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Canada extended its cruise ship ban to feb 2021, so the tour season here is effectively cancelled again. There’s some deal where the ships have to stop in a Canadian port on their way up here, blah blah details...

In my own little bubble, I’m pumped to not have the town overrun again. But, it has a massive impact on the local economies of southeast AK towns. Massive like you can’t grasp it unless you’ve lived it. The smaller tour based businesses that didn’t already call it quits will most likely have to do so now. Imagine having your entire livelihood taken away, when historically it’s been an annual guarantee, and there’s nothing you can do about it. I imagine a lot of people will move south, whether they’re locals who are in the industry, or one of many people who moved here for it. Of course, my bubble aside, a pretty hard hit for so many people and families. Will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

The effect on local sea life with no tour boats or ships last year was noticeable. Whales were a lot more active and clearly happier, etc. So there’s that.


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Posted by: @spenser

Massive like you can’t grasp it unless you’ve lived it

My wife is a travel agent... She had to tell her large group ( 500 people ) today, no AK cruise this summer.  

We're living it.

Just lost like $50k in commission from that cruise alone. 

All ships that sail from the US, have to make at least one port of call in a foreign country in order to avoid being taxed as a US based business and fall under US regulations. So yea. None of them want that, thus they all make one foreign port of call.  There's a weird exemption for Hawaii, but that's it. 

She has had nothing for income basically since this happened. It will get better for just a second then...  shit is gonna get weird. 

So all cruise lines, airlines, resorts, and basically major travel destinations have already told the travel industry to be ready to tell clients that at some point in the near future proof of vaccination is going to be required, and it will stay that way for a few years.

They have hinted at late summer when they will start doing this, but now with the slower than expected vaccine roll out, it could get pushed back a bit, but they have given warning so if travel agents are booking anti-vaccination people that maybe they should reconsider those bookings and/or have the conversation with them now saying these policies will be coming.. 

General feeling is its gonna drag down traveling for a bit.

Like sure you can get in your car and drive to Disneyland if you don't like the airlines policy, but Disneyland isn't gonna let you through the gate without that proof of vaccination. 

Destination resorts, same thing. 

Hotel industry has said it's leaning going that way as well for a while. 

This is the only job my wife has ever had. Started as her moms assistant when she was 14, and now she is 38... Major bummer. 


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Yeah, you guys definitely understand how impactful it is. Really sorry to hear that man, it’s rough for a lot of people for sure. The dispensary I work at with friends is owned by their mom, whose main businesses are in local tourism. She has received some of the grants andthey made it through this year due to effective planning, but as far as I understand, another missed season is going to force them to shut down.


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I think Torstein might be on CAPiTA.  Leaving this here rather than the "rumor/grapevine" thread, as this is more of a guess than anything else...


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Posted by: @pacendubya

I think Torstein might be on CAPiTA.  Leaving this here rather than the "rumor/grapevine" thread, as this is more of a guess than anything else...

Are you thinking because of Cocard's IG story?


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Posted by: @pacendubya

I think Torstein might be on CAPiTA.  Leaving this here rather than the "rumor/grapevine" thread, as this is more of a guess than anything else...

Are you thinking because of Cocard's IG story?

Yes.  Also, Torstein's IG doesn't list DC as a sponsor (and he's not on DC's website).


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I know we've seen Angry riding, but does anyone have some Stan Leveille footy? 

 


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I know we've seen Angry riding, but does anyone have some Stan Leveille footy? 

 

Lol FWIW Stan Leveille has gone on record saying he sucks at snowboarding and just loves it. Angry on the other hand... at least the Good Ride guys will put footage of themselves out there. The only footage I've seen of Angry is that "reality/expectations" Side Hits Euphoria video where he can claim "HAHA my shitty riding is just satire". 


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I know we've seen Angry riding, but does anyone have some Stan Leveille footy? 

 

Stan rips.  No ifs, ands or butts, he rips.  He is a critic with credentials. 

 


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I guess he only "sucks" when he compares himself to pros then lol. He was pretty self-deprecating in his Bomb Hole interview. 


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Hi Nosehan!

He seems like a cool guy. I wouldn't even shit talk him. I'm just curious. Especially after he mentioned that movie (edit?) he made on The B-Hole. Come on Stan I know you're lurking, PM the edit to DanDan.


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This shit is wild


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This shit is wild

I wonder what sidecut radius works best for that


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I like to think that graphics and colorways don't impact my gear purchasing, but it does. And I think I lie to myself about how much it actually does sometimes.


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I like to think that graphics and colorways don't impact my gear purchasing, but it does. And I think I lie to myself about how much it actually does sometimes.

My personal stance is I'll never a buy a board for great graphics*. I will definitely not buy a board because of awful graphics.

I have been tempted to break that first part a couple times. The Kazu series is consistently sick. And I have zero interest in the Party Shark shape, but that thing makes me laugh every single time I see it. I'm not sure if I'd display it topsheet out for that ridiculous sunglass party shark or go hard with the "FUCK YEAH BRO!" base.

* One exception is a broken Arbor Coda I bought for a wallhanger. Besides being a dope ass graphic, this one has some personal significance to me. My Korean name translates to "Dragon Tiger".

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