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One Hour Translation: Google Wins the Battle of Real Time Voice Translators

OHT used expert in-house linguists to compare the performance of Skype Translator, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri in translating business and tourism expressions from English into Japanese, French, German and Spanish and vice versa

On average across languages, Google scored the highest – 4.54 out of 6, Skype second (4.32) and Siri third (4.09). Google was the best in Japanese (4.01), German (4.5) and Spanish (4.8), while Siri led in French (4.87) 

Google Assistant is the top performing real time voice translator, according to a benchmark conducted by One Hour Translation (OHT), an online platform which provides translations in more than 100 languages and 3,000 language pairs.

With demand for real time voice translation on the rise, OHT decided to test out the leading services: Skype Translator (run by Microsoft Translate), Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, and rank them for accuracy.

With the help of expert in-house linguists OHT took 16 business and 10 tourism expressions and translated them from English into Japanese, French, German and Spanish and vice versa. The same sentences were then given to real time voice translator devices, apps and digital assistants to see just how they performed. The results were rated by the linguists on a scale of 0 to 6.

On average across languages, Google scored the highest – 4.54 out of 6, Skype second (4.32) and Siri third (4.09). Google was the best in three out of the four languages – Japanese (4.01), German (4.5) and Spanish (4.8), while Siri led in French (4.87).  Overall Japanese was the hardest language to translate with an average score of 3.7.  French was the easiest language for the instant voice translator devices to translate with an average of 4.75, followed by Spanish (4.54) and German (4.41).

“The real time voice translators were more accurate in translating tourism related experssions in comparison to business expressions” said Yaron Kaufman, chief marketing officer and co-founder of OHT. He attributed this to the use of a lot of business-related abbreviations which are not easily recognized by real time voice devices. Kaufman added that “despite the recent improvements in all of the assistants we tested, real time voice translations still cannot be relied on for business related content.”

Some examples of the sentences: “Stay on budget for this campaign, we can’t have it affecting our ROI”; “R&D are cutting too many corners, the product is undeployable”;  “Schedule a meeting between your CMO and our product manager”; “Do you have any allergies? This dish contains peanuts and avocado”; “I need to find the fastest way to the airport, my plane is leaving soon”; “My travel insurance should cover that bill.”

There are also new developments on the horizon in the field of real time voice translation. Among other advancements, Amazon is planning to release a DIY toolkit for creating translation apps and Xiaomi has released a new and advanced physical device for real time translations.

About One Hour Translation

One Hour Translation (OHT) believes that businesses should be able to reach any customer, anywhere, anytime, with no language barriers.

One Hour Translation’s AI powered cloud-based translation management platform, HALO,  helps enterprise customers reduce overhead by automating their translation process and workflow. HALO combines automated workflows, Neural Machine Translation (NMT) and professional translation services, to process all of the enterprise content quickly and easily via API/WEB. A dedicated NMT engine is automatically trained as the translations proceed and as a result the project’s cost keeps decreasing while translation speed improves. HALO is easy to implement and use, encrypted, secured and allows the enterprise to use any mix of its translators and reviewers with those of OHT, as well as any mix of NMTs for optimal quality and cost. The platform also allows OHT to manage a company’s resources and in-house budgets earmarked for translation in order to obtain the best possible results.

OHT is the leader in translations for enterprise customers, currently serving over 60 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, HP, Xerox, Acer, Shell, Deloitte, HSBC, Procter & Gamble, IKEA, 3M, McCann, Allianz, Xiaomi and many other organizations.

One Hour Translation specializes in translation for 30 expert domains, including law, technology, marketing, website translation, applications, software and more.

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Natty Light Puts His Resume on a NASCAR Racecar

Natural Light is at it again helping recent grads as they enter the real world.

Natty Light recently unveiled the NASCAR resume paint scheme–yes, an actual person’s job resume–and wrapped it around Chris Buescher’s #37 car for the South Point 400 race in Vegas on Sunday.

WHY THEY DID IT

Natty Light gets it–the entry-level job market in 2018 is as competitive as ever, and 44M+ Americans graduate with crippling college debt. What better way to get your resume recognized than slap it on a racecar for a nationally televised NASCAR event.

THE WINNER

The chosen candidate is Brian Starr from Burdick, KS. An aspiring motorsports journalist, his head shot, work experience, skills, phone number, and email all appear on Chris’s #37 car. Briar better be ready for his phone to buzz nonstop with calls, texts, and emails from job recruiters!

 

Robert Davi × Georgós Wine

Georgós Greek Wine, an innovative wine company that uses the best of American techniques to handcraft small batch wine in Sonoma Valley from imported Greek fruit, is proud to announce a partnership with Robert Davi, the award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and jazz vocalist.

Davi has appeared in more than 130 films including, THE GOONIES; JAMES BOND: LICENSE TO KILL; DIE HARD, the upcoming film REAGAN, as well as the groundbreaking TV series Paper Empire.

Currently touring in his show “Davi Sings Sinatra,” where he performs notable tunes from the legendary crooner, Davi has also just released the documentary, “DAVI’S WAY” that explores the challenges and thrills of singing Sinatra’s uniquely American masterpieces.

In addition to his ‘tough-guy’ roles, Davi is well known as a singer. He has performed at The Venetian, The Orleans and Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, headlined the Friars Club’s 90th Anniversary Tribute to Tony Bennett with Robert De Niro and Scarlett Johansson, and recently performed at the United Nations to celebrate its 70th Anniversary. Davi acted and performed in the Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday Special on PBS—most fitting since Sinatra’s work has been foundational in Davi’s own life and career.

Davi and Georgós Greek Wine formed a partnership after Davi purchased a bottle of wine at Whole Foods Market in San Francisco. The bottle happened to be Georgós’ “Santorini” wine. After Davi tasted the crisp white varietal, he fell in love instantly and called it, “one of the smoothest damn wines I’ve ever had.” He then dove into the reds and was inspired to connect with Georgós.

Robert Davi will work with the Georgós team as its brand ambassador to broaden its reach by spreading the wine’s unique story and to help create more great tasting wines. “In my family, wine was as necessary a drink as water. I helped my grandfather make his homemade wine at our family home on Long Island, and have been searching for an opportunity to once again become intimate with the process,” Davi said recently, “I’ve always been a lover of all things Greek – poetry, food, culture, and after tasting all the Georgós blends, it was ordained that I join with them! Robert Rex is a genius at blending wines—rather like a great composer creating a symphony, he blends the notes and tones in these wines creating an experience you will want to go back to time and again. These are truly ‘Greek wines redefined.’ The wines, sustainable and low in sulfites, are not only healthier but will most likely never give you a headache!”

The partnership between Davi and Georgós Greek Wine comes fresh off the heels of another collaboration between the winemaking team and personalities of note. Earlier this year, in partnership with ultra-marathon living legend and one of Time’s “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,” Dean Karnazes, they created Marathon Wine.

Georgós Greek Wine founder Georgos Zanganas is especially thrilled to work with Davi, as he sees it as a partnership between two parties who are constantly redefining. “One of my favorite movies of all time is JAMES BOND: LICENSE TO KILL. Robert played a tough guy, and established a great reputation in that archetype,” Zanganas says, “now he has the opportunity to show another side of his personality by singing Frank Sinatra classics at some of the greatest venues across the globe. We have taken the best of the American winemaking techniques and applied them to our imported Greek fruit to change traditional Greek Wine into a super-premium experience – like visiting the Greek Isles in a glass. This partnership will help us spread Georgós and #GREEKWINEREDEFINED to the world.”

