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.

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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.

Easy Riders - a Polish longboard movie by Elwira Iwanowska feat. the Szopa Team

Easy Riders – a Polish longboarding movie

Easy Riders is a medium length longboard movie, as the second of its kind, originating straight from the heart of the Polish longboarding scene.

It all started when Leszek Brzozowski, a polish longboarder, started working in the Szopaszopa skate shop and soon after wanted to form a group of individuals with the same passion and drive to promote downhill skateboarding in Poland.

The Szopa team now includes 10 skaters from different disciplines who see longboarding as a way of life rather than just a pass time activity.

And because of this attitude they support the core scene with dedicating their time to sharing their passion and experience with others who want to join in on the fun.

Easy Riders is a collection of hundreds of shots, dozens of tricks, slides and raw runs that Elwira Iwanowska hand picked and organised into an almost 30 minute long edit.

Behind all of the runs and higher speeds, behind tricks that were mastered in hundreds of attempts, stands something far more solid than any bone broken on this path.
It is the passion that liberates, the unlimited freedom that comes from accomplishing each and every goal regardless if it’s a faster, more technical hill or new, more demanding and painful to learn trick. Elwira Iwanowska

Easy Riders is primarily a story about passion, adventure and dedication. It is also a true inspiration for anyone who is just starting his or her longboard adventure. At the same time Elwira describes it as a reminder about what the board really is and what it’s all about.

Although it is not a high end production with 4K imagery and drone shots, Easy Riders presents the soul of longboarding and takes us back to the time when crews were more inviting to newcomers.

To complete the recording of the whole riding season, Szymon Stergiadis (Sterru) provided his original music, which creates a soundtrack that unleashes the unique style of every rider featured in the video.


Edit:
Elwira Iwanowska
Music:
Steru / Szymon Stergiadis

The #szopateam members are:
Wojtek Alfawicki,
Leszek Brzozowski,
Bartosz Hałasek,
Patryk Jakieła,
Marcin Piwnik,
Mateusz Wiącek,
Maciek Wojciechowski,
Mateusz Wojciechowski,
Wojciech Wojciechowski and
Bartosz Zawadka.

The riders featured in the movie represent the following brands:
Alternative Longboards
Luca Longboards
Brygada Kasztan
Longboard Mania
Tuck Brothers
Longboat
Volante Wheels Poland
golongboard.pl

Skate legally thanks to Sbanda Brianza

Consonno – The first legal downhill skateboarding spot in Italy

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.

Legally skate thanks to Sbanda Brianza

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.

Skate on!

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

KnK Longboard Camp Energised by the KebbeK Wheel of Misfortune Party

After four days of intensive riding on the Bear’s Guts, riders have been re-energised by more sunny weather, daily challenges and a vivid evening party with the KebbeK Wheel of Misfortune.

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

Besides the commotion and excitement at the party area, the four kilometres long track featuring 18 hairpins, 2 longer straights and hidden bonus sweepers wore down riders wheels and their legs. A huge crew of 17 course marshals keep the track policed while two ambulances were ready to provide assistance and patch up road rashes.

In between the 11 runs we did today, skaters chilled at the top and walked around the pop-up skate village where they could enjoy some tech talk with the board manufacturers behind KebbeK Skateboards (Joey) and ROCKET Longboards. At the bottom they could treat themselves to nice fresh slices of watermelon and think about their lines.

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

The KebbeK Skateboards Wheel of Misfortune is something else: a crudely built, badly painted wheel spun by unlucky contestants who then have to face up to tasks prepared by Joey Bidner and Sebastian Schneider.

Last night Tom Campbell, a member of our crew, fell victim to the wheel and was forced to change a set of wheels while Joey and Schneider rubbed onions in his eyes. The other contestants found themselves with boards taped to their bodies, beers taped to their hands or even eating whole lemons for some nice goodies, decks and wheels.

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

Landyachtz Longboards is running the new Dinghy a Day where every single day, one challenge winner gets a Dinghy mini cruiser.

Yesterday selected riders had their legs and arms taped together for a bunny hopping race. Out of the five hopping riders, three fell and one lucky contestant managed to make it to the finish line and claim his prize.

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

The day before we had a hippy jump contest which of course the dutch freestyle experts won; Sickboards team rider Robbert Van Haaften took away the Dinghy and is ready to race it down the track on the last day of the first week with the other winners.

To keep the fun going, KebbeK also produced a new game called the KebbeK Fun Factory. Teams of two must collect points by carrying out tasks on video and submitting the video evidence to Joey.

The tasks include things like writing fanboy poems and reciting them on stage, skating down the Bear’s Guts in their underwear and amongst other things chugging beer. What keeps the teams pumped up are the grand prizes of a free ticket to Bela Joyride and next year’s KnK Longboard Camp.

The last few days of the event have been packed with so much excitement but the big show is still yet to come. We have the KebbeK Go Tuck Yourself race tonight, the ZublimE concert tomorrow night and the Red Bull No Paws Down 2017 World Championship on Saturday.

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

With the past winners coming back to defend their title and new competitors hungry for the money prize, the race will surely keep the spectators and riders stoke levels up.

For all of you who couldn’t be here with us, be sure to tune in for the Longboard Magazine’s livestream on our Facebook page for a first row seat of the action!

KnK Longboard Camp 2017 is presented by KebbeK Skateboards.
Shoutout to all sponsors for supporting #knk2017!

Sickboardshop
Landyachtz Longboards
Fibretec Skateboards
Cult Wheels
Alternative longboards
Orangatang Wheels
Original Skateboards
Remember Collective
ROCKET Longboards
Root Longboards
TSG Protection
BTR Leathers
Olson&Hekmati
Sk8bites Shop
King Lui Boards
Madrid Skateboards
Freerides.org
Skate[Slate]

Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 2

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp begins in the summer heat

We are a third into this years KnK Longboard Camp with 2 sunny days on the track. A fresh batch of riders arrived this morning onto the hill, some still recovering from hangovers from Kozakov world cup.

Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 2

Although the weather looked questionable at sunrise the clouds broke to a sunny day with riders pouring down the hill. Only at the very end of the day did we see rain showers, by which point riders were tired. However the rain did not stop the energy of the event; the stoke level remained high and the runs fast.

Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 2

Currently a few of the more race orientated riders like Emily Pross and Alex Dehmel are pushing ahead and rallying the course while the Worlds top freeriders are not far behind nailing the course stand up.

Rob & Maga McWinnie have arrived to prepare for their Red Bull No Paws Down race and excitement is building for the ultimate battle of skills.

The top of the track has become bigger than the village of Osilnica itself, complete with a takeaway fallafel stand, Sk8 Bites skate shop, ROCKET longboards stall and KebbeK Skateboards stand and fun factory.

Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 2

Awesome times are being had and the spirit among the riders is high. Mirko Paoloni is busy filming and captured some awesome footage. Over the years at KnK Longboard Camp riders have been continually pushing it, going faster and pulling off even more ridiculous slides and this year is no exception.

One of the continuing spirits of the event is the large family feeling. With riders coming from as far as Russia, Canada, Australia, South Africa and South America we are still as stoked to be the meeting place of this large international family.

Riders from the age of 11 and up rally the hill alongside the older KnK veterans all looking for a week or two’s escape from reality. KnK provides just that with parties every night, meals together and a caring attitude among all the riders.

Joey Bidner from Kebbek comes back every year and professes to his love for unlimited runs at KnK.

I mean for us (KebbeK) its the best event in the world. No other event has so many riders interacting with each other in a safe space for a week Joey Bidner

Check out KebbeK’s 25th Anniversary board series here.

Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 2

As we move into the evening the sun is shining yet again and riders are enjoying food at Hotel Kovač. Tonight we look forward to the party and the Slivo in the party area with bright thoughts of summer skating in our minds.

KnK Longboard Camp 2017 is presented by KebbeK Skateboards.
Shoutout to all sponsors for supporting this legendary event!

Sickboardshop
Landyachtz Longboards
Fibretec Skateboards
Cult Wheels
Alternative longboards
Orangatang Wheels
Original Skateboards
Remember Collective
ROCKET Longboards
Root Longboards
TSG Protection
BTR Leathers
Olson&Hekmati
Sk8bites Shop
King Lui Boards
Madrid Skateboards
Freerides.org
Skate[Slate]

Get stoked, it’s time for KnK Longboard Camp 2017

Brandon DesJarlais, Arthur Friedrich Schmidt, Dominic Schenk, Ian Freire and Fionn Kraft mobbing down the Bear’s Guts track at last year’s KnK Longboard Camp. No hype, as real as it gets to be. Filmed by Rob McWhinnie and edited by me, Mihael Zadravec.

Fun fact about this video is that at first the camera was not set up properly and video is blurry as you can see from the video. Luckily, Brandon noticed this and mentioned it to Rob, who adjusted the lens. Great catch, Brandon 🙂

See you soon!

KnK Longboard Camp 2017 is presented by KebbeK Skateboards.
Shoutout to all sponsors for supporting this legendary event!

Sickboardshop
Landyachtz Longboards
Fibretec Skateboards
Cult Wheels
Alternative longboards
Orangatang Wheels
Original Skateboards
Remember Collective
ROCKET Longboards
Root Longboards
TSG Protection
BTR Leathers
Olson&Hekmati
Sk8bites Shop
King Lui Boards
Madrid Skateboards
Freerides.org
Skate[Slate]

Thank you for supporting, watching and skating the Guts with us 🙂

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

The Nomad Life with KebbeK team rider Emmanuelle Daigle

With the nomadic lifestyle becoming more and more popular and because we, as skateboarders, are used to travelling the globe in search of different skate locations, I caught up with Emma Daigle to talk about her travelling experiences and to know more about how she sustains her active lifestyle.

Meet Emma

Emma Daigle is a 20-something skateboarder, traveller, yoga instructor and artist. She’s known for her nomadic lifestyle, hitting the road every chance she gets in search of new experiences and enriching her life with travelling.

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

She just got back from a month long trip in California, skating the famous Tuna, a local go-to skate spot. But as soon as she got back, she already started planning her next trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.

Last year I’ve met Emma briefly at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp, her last stop on her mini euro tour. She travelled through Sweden and Austria beforehand, visiting freeride events and enjoying some random skate trips to the mountains.

I hit Lillehammer, Almabtrieb and KnK. I enjoyed going to less events and skateboarding more. It was the best of both worlds. Link up with people at events, catch up and then run off into the mountains and skate from dawn to dusk. Non-stop.

In between events she also went rogue with an improvised Kebbek Skateboards team trip in Austria, driving around and skating epic mountain passes.

Better Weather Tour by KebbeK Skateboards
A shot from the Better Weather Tour by KebbeK Skateboards

Isac Printz, Jurgen Gritzner, Benjamin Sabol and herself included explored the nearby Alps and filmed some skate shots for their soon to be released Better Weather Tour video. Don’t worry, we’ll feature it as soon as it comes out to keep you in the loop.

A sustainable travelling lifestyle

When Emma is not skateboarding, she likes to switch it up with other outdoor activities like rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking.

And because of her active lifestyle and her yoga skills, she’s able to sustain her trips by teaching yoga and doing odd jobs along the way. This includes anything from cleaning houses and construction work to random art contracts.

In our conversation, Emma revealed, she doesn’t look up jobs online but rather follows the ‘word on the street’ and even get’s multiple job requests via social media.

So far she didn’t feel the need to find any season jobs in Europe because she lives simply and travels on a budget. But I got curious and looked up season jobs online.

I found that there are many jobs available if you’re planning a longer trip through Europe. You can do anything from babysitting to teaching English, to picking oranges in Spain…but that’s a totally different article.

Connecting with new people

Being an open-minded person means Emma is always open to work on different projects that make her see things from a different perspective. She met Oreon Strusinski, an ocean photographer and the author of the pictures you see in this article.

I wanted to shoot with him to see what type of angles and ideas he would come up with given that shooting skateboarding on ‘land’ is not his main focus. It’s always interesting to have someone from another discipline come in and bring a new outlook to the sport.

