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Interview with Ed Nieves

Connor Bewighouse and Tom Leary snagged some time with Earthwing rider and NYC local Ed Neives to chop it up and talk skateboarding, the east coast scene, and what the future holds. Stick around to see what Ed has to say.

Ed Nieves. Photo: Steve Kong

Photo credit: Steve Kong

Connor and Tom (STE): Start with the basics; name/age/location?

Ed Nieves (EN): Name’s Ed, my best friends call me Shred. I’m 21 as of two weeks ago. Born in Manhattan, grew up in Brooklyn, still living in Brooklyn in the same neighborhood. It’s chill.

STE : Any favorite local spots?

EN: Owl’s Head Skatepark, now that I can actually skate it, is my favorite place to skate, since it’s right down the road from me and has a sweet bowl. Other than that, I like going to Watchtower, Darktower, and “uptown” hills that don’t have names (which we also don’t refer to by street names). Oh, and the skate from Times Square down to Chinatown is a sick route for mobbing through traffic.

STE: Rad. Who is the typical crew at said spots?

EN: When we’re skating bowls, it’s usually my teammates Andriy Dash and (little) Bryan Sheehy, and local favorite Max Gnar is present sometimes. Sliding at hills and stuff? It’s Kong, Tazer, Jerry, Camilo, Monica, Bryan, Max Gnar, Connor, Parker, other Max… Quite the sizable grom squad (not all mentioned here) with Kong and I playing as the parents.

STE: You and steve parents, thats fucking scary haha. Why did you start skating and what or who inspires you to keep skating?

Ed Nieves doing what he does best in NYC.

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred

EN: I started skating because I didn’t have many friends, and I sucked at every sport I tried. I mean I sucked at skating too, but I felt like it was acceptable. All the old guys who still skate vert are super inspirational for me. I look at them in their cargo shorts, kneepads and faded Black Flag t shirts doing huge boardslides in the deep end and wonder if when I’m their age I’l be reliving my youth in the same way in skinny jeans and a faded Earthwing shirt slashing frontside grinds.

STE: Fuck yea. Pros and cons to east coast downhill skating: GO!

EN: It’s fucking flat, dude. Generally, you’ve gotta go out of your way to get to a good spot, and the hope the pavement isn’t chipseal. It makes skaters more hungry, I feel, because we have to work for everything, for the most part. This leads to (generally) two types of skaters. The hardcore type that takes every opportunity to steam runs and go as fast as possible, and the ones who don’t try to travel and end up putting their driveway out of laziness. Our events are shitshows 9 times out of 10, but they’re always fun because the northeast homies are a rad, tight bunch.

STE: Great answer, couldnt have said it better myself. Speaking of these shoddily thrown together events, what is your favorite event you’ve ever attended?

EN: Making an “event” page on Facebook is not the same as making an event. Most kids don’t realize that, and they email companies to send product to their “slide jams” which is actually them and their friends skating the local hill. My favorite downhill event has been Central Mass 3, because Mike Girard knows how to do things the right way. It was a rad day of skating and lurking, with a closed road and a perfect freeride hill. My favorite event though, was two weeks ago at the House of Vans, because I met Christian Hosoi and he’s friggin awesome.

The ever steezy Ed Nieves.

Photo: Monica Mikolajczyk

STE: Yea I heard bout that! Hosoi is super rad, I’m sure you threw a couple layback grinds at his feet to show him whats good, haha. So who’s favorite downhill skater?

EN: Favorite DH skater is Josh WILD Wright. He’ll charge anything without thinking twice, and slay it harder than anyone who might be there. He’s a stout, strong fellow, and his style is beastly.

STE:  So uhhh, that’s about it…any shout-outs?

EN: Shouts out to Kong for teaching me how to coleman in 2010, Andriy for being Andriy, Babish for the photos, Connor for being the raddest 12 year old, Connor’s mom for feeding me and stuff, Brian Petrie for being awesome and generous, Tazer for never giving up, David Yang for skating with a bar in his leg, and every single Brazlian skater I keep up with on the internet (Marcelo, Rafinha, Diego, the Yuppies, etc) for inspiring me with the seemingly impossible feats you do on skateboards.

STE: Werdddddddddd! Thanks for your time dude!

EN: Thank you homie, gotta skate to the train and get to work. Peace!

