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.
Landyachtz is going to have a big year ahead of them and we’re super excited. The 2013 WolfShark looks like it’ll be the best version of the beloved directional top mount we’ve seen yet and the rest of of the line-up is starting to flesh itself out slowly. SkateThe604 recently posted a whole bunch of pictures and information about the newest board to show it’s skin, the Top Speed, on their Facebook Page.
After about 8 months of design and prototyping the final version of the Top Speed sure is something to take a look at. The bottom of the board will feature a ply of fiberglass with sublimated graphics, in keeping with what we saw on the 2013 WolfShark (and apparently what we’ll see on most of the 2013 decks), which will add some stiffness without the need for extra weight. The graphic, in my opinion, is one of the cooler ones I’ve seen in a while, and is drastically different from the Landy graphics we’ve become used to.
The length of the deck comes in at 34.5″ long and 9″ wide with a 25.5″ wheelbase and “W” concave. The Top Speed also features some subtle wheel-well flares that we haven’t seen on a Landy board before. They look like they rise nicely out of the concave and should create a nice pocket when mixed with the W, something I’m curious to see for myself. Since I haven’t even seen this deck in person yet, you’ll have to differ to what SkateThe604 has to say about the size and shape, although it sounds like welcome news for you smaller riders out there and very comfortable.
For shorter people with small feet like me, this board was designed for you. What I most like about the specs is the width; traditionally boards are 10” wide. I have small feet so I could never really freeride 10” boards since I like to have a bit of heel hang. With the steadily rising of new groms coming into the longboard scene this will be a well suited board … The newest features to this year are the flairs. I find the flairs on this board is just perfect, it really locks your foot in, really nice to push your foot up against. I’ve ridden many other boards with flairs or flair like features but found them to always be too aggressive.
Tip of the hat again to SkateThe604 for the scoop, we’re excited to get a chance to see this thing in person soon enough.
While record numbers of people flocked to New York City in October for the Broadway Bomb, another set of shredders headed out to Ohio to take place in one of the fastest races in the country, Soldiers of Downhill. The race course is gnarly and makes for some absolutely epic racing. This year the Skatesgiving 2012 crew made Soldiers part of their trip, and I couldn’t be more thankful. The East Coast’s own, Brian Peck, along with McLovin and Gabe took the the camera, displaying some smoooooth steadicam action and great camera angles; as always, Matt K kills the edit. Give it a peep and let us know what you think in the comments.
Last weekend a couple of East Coast skaters, Tom Leary, Jordan Billingsly, and Alec Caputo, crashed at my house for a slide jam and a dank day of shredding. We woke up early and skated until we couldn’t. We also got some ridiculously dank sandwiches at my local deli. The slide jam was cool, buncha shredders showed up, no problems with the police, and the locals were pretty stoked for the most part, all in all it went very smoothly. After the jam we munched on said sandwiches and headed to this gnarly, turny, steep ass road that we sessioned for the rest of the day. A lot of other cool people came too, like Josh Wright, Laura Nocka, Noah Davis, …josh, and Tyler Doherty. Everyone was ripping, and we managed to film some clips that Tom threw together to make an incredibly rad edit. Check this video out and subscribe to his channel, kid knows how to make a fucking video!!
SHOUT OUT TO ZEN LONGBOARDS FOR KEEPING IT REAL AND SPONSORING THE SLIDE JAM!
.. Oh yeah and Alec made an edit too. You probably already saw it in one of our previous posts but I’m gonna re post it here anyways. Check out Alec’s channel for solid edits of some skaters doing it right on the Right coast.
The new Landyachtz wheels that have everyone talking are none other than the new KM FSU Hawgs designed from the ground up by Landy team member and Greener Pastures star Kyle Martin. The FSU’s feature a large core, deep urethane, and center set design to maximize the wheel’s life span, make it easy to break out into a slide and still allow you to shave off as much speed as you need.
Pretty early on into the testing process Henry, Thomas, and I all realized there was a learning curve to these wheels and a necessary requisite: speed. The KM FSU’s are rather unforgiving unless you’re really going fast, being a bit too grippy and bucking all of us more than once until we realized that speed really was the key. Once you’re going fast, however, these things feel great. Slides are incredibly predictable and easy to initiate and the wheels shave just enough speed to get you back into your comfort zone and allow you to set up for your next slide before you’ve picked up too much speed.
The super wide contact patch in addition to the center-set core help with a secure feeling during slides, meaning you spend less time working about your wheels coming out from under you and more time focused on what’s coming up next. The center-set core makes slides super easy to initiate still, though, meaning you get the best of both worlds.
Despite being white and 80a the KM FSU’s don’t leave the chalkiest of thane lines, although once they’re broken in they do thane a little. On the plus side, they’re super durable and should last you a while. If you’re going to be doing some fast free riding then the KM FSU’s are right up your alley and might be exactly what you’e been missing in your wheel quiver, if you’re thinking about keeping the speeds on the lower end, though, you might want to look elsewhere.
Friend of the site and renowned East Coast shredder John Kreutter hit me up today to let me know that he’s joined the likes of Ross Druckery, Max Myers, Jimmy Riha, Peter Eubank, and Dustin Hampton and become an official team rider on Yeehaw! Apparel & Decals. If you’re not familiar with Yeehaw then you should definitely give them a look as they’re making some rad gear and custom stickers while also supporting artists within the skate community. Yeehaw collaborates with artists within the community to come up with rad looking designs and graphics and then shares 20% of the profits from their design with the artist, not only getting them exposure but some always needed cash as well.
They make some great looking gear and seem like their out to spread the stoke and support artists within the community so be sure to give em a look and a big and heartfelt congrats to John Kreutter for rackin’ up another team to call home. Keep shredding homie, I can’t wait to see what you come up with soon.
While this is long overdue I felt like I still had to get around to posting it. If you haven’t heard by now the Washington D.C./Metro Area Kickoff Slide Jam went down last Saturday in, surprise surprise, Washington D.C. Despite the sour weather the event didn’t disappoint at all and organizers Billy DaisyCutter Jackle and Liam Hayes did a great job keeping things flowing well, even as the morning got off to a slow start.
All in all over 100 skaters showed up to shred the hill, taking advantage of the wet pavement to bust out some long and technical slides that might not have otherwise been possible had the pavement been dry. Local area skater and Landyachtz team rider John Kreutter was at the event repping in full force as was Push Culture’s Travis Davenport, and our very own Henry Goguen. The rest of the Landyachtz team ended up showing up (albeit a few hours late thanks to traffic and whatnot on their trip in from PennState University), although it was after we had to leave the competition which I was pretty bummed about. Fortunately some good pictures are starting to surface and they’ll have some video from the event on their next episode of their East Coast University Tour.
As we mentioned in the original post there were sponsors galore and lots of winners, check out the results below:
- Matt Rosborg
- John Kreutter
- Sam Abramson
- Spencer Flaherty
- David Kynett
- Brandon Harrison
- Mark Ojenko
- Justin Metcalf
Top Grom: William Chapman
Women: Jenica Davenport
Top Kicker: Sam Abramson
Kick of the Rain: Scott Herdleston
If you weren’t there to catch any of the action yourself check out our video below and some of the pictures taken by D.C. local Anthony Smallwood.
If you haven’t been able to see them at one of their stops so far then have no fear because the first episode of the Landyachtz East Coast tour will get you up to speed with what you’ve missed so far. It’s got some gnarly shredding from the Landy crew in New York and New Jersey and has some great clips of our boy and Eden Racing team rider Josh Wright. Peep it below and let us know what you think in the comments.
There’s a high chance you heard a lot about the university tour Landyachtz embarked on over the fall/ beginning of winter and kept asking yourself, “Man why aren’t they doing this out East?” Well folks, good news: they are. Yes, you heard me, Landyachtz is headed East to spread the stoke and will be making appearances up and down (but mostly down) the East Coast. Check the schedule below to find out if they’ll be at a university/college near you and when. Unfortunately if you’re in the New England you’re out of luck unless you’re willing to trek down to the Tri-State area or Mid-Atlantic, which might be worth your while with some of the events popping off down there.
We’re pumped that they’ll be shredding and helping to judge at the Washington D.C. Kickoff Jam which looks like it’ll be off the hook. It’s something you should try to get to if you can, as of right now I’m planning on making the trip down and have heard the same from many others.
I also heard that they’ll be judging at the UNC Longboard Club’s Splendiferous Slide Jam that’s going down on the 31st, giving North Carolina students an extra day to chill with the Landy crew. We’ll have more info on the jam going down at UNC later.
Check the dates below for your chance to meet and shred with some of the guys from Landyachtz while they’re touring the East! Let’s show them a good time and prove that the East Coast holds their own no matter what.
Fresh off our interview and video with John Kruetter (who literally took the interwebs by storm this past week) I figured it’s the perfect time to make sure everyone knows about the Washington D.C./Metro Area Season Kickoff Slide Jam (talk about a long title) going down on March 24th. They just recently announced the location as Spring of Freedom Lane, NW in Washington, D.C. (the Czech Embassy is at the top of the hill). While I don’t know much about D.C. I have a feeling that with Billy “Daisy Cutter” Jackle as one of the organizers people won’t be disappointed. Oh yeah, and they’ll have a kicker to hit!
The event looks like it’ll be a lot of fun and a really laid back atmosphere with a lot of chances to win some great prizes. It’ll be a true jam in the sense that everyone will skate their face off and judges will ask for names as they see necessary. The sponsor list is absolutely MASSIVE (23 so far) and could end up being one of the best chances you have to win gear this season. Seriously — there’s that much gear it looks like they’ll be giving away.
UPDATE: Rumor has it that the Landyachtz crew will be in attendance to help assist with not only judging but shredding as well. You’ve undoubtedly seen their YouTube videos and know that when Landy comes to town it’s not something you wanna miss. Speaking of which, if you don’t catch them at this jam you’ll have a several other chances to catch them as they tour the East Coast this spring!
Everything is going to get going at around 10:30am with open skate lasting until 2:30PM. From 2:30PM-3:00PM there’ll be a finals round with a select number of skaters (although they haven’t said how many will move on) followed by awards/give-aways. So far 230 people have RSVP’ed as “Going” on Facebook, while not everyone will go there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the event and I have a feeling we’ll see a very large turnout. Lots of people are coming in from far away, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see 100 or more people on the hill.
There are some rules that the organizers have asked everyone to be super vigilant about, mostly relating to respecting the Czech Embassy so they’ll let more events be hosted there in the future.
1. you must dispose of all trash properly. The embassy has been kind enough to let us use the hill, but we CANNOT LEAVE TRASH I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS. WE CANNOT MESS THIS UP FOR THE OTHER EVENTS THAT ARE BEING HELD HERE!
2. spectators will need to be in the middle and bottom areas of the hill. not at the top. the embassador’s driveway is up there and we cannot block it, and NO SKATING ON THE STEEP AREA OF GRASS NEXT TO THE EMBASSY.
3. find parking elsewhere, not on the jam hill, this will ruin the skating
4. dont arrive before 10:00 A.M.
5. Helmets and gloves required to skate in this event
Check the Facebook Event for any specific questions and for updates.