NY: UPstate DOWNhill Saturday and Sunday (9/10-9/11)

I’m not sure how this almost slipped through the cracks but I just found it thanks to the ever vigilant Victor Tu. This weekend (9/10 and 9/11) the UPstate DOWNhill Competition is going down in Upstate New York. The competition is all outlaw and will consist of a push race, slide jam, and downhill race taking place over the two days.

Registration is free and the push race is set to begin at 12:00 noon on Saturday. The course is 3.5 miles ending with a 35 mph+ hill for the finish, race organizer Tyler Kempney noted that racers would have multiple opportunities to reach the 30 mph mark, making for a pretty unique and exciting push race. After the race there will be a casual freeride/slide jam and swimming in the nearby river. The meeting location is at Ridge Road in Watertown, NY — you can get more location information in the map labeled “Push Race” below.

Unfortunately the details of Sunday are somewhat fuzzy, with no start time nor a solid schedule of events for the day. From what we can tell both the slide jam and downhill will be going down on Sunday, we’re not sure in what order nor are we sure the schedule of times. I’d get some more information from the event organizers while you’re there on Saturday, they’ll have all the info you need. As far as what the downhill course is like this is what Tyler posted on Facebook:

This will be located nearby the push race road and riders will be able to reach speeds 50+ mph on a 3/4 mile road. Leathers will be recommended. The road is very similar to the TMMR race on Baney Rd. It starts off with a 35 mph roll into a left hairpin. Which can be gripped but foot braking and predrifting will be recommended. The road continues with a 35 mph straitaway into a hard right that can be gripped. After the hard right is a straightaway where riders will be able to reach speeds 50+ mph. This race ends with plenty of run off for the riders and foot braking or sliding are not required to stop.

The DH course is also in Watertown, again, I’ll post a map below. Check out the Facebook Event for more information and to ask any questions you might have.

Push Race:

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Downhill Race:

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Video: “New York Longboard”

My buddy @Bosleezy¬†sent me this video called “New York Longboard” by Alberto Alepuz. It features Bustin’ team rider Sirera Sorondo and and another guy named Ra. The video is an interesting mix between a somewhat artsy rain skate and an absolutely epic slide session in NYC (the same spot seen in a lot of the Earthwing videos). Check out the absolutely insane slide/hands down pirouette ¬†(is that even right?) at around the 1:00 mark. Look for more videos of Sirera Sorondo in the future cause the kid is absolutely dirty.


New York Longboard from PERROPRO on Vimeo.

Video: Northern Skate Alliance take you “Over The Boarder”

Robert Briggs and Kyle Kay, two of the Northern Skate Alliance administrators hop the boarder into New York to shred some very fast, very smooth looking hills. These guys are hitting speeds of over 50 miles per hour and making it look too easy. Highlights include what looks to be a fairly high-speed one legged tuck at around 0:12 and the hairpin at 2:05.

Over The Boarder from some dude on Vimeo.

NSA Do July 4th Right

Our friends over at the Northern Skate Alliance did what they do best on Monday, taking full advantage of the holiday and finding some epic new skate spots. Along the way they stopped and took some new video, embedded below. The quick edit shows you how quickly the guys are progressing, especially Ryan Howard who you can see throwing down at least one 360 and some very nice looking standup slides. Robert Briggs and Kyle Kay also throw down some impressive slides and 180s.

The Administration of the NSA are pushing onto the next level. I can’t wait to see what they have coming as the season progresses!

Freeriding The Fourth from some dude on Vimeo.