Fresh Wheel Co. x Skate The East Danger Wheels Give Away!

It’s been a little while since our last full fledged give away, so we teamed up with a new east coast wheel company out of Maryland, Fresh Wheel Co., to give everyone a chance to win a new set of wheels or a Skate The East t-shirt. The guys over at Fresh have been hard at work developing their new wheels over the past few months so we’re stoked to be able to team up with them and give a set of their Danger downhill/freeride wheels to one lucky winner. They’re 72mm 80a wheels that were developed with east coast gnarliness in mind, a perfect piece of gear to start the summer off right.  Another lucky person will walk away looking fresher than before in a Skate The East t-shirt with some stickers to swag your board out, too. Make sure to read on for all the details on how to enter!

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The contest is going to go down a little different than the last few we’ve done, forcing you to get off the computer and get out onto some hills if you want to win! To enter:

  1. “Like” both Skate The East and Fresh Wheel Co. on Facebook
  2. Share the contest photo with your friends
  3. Post an original photo of you or a friend shredding on the Fresh Wheel Co. Facebook Page’s wall
  4. Tag both Fresh Wheel Co. and Skate The East in the photo.

From here we’ll choose the top 10 photos to move onto the next round and let you guys decide who wins by voting on which photo you like best. All photos must be submitted by June 5th (that’s a week from today) in order for you to be entered! Make sure you’re a fan of both pages by then as well, otherwise your photo will be disqualified. If you have questions hit us up by leaving a comment below, via e-mail (mike [at] skate the east.net) or on our Facebook Page.

Happy skating and good luck! We’re amped to see what people come up with!

Man Defends Himself Against Cougar with Longboard

You can the title as many times as you’d like, but your eyes aren’t fooling you. While walking along a wooded path (what we’d call a trail out here, by the sounds of it) in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, a man was suddenly attacked by a large cougar while listening to music through his headphones. cougarvslongboardHe was hit from behind with enough force to knock him to the ground, fortunately for him his quick thinking lead him to elbow the cougar in the face before using his longboard to stun it and escape unscathed.

Officials from the park say that attacks of this nature are extremely rare, as cougars are relatively shy, wary animals who tend to avoid human contact. This means that the cougar is either very young and doesn’t yet know how to hunt, or is in some sort of dire straights and is going for the easiest prey possible — either scenario isn’t good.

What can you do to avoid getting attacked yourself? Carry some bear mace, making noise, and walking in pairs or groups while also avoiding dawn and dusk are your best bets for steering clear of any trouble.

While this took place far away from the east coast and not directly related to skating, it’s a good reminder that you should always be aware of your surroundings, and make sure friends or family know where you’re going if you’re alone. It’s a best practice to skate, hike, etc. with a buddy in case anything ever happens, but when you can’t find anyone you should at least leave a note or shoot someone a message. We’re not the only creatures in the great outdoors, and it seems like after Buffalo Bill Downhill and this incident, animals are becoming even more and more curious about skating.

Stay safe out there.

 

(via the National Post)

Interview with Ed Nieves

Connor Bewighouse and Tom Leary snagged some time with Earthwing rider and NYC local Ed Neives to chop it up and talk skateboarding, the east coast scene, and what the future holds. Stick around to see what Ed has to say.

Ed Nieves. Photo: Steve Kong

Photo credit: Steve Kong

Connor and Tom (STE): Start with the basics; name/age/location?

Ed Nieves (EN): Name’s Ed, my best friends call me Shred. I’m 21 as of two weeks ago. Born in Manhattan, grew up in Brooklyn, still living in Brooklyn in the same neighborhood. It’s chill.

STE : Any favorite local spots?

EN: Owl’s Head Skatepark, now that I can actually skate it, is my favorite place to skate, since it’s right down the road from me and has a sweet bowl. Other than that, I like going to Watchtower, Darktower, and “uptown” hills that don’t have names (which we also don’t refer to by street names). Oh, and the skate from Times Square down to Chinatown is a sick route for mobbing through traffic.

STE: Rad. Who is the typical crew at said spots?

EN: When we’re skating bowls, it’s usually my teammates Andriy Dash and (little) Bryan Sheehy, and local favorite Max Gnar is present sometimes. Sliding at hills and stuff? It’s Kong, Tazer, Jerry, Camilo, Monica, Bryan, Max Gnar, Connor, Parker, other Max… Quite the sizable grom squad (not all mentioned here) with Kong and I playing as the parents.

