Video: Billy Wilson on Cream Kings Raw Run

Billy Wilson and I decided to film a quick follow run the other day before he completely destroys the set of Cream Kings the dudes over at Fresh Wheel Co. sent him to try. We originally planned to only film the first couple tricks Billy throws, but decided to just keep going as he landed the next thing he tried, again, and again, and again. As usual, Billy makes it look effortless and is always a ton of fun to watch.

We just finished a give-away with them for their other debut wheel, the Danger, but the Cream Kings are where it’s at for a chalky slide wheel. Check their web store out for some more info.

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Video: Billy Raw Runs

We take two quick runs with Billy “The Putt King” Wilson to remind us why he’s still the king of freestyle tricks and chefs up a fire freeride run to keep your palms sweatin’ and eyes watery. Billy never lets things get dull when he’s in front of the camera so make sure you take a minute and a half to get familiar and see what he had in store this time.

Video: Billy Goes Big

This is one I totally forgot to share the other night when it dropped but am so stoked to finally post. We’ve posted about Billy Wilson a bunch, he’s a local shredder who rides for Original and Boards on Nord and, quite frankly, is the Putt King. He consistently lands fat flip tricks, big, greasy shuv-its and all sorts of of fun, technical board tricks smoother than most short board skaters.

His most recent edit has been in the work for months, with some of these clips being shot back in the spring and summer of last year, but worth the wait. It’s a dope mix that showcases Billy’s freestyle and freeride skills really well and is Billy’s best looking edit to date, in my opinion. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!

Videos: Billy Wilson Proves That Long Isn’t Wrong

I’ve called Billy Wilson the Putt King because of his ability to do freestyle tricks with longboards that make almost everyone’s jaws drop. This weekend we decided to get gnarly in a couple of area skate parks and show people that just because it’s a longboard, it’s not a wrongboard. On his prototype Original Apex 37 Billy SHREDS and had everyone watching whenever he was taking lines. These were a ton of fun to film and we’ll have plenty more in the near future, just you wait.

-Mike

Video: Shred Sessions Vol. II w/ Team Mids, Billy Wilson, and Liam Morgan

The Newington Slide Jam went down Saturday in Central Connecticut and boy did it bring the HEAT. Riders from all over the Northeast came to compete and shred together for what ended up being an epic day of steamers, we’ll have a full write-up of the event in the days to come. While the event itself was off the hook, it was the after session with Billy Wilson, Team Mids, Liam Morgan, and a handfull of other select guests that had people talking for hours and asking themselves, “what the hell just happened?!” I took a quick break from skating to take some moving pictures and boy am I happy I did. I ended up with just enough clips to string together Volume II of our ongoing video series “Shred Sessions,” which you can find below. I’ve also copy and pasted the description from YouTube below, as well.

Having warmed up earlier in the day at the Newington Slide Jam and beating the heat by swimming in the nearby Farmington River Team Mids, Billy Wilson, Liam Morgan, and many more hit one of the local freeride spots to lay some thane and have one of the most epic sessions of all time. Unfortunately I spent more time skating than I did filming, so this is but a taste of what these guys were throwing. When we finally left the road there was more thane than asphalt in some areas, with triple digit lines all over.

 

Newington Slide Jam w/ special guest Liam Morgan

I’ve been a bit behind with posts lately but had to make sure I got the word out about the slide jam that Billy Wilson has been putting together for a while and Skate The East is helping to host that’s going down THIS SATURDAY, June 30th in Newington, CT. This event is going to be one of the best slide jams of the summer without a doubt with riders coming in from all over to session what is in my opinion one of the best freeride hills Southern New England.

We’ll have a few different categories for prizes along with your usual top 3 (longest slide, best trick, etc.) but the main point of this event is to come out and GET STOKED! This is seriously a great hill so be excited, Billy and I have been dreaming about doing an event here since this past fall.

The event itself is taking place on Stage Coach Lane in Newington, CT. Note the space in “Stage Coach,” there is another road named Stagecoach Lane in nearby Rocky Hill, CT — THEY ARE NOT THE SAME PLACE! People end up at the wrong road all the time, so make sure you put that space in between the two words. You should plan to park at the bottom of the hill on Little Brook Drive, make sure cars are  only parking on one side of the road — we don’t want to impede traffic. There are little side streets that cut off of Little Brook Drive that you’re free to park on as well, such as Valley View Drive. Alternate parking is at the top of the hill off of Lamplighter Lane.

Registration will be starting at around 10:30AM, as you walk up the hill you’ll see a vacant lot off of Trotter Lane where Billy and I will have tables set up and possibly a small tent for you to come and register under. Come, give your name and get a number assigned to you. Unless you register, we’ll have no clue how to know who was who when it comes time to decide winners.

Rules are pretty loose, you must wear a helmet to compete but all other safety gear (helmets, knee pads, etc) are encouraged, but not required. Let’s stay away from any public drinking and refrain from poking smot (that’s smoking the devil’s lettuce for you that don’t follow too close) near the hill or your cars please, it’s a residential neighborhood so let’s be respectful to the people that live there. That really is the biggest rule guys, be ultra respectful to the people that live in this neighborhood. This is a hill that Billy and I skate a LOT, it’s our home hill and we have a good relationship with the neighbors and intend to keep it that way. Pick up your litter, be respectful, and let people get to and from their houses if they’re driving through and this thing is going to go off without a hitch.

One thing I forgot to mention is Comet Skateboards and Caliber rider Liam Morgan is going to be in attendance along with plenty of other riders we’ve been featuring regularly including Nelson’s newest team member Eric Roth. Join the Facebook Event for any additional and last minute details as they’ll be communicated through a message to attendees, although we’ll also update our Facebook Page and Twitter account as well.

Review: Orangatang 80a Balut Freeride Wheel

This is a particularly exciting review for me, not only because of how friggin’ excited I’ve been to talk about the 80a Baluts I’ve been freeriding since the end of January, but because it’s also our first stab at a video review! When it comes to discussion about wheels right now the conversations seem to be talking about one of two things: the bad batch of ‘thane and the aftermath that Abec-11 has been dealing with for months, and the new freeride wheel from Orangatang: the Balut. Original Skateboards rider Billy Wilson and I got together yesterday to talk a little bit about what we think of the 80a Balut so far, check it out below and read on after the video for some additional info.

Setups:
Mike: Original Apex 40 w/ 10mm Surf-Rodz INDeeSZ (also the test setup for below)
Billy: Original Apex 40 w/ Caliber 50 Cals

So, even after you’ve watched the video you have some questions? Didn’t have time to watch the video? I’ll do a short written review, too — just to cover all our bases.

These wheels are different. Don’t throw these on your board and expect them to ride like the Stims, Durians, 4Prez, or InHeats — they just won’t. On this project Orangatang set out to reinvent the wheel as they knew it (bad pun, I know) and scrapped almost everything we’ve seen released from them thus far. Instead of building a new variation of one of their already successful wheels, the Balut is drastically different. Let’s start in the middle, shall we?

The biggest change you’ll notice right away is the big exposed blue core that Orangatang is using for the Balut. The bigger core means that you’ll have a more consistent wear pattern right down to the last bit of ‘thane. It will also help keep your slides feeling super consistent. (If you remember my reviews on the 80a Stims and 86a Durians you’ll remember me talking about how much the slide changed once I started really getting them small, something that I have yet to experience with the Baluts.) Orangatang didn’t just stop there, however. They also decided to change the placement of the core within the wheel. Unlike any of their other wheels, which are all offset (not side-set like I said in the video, that was my goof), the Baluts feature a center-set core. This means you can flip the wheels when you notice you’re getting some coning and don’t have to worry about them riding any different, it also drastically changes the way they ride. And for the record, these are not the same cores used in 4prez/Inheats.

Instead of the “grip/slip” control that the Stims and Durians brag about with due to their fat, rounded lips, the center-set Baluts offer a very different ride. The first thing you notice when you get on the Baluts is just how easy they are to break out into a slide. You really don’t have to put a whole lot of “umph” into them to get them to break out. That being said, I have yet to really experience a situation where I’ve been ultra worried about them icing out from under me. While I haven’t been skating any technical downhill with them (…that’d just be silly) that would require me to take sharp turns at speed, hard carves and corners feel like you have just enough grip to keep you from going over the edge. A big part of that might be the new ‘thane they’re using and the fact that these are the softest Orangatang is offering, the 80a.

The new ‘thane, dubbed “Euphorathane,” is probably where I got most concerned when I first heard about these wheels. Why? Because I’m quite in love with 80a Happy Thane after I got intimate with it for the review I did a little while back. Fear not, though, because the new ‘thane really rocks. It’s tough to really tell just how different the Euphorathane is compared to the Happy Thane wheels because we haven’t seen a Euphorathane Stimulus yet and the Baluts are SO different overall that it’s like comparing apples and oranges at this point. How does it skate? Super smooth, as I said before the wheels break out exactly when you want and offer what I think is one of the most buttery slides I’ve ever experienced. Unlike what we’ve been hearing about the 83a Baluts (I have yet to ride them myself), the 80a duro is soft enough to actually shed some speed and leave some ‘thane on the pavement, but not to the point where you loose too much momentum. I’ve noticed the new ‘thane to be a little more durable too. Coning has been more than manageable and I haven’t had any significant problems with flatspots (so far…), although I know Billy has had a little trouble with them. I’ve actually had less issues with preventing/getting rid of flatspots and coning with the 80a Euphorathane than I did riding the 83a Stimulus wheels.

I’ve really enjoyed these things so far and have had a much easier time learning some new tricks because of how easy they are to break out and how consistent and predictable they are. The 80a ‘thane is soft enough to kill some speed when you want it, grip enough when you need it, and still leave some ‘thane lines while actually being pretty friggin durable. Orangatang addressed a lot of the qualms people had with the Stims and, in my opinion, hit the nail on the head with the changes.

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Video: 2 for Tuesday in Connecticut

Alright folks, instead of just posting one video to brighten your days I figured we’ll have even more fun and make it a “2 for Tuesday” with two videos featuring the prototype Original Apex 40 (set to be released Friday?!). East Coasters and Original Team Riders Billy Wilson (of CT) and Michael Virgin (of OH) are two younger riders who have been tearing up the freestyle and free ride scene this past summer and fall and don’t look to be stopping anytime soon. While skating at a local spot the other day I ran into Billy for the first time who came tearing down the hill out of no where bustin out buttery toe and heelside standies as if they were absolutely nothing. As impressive as his free ride skills are, however, Billy’s even better when it comes to steezy freestyle tricks, showing how versatile his prototype Apex 40 really is (check out a picture at the bottom). Michael Virgin is another Original Team Rider and while we haven’t met he shows his free ride skills all throughout their edit from the Broadway Bomb Weekend.

Billy was also telling me that he nailed a 70-foot standup slide the other day, he posted the video last night and can’t say much other than daaaaaaaaaaaamn. Check it:

With only one full season under their belts I can’t wait to see how they progress with more practice and time spent on their boards. As always let us know what you think in the comments below (now powered by Facebook!), our Twitter account, or over on our Facebook Page.