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

Emma did the shoot on her current setup which is her pro model from KebbeK Skateboards, Paris Trucks 165s and Blood Orange wheels. Here’s what she has to say about it:

The board might look small but it’s nimble and surprisingly stable at higher speeds. It’s got a subtle micro drops which suction cup your feet to the board.
Its smaller size makes it perfect for the avid traveller.

Emma Daigle - The modern nomad

Future plans

For now, Emma is travelling through the US and simultaneously planning her next trip to Japan and China. Her focusing is on possibly making Asia her Fall / Winter reality, partially skate related and partially out of curiosity.

Hopefully, we’ll also get to see her somewhere in Europe if the wind blows hard enough 🙂

Mirko Paoloni – Hunter’s Spot

Mirko Paoloni – Hunter’s Spot

I currently live in Austria but sometimes I like to take a break for a few days and visit my favourite place in Italy, Lake Garda. In the past, I’ve spent a lot of time in Garda, discovering and skating different spots with my buddy Patrick Lombardi.

I discovered this road a long time ago but never had the chance to skate it, until now. It’s quite challenging with a constant decline and one steep curve following the other. The road itself is narrow, but that’s what I like most about it.

Sponsors: Cloud Ride Wheels, G-Form, easygoinc. Longboards, Urethane Burners, Moreboards.

Filmed by Patrick Lombardi.

Get In The Van and hit the road with Landyachtz team

Get In The Van and hit the road with Landyachtz team

If you loved Landyachtz‘s EH Team and Skate and Explore episodes, Get In The Van 2 will blow you away. That’s if you actually watch it since it’s 37 minutes long. But totally worth watching!

2017 marks the 20th year of Landyachtz. To celebrate we created a video that embraces all of the styles of skateboarding we love. ~ Landyachtz Skateboards

Riders featured in the video: Adam Yates, Alex Hannigan, Billy Bones, Bricin Lyons, Charlie Darragh, Dave Helmer, Dave Rudgers, Dexter Manning, Dillon Stephens, Ed Aviña, Keenan Macartney, Laine Jackart, Mackenzie Yoshida, Martin Gallegos, Nick Hurley, Nick “The Landyachtz Bad Boy” Breton, Riley Harris, Stephen Fitzmaurice, Stephen Vaughn, Steven Vera, Tim Mcclain, Troy Grenier and Zach Keller.
Film by Dave Leslie.

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Edoardo Barbi - LUCA longboards - Mono 39

Edoardo Barbi feat. the MONO 39 by LUCA longboards

Due to a right ankle fracture and several complications Edoardo Barbi (@edoardo_barbi) couldn’t skate for about 3 months.

“It was as if I didn’t have a foot on the deck, so weird!” he said, but finally he seems to be back full of stoke and energy for the season.

Edoardo is sponsored by Luca longboards, a Polish company that produces high quality decks and in the video, he’s riding the new LUCA MONO 39″ deck which he helped developing and testing.

LUCA Mono 39 specifications

The Mono will soon be available via www.lucalongboards.com. Until then, here’s a cool 3D preview and the basic board specifications…

LUCA longboards - Mono 39 3D preview

Length: 99 cm / 39”
Width: 25 cm /9.84”
Wheelbase: 65.4cm – 71.4 cm / 25.7″ – 28.11″
Concave: 1.25 cm / 0.49”

LUCA longboards - Mono 39

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No Man’s Land track by Patrick L. Lombardi

Amazing run down the No Man’s Land track by Patrick L. Lombardi

Patrick L. Lombardi gets the honour to be one of the first ones to send it down the No Man’s Land track in Slovenia. 8 kilometres,  80 sweepers and 5 hairpins are the reason we dubbed this event “endurance freeride”.

It took Patrick exactly 50 slides to reach the finish line where he did 3 more to slow down and finally stop. Pretty wicked if you ask me.

Filming the run on a road of this length was not easy, but we somehow managed to do it. Of course, we had the traffic supervised via the stations. The road was never closed for traffic, but in a case of a car coming up, Patrick was instructed to stop the run and continue once the road was clear again.

That is why at the end of the video you can see the shift in the footage, but I put it together so that it presents the whole track as it is.

Patrick is a team rider at Aera Trucks, Urethane Burners and Sk8bites. The dude shreds hard and with such passion…Not many riders out there can match his supreme freeride skills. Many thanks for joining the project, Patrick!

Huge thanks to Mirko Paoloni for the follow car filming.

Rider: Patrick L. Lombardi
Follow car: Mirko Paoloni
Edit: Mihael Zadravec (Longboard Magazine)
Music: “Air Around Us” by Chalk Dinosaur

PUSH 2 - Austrian Downhill Culture

PUSH 2 – Austrian Downhill Documentary

Michael Minks, a skateboarder and videographer, released his first longboard documentary titled PUSH “A Tirol Longboard Documentary” back in 2012.

Narrated by himself, the video featured Austrian longboarders traveling to longboard events, skate sessions and miscellaneous events that happened throughout the filming period.

Have a look at what longboarding was like in Austria 5 years ago for a feeling of how the scene evolved to what it is now.

The motion captured in PUSH showed a different angle of longboarding and a representation of the contrast of how it felt to go to a longboard event besides bombing an early bird run with your best friends.

Well, we all know how longboarding advanced in the last couple of years, bigger slides and faster speeds are all the rage now.

That is why Michael has been working on another documentary for the last two years called PUSH2 “Austrian Downhill Culture” that is set to be released this June.

Here is one of the trailers featuring the Easygoinc and Graveyard Longboards crew on their home territory.

PUSH2 is Michael’s second  independent film made with the help of his close friends. This time, the stars of the show are
Patrick Bartel (Graveyard Longboards),
Julian Marksteiner (Easygoinc Longboards),
Martin Schraeg (Lush Longboards),
Quirin Ilmer (Moonshine Longboards),
the Full Grip Team  and a few other featured riders.

If don’t want to miss the release of PUSH 2, follow the PUSH2 “Austrian Downhill Culture” Facebook page for all the latest information regarding the documentary.

Longboard Magazine visitors: Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian

Longboard Magazine visitors: Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian

Last week we had the pleasure to host two rad skaters from the Banana Longboarding crew; Jakob Grasmann (Moonshine MFG) and Philip Tankarian (Layback Freiburg Skateshop). Together with our local shredder Benjamin Sabol (KebbeK Skateboards) they spent three days banging some of our sweetest home spots.

Jakob’s and Philip’s original plan was to travel to Italy but for some reason that didn’t work out and they decided to visit us instead. We were stoked to hear that they would like to spend some time with us and discover what else Slovenia has to offer besides the Bear’s Guts.

Only a few days earlier we acquired a new Panasonic Lumix GH5 camera and this was a great opportunity to do a few test shots with some great young talent.

Philip Tankarian coming in sideways as seen in the video
Philip Tankarian coming in sideways as seen in the video

Watching Benjamin skate with Jakob and Philip was really something special and I know that he was extra excited too because usually he doesn’t get to skate with other people that often besides myself. Slovenia has a very small downhill skateboarding scene.

On the first day we hit one of the steepest hills in the area to warm up. Short run with seven corners, the smoothest pavement around and a 22% grade made a great first impression on the guys.

We played it safe and skated with the radio stations. That provided some extra comfort and a sense of security, so the runs were fully sent one after another. The guys totally ripped it.

Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol
Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol

After a bunch of drops we moved to another spot in the area where we stayed until the sunset. Compared to the first one, this spot has pretty much the same surface but it’s less intense. The guys liked the more relaxed runs as the first spot took its toll.

In the evening, we were pretty smashed; the guys from skating, me from filming and driving, Nadia from taking photos and our dog Era from the heat. It was a great day but we were even more excited about the next day…

Philip Tankarian and Benjamin Sabol entering a corner on a 8 km long mountain road.
Philip Tankarian and Benjamin Sabol entering a corner on a 8 km long mountain road.

The next morning we took off a bit earlier so that the guys could skate a nice mellow run for a couple of times and warm up before hitting the 8 kilometres long mountain road we had scheduled down on the coast.

Philip Tankarian, Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol lining up the slides for the shot.
Philip Tankarian, Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol lining up the slides for the shot.

It’s needless to point out that they enjoyed this spot the most, but I had to anyway. Narrow as f***, smooth surface and top speed close to 70kmh. This track is the No Man’s Land’s “smaller brother from another mother”.

Me (Mihael Zadravec) getting ready to shoot a scene.
Me (Mihael Zadravec) getting ready to shoot a scene.

As the traffic started picking up at around 15 p.m., we stopped to film on one section and once we were done we moved to a spot on the other side of the valley.

Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol
Jakob Grasmann and Benjamin Sabol

Steep repaved and banked hairpins with a smooth tarmac were just perfect for getting a couple of shots during the “magic hour”. You can see that in the video as well…

The forecast for the last day was not so great, but we decided to give it a try anyway. We felt lucky as only half of the country had rain, so we just decided to go to a spot which was in the other half, but as soon as we got there it started raining.

Jakob and Philip had to catch a bus in the afternoon and we only had 3 hours left to skate. I took a look at the “rain radar image” and was happy to see that it hasn’t been raining on a spot which was only half-hour drive away.

Jakob Grasmann sliding through a steep hairpin as seen in the video.
Jakob Grasmann sliding through a steep hairpin as seen in the video.

It was a spot that I had marked to checkout for a while now, but never made it there. Once we arrived, the excitement went off the charts. The road was dry and packed with steep drops into even steeper hairpins with some sweepers in between. A real gem.

The guys had some runs there and I got another chance to tryout some new shots and angles as seen in the video…We couldn’t get enough of it so we ended the session fairly late but we managed to get to the bus just minutes before it left.

So yeah…We had a great time together and it was really nice to hang out with Jakob and Philip…I hope that they will return sometimes soon. If not, we’ll meet at KnK again anyway 😉

Peace out my brothas!

Riders featured in the video
Philip Tankarian (Layback Freiburg Skateshop)
Jakob Grasmann (Moonshine MFG)
Benjamin Sabol (KebbeK Skateboards)

Film & edit
Mihael Zadravec (Longboard Magazine)

Photography
Nadia Hozić (Longboard Magazine)

Music
FM Attack – Sleepless Nights

Skating the Maryhill Loops

Skating the Maryhill Loops has been a dream for me since the first day I started skating. It is just one of those classic roads you have to skate!

I was expecting a weekend full of American culture shock, meeting new people and fast grip runs, but men, I got treated just right by her.

The landscape around the track is beautiful, the event and organisation were great and the experience was totally worth it!

Watching the landscape change to a more desert like while getting closer to the Maryhill loops got me stoked to skate the road of my dreams.
The view on the track was literally breathtaking.

Skating Maryhill was a lot of fun, but skating it with some extra tailwind made it even better. I improved my skating and photography skills and met new lifelong friends. I really hope to go back there one day.

To see more, check out my Instagram @rosanne_onboard.

A day in the Alternative Longboards Workshop

Alternative Longboards factory tour and production overview

It has been 5 years since Szymon Smialek and Michał Milewicz built the first Alternative Longboards deck in Michał’s apartment in Warshaw back in 2012. Soon after Piotr Dąbrowski joined them.

Since then the Alternative family grew and the project evolved massively. Nowadays it has a very impressive production line in Nowy Sącz where they produce top-notch decks which resemble a very distinguished look and outstanding quality.

Alternative never cut back on the community support and the brand quickly became known to most of the riders across Europe as well as Asia where the scene recently literally exploded.

During the past few years I got to hang out with Szymon a lot as Alternative is one of the regular supporters of our freeride event, KnK Longboard Camp.

We had nothing but the best times together. After many invitations Nadia and I were extremely excited about the opportunity to finally visit the Alternative’s workshop and show it to the world via live stream on our Facebook page.

After 12 hours of traveling through snowy Austria which impressed us with the improvements on the highway rest stops, especially the free WiFi…and driving on what was probably Slovakia’s worst road, crossing a high mountain area, we finally arrived to Szymon’s place in the middle of the night.

After Szymon eased my mind by ensuring us that the Slovakians actually have some good roads as well and that they shred a lot, we didn’t go to sleep as one would expect.

Instead, we stayed up having an interesting conversation and discussing ideas till sunrise. As the day brightened up, we finally decided to catch few hours of rest as we had two busy days ahead…

The Polish welcome party

As you can imagine, we woke up a bit later that same day. The weather was kind of bad all around Europe and Poland was no exception. We didn’t have the time to skate anyway.

As soon as we had a delicious breakfast, we drove straight to the workshop to meet up with the rest of the crew and check out the production line for the first time.

The workshop is located in a somewhat older industrial complex, but once we took the first step inside we were positively surprised as everything looked really clean and neatly organised.

The plan for the day was to get the tour of the workshop and prepare for the live stream which was scheduled for the next day.

We started out by making a very special announcement video with the help of Ja Rom and Łukasz and Aśka Tomkiel featuring an improvised flame-thrower and the famous Polish vodka Žibrowka.

For us, this was out of the ordinary, but the Alternative crew is used to this kind of shenanigans. As Szymon explained in advanced, they are like one big family and try to have as much fun as possible to keep the morale high during long working days which often turn into night.

Later we continued with the factory tour in a more casual manner, still thinking on how we didn’t burn down the building.

New at Alternative: Double wooden cores and Sidewalls

While preparing a new layup and cutting fibreglass sheets, Szymon was excited to tell us about their new double wooden cores.

The combination of a soft wooden core surrounded by hard wood makes their decks even more durable and impact resistant. This in turn also increases the wheels wells at any given board by double the amount as in previous collections, with a 6 mm height to be exact.

A new and exciting thing we got to see on the Alternative decks for the first time were the polyurethane sidewalls. After a long 3-year development stage and a lot of hardship to get it perfect, the sidewalls are a big step forward for the brand.

The sidewalls are mainly included in the City Shredder collection for cruising, dancing and freestyle, ranging anywhere between 8 to 10 mm, depending on the model.

As Szymon later explained, freestyle boards tend to get more abused while riding compared to downhill boards.

Including the sidewalls into the Mountain Freak collection for downhill and freeride would affect the decks’ end price, but Alternative wants to keep them as affordable as possible.

Patience, innovation and hand built machinery

Because the brand is already past the development stage, Alternative now has a chance to play around and focus on the board construction and other techniques that make their boards stand out.

During the first season of board production, Alternative scrapped around 100 decks in order to learn and perfect the lamination and pressing process.

To produce the final versions for their 2017 lineup which consists of 11 decks, they had to first produce around 40 prototypes per deck model.

Every deck model requires 3 moulds; 2 for pressing the concave and 1 for the CNC cut process. Thanks to the in-house designed CNC machine they are able to cut the boards and produce the moulds themselves.

As explained in the video, during the 5-year period they spent around 1200 working hours to get the milling process developed to the point where it is now 5 times faster then it was when they started with the tests.

Each of the four main rooms at the Alternative factory has a humidity and temperature monitoring system installed to make sure that the boards are being laminated and pressed in the most suitable environment. The information is then available in a mobile app or computer at any moment. Pretty impressive detail if you ask me…

All boards are being pressed in 5 custom designed and built presses which impress the most with their compact size and great power. All of them are controlled by a single computer station which makes it much easier and faster to operate.

Alternative longboards also uses a barcode tracking system in order to supervise the production of every board they produce.

As the boards go through the production process, they are scanned in each step which enables the company to have an insight in the current production status. All of this information is also available through the mobile app or computer.

Szymon explained that they like to say in a joke that Alternative boards are made with thunder

It took them 1 year to perfect the sublimation technology which is a process of transferring the graphics from a special paper to the foil.

Thanks to the machine which treats the foil with 10,000 Volts to make them more absorbent to the ink and the in-house designed sublimation press, they are able to produce colourful and scratch resistant graphics.

