Video: Brian Peck in San Francisco

FINALLY! Brian showed me this edit a couple of weeks ago when he got the rough cut back from Blake Smith, and I’ve been waiting to type this post ever since. After joining the Comet team over the summer, Brian’s been on an absolute tear, shredding everything from Hawaiian mountains and Skatesgiving runs to snowy Connecticut parks, getting it in, keeping it chill, having a blast, and spreading the stoke.

At the beginning of the year he took a trip out to film with Matt K and chill with the Comet guys up in the Bay, creating what is for sure my favorite edit of the year thus far in the process. Brian keeps it light but spicy and makes San Francisco his urban freeride playground. Keep your eyes peeled especially around the 1:23 mark for a clip I had to go back and watch multiple times.

Hell yeah Brian! Can’t wait to see more soon.

2013 Ithaca Slide Jam Registration Open

ithacaslidejamregistration2013Registration is open for this year’s Ithaca Slide Jam, going down on April 27th in Ithaca, NY. Cost is $40 to skate one of the gnarliest hills in Ithaca with one of the raddest group of freeride skaters from all over not only the East Coast, but United States (and even Toronto, Canada). This is one of the must-attend events and you absolutely won’t be disappointed.

Much of the Comet Team will be on hand and shredding, including our good friend Brian Peck, Liam Morgan, Jesse Breiman, Eric Jensen, Blake Smith, Pam Diaz as well as Marcus Bandy from Wheelbase Magazine and Scott Lembach from Muirskate.

Make sure to include your e-mail so you can get a receipt. You’ll need to print this and bring it to the event as proof of purchase. If you’re under 18 you’ll also need a completed waiver. It’s not clear if you’ll need one if you’re over 18, but it’s likely. You can find the waiver here.

You’ll also need to be rocking a helmet, no exceptions. Other than that the event is going to be laid back and tons of fun.

So, what does your $40 get you your asking?

  • Closed hill skate jam
  • Fresh pavement at a consistent 15% grade
  • Skate park terrain
  • 6 hours of open shredding fun
  • As many runs as you can skate
  • Roots / Beats / Words with emcee Mike Judah
  • Official Skate Jam Curbside Lunch
  • Official Skate Jam Coozie
  • Official Skate Jam T shirt
  • Official Skate Jam Art Zine
  • Official Skate Jam 30% off discount code good from time of purchase til Monday, April 29th, unlimited usage. email team@cometskateboards.com with order number for code.
  • Prizes for overall style, individuality, and more from the spy judges
  • Lots of stuff to give away from Comet, Volante, Caliber, Blood Orange

We are keeping the event super simple. Grab your board and take as many runs as you like. The hill is steep and smooth, and we’re filling it with shred-worthy goodness. We look at this hill every day and wish there were no cars on it. On Saturday 4/27, that will come true and we are stoked to skate it with you.

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE.

This is how slide jams are supposed to be done and is a vanguard for east coast jams. With last year being such a big hit we can’t see what the guys up North came up with as a follow-up. Make sure to see our event post for more critical info about the jam. Have you registered yet?

EVENT RUNS FROM 9AM-5PM!

Image: Comet Skateboards

Push Culture Family Picnic — 5/25

Marc Dean, the organizer of I Love DH, is at it again, teaming up this time with the guys over at Push Culture to bring you the Push Culture Family Picnic going down on Burke Mountain in Vermont on Saturday, May 25 (Memorial Day Weekend). Unlike I Love DH, the PC Family Picnic will be the east coast’s first downhill freeride event with a focus on having fun with a group of like-minded individuals, rather than racing. This is a downhill freeride in the classic sense, think more along the lines of the Maryhill freerides and less along the lines of a slide jam, with speeds reaching in excess of 50 MPH. Both leathers and a full-face helmet will be required to participate (gloves should go without saying).

PushCultureFamilyPicnic_Poster2013_01_NORM

The course itself is a 1 mile closed, private road featuring at least 6 hairpin turns from the summit of Burke Mountain near the Kingdom Trails in Vermont (bring your mountain bikes too!). While no formal heats are planned there’ll no doubt be some friendly competitions going down and there will be experienced riders and coaches on hand to help give some guidance and advice to newer riders and even hold a couple of clinics — a dope opportunity if you’re just starting to skate downhill!

The price to participate is $162.00 which includes 3 meals (breakfast and dinner Saturday, and breakfast Sunday), a party, and skate runs till you drop. Register here before it’s too late! This should be a wicked fun event with some of the best riders from throughout the Northeast coming to chill and skate one of the dopest roads we’ll see this season. Keep your eyes posted here as well as the Facebook Event for any major updates. We’re looking forward to what will undoubtably be a new Memorial Day Weekend tradition for east coast skaters!

Will you be in attendance? Sound off in the comments.

Video: Chris Getting Raw

As we, ever so slowly, emerge from the depths of a dreadful winter, the weather, and roads, are becoming more and more conducive to skating. Chris and I took full advantage, strapped the camera to the car, and pressed record. Chris finally got to put some real wear and tear on his 82a motions, and, as you can see, he definitely digs them. Spring is here, go skate.

Don’t Shred On Me: Volume 1

Watch as Brian Peck and Ryan Howard take to some snow filled parks in Connecticut as well as some local neighborhood hills for a perfect early spring east coast chiller skate day. The first volume of our “Don’t Shred on Me Series,” it sets the tone for the “skate everything” types of videos and articles you’ll see in this column. The weather was a bit nippy but the vibes were perfect and rays stayed steady enough to keep us going. All in all it was a great testament to what east coast skaters have to fight through to have a great session, and helps us really value those perfect days we long for. Give us a like, share with your friends, and subscribe if you already haven’t!

Video: Brian Peck vs. the 5-0

I chilled with Brian Peck and Ryan Howard the other day and got a ton of video clips, so expect a couple more quick videos featuring these two in the near future. This one takes you through the progression of landing a trick and the persistence it can take. Brian keeps it chill as always and just keeps at it until he finally makes it oo so smooth. Let us know what you think with a comment either here or on YouTube and remember to subscribe!

Bustin’ Boards Announces 2013 Lineup

As the weather gets nicer it’s hard to not get excited for the season to start, and the new product releases we’ve been seeing aren’t making it much easier. Bustin’ today announced their 2013 lineup with major additions to their Yoface, Maestro, and Camber families and a new freeride wheel family dubbed the Five-O Series.

YofaceLineUp-2013_03

The Yoface family picture.

We’ll start where people seem to be most excited: the new Yoface models. The Yoface 35 became a smash hit amongst DK enthusiasts after its release last year and the team over at Bustin’ didn’t waste much time working to improve it’s design and functionality even more. Featuring a beautiful cereal bowl concave that maintains its shape right to the tails and flared wheel wells, you can now find the Yoface in two additional lengths: a shorter 32″ version for a more street-deck feel at 8.675″ wide, or a longer 39″ version for added foot platform and deck real estate when going fast at 9.5″ wide. These boards transition seamlessly from city streets with big wheels, to shredding bowls and bombing hills. The graphic on the Yoface 39 is my favorite yet from Bustin’, too dope. You can pick up the Yoface 32 for $70, Yoface 35 for $75, and the Yoface 39 for $95 at your favorite local skateshop that carries Bustin’.

yoface39_03

The new Yoface 39

maeastmini_v2_03

Maestro Mini V2

While there’s been an added focus on their DH/freeride decks and the Yoface, Bustin’ has managed to stay true to their roots and are making changes to two of their classic board families: the Maestro and Camber Series. This year they’re making big changes to the MaestroPro in an attempt to make the classic city commuter into a more formidable freeride option as well as introducing version 2 of the Maestro Mini.  Both the MaestroPro and Maestro Mini V2 feature symmetrical shapes, unlike the forward cambered design of the Maestro Classic, so you can jump on and rip them without thinking about which direction the deck is facing.

The MaestroPro is constructed using 6 plies of maple and sublimated triaxial fiberglass to add stiffness without the excess weight caused by more wood. It features a rockered shape, cambered foot platform, and signature low ride to make it ultra comfortable when commuting, and multiple wheelbase options to help you adjust the amount of flex the board gives. The Maestro Mini V2 features many of the same upgrades that the MaestroPro got, with the exception of the sublimated triaxial fiberglass, instead using the same 8 ply Maple construction found on the Maestro Classic. With its squat shape the Maestro Mini V2 has some fatter kicktails and should make commuting a blast as it looks like you can really manhandle this board without much effort. The MaestroPro comes in at 38″ long and 9″ wide, while the Maestro Mini V2 stands at 34″ long and 8.75″ wide. Despite only being 4″ shorter in length, the Maestro Mini V2’s wheelbase is almost 6″ shorter than the MaestroPro and should be super agile for navigating on city streets or campus sidewalks. The MaestroPro will set you back $175 and the Maestro Mini V2 will put you back $95.

maestroPro_side_profile_21_01

The MaestroPro

The Camber Series, comprised of the Cigar 38 and Cigar 31, got some upgrades this year as well. A variation of a classic flexy pintail, these topmount decks are great for casual spring and summertime cruises. Gentle concave mixed with gentle camber and a flexy platform make for a great pumping/push deck to allow you to cruise without much effort or foot fatigue. Multiple wheelbase options allow you to dial in how much flex you need and feature CNC’ed wheel wells. Simple and straightforward cruiser decks, nothing too complicated here. Both are available now for $95 and $80 for the Cigar 38 and 31 respectively.

five-o wheels lineup

Finally, Bustin’ released their new freeride wheel for 2013, the Five-O Series, in two different versions: 64mm with a centerset core, and 72mm with a sideset core. The translucent wheels (which we have to imagine leaves some gnarly thane lines) feature a small core to maximize thane depth and minimize the chance of a core blow-out and are made to be ridden hard. Bustin’ is advertising them as a no bullish*t wheel, just pure thane that slides consistently and predictably without the need for any frills, a refreshing and exciting take on wheels.  The 64mm version comes in 80a and 85a durometers while the 72mm version can be found in 77a ad 80a. The 64mm wheels were designed as an all around wheel with the Yoface in mind, while the 72mm version were designed specifically to be ridden fast on hills as a freeride wheel, hence the sideset core and bigger size. Whenever I hear a wheel described as “crayon on construction paper” I get very excited, so expect a first-hand look at these wheels in the near future.

That’s it for now. We’re psyched to see our friends in NYC doing some big things and continuing to push the sport forward on all fronts. It’s nice to know that while Bustin’ has been focusing on the freeride/downhill scene recently, they haven’t lost sight of their roots in the City and are producing boards for all types of riders, from park skaters to the city commuter and out to the hills. I’m excited to see the new Yoface and Five-O wheels in person soon and will be sure to report back when we do.

2013 Greensboro Slide Jam — 5/25

greensborojam2013

The 2013 Greensboro Slide Jam is going down on April 6th May 25th in Greensboro, North Carolina. The jam is scheduled to start at 10:00AM with registration followed by warm-ups at 10:30AM and the actual competition starting at 11:00AM, we’ll post the whole schedule below. It’s a sanctioned event on a closed road, which means you should be guaranteed to get some good runs in without having to worry about the heat shutting the event down. There’s a $10 fee to register, gloves and a helmet are mandatory. As usual, the organizers say no drinking, chiefing cheeba, or littering.

In addition to just the usual podium, there’s going to be an award for biggest slide and biggest switch slide as long as a raffle at the end. As of this post there are 90 people RSVP’ed as “Going” on Facebook, with that number likely to grow as the date draws near. If you go send some pictures and a quick write up so we can post about it!

According to the Facebook Event, the schedule is as follows:

10:00-Registration
10:30 Warm up
11:00 Grom Slide
12:00 Open Slide
12:30 Free Skate/Lunch
1:15 Top 10 Grom Finals
1:45 Top 10 Open Finals
2:15 Biggest Slide
2:45 Biggest Switch
3:15 Prizes/Raffle

Video: Ben D Truckin’

Our boy Ben DeSnyder left warm, always sunny New England for cold and cloudy California, but we won’t hold it against him because he’s reppin’ the east hard and showing suckers what’s really good. Watch as Ben hauls ass on some moist southern California canyon roads, truckin’ hard on his Valhalla prototype. We’re stoked to see Ben doin’ his thing and making some waves.