As we, ever so slowly, emerge from the depths of a dreadful winter, the weather, and roads, are becoming more and more conducive to skating. Chris and I took full advantage, strapped the camera to the car, and pressed record. Chris finally got to put some real wear and tear on his 82a motions, and, as you can see, he definitely digs them. Spring is here, go skate.
It’s been a miserable winter up here in the Northeast. First of all it’s been cold since November, it’s been raining 4 days a week since Thanksgiving, and when it finally looks like we’ll have dry roads and no snow — it snows.
Skate days are few and far between but Team Tangy braved the cold and found one of the rare nice days to take to the Hills of the Hudson to work some of the winter time rust off. Our very own Jake Wade, along with Chris O’Brien and Jeff Hlavatovic shredded the hills of the Hudson in a good display of what makes east coast skaters a different breed, working around the elements and dealing with the hand that’s dealt.
Yo what up internet people. I’m Connor Bewighouse and I’m stoked to be writing for SkateTheEast.net. I’ll be here posting videos of East Coast skaters doing what they do best without all the hype. If you shred, and your video gets me stoked, chances are you could be featured on this here blog. Nuff of that mumbo jumbo non sense, and onto what y’all are really here for.
East coast shredder Chris O’Brien gets in a raw run on a gnarly beast coast run tucked away in the mountains of New York. Chris has a dope, flowy style and if you don’t know who he is, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past few months. Chris recently scooped up a truck sponsor from Buzzed Trucks to go along with his board hookup from Lifelong. When hes not doin’ hoodat stuff with his friends or losing my helmet, Chris is killin’ it sideways. Check this video out as Chris puts aside the rotation spams for a little and rages the hills to film this raw run…
While your here and stoked on this kid check out his welcome to the team video for Buzzed Trucks..
Jake Wade and Chris O’Brien of Team Tangy are good friends of the site and consistently produce high quality videos with gnarly skating. Their newest release dubbed “Spring Fever”, which features Jake Wade skating the new Nelson Tempest, is another great edit featuring gnarly skating and great editing, as we’ve come to expect from the Team Tangy crew.
The boys also recently hit another milestone on YouTube, reaching the coveted 1,000 subscribers mark — congrats guys!
Our post earlier today showing off Team Tangy’s new video couldn’t have come at a better time since we just got news that Chris O’Brien has officially been added to the Lifelong Longboards team! A warm and heartfelt congrats goes out to Chris, who we had a chance to skate and film with this past weekend.
Lifelong, while a fairly new board company, has already been making a splash with the insane amount of talk surrounding their freeride/light DH deck, “The Seeker.” In fact, Lifelong has had so much talk about “The Seeker” they decided to offer a “pre-sale” version with only a stained-wood finish and white “Lifelong” logo on it which, in my opinion, looks beautiful. Something to make them even sweeter? They’re a local East Coast company based out of Massachusetts meaning they support the East Coast stoke and scene hard! We posted a video featuring the Seeker by Douglass Schmidt not long ago showing its prowess with some downhill and downhill freeriding and recently were shown another video showing it’s freestyle capabilities!
I asked Chris to answer a few questions for us after we heard about the announcement which you can find below:
Skate The East: How’d you and the guys from Lifelong link up?
Chris O’Brien: A lot of facebook groups and friends informed me about Lifelong even before they released the Rebel. I had been following their progress for a while and had been talking to a few team members. Finally asked them and it was a yes!
STE: What’s your current setup? Future setup?
CO: My current setup is a comet voodoo d2, SZ indeesz 177mm, Pink Powerballs
Future setup is same thing but with a Lifelong Seeker deck.
STE: What or who influences your skating the most?
CO: I think my good friend Jake Wade influences my skating the most. We work very well together and end up pushing each other’s limits through competition.
STE: What are your goals for this upcoming season?
CO: This season i basically want to go faster, go bigger, and have fun in the process!
STE: What’s next for Team Tangy?
CO: We’re gonna keep doing what we’re doing, making edits and improving our skills!
STE: Simple question, Kool Aid or Tang?
CO: Despite the similarities to Tang, I’m going to have to go with Kool Aid, classic drink.
I finally got to skate with Chris O’Brien and Jake Wade of Team Tangy on Saturday for a full day of skating and filming in the unseasonably warm 63*F weather. Our first stop of the day was at the infamous “Freeride Heaven,” a 12% grade hill with perfect pavement that, mixed with the temperature, allowed for some buttery slides that left ‘thane lines for DAYS. After getting some footage and our fill of freeriding, we headed over to East Rock for a few downhill runs (unfortunately the helmet cam footage got deleted…) to close out the day.
Make sure you watch it in the full HD goodness for full effect. Also, shout outs to East Coast extraordinair Bruce Clark who makes a quick appearance in green during that tripple standy scene.