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Video: Brian Peck in San Francisco

FINALLY! Brian showed me this edit a couple of weeks ago when he got the rough cut back from Blake Smith, and I’ve been waiting to type this post ever since. After joining the Comet team over the summer, Brian’s been on an absolute tear, shredding everything from Hawaiian mountains and Skatesgiving runs to snowy Connecticut parks, getting it in, keeping it chill, having a blast, and spreading the stoke.

At the beginning of the year he took a trip out to film with Matt K and chill with the Comet guys up in the Bay, creating what is for sure my favorite edit of the year thus far in the process. Brian keeps it light but spicy and makes San Francisco his urban freeride playground. Keep your eyes peeled especially around the 1:23 mark for a clip I had to go back and watch multiple times.

Hell yeah Brian! Can’t wait to see more soon.

Video: Brian Peck vs. the 5-0

I chilled with Brian Peck and Ryan Howard the other day and got a ton of video clips, so expect a couple more quick videos featuring these two in the near future. This one takes you through the progression of landing a trick and the persistence it can take. Brian keeps it chill as always and just keeps at it until he finally makes it oo so smooth. Let us know what you think with a comment either here or on YouTube and remember to subscribe!

Video: Brian Peck Chills the Pace

When a new Skatesgiving video comes out it’s automatically a good day, when it involves our good buddy Brian Peck, it’s even better. Brian is an east coast OG and one of the gnarliest skaters I know, both on the hill and in the park, and always manages to keep sessions fun and chill. Brian takes to what looks like an epicly fun and chill run in the Carolinas to show that while charging runs full steam is always fun, sometimes you gotta chill the pace back, relax a little, and get some good ole casual crusisn’.

-Mike

Video: Brian Peck and Matt K. in Hawaii with Paris

Confusing title? Not really, last month friend of the site and Connecticut native Brian Peck traveled to Hawaii with fellow Paris Truck Co. rider Matt Kienzle (Matt K. as he’s come to be known) to shred some mountains, film some video, and spread the word about Paris. This video is absolutely beast mode, I’m not a fan of videos more than a couple of minutes long at all, but the diversity of terrain and disciplines they show, all with absolutely gnarly stunts, makes it a captivating watch all the way through. Be sure to peep Brian’s fluid boneless and Matt K.’s edge of the sidewalk grind starting at 2:00 that I had to go back and watch a couple of times before moving on.

If you aren’t too familiar with Brian much stay tuned as we’re planning to do a rider profile with him before the summer’s out!

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.

Comet DCDC Tour Part 2

Comet DCDC Tour

I meant to post this update to the Comet DCDC Tour as soon as it came out, but things were busy and it got shoved to the side and forgotten. While I was cleaning out my e-mail box today though, I found the e-mail with the link to the video again and gave it a quick watch. As expected it was straight fire, with Anthony Flis, Brian Peck, Eric Jensen and the rest of the crew shredding hard and having a ton of fun. My only qualm is now I want summer back, and that ain’t happening…guess it’s time to get used to winter.

Peep the second episode and leave a comment below with what you thought.

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!

How To Be a Kook

With a new generation of skaters on the come up, I couldn’t stay quiet much longer. The fact is, the quality of kooks has been declining at an alarming rate, so like Brian Peck teaching you BS shuv-it slides, I’m here to lay it down and crack an egg of knowledge over your heads. My topic today is How To Be a Kook. Get ready, cause we’re about to make an omelet in this bish.

What is a kook, you ask? A kook is that person that comments “This video was gnarly!” but gives it a thumbs down on YouTube. They’re the one that asks where every spot is on every picture they see online. They ask what setup you’re riding, especially if it’s already listed somewhere. They’ll blow spots and take pride in it, then look for the next one. It takes a special person to be a kook, but you can do it if you try. Just follow our simple steps:

Step 1: Fix Your Facebook Name

First things first, before you even get your fiendish setup (and we’ll get to that later, trust me) you’re going to need a Facebook account. Use your real first and last name, but make sure to use one of your skate credentials, like “Longest Toesides in CT,” as your middle name. Why? Because it’ll make you more effective for…

Step 2: Make Friends

Add Friend and Message: a kook's best friends.Friend every single sponsored longboarder you’ve ever heard of. If you run out of names, start friending the friends of the sponsored longboarders you just sent friend requests to. If anyone rejects your friend request (especially if you’ve never met nor talked to them) just keep sending them friend requests until they accept. If they still don’t accept you, hunt them down on Twitter and Instagram. That’ll also flow nicely into…

Step 3: Stay Informed

Find every single person you just friended on Facebook and stalk…I mean…follow them on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Vine. If you need to, create accounts on all of those services. Extra points if you start dressing the same as them and recreating all of their photos/Vines.

Step 4: Show You Care

Comment on everything they post. If a longboard is in a picture, ask what the setup is (ESPECIALLY if they list what the setup is somewhere already) and how much everything costs. It’s also good practice to ask where the spot is if you see a road or people skating in a picture. Advanced kooks will also tell the person that posted the picture that their wrong about facts they clearly know — this should only be done by advanced kooks! It’s not easy!

Very advanced kook messaging skills. Thanks to Mike Girard for the screenshot.

Very advanced kook messaging skills. Thanks to Mike Girard for the screenshot.

Step 5: Get In Touch

Message everyone relentlessly asking to be in edits of theirs, especially if you live far away, and if you can get on their team too. Emphasize that you’re a very serious skateboarder and, despite being 13, you’re a necessity to their team and future marketing efforts.

Step 6: Get Your Setup Right

Kooks need the most fiendish setupAcquire the most fiendish setup money can buy. Go online and troll through every review you can find. Make sure to comment on every post, video, and photo you see asking what they thought about it. Buy that product no matter what they say, that’s what B/S/T’s are for later, right?

Step 7: Crash the Party

Crash every session you hear about. Once you’re there, instead of skating, just ask questions about gear. Ask to borrow everyones setup and do putt tricks on it. Give it back to them and only say what you didn’t like about it. Make sure you only point negatives out, while it might come close, nothing is good enough for a true kook.

Step 8: Just Skate It.

When you’re not up to speed on where a big session is going down, go to every hill you can find and skate it — especially if you know there’s a regular crew that loves it and respects it. If you know there are people that skate it, make sure you don’t tell them you’re going to be there — you don’t need their practical advice. If it’s way out of your league, suck it up and get the road rash you’ve been craving all day. Extra points if you can make the cops come and blow the spot for a few years.

Step 9: Blow Spots

If you don’t feel like skating (who can blame you?) or can’t get a ride the next best thing to do is blow spots. Blowing spots is a great way to share them with everyone so more people can enjoy them. The best thing to do is go online and post the name and location of every run you recognize in photos and videos. If the comment gets deleted just repost it. If someone argues with

In the end…

Remember, this is just a starter guide, if you really want to be a kook, you’ve got to go way above and beyond this tutorial. Put your heart into it and before you know it people everywhere will be talking about how annoying you are, how they hope you don’t show up at their skate spot, and how they’re so much happier now that they blocked you. You’ll be famous!

This also acts as a great guide for How To Not Be a Kook if you do the exact opposite of everything we said here.

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Wrap-Up: 2013 Ithaca Hill Jam

The 2013 Comet Skateboards Ithaca Hill Jam (a.k.a. Ithaca Skate Jam, a.k.a. Ithaca Slide Jam) went down on Saturday April 27th in Ithaca, New York with over 160 registered riders and close to 250 people total attending.

View of all the action.

View of all the action.

To say the event was a success would be one of the understatements of the year, as it proved to be one of the the best non-race events hosted on the east coast ever, and raised the bar for what’s to be expected in the future.

By the time we parked and got to the race it was about 9:15AM, the bottom section below the funbox, was full of skaters warming up as the Comet crew on the top half of the hill were putting the finishing touches on the ramp setup. Everything came together and people started skating the entire hill by 10:00AM/10:15AM; from that point forward it was ON! Once people warmed up and got a feeling for the ramps and the pavement things escalated quickly, with everyone clearly feeding off the energy from the crowd and other skaters.

Comet team rider and Toronto native Eric Jensen was really working the hip and launch ramp all day. So gnarly. Ithaca Skate Jam 2013.

Comet team rider and Toronto native Eric Jensen was really working the hip and launch ramp all day.

The entire Comet team was in attendance, including our good friend Brian Peck, Liam Morgan, Jesse Breiman, Anthony Flis, Big Dave, Jared Henry, Eric Jensen and a slew of other well known shredders like MuirSkate owner Scott “El Beasto” Lembach, Eric Roth, Ed Garner, Josh Wright, and too many more to name.

The top half of the hill was definitely where most of the action was centered around as they contained the majority of ramps and features. A spine/rail jam along with two hips, two smaller kickers, and a launch ramp made for an exciting and fun downhill skatepark that pushed people to go bigger and be more creative than usual. Below that a fun box stayed chillin with most choosing to avoid it after watching at least one person launch over the entire feature straight to flat ground, instead of the landing ramp.

Brian Peck and Skate The East's Mike DiPietro getting some follow run footage.

Brian Peck and Skate The East’s Mike DiPietro getting some follow run footage.

Those that chose to keep 4 wheels on the ground found plenty of room to get sideways and go big, without getting snaked too many times. It was hella dope to see hardwheel shredders like Steve Kong going faster and bigger than I’d ever imagined, taking full advantage of the closed road and 13.5% grade.

The photos and videos speak for themselves and tell the story better than I can. The vibe was great, the weather was perfect, and the city of Ithaca was a real sport by letting a bunch of skaters shut down a road and play for a day. So many props and thanks go to Comet Skateboards for putting together such an unreal event and raising the bar for what’s to be expected at east coast events in the future. People pushed themselves hard, got pitted, and showed just how motivated the east coast scene is these days. I’m so stoked to see how the rest of this season will turn out, as I think this is just the tip of the proverbial talent iceberg out east.

Brian Peck pops an ollie, starts sweatin' uhhh.

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.