, and set the stage for a totally new form of skating called street style. There’s nothing comparable in today’s skateboarding.”

Got a great Bones Brigade memory? Or a favorite Sundance pick? TauBu wants to know. Leave us a comment on our TauBu Facebook fan page.

TauBu Mourns the Loss of Pioneering Skier Sarah Burke

Freestyle skiing icon Sarah Burke passed away January 19th.

Those who truly love extreme sports know that their passion comes with a price. Punishing practices, time away from family while on the competition circuit and the constant threat of injury are accepted burdens and risks. And sometimes, athletes pay the ultimate price.

This past Thursday, the extreme sports world lost one of its best in Sarah Burke, who died after nine days in a medically-induced coma. Her ordeal began January 10, when she landed a relatively routine trick, a flatspin 540, during a training session the Park City Mountain Resort Eagle superpipe in Utah. Onlookers say she landed on her feet, then fell, hitting her head. That fall ruptured a vertebral artery, one of the four major arteries supplying blood to the brain, and caused her to go into cardiac arrest. Though she underwent a successful surgery to repair the artery, Burke never regained consciousness.

Burke’s impact on the sport is indelible. She was a pioneer of the superpipe event, a four-time Winter X Games gold medalist, the first winner of the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships, and the first woman ever to land a jump with a 1080-degree rotation in competition. After one failed bid in 2010, she successfully lobbied the International Olympic Committee to add the superpipe event to the Olympic program for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. And she as a fan favorite and media darling, winning ESPN’s 2011 Award for female skier of the year, voted 2007′s Best Female Acton Sports Athlete at the ESPY Awards, and voted No. 91 on the FHM-US’s 100 Sexiest Women list in 2006.

“Sarah was larger than life and lived life to the fullest, a phenomenal representative of her sport,” said Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. “In many ways, she was the face, the name and the brand people identified with, having been involved right from the very beginning. She was at the forefront of the sport all the way through.”

Because the event where Burke suffered that fatal fall was not sanctioned, she was not covered under the insurance policy that applied to her when she competed for the Canada Freestyle Ski Association. So, her agent established an online account aimed at raising $550,000 to cover nearly $200,000 in hospital costs and to establish a foundation “to honor Sarah’s legacy and promote the ideals she valued and embodied.”

TauBu sends its deepest condolences to Sarah’s family including her husband, fellow freestyle skier Rory Bushfield, her friends and fans.

Snowboarding After Dark – TauBu Dares You!

The Winter X Games Slopestyle finals will be held after dark this year. Ready for some nighttime riding of your own, TauBu fans?

The 2012 Winter X Games Slopestyle finals will take on a whole new vibe this year. It’s the first time that a Winter X slope competition – or any slope competition of its caliber, for that matter – will be held at night. The move is actually more about getting more eyeballs on the TV screen, given the competition’s popularity boon, than it is just a cool idea. It means viewers will be watching during primetime instead of TiVoing the daytime broadcasts to watch after a day of at-work drudgery.

“It is hard to argue with the fact that slopestyle is driving a lot of interest in both ski and snowboard,” says Tim Reed, Senior Director of Content Strategy for the X Games. “The Olympic inclusion clearly shows what has been built over the first 15 Winter X Games. In addition, we were the first to do a major lighting operation with the superpipe and we believe slopestyle now deserves the same treatment.”

Snowboarding towering slopes can be extreme to begin with. But snowboarding under the dark of the moon takes it up a notch, making the ride all the more challenging. Turns out TauBu Girl Kate-Lynn’s favorite time to hit the slopes is after dark. Are you game for a nighttime ride, TauBu malt liquor beer fans? If so, we’ve got a few tips for ya.

First, you gotta remember that all the slopes you know like the back of your hand take on a totally different look at night. That stump that marks the start of the moguls might not be visible at all, which can prove embarrassing at best, dangerous at worst when you slam into it and take a downhill spill. The visual cues you’ve come to rely on may disappear and shadows can make it look like there’s something where there’s actually nothing.

So, while knowing your path certainly helps, smart slopesters will heed a few additional words of advice, too. A major tip is to give your eyes about 30 minutes to make the chemical change that adjusts them to the darkness before hitting the slopes. Make sure you don’t even glance over at a manmade light source or you’ll have to start your half-hour wait all over again. That tends to tick off your buddies. If you’re the type who’s in the sun a lot, get a pair of gray full spectrum sunglasses to wear in the days leading up to your night run. And wear a yellow-green or blue-green LED headlamp. Yellow-green light illuminates your surroundings and helps you see the most detail possible. If you’re hitting the slopes in total darkness, opt for a blue-green light, as it won’t screw with your night vision.

Headed to the Winter X Games or plan to do some nighttime snowboarding of your own? Post your pics on our TauBu Facebook fan page.

TauBu Beer Makers Want to Know – Are You a Tough Mudder?

TauBu Girl Yashira is confident she's got what it takes to take on this Tough Mudder. We don't doubt it.

Think you’ve got what it takes to take on 12 miles of British Special Forces testing? Bring it! TauBu beer makers just discovered Tough Mudder, the premier obstacle course series in the world. And we can’t wait to see one of our fans take the challenge.

Held in fields, ponds and swamps throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom Ireland, Japan and Australia, Tough Mudder events put thousands of the ballsy-est men and women on the globe through the kinds of hardcore paces that real warriors go through to prove themselves worthy of battle. In fact, these obstacle courses are designed by the British Special Forces and each features 10 to 12 miles of hills, mud, water, ropes, walls, fire and 10,000 volts of electricity. You’ll push yourself up and over 12-foot walls, through underground mud tunnels and across murky bodies of water. There’s also ice-water dunking, monkey bar traversing and huge slip n’ sliding going on.

It’s not just about being in mad physical shape, though. It’s also about teamwork and camaraderie, on the course and off. Just like soldiers on the battlefield, Tough Mudders are expected to make sure no one gets left behind. Oh, and they’re expected to have some fun, too. Especially when it comes to the costume contest with four categories:

  • Most Bad-Ass (best costume);
  • Most Dumb-Ass (worst costume);
  • Most Ass (costume with the least clothing) and;
  • Most Likely To Have Been In The Village People (self-explanatory).

Top costumers win awards. But the top kudos goes to winners of the Tough Mudder Respect Awards, doled out to participants who have overcome illness, injury or misfortune to compete. And Tough Mudder raises funds (more than $2 million already) for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for injured service members.

Think you can man up and handle your business on a Tough Mudder course? Prove it. But you just might have to catch up to TauBu Girl Yashira to prove it to us. Here at the TauBu offices, she’s been talking smack about who’s gonna challenge her at the next Tough Mudder USA event. Anybody want to take her on? Just make sure you post your pics on the TauBu Facebook fan page.

Check This Out, TauBu Fans – Nuclear Cowboyz Launches Freestyle Motocross Tour

The gorgeous Wendy Lam of the Nuclear Cowgirlz.

These guys are definitely living the TauBu life! This Friday night, the Nuclear Cowboyz 2012 tour kicks off in Baltimore, MD, pushing the extreme into certifiably insane.

This year’s tour features some of the top names in extreme sports, including 2011 Winter X-Games medalist Caleb Moore, playing out a futuristic battle epic that takes place in war-torn Los Angeles in the year 2150. Portrayed by legendary Nuclear Cowboyz FMX tribes, the Soldiers of Havoc and Metal Mulisha, two tribes’ survival is threatened by an evil force, the Tempest and her Cyborg Army. Add the gorgeous Nuclear Cowgirlz, whose allegiance to their tribes only ticks off the Tempest even more and you’re in store for a battle to end all battles, fought through the sickest freestyle gravity-defying stunts backed with badass pyrotechnics and laser displays synchronized to heavy metal, rock alternative and electronic dubstep music.

“We’ve produced a new Nuclear Cowboyz show that brings together not only the most incredible choreographed stunts performed by the best freestyle riders, and we’ve stepped up the insanity by adding more rock music, bigger pyrotechnics, greater freestyle tricks including an awesome snowmobile flip, and new characters such as the evil Tempest and her Cyborg Army,” says producer Juliette Feld.

Adds Producer Kenneth Feld: “We’ve increased the magnitude of this production, increased the difficulty in the degree of stunts presented by medal-winning athletes so that you can’t help but be blown away by Nuclear Cowboyz 2012.”

The 2012 tour hits 11 cities in North America, including one in Ontario, Canada. Tickets are on sale now, so visit the website and get yours before they sell out – especially if you’re going for one of the very limited number of VIP Fallout Zone tickets. Premium seating and a meet and greet with the stars – can’t beat that deal.

Plan to see the Nuclear Cowboyz? TauBu wants to see your pics – especially of the Nuclear Cowgirlz, any of whom could easily be a front runner for the next TauBu Girl. Post ‘em on our Facebook fan page.

Ryan Villopoto, TauBu Fans Rev Up the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship Series

Defending AMA Supercross champ Ryan Villopoto decimated the competition in the 2012 SX season opener.

TauBu fans are also big Supercross fans. So you can bet there were loads of them in the stands Saturday night for the opening of the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship Series. As suspected, Supercross phenom Ryan Villopoto took home the season’s first main-event win at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, taking the holeshot and leading every one of the race’s 20 laps. Of course, we knew he’d be on fire this weekend. He went into the 2012 season hell-bent on becoming the sixth rider in the series’ history to win the season opener in back-to-back years.

Over the past few seasons, Villopoto has proven himself the man to beat. He’s the defending AMA Supercross champ, the reigning AMA Motocross Champion and a member of the winning USA MX of Nations team. In fact, he’s so win-minded that last he postponed his South Pacific honeymoon with hot new wifey Kristen Young to compete in the Monster Energy Cup. He pounded the competition and took home a cool million – the biggest purse in the sport’s history. We’re guessing the bride was cool with waiting a few days to get back to the ocean.

Of course, this doesn’t mean Villopoto doesn’t have his work cut out for him this season. We’re betting Chad Reed’s pretty ticked off about coming in second last year and is out for that top-podium position this year. And James Stewart is on a mission of his own. He’s looking to best seven-time Supercross Class champ Jeremy McGrath’s title as the all-time winningest rider. McGrath has 72 wins under his belt. Stewart’s aiming for 73 before he jettisons the bikes and makes his NASCAR career move. Meanwhile, Ryan Dungey has spent the past two SX seasons establishing himself as one of the world’s fastest motorcycle riders. Every one of them has Villopoto in their mental crosshairs.

We’re raising a Wicked Punch toast to Villopoto for kicking ass on the tracks in Anaheim and looking forward to a slamming Supercross season.

Remainder of 2012 AMA Supercross Championship Series Schedule

  • January 14 – Chase Field – Phoenix, AZ
  • January 21 – Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA
  • January 28 – Overstock.com Stadium – Oakland, CA
  • February 4 – Angel Stadium – Anaheim, CA
  • February 11 – Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, CA
  • February 18 – Cowboys Stadium – Arlington/Dallas, TX
  • February 25 – Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
  • March 3 – Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis, MO
  • March 10 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – Daytona, FL*
  • March 17 – Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
  • March 24 – Rogers Centre – Toronto, ON, Canada
  • March 31 – Reliant Stadium – Houston, TX
  • April 14 – Louisiana Super Dome – New Orleans LA
  • April 21 – Qwest Field – Seattle, WA
  • April 28 – Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, UT
  • May 5 – Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, NV

MEET DIAMOND: JANUARY 2012 TAUBU GIRL

January 2012 TauBu Girl Diamond is on the roster of the Lingerie Football League's Dallas Desire.

Hello, TauBu Fans. This is Diamond and I’m stoked to be the January 2012 TauBu Girl. What a way to start the New Year! Let me tell you a little about myself…

First, yes – Diamond is my real, birth-given name. I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I grew up as a diehard tomboy who would rather wear mud than pink. Fast forward to the twenty-year-old me and pink is my favorite color paired with high heels!

Of course, I still love to get dirty and have put my sports background to good use on the football field playing for MTV’s Lingerie Football League’s Dallas Desire for the third year in a row – beating out over 200 girls each year for a place on the 20 slot roster! I also began competing in NPC Bikini competitions this past year and plan to do so next year in addition to their fitness category! Fitness requires not only a beautiful physique but I’m also required to do a 2.5-minute routine showcasing my flexibility, tumbling abilities, dancing and a series of one-arm pushups.

Needless to say, I have always been highly competitive and I thoroughly enjoy being a girly girl these days. I love to work out, read and spend time with friends and family. I still reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where I work full time for an oil and gas company and model part time for fun. If not on MTV, you might have seen me in one of dozens of print ads and promotions I’ve done. I was Miss July 2010 in the Red Dirt Divas Calendar, appeared in the HBO special “Slumber Party” and was a San Antonio Featured Model on Playboy.com.

My motto: “Life’s too short too slow down. That’s why, when running gets too tough, you strap a rocket to your ass.”

My favorite TauBu flavor: I love to mix up an Evil Apple martini with just a splash of Midnite Berry.

Want to know more about me? Visit the TauBu website and Facebook fan page regularly.

Levi LaVallee, Robbie Maddison Start off New Year TauBu Style

Now THAT's how you start of the New Year TauBu-style.

If you’re living the TauBu lifestyle, you’re living fast, hard and far from the ordinary. And that’s just what we love about the way pro snowmobiler Levi LaVallee and FMX biker Robbie Maddison powered into 2012.The two closed out 2011 with a New Year’s Eve with record-breaking jumps across the San Diego harbor.

The two jumped side-by-side, LaVallee on his snowmobile and “Maddo” Maddison on his bike. Each was aiming to break his own record, and both succeeded. Maddo soared 378 feet, nine inches, breaking his existing certified record of 351 feet, three inches. He missed his goal of 400 feet likely because soggy conditions kept him from hitting his 100-mph launching speed goal. But that wild ride proved a crowd-pleasing record breaker nonetheless – particularly for fans who know of Maddo’s early struggles. The Australian-born biker beat viral meningitis and viral encephalitis that left him temporarily paralyzed and blind in one eye before turning his passion for motocross into a professional career.

Still, the night belonged to LaVallee, whose 412-foot jump busted the record he set last year by 51 feet. The moment was something of a sweet redemption after last year’s 361-foot practice jump that set a world record but put him in the hospital with collapsed lungs, a broken pelvis, cracked ribs and a concussion. Doctors said he might not make it. LaVallee said “Watch me.” And the extreme sports world did.

“It was something I had to overcome,” LaVallee told ESPN after the heart-pounding jump. “Otherwise it was going to haunt me the rest of my life. After last year and being out I was like, ‘Man, you just missed out on the coolest opportunity.’ And to be here today and to be able to land an over 400-foot jump… you can’t make it any better.”

All of us here at TauBu are raising a Midnite Berry toast to LaVallee and Maddo for helping us all ring in the New Year in slamming style.