Longboarding news – 23rd November weekly roundup

Looking to get informed on the latest news from the world of longboarding? Check it out below. Here is a roundup of the most exciting events from the last week.

23rd November Weekly News Round-up

Latest videos:

Diego Poncelet – Improvised 100kph run

Diego Pon just dropped a very cool looking raw run/edit on his Instagram page. Check it out here. A motorbike follows him down this 100kph run and they pick up some interesting shots and definitely a refreshing take on the worn-out car follow-cam dynamic.

Elias Koch – beautiful dance flow

Elias Koch just dropped a new edit on his youtube. Elias has an effortless flow to his moves and this edit was nice to watch – he makes g-turns look damn easy. The video was beautifully shot too and I recommend all longboard check it out, anyone can all appreciate his flow and effortless style. Check it out below.

Seismic Skate  Systems – new downhill edit!

Yanis Markarian just dropped a great edit through Seismic skate. Certainly a refreshing take on the typical downhill skateboarding edit, and one of the best I’ve seen this year. I know I’m gonna be watching this again and again.

P2s and Pasters

Straight out of North Carolina, Kyle Peterson just dropped this eye-candy of an edit through Lukewarm media. He films Kenny Nap flowing down this run on Aera P2s and Powell Pasters. It’s nothing special, but there’s just something satisfying about how each shot is captured. Check it out here.

Bumpy Longboarding in Bristol

Bumpy Hales from Bristol, UK, dropped this cool, creative edit of him shredding the local spots. Bumpy has a very creative style, mixing and matching the longboard disciplines. Check out the edit here on his IG TV.

Brand news:

Zenit drops merch

Zenit just dropped merchandise on their website. Go grab one if you’ve always wanted a Zenit sweatshirt or T-shirt.

Hyo Kyojoo on Champion

Hyo Kyojoo can’t be stopped! This time she’s working with Champion, featuring on their Instagram page. It’s not the first time Hyo has worked with a mainstream brand, she’s been on Vogue and worked with some other fashion brands. But it is always nice to see longboarding of any form in the mainstream.

Rider news:

Choose your rider!?

Emily Pross started a really cool skate trend on her Instagram. Rachel Bagels (skatebagels) and Lisa Peters (a7x_liesje) followed suite. They’ve basically made “Choose your character” reels with them dressed up differently. It’s just cool, creative, and fun to watch.

Pat Dort joins Descent

Pat Dougherty joins the Descent longboards team. Pat is one of the best American free-riders right now. He absolutely kills it in the North Carolina scene, skating America’s gnarliest road with grace and steeze. Wishing him the best. Check out a great video of Pat below.

Hans Wouters – Pop High. Stay Fly

Hans just dropped some fresh merchandise! It’s something he’s been planning for a while and he’s finally put it out there. If you’re a fan of his channel and his content, consider buying one to support him. He also dropped a new Youtube video to help him promote it. Have a look below. 

 

Longboarding news – 15th November weekly roundup

Continuing our new segment, below are all the exciting things that have happened in the world of longboarding this past week. Check it out.

What’s new in Longboarding?

Latest videos:

Landyachtz live – cleaning bearings/Dexter Manning interview

Landyachtz brings us another great video, it seems we’re going to be getting a live video weekly from them. This week, we get an interview with DangerBay 2020 winner Dexter Manning. He talks about what he did leading up to the race and drops some interesting information about his equipment.

Alex Hannigan also walks us through how to clean bearings and we get info on the new Landyachtz boards through Ed Avina.

North Carolina Downhill Skateboarding – NCDH

North Carolina is the mecca of downhill skateboarding. With runs and long downhill roads around every corner, it’s no surprise they have the most active downhill skateboarding community in the USA.

NCDH is the local downhill skate crew. Check out their latest edit, featuring locals thrashing the roads over there.

La Ficelle Skateboard Club

Tired ofthe traditional mountain downhill skateboarding runs? Check out this edit of these boys ripping it in a Swiss town. This is a refreshing take on downhill skateboarding and it is very fun to watch.

 Get That Podcast

Get That is a downhill skateboarding clothing brand based in Australia. They have a weekly podcast where they talk about all things downhill skateboarding. 

This week, they take on questions from the community, with a feature from the 2019 downhill skating world champion.

Powell-Peralta Dragonskins review

Downhill254 just dropped a review of the Dragonskin wheels. If you’ve been a part of downhill skating for a while, you surely know how hyped up these wheels are. This review is both exciting and does a good job of demystifying these wheels.

Race at the Knobb!

Park Vidmar just dropped an edit from his local outlaw race. Outlaws are unofficial/unsanctioned events that downhill skaters put on, just as a way to get those race juices flowing. Parker does an outstanding job of capturing the vibes in this edit. Check it out.

Gear news:

Valkyrie trucks tease Halloween themed gear and adjustable baseplates

Valkyrie trucks dropped some limited edition colorways of their Voxter trucks. Pick them up now if you wish to stand out of the crowd.

They’ve also teased that they will be releasing adjustable baseplates for their trucks soon! Exciting stuff.

Loaded Boards monthly give away

Loaded boards does a monthly give away on their Instagram. They do it at the beginning of every month. Be sure to follow them if you’d like to take part. you can win some goodies if you’re lucky.

New Moonshine boards in 2021?

On an Instagram live video, Moonshine team manager Brandon Desjarlais teased that new Moonshine boards will be available in January of next year. Did he mean new, new Moonshine boards? Or just a renewal of stock? It’s not clear, but either way, it’s exciting news.

Aera trucks tease a mini k3!

In an Instagram post, Aera teased the release of a 160mm version of their K3 trucks with an updated bushing seat. They’re doing this to celebrate 10 years since the K3 was first produced. This is great news. The Aera K3s are highly sought after trucks, and some of the best made for freeride. With the new narrower versions, they’re going to be more suited for the narrower modern boards.

Brand news:

Longboard girls crew changes directors

LGC changes directors. Isabella Motta will be taking over Valeria Kechichian as the director of longboard girls crew. Valeria has been in charge of the brand since it’s inception and has built up LGC to be what it is today. Interesting to see what the change of hands brings to the brand.

Longboarding news – 13th November weekly roundup

This is a new segment! I’m going to be bringing to you the hottest, exciting, and most interesting longboarding news. Check it out to stay updated.

What’s new in Longboarding?

Video news

Brandon Desjarlais – welcome to the team

Brandon Desjarlais doesn’t disappoint, he is always creating content. Though most of you may know he’s on-going dance and freestyle trick-tip videos, he just recently featured in one of the latest Paris trucks video. Check it out.

 

Paris welcome to the team video:

 

 

Brandon Desjarlais trick-tip video:

 

Nate Blackburn –  Anti-reviews

We’re all familiar with product reviews. Admittedly, they can be kinda boring to watch and often not that good – some people simply regurgitate the product specifications. So Nate is doing some “anti-review” videos, which are quite entertaining. Check it out his “anti-review” of the Powell Peralta Snakes below.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHHFoX0JuTt/

 

Caliber trucks – recon

Caliber trucks just dropped a new video. They’ve been up in the Californian mountains all summer and this is a summary of what they’ve been up to. I love the vibes in this video. Worth the watch.

 

Josh Neuman – ASCENT

We finally have a new Josh Neuman video. He just dropped the first video of a series. It features some longboarding and other cool lifestyle stuff. It’s inspirational. Check it out in the link below.

 

Competition/Race news

Danger Bay

With all this Covid nonsense, racers have been all but impossible to pull off. Most races these days are small outlaws attending by locals. However, Coast Longboarding was able to put together the annual Danger Bay race. It was an exciting event to watch live. You can catch the recap below. Congrats to Dexter Manning for the win.

 

Broadway bomb – Titus Lazare wins

The broadway bomb went down this year in NYC. Surprisingly, Keifer Dixons 9 year streak of winning got beaten. Titus Lazare beat him to the finish and has made it into the Broadway bomb hall of fame. Congratulations.

 

Board news

Landyachtz – new Dinghy designs

Landyachtz just teamed up with a new artist to make some fresh designs for the Dinghy. I honestly think they look pretty cool hehe and it’s more difficult than ever to choose between them now. Read about it and check out the boards here on the Landyachtz website.

 

Pantheon – Jeff tinkering and teasing new board designs

Pantheon has been teasing all sorts of new boards and showing off CAD designs on their Instagram. If you’re a fan of Pantheon boards, pay attention, and contribute as Jeff (the owner) is asking for a lot of community feedback on shapes, design, and flex. You just might get exactly what you want on a Pantheon board.

 

Comet Orbiter – riders finally getting their boards

Everyone who pre-ordered the Orbiter earlier this year is finally getting their hands on the boards. The complete caused some controversy when it got dropped earlier this year, really dividing the community, with a lot of people saying it was a dumb idea and other supporting. Well, all we wait is for rider feedback from those who got their hands on it.

Rider news

Cole Trotta joins Prism

In a shocking (and not so shocking move) Cole Trotta joined Prism Skate co. What’s shocking about this is just a few months prior he dropped a pro-model with Descent longboards and shortly after ended the sponsorship them. A bit of a bizarre move, but a sign of internal disagreements. Cole recently joined the Prism skate co team. All the best to him.

How to get Started with Dancing in Longboard

Looking to get started with longboard dancing? Look no further, today’s article is a longboard dancing guide to help you figure out what you need to do. 

 

I’ll cover everything from the sorts of boards you need, and I’ll even direct you to some useful tutorials.

What is longboard dancing and how to get started?

Longboarding dancing is essentially stepping on your board in various ways, throwing in some flashy moves, and making it all flow in a graceful way. For a good example of what longboard dancing is, check out the video below.

 

 

Just to make the distinction, “freestyle” longboarding is more when the wheels leave the ground. Ollies, flip tricks, and grabs are all freestyle tricks. And yes, whilst they are different you can mix both the dance and freestyle styles. However, this article will focus on dancing primarily and will present boards better suited for dancing over freestyle.

 

So what do you need to get started? All you need is an appropriate board, a willingness to learn, some tutorials and you can get started easily enough. But most importantly, you need to make sure you get the right type of board, not just any will do. 

Why you need to pick the right type of board

There are loads of different types of longboards and they’re all suited to certain types of disciplines. If you get an inappropriate board, you won’t have enough room to do footsteps, the deck might turn too suddenly, the wheels might roll too slowly, and it might not even have a kicktail. In short, you need to be careful about what you pick. Check out my guide below to find out more about the right type of deck for dancing.

 

What type of board do you need for longboard dancing?

The deck should be the right size

Most longboards come in sizes between 36-40inches. Longboards for dancing are usually much longer and tend to fall between 40-48inches in length. They tend to be this long so you can have enough room to do cross-steps and all sorts of moves on the deck.

 

Finally, this added length gives them a smooth turn. They aren’t very nimble, but they have a gentle sort of turn that makes them easy to balance on and ride.

 

For freestyle, most decks are about 40inches in length. This gives you some room to dance on them, but more importantly, makes them lighter and easier to pick up to flip and throw around.

 

The deck should have a bit of flex

Flex is when a board flexes under your weight. Most dance boards will have a bit of it.

How much flex you want in a board is down to personal preference, but most dancers favor flexy boards. This is what you should go for as a beginner.

 

Flex allows you to do a ton of footwork without really putting any input to your trucks. It allows the board to feel stable and not too twitchy when you’re doing quick footwork across the board.

 

Board manufacturers will often have different flexes for the same board. This is because flex varies depending on your weight. If you’re light, you’re going to want the softest flex. If you’re heavy, the stiffer flexes will be more suitable. Be sure to check the product guides when buying a relevant board.

How do trucks affect the ride?

The best trucks for longboard dancing are gonna be about 180mm wide and will have a baseplate angle of 50*. These two things will give the trucks a lively feel. They’ll be able to turn a lot but will have a very smooth lean. It will be easy to hold turns on these and the trucks won’t suddenly twitch when you’re doing quick foot steps.

What about the wheels? Will any do?

For dancing, you’re going to want a wheel that will roll quickly and that will roll forever. Wheels that can do this have two main features – they tend to have a large diameter and are made with a high-quality urethane (urethane is the rubbery material that the wheel is made from).

 

A large diameter means that a wheel can keep its speed and momentum. It will roll forever even after pushing it a little bit. This will allow you to do a ton of moves without your board slowing down too quickly. You’re going to want a wheel between 66-70mm in height.

 

Finally, a high-quality urethane will allow the wheels to roll fast and maintain their speed. Low-quality, low-rebound wheels don’t allow this. Low-quality wheels behave almost like flat tires, and this prevents the wheels from picking up speed and going fast. High-quality wheels are like tires full of air. They will pick up speed easily and maintain it.

 

Most wheels from reputable brands will be high-quality and good for dancing.

 

What about the components?

If you manage to buy high-quality boards, the components will likely be premium – you won’t have to worry about replacing anything. The only real customization you might have to do is upgrading the bushings – but that isn’t super important for most people. And though I’ve mentioned this, it isn’t something to worry about – unless you’re a super light rider.

What are some good tutorials for longboard dancing?

Now that you’ve got your board, you should get started learning to dance. But before you get too far, you should make sure you have the riding basics down first.

 

Check out the video below. Learning to push and carve are keys to skating. They’re essential building blocks to dancing.

 

Easy longboard dance tricks to learn

Once you’ve mastered cruising, an easy trick to move on to is the cross step. Check out Hans Wouter describing how to do it below.

Where should you practice?

What you need is a smooth flat space, that has enough room for you to turn and skate a considerable distance. Here are some good spots think about:

  • Empty parking lot.
  • Empty basketball court.
  • Empty roads in your neighborhood.
  • Empty school yards etc.

What are some good boards for longboard dancing?

Seething 42 Inch Longboard 


Coming in at a price just under $80, this is an affordable board. It will be good for beginners getting into dancing on a budget. It will also be good for cruising and other types of riding too.

 

The deck is made from 9plys of Canadian maple. It is on the stiffer side of flex and will be better for heavier riders wanting a more sturdy ride. It has a length of 42inches and a width of 10inches. It has twin kicktails. This board will be good or both freestyle and dancing. It has a ton of room so footwork won’t be difficult to do on it. 

It comes with 7inch trucks and 70mm wheels. The trucks are a bit on the narrower side, giving this board a quicker turn. 

 

All in all, this isn’t a decent board. It is best for someone who wants a hybrid board good for other stuff (think freestyle) as well as dancing. I have to say the components aren’t the best, but you get what you pay for. If you want something affordable, it is hard to pass up. Check it out here on Amazon.com.

 

Seething 42 Inch Longboard


If you’re looking for a similar board like the one above, but in a different color, check out these versions here on Amazon.com.

 

You can get some in exotic colors ways with different geometric designs. If you’re looking for a board with simple, but eye-catching graphics, they are worth checking out.

 

 

AODI 46″ Longboard Skateboard 


Costing just shy of $80, this is the best budget board for dancing on my list. It comes in the traditional dance shape, with twin kicktails and an appropriate length.

 

With a deck 46inches long and 10inches wide, this board will have a ton of room. You’ll be able to pull off cross-steps with no problem as that length leaves nothing to be desired. What might hold it back is the 7plys of construction, meaning it won’t be super flexible. This is fine as it will probably flex under heavier riders (it has a max weight of 250lbs), but won’t flex at all for lighter riders. 

When it comes to the wheels, this board has 85a hard 70mm wheels. These are quite appropriate for dancing, they’ll roll forever and will give a good feel when dancing.

 

Whilst the flex holds it back this board is quite good for the money. It is a great option for a heavier rider looking for a board on a budget but will be good for a lighter rider if they don’t mind the stiffness. Find out more about it here on Amazon.com.

 

Movendless YD-0016 Longboard 7 Layer


Another board more suited for freestyle and cruising, this one comes in at 41.75inches in length and 10inches in width. It has a single kicktail and features a tiny bit of flex. It costs slightly more than $130 so it’s on the expensive side of the spectrum. 

 

The board comes 6 inch wide trucks and 60mm tall, 80a wheels. These are great if you’re looking for a fast-rolling board that has a nimble turn. The wheels on this board light up when you roll them, so it’s a nice feature if you plan on skating at night or to stand out when you’re skating with others.

 

I would say this board isn’t worth the money. It is better suited to freestyle with the smaller 60mm wheels and smaller trucks, but you get about the same with the Seething above. The Seething is also better value for money I feel, where this is expensive. But this board has a better graphic and would be my pick if I was doing more cruising than freestyle. Find out more about it here on Amazon.com.

 

Magneto longboard


Coming in at just over $130, this is a great board for dancing. Unlike the AODI above, this one is made with bamboo and will have more flex. It will be good for a lighter rider looking for a flexy board, or a heavier rider looking for a REALLY flexy board.

 

The deck comes in at 46inches in length and 9inches in width. Whilst a bit narrower, this narrower width won’t hold it back – only people with really long feet might suffer but it should be good enough for most people. As I mentioned earlier this deck is made from bamboo, this gives it a nice bounce and flex which is pretty good for dancing. It will also be nice for cruising and will give a comfortable ride.

 

Component wise, the Magneto is pretty good. It has knock off Paris trucks, and whilst they won’t be as good as the originals, they will feel pretty good when skating. When it comes to wheels it has 70mm wheels, these are the best for dancing as they will roll for a long time and you won’t struggle when pushing them.

 

This has to be the best overall board on my list. It should fit most budgets and will work well for both heavy and lighter riders. If you’re on a budget and need something decent, this is hard to pass up. Check it out here on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

Volador 40inch cruiser


If you’re interested in cruising more than dancing, this is a good option. You’ll still be able to do some footwork and dance moves, but it will be limited. The deck on this isn’t very suited to dancing.

 

Coming in at 40inches in length, this board has a drop-through style of mounting. This means the trucks are mounted on top of the deck as opposed to underneath as they are on the other decks listed here. This mainly changes how they turn, making them turn a bit slower but smoother. This often feels a bit weird for dancing as the turning can feel delayed and awkward, but should be ok once you get used to it.

Finally, the drop-through mounting lowers the board to the ground. This makes pushing, foot braking, and just generally riding the board easier. It’s ideal for cruising.

 

If you want a board primarily for cruising, this is a good choice. The drop-through mounting makes it ideal. It will be stable and easy to ride. However, it isn’t the best choice for dancing. You’ll do better with the other options above.

Check out the Volador cruiser here on Amazon.com.

 

 

What do you think? Which board is best for you?

If you’re still mulling over which board to pick, I highly suggest the Magneto or the Aodi. The Aodi is great if you’re on a budget and if you want a stiffer board. The Magneto is the better option, but it will cost you a bit more. You can go wrong with either though.

 

Longboard Magazine EU is now Longboarding.co!

We’re happy to announce that as of today, longboardingmagazin.eu has re-branded to longboarding.co

Rest assured, all the longboarding, downhill, and freestyle news, tips, and reviews will continue flowing, but this time with a wider scope that the european market.

As the current pandemic has forced us to stay largely in our homes/cities, we’ve decided to open up our community to the world, which doesn’t make sense with our previous domain name and branding.

As always, we welcome all your feedback and look forward to keep promoting the best longboard skaters in the world!

Keep on shredding,
The longboarding.co team

Globe + Cohda Deck Chair Backs

Globe + Cohda’s recent collaboration has culminated in the Deck Chair

Founded in 1994, Globe often pushes the boundaries of the norm. This allowed Cohda the freedom to explore new, value added products outside of Globe’s typical market streams whilst maintaining the company’s image as one of the market leaders in designing and manufacturing premium skateboards.

Globe + Cohda Deck Chair Tatoo

The resulting Deck Chair is the first in a range of designs for those who are more comfortable on a deck than a chair but appreciate good design, bold styling but aren’t catered for by mainstream brands. With the current furniture markets and trends set to same and safe mode, the Deck Chair aims to disrupt the conventional and offer something unique.

Globe + Cohda Deck Chair Parts

Much like a skateboard deck, the Deck Chair’s wooden components are cold-pressed maple veneers and uniquely shaped to accept a heat transfer film to the rear. This allows for a limitless range of bold, custom graphics, meaning chairs can be as expressive as the skateboards they’re based on. The folded steel legs are engineered to float on rubber bushings normally found on skateboards trucks, allowing the chair to flex for comfort.

Globe + Cohda Deck Chair Detail

This combination means the chair uses a minimal number of components in its makeup so can be flat-packed for ease of shipping, assembled with standard hex keys, and easily disassembled and recycled at the end of its life.

Globe + Cohda Deck Chair

Globe + Cohda Deck Chair Footprints

Long For Board

LONG FOR BOARD – Longboard clothing brand for girls who skate

WHO RIDE THE WORLD? GIRLS!

Ever heard of LONG FOR BOARD? Well you better catch up, if skateboard or longboard is your thing. In a world dominated by guys, skating girls should feel unique and express themselves to the fullest potential. Why not do it with clothes? LONG FOR BOARD is a newly launched clothing brand created by a woman for women who love skateboarding and longboarding.

The brand was developed in response to the challenges faced by girls and women while looking for comfortable and good quality pants. The simple idea is to provide girls with a possibility of choices, of freedom of movement, comfort and joy while skateboarding. Its objective is also to help them let go of all the limitations. We know that everything is in your head and it’s your own personal victory when you face your fears when skating. Why not do it feeling comfortable and appreciated?

The pants are made from natural, elastic and breathable materials, including cotton and elastane. The cut of the pants allows a great range of movement and each pair has a secret pocket, where you can hide your little treasures or a smartphone. They are available in colors that perfectly match other clothing sets and they will for sure meet the expectations of even the biggest fans of minimalism. On the other hand, the hidden color details will make a nice surprise when no one expects it.

All the models in the LONG FOR BOARD shop were created to give respect to great women figures in our history: OPRAH, ELEANOR, DIANA, ANAIS. You can appreciate them and you can learn from their histories and words of wisdom they had left behind. Women are smart and brave and we want to shout about it!

Every new pair of pants is tested by the brand ambassadors of LONG FOR BOARD – Katarzyna Hajdan (longboard), Agata Halikowska (skateboard) and Ophelie Lahouille (longboard). The clothes are manufactured in Poland, where the brand originates from. You can check out the offer on the website www.longforboard.com or drop by for a fitting in their showroom in Warsaw if you happen to visit – Longboardshop Polna 30a street.

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DIANA Black Women’s Skater TrousersSlim fit cut, high rise, 7/8 length, slightly tapered leg, natural and elastic fabric (98% cotton, 2% elastane).
Long For Board
67,00 €

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OPRAH Brown Women’s Skater TrousersClassic chino cut, high rise, straight leg, natural and elastic fabric (98% cotton, 2% elastane).
Long For Board
67,00 €

Come meet the Long For Board Girls Crew – check out the Instagram longforboard or Facebook longforboard.


Written by Paula, LONG FOR BOARD

Is The Downhill Skateboarding Scene In Trouble?

The last few years have been pretty tough for longboard producers and retailers. This year feels like we’re about to hit the bottom as the number of riders dropped to its lowest since 2009. Many businesses shut down because they simply couldn’t manage to survive on such low numbers and now the crisis has finally reached downhill skateboarding events.

Google Trend for Longboarding search term.
Picture: Google Trend for “longboarding” search term

During their Annual General Meeting, IDF (International Downhill Federation) reported a small growth in the number of their members in 2018. They had 1111 members in 2017 and 1146 members in 2018, which is only 35 members more. Compared to the total number of members, the small improvement is basically insignificant and also represents the smallest growth in the number of members since 2013.

Looking at the number of IDF members attending the races, there were only 78 more members attending the races. The improvement is again very small compared to the drop the events have been experiencing since 2015 when IDF had 1667 members and 1047 of them attended the races. To sum it up, compared to 2015, IDF now has around 521 members less and 429 racers less.

Last year’s incident at an IDF sanctioned race in Brazil, where a rider tragically died in a collision with a vehicle on the race track, seems to have affected the rest of the IDF races around the world too. So far, there’s only one rider from Brazil listed on IDF Kozakov Challenge riders list.

Kozakov Challenge struggling, KnK Longboard Camp already near full

For as long as of 2009, Kozakov Challenge (Czech Republic) has been to racing what KnK Longboard Camp (Slovenia) has been and still is to the freeride scene. A little over a decade, these two events had led the scene by having the best organization, best racing track and attracting the biggest numbers of riders.

Other noteworthy events, like Alpenrauschen (Austria), Velefique (Spain), Gioasteka (Switzerland) followed closely but never really got to hit the big numbers like KnK Longboard Camp which was running as a two weeks long event for 10 consecutive years. In 2016 it reached a record attendance by hosting more than 450 riders from across the globe.

Recognizing the drop in the number of riders attending the events, as organizers of KnK Longboard Camp, we decided to reduce the event to only one week this year in order to avoid struggling to fill it up or potentially being forced to cancel one of the two weeks. The decision proved to be good since, at the time of writing this article, we have 228 riders registered for the event out of a 250 riders limit. The numbers are still good and we are more than happy but the current numbers show that the general number of riders reduced more than expected.

It looks like KnK Longboard Camp will once again count the biggest number of riders and while the target of 250 riders is not far away, there’s still a solid month till the event. It just might fill up.

However, Kozakov recently had to make an announcement on Facebook urging riders to sign up in case they intend to participate in the race.  This obviously shows that there are no riders around, otherwise, they would normally already register.

Currently, Kozakov’s riders list counts 128 riders and they are still far below their usual attendance at around 200 riders. Considering that Kozakov’s announcement came out less than a month prior to the event the timing is quite tight.

Another European IDF race, Transylvania DH falls short with only 31 riders currently listed on the IDF riders list. The organization of the Transylvania event also took a blow earlier this year as the two main organizers decided to split ways. In order to organize a quality event and provide with sufficient safety, more than 31 rider registration fees will be required, so we’ll likely see this event fading out in the near future unless they come up with the money elsewhere, like from the sponsors.

Do we need more events?

As the number of riders was growing in 2016, more and more people started organizing events around Europe hoping to make a few extra Euros on a side or even make a business out of it. Some organizers stretched as far as organizing 4-5 events in a season and not giving a damn if that’s maybe too much.

However, the bigger number of smaller, unsafe and not properly organized events will not likely do much for the scene but will bring it further apart as the riders stay limited to their local scene instead of connecting internationally as they used to a decade ago.

On the other hand, this is a good situation for the riders since they are able to attend the events by having to spend less money on traveling.

Anyway …

Could event “sponsorships” help keep the scene going?

Looking at the event sponsorships, the situation becomes even more worrying.

Before we can continue talking about so-called “event sponsors”, we have to clear up one thing: Businesses are not “sponsors” at an event … They are “advertisers”. They pay for the exposure, the right to be present with their branding and to interact with the riders at the event.

Unfortunately, since longboarding businesses are run by skaters and not marketing wizards, they failed to recognize this throughout the whole decade. Obviously, they didn’t have to pay much attention since the sales where OK and nobody really expected the good times to end so suddenly.

Compared to other sport industries, longboarding brands always managed to get away by “paying” the advertising with goods by giving a few decks to the event organizers. Obviously, for a smaller event, everything they can get their hands on will come in handy, but for big event organizers who actually have to provide with big media teams and much more complex event organization, a few pieces of gear is basically not sufficient compensation.

However, there were and still are a few brands left who are actually paying some money for the services delivered by the event organizers but their involvement is getting smaller from year to year as they make up excuses like “We are a small company and don’t have money”.

To sum it up, instead of investing in the scene to help it grow and promote their business, producers and retailers are cutting their financial involvement even more which doesn’t help anyone. After all, who can blame them when at this point they are basically fighting for their own survival.

Will skateboarding at the Olympics save the day?

The hopes are now all-in on the Olympics, hoping that someday downhill skateboarding will be a part of it and the sales will pick up where they stopped in 2016 … But let me ask you something – Does it really make sense to take an effort and include downhill skateboarding while, compared to other sports, there’s basically only a handful of downhill skateboarding riders around the world?

Thanks to less investing and thanks to the declining number of riders in general, we might see even more events disappear in the upcoming years while those who manage to stay intact might raise their prices.

Who can we blame, for real?

While this article is not aiming to blame anyone for the drop in the number of riders attending the events, probably the only thing we can all blame is the generation shift we started experiencing during the past few years.

Those who started skating back in 2009 when the boom started, are now 10 years older and most probably have other interests in life like a serious job, kids and so on … In simple words, they are not skating as much as they did and one thing the event organizers started noticing is that they are not coming back to their events.

Instead, there are more underaged riders on the scene. They are still in schools and they are financially still dependent on their parents. Getting the gear, traveling to an event and paying the registration fees is a big expense that’s only growing from year to year. Next to that, one thing to note is that they don’t own driving licenses or cars yet, making it so much harder for them to travel around on their own.

Finish line

What can we do now to make it better, you ask?

It will take a great group effort to get the scene back to where it was in 2016. The biggest events like Kozakov and KnK Longboard Camp will most likely continue running as usual but the advertisers will eventually have to step in or the number of riders attending the events will have to increase. Otherwise, the remaining riders might end up paying higher registration fees which could lead to the attendance to drop even further.

Rather than organising smaller events to continue breaking up the scene, it could be much better for local riders to organise classes and demo days in order to introduce new people to the scene.

Process to Pavement - KebbeK Skateboards

Process to Pavement – KebbeK Skateboards

We all know KebbeK by its fun loving, adventure seeking, hill bombing spirit, but what goes down in the background includes a world of head scratching and creative thinking that provides the masses with a means to pursue their passion.

KebbeK Skateboards strives for perfection in every little detail, whether it’s the board features, graphic designs, apparel or their international team of riders pursuing podiums or that one new trick one just has to land.

Their latest video features both worlds, indoor and outdoor, that results in the perfect lifestyle we all seek. Joey Binder, KebbeK’s brand manager we all know and love from KnK Longboard Camp, spends his usual workdays in their new store and headquarters in Montreal which they launched earlier this year.

In the video we see Joey infused in his work while designing new boards and also glimpses of the store showcasing the KebbeK Skateboards 2018 board collection under the artsy led lights.

The video evolves into shots of their team rider Jordan Wells taking his brand new Tabarnak deck paired with KebbeK’s Tepakan wheels for a spin. After a few trials and errors, his efforts definitely paid off.

A few shots later Jordan switches his board for the 2018 Dig Deep with a pool/bowl inspired shape and a beaver graphic. This skateboard has a squared off nose, great for all kinds of different grabs and a nice pocket on the tail for stable foot placement while doing sick wall rides and grinds as Jordan does in the video.

Video by Fool Media
Rider: Jordan Wells
Sound Engineering: Lora Bidner

STANT - New longboard clothing brand

STANT – A new longboard clothing brand from Poland

Like almost every other brand, STANT is a skater owned project. It came alive from the need for change and improvement but most of all just doing something the way they want it to be done.

One day they just rolled with it, figured out a name, chose a RAT for their logo and started working. All of which resulted in their first collection named STREET&TRIP.

DESIGN

Their goal is to stay basic, comfortable and at a certain distance to the popular streetwear fashion, which brought the collection together.

Since they really wanted to do things their way, all of their products are designed and made from scratch with the help of clothing technicians and material specialists. Sewing and applying graphics is also made in Poland – no shortcuts.

PRODUCTS

STANT’s first lineup includes two T-shirts models, two sweatshirts models, and socks. Their classic T-shirts are made from 100% premium cotton in a standard cut with a well-fitted neck welt. These are designed in light colors for a clean and fresh look.

Their second model of what they call Impact T-shirts is made from a thicker cotton reinforced with elastane, that flows with the movement of the rider and offers a higher durability for skating. It features a looser fit neckline and shorter sleeves. The Impact T-Shirts are available in darker colors for a loose and relaxed feel.

Their crewnecks and hoodies provide a minimalistic and clean look, made from a lighter material. The double stitching on critical areas provides that extra durability, while a special kind of weave makes them a great choice for chilled summer evenings.

STANT - New longboard clothing brand
STANT – Skate socks

Their sock models provide a mixture of white elegance and sports style, that dries faster, provides better traction and all around wearing comfort.

All in all, they choose a simple lineup of products they would want to personally wear, products that make the person wearing them feel good. One way or another, they’ve mixed those worlds together to achieve something different.

COMMUNICATION

Apart from the materials, cuts, and designs, STANT wants to communicate through skate life situations which most of us encounter on daily basis. Their graphics are crystal clear to some and completely ridiculous to others. The whole point of the brand is to be able to identify with your individual passion in a less obvious and more fun way.

Like every upcoming brand, STANT has plans and ambitions, but their goal is to keep it mellow and relaxed. If you like the concept visit their website for more information or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Icone Attacks Longboard Deck

Icone attacks with the new Icone Attacks!

Icone Longboards introduced their new Icone Attacks longboard, a downhill and freeride deck, adapted to fit the needs of riders with smaller feet, which is also easy to stow when traveling thanks to its compact size.

Mostly downhill decks are designed for bigger sized feet, the main reason for it is probably that men outnumber women in the sport of downhill skateboarding. Being a skater with smaller feet, I learned how to deal with wide boards over the years. But as my riding got better and faster, I wanted to know what it feels like to have a narrower shape under my feet.

So of course, the first thing I tried was to cut the sides of one of my old decks to make it narrower. The result was a true eye-opener. I felt a lot more comfortable doing fast changes between toeside and heelside slides on technical roads which helped me improve my skills a lot.

Seeing me so happy made Icone Longboards consider properly designing a deck that fits the needs of downhill longboarders with smaller feet.

Anna Pixner and I are in fact two riders on the Icone team that belong to the group of female small-footed skaters. Anna also travels to attend races all around the globe, that is why she wanted a board that is as compact as possible to make traveling easier.

The result is the new Icone Attacks, a compact full shape deck that is 83.5cm/32.9″ long, 23cm/9.05″ wide and weighs 1.5 kg. As you can see from the specs, this board is lighter, narrower and shorter than most other downhill longboards.

Furthermore, the board offers 0.8cm/0.3″ rocker and wheel wells with a comfortable, mellow concave that is not limiting or annoying. The wheelbase options range from 62 – 65cm / 24.4 – 25.6″ and ensure a direct riding behavior with lots of turn.

Of course, you can rely on the usual Icone quality with their unique, entirely built-in 3D core construction that provides extreme torsional stiffness despite the compact size of the board.

I have been testing the Icone Attacks for several months now. In that time it has accompanied me on skate travels, where it proved to be super handy on the go, as well as long-lasting and functional on rough pavement conditions.

The narrow shape helped me improve my freeriding skills since my foot position is exactly how I need it, and also on technical race tracks the board has not let me down for it is as stable and precise as one can only wish for.

To learn more about the Icone Attacks longboard deck, visit www.icone.at.

Col Du Galibier - Photo by Alban Pernet

Col du Galibier Longboard Opening

After a harsh winter, the mythical passes of the French Alps were opened and it was time to visit Col Du Galibier between Savoy and Hautes Alpes for the grand longboard opening!

The crew said goodbye to their snowboards and skis and replaced them with their longboard gear to tackle this sixth highest mountain pass, with an altitude of 2,645 meters above sea level.

To us the high peaks, the altitude, the lunar mountains and the endless runs that bend are home to the most enduring riders.

For me these kinds of sessions are moments of true expression, while the riders Pierre Hardillier, Benjamin Sornin, Alex Martin, Yanis Markarian, Elton Vejux, Augustin Joan Montes, Alice Bonnet and Arnaud Tisserand got a chance to enjoy their freedom, and together the whole trip took on another dimension.

Photos by Alban Pernet Photographiste
Website: www.albanpernet.com
Instagram: @albanpernet

Partners: Blackkross longboard, Fastboa, Entre Couzs Collectif

Alpenrauschen 2018: Dominic Schenk & Ian Freire | ROCKET Longboards

Alpenrauschen 2018: Dominic Schenk x Ian Freire Raw Run

If you couldn’t make it to the event, you can check out our coverage from BigMountainSkate’s Alpenrauschen here: Part 1 and Part 2, and get up to speed with everything that happened in those 4 days in Tauplitzalm, Austria.

During the event, the ROCKET Longboards team riders were on point, stacking numerous clips, either filming themselves or filmed by Mirko Paoloni with a follow car. One of that film runs is the one you got to see right now featuring Dominic Schenk (Switzerland) and Ian Freire (Brazil) sending it stand up at around 90 km/h.

Dominic and Ian met each other in 2015 during the RedBull No Paws Down where they competed with each other in the finals. That year Ian took 1st place and Dominic 2nd, but in 2017 Dominic took home the gold. Soon after their first RBNPD race, they became good friends and Ian Freire joined Dominic on the ROCKET Longboards team two years later.

In the video we could see how comparable these two “champions” are with their almost synchronized flow, both targeting the fastest and most technical lines. This really is a match made in skate heaven.

