Seminar and Round Table Round-Up

Hello Storm Nation!

As 2017 winds down, it’s great to note so many cool new things at Storm that were implemented throughout the year. It was just last Fall when we toured the country listening to the concerns of bowlers, bowling center proprietors, and pro shop owners alike. As a result of those discussion, we were able to implement many new changes such as the re-release of very success previous model at slower times of the year. Hence the limited-edition Marvel™ Pearl which was so instrumental in the collection of titles by our PBA Champions. You spoke and we listened!

The same went with the request to have more technical knowledge shared on our website and throughout the Storm Nation.

You definitely were not lying when you said that the demand for knowledge in our sport is huge! The technical articles and videos continue to outperform promotional material by more than tenfold.

So, it was our quest to quench the thirst for more technical material along with a chance to openly discuss and share ideas at this most recent Round Table and Intense™ Seminar tour. For those of you who were able to make it, we appreciate it and thank you for your patronage. We talked for the first half and listened for the second half. And we are excited to take action on those terrific ideas which came from so many of you across the country.

For the Intense Seminar portion, we revealed the intricacies of Storm’s Vector Layout System and how it places an importance of the actual shape the pro shop operator is drilling into. Dispelling many myths, the seminar turned heads and raised eyebrows to some new ways of thinking. The info presented added real technical substance to today’s modern game including test results that haven’t been offered to the public before. It was well received across the country and the effects are noticeable and beneficial, particularly by empowering pro shop operators with enriched knowledge on Storm’s VLS system and balance hole techniques. Remember, there is a wealth of technical knowledge located at news.stormbowling.com that is available for everyone and is always growing.

With league season in full affect and the holiday’s right around the corner, our sport is a hot bed of activity. Stay up to date with all that Storm has to offer including technical articles, new releases, ball videos, coaching tips, and more at www.stormbowling.com. Also be sure to stay in touch through our various social media channels including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter for exclusive content regarding everything going on in your Storm Nation!


Rhino Page Wins PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic

It was an all Storm final at the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, OH. In the championship match Rhino Page defeated Chris Via 190-173. The players were tested with challenging lane conditions throughout the weekend.  Players who were able to control the pocket and make their spares were more likely to survive each cut. Team Storm member, Via, was the tournament leader after 17 games of qualifying for the finals with a score of 3,660. Page, qualified for the stepladder in second with a score of 3,520.

This was the 10th Annual Kenn-Feld Group Classic in Coldwater, OH. For 9 years it's been a well-attended regional event but this season Coldwater, OH hosted it's first national PBA Tour event. It was also the final event of the Xtra Frame Storm Cup series. Rick Hartings, the owner of Pla-Mor Lanes, puts together a weekend full of events for the players and fans to participate in which includes two Pro-Ams, a golf outing, and more. 96 bowlers traveled to Coldwater to compete for the $10,000 first-place prize as well as a share of $50,000 in bonus prize money from the seven-tournament XF Storm Cup Series. There were also 86 local sponsors who contributed money to the event this year.

We were able to talk to Rhino after the event was over. Read the interview below:

How much does this win mean to you? 

Of course, every win means a great deal but this one is very, very special to me. I've come here, to Coldwater, for 6 years now and it's just the greatest place on earth. It's the toughest building I've ever bowled in. The fans are just phenomenal. It's so much fun outside of just the bowling. It's not just a bowling tournament it's an event.

To be here with so many near and dear friends after these last 6 years and be able to bring home the win, I couldn't be more grateful.

What balls did you use?

Before I came here, I pondered over and over and over what balls to bring. I even called my buddy Cody who lives here. It seems like defensive balls have always been the right play for me. This week I threw the Storm Ride. It doesn't seem like much of a ball but it's awesome and kept me in play. I managed the pocket. I didn't bowl more than 228 but I only had 3 games under 200. When you do the math of can I do 260 140 or 200 200 I chose to go the steady eddy route. Had that ball not worked or as you saw in the final match I had to go to a Dare Devil Trick. That is still one of my favorite balls ever.

What's next on the schedule for you?

I get a couple of weeks off. Go home and work on the game a little bit more and then go to the Korea Cup followed by the Storm Fair. Konnichiwa to all of you in Japan! I can't wait to be there!


Riding For A Reason

The mosaic the production team at Storm weaves is a sumptuous one – a working rapport of many divisions that are as equal as they are diverse. On Easter Sunday, 2017, Storm lost a vital piece to that team. Scott Knavel, who worked in every facet of production at Storm, was a leading light for hundreds involved in the day-to-day operations at the factory.

The following week, Shane Blakeley, Storm’s Plant Manager, was having breakfast with a friend of the company, Jack Andersen, and the two agreed that Scott’s story wasn’t quite finished. With some careful planning, the “Ride for a Reason” tour was born.

Beginning in Ogden, Utah, Andersen with 4 of his riding companions began their 300 mile trek to Challis, Idaho to honor the memory of Scott.

Scott’s wife, NaCoal, was invited to the Storm plant as the team passed through Brigham City on their expedition north. What she wasn’t aware of was the $6,910 check about to be presented to her for aid with Scott’s final expenses. An initial goal of $2,500 was set, but in typical Storm fashion that target was exceeded with flying colors. Thanks to the help of company suppliers, sponsors, and fellow employees NaCoal can rest a little easier with some of this austere burden lifted off her shoulders.

The cycling team plans to hit all the best fast food stops along the way on their 3 day campaign. “Thank you so much for your generosity and the compassion that was shown. The outpouring has been overwhelming,” said Blakeley. It’s been an emotional journey for all involved.

Scott’s integrity and steadfastness will remain a beacon of virtue for years to come.

 


Dinner With Pete Weber

Storm Bowling is celebrating Pete Weber’s 20th Anniversary as a member of the Storm family.

We challenged all the pro shops in the area to encourage their customers to enter to win the contest.

We’re honored that he has chosen to be part of our team for all these years. To celebrate this milestone and another successful year on the lanes, we hosted a contest for bowlers in the Las Vegas area to win a dinner with Pete Weber!

We randomly chose 3 lucky fans and a guest to enjoy a fun filled evening with one of the greatest bowlers to play the game. We also rewarded the pro shop operator who was able to encourage the most customers to participate in the contest and that shop and a guest also joined us. The winners were met at their home by a limo and taken to a special dinner at the Golden Steer Steak House.

 

Our winners were very excited as Weber stepped out of the limo to greet them. At dinner, all the bowling fans and their guests were able to take pictures with Weber throughout the night. They could also ask him questions about his accomplishments on the lanes. They asked Pete many questions and he entertained them with stories of his prolific career. It was a wonderful night for everyone involved!

We can’t thank Pete Weber enough for being part of our team and the support of all of our fans. Here’s to many more!


Cheers to 20 Years!

Cheers to 20 Years!

January 2017 marks Pete Weber's 20th Anniversary at Storm Bowling!

His career has been legendary. He has won 37 PBA National titles including 10 major titles and 6 PBA50 National Titles including 1 major title on the senior tour. He won back-to-back PBA50 Player of the Year titles in 2015 and 2016.

Pete Weber has already had some success on the 2017 PBA Tour. He finished 7th at the Barbasol PBA Players Championship, 5th at the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions, and finished 9th at the USBC Masters Tournament.  He’s preparing to head back out on the PBA50 Tour this summer where he’s defending his Player of the Year title.

We can’t thank Pete Weber enough for being part of our team and the support of all of our fans. Here’s to many more!

Learn more about Pete Weber.


Erica Cutler Loves the Lanes

 

Erica Cutler Loves the Lanes

Valentine’s Day has always been a special day on the lanes for Team Storm Staff Member, Erica Cutler, and 2017 was no different! Although, her success came a few days early this year. Cutler rolled a 279 triplicate for 837 on February 10 with the Storm Timeless in her Thursday night women’s league.

“The fact that the Timeless comes out on Valentine’s Day was kind of cool,” Cutler said. “I shot 864 on Valentine’s Day in 2011. My husband had got me a new pair of shoes. Last year, he got me a bowling ball and I shot 889 and broke the record for the highest woman series. He just gives me things and I break records.”

She held the national record for eight months. Cutler has been bowling since she was nine years old. She competed successfully at the high school and college level.

“My husband came to get our daughter and I told him I had 279 the first game. I left a 10 pin in the first game and I had left another 10 pin at that point. He said, ‘strike out and do it again,” Erica said.

That’s exactly what she did. Two more times to be exact. After her set was complete, Doug, and the whole league were excited about her accomplishment and congratulated her.

“I’m excited to throw that ball again!” Cutler said. “I love it. It works well for my game. I’m more of a ‘down and in’ player. I don’t throw a big hook. I really like to play the 10 board…I tell my husband, that’s my comfort zone.”

It’s a busy time on the lanes for Erica as she’s bowling the women’s city tournament in her area which is held on wood lanes. This hasn’t affected her ability to use the new Timeless. She’s ready to continue striking with it.

“I’m so proud and happy to be part of the Storm Family,” Erica said.

We’re expecting more great things from Erica in 2017! To learn more about the Timeless visit stormtimeless.com.

 

 

 

 


Life as a Tour Rep by Del Ballard Jr.

Life as a Tour Rep by Del Ballard Jr.

Life on the road as a tour representative is an incredible opportunity. I spent the whole summer on tour with the ladies on the PWBA Tour. We just wrapped up a whirlwind of a week at the 2016 U.S. Open.

The week at the U.S. Open were some of the longest days I have ever been a part of. This event included several new rules regarding equipment. You were only allowed to register 8 balls during qualifying, you could not change surfaces out on the lanes once practice started, and you could not have more than 8 balls in the locker room. Our day as a tour rep started at 7 am every morning discussing surfaces changes with each player because they were on a rotating squad schedule. A squad bowled first, followed by C squad, and then B squad. A was “fresh”, B was “burn”, and C was “double burn”. These rotate each day so that all participants see a different condition. (What is funny to me is when I bowled these events there were never these terms!).

The US Open is a tournament like no other. The mental and physical grind on the players is brutal. The mental and physical grind on the tour reps is pretty brutal too. During qualifying it’s all about keeping your angles in front of you, never losing the pocket, and making your spares. For the players we try to help them stay in the right zone on the lane and keep them in the right frame of mind. We also try to watch certain pairs that we know might be different than the others and communicate it to the players.

Marshall Kent lead the tournament by a lot and Francois Lavoie was second. Marshall put on a show through the week, playing outside the first arrow on A squad and lofting the left gutter on C squd. It was an awesome display of versatility! There was a crowd watching him on a lane that was hooking a ton. They were never easy. It’s the US Open after all! When match play rolled around, Marshall had a slight lead over Francois but Marshall started to strike…a lot. He shot 360 over and swept all 8 of his matches taking a 320 pin lead over Francois.

Match play continued the next morning and Marshall continued to bowl great opening up with a 450 pin lead. He was just incredible!! I had not seen that dominating of a display since Walter Ray lead the 1993 US Open by 530 pins over me. The next round though Francois put on his own show, bowling the highest block in match play. He cut Marshall’s lead down to 270 pins. It was awesome to watch.

Team Storm and Roto Grip had an unbelievable week on the lanes! Heading into the stepladder finals, Anthony Simonsen was third, Shawn Maldonado was fourth, and John Szczerbinski rounded out the top 5. On a side note, we had Martin Larsen in 6th, Andres Gomez was 7th, and Arturo Quintero was 8th. 11 out of 12 guys were throwing Storm/Roto Grip. I have never seen such a dominant display by our equipment. Great bowlers, great bowling balls.


Pearson Rolls 300 While Fighting Cancer

Pearson Rolls 300 While Fighting Cancer

Kenneth Pearson may have already had a few 300 games but his league is going to remember the one he had in January for a long time. Fran Deken, who bowls league with Kenneth, posted this message on Facebook:

“Tonight I witnessed an amazing 300 game by Ken Pearson. What made it so amazing is that he's between chemo rounds for colon cancer and has even bowled league while wearing a portable chemo pack. Not his first perfect game but certainly a memorable one. Now that's passion for the game. Ball of choice was an IQ Tour Fusion.”

