6 Questions and 2 Videos with Norman Plante

If you’re unfamiliar with Norman Plante we’re about to change that. Norm has been absolutely shredding the scene in the Northeast this season and doesn’t plan on holding anything back going forward from what we’ve seen. He continually goes H.A.M. (for those of you not in the know, that’s Hard As a Motherf…well you get the point) in Stretch House Media edits with fellow Team Mids rider Eric Roth and has been killing it in competitions all over. We decided to snag 6 quick questions with Norm to learn a bit about him and his beard as well as show off two new videos he did for sponsors Eastern Boarder skate shop and Cult Wheels. You can also see him in at least a couple of our edits on YouTube, as well.

Skate The East: Who are you, who do you ride for, how long have you been riding, where are you from — that standard stuff.
Norman Plante: My name is Norman Plante I live in Holliston Massachusetts, have been skating about 3 years now and ride for Cult wheels, Eden racing and Comet skateboards

STE: So you recently joined the Cult Wheels uh…team, or is it cult? Congrats either way! How and when did that happen?
NP: Thanks man! Matt K referred my name to them after seeing me skating at the I love DH slide jam.
They had apparently seen a few of my videos too and decided to offer me a spot on the team. Super mega stoked on it.

STE: What’s been the highlight of the season for you so far?
NP: I couldn’t choose just one, but going to the Ithaca slide jam in NY and showing Ed Garner and Dan Fontz from Maryland around Mass to shred have been two exceptionally rad things to happen so far this season for sure.

STE: What are you looking forward to most for the rest of the season?
NP: Right now I’m really stoked for this years Central Mass race and slide jam in Harvard. Going to be huge, so many crazy shredders from all over the place all at one event. I’m also possibly more stoked to be going to college at the university of Redlands in socal come late august. Don’t feel like I need to explain why I’m excited for that one.

STE: Tell us about the beard.
NP: Color: Brown/Grey
Weight: 91 kilos
Width: 7.5″
Depth: deep
Rocker: yes
Hairy: yes
But I recently shaved it because im a bitch
Should be back to it’s former glory in about a week or two.

STE: What would you do for a Klondike Bar?
NP: Arson.

 

Video: Independence Day Edit

Officially, this video is probably one of the more epic and badass edits we’ve ever done. Yes, that’s due in part to the fact that we used one of the most epicly American songs ever — Kenny Loggin’s “Danger Zone” (featured in one of the most American/best movies ever created, “Top Gun” with Tom Cruise) — to create a visual and audio experience that will leave you pumped up and ready to kick some asphalt arse. What else does it contain? American flags and Americans enjoying two of the most enjoyable things in life: tasty weather and a mid-week holiday. If that doesn’t leave you so stoked for this edit, I’m not sure anything will.

Riders are myself (Mike DiPietro), Ryan Howard (of the former Northern Skate Alliance) and Tyler Gallagi. Setups below the video.

Setups:

  • Mike DiPietro: Bustin EQ on 50* Calibers and Duval Hurricane wheels.
  • Ryan Howard: Ryane Baby Killer on 45* Surf-Rodz RKPs and S9 Raceform “tires” (as Ryan calls them).
  • Tyler Gallagi: Jaiti on 50* Prandalls (Paris Baseplate/Randall Hanger) and 85a Tsunami Rain Skates wheels.

 

Video: Shred Sessions Vol. II w/ Team Mids, Billy Wilson, and Liam Morgan

The Newington Slide Jam went down Saturday in Central Connecticut and boy did it bring the HEAT. Riders from all over the Northeast came to compete and shred together for what ended up being an epic day of steamers, we’ll have a full write-up of the event in the days to come. While the event itself was off the hook, it was the after session with Billy Wilson, Team Mids, Liam Morgan, and a handfull of other select guests that had people talking for hours and asking themselves, “what the hell just happened?!” I took a quick break from skating to take some moving pictures and boy am I happy I did. I ended up with just enough clips to string together Volume II of our ongoing video series “Shred Sessions,” which you can find below. I’ve also copy and pasted the description from YouTube below, as well.

Having warmed up earlier in the day at the Newington Slide Jam and beating the heat by swimming in the nearby Farmington River Team Mids, Billy Wilson, Liam Morgan, and many more hit one of the local freeride spots to lay some thane and have one of the most epic sessions of all time. Unfortunately I spent more time skating than I did filming, so this is but a taste of what these guys were throwing. When we finally left the road there was more thane than asphalt in some areas, with triple digit lines all over.