Newington Slide Jam w/ special guest Liam Morgan

I’ve been a bit behind with posts lately but had to make sure I got the word out about the slide jam that Billy Wilson has been putting together for a while and Skate The East is helping to host that’s going down THIS SATURDAY, June 30th in Newington, CT. This event is going to be one of the best slide jams of the summer without a doubt with riders coming in from all over to session what is in my opinion one of the best freeride hills Southern New England.

We’ll have a few different categories for prizes along with your usual top 3 (longest slide, best trick, etc.) but the main point of this event is to come out and GET STOKED! This is seriously a great hill so be excited, Billy and I have been dreaming about doing an event here since this past fall.

The event itself is taking place on Stage Coach Lane in Newington, CT. Note the space in “Stage Coach,” there is another road named Stagecoach Lane in nearby Rocky Hill, CT — THEY ARE NOT THE SAME PLACE! People end up at the wrong road all the time, so make sure you put that space in between the two words. You should plan to park at the bottom of the hill on Little Brook Drive, make sure cars are  only parking on one side of the road — we don’t want to impede traffic. There are little side streets that cut off of Little Brook Drive that you’re free to park on as well, such as Valley View Drive. Alternate parking is at the top of the hill off of Lamplighter Lane.

Registration will be starting at around 10:30AM, as you walk up the hill you’ll see a vacant lot off of Trotter Lane where Billy and I will have tables set up and possibly a small tent for you to come and register under. Come, give your name and get a number assigned to you. Unless you register, we’ll have no clue how to know who was who when it comes time to decide winners.

Rules are pretty loose, you must wear a helmet to compete but all other safety gear (helmets, knee pads, etc) are encouraged, but not required. Let’s stay away from any public drinking and refrain from poking smot (that’s smoking the devil’s lettuce for you that don’t follow too close) near the hill or your cars please, it’s a residential neighborhood so let’s be respectful to the people that live there. That really is the biggest rule guys, be ultra respectful to the people that live in this neighborhood. This is a hill that Billy and I skate a LOT, it’s our home hill and we have a good relationship with the neighbors and intend to keep it that way. Pick up your litter, be respectful, and let people get to and from their houses if they’re driving through and this thing is going to go off without a hitch.

One thing I forgot to mention is Comet Skateboards and Caliber rider Liam Morgan is going to be in attendance along with plenty of other riders we’ve been featuring regularly including Nelson’s newest team member Eric Roth. Join the Facebook Event for any additional and last minute details as they’ll be communicated through a message to attendees, although we’ll also update our Facebook Page and Twitter account as well.

Rider Profile: Eric Roth

People familiar with the New England longboard scene have undoubtably run across or heard about Eric Roth, one of the charter members of the infamous Team Mids crew out of Central Massachusetts. Eric shreds hard and has a style that mixes it up between techy, multi-trick combo lines and fast, drifty, long slides with added steeze as he goes and has made quite the name for himself over the past year or so of shredding.

After taking home first place at least summer’s 2nd Annual Central MA Freeride Competition and proving that he was amongst the best skaters in New England, Eric took advantage of the mild winter to produce well over a dozen edits on his YouTube channel Stretch House Media, showing that he is also amongst the best videographers and editors in New England as well. When he’s not skating in his home stomping grounds of Central/Eastern Massachusetts he can be found behind the computer pursuing his second love (no, not trolling YouTube and Facebook) of DJ-ing and producing electronic music. Check out his work on his SoundCloud and peep some of his tunes at the end of his rider profile.

Eric is one of the most fun people you can skate with and is every bit as gnarly as people say he is, peep the profile a few times and get a little more familiar with a face you’ll certainly see more of.

You can also check out one of the most recent Stretch House Edits that Eric did below: