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.

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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:

 

 

2013 Greensboro Slide Jam — 5/25

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The 2013 Greensboro Slide Jam is going down on April 6th May 25th in Greensboro, North Carolina. The jam is scheduled to start at 10:00AM with registration followed by warm-ups at 10:30AM and the actual competition starting at 11:00AM, we’ll post the whole schedule below. It’s a sanctioned event on a closed road, which means you should be guaranteed to get some good runs in without having to worry about the heat shutting the event down. There’s a $10 fee to register, gloves and a helmet are mandatory. As usual, the organizers say no drinking, chiefing cheeba, or littering.

In addition to just the usual podium, there’s going to be an award for biggest slide and biggest switch slide as long as a raffle at the end. As of this post there are 90 people RSVP’ed as “Going” on Facebook, with that number likely to grow as the date draws near. If you go send some pictures and a quick write up so we can post about it!

According to the Facebook Event, the schedule is as follows:

10:00-Registration
10:30 Warm up
11:00 Grom Slide
12:00 Open Slide
12:30 Free Skate/Lunch
1:15 Top 10 Grom Finals
1:45 Top 10 Open Finals
2:15 Biggest Slide
2:45 Biggest Switch
3:15 Prizes/Raffle

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:

Major Stok’em 5 — 4/6

What has become nothing less than a Tri-State Area tradition for kicking off the season, Major Stok’em, is back again for the 5th year running, and it looks like it’ll be another great race. Over the years Major Stok’em bloomed from a local outlaw race to a fully sanctioned event, drawing riders from as far west as California, and far south as Puerto Rico in recent years. This year event organizer Adam Dabonka is changing it up by introducing a new points/bracketing system, which we’ll talk about a little later.

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It’s all going down on Saturday, April 6th at the Palisades Interstate Park in Fort Lee, New Jersey — located directly across the Hudson River from New York City. As of this post there were no times listed on the website, but if you go by last year’s schedule registration should begin at 8:30, practice heats around 10AM, and the first racing heat at 11:00AM. If you’re late you’re not racing — so make sure you’re on time! This also means you’ll want to be in and parked before 10AM if you’re a spectator since you won’t be able to get down the hill while there are heats racing; parking is free and there are over 100 spots located at the bottom of the race course. Bustin’ Boards is scheduled to host a Highest Ollie contest after the race so pack a board with a kicktail as well. As of right now this is strictly a downhill race, with no plans for a slide jam.

The course itself is approximately 1/4 mile long, with one crash corner at the end (see Major Stok’em 3). Riders will assemble single file after their heat and walk back to the top for their next race. In addition to helmets and gloves, knee pads are also required.majorstokem5aerial_view Registration is $35 and opens on Saturday, March 30th at 9:00AM; it will be capped to a limited number of riders, although they’re still working on figuring out the exact number. This is a week before the event, so it gives you time to confirm your schedule and find any change left in between the couch cushions. There are only two classes this year: Open and 13-and-Under, which should be offset by the points system (discussed below). The registration process is a little complicated, so read the directions on the website a couple of times in advance. Basically, you put $0.01 down to register via PayPal, then pay $35 cash at the event.

New this year will be the points/bracketing system they’re using. Every registered rider will race in 4 heats comprised of random racers all competing against each other to win points depending on how you place. A win gets you 5 points, 2nd place gets you 3 points, 3rd place gets you 2 points, and 4th place gets you 1 point. At the end of everyone’s 4 races all the points will be tallied together, with the top 16 point winners advancing to the Finals round. Finals will be a classic bracket style downhill race, with the top two riders from each heat advancing to the next round until we have a winner for Major Stok’em 5. It’s a cool idea because it guarantees that you’ll get to race 4 runs, and will still allow for classic, exciting elimination racing in the end.

We covered a lot pretty quick, so read everything again and check the Major Stok’em F.A.Q. section for anything we didn’t cover. Also join the Facebook Event to see the discussion and who else is planning on being there.

We’ll keep you updated with any changes and confirm the times as we get closer to race day.

Central Mass 4 Longboard Festival Announced

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 8.52.31 PMThe early news about the 2013 season out east just keeps getting better and better. Today our buddy Mike Girard created the Facebook Event for the 4th Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Festival in Harvard, MA. After a super successful 3 years of running what we’ve called one of the most fun and best run events on the East Coast, Mike sounds like he’s planning on stepping it up a notch even further this year and making it into a full blow two day longboarding festival. In about 2 hours the event already got over 200 confirmed guests, with that number expected to grow closer to 2,000 come event time.

It’s all going down on Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th — the festival will consist of multiple competitions for freeride/sliding, a downhill race, and a freestyle competition. The plan right now is for the DH race to be run on Saturday (with time to also allow non-racers time to ride the course), and the freeride/slide jam and freestyle events be held on Sunday. Unlike the last few years the DH course and slide jam will be on separate hills, meaning we’ll have the gnarliest runs for both days guaranteed Already Mike has been calling for kickers, ramps, and other features to help make the freeride portion even more exciting, especially with ramp champ Brian Bishop in attendance every year.

Mike is also looking to line up a videographer to take some video footage to create an in-house edit of the event. While we’ll be there along with Push Culture, Mike is looking to have an independent video source to help out. If you’ve got the gear and the know-how make sure you hit him up and let him know if you’d be interested in helping out. Hit him up at mikegirard@loadedboards.com if you can help with either the ramp or video situation.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more, for now you can look back on our coverage from the last two Central MA events and wait in eager anticipation for what will most likely be a wet and wild day. Mike is planning to meet with some town officials to solidify all the details, but we know that without a doubt it’ll be bigger and better than years past and cannot wait till August!

GET ALL THE INFO YOU NEED WITH OUR FULL POST HERE!

Broadway Bomb 2013: Mark Your Calendar

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UPDATE: Check our full Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend post now!

The scent of spring isn’t even in the air but we’re already hearing some rumblings about the 2013 Broadway Bomb. The push race down one of New York City’s most famous streets has absolutely exploded in popularity over the last couple of years, growing by the hundreds and swelling to a far larger size than ever envisioned. Last year nearly 2,000 participants descended upon New York to race through the streets with throngs of other longboarders and New York City traffic.

While the City itself launched a court and police battle to halt the event last year, in the end NYPD ended up offering police escorts and stopped traffic at intersections to help protect both motorists and skaters alike. Still, it had everyone wondering — what would happen in 2013? The answer to that question has, at least in part, been answered tonight on the Broadway Bomb’s facebook account, run by one of the organizers of the event, who we’re choosing not to name. On it it told everyone to mark their calendars for the second Saturday in October and thanked the NYPD for their cooperation. That’s October 12, 2013 for all of you too lazy to look at a calendar (I was at first too, don’t worry). Obviously it immediately got tons of likes and comments from people far too stoked to skate again this fall.

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The question regarding just how “official” the event will be this year is still in the air, however. While in the comments the Broadway Bomb account later noted that there would be “More police escorts,” we can’t help but wonder if that just means there’ll be more police on hand this year, as there were never any official police escorts in years past as far as we know. Either way, we’ll find out soon enough. We’re too stoked for the weekend of skateboarding that surrounds this event every year and can’t wait to hear more as the date draws closer.

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Stay tuned for any updates as the season progresses! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and all that jazz. 

UPDATE: Check our full Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend post now!

 

I Love DH 2 — June 21-23

When: June 21-23
Where: Clarence D Lane Road/South Street, Wyndham, NY

The I Love DH event at Windham Mountain in upstate New York is back for 2013! For those who don’t know, I Love DH is a sanctioned race and slide jam organized by Marc Dean and the guys behind Push Culture News, Brian and Travis Davenport. This year they are expanding the event by adding a push race as well. With three full days of closed road access, there will be plenty of time for shreddage.

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The schedule thus looks like this (we’ll get specific times when we can):

Friday June 21st- Push Race and Practice heats, riders dinner in the evening
Saturday June 22nd- Qualifiers and Slide Jam (hosted by Steve Kong) in the evening
Sunday June 23rd- Race

The downhill course will certainly provide for some intense racing with top speeds around 50mph and two crash corners. There are race divisions for all ages and skill levels including Pro, Am, Juniors (1 and 2), Women’s, and street luge. Registration is $212 for your first class and a $25 fee paid at the event for each additional class you choose to race in (if there are too many people on the hill and safety is compromised, the organizers may limit racers to only their first class choice). Both leathers and a full-face helmet are required for anyone wanting to participate in the race (gloves go without saying, as well).

For the dedicated freeriders making the trip, Earthwing Skateboards team rider, and events coordinator, Steve Kong will be taking the reigns on this years jam, making sure it will be as rad as possible. Whatever you are into, this will be one of the best weekends for skateboarding on the east coast, so don’t miss out.

Here’s some video from last years event:

Ithaca Hill Jam – April 27

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When: April 26-28th
Where: Top of Buffalo St. (at Eddy St.) in Ithaca, NY

One of the East Coast’s biggest events is back for 2013! Comet Skateboards is putting on what’s sure to be a rad weekend of skateboarding. In addition to the main event on Saturday the 27th, there will be a fundraiser/bowl session at DIY spot on friday afternoon, and an outlaw race on Sunday. Location on the race will be announced at a later date, however inside sources are telling me this is a pretty burly course at around 45mph with some tight corners. For those who weren’t at the event last year (myself included), this is definitely not one to miss. With the slide jam hill closed off to traffic, the guys at Comet will have plenty of freedom to build gnarly obstacles without any worries about the law interrupting our fun. If ramps aren’t your thing, the slide jam hill is steep enough for everyone to have fun on.

– Jake

Check some of the gnarly videos by Comet and the Skate Invaders of last year’s epic Ithaca Slide Jam.

Skate The East Welcomes Jake Wade!

Since the title doesn’t leave much to the imagination we’ll just come out and say it, we want to give a warm welcome to our buddy Jake Wade, who will be joining our editorial team. Jake’s primary responsibility will be to rejuvenate our long-slacking Events coverage, making sure you know when events on the east are coming up and the details you need.

Jake is one of the gnarliest shredders we have up here in the Northeast, and has made quite a name for himself with his channel on YouTube as part of Team Tangy. You’ve also seen him in various edits on our YouTube account and most recently at the end of our Loaded Chubby Unicorn review.

We’re super super stoked to have him as part of the staff and can’t wait to start bringing you the details of events that are coming up this season!

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So the question now becomes, how do you get an event your planning posted to Skate The East? Simple, hit up Jake’s “work e-mail” at jake@skatetheeast.net and include:

  • Names of the people hosting the event
  • Facebook event link or website
  • Location, date, and time
  • Entry fee and registration details
  • Whether it’s outlaw or sanctioned
  • Any other details. Parking, any other instructions you might have, etc.
  • Way so that we can contact you in case we have questions (won’t be posted unless it’s also for registration details)
  • .PNG or .JPG of your event’s flyer.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have all of these details in your e-mail, don’t expect the event to get posted.

 

It’s International Go Skateboarding Day!

We’re back at last. Sorry for the lack of updates, I went on vacation and didn’t have time (or internet actually) to post. The good news is we’re back, so you can expect a flurry of new updates headed your way soon.

Enough with that though because today is International Go Skateboarding Day! The event is a worldwide effort to get skaters out into the streets and skateparks to shred and spread the stoke. Since today is also the longest day of the year, you’ll have plenty of time to get out and shred. The event takes place annually and has been growing steadily every year, making it better and better.There are events going on all over the world, especially here on the East Coast, head on over to the event finder to find out what’s going on near you.

If you’re in Southern New England (specifically CT) the Northern Skate Alliance has organized some pretty good sessions that look to be rather promising.

NSA Go Skateboarding Day 2011 Agenda: 1PM-3:30PM Deep River Skatepark CT. 5PM-DARK we are throwing a DOWNHILL SLIDE JAM ON A CLOSED ROAD GREAT FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS. MEET UP SPOT: Target retail store; 474 Chamberlain Highway, Meriden, CT. Leaving at 5PM sharp for the hill. Speak up if youre down so we know your coming and we will try not to leave without you!!! YOU DON’T WANNA MISS THIS.

Check out the Longboard CT Facebook group if you want more info.

The slide jam is sure to be a killer so don’t miss out. There’s an 85% chance I’ll make the drive down, so hopefully we’ll see some of you there.