Comet Announces New Boards: Archetype and the Morgan

Comet Skateboards — based in Ithaca, New York — announced two new boards Monday morning, the Archetype and the Morgan. Both boards are geared towards downhill/freeride and are the brainchildren of Jesse Breiman and Liam Morgan, respectively. While the Archetype had been seen being prototyped for quite some time now (the concept came about at last year’s Ithaca Hill Jam, according to Jesse), the “Morgan” Signature Model came as a bit more of a surprise, especially with his Grease Shark and Grease Hammer already on the market. While it looks very similar in shape and size to his last few boards, it has some changes that we’ll run you through in a second.

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2013-CB-archetype_The Archetype, or dank plank as many had come to call it, is a symmetrical downhill/freeride board and is a loose evolution of the Takeover which has been making waves for the last year or so. Featuring what they’re calling comfortable concave, symmetrical shape, subtle rocker, and two flush mount truck options, Comet is billing the board as a bare bones no BS board. No fat, no frills, just exactly what you need to thrash and rage hills. It’s 37″ long and 9.75″ wide with wheelbase options at 26.3″ and 27.3″. 9 plies make it stiff and 0.55″ of both rocker and concave make you nice and comfortable. I can’t wait to see this thing in person, it looks like a pretty dope symmetrical option.

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2013-CB-morgan_The Morgan Signature Model, as I said, looks very similar to the previous decks designed by Mr. Greasy but totes a slightly different shape to improve foot space as well as functionality. Still sporting its directional speedboard shape, the Morgan got a new graphic and some upgraded stats, including increased rocker and mellower concave. Slightly longer than the Grease Hammer, the Morgan is a quarter inch taller at 36.25″ but maintains the wheelbase options of 26″ or 27″ as well the width of 9.875″. The rocker and concave match that of the Archetype, meaning the rocker increased by 0.05″ and concave decreased by 0.20″, changes you’ll definitely notice when you step on the board if you’re used to riding the Grease Hammer. The graphic is pretty dope as well, I can’t lie. UPDATE: Geoff from Comet let us in on a little piece of knowledge about the concave change on the Morgan. Unlike the Grease Hammer, whose concave was measured off the mold, the Morgan’s concave was measured off of a finished board. What does this mean? The measurements aren’t comparing apples to apples, as the Morgan’s concave is actually more aggressive than the Hammer’s.

They’re calling the two new boards the first in their “Cosmic Bling” series and are both on sale now for $144.95. If this is just the start, then I can’t wait to see what else is in store for 2013 from Comet.

Watch as Liam Morgan and Riley Crone get down on the two new releases in Laguna:

Darien Slide Jam 3 (Cinco de Mayo Jam)

When: Sunday May 5th
Where: Peach Hill Road, Darien CT

The Darien Slide Jam is back! With two successful events under his belt, Dan Berkowitz is organizing what’s sure to be his biggest one yet. The jam is not sanctioned, however the handful of neighbors have agreed, for the third time, to let the event go on without any trouble from them. After two smooth running events, it’s a pretty safe bet. The hill itself is a steepish straight, just fast enough for everyone to have fun on. If we can get a few features, a kicker or two, and possibly a banshee bungee, everyone should be able to throw down and get rad.

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At the last event, Dan and the judges took a more informal approach, giving awards to the podium such as “the tickle prize” and “the based god award” and taking a group photo instead of a podium shot. This year, the organizers want to further this fun environment, judging riders on skill, but also giving out plenty of swag to the riders having the best time, wearing the best mexican costume etc etc. If some riders who didn’t rip as hard as you get more prizes, deal with it. It’s skateboarding, and it’s supposed to be fun.

The last jam was cold and rainy but the event was still awesome! Those who kept skating through the rain all ripped, and those who felt like lurking still had fun (especially you lily) putting and, well, lurking. Everyone who showed up left with smile on their face and (I believe) some prizes. With more sponsors, more riders, and more features than last year, we have to assume that this one will be even more rad!

Here’s the video from last years event:

Major Stok’em 5 — 4/6

What has become nothing less than a Tri-State Area tradition for kicking off the season, Major Stok’em, is back again for the 5th year running, and it looks like it’ll be another great race. Over the years Major Stok’em bloomed from a local outlaw race to a fully sanctioned event, drawing riders from as far west as California, and far south as Puerto Rico in recent years. This year event organizer Adam Dabonka is changing it up by introducing a new points/bracketing system, which we’ll talk about a little later.

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It’s all going down on Saturday, April 6th at the Palisades Interstate Park in Fort Lee, New Jersey — located directly across the Hudson River from New York City. As of this post there were no times listed on the website, but if you go by last year’s schedule registration should begin at 8:30, practice heats around 10AM, and the first racing heat at 11:00AM. If you’re late you’re not racing — so make sure you’re on time! This also means you’ll want to be in and parked before 10AM if you’re a spectator since you won’t be able to get down the hill while there are heats racing; parking is free and there are over 100 spots located at the bottom of the race course. Bustin’ Boards is scheduled to host a Highest Ollie contest after the race so pack a board with a kicktail as well. As of right now this is strictly a downhill race, with no plans for a slide jam.

The course itself is approximately 1/4 mile long, with one crash corner at the end (see Major Stok’em 3). Riders will assemble single file after their heat and walk back to the top for their next race. In addition to helmets and gloves, knee pads are also required.majorstokem5aerial_view Registration is $35 and opens on Saturday, March 30th at 9:00AM; it will be capped to a limited number of riders, although they’re still working on figuring out the exact number. This is a week before the event, so it gives you time to confirm your schedule and find any change left in between the couch cushions. There are only two classes this year: Open and 13-and-Under, which should be offset by the points system (discussed below). The registration process is a little complicated, so read the directions on the website a couple of times in advance. Basically, you put $0.01 down to register via PayPal, then pay $35 cash at the event.

New this year will be the points/bracketing system they’re using. Every registered rider will race in 4 heats comprised of random racers all competing against each other to win points depending on how you place. A win gets you 5 points, 2nd place gets you 3 points, 3rd place gets you 2 points, and 4th place gets you 1 point. At the end of everyone’s 4 races all the points will be tallied together, with the top 16 point winners advancing to the Finals round. Finals will be a classic bracket style downhill race, with the top two riders from each heat advancing to the next round until we have a winner for Major Stok’em 5. It’s a cool idea because it guarantees that you’ll get to race 4 runs, and will still allow for classic, exciting elimination racing in the end.

We covered a lot pretty quick, so read everything again and check the Major Stok’em F.A.Q. section for anything we didn’t cover. Also join the Facebook Event to see the discussion and who else is planning on being there.

We’ll keep you updated with any changes and confirm the times as we get closer to race day.

SkateThe604 Previews the New 2013 Landyachtz Top Speed

2013TopSpeed5Landyachtz is going to have a big year ahead of them and we’re super excited. The 2013 WolfShark looks like it’ll be the best version of the beloved directional top mount we’ve seen yet and the rest of of the line-up is starting to flesh itself out slowly. SkateThe604 recently posted a whole bunch of pictures and information about the newest board to show it’s skin, the Top Speed, on their Facebook Page.

After about 8 months of design and prototyping the final version of the Top Speed sure is something to take a look at. The bottom of the board will feature a ply of fiberglass with sublimated graphics, in keeping with what we saw on the 2013 WolfShark (and apparently what we’ll see on most of the 2013 decks), which will add some stiffness without the need for extra weight. The graphic, in my opinion, is one of the cooler ones I’ve seen in a while, and is drastically different from the Landy graphics we’ve become used to.

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The length of the deck comes in at 34.5″ long and 9″ wide with a 25.5″ wheelbase and “W” concave. The Top Speed also features some subtle wheel-well flares that we haven’t seen on a Landy board before. They look like they rise nicely out of the concave and should create a nice pocket when mixed with the W, something I’m curious to see for myself. Since I haven’t even seen this deck in person yet, you’ll have to differ to what SkateThe604 has to say about the size and shape, although it sounds like welcome news for you smaller riders out there and very comfortable.

For shorter people with small feet like me, this board was designed for you. What I most like about the specs is the width; traditionally boards are 10” wide. I have small feet so I could never really freeride 10” boards since I like to have a bit of heel hang. With the steadily rising of new groms coming into the longboard scene this will be a well suited board … The newest features to this year are the flairs. I find the flairs on this board is just perfect, it really locks your foot in, really nice to push your foot up against. I’ve ridden many other boards with flairs or flair like features but found them to always be too aggressive.

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Tip of the hat again to SkateThe604 for the scoop, we’re excited to get a chance to see this thing in person soon enough.

 

 

Video: ASHEVILLE GANJ PATROL

Yeah. This is some pure east coast downhill skateboarding. These dudes fucking kill it, check them out on their Facebook — http://www.facebook.com/AshevilleGanjPatrol?fref=ts
and on their Youtube — http://www.youtube.com/channel/UClkw6Ixfbdw8GvVovVlaL1g?feature=mhee

This video has got some burly fast skating in it and definitely worth the watch. Make sure to watch till the end for some gnarly night bombing down a ridiculously fast road.@1:17 Fuck the police haha!

-Connor

P.S. Go fast and throw a hand down once in a while. Your slow ass stand up slides are lame.

Video: Billy Goes Big

This is one I totally forgot to share the other night when it dropped but am so stoked to finally post. We’ve posted about Billy Wilson a bunch, he’s a local shredder who rides for Original and Boards on Nord and, quite frankly, is the Putt King. He consistently lands fat flip tricks, big, greasy shuv-its and all sorts of of fun, technical board tricks smoother than most short board skaters.

His most recent edit has been in the work for months, with some of these clips being shot back in the spring and summer of last year, but worth the wait. It’s a dope mix that showcases Billy’s freestyle and freeride skills really well and is Billy’s best looking edit to date, in my opinion. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!