Belmonte Wins 10th Major Title

Jason Belmonte won his third PBA Tournament of Champions title on Sunday to earn his 10th PBA Tour major title. This victory tied Belmonte with Pete Weber and Earl Anthony on the all-time major title list.

"I'm very overwhelmed, I'm very honored, I'm very proud of myself and now I'm even more driven to get that 11th and just keep going. It's really pumped me up," Belmonte said.

Belmonte used a combination of the Hy-Road Nano, Roto Grip Idol Pearl and the Pitch Black as the lanes transitioned throughout the week, leading the field at AMF Riviera Lanes. He used a similar lane play strategy in the finals. After testing some reactive balls on the practice pair, he decided that his Pitch Black gave him best motion. He used this ball to defeat EJ Tackett in the finals 225-196.

“It’s madness,” Belmonte said in the PBA Release here. “To work so hard at your craft means the world to be here at this moment. “It hasn’t completely sunk in and to have my name next to Pete and Earl is an overwhelming feeling right now."

Team Storm travels to Columbus, Ohio for the second major of the 2019 PBA Tour Season this week. The players will compete in the PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Watch LIVE February 13-17 on Flobowling.

 


Honor Scores Galore with Crux Prime

When our Team Storm players heard the Crux Prime™ was coming to their bags, the excitement was overwhelming. They couldn't wait to get their hands on this ball and punch it up. This ball has produced numerous honor scores around the world in the few weeks that it's been on the lanes.

Here's a recap on some of the honor scores and reviews that have been reported by Storm Nation in the first few weeks after the release of the NEW Crux Prime.

January 13: WATCH Jeremy Hunt, shot 300 with the new Crux Prime at the Cape Girardeau Tournament Series.

January 16: Jordan Racke hit perfection the first game out of the box with the Crux Prime in honor of his friend! Watch the 12th shot.  

"300 first game out of the box after leaving Rick Hitt’s celebration of life, Josh Hitt said “go shoot 300 for Pappy.” That was for you Pappy!!!!" - Jordan Racke

What's inside the Crux Prime? With the Catalyst Core, you, too, will bear witness to unprecedented power, increased entry angle, and a greater margin for error with its dynamic asymmetrical design and vertical cavity technology.

"The first two times that I used the Crux Prime (OOB) in my league I bowled 778 & 766. I have been using Storm bowling balls for more than 20 years and have never been disappointed but the Crux Prime is one special ball." - Lew Agius

January 18: Timmy Powell  put together games of 268-278-259 for an 805 fresh out of the box with his Crux Prime!

January 21: Ric Mccormick with games of 278-266-255 for a 799 set for his first set out of the box.

"This ball is unbelievable. Storm really made something special when they came out with this masterpiece. Right out the box i threw numbers of 267,246,225." - Colin

January 23: Billy Wigand IV had a monster set on the lanes with the new Crux Prime! He rolled games of 300-263-279 for an 842 set.

January 24: Harry Shaffer rolled 820 with his Crux Prime. WATCH his 10th frame of the last game here.

"Crux Prime is a must! This ball hits hard and carries the power through the pins!!" - Ryan McGuire

January 24: Christopher Jannazzo put together games of 279-299-278 for an 856 set with his Crux Prime drilled at Mike Machuga's Next Level Pro Shop.

January 24: Ian Willard rolled 300 with the Crux Prime in the Milwaukie Scratch Trios league.

The innovation that comes with the Catalyst Core is evident with every honor score that's posted. The genius the design is in the cavity which lets the driller remove less mass with most layouts.

January 25: Cameron Bechtol put together games of 269-279-254 for an 802 Series with the Crux Prime. Watch the finish to his set.

"I really love this ball it plays the lanes great, glad I have one of these in my bag." - Cameron Bechtol

January 27: Alex Diercks rolled 300 with the Crux Prime in the finals at Greater Iowa Scholarship Bowling Tour.

When this coverstock encounters midlane friction, it digs in harder, unlike anything Storm has produced to date.

January 27: Jalen Mosley shot 1047 for 4 games (shooting 803 the first 3) with the Crux Prime. Watch his 10th frame.

"I’m starting to believe all this ball does is strike..." - Jalen Mosley

January 29: Jeff Williams put together games of 277-279-244 for 800 with the Crux Prime drilled at the High Roller Pro Shop!

The breakthrough has truly begun. SPEC stands for “Storm Performance Enhanced Coverstock”. The intent behind this formula was to create something that withstands the rigors every bowling ball endures each time it takes a trip down the lane; namely, the friction and oil it encounters.

February 1: Luke Rosdahl rolled 255-246-300 for a 801 series with the Crux Prime.

With SPEC, you can expect consistent performance that is as tireless as it is dynamic. It’s bold, definite, and extremely potent.

February 3: Jeff Shadbolt & Chuck Reynolds Jr. roll 300 with the Crux Prime. Watch Chuck Reynolds Jr.'s 10th frame.

February 5: Lee Sandt took a Crux Prime off the press and rolled 280-257-278 for an 815 set.

"I have to say, there is something special about this ball. The scores being rolled by multiple customers with different styles in different center speaks volumes." - Lee Sandt

February 5: Chris Kishbaugh shot his 100th career 300 with the Crux Prime. He finished his set with a 792 series at Skylanes Bowling Center.

February 5: Jimmy Hannay rolled a perfect 300 game at Bowl America Eastern in Richmond, VA.

February 5: Beau Schenk rolled his 33rd 300 with his Crux Prime.

February 5: Jim Hilligas put together games of 268-267- 289

with the Crux Prime.

"This is a must have in your bag if you need some hook on a tighter condition." - Jim Hilligas

The Crux Prime is available worldwide now. Our Tech Team conducted some tests with this new release at Storm HQ. Check it out here.

Still have some questions about this new release? Whether you have burning questions about bettering your game or just want to know how to get the most out of your new Crux Prime, we’re here with answers. The best part is your questions will help us create how-to videos that will be featured on Storm’s YouTube channel. Each week nine lucky winners will have a chance to earn some new Storm products.

Visit a Storm VIP Pro Shop near you to discuss your arsenal and find out where this new release would fit in your bag.


Get To Know Matt "OG" O'Grady

It was a true Cinderella story! In 2018, Matthew O'Grady had to enter the Tournament of Champions through the pre-tournament qualifier to claim a spot into the tournament. At the end of the week, he climbed the stepladder as the #5 seed on TV winning all four matches to earn his first PBA Tour Title and become a major champion.

 

The TOC returns to AMF Riviera Lanes this week in Fairlawn, Ohio. The first round begins Wednesday, February 6, and will be streamed live on FloBowling.

O'Grady recently extended his agreement with Storm Products signing a multi-year contract.

Before competition begins, get to know some fun facts about the defending TOC Champion:

Nickname: OG

One thing you can't travel without: !Q Tour Pearl

If I had extra hours in the day I would: Learn new languages

Favorite Restaurant on the Road: Chipotle

One movie every person should watch is: Forest Gump

Favorite Holiday: Christmas, the holiday that brings family together

What's your favorite bowling ball currently: PhysiX  

What’s your favorite tournament win ever? 2009 Bud Light Challenge

How many bowling balls do you take from tournament to tournament? Average 20-30

What did you want to be when you grow up? Weather Channel Meteorologist

What do you like to do during the off-season? Golf & Beach Activities

Person who inspires you the most? Joely Rose O’Grady

Favorite quote: "Hard Work Beats Talent Everytime"

Bowling Goal for 2019: WIN the PBA Playoffs

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12 Year Old Bowls Up A Storm

Nicholas Weidenbach, 12, has only been bowling for one year but has already accomplished a great deal on the lanes. He started bowling in October 2017 when he joined a youth bowling league in Michigan. At first, it was just something to do. After a couple of weeks he was watching another youth bowler compete and decided to try bowling with two-hands. An avid YouTube fan, he soon discovered videos of Jason Belmonte and found his new favorite athlete. He started working on the basics and soon was reaching 100 games regularly. He continued to practice all summer long.

When a new season began he was determined to show his friends how much he had improved. His parents decided to sign him up for a local scholarship event and he won the very first one he entered. Excited and determined to continue improving on the lanes, Nicholas didn't stop there. Of the 9 scholarship events he has entered in the last 6 months he has won 7 and placed second in the other two. His current average in league is 139 and he has bowled several games above 200.

Here's some more fun facts about this young fan of bowling:

What's in your bag?

  • Drive, Pitch Black, Match-Up Black Pearl, Storm Ice. He is also super excited for February 22nd when his birthday present (a pre-ordered Fever Pitch) comes in!!

Favorite Pro-Bowler

  • Jason Belmonte who he was able to meet when he and his family traveled to the PBA Finals in Taylor, MI. "It was the thrill of his life."

What do you do when you're not bowling?

  • I like to play video games.

What's your favorite TV Show or Movie?

  • Stranger Things (Netflix)

What do you love most about bowling?

  • Meeting new people

What do you want to be when you grow up?

  • Professional Bowler


Kelly Kulick Joins Storm Tour Team in Lubbock

Team Storm travels to South Plains Lanes for the 2019 PBA Lubbock Sports Open this week.

We recently announced enhancements to the Storm Tour Team for the 2019 season.  PBA Tour Manager, Jim Callahan, has been working closely with the players to organize the equipment in their bag, analyze their physical games during practice sessions, and assist the team with anything they might need while on the road. Callahan also builds the schedule and invites other coaches to join him with the players from week to week.

Joining the Storm Tour Team to help read the lanes and make ball selections this week is PWBA and PBA Tour Champion, Kelly Kulick. Kulick, when not competing on the lanes herself, is on the Team USA coaching staff and travels to assist with coaching seminars around the world. She is excited to join the Storm Tour Team this week.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to expand my knowledge and education of the bowling balls while matching them to the players and conditions," Kulick said. "Being out here sparks my motivation for the upcoming ladies tour as well as contributing to the PBA Professional Staff."

Follow the action from the PBA Tour live from Lubbock all week long on FloBowling.


Storm and Belmonte Sign Largest Multi-Year Contract in Their History

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products, Inc. announced today that four-time PBA Player of the Year, Jason Belmonte, has signed a multi-year deal with Storm Bowling Products.

“I started my professional and my amateur career with Storm 18 years ago and I’m extremely grateful to Bill and Dave I’m looking forward to continue working with this company for many more years,” said Belmonte. “Inking a deal with a company that holds similar values to me and that prides itself on creating the best equipment on the market is something that I don’t take for granted.”

The 35-year old joined the professional tour in 2008 and was the first two-handed player to earn a PBA Tour title. He has earned eighteen PBA titles, including nine major championship titles, and numerous other achievements throughout his career. Beyond his achievements, Belmonte has worked throughout his career to master his craft on the lanes and share the sport he loves off the lanes with bowlers of all ages.

“It’s hard to imagine me bowling with anything other than Storm,” Belmonte said. “It’s one of the reasons I’ve achieved all of the titles and accolades. One of the things I’m most excited about moving forward is seeing what we can produce together seeing how we can win more together and obviously ultimately how we can grow the sport together.”

This historic contract reflects not only how much Storm respects Belmonte as a competitor but also what he means to the fans of bowling. His unprecedented social media presence within the sport of bowling has helped him connect with fans around the world. In 2018, Keith Hamilton, of the Bowler’s Journal named him one of the most influential bowlers of all-time in his “Leading Off” column sharing that 21 percent of the competitors in the field at the 2018 USBC Junior Gold Championships were two-handed.

"Jason has been a member of the Storm family virtually his entire career and together we've achieved great success," said Dave Symes, President of Storm Bowling Products. "He's clearly one of the most talented bowlers ever and an icon of the next generation of bowlers. We're proud to have our equipment in his hands as he continues his Hall of Fame career."

Belmonte lives in Orange, Australia with wife Kimberly and daughters Aria, Sylvie and son Hugo.


Kelly Kulick Wins Team USA Trials

Team Storm player Kelly Kulick has had an incredible start to 2019!

On Monday, the USBC announced that Kelly has been elected to the Superior Performance category of the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame class. Click here to view Kelly's player profile.

The excitement didn't stop there. On the same day she claimed the Women's Title at the 2019 Team USA Trials. Her proven consistency and versatility was displayed throughout the five days of competition on five different challenging conditions at Gold Coast Bowling Center. With this win, she earned the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2019 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

"This year, I put in a lot of time and effort to be ready for this event, and I'm really committed to 2019, both for Team USA and the (Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour)," Kulick told the USBC.

What a great way to kick off 2019!


Justin Wyman Named Technical Developer

Storm Products, Inc. has announced Justin Wyman will relocate to Storm Headquarters as Technical Developer. Wyman will join the technical team and assist in the development, innovation and execution of new products.

“Justin is an uncommon find. His skills and experience are unique to him and it would be a misdeed to not utilize his expertise,” Chad McLean, Technical Director said. “Justin’s rare combination of multimedia prowess and technical savviness is something we want to embrace and cultivate at Storm Headquarters.”

In his new role at Storm, Wyman will assist with the creation and testing process of new innovations being considered for release. He will also assist the marketing team with the development of drilling instructions and materials for new products. In addition, he will support the production of seminar materials to help inform and educate consumers, create news articles and videos for the website, and represent Storm at seminars, trade shows, and instructional clinics.

