POSTPONED: Superstoker- Sanctioned Downhill and Freeride

 

Photo: Valerie Lioudinouskova

Photo: Valerie Lioudinouskova

EDIT: EVENT IS POSTPONED

Message from Event Organizer:

“Hey Guys I have some really bad news. I just got off the phone with the director of the parks and rec board. Despite granting us the sanction permit to use the roads for this Sunday, the Parks and Rec board has today decided not to let us proceed with the event until after their October First meeting when they will vote on and impose a fee for us to use the top section of the hill. We are all extremely frustrated and it seems the only way to circumvent this obstacle is to postpone the event. I deeply apologize for any inconveniences or let-downs. We, the organizers, are still reeling from this decision (myself especially, as I have already purchased a flight across the country to host the event. All paypal pre-registrations will be refunded as promptly as possible (most likely in the next few hours). Again, I am very sorry.”

 

 

WHAT: 

  • 2 hours of Open Downhill
  • Maximum of four hours of racing
  • 4.5 hours of Freeride (at least)

WHEN:

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 10AM

Photo: Valerie Lioudinouskova

Photo: Valerie Lioudinouskova

WHERE:

Located in North Park, Fall River MA. Parking will be available on Highland Ave. which runs
next to North park, registration table will be visible from 712 Highland ave. 

WHY:

The legacy of the 2013 Massachusetts event dubbed the “Fall River Bomb & Slide Jam” has birthed “Superstoker,” and it’s truly something to get super stoked about!! Located in North Park, Fall River MA will be hosting a 1 day gathering of skaters from all around the east coast. This sanctioned event will include a slide jam, hours of downhill runs, and racing. Don’t miss out!

Click Here to find out more information on this event and to RSVP yourself a spot

Click Here to see the Facebook Event page

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Zach Viele: The Pucks

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Zach Viele, Team rider for Faceplant Boardriders and Wheelrz is 21 years old from Lake George, NY. He has been actively manufacturing his own slide pucks for almost 2 years now and has gained a tremendous following. “The Pucks” are created from UHMW polyurethane and are backed by some of the gnarliest team riders around including Mike Fitter, Dejaune Jones, Rob Wheeler, Justin Ellsworth, Cody Baker, as well as many others.

Rider: Zach Viele Photo: Ross Earheart

Rider: Zach Viele
Photo: Ross Earheart

When did you decide you wanted to start your own puck company?

“I started The Pucks about a year and a half after I started skating, and it just took off from there. I had ordered a set of pucks online, and in the time it took for them to ship to my house I decided just to go ahead and try and create my own. I never ended up using those pucks I ordered, and have been using my products ever since. We are having problems in sales right now because our pucks last so long that people don’t often need a second set. They’re extremely durable and wear down really slowly.”

Rider: Dejaune Jones Photo: Marion J Ross

Rider: Dejaune Jones Photo: Marion J Ross

What’s it like to have pro riders using your products?

“It’s a surreal feeling to have someone who I look up to like Mike Fitter of Abec 11 and Rayne Longboards become a team rider for my company. He is like the tony hawk of downhill skateboarding for me and I feel honored that he chooses to use my products. It shows that even the big people in the industry care about the small people. Even though you’re a small company they don’t sell you short, they give your product a chance.”

Rider: Mike Fitter  Photo: Spencer Adams

Rider: Mike Fitter
Photo: Spencer Adams

How did you start the production?

“The plastic we use for our pucks has actually been apart of my life for the last 10 years. My dad uses the plastic for his work and we have used it for a number of different things. It never occurred to me that same plastic could be utilized for the longboard industry. I wanted to create a thicker puck to help prevent people from ripping up their gloves and was going to last longer than the other pucks in the market.”

Rider: Justin Ellsworth Photo: Quentin LaChance

Rider: Justin Ellsworth Photo: Quentin LaChance

What was the original purpose of the plastic and why is it so durable?

“This plastic was originally designed to be wear resistant and hold off heat for the machines that manufacture paper. We are using that same plastic as pucks for when you’re steaming down a hill. The amount of heat and friction that is created when used for longboarding is absolutely nothing compared to what it is usually meant to withstand at a mill.”

Rider: Cody Baker Photo: Randy Flewelling

Rider: Cody Baker
Photo: Randy Flewelling

Help support Zach and the East Coast by picking up a set of his slide pucks. The Pucks will last you a very long time and are trusted by some of the best riders in the industry. Plans for gloves are in the works too so keep an eye out for those as well.

Click here for more information and to buy your set of The Pucks

And here to follow their Facebook page

Rider: Rob Wheeler  Photo: Andrew Collins

Rider: Rob Wheeler
Photo: Andrew Collins

 

Rob Wheeler: Faceplant Boardriders, Wheelrz, and Event Organizer

Rob Wheeler

Brothers Ricky and Rob Wheeler have been further progressing the longboard industry with Faceplant Boardriders, Wheelrz Wheels, and active involvement in hosting events. Passionately involved in skating, surfing, and snowboarding, these guys love to shred all types of terrain. Initially inspired by their passion for board sports, Ricky and Rob strive to get people stoked on shredding and to “ride the lifestyle”.

Ricky and Rob live by their motto “PAIN for PROGRESSION”. In the world of extreme sports, you are constantly paying for progression in the form of pain from wipeouts, but there is no better feeling in the world then stomping that trick and riding away from it.

Faceplant Boardriders

These brothers have been building and riding their own homemade longboards for well over a decade at this point and their construction is built to last. Offering 30 different board shapes, they offer something for all types of riding styles through their company, Faceplant Boardriders.

Rob Wheeler for Faceplant Boardriders

These boards are built to perform and are made with marine grade epoxy resins, fiberglass, carbon fiber, and premium grade baltic birch. Among the pre-built boards listed on their website they also take special orders for custom built boards at your request.

Faceplant’s current lineup is categorized into different series that include; The Agent Series, Freeride Arsenal, Surfer’s Stash, Hang Loose Cruisers, and Custom Classics.

Rob Wheeler throwing down

For more information check out their website and Facebook page.

Wheelrz

Aside from board building, Ricky and Rob Wheeler have also gotten involved in producing their own wheels under the brand name Wheelrz. After spending a lot of time testing different shapes and urethane formulas they have developed what they consider the perfect high quality wheels that don’t cost riders a fortune.

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These wheels are fast, smooth, predictable, and affordable. Wheelrz wheels have been designed by skaters for skaters and can be used for all skate disciplines. Their current wheel lineup includes the Wheelrz Diablos, the 70’s, and the Magic 8 Balls.

For more information on these wheels check out their website and Facebook page.

Mid-Atlantic Freeride Series

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Rob Wheeler, known for his goofular surfy skate style has been hosting regular east coast skate events since 2012. Rob initially recognized the need for sanctioned events when police began blowing a lot of the outlaw events he had been attending. Nowadays he has become super involved in event hosting and has super big plans for the future.

If you have not yet heard of Rob’s events you will be familiar with them soon as they are becoming more fun, more successful and more rad each time. This year he has helped in creating and will be hosting the first annual Mid-Atlantic Freeride series that includes 4 big skate events throughout the year; 2nd annual Skate for Peace, Bethlehem Freeride Competition, Rip the Elwood2, and Skate the Cape Shred Festival 3.

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“The big event that really turned things around for me was when I went to uncle funkys style session in 2011. That was the first event where it was organized, there were pro riders that I recognized and the energy was high even for being at 8 in the morning the day after the Broadway Bomb.  I remember seeing tech sliding for the first time and was blown away to see a whole another discipline of skateboarding. They were all stoked on me riding such a tiny board (Mini Stick link) and I actually got first place at that event. It felt good to win this event because there were so many good riders with completely different styles.  I was so surprised and pumped at the fact that the riders actually voted for who they thought was best at that session. That style of judging format eliminated the biased judging that you might find at a local competition where the host might choose their friends as winners. So the uncle funkys style session was when I really got inspired to get involved in hosting my own events and adopted the same judging system where the skaters vote who was best.”

The first annual Mid-Atlantic Freeride Series will have two divisions: Under 18 Division and an Open Division. This is a progressive series that spans over the year. Since this is a progressive series, there is also going to be a Progressive Payout Purse meaning that money from each participating event will go towards the Purse, and after the final participating event (Skate the Cape Shred Festival 3), the Freeride Series Winners will be announced and prizes and cash payouts will be handed out to the Top 5 riders in each division. We will be keeping track of the top riders on the Facebook Page for the Series based on a points system. Riders placing in the top 10 of any of the participating events will be awarded points.

Freeride Series and Event Judging System:

The Mid-Atlantic Freeride Series will be using an un-biased and proven judging system. Each participating event will use the same judging system to keep it fair across the board. Each division will be run separately and the Event’s judges will choose the top 10 riders that will move on to the finals. Those top 10 riders from the Under 18 and Open Division get put into a final heat. One (1) rubber band will be distributed to each participating audience member (family, spectators, and riders not in that final) before each division final. Then each rider gets 2 individual runs with their name called out before each run. After all the riders have completed their two runs, everyone mingles together to distribute their rubber bands to who they thought was the best rider of that final. The Rider with the most rubber bands wins, second most rubber bands is second, and so on…

Points System:

The top 10 riders of the Freeride Events will be awarded points for the series in the following fashion: 1st Place=10 points, 2nd Place=9 points, 3rd Place=8 points, and so on down to 10th Place = 1 point. Any Rider can accumulate points towards the Mid-Atlantic Freeride Series simply by participating in any of the Freeride portions of any of the Mid-Atlantic Freeride Series participating events, and you can accumulate points from each and every event meaning if you place 3rd in all 4 events, you will end the Series with 32 points.

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Rob has been not only been killing it in the board building and wheel producing scene but he has been a huge supporter in hosting and planning out successful skate events. The Mid-Atlantic freeride series is something fairly new to the east coast scene and his past events have been very successful so far. Since Rob’s first event involvement, Skate the Cape in 2012, he has gotten recognition and involvement from RedBull and they have been a big scene supporter of Rob’s skateboarding events. Recently Rob has gotten involved in helping with RedBull’s very own, first ever, and official sanctioned longboard event called the RedBull Big Drop. 

“This is huge and I am so stoked to be apart of it and to help host it. We sold out so fast on the downhill spots and there’s only going to be 60 spots for the slide event so that’s going to fill up really quickly. Everyone is really excited that RedBull is starting to recognize longboarding as an extreme sport because that’s only going to mean good things for longboarding. We hope that this event will bring more exposure and more legitimacy to longboarding being an extreme sport, especially the downhill/sliding realm. I think Redbull is starting to see that and hopefully they will really push to host more events like the Big Drop. So many big things happening this year with longboarding events on the east coast and really I am really stoked to be a part of it all”.

Click here to watch Rob’s “Rollin’ With Rob” Video Series:

Full Disclosure: Steve currently rides for Wheelerz. 

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

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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:

Kai Monroe Spring Raw Run

Kai Monroe Downhill Design Video

Our homie Kai Monroe started making quite the name for himself at the end of last season when he started dropping gnarly videos on the regular, killin’ it at events, and got picked up as a first round pick for Blood Orange’s Am Team. He just dropped his new raw run for his sponsor Downhill Design wheels. The homie shows that despite the cold and sometimes wet winter, his skills didn’t get very rusty. This video doesn’t do his shredding full justice, but shows that Kai definitely goes hard, check out his little kiss with the snowbank at the end as proof.

Leave us a comment below to tell us what you thought.

Grant Stubenhofer

Grant Stubenhofer

This kid Grant Stubenhofer is killin’ it in his new edit on RVA Collective. He sent this in to me the other day and i just had to post it. Grant is 16 and hails from down South in Richmond, VA. Peep it as he drops some steezy toe sides and gets creative with the Daisy’s kicktail.

Scope the edit, leave us a comment, like the post, and share – you know how it goes.

-Connor

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.

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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.

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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
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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.

Size Doesn’t Matter

So I watched this video, and was really stoked what they had to say about skateboarding. It was pretty cool to see a dude rip tranny and park, then rage some hills.

I actually had a similar experience one recent weekend, when I had the honor of getting an invite to go to a super top-secret bowl near the Delaware Water Gap in NJ. My friend Dave brought me and my buddy there, and since Dave has been a regular there almost every saturday since it opened, Allan — the owner of the bowl — was super stoked to see to fresh faces at his monstrosity of a skateboard structure.

We strolled into this joint, walked up the stairs, and nearly dropped a fat log in our pants when we saw the pool was measured at 15 feet in the deep end (with a 4 foot extension) and 8 feet in the “shallow” end. I was super stoked to skate this thing, super scared as well, but when I first laid eyes on it I had already come to terms with the shit eating that was inevitably about to go down.

I walked in, introduced myself to the very welcoming crew that was there and I went up to this dude, by the name of Clinton, who was rocking a dope ass Welcome Skateboards deck (if you love the brand as much as i do, and you see someone riding their decks, a super long conversation about how rad they are will ensue). As I was rambling about how cool his skateboard was and how rad their videos are (watch this one to get good idea of what Welcome is about). He said to me “So Dave told me you Longboard?”, and at that point I thought, “Fuck, I’ve been compromised,” so I smiled, laughed, and reluctantly said, “Yes.”

I expected a laugh or chuckle from this dude with killer style making a 15 foot bowl look like a fucking mini ramp, but instead, Clinton says to me ” I love longboarding! We should skate some hill after this!” Needless to say I was super amped that someone of that “shortboarding” ability was open to doing downhill and not afraid to profess his liking toward it.

P.S. Look forward to a Skate The East edit of this ridiculously burly bowl and the equally burly crew that calls it their stomping grounds.

Video: Josh Wright Raw Run in Upstate NY

Josh “Wild” Wright is one of the most fun people I know in addition to being one of the most fearless and gnarly skaters the east has to offer. While in Upstate New York for the I Love Downhill weekend, Josh took a quick detour to another gnarly hill for a fast as f00k freeride session, throwing huuuuuuge standies where most people would have a hand down. Fortunately for us someone had the car mount on hand and was able to get it all on film. Josh does a fine job making it look too easy and makes me fiend for a fast freeride session sometime in the near future.

We’ve written about the Long Island native and Landyachtz rider in the past, so make sure you’re familiar with his back catalogue, too. Leave your thoughts with us here in the comment section below!