Both Dominic and Ian have their own pro model deck, handmade in Switzerland by Daniel Iseli, the founder of ROCKET Longboards. Dominic’s deck of choice in the video is his pro model the ROCKET Domination, while Ian took his Ian Freire Pro, featuring ROCKET’s LAF technology, for a wild spin down the Alpenrauschen track.

Besides Dominic and Ian there were 4 other ROCKET team riders on the track; Danilo Porto, Till Heiden, Dave Süess and a new team rider who has yet to be announced.

Alpenrauschen 2018 is organized by BigMountainSkate and presented by ROCKET Longboards, with additional support by Sk8bites and TSG.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

During December 2017, I made a road trip through downhill paradise known as California together with Patrik Orlainsky. We got to skate many amazing roads, but this article is going to be about a very special one: The Tuna Canyon Road hidden in the Malibu mountains right at the outskirt of Los Angeles.

I compiled my experiences for you and edited a video of me skating this hell of a run, so you can see what I’m talking about.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Patrik sending it full speed into the most photographed corner on Tuna. Photo by Susan Heine

What’s so special about it you ask? Firstly, it is a one-way road, so you can be sure there won’t be any upcoming traffic. Secondly, downhill skaters are known and tolerated there which makes it even more fun. And finally, the course of the road is freaking crazy, challenging, unique, and so much fun!

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Enjoying the inside on the one-way section. Photo by Patrik Orlainsky

Like always, if you’re planning to skate spots in other countries, hit up locals to let them introduce you to spots so they can let you know about where and when to skate and how to behave. The downhill scene in Los Angeles is big and if you go to Tuna on the weekend, you can be pretty sure to meet some skaters.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
My Icone Longboard taking in the sunset view from the top of the Tuna Canyon Road. Photo by Susan Heine

The local skaters usually gather somewhere before the one-way section, so we used to start the run in a two-way traffic section. That’s where you should take it easy and save your energy for what’s to come. A stop at the big cactus is obligatory to take in the stunning views.

Once you’re on the one-way, you can cut corners and take the most amazing inside lines. The track starts quite mellow but becomes steadily faster and more technical. The whole run takes about 10 minutes in total, depending on how fast you go.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky
Patrik’s deep inside the Tuna Canyon. Photo by Susan Heine

Coming from Europe, the pavement feels strange in the beginning. The so called “slurry seal” is quite rough and therefore wheel-and-puck-eating, but you get used to it.

Unfortunately, the shuttle ride back up to the start usually takes about 35 minutes, since you can’t go directly back up, but must take a detour around the mountain and it’s totally worth it.

I’m riding the soon to be released Icone Attacks longboard with SKOA Vertex trucks with support of Longboardshop.eu.

Aleix Gallimo - I'm Gonna Downhill Forever. Photo by Mikel Echegaray

Aleix Gallimo is gonna downhill forever

With a boom of XYZ media channels we are able to feast our eyes on a lot of downhill skateboarding visuals. Some are more noticeable than others while the rest hold great memories of a certain era.

Well, Aleix Gallimo is not a media crew, but he is a downhill skateboarder, graphic designer, videographer, tattooer and what to him is most important, a father.

He’s been skating so long he doesn’t even know the exact number of years. Currently he’s living high in the north of the Spanish Pyrenees. His valley called Benasque is surrounded by up to 3000 meter high mountains with plenty of epic descents.

What he truly loves to do is downhill skateboarding, that’s why he is preparing an ambitious project for the 2018 IDF racing season with the aim to help the downhill community and give it the exposure he thinks it needs.

Our industry is running low so we need to put more effort into trying to raise it up. If we don’t do it we’ll be stuck like this for a long time.

One of the reasons he sees a problem with the industry is the amount of people wanting a sponsor without giving anything back. He feels that while it’s great to support skaters, brand owners should know how to support them in a sustainable way. In the role of a skater, he decided to take a more ”hands-on” approach…

What is I’m Gonna Downhill Forever?

Before describing his project to me he said he still remembers a few years ago when longboarding was growing rapidly, brands were getting strong and helped the riders by working with them closely. At the time riders got a chance to travel the world, mixing up different cultures and styles and promoting the sport in different countries.

I work hard to travel, learn and achieve the things I do around the world. That gave me the opportunity to learn from the best and see what exactly is important and what’s not. This is also the reason why I started I’m Gonna Downhill Forever.

This year while attending all IDF events, Aleix wants to show ‘’outsiders’’ how dh skaters meet, travel, learn, have fun, challenge themselves and portray the sport as, what most people would agree with, the best time of our lives.

Aleix will attend races on four continents; Asia, Europe, North and South America, during a 6 month period. He will start the project in the Philippines, followed by South Korea, later head over to Europe to attend IDF races in Romania, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain. He’ll visit the US twice and end the season in South America, Colombia, Peru and finally in Brazil.

Aleix Gallimo - I'm Gonna Downhill Forever

During his travels he plans on producing 1 video from each country, 3 quick blog type stories, online streams from freerides and races, and end his project with a final video to recap the whole tour. Besides races, he will also visit other countries along the way. All together he plans on making around 32 videos.

Where can you watch it and how to support it

The I’m Gonna Downhill Forever media will be showcased online, through his personal website and social media channels. For the final World Tour video he plans to have it screened in designated skate shops in order to give them and the local scene support.

I’ll try to show this sport as raw as I can and let people know it’s like other sports, you just need to learn the basics and go step by step and then boom, you’re deep in a fun thing that will bring some of the best times in your life.

At the end of our conversation, Aleix said that so far he has some help from his sponsors and he is going to invested his own hard earned cash, but the project is big. He hopes to receive donations to make this a reality.

For sure I’ll do my best to accomplish this project because I think it’s really important for our sport. My own sponsors help me with the basics for racing, but don’t cover the project. To make this happen I need help with the filming gear, work and I need to pay people for their work on the project.

Because the project is still in the beginning stage Aleix welcomes you to join and help out by donating. To do this visit the I’m Gonna Downhill Forever GoFundMe page.

Aleix Gallimo is supported by Long Island Longboards, Venom Skate, Atopic Supplies, Hondar Longboards, Osteobenas and All Year Longboard.

Photo by Mila Zasou

What can the history of skateboarding teach us?

I came across a video of a guy who owns 5000 vintage skateboards. The guy’s name is Todd Huber and he is a skateboard collector and founder of Skatelab, which is a museum, a shop and an indoor skatepark.

Here’s the video:

What was the most interesting to me was not the number of skateboards he had, but how much the history of skateboarding was present in the collection.

Because this sparked my interest, I did some reading. That is why I compiled a short history lesson for you guys. At the end, you’ll find some pointers of what I learned in the process of writing this article.

The 50s marked the invention of skateboarding. As a spontaneous movement of multiple people, kids started making their own skateboards from planks of wood, nailed with roller-skates. Back then, if you wanted one you had to make one and kids started messing around in their parent’s garages.

In 1957, Alf Jensen’s “Bun Board” was the first commercial skateboard to be produced. The number of boards sold was manageable, and the metal rollers mounted on this board never broke through. The board served as a model for the first skateboard that was produced in 1959 by the Californian company Roller Derby Skate in large numbers. ~ Alex Lenz in his upcoming book The Lost History of Longboarding

By the 60s, clay wheels got introduced and replaced the metal wheels used before. The trend of skateboarding was high, but it soon kinda died. You can imagine why – skating on clay composite wheels was probably horrendous.

Back then, skateboarding wasn’t considered a sport, nor a hobby, it was just something a few kids did and the majority of adults were not paying attention to it. Multiple companies at that time separated from skateboarding because too many kids got hurt and it wasn’t good for their image.

In 1964 Jim Fitzpatrick, the first member of Makaha Skateboard team, which at the time produced the clay-wheeled skateboards, went on a two-month tour, traveling all over Europe to promote skateboarding and his brand.

He was also the first person to skateboard underneath the Eiffel Tower. In an interview I found, he said he skated there for about an hour while people gathered around him in a circle clapping. Later he carried his board to the top of the tower. In the ”Cult of the longboard” article in Trasher July 1995 magazine issue the author mentions Fitzpatrick as someone who personally introduced skateboarding to Europe.

During the sixties, kids were skating barefoot as grip tape wasn’t yet invented. Some of the wooden boards had grooves for extra traction, but you guys can guess how little that helped. The Randy 720 was the first shoe designed for skateboarding back in 1965. But the evolution of skate shoes has its own history.

Around that time Patti McGee was featured on the cover of Life magazine, the first skate magazine popped up called SKATEBOARDER magazine (which only put our four issues, but got renamed and relaunched in 1975), people started skating pools, vert and the first skateboard organization was formed.

In contrast, many shops stopped selling skateboards as they were considered too dangerous by public officials and cities started banning skateboarding on the streets.

In ’69 Larry Stevenson, the founder of Makaha Skateboards mentioned above, patented the kicktail enabling the evolution of skate tricks we know today. He, however, didn’t get much out of it as only a few companies decided to pay the royalties. Because of this, his patent later got ruled as invalid.

By the early 70s, Frank Nasworthy introduced a small batch of the first urethane wheels named Cadillac Wheels. The Dogtown and Z Boys era began and Alan Gelfand performed and named the first ollie.

Thought the seventies trucks also got their prime time when Ron Bennett built one of the first trucks specifically designed for skateboarding. Freestyle and slalom was a popular thing and the invention of the Stoker trucks created something for downhill. With the invention of the reverse kingpin trucks in 1977, longboards were as stable than ever.

Dennis Shufeldt in 1975 photographed by Warren Bolster
Dennis Shufeldt in 1975 photographed by Warren Bolster

Based on the info I got from various sources, the sport split into two branches: skateboarding and longboarding somewhere around this time period.

The story returns back to Jim Fitzpatrick. He worked for Powell Peralta in the 80s and 90s on the Bones Brigade and with the invention of the VHS the first skate movies got recorded. He also worked as a writer and production assistant for what came to be known as “The Savannah Slamma,” produced by Thrasher Magazine.

In the early 90s longboarding took off as mass production of the boards started in the US. Around that time sub-disciplines like freestyle, slalom, long distance and downhill gained momentum.

With the invention of the  World Wide Web in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee the promotion of skateboarding soon wasn’t limited to the only word of mounth and printed magazines.

The bottom line

And what can we take out of this brief history lesson? Well, quite a few things actually…

Be an active member of the community.

The influence of skateboarding teams and individuals was huge. Skaters back then did skate demos, talked with people and portrayed the sport the best way they knew how. Like some brands and individuals do today, organizing skate sessions, beginner classes, longboard events, and other meet-ups, still has massive value.

Attending local and international events is also has importance. Normally this is the only way to skate in a controlled environment and push your limits without the risk of ongoing traffic. It’s also a great chance to meet other skaters and make new friends.

Promote responsible and safe skating

By putting out media, one can be responsible and educational by raising awareness about safety gear and skating within your limits. Posting videos of one nearly escaping a collision with a car might get a lot of views, but the bigger picture is more destructive than positive.

Connect with the media outlets you like

Why not can connect with and support the magazines, websites, and blogs you like? They are there to distribute and present your content, support the sport and present it in an objective manner to a wider public. If you want to promote longboarding to the masses, don’t just settle with your limited circle on socials.

Help and support beginners

Every skater also has a chance to educate others. So many times beginners bought a cheap longboard, road it once and then stopped because it wasn’t what they expected – just like the situation with the clay wheels.

Be open-minded and connect with others. If you have a newcomer on your local skate spot, teach him/her a thing or two so they get a push in the right direction. With the basics, they can start practicing on their own just like you did and actually learn a lot faster.

Together we can provide a positive environment without hate or judgment and show newcomers and the general public that longboarding is not as dangerous and as lawless as it looks at a first glance.

KebbeK Skateboards store opening in Quebec

KebbeK Skateboards launched a new store in Québec

KebbeK Skateboards launched their new headquarters and store in Montreal, Québec. The grand opening was last Friday, on February 16th, 2018, and at the same time, it was also the release party for Skate[Slate] Magazine Issue 36 which features KebbeK’s team rider Ben Dub on the cover with a photo made by a photographer John Rathwell.

KebbeK’s store stands out with a modern and simplistic design, something that we’re not used to seeing with other brands from the niche. The decks are put on a display inside of the transparent boxes, probably made of glass, lit up with led lights and treated like a piece of art that they are.

Our home is your home. Walk into the new Kebbek headquarters/gallery/boutique and be apart of the conversation. We would love to hear from you, share a high five, and most importantly….go skate. ~ KebbeK Skateboards via Facebook

If you’re visiting Montreal, make sure you make a stop at 4257 Rue St-Denis and check out the KebbeK decks, latest apparel and grab a free copy of the Skate[Slate] magazine.

Here’s the photo gallery from the opening…

Photos by Alexandre Brault

Pete Connolly's Guinness World Record. Photo by Harfang Wheels.

Pete Connolly in the Guinness World Records as fastest downhill skateboarder

It’s been a few months now since gravity sports enthusiasts gathered in Canada to take part in the second L’Ultime Descente – Top Speed Challenge.

Top athletes from 9 different countries and in 6 categories gathered in an attempted to break the world top speed records while descending down a 2 km long track with the maximum grade of 18%.

L’Ultime Descente – Top Speed Challenge 2017 record holders. Photo by Louis Laliberté Photographie.
L’Ultime Descente – Top Speed Challenge 2017 record holders. Photo by Louis Laliberté Photographie.

The top speed in the inline category was reached by Game Holm and his 132.19 km/h, Cédric Touchette reached 126.31 km/h on his gravity bike, Frank William reached 150.41 km/h on his buttboard, on a street luge Damian Andrey reached 163.88 km/h and with a street sled Diego Campos Gasparelo went as fast as 159.29 km/h.

The fastest speed recorded was from Doug Anderson and his gravity car reaching a whopping speed of 164.13 km/h.

The fastest downhill skateboarder on the track was Pete Connolly who descended down the track at a top speed of 146.73 km/h (91.17mph) and beating the unofficial speed record of Kyle Wester. The fastest female skateboarder was Emily Pross who beat her own record with a top speed of 135.00 km/h.

Now, Pete Connolly got recognised by the Guinness World Records and officially became the fastest downhill skateboarder, making his mark in the history books and setting the bar for new world speed record attempts.


RELATED: Kyle Wester sets a downhill skateboarding speed record and hits 143.89 kph.

Just a day before L’Ultime Descente where Pete Connoly achieved a whopping 146.73 kph, Kyle Wester set an unofficial downhill skateboarding speed record of 143.89 kph.

Photo by Guillermo Suarez

The City Council of Madrid wants to ban skateboarding

Yes, you heard right, the City Council of Madrid wants to prohibit skateboarding in their first draft of a new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance which caused quite a stir amongst local skateboarders and longboarders.

The content of the draft which aims to regulate traffic in the city and fight against air pollution, prioritizes pedestrians, limits traffic, and banes skateboarding from its streets.

If the draft becomes valid, the use of skateboards will be limited only to skateparks. This means it would be illegal to push around on roads, sidewalks, pedestrian zones, and even bicycle paths.

In contrast, scooters and motorized skates (Segway’s, electric scooters etc.) would be allowed at a pedestrian pace, if not exceeding 20 km/h.

Although cutting down traffic and trying to limit the harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions should be applauded, one could argue that banning skateboards as a means of transportation is plain nonsense. We all know it is a great alternative to get from point A to point B whilst burning only a few calories instead of fuel or electricity.

There is a petition going on against the draft here and the citizens of Madrid can also express their opinion in an open debate on the City of Madrid website.

Skate United a project by James Kelly

Skate United – A project for refugee kids in Europe

The story of Skate United started back in 2015 when its founder, James Kelly, traveled to Lebanon to host skate sessions in Syrian Refugee camps. The trip ignited a spark to do something even though at the time James didn’t exactly know what that something was.

There I saw the extent of escapism and bonding power skateboarding can offer first hand. No one had seen these kids so happy in months. Just a simple skateboard offered them an escape, something all skaters can relate to. The children and I shared in this experience a few weeks before their home got hit by a suicide bomber, I still pray for their safety. ~ James Kelly

Fast forward to February 2017, James manifested that spark into Skate United, a non-profit humanitarian project that brings displaced refugee and local children together through the power of skateboarding.

Since then James, with the help of his Dutch friends, Tom Boerman, Roseanne Steeneken, Dineke Cornelissen, Aron Rovers, Max Grosfeld, Deen Mondt and Lisa Peters, successfully hosted ten sessions in three different refugee camps, helping 45 kids assimilate and escape from their daily frustration.

I want to bring to these children that have been through hell some escapism. And
eventually have them skating with the local kids to break down any political ideas about each other before they get formed.

James’s plans for the future involve growing the project one step at a time. Currently, it is only limited to the Netherlands, but he plans to someday bring it to every refugee camp in Europe by creating trustworthy relationships.

So far the activities of this project were organized without funding. If you want to get involved or donate to help the cause, visit the Skate United Facebook Page or get in touch with the crew.

Longboard Trip to Cuba by Riding Adventures

Longboard Trip to Cuba by Riding Adventures

Due to the economic blockade of Cuba, the Cuban skateboarders do not only have a hard time getting the gear they need, but they are also deprived of visibility in the worldwide community.

In October 2017, the Riding Adventures crew travelled to Cuba to connect with local skaters and help them tie the bonds with the international longboard dancing & freestyle scene.

There are no skate brands present in the country and there are no skateshops. The economic situation is quite bad. That’s why the Cuban skaters mostly rely on getting the skateboards from foreign skaters who visit the country and bring some gear with them. Riding Adventures did the same and also delivered some of the much needed skate gear.

Riding Adventures - Longboard Trip To Cuba

Riding Adventures wants to prove that this sport does not understand what borders mean and also, that the union between riders is a connection that goes over any cultural or political context.

The Riding Adventures did a hell of a good job documenting the Cuban skate scene while maintaining the focus on the positive things and showing how stoked the Cuban skaters are regardless of the many challenges.

Riders: Charlie Disfruta, Daniel Sam, Sergio Evans, Borja Allue, Pablo Nicieza, Luis Creo, Chano Sebastian, Toti, Rafa Ordovas, Jay Alexis and Juanjo Cano.

Film by Borja Allue.
The project was supported by Flamingo Sunglasses.

Follow Riding Adventures on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

KebbeK Skateboards welcomes Emily Pross.

KebbeK Skateboards welcomes Emily Pross

Yes you heard it right, the faster female downhill skateboarder Emily Pross from New Jersey joined the KebbeK Skateboards family.

Before we left off to visit ISPO, the biggest sports trade fair located in Munich, KebbeK Skateboards released a teaser photo of their new pro team member which got people guessing who it is.

It was a few days later that KebbeK welcomed Emily Pross to their pro team. Emily is, like all their other team members, something special. In the past years she has set the bar for other downhill skateboarders across the globe with a friendly but competitive spirit and reaping the rewards of her hard work.

KebbeK Skateboards welcomes Emily Pross to their pro team. Photo by Khaleeq Alfred

She is not only a three time IDF Women’s World Champion but has also actively competed in the male dominated Open class. She won 3rd place in Open at the Laguna DH race in Mexico (with a broken toe), proving that determination and skill is all that matters. Last year’s racing season she finished 9th overall in the Open class.

Kebbek supports the core skate scene and really does a great job at promoting all kinds of skateboarding. The team is a family, supporting, and encouraging each other. It was an easy decision, to say yes to that kind of atmosphere.  ~ Emily Pross

As for her new chapter with KebbeK Skateboards, Emily will soon be riding on her two new pro model boards (more news coming soon).

We wish Emily and KebbeK all the best in this year’s and future racing seasons.

Simon Lechner - steepthroatrip4two. Photo by Felix Pirker.

Simon Lechner throwback to the Island trip #steepthroatrip4two

Do you ever think about past skate trips and remember all the good times and the steep roads you’ve skated? Well time sure flies and it’s been almost over three years since we dropped out Steep Throat trip video featuring Simon Lechner, Mariano Conti, Eugenio D’Alò and me, Mirko Paoloni.

We had so much fun on the island that we couldn’t resist going back a second time after a year.

Simon Lechner - steepthroatrip4two. Photo by Felix Pirker.

Endless roads with super smooth pavement and unique turns were surrounded by amazing landscapes that made every run we had unforgettable.

Simon Lechner - steepthroatrip4two. Photo by Felix Pirker.

Although skating and generally having fun was our main interest, we also found some time to stack some clips and create new awesome shots that never saw the light of day.

Now two years later, Simon Lechner decided to make a small recap of our trip out of those shots. The footage may be considered old now, but there are some shots that just needed to be shown.

For the trip Simon chose his top mount the Javelin by Sector 9 paired with Gullwing Reverse trucks. And although the Island’s pavement offers smooth slides with almost every wheel, he chose to go sideways even smoother with RAD Glide 82a and Advantage 80a wheels.

Simon Lechner - steepthroatrip4two. Photo by Felix Pirker.

What made the whole trip even better was the fact that we were travelling with a professional photographer Felix Pirker, who made us look good in every shot he took. Besides that, he also shuttled tons of runs!

Check out the video and enjoy the Island vibes with us!

*If you  couldn’t get enough also check out our first video here.

Cloud Ride Wheels - Claudio Jerico shredding the Eternal City

Cloud Ride Wheels present Claudio Jerico in the Eternal City

This summer I stopped in Rome for a few days to spend some time with the homies from the Majanal Crew. I met up with Claudio Jerico, a member of the crew and together we spent an afternoon testing the Cloud Ride Slusheez wheels Claudio received a week earlier.

Cloud Ride Wheels present Claudio Jerico shredding the Eternal City
Claudio turning left through the cracks in Rome. Photo by Mirko Paoloni.

We picked up Mariano Conti right after he finished school and drove to the only spot they have in town. The spot offers a pretty mellow run with a few hairpins with f****ed up concrete, a metal gully and numerous cracks on the road. But as Rome skaters say – skate it or hate it!

Cloud Ride Wheels present Claudio Jerico shredding the Eternal City
Pushing sideways through a nice neighbourhood. Photo by Mariano Conti.

Check out the video and enjoy the amazing landscape and flow of our beloved Majanal Town a.k.a Rome.