José María Olazábal’s team where wearing Seve Ballesteros’s outfit at this weekends Ryder Cup and pulled of one of the most remarkable and memorable comebacks in the history of the Ryder Cup.
Europe where 10-6 down by the time Sunday came around. To come back from this 8 out of 12 points where needed on the Sunday to equal the biggest comeback margin since the United States did it in 1999. Europe ended the days play with 8.5 points winning the Ryder Cup out right. The Americans had it all to lose and nerves where brewing as the day came to a close at the Medinah Country Club in Chicago.
Due to the point deficit Europe needed an amazing start to have any chance at a comeback. The team did their captain proud and won the first five of twelve matches neutralising golfing heavyweights such as Phil Mickleson and Bubba Watson. Watson, first up on Sunday was up against Europe’s strongest golfer Luke Donald who beat Watson 2&1.
The man in the papers Monday morning will be Rory McIlroy. He mixed up his time zones and almost missed his 11:30 tee off time. He thought he was out at 12:30. Rushed in by a police car McIlroy raced to the course for the third match and pulled off one amazing round of golf, not putting one foot wrong and winning 2&1 against PGA tour hot shot Keegan Bradley. McIlroy wears Oakley sunglasses for the highest possible performance whilst playing. Europe team mate Ian Poulter; also an avid Oakley wearer put together the best four rounds of his life, beating Webb Simpson by two holes and not losing all weekend.
The closing ceremony showed Europe all suited and booted still in the Seve Ballestero’s colours known as Seve Blue whilst sporting some lovely sunglasses. Shown in the picture Rory McIlroy is sporting some Oakley Jupiter Squared and Graeme McDowell is wearing some stylish Emporio Armani sunglasses. The Ryder cup is now back in Europe where it will stay for the next two years until the golf clubs are back out in 2014 for the European Ryder Cup.
Shade Station would like to be one of the first to congratulate all of the European team on this monumental victory.
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Valentino ‘The Doctor’ Rossi is first in the all time 500cc MotoGP race wins standings, with 79 victories, and second in the all time overall wins standings with 105 race wins and now he has joined forces with Oakley to create a range of sunglasses for this summer! He has inspired four styles for the new range; Frogskin, Deviation, Holbrook and Jupiter Squared. Each and any every one is injected with a little bit of Rossi’s unique style and flair.
The classic Frogskin style has had an appointment with The Doctor and come out the other side looking better than ever! The Polished Black frame is bold, yet aestetically pleasing and made of the patented Oakley OMatter plastic composite making them strong, yet incredibly flexible. Desgined to absorb impact, the frame itself should be able to withstand even the fastest motorbike crashes! With such a good frame, it would be a crime not to have an equally good lens and Oakley have not disappointed. Made to their usual dazzling standards, the Valentino Rossi Frogskins come with a Fire Iridium lens as standard, which boasts some of the best eyewear technology available today. Not only is it made to withstand the same impact as Industrial Protective Eyewear, the lens is self is completely UVA, UVB and UVC protective, meaning that even if they get scratched, your eyes will still be safe and sound.
No sunglasses collection would be really complete without an appearance from the classic Aviator style. This is portrayed with the Valentino Rossi Edition Oakley Deviation Sunglasses. The vintage look has been overhauled Rossi style with the teardrop shaped lenses curving inwards making a more rectangular lens shape. This is all on a 6-Base lens curvature (which is tech talk for the contour that angles back at the sides), this means that little or no light will be able to get in through the sides and bottom of the sunglasses and into your eyes! The Warm Grey lenses themselves are a category 3 lens; a dark lens which is perfect for driving and general usage.
The Oakley Holbrook’s are synonymous with a stone cold cool image and Rossi has continued this in his range whilst still adding a touch of his own outgoing personality. The yellow Oakley icons are accentuated perfectly by the simple black frame and Rossi’s signature VR46 symbol is emblazoned on the inside of the arms. The Polished Black frame is matched with Warm Grey lenses for increased visual contrast and improved depth perception in bright sun. Every pair of the Valentino Rossi Signature Holbrooks come with a Microfibre bag for storage and cleaning, decorated in the style of the sun and moon motif from Valentino’s helmet.
Finally, we come to the Valentino Rossi Signature Jupiter Squared sunglasses. The colourful Oakley icons and vibrant yellow strips on the earstems scream Rossi style and the Fire Iridium lens really sets them apart from the norm. With Oakley’s patented Three Point Fit, you can be sure that they will fit any head size or shape and the Unobtanium earsocks ensure that they will not fall off your head. This is because Unobtanium is the only rubber in the world which actually gets sticky when wet!
In summary, the new Valentino Rossi Signature range are a breath of fresh air in the world of classic sunglasses; the vibrant, unique styles combined with Oakley technology make them the must buy sunglasses of the summer!
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We recently told you about some of the fabulous new Oakley sunglasses launching for women and now it’s time to introduce you to 3 of the new designs for men that are due to hit our shelves in October.
First up we have the Oakley Blender sunglasses. If you are a fan of the sleek Oakley style, then the Blender sunglasses will definitely appeal! The frame is made of the lightweight but strong C-5 alloy material and also features O Matter ear stems for optimised comfort and a secure fit. The Plutonite lenses provide full UV protection and the Blender sunglasses are built with a wrapped frame for maximum peripheral vision.
If vibrant, bold and statement sunglasses are your thing, the Oakley Dispatch 2 sunglasses will perfectly fit the bill. The fashionable and sporty oversized frame is made of the lightweight and durable O Matter material and comes in an array of striking colourways. The Dispatch 2 sunglasses also come with adjustable metal Oakley icons enabling you to change the look and style of the sunglasses and the frame is constructed using the Oakley Three-Point Fit, which positions the Plutonite lenses in the perfect place for optimum comfort and vision.
Last but by no means least we have the Oakley Jupiter Squared sunglasses. Part of the lifestyle collection, the Jupiter Squared design is ultra cool and oozes the Oakley attitude! The frame is made of the Oakley O Matter material and the style also features Unobtanium ear stems for a comfortable and secure fit. The lenses are made of Plutonite and some Jupiter Squared styles also come with an iridium lens coating to further reduce glare.
All of these Oakley sunglasses are due to arrive in October so we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as they do!
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