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!

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