Holesom: A Peek at the Pucks

(w)Holesom(e): adj. conducive to moral or general well-being; beneficial; healthy.

Laurenzo, photo credit Mike DiPietro

Healthy indeed. Bacon, blueberry pancakes, bubblegum… not only are the flavor-scents fit for your health, but the mission behind Holesom and the utility of their new slide pucks are as well. After chatting with the owner of Holesom and man behind the smelly pucks, his down-to-earth demeanor and contribution to the community helped me understand the company. Without drawing too much personal attention to this humble dude, let me tell you more…!

A Laguna native, he runs Holesom from Lake Forest, just a few steps inland. Being such a small company with a tough launch and no other employees, Holesom released these scented pucks in August 2011 and manages to keep a team of spectacular skaters on hand. The owner decided to direct the company’s light and attention purely towards the products and the team riders.

So speaking of team riders, I had the chance to talk to Jesse Breiman about the pucks he is sporting. Jesse got involved at some point in space-time when he received a set of pucks to try out.

Skate The East: What excited you about Holesom and their pucks?

Jesse Breiman: The smell, the freshness, and the pure style of colored pucks.

STE: What do you like about your pucks?

JB: The different variety of smells, the nice slide, and all the different colors for supreme mix and match capability.

STE: What’s your favorite flavor-scent combo?

JB: I like the pinks and the bacon.

Jesse Breiman, photo credit Dustin Damron

Yes, Jesse. The freshness is high. For those wondering if the smell is too potent, cease the worry. The scents are really low-key and pleasant. Only with really fat and long slides have I noticed them, otherwise you have to bring them up to your nose to smell their scents.

Why scented slide pucks? How many times do you pick something up and sniff it first? Back in February 2011, he picked up a bar of surf wax and immediately went to smell it. Memories are often logged with scents; Aside from sweaty kneepads and burning urethane, Holesom adds more smells to skateboarding.

Amanda Powell, one of the team riders and a pal of mine, tossed me my first set of Holesom pucks in January when I visited LA to flee from New England’s winter. The moment my hand was put down for a slide, a faint whiff of sweet bubblegum found my nostrils…as if the hot pink color wasn’t fabulous enough. I thought the holes (actually used for weight AND resistance reduction) would catch on some gnar-pave, but the butter smooth and icy Delrin formula is molded into a round-edged “squircle” shaped puck to be reckoned with.

Holesom makes Glowsom (glow-in-the-dark), Coco Butter, Bubblegum, and Blueberry Pancakes/Bacon as a breakfast pair. With an obvious passion for our four-legged fuzzy friends, he arranged to have $1 donated to the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter for every pair of Blueberry Pancakes/Bacon set sold. Even though this project has only been a few weeks old, it is a very respectable one.

With new scents of Orange and Lime set to release for this summer, I foresee smelly fun and growth for this little company. Great smells, great vibes, great slides.



Major Stok’em 4 Goes Down June 2nd!

The biggest downhill event in the greater NYC area, Major Stoke ‘Em, is going down again for the fourth time this year on June 2nd. Taking place at the Palisades Interstate Park in Englewood Cliffs, NJ the event is sure to draw a very large crowd as people from all over the Tri-State area try their luck at downhill racing in one of the only big downhill events in the area. Last year the event was held as a season kick-off in March and still managed to attract quite the crowd despite the cold weather. Since it’s nicer this year you can expect even more people to come out and create some super fun racing.

It’s a sanctioned event with a U-Haul truck to take you back to the top, a full medical staff on hand, closed course, and safety measures to ensure that the event not only runs smoothly, but also safely as well. It’s going to be a fun, fast, and safe day of downhill racing with a lot of fun characters from the Northeast scene. Entry fee has increased to $30 to race this year (up from $10) and a helmet and gloves are required to race. Registration will start on May 26th — exactly one week before the event. Here’s how to go about registering and some more info on how many riders will get to participate this year:

Rider cap and pre-registration. There will be a rider cap of 84 riders. REGISTRATION BEGINS ON SATURDAY MAY 26TH @9:00AM EST. Please register by sending the $30 registration fee via Paypal to info@skateragsonline.com. Please include your first and last name. The first 84 racers to submit their payment will race! I don’t have Paypal now what? You need to find a friend who has.

It’s a new course from last year which means the videos you saw of the crash corner at Major Stok’Em 3 won’t be a problem, with the event organizer saying that the course is super stable and should make for good skating for everyone. The top speed will be between 35-42 depending on your tuck and push, so leathers and a fullface aren’t necessities.  There are a whole bunch of other FAQ’s over on the event’s Facebook Page, so it’s worth checking out.

The schedule is going to be strict since it’s a closed course with time frames, get familiar with it below so you’re not missing out at all on race day!

8:30-9:45 Parking and Registration at the Englewood Boat Basin.

10:00am-10:50am Practice Heats and Freeride

11:00am-3:00pm Race time and end of event

It’s double elimination, 4 rider heats with the top two advancing, which should help make things fair since there are no Am/Pro divisions. The event sounds like it’ll be a bunch of fun for everyone that makes it out to both watch and participate, I’m hoping to make it down myself. Best of luck and happy skating!

Introducing Lauren Suchocki as Contributing Author

As the site continues to grow (thanks to awesome readers such as yourself), and our first birthday looms near I’ve felt that it’s finally time to bring another writer into the fold. As I look forward into Skate The East’s second year I see bigger and bigger things on the horizon and know this will be the first of several announcements like it.

I’m super excited to announce that my good friend and renowned New England shredder, Lauren Suchocki, will be joining Skate The East as a Contributing Author. For those of you who don’t know her, Lauren is a Massachusetts native who has made a name for herself up and down the East Coast pretty fast, having only been longboarding for about two years and downhill skateboarding for half the time. She currently spends most of her time skating both freeride/slopestyle and downhill, although she admitted to me that she actually started off doing freestyle tricks on a Dervish before discovering her love for hills. If you’ve been to any major event or session in the Northeast last year or so there’s a high chance you’ve seen Lauren around, spreading the stoke and constantly putting smiles on peoples faces.

In addition to the usual content you’ve come to expect to see, Lauren will be able to interject her perspective as a woman in the sport as well as her thoughts on gear.  She’s currently riding a newly revamped setup consisting of a Comet Greasehammer on Caliber 44s with Sector 9 Biothane wheels. Expect Lauren to start posting in the next week or so and give her a warm welcome when she does, you’ll be able to tell posts by her as they’ll be signed ” -L” or “-Lauren” at the bottom until we can turn authors names on.

Welcome aboard Lauren!

Rider Profile: Eric Roth

People familiar with the New England longboard scene have undoubtably run across or heard about Eric Roth, one of the charter members of the infamous Team Mids crew out of Central Massachusetts. Eric shreds hard and has a style that mixes it up between techy, multi-trick combo lines and fast, drifty, long slides with added steeze as he goes and has made quite the name for himself over the past year or so of shredding.

After taking home first place at least summer’s 2nd Annual Central MA Freeride Competition and proving that he was amongst the best skaters in New England, Eric took advantage of the mild winter to produce well over a dozen edits on his YouTube channel Stretch House Media, showing that he is also amongst the best videographers and editors in New England as well. When he’s not skating in his home stomping grounds of Central/Eastern Massachusetts he can be found behind the computer pursuing his second love (no, not trolling YouTube and Facebook) of DJ-ing and producing electronic music. Check out his work on his SoundCloud and peep some of his tunes at the end of his rider profile.

Eric is one of the most fun people you can skate with and is every bit as gnarly as people say he is, peep the profile a few times and get a little more familiar with a face you’ll certainly see more of.

You can also check out one of the most recent Stretch House Edits that Eric did below: