The Team Mids Pillgrumage

It’s almost like we planned this, cause the planets have aligned, forces of stoke have been felt, and positive vibrations have been received causing both Stretch House Media and Skate The East to come back from the dead AT THE SAME DAMN TIME.

THAT’S RIGHT, WE’RE BACK MOTHA TRUCKAS!

Team Mids Pillgrumage

Peep the newest video out of Stretch House Media, the video child of Eric Roth and one of the official Team Mids video accounts. Team Mids takes New England by storm again and getting cobbled up and shredding some sandy, gnar runs with some clllllassssssssic janky as all hell pavement.

Peep the video below and leave a comment here on the site letting us know how happy you are to see us back in action. Make sure you’re subscribed to our mailing list below so you never miss out on the dank dank as it comes out.

Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend (Updated 10/8)

The air is cooler, leaves are starting to change, and anticipation is in the air, that means one thing — BROADWAY BOMB SEASON!

With under a month left until the Broadway Bomb 2013 goes down it’s time to get planning and get the details for the entire weekend straight so that you’re not left out of the loop with what’s going on where. It’s all starting at noon on Friday, October 11th so get ready!

THERE ARE UPDATES TO THIS POST DATED AND IN RED! READ CAREFULLY AS SOME SCHEDULES HAVE CHANGED!

10/8/13: There’s now a wristband required to attend the post-Bomb BBQ on Saturday. Read the update below for all the info. 

About the Broadway Bomb

For those of you unfamiliar with the Broadway Bomb and what all the hype is about, we’ll give you some quick context. What started at as a ‘death race’ over a decade ago between some OG NYC skaters has become less of a race (due to the massive amounts of people), and more of a free-for-all group skate, with the with thousands of riders moving in mass from 116th and Broadway to the statue of the Charging Bull on the Bolling Green in Downtown Manhattan.

With the Bomb’s increase in popularity over the years, it’s grown from just an unreal skating experience on Saturday to a full weekend long event starting at noon on Friday and ending whenever the fun stops on Sunday. If this is your first time coming, rest up because it’s going to be a long and fast paced weekend for sure.

Update 10/7: Cami Best and some of the other Concrete Kings and NYCL crew members, including our homies Kai Monroe and Sam Ettorre, took to the streets and filmed this dank preview video fro the bomb this year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYFgka01Acw

Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend Schedule

Friday (October 11th, 2013):

The fun starts on Friday at 12:00 noon over at the Longboard Loft (132 Allen Street, Manhattan) with the World Skate Fam Welcome Party hosted by Bustin’ Boards, Push Culture Apparel, and Wheelbase Magazine. This all day event should end up being a BLAST and isn’t something you’re going to want to miss if you can help it at all.

Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend

UPDATED 10/1/13

There are multiple changes to the schedule originally posted in the image above. Read the paragraph below and check the bullet points for the CORRECT new schedule. 

Starting at 12:00 noon you can stop by the Longboard Loft to shoot the shit, win some gear and prizes, and party a bit until the real fun starts at 5PM with drink specials next door. Then at 7:15PM the Bustin’ crew is holding a special premier screening of their new video that was shot and filmed in China, something everyone’s been pretty stoked about. After that, at 7:30PM it’s a city skate and slash over to Uncle Funky’s for their 21+ Meet and Greet. The Uncle Funky’s Annual Meet and Greet actually starts at 8:00PM for those of you not skating over from the Loft, and is now co-hosted by ANVL Boards since their Longboard Loft party was cancelled. It’s a $5 cover which will go towards a raffle ticket and support Stoked Mentoring. The party will run until 11:00PM, at which point you’ll be on your own to either sleep or continue the party elsewhere in NYC.

  • 12:00PM – 5:00PM @ Longboard Loft: Chill/Party/Skate/Win Gear
  • 5:00PM – 8:00 PM @ Lucky Jack’s Café: Drink specials and shenanigans
  • 7:15 PM @ Undisclosed: Premier of the new Bustin’ China video
  • 7:30 PM: Group skate/city slash to Uncle Funky’s (21+ only!)
  • 8:00 PM-11:00PM @ Uncle Funky’s Boardshop: Uncle Funky’s Annual Meet and Greet

Saturday (October 12th, 2013) @ 12:00 PM **BROADWAY BOMB DAY**:

bomblogo1Saturday is the big day. Grab a Gatorade early in the morning to kick that hangover, a Ham and Steeze breakfast sango at the dope ass deli a few blocks away, and head on over to 116th and Broadway to meet up with everyone else.

The Bomb goes off at 12:00 noon sharp every year, so don’t be late or you’ll miss the rush out of the park and up the hill onto Broadway, one of the best parts of the experience. From there it’s the usual Broadway Bomb race course down Broadway. Just keep bombing down Broadway till you hit the Charging Bull Statue then start heading over to the BBQ.

After the race we’ll move over to the East River Park (near the 10th St footbridge) for some BBQ fun, give-aways, and hanging out with some good people. It’s crazy to see how many people are actually at the event when everyone’s chillin’ in the same spot, the entire area swarms with skaters.

UPDATE 10/8/13: YOU’LL NEED A WRIST BAND TO ATTEND THE POST-BOMB BBQ! Because there’s a 1,400 person cap on how many people can attend the BBQ (as the City’s permit states), they’ve got to distribute wrist bands for anyone wanting to go.

You can buy a wristband at Friday night’s meet and greet party at Unkle Funky’s, or find Jimmy Soladay before the race to buy one. (best to get there around 11:00AM if you need to buy one). They’re $5 each, with proceeds going towards Stoked Mentoring.

Every $300 raised pays for a year of after school programs for kids. Once the wrist bands are sold out, you’ll be on the other side of the fence looking in at all the cool kids having fun. 

Saturday Night (October 12th, 2013):

Once the Bomb is over and the BBQ is wrapped up the plan is to head back to the Longboard Loft for a 21+ after-party hosted by ANVL Boards and sponsored by Brooklyn Workshop, Perky Jerky, and Uber.

Adult refreshments will be served and snacks will be on hand thanks to Perky Jerky. It’s all to celebrate the upcoming launch of ANVL’s HANZO longboard, which features some pretty unbelievable shapes and some rad features, especially for the commuter skater.

The party is going to run from 8PM until 10PM and you need to RSVP here.

UPDATE 10/1/13

This event has been CANCELLED! You’ll be on your own to get rowdy in NYC for Saturday after the Bomb’s BBQ.

Sunday (October 13th, 2013):

Hopefully you didn’t overdo it too hard on Saturday night, because Sunday is just as big a day thanks to Steve Kong’s legendary Post-Bomb Slide Jam, hosted in partnership with NYC’s very own Earthwing Skateboards at Darktower (155th and Broadway).

Dubbed ‘the coolest slide jam on the coolest hill’ this is an event that is LEGENDARY every year. With so many rad skaters in one place things heat up very quickly and the skating gets to another level before you know it.

We don’t have all the details quite yet, but know that it’ll be going down at 11:15AM, so make sure you’re up and at ’em and ready to go. We also know that Kai Monroe will be bringing a kicker, so expect shit to be going down and some dank skating to be seen!

East Coast Mac Sighting

For those of you not too familiar, East Coast Mac is the man that’s usually behind the lens when it comes to Team Mids videos. Mac is a humble yet gnarly dude and is a grade A chiller through and through; to top it off he ends up getting some of the most killer shots of fast east coast downhill skateboarding.

Recently Mac hit me up and showed me this video from when the Team Mids boys loaded up the Mids Van and headed down to North Cacka-lacka. Being one that likes to stay behind the camera more than in front of it myself, I was immediately stoked when I watched this video. This is one of the east’s gnarliest hills on the east coast, showing that Mac can definitely hold his own. This time, Jack Traynor and Matt Deitch get behind the lens instead of in front of it to film East Coast Mac as he charges this classic in style.

Watch for his game of peek-a-boo in the second to last right hand corner.

Tiger Skate Designs Tuesdays Wheel Review

This time around we’re taking a look at Tiger Skate Designs’ first ever wheel, the Tuesdays. The Tuesdays are a 70mm freeride wheel with a sideset core and a 37.5mm contact patch. The Tuesdays are available in one durometer, 81a. Overall, these wheels were super fun and made otherwise daunting slides feel like someone flipped the switch and turned easy mode on.

The Tiger Skate Designs Tuesdays are great for learning new slides and going bigger than you ever have before, as they feature a super predictable break-point and hookup, so you’re never left wondering exactly when you’re going to start or stop sliding. Featuring a similar shape to the Venom Tweaker, the rounded lip and sideset core do offer some traction, however the sugary thane allows you to break the wheel sideways with just a touch of effort.

Tiger Skate Designs TuesdaysThe Tuesdays were designed to slide and shine when you’re doing just that, whether it be mobbing down a fast freeride run or putting on your favorite slopestyle hill. We were able to champion some slides at dumb slow speeds that would have gotten us buck on any other wheel, allowing us to have more fun and add more variation into our runs than most other wheels allow for, simply because we knew we could pull it off when we tried new things. On the other hand, you’ve got riders like our boy Tom Leary, who mob hills faster than my jaw can hit the floor and do some pretty gnarly slides on these puppies.

Because these suckers slide so well, they also drop thane and leave lines like sidewalk chalk. As you’d expect with characteristics like that, we found them to wear pretty quickly, although nice and evenly. I haven’t had a set of wheels wear as evenly as the Tuesdays in a long while, due in part to the 36mm core that the Tigers rock, I’m sure.

The Tiger Skate Designs Tuesdays are a great freeride wheel and shine when they’re put to the use they were designed for: getting sideways. The predictable nature of the wheel means you’ll be able to increase the size and variety of your slides quickly and with confidence, with much less concern of getting buck when you least expect it. We’re stoked at Tiger’s first shot at a wheel and think you will be too. Pick them up over at their online store for $47.00, or see the image below to learn how you might be able to win a set of Tiger Skate Designs Tuesdays for yourself on our Facebook Page!

tiger-skate-design-give-away

Video: Team Mids Take Western MA

With the 4th Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Festival behind us Norm Plante, Pete Laugh, and East Coast Mac from our favorite group of riders, Team Mids, packed the Mids Van and set the cruise control to 65 MPH to head out to our home stomping ground: Western MA.

Home to gems such as Six Flags New England, Skate The East HQ, and DiPi’s biggest and best rap playlists, the boys left nothing un-steamed and produced a fast and MEATY edit showcasing what will surely be a new favorite run, Bunion. We’re stoked to see the guys getting out to the place that we call home and helping to shine a little light on whats to come, as this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. With this surge of Midiness I think one question remains: will we see a return of the MidsList?

Norm rides for Valhalla Longboards and Cadillac Wheels, Pete and East Coast Mac rep the east.

Make sure that you’re following along on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube so you don’t miss a step!

Everything You Need To Know About Trucks: Part 2

This is a continuation of the first part of Everything You Need to Know About Trucks. If you haven’t read Part 1 we highly recommend starting there and then continuing on to part 2. We’re currently planning a part 3 to come soon.

Baseplate Degrees:

46* and 50* Baseplates

46* Area vs 50* Paris Baseplates

The degree of the truck’s baseplate decides how much lean a rider has to give in order to make the truck turn.  The lower the baseplate degree, the less the truck is physically able to turn and the more lean it takes to turn the truck.  Baseplates usually run between 40-50 degrees with 50 degree being the most common angle. 45 degree trucks are considered low degree, and anything lower than that is for people who just love to lean.  Baseplate angle can also effect slides, in the sense that low degree baseplates typically create lower degree slides.  This is because the hanger will turn less at the point that you are used to leaning on higher degree trucks.  Typically, a low degree truck is better for a rider who likes their body weight farther off of their board and likes to take wide lines.  Higher degree trucks are for people who want to fiend, and are good for quick and agile turns, throwing around lots of lines and thrashing.  Speed plays a role in baseplate as well, typically lower degree trucks feel more stable at speed but be harder to turn and feel much more dead at low speeds.  Low degree trucks tend to feel a bit more lively once they are pushed up to speed, though.

Hangers:

Bushing Seat

All trucks on the market have unique bushing seats that effect how the hanger interacts with the bushing, affecting the turn of the truck. The restrictiveness of the bushing seat effects how the truck compresses the bushing when turning.  An open bushing seat compresses the bushing as little as possible, creating the least amount of restriction on your turn.  Examples of open, unrestrictive bushing seats include Aeras, Randals, and PNL.  When there’s a bit of metal coming outward surrounding the bushing, it causes the bushing to compress against the metal wall when turning, causing the truck to be more restrictive.  Examples of trucks that are somewhat restrictive include Munkaes, Calibers, Surf-Rodz, and Ronin’s.  The long and short: the more restrictive the bushing seat, the less lean and turn you’ll get (and the “tighter” the truck will feel).

restrictive_vs_open_bushing_seats

Hanger Size

The width of the hanger affects the tracking of the wheels.  While the turning radius is defined by the baseplate, the hanger size will define where the wheels track. That means you’ll be able to rail the same turn on 150mm hangers and 190mm hangers, but your wheels will be in different places.

Hanger sizes affect the leverage over your bushings more than anything else. A narrower hanger size will grip the pavement more, whil a wider one will allow you to break traction and slide much easier. This is why you frequently see super small hanger widths on slalom decks.

Example of different sized hangers

Paris 180mm vs Paris 150mm

 Larger hangers feel less responsive when turning and track much wider.  Larger hangers also create lower degree slides, less traction, and slides that maintain speed for longer.  Reverse kingpin trucks come in various hanger widths but the most popular size is around 180mm.  For commuting and cruising setups people will run 150mm hangers, but it isn’t common in most downhill and freeride.  Most downhill and freeride setups run between around 170mm-190mm.

