There’s a revolutionary new technology sweeping the world of board sports, and it’s all powered by one wheel.If you’re not familiar with Onewheel, originally introduced via Kickstarter in 2014, think back to the hover board concept popularized by the Back to the Future movies of the 1980s. This is about as close as modern technology has come to actually creating one of these futuristic devices.If you have any sort of board sporting experience whatsoever—whether it be snowboarding, wake boarding, skateboarding, etc.—you’ll feel right at home atop a Onewheel.Powered by an internal hub motor, this board owes its intuitiveness to an advanced system of gyroscopes, accelerometers, and other sensors strategically placed on the tip and tail of the board to automatically balance the rider.The hub motor within the board is powered by a fast-charging (think 30 minutes or less) lithium ion battery that, when fully charged, can provide anywhere from 5 to 7 miles of range depending on the steepness of the terrain you’re riding on.In order to accelerate, the rider simply shifts his or her weight forward on the front of the board. To slow down or reverse, just lean back, and to steer, shift your weight from side to side, much like the motions used to steer a snowboard through deep powder.Since it was introduced in 2014 by a company out of Santa Cruz, California called Future Movement, the Onewheel has gotten even better thanks to a series of upgrades.New for 2017 is the Onewheel+, featuring a redesigned hub motor with breakthrough technology allowing the rider to reach speeds of 19 mph.It’s popular not only with recreational riders but with commuters looking for a portable, low-impact form of transportation to and from the workplace.“People are using Onewheel in all kinds of ways we never imagined” says Onewheel Inventor and Future Motion CEO Kyle Doerksen.“Based on what we’ve learned so far, we’ve made Onewheel+ a significantly more refined, more capable product that’s approachable for first timers and delivers progression for advanced riders.”After testing the Onewheel ourselves, we can attest to the quality of the upgrades and the intuitive nature of the board in general, but don’t take our word for it. Come out and test one for yourself at an exciting new event in Asheville, North Carolina.Hosted by Asheville-based Southern Raft Supply, the most popular retail location for Onewheel in the Southeast, the Floatlife Fest will be an entire weekend dedicated to Onewheel enthusiasts fromm all over the country.“The Onewheel culture has really taken root here in Asheville,” says Justyn Thompson of Southern Raft Supply. “We’re thrilled to be hosting the Floatlife Fest.”Attendees to this event will have the opportunity to compete in Onewheel races, win prizes, mingle with sponsors, get in on group rides, and much more.To find out more about Onewheel and the upcoming Floatlife Fest, happening October 13 through 15, click here.
UNITED STATES — Teachers provide our children with the tools and resources they need to be successful.To recognize educators and their vital roles, the country will be celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6.One way to show your appreciation is by sharing a picture of yourself with an influential teacher, a picture of your child with their teacher or a picture of yourself with a simple thank you to a teacher on social media.Regardless of how you and your family participate in National Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s work to make sure our Hoosier educators know they’re valued. Thank you to all teachers — past and present — for all your hard work.
Things are different this time around for the UW women’s soccer team. Gone are the frigid practices and night games; gone are the emotional highs and lows the team went through last season; and gone are six pivotal seniors who helped carry the team through those highs and lows.Now the Badgers are nearing the end of their spring season, and they have enjoyed seeing some new starting roles.”Spring practice has been great; we have really accomplished a lot of things we set out to,” UW head coach Dean Duerst said. “We have gotten a really good look at some of the newer personnel. … We have been trying some new spots midfield and up front and trying to bring those spots together.”So far the Badgers have competed in five spring matches. Recently, Wisconsin competed in the Chicago SCORES Showcase, a fundraiser for the Chicago SCORES organization, which provides supplemental English/reading skills for inner-city children while also teaching them teamwork through soccer.At the Showcase, the Badgers played two matches, falling 1-0 to Northwestern and tying Illinois 1-1.”It was a great event for our players to be a part of,” Duerst said. “It felt like a regular Big Ten weekend. We were able to let some of the younger players get a taste of what a Big Ten game is like.”We always want positive results, but we were happy with how we played.”Last weekend, Wisconsin also competed in an alumni match, which featured former UW seniors Marisa Brown, Erin Dubina, Becky Katsma, Katy Lindenmuth, Jessica Ring and Amy Vermeulen.”It was really fun for [the seniors],” Duerst said. “We’ve had a great span of people, and we had some really great people return. We had some players return with kids and one who couldn’t play because she was [pregnant]. So, it was kind of neat that way. The alums played some great soccer and really challenged the team. I take a lot of pride that a lot of those players played under me.”Up next for Wisconsin is in-state rival UW-Green Bay. The last time both schools met was a pivotal match for UW. Heading into the late October game, Wisconsin was in a downhill spiral after losing six of its last seven matches. A quick spin-around and a 6-1 victory helped the Badgers gain momentum and finish out the season with a perfect 4-0 record, enabling them to qualify for the Big Ten tournament.”That game turned us around,” Duerst said. “We had been through a lot, and we finally told ourselves that we were going to win, and by doing that it helped us win. … Teams need to get into that zone. That game also helped us defensively.”In that contest, Kara Kabellis, who was recently named a captain for next fall’s squad, led the Badgers with two goals, while current teammates Elise Weber and Lauren Rudzinski also notched a score between the pipes.The only goal from UW-Green Bay came from graduated senior Natalie Brown. Her goal at the time put the Phoenix up 1-0, which was the first time the team ever led against the Badgers.This year, the Phoenix are scheduled to kick off their spring season against the Badgers, who will be ending their own spring schedule.”They work hard, and they are physical and can really ignite around the goal,” Duerst said. “It will be another test for us defensively.”The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex Thursday. It’s a rare occasion when the Badgers get to host a night game, and the team is looking forward to playing under the lights.”Night games are just one of those things that players enjoy,” Duerst said. “We are going to make the atmosphere and … we want to go out on a note of establishing a new team. We have to identify ourselves and do things differently that make us a new team. … This has been a special year, and we want to make it different.”