Cam Sinclair fills me in on the Nitro Circus Aussie Tour

What do you think of when you hear the words Nitro Circus? A chemical explosion? A radioactive fun park? What about a bunch of crazy motorbike riders flipping at extreme heights, speeding up steep ramps and doing it all on wickedly fast machines?

Straight off the back of a sold out tour in South Africa, the Nitro Circus crew are revving up their engines in preparation for the Australian Tour in May. The world’s most adrenalin-charged live action sports show is said to be jam-packed with craziness, most of which is yet to be revealed. But if it’s anything like the South African tour crowds can expect more than just blokes on bikes. Kids’ trikes, snow skis, shopping trolleys, and a Barbie car were among the items launched off the Gigant-A-Ramp in recent shows.

After four years of touring, the crew at Nitro Circus are happy to be coming to Australia. CEO Mike Porra confirms the Australian tour will be unlike anything audiences have seen. “We can’t wait to unveil it to Australian fans first,” Mike said.

The return of American motorsports superstar Travis Pastrana adds even more hype to the event. And if that wasn’t enough, a newly designed, multi-million dollar set will be unveiled in Perth, showcasing a retro themed performance that will be choreographed as a 1920s, Barnum & Bailey style circus.

Former X Games gold medallist and Australian rider Cam Sinclair explains how despite the excitement, the sport is extremely dangerous. “I injured my leg really badly in America in January and I’m recovering from surgery right now,” Cam said. “I love the sport and I’ve been on bikes since I was 5, but it still scares me everyday,” he said.

Cam has come a long way in his career, debuting in the Nitro Circus after being a member of the Crusty Demons since 2006. Cam is a double back flip extraordinaire, which is said to be the most extreme stunt in freestyle motocross. But in 2009 Cam crashed and was faced with life threatening injuries and was in a coma for a week.

Despite the dangers, getting to do the ultimate boys job everyday still has its appeal. “Being able to do tours and travel the world is great,” Cam said. “We all push ourselves and we have a great team,” he said.

As for the Australian Tour, there’s a lot of madness set to debut. Cam couldn’t reveal too much, but he is hoping they can do better than the three person back flip we’ve all seen before, by putting four people on a bike and flipping it upside down. That’s right, four bodies, one bike and a really big ramp!

The rest is top secret. “Travis will be staying at my place and we’ll be working on a bunch of new tricks in the backyard,” Cam said. “It’s going to be good fun,” he said.

The Australian tour kicks off on May 10 in Perth. For tickets, tour updates, and behind the scenes content visit www.nitrocircuslive.com

AJE. xox

Posted 7th April, 2014 @ 8.54am

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WCW

Woman crush Wednesday: A witty metrical composition that acts as an excuse to reveal that you’re not actually a ‘single white female’ stalker of the hundreds of babes flooding your Instagram, but an admirer of their diehard fabness. 

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Kardashians. And I know I’m at risk of being hotly disagreed with here, but I would like to thank them for the positive influence they’ve had on me to remind me that a little bit of glam can go a long way when my confidence is lacking.

And it’s not just the Kardashians (I got your attention though, right? ‘What? This idiot actually thinks they’ve done something praise-worthy?’)… There’s a multitude of bloggers, vloggers, and social media glamour girls that blow my mind with their beauty and inspire me to put in a bit more effort to fluff up my feathers if need be. My personal end result is never Swanepoel-esque, but hey, if you can surprise yourself and feel better equipped to kick the worlds arse that day, why not?

Glamspo girl number one is beauty vlogger and Australian, Loz Curtis. Lauren covers all things beauty and transforms herself from a blank canvas to a straight-up glamazon in every video she does. I love how vloggers like Lauren put their bare skin on show for the millions of followers they have with the intention to share their secrets in the name of a sultry sisterhood. Her transformations always blow my mind and it’s a welcome relief from the filter-fied and pretentious females that seem to flood our timelines these days. Check her out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/laurenbeautyyVLOGS

Next up is Nicole Guerriero. I feel like this Youtube vlogger is a virtual beauty veteran, but I’ve probably just been following her for the longest. Whether it’s contouring, highlighting, blending, enhancing, or hiding, this girl does it all really simply and with FUNNY outtakes. I always thought I was pretty good at making myself up, but Nicole has taught me how to mix it up. She’s definitely my first stop when it comes to getting my hair on point while working with a clip-in weave. LOVE her: http://www.youtube.com/user/nguerriero19/featured

A vlogger who is a reasonably new discovery of mine is Jaclyn Hill. This girl makes me belly-laugh in my seat. That’s hard to do, trust me. And she always achieves flawless bases and has the easiest make up methods. She’s simplified my life with regards to the tools I should be using and short cuts I could be taking. You will not be able to fault any smokey eye Jaclyn does. Amazing! http://www.youtube.com/user/Jaclynhill1/featured

The glamspo goes on with Cara Loren http://instagram.com/caraloren, Antoinette Marie http://instagram.com/sydneyfashionblogger,  Natalie Halcro http://instagram.com/nataliehalcro, Alena Shiskova http://instagram.com/missalena92, and the list is endless…

For me, a little bit of glamour goes a long way for your insides whether it be with fashion, make up, or hair. And girls like this are the perfect inspiration when you’ve gotten into the groove of only wearing a quarter of your closet, or throwing your hair in a pony on the daily (I’m SO guilty of this).

And now I’m going to go against all of that self-validating social media preaching… You already know you’re pretty awesome on the inside, so when that’s lacking, why don’t you give the outside a go? There’s nothing wrong with a bit of vanity and and there is nothing sexier than a confident female. Get it, ladies!

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AJE. xox

Posted: 9.34pm, 19th March, 2014

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Who’s the craziest vegan of them all?

Let’s admit it, we all have a friend who seems like a blatant vegan extremist. They’re a growing breed. And with the mobile accessibility and instantaneousness of social media, they’re going viral and expanding in numbers, and good on them. I’m dedicating this blog to salute all my vegan and vegetarian friends out there. You’re doing the right thing and more than I can manage at the best of times.

I love animals. I’ve grown up around animals all my life and as long as it doesn’t have eight legs and isn’t going to jump on me without warning, I love it. People who hurt animals deserve torturous and longstanding punishment. Harming a defenseless and vulnerable being is despicable. I actually can’t think of any words that illustrate how deplorable this is. So you can imagine my dismay when a very close friend (and vegan) ‘jokingly’ called me a killer for being a meat-eater.

But he was right. I was eating meat, dairy and other animal products that are all the result of mass production and that would eventually be slaughtered because I’m contributing to creating a demand. Humane or not, these animals are being bred to be killed. Now before you go thinking that humanity evolved to eat meat or that eating meat is natural, you should consider some facts that I found interesting…

1. Humans were originally plant eaters and have physical traits representative of herbivores, not carnivores. We don’t have claws, we don’t have sharp teeth, we perspire through our pores, we have longer intestines, our bodies are alkaline, and we have well-developed salivary glands for plant processing. Carnivores are the opposite. They have razor sharp teeth for killing their prey and they mostly swallow meat whole. They also have no perspiration pores because they cool down through the tongue and their intestines are only three times their body length.

2. Animal products have been linked to a range of serious health issues including high cholesterol, bowel cancer and hindrances to overall health and longevity. That’s right, vegans and vegetarians have actually been proven to live longer than meat-eaters. As for sickness, the reliance on animal products in our diets means we are missing out on important nutrients from plants and grains. Although the evidence on red meat causing cancer isn’t substantial enough to justify not eating it, the Cancer Council recommends only eating small portions of red meat up to three times a week and not eating processed or heavily cooked meat at all – that has to be saying something.

3. Global hunger has been linked to the mass production of animals for human consumption. We’re feeding our grains to animals so we can eat the animals. So where would the world be if we dedicated more grains and seeds to malnourished rural towns in Asia and Africa? For communities that are dependent on agriculture, the generation of mass animal production by wealthier countries throughout the rest of the world surely doesn’t help.

4. Just because animals can’t speak, does that mean they don’t think either? And does that mean we should kill them? A little food for thought (pardon the pun)…

Now is probably a really good time to mention that I’m not vegan. I’m not even vegetarian. I eat white meat about three times a week, I rarely eat cheese and eggs and I almost never eat red meat. Everything else you can think of, I don’t consume. No milk, no butter, none of that. So I class myself as an omnivore with an open mind to what my vegan friends have to teach me, now that I’ve allowed them do so. Which brings me to my next point…

I’m the first to admit that I was resistant to the messages of the vegans around me. I felt like they were shoving their animal-loving bullshit down my throat and I didn’t want to hear it because a) I already know what happens to the animals, b) Let’s be real, I didn’t want to overhaul my entire lifestyle and stop eating animal products, and c) The problem is so entrenched in humanity that there’s nothing I can do to help the cause.

Bingo. There’s nothing I can do about it. That’s where the key to the movement of veganism lays and where I started to find more respect for my vegan counterparts, rather than dismissing what they’re trying to do as extremist preaching.

And this is because if I could do one thing to help, whether it’s cutting out red meat, cutting out dairy, or writing a blog… I’m helping. I don’t have to stop driving a car with a leather interior, or stop buying leather shoes, or stop wearing my leather clothes. As long as I’m doing what I can, it helps.

Someone very close to me has recently adopted a pescatarian lifestyle where he only consumes fish and cuts out all other animal products. This is someone I look up to when it comes to health and fitness, someone who is rational and someone who operates off the facts. So because he did this to live a healthier and longer life, it really struck a chord with me. And that’s all it takes, insight from one person you look up to to help create a positive change.

Be the positive change and embrace those crazy vegans! And if you want to see what I saw that changed my mentality on veganism, check out this video below.

AJE. xox

Posted: 7.18pm, 5th March, 2014

  

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