STE: You and steve parents, thats fucking scary haha. Why did you start skating and what or who inspires you to keep skating?

Ed Nieves doing what he does best in NYC.

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred

EN: I started skating because I didn’t have many friends, and I sucked at every sport I tried. I mean I sucked at skating too, but I felt like it was acceptable. All the old guys who still skate vert are super inspirational for me. I look at them in their cargo shorts, kneepads and faded Black Flag t shirts doing huge boardslides in the deep end and wonder if when I’m their age I’l be reliving my youth in the same way in skinny jeans and a faded Earthwing shirt slashing frontside grinds.

STE: Fuck yea. Pros and cons to east coast downhill skating: GO!

EN: It’s fucking flat, dude. Generally, you’ve gotta go out of your way to get to a good spot, and the hope the pavement isn’t chipseal. It makes skaters more hungry, I feel, because we have to work for everything, for the most part. This leads to (generally) two types of skaters. The hardcore type that takes every opportunity to steam runs and go as fast as possible, and the ones who don’t try to travel and end up putting their driveway out of laziness. Our events are shitshows 9 times out of 10, but they’re always fun because the northeast homies are a rad, tight bunch.

STE: Great answer, couldnt have said it better myself. Speaking of these shoddily thrown together events, what is your favorite event you’ve ever attended?

EN: Making an “event” page on Facebook is not the same as making an event. Most kids don’t realize that, and they email companies to send product to their “slide jams” which is actually them and their friends skating the local hill. My favorite downhill event has been Central Mass 3, because Mike Girard knows how to do things the right way. It was a rad day of skating and lurking, with a closed road and a perfect freeride hill. My favorite event though, was two weeks ago at the House of Vans, because I met Christian Hosoi and he’s friggin awesome.

The ever steezy Ed Nieves.

Photo: Monica Mikolajczyk

STE: Yea I heard bout that! Hosoi is super rad, I’m sure you threw a couple layback grinds at his feet to show him whats good, haha. So who’s favorite downhill skater?

EN: Favorite DH skater is Josh WILD Wright. He’ll charge anything without thinking twice, and slay it harder than anyone who might be there. He’s a stout, strong fellow, and his style is beastly.

STE:  So uhhh, that’s about it…any shout-outs?

EN: Shouts out to Kong for teaching me how to coleman in 2010, Andriy for being Andriy, Babish for the photos, Connor for being the raddest 12 year old, Connor’s mom for feeding me and stuff, Brian Petrie for being awesome and generous, Tazer for never giving up, David Yang for skating with a bar in his leg, and every single Brazlian skater I keep up with on the internet (Marcelo, Rafinha, Diego, the Yuppies, etc) for inspiring me with the seemingly impossible feats you do on skateboards.

STE: Werdddddddddd! Thanks for your time dude!

EN: Thank you homie, gotta skate to the train and get to work. Peace!

Video: Tom Leary Drops The Hammer

Our newest writer and internet video wiz kid Tom Leary dropped a new video a couple of days ago on his personal account called “The Hammer.” Featuring Holliston, MA locals back from college, Eric Roth and Norm Plante, in addition to Tom himself, the video showcases some real fast freeriding and raw as hell runs in the mountains of New England. All three of these guys are getting progressively better every time we see footage of them, this time is no exception. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Review: Orangatang Morongas

A few months back Orangatang unleashed the new version of their freeride wheel, dubbed the Moronga. Replacing their previous freeride wheel, the Balut, the Moronga picks up where the Balut left off, getting some increased downhill performance without any sacrifice to its ability to slide like butter. The Moronga utilizes both the same core and urethane (Euphorathane) introduced with the Balut, and comes in the standard Orangtang duros and colors: 80a (Orange), 83a (Purple), and 86a (Yellow). They ‘re 72.5 mm in diamater, with a 35mm contact patch and centerset core; they come stone ground, decreasing the break-in time.

Photo: Loaded Boards

Photo: Orangatang Wheels

The Euphorathane urethane lends itself well to the wheel and feels much different than it did on the Balut — for the better — making for very smooth, consistent slides on almost every pavement type and hill I brought them out to. The Morongas feel like they want to stay under you and resist getting sideways until you’re finally ready to break them out, even when going fast. This is thanks to a redesigned lip profile on the Moronga, allowing them to be used at much higher speed with a greater deal of confidence. Despite feeling awesome, however, they had a tendency to sound loud (although I did note that the 86a duro was much quieter than the softer 80a and 83a duros), so you might want to be careful if you’re sessioning early in the morning or late at night in a neighborhood.

morongas_on_chubbyThe centerset core and new lip design give the wheel grip when you need it, while the narrow contact patch allows for a smooth, predictable slide. This new lip profile is accomplished on the Moronga with the additional urethane added around the core to help support the lip and maintain its shape through the entire life of the wheel. It’s this same lip profile that gives the Moronga the big leg up on the Balut when it comes to going fast, since it provides added grip without sacrificing the narrow contact patch for smooth, controlled slides. While I haven’t cored my set yet, I’ve taken a ton of urethane off of ’em and feel like I’m still skating the same wheel as day one. Because they’re centerset you can also flip them as they cone to help keep things perfectly even, helping to extend their life even further.

The beefy core that’s deep down inside the Morongas forces the wheels to maintain their shape while sliding, helping to reduce ovaling and deformation. In the 3 months or so I’ve been riding a set of 83a’s slopestyle, they’re still perfectly round and are wearing much slower than other wheels I’ve skated recently. I’ve also been fortunate enough to be flat-spot free and haven’t heard too many people talking about flat spots being an issue (feel free to leave a comment below if you’ve heard otherwise). The big thing, though, is that they still feel like the same wheel I’ve been skating since day one, a consistency I appreciate.

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The wear, having skated them pretty consistently since February.

All-in-all, we’re very impressed with the Morongas. It’s clear that Orangatang worked hard to take what worked from the Balut and build off of it to make an even gnarlier, more versatile wheel. The improvements over the Balut mean you’ll be able to skate this wheel faster and harder than ever before, while still being able to rail fat slides when the moment strikes you. It’s still not a downhill racewheel, nor is it meant to be. Since I’ve been riding the Morongas I’ve been able to confidently leave for sessions without having to worry whether or not I brought appropriate wheels for whatever the day might bring. As I said in our video review, I’ll be keeping these wheels as a part of my quiver for the foreseeable future.

So how do the three duros stack up against each other?

80a (Orange): Grippiest of the 3 wheels. Takes a bit more to get them to break out but produce buttery smooth slides, especially at speed. Best while riding fast.

83a (Purple): My favorite all around wheel right now. Hard enough to slide when putting and soft enough to grip corners while steaming. Smooth slides, although like I said up top, they can be a bit loud on some pavement. They also wear a little slower than the 80a.

86a (Yellow): Tons of fun and slide forever, these are something else. They still have a lot of grip for how hard they are, but once you get them sideways they just keep sliding. Not the best for shedding speed but a ton of fun when wanting to learn how to go bigger. These things take a beating without losing too much thane, in my experience.

The Morongas will run you $54.00, if you pick them up from our good friend Scott over at MuirSkate you’ll even get free shipping.

Don’t Shred On Me: Howard and ‘Mell Get Green

Ryan Howard and Jimelle Watford get down with a quarter pipe session at the Green St. Skatepark in Middletown, CT on a beautiful spring day last week. These two keep it fresh and fun constantly, with the perfect mix of stoke and chill. Skate every and anything, just Don’t Shred On Me.

Ryan Howard with the film and edit.

Skate The East Welcomes Tom Leary

We’ve been working hard on building a team of writers to bring you guys the best content possible surrounding the east coast longboarding scene, and are stoked to announce another awesome addition to the staff, Tom Leary.

Best known for his kickass filming and editing skills, Tom is one of the rising stars in New England and by far one of the gnarliest kids on and off the hill I know. He’s also quickly making a name for himself in front of the camera — riding for Nelson Longboards and Tiger Design Wheel Co. — with some of the smoothest and steezy switch toesides I’ve seen in a minute. He’s got some great insight on where the sport is, and where he thinks it’ll be going, as well as an impecable eye when it comes to videos. Tom will touch base on a variety of topics in his posts and will be a driving force behind some of our coming interviews with east coast riders. We’re hoping we can convince him to chef up a few videos for your viewing pleasure, too.

We’re super stoked to have him on board, help us give him a warm welcome and share the news with your friends with a Like or Tweet!

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Video: Moose Jones

Got this video submitted in and just had to post it.   Moose shreds with a passion and creativity that you don’t see in most younger shredders, while many groms worry about how long they can stand up slide, Moose is out there just having fun.  In this edit watch him style through the neighborhoods of upper northwest Washington DC.