Spring Wheelabrator — 4/13 in Lisbon, CT

Photo Credit: Richard Barrett

Photo Credit: Richard Barrett

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. It’s going down again this Sunday, April 13th so read on and get ready for one of the most stoke-filled nontests (non-contest) of the season!

All levels of skating experience are encouraged to attend this event and no one should feel intimidated, the sole purpose of this event is to have #FUN. 

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:

“The most fun longboard gathering in the area is going down again this spring at the same place as always!

Wheelabrator event is a gathering of like minded souls for the purpose of skating and having fun. There are 3 distinct hills:
The main hill which is a 30-35mph (max) 2 lane fairly straight forward hill, it’s a good place to practice your tuck, it’s 8/10th of a mile long and rewards a good tuck, it’s also fun to draftrain, get cozy and get silly. Then there is the slide hill which has a right and a left turn. Wide enough to slide softwheel or tech

The Bikepath is always the crowd favorite and is a narrow path 1/3rd of a mile winding through the trees you can make 30mph on it though the last 2 turns which can get pretty interesting in a tight pack on a narrow path.

Some really good sessions have happened at wheelabrator and as a location it deals with crowds very well which isn’t always true of skate spots. Runs will be taken, slides will be made and everyone is guaranteed a great time.”

What better way to start off the skate season then a stoke filled event like Wheelabrator? 

Check out some of these video links from previous Wheelabrator events:

Major Stok’em 6 – 4/19

Major Stok'em 6 Flyer

Plug Fort Lee, NJ into your GPS and get ready, because Major Stok’em is back again on April 19th from 9AM to 5PM for its 6th year running! Major Stok’em has become one of the best events for new racers to break into the sport and see what they’re made of, even giving them a chance go toe to toe with some of the Tri-State area’s fastest on a relatively mellow course. This is the race where some of the fastest east coast riders got their start – so if you’ve been looking for an ‘entry level race’ you might not find a better opportunity this season.

The Course

Taking place at the Palisades Interstate Park in Fort Lee, NJ the Major Stok’em 6 course is set next to the scenic banks of the Hudson River, just across the river from New York City. The course is known for varying in speed depending on whether there’s a headwind or tailwind, so you’re looking at speeds that could range from a cruising 22MPH up to around 39MPH, much more mellow than what you’ll find at some of the bigger races this summer.

There aren’t any extremely technical features to navigate or anything of the sort, it’s a pretty straight forward course all in all,  running about a 1/4 mile long in total. It does feature a crash corner at the end which seems to claim far more riders than necessary but also create some exciting last minute passes.

For parents bringing their children or for riders going to the course for the first time: There’s no real address for where to park and meet. Use Google Maps and look for the Ross Dock Area, the NJ State website might also help a bit (http://www.njpalisades.org/picnic.htm#Ross). Since it’s off-season when the race goes down, parking will be free!

Major Stok'em 6

Registration

This is important because it doesn’t go down like other events, so pay close attention. Registration will be on Saturday, April 12th – exactly one week before the race. Registration is capped at 100 riders, so don’t be too late in registering or you might miss out. Registration for the event is $40.01. On April 12th you PayPal $0.01 (that’s one cent) to majorstokem@gmail.com, which reserves your spot to race. On race day, when you go to sign-in, bring $40 in cash and your waiver to finalize everything.

It can be a little confusing, so head over to the Stok’em website and read how they describe the process.

Event Schedule

This is directly from the Major Stok’em website. I’ll do my best to update it with any changes as I become aware of them.

6:30AM-8:30AM    EVENT SET-UP HAYBALES AND VOLUNTEERS

8:00AM -9:00AM  REGISTRATION PROCESS (MUST BE A PRE-REGISTERED RIDER)

9:OOAM-9:45AM   PRACTICE RUNS (LIGHT RUNS AND GET TO KNOW THE HILL)  **END OF REGISTRATION**

10:00AM                   RIDERS SAFETY MEETING NEAR THE FINISH LINE. RACE OFFICIALLY STARTS.

5:00PM                      END OF EVENT/CLEANUP

Additional Information

Go check out the FAQ over on the Major Stok’em 6 website and check out the Facebook Event as well. Spectators and non-racers will be aplenty, so even if you don’t feel like racing come out and chill as the season starts to get underway.

Ithaca Skate Jam 2014 – 4/26

It’s almost that time of year again; the days are longer, birds are chirping, and a skate event awaits at the end of every week. To kick it off right, the Ithaca Skate Jam is coming back again for its third straight year and is guaranteed to bring the heat back to the east coast. It’s going down on April 26th from 9AM-6PM, so mark your calendars now.

Ithaca Skate Jam 2014

I think it’s safe to say that after the last two years, Ithaca has become the premiere non-race downhill skateboard event on the east coast. The guys at Comet Skateboards know their way around ramp building and have selected one of the most suitable roads for the event you could hope for, a perfect combo to see some gnarly tricks and skaters pushing each other to make every run better than the last. The event also brings some pretty heavy hitters out to show their stuff, with most of Comet’s team in attendance. While it’s changed a bit this year with the loss of Liam Morgan, we can still hope to see some of the crew like former east coaster Brian Peck, Jared Henry, Eric Jensen, “Big Dave” Tannaci, Nick Ronzani and others. Of course, you’ll also see familiar faces from up and down the east coast tearing it up and showing everyone how to mix it up from just the usual “go fast, big slide” style you see so often and make full use of the ramps and hills.

The Hill

Ithaca Skate Jam 2014 HillThis year the venue for the hill is changing from Buffalo Street to Lake Street, adding a little right hand corner into the mix. It’s partially located in the Ithaca Falls Natural Area and is sure to make for a bit more spectator space as well as a beautiful setting to skate in. The hill is 0.29 miles long with an average grade of 10.79%; this means you’ll be able to pick up speed quickly and recover from slides fast, so you can link together a nice run.

As in years past, expect the run to be full of some great ramps, wall-rides, and pole jams to make things super interesting. If you haven’t had the chance to ride a course like this before, we suggest putting a few hours in at your local skatepark.

Here’s what the guys from Comet had to say about it:

The hill is steep and we’re filling it with shred-worthy goodness. We look at this hill every day and wish there were no cars on it. On April 26th that will come true and we are stoked to skate it with you and all of the features we’re going to build.

Registration/Schedule

Registration is open now over in the Comet Webstore for $40. This gets you 9 hours of skating on the hill, a gift bag with free swag, 33% off discount code for gear after the event, prizes and give-aways throughout the day, and a chance to skate and chill with the Comet pros. If you’re under 18 you’re going to need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian, if you’re over 18 you can sign it yourself.

Check-in will run at the hill from 9AM-11AM, with the hill open to skating as soon as you’re checked-in.

Lodging

There are a few options for lodging in the area, with the most popular one being camping at Robert H. Treman State Park. It’s the closest camping site, being just a few miles outside of town, and will be full of other skaters headed to the event.  We’ll list the options, as outlined on the Facebook event, below.

Robert H. Treman State Park – Camping

Located just a few miles outside of town this is the best camping option. Each site can have 6 adults and spaces cost about $25-$30/night, with a discount for people who live in-state. Reservations can be made here.

Hillside Inn

Closest lodging option to the hill.

607-272-9507

http://www.hillsideinnithaca.com/index.php

Econo Lodge

Just what you’d expect from an Econo Lodge. Amenities close-by and some cheap rooms.

“Close to the Ithaca Mall and a lot of food options and a few miles from the hill. Let them know you’re with the Comet Ithaca Skate Jam to get the discounted rates.

60 rooms available at $124 per night
Shuttle available to airport only
Complimentary Breakfast, WIFI, & Parking
Group name: Ithaca Skate Jam rates
Deal Expires:March 25th”

(607) 257-1400

http://www.econolodge.com/hotel-ithaca-new_york-NY127

La Tourelle

La Tourelle is a hotel/spa that sounds like a great option if mom is bringing a whole gang with her but doesn’t want to hang out at the hill all day. The organizers posted the below, note that these may have been deal prices for the event (the promotion was only good through the 25th of March – but you could still ask).

“La Tourelle is an awesome spa and the choice for you if you want to make the weekend a nice vacation for you while your kids skate all weekend. Accommodations and deals:

‘We offer the following room categories and rates available for your group:

Traditional King Rooms Up to 12 available $180.00 + 13% tax
Deluxe Fireplace King Rooms Up to 8 available $ 220.00 + 13% tax
Double King or Double Queen Rooms Up to 2 available $ 220.00 + 13% tax
Specialty Rooms and Suites TBA’”

(607) 273-2734

http://www.latourelle.com/

Argos Inn

According to the organizers the Argos Inn is “Located right in downtown Ithaca a short walk from the best coffee and food in town. This is another option if you’re looking for a nice weekend vacation in Ithaca.”

(607) 319-4437

http://argosinn.com/

So – are we going to see you there? Where are you staying? Sound off in the comments and let us know! We’ll keep this post updated with information as we learn more.

King of the Mountain Downhill – Oct 26 & 27

The 2nd annual King of the Mountain downhill race is going down on October 26th and 27th at the Camp Fortune Ski Resort in Old Chelsea, Quebec (that’s Canada for those of you who didn’t pass geography). This 2 day event is fully sanctioned on a gnarly closed road and includes free camping as well as access to the mini ramp, so it should be well worth your trip if you can swing it!

King of the Mountain Downhill

The Course

The course is on the access road to the Camp Fortune Ski Resort in Old Chelsea, Quebec. Joey Bidner, the event organizer, says speeds average around 70 kmh, or 43 mph for most of the half-mile long course. It features some tight sweeper turns but doesn’t require any drifting, meaning you should see some fast and tight racing the entire time.

Joey also says that because the road is usually super busy there’s no real ‘home field advantage’ for local skaters, meaning almost everyone will be on a level playing field to start with on the first day of practice runs.

Registration

It’s 80 Canadian Dollars (77.60 United States Dollars) to race both days, or $60 CDA ($58.17 USD) to freeride, which gives you access to the hill with rides up to the top. You can REGISTER HERE. There are 140 spots total for the Open Class, and 60 spots total for the Amateur Class, which will make for some pretty epic racing all around!

Camping is provided in the cost of registration, with showers, changing rooms, etc for your convenience. There’s also a mini ramp to skate when you’re feeling like a change of pace from the hill. Epic.

Race Format and Schedule

Day 1, October 26th will be for practice and qualifying races. Qualifying races will be run in predetermined, randomized heats of 4 with riders scoring points each round. This will determine the bracket for the elimination rounds taking place on October 27th.

Day 1 – October 26th
Registration: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Practice: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
First qualifier run: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Lunch: 2:00 PM-2:30PM
qualifiers: 2:30 PM-5:00 PM
Dinner:  5:00 PM
Mini-Ramp Jam- 7:00 PM
After Party 9:00PM-1:00 AM

Day 2 – Oct 27th
Practice: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
Eliminations & Finals (also more qualifiers if needed): 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Awards: 6:00 PM

Check out the official Facebook Event for any last-minute updates or changes and make sure to RSVP if you’re going. Canada came out to a bunch of our East Coast races this year and even cleaned up at a couple of them, so it you can make it, get up there and open a can of east coast American whoop ass haha! This event should be pretty killer.

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:

2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

The Hubbub this past weekend in the skate community was centered in Ludlow VT, where nestled in the depths of Vermont’s dark woods and cozy towns with covered bridges lies Okemo Mountain, known by many for its skiing, and by few, until recently, for a road whose level of gnar few dare to attempt.   The 3 mile long, 3344’ tall run, with chicanes, hairpins, and a 50+ MPH straight away sounds intimidating enough as it is, but this king of east coast runs’ is gnarly, as many east coast roads are, because of its pavement.

The Course

2013 Silverheels Cup Sketch Factors

Sketch factor multipliers. | Original photo: Marion Ross

Cracks, pavement changes, and snowcat tracks litter the road from top to bottom.  While skating straight you may at any point find your board drifting sideways from vibrations.  While corning your puck is always at risk of getting swallowed by a crack or pothole.  Speed bumps and tree root humps are a fun intermittent feature.

One does not simply skate Okemo. But on September 14th and 15th a few brave souls did as they raced for the 2013 Silverheels Cup.

2013 Silverheels Cup

While some skaters opted for what they thought would be the safer option, luging that is, people from every group took spills and slams.  Thankfully no one was seriously injured, although there were scary moments, one can’t help thinking back to the legendary “Vermont Massacre” race that occurred at Ascutney.  Despite the injuries and some trips to the hospital, the overall tone of the weekend was great, and everyone who stepped on a board or sat on a luge or drift trike had a great time.  Event organizer Marc Dean once again pulled off a fantastic weekend of riding.

2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

Some of the carnage. | Photo: Marion Ross

Marc, who works tirelessly throughout the year with the mountains event coordinators, sponsors, and skaters was happy with the way the event turned out, wished all those injured a speedy recovery.  “This was the most mentally challenging hills that I have ever ridden. Everyone who rode is due props for showing how good the east coast riders truly are.  A big thank you to Original Skateboards – Lindsay and Sean [Kolvenbach] for all of their help in making this happen,” Marc said.

2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

Skaters coming down the hill. | Photo: Marion Ross.

