Video: [Robot voice] I am not a Robot

If you’re a Grandma’s Boy fan you hopefully read the title of this post correctly. If you’re not, shame on you, go watch it now (well, actually, go watch it right after you watch this). Jeff from Bustin used some of that sweet sweet Adrennalina prize money he won to buy a new camera and started shooting with some of the boys from Bustin Boards in NYC. A quick edit later Jeff was ready to show off his new skills and some sweet riding by the Bustin team. Their new board, the Robot (and it’s mini, the Robot Mini) is featured throughout the video. I got a chance to see the board in person at the Central MA Race where a bunch of the guys on the Bustin team had them. They look like a sweet deck for some low end Downhill and Freeride!

Bustin Boards Presents a New Flava from Bustin Boards on Vimeo.

Video: Bruce Clark and Kyle Kay Try for an Appalachian Trail Record

While Bruce and Kyle might have heard that the Appalachian Trail speed record was once again broken by Jennifer Pharr Davis earlier this summer, this is a completely different type of speed. Two of New England’s fastest take on one of the Northeast’s tallest (mountains, that is) and end up with some insane amounts of speed and an absolutely great run to watch. Highlights include Bruce absolutely TEARING through an intersection as well as an epic right handed hairpin.

Give it a look, let us know what you think.

Somewhere Along the Appalachian Trail… from some dude on Vimeo.

Push Culture Central MA Competition Edition

The title kind of rhymes, doesn’t it? Enough with me being clever (although the title wasn’t intentional), Push Culture has released their long anticipated video coverage from the Central MA Downhill & Freeride Competition from August 7th. In case you missed it, we did a wrap-up post on the competition with some photos, video, and results that you can find right here.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

Last Minute: 2011 Philadelphia Push Race 8/14 (RAIN OR SHINE)

Oh man am I late on posting this one, but I guess it’s better late than never. I somehow completely missed the fact that the 2011 Philadelphia Push Race is SUNDAY AUGUST 14TH (that’s tomorrow/today depending on when you actually read this post). The race sounds like a ton of fun and supports the Ian Tillman Foundation, spreading helmet awareness and putting helmets on the heads of skaters across the country. The race sounds like it has a fun spirit to it and will without a doubt be a great time, rain or shine.

Registration, which is $5, starts at 10:00AM and the race will start at 11:00AM. Riders should meet in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (on the Rocky steps) for registration and more pre-race instruction. A HELMET is required to qualify and register — no registration means you can’t officially finish and aren’t eligible for prizes or the raffle. It’s a pretty simple — wear your lid and you get a chance to win great stuff. The sponsor list is HUGE for this event (like 14 deep) so you’re likely to walk away with something sweet if you’re a winner. Speaking of winners…

There are multiple classes for the race: Mini, Dropped, Regular, Dancer and Women’s. The classes should pretty much speak for themselves but if they don’t, this is how they break down according to the Facebook Page:

dropped- anything lowered, deck is lowered, or drop-thru (regardless of size)
mini- any board shorter than 29″
regular – any board between – 30″ and 47″
dancer – any board bigger than 48″
women’s – must be a real woman (no cross-dressers ;) )

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in all 5 categories although if you place in one class you can’t place in another. If you happen to finish in the top 3 for one of the classes you’re ineligible for the raffle — one prize per person for the event. If you’re a woman and place in one of the board classes you can choose where you want to be represented (the board class or the women’s class).

The other major rule other than wearing a helmet is that you must finish the race on the path. Emphasis on finishing the race there.

The event sounds like it’ll be a very fun time with a lot of great faces. As of this post there are 68 racers that pre-registered and there’s sure to be a bunch more that show up in the morning and register on site. If you’re reading this before the morning you might still be able to register online by clicking here.

Below is a map of the push route for tomorrow. Have fun and send some pictures of the event to mike [at] skatetheeeast.net so we can post a follow up!

Wrap-up: 2011 Central MA Downhill & Freeride Competition Pictures and Video

UPDATES: I added the results of the Women’s Downhill Finals and corrected some of the results that I had confused. It was the end of a long day and misread the results list, my apologies — they’re correct and double checked now. I’ve also added a video taken by Robert Briggs of the Northern Skate Alliance just after the results video. 

What started out as a very wet, rainy New England day ended up being a mega success as 131 riders and even more fans from all over New England (and some from even further) descended upon the quaint town of Harvard, MA to compete in this year’s Central MA Downhill & Freeride Competition. According to Mike Girard, there were actually 84 different towns or cities being represented in 12 states and 3 different countries — talk about a turnout! The biggest event was Downhill, pulling in 90 riders, followed closely by Freeride which boasted 75 participants while the Flatland portion had 26 people participating.

The day was a TON of fun even with the crap weather at the beginning of the day. After the second round of downhill the rain stopped and clouds began to break, allowing the sun to start drying the course off. Unfortunately it made for some patchy pavement at first, but as the day progressed the hills dried out and by the time the Freeride competition took place the hill was almost back to normal.

There’s going to be a lot of video from this event, I should have an edit out sometime tomorrow and expect to see others starting to surface around the same time. Of course, as I find them or have them sent to me I’ll be sure to post them right here so stay tuned.

Below are the results for the Men’s Downhill and Freeride events. 

Men’s Downhill

  1. Will Royce
  2. Will Miranda
  3. Jeff Vyain & Brian Bishop (sharing due to tape sticking, and melting, to Bish’s trucks and wheels).

Women’s Downhill

  1. Sara Paulshock
  2. Laura Nocka
  3. Cordelia Welch

Men’s Freeride

  1. Eric Roth
  2. Norman Plante & Steve Kong (tied)
  3. Bruce Clark (of our friends from the Northern Skate Alliance)
  4. Josh Wright
  5. Will Royce
  • Longest hard wheel slide: Steve Kong
  • Longest soft wheel slide: Trevor Granville
  • Best Trick: Alex Newton (one foot nose blunt)
  • Biggest bail: Nick Sharek

Women’s Freeride

  1. Jess Carchia
  2. Laura Nocka (longest women’s standup)
  3. Sara Paulshock

If you want to actually see the winners take their prizes and the podium check out the awards ceremony video below:

Robert Briggs of the Northern Skate Alliance had his GoPro on hand and got some great footage from the event, including some helmet cam action, definitely worth a watch!

Central Massachusetts DH from some dude on Vimeo.

Also check out some of the photos I snapped from the event. I spent most of the day taking video (which will be edited and posted soon) but paused to take a few shots of the crowd both before and after the contest as well as the winners.

Central MA Competition TOMORROW! RAIN OR SHINE! — Updates and Info

What’s up what’s up?! Sorry for the lack up updates recently, I’ve been wicked busy and have had trouble taking the time out to post. That being said, I’m back, and you can expect a steady stream of updates coming from here on out again. That being said — this fall I know I’m going to need some help writing posts, so if you’re interested please drop me and e-mail and we can talk a little more (mike [at] skatetheeast.net).

Onto what’s important, the Central Massachusetts Competition is coming up tomorrow and everyone is pumped, the event is going to be so much fun with an unreal attendance AND WILL BE ON RAIN OR SHINE! For me it’s been the competition I’ve looked forward to the most all summer and since the hour is finally upon us, I’ve got some additional info you’ll need.

First thing’s first registration start’s at 9:00AM (although Mike said he and some others will be there a little earlier in case you’re traveling in from far out of town and get there early) on the Little Common in Harvard’s town center. Parking is on Massachusetts Avenue/MA-111 at the intersection of 1 Still River Road and moving the road towards Bolton. Parking in all areas is first-come, first-serve so the earlier you get there the better spot you’ll have. The second option for parking, if Mass Ave fills up, is at the Harvard Elementary School accessed via Fairbanks Street. The third parking area will be at Broomfield High School rear lot accessed via Pond Road in the event that the elementary school is full– in all events race staff will be helping to park cars. Below is a map of the parking areas in relation to each other and the event registration.

So now that parking is out of the way let’s talk about the event schedule. Mike Girard sent out a message on Facebook with the schedule as well as information about how the competition will run. We’ve posted this before, but wanted to post it again so you don’t have to go digging around all over the place for it.

SCHEDULE
9:00 AM: Registration starts. (We’ll be there earlier, so if you’re there before 9 then you can still register and get it out of the way)
9:30 AM: Road closes for setups (cones, haybales, etc)
9:45 AM: Shuttles to the top for first practice runs
10:00 AM: Practice runs start
11:00 AM: First downhill heats
2:00 PM: Projected start time for freeride (slide jam (all wheel types) followed by longest slide (hard and soft wheel divisions)
5:00 PM: Projected start time for flatland

Mike also posted the finalized version of the event formats:

FORMAT
–> DH is conducted as a 128 person, 4 per heat, top 2 advance, 6-round bracket. There is a separate bracket for women.
–> FREERIDE is a slide jam, with all riders split up into 4 big groups. Each group will have roughly 30 minutes to do all their slides in an open jam format. The top riders from each group are voted by JUDGES to advance to a final round, also jam-style.

After the slide jam is finished, there will be a LONGEST STANDUP SLIDE competition, split up into hard wheel and soft wheel divisions.
–> FLATLAND will be conducted in a judge-voted jam format on the basketball court at the Harvard Elementary school. We will all go over as a group. The road closure ends after we are off the event road.

Again, despite what the weather looks like this event is going to go on rain or shine. I’ll be up there so I hope to see a bunch of you up there spreading the stoke!

You can find our first post about the competition here.

If you need more to get amped for the event then check out the videos below:

And for those worried about rain…