Speech to Text for Pocket Wings Take Flight in Siskiyou Mountains
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a new craze taking this makes it easier because now you'll have handlebars and you'll be about 100 pounds lighter." dan says, "makes turning easier and jumping easier and it fits in your pocket." it's called the pocket wing. and 34-year-old dan edwards thinks it can revolutionize skiing and snowboarding. dan says, "i feel like it's going to change everything... change the whole game." the pocket wing is designed to give you a different sensation than regular snowboarding... it makes you more bird-like... more capable of taking flight and landing softly. it's all accomplished by an airfoil kite that doesn't need wind to get going... that's because you're generating your own barreling down the mountain. dan says, "if you start to gain some speed, this thing will create drag and lift .... so it slows you down in a way where you can almost do a pullup on it." dan learned applying those skills to the snow in the siskiyou mountains. dan says, "the biggest complication with this thing are the bridals and just being sure that your lines are not crossed and that everything is nice and straight." 35 miles an hour is the optimum speed for the pocket wing... dan says, "if you get scared ever you just let go and it becomes a flag in the wind." and a certain level of comfort on a ski or snowboard is important. dan says, "it's really no more dangerous than actually skiing or snowboarding, but it can be a distraction, so i would say to operate it safely you'll have to already be a level three skiier or snowboarder, comfortable making turns, hard carves or skidding stops." the pocket wing is still in the early stages of development and rollout. right now, forbidden at traditional ski resorts. but dan says it's only a matter of time before it becomes mainstream. dan says, "ten years ago snowboards were not allowed on certain ski hills, that's technology that was shunned at first because it was different. gradually people learned that they were safe and controllable and now it's widely used and accepted as normal technology." the pac-12 men's basketball tournament continued