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.

LGC Poland presents Seninka Practice Camp vol. 3

LGC Poland’s invites you to Seninka Practice Camp Vol. 3

The girls over at Longboard Girls Crew Poland are putting together their 3rd edition of Seninka Practice Camp – a female-driven longboard event this weekend.

This community-driven get together will last for three days total, from the 19th to the 21st of July, 2019. In the spirit of opening the scene for new riders, LGC Poland also invites riders of the opposite gender to practice their longboarding skills on a chill hill located on the Polish-Czech border in Nová Seninka.

LGC Poland presents Seninka Practice Camp vol. 3

As a common saying ”Practice makes perfect”, their program is split into three days. Friday the 19th is planned for freeriding, on Saturday the crew will offer longboarding workshops and a party, while the last day will be reserved for more skill-building and freeriding.

The crew has an open invitation to anyone who wants to join and the skill requirement for the Seninka Practice Camp is pretty basic. All you need to know is how to push, brake and carve – the girls will teach you the rest.

For more info about the Seninka Practice Camp Vol. 3 click here.

Patrick L. Lombardi wins Red Bull No Paws Down 2018 at KnK Longboard Camp

The KnK Longboard Camp 2018 presented by KebbeK Skateboards has always been a gathering place for freeriders, but an added element of racing was bound to make its mark at the event. The Red Bull No Paws Down challenge is a highlight at the end of week one where racers are competing to win 1000 Euros. The only catch is, they can’t touch the ground with their hand for the full 18 hairpin course.

After a week of practicing on the Bear’s Guts track riders were ready. Last years champion & ROCKET Longboards Dominic Schenk felt that he had already achieved his life goal in winning the Red Bull No Paws Down and was happy to MC the race from the corner 8 with Joey Bidner, Brand manager for KebbeK Skateboards. He was sure that the winner would either be Dave Süess or Patrick L Lombardi.

However, there were wild cards in the mix as well. Oscar Rodriguez from Spain was very nimble but always on the edge while Ian Freire, Alternative Longboards rider Jan Izquierdo and Brandon DesJarlais all had a shot at winning. With Ian Freire making an early exit in the quarters and Oscar Rodriguez losing out in the semi-finals we were down to only Dave Süess, Patrick Lombardi, Brandon Desjarlais and Jan Izquierdo.

Brandon Desjarlais takes us through the finals: I got off the line quickly and was around 20 metres ahead by the first corner. Patrick was reeling me in and passed me right before the second corner. Between corner 3 and 4 I really started to gain on Patrick, but I messed up in corner 4 and by this point knew Patrick would win, he kept a confident lead on me and had grippier wheels. Jan was always behind me pressuring me, I had to play defence to fight for second place. Dave tried to make a move on Jan in corner 5 but washed out and put his puck down. At the end of the day it’s whether you ride grippy wheels and risk losing control or freeride wheels and be consistent. I ended the final with Jan just a metre behind me and Patrick cleanly out front.

The party place at KnK Longboard Camp gradually ramps up throughout the week to an apex of the KebbeK  Wheel of Misfortune on Friday night. Joey Bidner and Maxwell Kaye were your terrible hosts, taping boards to riders and handing out beer bongs with exotic ingredients. A delighted crowd looked on as riders are rewarded for their valiant efforts. Brandon Fanthome ate a whole garlic covered in Tabasco sauce to win a board, describing it as one of the worst experiences of his life.

After such a hectic week of KnK Longboard Camp 2018  Week #1, the crew is taking a break before Week #2. Hay bales are being replaced and the bar is being re-stocked. Thank you to all the riders for joining us for KnK Longboard Camp Week #1 and if you are heading to Week #2 then get excited, it’s going to be awesome.

Photography: Duck Vader (Dasha)

KnK Longboard Camp 2018 is presented by KebbeK Skateboards and organised by Longboard Magazine with additional support from these fine companies:

Sickboardshop @ https://www.sickboards.nl
ROCKET Longboards @ https://rocketlongboards.ch
Bam Bam Skate @ https://www.bambamskate.com
Sk8bites @ https://www.sk8bites.it/en/
Fibretec Skateboards @ https://www.fibretec.ch
Original Skateboards @ https://originalskateboards.com
Alkemist Longboard @ https://alklongboard.com/en/
Remember Collective @ https://remembercollective.com
Alternative Longboards @ https://alternativelongboards.com
Olson&Hekmati @ https://olsonhekmati.de
Long Island @ https://longislandlongboards.com
Madrid Skateboards @ https://www.madridskateboards.com
Orangatang Wheels @ https://orangatangwheels.com
LUCA longboards @ https://www.lucalongboards.com

KnK Longboard Camp 2018 presented by KebbeK Skateboards

Coming up next – The 10th Anniversary of KnK Longboard Camp

The 10th edition of KnK Longboard Camp is just around the corner and in less than one week’s time, the Bear’s Guts will once again awaken the stoked summer vibes by bringing together the international downhill skateboarding community in a small village based in the wildest part of Slovenia.

Close to the border of Slovenia and Croatia, the first week of KnK will take place from July 23rd to July 28th, while the second week will cater to everyone’s freeride needs from July 31st until August 5th, 2018.

The famed 18 hairpins of the Bear’s Guts track will provide the same consistent and smooth sliding pavement, with unchanged asphalt from top to bottom, as back in our early days of the event.

As an addition to the 6 days of full freeriding, you’ll also be able to join the Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship at the first week for a chance to win the grand prize of 1000 Euros or challenge yourself and your gear at the Single Set Surviors race on the second.

For this year’s winners of Red Bull No Paws Down, Fibertec Skateboards also prepared some special trophies as seen on the photo above.

One year ago the competition at the Red Bull No Paws Down 2017 was fierce with Dominic Schenk bringing home the cash prize, followed by Patrick Lombardi and Till Heiden, and this year we expect the race to be even at a higher level.

Win the party with KebbeK Skateboards

With continuous support by KebbeK Skateboards, everyone joining us this year can expect the same good vibes and plenty of skating like the years before, with some extra goodies for the 10th anniversary.

Last year Joey Bidner took care of unique daily challenges on and off the track followed by sick prizes for everyone up for the fun.

With a special KebbeK shuttle bus for their last year’s Hype Free Tour, this year they prepared a great watercolor graphic inspired by KebbeK’s 2018 board collection, that will shuttle the speed-hungry longboarders up and down the track for 8 straight hours a day.

On top of the track KebbeK once again prepared their Core a Set – Get a Set, which will challenge you to destroy a set of KebbeK wheels in order to get a fresh set for free – this provides an unlimited supply of urethane during the whole duration of the event.

During the event, you can buy the first set of their Takawan and Libre wheels for 30 Eur, while their smaller, 60 mm Tepakan wheels will hold a price of only 20 Eur.

Down at the campsite, KebbeK will also host the TV game show inspired and the most misfortunate wheel of them all; the KebbeK Wheel of Misfortune. With distinct fun challenges live on our stage, everyone will get a chance to participate to win new longboard goods or just enjoy the show.

Steeze it up in our new event T-Shirts

Those who will join us at the 2018 edition can expect a new KnK T-Shirt design hand sketched by a Slovenian graffiti artist Maksim Azarkevič, printed and delivered by Sickboardshop from the Netherlands. Here’s James Kelly rocking the 10th-anniversary KnK Longboard Camp T-Shirt straight from the press.

Everyone shredding the Bear’s Guts will get the T-Shirt for free at registration and after the event, we’ll try to make this design available also in other color models, as well as hoodies, so you all will get a chance to rock it on the streets of your hometown.

Pack your street skate

Those who enjoyed KnK with us last year, know that we upgraded the party place under the Red Bull tents with a chill-out lounge with sofas to provide a place to relax your legs after a long day of skating. The set-up remains the same with a few improvements and one big addition.

We’re talking about the highly expected, special delivery straight from the lake to land – the minicamp courtesy of Red Bull! Be sure to pack your street deck along with your downhill gear for evening skate session under the starry skies.

What else to expect

In between runs while enjoying your falafel or swarma, you’ll be able to stroll around the starting line and check out Bam Bam Skate products that will bring even more fire to your runs, try out test boards from ROCKET Longboards, have a laugh with Joey from KebbeK Skateboards or head over to the Sk8bites booth and grab a set or two of freshies, grip tape and other longboard gear you just can’t have enough of.

During the freeride everybody will have access to free drinking water and free watermelons mid-day to sweeten up your hot summer day.

And last but not least, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who had fun with us at Bear’s Guts so far and everyone who is joining us for the first time this year. We continuously strive for improvement and we’re stoked you’ll be celebrating the 10th KnK Longboard Camp with us!

Additional promotions

You can follow KnK Longboard Camp 2018 presented by KebbeK Skateboards via the official Facebook event page or via the Longboard Magazine Facebook page.

Shoutout to our 2018 partners!
KebbeK Skateboards
Sickboardshop
ROCKET Longboards
Bam Bam Skate
Sk8bites
Fibretec Skateboards
LUCA Longboards
Original Skateboards
Remember Collective
Alkemist Longboards
Long Island Longboards
Madrid Skateboards
Orangatang Wheels
Alternative Longboards
Olson&Hekmati

Longboarding Days&Nights Longboard Camp in Portugal

Longboard & Surf Camp in Portugal with Achel Machin

Together with French pro rider Achel Machin, Longboarding Days&Nights created a dream program for longboarders of any level, known as their Longboard Camp 2.0 in Santa Cruz, Portugal.

From the 24th of June to July 1st, 2018 the organizers welcome you to join them in a lovely coastal town of Santa Cruz, Portugal for surf & yoga lessons, delicious BBQs and ocean-side walks…and of course, numerous hours of longboarding with new friends from across the world.

Last year in spring they organized their first camp with Aboubakry Sadikh Seck, Kate Voynova, and Timur Totoev.

This year their longboard dancing camp in Portugal welcomes Achel Machin as their full-time instructor, who will give lessons to everyone who wants to start or improve their freestyle and longboard dancing maneuvers.

Together they created a program that is fun but pretty intense, with a lot of skating, surfing, and functional training, with the aim to have fun, learn and connect, but also build a stronger and healthier self.

Here’s a peek into one of Longboarding Days & Nights night sessions with Achel:

Longboarding Days&Nights Portugal activities are suitable for people with different skill levels, which means participants of the camp will receive a personalized guiding according to their abilities and desires under the beautiful rays of the Portuguese sun.

For further information about the Longboard & Surf Camp 2.0 in Portugal, visit their official website or peek at their Facebook Page.

Brandon DesJarlais – KnK Longboard Camp 2017 Video Recap

Brandon DesJarlais – KnK Longboard Camp 2017 Video Recap

Brandon DesJarlais (Moonshine MFG) will return to KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp this year and it will he his third time on the Bear’s Guts. We are stoked to have him around once again, simply because of his positive energy, rad skating, filming skills and his willingness to help.

Check out this quick interview with Brandon and read his blog here.

You will return to Europe this year and we’re stoked about having you at KnK again. What else will you be up to on the Euro tour?

Super stoked to be back at KnK – and for two weeks instead of one! I’ll be flying into Berlin to get situated and spend some quality time with my lovely girlfriend. After that, I’ll be hitting the Transylvania events for sure, maybe Camp Woodwings, and others yet to be determined. I’ll definitely be spending some time in Mallorca, Alicante, and Paris, but other than that I made myself quite available to take on whatever opportunities and experiences that present themselves.

You’re doing a great job with your social accounts (@desgnarlais) and you sure know how to take advantage of the events you skate at in order to produce media and get the exposure. You were featured on Red Bull videos and the last one got over 40 million views. Other riders and brands seem to be missing out on that. What’s your secret?

At the end of the day, it all comes down to hard work and perseverance. There’s a quote from Whitney M. Young that goes, “It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” That being said, I work hard every day to prepare myself for the opportunities I want. Some examples include practicing certain tricks, refining my photographic abilities, acquiring my commercial drone license, and reading up on entrepreneurial articles. On top of that, I focus on strategically placing myself in situations of value.

Consistency is, above all, the one thing that so many people lack on. In today’s society people are impatient and give up too easy. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour. Jah feel?

How would you compare KnK Longboard Camp to other events you got to skate around the world?

KnK is really comfortable. The fact that it’s not at all a competition until the last day really gives you a chance to settle in and relax. At many other events you show up and start practicing the hill and then you race and then you’re gone. For me, the most alluring part is the diversity of friendly riders. Some great. Some learning. Some just stoked to hang out, watch the carnage, and drink way too much Slivovitz! The point is that you really get to know a wide variety of the longboard scene. I consider it a cultural event.

Some beginner longboarders find the Bear’s Guts intimidating. What would you say to them in order to encourage them to try it out?

It’s only really fast for the fastest riders. If you can comfortably ride at 40km/h and know how to shut down slide, you’ll be fine. If you air brake and cruise down you’ll probably be averaging 30km/h with big, open, flat corners and lots of protection. KnK is a perfect opportunity to hone in your skills on a safe course. Odds are once you leave the event you’ll probably be twice as good at skating and have twice as many friends from around the world.

Which part of the Bear’s Guts is your favourite and why?

Personally I really love the second half of the run. It’s much more dynamic and holds it’s pace better. I mean corner 8 is badass and all but it’s only frontside for me so it’s not that gnarly. Guess I’ll have to step it up and hit it switch this year!

Some people say that racing wheels are not performing well on the Bear’s Guts, others would disagree. What kind of wheels would you recommend?

In my experience, high rebound wheels such as Venom Mach 1, Seismic Hotspots, and Abec 11 Centrax tend to be a bit choppy. I’m not exactly sure why this is but my guess it that it’s because the surface of the Bear’s Guts is just too smooth for a stiff wheel like that to break apart and slide smoothly. Most wheels with a thane made for sliding work great. I’ll be riding a variety of Powell Peralta DH wheels – mostly Snakes. Kevin Reimer has really done a great job at developing what I think is the best all-around downhill skateboarding wheel. It’s soft, durable, and predictable.

Stinkbugs used to be something that we all tried to avoid doing but you seam to have made it cool again. How come you started doing that?

I’m always looking for something I can do to mix things up whether it be goofy photos, flashy socks, weird tricks, or whatever. The stinkbug in specific came from me learning different grab slides. I found that it was not only the most awkward looking, but also one of the most difficult. You could say it was love at first grab <3 And honestly, I smile so big every time I see someone do it. Makes me feel like a skinny little long-haired grom again.

In the beginning of last year you started vlogging and did it for a month straight. How come you stopped doing that? Are we going to see more of your vlogs?

SO MUCH TIME haha Basically I started telling everyone I was going to vlog the entire month of January 2017 and I woke up one day like “fuck, it’s January 1st. How do I do this?” In short, I spent the whole month coming up with lame ideas, and forcing myself to execute on a deadline. If I would’ve planned ahead, it would’ve been so much easier. I just felt like I was playing catch up the whole time. At this time I was couch surfing around California which on one hand made it interesting, but on the other it really complicated things. My goal was to force myself to refine my creative process, optimize my workflow, and be less picky about what I produce. In reality I just got burned out. All the blood, sweat, and tears aside, it was a great learning experience.

So will I be doing vlogs again? I’d like to! Definitely not daily, but I plan to produce more short fun videos throughout the year.

What is your favourite piece of filming gear…or one thing that you couldn’t do without and why?

My drone is by far my favorite piece of filming gear I own and will probably ever own. It’s crazy to think that even 10 years ago the shots I captured in 25min with my $1000 DJI Mavic Pro would’ve cost $20,000 and taken a whole crew. I just love how I can really play with the framing as if it were a video game or animation.

Thank you for making an awesome video and for having fun with us on the Bear’s Guts. Any shoutouts?

Shoutout to my awesome friends and family for always supporting me to pursue my passion – no matter how crazy it may seem. To my sponsors for believing in me as a person and for giving me the opportunity to skate as much as I do. Especially Moonshine MFG. Without them, the past few years wouldn’t have been possible. Much love guys!

If you’re interested to join the #KNK2018, you can still signup here.

Ryan Theobald, Landyachtz Longboards

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy video interviews with 40 brands

Just before the snow-heavy February started, we packed our filming gear and headed to Germany to spend four days at the biggest sports trade show in Europe, ISPO Munich 2018.

We spent most of the time in Longboard Embassy organised by 40inch Magazine and Ministry of Stoke where we recorded over 33 interviews that covered 40 brands.

Here’s the minute marks for the brands presented in the video:

ROCKET Longboards 1:58
KebbeK Skateboards 3:32
Buggy Rollin 6:07
King Lui Boards 8:01
DB Longboards 9:53
Alternative Longboards 11:39
Seismic Skate Systems 12:52
Legende Longboard 14:00
Onan Booster Europe 14:54
Madrid Skateboards 16:19
Season Distribution 17:58
Bolzen Trucks 18:26:11
Walzen Wheels 19:15:23
Icone Longboards 20:14:45
Peaceboards 21:25
FITSKATE by Erika.g 22:37:16
Landyachtz Longboards 23:52
Simple Longboards 25:16
Maui and Sons 26:35
quinboards 27:07
Area One Boards 27:55:43
BTR Leathers 29:14
Yow Surfskate 29:50
Carver Skateboards 30:38
Slide Surf Skate 31:35
Bangfish Trucks Co. 33:46
TSG Helmets 37:15
Pro-Tec Helmets 38:22
Sector 9 Skateboards 39:33
Curfboard 41:56
Beercan Boards 42:45
Olson&Hekmati Longboards 43:33
Pogo & NinetySixty Longboards 47:51
Bomb Boards, Pixel Skateboards & Epic Balance Boards 52:25
Triple 8 Helmets 54:27
Whitezu Surfskate Waves 55:00
JayKay E-Trucks 55:34

Xert Freeride - Photo by Carla Sanjuan

The 2nd Xert Freeride by RidersFly is just around the corner

The RidersFly season opener will be the 2nd edition of Xert Freeride which will once again take place in a small town in Eastern Spain called Xert, on the 24th and 25th of March. The town is not more than 25 minute drive away from the sandy beaches of Vinaròs and only about 45 kilometres away from the Castellón–Costa Azahar airport.

Watch the video
1st Xert Freeride aftermovie by Bunker Media

With a population of 800 inhabitants where millenary olive trees, oil and typical pastas predominate, RidersFly expect nothing more that relaxed and friendly vibes.

The event’s track is located in “Les moles de Xert” on a 2.5 km long road with fast corners, forks and fast sections with speeds up to 75 km/h. The crew describes it is a technical circuit but at the same time very fun!

Photo collage from the 1st Xert Freeride in 2017

The price for this two day event is set at 75 eur and includes shuttles, rider insurance and an ambulance crew with a doctor, as well as camping and lunch.

To learn more about the event and register, visit www.ridersfly.com/ii-freeride-xert.

RidersFly Events 2018 Schedule
RidersFly Events 2018 Schedule includes 4 freeride events.
Arico - El Bueno organized by Sliders Skate House

Sliders Skate House brings back Arico – El Bueno freeride on Tenerife

UPDATE, March 17th 2018 : Arico – El Bueno Freeride is cancelled.


Last year we covered the Arico – El Bueno Freeride, the first freeride on Tenerife organised by BigMountainSkate and Sliders Skate House.

A year later, the event is still on, but solely organised by Martin Diaz and Álvaro García from Sliders Skate House. When asked what was their role in last year’s event organisation they said:

Due to having different ways of thinking we decided that the best thing was doing the event again this time on our own. Last year I was one of the people that worked a lot to make this event happen. Together with Álvaro García, another rider from the Sliders Crew, we contacted every local business that was involved (and also the ones that ended up not being involved) and closed deals with the majority of them. But mostly getting formal authorizations with the Townhall, which was also one of the hardest parts last year. ~ Martin Diaz

Well besides Tenerife being a volcanic island, its climate and summerish weather appeals to many skaters from around the globe who made it their winter skate escape, leaving large amounts of thane and stoked vibes on the island.

Arico - El Bueno Freeride on Tenerife. Photo by Giorgia Morriello.
Riders descending down the El Bueno thane heavy track – photo by Giorgia Morriello.

Before Arico – El Bueno the native events on Tenerife were smaller and more local, in the form of slide jams and ”lurking sessions”. Martin further explained that one of the reasons why they decided to organise the freeride is so that everyone has a chance to skate a closed road and practice without risking their lives in any other random Tenerife road.

This is made by us, a bunch of -local- skateboarders mostly from different parts of the world, looking forward to change a bit the current situation with Downhill Skateboarding here and work towards having more opportunities of skating our home island, without having trouble with the Police (as you may already know, skateboarding open roads in Spain is illegal). ~ Martin Diaz

Arico – El Bueno 2018 event info

The 2018 edition of the Arico – El Bueno freeride will bring a few changes, while some things will remain the same.

Last year’s event took place mid March, but this year it moved to the beginning of April, with a 4 day freeride from the 5th to 8th of April.

The 2.8 km long road with a maximum speed of 70 km/h and 14 hairpins remains the same and so does the event schedule. The skating will start at 9:00 in the morning, until 14:00 , followed by a two hour lunch break and continued at 16:00, finishing at 19:00 in the evening.

One of the changes for this year’s edition is also the overall price. While last year the price without accommodation was 250 EUR for five days, this year it’s set at 185 EUR, for a total of four days. From each registration 15 EUR will be donated to James Kelly’s Skate United project for refugee kids.

Accommodation and food

There will also be some changes in regards to the food and accommodation. Due to some unfortunate misunderstanding between the owner and the personnel who took care of the booking last year, the Ecovillavclub got overbooked.

However, the crew still thinks the place is great and know it can host 80 people comfortably. They also took care of alternative accommodation to fix last years experience with two backups. One will be the Sliders House in Marazul with 20 extra spots. The second one still needs to be officially confirmed, but the guys are on it.

Anyways we expect about 80 riders, but the limit will be 120. The second accomodation is still to be confirmed, as we need to choose wisely between the options that we currently have. ~ Martin Diaz

As mentioned above, the price for the freeride is 185 EUR, but the price for accommodation is 30 EUR extra for three nights (10 eur/day extra nights), which the riders will pay at arrival to the Ecovillaclub.

Martin and Álvaro also took care of a new food truck to be present at the event, which also provides vegan and vegetarian meals. He also provided a tip for skater who plan on coming to the event:

The thing is that in Tenerife the distances are -different- and unless you are in a very crowded area, you should make every visit to the supermarket count, Arico is obviously not a crowded place and neither is Abades (where the EcoVilla is located).

The Sliders Skate House already opened the registration for the 2018 Arico – El Bueno Freeride on February 18th via their website.

King's Gate 2018 Cancelled

King’s Gate cancelled due to the bad condition of the track

The organiser of King’s Gate race, BigMountainSkate from Austria, had to cancel the event due to the heavy damage the track has suffered this winter.

The surface of road got worst in this so far really cold and snowy winter here in Austria. It wouldn’t be fun or safe to skate this road, its not accurate for a world class race. ~ BigMountainSkate via Facebook

King’s Gate was supposed to be one of the two IDF World Qualifying races in Europe. Now only the Transylvania IDF WQ race remains next to the World Cup races Kozakov in Czech Republic and Verdicchio in Italy.

As the announcement was published, the organiser of Transylvania race, the DEVAstation Longboard Crew decided to extend their event with additional freeride days.

With one event down, BigMountainSkate is now left with two of their most popular events in Austria, Alpenrauschen and Bela Joyride. With more time on their hands, we can expect BigMountainSkate to focus more on the remaining events and deliver even better experience.

To join Alpenrauschen and Bela Joyride visit bigmountainskate.com.

Eat Concrete starting line

Eat Concrete – The Benelux Championship 2018

This year, from 10th to 13th of May, Eat Concrete will host the Benelux Championship of Downhill Skateboarding. Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg racers will compete for the title of their own country. As a surplus there is also an international open competition for any nationality to attend.

Eat Concrete - 2017 moments

Furthermore,  girls, groms, classic- and streetlugers get their separate stage. The road is 3 km long with 3 corners but is not super hard to skate. This means that to win the Championship you have to skate almost technically perfect and push as hard as possible from the start. Choosing your line and moments very carefully during the race will give anyone an advantage.

This will be the first year that we will host the Benelux Championship. It’s quite the step forward in comparison to only the Belgian Championship. We want to support our neighbouring countries and got this question to expand the competition many times. Well, this will be the year. ~ Jasper D’haene

In addition the crew is also supporting the start-up for the Dutch Championship in the future.

Additional information

The camping headquarters are placed 10 km away from the track, in Graide, Rue de Naomé. There attendees will find a mini ramp, bar, music, chill-out zone, indo boards, slacklines…From Thursday untill Saturday the crew also organised performances and DJ’s.

If you come to our event we do not want you to worry about anything, we provide all you need. Including insurance and medical aftercare, if anything happens there is a medical team with ambulance present to take you to the nearest hospital. No medical bills because we cover this. We have a professional catering team to give you a taste of our Flemish Cuisine. ~ Jasper D’haene

The organisers describe the event as a good mixture between competition and recreation, suitable for any skill level. With a four day race and two days of freeriding, the rider’s limit is set to 240 total, with 60 spots available for freeriders.

The Early Bird tickets are already sold out, but the registration for Eat Concrete 2018 will open on February 18th via the their website at www.eatconcrete.be.

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy Photo Gallery

We’ve finally settled down at home and it was time to go through the photos I took during the four days we spent at ISPO 2018 in Munich.

Watch the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy video here.

If you’re not familiar with ISPO, here’s the short walk-through. It is the biggest European multi-segment trade fair within the sports industry. With over 85.000 visitors from 120 different countries, ISPO is stretched out through 16 halls showcasing 8 segments that cover everything from winter sports, team sports, health & fitness to manufacturing & suppliers.

We mostly spent our time in Hall A5 at the Longboard Embassy organized by 40inch Longboard Magazine. Looking back to 2013, when I last visited ISPO, this year’s Longboard Embassy looked a bit smaller than back then, but it was still filled with a wall-to-wall skateboard and longboard products.

The Longboard Embassy view from the lounge area

Walking through the Longboard Embassy, one could try out surf skating, electric longboards, watched Legende Longboard chisel a block of wood, what later became a handcrafted and fully functional longboard, or rest their legs at the lounge area overlooking the Whitezu 12 meter long surf skate wave system.

In the four days of ISPO, we got a chance to talk with and interview 33 brands covering different skateboarding disciplines.

KebbeK Skateboards introduced their new watercolor lineup, Landyachts Longboards showcased the new freeride and dancer boards, ROCKET Longboards showed off it’s new Freak Show collection, Alternative Longboards introduced their new construction and Madrid Skateboards their Netflix Stranger Things collection…just to name a few.

The Longboard Embassy bar

Wheel and truck wise, we got a chance to check out Seismic’s new downhill race wheel, the European Walzen wheels, and the new Bolzen truck models and also talked with Bangfish about their new surf skate trucks.

There were also numerous surf skate brands showcasing their collection surrounding the Whitezu skate wave, like the Spanish YOW surf, Slide Surfskate, Curfboard, and Carver Skateboards.

Regarding protection, we saw the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver, stopped by at TSG and saw what’s new with Pro-Tec’s Full Cut skateboard helmets.

We also saw the Buggy Rollin suit by Jean Yves Blondeau. He’s most known for one of his stunt characters, the Rollerman, which we also got to see in action.

Jean-Yves Blondeau's Buggy Rollin suits

While we are still editing the interviews to show you what the brands had to say about their new lineups and products, here is a photo gallery from the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy.

I would like to end this article with an interview with Philippe Roose, a member of the Ministry of Stoke and their F*** Cancer Foundation. In the video, he said that the beer fundraiser at ISPO was a success and shares his personal story with everybody who takes the time to watch the video below.

ISPO 2018 - The 6th Longboard Embassy mockup

See you at the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy

We’re now less than a week away from ISPO 2018, Europe’s biggest international sports trade fair in Munich, Germany. Once again numerous longboard brands, manufacturers, distributors and fellow action sports exhibitors will be gathered on the floor of the 6th Longboard Embassy in Hall A5, organised by 40inch Longboard Magazine.

This year’s Longboard Embassy will host over 50 longboard and skate brands from all around the globe. You can see the list of all exhibitors who have confirmed their participation on Longboard Embassy’s Facebook page or on the photo below.

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy floor plan
ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy floor plan

Besides organising a place for exhibitors to present their new collections, 40inch also made sure to keep visitor entertained with a Whitezu 12 meter long wave system, a surf skating workshop with Matteo Tontini and his crew and performances by Ben Blaskovic on Sunday night and Eddie Booze on Monday.

ISPO 2018 - The 6th Longboard Embassy mockup
ISPO 2018 – The 6th Longboard Embassy mockup

Join the fund raiser for Philippe and Esther

40inch will also organise a fund raiser for Philippe and Esther who were diagnosed with cancer and need financial support in order to get the drugs they need and trust.

As a surf and skate magazine, we have created a platform that is about the fun of life. However, there are more important things than surfing or skating. Things that could change our lives in a moment. In the positive as in the negative way.

It is shocking when acquaintances or even young people get cancer. You can not do anything about it. The diagnosis appears like a thunderbolt. That’s what happen to Philippe and Esther. Both talented, both super positive and both have changed their life because of the disease.

In addition to the disease, a financial ordeal began for both of them. Medicine that is not manufactured and promoted by the pharmaceutical industry is not payed by the health insurance fund.

In particular, the active substance THC, is only prescribed in certain cases. If you trust it and know that it helps, then this does not necessarily mean that the insurance company covers the costs. For Philippe and Esther it means somehow finding the money for the drugs.

Visitors can help raise funds for the cancer treatment of Philippe and Esther simply by bringing a few beers from their home region.  The Longboard Embassy bar will sell the beer, while the price will be determined by the buyers. One euro of every beer sold will go to the cashier and the rest will be donated.

We also plan on bringing a few Laško’s to help out and of course drinking a beer or two while we’re there.

Last but not least, 40inch is also planing a little surprise, so be sure to bring your street skate along with some beers to Hall A5.

See you soon!

KnK Longboard Camp 2018 Announcement

KnK Longboard Camp 2018 – The 10th edition powered by KebbeK Skateboards

Time flies and things change but for now, KnK Longboard Camp remains. It’s a great pleasure to look back to 2009 and see what an iconic event it became over those 9 years and how much impact it made on downhill skateboarders across the globe.

This would have never been possible without the love for downhill skateboarding we all carry in our hearts and without the dedication of everyone who has ever helped us with the organisation. So thank you all for the constant support and for shredding the Bear’s Guts with us.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all very soon at KnK Longboard Camp 2018 powered by KebbeK Skateboards!

Dates & Registration for #KNK2018

The Bear’s Guts is covered in snow right now but soon enough, summer will return to Osilnica and so will we, the riders.

The first week of KnK Longboard Camp will take place from July 23rd to July 28th, 2018 and the second week from July 31st to August 5th, 2018.

The Red Bull No Paws Down race will be held on July 28th, that’s during the first week while Single Set Survivors is currently looking for a new sponsor and it’s scheduled for August 4th, 2018.

The price remains the same; 220 € for a full 6-day freeride including camping with all the amenities. Everything you need for a pleasant stay in Osilnica is already laid out for you; a river for swimming with a rope swing, a restaurant, store, cash machine, post office…We got you covered as usual.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR KNK 2018

Learn more about the event

While we’re still working on the new event website at https://www.knklongboardcamp.com, you are welcome to check out these articles about last year’s KnK to find out how the event rolled out:

Want to ask a question?

If you have any questions, you’re welcome to get in touch with us via our Facebook pages @knklongboardcamp and @longboardmag, send us an email to info@knklongboardcamp.com or call +386 70 253 495.

If you managed to read so far, we have some goodies for you….

Win a LIFETIME FREE KNK TICKET!

Use the promo code “LBMAGEU” when you purchase the All Year Long‘s first printed magazine issue and enter the draw to win a free KnK ticket for life!

In addition to that, everyone who will purchase the magazine will be entered into an additional draw for a free KnK 2018 ticket as well. That just doubled the chance to win!

The winner of the free KnK 2018 ticket will be announced by AYL on March 31st, 2018 and the winner of the lifetime free KnK ticket will be announced on June 30th, 2018 via KnK Facebook page.

Get your copy of AYL magazine here and don’t forget to use the promotional code “LBMAGEU”.

Good luck!

Video credits

Filmed by
Brandon Desjarlais (aerial)
Christian Kreuter, CK Photography (aerial)
Mirko Paoloni (follow car)
Rob McWhinnie (follow car)
Hubert Wigier (timelapse)

Narrated by Ian Freire, RBNPD 2015 winner

Edited by Mihael Zadravec

Thank you for watching!

Clash Of Brands 2017 - Longboard race for teams

Clash Of Brands 2017 – Team race in Jungholz, Austria

Allgäuer Longboardverein, the oldest longboard club in Germany, is set to freshen up the European dh skateboarding scene with the first edition of Clash Of Brands 2017, a race where teams will battle to win their sponsor the “Master Of Brands 2017” title.

The event is scheduled to take place on the well known World Cup race track Jungholz in Austria, from Friday, September 8th till Saturday, September 9th, 2017.

The companies are now welcome to sign up their teams (up to 4 riders) that will represent their brand and race against the other teams.

The entry fee per rider is 110,00 Euros and the riders limit is 20 teams (80 riders). To join with your team send an email to albv@web.de and the organisation crew will take it from there.

Don’t want to race? Wanna freeride? No worries…The organisers got you covered by offering additional 30 spots available for the freeride. The registration fee for the freeride only is 90,00 Euros and you can register now via Freerides.org.

Don’t miss out.

What makes team racing so great?

Team racing is not a new concept but it hasn’t been much practiced in Europe.  However, many riders seem to be stoked about it which gives me the confidence to say that it might become quite popular.

Compared to the standard racing format where each rider competes on his/her own against the other riders, in team racing the riders will race shoulder to shoulder with their teammates against the other team.

One of the six corners at Clash Of Brands. Photo by Gordon Timpen (Gordon Photography)
One of the six corners at Clash Of Brands. Photo by Gordon Timpen @ Gordon Photography

Two teams of four, racing and making sure that every team member is as fast as possible. This means that the riders will have to work together to develop strategies, help each other with drafting and similar. Obviously, group effort will be required to win the race. The riders will get to know each other better and build stronger relationships.

What’s in it for the companies and their brand?

Besides the “team building” for their riders, the Clash Of Brands race also presents a great advertising opportunity for the companies that will sign up with their teams.

Having a team of riders racing to win the “Master Of Brands” title, working together, producing and streaming media, promoting the company…Hopefully the business owners will recognise the potential for investing into the event by signing up their teams.

About the COB 2017 race-track

Clash Of Brands 2017 will be held on the Jungholz track in Austria. The same has been the venue for the Jungholz Downhill since 2005 and it also hosted the 2007 Almabtrieb race. This track has a really rich racing history.

To get a taste of theClash Of Brands 2017 track watch the following video…

The Clash Of the Brands track stretches for 1.4 km and it is packed with 6 challenging corners. The smooth pavement will ensure a good roll speed as well as the smooth slides and solid amount of grip to rail some of the corners. The top speed the riders can reach is around 85 kmh.

Information for the riders

Included in the registration fee the riders will enjoy 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners as well as the provided campsite.

The organisers promise the first two evenings to include a DJ set while the last evening the riders will enjoy the live concert by local bands. The evening parties are exclusive to the riders.

The first runs will start dropping on Friday, September 8th so everyone is expected to arrive on Thursday evening and check-in at the registration office from 20:00 pm on.

The required protection gear for racing includes full-face helmet, slide gloves and leather suit while for the freeride the riders are required to wear a full face, slide gloves and the pads. Of course the organisers highly recommend the use of back protector as well, but it’s up to the riders to decide.

Good luck everyone!

#clashofbrands sponsors

Clash Of Brands 2017 is presented by ALBV – Allgäuer Longboardverein.

Sponsors of the event are:

Barbers Best
Gordon Photography
Luftaufnahmen Allgäu
Zötler Brauerei
Allgäu Live In
King Lui Boards
Tannheimer Tal
Dozerpucks

Clash Of Brands 2017 - Longboard race for teams

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017

Dominic Schenk wins the 2017 Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship

With 128 people qualifying for the 2017 Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship on Friday and some of the world’s best freeriders competing, we were sure to have a competitive race on Saturday.

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017

In the semi finals title contenders Brandon DesJarlais and Ian Freire put their paws down leaving Patrick Lombardi and ROCKET longboards team rider Dominic Schenk to fight it out in the final.

Patrick stayed in front all the way until the 17th corner where he messed up his slide and was passed by Dominic Schenk who took home 1000 euros first place money prize.

Patrick took 2nd and Till Heiden and Iacopo Barbieri shared 3rd place on the Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship podium.

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017

One of the best aspects of KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp is the endless runs on the track. Here is how Emily Pross described it this morning:

I have skated so much over the past week, here at KnK, I have blisters at the bottom of my feet.

The hill, featuring 18 hairpins and a 4km length is enough to tire even the best of riders.

To help riders stay refreshed, fresh slices of watermelon awaited on corner 18 and all the KebbeK Skateboards Shuttle Buses featured full air conditioning to cool them down.

To end the day KnK Camp is fortunate to have a beautiful river equipped with a rope swing at the end of the campsite which is visited daily.

The first week of KnK Longboard Camp has also been a hectic week of partying, Tom Boerman summed it up pretty well:

I love KnK because it always has such a relaxed vibe as well as a different party every single night.

Nights under the stars and beside the fire are routine here.

This weeks parties have included the infamous KebbeK Skateboards Wheel of Misfortune with the addition of their new Fun Factory challengesLandyachtz Longboards Dinghy A Day, a ZublimE rap concert and the Slovenian Hillbilly With A Chainsaw band.

The crowd moved to ZublimE’s beats as he dropped his skate themed raps while Hillbilly With A Chainsaw brought a completely different angle to the party that went on until the early hours.

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017

We have had a wonderful Week 1 of KebbeK Skateboards KnK Longboard Camp 2017 and look forward to welcoming around 200 riders for Week #2. We would like to thank all the sponsors that make this event possible.

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 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]

Landyachtz presents Dinghy A Day at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp

We’re already counting down the days until KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017 and we hope you are as excited as we are about all the fresh things that will be going down in the small town of Osilnica in Slovenia.

As we already mentioned, we’re doing some changes to our programme with an overhaul on the track and on the party area, as well as bringing some fresh activities to keep you entertained during the day and in the evenings.

Another thing we’re excited about this year is Landyachtz Longboards joining our supporters and are bringing some goodies just for those who will attend the event.

A Dinghy a Day

Thanks to Landyachtz, we’ll be giving away a Dinghy each day. It doesn’t matter which week you signed up for, you’ll get a chance to try your luck on both of them.

How you ask?

Well…we’re keeping it a secret for now, but get ready for some fun challenges and games!

A Dinghy A Day at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp
Adam Yates and Stephen Vaughn sending it on their Landyachtz Dinghy’s. Photo by Jacob Lambert.

After all the skating we’re going to have during the entire week, those of you who got lucky by winning a Dinghy complete will be able to participate in a Dinghy Race on the last day!

That’s right, if you win a Landyachtz Dinghy complete during the week and if you’re up for the challenge, you and the other 5 lucky winners will get a chance to race down the Bear’s Guts on your Dinghy’s in a single heat.

Why? Because it’s fun!

Know your Dinghy

If you haven’t seen a Landaychtz Dinghy in person, here are the specs to get your blood pumping and your legs tingling.

A Dinghy A Day at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp
The Landyachtz mini Dinghy 24 Ghost Ride

The Dinghy is a fun mini cruiser made out of 100 % Canadian Maple. Yep you heard it, there’s no plastic involved. It’s small but tough and comes in with three lengths of 24″, 26″ and 28.5″.

The 24″ and 26″ Dinghy cruisers are 6.5″ wide and have 14″ wheelbase, while the 28.5″ version measures 8″ in width and has a 14.6″ wheelbase.

You can take the Dinghy everywhere; to school, the store or to random everyday adventures – why walk, when you can skate? The deck is completed with Bear trucks and Hawgs wheels.

But cruising is not all there is to it. Watch this video to see how the Landyachtz crew put their Dinghy cruisers to work while they were on a trip in Texas…

I’ll end this article with a nice fact: Landyachtz is committed to planting one tree for each board that is purchased. A great cause we can all stand behind. Keep the fun rolling!
Red Bull No Paws Down at KnK Longboard Camp 2016 presented by KebbeK Skateboards. Photo by Christian Kreuter.

Here’s what else to expect at KnK Longboard Camp 2017

Despite some tech issues and multiple file transfer attempts, Kyle Peterson and I managed to put together a rad edit to ignite the flame and to remind you what you’re looking forward to so much. Hopefully, you like it 🙂

Before I move on to sharing some more event info with you, I would like to thank Andrea Pedrotti and Mirko Paoloni for their follow car filming and Bros Before Pros for their footage we used in the intro. Greatly done, dudes!

So, in our recent article about KnK, we covered what upgrades to expect this year thanks to our main supporter KebbeK Skateboards, but that’s not all…

There’s going to be a lot more going on and none of it includes playing video games 🙂

KebbeK Wheel Of Misfortune

Introduced at KnK for the first time last year, the KebbeK Wheel Of Misfortune brought much fortune to those who were up to its misfortunate tasks.

Some of you had to eat and drink gross stuff like Slivo mixed with Tabasco sauce, some had to blow up slimy condoms on your head or assemble a complete deck while chunks of onion was rubbed against your eyes… It was crazy. This year will be no different as the KebbeK Wheel Of Misfortune returns with new, more fun tasks and “totally worth it” prizes.

Kebbek Challenge: Core A Set, Get A Set

KebbeK Skateboards continues to challenge the riders to destroy a set of KebbeK Wheels in order to get a fresh set for free.

So, here’s how Core A Set, Get A Set works: You can purchase a set of KebbeK Wheels for a discounted price of 30 € and when you core them, you can check in at the KebbeK booth on the top of the track to get a fresh set for free, for unlimited times.

KebbeK Whees: Core a set to get a set for free
KebbeK Whees: Core a set to get a set for free

For those of you who don’t know, KebbeK introduced a new urethane formula with their 2017 wheels which is promised to be much better than the one you maybe tried last year. At a freeride on Tenerife island earlier this year, many riders got to try the new wheels and really loved them.  If you tried them out, leave a comment below and let us know how they are. We will appreciate it 🙂

KebbeK Wheels; Takawan (left) and Libre (rihgt)
KebbeK Wheels; Takawan 73mm (left) and Libre 69mm (right)

I couldn’t skate last year so I didn’t try them out myself yet, but I’m looking forward to trying them  during the upcoming days as they are already being shipped over from Canada.

Stay tuned for the upcoming review.

