King of Clermont 2012 — Jan 14-15

It’s a good couple months to be in Florida if you’re a longboarder living on the East Coast. As the weather gets colder and the rain starts to turn into sleet and snow skate season is quickly fleeting for many of us here on the Right Coast but Florida is here to the rescue. Not only is the South Beach Bomb 2011 going down in Miami this weekend, King of Clermont will be back a few months earlier this year to get you psyched for the competitions that will pick back up in late March/April and prove that you haven’t lost those skills since the summer. This year they’re adding more hay bails to the course (which was a problem last year, apparently) and they rented a U-Haul truck to get everyone back to the top even faster, as Charlie Sheen would say, “#winnging.”

This year’s competition will feature two full days of absolutely gnarly skating. Day one will feature a slide jam with prizes for Biggest Air, Best Trick, and a game of “Kick the Can,” in addition to a Gnar Slalom event. Day two will be the fastest day of racing in Florida as the 3 division Downhill Race takes place.

Registration is $30 for 1 day and $50 for both. There is a strict cap of 125 riders so register early, once the event fills up there’s not much you can do about it and you’re not gonna wanna miss out. The race will be held at the Hampton Golf and Country Club on Sugarloaf Mountain  (1455 Mountain Club Drive, Clermont, FL 34715) with camping nearby at Bee’s RV Resort.

Sponsors are nearly endless since this is the only downhill competition in Florida and has proven to be quite awesome. Bustin’, Rayne, ABEC-11, Vicious Grip Tape, Bern, Gullwing Trucks and many more have signed on — meaning you’ll have a good chance of winning some sweet gear in raffles if you don’t end up placing high enough to win.

Of course, a helmet is required and you must have a signed waiver to skate. If you’re seen without a helmet you’ll be asked to leave — so don’t be that guy! More information can be found on the King of Clermont website.

Check out the full race schedule below which we found thanks to Bustin’:

Saturday January 14th 2012
9:00am – Rider meeting and registration
11:00am – Hill opens for freeride (MUST be registered before riding)
12:00pm Gnar Slalom
2:00pm – Hard Wheel slide comp (30 min Jam Session)
2:30pm – Soft Wheel slide comp (30 min Jam Session)
3:00pm – Kick the Can AKA Longest Slide
3:30pm – Biggest Air
4:00pm – Hill open for freeride
6:00pm – Hill closed

Sunday January 15th 2012
9:00am – Rider meeting and registration
10:00am – Hill open for practice (MUST be registered before riding)
12:00pm – First heat begins
3:00pm – Finals *Hill closed for riding after finals*
4:00pm – Awards

Registration will be as follows:
Open (17 and above)
Grom (16 and below)
Womens

If you pay for single day freeride you are registered for ALL events but are not obligated to participate in every event.

Wrap-up: 1st Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Championship

It’s been a rough week up here in the Northeast after being absolutely torn apart with the unusually early snow storm that struck over Halloween Weekend. Power had been out for 10 days for many people, some just getting it back last night. While life has been returning to normal slowly for many people up here, it didn’t miss a beat in Hallendale Beach, FL.

This past Saturday marked the first ever Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Championship in Hallendale Beach, FL. The 4th leg of the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon (ASM) series and the 5th ever ASM set the stage to be the most exciting and to-the-wire race yet with previous winners Jeff Vyain, Paul Kent, and Keifer Dixon all in the running for a win and other top finishers such as Robin McGuirk itching for their first taste of Adrenalina victory.

Sure enough the race was exciting just as expected with the two top favorites, Paul Kent and Jeff Vyain, duking it out for the win lap after lap. Both Paul and Jeff posted nearly identical times for laps 1 and 2, it wasn’t until lap 3 that Jeff pulls ahead by 3 seconds (averaging a pace of 3 mins 28 secs/mile this late in the race) to take 1st. The next lap, however, Paul was able to catch up, instead of duking it out in an all out finish the two decided to finish hand-in-hand and cross the finish line as a tie — sharing the win. Despite deciding to share the win this time, Paul Kent was named Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Champion, having edged Jeff out of the title spot by just one point during the course of the season.

