Bethlehem Freeride Competition – 6/21

Bethlehem Freeride Competition

Following the Second Annual Skate for Peace Bethlehem, PA will play host to the Bethlehem Freeride Competition on June 21. After clear success from previously held events, Faceplant Boardriders brings you the 2nd stop on the Mid-Atlantic Freeride Series. With 100% approval from the Bethlehem community, the event will take place at High St. directly in the heart of northern Bethlehem.

Here’s your chance make best of the summer solstice, and go have fun with your homies in a controlled situation!

Check out the event page description:

11am: Practice and WheelRZ Diablos Fire Events. WheelRZ will be giving out Diablos for best Kicker Trick, best Faceplant or fall, and longest slide(heel and toe). We will announce each fire event on the megaphone during practice.

Under 18 division (64 Rider Cap) $20 entry (Hardgood Prizes and automatically entered in Mid Atlantic Freeride Series if you place in top 10 finals)

Noon: 1st Heat Starts-32 riders (25 min)
12:30: 2nd Heat Starts-32 riders (25 min)
We will pick the top 5-10 riders from each heat to battle it out in the finals.

Open division (64 Rider Cap) $25 entry (Cash and schwag Prizes, also automatically entered in Mid Atlantic Freeride Series if you place in top 10 finals)

1pm: 1st Heat Starts-32 riders (30 min)
1:30pm 2nd Heat Starts-32 riders (30 min)
We will pick the top 5-10 riders from each heat to battle it out in the finals.

FINALS: Using the Mid Atlantic Freeride Series Un-Biased Judging System we will have each rider take 2 individual runs with their name announced before the run. Each audience member will have a rubber band to give to who they thought was the best rider in the finals. After the entire division(either Under 18 or Open) has gone the audience will hand out the votes(rubber bands), tally the votes and announce the winners.

2pm: Under 18 Finals. Each rider will get 2 runs with their name announce for Audience Voting
2:45pm: Open Finals. Each rider will get 2 runs with their name announce for Audience Voting

Sound off in the comments section if you’re going to be attending and make sure you subscribe to our e-mail updates below so you’re in the loop if anything changes.

Second Annual Skate for Peace – 5/24

 skate for peace

 

Following last year’s success, Brian Fitch’s Skate for Peace Charity event, in partnership with KidsPeace National Centers, Faceplant Boardriders, and WheelRZ, is back for round two on Saturday, May 24.

Not only will you be helping a charitable cause (with 50% of the proceeds going to KidsPeace National Centers), but you will also get to enjoy a thrilling day consisting of a downhill race, slide jam, as well as various ditch competitions.  All events will take place at sanctioned roads of KidsPeace National Centers in Orefield, Pennsylvania.

All skaters of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend, as there will be something to do for everyone. Come on out for a grand ‘ole time!

Schedule:

Registration – 9 am
Practice – 9 am to 9:45 am
Downhill Racing – 10 am
Slide Jam Competition – 1 pm
Slide Jam Finals – 2 pm
Podium – 3 pm
Old School Ditch Style Session – 4 pm

Registration/Fees:

$20 entry fee per main event (DH and Slide)
$10 entry fee for Ditch Style Session

For even more information, check out the Facebook Page.

 1st Annual Skate for Peace

In the meantime, here’s last years coverage to get you stoked:

Weekend Weather Roundup: 4/4-4/6

Since spring is here and the days are a bit longer, I decided we’d do a new weekly feature, the Weekend Weather Roundup, to take a look at the weather up and down the east coast for the weekend ahead. Weekend Weather RoundupI’m no meteorologist, but I do know some pretty fancy websites to visit and even have an app or two on my iPhone, so some people say I come close.

For this first week I picked a whole smattering of cities, probably far too many, so leave a comment and tell us which ones we should keep, and which ones you think need to be cut from the list. If you think we should add somewhere we don’t currently have on the list holler and I’ll add it for next time. All our weather info is sourced from the Weather Underground, check it out if you’re not familiar as it’s a killer weather resource.