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:

2012 Broadway Bomb Weekend — NYC 10/19 to 10/21

MAJOR UPDATE FROM THE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS FOR THE BOMB:

Attention all Skaters! Ian has received a summons from the City of New York. In order to avoid being prosecuted, Ian Nichols must officially cancel the Broadway Bomb and relinquish all responsibility. However, We are going to flash mob 116th Street and Broadway at 11:50AM and Start the Race at 12:00PM exactly. Get the exact time from your cellphone. Please don’t show up until 11:50AM because there may be a police presence. Please share this post with everyone in order to keep us all safe. See you there.

This video was also on the official website:

UPDATE 2: I’ve been getting a lot of questions as to what the above statement means. If you decide to be a part of the flashmob do not show up to the park any earlier than 11:50 and expect the “flashmob” to start promptly at 12:00PM. No lolligagging in the park with your friends before hand like usual, this is strictly business until the BBQ at the end, from what we can read.

UPDATE 3: Just so we’re all clear here, I’m not an organizer of this collective group skate nor am I condoning anyone’s participation. Just reporting the information as they’ve been distributed and posted.

Update 4: New York’s very own, Steve Kong, just posted this YouTube video from tonight’s local news in New York City warning that the New York Supreme Court told the City that they can issue a temporary restraining order against the event (guessing that’s the Summons Ian got). Once again, just reporting what we’ve heard, use your judgement.

Update 5: We found an article from DNAinfo New York talking a little more about the restraining order, although it still isn’t exactly clear what it means nor when it was issued.

It’s that time of year again folks, the leaves have changed color, the air is crisper, and more importantly this year’s BROADWAY BOMB is upon us! For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Bomb is by far the largest longboard event in the country with over 1,300 participants descending on the famous New York City street making their way from 116th to the Bowling Green. The event is one of the few sights that make New Yorkers and tourists alike stop dead in their tracks and is something that’s absolutely incredible to be apart of.

What is most incredible is the sheer size of the event now. Again this year the event has grown an unbelievable amount with over 1,400 skaters already registered, and over 1,600 people listed as attending on Facebook, with over a week left until the event! It’s likely we’ll break at least 1,500 registered skaters by then, and actual turnout could prove to be even higher if weather is nice and the Facebook responses are true, as was the case last year. If you haven’t already done so you should head on over and register, especially if you plan on placing in the top-10. If you’re just in it for the experience, it’s not a necessity that you register, but it helps everyone get a better feel for how many people are actually participating.

There’s more to the weekend than just the Bomb itself, though, with events on both Friday night as well as Sunday — making for a nice full weekend of skateboard fun that you really can’t beat.

Just so everyone is clear: the Bomb itself will be Saturday the 20th @ 12:00 PM sharp!

Friday, October 19th:

Blue Sky Mile Challenge hosted by Blue Sky Longboards; 4:00-8:00PM

A one (1) mile IDSA sanctioned push race taking place in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. The event is slated to go down from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and currently has a $4,000 cash prize purse that’s still growing. Registration closes on October 18th, the day before the event. Make sure you’re signed up if you’re interested. $20 for IDSA members and $35 for non-members. The Facebook event has over 300 people attending, so while it’s a new event to the weekend it could end up being well attended.

Friday Night Rips hosted by Earthwing Skateboards; 7:00PM – End

Casual event that is a classic pre-bomb event. Takes place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and starts at 7:00 PM, finishing when it finishes. Slide, wheelie, and downhill — again emphasis on it being a casual event. Should have a lot of classic rippers in attendance and will for sure be a great way to start the weekend off. For more information peep the Facebook group, linked above.

Saturday, October 20th:

Broadway Bomb hosted by the New York Longboard Association; 12:00-1:30PM

The main event of the weekend, a push race down Broadway in traffic! The Bomb will go down at 12:00PM and should last until about 1:30 at the latest. Meet at 116th and Broadway at the Park just down the hill. The Bomb tends to go off right on time every year, so if you snooze you’ll likely have to catch up somewhere on Broadway! This is going to be the biggest event ever and will surely be something you’ll regret missing if you can help it. MAKE SURE TO REGISTER HERE so that we can have a somewhat accurate count of how many people attend.

Helmets are required. Come early and keep quiet as to not attract too much attention! Make sure to register before coming and remember, YOU COULD DIE! Check the Facebook Event for any last minute updates.


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Post-Bomb BBQ hosted by Sector Nine Longboards; 2:00-5:00PM

Just like it sounds, taking place at the East River Park (10th Street and FDR Drive). Make sure you’re respectful of the park and pick up after yourself. Usually a great time where you can see a lot of old friends, meet new skaters, and see some of your favorite pros.

Afterparty at Lucky Jack’s Bar hosted by the New York Longboard Association; 7:00 PM – End

130 Allen Street, located right next to the Longboard Loft. Continuation of the BBQ with a similar crowd and much more drinking.

Sunday, October 21st:

Sunday Morning Style Sessions hosted by Uncle Funky’s Board Shop; 8AM-11AM

This is another classic event to head out to the day after the Bomb. Get up early, kick the hangover and come hang out over at Darktower with a lot of the crew from the day before. Contact Jeff Gaites at Uncle Funky’s to RSVP. If that’s a little too early for you, then there’s always…

The Skate For Life Slidejam hosted by Various Sponsors; 12:00PM – End 

The world famous Steve Kong has done an all-star job organizing this event which will take place at Darktower right after the Style Sessions. All the proceeds are going raise money for cystic fibrosis research, so it’s absolutely something you want to come out for and support. Two divisions (hard and soft wheels) as well as multiple heats will help keep the flow under control, ensuring that you won’t have to snake your way through groms to get a couple of slides in.  $10 will get you entered into one of the divisions, $15 will get you both. Steve has been to (and won) more than his fair share of competitions so I have faith that this is going to be one hell of an event and probably the biggest highlight after the Bomb itself.

 

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

New Jersey Slide Jam 7 — 3/31

New Jersey Slide Jam 7 is going down on March 31st and is looking like it’ll be a stellar time just like NJ Slide Jam 6 was. The New Jersey Slide Jam series consistently attract a ton of people from all over the Tri-State area and prove to be a ton of fun from what I’ve heard. From the amount of thane that was left on the hill in all of the pictures I saw, this is an event that can’t not be fun (notice the double negative, you like that haha?). In the spirit of March a green shirt is highly required but not necessary.

The Bustin’ Crew will no doubt be in full attendance since they rep pretty hard as should a lot of the Original guys as well as some of the Earthwing Legends like Steve Kong (pictured in the flyer).

The event has some dope sponsors as always with prizes going to the usual categories if they keep the same setup as last time (info is scarce on Facebook). If you were at any of the other NJ Slide Jams then the location hasn’t changed but in the interest of not blowing the spot it’s not being publicly posted. Head on over to the Facebook Event and message the host, Tyler Hill to get more info on WHERE it’s all going down.

The event is starting at 11:30 and is expected to last until around 2:30 with lots of sessions going down all over the place afterward I’m sure. Get there a bit early to make sure you’re all set and ready to rock when things get going. Consult the Facebook Event and Tyler Hill with any specific questions.

Video: Freezing Flannel Freeriding in CT

I won’t lie, I’m very excited to be posting this video as it’s one of the first videos that I’ve had a major hand in helping produce. Credit really goes to Original rider and friend Billy Wilson, though, who had the vision for most of the shots and did all the editing to make this video come out as well as it did. I learned a ton about filming through this process and can’t wait to keep working on videos in the future. Most of the riding is done by me (Mike DiPietro) and Billy with Jake Uterstaedt making a couple brief appearances as well.

I’m so stoked this edit came out so well and think it showcases how gnarly Billy is at mixing freeriding and freestyle  to make for some steezy tricks and all around amazing riding. Also a quick side note: Billy doesn’t wear slide gloves. Just something to keep in mind as you see him bombing fast and doing huge standies… For him, failure is not an option.

Setups and such:

Billy: Original Apex 40DC w/ Randall 45* trucks and Abec 11 Flashbacks
Mike: TR Custom Blitz w/ Surf-Rodz 45* RKP trucks and Orangatang 80a & 83a Stimulus wheels
Jake: Earthwing Hightailer w/ Caliber 50* trucks and Cult Classics (I think…)

Big shout outs go to our supporters at Original, Surf-Rodz, and Orangatang.

Our 100th Post! A Look Back…

Wow…I’m actually shocked that we’re already here, but this is Skate The East’s 100th post! Over the last 6 months it’s been a pleasure to cover events, break news, and showcase just how broad and impressive the East Coast longboarding scene really is. I can’t say thank you enough for supporting us and continuing to do so — it makes us want to work even harder to bring you better more news, events, videos, and even more pretty soon. That being said, we really are just heating up and can’t wait to start taking things to the next level. Keep your eyes peeled cause I hope to be announcing some bigger news soon…

For our 100th post I wanted to take a look back and showcase what you, the readers, have liked most. I dug through our web statistics and found our top 5 most visited posts:

