Wrap-Up: 2013 Ithaca Hill Jam

The 2013 Comet Skateboards Ithaca Hill Jam (a.k.a. Ithaca Skate Jam, a.k.a. Ithaca Slide Jam) went down on Saturday April 27th in Ithaca, New York with over 160 registered riders and close to 250 people total attending.

View of all the action.

View of all the action.

To say the event was a success would be one of the understatements of the year, as it proved to be one of the the best non-race events hosted on the east coast ever, and raised the bar for what’s to be expected in the future.

By the time we parked and got to the race it was about 9:15AM, the bottom section below the funbox, was full of skaters warming up as the Comet crew on the top half of the hill were putting the finishing touches on the ramp setup. Everything came together and people started skating the entire hill by 10:00AM/10:15AM; from that point forward it was ON! Once people warmed up and got a feeling for the ramps and the pavement things escalated quickly, with everyone clearly feeding off the energy from the crowd and other skaters.

Comet team rider and Toronto native Eric Jensen was really working the hip and launch ramp all day. So gnarly. Ithaca Skate Jam 2013.

Comet team rider and Toronto native Eric Jensen was really working the hip and launch ramp all day.

The entire Comet team was in attendance, including our good friend Brian Peck, Liam Morgan, Jesse Breiman, Anthony Flis, Big Dave, Jared Henry, Eric Jensen and a slew of other well known shredders like MuirSkate owner Scott “El Beasto” Lembach, Eric Roth, Ed Garner, Josh Wright, and too many more to name.

The top half of the hill was definitely where most of the action was centered around as they contained the majority of ramps and features. A spine/rail jam along with two hips, two smaller kickers, and a launch ramp made for an exciting and fun downhill skatepark that pushed people to go bigger and be more creative than usual. Below that a fun box stayed chillin with most choosing to avoid it after watching at least one person launch over the entire feature straight to flat ground, instead of the landing ramp.

Brian Peck and Skate The East's Mike DiPietro getting some follow run footage.

Brian Peck and Skate The East’s Mike DiPietro getting some follow run footage.

Those that chose to keep 4 wheels on the ground found plenty of room to get sideways and go big, without getting snaked too many times. It was hella dope to see hardwheel shredders like Steve Kong going faster and bigger than I’d ever imagined, taking full advantage of the closed road and 13.5% grade.

The photos and videos speak for themselves and tell the story better than I can. The vibe was great, the weather was perfect, and the city of Ithaca was a real sport by letting a bunch of skaters shut down a road and play for a day. So many props and thanks go to Comet Skateboards for putting together such an unreal event and raising the bar for what’s to be expected at east coast events in the future. People pushed themselves hard, got pitted, and showed just how motivated the east coast scene is these days. I’m so stoked to see how the rest of this season will turn out, as I think this is just the tip of the proverbial talent iceberg out east.

Brian Peck pops an ollie, starts sweatin' uhhh.

In Brief: Ithaca Skate Jam 2013

Wow. That’s all I can seem to keep thinking as I reflect back on what a rad weekend the guys at Comet Skateboards put together out in Ithaca, NY. There’s so much to say, show, and share with you guys between one of the gnarliest events ever seen out east and the epic pre and post sessions. I’ve got 5.5 gigs of photos alone, never mind the amount of video we took, too.

We’ll start with this photo series of Brian Peck popping an absolutely chiller ollie off the kicker and onto the hip to whet your whistles a little. Stay tuned for tons more soon.

Brian Peck pops an ollie, starts sweatin' uhhh.

Brian Peck pops an ollie, starts sweatin’, uhhh.

 

Comet Announces New Boards: Archetype and the Morgan

Comet Skateboards — based in Ithaca, New York — announced two new boards Monday morning, the Archetype and the Morgan. Both boards are geared towards downhill/freeride and are the brainchildren of Jesse Breiman and Liam Morgan, respectively. While the Archetype had been seen being prototyped for quite some time now (the concept came about at last year’s Ithaca Hill Jam, according to Jesse), the “Morgan” Signature Model came as a bit more of a surprise, especially with his Grease Shark and Grease Hammer already on the market. While it looks very similar in shape and size to his last few boards, it has some changes that we’ll run you through in a second.

