Second Annual Skate for Peace – 5/24

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Following last year’s success, Brian Fitch’s Skate for Peace Charity event, in partnership with KidsPeace National Centers, Faceplant Boardriders, and WheelRZ, is back for round two on Saturday, May 24.

Not only will you be helping a charitable cause (with 50% of the proceeds going to KidsPeace National Centers), but you will also get to enjoy a thrilling day consisting of a downhill race, slide jam, as well as various ditch competitions.  All events will take place at sanctioned roads of KidsPeace National Centers in Orefield, Pennsylvania.

All skaters of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend, as there will be something to do for everyone. Come on out for a grand ‘ole time!

Schedule:

Registration – 9 am
Practice – 9 am to 9:45 am
Downhill Racing – 10 am
Slide Jam Competition – 1 pm
Slide Jam Finals – 2 pm
Podium – 3 pm
Old School Ditch Style Session – 4 pm

Registration/Fees:

$20 entry fee per main event (DH and Slide)
$10 entry fee for Ditch Style Session

For even more information, check out the Facebook Page.

 1st Annual Skate for Peace

In the meantime, here’s last years coverage to get you stoked:

Tristan Burke: T-Cat Design

Tristan Burke, 21 years old of Umass Amherst is a shredder! Riding for Lifelong Longboards, Team Mids, Eden Racing, and perpetually down with all things East Coast, this dude can skate. Aside from skating, Tristan has always had a love for art as well and this has led to his new project called: T-Cat Designs. His artwork is made using low-grade markers and he describes it as “a cluster f*ck of colors”.

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“I first got into this kind of stuff through prototyping decks for LifeLong. Wether a given deck had a graphic screened on it or not, there was plenty of untouched wood grain. At first I just colored on a few decks for myself and the fun of it, but everyone’s reactions to what I considered doodles really blew me away.”

Tristan has recently been creating custom board graphics for Eden Racing and plans for his artwork to be featured on the not-yet-released Mids Lids are also in the works. Tristan is now taking your requests to draw rad as f*ck sharpie designs on your deck, full face, t-shirt, instruments, pets and anything else you can think of.

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For all artistic inquires, please contact Tristan here on his Facebook page. T-Cat Design aims to help sustain his skateboarding addiction, and all profits are going towards funding a skate trip for this summer.

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“Eden Racing’s initial support of my designs was what really pushed me to take this a little more seriously and try and get my designs out there as much as I can. I really enjoy it, saw that I could make a bit of money from it, and saw the opportunity to combine skateboarding and coloring, which are the two things I actually give a shit about these days”.

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If you like these graphics don’t hesitate to get yours custom!

This California Republic flag is for sale!! BUY DIS NOOW!

How to get a custom graphic from Tristan??

  •  Like “T-Cat Design” on Facebook
  • Message T-Cat Design with an idea of what you’re looking for in a graphic and agree on a price.
  • Ship your gear to Tristan with the cash; Tristan will pay for shipping on the way back to you.
  • Enjoy some gnarly custom artwork going to support a super chill skater

Again, for all artistic inquires, please contact Tristan here on his Facebook page. Also make sure to head over and like the Team Mids Facebook page and stay up to date with the rest of the Team Mids crew.

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Spring Wheelabrator — 4/13 in Lisbon, CT

Photo Credit: Richard Barrett

Photo Credit: Richard Barrett

Attending Wheelabrator has become somewhat of a rite of passage among southern New England skaters having been going down twice a year for a while now. The emphasis with the event is that it’s not a contest, nor a nontest, but simply a gathering of skaters for a dope day on varied terrain. It’s going down again this Sunday, April 13th so read on and get ready for one of the most stoke-filled nontests (non-contest) of the season!

All levels of skating experience are encouraged to attend this event and no one should feel intimidated, the sole purpose of this event is to have #FUN. 

It’s a pretty cool spot that features a narrow and fast bike path with some killer turns that are super sketchy and terribly fun in packs, a straight downhill run for people to practice pack runs, and a straightforward slide hill; it has something for almost every rider at almost every skill level. The other dopest part: with the exception of other skaters coming to the event, there’s virtually no traffic.

Plug “Wheelabrator Industries” in Lisbon, CT into your GPS and you’ll clearly see where to go and where to park once you get to the hills.

Check out the official event description:

“The most fun longboard gathering in the area is going down again this spring at the same place as always!

Wheelabrator event is a gathering of like minded souls for the purpose of skating and having fun. There are 3 distinct hills:
The main hill which is a 30-35mph (max) 2 lane fairly straight forward hill, it’s a good place to practice your tuck, it’s 8/10th of a mile long and rewards a good tuck, it’s also fun to draftrain, get cozy and get silly. Then there is the slide hill which has a right and a left turn. Wide enough to slide softwheel or tech

The Bikepath is always the crowd favorite and is a narrow path 1/3rd of a mile winding through the trees you can make 30mph on it though the last 2 turns which can get pretty interesting in a tight pack on a narrow path.

Some really good sessions have happened at wheelabrator and as a location it deals with crowds very well which isn’t always true of skate spots. Runs will be taken, slides will be made and everyone is guaranteed a great time.”

What better way to start off the skate season then a stoke filled event like Wheelabrator? 

Check out some of these video links from previous Wheelabrator events:

Video: Yokecrew Spring Training

Yokecrew Spring Training

Now that the snow has cleared across much of the east coast it’s time to start seeing some edits again. Some of our boys from the Yokecrew in Maryland — John Kruetter, Ed Garner and Jacob Roberts — got together recently and filmed the first edit of this season. It’s a very smooth video, as usual, with Spencer Flaherty doing the videography and editing.

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The Goose: The Rad Dad

Rad Dad’s live among us. They created us, raised us, and have supported us through good and bad times. For some of the young shredders, your rad dad may even take you to events, help pay for gear, drive you to local sessions, and even hops on board here and there to prove he’s still got it from back in his day. Not all of us have the pleasure of having a rad dad; but hopefully many of you do. My dad is extremely rad and if you would like some proof look no further than this video:

Within the past year and a half I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Quentin LaChance and his Rad Dad Goosen or as many of us call him “the Goose”. I first met them at a freeride session in Providence, Rhode Island. Nowadays I often meet up with them in Portsmouth with the URI dudes for some really gnarly sessions.

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The Goose getting gnarly

Quentin is 14 and shreds harder and goes bigger every time I see him. He’s always having a good time and I anticipate awesome things for him in 2014. LaChance is from Mass., where he is currently attending middle school as an eighth grader. He started skating about two years ago and has since become a well-respected member of the east coast longboarding community. He has recently built his own longboard with the help of Stephan Vaast of Arson Longboards. When he is not skating he is painting during the long winter months but is super stoked to get out skating again this spring.

Quentin poking out a toeside

Quentin poking out a toeside

Quentin rides for Team Pup n’ Suds which vibes a carefree attitude.  Having fun, skating to impress yourself and getting to the level you want to be at is the name of the game here.

Peep this summer edit of Pup N Suds:

“The raddest dad and most down to earth grom around” said Chris Rideout, Rhode Island homie and frequent host of the CT Wheelabrator event.

Quentin and the Goose are as stoked as they come about downhill skateboarding. These two with out a doubt have become a growing part of the east coast community. Having attended major east coast events such as Longboard for Life in North Andover Mass., Central Mass in Harvard and Wheelabrator in CT, these guys continue to hit rad sessions all over the New England area and are of course stoked for what the 2014 season has to offer.

Goose and the hound pose for a picture on puddling stone

Goose and the hound pose for a picture on puddling stone

Goose the dad is rad, just ask homeless Eric of Nelson Longboards “Goosen is the way, heed his words carefully.”

“Organized sports for our children have changed drastically these days, everyone wins a trophy and that sends the wrong message, that it doesn’t matter what effort you put in because at the end of the day everyone’s still a winner. In real life it’s not like that and when I grew up there was a competitive push to work hard to become better. The favoritism and politics involved in organized youth sports allows the coach’s son to become the quarter back, or allow for unfair amounts of playing time, these sports are often run by parents trying to find profit.

Skaters compete against themselves, reaching for their personal best. This has allowed kids to spend the day outside and put as little or as much effort into it as they would like. This sport is purely for fun, and the rider decides how seriously they would like to take it. They are their own coach and set their own goals. The community is extremely friendly. Skaters of all skill level skate together in peace and are always supportive of one and other. The most experienced riders are always there to encourage and support the less experienced, they promote progression, and don’t put others down. Skaters find achievement based on how well they feel after each run, and how their buddies react to the fat stand up you just threw down in front of them. This sport is a great hobby for my son, and I am happy to be apart of it. I believe there should be more father’s getting involved in the sport and recognize the positive attributes that skateboarding has to offer.”

If you are an east coast shredder it won’t be long before you meet the Goose. He is super stoked on the sport and can often be found filming the session on his GoPro, or giving rides back up the hill in his pick up truck. The Goose will hop on board occasionally but he’s really there to have a good time with everyone and watch the fun happen. Aside from being involved the in the skate scene, you can find him tending to his chickens, working on his garden, goofing around with his pet hound, out fishing, or picking his guitar.

Follow the Goose on his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/thegoosenspage

Goosen tending to his chickens living in his homemade coop

Goosen tending to his chickens living in his homemade coop

“After becoming involved with this community through my son, and after spending much of my time in organized sports with my older sons, I believe that the kids involved in longboarding are ahead of the curve for what it means to be truly alive and experience life to its full potential. They get out doors, stay healthy with exercise, and really appreciate sharing the camaraderie with their fellow man.”

 

Major Stok’em 6 – 4/19

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Plug Fort Lee, NJ into your GPS and get ready, because Major Stok’em is back again on April 19th from 9AM to 5PM for its 6th year running! Major Stok’em has become one of the best events for new racers to break into the sport and see what they’re made of, even giving them a chance go toe to toe with some of the Tri-State area’s fastest on a relatively mellow course. This is the race where some of the fastest east coast riders got their start – so if you’ve been looking for an ‘entry level race’ you might not find a better opportunity this season.

The Course

Taking place at the Palisades Interstate Park in Fort Lee, NJ the Major Stok’em 6 course is set next to the scenic banks of the Hudson River, just across the river from New York City. The course is known for varying in speed depending on whether there’s a headwind or tailwind, so you’re looking at speeds that could range from a cruising 22MPH up to around 39MPH, much more mellow than what you’ll find at some of the bigger races this summer.

There aren’t any extremely technical features to navigate or anything of the sort, it’s a pretty straight forward course all in all,  running about a 1/4 mile long in total. It does feature a crash corner at the end which seems to claim far more riders than necessary but also create some exciting last minute passes.

For parents bringing their children or for riders going to the course for the first time: There’s no real address for where to park and meet. Use Google Maps and look for the Ross Dock Area, the NJ State website might also help a bit (http://www.njpalisades.org/picnic.htm#Ross). Since it’s off-season when the race goes down, parking will be free!

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Registration

This is important because it doesn’t go down like other events, so pay close attention. Registration will be on Saturday, April 12th – exactly one week before the race. Registration is capped at 100 riders, so don’t be too late in registering or you might miss out. Registration for the event is $40.01. On April 12th you PayPal $0.01 (that’s one cent) to majorstokem@gmail.com, which reserves your spot to race. On race day, when you go to sign-in, bring $40 in cash and your waiver to finalize everything.

It can be a little confusing, so head over to the Stok’em website and read how they describe the process.

Event Schedule

This is directly from the Major Stok’em website. I’ll do my best to update it with any changes as I become aware of them.

6:30AM-8:30AM    EVENT SET-UP HAYBALES AND VOLUNTEERS

8:00AM -9:00AM  REGISTRATION PROCESS (MUST BE A PRE-REGISTERED RIDER)

9:OOAM-9:45AM   PRACTICE RUNS (LIGHT RUNS AND GET TO KNOW THE HILL)  **END OF REGISTRATION**

10:00AM                   RIDERS SAFETY MEETING NEAR THE FINISH LINE. RACE OFFICIALLY STARTS.

5:00PM                      END OF EVENT/CLEANUP

Additional Information

Go check out the FAQ over on the Major Stok’em 6 website and check out the Facebook Event as well. Spectators and non-racers will be aplenty, so even if you don’t feel like racing come out and chill as the season starts to get underway.

Weekend Weather Roundup: 4/4-4/6

Since spring is here and the days are a bit longer, I decided we’d do a new weekly feature, the Weekend Weather Roundup, to take a look at the weather up and down the east coast for the weekend ahead. Weekend Weather RoundupI’m no meteorologist, but I do know some pretty fancy websites to visit and even have an app or two on my iPhone, so some people say I come close.

For this first week I picked a whole smattering of cities, probably far too many, so leave a comment and tell us which ones we should keep, and which ones you think need to be cut from the list. If you think we should add somewhere we don’t currently have on the list holler and I’ll add it for next time. All our weather info is sourced from the Weather Underground, check it out if you’re not familiar as it’s a killer weather resource.

New England

Let me start off by saying predicting the weather in New England, especially in spring, is a fools game. The professionals can’t get this right 90% of the time. Mark Twain gave an epic speech on just how whacky it is. It just doesn’t make sense. No matter how hard you try, it’s probably wrong. This warning generally applies more to when it’s supposed to be nice out than when it’s supposed to be miserable – but the type of miserable weather might be different from you were expecting (e.g. if it calls for rain, it could easily be snow). You’ve been warned, but you should also be used to this by now.

Bangor, ME

Bangor, Maine…well, how do I put this lightly? Things look kinda rough in your neck of the woods. While it’s beginning to be spring throughout much of the east coast, you’re going to get the shaft just a bit longer. Friday will be sunny with an afternoon high of 47° so take advantage while you can because at night it’s going to dip down to around 33° and start snowing after midnight. IT’S GOING TO SNOW AT NIGHT. What makes it even worse is you can expect 1 to 3″ of accumulation, so it’s really going to mess your Saturday up. Which isn’t a big deal, because Saturday looks like a 100% chance of rain with a high of 48° and low of 22°, meaning things are probably going to be pretty icy when it’s all said and done. Sunday looks pretty salvageable with a high of 47°, some clouds in the morning but they should clear up and make for a sunny afternoon. At the very least it’ll help dry things off since your week after that looks nice overall…

Burlington, VT

I thought Bangor might have had it worst in this lineup since it’s so far north, but having just seen Burlington’s weather report I feel a bit worse.

Weekend Weather Roundup Radar Map

Tons of rain, son.

Even Friday afternoon looks like it’ll suck, as it’s going to be overcast all day with a high of 50°. As you head into the evening you can expect rain and ice pellets to start falling from the sky at around 8PM or so, lasting through Saturday morning. Saturday will start off wet and brisk but will become partly cloudy in the afternoon with a high of 46°. Sunday is the day to take advantage of with a high of 52° and sunny, bluebird skies. You’ll finally be able to start evening out that goggle tan as we move into the warmer months, so make sure you get out there and take advantage of it.

Boston, MA

Our friends by the bay are going to have an overcast Friday afternoon like much of the rest of New England, with a high of 44° and rain starting around 11PM. Saturday is going to be a mix of les mis in the morning and possibly a salvageable afternoon, with rain and fog running through about 8AM and some partly cloudy skies in the afternoon — high of 56°. Sunday though, sunday should be a beautiful 56° with sunny skies all day – it’s springtime baby!

Western MA

Most of you don’t care, but this is where Skate The East is based out of since both Henry and I call home most of the year, so it’s going on the list. Deal with it. Friday is going to be overcast with a high of 52° and a 90% chance of rain tonight. Saturday looks pretty nice overall though, a change from the usual and from the rest of New England, with partly cloudy skies and a beautiful high of 56°. Sunday gets even nicer, with sunny skies all day and a high of 60° – no, I didn’t mistype that, it’ll finally be back in the 60’s.

Hartford, CT

See the Western MA forecast but with Saturday being 58° and Sunday being 61°. No excuses for complaining.

Mid-Atlantic

A much less mystic force than those of New England, these might be a bit more accurate. I have absolutely no evidence that that’s a true statement, though…

New York City, NY

Friday looks like it’ll be a washout in the city, but the rest of the weekend should be on point, or as they say, “mad nice.” Saturday will be clear skies and a high of 57°, meaning the roads should be nice and dry by the time everyone wakes up and shakes their hangover (or finishes their Saturday morning cartoons…). Sunday follows the trend of being the nicest day this week with a high of 60° and clear, sunny skies all day. Make sure to pack a jacket if you’re going to be out at night though, as lows will still be dipping into the mid-30’s.

Philadelphia, PA

Philly folks see the weather report for NYC by and large. Saturday will be nice and sunny with a high of 57° and Sunday will also feature sunny skies and a beautiful high of 62°.

Washington, DC

Washington, DC is lucking out and missing some of the rain that’s headed north. Friday afternoon will have a weekend high of 66° and overcast skies to keep the direct sun off of you. Saturday and Sunday will both be beautiful and sunny, with highs of 61° both days. I can’t lie, sounds about perfect right now. I won’t be as jealous once the humidity hits you guys like a bat though, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Weekend Weather Roundup Regions

Southeast

I felt like Asheville shouldn’t be the only city in this category, but the options are pretty limited…

Asheville, NC

The Mecca of the East, Asheville is having a wet and wild Friday, with rain and overcast skies this afternoon making way for a chance of thunderstorms this evening. The high today looks like an extremely comfortable 72° though, so my jealousy is off the charts. Thunderstorm or no thunderstorm, I’d kill to wear shorts and chill on a porch for an afternoon right now, hopefully the AGP boys hold it down for me. Saturday will be sunny and 63° while Sunday will be partly cloudy and 63°.

If no one films down there this weekend I’m going to be very disappointed.

Miami, FL

Miami, Miami, Miami…I really just put this on the list to remind the rest of the east coast that our weather sucks, and there’s a city close by that we can all be mad at and envious of. Usually L.A. takes the rap, but let’s just keep it all east coast and channel it down there.

Miami will be fucking perfect on Friday, with a high of 82° and partly cloudy skies. Saturday will also be fucking perfect, with a high of 85° and partly cloudy skies. Know what’s funny? Sunday will also be fucking perfect, with partly cloudy skies AGAIN, and a high of 86°. Did we mention there’ll be a beautiful, calm, cooling ocean breeze every day? Ugh…I can’t keep talking about this…

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Ithaca Skate Jam 2014 – 4/26

It’s almost that time of year again; the days are longer, birds are chirping, and a skate event awaits at the end of every week. To kick it off right, the Ithaca Skate Jam is coming back again for its third straight year and is guaranteed to bring the heat back to the east coast. It’s going down on April 26th from 9AM-6PM, so mark your calendars now.

Ithaca Skate Jam 2014

I think it’s safe to say that after the last two years, Ithaca has become the premiere non-race downhill skateboard event on the east coast. The guys at Comet Skateboards know their way around ramp building and have selected one of the most suitable roads for the event you could hope for, a perfect combo to see some gnarly tricks and skaters pushing each other to make every run better than the last. The event also brings some pretty heavy hitters out to show their stuff, with most of Comet’s team in attendance. While it’s changed a bit this year with the loss of Liam Morgan, we can still hope to see some of the crew like former east coaster Brian Peck, Jared Henry, Eric Jensen, “Big Dave” Tannaci, Nick Ronzani and others. Of course, you’ll also see familiar faces from up and down the east coast tearing it up and showing everyone how to mix it up from just the usual “go fast, big slide” style you see so often and make full use of the ramps and hills.

The Hill

Ithaca Skate Jam 2014 HillThis year the venue for the hill is changing from Buffalo Street to Lake Street, adding a little right hand corner into the mix. It’s partially located in the Ithaca Falls Natural Area and is sure to make for a bit more spectator space as well as a beautiful setting to skate in. The hill is 0.29 miles long with an average grade of 10.79%; this means you’ll be able to pick up speed quickly and recover from slides fast, so you can link together a nice run.

As in years past, expect the run to be full of some great ramps, wall-rides, and pole jams to make things super interesting. If you haven’t had the chance to ride a course like this before, we suggest putting a few hours in at your local skatepark.

Here’s what the guys from Comet had to say about it:

The hill is steep 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 April 26th that will come true and we are stoked to skate it with you and all of the features we’re going to build.

Registration/Schedule

Registration is open now over in the Comet Webstore for $40. This gets you 9 hours of skating on the hill, a gift bag with free swag, 33% off discount code for gear after the event, prizes and give-aways throughout the day, and a chance to skate and chill with the Comet pros. If you’re under 18 you’re going to need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian, if you’re over 18 you can sign it yourself.

Check-in will run at the hill from 9AM-11AM, with the hill open to skating as soon as you’re checked-in.

Lodging

There are a few options for lodging in the area, with the most popular one being camping at Robert H. Treman State Park. It’s the closest camping site, being just a few miles outside of town, and will be full of other skaters headed to the event.  We’ll list the options, as outlined on the Facebook event, below.

Robert H. Treman State Park – Camping

Located just a few miles outside of town this is the best camping option. Each site can have 6 adults and spaces cost about $25-$30/night, with a discount for people who live in-state. Reservations can be made here.

Hillside Inn

Closest lodging option to the hill.

607-272-9507

http://www.hillsideinnithaca.com/index.php

Econo Lodge

Just what you’d expect from an Econo Lodge. Amenities close-by and some cheap rooms.

“Close to the Ithaca Mall and a lot of food options and a few miles from the hill. Let them know you’re with the Comet Ithaca Skate Jam to get the discounted rates.

60 rooms available at $124 per night
Shuttle available to airport only
Complimentary Breakfast, WIFI, & Parking
Group name: Ithaca Skate Jam rates
Deal Expires:March 25th”

(607) 257-1400

http://www.econolodge.com/hotel-ithaca-new_york-NY127

La Tourelle

La Tourelle is a hotel/spa that sounds like a great option if mom is bringing a whole gang with her but doesn’t want to hang out at the hill all day. The organizers posted the below, note that these may have been deal prices for the event (the promotion was only good through the 25th of March – but you could still ask).

“La Tourelle is an awesome spa and the choice for you if you want to make the weekend a nice vacation for you while your kids skate all weekend. Accommodations and deals:

‘We offer the following room categories and rates available for your group:

Traditional King Rooms Up to 12 available $180.00 + 13% tax
Deluxe Fireplace King Rooms Up to 8 available $ 220.00 + 13% tax
Double King or Double Queen Rooms Up to 2 available $ 220.00 + 13% tax
Specialty Rooms and Suites TBA'”

(607) 273-2734

http://www.latourelle.com/

Argos Inn

According to the organizers the Argos Inn is “Located right in downtown Ithaca a short walk from the best coffee and food in town. This is another option if you’re looking for a nice weekend vacation in Ithaca.”

(607) 319-4437

http://argosinn.com/

So – are we going to see you there? Where are you staying? Sound off in the comments and let us know! We’ll keep this post updated with information as we learn more.