Central Mass Longboard Fest 4: Updates, Registration Info and Lodging

The event that everyone’s buzzing about out east is the 4th Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Fest in Harvard, MA, and for very good reason. The last 3 years have been some of the best organized and most fun events for both spectators and competitors, even with the torrential rain that has become somewhat of a tradition. This year the event is getting even better by expanding to a whole weekend’s worth of fun, giving racers more time on the course and allowing event organizer Mike Girard to choose an even better freeride hill than the one used in years past. While we knew a lot of this, more and more almost all the details have come about, so we figured it was time for an update post. It all starts on August 17 at 11:00am (you’ve got to register and go through tech inspection earlier, though) so get ready!

Updates

4th Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Fest FlyerIn mid-June Mike Girard announced that Wheelbase Magazine’s Marcus Bandy would be emceeing the event and helping to organize the slide jam, which means very big things to come for that event. Girard told me he wants a lot of features for people to take full advantage of, and with Bandy on the mic I can’t imagine everyone will be anything less than entertained by both the skating and commentary.

Mike also announced the presenting sponsors for this year’s podiums. There are going to be cash prizes for the winners this year (and I’m sure plenty of swag, too), so these sponsors are really putting their money where their mouths are and stepping up to support the scene. Providence, Rhode Island-based pads company G-Form is the general sponsor, putting up big to help hook up all the winners. Loaded Boards and Orangatang Wheels are also back in the mix this year as presenting sponsors for the Pro DH and Women’s DH podiums, while Bear Trucks got on board to sponsor the Pro Slide Jam. Together these guys comprise the “Harvard Heroes,” putting their money where their mouth is and coming out in a big way to support the scene.

A $4,000 prize purse will be split amongst the Pro & Women’s devisions in DH and the slide jam — that’s some serious change on the line!  Mike has said that more sponsors will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned as that means there’ll be plenty of swag in the mix, too.

To put some icing on the cake, Mike also organized some live entertainment for the night of August 17th at the Billard Café in Ayer, MA and a shuttle to and from the hotel so that you don’t even need to figure a driving situation out. DJ Squnto aka Eric Roth (local shredder and legend) will be on hand to lay down some fine tunes, with others likely to be announced soon. You’ll also get to see some of the biggest names not only on the east coast, but in the industry throw down including Liam Morgan, Brian Bishop, Dane Webber, Norman Plante, Amanda Powell, Cindy Zhou, Josh Wright, Ed Neives, Steve Kong, Molly Lewis, Ethan Cochard, and so many more — honestly I’d keep going but I think you get the point. Henry and I will also be on deck, kissing hands and shaking babies, I mean, shaking hands and kissing babies, so find us and say hi!

Registration

Because of some mix-ups, registration is now starting on July 22nd at 8:00PM EST. You’ll be able to register over at EventBright by CLICKING HERE once registration opens for everyone. The pricing structure (which includes the EventBright fees) and size of the brackets (in parenthesis) are below:

DH – August 17
$60 – Pro (96), Women’s (32)
$50 – Am (64), Junior (32)

SLIDE JAM – August 18
$40 – All divisions (250)

*note: This may be different than on the SkateCentralMA.com FAQ page but is the most up-to-date and accurate as of 7/17

Schedule

Subject to some last minute tweaks and changes, which I’ll post when we hear about them, Mike Girard released the schedule as the following:

July 22:
8:00PM: Registration (See Registration Page for instructions)
August 16:
12:00PM: Haybale volunteers – meet at Harvard General Store

August 17:
7:00AM: Staff check-in and assignment
8:00AM: Rider check-in + tech inspection. T-shirts distributed in order of check-in
9:00AM: Road closes; First shuttles to top of hill for practice runs
11:00AM: First heats
1:00PM: Lunch break – 30 min
1:30PM: Racing resumes
4:00PM: Finals for each division
5:00PM: Road opens
5:10PM: Raffle drawing – Harvard General Store lawn
5:30PM: Podium ceremony – Harvard General Store lawn
6:00PM: Haybale volunteers begin bale transplant to slide jam hill.
– – Break – –
8:00PM: Shuttle from Holiday Inn Boxborough to Billiard Café, Ayer MA FEATURING LIVE MUSIC BY DJ SQUNTO (aka local shredder Eric Roth), with more to be announced soon.
11:45 PM: Shuttle from Billiards Café, Ayer MA to Holiday Inn Boxborough

August 18:
8:00AM: Staff check-in and assignment – Harvard General Store
8:30AM: Riders meet at Harvard General store
8:45AM: Shuttle from Harvard General Store to slide jam hill
9:00AM: Road closes; Rider check-in, tech inspection at bottom of slide jam hill
9:15AM: Practice
10:15AM: Open softwheel slide jam
11:15AM: Women’s slide jam
12:15PM: Lunch
1:30PM: Hardwheel slide jam
2:30PM: Pro softwheel slide jam
3:45PM: Longest slide
4:15PM: Built feature contest – TBA
5:00PM: Road opens; Shuttle to Harvard General Store
5:10PM: Raffle drawing
5:30PM: Podium ceremony – Harvard General Store lawn
6:30PM: Staff debrief; Takedown + de-haybaling

Lodging

Coupon Code for the 4th Annual Central MA Longboard Festival hotel specialThis is something you’ll want to get on earlier rather than later because there aren’t as many options in the Harvard area as one would like. Mike was able to set up a group deal at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA for $89.00/night with 2 double beds. This is about $20.00 $30.00 off the usual price. Split it with 3 friends and you’ve got yourself some cheap accommodations for the weekend. You’ve gotta use the code CEN in the “Group Code” box in order to get the promotional pricing (check out the image to the left for an example). Again, I’d do this earlier rather than later or you’ll be looking for a spot to camp and missing out on the fun that’s likely to ensue.

SkateCentralMA.com Live!

Finally, the event’s official website, SkateCentralMA.com launched at long last! It’s got lots of info about the event straight from the horse’s mouth including directions, more info about the hotel, and a detailed FAQ. Give it a look if you’re confused about anything or mosey over to their Contact page if you’ve got a question for Mike Girard or want to get involved by sponsoring or volunteering!

Wrap Up: Major Stok’em 5

majorstokem5signMajor Stok’em 5 went down this past Saturday under the George Washington Bridge  in sunny and warm (I’m not kidding, it was a beautiful day) Fort Lee, New Jersey. The race course was simple and sweet and made for some great racing for skaters of all skill levels. A quick aside: the finish line’s back drop was the George Washington Bridge and Downtown Manhattan’s skyline, with the yet-to-be-completed Freedom Tower looming large — very surreal for a downhill skateboard race.

Photo Apr 06, 12 55 41 PMThe race ran smoothly all day and the points based bracket system seemed to work very well for keeping the preliminary heats moving steadily. There were some gnarly crashes and good racing had by all during the early heats, with both skilled and novice racers being mixed in together to duke it out and see who’d be left standing. The Crash Corner lived up to its name once again, and despite new and improved custom-fitted pads the curb still laid claim to more than one knee/shin/body part that hit the gap.

Once the preliminary racing was over the Bustin’ Boards High Ollie Competition got underway. While it wasn’t run quite as smoothly as the race was, it was a ton of fun and should be a nice addition for the years to come. Towards the end it started to drag on, but Dave Aparicio sealed the deal with a 32″ ollie on a borrowed YoFace 32″ to end the competition and take home $300. Props to him, it was unreal to watch him ollie that high. Our boy Josh “Wild” Wright also put on a good showing and made it deep into the competition so props to him.

After the High Ollie Competition finished everyone was called together and the top 16 riders were announced for the final heats of racing. Our very own Connor Bewighouse made it into the top 16 on his Tutone Skateboard which we were ultra stoked about. Due to an unfortunate bump-draft incident with Anthony Flis he got taken out in the first heat of finals, but we’re proud of him and stoked none the less. In the end it came down to a super exciting race between Dejaune Jones and Rolando Martinez with Dejaune coming out ahead in the final turn to take the win. A new comer to the scene from Long Island, Christopher Lavinio, came in third with Sam Ettorre rounding out the final heat in 4th.

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All-in-all the event was a huge success with some great racing, fun people, and beautiful weather (despite it being a bit windy and cold in the morning). If Major Stok’em 5 is a sign of how the 2013 season will unfold out as a whole, we’re in for an even better and gnarlier season than expected.  Thanks a ton to Adam Dabonka for organizing the race, and all of the other volunteers and sponsors that came together to make it possible.

UPDATE 4/16/13: We found out that Christopher Lavinio was the previously unknown rider who placed 3rd and updated the above post accordingly. 

Check the gallery below for more of our photos from the event:

Push Culture Family Picnic — 5/25

Marc Dean, the organizer of I Love DH, is at it again, teaming up this time with the guys over at Push Culture to bring you the Push Culture Family Picnic going down on Burke Mountain in Vermont on Saturday, May 25 (Memorial Day Weekend). Unlike I Love DH, the PC Family Picnic will be the east coast’s first downhill freeride event with a focus on having fun with a group of like-minded individuals, rather than racing. This is a downhill freeride in the classic sense, think more along the lines of the Maryhill freerides and less along the lines of a slide jam, with speeds reaching in excess of 50 MPH. Both leathers and a full-face helmet will be required to participate (gloves should go without saying).

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The course itself is a 1 mile closed, private road featuring at least 6 hairpin turns from the summit of Burke Mountain near the Kingdom Trails in Vermont (bring your mountain bikes too!). While no formal heats are planned there’ll no doubt be some friendly competitions going down and there will be experienced riders and coaches on hand to help give some guidance and advice to newer riders and even hold a couple of clinics — a dope opportunity if you’re just starting to skate downhill!

The price to participate is $162.00 which includes 3 meals (breakfast and dinner Saturday, and breakfast Sunday), a party, and skate runs till you drop. Register here before it’s too late! This should be a wicked fun event with some of the best riders from throughout the Northeast coming to chill and skate one of the dopest roads we’ll see this season. Keep your eyes posted here as well as the Facebook Event for any major updates. We’re looking forward to what will undoubtably be a new Memorial Day Weekend tradition for east coast skaters!

Will you be in attendance? Sound off in the comments.

Major Stok’em 5 — 4/6

What has become nothing less than a Tri-State Area tradition for kicking off the season, Major Stok’em, is back again for the 5th year running, and it looks like it’ll be another great race. Over the years Major Stok’em bloomed from a local outlaw race to a fully sanctioned event, drawing riders from as far west as California, and far south as Puerto Rico in recent years. This year event organizer Adam Dabonka is changing it up by introducing a new points/bracketing system, which we’ll talk about a little later.

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It’s all going down on Saturday, April 6th at the Palisades Interstate Park in Fort Lee, New Jersey — located directly across the Hudson River from New York City. As of this post there were no times listed on the website, but if you go by last year’s schedule registration should begin at 8:30, practice heats around 10AM, and the first racing heat at 11:00AM. If you’re late you’re not racing — so make sure you’re on time! This also means you’ll want to be in and parked before 10AM if you’re a spectator since you won’t be able to get down the hill while there are heats racing; parking is free and there are over 100 spots located at the bottom of the race course. Bustin’ Boards is scheduled to host a Highest Ollie contest after the race so pack a board with a kicktail as well. As of right now this is strictly a downhill race, with no plans for a slide jam.

The course itself is approximately 1/4 mile long, with one crash corner at the end (see Major Stok’em 3). Riders will assemble single file after their heat and walk back to the top for their next race. In addition to helmets and gloves, knee pads are also required.majorstokem5aerial_view Registration is $35 and opens on Saturday, March 30th at 9:00AM; it will be capped to a limited number of riders, although they’re still working on figuring out the exact number. This is a week before the event, so it gives you time to confirm your schedule and find any change left in between the couch cushions. There are only two classes this year: Open and 13-and-Under, which should be offset by the points system (discussed below). The registration process is a little complicated, so read the directions on the website a couple of times in advance. Basically, you put $0.01 down to register via PayPal, then pay $35 cash at the event.

New this year will be the points/bracketing system they’re using. Every registered rider will race in 4 heats comprised of random racers all competing against each other to win points depending on how you place. A win gets you 5 points, 2nd place gets you 3 points, 3rd place gets you 2 points, and 4th place gets you 1 point. At the end of everyone’s 4 races all the points will be tallied together, with the top 16 point winners advancing to the Finals round. Finals will be a classic bracket style downhill race, with the top two riders from each heat advancing to the next round until we have a winner for Major Stok’em 5. It’s a cool idea because it guarantees that you’ll get to race 4 runs, and will still allow for classic, exciting elimination racing in the end.

We covered a lot pretty quick, so read everything again and check the Major Stok’em F.A.Q. section for anything we didn’t cover. Also join the Facebook Event to see the discussion and who else is planning on being there.

We’ll keep you updated with any changes and confirm the times as we get closer to race day.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival Announced

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 8.52.31 PMThe early news about the 2013 season out east just keeps getting better and better. Today our buddy Mike Girard created the Facebook Event for the 4th Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Festival in Harvard, MA. After a super successful 3 years of running what we’ve called one of the most fun and best run events on the East Coast, Mike sounds like he’s planning on stepping it up a notch even further this year and making it into a full blow two day longboarding festival. In about 2 hours the event already got over 200 confirmed guests, with that number expected to grow closer to 2,000 come event time.

It’s all going down on Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th — the festival will consist of multiple competitions for freeride/sliding, a downhill race, and a freestyle competition. The plan right now is for the DH race to be run on Saturday (with time to also allow non-racers time to ride the course), and the freeride/slide jam and freestyle events be held on Sunday. Unlike the last few years the DH course and slide jam will be on separate hills, meaning we’ll have the gnarliest runs for both days guaranteed Already Mike has been calling for kickers, ramps, and other features to help make the freeride portion even more exciting, especially with ramp champ Brian Bishop in attendance every year.

Mike is also looking to line up a videographer to take some video footage to create an in-house edit of the event. While we’ll be there along with Push Culture, Mike is looking to have an independent video source to help out. If you’ve got the gear and the know-how make sure you hit him up and let him know if you’d be interested in helping out. Hit him up at mikegirard@loadedboards.com if you can help with either the ramp or video situation.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more, for now you can look back on our coverage from the last two Central MA events and wait in eager anticipation for what will most likely be a wet and wild day. Mike is planning to meet with some town officials to solidify all the details, but we know that without a doubt it’ll be bigger and better than years past and cannot wait till August!

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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:

Wrap-Up: 3rd Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Competition

A few weeks ago now, August 12 to be exact, the 3rd Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Competition went down in Harvard, MA. If you were one of the 500 plus people there to either skate or spectate the event is anything far from memory still, as it once again took the top spot for the best organized, run, and most fun competition I’ve seen in New England this season.

In what seems like a tradition for the event at this point, the day started off with an unreal amount of rain through warm ups and the first couple of heats, causing some unexpected riders to advance and some big wipe outs to happen (although nothing quite like last year’s collection of crashes). As the day carried on and the course dried out, the race got faster and more competitive, keeping the crowd at the edge of their seats through the final rounds of the downhill races. 128 riders in total competed for the Open Downhill podium, with Dane Webber, Luis Marrero and Steven Sanchez pulling out the top 3 in the end. Mixed in between the serious downhill heats was a Chinese Downhill event organized by Passion Skateboards, making for some fun and wild runs and making Connecticut Downhill’s own Victor Tu a very happy boy after he finished first. There was also a 32-person Grom bracket, with Brett Ciabattini taking first, Tucker Bishop coming in second and David Yang rounding out the podium in third.

(from L to R) Luis, Dane, and Steven celebrate on the Open Downhill podium. Photo credit: Mike DiPietro/SKATETHEEAST.NET

Once downhill was over the cones were cleared and the slide jam began. Ed Neives, Steve Kong, and Mason McNay all threw down hard during the hardwheel competition, finishing in that respective order. Friend of the site Norman Plante was also a notable entry into the hardwheels section, mainly because he doesn’t own a techsliding setup nor does he practice it. Norm still managed to throw some impressive lines, showcasing his raw talent on a skateboard. The softwheel competition didn’t leave much on the table, either, as Brett Ciabattini took home first place followed closely by friends of the site Chris O’Brien and Eric Roth. All three of these guys managed to weave their way through two very crowded heats of riders (which in and of itself was very impressive) to still throw some super entertaining lines and gnarly tricks. A sperate division was thrown in for groms in this event, as well, with Jordan Billingsly taking first followed closely by David Yang and Hughie Allan, respectively. I think a few separate heats to space people out and reduce the congestion would have helped a lot, so hopefully that’ll be the case next year.

Ladies weren’t left out of the fun, either, with the fight for the podiums in both Lady’s Downhill and Lady’s Freeride being vicious ones right to the end. Paige Mariscano surprised much the field with her first place finish, followed closely by former east coaster Amanda Powell and Cordelia Welch. All three of these girls duked it out on the hill and were very fun to watch race. When it came to the slide jam Molly Lewis threw down some fun combos and techy tricks to take the top spot on the podium, with Amanda Powell coming in second. Friend of the stie Laura Nocka rounded out the third place position.

Overall this event was surely the most fun of the summer and as usual was amongst the best organized.  Huge shout outs to Mike Girard for making it all happen from the stressful stages of planning to the constant, unplanned emergencies that happen during the event Mike kept his calm and cool and made it an unbelievable day for everyone that attended. One thing to draw attention to as well is the prize packages Mike put together. Instead of just letting everyone walk off with a piece of gear, Mike stepped it up another notch (the theme of this event, it seems) by putting together a $2,000 prize purse split amongst the winners. Original Skateboards threw in $300 for the softwheel winner and the rest came out of Mike’s pocket — “NEXT LEVEL GAME CHANGER!” as Eric Roth and Lil B would say.