  1. 2011 Broadway Bomb & More: Our most popular post by a fair amount we detailed all of the information about this year’s Broadway Bomb in October and answered questions for all of the bystanders who witnessed 1,200+ long boarders flocking the streets of Manhattan.
  2. Broadway Bomb 2011: How to Steer Clear of Trouble with the NYPD: It’s no surprise that our second most popular post is also related to the Broadway Bomb. As the event drew closer the big question on peoples minds had to do with what would and wouldn’t get them in trouble with the NYPD. We had all seen the videos from last year, and with the NYPD already on guard thanks to Occupy Wall Street most people wanted to make sure they weren’t going to draw unwanted attention. Fortunately we didn’t have any issues and actually had the NYPD shutting streets down for us.
  3. Surf-Rodz: Igniting an Industry (Part 1 of 2): One of our most controversial posts, it outlined how Surf-Rodz is leading the way in bringing more funding and recognition to the sport so the top longboarders in the world can do what they love full time, and push the sport to the next level.
  4. Black Friday and Cyber Monday Longboarding Deals & Skatesgiving Video: This post speaks for itself, this past weekend was the first Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend Skate The East experienced and I have to say, it caught us a little off guard. 5 updates later we caught what we feel are some of the best deals you could have gotten and couldn’t have done it without our readers commenting and e-mailing us to let us know when new ones popped up.
  5. Wrap-Up: 2011 Central MA Longboard Competition: Mike Girard’s Central MA Longboard Competition was one of the best events that went down on the East Coast this summer and will no doubt be even better next year. Both the Bustin’ and Earthwing crews made appearances at the event, which was the biggest to go down in New England by far. Rumor has it next year Mike is thinking about making it a 2 day event next year and it’s sure to attract even more skaters than this year — we can’t wait.

Of course, rounding out the top ten were posts like our interviews with Paul Kent and Jeff Vyain our news that the Broadway Bomb broke 1,000 registered skaters and a bunch of our wrap-up posts from events this summer.

I want to say thank you again for all the support so far — it makes the hard work well worth it. Be sure to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss out on the photos, videos, give-aways, and more we don’t post here on the site. Back to our regular programming…

2011 Broadway Bomb & More — NYC 10/8/11

If you’re even remotely close to the Northeast this is the event that we’ve all been waiting for, the 2011 Broadway Bomb in New York City

on October 8th, 2011. I’m so excited I’m not even sure where to start. The event that saw over 550 skaters last year is expected to draw close to 750 this year. As of this posting there are currently 647 skaters registered and the number is climbing steadily making it a possibility there could be closer to 1,000 skaters total. UPDATE 10/4/11: As of 11:00PM tonight (Tuesday, 10/4) there are officially OVER 1,000 SKATERS REGISTERED FOR THE BROADWAY BOMB! Right now the number stands at 1,046 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down as we get closer to the race. With numbers like that the Broadway Bomb will literally take over the streets of Manhattan for the race — making it an uban longboard paridse. From what the Bustin’ Blog said we’ll skate through 150 traffic lights, 100,000 pedestrians, road blocks, road kill and the good ole police. I guess that’s why the race’s tagline is “YOU COULD DIE!” Both Friday 10/7 and Sunday 10/9 other events are taking place as well as some events right after the race on Saturday.

The 2011 Broadway Bomb Push Race & After parties:

The race is scheduled to go off right at noon (12:00PM) from Riverside Park at 116th and Broadway, the race ends at the bull statue on Wall Street. You can take the 1 train to 116th and get off there. This is *the* push event through the streets of Manhattan. In years past we’ve seen some super fast pushing and some pretty reckless skating through traffic lights and cars. This year there is a no skitching rule to help prevent injury and unwanted negative attention. You can register here for the race. If it’s raining there is a posted rain date for  October 17th. We’ll keep you updated if there’s question as to whether or not the race is on. 

Immediately after the race is the Bomb Ass BBQ at East River Park in Manhattan. The official start time is 2PM, you can skate over with the pack that will most definitely be headed over there or take the JMZF train to Delancey Street — either way you have to walk over the FDR via the pedestrian path

way to enter the park. It’s under the Williamsburg Bridge alongside the East River. This is going to be a great time and will allow for a lot of people to check out the famous Williamsburg Bridge — one of NYC’s best longboard spots.

If you still haven’t had enough there’s also the Bomb Ass Afterparty going down right next to the Longboard Loft at Lucky Jacks 125 Allan Street. Again it’s the JMZF train to Delancey Street.

Friday & Sunday Extended Bomb Sesssions:

So, in addition to the famous push race there are events to start the weekend off and finish it the right way on Friday night and Sunday afternoon (October 7th & 9th)

On Friday the Friday Night Rip Session is going down in Prospect Park, Brooklyn at 7:00PM. It’s a slide and freeride jam and will be sure to have appearances by some of the Earthwing and Bustin’ riders and will be tons of fun for everyone that shows up.

Sunday, for your post-race and after-party enjoyment you have the Sunday Style Sessions going down at 7AM on Dyckman Street in Manhattan. The Style Session is hosted by Uncle Funky’s Board Shop and requires a $20 registration fee (and very early wake-up).

If you’re looking for something a little later in the afternoon you can check out the Earthwing Technical Slide Jam at 1:00PM at the same location as the Style Session (Dyckman Street). It’s a freeride, hard wheel event. Contact Steve Kong at: stevekong89@gmail.com for the Earthwing event.

It looks like it’s going to be one hell of a weekend!

Check out the documentary about the history of the Broadway Bomb and see some highlights from the 2009 Bomb:

Push Culture – The Broadway Bomb from Joe Goodman on Vimeo.

Wrap Up: Ham-Jam 2011

UPDATE: Added the results and also added another steezy video. 

This past Saturday marked the second annual Ham-Jam in Hamden, CT while also putting an end to the summer skate season here in New England. All is well, though, because the Ham-Jam ended up being a huge success despite a few bumps along the way. As soon as I drove up to the spot on Perry Lane in Hamden I could tell the Ham Jam was going to be a ton of fun. Cars lined both sides of the street on the back side of the hill and hoards of people were moving towards the competition hill. The competition group was diverse, from some very young skaters to some older, more experienced guys the energy all around was high and everyone stoked to be out on such a nice day. The competition got off to a great start right at 11, as planned, but quickly saw the addition of an unexpected competitior: the Hamden Police Department. While at first they were cool with the competition once they saw that everyone was being both polite and safe repeated phone calls from an upset street resident forced them to put an end to the use of the Perry Road location, while it was a bummer their hands were tied; plan “B” was forced into effect.

With only a little confusion almost everyone made their way to the backup competition site (somewhere else in Hamden, a caravan lead us to the new site) and the jam was back on just a little after 12:00. After a few minutes to warm up on the hill the rules were announced: single elimination, only the top 20 moved on to the semi finals and the top 10 (I’m fuzzy on this. Feel free to comment and correct.) moved onto the final round. Josh Wright from NYC ended up with the big W but many others walked away with prizes in hand. There was no official results  list and I unfortunately missed the prizes being handed out, so much beyond that isn’t clear to me. Lots of skaters showed up and wowed both other riders and the crowd including Steve Kong, Norman Plante, Laura Nocka, and Bruce Clark.  Good news, I got the results (shout outs to GnarCakesNSteezeSauce)! They are as follows:

  1. Josh “Wild” Wright (wearing the red t-shirt in our video below)
  2. Norman Plante (wearing a white t-shirt, green wheels)
  3. Steve Kong (wearing a navy blue EarthWing t-shirt skating some dope tech slides)

Familiar names if you were paying attention to the 2nd Annual Central MA Event. Wright made the biggest jump, having placed 4th at the Central MA Event and 1st here, while Norman Plante nudged Kong out of the runner-up spot which they shared at the beginning of August. Other notable skaters included Laura Nocka (who took 2nd for women’s freeride at the Central MA Event), Bruce Clark (3rd at the Central MA Event), Ben DeSnyder, and many more.

Cory Medlar and Bill Steinbacher, both NSA Connecticut State Reps, were on hand shredding hard and reppin’ their beautiful new TR Custom Longboards, the Buffalo Soldier and the Panty Dropper. I’m in the process of talking to both of the guys so we can get some reviews up in the near future. In case you’re wondering, the Buffalo Soldier is the deck featured at the beginning of our video below.

Shout outs to all the excellent riders that came out and showed their stuff. The day was a blast and a great way to cap of an amazing summer of East Coast skating! Another big shout out to Surf-Rodz who constantly show us love and support. Check out the video below for some of the sweet riding we saw.

Video: “New York Longboard”

My buddy @Bosleezy sent me this video called “New York Longboard” by Alberto Alepuz. It features Bustin’ team rider Sirera Sorondo and and another guy named Ra. The video is an interesting mix between a somewhat artsy rain skate and an absolutely epic slide session in NYC (the same spot seen in a lot of the Earthwing videos). Check out the absolutely insane slide/hands down pirouette  (is that even right?) at around the 1:00 mark. Look for more videos of Sirera Sorondo in the future cause the kid is absolutely dirty.

 

New York Longboard from PERROPRO on Vimeo.