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.

2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

The Hubbub this past weekend in the skate community was centered in Ludlow VT, where nestled in the depths of Vermont’s dark woods and cozy towns with covered bridges lies Okemo Mountain, known by many for its skiing, and by few, until recently, for a road whose level of gnar few dare to attempt.   The 3 mile long, 3344’ tall run, with chicanes, hairpins, and a 50+ MPH straight away sounds intimidating enough as it is, but this king of east coast runs’ is gnarly, as many east coast roads are, because of its pavement.

The Course

2013 Silverheels Cup Sketch Factors

Sketch factor multipliers. | Original photo: Marion Ross

Cracks, pavement changes, and snowcat tracks litter the road from top to bottom.  While skating straight you may at any point find your board drifting sideways from vibrations.  While corning your puck is always at risk of getting swallowed by a crack or pothole.  Speed bumps and tree root humps are a fun intermittent feature.

One does not simply skate Okemo. But on September 14th and 15th a few brave souls did as they raced for the 2013 Silverheels Cup.

2013 Silverheels Cup

While some skaters opted for what they thought would be the safer option, luging that is, people from every group took spills and slams.  Thankfully no one was seriously injured, although there were scary moments, one can’t help thinking back to the legendary “Vermont Massacre” race that occurred at Ascutney.  Despite the injuries and some trips to the hospital, the overall tone of the weekend was great, and everyone who stepped on a board or sat on a luge or drift trike had a great time.  Event organizer Marc Dean once again pulled off a fantastic weekend of riding.

2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

Some of the carnage. | Photo: Marion Ross

Marc, who works tirelessly throughout the year with the mountains event coordinators, sponsors, and skaters was happy with the way the event turned out, wished all those injured a speedy recovery.  “This was the most mentally challenging hills that I have ever ridden. Everyone who rode is due props for showing how good the east coast riders truly are.  A big thank you to Original Skateboards – Lindsay and Sean [Kolvenbach] for all of their help in making this happen,” Marc said.

2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

Skaters coming down the hill. | Photo: Marion Ross.

Sean Kolvenbach, the team manager over at Original Skateboards, said the team “had an awesome weekend, filled with beers, good friends, and fast hills.  Unfortunately that hill had a few to many casualties.  Driving up that run first thing Saturday morning all I kept thinking was, they want people to mob this hill, while smiling in disbelief.  It’s the jankiest run on the east coast for sure. [Laughs] I feel like everyone who skated there this weekend up’d their game a few points for sure.  Stoked to get 2 of my riders on Am Podium though, they survived the hill and stood strong!”

2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

Riders headed back to the top. | Photo: Marion Ross

Despite the condition of the road, by the time pro racing reached its final heats skaters were attempting single slide runs while battling it out for a spot on the podium.

2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

Kai Salam rounds at Turn at Okemo. | Photo: Marion Ross

Video

Team Mids filmed a follow run the day before racing so those who didn’t attend could see how the road is really meant to be skated. Check it out:

Results

Standings from Sundays racing:

Pro Skate:

  1. Niko Desmarais
  2. Tom Wilson
  3. Mac Holmes
2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain Pro Skate Podium

Some of the Pro Skate podium. | Photo: Marion Ross

Pro Luge:

  1. Chris Hicks
  2. Dave Aparicio
  3. Bob2 and Bob3
2013 Silverheels Cup at Okemo Mountain

Luge podium. | Photo: Marion Ross

AM Skate:

  1. Will Schroder
  2. Andrew Licata
  3. Jared Beers
  4. Izzy Moreno

Women’s Skate:

  1. Cassandra Duchesne

Women’s Luge:

  1. Emily Pross

Butt Pirate King:

  1. Dave Aparicio

Other Press/Media

  • Article in the local Vermont paper, the Rutland Herald.
  • Special thanks to Marion Ross for letting us use the photos. Check out Marion’s work at her website.

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.

Team Mids vs Mordor

Team Mids took a rather epic road trip this summer down south in search of some legendary hills seen only in legendary films skated by legendary people on legendary days legendary legendary legendary. Sorry, got off topic there for a second. Anyways they boys cruised through the night after leaving Ed Garner’s spot in Maryland and arrived early to link up with the Asheville Ganja Patrol and dawn patrol one of the most epic runs on the east coast, Mordor.

This is another East Coast Mac on the film and edit featuring the steezy stylings of Norman Plante and Pete “Hahaha” Laugh. These guys were going fast together all summer, and if you remember seeing our last post featuring them, they’re not half bad at it…more like really good at it. We’re stoked to see more dank footy outta the homies and can’t wait to see what else they’ve got stashed in the Mids Van for the near future.

Check out the edit and leave us a comment below with what you thought.

Video: Ben D Truckin’

Our boy Ben DeSnyder left warm, always sunny New England for cold and cloudy California, but we won’t hold it against him because he’s reppin’ the east hard and showing suckers what’s really good. Watch as Ben hauls ass on some moist southern California canyon roads, truckin’ hard on his Valhalla prototype. We’re stoked to see Ben doin’ his thing and making some waves.

Video: GMR vs. Team Mids

Some of the original Team Mids members packed their skate van up and headed west for the winter to discover what all the hype was about. Ben DeSnyder was already out there doing some covert spy work going to school and scamming runs on the regular and took the reigns on the camera so that Pete Laugh, Stephan Kaiter-Snyder, Tryan George, East Coast Mac , Francis Cooper Darquea and Kai Salam could put in some work and get midsy on GMR. We weren’t keeping score, but it definitely looked like Team Mids won.

Score so far: Team Mids: 1      West Coast: 0

-Mike

Videos: Saturday Wake Up Calls with Roth and Burkus

Let’s talk rad new videos shall we? Friends of the site Eric Roth and Nick Burkus have both released two new absolute STEAMERS over the last day or so and I just can’t sit here and not share them with you.

First up Tom Leary, Norman Plante, and Nick Burkus all get together to shred Team Mids’ home turf in Massachusetts and ended up with one of the most badass videos I’ve seen this summer. It’s tons of fun and shows a lot of progression from all three of these guys. Burkus had my favorite part in the video (not just because he gave our I REP THE EAST stickers a huge shout out) so make sure you keep your eyes glued from around 2:20 on.

Next we have Eric Roth’s new video for Nelson/FoeJo where he decides to demolish anything anyone has ever done on a Stingray KT and make most people feel generally inferior about their ability to ride one. Roth takes his nasty gnar style to the next level and shows how versatile and fun that Stingray KT actually is. Rich Nelson came in heavy with the film and edit on this one with some next level boom shots that add that “next level gamechanger” (as Eric would say) feel to the video.

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