Rumor has it we might see two days next year, a change that I think everyone would more than welcome and would extend New England’s best event for even more fun and excitement. I for one, cannot wait until next year!

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3rd Annual Central Massachusetts Downhill, Slide Jam and Freestyle Skate Competition on SUNDAY!

The day that many of us have been waiting for since last year’s event is nearly upon us: the 3rd Annual Central Massachusetts Downhill,  Slide Jam and Freestyle Skate Competition is going down THIS SUNDAY (8/12) in Harvard, Massachusetts. Last year’s race was one of the biggest and most fun events that went down in the Northeast and this year’s certainly doesn’t look to be any smaller or less fun.

The event is hosted on a closed road, features a 128-racer downhill bracket, slide jam with judge panel, longest slide, and flatland competitions, shuttles back to the top and LOTS OF PRIZES. Mike Girard, the host of the event, does an unreal job organizing this thing so you can expect one of the smoothest run events you’ve been to in a long time, despite the number of people that are sure to be there (hundreds, at a minimum). I know both the Earthwing and Bustin crews will be coming up from NYC to attend, along with skaters from Washington, D.C., Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Upstate New York — this is truly one of the best events that always draws some of the most experienced skaters from all over the Northeast.

 

Registration and entry fees can be bought and handled over on the Eventbrite page that Mike set up for the event. You must pre-register in order to race — this isn’t something you want to miss out on by not getting one of the last available spots. You’ll also need a copy of the waiver to race, which you can find here.

**PRO TIP FOR SPECTATORS AND RACERS ALIKE: There’s a ton of poison ivy that lines the side of the race course and road in general. No exaggeration, you will get poison ivy if you’re not careful. I got lit up with it on my legs last year and lots of the guys who crashed said it added insult to injury when it popped up all around their road rash. Be careful whether your skating or spectating, pants and long sleeves might be a good idea.**

Another big rule for the event that will be strictly enforced is the alcohol policy. The main police contact from the Town of Harvard has told Mike that they will shut the event down with no warning if anyone is drinking alcohol at all. This is a very serious threat especially since Harvard is a dry town, so they’ll have 0 tolerance for it. Smoking the Devil’s Lettuce should also be refrained from — it’s just common sense. Let’s not do anything to jeopardize the event, a lot is on the line, including an unreal day — DON’T BE THAT GUY (or girl)!

Schedule for event day is as follows:

8:00 AM: Rider check-in, equipment checks, waivering
9:00 AM: Practice runs start
10:45 AM: First DH heats
2:30 PM: End of DH; Beginning of slide jam
5:00 PM: End of Slide Jam; Road re-opens
5:15 – 5:45PM Podium awards

As I stated earlier, Mike does a great job organizing and running the event, so expect things to stay on schedule for race day.

What’s on the line besides a bunch of gear? How about a total cash purse of $2,000 distributed amongst the downhill and freeride races. Cash purse distributed as follows:

DOWNHILL:

  •  Open DH
    • 1st $500
    • 2nd $250
    • 3rd $100
  • Womens DH
    • 1st $150
    • 2nd $75
    • 3rd $50

FREERIDE:

  • Freeride – Soft Wheel open:
    • 1st: $300
    • 2nd: $150
    • 3rd: $50
  • Freeride – Hard Wheel open:
    • 1st: $150
    • Runner Up: $75
  • Freeride – Women’s:
    • 1st: $100
    • Runner up: $50

Expect vendors to also be on the scene selling some of their ware for cheap. I know Phat DeanZ will be in attendance with gear, as I’m sure many of the other sponsors will be. Mike also announced that they’ll be selling 200 hi-res versions of the above flyer for a $1 a piece which will definitely serve as a nice keepsake from the event and make for some pretty bad ass wall-art. UPDATE 1: Jeff Vyain from Bustin’ Boards just posted that the Bustin’ crew will be traveling with a limited number of boards that they’ll be selling at a discount (most likely around 20%) for people to pick up. If you’re interested you should hit him up early on Facebook or e-mail to make sure they don’t go before you even get a shot.

I can’t wait to see everyone there — if anyone has any questions e-mail Mike Girard at mikegirard@loadedboards.com or post over on the event’s Facebook page

Major Stok’em 4 Goes Down June 2nd!

