Ithaca Hill Jam – April 27

ithaca jam flyer 2013

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.

Video: Skatesgiving Does Soldiers of Downhill 2012

While record numbers of people flocked to New York City in October for the Broadway Bomb, another set of shredders headed out to Ohio to take place in one of the fastest races in the country, Soldiers of Downhill. The race course is gnarly and makes for some absolutely epic racing. This year the Skatesgiving 2012 crew made Soldiers part of their trip, and I couldn’t be more thankful. The East Coast’s own, Brian Peck, along with McLovin and Gabe took the the camera, displaying some smoooooth steadicam action and great camera angles; as always, Matt K kills the edit. Give it a peep and let us know what you think in the comments.

-Mike

2012 Comet Skateboards Guest Models

I’m a little late to the party on this one but figured it’d be wrong to not show our east coast brothas at Comet some love by making sure everyone has seen the two dope guest models they released in recent weeks. Both boards look like an insanely good time and have some of the most legendary graphics I’ve seen.

Noah Sakamoto Guest Model

First up is the Noah Sakamoto Guest Model. Designed with a flowy, freeride style of skating in mind, the Skatamoto GM features a fully functional nose and tail as well as a tapered midsection while maintaining enough of a foot platform to give you the added confidence to take it to the next level. It comes in at 35″ long making it manageable in all situations and infinitely fun. Check out the video they produced for it below and peep the blog post at Comet to learn more and read an interview with Noah.

Comet // Noah Sakamoto Guest Model from Comet Skateboards on Vimeo.

Marcus Bandy’s “Sheer Rad Occurrence” Guest Model

The second guest model that Comet has released this year is the Marcus Brandy “Sheer Rand Occurrence.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with Marcus, he’s an OG westcoast skater who made a name for himself as a professional street skater and all around rad dude. These days he’s the publisher of Wheelbase Magazine, still skating harder than you, and still being a rad dude.

The Sheer Rad Occurrence is inspired by street skating along side shredding pools and skating winding roads, the SRO helps to blend disciplines of skateboarding just like the man himself has done. The SRO features a longer wheelbase than you’d usually find on a street deck, allowing for added stability without loss of pop. It’s got two wheelbase options, the inner for Indy 149s and the outer for Paris or Caliber trucks for options on how you want to shred this bad boy. The overall wider foot platform and teardrop design are reminiscent of the  pool boards of the 80s and also allows for added confidence when you take to the hills. The wheel wells were designed to minimize the possibility of wheelbite with either TKP or RKP trucks and the fat nose allows you to get real nasty with noseblunts, noseslides, etc.

Again you can peep the Comet blog for more info and check the dope video Comet produced for the Sheer Rad Occurrence, featuring none other than Marcus Bandy himself.

Comet // Marcus Bandy Guest Model from Comet Skateboards on Vimeo.

Earthwing and Comet Announce New Boards and Graphics

I gotta say, it’s a great time to be an East Coast skater right now. The scene is alive and well and on the industry side of things the East Coast is right there pushing the limits of the sport and constantly innovating. Two of these companies are Earthwing and Comet Skateboards, both of whom announced brand new boards for the 2012 season and they look sweeeeeeeeet. To start things off let’s go way north to Ithica in Upstate New York where Comet Longboards has just dropped a bomb on the downhill/freeride community.

Comet recently added rider extraordinaire Liam Morgan to their team and his pro-model is already hitting shelves across the country (and is available online). Dubbed the Comet Grease Hammer it’s a smaller version of the insanely popular Grease Shark. 2″ shorter than the Grease Shark the Grease Hammer stands 36″ tall with a wheelbase of 26/27″ depending on which set of holes you use and 9.875″ wide. It’s made of 9-ply maple to make it nice and stiff, although it’ll still give a little flex if you’re a bigger rider and has a 0.5″ rocker to it. The board looks sweet and the graphic is pretty crazy. Check it out over at Comet and peep the video of Liam Morgan shredding in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains to catch a glimpse of the Grease Hammer in action (at the bottom of the post).

Further south, in Brooklyn, Earthwing Skateboards has been hard at work on two new skateboards and graphics for the 2012 season. First off the line for Earthwing this year was their long anticipated drop-deck which has been dubbed the Roadkiller. Rumors and spy pictures have been circulating about this board for a while, but other than a brief appearance in some Earthwing videos not much was known about the deck until its release recently. Designed by Earthwing Team Rider and engineer Adam Auger, the Roadkiller has been designed with a specific purpose in mind: keeping your feet glued to the deck while you’re getting sideways. A deep “W” concave runs between the two drops to create a solid foot pocket that locks you in and prevents your feet from slipping off of the board while you’re pulling hard and fast slides. It’s 40″ long and 10″ wide to give you a nice solid platform to stand on, with a wheelbase of 32.5″. Of course, since it’s a board by Earthwing it’s easy on the pocket too, setting you back only $99 for the deck itself.

Earthwing also announced the other day that the SuperModel for 2012 would be getting a redesign. The SuperModel, which is probably Earthwing’s best known board, has been selected to get both a new graphic (the “Earthwing” image below) and a new shape for this upcoming year. While Earthwing is still being pretty hush-hush about the details they gave us a nice paragraph to worth with. Once again it’s going to feature a deep, elliptical concave that is deeper near the trucks to lock your feet in place more for those big slides. The board is all on one plane, no rocker and no camber — it’s also going to come in both 8 and 9-ply options so you can choose just how stiff you want it to be. Earthwing also said they allowed just a touch of torsional flex to allow you to control slides with more precision and distribute the slide evenly amongst the wheels all the while without sacrificing the stable feeling of the board. With a little bit of digging we also found out that the SuperModel will be offered in a 38″ version as well although we aren’t clear on the details quite yet. Again, since it’s Earthwing you’re only looking at a $99 price point for this super sweet, versatile, and classic board.

UPDATE 11/8/11! Thanks to fellow CT skater and friend Victor Tu I just saw a picture of the new SuperModel that looks like it surfaced about 5 days ago (so I’m a little late to the party on this one). Still felt like I should update the post to give a good look at what the new SuperModel is going to look like.

Here’s Liam Morgan in action on the Grease Hammer: