Important! Video Tip Jar

I always enjoy posting quality video & images of this sport we all love so much, like the recent Derek Parra Slideboard video.

In about a week, it’s been watched almost a THOUSAND times. From the Hyper wheels message board, to mentions on Japanese inline websites, to Speedskate Sweden, folks are pouring in to watch.


However, this video (and others, like the Andy Newell XC skiing video, that over 600+ XC skiers watched) blew my yearly bandwidth allocation to pieces in a matter of days…. My site actually went down for an afternoon because of it.

I had no alternative; I had to immediately shell out $254.44 to pay for more juice/bandwidth just to get the site running again. I already pay around $100 a year for hosting and the hipcast video service I sometimes use, and that is ok, I’ll do that out of love for the sport.

But this last one hurt, especially as my iBook laptop battery also died a few days ago, ($120 to replace) and I fear my laptop itself is running like a car missing a few sparkplugs (I do drive my “car” really hard!)

Sure, I could use YouTube for free video, I watch a lot of speedskating stuff on YouTube, and most of it is frustrating to watch, as high quality video is VERY IMPORTANT for watching skating, and I want to do more of it.

Derek informally said that he would be interested in doing some more video like what I just published. That would be great! Yet I simply cannot afford the bandwidth to do his talents justice.

So like any musician playing in a public place, I am putting out a tip jar, (clicking on it sends you to paypal), to help pay for the bandwidth. It’s super-easy to use…

Musicians play because they love to play, not for the tips; I do this website because I fundamentally love this intersection in my life between writing, skating and the good folks I am blessed to know through this sport.

So folks, if enough of you can spare a dollar or two, I will do my best to reciprocate with more exceptional video & skating vibe/culture/news.

22 Responses to “Important! Video Tip Jar”

  1. My pleasure! Keep up the good work!

  2. I pay a lot more for a hell of a lot less in my monthly outlays, Andrew, it’s the least I can do!
    come on lurkers, no more free lunch!

  3. Keep up the good work, Derek’s coaching video will be very valuable. By the way, I’ve send the link to speedskating forum, hopefully a lot of folks there can benefit from such coaching materials, and help you to pay to support it too:-)

  4. Andrew I will contribute.

    This is the kind of video that US Speedskating should make and distribute to members. It would be easier to just hire you to do it since you already know how.

    Mike in northern california

  5. If you frequently visit this site, and find that you learn from it, donate something. It’s the least you can do to support Andrew’s efforts to educate us all.

  6. Yeah People, put some money in the damn jar!

  7. I will be adding to the jar soon you are awesome as usual Andrew!

  8. The tip is in the jar. Glad to help you out. You have great education material.

  9. Small tip for Andrew; folks, just a word of support- Andrew is one of those people who has supported other people’s dreams with HIS money. It’s our turn to help him out.

  10. Done. Thanks for all your efforts.

  11. Thanks Andrew! Some more for the jar :)

  12. You helped me get styarted last March, So I hope you get all you need and then some, Andrew! It reminds me of the final scene from “It’s A Wonderful Life”.

    “Now wait a minute, everybody! I got a telegram here I wanna read–from London! “Dear George. Stop. Mr Gower cables you need cash. Stop. My office instructed to advance you up to $25000. Stop. Hee-haw and Merry Christmas! Sam Wainwright”!!!

  13. The whole site is awesome Andrew, the video is like icing on the dessert cake. The fact that it was viewed over 1000 times shows you just how hungry the skating tribe is for this information.
    Thanks again!

  14. Having met you at masters last year and just getting done making a slideboard and never seeing one being used this video was a fantastic download to watch over& over. Being a older newbee your site has been a great help,so let me help you. Thanks more than you will ever know

  15. Andrew,
    What is the length of the slideboard on Parra’s video? It seems much shorter than the usual 8 ft long board.

  16. it’s an adjustable slideboard, and Derek has it set for 6 feet… remember, he is 5′4″, so its equal to a longer board for a bigger guy…

    however, most of the time I saw even Joey Cheek, who is 6′1″, using the slideboard for technique.. he has it on the shortest setting…

    for hard slideboard work, they do set it longe, but its rare…. I have an 8 foot one.. and that’s a pretty good medium size for a bit of everything……

  17. Hope this little bit helps! Thank you for providing us all training stuff for both the body and soul!!

  18. Here’s my share. :) Keep up the good (hard) work!

  19. just a little amount, but a great 1000 time :)

  20. […] sting whatever seems fun. Right now video is fun, so I have been playing around with that (it’s worth mentioning a HUGE thanks to the folks who contributed to the tip jar! YOU made it possible!!) […]

  21. Does anyone know what kind of slide board is being used in the video. Thank you

  22. best rated raspberry ketones…

    Zen and the Art of Speedskating…

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