New England

Let me start off by saying predicting the weather in New England, especially in spring, is a fools game. The professionals can’t get this right 90% of the time. Mark Twain gave an epic speech on just how whacky it is. It just doesn’t make sense. No matter how hard you try, it’s probably wrong. This warning generally applies more to when it’s supposed to be nice out than when it’s supposed to be miserable – but the type of miserable weather might be different from you were expecting (e.g. if it calls for rain, it could easily be snow). You’ve been warned, but you should also be used to this by now.

Bangor, ME

Bangor, Maine…well, how do I put this lightly? Things look kinda rough in your neck of the woods. While it’s beginning to be spring throughout much of the east coast, you’re going to get the shaft just a bit longer. Friday will be sunny with an afternoon high of 47° so take advantage while you can because at night it’s going to dip down to around 33° and start snowing after midnight. IT’S GOING TO SNOW AT NIGHT. What makes it even worse is you can expect 1 to 3″ of accumulation, so it’s really going to mess your Saturday up. Which isn’t a big deal, because Saturday looks like a 100% chance of rain with a high of 48° and low of 22°, meaning things are probably going to be pretty icy when it’s all said and done. Sunday looks pretty salvageable with a high of 47°, some clouds in the morning but they should clear up and make for a sunny afternoon. At the very least it’ll help dry things off since your week after that looks nice overall…

Burlington, VT

I thought Bangor might have had it worst in this lineup since it’s so far north, but having just seen Burlington’s weather report I feel a bit worse.

Weekend Weather Roundup Radar Map

Tons of rain, son.

Even Friday afternoon looks like it’ll suck, as it’s going to be overcast all day with a high of 50°. As you head into the evening you can expect rain and ice pellets to start falling from the sky at around 8PM or so, lasting through Saturday morning. Saturday will start off wet and brisk but will become partly cloudy in the afternoon with a high of 46°. Sunday is the day to take advantage of with a high of 52° and sunny, bluebird skies. You’ll finally be able to start evening out that goggle tan as we move into the warmer months, so make sure you get out there and take advantage of it.

Boston, MA

Our friends by the bay are going to have an overcast Friday afternoon like much of the rest of New England, with a high of 44° and rain starting around 11PM. Saturday is going to be a mix of les mis in the morning and possibly a salvageable afternoon, with rain and fog running through about 8AM and some partly cloudy skies in the afternoon — high of 56°. Sunday though, sunday should be a beautiful 56° with sunny skies all day – it’s springtime baby!

Western MA

Most of you don’t care, but this is where Skate The East is based out of since both Henry and I call home most of the year, so it’s going on the list. Deal with it. Friday is going to be overcast with a high of 52° and a 90% chance of rain tonight. Saturday looks pretty nice overall though, a change from the usual and from the rest of New England, with partly cloudy skies and a beautiful high of 56°. Sunday gets even nicer, with sunny skies all day and a high of 60° – no, I didn’t mistype that, it’ll finally be back in the 60’s.

Hartford, CT

See the Western MA forecast but with Saturday being 58° and Sunday being 61°. No excuses for complaining.

Mid-Atlantic

A much less mystic force than those of New England, these might be a bit more accurate. I have absolutely no evidence that that’s a true statement, though…

New York City, NY

Friday looks like it’ll be a washout in the city, but the rest of the weekend should be on point, or as they say, “mad nice.” Saturday will be clear skies and a high of 57°, meaning the roads should be nice and dry by the time everyone wakes up and shakes their hangover (or finishes their Saturday morning cartoons…). Sunday follows the trend of being the nicest day this week with a high of 60° and clear, sunny skies all day. Make sure to pack a jacket if you’re going to be out at night though, as lows will still be dipping into the mid-30’s.

Philadelphia, PA

Philly folks see the weather report for NYC by and large. Saturday will be nice and sunny with a high of 57° and Sunday will also feature sunny skies and a beautiful high of 62°.

Washington, DC

Washington, DC is lucking out and missing some of the rain that’s headed north. Friday afternoon will have a weekend high of 66° and overcast skies to keep the direct sun off of you. Saturday and Sunday will both be beautiful and sunny, with highs of 61° both days. I can’t lie, sounds about perfect right now. I won’t be as jealous once the humidity hits you guys like a bat though, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Weekend Weather Roundup Regions

Southeast

I felt like Asheville shouldn’t be the only city in this category, but the options are pretty limited…

Asheville, NC

The Mecca of the East, Asheville is having a wet and wild Friday, with rain and overcast skies this afternoon making way for a chance of thunderstorms this evening. The high today looks like an extremely comfortable 72° though, so my jealousy is off the charts. Thunderstorm or no thunderstorm, I’d kill to wear shorts and chill on a porch for an afternoon right now, hopefully the AGP boys hold it down for me. Saturday will be sunny and 63° while Sunday will be partly cloudy and 63°.

If no one films down there this weekend I’m going to be very disappointed.

Miami, FL

Miami, Miami, Miami…I really just put this on the list to remind the rest of the east coast that our weather sucks, and there’s a city close by that we can all be mad at and envious of. Usually L.A. takes the rap, but let’s just keep it all east coast and channel it down there.

Miami will be fucking perfect on Friday, with a high of 82° and partly cloudy skies. Saturday will also be fucking perfect, with a high of 85° and partly cloudy skies. Know what’s funny? Sunday will also be fucking perfect, with partly cloudy skies AGAIN, and a high of 86°. Did we mention there’ll be a beautiful, calm, cooling ocean breeze every day? Ugh…I can’t keep talking about this…

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Pantheon Embryo: What You Need to Know

Pantheon EmbryoThese days you’re hard pressed to find someone doing anything really unique in the game. Loaded regularly employs new materials and techniques, Never Summer has integrated some of their snowboard technology into their longboards, Comet produces green boards and Earthwing has recently changed the game with their NLS lineup; beyond those though I feel like we see a lot of  board companies copying each other and putting a slight twist on the end product.

Enter Pantheon Longboards. New for this 2014 season, Pantheon is headed by Jeff Vyain, the former board designer for Bustin’ Boards and the brains behind some of the most popular deck designs over the last couple of years.Pantheon Longboards This fall Jeff decided to venture off on his own and left Bustin’ on great terms, moving his family and new company up to Pennsylvania to get things rolling. After a few short months Jeff has unleashed the first deck in Pantheon’s lineup, the Embryo.

Pantheon, as Jeff described to me, is meant to be a no bull sh*t approach to skateboards, paying attention to the details and the finer points of design to bring you the best feeling skateboard possible. To quote Jeff himself:

My focus for Pantheon really isn’t on innovation for the sake of innovation, but creating stellar, practical designs with innovative (or non-innovative) features that just work. No bullshit. No hype. Just an awesome skateboard that combines with that awesome hill or path or whatever that gives you that awesome feeling.

What I’m super stoked about with the Embryo is what they’re calling the “W-Bubbles” concave. Instead of having the W run throughout the length of the board like you usually see, the Embryo has a flat standing surface in the middle for comfortable distance pushing (Jeff’s former specialty) and W concave towards the ends to lock you in during slides and in a tuck. [UPDATE 3/3/14: Jeff sent me an e-mail and Will commented below letting me know that the Madrid Nessie also featured a similar concave before, apologies.] Feel free to correct me in the comments if I’m wrong, but I don’t think I’ve seen this “W-Bubble” concave on any other decks before, but it sounds pretty dope.

The "W-Bubbles" in the Pantheon Embryo

The “W-Bubbles” in the Pantheon Embryo

The deck is asymmetrical and the concave changes a bit throughout it, as well. As you can read in the graphic below, one end has a gradually tapered concave, while the other sports some gentle 3D concave — a “Funnel Concave” if you will. While the deck is asymmetrical, Jeff assures me that it can be ridden either direction depending on what your preference is. So while it’s technically a directional board, its directional in whichever way you choose — pretty unique and very cool.

To top it all off the graphic is dope as hell. Eddie Kihm came through and did the dopest job designing this graphic, setting the stage for a lot of other companies to step their game up come 2014. Just like we mentioned with Earthwing’s NLS lineup, we’re stoked to see that Pantheon is manufacturing their decks right here in the USA – that’s what’s up!

Length: 36.5 in
Width: 10 in
Rocker: 0.25in
Wheelbases: 25.5-29 inches

You can pick one up from Pantheon themselves for $130.00, helping to support a small and local east coast company! Sound off with your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

Pantheon Embryo

Anthony Flis in The Spot V3

Anthony Flis

Anthony Flis is true OG ripper on the east coast. We’ve written about him plenty and he’s been featured in some of the gnarlier film projects taking place out east, including the Skatesgiving series (except for this year’s) and his brainchild, this past summer’s DCDC Tour.

In his new video for Volante Anthony rages his local downhill run, making it look all too easy. Unfortunately he broke his foot the weekend after filming this so they couldn’t get as much footage as they wanted, although it makes for a quick, fast paced, and very entertaining video (props to Blake Smith on the edit). Take a 1:00 to check it out and drop a comment below to let us know what you think.

Team Mids Down Undahhh

Team Mids

The boys from Eastachusetts grabbed the van and headed from one land of accents to another, meeting up with the AGP Downhill boys to skate one of the south’s most gnarly and entertaining runs, both to skate and watch. This video features the Team Mids homies Norm “The” Plante, East Coast Mac, Pete Laugh, and Tom Leary.

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What Do You Think About Wheel Shields?

Wheel Shields inventor Chase KaczmarekHave you heard about Wheel Shields yet? They’re a new product seeking funding on Kickstarter, designed and invented by east coaster and Maryland resident, Chase Kaczmarek. While I was a skeptic at first, after a little more reading and research I think Wheel Shields might end up on at least one of my set-ups.

Evolution of Wheel Shields

Wheel Shields have evolved a lot from their first inception and were designed to solve 4 main problems in longboarding as I see it: wheel bite, shoe bite, wheel locking, and spray/splashes off your wheels when riding in the rain. Chase also says Wheel Shields will help extend the life of your bearings, and allow you to invent new tricks, although I’m not sure how many people will be down to try standing on their wheels…just in case…

Wheel Shields designs

While I’m not sure how aero the Wheel Shields are for your downhill setups, Wheel Shields were designed to fit almost every wheel under 76mm, even meaty mothers like Biggie Hawgs. I asked Chase what size contact patches work with Wheel Shields, what he told me was that instead of contact patch size, what matters is the distance from the bearing and the outer lip of the wheel, which must be less than 1″. Despite this, he said almost every wheel they’ve tested fit.  The concept of preventing wheel lockups while downhilling in a tight pack is definitely appealing as well, as anyone who has ever experienced it can attest to how shitty of an experience it is.

I’d definitely like to see these in person and give them a try myself, especially on my commuter board, as I’m sick of riding on wet pavement and getting soaked from the spray off my wheels. I’m also excited to be able to help support Chase a little and support an east coast invention at the same time, hopefully you might as well! Give them a look over on Kickstarter to learn a little more. They’ve got 6 days and $6,500 to raise, think they can do it?! What are your thoughts on Wheel Shields, sound off in the comments section below!

Video: The True Mids Fiends

The word ‘mids’ is getting thrown around these days but shouldn’t loose its origins, or be diluted by the masses.  Its a fiendish word that’s epitomized by two of the original mids users, Norm Plante and Eric Roth.  Check out their new edit, back in the homelands, filmed and cut by Tom Leary.