The Great Raise Houston — An Adventure Challenge For Charity

Over the past few months, several people have asked me “So how exactly did you and Anna get involved with Sun & Ski and riding the MS 150?  You especially are the laziest person on the face of the earth!”  I wish the second part wasn’t true, but it was until a few months ago….

Last year, Anna and I had a unique opportunity to participate as one of ten teams selected to run around Houston and surrounding cities in an adventure challenge for charity called “The Great Raise Houston”.  I know… that sentence was extremely long!!  Sun & Ski Sports was a sponsor, as many of the tasks on the first episode hinge on the contestants’ abilities to cycle several miles and kayak 5 miles down Buffalo Bayou.  At the time, our unfit bodies were more entertaining for television than anything.  While we enjoyed both kayaking and cycling, we just weren’t meant for the physical aspect of the competition.  After the show, we met Barry Goldware, CEO of Sun & Ski Sports, who challenged us to take advantage of the resources within Sun & Ski Sports to lose weight by cycling and improve our lifestyle.  The road has been, and continues to be, very tough, but Anna and I have lost some serious poundage, and the entire experience has made us appreciate Houston and the outdoors… not to mention the years of our lives we have added by vowing to live a healthy, active lifestyle…

But back to the “Great Raise Houston”… Joyce & Uchenna Agu, season 7 winners of “The Amazing Race”, decided to put their $1 million winnings into action by giving back to the city they love so dearly.  They figured that Houston is actually a pretty cool place, and that by creating an “Amazing Race”esque show centered around the hidden jewels of the city, they could help raise money for causes near and dear to their heart.  As cast members, Anna and I competed both physically and financially for the top prize.  As fundraisers, the entire cast was tasked with creatively raising as much money as possible for two very important Houston charities: The Houston Food Bank’ Kid’s Cafe and Casa de Esperanza.  Both are programs geared at aiding children in and around our community.  For more information, or to donate to these two awesome charities, go to http://www.thegreatraise.com

“The Great Raise Houston” originally aired in February and March, but they are replaying this weekend only!  Tune in to KHOU Channel 11 (CBS affiliate) from 3-5p on Both Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21st. If you think Anna has been snippy to me on our video logs, you should see that crazy woman on TV!

Our Castmate and friend, Zubi, has organized a viewing Party on Saturday, June 20th, from 2-5pm at the Union Bar & Lounge on 2708 Bagby downtown.  Everyone over 21 is welcome!  Come meet some of the cast members!  Anna and I will be there with bells on.  Seriously.  She has me dressed up like a reindeer….

TOMS Shoes – Now Available at Sun & Ski Sports!

Sun & Ski Sports is excited to now be carrying TOMS shoes at many of our retail locations and online at sunandski.com. TOMS shoes are unique in that for every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for One.

History of TOMS Shoes
Since their beginning in May 2006, TOMS has given over 135,000* pairs of shoes to children in need through the purchases of caring customers. Because of your support, TOMS plans to give over 300,000 pairs of shoes to children in need around the world in 2009.

Their ongoing community events and Shoe Drop Tours allows TOMS supporters and enthusiasts to be part of their One for One movement.

*As of March 1, 2009

Byerly Wakeboards Rockstar Team Video

Checkout the full line of Byerly Wakeboards and Accessories at Sun & Ski Sports.

History of Byerly Wakeboards
Founded in 2006, Byerly Boards has been my dream for as long as I’ve been riding boards, which dates back to the founding years of both Wakeboarding and Wakeskating. Today I’m happy to say that my dream has taken root, and with my crew we’re creating a brand that is unique within the board sports world. With Butch’s shaping skills and knowledge of construction methods we’ve again pushed the boundaries of Wakeboard Design. The same is true with my Skates and as always art plays a huge role in the look and feel of Byerly Boards. Enjoy our line up for 2009 and I’ll be seeing you on the road this season.

Your Sports Bra Fit Guide by Moving Comfort

With 30 + years’ experience creating women’s-specific performance apparel, and over a decade committed to perfecting sports bras, Moving Comfort wants every woman to know, regardless of shape or size, she can live an active lifestyle in comfort. Whether you are an A cup or a DD, you need good support to avoid discomfort and injury. Think of a great-performing sports bra just like you would a pair of technical running shoes-essential equipment to help you perform your best.

DETERMINE YOUR SIZE
Amazingly, 75-80% of women wear the wrong size bra. While no fitting system is foolproof, we believe the steps below are the best way to start.

Band size
Measure around your rib cage, just under your breasts. The tape should be snug, but not tight. Add 5″ to this measurement and round up to the next even number.

Bust size
Measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust, keeping the tape straight across your back. Round up to the next whole number.

Cup size
Subtract your band measurement (step 1) from your bust measurement (step 2). The difference between the two determines the cup size.

Difference:
1″
2″
3″
4″
5″
6″
Cup Size:
A
B
C
D
DD
E

TIP: When measuring, be sure to wear a lingerie bra that doesn’t minimize or include extra padding to find the most accurate measurement.

FIND YOUR FIT
Use your measurement as a guide for selecting a variety of styles. Each will feel and fit differently on your body. Pay special attention to the following areas to find a great fit.

Band
• It should fit slightly more snug than a lingerie bra. Make sure you can comfortably take a deep breath with the bra fastened on the middle hook.
• Look for a wide band with strong stretch on the elastic to support and give stability.
• Be sure it doesn’t ride up in the back. If it does, the band may be too loose and/or the straps need to be adjusted.

Cups
• Adjust your breasts for a proper fit. They should be completely held within the cups without overflowing.
• Fabric should be smooth. Wrinkles or puckers indicate the cup is too big.
• Underwire should sit on your ribcage below the breast tissue and follow your natural shape.

Straps
• They should offer minimal stretch to reduce up-and-down breast movement.
• Wider straps will disperse the weight and feel more comfortable.
• They should not dig in or slide off your shoulders. Adjustable straps offer a more custom fit.

LOOKING FOR AN EXPERT FIT?
Here are some additional features to consider when shopping for a sports bra.

COMPRESSION vs. ENCAPSULATION
A sports bra should minimize breast movement through compression, encapsulation or a combination of both.
compression: The bra presses the breasts against the chest wall to limit movement.
encapsulation: The bra is engineered to surround and support each breast individually, as well as give shaping.
combination: The two methods are combined in one bra offering superior support, comfort and shaping.

IMPACT LEVEL
The more jostling and jumping, the more support you’ll need. Select a sports bra that fits the activity and impact it’s intended for. We’ve provided a guide, but you are the best judge for the level of support that your body needs.

Low Impact Medium Impact High Impact
• Yoga • Eliptical • Running
• Walking • Power Walking • Soccer
• Weights • Hiking • Tennis

DRESS REHEARSAL
Measuring is not an exact science. Trying on is key. Bra sizes fit differently depending on the brand, style and your body type-it might take several tries to find what works for you. In the dressing room, put the bra to the test by mimicking the activity you plan on doing. Try jumping jacks, arm circles, twists and running in place. If you have to adjust the bra during these activities, it might not be the right fit.

COMFORT IS KEY
Comfort means more to us than just being part of our name. Turn our sports bras inside out and you’ll see the carefully placed seams, soft elastics and plush-backed hooks in just the right places to prevent chafing and provide the ultimate in comfort.

STAYING DRY
Even when you plan to sweat, it’s no fun to feel wet-this also can lead to chafing and irritation. Staying dry is key to staying comfortable. Moving Comfort sports bras are engineered with our special DriLayer® fabrics to quickly transfer moisture away from your skin to the outside of the fabric where it disperses and evaporates.

MAKING YOUR SPORTS BRA LAST LONGER
A sports bra should be replaced every 6-12 months. If you can’t read the care label anymore, it’s time for an update. While all of our sports bras are machine washable, here are some tips to give your sports bra a longer life:
• Fasten the hooks before tossing them in the machine.
• Hang dry. Dryers wear down the fabric and moisture management proper ties. If you do use the dryer, do not use fabric softeners or sheets.

A Fit Woman is a Powerful Woman® | movingcomfort.com

When To Replace Your Sports Bra

Q: When should I replace my sports bra?
If you are an avid runner, the average life expectancy of your running shoes are 6-12 months depending on frequency of use. The same time frame also applies to women’s sport bras. So, to keep it easy… most experts recommend shopping for a replacement sports bra at the same time you look to replace your running shoes.

At Sun & Ski Sports, we support the leading brand in women’s sports brasMoving Comfort. They produce a variety of lines that very in internal structure and support for different activities.

Getting the Right Fit:

  • Know your activities and compare that to the suggest sports bra types.
  • Turn the bra inside out to see how it’s made. The internal structure is what provides all the support.
  • Adjustable straps offer a custom fit; make sure the front straps don’t stretch too much or it will reduce the amount of support.
  • The bra should be a snug fit, especially in the band.
  • Make sure the fabric wicks moisture away… (All Moving Comfort sports bras do this)

Keep in mind that the more you wash your sports bra, the elasticity will be reduced. Sometimes you can double up if your in a pinch, but that can increase friction and hold the heat in reducing the ability of the sports bra to wick away the moisture.

Sports bras are equipment, just like running shoes. They are both technical and highly engineered to fit women of different sizes, widths and activity levels. The right fit will help you to be more active and therefore more fit and happier. Check with our running experts at our stores or online at sunandski.com, or checkout MovingComfort.com for an interactive sports bra fitting guide.

Regional Amateur Skateboarding Tour (The RAT) Heading to Round Rock Skate Park

DALLAS, TX. (May 26, 2009) – The Regional Amateur Skateboard Tour (The RAT) presented by Scion will take place on Saturday, June 6th at the Round Rock Skate Park in Round Rock, TX. just North of Austin. The RAT is a partnership between Houston based Sun & Ski Sports and Geiger Media. It will feature events in the four biggest markets in Texas – Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston.

“It’s been several years since the state of Texas has had an organized series like this and it’s time.” said promoter Bill Geiger. “The sport is blowing up across the country and Texas is definitely a hot spot. We had great participation at our first event in Dallas May 17th and I expect the series to grow as we continue on through Texas!”

The goal for this series is to give Texas skaters an opportunity to come hang out with their friends, have some fun and compete for some great cash and prizes. Three of the four competitions will take place on a custom mini-ramp created by pro vert skater Mike Crum and the crew at Push Productions. It was already constructed on-site at Sun and Ski Sports retail locations in Dallas (Grapevine Mills Mall) and will travel to San Antonio (San Pedro Ave.) and Houston (Katy Mills Mall). The Austin event will take place at the Round Rock Skate Park just North of the city. It will feature a Bowl competition as well as a street “Best Trick” competition. Over $2500 in cash and/or prizes will be awarded to top three finishers in each category.

In addition to Scion and Sun & Ski Sports, Stop #2 of The RAT series is sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, FUEL TV, Time Warner Cable, Kicker Audio, Skullcandy, Guapo Skateboards, Hype Skateboards, Element Skateboards, Triple 8 and local alternative rocker – 101X-FM. All of the events in the series will be professionally produced and backed with a substantial media platform including local radio and print, grass roots campaigns, web and internet marketing. For more information including schedules, locations, registration, etc., go to www.SkateTheRat.com