Wyman, a determined entrepreneur, has been working diligently throughout the bowling industry for several years. He didn’t truly immerse himself in the sport until he was a senior in high school due to the lack of opportunities for youth bowlers in Penfield, New York. However, once his uncle introduced him to the sport, he never looked back. Wyman practiced as much as he could and watched bowling diligently to gain as much knowledge as possible. His quest for information led him into Bowler’s World, the pro shop, where he learned about drilling from his mentor, Mike Rose Jr and the DiSanto family.  Throughout his tenure at Bowler’s World, he gained experience drilling equipment for customers domestically and internationally, servicing customers as far away as Northern Europe. With his acquired technical knowledge on and off the lanes, he started to compete on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour.

“I’m excited to expand my knowledge in the industry and be able to share what I learn with an even broader audience than I have in the past,” Wyman said. “There’s so much opportunity here. Everyone has been so welcoming, and I’m excited to join this team.”

Beyond bowling, Wyman has always had a passion for building, creating, and developing audio and video displays. His passion for music led him to studying audio design by building speakers and audio productions of his own. He brought this knowledge to the bowling industry, creating ball reaction videos and sharing them on his digital media channels. In 2012, he formed his own company, JWI, using his experience with visual productions combined with audio to create booth displays at trade shows within the bowling industry. In 2017, he was invited by the PBA to design the television set for the World Series of Bowling in Reno. He continued to construct sets for the PBA, PWBA and USBC including every televised major.

“We were needing to increase our technical/marketing output and Justin was looking to get more into the technical aspect of the industry. The timing was almost fortuitous, and we look forward to all the new ground that needs breaking by applying Justin’s talent here at Storm.”


Team Storm Players Advance To Finals

The 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour is officially underway!

This week, 70 players competed in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas. Three Team Storm players advanced to the stepladder finals of the tournament.  Jason Belmonte averaged 237 during to earn the second seed, while Jesper Svensson claimed the third seed, and Rhino Page rounded out the top five.

The first champion of the season will be named LIVE on FOX Sports' FS1 channel today at 11 am EST. Tune in to watch #TeamStorm in action!

 


Matt McNiel Joins Team Storm

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Storm Products, Inc. has  announced that Matt McNiel joined Team Storm as Global Brand Ambassador. McNiel will join the business development team to build and implement new programs to educate bowlers around the world.

“I’m excited to work with very talented people who share my passion and love the sport of bowling,” McNiel said.

“I’m proud to join a company that is very progressive and is very instrumental in growing the sport of bowling.”

Prior to joining Storm, McNiel worked for the Target Corporation where he served as Lead Specialist for Corporate Security Services. In his new position, he will be developing coaching programs to educate both consumers and industry professionals in the bowling community.  In addition, he will be creating educational assets to instruct bowlers of all skill levels which will be shared through our digital channels.

“Matt is a perfect fit for the Storm Family,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Business Development said. “Just like Storm, he’s focused on growing the sport and sharing his passion for bowling with every level of competitor from beginners to the top professionals. Matt is wildly intelligent, and Storm is lucky that he has chosen to join our team.”

McNiel started bowling at the age of three. As he grew, his love for the sport of bowling followed and soon he started working at the bowling center part time to earn the ability to practice. In 2001, his thirst for knowledge continued into the pro shop where he learned from his mentors, Carl Fietek and Scott Pohl. He enjoyed helping people improve their game and sharing information with customers about the sport. While cultivating his knowledge for bowling, he earned his undergraduate degree in law enforcement from Minnesota State University. He continued his education at Wichita State University where he achieved a master’s degree in Criminal Justice while competing for the Shockers.

McNiel is a fierce competitor on the lanes. In 2015, while competing for Wichita State, he joined his teammates to win the Intercollegiate Team Championships. He has earned four USBC Open Championship titles (three All-Event and one Open Doubles titles). In addition to his success at the Open Championships, he has earned two PBA regional titles, a Member/Non-Member doubles event with Patrick Allen, and joined the winning team at the 2015 PBA Team Challenge. He also holds several records in the sport of bowling. In 2010, he won the Regular All-Events title with a record score of 2,326. In addition, he recorded the sixth highest 9-game total at the St Paul USBC City Championships, tied for the most 800 series bowled in a single day, and holds the Minnesota state record for high average at 253. He has positively represented several companies in the bowling industry throughout his career.

McNiel truly has a passion for helping bowlers learn, improve and succeed. He will be representing Storm Products at sponsored events throughout the year to assist bowlers of all levels. He will also be working with the Storm Tour Representatives to share his proven lane play strategies and assist with ball selection for our Team Storm players on the PBA and PWBA Tours.