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:

 

 

Video: Another Reason to Spot Corners

If you don’t want to get familiar with the grill of an oncoming car, it’s good habit to spot blind corners, especially when the road is sandy enough to make your shutdown slides much longer than expected. Unfortunately we didn’t heed our own advice the other day, causing Noah Davis and Jake Wade to play a quick game of chicken with a Lincoln Navigator. Luckily everyone was fine, the driver stopped in time and Noah shut down (and fell) before the situation got too hairy, but it’s a sobering reminder of what could have been.

Spot corners and listen to your ears, if you think it’s a car coming it’s best just to wait and find out for sure.

Video: Chris Getting Raw

As we, ever so slowly, emerge from the depths of a dreadful winter, the weather, and roads, are becoming more and more conducive to skating. Chris and I took full advantage, strapped the camera to the car, and pressed record. Chris finally got to put some real wear and tear on his 82a motions, and, as you can see, he definitely digs them. Spring is here, go skate.

Video: Flood Out the Club

It’s been a miserable winter up here in the Northeast. First of all it’s been cold since November, it’s been raining 4 days a week since Thanksgiving, and when it finally looks like we’ll have dry roads and no snow — it snows.

Skate days are few and far between but Team Tangy braved the cold and found one of the rare nice days to take to the Hills of the Hudson to work some of the winter time rust off. Our very own Jake Wade, along with Chris O’Brien and Jeff Hlavatovic shredded the hills of the Hudson in a good display of what makes east coast skaters a different breed, working around the elements and dealing with the hand that’s dealt.

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:

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.

 

Video: Team Tangy Gets Sick

Jake Wade and Chris O’Brien of Team Tangy are good friends of the site and consistently produce high quality videos with gnarly skating. Their newest release dubbed “Spring Fever”, which features Jake Wade skating the new Nelson Tempest, is another great edit featuring gnarly skating and great editing, as we’ve come to expect from the Team Tangy crew.

The boys also recently hit another milestone on YouTube, reaching the coveted 1,000 subscribers mark — congrats guys!

Videos: Two for Tuesday’s Back Again

It’s Tuesday so why not give you 2 videos instead of one? Just like before it’s officially a Two for Tuesday with two videos from some of our favorite East Coast skaters shredding in both Massachusetts and New York/Southern CT.

Nelson Longboards’ Jake Wade and Lifelong Longboards’ Chris O’Brien released their new edit tonight showing them shredding in New York and Southern CT. Battling the cold weather we’ve had lately these guys managed to act like it was nothing and pull out some absolutely steezy moves. I’m excited to see what Chris can do once he warms up to his Lifelong and starts getting at those kicktails a bit more. It’s quick at only around 1:30 long but shows some gnarly skating and smoooooooth standies. As usual the editing and camera work are well done — make sure you watch it in HD.

Lauren Suchocki and Douglass Schmidt are at it again with another edit putting together all their stray footage from 2011. Set to a Busta Rhymes remix in my opinion it’s one of the best videos ever — but that might be my rap fanboy in me talking.

Video: Gliding not Sliding with Team Tangy

I finally got to skate with Chris O’Brien and Jake Wade of Team Tangy on Saturday for a full day of skating and filming in the unseasonably warm 63*F weather. Our first stop of the day was at the infamous “Freeride Heaven,” a 12% grade hill with perfect pavement that, mixed with the temperature, allowed for some buttery slides that left ‘thane lines for DAYS. After getting some footage and our fill of freeriding, we headed over to East Rock for a few downhill runs (unfortunately the helmet cam footage got deleted…) to close out the day.

Make sure you watch it in the full HD goodness for full effect. Also, shout outs to East Coast extraordinair Bruce Clark who makes a quick appearance in green during that tripple standy scene.