Mike Blackman Killin’ It

Mike Blackman

Our homie Mike Blackman from Connecticut absolutely slays it in his new video, filmed and edited by fellow Connecticut-ian Sam Shield.

Mike destroys our former home hill (which he also wrecked for our Tiger Skate Designs review) with some steezy big slides, shuv-its, and a dank as f*ck soundtrack. It’s only 1:11 long so you’ve got plenty of time to watch it a couple of times before you get back to whatever it is you’ve got to do. You’ll thank me later.

Video: UMass Downhill

Check out the UMass Longboard Club homies killin’ it with some DH runs just over the state line somewhere deep in New England.  Some serious packrunage goin’ down in this one. These guys are holding down our home scene in Western MA scene pretty hard right now; they’re going fast, having fun, and doing it right.

– Henry

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Comet Skateboards DCDC Tour Part 1

Comet Skateboards DCDC TourHellllllll yeah! This is the video I’ve been waiting for since seeing photos and video clips from the homies while they were filming this summer. Some of the Comet Skateboards team linked up with Anthony Flis’ old crew and went to some of the gnarliest skate spots in the mid-Atlantic for the Comet Skateboards DCDC Tour.

The DCDC Tour crew was made up of Comet riders Anthony Flis, Eric Jensen, Jared Henry, Dave Tannaci, Nick Ronzani, Nino Almazon, Brian Peck, Nick Ketner, and Will Seal, so you know things got nice and wild. These guys embrace the ‘skate everything’ mentality to the fullest and rip some gnarly pools and streets to shreds. This is only the first of a multi-part series too, so you can expect to see a lot more gnar like this in the near future.

If you’re living under a rock and aren’t too familiar, the Comet Skateboards crew is one of the raddest in the game, from bossman Jason all the way down to the homies packing boxes, they’re about having a ton of fun skateboarding and leaving the drama at the door – exactly what we love. They’re also based right here on the east coast, in the gnarly hills of Ithaca, NY.

Check out the first part of the DCDC Tour series and leave us a comment below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list below so you don’t miss out on new posts!

Bustin’ China

Bustin' China

I’m super stoked on the new video from Bustin’ Boards, Bustin’ China. The Brooklyn-based board company sent two of its riders, Bruno and Toti, along with cameraman Perropro to explore China for 5 weeks using their skateboards and public transportation. I expected Bustin’ China to be  good, but the end result got me way more amped than I expected.

The skating was a super fun mix of both street and freeride, with a little bit of downhill mixed in. Besides the ill skating and stellar scenery, one of the most fun aspects was watching the reactions of the pedestrians, who clearly have little to no exposure with longboarding. The reactions are pretty priceless, one guy even ends up kicking either Bruno or Toti while riding his bike…I’m still trying to figure out exactly why he thought that was a good idea…

Anyway, check it out and let us know what you think. The official description I got from Bustin’ is below:

Bustin recently embarked on our biggest video project ever. We asked Bustin Team riders Bruno Sorondo and Toti Bicicleta and film maker Perropro, where would you go if you had a full month to explore a country using nothing but your board and public transportation? The answer was undeniable:  China. With such a unique culture and landscape which has been relatively unexplored in the world of longboarding we decided to send the three man Spanish crew to travel across China for 5 weeks. Skating and filming in some of the most majestic and eclectic spots on the planet.  Bruno and Toti;  Part traveling freak show, part skate apostles, please enjoy and share their journey through the old and the new of China is captured here by the genius of Perropro.

Bustin’ China Give-Away

Ohhhh yeah, before I forget: to celebrate the release, Bustin’ is giving away 23 Bruno Pro Model Yofaces! It’s pretty simple to win, head over to their website and subscribe to their YouTube, share the contest, and subscribe to their mailing list and you’ll be entered for a chance to win. You can do it all right on their site, so it’s easier than it sounds. Check it out and enter ASAP!

Bustin' China Give Away!

Soldiers of Downhill Finals with Max Wippermann

Soldiers of Downhill Raw Run

One of the gnarliest races in the country, Soldiers of Downhill, went down this past weekend deep in the mountains of Bainbridge, Ohio. The race is known for being absurdly fast and unforgiving on good old janky, winter beaten, east coast pavement.

Since most people don’t get to experience this course first-hand, we’re stoked that Max Wippermann strapped his GoPro onboard for the finals, so we can see how the course is meant to be raced by some of the fastest downhillers in the country. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, Max rides for Landyachtz and Motion Boardshop. Originally from Washington state, he currently calls the east coast home while he studies in upstate New York.

Max gives a perfect view for the Soldiers of Downhill finals, as he took home 2nd place behind George Mackenzie, fending off Matt Kienzle (3rd) and Louis Pilloni (4th) through the fast, and draftable, straights and sweepers.

Check it out as Max, Louis Pilloni, Matt Kienzle and George Mackenzie battle it out on this east coast classic. Pay special attention to the way G-Mac RAGES the last part, staying in full tuck through the 55 mph+ chicane. DAMN SON!

AGP Downhill + Sextagonocopter

AGP Downhill

Some of the AGP Downhill homies — Matt Deitch, Jack Traynor and Jared Henry — somehow got their hands on a “sextagonocopter” for this Metro Wheel Co. edit and the results were gnarly.

