Limited Edition Bustin’ Deck to Support Maryhill Festival of Speed

The guys and gals at Bustin’ Boards in NYC do a lot to support the longboarding scene and have helped foster the steady growth we’ve seen in the sport. From constantly sending out prize packages for contests up and down the east coast (and country), to putting up big prize money at races, it’s clear that they’re committed to giving back. This time they’re using their unique resources to support one of longboarding’s most famous events, the Maryhill Festival of Speed.

They teamed up with MFOS’ organizers this year to help make the event even better than it’s been in the past by making 100 limited edition Sportsters with a dope MFOS graphic, and selling them at $150 a pop. Instead of only offering the classic white and blue color scheme you may have seen last year, Bustin’ is letting you use their customizer to pick your own base and graphic colors to make your limited edition deck a one of a kind. The proceeds from the sales will go directly to the MFOS and will help to make what is already a legendary event even better. Get more details and check it out over on the Bustin’ website.

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I think it’s a pretty cool idea and will hopefully prove to be an effective way to help fund events in the future, so rock on Bustin’. Now if only we could find a way out to the event…

Skate The East Welcomes Molly Lewis!

Once again the title doesn’t leave much to the imagination on this one so we’ll cut to the chase: we’re super stoked to welcome Molly Lewis as our newest author here at Skate The East! For those of you who don’t know Molly you’ll soon be very familiar, not only because you’ll be hearing more from her here, but also because she’s easily one of the most talented ladies in the sport right now.

Hailing from North Carolina, Molly rides for Original Skateboards, Holesom Pucks, Socco Socks, Aussie Island Skate Shop and reps the east coast wherever she goes. We’re looking forward to hearing more about her numerous skate trips and thoughts in general and think she’ll be a perfect addition to the crew here! She’ll tell you a little more about herself in an intro post soon; until then join us in giving a big warm welcome to Molly!

Check out Molly taking the podium after winning the Ladies’ Freeride competition at the 3rd Annual Central Mass event.

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Video: Flood Out the Club

It’s been a miserable winter up here in the Northeast. First of all it’s been cold since November, it’s been raining 4 days a week since Thanksgiving, and when it finally looks like we’ll have dry roads and no snow — it snows.

Skate days are few and far between but Team Tangy braved the cold and found one of the rare nice days to take to the Hills of the Hudson to work some of the winter time rust off. Our very own Jake Wade, along with Chris O’Brien and Jeff Hlavatovic shredded the hills of the Hudson in a good display of what makes east coast skaters a different breed, working around the elements and dealing with the hand that’s dealt.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival Announced

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 8.52.31 PMThe early news about the 2013 season out east just keeps getting better and better. Today our buddy Mike Girard created the Facebook Event for the 4th Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Festival in Harvard, MA. After a super successful 3 years of running what we’ve called one of the most fun and best run events on the East Coast, Mike sounds like he’s planning on stepping it up a notch even further this year and making it into a full blow two day longboarding festival. In about 2 hours the event already got over 200 confirmed guests, with that number expected to grow closer to 2,000 come event time.

It’s all going down on Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th — the festival will consist of multiple competitions for freeride/sliding, a downhill race, and a freestyle competition. The plan right now is for the DH race to be run on Saturday (with time to also allow non-racers time to ride the course), and the freeride/slide jam and freestyle events be held on Sunday. Unlike the last few years the DH course and slide jam will be on separate hills, meaning we’ll have the gnarliest runs for both days guaranteed Already Mike has been calling for kickers, ramps, and other features to help make the freeride portion even more exciting, especially with ramp champ Brian Bishop in attendance every year.

Mike is also looking to line up a videographer to take some video footage to create an in-house edit of the event. While we’ll be there along with Push Culture, Mike is looking to have an independent video source to help out. If you’ve got the gear and the know-how make sure you hit him up and let him know if you’d be interested in helping out. Hit him up at mikegirard@loadedboards.com if you can help with either the ramp or video situation.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more, for now you can look back on our coverage from the last two Central MA events and wait in eager anticipation for what will most likely be a wet and wild day. Mike is planning to meet with some town officials to solidify all the details, but we know that without a doubt it’ll be bigger and better than years past and cannot wait till August!

GET ALL THE INFO YOU NEED WITH OUR FULL POST HERE!

Video: Dang Yang with David Yang

If that title isn’t a tongue twister I don’t know what is, that or you’re just really good at saying tongue twisters. Either way it doesn’t really matter, all that does is that you head over and peep this ill edit featuring the NYC native and once broken David Yang. Filmed and chopped up (that’s edited for those of you who didn’t follow along) by Jean Teaza, who Connor recently posted a video of. The guys headed out to subrbia to show that they can hang on the hills and that David is back in full force from what had to have been one of the gnarliest leg-breaks we’ve heard about yet. One of the cool things about the video you might not pick up on right away is the unique use of the skate sounds combined with the music, something I really enjoyed. Glad to see David is skating so well and can’t wait to see what the future will bring from these two.

David skates for our friends at Bustin’ Boards NYC and PushCulture Apparel and says he loves Skate The East oo so much. He’s rocking a Bustin’ Ratmobile in this video. Show some love and leave a comment below.

Broadway Bomb 2013: Mark Your Calendar

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UPDATE: Check our full Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend post now!

The scent of spring isn’t even in the air but we’re already hearing some rumblings about the 2013 Broadway Bomb. The push race down one of New York City’s most famous streets has absolutely exploded in popularity over the last couple of years, growing by the hundreds and swelling to a far larger size than ever envisioned. Last year nearly 2,000 participants descended upon New York to race through the streets with throngs of other longboarders and New York City traffic.

While the City itself launched a court and police battle to halt the event last year, in the end NYPD ended up offering police escorts and stopped traffic at intersections to help protect both motorists and skaters alike. Still, it had everyone wondering — what would happen in 2013? The answer to that question has, at least in part, been answered tonight on the Broadway Bomb’s facebook account, run by one of the organizers of the event, who we’re choosing not to name. On it it told everyone to mark their calendars for the second Saturday in October and thanked the NYPD for their cooperation. That’s October 12, 2013 for all of you too lazy to look at a calendar (I was at first too, don’t worry). Obviously it immediately got tons of likes and comments from people far too stoked to skate again this fall.

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The question regarding just how “official” the event will be this year is still in the air, however. While in the comments the Broadway Bomb account later noted that there would be “More police escorts,” we can’t help but wonder if that just means there’ll be more police on hand this year, as there were never any official police escorts in years past as far as we know. Either way, we’ll find out soon enough. We’re too stoked for the weekend of skateboarding that surrounds this event every year and can’t wait to hear more as the date draws closer.

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Stay tuned for any updates as the season progresses! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and all that jazz. 

UPDATE: Check our full Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend post now!

 

Video: Skatesgiving Hangs Loose

Not only do I think this is my favorite Skatesgiving 2012 video yet — this might be my favorite longboarding video. Our good buddy Brian Peck, Anthony Flis, Matt K, Patt Schep and Ben Dubes keep it super chill on a super fun looking downhill run as well as the Woodward Snake Run. I can’t express how jealous I am because that snake run looks like the most fun thing ever — a new thing on my bucket list without a doubt. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Do you know who Ben Schroeder is? If you answered yes to this quetion, then I salute you. If by any chance you answered no, its okay, because its better late than to never educate yourself on the legendary Ben Schroeder. ben s
I could sit here and list the many reasons why you should know who this man is, what he did, and what he currently does, but instead I’ll provide you with a couple of videos and interviews for you to conduct some research on your own. Here you go kids, class is in session.

-Connor

http://juicemagazine.com/home/2005/12/ben-schroeder/

Video: Mason McNay

Ooooooooooh shit this video is fucking killer. Mason McNay dropping some super fucking dope lines on his Jati techslider. This dude definitely stepped up his shit since the last time I saw him in NYC. Easily one of my new favorite videos. If this doesnt make you wanna go skate, I don’t know what will. I could write more about this video but I’m gonna go shred some hills instead.

-Connor

I Love DH 2 — June 21-23

When: June 21-23
Where: Clarence D Lane Road/South Street, Wyndham, NY

The I Love DH event at Windham Mountain in upstate New York is back for 2013! For those who don’t know, I Love DH is a sanctioned race and slide jam organized by Marc Dean and the guys behind Push Culture News, Brian and Travis Davenport. This year they are expanding the event by adding a push race as well. With three full days of closed road access, there will be plenty of time for shreddage.

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The schedule thus looks like this (we’ll get specific times when we can):

Friday June 21st- Push Race and Practice heats, riders dinner in the evening
Saturday June 22nd- Qualifiers and Slide Jam (hosted by Steve Kong) in the evening
Sunday June 23rd- Race

The downhill course will certainly provide for some intense racing with top speeds around 50mph and two crash corners. There are race divisions for all ages and skill levels including Pro, Am, Juniors (1 and 2), Women’s, and street luge. Registration is $212 for your first class and a $25 fee paid at the event for each additional class you choose to race in (if there are too many people on the hill and safety is compromised, the organizers may limit racers to only their first class choice). Both leathers and a full-face helmet are required for anyone wanting to participate in the race (gloves go without saying, as well).

For the dedicated freeriders making the trip, Earthwing Skateboards team rider, and events coordinator, Steve Kong will be taking the reigns on this years jam, making sure it will be as rad as possible. Whatever you are into, this will be one of the best weekends for skateboarding on the east coast, so don’t miss out.

Here’s some video from last years event: