VANCOUVER, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - TEDxVancouver is excited to announce that Co-founders of Katal Innovations, Stephen Slen and Aaron Coret will be speaking at TEDxVancouver 2011.
Katal Innovations is comprised of a small crew of scientifically inclined skiers and
snowboarders dedicated to safe progress in action sports. Katal's first
project, The Landing Pad, was inspired by a tragic accident that left
co-creator Aaron Coret paralyzed from the neck down after taking a hard
fall on a routine switch backside 540, crushing his C5/C6 vertebrae in
Following his accident, Coret teamed up with best friend and fellow
Engineer Stephen Slen to build a next generation safety device that
would allow skiers and snowboarders to progress riding in a safe
environment, The Landing Pad.
The Landing Pad allows skiers and snowboarders to "ride the trick out"
if you land on your feet and absorbs your impact if you do not,
providing a safe learning environment for all ages and ability levels.
Slen and Coret both graduated from the Integrated Engineering program at
UBC and developed the Landing Pad as a means to pursue Slen and Coret's
shared ambition to help foster the progression of freestyle skiing and
snowboarding. The Landing Pad won a Popular Science Invention Award in 2011.
To learn more about Katal Innovations, please visit http://www.katalinnovations.com
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