NEW! Review of AccuScore Sports – Accurate Data

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At AccuScore, the team uses software and math to calculate the likely outcome of a game or an event. More is riding on the outcome than accolades for teams, political opponents, and other competitors in their respective fields and professions. Fans participate in games where predictions are important, such as fantasy leagues. Where betting is legal, a friendly wager is riding on who wins and not just who, but by how many points. Who scored the goals? AccuScore sports simulation provides data one can use to make a sensible prediction as to the likely outcome of a match.

About AccuScore

Perhaps the founder of AccuScore was playing fantasy football with his friends when the idea came to him: what if he, and they, could stop making random guesses? Or, imagine they no longer had to compile statistics in booklets and could refer to a model online.

That would make life a lot less complicated and data would be available from any Wi-Fi connected device. Men take their sports very seriously and AccuScore helps them bring a measure of mathematical accuracy to fan activity and betting.

Maybe the founder and his buddies tried a prototype and discovered that they were accurate much of the time; enough to believe their service could be marketable and profitable. I imagine that is how AccuScore became a real product that went live online. Guys started talking; one of them experimented with some IT; and the rest is history.

This website simulates what is likely to happen on match day using an algorithm which incorporates past performance and factors such as weather, who the coach is, who is on the team, and the location of a game (home or away). Every game goes through calculations about 10,000 times. The program covers every major sport in the United States and world soccer’s top-ten leagues.

Predict the game based on these calculations or use analytical data to go about it the old-fashioned way; using your own foresight and judgment. Rank hockey players against each other for an outcome which, though not guaranteed, is highly reliable. Use AccuScore to predict the next major election.

Who Runs Accuscore?

Tuomas Kanervala, currently CEO, deals with management overall. He turns to the expertise of numerous individuals in order to develop this online product with the objective of entertaining sports fans, whether they love basketball, hockey, or football. His previous professional work included management and consultancy with a number of major firms.

Eero Mäki-Esko, a minority shareholder on the board, offers advice regarding how to find data and create software. His decision-making skills are extremely useful as well as computer science knowledge and experience with Nokia.

Riku Soininen is an AccuScore Partner/Advisor and co-founder of his own sports-related business, Global Sports Media. His technology degree places Soininen in a good position to understand the IT aspects of this job although he participates on other boards as well with various IT companies.

Behind the Scenes

Visit the FAQ section to determine if this really is a useful tool and one you would pay to subscribe to. Find out how to navigate and use data with some special tactics for making the very most of this site. Could this be the ideal Father’s Day present for dad, the guy who inspired your love of sports?

The Posting Schedule

Latest bannerWhen your and your friends get together with their fantasy league predictions, ready to see who had it right this weekend, you might be curious as to when AccuScore posts picks. How soon before the game do they state their final choices? Statistics about the score and player analysis is updated regularly as the season progresses and every game is predicted long before the whistle blows. Obviously, youwill want to view the last stated predictions before having to submit your choices for real to a bookie or whoever controls the money when you run a pool at work or with friends.

Injuries, changes to team format, and other last-minute alterations might not play any part in predictions if they come too late, but if there is time they will be factored into data. Critical players hold the key to a win or a loss, however, so unless one of these individuals takes a hit he can’t recover from in time for match day, AccuScore predicts little change if any to the results they forecast.

Changing Sim Percentage

Right before kick-off, games are re-simulated until it’s no longer viable or ethical to do so. Once the ball is first played, no more changes will be made.

Currencies Converted

AccuScore uses the metric system rather than dealing in currency which could become confusing with the number of countries involved. There are Canadian, Italian, English, and American teams on the various rosters, for instance. Imagine what confusion that would cause during the World Cup of Soccer. Instead of money, AccuScore uses “units” of out 100.

Learn more by visiting the AccuScore website HERE.

Membership Details: How much does AccuScore Cost?

As a new member, you would be entitled to try the service for 7 days, for free. Then, following the 7-day trial, costs are either $69 US per month (or 65.00 EUR or 55.00 GBP) – billed every 31 days, or $349.00 US (or 310 EUR or 285 GBP) on the annual plan. Your membership with AccuScore shows information and results for every game in the MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL plus Division 1A football and basketball.

Add the English Premier League (what they refer to as “football” in the UK), Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, and Spanish Primera Liga for a total of 1,446 games per season plus the UEFA Cup. Data starts with the regular season but continues to post-season games as well. Sometimes, the prompt reads “no pick” when the points are too close to choose. Again, you can sign up for a monthly or annual membership.

Not the Same as ESPN Insider

ESPN Insider lacks full box scores and they don’t offer final scores either. AccuScore provides all the data which is an advantage of membership. Find out all of the details which contribute to the likely outcome and use them as-is or employ data to come up with an educated selection; the choice is yours. No results are guaranteed, but their algorithm gets the outcome right more often than virtually any human being. View the home page for an idea of what is available to members of this exciting service; the types of data that guys get excited discussing over a case of beer and a bowl of potato chips.

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Full Face Snorkel Mask Trend

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Why doesn’t everyone who lives near the sea try snorkeling? It looks so simple, but there are a few hurdles to overcome. Unless you are fanatical about everything to do with water, you and your kids could be put off by the two-piece format: mouthpiece and mask. Salt water gets into the snorkel and the mask leaks. Plus, the mask is usually secured by a tight band, like the ones on goggles, and that pulls at your hair. It’s even worse when hair is wet. Putting a big breathing piece into one’s mouth isn’t very comfortable either.

New Idea

Why not combine both parts of a snorkeling system into one mask? The immediate objection would be that breathing into a mask would cause it to fog up so you can’t see anything anyway. As for leaking, how would a mask solve that problem, or the issue of water getting through the tube? Salt water makes you gag and it gets up your nose. If a child was too comfortable, he would venture far out in the water anyway and be hard to keep track of.

Changing Expectations of Snorkeling Comfort

As of right now, all of those objections appear to have been overcome by the makers of several full face snorkel masks. They cost anywhere from $60 and up, come in sizes for all ages, and feature numerous colors. You might look like a space man dipping below the surface, but your experience of the ocean and its wildlife close to the shore will be far more enjoyable than it was when you were still using the uncomfortable two-piece system. Although the trend is relatively new, it’s taking off quickly anywhere snorkeling is a common activity. Copy-cats are already taking advantage of the popularity of full face snorkel masks so check for authenticity, quality, and warranty.

What Has Changed?

Now that the full face snorkel mask has been released, and by so many companies, customers are discovering that it’s actually easy to see through the visor. There is no fog, thanks to a simple design tweak which draws air away from the visor. A snorkeler doesn’t even have to put a mouthpiece between his teeth; the mask enables him to breathe without it the way he would above water. Okay, that’s an exaggeration; it’s going to feel weird, but not as strange as before.

A number of companies proclaim the wonders of their new snorkeling top pieces, the parts that stick out of the water. They talk about excellent visibility from the shore, an accurate tube length to prevent water getting inside, and some systems will even prevent water entering the tube if it drops below the surface.

Manufacturers of the new full face snorkel masks you can find online and at sporting good stores come with a number of features that will be attractive to individuals and families who would like to spend more time under the water exploring wildlife and talking about nature but haven’t been able to locate a comfortable system. You can go crazy with the cost, but even the most affordable ones are a big improvement over old-fashioned snorkeling equipment.

Brands of Snorkel Mask

Some of the brands you will see include Tribord, SeaFun, and Das Leben. I’ll talk about each one in a second. They mostly come with the same features except that several masks are either GoPro compatible or even come with a GoPro camera attached. In other words, they can be used to take underwater video and pictures. The small amount of research associated with this product so far suggests that people snorkel more with a mask than traditional equipment. More people try the sport and they stay in longer. You will likely see an increase in underwater video in your personal experience too.

These items are still secured to the face by a band, but it’s a three-part band rather than the sort that tugs, so it stays in place better too.

Seaview 180°

Enjoy the hassle-free design and several color choices plus something called “Dry Tech.” Dry Tech keeps salt water out of your mouth, plus the Seaview 180° is leak-resistant. Saying that, if the mask lets in any water, it is easy to release from around the pointed chin area without removing the mask. The breathing chamber is separate from your visor to prevent fogging.

Tribord EasyBreathe

Again, kids and adults alike will love this mask and can select from assorted shades so everyone knows which mask belongs to whom. The snorkel top was designed to be highly visible by parents watching their kids from the beach. The visor is made from polycarbonate, a durable synthetic material which will not shatter but provides superior visibility. Breathing is supposed to feel natural.

Sea Fun GoPro Compatible Mask

Maybe you don’t have a GoPro yet or you do not want to use it all the time, but it’s good to have the option. Choose the Sea Fun Snorkel Mask, buy your camera separately then decide whether you want to take pictures or not. The Sea Fun mask features a Dry Top Seal and Draw function which lets water out without taking the mask off. The visor is made from polycarbonate.

Das Leben 2nd Generation 180°

This is another GoPro compatible system in all sizes and several colors. The tube length is perfect for preventing water from getting inside at shallow depths. Air is drawn down and away from the mask to prevent fogging. Attach your GoPro if you like and capture images of a beautiful underwater world. Visibility is supposed to be at least as good if not superior to that provided by other models. The rest of the mask is made from tough plastic and the lining/seal is silicone.

H2O Ninja Mask

Breathe the same way you always do without a mouthpiece and without fogging using this stylish mask. The makers say it is easy to put on and use and comes apart so you can use the mask alone. With Dry Tech, as above, you won’t get salt water coming through the tube or seals around your face. This mask is particularly spacious, but also more expensive than most.

 

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Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards Makes Paddling Portable

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When I first heard about inflatable stand up paddle boards (SUPs) recently, it totally piqued my interest! Paddle boarding is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. It looks like something I’d really enjoy on an occasional hot weekend (I don’t think I would be able to do it as a regular activity since I only live near water for half the year). But, there are two primary things that have been in my way when it comes to buying a paddle board in the past: 1) space to store my SUP (there just isn’t any space in my home), and 2) a way to transport the SUP to the water (I have a car the size of a very large pumpkin. Okay, the size of a REALLY REALLY large pumpkin. Basically, too small to cart around a board).

As most people who have experience with paddleboards already know, the traditional hard shell SUPs have hulls which are typically either foam (with fiberglass and epoxy), hollow core, or polyurethane foam. They are long, wide, and cumbersome for travel. Of course, if you’re heading to the beach for a weekend, there are rental companies that have sprung up to rent out equipment like paddle boards and kayaks to individuals, couples, groups, and families who – like me – just don’t have room in or on the vehicles for large items like these or who find their prices prohibitive.

Or, maybe kayaks made the cut but paddle boards had to stay home. Enter the inflatable version which at least answers the first concern: lack of room. Now, some people say that the price of an inflatable SUP is a lot lower than a hard shell model, but that is debatable because I’ve seen some hard shells less than $1,000 (not many though), and while I haven’t (yet) seen an inflatable over $1,000, some have run pretty close. I’m thinking that most of the time the inflatable is probably a little lower, but I don’t think that the price point is the primary concern here. In fact, when it comes to the topic of “stand up paddle board – inflatable vs rigid,” really the only differences appear to be material. The general weight of either one is similar (if an inflatable SUP (or ISUP) is about 30 pounds, plus or minus, you’ll find that the rigid SUPs are close.

And, like I said, I’ve seen plenty of rigid boards way over $1,500 (and if you’re REALLY into it, you can spend over $3,000 too!) – but I’ve also seen them under $1,000 (which is where most of the ISUPs seem to fall when it comes to the price of paddle boards in the inflatable category).

The primary concerns, as I voiced earlier is the storage, transportation, and space issue. That’s the bigget reason for considering an inflatable stand up paddle board, as far as I’m concerned. Plus, I could actually ship it somewhere far more easily than I could ship a rigid board if I needed to.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way, let’s compare 3 ISUPs that caught my eye. The first one I loved – I’m trying not to be biased, but it’s the first one I liked – is the Atoll Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board. Then, I saw the Vilano and then the ISLE Touring Paddle Board. So this seemed like a good place to start my comparisons.

How does the Atoll Inflatable SUP stack up against the competition? We’ll compare it to the pair of other ISUP boards that I mentinoed, one cheaper and smaller, the other slightly larger. These are, of course, the Vilano and an ISLE Touring Paddleboard.

First things first. We’ll start with the Atoll.

Inflatable SUP by Atoll

Starting out as a small package, this Atoll product inflates to 6 inches thickness, 11 feet in length, and 32 inches wide with the use of a pump. This high-pressure tool gets the job done quickly so that, in just minutes… boom! We are staring down at a full-sized paddleboard that’s ready for the water – and all for $749.99.

Bungee straps are located back and front so you can go out for hours with your board and not lack anything you want or need such as food and water. Store items securely within their elasticated bounds. A number of D-rings enable you to attach items more securely.

A second layer over the board adds greater durability to the EVA foam and prevents slipping so you stay on top of your board. The Atoll ISUP comes with a repair kit, a pump, a detachable fin, and a rebuildable three-part paddle with a nylon blade which is also designed for portability.

ISLE Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Many of the same features of the Atoll paddle board are also present here in the ISLE Airtech. The Airtech comes in 2 lengths, 10, and 12.6 feet but maintains the same dimensions otherwise and can be deflated to a mobile size as well. The build is touted for its lightness but incredible durability. Of course, the company does not recommend abusing your product, but states that you could do almost anything to it and the ISLE ISUP will stand up to the abuse while remaining viable as a safe and effective piece of equipment. Bungee cords at both ends and D-rings let you strap on a waterproof camera, extra clothes, a picnic, or whatever you desire. The paddle comes apart for additional portability and you get all of this for a little less than $850 for the 12.6 foot version, and about $695 for the 10 footer.

Vilano Stand Up Paddle Board, $429 (for the 10-foot Vilano Navigator)

Another durable option is the Vilano inflatable board, an economical alternative. It’s shorter at 10 feet when fully inflated but that’s still too long for most vehicles, especially those already crowded with gear. But if you can take the pump with you to the beach, no problem (it does come with a pump). Durable PVC facilitates many months and years of fun on the local lake and a 3-piece paddle can be stowed away in the trunk. Although this Vilano Navigator is touted as durable, it is also affordable ($429). The Vilano Voyager, at 11-feet, is a little more expensive ($499), but it does have a few higher reviews.

Price and Durability

Each of these boards is promoted for its durability, but none of them is as heavily promoted for this feature as the longer, more expensive ISLE. The makers insist you could drive a car over it and the board will be alright. With inflatable items, the risk of tears is always a concern, especially when you are going camping. Rocks become jagged. Well-meaning participants are sometimes rough when unpacking, enthusiastic to get started. People really do drive their cars and trucks over sporting equipment in their haste to get to the beach or drive home with fractious children. But how durable does a board need to be to satisfy this criterion?

All of these items receive some good reviews, though the first of them seems best where reviews are concerned. Customers could buy any of these and enjoy at least a few summers on top of the waves; perhaps more summers with the first two than the last.

There is just one set of bungee straps on the Vilano but most people wouldn’t use all of the front and back capacity of the other two. A shorter length makes this a potentially excellent starter board for younger, smaller boarders. It is also less cumbersome, but some might say that additional length increases stability. Still, it’s hard to argue with the price difference.

If you had a family and wanted to paddle in pairs, note that the Vilano is just over half the price of an ISLE inflatable stand up paddleboard. The Atoll version is not quite as expensive as the ISLE and makes a good compromise if a $100 difference means you can afford to buy other accessories or enjoy more fun activities on your holiday.

Each of these products, however, shares a common convenience factor. They represent the freedom to take stand up paddle boarding anywhere. Repair gear is included plus a bag for carrying everything neatly and safely to prevent punctures. The paddle is part of this deal, not a separate $100 purchase as could easily have been the case.

Anyway, I hope that after reading this inflatable stand up paddle board review, you agree that getting an ISUP might just be the perfect water toy for you and your family! Thanks for reading!

Hison Jet Surfboard: The New High-Speed Water Experience

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I live on the beach for half the year, and I’m guessing that this season I’ll be seeing the Hison Jet Surfboard more often! This is the coolest new water toy we’ve seen in a while! I see this all the time – men and women of all ages are drawn to the sea because they love to surf. They love the freedom they feel riding a wave or skimming the ocean’s surface, defying gravity and picking up speed.

Hison Jet Surfboard - Ultimate Model Powerjet skiIt’s a thrilling sport to watch and to take part in, but how does a person get that experience where the waves are not very high or the weather does not suit surfers? What if your only body of water is inland? Perhaps you just want to try that surfing feeling but you are prepared to manage it the motorized way. That’s where a jet surfboard can take you higher.

Watch the Videos

Images of surfers gliding over blue water do not do the jet surfboard justice. Call it a jet ski or jet surfboard – either way, jet surfing is an active, high-speed sport. Play the videos and feel wind whipping through your hair, catch sea spray in your mouth, and listen to the powerful roar of water matched by your motorized board. Finally, consumers can harness the power of a jet ski but stand up on it as if they were surfing, combining their love of speed with the feel of their favorite pastime in the water.

Here’s a fun video from when these were just released (this is from the 2013 model!) – yeah… that would be like me the first time I’d be on one of these. I don’t feel so bad now… (scroll below the video to continue reading)

Attractive Boards

The Hison Jet Surfboards are a fairly recent addition to motorized water sports since this is, after all, considered to be the early days for the jet surf industry, but it’s likely that designs will start to become artistic, whacky, and colorful. So far, red and black are favorite. The board looks somewhat like a regular surfboard but with one difference: manufacturers add a motor and a control stick. Regular surfboards have become a sort of canvas and the same phenomenon is likely to occur with these new water sport machines.

Control the Surf (uh… sort of! 🙂 )

This control stick is like an elongated stick shift on a car. It stands up at the front and you grip it tightly while using the other hand for balance. Foot braces keep you in place while you take corners and manage shallow waves that jiggle you like speed bumps. A 4-stroke engine gives you more than 30 knots and 25 horsepower (for the Ultimate Hison Jet Surfboard. If you go with their Extreme model, (330cc 2 stroke) it’s faster and more powerful – see the Extreme Hinson JET Powered Surfboard here – it’s currently priced at $11,179.99) Jet propelled kayak canoe wakeboard ). There’s no idling or dawdling on these boards. You’ll see from a variety of videos that if you aren’t moving right along, you are probably sitting on the board.

Buy the Board

This is not a sport for anyone who lacks cash: a few thousand dollars-worth. Save up, ask for money this Christmas, say no to little indulgences until small sums add up and you can buy yourself the Ultimate Hison jet surfboard for just over $6,000. The Hison Extreme is just under $11,500. Perhaps by winter there will be some used ones on sale for less than that, but right now that’s the going rate.

$6,380.00 –> The Ultimate JET Powered Surfboard Power Ski (HERE at Amazon)  (Includes Free Shipping)

$11,179.99 –> Extreme JET Powered Surfboard (HERE at Amazon) (Includes Free Shipping)

Buy the Experience

Another way to go is to purchase a jet surf experience. Tour guides will take you to a popular surfing location where you will use one of their jet surfboards for a period of time. Receive instruction before tackling waves surrounded by scenic views of some exotic country. There are many tour packages located in dozens of countries. Here’s one from Tinggly via Amazon.

Racing the Waves

Surfing has always been a competitive sport. Audiences turn up to watch their favorite surfers in places like Hawaii, Australia, and California where they perform sometimes dangerous feats with tremendous skill. They compete against each other and sometimes perform tricks on the waves. The jet surfboard allows riders to synchronize their machines and perform in ways that were much harder to achieve with a regular surfboard. Watch these boarders jump over or spin around obstacles with perfect control of their machine; couples who have trained together, transferring personal harmony to athletic unity. The sea is still a dangerous medium, so riders must always be aware of the risks they are taking with or without a motor keeping them upright.

Jet Surfing for Fitness

Putting an engine in something should take an element of fitness out of the sport, but there are still many benefits to taking up jet surfing. You still need to have balance to stand on the board as it will not always be moving along a flat surface and people fall off all the time. It will still be pushed around a little bit by the ocean’s power which is a beautiful feeling when you’re not in as much danger of being thrown off. As you take corners, the board will certainly tip onto its side a little or a lot depending on the extremity of that curve. Putting balance into action activates numerous muscles, particularly those around the core such as your back, buttock, and abdominal muscles. Arms get a workout controlling the joystick and your leg muscles are also active. Jet surfing is a total-body workout.

Compare Jets to Other Water Sports

In terms of speed and lightness in the water, two sports compare strongly. One is jet skiing. Your movement over the water’s surface is similar but without a seat between your legs and not as much power. Jet skis give a water user almost too much power they don’t have to work for. Riders are passive participants, whereas the Jet Surfboard requires active involvement and effort on the participant’s part.
Water boarding (water skiing on a board) requires similar movement but power is provided by an auxiliary source. You aren’t in charge of that, but if you have tried water boarding, that has prepared you for what motorized surfboarding feels like. Boarders still fall over and lose their balance. They have more control, however, when a boat is not involved.

Getting into the water is also simpler without a vessel to launch. Exhaust isn’t flying in your face. Noise is not as big a factor, messing up the enjoyment and disturbing viewers. The quiet of regular surfing is perhaps the one thing you will miss most, but jet surfing is not as noisy as firing up the engine of a speedboat.

Snow boarding is similar to surfing in a sense, so maybe one day there will be a winter-sport equivalent. Innovators would motorize a snow board, add a tall stick shift, and give boarders a chance to transfer the tropical surfing experience to the glaring surface of snow on the white mountain tops of European and Canadian ranges.

A Growing Business

Entrepreneurs: there’s a retail opportunity here for you. With a burgeoning sport there will always be special shoes and clothes for men and women; a marketing wave to ride.

$6,380.00 –> The Ultimate JET Powered Surfboard Power Ski (HERE at Amazon)  (Includes Free Shipping)

$11,179.99 –> Extreme JET Powered Surfboard (HERE at Amazon) (Includes Free Shipping)