Fortezza ASD is a sports association that started as a crew from Florence, Italy. Every year they try to bring skateboarding closer to kids by hosting longboarding classes and also organising a few smaller community events for the Italian scene in Florence.
Currently Fortezza is participating in a competition hosted by a local milk brand along with 122 other sports associations. The first 10 winners will be rewarded with funding to contribute to the organisation of their events. Among all the associations in the contest, Fortezza is the only longboard related one.
At the moment they are at 11th place, that is why they need your help to get the funding they need for this year’s events.
Two years ago Fortezza ASD was amongst the winners and that helped them with one of their main events in La Piazza Michelangelo in Florence, shown on the video below.
The voting is simple, follow this link, press the red button and sign in with your Facebook account. Your vote will be confirmed once you get to the message “HAI VOTATO”. The contest is opened only until February 15th, 2018.
Zanocchi & Starke, a design studio founded in Turin, Italy created their own skate rack know as the Wall Ride. It is a practical and versatile wall mounted rack, great for those who want to keep their home organised and their walls clean.
As opposed to standalone skateboard racks which we often see in stores and trade shows, this wall rack can be safely screwed into a wall saving space and doubling as a shelf. With Wall Ride the wheels of the skateboard never risk dirtying the walls and the graphic of the deck is always in plain sight. Three hooks and two shelves allow to hang and host anything else used in everyday life.
Furthermore, the same slot used to slide the longboard or skateboard into the rack serves as a handy bottle opener.
If you are in need of more space and want to keep your home organised, you can get a Wall Ride skate rack for 125 € directly from Zanocchi & Starke.
The Sbanda Biranza crew, have simultaneously been working on another exciting project next to the Ghost Town Freeride, that has officially become a success and will stoke the Italian DH community for years to come.
From May 27th 2017, the Ghost Town Freeride track, the Consonno 1.3 km long spot located in Northern Italy, has become the first ever downhill skateboarding designated road officially permitted by the authorities.
This means the Sbanda Brianza, with the help of FISR (the Italian Roller Sports Federation) and Comune di Olginate, have sucessfully created an environment where one is able to practice DH skateboarding legally.
The spot is located in Consonno, a little town not far from Lecco and Como Lake, where skaters will be able to ride down its access road in a safe environment, as it will now be specially closed to ordinary traffic. Sbanda Brianza
Consonno has been, in their words, a long time reference spot for many Italians skaters and thanks to the commitment and passion of the members of Sbanda Brianza and of Comune di Olginate, whose administration has seen the benefits in promoting longboarding, the abandoned town of Consonno will now once again come to life.
Skating on the Conconno track will be permitted only on Saturdays for either Sbanda Brianza members or members of FISR. All of the rules of engagement will be posted on the Sbanda Brianza website.
There you have it, the first official longboard track in Italy, kinda awesome isn’t it?
We applaud everybody involved in this initiative and hope to hear more awesome news like this from all over Europe.
The second edition of the Sbanda Brianza’s Ghost Town Freeride, one of the more popular Italian skateboarding events, was once again a huge success.
A total of 110 riders, not only from Italy, but also from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the US, gathered in Consonno to skate down its 1.3 km long road. The track is also one of the most famous downhill longboarding spots in Northern Italy.
With 7 hours of freeriding, interspersed with a speed contest the track also hit a speed record og 78 kph. The winners of the contest were Rachel Bruskoff from LA and two italians, Fred Falco and Guido Cipolla.
“We are excited!” commented the Sbanda Brianza’s President, Matteo Dell’Orto, who later said:
Compared to last year, we managed to raise the level of spectacularity and the audience appreciated it. It is a great satisfaction for us and we are already looking forward to organising the next year’s third edition! Matteo
Great vibes, live music and skating
To pump up the scene, 7 live bands contributed with concerts during the freeride and in the evenings. It sure was something special to see bands playing by the second hairpin of the track and also during the night during the skate sessions.
The breathtaking scenery of the ghost town of Consonno and everything combines raised the adrenaline level of both the riders and the public. The crew estimates that all together, there were a thousand people who visited the event during the whole weekend.
Most of the success is due to the organisation and the efforts of the whole Sbanda Brianza team. With this second edition, they amazed everyone with their unique way of interpreting skateboarding and partying!
Organized by Sbanda Brianza, a Sports Club based in Brianza, Northern Italy, the Ghost Town Freeride is run by multiple adventurous skaters with a passion for longboarding and obsession for extreme sports.
Affiliated to FISR, the Italian Skateboarding Federation, the association is active in the Italian longboarding scene through event organization and get-togethers for riders with a “sbanda (swerve) state-of-mind”.
The Association is also deeply involved in offering longboard classes/camps for beginners, with certified instructors.
GHOST TOWN FREERIDE
Ghost Town Freeride is a two-day event organized by Sbanda Brianza, and supported by FISR, the Italian Roller Sports Federation. It offers 48 hours of longboarding, skateboarding, music, adrenaline and bruised buttocks.
June 17th and 18th, 2017 will mark the second edition of Ghost Town Freeride.
Last year, more than 80 riders came from all over the Italian peninsula to skate the road that extends down from the peculiar ghost town of Consonno.
The track features1.3 km of pure asphalt, with 10% average gradient and a 2016 track record of a top speed of 82-kph.
Consonno is an ancient village hidden in the hills around Lecco, close to the Alps. After being drastically turned into a little Las Vegas, it fell from grace in the mid-‘70s and the town slowly became uninhabited.
Nowadays, it has become one of the most famous longboarding spots in Northern Italy.
Ghost Town Freeride promotes the longboarding lifestyle by combining the sport together with its cultural side. This translates into a weekend of not only longboarding, but also music concerts, skate ramps, street-art corners, BBQs, street markets and a Saturday-night party to scare the ghosts away.
The registration fee for Ghost Town Freeride 2017 is set to 50 EUR which includes the event registration and a FISR membership.
Ever since her first Eurotour, Rachel Bruskoff on average spends a total of three months a year travelling through Europe skating and exploring new places. One of the things she likes most about Europe are the freeride events.
I really love the European scene because I get to explore so many new things at every event that I go to. Each event and country brings so many new things: food, culture, language, roads, etc. and I just love to learn about everywhere I go!
Until now she’s been skating for Landyachts and Hawgswheels for the past three years and a half, but met Gabriele Franzini and Guilia Uitko last year on her one month trip to Italy. Because of their hospitality and a great friendly connection, Rachel decided she wants to ride for a company where she feels like a part of the family.
This year has been difficult with many companies, and even though I had opportunities with other American companies I decided that I really wanted to help ride for a company where I feel like part of the family. Gabriele opened his arms to me when I visited and he is so welcoming with this partnership.
The Zero 31 Doge longboard deck
Her new deck of choice is the Zero 31 Doge longboard deck, which hasn’t hit the stores yet. From what we’ve seen the board features a nice wood – carbon finish, a non symmetrical shape, multiple wheelbase options and micro drops at both ends.
Rachel is currently on a two month trip with Grace Wong, rolling down a bunch of North American national parks and skate events including Central Coast Up’ n’ Down and the Maryhill Spring Freeride. For more about their trip, visit Grace’s blog called Adventures of Grey Swan.
When Rachel is not skating she is out exploring the world and showing off her artistic side expressed through painting, drawing and photography. If you’re keen on seeing more of Rachel’s skating explorations and art visit her new website.
The 2017 Verdicchio Race will take place from the 26th until the 29th of July. As the third edition of this event, 180 riders are expected to roll down the same road as in 2015.
In case you are not familiar with the Verdicchio race track, here is the scoop. It’s a 2.7 km long road with a top speed of +75 km/h for longboarders and up to +80 km/h for street lugers.
The first straight section includes fast sweepers that develop into a more technical section with 6 wide and fast hairpins. If you want to see how the track winds and check out their 2015 event video, click here.
The Verdicchio Race is also both a part of the Italian Downhill Skateboarding Championship, as well as the IDF World Qualifying Series.
Racing in this WQS will set you back 185 euros, while Italian skaters, who only wish to skate in their own Championship, have to pay an entry FIHP fee of 90 euros.
Several months passed since the end of the Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship 2016. With the late arrival of cold winter weather, our thoughts of rubbing shoulders with fellow racers on the road and hearing the sound of wheels sliding still warms us. Making this holiday season even better is a Christmas gift that is the CIDHS calendar for 2017!
The Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship (CIDHS) promised an interesting tour for next year with substantial news regarding the race tracks. The championship tour will take part from June to August, taking in account all other IDF competitions across the globe.
The stages for the Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship 2017 will include four events and two new race tracks.
Downhill Falls – 24th and 25th of June, 2017
As the new entry in the CIDHS series, Downhill Falls will take place in the province of Frosinone, in the center of Italy.
Held in a very special city called Isola del Liri, it’s also the only European city with a waterfall flowing right in the heart of town. As something I never thought I would see, it is also the particular characteristic that gave the event its name.
Apart from seeing the beautiful waterfall, you shouldn’t miss the 1.3 km long race track with brand new asphalt. We invite you to take a go at it and try being the first one to win the podium at Downhill Falls.
Official hashtag: #downhillfalls
Ambrose Challenge – 1st and 2nd of July, 2017
Ambrose Challenge was a part of the CIDHS circuit last year and got a very positive feedback from all the racers attending. It is located in the province of Verona, in Valpolicella. For next year’s season, we are expecting another pleasant weekend on this road that will cater to all adrenaline seeking longboarders.
The track is 2.8 km long with an average gradient of 6.5 % and a maximum gradient of 10 %.
Here is the 2016 video from Ambrose Downhill Challenge:
The next new/old entry of the 2017 tour is Verdicchio Race. As the third edition of this race, its coming back better than ever after a years break. Verdicchio will be held on the Poggiocupro race track in a village called Cupramontana, the capital of Verdicchio.
As one of the most technical and fun packed tracks in Italy, riders will descend down the 2.7 km long race track with 6 hairpins and long straights with fast corners.
This event will last for four days and is going to be a part of the IDF Eurotour 2017, as a World Qualifying Series. Two days of the event will be dedicated to the Italian Championship.
The 14th edition of the Euroskate will finish the CIDHS circuit. The Roll Club of Padua, led by Sandro Marandin, is back with the Euganean Hills and an impeccable organisation which includes big shows and the famous torchlight ride along the race route.
The track is famous for its curve called “Schivanoia”, the first one of a series of hairpins following one another and inevitably leading to racers showing off their best skills while pumping and taking advantage of the hairpins apex.
Surely the 2017 Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship FISR will not fail to surprise us. In the mean time, while waiting for the race season to start, go out and skate. Get ready, because the starting line is waiting for you!
Sometimes it takes very little to change the tide of a race, what little though, in most cases, can substantially affect the conclusion of a competition or even an entire season: the choice of the most performing setup, adverse conditions weather or sometimes just the irrepressible desire to win, are factors that can really make a difference at the moment to draw the conclusion in a league which ended last weekend in Castelplanio (an) with the last stage of the CIDHS 2016.
After Valpolicella (VR), Alto Rock (CN) and Teolo Euroskate (PD), the City of Castelplanio (AN) hosted the final race in a well known road (to some good old riders): it was the track which hosted in 2011 the first edition of Verdicchio race, that was the final of the European Championship IGSA and last race of an Italian Championship still not under the aegis of FIHP: get back on that technical track and full of history is always a thrill, ride it is even more then a blast.
The summer day and clear skies of Saturday morning immediately put in a good mood all the riders, giving way to a long freeride session to stretch their legs and store 2.5 km of track with the various pitfalls attached: 7 switchbacks, 2 blind corners following long straights stuffed with wide-ranging curves, are the variables that must be taken into account until the last 100 meters straight to the finish line. Although, those damn 100 meters, can make a difference.
Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon and have followed one to another without problems under the supervision of the Italian Timekeepers Federation (FICr) which recorded two qualifying times for each rider: while in the first run Marcus Aldinucci (3 ‘05.49) flew ahead by 4/10 on Giorgio Garino, in the second timed Giorgio got below 3 minutes and 5 seconds with a time of 3’4.54. Stefano Barbizzi has never moved away from the two finishing in third position with a best time of 3’7.46 obtained in the first run.
The rain on the night between Saturday and Sunday proceeded to give riders a wet awakening and an equally wet track on which have to deal: we tried to stall a bit with various warm up to wait for dry up an average part of the road. Before the scheduled lunch break, the two race batteries respectively in the category Women DH Skateboard and Streetluge went down: for the girls, Giulia Bottazzin collect his second win in the league, crossing the finish line first ahead of Azzurra Felici, and won both last run of the championship and the title of Downhill Skateboard Italian Champion for the first time in the history of Italian downhill skateboarding. Unfortunately went bad for Helene Folliard (aka Lilù), which was also running for the title, that could not attend this last crucial race.
For Streetluge the race is won by Daniel Aldinucci over Samuel Montesi in a single run 2 Man-heat run. Daniele Aldinucci is therefore awarded at the end of the season with the title of Streetluge Italian Champion 2016.
After the lunch break we got to the final showdown of the Open DH Skateboard: 25 riders at the start and 4 Man Heats the race format chosen for. For the young Mariano Conti and the former Italian champion 2013 Roberto Marasca, fifth and fourth respectively in the timed runs, the race ends unfortunately at the quarter-finals after a contact between the skateboard of the two: the crash ended the run to the finish line after two hundred meters from the starting line but fortunately neither of riders got physical injuries.
Shortly before the final Open DH Skateboard the rain did not last to fall, restoring the road conditions same as morning: the 4 finalists were invited to make a further warmup by the race director Matteo Fioretti.
The final part run smoothly and 100 meters from the finish line out the last left, Stefano Barbizzi bend in the lead followed by Giorgio Garino that started to gives few big push trying to go despite of the sustained speed: 100 meters were enough to overcome Stefano right before the finish line and Giorgio win not only the fourth round of the Italian Championship but also the title of Italian Champion Downhill Skateboard 2016!
Final overtaking CIDHS 2016 Castelplanio, Barbizzi vs Garino:
The first words of Stefano at the finish area were: “It was the most beautiful run of my life” and it’s not hard to believe that seeing the stunning finish.
Unfortunately the weather condition was not digested by Marcus Aldinucci ending the final in fourth place: Marcus was first in the standings before Giorgio and he has seen his chances to become Italian Champion at this stage, after leading a fantastic season with commitment and dedication and it is certain for us that will come back stronger and more fierce than ever for 2017.
Third place instead for Alessio Damato, back from a quiet top speed of 122.7 km/h in Canada on his board, which concludes this Italian Championship in 2016 in fourth place on the overall standings.
It’s amazing and fascinating at the same time how everything can change in an instant, how the fate of a race can not be written until the finish line and how adrenaline can make any magic while going down on a board with four wheels.
See you at CIDHS 2017, but in the meantime, keep skateboarding fast!
Last year’s annual circuit was held only on Verdicchio Race, but 2016 Downhill Skateboard Italian Championship consists of four races. It is set up to be a tour that brings together Italian skaters and gives them even more roads to skate and a chance to win the title that is the Italian Champion.
CIDHS 2016 Race Lineup
The opening race in a 2016 lineup was Ambrose Downhill Challenge in the beginning of July in Valpolicella (Verona). The second race of a CIDHS circuit was Alto Rock race at the end of July, shortly followed by Euroskate 2016 in Teolo (Padova) in the beginning of August. The last race of CIDHS 2016, Castello Race will be held in September in Castelplanio (Ancona).
