Wrap-Up: 3rd Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Competition

A few weeks ago now, August 12 to be exact, the 3rd Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Competition went down in Harvard, MA. If you were one of the 500 plus people there to either skate or spectate the event is anything far from memory still, as it once again took the top spot for the best organized, run, and most fun competition I’ve seen in New England this season.

In what seems like a tradition for the event at this point, the day started off with an unreal amount of rain through warm ups and the first couple of heats, causing some unexpected riders to advance and some big wipe outs to happen (although nothing quite like last year’s collection of crashes). As the day carried on and the course dried out, the race got faster and more competitive, keeping the crowd at the edge of their seats through the final rounds of the downhill races. 128 riders in total competed for the Open Downhill podium, with Dane Webber, Luis Marrero and Steven Sanchez pulling out the top 3 in the end. Mixed in between the serious downhill heats was a Chinese Downhill event organized by Passion Skateboards, making for some fun and wild runs and making Connecticut Downhill’s own Victor Tu a very happy boy after he finished first. There was also a 32-person Grom bracket, with Brett Ciabattini taking first, Tucker Bishop coming in second and David Yang rounding out the podium in third.

(from L to R) Luis, Dane, and Steven celebrate on the Open Downhill podium. Photo credit: Mike DiPietro/SKATETHEEAST.NET

Once downhill was over the cones were cleared and the slide jam began. Ed Neives, Steve Kong, and Mason McNay all threw down hard during the hardwheel competition, finishing in that respective order. Friend of the site Norman Plante was also a notable entry into the hardwheels section, mainly because he doesn’t own a techsliding setup nor does he practice it. Norm still managed to throw some impressive lines, showcasing his raw talent on a skateboard. The softwheel competition didn’t leave much on the table, either, as Brett Ciabattini took home first place followed closely by friends of the site Chris O’Brien and Eric Roth. All three of these guys managed to weave their way through two very crowded heats of riders (which in and of itself was very impressive) to still throw some super entertaining lines and gnarly tricks. A sperate division was thrown in for groms in this event, as well, with Jordan Billingsly taking first followed closely by David Yang and Hughie Allan, respectively. I think a few separate heats to space people out and reduce the congestion would have helped a lot, so hopefully that’ll be the case next year.

Ladies weren’t left out of the fun, either, with the fight for the podiums in both Lady’s Downhill and Lady’s Freeride being vicious ones right to the end. Paige Mariscano surprised much the field with her first place finish, followed closely by former east coaster Amanda Powell and Cordelia Welch. All three of these girls duked it out on the hill and were very fun to watch race. When it came to the slide jam Molly Lewis threw down some fun combos and techy tricks to take the top spot on the podium, with Amanda Powell coming in second. Friend of the stie Laura Nocka rounded out the third place position.

Overall this event was surely the most fun of the summer and as usual was amongst the best organized.  Huge shout outs to Mike Girard for making it all happen from the stressful stages of planning to the constant, unplanned emergencies that happen during the event Mike kept his calm and cool and made it an unbelievable day for everyone that attended. One thing to draw attention to as well is the prize packages Mike put together. Instead of just letting everyone walk off with a piece of gear, Mike stepped it up another notch (the theme of this event, it seems) by putting together a $2,000 prize purse split amongst the winners. Original Skateboards threw in $300 for the softwheel winner and the rest came out of Mike’s pocket — “NEXT LEVEL GAME CHANGER!” as Eric Roth and Lil B would say.

Rumor has it we might see two days next year, a change that I think everyone would more than welcome and would extend New England’s best event for even more fun and excitement. I for one, cannot wait until next year!

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TANK TOPS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE STORE!

You guys have been patient and we’re finally delivering! Act quick and get your hands on one of the limited run SKATE THE EAST tank tops before they’re gone! These 100% cotton tanks not only help us help the East Coast scene, they also increase your swag by over 500% on any given day — that’s a huge swag boost, not many things can do that. Will you automatically be able to pull fluid 720s on softwheels? Maybe, maybe not but either way you will be looking much fresher than you would have been without one.

Head on over to the webstore and get yours before they’re gone!

Videos: Saturday Wake Up Calls with Roth and Burkus

Let’s talk rad new videos shall we? Friends of the site Eric Roth and Nick Burkus have both released two new absolute STEAMERS over the last day or so and I just can’t sit here and not share them with you.

First up Tom Leary, Norman Plante, and Nick Burkus all get together to shred Team Mids’ home turf in Massachusetts and ended up with one of the most badass videos I’ve seen this summer. It’s tons of fun and shows a lot of progression from all three of these guys. Burkus had my favorite part in the video (not just because he gave our I REP THE EAST stickers a huge shout out) so make sure you keep your eyes glued from around 2:20 on.

Next we have Eric Roth’s new video for Nelson/FoeJo where he decides to demolish anything anyone has ever done on a Stingray KT and make most people feel generally inferior about their ability to ride one. Roth takes his nasty gnar style to the next level and shows how versatile and fun that Stingray KT actually is. Rich Nelson came in heavy with the film and edit on this one with some next level boom shots that add that “next level gamechanger” (as Eric would say) feel to the video.

As always make sure you Subscribe to us on YouTube, Like us on Facebook, and Follow on Twitter to make sure you stay in the loop. I’m out filming with Team Tangy, Norman Plante, Henry Lancaster-Goguen and others today so make sure you’re subscribed to get the news for when the footy from today drops!

Review: Loaded Dervish Sama

It’s been a while since we dropped a review but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had products in the lab undergoing some serious testing. We’ve got a bunch more coming out over the next couple of weeks that’ll include some decks, grip, safety gear, and a couple of other odds and ends — a perfect way to figure out what you want to spend some of that end of summer money on.

This time around we’re looking at Loaded’s newest addition to its family, the Dervish Sama. Taking the place of (can you guess?) the Dervish in the Loaded Boards lineup, the Dervish Sama keeps many of the familiar characteristics of its predecesor but adds a few much appreciated tweaks where you’d want them most.

While they’re both drop through designs, the new Dervish Sama is a bit wider, but still allows for you to go between heelside and toeside checks and slides without having to do much foot movement. The new Dervish Sama is also slightly longer than its predecesor, thanks mainly to the addition of kicktails.A bit smaller than the ones you’ll find on the Tan Tien the kicks are still extremely functional and are riders to easily incorporate flatground/freestyle tricks into their lines. Despite a fair amount of camber, which also adds to the flexy and springlike feel, Loaded has managed to maintain enough concave to create some pretty solid feeling pockets that do a nice job of locking your feet in for slides but won’t cause cramps for long pushes. When pushing that convex and flex come to help absorb bumps in the road and facilitates fluid and almost effortless pumping action.

Loaded also updated the graphic on the Dervish Sama which holds some similarities to the new graphic released on this season’s Tan Tien. The laser cut grip designs which first came about on the Tan Tien before making their way to the FatTail, have also found a home on the Dervish Sama, making for a pretty dope looking board both on top and bottom.

The biggest drawback as well as selling point, depending on how you’ll be riding it, to the Dervish Sama is the amount of flex it has. Even at the Flex 1, which is what we tested, there is a lot of bounce and an almost spring-like feel when coming out of slides. It’s more than manageable and just took a little getting used to since both Henry and I ride stiff top mounts as our full-time whips. Going fast is where I liked the flex less and less, Henry also admitted to not feeling comfortable tucking on it. If you’re going to be doing a lot of flatground and pushing, however, the flex is going to be your best friend. The drop through design is also going to help a ton as it’ll put the board closer to the ground, making it more stable and making pushing that much more of a breeze.

Overall I was surprised at how easy the Dervish Sama was to freeride. I knew it would be great as a commuting board and the kicks make it very functional for freestyle riding as well, but I really didn’t expect it to perform as well as it did on the hill. We both adjusted to the flex and were having a blast on it in not time. If you’re looking for a commuter board that can also take a thrashing when you want it to the Dervish Sama is worth a second or third look for sure.

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UPDATE: OHHH SNAP! The SKATE THE EAST TANK TOPS are officially in the webstore! Head over and cop one before they’re gone for good — $15, can’t be beat. 

Nelson to Accept STINGRAY Orders Starting at 8PM

The day that many people have been waiting for is finally here: starting at 8:00PM EST tonight Nelson Longboards will start taking pre-orders for their new flagship board that has had people drooling for months, the Stingray. Complete with a sexy wood/minimalist graphic the completed board looks like it’ll stay true to expectations and turn heads both for pure sexiness as well as functionality. It’s going to be available in two flavors: with and without a kicktail (which, from what I’ve been able to tell, you want). I’ve had a chance to ride Lauren’s prototype Stingray a couple of times and it’s got a unique feel unlike anything else you’ve ridden currently on the market and will be a great competitor to Landyachtz’s new stiff offering with a kicktail, the Peacemaker.

Head on over to Nelson Longboard’s website to get more information about the boards and pre-order yours so you can be sure to get them the second they hit the streets.

3rd Annual Central Massachusetts Downhill, Slide Jam and Freestyle Skate Competition on SUNDAY!

The day that many of us have been waiting for since last year’s event is nearly upon us: the 3rd Annual Central Massachusetts Downhill,  Slide Jam and Freestyle Skate Competition is going down THIS SUNDAY (8/12) in Harvard, Massachusetts. Last year’s race was one of the biggest and most fun events that went down in the Northeast and this year’s certainly doesn’t look to be any smaller or less fun.

The event is hosted on a closed road, features a 128-racer downhill bracket, slide jam with judge panel, longest slide, and flatland competitions, shuttles back to the top and LOTS OF PRIZES. Mike Girard, the host of the event, does an unreal job organizing this thing so you can expect one of the smoothest run events you’ve been to in a long time, despite the number of people that are sure to be there (hundreds, at a minimum). I know both the Earthwing and Bustin crews will be coming up from NYC to attend, along with skaters from Washington, D.C., Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Upstate New York — this is truly one of the best events that always draws some of the most experienced skaters from all over the Northeast.

 

Registration and entry fees can be bought and handled over on the Eventbrite page that Mike set up for the event. You must pre-register in order to race — this isn’t something you want to miss out on by not getting one of the last available spots. You’ll also need a copy of the waiver to race, which you can find here.

**PRO TIP FOR SPECTATORS AND RACERS ALIKE: There’s a ton of poison ivy that lines the side of the race course and road in general. No exaggeration, you will get poison ivy if you’re not careful. I got lit up with it on my legs last year and lots of the guys who crashed said it added insult to injury when it popped up all around their road rash. Be careful whether your skating or spectating, pants and long sleeves might be a good idea.**

Another big rule for the event that will be strictly enforced is the alcohol policy. The main police contact from the Town of Harvard has told Mike that they will shut the event down with no warning if anyone is drinking alcohol at all. This is a very serious threat especially since Harvard is a dry town, so they’ll have 0 tolerance for it. Smoking the Devil’s Lettuce should also be refrained from — it’s just common sense. Let’s not do anything to jeopardize the event, a lot is on the line, including an unreal day — DON’T BE THAT GUY (or girl)!

Schedule for event day is as follows:

8:00 AM: Rider check-in, equipment checks, waivering
9:00 AM: Practice runs start
10:45 AM: First DH heats
2:30 PM: End of DH; Beginning of slide jam
5:00 PM: End of Slide Jam; Road re-opens
5:15 – 5:45PM Podium awards

As I stated earlier, Mike does a great job organizing and running the event, so expect things to stay on schedule for race day.

What’s on the line besides a bunch of gear? How about a total cash purse of $2,000 distributed amongst the downhill and freeride races. Cash purse distributed as follows:

DOWNHILL:

  •  Open DH
    • 1st $500
    • 2nd $250
    • 3rd $100
  • Womens DH
    • 1st $150
    • 2nd $75
    • 3rd $50

FREERIDE:

  • Freeride – Soft Wheel open:
    • 1st: $300
    • 2nd: $150
    • 3rd: $50
  • Freeride – Hard Wheel open:
    • 1st: $150
    • Runner Up: $75
  • Freeride – Women’s:
    • 1st: $100
    • Runner up: $50

Expect vendors to also be on the scene selling some of their ware for cheap. I know Phat DeanZ will be in attendance with gear, as I’m sure many of the other sponsors will be. Mike also announced that they’ll be selling 200 hi-res versions of the above flyer for a $1 a piece which will definitely serve as a nice keepsake from the event and make for some pretty bad ass wall-art. UPDATE 1: Jeff Vyain from Bustin’ Boards just posted that the Bustin’ crew will be traveling with a limited number of boards that they’ll be selling at a discount (most likely around 20%) for people to pick up. If you’re interested you should hit him up early on Facebook or e-mail to make sure they don’t go before you even get a shot.

I can’t wait to see everyone there — if anyone has any questions e-mail Mike Girard at mikegirard@loadedboards.com or post over on the event’s Facebook page