Update: Having poked around on Facebook a little more I stumbled across conversation between Jeff Vyain and Paul Kent talking about the race. After a couple of laps Paul had a collision with oncoming racers that forced him off the road and to a dead halt in the grass, an accident that would have taken him out of the running for first place had Jeff decided to capitalize on the accident. Instead, Jeff said on Facebook:

Truthfully, I just think it is a little unfortunate what happened with the collision. I just hope we learn from these sort of occurrences and adjust the courses however possible to keep that from happening again. I’d have loved to just straight up battle with you for the remaining lap and a half to see where that put us. It just didn’t go down like that. I pressed hard but didn’t try to capitalize on what happened (for my own personal integrity), you still caught up…you earned it. Your face shows it at the end of the race. I feel great about how it ended, with the slight exception that the time chips separates us by .08 seconds and that creates some level of confusion, but I think we can get over that.

Since they decided to share the first place victory together, the two also took their prize checks, cut them in half, and re-taped them together, a silly yet symbolic gesture showing that the two were willing to split their earnings in a true sportsmanlike fashion — something I’m quite confident you will rarely find in other professional sports today.

While they ended up in the top spot, Paul and Jeff had to fight for their position against Jason Yerke from Lansing, MI (who I believe is the same guy who fell and lost his board in the water at the NYC ASM having been in 3rd place) who kept the race pretty spicy according to time splits. Jason actually went out faster than Paul through lap one, trailing just behind Jeff by about a second going into lap 2. In lap 2 he was able to overtake Jeff and actually lead into lap 3 with a 2 second lead on Jeff and Paul, who were neck and neck. Unfortunately he burnt out right after holding that pace and added three seconds to each of the last two laps, bringing him in third place just over a full second after Paul and Jeff.

Kiefer Dixon and Robin McGuirk, two of the other projected top contenders, both showed a steady race maintaining their positions at 4th and 5th, respectively, for the entire race and allowing them to round out the top 5.

The women’s side of things was also exciting, coming down to a two second split between the winner and runner-up. Bustin’ Boards rider Cami Best was able to come back strong after a challenging race in Plano, TX that put her 9 minutes behind winner Sarah Paulshock. She was able to drop an unbelievable 16 minutes from that performance, however, and best Sarah Paulshock by 2 seconds — finishing the race in 1:59:30. Anna O’Neill rounded out the podium for the women, finishing in 3rd place in 2:08:19 — also posting an incredible 16 minute drop in time.

What I think is clear here is the fact that this is just the beginning for competitive long distance pushing in the world of longboarding. If you look at the vast improvement in times seen by many competitors. According to my research online and through looking at past marathon results from the season, this year’s ASM Championship saw both the men’s and women’s world records shattered once again. For the men, Paul Kent and Jeff Vyain, who tied on purpose, now both share the title having finished in 1:30:48. On the women’s side of things Cami Best was able to break her previous women’s World Record (also set at the NYC ASM) by about 2 minutes. So, unofficially the mens and women’s Skateboard Marathon World Records stand as follows:

  • Men’s: Jeff Vyain & Paul Kent 1hr 30min 48seconds
  • Women’s: Cami Best 1hr 59mins 30.09seconds

It’s clear after seeing the first full season of the ASM circuit that the sport of distance longboarding is clearly just starting to develop, and that this really is just the beginning of what we’ll see in the future. In just the year since the first ever Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon was held in Hallendale Beach we’ve seen the men’s World Record broken multiple times and drop by about 10 minutes total — that’s just in one year! As the field grows and competition becomes fiercer we’re going to see a lot of close, exciting races for sure.

I think the outcome of the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Championship also allowed the sport of longboarding to show what it’s really made of. The decision for Paul Kent and Jeff Vyain to share their combined prize money shows exactly just how close and upstanding the longboarding community is — something we should strive to foster and instill in new riders just beginning to shred. We’re all here to spread the stoke, Paul and Jeff were perfect examples of sportsmen and role models for younger shredders. Congrats to all the racers and a big thank you to Adrenalina for a successful and exciting first marathon season!

Update #2: Jeff Vyain just posted his first-hand account of the ASM Championship on the Bustin’ Blog. It’s an inspiring and moving story that shows the unreal amount of sportsmanship and determination both Jeff and Paul exhibited and is well worth the read.

In case you just want a quick list of the top 5 men’s finishers, here it is:

  1. Paul Kent/Jeff Vyain (tie)
  2. Jason Yerke
  3. Kiefer Dixon
  4. Robin McGuirk

You can also check out the official results list and splits here.

Southern Maryland Outlaw Slide Jam — Saturday (11/5)

I didn’t realize it before, but the Mid-Atlantic is going hard this weekend. Not only is the Sketch Skateboards Costume Jam going down in Chesapeake, VA but the Southern Maryland Slide Jam is also going to be in full effect.

The event will be taking place in Leondartown, MD in St. Mary’s County. The top of the hill is at the Circuit Courthouse , 41605 Courthouse Drive in Leonardtown, MD. Instead of parking at the top of the hill, drive all the way to the bottom and park Leonardtown Warf Public Parking Lot to avoid any tickets/tows, etc.  In the event that the original hill is blown up by police the backup hill has been set as Abells Warf Road. Since it’s an outlaw event there’s always concern with it being blow up — fortunately organizers have a backup hill within 5-10 mins of the first spot so if it comes to it the change of locations should be pretty smooth. Bathrooms and water will be within a 10-15 min trip so you don’t need to stock up with too much water or worry about finding a restroom.

Registration will start at 11:00am, there is a $5 entry fee per skater and the event is scheduled to kick off at around 12:00 noon. With over 100 guests confirmed on Facebook registration will likely take a little while, so you might even want to get there a little before 11:00am to be on the safe side (organizer Billy Jackle said in a Facebook Message that he’ll be there as early as 10:30). Organizers are asking people who end up getting to the spot a little early to refrain from skating it until the event actually starts. This should help keep things under control and allow the competition to run uninterrupted by police. Obviously helmet and gloves are required to skate.

The day will be comprised of at least two and possibly three different events: freeride slide jam, a double slalom race (old school 70′s style), and a downhill race (this is the iffy event and sounds like it’ll only happen if there is time to fill). Organizers said they might also do an impromptu hippie jump competition and flatland competitions if there’s demand for it, but it’s up in the air right now. Both hard and soft wheels are welcome at the event and will skate together at the slide jam, however they’ll be judged in separate categories.

Once the riding is over the plan is to push over to the local concrete skate park for some fun shredding (it’s longboard friendly) and the podium presentations. As always, since it’s an outlaw race the organizers made a special plea asking everyone to make sure they clean up after themselves at the event. If we respect spots, people at the spots should respect us. If you have any questions contact event organizer Billy Jackle at 240 237 0450.

If you end up at the event and have pictures or video send them my way for the wrap-up post! mike [at] skatetheeast.net

Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Championships & Interview with Jeff Vyain

Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Championship trophy.

The biggest names in both men’s and women’s push racing will be making their way down to Hallandale Beach, Florida this Saturday (11/5) for the  fourth and final leg of the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Series. The course for Saturday features longer laps, requiring the racers to only complete 4 of them, as opposed to 12 in New York and 13 in Puerto Rico. Bustin’ Boards’ Cami Best had said in an interview with Adrenalina after the Plano, TX race — which also featured long laps — that fewer laps “makes it seem more attainable,” and allows you to focus on skating more rather than what lap you’re on. While the weather looks like it will be in the high 70s and sunny it’s not going to be just another day at the beach for competitors.

As with the previous legs of the ASM a whopping $30,000 prize purse is on the table, half of which (yes, that’s a full $15,000) goes to the first place male finisher. In addition to the prize money, the winner will be crowned the first ever Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon Champion and hoist the 20 pound trophy (which they unveiled 4 days ago) on the podium alongside the women’s ASM champion. In the previous 3 legs of the ASM we’ve seen three different winners: Jeff Vayin who won in New York City, his teammate Kiefer Dixon who won in Puerto Rico, and Paul Kent who won the last ASM in Plano, TX. Not only has every race seen a different winner, but the top 5 changes dramatically from race to race — for all intents and purposes this is really anyone’s game on Saturday. Favorites, of course are the previous three winners alongside Robin McGurik and Enrique Cubillo, both of whom posted impressive finishes in other recent push races. While there doesn’t appear to be a clear winner one thing is certain: Saturday is going to be one of the most exciting stops on the ASM this season.

I had the opportunity to talk to Jeff Vyain of Bustin’ Boards, and winner of the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon in New York City earlier this summer, via e-mail and asked him a few questions about the race coming up. Check it out below:

STE: What, if anything, have you done differently to train for the Championships on Saturday? If you didn’t make  any changes, are you wishing you had?

JV:” I have done a few workouts, so I guess that’s a change from the past two races anyway. I’ve also started drinking distilled water. That’s more of a lifestyle thing, though…not sure if it’ll have any impact on my racing. Been drinking a lot of Smoothies and I’m taking a suppliment powder that Paul’s been on since day 1, so I’m cutting that variable out of the mix! I wish I got a couple more workouts in but I’m going in mentally prepared, and that’s what’s most important.”

STE: Do you have any traditions or superstitions you try to abide by before a race?

JV: “I’m not superstitious in the sense that if I don’t get to do something, I don’t think it will impact my performance. I try to get decent sleep, though before Adrenalina NYC, I got about 2 hours, and that’s the only race I’ve won this year, so I can’t say that that matters all too much either. This is a mental game more than anything, and I don’t like to rely on things I may not always have control over. I’m always ready to race.”

Jeff Vyain, right, battles against Paul Kent, left, on his custom Bustin' Board

STE: With the Championship title and all that cash on the line, whats the atmosphere between competitors like  going into the race?

JV: “Kiefer is always quiet and kind of serious. Paul and I are always joking around, playing up our “rivalry” but talking strategies and trying to push each other to get better. Cami and Sara are always partying it up and endlessly bothering me with setup questions. I think everything’s pretty normal.”

STE: What’s the first thing you plan on doing if you win in Hallandale Beach?

JV: “I’m probably going to pay my dad off on some college loans he helped me out with a couple years ago. He’s been very patient with me :) Thanks Dad! And I’d like to take Maribeth on a little vacation sometime this winter, maybe hit some slopes out west or something. And maybe one day I will build a pyramid.”

STE: So what comes next after the Championship? How do you plan on training through what looks to be  another harsh winter in NYC?

JV:” I’m going to get as deep into board building as possible. I’ve been happily put in charge of doing a lot of the prototyping for Bustin, and I’m having a really good time with it. I’m still learning, but it’s coming quickly. My goal for the winter is to get as deep into my work as possible and release some really sick boards next year.

Most of my training will probably be cross training. I’ll skate whenever I can, but I really want to get into a climbing gym and get my body back into shape. I’ve suffered from back problems ever since the NYC race, and the racing schedule has been so tight that all I’ve really been able to focus on is recovery rather than strengthening to prevent injury. That’s my main goal physically–to get as strong as possible so I can train a lot harder next year. New York was the only race I’ve really been able to train for, and at the time, I thought I was just getting started. Hopefully that is still the case and that it’s all just on a bit longer timeline than previously expected. I want to break some records next year. I still hope to do well in Florida, though. I’m not counting myself out!”

If you’ve ever seen Jeff’s custom Bustin’ Board that he designed with Subsonic (which he is riding in the image above) you know you should be extremely excited to see what he comes up with during the off-season! We’ll cover more of that when it comes time, until then get ready for what looks to be a very exciting race weekend in Hallandale, Flordia!

Best of luck to all the competitors, especially the East Coast constituency that has been doing so well!

In Brief: Soldiers of Downhill 2011

Unfortunately I couldn’t make it out to Soldiers of Downhill, which went down this past weekend in Bainbridge, OH, but I’ve heard some great things and figured I’d share what little information I’ve learned through browsing the web and the guys over at Bustin’ who make the trek out to Ohio and competed in the legendary event. The event apparently went well once the weather cleared up yesterday and allowed the skating to get a lot faster and more competitive. From what I’ve heard, it ended up being a very fun, fast, and competitive day. On their way back to Brooklyn early this morning “King” Salomon Lang from Bustin’ tweeted me saying:

Soldiers of Downhill is prob the craziest thing I have done. And loved it all! @
@stayskatin
solomon la

He went on to post that the hill was absolutely insane, causing most to eat either some hay or asphalt. Probably the best quote from his post was how his respect for the downhill scene is growing by leaps and bounds. Pretty cool to see how the NYC push scene is breaking out and starting to dominate in downhill and freeride as well.

“Everyone who tackled this hill is INSANE! My respect for the DH scene increases with each event and my need for speed grows with it. I’m so stoked for next years events! Speed or Cry!” – Solomon Lang

Then Mike Dallas of Bustin’ posted this morning talking a little about Bustin’s performance at the race. Team member Will Royce (who shredded at the Central MA Event) skated hard and earned a spot into the final heat, poised for what looked like a possible spot on the podium, when a nasty crash brought him back to 4th place. Overall it was still a very successful weekend for the Bustin’ Boards crew who also saw team rider Jeff Vyain take 2nd place at Adrenalina Plano, TX on Sunday.

The only results I could find were a quick comment on the Facebook Event that said:

  1. Niko Desmarais
  2. AJ Haiby
  3. Jahcoop
  4. Will Royce

If anyone has official results/people’s full names e-mail me (mike [at] skatetheeast.net) or comment on our Facebook page.

Below is a raw edit from a practice run showing Jester Hill and some of the gnarly pavement at the bottom. You can see how fast some of these runs can get in the video and with a pretty tight course I can only imagine how sweet some of the pack footage will be! I’ll update you guys as I learn more, until then, enjoy.

It’s Official — 2011 Broadway Bomb Breaks 1,000 Registered Skaters!

With 4 days left until the event itself, the 2011 Broadway Bomb has already smashed another milestone that many people didn’t expect to be broken this year: over 1,000 registered skaters! When I first checked the registration count just before 10EST this morning it read 963 registered users. Now, just over 12 hours later the count stands at 1,045…that’s another 82 skaters during the day today alone! If this pace keeps up over the next four days it wouldn’t surprise me to see us push close to 1,300 people registered, the real question past that is just how many will show up?

Last year saw 423 participants register to skate the Bomb and about 350 actually show up and participate. If registration says strong and fast over the next four days like it has been, and a similar dropout rate is assumed for participants we’ll still see close to 1,000 people skating this event all at once. The overwhelming majority of registered skaters live in the Tri-States (Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey) with a lot of the rest coming from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, as well as other parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic. This puts most of the registered participants within a short trip of the event which will hopefully mean little excuse to not actually show up.

All I have to say is, THIS IS GOING TO BE NOTHING SHORT OF EPIC no matter what! The forecast looks sunny and temperature looks great for a very fun and exciting push through 8.5 miles of New York City streets! Keep an eye out for more updates as they come to us and check in on race-day for live updates and last minuet news. If you missed it before we posted some information regarding skateboarding in NYC to help avoid any unwanted contact with the NYPD and also have a guide to the full weekend.

Broadway Bomb 2011: Know How to Steer Clear of Trouble with the NYPD

Updated 10/5/11 @ 5PM to address finish line/Occupy Wall Street concerns.  

So far the response to the Broadway Bomb 2011 article I posted not too long ago has been huge, and with less than a week to go until the Bomb itself (the weekend starts Friday and the actual race is Saturday) I figured I’d address a concern that a lot of people have been voicing: the NYPD. We’ve all seen the videos of Broadway Bombers having some unfortunate (and in many cases illegal on the NYPD’s part) interactions with the police, but what can you do to prevent it yourself from being one of the unfortunate few?

First and foremost, you should know what your rights as a skateboarder in New York City are. I’m not a lawyer, but the law reads pretty clear in outlining what we can and cannot do. Skateboarding both on the street and, if necessary, on the sidewalk is legal so long as you don’t do so recklessly. That is, you cannot “skateboard on a public street, highway or sidewalk in such a manner as to endanger the safety or property of another” (Local Law 43 of 1996). Furthermore you must adhere to all of the local traffic laws (including stop lights) and must use the bike lane where possible or stay as far to the right as possible as to not interfere with traffic. We all know this will be hard, however, and that the bike lane in New York City is usually really an illegal parking lot. Weaving in and out of traffic will be a part of the race, but try your best to not skate like a reckless bat out of hell and stay to the right as much as possible you should be fine. New York City law also prohibits groups from skating more than 2 across, another law that could lead the NYPD to stop you and one that will be hard to avoid with over 950 people registered. Probably the biggest troublemaker and attention caller for both the NYPD and race officials will be skitching. Skitching is frowned upon heavily by the police, who see it as dangerous to you, the drivers, and others around, race officials have said that it will be grounds for DQ this year too, and while I haven’t seen the rule in writing I’d be careful. NYCSK8 posted a good list to sum things up:

  • Section 1230. These laws apply to skating on public roads, on private roads open to public traffic, and on all bike and skate trails.
  • Section 1231. You have similar rights and duties as are held by the driver of a motor vehicle. In other words, skating on public roads (excluding expressways, interstates and certain other roads) is legal but you must honor all traffic laws (e.g., obey traffic lights, no wrong-way skating, etc.).
  • Section 1233. You may not attach yourself to any vehicle in motion, i.e., no “skitching”.
  • Section 1234. If there is a bike/skate lane, you must use it. If not, you must skate as far to the right side of the street as possible so as to not interfere with traffic. If you are skating in a group, you may not skate more than two abreast. You must skate single file if there is other traffic which wishes to pass by you.
  • Section 1235. You may not carry any article or package which would obstruct your view.
  • Section 1238. Any child under 14 must wear a helmet when skating. This is a $50 offense, the ticket being issued to the skater’s parent/guardian. When skating at night, you must wear a jacket or other clothing with reflective material.
But what if you do get stopped or asked to stop? It’s always best to comply with orders from the police, if you’re skating with a group of people we don’t expect much trouble so long as you aren’t skating too recklessly or posing a big danger to people around you. If asked to stop and you or your group has a camera make sure you start filming your interaction, be polite to the officers and answer their questions as best you can. Chances are if you remain calm and polite you won’t have too much trouble with the police. If you do, make sure you get it on film and file an official complaint.
With what looks to be 1,000 riders coming out for this event there’s a high likelyhood that the NYPD will be on our side, protecting us from traffic instead of pulling us over. Be polite to drivers, pedestrians, and the NYPD and you should have an awesome, problem free day.
UPDATE: Something I didn’t touch base on too much is the fact that the finish line is at the heart of where the Occupy Wall Street protesters have been set up recently. While there is some chance that they won’t be on Broadway/Bowling Green itself, it’s more likely we’ll have to skate our way through the protest. Jeff Vyain of Bustin’ Boards and the Longboard Loft NYC posted a great article on their blog reminding the longboarding community that this is a chance for us to show that we’re “good guys” so to speak, not out to cause trouble or hurt anyone, just to skate and spread the stoke. If we are polite and respectful Occupy Wall Street shouldn’t pose any problems to the Bomb and visa versa. Here’s an excerpt from Jeff’s post:
Aside from obvious safety concerns of riding full-speed down Manhattan’s busiest street, there are protests going in downtown Manhattan (occupywallstreet.org). There will be a LOT of people down there, and we’re not 100% sure where they’ll be yet because they keep moving around. We MAY skate right through a march! On one hand, this provides our longboard community an outstanding opportunity to make an awesome positive impression on a lot of people, including local law enforcement. On another, we’re heading into an area of potential volatility, and because of this, we need to be on our best behavior. So be respectful. I know a lot of people will be racing, but don’t sacrifice the vibe that we’re creating here for the sake of beating the guy next to you by a couple seconds. Be safe, protect yourself, and protect our community. Thanks, that is all!

We’re not expecting this to go down this year…

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.

High View Autumn Bomb II: Downhill Race and Freeride Jam (VT, 10/1)

This event looks sweet. I mean really sweet. If you want to have what looks like some of the most fun you’ll have at a race in a while, check out the Autumn Bomb II in Essex Junction, VT on October 1st and 2nd. The event will feature a 4-person heat (64 people total) 35 mph+ downhill race on Saturday, while Sunday will be a fun as hell freeride jam with prizes and podiums.

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While the downhill event go down on the same hill as last year (High View), the event organizers are mixing things up a little by adding some gates in after the start, creating 2 crash corners and some tight turns all around. We’ll see some very fun, very exciting racing. It’s a bit on the slower end of the spectrum, making it appealing for those just getting into the sport. It look like you only have to register for the downhill competition, there is a fee for the event which hasn’t been solidified yet, the VTLBC said it should be around $20 though. If you want to register head over and do so at the NCDSA site, spots are filling up fast with 27 of the 64 already locked up.

On Day Two, Sunday the 2nd, the freeride jam will go down on the “Damn Good Hill,” which features some sweeping turns and 100ft of vertical drop. Organizers promise that the pavement is absolutely butter and is going to make for a prime jam location. If you don’t believe me, give the hill itself a peek over on the right.

Sponsors right now include our good friends over at Surf-Rodz, Team Quebec, Kebbek Skateboards, Clutch Skateboards, Comet Skateboards, Projection Films and more being added to the list as the event draws near.

As always you can find more information by checking out their Facebook Event and by keeping your eyes out for any updates we get. You can also get amped by watching the AMAZINGLY well done video below.

VT Autumn Bomb Longboard Race from daniel sparling 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.