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12 février 2008

Le Monoski ... en France & dans le Monde

 

 

Le monoski est toujours d'actualité avec des nouvelles planches magnifiques & efficaces (vitesse, carve, parabolique, KL, grosse peuf, freeride, bordercross, monoboard, ...) mais aussi des rassemblements qui se créent, se développent ou innovent en 2008 :

La Monomitik              ... 19 & 20 janvier   _  Les Angles
La Monoteuf               ... 27 janvier           _  Puy St Vincent
La Monovosgienne       ... 3 février             _  La Bresse
La Mono Revival          ... 30 mars             _  Les 7 Laux

mais aussi Le Défi Foly ... 27 avril                _  La Clusaz

               & bien sur le plus grand rassemblement de monoskieurs au monde durant La Monopride du 13 au 16 mars à Villard de Lans, avec 4 jours de descente en escadrille, derby, KL, waterslide, slalom, freeride, monoboardercross, fiesta, test des nouveautés, tombola, formation à l'entretien des boards, rencontre avec les champions, les fabricants, les pionniers, les potes, ...

Un grand chalet est reservé pour cet évènement désormais incontournable de la planete Monoski.

Duret_Legende_186__version_2002_2004   La Monopride, c'est 50 à 120 monoskieurs  Monoski_envers

qui se retrouvent pour glisser & échanger            

Tous ces rassemblements devraient être reconduits en 2009 !

D'autres rassemblements & associations se pérennisent ou voient le jour à l'étranger, notamment en Suede (Hemsedal), Suisse, usa, japon, pays de l'Est, ...

Pour info, les sites des associations :

° Sud Monoski (France) qui organise la Monoteuf :  http://sudmonoski.free.fr/

° US Association qui organise la Monopalooza :  http://usmonoski.org/

° Allemagne :  http://mono-ski.org/

° Japon :  http://monoski-maj.org/  &  http://monogaga.tripod.com/

° Suède :  http://monoskisweden.se/ et  http://monoski.se/

° Hongrie :  http://monosi.hu/

° Italie :  http://www.monoski-italia.it/

° Pologne (nouveau forum) :  http://monoski.fora24.pl/index.php

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Toutes informations sur le site

de l'Association Française de Monoski :

-   -  - -->   http://monoski.free.fr/   

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Les 15 fabricants de monoski au monde :

Duret    Duretskis.com   &   Duretboards.com   voir   Duretproshop.com                Duret au Canada    duret.ca

Snowshark    Snowsharkmonoskis.com  &  Snowshark-europe.com

Aluflex    Aluflexski.com

Fatmonoboard    Fatmonoboard.com

Swellpanik    Swellpanik.com

Rabbit on the roof    Rabbitontheroof.com  (nouveau)

Tkb guns    Tkbfilms.com/Alpine Rockets  (nouveau)

Yamatool devient  CoDa Boards    Yamatools.com

Donek    Donek.com

Transonic    Transonic + Transonic.co.jp

Nordicboard    Nordicboard.com

Blackburne    bbmonoskis.com

Monoblade    Monoblade.com

Monoski Tardy    skis-bois-tardy.com

Monoski Lagriffe
par Ludovic Lacroix    Lunabong.fr

Une liste de liens sur le monoski sur :  http://www.monoboot.com/monolinks.htm

Des archives impressionnantes sur :  http://www.monoski.net/archive.html

Des photos & vidéos mémorables sur :  http://monoski.lateralus.free.fr/ 

Des news fraiches des locaux sur :  http://monoskis74.neufblog.com/mon_weblog/

du monoski en Coréehttp://www.monoskikorea.com/

Des récits (des 6000 m en Bolivie) & des photos sur :  http://leblogdutecrew.blogspot.com/

De la détente sur :  http://popowflower.blogspot.com/

A noter que le nouveau materiel a énormément évolué et qu'il est dorénavant beaucoup plus accessible pour les débutants & bien plus performant pour les amateurs chevronnés.

duret_collection_2009 phi vent_divin aiguille_verte goodvibes2 Fatmonoboard_Race_Spirit_178 swellpanik tkbguns_alpine_rocket tt_hammer snowshark snowshark_mountain nordicboard transonic rabbit_on_the_roof blackburn_mono coda donek monoblade  les monoskis (spécificités & fabricants) sur monoski-skwal.com

 

De plus, une équipe de compétiteurs en monoski est desormais à l'oeuvre sur le circuit des derbys et des compétitions, notamment dans le cadre du Trophée des Derbys & du Grand Raid Evolution 2, avec à leur tête Xavier D., Bip bip, Bidou, Patty, Marco74, FlyingSam, Bruno, ...

 

Un regain d'intérêt pour le monoski semble voir le jour chez les jeunes, de + en + nombreux à s'inscrire à l'Association Française de Monoski.   -->  La relève est là !

 

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Histoire du monoski

 

 

la Saga du monoski

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10 septembre 2007

ça chauffe sur les forums !

"Cela se passait dans une grange lugubre. Un alchimiste à poils longs travaillait méticuleusement une planche de bois et ricanait tel un démoniaque à cornes.
Il venait d'inventer une arme révolutionnaire.
Il venait d'unir les opposés pour créer l'unité. Plus rien ne serait jamais comme avant.
Ah ! Ah ! Ah ! Son rire effrayant continu à hanter les vallées isolées.

Depuis, certains disent avoir aperçu une ombre sur des pentes enneigées.
Des récits de voyageurs ont mentionné la présence d'un monstre à nageoire unique se faufilant parmi les séracs.
Mais quel est donc cette bête qui a terrifié les joyeux sports d'hiver et délivré le fluidre de la glisse terrestre ?
Le mangeur de pentes

La célébrité passe, le mythe reste. Le monoski a une sérieuse gueule de bois.
Il s'est pris une boîte de tous les diables en tentant le rêve d'Icare. C'est pourtant un si bel engin.
Fluide dynamique, sa conception attribuée à Mike Doyle est apparue sur les pentes savoyardes à la fin des années 70. D'après la légende, les premiers monos sont arrivés en 78 à Chamonix dans les bagages d'Yves Bessas et Maritxu après un séjour chez Doyle.

Ensuite, des furibars tels que Pierre Poncet, Alain Revel et Philippe Lecadre se sont emparé de la bête et ont entamé ce qui allait devenir ¬tout simplement- la révolution glisse.
Empreinte schizoglissenique

L'histoire du mono est liée à une génération à la recherche de nouvelles sensations.
Ceux qui ont importé le " single ski " des Rocheuses, ceux comme Jean-Paul Frechin ou Fred Vaillant qui ont construit les premières planches skiables, c'est une histoire de coeur, d'enthousiasme, de délires.
C'est l'histoire de l'artisanat émancipé des marques et de l'engineering relégué au loin dans un champ de poudre. Les acharnés ne redoutaient pas de mettre la main à la patte pour construire l'arme idéale et des merveilles sont apparues comme le BeBop, mono sur mesure, affiné par une taille de guêpe au cordeau. L'époque était électrique, rock'n roll. On inventait des courses.
Les Arcs étaient le spot d'entre les spots. Des compétitions tel le Mémorial Joël Gery, à Chamonix, devenaient le point de ralliement des révolutionnaires hirsutes. Les gerbes asociales de chevelus bariolés de couleurs fluos s'imprimaient dans nos esprits à travers l'apparition des films de glisse. Le ski devenait plus sauvage et plus inventif. Grâce à l'image, le message se répandait comme une traîné de poudre. La montagne recelait un joyau inestimable, une sensation de légèreté et de liberté qui magnifiait la vie.
La glisse était en marche, décidée à nous fanatiser.
Trace directe

