Skate The East T-Shirts Are Here!

steshirt-exampleJust in time for the warmer weather to be coming around, we’re dropping our first ever Skate The East t-shirt.

Legally, we can’t say that they’ll make you the most swag kid on your block, or that your skating will improve 500% every time you look at a board, or that your probably going to go pro. What we can say, though, is that you’ll probably regret not jumping at your chance to get one of these fine looking specimens before they’re gone and you’re stuck on a waiting list.

They’re printed on Fruit of The Loom Heavy t-shirts and were printed here on the east coast and are going for $15.00 a piece.

Don’t. Sleep. On. This. It’s too easy not to, plus you’ll be helping us to continue bringing you the best coverage of east coast longboarding out there. Show some love and head on over to the web store to check ’em out!

2013 Ithaca Slide Jam Registration Open

ithacaslidejamregistration2013Registration is open for this year’s Ithaca Slide Jam, going down on April 27th in Ithaca, NY. Cost is $40 to skate one of the gnarliest hills in Ithaca with one of the raddest group of freeride skaters from all over not only the East Coast, but United States (and even Toronto, Canada). This is one of the must-attend events and you absolutely won’t be disappointed.

Much of the Comet Team will be on hand and shredding, including our good friend Brian Peck, Liam Morgan, Jesse Breiman, Eric Jensen, Blake Smith, Pam Diaz as well as Marcus Bandy from Wheelbase Magazine and Scott Lembach from Muirskate.

Make sure to include your e-mail so you can get a receipt. You’ll need to print this and bring it to the event as proof of purchase. If you’re under 18 you’ll also need a completed waiver. It’s not clear if you’ll need one if you’re over 18, but it’s likely. You can find the waiver here.

You’ll also need to be rocking a helmet, no exceptions. Other than that the event is going to be laid back and tons of fun.

So, what does your $40 get you your asking?

  • Closed hill skate jam
  • Fresh pavement at a consistent 15% grade
  • Skate park terrain
  • 6 hours of open shredding fun
  • As many runs as you can skate
  • Roots / Beats / Words with emcee Mike Judah
  • Official Skate Jam Curbside Lunch
  • Official Skate Jam Coozie
  • Official Skate Jam T shirt
  • Official Skate Jam Art Zine
  • Official Skate Jam 30% off discount code good from time of purchase til Monday, April 29th, unlimited usage. email team@cometskateboards.com with order number for code.
  • Prizes for overall style, individuality, and more from the spy judges
  • Lots of stuff to give away from Comet, Volante, Caliber, Blood Orange

We are keeping the event super simple. Grab your board and take as many runs as you like. The hill is steep and smooth, 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 Saturday 4/27, that will come true and we are stoked to skate it with you.

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE.

This is how slide jams are supposed to be done and is a vanguard for east coast jams. With last year being such a big hit we can’t see what the guys up North came up with as a follow-up. Make sure to see our event post for more critical info about the jam. Have you registered yet?

EVENT RUNS FROM 9AM-5PM!

Image: Comet Skateboards

Bustin’ Boards Announces 2013 Lineup

As the weather gets nicer it’s hard to not get excited for the season to start, and the new product releases we’ve been seeing aren’t making it much easier. Bustin’ today announced their 2013 lineup with major additions to their Yoface, Maestro, and Camber families and a new freeride wheel family dubbed the Five-O Series.

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The Yoface family picture.

We’ll start where people seem to be most excited: the new Yoface models. The Yoface 35 became a smash hit amongst DK enthusiasts after its release last year and the team over at Bustin’ didn’t waste much time working to improve it’s design and functionality even more. Featuring a beautiful cereal bowl concave that maintains its shape right to the tails and flared wheel wells, you can now find the Yoface in two additional lengths: a shorter 32″ version for a more street-deck feel at 8.675″ wide, or a longer 39″ version for added foot platform and deck real estate when going fast at 9.5″ wide. These boards transition seamlessly from city streets with big wheels, to shredding bowls and bombing hills. The graphic on the Yoface 39 is my favorite yet from Bustin’, too dope. You can pick up the Yoface 32 for $70, Yoface 35 for $75, and the Yoface 39 for $95 at your favorite local skateshop that carries Bustin’.

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The new Yoface 39

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Maestro Mini V2

While there’s been an added focus on their DH/freeride decks and the Yoface, Bustin’ has managed to stay true to their roots and are making changes to two of their classic board families: the Maestro and Camber Series. This year they’re making big changes to the MaestroPro in an attempt to make the classic city commuter into a more formidable freeride option as well as introducing version 2 of the Maestro Mini.  Both the MaestroPro and Maestro Mini V2 feature symmetrical shapes, unlike the forward cambered design of the Maestro Classic, so you can jump on and rip them without thinking about which direction the deck is facing.

The MaestroPro is constructed using 6 plies of maple and sublimated triaxial fiberglass to add stiffness without the excess weight caused by more wood. It features a rockered shape, cambered foot platform, and signature low ride to make it ultra comfortable when commuting, and multiple wheelbase options to help you adjust the amount of flex the board gives. The Maestro Mini V2 features many of the same upgrades that the MaestroPro got, with the exception of the sublimated triaxial fiberglass, instead using the same 8 ply Maple construction found on the Maestro Classic. With its squat shape the Maestro Mini V2 has some fatter kicktails and should make commuting a blast as it looks like you can really manhandle this board without much effort. The MaestroPro comes in at 38″ long and 9″ wide, while the Maestro Mini V2 stands at 34″ long and 8.75″ wide. Despite only being 4″ shorter in length, the Maestro Mini V2’s wheelbase is almost 6″ shorter than the MaestroPro and should be super agile for navigating on city streets or campus sidewalks. The MaestroPro will set you back $175 and the Maestro Mini V2 will put you back $95.

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The MaestroPro

The Camber Series, comprised of the Cigar 38 and Cigar 31, got some upgrades this year as well. A variation of a classic flexy pintail, these topmount decks are great for casual spring and summertime cruises. Gentle concave mixed with gentle camber and a flexy platform make for a great pumping/push deck to allow you to cruise without much effort or foot fatigue. Multiple wheelbase options allow you to dial in how much flex you need and feature CNC’ed wheel wells. Simple and straightforward cruiser decks, nothing too complicated here. Both are available now for $95 and $80 for the Cigar 38 and 31 respectively.

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Finally, Bustin’ released their new freeride wheel for 2013, the Five-O Series, in two different versions: 64mm with a centerset core, and 72mm with a sideset core. The translucent wheels (which we have to imagine leaves some gnarly thane lines) feature a small core to maximize thane depth and minimize the chance of a core blow-out and are made to be ridden hard. Bustin’ is advertising them as a no bullish*t wheel, just pure thane that slides consistently and predictably without the need for any frills, a refreshing and exciting take on wheels.  The 64mm version comes in 80a and 85a durometers while the 72mm version can be found in 77a ad 80a. The 64mm wheels were designed as an all around wheel with the Yoface in mind, while the 72mm version were designed specifically to be ridden fast on hills as a freeride wheel, hence the sideset core and bigger size. Whenever I hear a wheel described as “crayon on construction paper” I get very excited, so expect a first-hand look at these wheels in the near future.

That’s it for now. We’re psyched to see our friends in NYC doing some big things and continuing to push the sport forward on all fronts. It’s nice to know that while Bustin’ has been focusing on the freeride/downhill scene recently, they haven’t lost sight of their roots in the City and are producing boards for all types of riders, from park skaters to the city commuter and out to the hills. I’m excited to see the new Yoface and Five-O wheels in person soon and will be sure to report back when we do.

Comet Announces New Boards: Archetype and the Morgan

Comet Skateboards — based in Ithaca, New York — announced two new boards Monday morning, the Archetype and the Morgan. Both boards are geared towards downhill/freeride and are the brainchildren of Jesse Breiman and Liam Morgan, respectively. While the Archetype had been seen being prototyped for quite some time now (the concept came about at last year’s Ithaca Hill Jam, according to Jesse), the “Morgan” Signature Model came as a bit more of a surprise, especially with his Grease Shark and Grease Hammer already on the market. While it looks very similar in shape and size to his last few boards, it has some changes that we’ll run you through in a second.

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2013-CB-archetype_The Archetype, or dank plank as many had come to call it, is a symmetrical downhill/freeride board and is a loose evolution of the Takeover which has been making waves for the last year or so. Featuring what they’re calling comfortable concave, symmetrical shape, subtle rocker, and two flush mount truck options, Comet is billing the board as a bare bones no BS board. No fat, no frills, just exactly what you need to thrash and rage hills. It’s 37″ long and 9.75″ wide with wheelbase options at 26.3″ and 27.3″. 9 plies make it stiff and 0.55″ of both rocker and concave make you nice and comfortable. I can’t wait to see this thing in person, it looks like a pretty dope symmetrical option.

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2013-CB-morgan_The Morgan Signature Model, as I said, looks very similar to the previous decks designed by Mr. Greasy but totes a slightly different shape to improve foot space as well as functionality. Still sporting its directional speedboard shape, the Morgan got a new graphic and some upgraded stats, including increased rocker and mellower concave. Slightly longer than the Grease Hammer, the Morgan is a quarter inch taller at 36.25″ but maintains the wheelbase options of 26″ or 27″ as well the width of 9.875″. The rocker and concave match that of the Archetype, meaning the rocker increased by 0.05″ and concave decreased by 0.20″, changes you’ll definitely notice when you step on the board if you’re used to riding the Grease Hammer. The graphic is pretty dope as well, I can’t lie. UPDATE: Geoff from Comet let us in on a little piece of knowledge about the concave change on the Morgan. Unlike the Grease Hammer, whose concave was measured off the mold, the Morgan’s concave was measured off of a finished board. What does this mean? The measurements aren’t comparing apples to apples, as the Morgan’s concave is actually more aggressive than the Hammer’s.

They’re calling the two new boards the first in their “Cosmic Bling” series and are both on sale now for $144.95. If this is just the start, then I can’t wait to see what else is in store for 2013 from Comet.

Watch as Liam Morgan and Riley Crone get down on the two new releases in Laguna:

SkateThe604 Previews the New 2013 Landyachtz Top Speed

2013TopSpeed5Landyachtz is going to have a big year ahead of them and we’re super excited. The 2013 WolfShark looks like it’ll be the best version of the beloved directional top mount we’ve seen yet and the rest of of the line-up is starting to flesh itself out slowly. SkateThe604 recently posted a whole bunch of pictures and information about the newest board to show it’s skin, the Top Speed, on their Facebook Page.

After about 8 months of design and prototyping the final version of the Top Speed sure is something to take a look at. The bottom of the board will feature a ply of fiberglass with sublimated graphics, in keeping with what we saw on the 2013 WolfShark (and apparently what we’ll see on most of the 2013 decks), which will add some stiffness without the need for extra weight. The graphic, in my opinion, is one of the cooler ones I’ve seen in a while, and is drastically different from the Landy graphics we’ve become used to.

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The length of the deck comes in at 34.5″ long and 9″ wide with a 25.5″ wheelbase and “W” concave. The Top Speed also features some subtle wheel-well flares that we haven’t seen on a Landy board before. They look like they rise nicely out of the concave and should create a nice pocket when mixed with the W, something I’m curious to see for myself. Since I haven’t even seen this deck in person yet, you’ll have to differ to what SkateThe604 has to say about the size and shape, although it sounds like welcome news for you smaller riders out there and very comfortable.

For shorter people with small feet like me, this board was designed for you. What I most like about the specs is the width; traditionally boards are 10” wide. I have small feet so I could never really freeride 10” boards since I like to have a bit of heel hang. With the steadily rising of new groms coming into the longboard scene this will be a well suited board … The newest features to this year are the flairs. I find the flairs on this board is just perfect, it really locks your foot in, really nice to push your foot up against. I’ve ridden many other boards with flairs or flair like features but found them to always be too aggressive.

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Tip of the hat again to SkateThe604 for the scoop, we’re excited to get a chance to see this thing in person soon enough.

 

 

Limited Edition Bustin’ Deck to Support Maryhill Festival of Speed

The guys and gals at Bustin’ Boards in NYC do a lot to support the longboarding scene and have helped foster the steady growth we’ve seen in the sport. From constantly sending out prize packages for contests up and down the east coast (and country), to putting up big prize money at races, it’s clear that they’re committed to giving back. This time they’re using their unique resources to support one of longboarding’s most famous events, the Maryhill Festival of Speed.

They teamed up with MFOS’ organizers this year to help make the event even better than it’s been in the past by making 100 limited edition Sportsters with a dope MFOS graphic, and selling them at $150 a pop. Instead of only offering the classic white and blue color scheme you may have seen last year, Bustin’ is letting you use their customizer to pick your own base and graphic colors to make your limited edition deck a one of a kind. The proceeds from the sales will go directly to the MFOS and will help to make what is already a legendary event even better. Get more details and check it out over on the Bustin’ website.

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I think it’s a pretty cool idea and will hopefully prove to be an effective way to help fund events in the future, so rock on Bustin’. Now if only we could find a way out to the event…

Skate The East Welcomes Molly Lewis!

Once again the title doesn’t leave much to the imagination on this one so we’ll cut to the chase: we’re super stoked to welcome Molly Lewis as our newest author here at Skate The East! For those of you who don’t know Molly you’ll soon be very familiar, not only because you’ll be hearing more from her here, but also because she’s easily one of the most talented ladies in the sport right now.

Hailing from North Carolina, Molly rides for Original Skateboards, Holesom Pucks, Socco Socks, Aussie Island Skate Shop and reps the east coast wherever she goes. We’re looking forward to hearing more about her numerous skate trips and thoughts in general and think she’ll be a perfect addition to the crew here! She’ll tell you a little more about herself in an intro post soon; until then join us in giving a big warm welcome to Molly!

Check out Molly taking the podium after winning the Ladies’ Freeride competition at the 3rd Annual Central Mass event.

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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!

GET ALL THE INFO YOU NEED WITH OUR FULL POST HERE!

Broadway Bomb 2013: Mark Your Calendar

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UPDATE: Check our full Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend post now!

The scent of spring isn’t even in the air but we’re already hearing some rumblings about the 2013 Broadway Bomb. The push race down one of New York City’s most famous streets has absolutely exploded in popularity over the last couple of years, growing by the hundreds and swelling to a far larger size than ever envisioned. Last year nearly 2,000 participants descended upon New York to race through the streets with throngs of other longboarders and New York City traffic.

While the City itself launched a court and police battle to halt the event last year, in the end NYPD ended up offering police escorts and stopped traffic at intersections to help protect both motorists and skaters alike. Still, it had everyone wondering — what would happen in 2013? The answer to that question has, at least in part, been answered tonight on the Broadway Bomb’s facebook account, run by one of the organizers of the event, who we’re choosing not to name. On it it told everyone to mark their calendars for the second Saturday in October and thanked the NYPD for their cooperation. That’s October 12, 2013 for all of you too lazy to look at a calendar (I was at first too, don’t worry). Obviously it immediately got tons of likes and comments from people far too stoked to skate again this fall.

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The question regarding just how “official” the event will be this year is still in the air, however. While in the comments the Broadway Bomb account later noted that there would be “More police escorts,” we can’t help but wonder if that just means there’ll be more police on hand this year, as there were never any official police escorts in years past as far as we know. Either way, we’ll find out soon enough. We’re too stoked for the weekend of skateboarding that surrounds this event every year and can’t wait to hear more as the date draws closer.

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Stay tuned for any updates as the season progresses! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and all that jazz. 

UPDATE: Check our full Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend post now!

 

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.