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Bgllligg IBBIBIiBIIIMIIlilIIIU 8C Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Ski historians excited by Iongboard racing Lisa Kelly Special to Feather Publishing The International Skiing History Association held its 2009 Skiing Heritage Week in conjunction with the Ski History Congress at Mammoth Lakes March 29 - April 2. Plumas Ski Club was among the organizations to give presentations. Rob Rus- sell and Scott Lawson pre- sented the history of long- boards and the origin of modern downhill ski racing. The club was represented by over a dozen members, many of whom demonstrat- ed longboard racing at Mam- moth Mountain resort. "The longboard race demonstration was the most exciting part of the confer- ence," said one attendee who signed up to try the sport for the first time. After club members demonstrated longboard technique, the public was in- vited to try the boards out themselves. There were over 20 takers, and the ski club sold T-shirts, hats and other longboard novelties all day long at Mammoth. Though the outdoor event was very exciting, the Ski History Congress included a meeting of ski museums chaired by Tom West, a meeting of graduate stu- dents co-chaired by E. John B. Allen and Dylan Esson, presentations by interna- tional keynote speakers and ski historians in academic sessions for half of each day, apr6s ski, and evening events. Topics ranged from the history of ski sticks and poles, to women&apos;s struggle for a breakthrough in ski jumping. The ISHA organi- zation, which includes ski history patrons, ski journal- ists, and skiing legends, is a leading force in document- ing and preserving ski histo- ry in America, and the A group of Iongboard ski enthusiasts from Plumas County were invited to Mammoth Mountain last week to give a presentation and demonstrations for the Ski History Congress. Photo by Lisa Kelly schedule of events con- tributed greatly to the Ski History Congress. The Plumas Ski Club presented on the topic iden- tified by the congress as Today's Old Time Skiing. According to a number of venerated historians and authors, Plumas County rightly claims a number of firsts in American skiing history. Among them are the first organized ski races in 1861 in Onion Valley. Then in 1867, the Alturas Snowshoe Club was organized to pro- mote the sport of skiing and racing. Lawson led the presenta- tion. Lawson is a fifth-gener- ation Plumas Cotnty natjve whose passion for local and regional history has led him to author five books and edit four others. He is the direc- tor of the Plumas County Museum, a position he has been in since 1989. Besides having a back- ground in gold mining, con- struction and logging, Law- son is one of the original members of the group to form the Historic Longboard Revival Series and served as the official dopeman for a number of years. Russell summed up the talk. Besides being an avid ski mountaineer and past longboard champion, Rus- sell has been on the nonprof- it Plumas Ski Club board of directors for over 20 years, helping various club efforts to promote community ski- ing and celebrate the unique ski history of Plumas Coun- ty and the Lost Sierra. With help from many oth- er club members, Russell has been the main organizer of the Historic Longboard Revival Series for the past 16 years. Jim Webster, another cen- tral figure in the Plumas Ski Club and the longboard re- vival series, contributed much work toward the ISHA presentation and was a ma- jor event organizer. The event at Mammoth Lakes, which traveled from the Village to the Ski Histo- ry Museum and up to Mam- moth Mountain, was cov- ered by RSN Television and will be shown throughout the region by the major net- work affiliates. Sponsors for the ISHA and Ski History Congress includ- ed The Marc Hodler Founda- tion of Switzerland, United States National Ski & Snow- board Hall of Fame, Califor- nia Ski Industry Associa- tion, Mammoth Lakes Tourism and Recreation Commission, Mammoth Mountain, Mono County Tourism and Film Commis- sion, Bogner, Mono County Public Arts Commission, and many others. More information can be found on the Plumas Ski Club at For more information on the International Ski History Congress, go to 2009interna- FISHING REPORT Frenchman Lake Although the snow and ice are nearly melted off the roads around the lake, there are a few patches and boat ramps are accessible. Fish- ermen have been catching two or three rainbow trout about 14-20 inches long and weighing 1-2 pounds with nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and marshmallows. Streams will not be open until April 25. Call ahead for information, 993-4683. Report courtesy of Wig- gin's Trading Post; 993-4683 Lake Davis There's a good amount of fishable ice-free water at Mallard Cove and Coot Bay. Elsewhere there is a ribbon of open water between the ice and the shore around the lake. There is vehicle access out to Mallard Point. Fish- ing for spawning rainbows has been spotty. On any giv- en day fishing can be good, only  have it come to a standstill the next day, which results from pods of fish cruising in and out of an area. Fly and bait anglers have been enjoying success when the fish are in. For consis- tent fly-fishing success, use dual bead head nymph un- der an indicator. Shore fish- erman are using PowerBait, gulp, crawlers and spin- ners. Recent catches: March 29 Graeagle's Rob Adams and Bob Cante landed 11 fish while fly-fishing with indi- cators on the east shore, April 1, Graeagle's Rob Adams caught and released 14 fish at 3:30 and was still fishing. 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