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2013-CB-archetype_The Archetype, or dank plank as many had come to call it, is a symmetrical downhill/freeride board and is a loose evolution of the Takeover which has been making waves for the last year or so. Featuring what they’re calling comfortable concave, symmetrical shape, subtle rocker, and two flush mount truck options, Comet is billing the board as a bare bones no BS board. No fat, no frills, just exactly what you need to thrash and rage hills. It’s 37″ long and 9.75″ wide with wheelbase options at 26.3″ and 27.3″. 9 plies make it stiff and 0.55″ of both rocker and concave make you nice and comfortable. I can’t wait to see this thing in person, it looks like a pretty dope symmetrical option.

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2013-CB-morgan_The Morgan Signature Model, as I said, looks very similar to the previous decks designed by Mr. Greasy but totes a slightly different shape to improve foot space as well as functionality. Still sporting its directional speedboard shape, the Morgan got a new graphic and some upgraded stats, including increased rocker and mellower concave. Slightly longer than the Grease Hammer, the Morgan is a quarter inch taller at 36.25″ but maintains the wheelbase options of 26″ or 27″ as well the width of 9.875″. The rocker and concave match that of the Archetype, meaning the rocker increased by 0.05″ and concave decreased by 0.20″, changes you’ll definitely notice when you step on the board if you’re used to riding the Grease Hammer. The graphic is pretty dope as well, I can’t lie. UPDATE: Geoff from Comet let us in on a little piece of knowledge about the concave change on the Morgan. Unlike the Grease Hammer, whose concave was measured off the mold, the Morgan’s concave was measured off of a finished board. What does this mean? The measurements aren’t comparing apples to apples, as the Morgan’s concave is actually more aggressive than the Hammer’s.

They’re calling the two new boards the first in their “Cosmic Bling” series and are both on sale now for $144.95. If this is just the start, then I can’t wait to see what else is in store for 2013 from Comet.

Watch as Liam Morgan and Riley Crone get down on the two new releases in Laguna:

2012 Comet Skateboards Guest Models

I’m a little late to the party on this one but figured it’d be wrong to not show our east coast brothas at Comet some love by making sure everyone has seen the two dope guest models they released in recent weeks. Both boards look like an insanely good time and have some of the most legendary graphics I’ve seen.

Noah Sakamoto Guest Model

First up is the Noah Sakamoto Guest Model. Designed with a flowy, freeride style of skating in mind, the Skatamoto GM features a fully functional nose and tail as well as a tapered midsection while maintaining enough of a foot platform to give you the added confidence to take it to the next level. It comes in at 35″ long making it manageable in all situations and infinitely fun. Check out the video they produced for it below and peep the blog post at Comet to learn more and read an interview with Noah.

Comet // Noah Sakamoto Guest Model from Comet Skateboards on Vimeo.

Marcus Bandy’s “Sheer Rad Occurrence” Guest Model

The second guest model that Comet has released this year is the Marcus Brandy “Sheer Rand Occurrence.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with Marcus, he’s an OG westcoast skater who made a name for himself as a professional street skater and all around rad dude. These days he’s the publisher of Wheelbase Magazine, still skating harder than you, and still being a rad dude.

The Sheer Rad Occurrence is inspired by street skating along side shredding pools and skating winding roads, the SRO helps to blend disciplines of skateboarding just like the man himself has done. The SRO features a longer wheelbase than you’d usually find on a street deck, allowing for added stability without loss of pop. It’s got two wheelbase options, the inner for Indy 149s and the outer for Paris or Caliber trucks for options on how you want to shred this bad boy. The overall wider foot platform and teardrop design are reminiscent of the  pool boards of the 80s and also allows for added confidence when you take to the hills. The wheel wells were designed to minimize the possibility of wheelbite with either TKP or RKP trucks and the fat nose allows you to get real nasty with noseblunts, noseslides, etc.

Again you can peep the Comet blog for more info and check the dope video Comet produced for the Sheer Rad Occurrence, featuring none other than Marcus Bandy himself.

Comet // Marcus Bandy Guest Model from Comet Skateboards on Vimeo.

Video: East Coast OG Anthony Flis Gets Down

This video hasn’t been getting nearly the attention it deserves so I felt like I had to share it to make sure I did my part in spreading the word. East Coast OG and Comet Skateboards rider Anthony Flis gets down in upstate New York, taking to some gnarly runs in and around Ithaca and going ball-t0-the-walls fast while managing to maintain a solid and steady steeze. Watch, learn, be amazed. The Wild Boar is uncaged folks.

– Mike