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Video: OMG Tom Leary and Norm Plante Doggied-Out

Team Doggied-Out decided to move on from their beef with LBDR and set up a YouTube account of their own to make some doggied-out edits and show the world what the most #exclusive group of longboarders is all about. Made up of too many riders to name — from the East Coast, No-Coast, West Coast and various sovereign nations — TDO has been making a splash in recent weeks, fueled much in part to the hideous edits and gnarly riding being produced by various members. We’ve posted some DoggiedOut videos in the past (and even produced one ourselves) and will be continuing to support the steeze in the future.

Norman Plante has returned to the Northeast for a few weeks while on winter break, and teamed up with Tom Leary to once again make some Holliston, MA madness.

6 Questions and 2 Videos with Norman Plante

If you’re unfamiliar with Norman Plante we’re about to change that. Norm has been absolutely shredding the scene in the Northeast this season and doesn’t plan on holding anything back going forward from what we’ve seen. He continually goes H.A.M. (for those of you not in the know, that’s Hard As a Motherf…well you get the point) in Stretch House Media edits with fellow Team Mids rider Eric Roth and has been killing it in competitions all over. We decided to snag 6 quick questions with Norm to learn a bit about him and his beard as well as show off two new videos he did for sponsors Eastern Boarder skate shop and Cult Wheels. You can also see him in at least a couple of our edits on YouTube, as well.

Skate The East: Who are you, who do you ride for, how long have you been riding, where are you from — that standard stuff.
Norman Plante: My name is Norman Plante I live in Holliston Massachusetts, have been skating about 3 years now and ride for Cult wheels, Eden racing and Comet skateboards

STE: So you recently joined the Cult Wheels uh…team, or is it cult? Congrats either way! How and when did that happen?
NP: Thanks man! Matt K referred my name to them after seeing me skating at the I love DH slide jam.
They had apparently seen a few of my videos too and decided to offer me a spot on the team. Super mega stoked on it.

STE: What’s been the highlight of the season for you so far?
NP: I couldn’t choose just one, but going to the Ithaca slide jam in NY and showing Ed Garner and Dan Fontz from Maryland around Mass to shred have been two exceptionally rad things to happen so far this season for sure.

STE: What are you looking forward to most for the rest of the season?
NP: Right now I’m really stoked for this years Central Mass race and slide jam in Harvard. Going to be huge, so many crazy shredders from all over the place all at one event. I’m also possibly more stoked to be going to college at the university of Redlands in socal come late august. Don’t feel like I need to explain why I’m excited for that one.

STE: Tell us about the beard.
NP: Color: Brown/Grey
Weight: 91 kilos
Width: 7.5″
Depth: deep
Rocker: yes
Hairy: yes
But I recently shaved it because im a bitch
Should be back to it’s former glory in about a week or two.

STE: What would you do for a Klondike Bar?
NP: Arson.

 

Photos: Norm and Francis Storm Malibu

There’s a cool company from Cali called “Valhalla Longboards” who are currently supporting two east coast skaters, Norman Plante and Francis Cooper Darquea. Their crew grabbed a camera and flocked to some beautiful Malibu roads and captured some really rad shots. Check out Valhalla on their Facebook page and follow this link for the rest of the photos captured that day: valhallalongboards.com/malibu-fog-photos/

-Connor

 

Video: Team Mids Take Western MA

With the 4th Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Festival behind us Norm Plante, Pete Laugh, and East Coast Mac from our favorite group of riders, Team Mids, packed the Mids Van and set the cruise control to 65 MPH to head out to our home stomping ground: Western MA.

Home to gems such as Six Flags New England, Skate The East HQ, and DiPi’s biggest and best rap playlists, the boys left nothing un-steamed and produced a fast and MEATY edit showcasing what will surely be a new favorite run, Bunion. We’re stoked to see the guys getting out to the place that we call home and helping to shine a little light on whats to come, as this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. With this surge of Midiness I think one question remains: will we see a return of the MidsList?

Norm rides for Valhalla Longboards and Cadillac Wheels, Pete and East Coast Mac rep the east.

Make sure that you’re following along on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube so you don’t miss a step!

Video: The True Mids Fiends

The word ‘mids’ is getting thrown around these days but shouldn’t loose its origins, or be diluted by the masses.  Its a fiendish word that’s epitomized by two of the original mids users, Norm Plante and Eric Roth.  Check out their new edit, back in the homelands, filmed and cut by Tom Leary.

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.

Video: Tom Leary gets Doggied-Out for Nelson Longboards

Massachusetts shredder and Team Doggied-Out rider Tom Leary lays down the steeze in this new video as he is welcomed to the Nelson Team.  I’m sure Tom and Nelson are both stoked on this one. You’ve seen some of Tom’s work in the past, filming and editing for some of the Norm Plante videos that came out right before Norm went to school out west, and will certainly be seeing it more in the future as he continues to push it to the next level.

– Henry and Mike

 

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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Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival Wrap-up

The sun was out, spirits were high, and skaters out in full force at this year’s Central Massachusetts Longboard Festival. Unlike years past the event took place over a full two days, meaning there was plenty of time (and energy) for both the downhill race and slide jam — a welcome change that made Central Mass a can’t miss event not only on the east coast, but the entire country.

This year’s event saw 315 skaters and even more spectators from all over the world descend upon sleepy Harvard, MA for two days of relaxed longboarding fun with friends as well as some of the biggest names in the industry.

All in all, 208 people total entered the downhill event for the 4 divisions (Junior, Am, Women, Pro) and an additional 107 riders entered the slide jam – an epic turnout in a town of 6,000 residents.

The massive Pro Division bracket.

The massive Pro Division bracket.

The folks over at Resource Distribution (Riviera Skateboards, Paris Truck Co.) made some seriously fly custom banners for the event, including the Start/Finish lines and a huge race bracket that was updated throughout the day as heats were raced.

What was really awesome was seeing how many riders made the trip from far away places, a testament to the reputation of the event Mike Girard has managed to cultivate over the years. ‘Big name’ riders such as Liam Morgan, Dane Weber, Amanda Powell, Matt K., Ethan Cochard, Cindy Zhou, Levi Green, Brian Bishop, John Kruetter, Norman Plante and many more all came out to throw down and compete for not only pride and reputation, but a prize purse of $4,500, alongside some of the region’s gnarliest local rippers.

Day 1 – Downhill Race

With $2,200 in cash and more in prizes on the line, racers went hard in the paint no matter what division they were racing.

Junior and Am Divisions

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Jared Beers and James Fort duke it out. | Photo: Brian Babish

Jared Beers and James Fort duke it out. | Photo: Brian Babish

Both the Junior and Am divisions had some notable names and very fast racing. NYC and CT held it down in the Juniors division, with David Ramirez taking 1st place, followed by fellow NYC native Robert Burns in 2nd, and two of our grom shredder homies, Brendan Allen and Eli Healy from Colchester, CT, taking 3rd and 4th places respectively.

The Am division was comprised of a mix of riders with a wide range of skill sets, from first-time racers to fully sponsored riders who weren’t up for racing Pro but were too old for Juniors. A bit of a proving ground for riders looking to start taking their racing more seriously as well as a division for those looking for some good ole weekend competition the Am division ended up being a lot of fun to watch. Joey Nickell from NYC took 1st with Kevin Kang  (Charlotte, NC) coming in 2nd, Byron Idrovo from New Jersey in 3rd and NYC native David Yang in 4th.

Women’s and Pro Divisions

Despite having some great action in the Junior and Am divisions, the majority of the attention was focused on the big shows: the Women’s division and Pro division, both of which contained a mix of fast course locals, notable east coast skaters, and professional skaters which came together to make for some heated racing heat after heat.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Fest | Erica Pross and Amanda Powell

Erica Pross leads Amanda Powell in a heat.

The women’s bracket ended up being the most dramatic part of the afternoon, when in the finals Emily Pross went to pass Amanda Powell in the last turn. Amanda was in the lead going into the turn, when Emily went for the pass she used Amanda to pull herself past and take the lead. After the heat Mike Girard pulled together some folks with photos and video to make a final ruling that the pass was indeed illegal, and decided that instead of disqualifying Emily he would lock their positions from before the turn in, giving Amanda the win with Emily in 2nd, Monica Mejia in 3rd and Laura Nocka in 4th.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Fest finals

Dane Webber cruising through the last chicane for the win. Matt K, Daniel Fissmer and Levi Green trailing. | Photo: Brian Babish

The 64 man Pro division dwindled down to Dane Webber, Matt Kienzle, Levi Green, and Daniel Fissmer for the final heat of a great day of downhill racing. When all was said and done though it was Dane Webber far out in front to reclaim his title for another year on his hometown hill. Matt K came in second with Daniel Fissmer taking 3rd and Levi Green coming in 4th.

I’ll take a second here to note that while the Tri-State area represented well overall, the Pro Division of one of the best east coast events of the season ended up being dominated by 4 dudes from out west. While they’re all super nasty skaters it’s sad none the less; the east coast has got to step it up next season and come correct haha! The talent is definitely out here, it’s just a matter of time.

Downhill Results

Since  I know many people won’t want to read the paragraphs above to see the results, I’ll make them super easy to read along with podium shots courtesy of Khaleeq Alfred.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival DH Junior Podium

Juniors DH Podium. | Photo: Khaleeq Alfred

Junior Division (Presented by Paris Trucks)

  1. David Ramirez (NYC)
  2. Robert Burns (NYC)
  3. Brendan Allen (Colchester, CT)
  4. Eli Healy (Colchester, CT)
Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival DH Podiums

Am Downhill Podium. | Photo: Khaleeq Alfred

Am Division (Presented by G-Form)

  1. Joey Nickell (NYC)
  2. Kevin Kang (Charlotte, NC)
  3. Byron Idrovo (Kearney, New Jersey)
  4. David Yang (NYC)
Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival DH Women's Podium

Women’s Downhill Podium. | Photo: Khaleeq Alfred.

Women’s Division (Presented by Orangatang Wheels)

  1. Amanda Powell (Los Angeles, CA)
  2. Emily Pross (New Jersey)
  3. Monica Meija (NYC)
  4. Laura Nocka (Harvard, MA)
proDHPodium_khaleeq

Pro Downhill Podium. | Photo: Khaleeq Alfred

Pro Division (Presented by Loaded Boards)

  1. Dane Webber (Culver City, CA)
  2. Matt Kienzel (Los Angeles, CA)
  3. Daniel Fissmer (Los Angeles, CA)
  4. Levi Green (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

After Party

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival after party | Photo: Mike Girard

The Billards Café packed after Day 1. | Photo: Mike Girard

Mike hooked it up big time by setting up a live music show hosted by DJ Squnto (Eric Roth) at a local watering hole, Billards Café, with lots of pool tables (13 to be exact) and a shuttle bus to and from the hotel and bar. Good times were had by everyone, no one died, and there was a guy wearing a horse head mask for the majority of the night. Team Mids and Earthwing definitely won the party, killing it as usual, and providing some much needed antics to keep things just rowdy enough. Things got even more interesting when Earthwing’s Jean ‘Tazer’ Teaza ended up taking home the Team Mids Award by getting a stick and poke tattoo on his inner lip that read ‘Fiend’ in the bathroom.  Needless to say it was about as fun as event after parties get and was a great new addition to Central Mass.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Photo: Steve Kong

Like I said, a guy in a horse head. | Photo: Steve Kong

Slide Jam

This year’s slide jam took place on a new hill and added a number of features in the mix to make things much more interesting and fun. A pole jam, 2 kickers, wall ride and double roller dotted the hill daring people to take advantage of them, add in with the $2,300 prize purse  everyone was more than ready to take things to the next level. Tom Leary, Chris O’Brien, Finn Pounds, Liam Morgan, Kai Monroe, Billy Wilson, Ethan Cochard, and too many other people to name were going so hard run after run after run.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Chris O'Brien at the Slide Jam

Chris O’Brien getting steezy with me filming behind him. | Photo: Brian Babish

The jam was broken into divisions much like those of the downhill race — Open (Juniors + Am), Women and Pro Freeride — and went down in a series of mixed heats to allow riders more space on the hill and try to prevent the general chaos of riders that slide jams often become. There was also a hard wheels division and a longest slide competition for both the longest toeside and heelside slides which Liam Morgan and Josh Wright won, respectively. The turnout in every division was absolutely unreal with around 200 riders total entering – 60 of them in the Pro Division alone.

Judging was done by Mike Girard, Amanda Powell, Liam Morgan, Marcus Bandy of Wheelbase Magazine, and Brian Davenport of Push Culture News who took into account a whole number of factors to find the gnarliest riders in each heat and division.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival Photo Brian Babish

Josh ‘Wild’ Wright getting some big air off a kicker. | Photo: Brian Babish

Everyone went so hard and left absolutely nothing on the table, as evidenced not only by the skating, but also by some of the gnar crashes we saw throughout the day. At first people were a bit hesitant to hit the ramps and features, but once people got warmed up and Josh Wright, Billy Wilson, Kyle Reynolds and others started playing around with them more and more people realized just how awesome they were and started taking advantage.

The Open riders showed just how promising many of them are, making us super excited for what will happen as the younger guys and girls get a little more experience over the next couple of seasons and just how far they’ll be able to push things. The Pro Division was super fun to watch with the entire hill being utilized and the features getting absolutely shredded. Josh Wright and Will Royce were flying hiiiiigh coming off the kickers, keeping everyone in the crowd super amped.

Hardwheels was dominated by (surprise surprise) the gentlemen from New York, but other notable skaters were in the mix as well including John Kruetter getting back on hardwheels for the first time in a while. In the end it was Josh Wright, Steve Sanchez and Andriy Dash who threw down the hardest to take the podium.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Photo Brian Babish

Alicia Fillback getting gnar at the slide jam. | Photo: Brian Babish

The women threw down hammers as well, giving a lot of the guys a run for their money. New England local Micaela Wilson showed most of the boys how to go fast and throw some calculated, steezy checks, while Carmen Shafer showed them how to use the ramps. Laura Nocka was also going in, busting out some steeze on both hard and soft wheels. Check out some of our raw runs over on YouTube to get a better sense for just how rad the skating was.

Down at the bottom of the hill there ended up being so much thane that foot breaking to a stop when doing follow runs was actually really difficult, it was like putting a foot down on sand. Brian Babish and I were able to convince Mike Girard to make a thangel which ended up gnarly, if you look down at Mike’s feet you can see that he actually pushed around a bunch of the thane dust it was so thick.

Central MA 4 Longboard Fest organizer Mike Girard making a thane angel after the slide jam. Photo: Mike DiPietro, Idea: Brian Bishop

Girard making a thane angel after the slide jam. Photo: Mike DiPietro Idea: Brian Babish

Slide Jam Results

The Slide Jam was fun for everyone, but winners had to be chosen.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Fest | Open Freeride Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Open Freeride podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Open (presented by Dad)

  1. Parker Ciuzio, New York, NY
  2. Jordan Billingsley, Amherst, NH
  3. Eli Healy, Colchester, CA
Hardwheel Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Hardwheel Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Hardwheel (presented by Eastern Boarder)

  1. Josh Wright, New York, NY
  2. Steven Sanchez, New York, NY
  3. Andriy Dash, New York, NY
Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival Women's Freeride Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Women’s Freeride Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Women’s (presented by Original Skateboards)

  1. Alicia Fillback, Portland, OR
  2. Micaela Wilson, Amherst, NH
  3. Carmen Shafer, Portland, OR
Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Pro Freeride Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Pro Freeride Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Pro (presented by Bear Trucks)

  1. Will Royce, Tallahassee, FL
  2. Dax Pradarits, Sparta, NY
  3. Graeme Hystad, Vancouver, BC

Conclusion

The 4th Annual Central Mass Longboard Festival was an unbelievable success. Expanded to 2 days for its first time, the event ran smoothly at every turn and kept both skaters and spectators happy all weekend — something you rarely hear these days. The skating was so fun and the people even more so, we really can’t wait to get back to this event again next summer, theres a reason it’s our favorite every year. The turnout this year was incredible and a sign of how the east coast scene is growing and catching the attention of skaters from all over.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Team Mids MVP

A big thanks goes out again to Mike Girard for organizing such a world-class event, the volunteers, and the Town of Harvard for hosting us for the weekend! Without all their help the Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival never would have been as big a success. Big ups also go out to Brian Babish and Khaleeq Alfred for their photos that contributed in a huge way to this post.

Make sure to check out our gallery below for more photos from the event as well as the raw runs and video recap and leave us a comment below to let us know what you thought!

Team Mids vs Mordor

Team Mids took a rather epic road trip this summer down south in search of some legendary hills seen only in legendary films skated by legendary people on legendary days legendary legendary legendary. Sorry, got off topic there for a second. Anyways they boys cruised through the night after leaving Ed Garner’s spot in Maryland and arrived early to link up with the Asheville Ganja Patrol and dawn patrol one of the most epic runs on the east coast, Mordor.

This is another East Coast Mac on the film and edit featuring the steezy stylings of Norman Plante and Pete “Hahaha” Laugh. These guys were going fast together all summer, and if you remember seeing our last post featuring them, they’re not half bad at it…more like really good at it. We’re stoked to see more dank footy outta the homies and can’t wait to see what else they’ve got stashed in the Mids Van for the near future.

Check out the edit and leave us a comment below with what you thought.