Exempt Clothing are proud to finally announce the latest Team Exempt member, Scotty Stallman.
Scotty is just 12 years old and mad on water sports, particularly wind surfing.
He joins fellow junior mountain bike world cup rider Lachlan Blair in the Team Exempt line-up.
We're so pleased to be adding Scotty to the Team and supporting him in the future. He might be young but he really lives and breaths the exempt way of life and is a perfect addition to the team.
We first met Scotty at the National Water Sports Festival on Hayling Island where he was one of the first to buy the exempt Swobble hat. We got chatting and started to follow his twitterfeed.
It was clear from the photos he was posting that he had a real talent. But it wasn't just the pictures, we loved they way he was always out doing something. Always on the water and really getting out there. A real 'free from rules' attitude and keenness to make the most of his time off school.
Scotty took some time to answer a few questions and give us a bit of an insight as to what he's up to.
So we first met you at the 2013 National Water Sports Festival on Hayling Island. Being the young age of 12, how long have you been into water sports and how did you get into it?
I have been windsurfing now for just over 3 years, just after my ninth birthday my Mum and Dad took me over to Portland Harbour where the local windsurfing centre (the OTC) were running windsurfing ‘taster’ sessions in the evenings, which I enjoyed so much I think I went three times in the first week!
What disciplines of water sports do you participate in?
Windsurfing is my main water sport. There are many different disciplines within windsurfing itself. I enjoy slalom racing, speed sailing (where I’m a member of the Portland Pirates GPS speed team, we compete against teams from all over the world, with all our results logged online producing monthly league tables, I have had a really good year speed sailing and I’m currently the fastest in my age group with 30.25 knts and ranked joint first overall), this autumn I have discovered wave sailing which has been totally amazing!
I am also a member of Weymouth Sailing Club where I love sailing RS Feva’s and if I have any spare time (and there is no wind…) I go kayaking.
Is there any other sports or hobbies that you get up to when not on the water?
When I’m not on the water I will be mountain biking or playing football for Dorchester Stars FC.
Do you have sporting heroes that you look up to? Who are they?
I don’t have any particular sporting heroes as such, but I do have total respect for any sports man or woman who is totally committed to their sport and always gives 100%.
Where do you do most of your sports?
Mainly Portland Harbour, Kimmeridge, Ringstead and Overcombe and around Dorset at the moment.
You’re involved with OTC Windsurf. Can you tell us a bit more about them and what they do?
OTC stands for the Official Test Centre and they were the first centre in the windsurfing industry to stock all the major brands under one roof so that their clients can test and compare the kit for themselves. Their first centre was in Tenerife and now they're based here in Weymouth, at the National Sailing Academy. As well as stocking the latest kit, they also have a really active windsurfing school. There are lots of schools that go there regularly (including mine - Wey Valley) and there are plenty of other young windsurfers sailing from the OTC now, who learnt at the centre over the last few years. There's a great atmosphere at the centre - lots of top national and international sailors there all the time (such as Ross Williams), so plenty going on and lots of inspiring guys to watch on the water. They also have a large 14' trailer now, so can provide a mobile facility and travel along the coast to other spots (including wave locations!) so the OTC concept keeps the sport exciting and keeps us learning.
What are your plans for 2014 and ambitions for the future?
Plenty of time on the water!, I have set myself some new targets for windsurfing, speedsurfing - 35 knts, slalom – move up to the amateur fleet in the BSA slalom events, wave sailing – forward looping (this one I’m going to dedicate a lot of time to!). I am also going to travel and possibly compete in some windsurfing events around the southern part of the country.
Finally, which of the exempt clothing products that we have sent you do you most like and why?
Welcome to the team Scotty!
Exempt Clothing team rider Lachlan Blair took another enduro win last weekend maintaining his 100% record for 1st places in 2013 for Gravity Enduro.
Lachlan managed a 1st place in Junior and an amazing 5th overall (including pro category) at the Dudes of Hazzard Spirit of Enduro World Champs in Kinlochleven, Scotland.
As you may tell from the race name, this was an event that fairly light hearted compared to some more serious national races. There was a big party the night before with Cut Media laying on the entertainment including a bucking bronco! There was even a streaker we're told....
Still, come race day there was a less than light hearted climb to the top of all three tough stages. Conditions were typical, wet and cold. But that didn't stop Lachlan from taking the crown and putting in another stern performance in the familiar team exempt colours.
Well done that lad.
It’s taken us over a month to make so why did we need to make a new website?
Well for starters we wanted to improve the user experience and make it easier to navigate around the site. With more and more people accessing sites through their phones and tablets our new site is fully optimised for any screen resolution and size. Hopefully making browsing our site enjoyable!
We have moved website platforms to Shopify, this is a much more developed platform allowing us a lot more control over the website’s look. Other reasons are a much easier stock updating tool so we can make sure the stock showing on the website is as accurate as possible. Plus we have brought our payment gateway onto our website, as Shopify has created all the encrypting software to gain PCI DSS compliance you are no longer redirected away from our website in order to pay. We hope this will bring confidence to you and purchasing from our website. Note: We never have access to any of your payment details, that is handled by our payment gateway provider, WorldPay.
