Size Doesn’t Matter

So I watched this video, and was really stoked what they had to say about skateboarding. It was pretty cool to see a dude rip tranny and park, then rage some hills.

I actually had a similar experience one recent weekend, when I had the honor of getting an invite to go to a super top-secret bowl near the Delaware Water Gap in NJ. My friend Dave brought me and my buddy there, and since Dave has been a regular there almost every saturday since it opened, Allan — the owner of the bowl — was super stoked to see to fresh faces at his monstrosity of a skateboard structure.

We strolled into this joint, walked up the stairs, and nearly dropped a fat log in our pants when we saw the pool was measured at 15 feet in the deep end (with a 4 foot extension) and 8 feet in the “shallow” end. I was super stoked to skate this thing, super scared as well, but when I first laid eyes on it I had already come to terms with the shit eating that was inevitably about to go down.

I walked in, introduced myself to the very welcoming crew that was there and I went up to this dude, by the name of Clinton, who was rocking a dope ass Welcome Skateboards deck (if you love the brand as much as i do, and you see someone riding their decks, a super long conversation about how rad they are will ensue). As I was rambling about how cool his skateboard was and how rad their videos are (watch this one to get good idea of what Welcome is about). He said to me “So Dave told me you Longboard?”, and at that point I thought, “Fuck, I’ve been compromised,” so I smiled, laughed, and reluctantly said, “Yes.”

I expected a laugh or chuckle from this dude with killer style making a 15 foot bowl look like a fucking mini ramp, but instead, Clinton says to me ” I love longboarding! We should skate some hill after this!” Needless to say I was super amped that someone of that “shortboarding” ability was open to doing downhill and not afraid to profess his liking toward it.

P.S. Look forward to a Skate The East edit of this ridiculously burly bowl and the equally burly crew that calls it their stomping grounds.

Interview with Ed Nieves

Connor Bewighouse and Tom Leary snagged some time with Earthwing rider and NYC local Ed Neives to chop it up and talk skateboarding, the east coast scene, and what the future holds. Stick around to see what Ed has to say.

Ed Nieves. Photo: Steve Kong

Photo credit: Steve Kong

Connor and Tom (STE): Start with the basics; name/age/location?

Ed Nieves (EN): Name’s Ed, my best friends call me Shred. I’m 21 as of two weeks ago. Born in Manhattan, grew up in Brooklyn, still living in Brooklyn in the same neighborhood. It’s chill.

STE : Any favorite local spots?

EN: Owl’s Head Skatepark, now that I can actually skate it, is my favorite place to skate, since it’s right down the road from me and has a sweet bowl. Other than that, I like going to Watchtower, Darktower, and “uptown” hills that don’t have names (which we also don’t refer to by street names). Oh, and the skate from Times Square down to Chinatown is a sick route for mobbing through traffic.

STE: Rad. Who is the typical crew at said spots?

EN: When we’re skating bowls, it’s usually my teammates Andriy Dash and (little) Bryan Sheehy, and local favorite Max Gnar is present sometimes. Sliding at hills and stuff? It’s Kong, Tazer, Jerry, Camilo, Monica, Bryan, Max Gnar, Connor, Parker, other Max… Quite the sizable grom squad (not all mentioned here) with Kong and I playing as the parents.

STE: You and steve parents, thats fucking scary haha. Why did you start skating and what or who inspires you to keep skating?

Ed Nieves doing what he does best in NYC.

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred

EN: I started skating because I didn’t have many friends, and I sucked at every sport I tried. I mean I sucked at skating too, but I felt like it was acceptable. All the old guys who still skate vert are super inspirational for me. I look at them in their cargo shorts, kneepads and faded Black Flag t shirts doing huge boardslides in the deep end and wonder if when I’m their age I’l be reliving my youth in the same way in skinny jeans and a faded Earthwing shirt slashing frontside grinds.

STE: Fuck yea. Pros and cons to east coast downhill skating: GO!

EN: It’s fucking flat, dude. Generally, you’ve gotta go out of your way to get to a good spot, and the hope the pavement isn’t chipseal. It makes skaters more hungry, I feel, because we have to work for everything, for the most part. This leads to (generally) two types of skaters. The hardcore type that takes every opportunity to steam runs and go as fast as possible, and the ones who don’t try to travel and end up putting their driveway out of laziness. Our events are shitshows 9 times out of 10, but they’re always fun because the northeast homies are a rad, tight bunch.

STE: Great answer, couldnt have said it better myself. Speaking of these shoddily thrown together events, what is your favorite event you’ve ever attended?

EN: Making an “event” page on Facebook is not the same as making an event. Most kids don’t realize that, and they email companies to send product to their “slide jams” which is actually them and their friends skating the local hill. My favorite downhill event has been Central Mass 3, because Mike Girard knows how to do things the right way. It was a rad day of skating and lurking, with a closed road and a perfect freeride hill. My favorite event though, was two weeks ago at the House of Vans, because I met Christian Hosoi and he’s friggin awesome.

The ever steezy Ed Nieves.

Photo: Monica Mikolajczyk

STE: Yea I heard bout that! Hosoi is super rad, I’m sure you threw a couple layback grinds at his feet to show him whats good, haha. So who’s favorite downhill skater?

EN: Favorite DH skater is Josh WILD Wright. He’ll charge anything without thinking twice, and slay it harder than anyone who might be there. He’s a stout, strong fellow, and his style is beastly.

STE:  So uhhh, that’s about it…any shout-outs?

EN: Shouts out to Kong for teaching me how to coleman in 2010, Andriy for being Andriy, Babish for the photos, Connor for being the raddest 12 year old, Connor’s mom for feeding me and stuff, Brian Petrie for being awesome and generous, Tazer for never giving up, David Yang for skating with a bar in his leg, and every single Brazlian skater I keep up with on the internet (Marcelo, Rafinha, Diego, the Yuppies, etc) for inspiring me with the seemingly impossible feats you do on skateboards.

STE: Werdddddddddd! Thanks for your time dude!

EN: Thank you homie, gotta skate to the train and get to work. Peace!

Don’t Shred On Me: Howard and ‘Mell Get Green

Ryan Howard and Jimelle Watford get down with a quarter pipe session at the Green St. Skatepark in Middletown, CT on a beautiful spring day last week. These two keep it fresh and fun constantly, with the perfect mix of stoke and chill. Skate every and anything, just Don’t Shred On Me.

Ryan Howard with the film and edit.

Video: Brian Peck vs. the 5-0

I chilled with Brian Peck and Ryan Howard the other day and got a ton of video clips, so expect a couple more quick videos featuring these two in the near future. This one takes you through the progression of landing a trick and the persistence it can take. Brian keeps it chill as always and just keeps at it until he finally makes it oo so smooth. Let us know what you think with a comment either here or on YouTube and remember to subscribe!

Video: Billy Goes Big

This is one I totally forgot to share the other night when it dropped but am so stoked to finally post. We’ve posted about Billy Wilson a bunch, he’s a local shredder who rides for Original and Boards on Nord and, quite frankly, is the Putt King. He consistently lands fat flip tricks, big, greasy shuv-its and all sorts of of fun, technical board tricks smoother than most short board skaters.

His most recent edit has been in the work for months, with some of these clips being shot back in the spring and summer of last year, but worth the wait. It’s a dope mix that showcases Billy’s freestyle and freeride skills really well and is Billy’s best looking edit to date, in my opinion. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!

Broadway Bomb 2013: Mark Your Calendar

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UPDATE: Check our full Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend post now!

The scent of spring isn’t even in the air but we’re already hearing some rumblings about the 2013 Broadway Bomb. The push race down one of New York City’s most famous streets has absolutely exploded in popularity over the last couple of years, growing by the hundreds and swelling to a far larger size than ever envisioned. Last year nearly 2,000 participants descended upon New York to race through the streets with throngs of other longboarders and New York City traffic.

While the City itself launched a court and police battle to halt the event last year, in the end NYPD ended up offering police escorts and stopped traffic at intersections to help protect both motorists and skaters alike. Still, it had everyone wondering — what would happen in 2013? The answer to that question has, at least in part, been answered tonight on the Broadway Bomb’s facebook account, run by one of the organizers of the event, who we’re choosing not to name. On it it told everyone to mark their calendars for the second Saturday in October and thanked the NYPD for their cooperation. That’s October 12, 2013 for all of you too lazy to look at a calendar (I was at first too, don’t worry). Obviously it immediately got tons of likes and comments from people far too stoked to skate again this fall.

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The question regarding just how “official” the event will be this year is still in the air, however. While in the comments the Broadway Bomb account later noted that there would be “More police escorts,” we can’t help but wonder if that just means there’ll be more police on hand this year, as there were never any official police escorts in years past as far as we know. Either way, we’ll find out soon enough. We’re too stoked for the weekend of skateboarding that surrounds this event every year and can’t wait to hear more as the date draws closer.

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Stay tuned for any updates as the season progresses! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and all that jazz. 

UPDATE: Check our full Broadway Bomb 2013 Weekend post now!

 

Ben Schroeder

Do you know who Ben Schroeder is? If you answered yes to this quetion, then I salute you. If by any chance you answered no, its okay, because its better late than to never educate yourself on the legendary Ben Schroeder. ben s
I could sit here and list the many reasons why you should know who this man is, what he did, and what he currently does, but instead I’ll provide you with a couple of videos and interviews for you to conduct some research on your own. Here you go kids, class is in session.

-Connor

http://juicemagazine.com/home/2005/12/ben-schroeder/