Sean Kolvenbach, the team manager over at Original Skateboards, said the team “had an awesome weekend, filled with beers, good friends, and fast hills.  Unfortunately that hill had a few to many casualties.  Driving up that run first thing Saturday morning all I kept thinking was, they want people to mob this hill, while smiling in disbelief.  It’s the jankiest run on the east coast for sure. [Laughs] I feel like everyone who skated there this weekend up’d their game a few points for sure.  Stoked to get 2 of my riders on Am Podium though, they survived the hill and stood strong!”

2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

Riders headed back to the top. | Photo: Marion Ross

Despite the condition of the road, by the time pro racing reached its final heats skaters were attempting single slide runs while battling it out for a spot on the podium.

2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

Kai Salam rounds at Turn at Okemo. | Photo: Marion Ross

Video

Team Mids filmed a follow run the day before racing so those who didn’t attend could see how the road is really meant to be skated. Check it out:

Results

Standings from Sundays racing:

Pro Skate:

  1. Niko Desmarais
  2. Tom Wilson
  3. Mac Holmes
2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain Pro Skate Podium

Some of the Pro Skate podium. | Photo: Marion Ross

Pro Luge:

  1. Chris Hicks
  2. Dave Aparicio
  3. Bob2 and Bob3
2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

Luge podium. | Photo: Marion Ross

AM Skate:

  1. Will Schroder
  2. Andrew Licata
  3. Jared Beers
  4. Izzy Moreno

Women’s Skate:

  1. Cassandra Duchesne

Women’s Luge:

  1. Emily Pross

Butt Pirate King:

  1. Dave Aparicio

Other Press/Media

  • Article in the local Vermont paper, the Rutland Herald.
  • Special thanks to Marion Ross for letting us use the photos. Check out Marion’s work at her website.

Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend (Updated 10/8)

The air is cooler, leaves are starting to change, and anticipation is in the air, that means one thing — BROADWAY BOMB SEASON!

With under a month left until the Broadway Bomb 2013 goes down it’s time to get planning and get the details for the entire weekend straight so that you’re not left out of the loop with what’s going on where. It’s all starting at noon on Friday, October 11th so get ready!

THERE ARE UPDATES TO THIS POST DATED AND IN RED! READ CAREFULLY AS SOME SCHEDULES HAVE CHANGED!

10/8/13: There’s now a wristband required to attend the post-Bomb BBQ on Saturday. Read the update below for all the info. 

About the Broadway Bomb

For those of you unfamiliar with the Broadway Bomb and what all the hype is about, we’ll give you some quick context. What started at as a ‘death race’ over a decade ago between some OG NYC skaters has become less of a race (due to the massive amounts of people), and more of a free-for-all group skate, with the with thousands of riders moving in mass from 116th and Broadway to the statue of the Charging Bull on the Bolling Green in Downtown Manhattan.

With the Bomb’s increase in popularity over the years, it’s grown from just an unreal skating experience on Saturday to a full weekend long event starting at noon on Friday and ending whenever the fun stops on Sunday. If this is your first time coming, rest up because it’s going to be a long and fast paced weekend for sure.

Update 10/7: Cami Best and some of the other Concrete Kings and NYCL crew members, including our homies Kai Monroe and Sam Ettorre, took to the streets and filmed this dank preview video fro the bomb this year:

Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend Schedule

Friday (October 11th, 2013):

The fun starts on Friday at 12:00 noon over at the Longboard Loft (132 Allen Street, Manhattan) with the World Skate Fam Welcome Party hosted by Bustin’ Boards, Push Culture Apparel, and Wheelbase Magazine. This all day event should end up being a BLAST and isn’t something you’re going to want to miss if you can help it at all.

Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend

UPDATED 10/1/13

There are multiple changes to the schedule originally posted in the image above. Read the paragraph below and check the bullet points for the CORRECT new schedule. 

Starting at 12:00 noon you can stop by the Longboard Loft to shoot the shit, win some gear and prizes, and party a bit until the real fun starts at 5PM with drink specials next door. Then at 7:15PM the Bustin’ crew is holding a special premier screening of their new video that was shot and filmed in China, something everyone’s been pretty stoked about. After that, at 7:30PM it’s a city skate and slash over to Uncle Funky’s for their 21+ Meet and Greet. The Uncle Funky’s Annual Meet and Greet actually starts at 8:00PM for those of you not skating over from the Loft, and is now co-hosted by ANVL Boards since their Longboard Loft party was cancelled. It’s a $5 cover which will go towards a raffle ticket and support Stoked Mentoring. The party will run until 11:00PM, at which point you’ll be on your own to either sleep or continue the party elsewhere in NYC.

  • 12:00PM – 5:00PM @ Longboard Loft: Chill/Party/Skate/Win Gear
  • 5:00PM – 8:00 PM @ Lucky Jack’s Café: Drink specials and shenanigans
  • 7:15 PM @ Undisclosed: Premier of the new Bustin’ China video
  • 7:30 PM: Group skate/city slash to Uncle Funky’s (21+ only!)
  • 8:00 PM-11:00PM @ Uncle Funky’s Boardshop: Uncle Funky’s Annual Meet and Greet

Saturday (October 12th, 2013) @ 12:00 PM **BROADWAY BOMB DAY**:

bomblogo1Saturday is the big day. Grab a Gatorade early in the morning to kick that hangover, a Ham and Steeze breakfast sango at the dope ass deli a few blocks away, and head on over to 116th and Broadway to meet up with everyone else.

The Bomb goes off at 12:00 noon sharp every year, so don’t be late or you’ll miss the rush out of the park and up the hill onto Broadway, one of the best parts of the experience. From there it’s the usual Broadway Bomb race course down Broadway. Just keep bombing down Broadway till you hit the Charging Bull Statue then start heading over to the BBQ.

After the race we’ll move over to the East River Park (near the 10th St footbridge) for some BBQ fun, give-aways, and hanging out with some good people. It’s crazy to see how many people are actually at the event when everyone’s chillin’ in the same spot, the entire area swarms with skaters.

UPDATE 10/8/13: YOU’LL NEED A WRIST BAND TO ATTEND THE POST-BOMB BBQ! Because there’s a 1,400 person cap on how many people can attend the BBQ (as the City’s permit states), they’ve got to distribute wrist bands for anyone wanting to go.

You can buy a wristband at Friday night’s meet and greet party at Unkle Funky’s, or find Jimmy Soladay before the race to buy one. (best to get there around 11:00AM if you need to buy one). They’re $5 each, with proceeds going towards Stoked Mentoring.

Every $300 raised pays for a year of after school programs for kids. Once the wrist bands are sold out, you’ll be on the other side of the fence looking in at all the cool kids having fun. 

Saturday Night (October 12th, 2013):

Once the Bomb is over and the BBQ is wrapped up the plan is to head back to the Longboard Loft for a 21+ after-party hosted by ANVL Boards and sponsored by Brooklyn Workshop, Perky Jerky, and Uber.

Adult refreshments will be served and snacks will be on hand thanks to Perky Jerky. It’s all to celebrate the upcoming launch of ANVL’s HANZO longboard, which features some pretty unbelievable shapes and some rad features, especially for the commuter skater.

The party is going to run from 8PM until 10PM and you need to RSVP here.

UPDATE 10/1/13

This event has been CANCELLED! You’ll be on your own to get rowdy in NYC for Saturday after the Bomb’s BBQ.

Sunday (October 13th, 2013):

Hopefully you didn’t overdo it too hard on Saturday night, because Sunday is just as big a day thanks to Steve Kong’s legendary Post-Bomb Slide Jam, hosted in partnership with NYC’s very own Earthwing Skateboards at Darktower (155th and Broadway).

Dubbed ‘the coolest slide jam on the coolest hill’ this is an event that is LEGENDARY every year. With so many rad skaters in one place things heat up very quickly and the skating gets to another level before you know it.

We don’t have all the details quite yet, but know that it’ll be going down at 11:15AM, so make sure you’re up and at ‘em and ready to go. We also know that Kai Monroe will be bringing a kicker, so expect shit to be going down and some dank skating to be seen!

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival Wrap-up

The sun was out, spirits were high, and skaters out in full force at this year’s Central Massachusetts Longboard Festival. Unlike years past the event took place over a full two days, meaning there was plenty of time (and energy) for both the downhill race and slide jam — a welcome change that made Central Mass a can’t miss event not only on the east coast, but the entire country.

This year’s event saw 315 skaters and even more spectators from all over the world descend upon sleepy Harvard, MA for two days of relaxed longboarding fun with friends as well as some of the biggest names in the industry.

All in all, 208 people total entered the downhill event for the 4 divisions (Junior, Am, Women, Pro) and an additional 107 riders entered the slide jam – an epic turnout in a town of 6,000 residents.

The massive Pro Division bracket.

The massive Pro Division bracket.

The folks over at Resource Distribution (Riviera Skateboards, Paris Truck Co.) made some seriously fly custom banners for the event, including the Start/Finish lines and a huge race bracket that was updated throughout the day as heats were raced.

What was really awesome was seeing how many riders made the trip from far away places, a testament to the reputation of the event Mike Girard has managed to cultivate over the years. ‘Big name’ riders such as Liam Morgan, Dane Weber, Amanda Powell, Matt K., Ethan Cochard, Cindy Zhou, Levi Green, Brian Bishop, John Kruetter, Norman Plante and many more all came out to throw down and compete for not only pride and reputation, but a prize purse of $4,500, alongside some of the region’s gnarliest local rippers.

Day 1 – Downhill Race

With $2,200 in cash and more in prizes on the line, racers went hard in the paint no matter what division they were racing.

Junior and Am Divisions

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Jared Beers and James Fort duke it out. | Photo: Brian Babish

Jared Beers and James Fort duke it out. | Photo: Brian Babish

Both the Junior and Am divisions had some notable names and very fast racing. NYC and CT held it down in the Juniors division, with David Ramirez taking 1st place, followed by fellow NYC native Robert Burns in 2nd, and two of our grom shredder homies, Brendan Allen and Eli Healy from Colchester, CT, taking 3rd and 4th places respectively.

The Am division was comprised of a mix of riders with a wide range of skill sets, from first-time racers to fully sponsored riders who weren’t up for racing Pro but were too old for Juniors. A bit of a proving ground for riders looking to start taking their racing more seriously as well as a division for those looking for some good ole weekend competition the Am division ended up being a lot of fun to watch. Joey Nickell from NYC took 1st with Kevin Kang  (Charlotte, NC) coming in 2nd, Byron Idrovo from New Jersey in 3rd and NYC native David Yang in 4th.

Women’s and Pro Divisions

Despite having some great action in the Junior and Am divisions, the majority of the attention was focused on the big shows: the Women’s division and Pro division, both of which contained a mix of fast course locals, notable east coast skaters, and professional skaters which came together to make for some heated racing heat after heat.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Fest | Erica Pross and Amanda Powell

Erica Pross leads Amanda Powell in a heat.

The women’s bracket ended up being the most dramatic part of the afternoon, when in the finals Emily Pross went to pass Amanda Powell in the last turn. Amanda was in the lead going into the turn, when Emily went for the pass she used Amanda to pull herself past and take the lead. After the heat Mike Girard pulled together some folks with photos and video to make a final ruling that the pass was indeed illegal, and decided that instead of disqualifying Emily he would lock their positions from before the turn in, giving Amanda the win with Emily in 2nd, Monica Mejia in 3rd and Laura Nocka in 4th.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Fest finals

Dane Webber cruising through the last chicane for the win. Matt K, Daniel Fissmer and Levi Green trailing. | Photo: Brian Babish

The 64 man Pro division dwindled down to Dane Webber, Matt Kienzle, Levi Green, and Daniel Fissmer for the final heat of a great day of downhill racing. When all was said and done though it was Dane Webber far out in front to reclaim his title for another year on his hometown hill. Matt K came in second with Daniel Fissmer taking 3rd and Levi Green coming in 4th.

I’ll take a second here to note that while the Tri-State area represented well overall, the Pro Division of one of the best east coast events of the season ended up being dominated by 4 dudes from out west. While they’re all super nasty skaters it’s sad none the less; the east coast has got to step it up next season and come correct haha! The talent is definitely out here, it’s just a matter of time.

Downhill Results

Since  I know many people won’t want to read the paragraphs above to see the results, I’ll make them super easy to read along with podium shots courtesy of Khaleeq Alfred.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival DH Junior Podium

Juniors DH Podium. | Photo: Khaleeq Alfred

Junior Division (Presented by Paris Trucks)

  1. David Ramirez (NYC)
  2. Robert Burns (NYC)
  3. Brendan Allen (Colchester, CT)
  4. Eli Healy (Colchester, CT)
Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival DH Podiums

Am Downhill Podium. | Photo: Khaleeq Alfred

Am Division (Presented by G-Form)

  1. Joey Nickell (NYC)
  2. Kevin Kang (Charlotte, NC)
  3. Byron Idrovo (Kearney, New Jersey)
  4. David Yang (NYC)
Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival DH Women's Podium

Women’s Downhill Podium. | Photo: Khaleeq Alfred.

Women’s Division (Presented by Orangatang Wheels)

  1. Amanda Powell (Los Angeles, CA)
  2. Emily Pross (New Jersey)
  3. Monica Meija (NYC)
  4. Laura Nocka (Harvard, MA)
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Pro Downhill Podium. | Photo: Khaleeq Alfred

Pro Division (Presented by Loaded Boards)

  1. Dane Webber (Culver City, CA)
  2. Matt Kienzel (Los Angeles, CA)
  3. Daniel Fissmer (Los Angeles, CA)
  4. Levi Green (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

After Party

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival after party | Photo: Mike Girard

The Billards Café packed after Day 1. | Photo: Mike Girard

Mike hooked it up big time by setting up a live music show hosted by DJ Squnto (Eric Roth) at a local watering hole, Billards Café, with lots of pool tables (13 to be exact) and a shuttle bus to and from the hotel and bar. Good times were had by everyone, no one died, and there was a guy wearing a horse head mask for the majority of the night. Team Mids and Earthwing definitely won the party, killing it as usual, and providing some much needed antics to keep things just rowdy enough. Things got even more interesting when Earthwing’s Jean ‘Tazer’ Teaza ended up taking home the Team Mids Award by getting a stick and poke tattoo on his inner lip that read ‘Fiend’ in the bathroom.  Needless to say it was about as fun as event after parties get and was a great new addition to Central Mass.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Photo: Steve Kong

Like I said, a guy in a horse head. | Photo: Steve Kong

Slide Jam

This year’s slide jam took place on a new hill and added a number of features in the mix to make things much more interesting and fun. A pole jam, 2 kickers, wall ride and double roller dotted the hill daring people to take advantage of them, add in with the $2,300 prize purse  everyone was more than ready to take things to the next level. Tom Leary, Chris O’Brien, Finn Pounds, Liam Morgan, Kai Monroe, Billy Wilson, Ethan Cochard, and too many other people to name were going so hard run after run after run.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Chris O'Brien at the Slide Jam

Chris O’Brien getting steezy with me filming behind him. | Photo: Brian Babish

The jam was broken into divisions much like those of the downhill race — Open (Juniors + Am), Women and Pro Freeride — and went down in a series of mixed heats to allow riders more space on the hill and try to prevent the general chaos of riders that slide jams often become. There was also a hard wheels division and a longest slide competition for both the longest toeside and heelside slides which Liam Morgan and Josh Wright won, respectively. The turnout in every division was absolutely unreal with around 200 riders total entering – 60 of them in the Pro Division alone.

Judging was done by Mike Girard, Amanda Powell, Liam Morgan, Marcus Bandy of Wheelbase Magazine, and Brian Davenport of Push Culture News who took into account a whole number of factors to find the gnarliest riders in each heat and division.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival Photo Brian Babish

Josh ‘Wild’ Wright getting some big air off a kicker. | Photo: Brian Babish

Everyone went so hard and left absolutely nothing on the table, as evidenced not only by the skating, but also by some of the gnar crashes we saw throughout the day. At first people were a bit hesitant to hit the ramps and features, but once people got warmed up and Josh Wright, Billy Wilson, Kyle Reynolds and others started playing around with them more and more people realized just how awesome they were and started taking advantage.

The Open riders showed just how promising many of them are, making us super excited for what will happen as the younger guys and girls get a little more experience over the next couple of seasons and just how far they’ll be able to push things. The Pro Division was super fun to watch with the entire hill being utilized and the features getting absolutely shredded. Josh Wright and Will Royce were flying hiiiiigh coming off the kickers, keeping everyone in the crowd super amped.

Hardwheels was dominated by (surprise surprise) the gentlemen from New York, but other notable skaters were in the mix as well including John Kruetter getting back on hardwheels for the first time in a while. In the end it was Josh Wright, Steve Sanchez and Andriy Dash who threw down the hardest to take the podium.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Photo Brian Babish

Alicia Fillback getting gnar at the slide jam. | Photo: Brian Babish

The women threw down hammers as well, giving a lot of the guys a run for their money. New England local Micaela Wilson showed most of the boys how to go fast and throw some calculated, steezy checks, while Carmen Shafer showed them how to use the ramps. Laura Nocka was also going in, busting out some steeze on both hard and soft wheels. Check out some of our raw runs over on YouTube to get a better sense for just how rad the skating was.

Down at the bottom of the hill there ended up being so much thane that foot breaking to a stop when doing follow runs was actually really difficult, it was like putting a foot down on sand. Brian Babish and I were able to convince Mike Girard to make a thangel which ended up gnarly, if you look down at Mike’s feet you can see that he actually pushed around a bunch of the thane dust it was so thick.

Central MA 4 Longboard Fest organizer Mike Girard making a thane angel after the slide jam. Photo: Mike DiPietro, Idea: Brian Bishop

Girard making a thane angel after the slide jam. Photo: Mike DiPietro Idea: Brian Babish

Slide Jam Results

The Slide Jam was fun for everyone, but winners had to be chosen.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Fest | Open Freeride Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Open Freeride podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Open (presented by Dad)

  1. Parker Ciuzio, New York, NY
  2. Jordan Billingsley, Amherst, NH
  3. Eli Healy, Colchester, CA
Hardwheel Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Hardwheel Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Hardwheel (presented by Eastern Boarder)

  1. Josh Wright, New York, NY
  2. Steven Sanchez, New York, NY
  3. Andriy Dash, New York, NY
Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival Women's Freeride Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Women’s Freeride Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Women’s (presented by Original Skateboards)

  1. Alicia Fillback, Portland, OR
  2. Micaela Wilson, Amherst, NH
  3. Carmen Shafer, Portland, OR
Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Pro Freeride Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Pro Freeride Podium. | Photo: Mike DiPietro

Pro (presented by Bear Trucks)

  1. Will Royce, Tallahassee, FL
  2. Dax Pradarits, Sparta, NY
  3. Graeme Hystad, Vancouver, BC

Conclusion

The 4th Annual Central Mass Longboard Festival was an unbelievable success. Expanded to 2 days for its first time, the event ran smoothly at every turn and kept both skaters and spectators happy all weekend — something you rarely hear these days. The skating was so fun and the people even more so, we really can’t wait to get back to this event again next summer, theres a reason it’s our favorite every year. The turnout this year was incredible and a sign of how the east coast scene is growing and catching the attention of skaters from all over.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival | Team Mids MVP

A big thanks goes out again to Mike Girard for organizing such a world-class event, the volunteers, and the Town of Harvard for hosting us for the weekend! Without all their help the Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival never would have been as big a success. Big ups also go out to Brian Babish and Khaleeq Alfred for their photos that contributed in a huge way to this post.

Make sure to check out our gallery below for more photos from the event as well as the raw runs and video recap and leave us a comment below to let us know what you thought!

Mini-Bomb — 7/20/13 in NYC

The 4th Annual Mini-Bomb is set to go off on July 20th at 12:00 noon on 116th and Broadway, in front of Columbia University and end in Union Square East at 15th St. Organized by the Concrete Kings and GhostSkate NYC, the traditional mid-summer race should be a blast and will only get better later on with a BBQ and Hippie Jump Contest afterward.

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The race is always a good preview of what’s to come at the Broadway Bomb in October and usually has NYC’s fastest pushers going head to head in the summer heat to take the number 1 spot, so if you’re looking for some good push race action you’ll want to be near the finish line for sure. The race typically draws much smaller numbers and is shorter than the Broadway Bomb, at 5.8 miles. This helps to create a much more competitive atmosphere, making sure you remember that it’s a race first and foremost. If you’re not a local you’ll want to make sure you take a good hard look at the route, as it’s easy to get lost and lose the pack if you’re not expecting the turn.

For those of you who can’t figure out the map, we’ll describe the course here for you in plain English. The route starts at 116th and Broadway then turns onto 72nd St and continues until you turn into Central Park and continue on West Central Park Drive to 7th Ave & 59th St. You’ll take 59th St to 5th Ave and then bolt down until you intersect with Broadway, then continue on Broadway to the finish in Union Square East at 15th St.

As of this writing Bustin’ is the only sponsor officially on board, but there are more surely to come as the date draws nearer. We skated the Mini-Bomb last year and had an absolute blast so you can bet we’ll be there again this year. Stay tuned for any updates or details as the event comes closer. For official updates and more information check out the Facebook Event page.

The 2nd Annual Longboard for Life Slide Jam — 6/1

When: June 1st
Where: Woodcrest Drive, North Andover Massachusetts

Tyler Bainbridge’s second annual Longboard for Life event is back for 2013! Tyler and the organizers are hosting the slide jam to raise money for the American Cancer Society. There will be a 10-15 dollar entry fee for all those hoping to compete. Last year the event raised $1500 dollars, and with double the attendees expected this year, the event should raise far more.

Slide Jam For Life

The event will be completely sanctioned, meaning no cars and no cops to ruin our fun. With a very high level of competition last year, the jam will be split up into a “pro” division for those seasoned riders, and a grom/amateur division for the less experienced. With over 100 competitors expected this year, the different divisions will allow for the newer guys to get all the time they want on the hill while still allowing for some intense, high speed riding to keep the energy high.

The Longboard for Life slide jam is sure to be a rad time. Come out, skate, and support a great cause. You can find out more and RSVP through the Facebook Event.

For more info check this local newspaper article about last year’s jam, as well as the video below: