The 2nd Annual Longboard for Life Slide Jam — 6/1

When: June 1st
Where: Woodcrest Drive, North Andover Massachusetts

Tyler Bainbridge’s second annual Longboard for Life event is back for 2013! Tyler and the organizers are hosting the slide jam to raise money for the American Cancer Society. There will be a 10-15 dollar entry fee for all those hoping to compete. Last year the event raised $1500 dollars, and with double the attendees expected this year, the event should raise far more.

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The event will be completely sanctioned, meaning no cars and no cops to ruin our fun. With a very high level of competition last year, the jam will be split up into a “pro” division for those seasoned riders, and a grom/amateur division for the less experienced. With over 100 competitors expected this year, the different divisions will allow for the newer guys to get all the time they want on the hill while still allowing for some intense, high speed riding to keep the energy high.

The Longboard for Life slide jam is sure to be a rad time. Come out, skate, and support a great cause. You can find out more and RSVP through the Facebook Event.

For more info check this local newspaper article about last year’s jam, as well as the video below:

 

 

Video: Chris Getting Raw

As we, ever so slowly, emerge from the depths of a dreadful winter, the weather, and roads, are becoming more and more conducive to skating. Chris and I took full advantage, strapped the camera to the car, and pressed record. Chris finally got to put some real wear and tear on his 82a motions, and, as you can see, he definitely digs them. Spring is here, go skate.

Darien Slide Jam 3 (Cinco de Mayo Jam)

When: Sunday May 5th
Where: Peach Hill Road, Darien CT

The Darien Slide Jam is back! With two successful events under his belt, Dan Berkowitz is organizing what’s sure to be his biggest one yet. The jam is not sanctioned, however the handful of neighbors have agreed, for the third time, to let the event go on without any trouble from them. After two smooth running events, it’s a pretty safe bet. The hill itself is a steepish straight, just fast enough for everyone to have fun on. If we can get a few features, a kicker or two, and possibly a banshee bungee, everyone should be able to throw down and get rad.

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At the last event, Dan and the judges took a more informal approach, giving awards to the podium such as “the tickle prize” and “the based god award” and taking a group photo instead of a podium shot. This year, the organizers want to further this fun environment, judging riders on skill, but also giving out plenty of swag to the riders having the best time, wearing the best mexican costume etc etc. If some riders who didn’t rip as hard as you get more prizes, deal with it. It’s skateboarding, and it’s supposed to be fun.

The last jam was cold and rainy but the event was still awesome! Those who kept skating through the rain all ripped, and those who felt like lurking still had fun (especially you lily) putting and, well, lurking. Everyone who showed up left with smile on their face and (I believe) some prizes. With more sponsors, more riders, and more features than last year, we have to assume that this one will be even more rad!

Here’s the video from last years event:

I Love DH 2 — June 21-23

When: June 21-23
Where: Clarence D Lane Road/South Street, Wyndham, NY

The I Love DH event at Windham Mountain in upstate New York is back for 2013! For those who don’t know, I Love DH is a sanctioned race and slide jam organized by Marc Dean and the guys behind Push Culture News, Brian and Travis Davenport. This year they are expanding the event by adding a push race as well. With three full days of closed road access, there will be plenty of time for shreddage.

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The schedule thus looks like this (we’ll get specific times when we can):

Friday June 21st- Push Race and Practice heats, riders dinner in the evening
Saturday June 22nd- Qualifiers and Slide Jam (hosted by Steve Kong) in the evening
Sunday June 23rd- Race

The downhill course will certainly provide for some intense racing with top speeds around 50mph and two crash corners. There are race divisions for all ages and skill levels including Pro, Am, Juniors (1 and 2), Women’s, and street luge. Registration is $212 for your first class and a $25 fee paid at the event for each additional class you choose to race in (if there are too many people on the hill and safety is compromised, the organizers may limit racers to only their first class choice). Both leathers and a full-face helmet are required for anyone wanting to participate in the race (gloves go without saying, as well).

For the dedicated freeriders making the trip, Earthwing Skateboards team rider, and events coordinator, Steve Kong will be taking the reigns on this years jam, making sure it will be as rad as possible. Whatever you are into, this will be one of the best weekends for skateboarding on the east coast, so don’t miss out.

Here’s some video from last years event:

Ithaca Hill Jam – April 27

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When: April 26-28th
Where: Top of Buffalo St. (at Eddy St.) in Ithaca, NY

One of the East Coast’s biggest events is back for 2013! Comet Skateboards is putting on what’s sure to be a rad weekend of skateboarding. In addition to the main event on Saturday the 27th, there will be a fundraiser/bowl session at DIY spot on friday afternoon, and an outlaw race on Sunday. Location on the race will be announced at a later date, however inside sources are telling me this is a pretty burly course at around 45mph with some tight corners. For those who weren’t at the event last year (myself included), this is definitely not one to miss. With the slide jam hill closed off to traffic, the guys at Comet will have plenty of freedom to build gnarly obstacles without any worries about the law interrupting our fun. If ramps aren’t your thing, the slide jam hill is steep enough for everyone to have fun on.

– Jake

Check some of the gnarly videos by Comet and the Skate Invaders of last year’s epic Ithaca Slide Jam.

Video: Dean Keller Shreds

I’m going a little out of my jurisdiction with this one, but I just had to throw the homies at Phat Deanz some love. Dean Keller is the raddest. Whether its selling top notch gear at dirt cheap prices, or housing 30+ skaters and taking us all to his runs on race weekends, Dean is always supporting skateboarding. Dean ripped on vert ramps before I was born, and now, at the tender age of 49, Dean still shreds. Watch him tear down some harrisburg hills, and check out Phat Deanz on Facebook or at phatdeanz.com for some rad deals!

-Jake