The new super neon colors will sit next to the original black with neon highlight colors we saw back at the launch. Pearl has been teasing the new PRO Leader shoes for awhile, but the details are finally here. Wanting to produce one of the lightest, best fitting road shoes around, PI started with a 0.9mm thick, seamless Second Skin upper, which ends up the thinnest on the market. Power Web TPU material keeps the upper from stretching and keeps your feet firmly in place.To attach the shoes to your feet, Pearl ditched triple Velcro in favor of one centrally located Boa dial. The dial pulls from both sides for a bi-directional closure for better comfort, plus it gets the dial out of the way in case of a crash. Even with the Boa, PI managed to cut out weight resulting in a 240g shoe. While the X-project is the high end shoe designed for riding as well as hiking, PI has updated the X Alp line as well with the new Enduro 4. At $120 the shoes won’t break the bank, and they feature a unique carbon rubber outsole to provide plenty of grip for your off the bike adventures. On the chamois side of things, Pearl was showing off their new PRO anatomic 1:1 chamois which has been a project 2 years in the making. By dropping high density foam into an articulated foam base, Pearl claims they were able to make a chamois that is both extremely dense and comfortable while staying highly breathable. Pearl was proud to point out that they build all their own chamois rather than simply ordering them from a manufacturer. Anatomic 1:1 chamois will be spec on all 2014 PRO shorts. The last bit of product newness is actually a byproduct of their racing tech. PI has used their Speed Sleeve design in their skinsuits for awhile now, and it hit them – why not use this for a cycling specific base layer? All of this design work is put into jerseys only to put a basic t-shirt base layer on underneath that tends to bunch up when in cycling position. The new Speed Sleeve base layer eliminates the bunching and offers next to skin comfort under the sleekest jerseys.Incorporating their Minerale wicking material, there will be three versions available including sleeveless and long sleeve depending on the weather. Pearl Izumi had a bunch of new stuff on display at Interbike, but maybe the most exciting was the final release of the long awaited X-project mountain shoes. Ever since we attended the launch of PI’s wonder shoe, we’ve kept mum on final availability. The good news is that our shoes have been great, better news is that the only issue with the shoes that caused the delay has been addressed, and better still the green 1.0s will be available this week! The rest of the colors (2 colors for each model) and models should all be available by the end of the year.Check out the rest of the goods including Pearl’s impressive new PRO Leader road shoes after the break!
Share By STEVE HATHCOCKSpecial to the PRESSSue Canny emailed me a while back to ask about some bricks she and her friend found while beachcombing at Barracuda Cove, which is located directly across the channel from the southern tip of Padre Island.“It was low tide and the muddy bottom was covered with big, white bricks that looked handmade,” she wrote. “Do you have any idea how they got there?”I know the area Sue is talking about. I first heard about the brick pile from noted beachcomber, Mikey Waller of McAllen, when he and his sister Nicole found the bricks in the summer of 2005. The two recovered several for their personal collections and were also gracious enough to donate one to our Beachcomber’s Museum of Local and Natural History on South Padre Island.In the mid-1830s, the Mexican government established a coastal battery at the northern end of Brazos Island overlooking the pass. The gun emplacement was a simple affair. It was comprised of a raised wooden platform upon which several cannon were mounted and a magazine of palmetto logs packed with clay and covered by several feet of sand. Much of the island was inundated in the hurricane of 1844 and the governor of Tamaulipas ordered the citizens to relocate to the nearby village of Fronton, or Port Isabel as we call it today.Soon after his arrival in early March 1846, Zachary Taylor established a supply depot at Brazos Island, now called Boca Chica Beach. Because of the dangerous sandbars located along the Texas coast, large ships would lie at anchor about a mile offshore. Cargo was off-loaded onto shallow-draft boats, called lighters, and then carried into the wharves located at Brazos Depot. From there it was sent inland by cart or up the Rio Grande by steamboat.In 1850, Major Thomas Eastland quartermaster for the United States Army, wrote the following concerning his tour of duty at Brazos Depot during the Mexican-American War of 1846:“This depot was the great channel through which passed the troops and supplies for the Army operating on the upper line and from which was embarked the returning Army, munitions of war, etc. The accumulation of property at the depot was immense and its protection a matter of serious and anxious consideration. My predecessor Captain J.M. Still, had commenced erecting suitable warehouses and I considered it my duty to continue until all the stores subject to injury by exposure, were safely sheltered.”Houses, barracks and workshops were also built to shelter the men, as was a long line of piers and docks.