This video is making around the internet quickly, as it should. Easily some of the most creative and fun looking features I’ve ever seen mixed in with some very gnarly skating. Watch it a couple of times and start getting stoked for spring to come!
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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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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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
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.
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. I’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.
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, 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…
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.
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.
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!
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.
See the Western MA forecast but with Saturday being 58° and Sunday being 61°. No excuses for complaining.
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…
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.
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 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.
I felt like Asheville shouldn’t be the only city in this category, but the options are pretty limited…
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, 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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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.
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.
This 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 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.
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.
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.
Closest lodging option to the hill.
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”
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'”
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.”
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.
Our homie Kai Monroe started making quite the name for himself at the end of last season when he started dropping gnarly videos on the regular, killin’ it at events, and got picked up as a first round pick for Blood Orange’s Am Team. He just dropped his new raw run for his sponsor Downhill Design wheels. The homie shows that despite the cold and sometimes wet winter, his skills didn’t get very rusty. This video doesn’t do his shredding full justice, but shows that Kai definitely goes hard, check out his little kiss with the snowbank at the end as proof.
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And down, and down again. In fact, this is almost two full minutes of the Earthwing guys — Steve Kong, Mac, Andriy Dash, Max, and Ed Nieves — falling over and over again and having some good old fashion fun in between. While we try our best to post our share of super gnarly videos, it’s nice to be reminded every now and then that everyone falls, plus this was too fun not to post.
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These days you’re hard pressed to find someone doing anything really unique in the game. Loaded regularly employs new materials and techniques, Never Summer has integrated some of their snowboard technology into their longboards, Comet produces green boards and Earthwing has recently changed the game with their NLS lineup; beyond those though I feel like we see a lot of board companies copying each other and putting a slight twist on the end product.
Enter Pantheon Longboards. New for this 2014 season, Pantheon is headed by Jeff Vyain, the former board designer for Bustin’ Boards and the brains behind some of the most popular deck designs over the last couple of years. This fall Jeff decided to venture off on his own and left Bustin’ on great terms, moving his family and new company up to Pennsylvania to get things rolling. After a few short months Jeff has unleashed the first deck in Pantheon’s lineup, the Embryo.
Pantheon, as Jeff described to me, is meant to be a no bull sh*t approach to skateboards, paying attention to the details and the finer points of design to bring you the best feeling skateboard possible. To quote Jeff himself:
My focus for Pantheon really isn’t on innovation for the sake of innovation, but creating stellar, practical designs with innovative (or non-innovative) features that just work. No bullshit. No hype. Just an awesome skateboard that combines with that awesome hill or path or whatever that gives you that awesome feeling.
What I’m super stoked about with the Embryo is what they’re calling the “W-Bubbles” concave. Instead of having the W run throughout the length of the board like you usually see, the Embryo has a flat standing surface in the middle for comfortable distance pushing (Jeff’s former specialty) and W concave towards the ends to lock you in during slides and in a tuck. [UPDATE 3/3/14: Jeff sent me an e-mail and Will commented below letting me know that the Madrid Nessie also featured a similar concave before, apologies.]
Feel free to correct me in the comments if I’m wrong, but I don’t think I’ve seen this “W-Bubble” concave on any other decks before, but it sounds pretty dope.
The deck is asymmetrical and the concave changes a bit throughout it, as well. As you can read in the graphic below, one end has a gradually tapered concave, while the other sports some gentle 3D concave — a “Funnel Concave” if you will. While the deck is asymmetrical, Jeff assures me that it can be ridden either direction depending on what your preference is. So while it’s technically a directional board, its directional in whichever way you choose — pretty unique and very cool.
To top it all off the graphic is dope as hell. Eddie Kihm came through and did the dopest job designing this graphic, setting the stage for a lot of other companies to step their game up come 2014. Just like we mentioned with Earthwing’s NLS lineup, we’re stoked to see that Pantheon is manufacturing their decks right here in the USA – that’s what’s up!
You can pick one up from Pantheon themselves for $130.00, helping to support a small and local east coast company! Sound off with your thoughts by leaving a comment below!
I got an e-mail from Earthwing head honcho Brian Petrie giving me the scoop on a new technology and deck line they’re dropping, dubbed N.L.S. (Next Level Shit).
Earthwing N.L.S. decks are made using a crush-welding processes that presses each deck individually (many decks are pressed en masse) in an aluminum mold under heat and pressure. There’s no glue involved and the bond formed is stronger than the core material itself, so delams are said to be a thing of the past. The core is then pressed in between layers of what Earthwing calls Unbeleivium, a rigid fibrous material that adds “unusually stiff torsional support” to the deck. What’s all this mean? It means that you get a deck with a 4 ply core that’s just as stiff as a 9 ply deck. Less weight but the same stiffness is better for your skateboarding.
The decks will also feature 360 degree concave that essentially forms a giant bowl on the deck. Brian said they were able to fill one with 96oz of water and sent a picture to prove it. Not the first time we’ve seen ‘cereal bowl concave’ if I remember correctly, but impressive stuff none the less. An added bonus? It’s all made here in the USA and is clean, green and recyclable.
The first two decks featuring the new technology will be the Earthwing N.L.S. 40 and N.L.S. 37. They’re describing the 40 as a symmetrical free ride/park deck while the 37 is a directional speed board with a functional kick tail. Full stats and dimensions are below.
If you want to get your hands on one of these bad boys they’ll be available worldwide in just a few days, on March 1st 2014.
|N.L.S. 40||N.L.S. 37|
|Dimensions||40″ x 10″||37″ x 9.875″|
|Wheelbase||20 13/16″ – 24″||20 13/16″ – 24″|
|Nose||4 5/8″ – 7 1/8″||1 1/2″ – 4″|
|Tail||4 5/8″ – 7 1/8″||4 5/8″ – 7 1/8″|
Because sometimes I’m too lazy to not make my own title and Matt Jack’n Bailey is ill in and of itself. Once again the boys down south from AGP Downhill provide some gnarly skating for your viewing pleasure. This winter has been long and snow filled up north, so we appreciate our friends like AGP Downhill keeping our eyes off the ski slopes and onto the asphalt as the weather starts to warm up and roads dry off.
Check it out and leave us a comment below.