Check it out as they make their way down some of the best terrain on the right side of the country. Check them out on Facebook if you get a chance.

-Connor

Team Mids Down Undahhh

Team Mids

The boys from Eastachusetts grabbed the van and headed from one land of accents to another, meeting up with the AGP Downhill boys to skate one of the south’s most gnarly and entertaining runs, both to skate and watch. This video features the Team Mids homies Norm “The” Plante, East Coast Mac, Pete Laugh, and Tom Leary.

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Is that Steve Kong Going Fast?

We had to do our research and double check, but it turns out this is actually a legitimate video of Steve Kong going fast. I’ve never seen this much of Steve’s butt in one video in my life, and never thought I’d be so OK with it, either, but I’m stoked to see him going fast and killing it.

I love when skaters break free from their usual discipline and skate something new, experience a new ride, and end up having a blast while doing it. It looks like Steve got to do just that and had a steezy ass time in the process. Hopefully we’ll get the EW guys up here to Western Mass to skate some gnar and get some ill footage in the near future!

King of the Mountain Downhill – Oct 26 & 27

The 2nd annual King of the Mountain downhill race is going down on October 26th and 27th at the Camp Fortune Ski Resort in Old Chelsea, Quebec (that’s Canada for those of you who didn’t pass geography). This 2 day event is fully sanctioned on a gnarly closed road and includes free camping as well as access to the mini ramp, so it should be well worth your trip if you can swing it!

King of the Mountain Downhill

The Course

The course is on the access road to the Camp Fortune Ski Resort in Old Chelsea, Quebec. Joey Bidner, the event organizer, says speeds average around 70 kmh, or 43 mph for most of the half-mile long course. It features some tight sweeper turns but doesn’t require any drifting, meaning you should see some fast and tight racing the entire time.

Joey also says that because the road is usually super busy there’s no real ‘home field advantage’ for local skaters, meaning almost everyone will be on a level playing field to start with on the first day of practice runs.

Registration

It’s 80 Canadian Dollars (77.60 United States Dollars) to race both days, or $60 CDA ($58.17 USD) to freeride, which gives you access to the hill with rides up to the top. You can REGISTER HERE. There are 140 spots total for the Open Class, and 60 spots total for the Amateur Class, which will make for some pretty epic racing all around!

Camping is provided in the cost of registration, with showers, changing rooms, etc for your convenience. There’s also a mini ramp to skate when you’re feeling like a change of pace from the hill. Epic.

Race Format and Schedule

Day 1, October 26th will be for practice and qualifying races. Qualifying races will be run in predetermined, randomized heats of 4 with riders scoring points each round. This will determine the bracket for the elimination rounds taking place on October 27th.

Day 1 – October 26th
Registration: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Practice: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
First qualifier run: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Lunch: 2:00 PM-2:30PM
qualifiers: 2:30 PM-5:00 PM
Dinner:  5:00 PM
Mini-Ramp Jam- 7:00 PM
After Party 9:00PM-1:00 AM

Day 2 – Oct 27th
Practice: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Eliminations & Finals (also more qualifiers if needed): 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Awards: 6:00 PM

Check out the official Facebook Event for any last-minute updates or changes and make sure to RSVP if you’re going. Canada came out to a bunch of our East Coast races this year and even cleaned up at a couple of them, so it you can make it, get up there and open a can of east coast American whoop ass haha! This event should be pretty killer.

The NY Times On NYC Skating

Solomon Lang New York Times

The New York Times is running an article in its Monday edition that focuses on the thriving NYC push culture that shows no sign of abating anytime soon, despite the recent deaths of two skaters in Queens and the Bronx.

The article spends much of the time talking to Bustin’ Boards rider and friend of the site Solomon Lang, who does an excellent job of representing the sport in a positive light, while also acknowledging that fact that risks are involved and you can wind up getting hurt — just like on a bicycle. It also talks about the failed attempt to stop last year’s Broadway Bomb, the differences between longboards and skateboards, and highlights New York’s unique skateboard scene. Shout outs to the whole Concrete Kings crew, who also get some great lip service throughout the piece.

One thing I was really stoked about was that the writer, Winnie Hu, did a great job pointing out that despite the fact that longboards don’t have breaks like a bicycle or car, you’re able to slow down to a stop effectively and quickly by foot breaking, showing that not all skaters are out of control and dangerous.

It’s a great read and some awesome publicity for the longboarding community. Give it a look and check out the pictures that accompany it.

They race through the streets of New York, cruising through the cityscape as they try to outmaneuver taxis and dodge car doors swinging open.

They are not rookie Citi Bike riders: they are skateboarders, navigating city streets with no fear and no brakes.

“You definitely get a rush or a thrill,” said Solomon Lang, 31, who started a group called the Concrete Kings that conducts organized rides in the city. “People see us and think we have a death wish, but we’re totally comfortable.” – New York Times

If you want to catch it in print, you can find the article on A16 in the Monday October 7th, 2013 paper with the headline “Despite Hazards, Street Skateboarding Thrives.”