When we saw Fran’s message and the video of his 300, we had to hear more about Kenneth’s story. He has been bowling for 20 years and currently bowls four leagues a week. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in June and had surgery in August. After his surgery was complete, he was in the hospital for 11 days and couldn’t wait to get back to the lanes.

“I did what the doctors told me.” Kenneth said. “They said once I got my staples off and I could get around more thenI could go back to bowling.”

His teammates were anxious and kept asking him when he’d be back on the lanes. He knew he had to wait until he got back to the doctor and was fully released to bowl.

“I went to my appointment and I said, ‘You know what I’m going to ask. My teammates want to know when they can have their anchorman back.’”

What made it so amazing is that he's between chemo rounds for colon cancer and has even bowled league while wearing a portable chemo pack.

Kenneth, who is also blind in one eye is set to continue his radiation and chemo again in February, but he’s not ready to let it bring him down.

“My wife, 18-year-old, and 8-year-old keep me going,” Kenneth said.  “I’m not going to let it knock me down. I’ll stay motivated and keep on going.”

Kenneth chooses to throw Storm bowling balls because they roll best for his style. In fact, his bag is full of Storm. He says it’s hard to choose a favorite but his favorite right now is the Snap Lock. His 18-year-old got it for him for his birthday and he rolled a 300 with it. He dreams to bowl some professional events someday.

“Right now, I got to keep fighting the cancer,” Kenneth said. “If you fight it, then you can beat it.”


Timeless | In Your Words

Timeless | In Your Words

"Today finally bought a new ball in over a year! Decided to go with the new Timeless that just came out yesterday! I pinned down the ball just below the ring finger hole. This ball is INSANE! It isn't the most hooking ball, but that is what is good about it! It's not too aggressive but not so it barely hooks. This ball has a lot of back-end which is something new in my arsenal compared to my other balls. When I first threw the ball I kept on moving left and left tell I finally hit a target area to strike! Rolling my first several games with a 247,235, and mid 220's!" - Cale Rusch

"Tonight, my team won our high school division!! And to make it even better, I was throwing my brand new Timeless! Absolutely love it!" - Brittany Ahlgrim

This ball is INSANE! It isn't the most hooking ball, but that is what is good about it! It's not too aggressive but not so it barely hooks.

"Today was night one with my Timeless. O... M... G... That ball does not quit! Used it from game 1 - 3... Get the ball out a board it creates killer carry. Get the ball a bit deep in the pocket and watch the pins fly." - Thomas Musante
"I brought out the new Timeless tonight. It is amazing. 242, 278,268 for 788... Extremely clean through the heads, non violent off the spot, and has a strong continuous roll through the pins." - Michael Reid

“The new #stormtimeless it gets through the heads really smooth, and is super strong off the spot. I find with the dual drive weight block I can get away with a lot of light shots like this without ugly pinfall, after one shot I could tell this was gonna be a winner. #stormnation” - Malcolm Jacobson (Mj)


A Wave of Success with the NEW Torrent

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Team Storm Staff  Member
"Good way to end the day! Was able to win my spot for the Proprietors Cup with 981 for 4 games, all with the new Storm Torrent!"


16711480_1303092466420718_6391161887324666629_nAlex Hoskins
Technical Customer Service Representative at Storm Products

"Tough Guy Shootout February Champion! Stayed in the process and executed on the final shot to win by 1 pin with a strike. Alpha Crux and Hy-Road got me there, but the Torrent was the ball of choice in the finals."


16780016_10212170147234254_1998005600_nDarrel Ratliff
Team Storm Staff  Member

"Just shot 300 with my brand new Storm Torrent! Bad 2nd game making the wrong move left instead of right. Moved about 5 right and threw it harder. This ball is as predictable as it gets!"


Learn more about the Torrent and how it will fit in your bag.