July 2nd – 3rd 2016, Valpolicella (Verona) – The Ambrose Downhill Challenge took place in Verona and opened this year’s Italian Championship.
Ambrose Qualification Results
During the timed qualifications, Giorgio Garino dominated the race with a time of 3.04,81. Right after him, Stefano Barbizzi had the best time of 3.08,56 and Marcus Aldinucci 3.09,81.
Ambrose Final Results
In Open Skateboard final heat, Marcus Aldinucci won the race, followed by Giorgio Garino on the second, Guiseppe Maltese on the third and Filippo Salerni on the fourth place.
In Women’s category two girls raced, Helene Folliard won and Giulia Bottazzin was second.
The Street luge podium included Luca Santolamazza taking the first place, Daniele Aldinucci taking second and Maurizio De Pollo taking third place.
2. ALTO ROCK 2016
July 30th – 31st 2016, Alto (Cuneo) – Alto Rock race presents the steepest track in the circuit with 22,72% grade. Race format is 2 man heats, first one down takes the win. The track is 1,9 km long and will definitely keep your heart rate up.
Alto Rock 2016 Qualification Results
After registering on Saturday, the riders dropped in for a warmup run and then started racing to qualify. Top five riders who qualified were Giorgio Garino followed by Stefano Barbizzi, D’amato Alessio, Castagnola Giorgio and Simeone Alessio.
On early Sunday afternoon as the weather was better then expected, twenty riders gathered on the start line and started racing, head to head in two man heats.
Alto Rock 2016 Final Results
Giorgio Garino won the final run racing Stefano Barbizzi. Marcus Aldinucci placed third by winning a race with Alessio Simeone.
Hellene Folliard had an accident during a qualifying run and couldn’t race so the first place was left to Giulia Bottazzin.
Maurizio De Pollo won a street luge podium, Daniele Aldinucci placed second.
3. EUROSKATE 2016 (TEOLO)
August 4th – 7th 2016, Teolo (Padova) – Roll Club Padova organised another successful edition of Teolo Euroskate race, joining inline downhill skating and downhill skateboarding for the 13th time already.
Riders were racing in a usual 4 man heats format with timed qualifications on a 1.6 km long road with an average incline of 12 percent.
Teolo Euroskate 2016 Qualification Results
In Open Skateboard category, Giorgio Garino had the best qualification time 01: 59.271 and broke a 2 minutes threshold. Filippo Salerni was the second fastest with time 02: 00.693 followed by Marcus Aldinucci with 02:00.861.
In Women’s Skateboard category, Giulia Bottazzin was the fastest girl on the track with 02:12.643 followed by Hellene Folliard with 02:17.559 and young newcomer from Lazio, Felici Azzurra with 02:24.786.
In Junior Skateboard category Mariano Conti was racing solo and crossed the line with the total time of 02:04.600.
Teolo Euroskate 2016 Final Results
In Open Skateboard final heat Marcus Aldinucci crossed the finish line first, Filippo Salerni was right behind him and finished second while Stefano Barbizzi and Giorgio Garino had a contact on the 4th hairpin and missed the opportunity for the win. Stefano ended up being third and Giorgio fourth.
Women’s Skateboard category racing was intense to the last hairpin where Hellene Folliard confirmed the lead and crossed the finish line first. Giulia Bottazzin followed by placing second and Felici Azzurra got third.
For the Luge category the challenge was determined directly with a final run of four riders: Daniel Aldinucci was the fastest and placed first followed by his brother Riccardo Aldinucci. Andrea Morellini placed third while Maurizio De Pollo crashed and ended up with the fourth place.
4. CASTELLO RACE (Coming soon)
September 17th – 18th 2016, Ancona – The last event in the Italian Downhill Skateboarding Championship tour will take place in Ancona. Standard race format of 4 man heats on a 2,1 km road and average gradient of 5,83% will decide who takes home the title.
At the time of writing this post, Marcus Aldinucci is on top of ranking list with 2700 points. Giorgio Garino is currently positioned on the second place with 2450 points. Stefano Barbizzi managed to get 2100 points and is currently on the third place. Source: CIDHS rankings.
Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels – Recently our buddy from Italy, Marcus Aldinucci got the Malaya Street Bombers longboard wheels for testing. These are fairly new on the market, first sets were offered for purchase in October this year. I was very interested to hear about how the Malaya Street Bombers perform so I hooked up with Marcus for a quick review.
The Malaya Street Bombers are 73mm big downhill oriented longboard wheels with a duro of 80a and an offset bearing hub. They have a 59mm contact patch, big lips and sharp edges for maximum grip. For now, these wheels come in poured with a white urethane formula named Malaya Race Formula (MRF).
On the first two runs, Marcus says they had a great grip while the slides were smooth and consistent right out of the box. After breaking them in they lost a bit of that initial grip but were still able to stick fairly well. At this point they became a great wheel for faster freeride as well.
The Malaya Street Bombers have a great roll speed and don’t wear down very much, Marcus says. It seams like they might be his favourite choice of wheel for the next year’s racing season.
After many runs on them, Marcus also tried skating them reversed and says the initial strong grip was back for another run. Naturally, due to the offset bearing hub, the overall truck width got smaller providing more grip and he was able to skate faster lines this way.
The Malaya Street Bombers are priced at around 50,00 $ and are currently not available for purchase in European stores. If you want to order a set of these get in touch with the Malaya Street Bombers crew on Facebook.
Often to be seen slaying local hills with his Gipsy homies, Patrick hit some races this year and managed to place himself on the 27th position in IDF’s European rankings in Open Skateboards category. At Verdicchio Race he did awesome by winning the Italian FHIP Championship.
The highlight of my racing season was the Verdicchio Race. I won the Italian Championship and was so stoked about some pros paying the respect. Yeah swaggers! Haha! ~ Patrick
He managed to finish off the season by messing up his ankle on a miniramp while failing a Rock to Fakie. Bad luck, I guess. We hope to see his gangsta-ass back on the board again by the start of the season 2016. Get well soon bro!
DL Aerolid Design
As mentioned earlier, in the video Patrick features David Lombardi’s DL MACH 1 aerolid helmet. We’ll release an interview with David soon, taking a closer look at his awesome creations, so make sure you stay tuned for that. In the meantime, you’re welcome to follow DL Aerolid Designs via Facebook.
David won the Italian Championship in 2014 wearing this helmet proving it’s functional design and quality. Desinged in 2013, the DL Mach 1 was created with a fusion of his earlier models Snake and Vaiolet.
DB Longboards – Keystone 39
DB’s Keystone 39, a progressive downhill and freeride longboard deck features a comfortable radial concave with micro drops to keep you locked-in in every situation. In case you wanna get funky, it has a fully functional kicktail. The boards is constructed with a poplar core, triaxial fiberglass reinforcement and carbon fiber stringers thus providing you with a stable stiff and lightweight platform.
As this is becoming a standard in the industry, Keystone also features a poured urethane at the tip and tail to protect the core in cases of hard impact and preventing potential delamination. It’s fully sublimated graphic is infused directly into the thermoplastic base, you’ll be able to enjoy it forever.
To finish it off, here’s what Patrick says about it.
The Keystone 39 is my favourite board so far. It’s nose and tail protection makes it indestructible. The concave is very comfortable and thanks to the micro drop it features, I don’t have to use a footstop anymore. It’s a perfect board for my skating style. ~ Patrick Lombardi
During the summer holidays Mirko Paoloni (@pinguz23) had the chance to hang out with his homies, the Majanal Crew from Rome, Italy. Andrea Cararo, Lorenzo Carosi and Mirko spent most of their time scouting Rome’s surroundings for some new hills and found amazing downhill runs they’ve never skated before. Watch the guys rip and grip while enjoying a classic day up on the hill.