2013 Recap with Chief Keith

2013 Recap with Chief Keith

Our homie from central CT, Keith Burwood, put together a 2013 recap video and obviously made me an instant fan by calling it ‘Chief Keith’ (#300 #GloGang). Homie has a great mix of some good looking skating and did a great job chopping up the edit and making things look pretty. Check it out and leave a comment with what you thought below – it’s super easy we swear.

Mike Blackman Killin’ It

Mike Blackman

Our homie Mike Blackman from Connecticut absolutely slays it in his new video, filmed and edited by fellow Connecticut-ian Sam Shield.

Mike destroys our former home hill (which he also wrecked for our Tiger Skate Designs review) with some steezy big slides, shuv-its, and a dank as f*ck soundtrack. It’s only 1:11 long so you’ve got plenty of time to watch it a couple of times before you get back to whatever it is you’ve got to do. You’ll thank me later.

Fall Wheelabrator — 10/27 in Lisbon, CT

Wheelabrator 2013

 

UPDATE: Originally we had the locations as “Libson, CT,” when in fact it’s “Lisbon, CT.” Make sure you get it right or your GPS won’t find the location!

Attending Wheelabrator has become somewhat of a rite of passage among southern New England skaters having been going down twice a year for a while now. The emphasis with the event is that it’s not a contest, nor a nontest, but simply a gathering of skaters for a dope day on varied terrain.

This fall’s Wheelabrator will be going down just before Halloween, on October 27th. It’ll start at 10:30 AM and go until no one’s down to skate anymore, which usually lasts well into the afternoon. Costumes are being highly encouraged, as well as helmets.

It’s a pretty cool spot that features a narrow and fast bike path with some killer turns that are super sketchy and terribly fun in packs, a straight downhill run for people to practice pack runs, and a straightforward slide hill; it has something for almost every rider at almost every skill level. The other dopest part: with the exception of other skaters coming to the event, there’s virtually no traffic.

Plug “Wheelabrator Industries” in Lisbon, CT into your GPS and you’ll clearly see where to go and where to park once you get to the hills.

Check out the official event description:

You’ve been asking for it and now its time for another awesome session! For anyone unfamiliar wheelabrator is NOT a competition, its just a stoke filled session at one great spot that has it all! There are 3 hill to be skated all right next to each other.
A 8/10ths of a mile mellow DH run that is fairly straight and is a blast for huge pack runs.

A shorter narrow bikepath tech DH run that winds through the woods and although it doesn’t get that fast, the corners can get hairy at full speed on such a narrow run

A straight forward freeridee hill that makes a mellow S turn

All of these runs have virtually no traffic!

This is a great event for all ability levels, even if you’re just getting into skating Wheelabrator is a guaranteed good time! Costumes are encouraged!!!

Here’s a video from this past spring’s Wheelabrator:

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.

Don’t Shred On Me: Volume 1

Watch as Brian Peck and Ryan Howard take to some snow filled parks in Connecticut as well as some local neighborhood hills for a perfect early spring east coast chiller skate day. The first volume of our “Don’t Shred on Me Series,” it sets the tone for the “skate everything” types of videos and articles you’ll see in this column. The weather was a bit nippy but the vibes were perfect and rays stayed steady enough to keep us going. All in all it was a great testament to what east coast skaters have to fight through to have a great session, and helps us really value those perfect days we long for. Give us a like, share with your friends, and subscribe if you already haven’t!

Darien Slide Jam 3 (Cinco de Mayo Jam)

When: Sunday May 5th
Where: Peach Hill Road, Darien CT

The Darien Slide Jam is back! With two successful events under his belt, Dan Berkowitz is organizing what’s sure to be his biggest one yet. The jam is not sanctioned, however the handful of neighbors have agreed, for the third time, to let the event go on without any trouble from them. After two smooth running events, it’s a pretty safe bet. The hill itself is a steepish straight, just fast enough for everyone to have fun on. If we can get a few features, a kicker or two, and possibly a banshee bungee, everyone should be able to throw down and get rad.

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At the last event, Dan and the judges took a more informal approach, giving awards to the podium such as “the tickle prize” and “the based god award” and taking a group photo instead of a podium shot. This year, the organizers want to further this fun environment, judging riders on skill, but also giving out plenty of swag to the riders having the best time, wearing the best mexican costume etc etc. If some riders who didn’t rip as hard as you get more prizes, deal with it. It’s skateboarding, and it’s supposed to be fun.

The last jam was cold and rainy but the event was still awesome! Those who kept skating through the rain all ripped, and those who felt like lurking still had fun (especially you lily) putting and, well, lurking. Everyone who showed up left with smile on their face and (I believe) some prizes. With more sponsors, more riders, and more features than last year, we have to assume that this one will be even more rad!

Here’s the video from last years event:

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!

Video: Kyle Kay Raw

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Kyle Kay has been raging the mountains of the east coast for longer than almost anyone else in the Appalachian Mountain region.  He shreds hard and fast, with no f*cks given.  This videos got an extremely gnarly mountain run with some steep hairpins, that he just flies through. If you were sleeping on Rusty Shackleford, wake up cause he’s charging harder than ever.

- Henry