Georgós was born after founder Georgos Zanganas moved to San Francisco to work as an engineer. Zanganas is very sensitive to sulfites in wine, and he struggled to find a wine that did not give him a headache or stop the red flush of his face. He even found it difficult to come by good quality Greek wine in the area. Surprising, as the US market was saturated with all things Greek – such as yogurt or olive oil – but curiously not wine. He decided to make a wine perfect for him: clean tasting with low sulfites and no additives. Zanganas discovered Deerfield Ranch Winery in Sonoma Valley (known for their “Clean Wine”), on a trip to Sonoma, where he met winemaker Robert Rex, who was recently named 2018 Winemaker of the year by the American Fine Wine Competition. Together they embarked to make a “clean wine” with imported Greek fruit. Zanganas and Rex spent one year, tasting over 400 samples until they found the perfect recipe to create Georgós Super-Premium Greek wine, which is fruit forward with soft tannins. The rest, as they say, is history.

Zanganas added on the company’s journey, “I never thought that I would be in the wine business, but I wanted everyone to be able to drink a great quality wine without experiencing a headache. I also found the opportunity to make Greek wine in the heart of the US winemaking region an irresistible challenge. It’s like importing and making California olive oil in Kalamata, Greece – to succeed you have to believe in it with passion.”
Currently, Georgós has seven, small batch super-premium Greek wines to market, available direct from the winery online, at Whole Foods in Northern California, and at fine restaurants and hotels in San Francisco and Los Angeles:

Santorini, “Sophia’s Smile”: a 2017 Assyrtiko similar to a dry, crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
Mykonos, “Wine of Hercules”: a 2013 vintage Agiorgitiko in the Pinot Noir style.
Corfu, “Siren’s Lure”: a 2015 Bordeaux style red blend.
Ios, “Aphrodite’s Kiss”: a 2017 Dry Rosé of Agiorgitiko grapes.
Ithaka, “Penelope’s Spell”: a 2015 blend of premium Greek Cabernet Sauvignon.
Marathon, “Athena’s Vineyard”: a 2017 Assyrtiko blend similar to a dry Sauvignon Blanc.
Marathon, “Nike’s Vineyard”: a 2017 Rosé with the structure of a Pinot Noir.
Georgós Greek Super-Premium Wines are the direct result of a team pursuing excellence in flavor and the highest degrees of quality possible. They look forward to creating future partnerships and bringing their delicious and healthy wines to enthusiastic devotees across the country.

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Deposit to WIN a Defender 90 soft-top by Arkonik

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For the first time ever, Arkonik is giving away a Defender 90 soft-top (worth over $130k) to one client to accompany their custom order upon delivery. So if you’ve been thinking about creating your perfect custom Defender, now is the time to make that dream a reality.

The first 30 people to make a 25% deposit before the 30th September 2018 will be entered into a competition to win a unique D90 curated by the team at Arkonik HQ.

Visit the website for full details here.

Arkonik are Land Rover Defender specialists based in the heart of England, exporting to the USA and Canada since 2007. They are collaborating with carefully selected partners to create a one of a kind Defender in a dazzling shade of Firesand Orange offset with an Exmoor Trim black canvas soft-top. Externally the edition will feature KBX wing-top vents and Sawtooth alloy wheels supplied by BEARMACH shod with BFGoodrich AT tyres. Internally this stunning truck will feature black leather with orange stitch seating, matching door cards and Arkon X steering wheel by Exmoor Trim. This premium interior will also include black aluminium gear knobs and door furniture as well as one of Exmoor Trim’s new Lock Boxes.

If you are one of the first 30 people to place your order, you will need to complete your entry by answering the following question: “Describe your perfect day in your Arkonik D90 Soft Top”. The competition will be judged by Pat Ward – Ex Head of Sales at Jaguar Land Rover USA

Pat will judge the entries based on originality, creativity and the overall quality. Judging will take place in the week beginning 1st October 2018 and the winner will be notified no later than the 14th October 2018!

For full terms and conditions, please click here.

ARKONIK × SPRITE D90

SPRITE D90 Making a Splash

This Alpine White D90 Edition is an entity perfectly in sync with its surroundings. The Elite Sports seats and classic Boost alloys shod with BFGoodrich tyres give this Defender an essence of agility and finesse. The look is completed with a wood rimmed steering wheel and lithe Fawn leather interior. A soft-top style Defender creates fluidity between driver and terrain; take the top down and become completely immersed in the landscape.

1) Interior: Gloss Black Boost 16″ alloys | BFGoodrich KO2 tyres | KBX® Signature Satin Black grille with Alpine White mesh | A-bar with twin LED spotlights | Puma bonnet | Gloss Black KBX wing-top vents, side air intake and chequer plate | Alpine White Fire & Ice side steps | Black XS Soft-top kit with heavy duty cage | Raptor-coated steering & front differential guard | Alpine white NAS rear step

2) Exterior: Fawn leather trim | Heated Elite Sports front seats | Lockbox with USB powerpoint | Matching leather door cards | 4 tip seats in load area | Black alloy gear knobs and door furniture | Evander 15″ wood rimmed steering wheel |Pioneer® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay and reversing camera display | Ice White LED lighting package | Air conditioning

If you fancy winning your own D90 soft-top this month is the time to make that dream a reality. Place your deposit with Arkonik this month and you will also receive a massive $10,000 deposit contribution!

Competition details:

Arkonik are back with another Summer Promotion, and this time it’s big.

For the first time ever, Arkonik is giving away a Defender 90 soft-top (worth over $130k) to one client to accompany their custom order upon delivery. So if you’ve been thinking about creating your perfect custom Defender, now is the time to make that dream a reality.

The first 30 people to make a 25% deposit between 1st July – 30th September 2018 will be entered into a competition to win a unique D90 curated by the team at Arkonik HQ. As an added incentive, place your deposit this month (July 2018 only) and you will also receive a $10,000 deposit contribution.

Visit the website for full details here.

Arkonik are Land Rover Defender specialists based in the heart of England, exporting to the USA and Canada since 2007. They are collaborating with carefully selected partners to create a one of a kind Defender in a dazzling shade of Firesand Orange offset with an Exmoor Trim black canvas soft-top. Externally the edition will feature KBX wing-top vents and Sawtooth alloy wheels supplied by BEARMACH shod with BFGoodrich AT tyres. Internally this stunning truck will feature black leather with orange stitch seating, matching door cards and Arkon X steering wheel by Exmoor Trim. This premium interior will also include black aluminium gear knobs and door furniture as well as one of Exmoor Trim’s new Lock Boxes.*

WLD vs. Three Days Grace

Golf Channel’s Morning Drive exclusive feature with Multiplatnium selling Canadian Rock Recording Artist, Three Days Grace, compete with 8-Time World Long Drive Event Tour Champion, Kevin Shook to a friendly competition at Topgolf! This serves as the ultimate fan experience for Kevin who is a big fan of the band. View it down below!

YouTube: https://youtu.be/2JtpXHQFxeI

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/GolfChannel/status/1015608897997033472

Red Bull Cliff Diving

Steven LoBue earns first Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series victory since 2015 win in Bilbao.

The 33-year-old spun his way to a stunning victory at the second stop of the 2018 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Bilbao, Spain, earning top spot on the podium for the first time since his win in the very same location back in 2015. He was joined in the celebrations by reigning champion Jonathan Paredes of Mexico, who grabbed a much needed second place following a poor start in Texas.

LoBue’s fellow American David Colturi, who currently possesses the hardest dive, finished third. Six-time World Series champion Gary Hunt of England missed out on the podium for the third successive event; his longest run ever without a top three finish. 25,000 fans turned out to watch as the men displayed their art from 27m in rainy conditions beside the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

After no victory in 16 competitions, the FINA world champion displayed the best performance of his forward 5 somersaults with ½ twist ever to score the highest note in an optional dive (135.15pts) and repeat his winning feat in the American’s new favourite location. Paredes also earned a new record score for an intermediate dive (100.80pts), which powered him into an early lead after two rounds, while record winner Hunt, who clearly still feels the handicap of his twisting mental block, had to lower his diving programme once more to land him in a mediocre 10th place in the Basque city.

With today’s win, the ‘spin master’ from Florida also took the overall World Series lead ahead of Czech’s Michal Navratiland Blake Aldridge from Great Britain after two of seven competitions in the World Series’ anniversary season. Defending champion Paredes makes up five ranks and sits in 5th place now, while his main contender from previous years, the ‘brilliant Brit’ Hunt, lingers in 11th position, one spot behind Colombian veteran Orlando Duque.

From the place where cliff diving is art and La Salve Bridge with thousands of enthusiastic fans along the river, the cliff diving elite travels on to the remote and pure islands of the Portuguese Azores. The top 24 athletes, men and women, will be back on the cliff-face to continue their fight for the 2018 King Kahekili trophy in two weeks’ time.

Quotes from the winners
Steven LoBue, USA
At the moment it’s less about the location, but more about the feeling. It’s awesome to repeat it in this location, just mentally I’m feeling really good right now. Had a great week of training leading up to this and the crowd pushes through the dodgy weather. It’s fantastic for the sport that so many people are capable of winning at any given point. We had a lot of great dives here today; especially with the weather it’s showing how mentally mature a lot of these guys are, really battling through those conditions. Super excited to come out on top!

Jonathan Paredes, MEX
This is what I wanted. I came to Bilbao with the plan to finish well. Bilbao is a very special place for me and after the bad result in Texas, I could show what I can do. It was a good fight with Steven and David and finally I placed 2nd.
A good result here in Bilbao motivates me to doing better in Portugal and the rest of the Series. Portugal is a special place with diving from the cliffs and it’s been good to me, so I know I can repeat that.

Results – Stop #2, Bilbao | ESP
1- Steven LoBue USA – 416.15pts
2- Jonathan Paredes MEX – 405.55
3- David Colturi USA – 390.90
4- Blake Aldridge GBR – 382.40
5- Michal Navratil CZE – 378.70
6- Alessandro De Rose ITA – 366.40
7- Orlando Duque COL – 362.60
8- Andy Jones USA – 358.70
9- Carlos Gimeno (W) ESP – 349.20
10- Gary Hunt GBR – 347.25
11- Kris Kolanus POL – 277.75
12- Alain Kohl (W) LUX – 275.55
13- Oleksiy Prygorov (W) UKR – 263.00
14- Artem Silchenko (W) RUS – 203.00

Standings (after 2 of 7 stops)
1- Steven LoBue USA – 270pts
2- Michal Navratil CZE – 250
3- Blake Aldridge GBR – 240
4- Kris Kolanus POL – 220
5- Jonathan Paredes MEX – 190
6- David Colturi USA – 170
7- Andy Jones USA – 160
8- Alessandro De Rose ITA – 130
9- Sergio Guzman (W) MEX – 90
10- Orlando Duque COL – 80

Story credit: https://www.redbullcontentpool.com/redbullcliffdiving/AP-1W4VB5UP52111

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has provided a platform for aesthetic free-falls and dives of ever growing complexity, spotlighting the sport’s finest athletes as well as the most promising talents and in 2014 it introduced a Women’s World Series. Celebrating its 10th season in 2018, this rapidly progressing sport will crown two new champions during seven demanding competitions for the men and five for the women. Between June and September, this pure extreme sport will hit waters in natural and urban environments as well as remote and iconic venues of World Series classics.

MEGHAN TRAINOR 

PRE-ORDERS LIVE NOW
NEW TRACK “ALL THE WAYS” OUT TODAY – SOUNDTRACKS NATIONAL TARGET CAMPAIGN LAUNCHING JUNE 24
(June 21, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – After months of building anticipation and fueling excitement, GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Meghan Trainor will release her third full-length album entitled, TREAT MYSELF [Epic Records], on August 31st, 2018. Pre-order goes live today and unlocks instant grat downloads of the scorching songs “LET YOU BE RIGHT,” “CAN’T DANCE,” and “NO EXCUSES” as well as a brand new track “ALL THE WAYS.” Pre-order it HERE!
Earlier this week, Meghan heralded the announcement on social media, detailing “a big surprise” on her Elvis Duran and the Morning Show interview. The next day, she appeared on the program and unveiled the title and release date, taking to social media right after to personally share the artwork.

About TREAT MYSELF, Meghan said, “This album is my best work yet and I’m so proud of what we made. I say “we” because I made this entire album with my family, my friends, and my fiancé. It’s everything I stand for and I’m excited to put an upbeat happy album out for the world.”

Following the release of “NO EXCUSES,” “CAN’T DANCE” and current radio single “LET YOU BE RIGHT,” “ALL THE WAYS” spotlights another side of TREAT MYSELF. It’s another massive and melodic Meghan Trainor anthem and will soundtrack a new marketing campaign for Target, launching June 24. The campaign highlights the retailer’s new fulfillment services, like same-day delivery with Shipt and Drive up, to show guests all the ways they can shop at Target.
A pre-order is live now for the Target Exclusive version of the album, including exclusive remixes of “ALL THE WAYS.” Fans can purchase it HERE. This marks the second partnership between Meghan and Target. In 2016, they joined forces to release a Target Exclusive of her second album Thank You.
Right now, Meghan is everywhere! Tonight, you can catch her on a new episode of The Four on Fox 8/7c. Saturday, her seismic Radio Disney Music Awards performance airs on the Disney Channel. Earlier this month, she hit the stage at The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS to perform “LET YOU BE RIGHT,” and opened the Today Show’s summer concert series. Monday June 25, she co-hosts Today alongside Hoda Kotb in the morning and guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that evening.
Grammy-Award winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor emerged with her 2014 breakout single “All About That Bass” and disrupted contemporary music with nostalgic pop beats and powerhouse vocals that delivered a worldwide anthem for female empowerment. Trainorcemented her rising status as one of the most prominent artists in popular music by charting seven multi-platinum singles, releasing two platinum albums, selling out three headline tours, writing multi-platinum hits for top pop and country artists, and receiving countless industry awards and nominations worldwide. She is one of only five female artists to receive a diamond certification for her hit single “All About That Bass” which shares the RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards top honor with only 15 other singles in history. Earlier this year, Trainor wrapped up her first season as a panelist on FOX’s hit singing competition series THE FOUR: Battle for Stardom.

MAINGEAR x deadmau5

MAINGEAR PC, an award-winning PC system builder of custom gaming desktops and notebooks, announced that Joel Zimmerman, known professionally as deadmau5, has joined MAINGEAR as an advisor and investor, and that they have partnered with NetCapital to launch an equity offering open to the public. 

 

Grammy nominated producer, musician, composer, and life-long gamer, deadmau5, joins MAINGEAR as an advisor and takes a stake of the soaring PC gaming market by investing. “I first found MAINGEAR when looking for a high end PC for my studio, and started as a customer first. I became a huge fan” said deadmau5. “Since then MAINGEAR has powered all of my projects including, my recently released “where’s the drop?”. As a gamer at heart I’m a big believer that the future of PC gaming and eSports has amazing potential for growth. It was obvious to pick MAINGEAR as my first investment in the space and with MAINGEAR’s crowd raise you can invest as well. »

 

As an advisor, deadmau5 hopes to direct the future of PC gaming with MAINGEAR by advising on future products and projects. “It doesn’t get more authentic than working with deadmau5” said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder. “He’s an amazing artist, hardcore gamer, MAINGEAR customer, and is one of the most technically driven people I have ever met. »

 

With over 15 years of experience crafting the industry’s most award-winning gaming PCs and growing a passionate community, MAINGEAR has established itself as a leader in the industry and is now opening up an opportunity for its community to invest. “I had the opportunity to engage with a few different VCs and the experience wasn’t always the best. While VC investment can be a great thing, it only makes sense if you find the right fit.” said Wallace Santos. “I didn’t want to bring on an investor that would suck the soul out of our business. After this experience we decided to ditch the traditional VC route altogether and instead offer equity to our community. »

 

“I’ve been in the gaming and tech space for as long as I can remember, and I can safely say there has never been a more exciting time in the history of our industry!” said Rahul Sood, CEO of Unikrn. “I’m excited for the future of MAINGEAR and the passionate community that they have built. As one of the most established high end PC builders on earth, we wanted to do a non-traditional raise and offer people from this community the opportunity to invest at the ground floor.”

 

For more information on MAINGEAR’s equity crowdfunding campaign, click HERE. 

 

 

SPENCER MAKENZIE’S × CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

SPENCER MAKENZIE’S FISH CO. CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH WORLD’S

LARGEST CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

Award-winning Fish Taco Eatery to Offer Bigger Prizes for 9th Annual Cornhole Throw Down

The nation’s largest cash cornhole tournament will take place in beautiful beachside Ventura as part of Spencer Makenzie’s 9th annual End of Summer Block Party. This California-classic multi-day party will feature the coast’s best food, cold drinks & craft beer, and a free concert with the best local bands on Saturday evening, as well as DJs spinning great music throughout the tournament for players and spectators alike.

Spencer Makenzie’s is a celebrated seafood staple of Ventura’s local food-scape, celebrating its 11th anniversary in this quintessential California beach town this year. Masters of this family friendly sport, outdoor activity enthusiasts, music lovers and foodies alike will want to mark their calendars to descend upon Spencer Makenzie’s to send off the summer in style.

Cornhole team registry for the tournament is open now. Registration is $190 per two-person team, with over $36,000 in guaranteed cash payouts going to winning teams over the course of the weekend. Early signup is encouraged, as space is limited to 192 teams and will sell out. There are no age restrictions.  Ventura County residents will compete for an additional $2,500 in prize money.  The Throw Down Tournament is sanctioned and hosted by the California Cornhole Association.

For those who want to play cornhole just for fun, an open-to-the-public court will be on site, in the midst of the excitement but without the high stakes. Spectators are encouraged to visit the recreational courts to see who will become 2018’s unofficial “King of the Court”.

Spencer Makenzie’s 9th annual End of Summer Throw Down will take place from Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26, 2018. Friday’s activities are from 6 to 10 pm and include check in for players, a D.J. and live music provided by local bands TBA.  Saturday and Sunday are devoted to the tournament and freeplay, accompanied by a D.J., with food and drink available for purchase.  Saturday night features live bands.   For check-in times, entertainment details and tournament scheduling, please see here.  There is no charge to attend the all-ages End of Summer Block Party and Throw Down. Must be 21+ with valid I.D. to purchase and consume alcohol. Spectators and participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. The Throw Down will take place at Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Co., located at 806 East Thompson Blvd, Ventura CA 93001. For more information, please visit www.spencermakenzies.com or call (805) 643-8226.

About Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Company

Originally founded in 2007 by John Karayan and his wife Jennifer as a festival concession, the Karayan’s named their award-winning restaurant after their two children – their son Spencer and their daughter Makenzie. With the goal of offering fresh, healthful food at consumer friendly prices, its reputation was quickly established at such popular Ventura events as the Ventura County Fair, the Aloha Festival and the C Street Long Board Classic.

During that time, they perfected such signature dishes as Clam Chowder, Shrimp & Fish Ceviche and Giant Fish Tacos into unique recipes that provide a tastier, healthier and delicious alternative to typical “Fast Food”.  Everything is made to order, they only use sushi grade fish, produce is purchased from local vendors and 100% of their famous sauces are homemade.

Along with health consciousness, Spencer Makenzie’s makes going “Green” a priority. All of the cooking oil they use is 0 Trans fat and is repurposed as biodiesel for vehicles.  They use environmental products and recycle whenever possible.

About Cornhole

Cornhole or Corn Toss is similar to horseshoes except that you use wooden boxes called cornhole platforms and corn bags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes.  Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the inclined platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points.  A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point.  Scoring can be swift and the lead may change hands several times in a match before the winner is decided.  The game is generally played tournament style with an individual or team being named the champion at the end of the tournament.

Thought to have originated in Germany in the 14th Century, the game surfaced in the Ohio Valley in the 19th Century.  Also known as corn toss, bean toss, dummy boards, doghouse, soft horseshoes and Baggo, cornhole became widely played at tailgate events, contributing to its nationwide popularity.