A Day In The Life on Tour | Danielle McEwan

We're hosting a Storm Fitness Challenge to start the new year! Each week during the month of January, one fan and one Team Storm bowler will go 1-on-1 to see who can take the most steps in  one week. Along the way, our players will share tips and their favorite healthy snacks with #StormNation. You can learn more about the challenge by clicking here.

Week 1 of the Storm Fitness Challenge will feature #TeamStorm member, Danielle McEwan.

Before we kick off the Storm Fitness Challenge, have you ever wondered what a day on tour looks like for a professional bowler?

We asked Danielle to chronicle a day in the life at one tour stop on the PWBA Tour this season. Here's a look at her schedule from the 2017 PWBA Sonoma Open.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26th

The week before the first PWBA event, I was in Hawaii for a couple of PBA Regionals. Therefore, travel started a day earlier than normal and included me getting to California from the opposite direction that I usually come from.

9:30 PM – Arrive at HNL Airport
Check in all my equipment and answer the questions I receive as to why I am in Hawaii with so many bowling balls, followed by the strange looks when I reply with “its ONLY 6”.

11 PM – Board my flight from HNL – SFO
As I was boarding my flight, I was paged and received a free upgrade to first class – which will definitely help make this 5 1/2 hour red eye a little less painful!

THURSDAY, APRIL 27th

8 AM – Arrive in SFO
Thankfully I got to sleep a little bit on the flight, on and off, however, I am feeling pretty awful and slightly cranky upon arrival to SFO. Nothing that a good cup of coffee can’t fix!

8:15 AM – Arrive at Baggage claim.
Well, the good news is, my bowling balls made it! However, it’s not looking like my suitcase did. After about an hour of searching, they figured out that its somewhere in SFO, good thing it’s a small airport! (More like one of the largest in the world – this is not good)

10:30 AM – Finally, my bag turns up! Life is good again.
My roommate for the next few weeks is fellow Storm Staffer Tannya Roumimper who was nice enough to pick me up from the airport. We now have about a 1 ½ hour drive up to Rohnert Park. Thankfully, it looks like my lost suitcase is going to help us avoid sitting through some nasty San Fran traffic!

12 PM – We arrive at our hotel.
Tannya is still suffering from jetlag, as she just flew here from Indonesia, and I am exhausted from traveling all night, so we decide to take a quick nap!

2 PM – Aaaarrrgggghhhh!
Not all that happy with my alarm going off, but I need to get up and start getting ready for practice.

2:45 PM – Eat before practice
We head out to search the area around our hotel and the bowl for some food, both for lunch and to plan ahead for the next few days. We won’t have time to drive in circles and look for food once we start bowling, so planning ahead is always key.

We decide on stopping at Chili’s for lunch. It was pretty yummy!

3:30 PM – Off to the bowling center
After filling our bellies, we head to Double Decker Lanes for practice.

3:40 PM – Take my equipment off the truck
Thankfully, the PBA Truck that was in Maine (a few weeks ago) drove straight out here, so I was able to put some of my equipment on it. Now it’s time to go gather it and get everything set up for practice.

4 PM – They announce the pattern! 😳😳😳😳
For those that may not know how to read one of these... This week is going to be like showing up to the first day of school, and taking a final exam. This pattern is NOT going to be easy!

4:30 PM- Official Practice

6 PM – Discuss my practice performance with the gurus
I have a quick meeting with storm reps Del, Jim and Mike to discuss what we saw throughout practice and determine what balls I need to drill for the weekend. We decide on drilling a new IQ Tour with a different layout than the one I already have with me, a Dare Devil Trick and a Pitch Black.

7 PM – Stock up on snacks
Stop at the store for the “living out of a hotel room for the next week” essentials.

7:30 PM – Dinner at one of my Favs! Who doesn’t love Chipotle!
I would show you a picture of what I ordered, but I ate it too quick!

8 PM – Arrive back at the hotel and get in a quick workout.
I hate skipping days at the gym, but given the day I have had and the long weekend I have coming up, I decided a big workout isn’t what my body needs right now. I decide to do some body weight work in the room (squats, lunges, push-ups and some ab work) just to get moving and stretch out.

8:30 PM – Prepare for tomorrow
Shower and do my hair so I don’t have to worry about it in the morning… This may take all night – Girls with long, thick hair… you know how it is. Guys who roll out of bed ready to go (which is so not fair!), just keep scrolling.

9 PM – Calm my mind
Tonight is a lazy night and I’m going to try to get to sleep as early as possible to make sure I’m rested up for the long day and hopefully long weekend ahead. However, I am way too excited / anxious / nervous and all the other emotions that go along with the first day of the 2017 season starting up tomorrow. So, to help calm my mind – I try to get a little work done to help make sure I’m as prepared as possible going into tomorrow. This includes plugging the new equipment into my list and going over my notes from practice once more while adding more physical and mental game tricks as I think of them.

Tomorrow is a big day. Goodnight everyone!

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28th

7:30 AM - Wake up and start getting ready.
It currently feels like 4:30 am due to the time change so I’m moving a little slow this morning.

8:15 AM – Head to the Bowl
I have 45 min to get the balls I drilled last night off the truck, work them out and get myself ready for practice session #2. I don’t normally bowl both the night and morning practice sessions, but well, you guys saw the pattern were bowling on. That changes things.

9-10 AM – Official practice

10:15 AM - Breakfast

11 AM – Storm Meeting
The Storm reps decided to get every Storm and Roto Grip staffer together to go over a few things before the tournament starts up.

1:30 PM – Roll-Call in the locker room
Before each and every PWBA event and round we have Roll-Call. This is where we go over the format and rules and discuss anything else that may be important before heading to the lanes to get started.

12-4 PM – Bowl first round of qualifying (6 games)
Wow, that was a hard block. The lanes are not easy!! I’m already up against the ball return on the right lane and having trouble controlling what my ball is doing. This afternoon we will bowl 6 more games without are oil. This should be interesting!

4:30 PM – Lunch
I guess some people eat dinner at 5, so maybe early dinner?

5 PM – Arrive back at the bowl
Work out some surfaces for the next block as well as go over what happened block one and come up with a few different options for a game plan for the next 6 games.

6-10 PM – Bowl second round of qualifying (6 more games, 12 total)

  • I have no words…..
  • Today was one of the hardest days of bowling I have ever faced.
  • I’m exhausted
  • My body hurts
  • My brain hurts
  • I CAN’T WAIT TO DO IT ALL AGAIN TOMORROW!

10:15 PM – Back on the truck
After a quick meeting with the Storm reps, we decide to drill another ball that will hopefully help me through transition and clean up some of those disaster games. We decide on a Hy-Road, hopefully it does the trick.

10:30 PM – Now here’s the fun part.
Its 10:30 at night, I haven’t eaten since lunch and I’m starving, but what are my options at this time? Do I really want to eat anything heavy this late? Plus, we have to be back at the bowl in less than 9 hours! I decide to grab something quick that I can take back to the room with me, but it definitely wasn’t healthy so let’s just not talk about it!!

11 PM – Shower and get ready for bed.

11:20 PM – Finally, time to lie down! It’s been a really long day, and I’m hoping for tomorrow to be another long day as well.

As tired as I am, after a day like today, it’s going to be rough to turn the brain off and get to sleep. So many thoughts going through my head about what worked, what didn’t work and what I will do tomorrow. So I’m going to write some things down in my notes and then try to read a little, hopefully that will help!

Goodnight!

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29th

6 AM – Wake up
I had a hard time falling asleep last night. Ended up getting under 5 hours on and off. Definitely going to need some coffee on the way to the Bowl today!

6:15 AM – Get ready
I am going to need some braid power today!

6:45 AM – Leave the hotel

7 AM – Starbucks!

7:30 AM – Arrive at the Bowl
Now I have a half hour to get the new ball worked out, set up my surfaces and get all taped up and ready to go.

8 AM – Roll-Call

8:30-11:30 AM - Cashers Round
That was a disaster! The pattern today played so hard, even harder then yesterday. On top of that, I was fighting some physical issues that come along with being uncomfortable and trying to force the ball to do what I want it to do. I was the cut going into the last game, and I struck one time, ONCE, uno… that is it, very frustrating!