Hanger Style

Truck hangers have different characteristics in terms of how the truck pivot feels relative to the baseplate degree.  Hangers may either turn at the same angle as the baseplate or feel like they turn at different angles. Positive rake will add more height to your truck setup, giving you more traction with the road and leverage on the bushing, while negative rake will make the board easier to break out and lower the ride height.

Bear Smokies, which aren't flippable trucks.

Bear Smokies, which aren’t flippable trucks.

This difference when you flip the hanger is called “rake.” For instance, if you have a truck that’s 45 degrees and the hanger is flipable with +/-2 degree rake, then the truck feels like it runs runs at either 43, or 47 degrees.

Calibers are an example of trucks that don’t have rake, when flipped they are the same, while Randals and Surf-Rodz are examples of trucks with rake.

Central Mass Longboard Fest 4: Updates, Registration Info and Lodging

The event that everyone’s buzzing about out east is the 4th Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Fest in Harvard, MA, and for very good reason. The last 3 years have been some of the best organized and most fun events for both spectators and competitors, even with the torrential rain that has become somewhat of a tradition. This year the event is getting even better by expanding to a whole weekend’s worth of fun, giving racers more time on the course and allowing event organizer Mike Girard to choose an even better freeride hill than the one used in years past. While we knew a lot of this, more and more almost all the details have come about, so we figured it was time for an update post. It all starts on August 17 at 11:00am (you’ve got to register and go through tech inspection earlier, though) so get ready!

Updates

4th Annual Central Massachusetts Longboard Fest FlyerIn mid-June Mike Girard announced that Wheelbase Magazine’s Marcus Bandy would be emceeing the event and helping to organize the slide jam, which means very big things to come for that event. Girard told me he wants a lot of features for people to take full advantage of, and with Bandy on the mic I can’t imagine everyone will be anything less than entertained by both the skating and commentary.

Mike also announced the presenting sponsors for this year’s podiums. There are going to be cash prizes for the winners this year (and I’m sure plenty of swag, too), so these sponsors are really putting their money where their mouths are and stepping up to support the scene. Providence, Rhode Island-based pads company G-Form is the general sponsor, putting up big to help hook up all the winners. Loaded Boards and Orangatang Wheels are also back in the mix this year as presenting sponsors for the Pro DH and Women’s DH podiums, while Bear Trucks got on board to sponsor the Pro Slide Jam. Together these guys comprise the “Harvard Heroes,” putting their money where their mouth is and coming out in a big way to support the scene.

A $4,000 prize purse will be split amongst the Pro & Women’s devisions in DH and the slide jam — that’s some serious change on the line!  Mike has said that more sponsors will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned as that means there’ll be plenty of swag in the mix, too.

To put some icing on the cake, Mike also organized some live entertainment for the night of August 17th at the Billard Café in Ayer, MA and a shuttle to and from the hotel so that you don’t even need to figure a driving situation out. DJ Squnto aka Eric Roth (local shredder and legend) will be on hand to lay down some fine tunes, with others likely to be announced soon. You’ll also get to see some of the biggest names not only on the east coast, but in the industry throw down including Liam Morgan, Brian Bishop, Dane Webber, Norman Plante, Amanda Powell, Cindy Zhou, Josh Wright, Ed Neives, Steve Kong, Molly Lewis, Ethan Cochard, and so many more — honestly I’d keep going but I think you get the point. Henry and I will also be on deck, kissing hands and shaking babies, I mean, shaking hands and kissing babies, so find us and say hi!

Registration

Because of some mix-ups, registration is now starting on July 22nd at 8:00PM EST. You’ll be able to register over at EventBright by CLICKING HERE once registration opens for everyone. The pricing structure (which includes the EventBright fees) and size of the brackets (in parenthesis) are below:

DH – August 17
$60 – Pro (96), Women’s (32)
$50 – Am (64), Junior (32)

SLIDE JAM – August 18
$40 – All divisions (250)

*note: This may be different than on the SkateCentralMA.com FAQ page but is the most up-to-date and accurate as of 7/17

Schedule

Subject to some last minute tweaks and changes, which I’ll post when we hear about them, Mike Girard released the schedule as the following:

July 22:
8:00PM: Registration (See Registration Page for instructions)
August 16:
12:00PM: Haybale volunteers – meet at Harvard General Store

August 17:
7:00AM: Staff check-in and assignment
8:00AM: Rider check-in + tech inspection. T-shirts distributed in order of check-in
9:00AM: Road closes; First shuttles to top of hill for practice runs
11:00AM: First heats
1:00PM: Lunch break – 30 min
1:30PM: Racing resumes
4:00PM: Finals for each division
5:00PM: Road opens
5:10PM: Raffle drawing – Harvard General Store lawn
5:30PM: Podium ceremony – Harvard General Store lawn
6:00PM: Haybale volunteers begin bale transplant to slide jam hill.
– – Break – –
8:00PM: Shuttle from Holiday Inn Boxborough to Billiard Café, Ayer MA FEATURING LIVE MUSIC BY DJ SQUNTO (aka local shredder Eric Roth), with more to be announced soon.
11:45 PM: Shuttle from Billiards Café, Ayer MA to Holiday Inn Boxborough

August 18:
8:00AM: Staff check-in and assignment – Harvard General Store
8:30AM: Riders meet at Harvard General store
8:45AM: Shuttle from Harvard General Store to slide jam hill
9:00AM: Road closes; Rider check-in, tech inspection at bottom of slide jam hill
9:15AM: Practice
10:15AM: Open softwheel slide jam
11:15AM: Women’s slide jam
12:15PM: Lunch
1:30PM: Hardwheel slide jam
2:30PM: Pro softwheel slide jam
3:45PM: Longest slide
4:15PM: Built feature contest – TBA
5:00PM: Road opens; Shuttle to Harvard General Store
5:10PM: Raffle drawing
5:30PM: Podium ceremony – Harvard General Store lawn
6:30PM: Staff debrief; Takedown + de-haybaling

Lodging

Coupon Code for the 4th Annual Central MA Longboard Festival hotel specialThis is something you’ll want to get on earlier rather than later because there aren’t as many options in the Harvard area as one would like. Mike was able to set up a group deal at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA for $89.00/night with 2 double beds. This is about $20.00 $30.00 off the usual price. Split it with 3 friends and you’ve got yourself some cheap accommodations for the weekend. You’ve gotta use the code CEN in the “Group Code” box in order to get the promotional pricing (check out the image to the left for an example). Again, I’d do this earlier rather than later or you’ll be looking for a spot to camp and missing out on the fun that’s likely to ensue.

SkateCentralMA.com Live!

Finally, the event’s official website, SkateCentralMA.com launched at long last! It’s got lots of info about the event straight from the horse’s mouth including directions, more info about the hotel, and a detailed FAQ. Give it a look if you’re confused about anything or mosey over to their Contact page if you’ve got a question for Mike Girard or want to get involved by sponsoring or volunteering!

Review: Loaded Boards Tesseract Review

Loaded Boards recently released the newest addition to their downhill and freeride lineup, the Tesseract. Drawing from lessons learned when developing two of their last major releases, the Tesseract blends some of our favorite features found in both the Chubby Unicorn and Kanthaka to create a super versatile and unbelievably fun board.

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tesseract bottom

It’s got variable wheelbase options from 24.5” up to 26”. At the wider wheelbase option your kicks aren’t as functional for ollies, but they’ll still get the job done. It’s symmetrically shaped and features symmetrical rocker, dish-concave kicktails, flared wheel wells, gas pedals and W concave. Every time I look at it I can’t help but think it looks like the Kanthaka and Chubby Unicorn had a baby, and this is the beautiful result.

tesseract full viewThe Tesseract is a bamboo core sandwiched between two layers of fibreglass. Topping things off, quite literally, is a layer of cork. The cork is there to help dampen road vibrations and prevent damage to the graphic from spreading the same way a wood veneer usually does, as cork doesn’t scratch the same as other woods. While I have reservations about the use of cork since it can dry out and crumble, as many Birkenstock owners know, it really does work as a dampener. The board is incredibly light, yet super stable and agile at speed, something I almost wasn’t expecting since it’s so thin. The gas pedals are well placed and the wheel well flares make for some pockets that lock your feet in perfectly and allow you to know where you’re standing at all times. The W concave is much less aggressive than what we found on the Chubby Unicorn, making it more comfortable for longer sessions and long distance pushes.

I’ve also been able to pop fat ollies on this board, most of the time without even slapping the tail all the way to the ground. We’ve really been having a blast riding it, both for freeride and downhill and think it’s an extremely versatile board that will be a go-to in a lot of people’s quivers. It’ll be in in stores by the end of July, including our friends at MuirSkate, so check it out when you get a chance! Check out what else we had to say in the video review!

You can also scoop a fresh Tesseract deck with some fast shipping via Amazon:

Photos courtesy of Loaded Boards.