Aujourd'hui, le mono s'est scratché.
Les snowboarders et les skieurs ont pris le relais et la glisse est demeurée devise. Les fringues ont continué à représenter l'esprit. L'image s'est imposée. Tout cela est né dans le sillage de l'idylle entre l'homme et la pente, celle que le mono a grandement contribué à nous faire découvrir.
Mais, une question reste en suspend, pourquoi a t'il subitement disparu ? Une disparition brutale qui a fait naître un mythe mais nous a laissé un peu groggy sur le bord des pentes.
Sa pratique était-elle trop subtile ? Ses points d'appuis trop délicats pour les premières générations d'obèses ? Le téleski devenait un exercice périlleux et, sur la piste, le carre avant s'amusait à vous faire partir à cul dans une glissade intraitable.
Pourtant, si l'on savait l'apprivoiser et répartir correctement le poids sur la perpendiculaire, les sensations devenaient divines et transformaient son cavalier en véritable dompteur des neiges. Mais ça, il n'y a plus que quelques téméraires ou certains anciens, ceux qui osent ressortir les planches du garage, pour y goûter.
Arborescence de la courbe

Il arrive de croiser un de ces valeureux escogriffe lors des derbys ou des fermetures.
Trimbalant son engin d'un autre âge au milieu d'une meute de snowboarders baggys et de freeriders suréquipés, il déambule à travers les sarcasmes des plus jeunes et la nostalgie des anciens. Il se dissimule parmi la foule, se fait oublier et débarque tranquille tandis que les gremlins se marchent les uns sur les autres pour aller " trasher " la vierge. Son allure est souple et un brin nonchalante.
Frère de David Caradine, il se déplace en frôlant l'espace, ses chaussures ne grincent pas. Il passe devant quelques touristes sur le point d'enfler devant le merveilleux paysage. Il se faufile jusqu'aux pentes tel un disciple Shaolin.
Et là, soudainement, il disparaît dans un souffle. Sa trace s'évanouit dans d'immenses courbes, sa vitesse est prodigieuse. En un éclair il est aspiré par le dénivelé. Il plane, il vole dans des sillons féeriques et chevauche, tel un démiurge des temps modernes, l'immensité cristalline. Il s'évanouit, absorbé par l'horizon pâle et ne réapparaît que beaucoup plus bas, seul sur sa monture éreintée.
Composite étrange dans un monde baroque, monoskieur tu es magicien. "

dixit http://www.skipass.com/forums/sports/sports_hiver/sujet-72157.1442079.html#1442079

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12 avril 2007

si c'est Arno Adam qui le dit...

L'interview d'Arno Adam (1998) :  « Je suis un glisseur »

      Avant de crier haro sur les champs de poudreuse qui nous attendent l'année prochaine, il faut s'arrêter sur l'homme qui, d'une manière élégante, nous a apporté ce que, pas même trente ans auparavant, un Français n'avait ramené : un titre de champion du monde de ski extrême. Rencontre avec un freerideur  devant l'éternel, qui craint la montagne autant qu'elle le fascine et qui est fidèle à la discipline de vie qu'il s'est choisie.

Qui es-tu ? D'où viens-tu ?

Arnaud Adam, né le 19 décembre 1971 à Besançon dans le Doux. J'habite les Houches, vallée de Chamonix...

Comment as-tu atterri ici ?

Grâce à mon père qui voulait nous sortir de la ville ! Il était amoureux de la montagne, son boulot lui permettait de s'installer un peu n'importe où, il nous a pris, mes deux frangins et moi, pour ce petit coin de
paradis...

Tes frangins ont la même passion que toi pour cette montagne ?

C'est moi qui ai, aujourd'hui, le plus le feu pour la montagne. Mais mon grand frère m'a montré la voie ; il faisait du monoski, il  a rencontré des furieux comme Glen Plake (ndlr : le fameux skieur américain à la coupe de cheveux d'Iroquois)...

issu d'un article : http://www.glenatmedia.com/accueil.asp?url=http://www.glenatmedia.com/ski/341/interview.htm

... en fait, son frère est le célèbre Turtle ...

on en profite pour passer le bonjour à Fanfan & Arno

qui ont déjà tourné 3 films :  Jour Blanc, Chamonix/Katmandu & Do you, do you Chamonix


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Difficile de s'en passer

 CHAM1024 Aiguille_Midi glacier1024

& la dernière vidéo de la Monopride 7 par Casa

monopride 7 autre version via Zapiks

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11 mars 2007

LA SAGA monoski

The first monoskis came to be in the late 1950's. Look made an elevated platform to mount on a single ski that was made to mount a set of ski bindings to. By the mid 1960's, two skis were fixed together side by side with brackets which still used the elevated platform. Under no influence from these first monoskis, Mike Doyle, professional surfer and legendary waterman came up with the single ski idea in a recuring dream he had on a ski trip in 1969.

Surfing on the snow became something that he had to do, but how would he make this surfboard for the snow? He thought that poles would be needed for balance and that conventional ski equipment would have to be used to make his idea work. Though he had experience making surfboards it would be a challenge to make a good durable singleski. Using materials at hand, Mike made his first single ski out of fibreglass and resin.

He realized that the flex wouldn't work properly as it was so he added a piece of hard wood under the feet ant tapered foam towards the tip and tail. His first experience skiing his new single ski was a problem, he pulled the bindings right out of the board. Luckily a quality technician was near by and saw the misshap. Mikes' single was fixed to try again the following day. He had problem skiing it at first but after figuring it out he could ski places that he could only dream about skiing with two skiis. Problems and controvercy were aroused when Mike went out on his new single ski with some of the patrollers from Jackson Hole. He didn't impress them, but intimidate them he did. The patrollers who had gave their life to learning how to master the art of skiing were being out skiid by a surfer who had only been skiing for a couple of years. They didn't want that thing being skiid on the mountain by anybody because they were a bunch of mamby pamby winning wimps that couldn't bear to see a monoskier get as good as they were on their two skis in a fraction of the time. The ski industry seemed to be far more excited about this new snow sliding toy than the patrollers with their bruised egos were. He had it patentedin 1973. Word of the new invention had spread through out the ski industry, so Mike found himself traveling with surf industry friend Bill Bahne to discuss the monoski with the Hexcel Corporation.

Hexcel offered Mike a job, a van to promote the new single ski, a lump some of cash and depreciating royalties over the next few years. After they had left the meeting Bill convinced Mike to manufacture the single ski on their own without the help from Hexcel. Mike agreed and Bill ordered the machines that would be used to make the new single ski. Now that the ball was rollin' it was time to get out there and sell and promote the best new snow sliding invention ever. Dick Barrymore included the monoski in his film "Mountain High", this would be the monoskis movie premier. Mike was getting some excellent publicity for his single ski, but Bahne seemed to be having some production problems and couldn't fulfill the orders that Mike had for the singles. Dennis Thorne of South Lake Tahoe had been turned on to the single in 1974 by Joel Kaplin and became one of the first distributors. The South Shore of Lake Tahoe became the home for the monoski in North America. Even with distributors helping out, a product must be available to sell, and Bahne was having serious production problems. In 1976, Mike would see the first Winterstick and for the first time realized that chances of his singleski making its mark on the ski industry were diminishing. Production at the Bahne facility was plagued with problems so shortly there after Bill Bahne dissolved their partnership. Mike moved to Sun Valley Idaho and Bahne started to do more testing on the Bahne Single Ski. The research and development took place in Lake Tahoe,with Dave and Don Bruce becoming the main testers for Bahne and with Dennis selling them the mono had a good chance to make it's way into the ski market. They got the Bahnes into a few local shops and did some direct sales while skiing Palisades and the Gunbarrel. Exposing the critters in the trees (and whatever else could make it through the "Sierra Cement") to the monoski was their main marketing objective. A small cult following was developed, but the monoski never got much exposure outside of the small group that skiid them.

During the Spring of 1978, Yves Bessas and Maritxu imported the first two Bahne Doyle monoskis from the U.S. to France. A few Chamoniards (Pierre Poncet, Alain Revel, and Phillip Lecadre) would experiment with the monoski and later become the gurus of the movement known as "La Glisse", or The Glide. Later on that season a small manufacturer located in the Jura began producing Bahne Doyle replicas called the "Petite Jennette". This ski (made from three skis instead of two) was skiid down the north face of Mt. Blanc by Jean-Paul Frechin in April, 1979. In the early development stages the monoski was helped tremendously by the UHAINA film festival who helped promote this new snow sliding sport.

The first true French monoski was developed by Duret in 1980. The "Pierre Poncet" edition Duret was to be the premier commercialized monoski in Europe. Michel Duret was the most active promoter of the monoski driving from resort to resort with a couple of dozen monos to let people try. He would sell a few a day and before long almost every shop would adopt the monoski into their inventory. The only competition for the Duret ski was the Rossignol "Soleil", or Sun. These were the only choices in France until 1982, when Tua released the "Tueur", or Killer. There isn't much distinguishable between any of these monos except for the heaviness of the Tua, but even the lengths were uniform at 185cm. This is also the year monoski competitions were organized, sponsored by Cartier, the first of these compititions were held in Italy, and the second in Arcs (France). Back in the U.S. Mike Doyle started to make singles again and had tried to convince others to make them. Research Dynamics made some boards too but neither the new Doyle Single nor the RD "Solid Gold" would have a very big impact on the U.S market. Another company in the U.S. called Ski Tech Research, started to produce a copy of the original Bahne/Doyle single also with poor results. Bahne was in full production making honeycomb core monoskis but not getting alot of product into the hands of retailers. In 1983, Monoski and Co.(a small manufacturer in Maurienne) would develop the first mono with any significant changes to the original design of the Bahne Doyle. The Swallowtail skiid extremely well compared to its counterparts, but its wood composite construction would make it too costly for most consumers to afford (about $1000 U.S.). The popularity of monoskiing was growing out of control so the manufacturers needed to develop an entry level ski for the novices that wanted to try this new snow sliding sport. In 1984 Rossignol organized a press meeting to introduce to the market a new style of monoski with easier skiing characteristics that even the novices could ski on easily. It is undetermined whether or not it was Rossignol or Duret that developed this new style of monoski first. The taper from tip to tail is obvious when viewing this new mono so it's easy to understand why turns are initiated easily and finished smoothly. The "Pintail is an immediate success so the other manufacturers follow suit with thier own "Pintail" models.

The Duret Pan Am was the most popular of these new pintail shaped monoskis, but the Duret product would have no part in the Rossignol sponsored Apocolypse Snow series. Apocolypse Snow was made into three mini movies which were deffinately the strangest videos ever made. Two teams the red and the yellow have a fierce competition and only the team who possessed the master of the glide could win. Early Wintersticks and Rossi Snowboards make their appearance on the feet of the master of the glide. The evil red team sends monoski troops after the glide master and eventually catch him and force him to compete on their team. This monoski production helped the movement, it was getting organized and stronger with production levels increasing and more events being organized. The first public monoski competitions got started at the Vars competition held in the Southern Alps during 1985.This event consisted of a mogul competition and derby format race where everybody raced down an open field of ungroomed terrain simultaneously. The next event to follow in Chamonix would become the most popular of all events on the mono circuit. In 1986 the circuit joined the FFS and the first championships took place in France. In this same year another small company set the standard for the competition circuit and for the other companies.The Be bop Subterfuge had an extremely narrow waist, a little tip and a very aggressive feel. The demand for the Bop was overwhelming and the little company had a hard time keeping up with the consumers need for their product. Rossignol was manufacturing 10,000 units and Duret 11,000 units this year, Duret had to supplement production with Johnathan because of increased orders for their product as well as outsourcing about 2000 units for Head and Look.

Most of the sales during this period were from France but the monoski was starting to become a more desirable way to slide in other parts of Europe as well. The French companies decided they could do double the production they were at if they could convince the US to adopt the monoski. Philou Azais undertook the task of organizing a promotional tour of all the major North American ski resorts in 86 & 87 (Some of you probably remember this). A fair amount of interest was shown while touring these resorts, but he thought this marketing attempt was of little success. The Duret crew was seeing moderate success with their marketing attempt also but the U.S. consumer was much more difficult to persuade to try new things than in the European countries. Eric Darsonvol was the crusader that hung around in Summit County Colorado, parking his van at the base of many popular mountains he'd demo his pintail monoskis to all the locals and would develop a small but dedicated following of hard corps monoheads in the Central Rockies. Philippe Russman tried to market the concept in the Southern hemisphere in 1987 with less luck than Philou had in the North, but still managed to get the monoski into the market. The Japanese market would also be open to the influence of monoskis, but again it would never be adopted as it was in France. By 1988 speed had been added to the circuit with Vincent Guinchard establishing himself as the worlds fastest man on a single ski, attaining a top speed of 180/km or 112 mph. The monoski circuit struggled to find a consistent format finally deciding on mogul and super G competitions by 1989. The Japanese also held their first competitions this same year. Also, this year saw Bebop go out of business and the biggest monoski party ever to celebrate the end of the cult manufacturers short time in business. In Colorado, Eric Darsonvol decides to move back to France, and Kent Hunter would try marketing his new super sidecut monoboard (The World Board, based off of Dimitri's original Winterstick) to the inexperienced skier. The ferver behind "Le Glisse" started to die into the 90's, and the companies that made monos would become fewer and fewer. Many years of poor snow conditions in the Alps didn't help the situation much nor did the lack of carvability of the traditional monoskis. The snowboards were developing more symetric sidecuts so they carved better on hard snow than the monos could. The snowboard movement was really getting under way in the U.S. and the rest of the world market . Look stops making monos, Blizzard,Tua and others follow suit, then Dynamic stops making boards.The snowboards would begin to rule the market and the monoski would start to drown in the industries wake. By 93 Dynastars would disappear, Duret would make cut backs on their models available, and by 95 Rossignol would see the last season of the "Extreme" being exported to the US. In the Fall of 96, Duret would only be making 3 monos instead of the 17 styles and lengths that were available just a few years before. World Board never took off partly because of its strange shape and never changing graphics, and few of the old school monoskiers had any interest in trying the monoboard.

Now with snowboarding ruling the snow sliding sports industry and buying into the ski manufacturers worldwide very few monoskis are left. Duret monoskis remain available in the world marketplace thanks to Jean Phillip, (designer of the "World Cup", and in charge of the monoski production at Duret) and Michel Duret without there efforts the traditional monoski would no longer be available to us here in the U.S. There are a few small companies making monoskis but the only other major European manufacturer still making them is Elan. They don't export to the U.S., only Japan and Europe have access to their monoskis. Now after the 96/97 season comes to pass we see our favorite way to slide on the snow being near death. With the near death of the monoski, we're now seeing a rebirth this ski season. A few small quality manufacturers have come out of the woodwork in the U.S. and in Europe to introduce some of the best monoskis ever made. The U.S. has some events planned for the 97/98 season and the monoski seems to be getting more support in Japan. Rossignol still distibutes the Extreme in Europe (tell 'em to make something new!), and other manufacturers have been bothered by enough of us to realize that maybe there is still a market for monoskis. Without the support of the ski industry, it's very difficult to get products out there for the general public to see. How else could the shape ski revolution have taken place? This whole marketing effort was the last ditch attempt of the flailing ski industry to catch up with snowboarding. So if everybody in advertising and the media didn't get behind this new shape ski revolution, (the shape ski was patented back in the 50's and S Ski out of Aspen had made them for many years before the big manufacturers decided that this was a good idea) the ski market could have been hurt so badly, they might of had to resort to the monoski to save them.


Vive La Glisse !    Scott Gordon,

President White Knuckle Inc. Information from The Glenat publication Monoski and Mike Doyles Autobiography Morning Glass were used to create this story along with what could be learned from all of you that I have spoken with over the years.

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