“It became necessary to construct wharves,” Eastland’s report continued. “This was done in a very cheap manner, by using old vessels, no longer fit for service.”In other words, decrepit old sailing ships, no longer fit for sea were purposely scuttled with their hulks being converted to docks and wharves.In May of 1850, Major Chapman declared his only wharf boat had, “gone to pieces during the recent severe northers.”He proposed to, “Scuttle the hulk of the Colonel Stevens as a new wharf or pier head….the position in which I place her to greatly protect the depot from action of the water during northers.”An 1854 map of the area shows over 50 structures on Brazos Island. There were also six on Clark Island, which is now buried under the spoil banks created when the Brownsville Ship Channel was dredged back in the 1930s and three on Padre Island itself. Two wharves are also shown at the northwest corner of Brazos Island in such a position to connect Clark and Brazos Island. Some historians argue this may be where Major Chapman scuttled the Colonel Stevens.The Hurricane of 1867 inundated Brazos Island, washing away most of the government wharves and surrounding buildings. Today only scattered piles of debris remain to remind us of times past.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedRio History: Treasure Hunting at Isla Blanca ParkBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The tide was out when we arrived at Isla Blanca Park at the southernmost tip of South Padre Island. My friend John headed to the water to hunt for jewelry while I worked my way south to a small sandbar that is only…January 18, 2019In “News”Rio History: A Phennig for your thoughtsBy Steve Hathcock Sorting through the coins that slid across the counter at my Padre Island Trading Company, (see editor’s note) was always one of the highlights of my day. One night, while counting the change in our tip jar, I was…September 20, 2019In “News”Rio History: The Lost Camp on Brazos IslandBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS A few years ago, I received a packet of photos and old periodicals from a Jim Jennings of Balboa Island California. Jim had lived in Point (Port) Isabel in the early 1930s. His Dad, Jim Jennings Senior had been the engineer in charge of…August 3, 2018In “News”
In October, WePlay! Esports announced that it would be hosting its first Valve-sanctioned DPC event in the form of the WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020. The tournament, which is the second Minor of the current DPC season, will take place at the Bukovel ski resort in Ukraine.Inserting your company into the circuit, which is predominantly occupied by the same few faces, is no small feat, and it’s clear that WePlay! Esports is going all out to make a great first impression.Image credit: WePlay! EsportsValve sanctions such third-party events – those that fall within the Dota Pro Circuit, that is – and it’s not a simple process to get accepted into the series.“Before granting us the privilege to host a DPC Minor, Valve evaluated the creative concept, technical capabilities, team experience, and the event portfolio,” explained Marina Frolova, Chief Marketing Officer at WePlay! Esports UA. “Throughout the last year, we organized more than 10 events, including a Counter-Strike LAN that was part of our own league. The professionals from our studio were brought to work on a project during The International 2019.”The WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 will be hosted on January 9-12th and the company is looking to separate its version of an official Dota 2 event from the pack through its unique offering. Dubbing its competition and production style as ‘esportainment,’ WePlay! Esports has forged a unique style for its events and the Minor doesn’t appear to deviate from such an approach.WePlay! Esports goes out all. Photo credit: WePlay! Esports“WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 won’t differ from our other tournaments in the sense that it will take place in the esportainment format,” Dmitriy Karpenko, Сhief Business Development Officer at WePlay! Esports said. “This means that we will focus a lot of effort on entertaining the audience between the matches. The viewers will see a full-fledged show.“We already see that the idea to host the Minor at Bukovel was justified. After the announcement, we were bombarded by positive reactions and questions about the resort.” It’s challenging to host a DPC event in a remote location, but the WePlay! Esports team feels it’s up for the task. Picking a suitable location is very much part of the process, but much more goes into it.“While choosing the location, we were considering the dates and our experience,” Max Belonogov, Executive Producer at WePlay! Esports told Esports Insider. “We had already held the Dota 2 Winter Madness tournament with a winter fairytale theme. Its concept was very well received by the audience and it fit the dates perfectly. Once the concept was locked, we started looking for a location, that would facilitate and enhance the general vibe.”Photo credit: BukovelThe decision to choose the ski resort as the destination for the Minor instantly sticks out as an inspired choice, and it’s much more than a gimmick. WePlay! Esports aims to build an entire experience around the event, allowing fans and players alike to venture out into the resort to explore when the Dota 2 action is over.“Usually, during an event, a person enters the venue and gets pulled in the competition for 3 to 10 hours,” Belonogov continued. “We wanted to expand this experience and create a holiday that would last four days uninterrupted. Searching for a real-life Christmas village with an atmosphere of magic and where people can enjoy winter in all its glory, we discovered Bukovel.”The proof is in the pudding, of course. Execution is just as important as planning something special, so the pressure is on for WePlay! Esports to deliver on its esportainment premise and the idea of the Minor being an entire experience – one that deviates from the norm.Subscribe to ESI on YouTube