KebbeK Tuck Race

A “Tuck Race” was planned for last year but somehow it slipped out and we weren’t able to make it happen. This year, we’re doing it for sure. Here’s how it will look like…

The Tuck Race is all about who can hold a tuck longer on a balance board. The race will happen at the party place on our stage, backed up with some cool visuals and music.

Four contestants will compete against each other. The first two who step of the board will get eliminated and the other two will proceed to the next round. Let’s see how shots of Slivo will affect your balance 🙂

The Dinghy Days by Landyachtz

This year Landyachtz joined the party to support KnK by providing twelve Dinghy completes. Every day, on both weeks, someone will get a chance to win a Dinghy and at the end of the week, the winners will get to race them down the Bear’s Guts in a single heat. That’s if they will have the guts to do it 🙂

Dinghy Days by Landyachtz
Dinghy Days by Landyachtz

More info coming soon in a separate press release…

Red Bull No Paws Down

This will be the fourth edition of the Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship. Riders will once again race down the Bear’s Guts in a full stand-up mode and fight for the champion title.  The competition last year was quite hard and this year we expect it to be even harder.

Red Bull No Paws Down 2016 podium. Photo by Brandon Desjarlais
Red Bull No Paws Down 2016 podium. Photo by Brandon Desjarlais

Patrick L. Lombardi, last year’s winner, will return to defend the title. He’s expected to be challenged by some of the World’s best freeriders. We expect the race to be nothing less than spectacular.

As always, the Red Bull No Paws Down race will take place on the last day of the first week, Saturday 29th to be exact.

Cult Single Set Survivors

During the second week of KnK, on Saturday, July 5th, the Cult Single Set Survivors will take place once again. Last year we witnessed some tight racing going on, resulting with Andreas Mangold sweeping the first place.

Cult Single Set Survivors 2016

The format of the race will remain the same, everyone competing has to race with only one set of wheels of their choosing. Just like last year, everyone will be able to purchase a set of Cult wheels at a special promo price of 30 Euros. Yes, that is 10 Euros more per set comparing to last year. The reason for this is that we had to pay for the wheels. But don’t worry, as always the money gathered from the wheel sales will go into the prize money fund. Let the race begin 🙂

Is that all there is to it?

Of course not, but it would be simply too much to put everything that goes on at KnK Longboard Camp in one article…You can expect more info soon via the new KnK Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/knklongboardcamp.

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The SektorF Skatefest 2017

SektorF Skatefest ’17

For those of you who don’t know SektorF, here’s the short briefing – it’s a longboard crew from the Bavarian forest in Germany which promotes longboarding in their region via skate classes, outlaws and community driven events.

We already covered their activities in our SektorF skating article which you can check out later, but the highlight of this one is their 2017 SektorF Skatefest.

The SektorF Skatefest

Every year the crew comes together and organises a fun two day event at their local tow lift close to the Czech border. This year will be no different. From August 12th to 13th, everybody who likes skateboarding is welcome to join their activities.

The SektorF Skatefest 2017
The SektorF Skatefest 2017 track

The event promises endless loops, a portable pumptrack and a flowy fun track. Here’s what they have to say about it:

The short, but fun track will get spiced up with DIY banked turns and obstacles. There will be many side events during the days like fun races and raffle game with lots of goodies to win. And at night there will be a party with sound system and DJ of course.

Furthermore, the event also offers workshops for beginners and advanced skaters, a beginner’s course with Richie B. Enzmann and a floodlight.

Here’s the official recap to give you a short glimpse of what’s yet to come.

For more info about the event and details on where to register, visit the event’s Facebook Page and check out  SektorF on Facebook.

Skaid all together - a social project for refugees

Skaid brings locals and refugees together with skateboarding

Skaid is a freshly founded social project with the aim of connecting people from different cultures and social backgrounds through sharing positive experiences in sports.

Skaid all together - a social project for refugees

With a clear mindset, their first goal was to organize skate and longboard workshops for refugees, guided by the locals.

The first workshop called “Skaid – all together” took place on the 21st of May at Landhausplatz in Innsbruck.

Skaid all together - a social project for refugees

Besides the Skaid workshops for refugees, the gathering also offered a chill out area, a lottery with prizes and a King of the line contest amongst other things.

Skaid gave people a chance to get a first glimpse of skateboarding, get to feel how a rolling board feels under their feet, get some pointers from the local skaters and enjoy a chilled afternoon with a variety of people sharing the same passion.

That is what the skateboarding mentality is all about.

Follow Skaid via Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/skaidconnects

The High Black Corner Jam by easygoinc. longboards

Rollbrett Salzburg and easygoinc. present The High Black Corner Jam 2017

It has been pretty quiet around the boys and girls from Rollbrett Salzburg. Who is Rollbrett Salzburg you ask? Seriously?

If you have been to at least one of many BigMountainSkate events, you know the drinking team from Austria and Bavaria and their skateboarding problem. So I guess you probably had at least a beer with one of them.

Other than that, you most likely remember the event they host – The High Black Corner Jam – a downhill skateboard slopestyle festival, where everything is just about fun. An extraordinary event that mixes longboarding and skateboarding into one big thing.

Here is a video by Bros before Pros to give you a better picture.

Now guess what, this article is just about that – the High Black Corner Jam 2017 presented by easygoinc. longboards in the middle of the beautiful Bavarian Alps.

This year’s event in Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden is not your usual season opener, but planned right before KnK Longboard Camp (week #1), to loosen your legs if you have a long drive to Slovenia. The event is most likely on everyone’s travel route.

The High Black Corner Jam by easygoinc. longboards
Draw a card – the mini game at High Black Corner Jam. Photo by Paul Bamberger

For the Rollbrett Salzburg crew, the event from the 21st to 23rd of July is just about coming together, hanging around, have a few beers, skating a few ramps, doing a few slides and playing some mini games.

It is also a great opportunity to try something new, like skate with 4 different types of scrubbies, a board without grip, a beer bench and much more craziness while battling for some neat sponsor prizes while playing mini games.

The registration for this year’s event is already open with a registration fee of 50 €, which includes three days of skate fun including camping. Click here to register.

The beer is cheap, the music is good (yes, there will also be a live band) and Rollbrett Salzburg will also offer breakfast and dinner, which is not included in the registration free.

See you on the hill and on the ramps!

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