12 PM – Lunch

1-4 PM – Match Play round
My roommate (Tannya Roumimper) made the cut, so I go back to the hotel to change and then come back and watch her bowl. Unfortunately, she leaves this round just as frustrated as I was the round before.

4:30 PM – Car Tetris
Now we have to figure out how to get 25 bowling balls into this tiny car, while still leaving room for our suitcases (which aren’t small)!

Success – This was a fun game of Tetris!

5 PM - Head back to the hotel
Usually Saturday night is for Pro-Am’s, but we are not scheduled for this week, so we have the night off. I love doing Pro-Am’s and meeting new people everywhere we go, however, with the way bowling this morning went, I am perfectly fine not touching a bowling ball tonight! Instead this slot will be filled with a much needed gym session which will hopefully help me let out some of my aggravation!

7 PM – Dinner
The best food to erase a bad day on the lanes – SUSHI, my favorite!

8 PM – Explore
After dinner we found a little area with shops and coffee places. We spent some time in a Barns and Noble scoping out new books for the rest of the season. Given that most of our season is spent traveling from place to place, having a good book is a must!


As for the rest of the weekend, we will be starting the Storm Spirit Tour tomorrow and will be staying out here in California for the rest of the week, going straight to Sacramento for PWBA stop #2. Tomorrow we will be doing Clinic at Double Decker Lanes, the center we just finished bowing at, and then will be traveling south of San Francisco to do some more clinics as well as some fun mini tournaments and meet and greets. I’m very excited to get to meet and work with everyone who will be coming out to these events. Until the PWBA Tour, I have not bowled in California before, so exploring this new territory and meeting new people is always fun for me!


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!


Mike DeVaney Joins the Storm Tour Team

Storm Products, Inc. announced today that two-time, PBA Tour champion, Mike DeVaney, will join the Storm Tour Team as a Tour Representative.

“I am truly honored to be given this responsibility,” DeVaney said. “To say that I am excited would be an understatement! I am FIRED UP! I can't wait to visit Storm Headquarters in Brigham City, meet my co-workers, and get on the lanes and work with all the players. Most of all, I can't wait for the chance to absorb some of the vast knowledge the entire team at Storm possesses."

DeVaney has over 40 years of experience in the bowling industry. As a child, he spent most of his time with his mom at the bowling center that she managed where he could practice in the afternoons. He started working in his first bowling pro shop when he was 16 and has managed pro shops ever since. As his knowledge continued to grow on and off the lanes, his desire to become a professional bowler intensified. In the early 90’s, he competed successfully in Megabuck tournaments. He continued to learn as much as he could on the lanes and joined the PBA Tour in 1995. He has bowled professionally ever since. DeVaney has competed on television over 30 times. He has won two PBA National Titles, 15 PBA Regional Titles, Four San Diego USBC Masters Champion Titles, two North County USBC Masters Champion Titles, and several other titles. He’s a member of the North County USBC Hall of Fame. When he’s not competing, he still enjoys managing pro shops and sharing what he has learned with others.

“We are happy to welcome Mike to our Storm family,” Gary Hulsenberg, Vice President of Buisness Development said. “He has many unique talents and has a complete understanding of all the facets of the bowling industry. He will be a huge asset to Storm as we continue to grow.”

In his new position, he will be responsible for assisting the PBA, PWBA and all amateur staff players with bowling equipment during competition, coaching their physical games, as well as collaborating with the Storm Tour Team. He will also represent Storm at events and clinics throughout the bowling season. In addition, he will assist with communication and promotion of the Team Storm players.

"I would like to thank Storm Products Inc for the opportunity to join their team,” DeVaney said. “To Bill and Barbara Chrisman, Dave Symes, Gary Hulsenberg, Tour Reps Del Ballard Jr, Tim Mack, Jim Callahan, and all the great staff players I had the privilege to work with at the USBC Masters, a BIG Thank You!”

DeVaney currently lives in San Diego, CA with wife Carrie and his children Owen, Everley, and Lilia.


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.