Nadia was impressed with “the thunder machine” the most as we could clearly hear and see the electricity (in a beautiful purple colour) as well feel a strange sensation in our bodies and heads due to the Ozone that got created around it, just like during a thunderstorm.

Coming towards the end of the production process, the boards are taken to the sanding room where they get as smooth as a baby’s bottom, currently thanks to Ja Rom.

The final stages of the Alternative board production include preparing the boards for their new lucky owners. This involves removing the unnecessary foil, placing a sticker on every board which includes information about when and who built it, plus wrapping it all with love in a protective plastic cover.

Factory tour wrap up and Live Giveaway

We finished our day in the workshop watching Szymon pack one of the boards to be shipped to the new lucky owner. This was my second tour around a longboard factory and I must say the Alternative crew really knows how to make you feel like a member of the family and are sure to leave a positive impression on anyone visiting their workshop.

The next day, we spent preparing for the Live Giveaway and Alternative factory tour we did via our Facebook page. If you missed it, check it below and stay tuned for the upcoming article about the new Alternative decks.

If you can’t wait for it, check out the decks at www.alternativelongboards.com and be sure to follow them via their YouTube, Facebook or Instagram channels.

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Photos by Mihael Zadravec and Nadia Hozić (Longboard Magazine).

easygoinc. presents: I Am Loser

I AM LOSER – A downhill skateboarding movie by easygoinc.

Easygoinc. Longboards proudly present their first downhill skateboarding movie “I Am Loser” filmed on the mountain Loser in the heart of the Austrian Alps.

Don’t let the title fool you, it’s actually a word game referring to becoming one with this magnificent mountain, its surroundings and experiencing all thing downhill skateboarding has to offer.

Located in Souther Austria, mount Loser’s windy alpine road has a total elevation drop of 405 meters and an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level. With a steepest grade of around 19% the crew not only enjoyed a scenic and breathtaking ride, but also fast downhill runs on one of Austria’s most notorious tracks.

Through this project easygoinc. riders Mirko  Paoloni, Gregor Nußbaummüller, Laura Neubauer and Maximilian Gschaider shared their longboarding lifestyle and reaped its rewards with majestic nature, fun pack runs and getting together by a campfire after a great day of skating.

All of the riders featured in the video skated the easygoinc. Downhilla longboard which is available in three different variations, the Downhilla Classic, Downhilla BMS and Downhilla Mini.

Mirko’s preferred variation is the Downhill BMS with a kicktail for freeride and freestyle tricks, Laura’s pick was the Downhilla Mini as it’s designed for petite skaters or those with smaller feet, while Maximilian and Gregor chose the Downhilla Classic for fast downhill descents.

Credits:
Filmed and edited by LM.Media
Photos by David Lugmayr
Additional filming by Eugenio D’Alò
Concept and Production by easygoinc.

https://www.easygoinc.com

Rachel Bruskoff joins Zero 31 longboards. Photo by Kenny Nap.

Rachel Bruskoff joins Italian Zero 31 family

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!

Rachel Bruskoff joins Zero 31 longboards. Photo by Kenny Nap.

Until now she’s been skating for Landyachts and Hawgs wheels 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.

Rachel’s skate adventures are supported by Zero 31, Valkyrie Trucks, Polyboards and Ojoom Pucks.

easygoinc. presents: I Am Loser

I Am Loser – Downhill skateboarding movie by easygoinc. (Trailer)

In “I AM LOSER”, the first downhill skateboarding movie by easygoinc. Longboards, their team becomes one with the mighty mountain Loser, the most prominent landmark in Southern Austria.

Fresh breeze, epic Alpine scenery and winding road descending from 1800 meters above the sea level are a recipe for an unforgettable experience every downhill skateboarder is craving for.

Stay tuned for the full movie release on Thursday, April 20th.

Riders featured in the video are Mirko Paoloni, Gregor Nußbaummüller, Laura Neubauer and Maximilian Gschaider.

Filmed and edited by LM.Media @ www.lm-media.at
Photos by David Lugmayr @ www.davidlugmayr.at
Concept and Production by easygoinc. @ www.easygoinc.com