The biggest downhill event in the greater NYC area, Major Stoke ‘Em, is going down again for the fourth time this year on June 2nd. Taking place at the Palisades Interstate Park in Englewood Cliffs, NJ the event is sure to draw a very large crowd as people from all over the Tri-State area try their luck at downhill racing in one of the only big downhill events in the area. Last year the event was held as a season kick-off in March and still managed to attract quite the crowd despite the cold weather. Since it’s nicer this year you can expect even more people to come out and create some super fun racing.

It’s a sanctioned event with a U-Haul truck to take you back to the top, a full medical staff on hand, closed course, and safety measures to ensure that the event not only runs smoothly, but also safely as well. It’s going to be a fun, fast, and safe day of downhill racing with a lot of fun characters from the Northeast scene. Entry fee has increased to $30 to race this year (up from $10) and a helmet and gloves are required to race. Registration will start on May 26th — exactly one week before the event. Here’s how to go about registering and some more info on how many riders will get to participate this year:

Rider cap and pre-registration. There will be a rider cap of 84 riders. REGISTRATION BEGINS ON SATURDAY MAY 26TH @9:00AM EST. Please register by sending the $30 registration fee via Paypal to info@skateragsonline.com. Please include your first and last name. The first 84 racers to submit their payment will race! I don’t have Paypal now what? You need to find a friend who has.

It’s a new course from last year which means the videos you saw of the crash corner at Major Stok’Em 3 won’t be a problem, with the event organizer saying that the course is super stable and should make for good skating for everyone. The top speed will be between 35-42 depending on your tuck and push, so leathers and a fullface aren’t necessities.  There are a whole bunch of other FAQ’s over on the event’s Facebook Page, so it’s worth checking out.

The schedule is going to be strict since it’s a closed course with time frames, get familiar with it below so you’re not missing out at all on race day!

8:30-9:45 Parking and Registration at the Englewood Boat Basin.

10:00am-10:50am Practice Heats and Freeride

11:00am-3:00pm Race time and end of event

It’s double elimination, 4 rider heats with the top two advancing, which should help make things fair since there are no Am/Pro divisions. The event sounds like it’ll be a bunch of fun for everyone that makes it out to both watch and participate, I’m hoping to make it down myself. Best of luck and happy skating!

Team Mids Presents: A Day of Downhill at Prospector Hill (MA — 5/5/12)

If you’re looking for some absolutely fun downhill action then this is the event to be at. Going down on May 5th, Team Mids is hosting a downhill race 20 minutes outside of Boston in Waltham, MA at “Prospector Hill.” The exact location will be announced as the race draws near to prevent it from being blown up too early, if you’d like to skate it before the race feel free to contact the host via Facebook. The race will feature 3 man heats with the top 2 moving on to the next round and will be on a closed course with top speeds in the 40s. Sound fun yet? It gets better.

In true East Coast fashion the course is a little janky and will surely cause some spills for first-time riders as it requires some high speed speed-checks to get around the 9 challenging turns. The course length is 3/4 of a mile and has 2 very short push sections. The course is dangerous while riding in packs, especially for those who aren’t used to it, so a helmet and gloves are going to be required and every racer will also need to sign and submit a waiver. It’s all going to start at 11:00AM but we recommend getting there a little early to walk the course, get ready, and talk to the event organizers a little bit.

For this same reason there will be qualifying runs to keep safety as high as possible (we have a note on how they’ll judge who is fit to race and who isn’t below). Race fees are paid on the race day after you qualify and will help pay for  water and other essentials (I’ve also heard the possibility of a cash prize!).  Not only that, but any profits are being donated to Restorative Justice, so your fees are going to a good spot no matter what which should stoke you out even more!

So how are they doing qualifying you ask?

About qualifications:
The admins of this event will position themselves at the most challenging corner of the hill, and the prospecting racers will skate into the corner as best they can. We will see whether or not you’re fit to race (don’t worry, we’ll be very forgiving and will be able to recognize skill even if you don’t make the turn). This will be hilarious to watch.

A large number of high quality sponsors are throwing in some swag for the event such as Lifelong Longboards, Loaded/Orangatang, Bustin’ Boards, Passion Skate Decks and a number of others. This is also one of the first events we’re helping to sponsor and are super stoked to be a part of it!

Check out a couple of videos the guys did to promote the race, the first of which is one of the funniest promo videos I’ve ever seen. The second video does a very good job at showing you the whole course including the push sections. Props to Stretch House Media’s Eric Roth on those.


Peep the flyer below and feel free to comment below with any questions or pop over to the Facebook Event and ask there.

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