In Brief: Ithaca Skate Jam 2013

Wow. That’s all I can seem to keep thinking as I reflect back on what a rad weekend the guys at Comet Skateboards put together out in Ithaca, NY. There’s so much to say, show, and share with you guys between one of the gnarliest events ever seen out east and the epic pre and post sessions. I’ve got 5.5 gigs of photos alone, never mind the amount of video we took, too.

We’ll start with this photo series of Brian Peck popping an absolutely chiller ollie off the kicker and onto the hip to whet your whistles a little. Stay tuned for tons more soon.

Brian Peck pops an ollie, starts sweatin' uhhh.

Brian Peck pops an ollie, starts sweatin’, uhhh.

 

Video: Billy Raw Runs

We take two quick runs with Billy “The Putt King” Wilson to remind us why he’s still the king of freestyle tricks and chefs up a fire freeride run to keep your palms sweatin’ and eyes watery. Billy never lets things get dull when he’s in front of the camera so make sure you take a minute and a half to get familiar and see what he had in store this time.

Video: Sevik Tries Mids

Jon Sevik aka “crazytac0” traveled up to Massachusetts to visit Tom Leary, Finn Pounds and Jon Katz and eat some potato wedges…or something. No matter what the point of the trip actually was, the fact of the matter is he got some dank as hell footy of these guys and did an awesome job chefing up the edit. Keep an eye out the entire video, as Tom drops some of his gnarly toesides while Finn and Jon keep it real all the way through.

There were also more than a few parts where I almost cracked up laughing, especially when you see Finn and Jon for the first time. Make sure to peep it and drop a comment with your thoughts.

Wrap Up: Major Stok’em 5

majorstokem5signMajor Stok’em 5 went down this past Saturday under the George Washington Bridge  in sunny and warm (I’m not kidding, it was a beautiful day) Fort Lee, New Jersey. The race course was simple and sweet and made for some great racing for skaters of all skill levels. A quick aside: the finish line’s back drop was the George Washington Bridge and Downtown Manhattan’s skyline, with the yet-to-be-completed Freedom Tower looming large — very surreal for a downhill skateboard race.

Photo Apr 06, 12 55 41 PMThe race ran smoothly all day and the points based bracket system seemed to work very well for keeping the preliminary heats moving steadily. There were some gnarly crashes and good racing had by all during the early heats, with both skilled and novice racers being mixed in together to duke it out and see who’d be left standing. The Crash Corner lived up to its name once again, and despite new and improved custom-fitted pads the curb still laid claim to more than one knee/shin/body part that hit the gap.

Once the preliminary racing was over the Bustin’ Boards High Ollie Competition got underway. While it wasn’t run quite as smoothly as the race was, it was a ton of fun and should be a nice addition for the years to come. Towards the end it started to drag on, but Dave Aparicio sealed the deal with a 32″ ollie on a borrowed YoFace 32″ to end the competition and take home $300. Props to him, it was unreal to watch him ollie that high. Our boy Josh “Wild” Wright also put on a good showing and made it deep into the competition so props to him.

After the High Ollie Competition finished everyone was called together and the top 16 riders were announced for the final heats of racing. Our very own Connor Bewighouse made it into the top 16 on his Tutone Skateboard which we were ultra stoked about. Due to an unfortunate bump-draft incident with Anthony Flis he got taken out in the first heat of finals, but we’re proud of him and stoked none the less. In the end it came down to a super exciting race between Dejaune Jones and Rolando Martinez with Dejaune coming out ahead in the final turn to take the win. A new comer to the scene from Long Island, Christopher Lavinio, came in third with Sam Ettorre rounding out the final heat in 4th.

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All-in-all the event was a huge success with some great racing, fun people, and beautiful weather (despite it being a bit windy and cold in the morning). If Major Stok’em 5 is a sign of how the 2013 season will unfold out as a whole, we’re in for an even better and gnarlier season than expected.  Thanks a ton to Adam Dabonka for organizing the race, and all of the other volunteers and sponsors that came together to make it possible.

UPDATE 4/16/13: We found out that Christopher Lavinio was the previously unknown rider who placed 3rd and updated the above post accordingly. 

Check the gallery below for more of our photos from the event:

Skate The East T-Shirts Are Here!

steshirt-exampleJust in time for the warmer weather to be coming around, we’re dropping our first ever Skate The East t-shirt.

Legally, we can’t say that they’ll make you the most swag kid on your block, or that your skating will improve 500% every time you look at a board, or that your probably going to go pro. What we can say, though, is that you’ll probably regret not jumping at your chance to get one of these fine looking specimens before they’re gone and you’re stuck on a waiting list.

They’re printed on Fruit of The Loom Heavy t-shirts and were printed here on the east coast and are going for $15.00 a piece.

Don’t. Sleep. On. This. It’s too easy not to, plus you’ll be helping us to continue bringing you the best coverage of east coast longboarding out there. Show some love and head on over to the web store to check ’em out!

Video: Evan Krause

This is Evan, hes from North Jersey and he likes to skate. Hes a part of rapidly growing scene in Bergen County, NJ that I’m not too familiar with, but one thing I know for sure is that they love riding skateboards which is rad in my book. This kid kills every road and skates as hard and as fast as the hill will let him. Look out for more from this kid because hes stepping up his shit every day he skates.

-Connor

Video: Another Reason to Spot Corners

If you don’t want to get familiar with the grill of an oncoming car, it’s good habit to spot blind corners, especially when the road is sandy enough to make your shutdown slides much longer than expected. Unfortunately we didn’t heed our own advice the other day, causing Noah Davis and Jake Wade to play a quick game of chicken with a Lincoln Navigator. Luckily everyone was fine, the driver stopped in time and Noah shut down (and fell) before the situation got too hairy, but it’s a sobering reminder of what could have been.

Spot corners and listen to your ears, if you think it’s a car coming it’s best just to wait and find out for sure.