All the product photos have been re taken under better lighting to give true representations of the colours and giving you the best feel for the product, including all features of the product and from all relevant angles.
Our blog feature broke on our old site at the beginning of the year so we’re glad to have a new one now to be able to share news with you.
The new website also coincides with the launch of the new Swobble hats plus a new team signing – to be announced soon via the blog.
We hope you enjoy it, as always if you have any feedback or just fancy a chat about the brand then get in touch email@example.com
For us the season was well underway but for exempt clothing team rider Lachlan Blair this would be his first chance to see if his relentless winter training had paid off and test himself in a really strong catogory at the first round of the British Downhill Series (BDS) in Combe Sydenham.
Taking a gamble on the weather we decided not to pitch and just go on the Sunday to support Lachlan. A decision that paid off seeing the mud surrounding the pit area!
With many of the pits closed we walked up the hill to watch Lachlan put in a sturn seeding run which saw him qualify 11th and pushing for a top ten finish come race run in the afternoon. Just walking up the hill you could see how the rain soaked Saturday had taken its toll on the track with many places boggy and rutted which even saw some of the elite field struggling to find form.
As always with Combe the Somerset crowd were out in force, something everyone would love to see in other rounds. Many in fancy dress and with various forms of noise adding to the great atmopsphere that always comes with this round.
3.30pm soon came and down came Lachlan looking smooth through the lower wooded section we watched from. We ran down the hill, (well i say ran, i actually slid down most of it on my arse which didnt make for a comfty journey back!) to see how Lachlan had got on. He put in a fantastic run which saw him place 9th in what is an extrememly talented field. A great start to the season with a top ten at a national race. In Lachlan's own words "this was my worst race last year so let's hope it is again this year". Clearly showing his drive to win! Stoked for Lachlan.
It was great to be back at the BDS and catch up with everyone. Bumping into Dave from Burgtec and James from J-Tech is always a good chat and sums up the real friendly feel to the pit area. It was good to be back.
Exempt Clothing team rider Lachlan Blair put in a fantastic performance this weekend at round 2 of the Day/Night Innerduro, Innerleithen. Which saw him take 1st place in his under 20 category and 8th place overall.
Lachlan’s relentless winter training seems to be paying off and putting him in good stead for the forthcoming season which will get underway soon.
We are so excited to have Lachlan onboard for 2013 and look forward to his first full season racing for exempt. Lachlan joined us mid season 2012 and was looking in great shape until a big crash at the National Champs breaking his collarbone and putting him out of action, but if this result is anything to go by expect to see Lachlan Blair’s name up in lights throughout the season.
Well done Lachlan. No1
We have met so so many nice people from all over the country and its been an absolute pleasure meeting you all.
This year has seen us attend mainly mountain biking events covering the British Downhill Series (BDS), National Downhill Champs, South West Champs oh, and THE WORLD CUP! We also co-sponsored The UK Gravity Enduro Series and local club racing at Rogate,The Gravity Project and Queen Elizabeth Country Park (QECP Trail Collective).
To coincide with our race presence 2012 also saw us put together the first piece of the exempt race team jigsaw puzzle taking on two riders Jordan Gilbert and Lachlan Blair who both really impressed us with results and commitment throughout the year.
So, with too many people to thank individually I’m going to go with this one big thank you. To everyone who bought T-Shirts or Hoodies and to everyone who came to see us, supported us and played any part in what has been a fantastic and very enjoyable 2012, we thank you.
What does 2013 have in store for us?
Well, who knows?! But we are currently working hard away in the new exempt print-shop (Which you might have seen, we do like to mention it!) on a new range. We have already been busy working with some race organisers sorting series sponsorship and planning the 2013 calendar, which is looking jam packed already!
Expect to see some new accessories such as caps, wooly hats and other top secret items on the way as well as more women’s clothing available. We also look to cover more events and other free-sports so expect to see as coming to a town near you soon!
We would like to wish everyone a happy new year and look forward to catching up in 2013.
In 2013 remember….. be exempt; be #freefromrules
So after a month of hard work the printshop is nearly complete. Just some minor touch-ups, skirting boards and the table to go in and we are there.
I really can't put into words just how excited we are to move in. It was our vision from the start to have complete control over what we do and print. This will allow us to experiment a lot more and put out more designs whilst ensuring we maintain our expectations and vision of the highest quality clothing.
We're hoping to start using the new equipment right away with a new collection planned for early next year. Incidently, if you're a budding new designer with ideas, an experienced designer or even just someone with a good idea and an eye for design then get in touch. We are always looking for guest designers with a passion. If you think you might have something to offer or would like to work with us drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Roscoe @ exempt
"Noising" by Peter (Chip) Jacks