Push Culture Family Picnic — 5/25

Marc Dean, the organizer of I Love DH, is at it again, teaming up this time with the guys over at Push Culture to bring you the Push Culture Family Picnic going down on Burke Mountain in Vermont on Saturday, May 25 (Memorial Day Weekend). Unlike I Love DH, the PC Family Picnic will be the east coast’s first downhill freeride event with a focus on having fun with a group of like-minded individuals, rather than racing. This is a downhill freeride in the classic sense, think more along the lines of the Maryhill freerides and less along the lines of a slide jam, with speeds reaching in excess of 50 MPH. Both leathers and a full-face helmet will be required to participate (gloves should go without saying).

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The course itself is a 1 mile closed, private road featuring at least 6 hairpin turns from the summit of Burke Mountain near the Kingdom Trails in Vermont (bring your mountain bikes too!). While no formal heats are planned there’ll no doubt be some friendly competitions going down and there will be experienced riders and coaches on hand to help give some guidance and advice to newer riders and even hold a couple of clinics — a dope opportunity if you’re just starting to skate downhill!

The price to participate is $162.00 which includes 3 meals (breakfast and dinner Saturday, and breakfast Sunday), a party, and skate runs till you drop. Register here before it’s too late! This should be a wicked fun event with some of the best riders from throughout the Northeast coming to chill and skate one of the dopest roads we’ll see this season. Keep your eyes posted here as well as the Facebook Event for any major updates. We’re looking forward to what will undoubtably be a new Memorial Day Weekend tradition for east coast skaters!

Will you be in attendance? Sound off in the comments.

High View Autumn Bomb II: Downhill Race and Freeride Jam (VT, 10/1)

This event looks sweet. I mean really sweet. If you want to have what looks like some of the most fun you’ll have at a race in a while, check out the Autumn Bomb II in Essex Junction, VT on October 1st and 2nd. The event will feature a 4-person heat (64 people total) 35 mph+ downhill race on Saturday, while Sunday will be a fun as hell freeride jam with prizes and podiums.

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While the downhill event go down on the same hill as last year (High View), the event organizers are mixing things up a little by adding some gates in after the start, creating 2 crash corners and some tight turns all around. We’ll see some very fun, very exciting racing. It’s a bit on the slower end of the spectrum, making it appealing for those just getting into the sport. It look like you only have to register for the downhill competition, there is a fee for the event which hasn’t been solidified yet, the VTLBC said it should be around $20 though. If you want to register head over and do so at the NCDSA site, spots are filling up fast with 27 of the 64 already locked up.

On Day Two, Sunday the 2nd, the freeride jam will go down on the “Damn Good Hill,” which features some sweeping turns and 100ft of vertical drop. Organizers promise that the pavement is absolutely butter and is going to make for a prime jam location. If you don’t believe me, give the hill itself a peek over on the right.

Sponsors right now include our good friends over at Surf-Rodz, Team Quebec, Kebbek Skateboards, Clutch Skateboards, Comet Skateboards, Projection Films and more being added to the list as the event draws near.

As always you can find more information by checking out their Facebook Event and by keeping your eyes out for any updates we get. You can also get amped by watching the AMAZINGLY well done video below.

VT Autumn Bomb Longboard Race from daniel sparling on Vimeo.

Vermont Skateboards ‘Crete Bash and Campout — This Friday & Saturday

What better way to start your July 4th weekend than with a trip to Vermont? Lucky for you Vermont Skateboards is hosting their ‘Crete Bash and Campout this Friday and Saturday, July 1st & 2nd. The event will go down in Bondville, VT at the Mountain School’s Bondville Bowl and will start at 12:00PM. There is an after party right down the road in Windhall, VT that will include live music and an all you can eat BBQ by Outback Steakhouse, it’s $10 for just the music and $20 for music and the food. The after party will begin at 9:30PM, giving you some time to clean up and relax after the full day of skating.

I talked to one of the event organizers who assured me that in addition to the big bowl there is some smaller terrain and a great sliding hill located at nearby Ball Mountain Dam down the road in Windham.

Camping will also be in Windhall, very close to the Outback. As of right now there’s no charge but it’s subject to change (could be around a $5 fee) and requires you to bring all your own gear. Saturday will be another full day of ripping the bowl in Bondville and shredding the hill in Windham.

It’s important to note that this isn’t a contest, although there will be prizes awarded to people throwing down and shredding. A helmet is required to skate, too.

As of right now I think I’ll be there Friday afternoon with a camera in hand. Give me a shout if you’re planning on showing up.

Below is a quick overview of what the 2 days will look like:

EVENT OVERVIEW:

***Day One***
– Skating at the Bondville Bowl all day long, ending around sundown
– Photographers and filmers will be present both from Vermont Skateboards and other
– Other skate spots are in the direct vicinity including the indoor Stratton Ramp
– THIS ISN’T A CONTEST, we hate contest runs and we hate having to judge, product will be tossed to people who are throwing down, that simple.
– Bring a helmet, police station ain’t too far away, not our call.

***Afterparty***
– Kicking off around 9:30pm Live bands will start at 9:30
– BANDS: Spit Jack, Mr. Infamy, Mad Havok, L-ement
– Age is 18+ for the show, 21+ to drink, respect the Outback and their rules, they are hooking it up for everyone!

***Camping***
– Bring your own tent, details for camping are in the works. We are doing our best to keep the camping free, but don’t throw a fit if there is a $5 tent charge from the campgrounds, we are trying to make that not happen.

***Day Two***
– Same shit as day one, punks! Rip the bowl, land that trick on the oververt that you couldn’t get the first day
– Photogs will still be present to get a nice shot of your swellbows
– Skating till the skating dies, pack up n head home afterwards!

You can also find more info by checking the Facebook Event Page.