Ghost Town Freeride 2017

Abandoned towns, BBQ’s and longboarding – The 2017 Ghost Town Freeride

Organized by Sbanda Brianza, a Sports Club based in Brianza, Northern Italy, the Ghost Town Freeride is run by multiple adventurous skaters with a passion for longboarding and obsession for extreme sports.

Affiliated to FISR, the Italian Skateboarding Federation, the association is active in the Italian longboarding scene through event organization and get-togethers for riders with a “sbanda (swerve) state-of-mind”.

The Association is also deeply involved in offering longboard classes/camps for beginners, with certified instructors.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017
The Sbanda Brianza lifestyle – Adrenaline, music, bruised knees, wasted boards and parties!

GHOST TOWN FREERIDE

Ghost Town Freeride is a two-day event organized by Sbanda Brianza, and supported by FISR, the Italian Roller Sports Federation. It offers 48 hours of longboarding, skateboarding, music, adrenaline and bruised buttocks.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017

June 17th and 18th, 2017 will mark the second edition of Ghost Town Freeride.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017

Last year, more than 80 riders came from all over the Italian peninsula to skate the road that extends down from the peculiar ghost town of Consonno.

The track features 1.3 km of pure asphalt, with 10% average gradient and a 2016 track record of a top speed of 82-kph.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017

Consonno is an ancient village hidden in the hills around Lecco, close to the Alps. After being drastically turned into a little Las Vegas, it fell from grace in the mid-‘70s and the town slowly became uninhabited.

Nowadays, it has become one of the most famous longboarding spots in Northern Italy.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017

Ghost Town Freeride promotes the longboarding lifestyle by combining the sport together with its cultural side. This translates into a weekend of not only longboarding, but also music concerts, skate ramps, street-art corners, BBQs, street markets and a Saturday-night party to scare the ghosts away.

The registration fee for Ghost Town Freeride 2017 is set to 50 EUR which includes the event registration and a FISR membership.

For the registration form and more detailed event information visit the official Sbanda Brianza website or check out their Facebook event page.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017

Ghost Town Freeride 2017 sponsors, partners and supporters are:
FISR (Federazione Italiana Sport Rotellistici)
Comune di Olginate
Provincia di Lecco
Nilox
Zero31
Boardstyle
Assicomo
Carrozzeria Goglio
Officina Bonacina
Blossom Communication
Stage Diving

Eat Concrete 2017

The return of Eat Concrete with 2017 edition

After a year of pause,  Eat Concrete returns to Gros-Fays in Namur, located close to the Belgium-France border.

Held between the 25th to 28th of May 2017, this event is know for it’s relaxed atmosphere, vibrant nightlife and a mellow road that offers plenty of fun for beginners and pros, who want to practice their racing technique.

Eat Concrete 2017
An areal winter shot of Gros-Fays in Namur, Belgium. Photo by Sam Van Lier.

The first edition of Eat Concrete was organised back in 2013 as the first Belgian Championship Downhill Skateboarding race and is now continuing the tradition of bringing stoke to the local and international downhill family.

Eat Concrete event schedule

On the 24th of May, a day before the freeride is set to start, the Eat Concrete crew will open their campsite to welcome the riders and give them a chance to find the perfect camping spot, get situated and have a cold beer before the next day of skating.

The next three days will be reserved for freeriding and are not limited to only longboarding, but open their arms to all downhill sports (Classic / Street luge and  In-Line are allowed).

Eat Concrete 2017
2015 Open winners: Per Pjax Christner, Sebastian Hertler and Alex Dehmel.

On Friday afternoon, May 26th, the Belgian Chamipionship race will take place which will last until the 28th of May. This means a total of 3 days freeriding and 4 days of racing.

The crew’s plan is to provide as many runs as possible by starting the day at 9 a.m. every day and ensuring fast shuttles which take only 4-5 minutes.

The track

If your are new to racing or even a pro who wants to fine tune his technique, this is the perfect event to make it happen.

Eat Concrete 2017
Drafting is the name of the game at Eat Concrete. Photo by Newtons’s Shred.

At Eat Concrete, drafting is the name of the game with the addition of fun pack runs with friends and other racers.

Eat Concrete 2017
The technical tight “Red Bull” corner. Photo by Newtons’s Shred.

The track starts with a big push into a straight that leads into a flowy S curve that follows into the first 90 degree corner.

This is also where the crew will set up a chill out place for spectators and riders where they can get their one free meal and drink a day, while watching the skating go down and sway to the music provided by a DJ.

After gripping or sliding the so called ”Red Bull corner”, the flow develops into a longer sweeper section where the race starts to get interesting.

With a heated game of drafting that last around 500 meters, this section will determine how good someones racing and drafting  skills are.

After this pick-up speed section, the track turns into the second left corner just before the finish line.

Campsite and night life

The campsite is located 12 minutes from the track and offers all the amenities you need to get comfy.

The race camp was a real camping site at a river. It was fully equipped with nice bathrooms, showers and some really nice long time campers. Alex Dehmel

In the heart of the campsite a big circus party tent will be set up where riders will be able to enjoy the company of fellow skaters and shed off some extra energy on a mini ramp.

Eat Concrete 2017
A fun mini ramp session is also on the schedule.

With some time to practice their skate tricks, attendees will also  be able to participate in a mini ramp contest scheduled for Saturday, May 27th. The winners will enjoy their glory with a new board, hoodies and other goodies.

To keep the party going, the crew set up the evening entertainment with 1 – 2 live bands, followed by a DJ that will keep the party rocking until the early hours.

Purple Haste groove master, Florian Fellner is also set to provide some sick beats during the event and take the party to the next level.

Do you want to join the Belgian party?

The registration for Eat Concrete 2017 has already started, but you still have a chance to join the party until midnight on May 21st, 2017 via their official website.

Eat Concrete 2017

Greenskate Cologne 2016

Join the movement: Greenskate 2017 events

Greenskate is a global movement that started in Calgary Alberta in Canada back in 2007. As a means to promote environmental consciousness and connecting all winds of the longboard community, from downhill longboarders to cruising enthusiasts, it soon after got picked up by international crews supporting the green cause.

The main idea behind Greenskate is not only to push awareness regarding environmental changes, but to also connection community-building events around the globe. It’s events are connect every-day commuters with the core longboard scene and promote longboarding as a green source of transportation.

To get an idea on how an event like this brings together amazing crowds of likeminded people, check out the video from last year’s Green Skate Day held in Rome, Italy.

Organise a Greenskate session, support the community

Greenskate can be whatever you want it to be, a cruise through the city, a slide-jam, slalom or downhill event.  It is a neutral party and is not affiliated with any brand or company. Each individual event is organised by the local community in each country.

Anybody who wants to organise their own Greenskate event can register it via a form here and become a part of the global movement.

In the past many Greenskate events happened in both South and North America, Asia and Europe. So far, the European events registered for 2017 will take place in

For a more detailed description of each and every event, visit the  official Greenskate Tumblr page.

Greenskate Cologne 2017 by ConcreteWave Skateshop Cologne

We are also excited to announce, that Longboard Magazine Europe will cover one of the biggest European Greenskate events, the 7th Greenskate Cologne (Germany) on June 17th, 2017

The German edition of Greenskate is organised by ConcreteWave Skateshop Cologne and supported by BTFLboards & skates, Flowseekers, Skate-Rack, Icone Longboards, BOLZEN Trucks and Walzen Wheels.

See you there!

No Man's Land Endurance Freeride by Longboard Magazine in Slovenia

No Man’s Land Freeride 2017

At Longboard Magazine we are proud to present our new freeride event No Man’s Land which will take place from July 4th till July 8th in Tolmin, Slovenia.

About the No Man’s Land track

At No Man’s Land freeride the riders will have the opportunity to skate down an 8 kilometres long mountain road closed for traffic, featuring 80 sweepers and 5 hairpins.

The road has an average of 8,8% grade with the steepest section at 14,5% and the total elevation of 710 meters. Repaved five years ago, the surface is still in good condition with an exception of some “tar snakes”.

No Man’s Land will challenge the riders to endure around 8 runs per day, starting at 11am and finishing at 6pm.

Just like on KnK, there will be no “lunch breaks”, but riders will be able to skip the run and grab the food right on top of the track to regain the much needed energy for the rest of the runs.

See the track on FindHills @ https://bit.ly/2jmWWPm.

Location – Soča River Valley

The freeride is placed in one of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia, the world famous Soča River Valley, next to the town of Tolmin.  The emerald Soča River is considered to be the one of the cleanest Alpine rivers in Europe. Its beauty is beyond words.

To learn more about Soča River, see this website:
https://www.slovenia.info/en/places-to-go/attractions/the-river-soca-and-the-isonzo-soca-front

The track leads up from the village Volče towards the Slovenian-Italian border and Kolovrat, a World War One outdoor museum where the riders can take a walk inside its cold tunnels filled with spirits of many brave men.

Beautiful campsite on Soča River

We are really stoked about camping at No Man’s Land freeride. CAMP GABRJE with all the amenities will ensure a very comfortable stay for everyone. It is located right next to the river Soča where you can have the cleanest and the freshest swim of your life.

The camp is equipped with an internet connection, electricity, hot showers, toilettes, dish washing area…It has pretty much everything you may need and it is only a few minutes drive to the small town Tolmin.

The camp has a cute bar with a big covered terrace and very friendly staff. That’s where the riders will get served a cold Laško or Union as well as soft drinks while enjoying the evening program.  The newly built kitchen facility right next to the bar will serve tasty food.

For those who enjoy hanging out by the fireplace, camp Gabrje has one of the most amazing in the area. It’s placed on a plateau right next to the Soča River and a beautiful private beach, just about 50m  away from the main bar.

How to join No Man’s Land

The riders limit is set at 120 and a registration fee, which includes staying at the campsite, is 200,00 EUR for 5 days of full freeride.

You can also follow the event via the official Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1849135025364030/.

If you’re coming to No Man’s Land, be sure to join us via official Facebook event page for the latest event updates and announcements.

Verdicchio Race 2017

Verdicchio Race 2017 Announcement

The 2017 Verdicchio Race will take place from the 26th until the 29th of July. As the third edition of this event, 180 riders are expected to roll down the same road as in 2015.

In case you are not familiar with the Verdicchio race track, here is the scoop. It’s a 2.7 km long road with a top speed of +75 km/h for longboarders and up to +80 km/h for street lugers.

The first straight section includes fast sweepers that develop into a more technical section with 6 wide and fast hairpins. If you want to see how the track winds and check out their 2015 event video, click here.

The Verdicchio Race is also both a part of the Italian Downhill Skateboarding Championship, as well as the IDF World Qualifying Series.

Racing in this WQS will set you back 185 euros, while Italian skaters, who only wish to skate in their own Championship, have to pay an entry FIHP fee of 90 euros.

Registration and more event information can be found at https://www.verdicchiorace.it  or the event’s official Facebook page.

Shoutout to Verdiccio 2017 sponsors
Comune di Cupramontana
Xmasters
Vignamato
Mezzometro on the Road
Donzelli Autoservizi
Zero31 Longboards
The Owl Longboards
Original Skateboards
Olson & Hekmati
Homeward Tattoo
CF Monsano

To stay on track with the race and updates, follow the official Verdicchio hastags #verdicchiorace and #verdicchiorace17 on Facebook or Instagram.

Freiburg Winter Outlaw Series 2017

Freiburg Winter Outlaw Series IV Event Report

Officially, there is no event, no organiser and no race. People turn up to the hill, and find anywhere between 15 and 45 skateboarders gearing up. Someone produces radios from their pocket, another guy for some reason has green and red flags…a start line appears and brackets are drawn up. This happens once a month from December to April.

Unofficially, this is the Freiburg Winter Outlaw Series.

Freiburg Winter Outlaw Series 2017

The Freiburg winter-race-season-baby is now 3 years old. The idea is to get people on their skateboards over winter to keep the downhill juices flowing to carry them into Spring.

Fun runs with friends new and old is the name of the game, race experience and cash prizes are a bonus for those that feel so inclined.

The race series is not a commercial instrument or branded, but it would be impossible to write this article without thanking Layback Freiburg Skateshop for sponsoring the shuttle bus this season. Especially when skaters were using Hackenstein’s personal van!

We would call this one of the definitions of a core skate shop. The trophy is also paid for and hand built at Layback, and quite nice it is too…

Race tracks are slow and technical, they have to be ridden in any weather conditions (and we’ve had some tough ones) and by all abilities.

One push starts keep the racing tight from the top, and especially with tracks as short as 700m long, keeps the emphasis on ones ability to skate downhill to win the race, rather than just kicking like a horse. Not that that isn’t cool too, but you can do that all summer 😉

Last weekend was the 4th race of 5 of the 2016/17 series. Somehow the weather gods have frowned upon The Freiburg Winter Outlaw Series this year and given skaters full sunshine and dry roads for every race! We guess the last one will be bloody miserable.

Freiburg Winter Outlaw Series 2017

Here are a few photo sets that can show the race far better than I can describe it to you: Schnsld, Andreas Seemann Photography. Feel free to like to photographer pages, I’m sure there will be more epic photos up there soon!

And check out the little video shot by Henrik Shinko of the day:

Last year Leon Ritter was the series champion for the 2nd time, but it wasn’t decided until the final heat of the final race, and it was decided in spectacular fashion…

This year it could come down to the wire again with Jan and Janto both on form and with 2 wins each. Top 3 results count.

Freiburg Winter Outlaw Series 2017 winners

Top ten is as follows:

  1. Jan Dederer
  2. Janto Just
  3. Marvin Lorff
  4. Adrian Wersching
  5. Jan Brebeck
  6. Leif Schloßarek
  7. Samuel Schuler
  8. Camille Delhaes
  9. Jan Späth
  10. Ruben Schray

Final race will be on the most fun and varied race track that Freiburg has to offer, with basically a closed road, shuttles, crash mats…its getting serious! 29th April, see you there!

For more info about the last race of the Freiburg Winter Outlaw Series visit the Layback Freiburg Skateshop Facebook page.

Cheese Valley Freeride

Cheese Valley Freeride is back!

The two day Cheese Valley Freeride will take place from the 16th – 17th of September, 2017. It will be held in the same small village called Konolfingen, Switzerland, as in 2015.

Cheese Valley Freeride 2017

However, this year Roland Trachsel is not alone. With the help of his wife Anni Trachsel, Danilo Porto, Alex Weijnman, Christoph Batt, Philipp Amann, Marcel Isler, and Dominic Schenk, the event will bring back the same unique experience in the heart of the cheese country.

The track

Eighty riders will skate down a 2 km long track with a top speed of 80 km/h. It is appropriate for both beginners and advanced riders and meant for everyone who loves skateboarding. From the local community, to skaters passing by who want to join the freeride, everyone is welcome.

Here is what Roland had to say about the 2017 Cheese Valley Freeride:

It’s a cool road for beginners and advanced riders. The surrounding beautiful landscape and staying in the middle of a horse farm with tipi tents and a campfire is a great way to meet the local skate family. The longboard community is really important to us.

Although the track is not skateable throughout the year, because it is located between farm lands, the surrounding green pastures offer a pleasant environment during the freeride.

Accommodation

The campsite is located on the top of the track, close to the start, where skaters will be able to find a perfect spot to sleep in their own tent or in a tipi tent located right next to the party tent.

Moreover, the campsite also has horses, pony’s, goats and pigs, some of which you can also pet. This is also a great feature not just for adults, but also families with young children.

The campsite also has a restaurant, a place for camp fires as well as toilettes and showers. In addition, there is also enough room for parking your car or a camper.

The crew will take care of the evening entertainment with a DJ, photo projections and an auction where you can get new skate gear cheaper.

Registration info

The registration is set to start in the beginning of July, 2017 via the Cheese Valley Freeride website. Although, the website is currently offline, you can follow the event on their Facebook event page for all the latest information.

Furthermore, with a registration fee at around 140 Swiss Franks, you not only get a place to skate and relax, but also two meals per day for both days of the freeride.

Finally, check out the video the crew made to help prepare you for the event:

Arico - El Bueno Freeride 2017 Day #2

Arico – El Bueno Freeride 2017 Day #2 Report

Tom Campbell and Ry Swanton are on the Island keeping us posted with the first freeride on Tenerife, Arico – El Bueno 2017 presented by KebbeK Skateboards and organised by BigMountainSkate.

In case you missed the El Bueno Day #1 report, click here to read and watch it.

Here’s how the second day rolled out on the Island…

The track is a black serpent working its way down a terraced mountain side, irrigation ditches cutting it up and cacti lining the sides. The surface is volcanic island tarmac, it slices through layers of wheels like nothing else.

Alex Dehmel live streamed a run with Islander Marcos Costa and lead organiser Felix Rupistch, check it out here…

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Alex Dehmel is a team rider at Olson&Hekmati, Skoa Trucks, Cult Wheels, Longboardshop.eu and Risch Aerohelmets…Marcos Costa is a team rider at Crash Test Dummies Pucks and Fibretec Skateboards.

In between runs, the riders spend the most time together while waiting for the buses at the bottom. However, this provides a rare opportunity for them to catch up and enjoy being a part of a tight knit international community. The events we go to and the runs we share as riders can create the closest of friendships and it is good to catch up whenever possible, even if it’s just at longboard events.

Here’s some of the stoke found on Instagram…
Photos by @paristruckco, @domi_schenk, @radesigns, @nata_zoja_mi_, @kebbekskateboards and @miguelpalau_vc.

Wheels are being worn down at an exceedingly quick rate with riders having to rely on KebbeK Skateboards core a set, get a set offer.

Pete Connolly has worn down a set of Cult Raptures per day and seems to be running out quickly. For him the event is simple…

“Just freeride and enjoy the vibe”.

Will Edgecombe is there as well, taking photos for Skate[Slate]…

“I am glad to poach some runs on the beautiful track and skate alongside old friends”.

Overall having 5 days of riding gives riders the time to skate different. Juergen Gritzer has been spotted carving down the track on a KebbeK Shortcut while Pete Connolly has been seen throwing a super rare stand up slide.

El Bueno 🙂

Arico - El Bueno Freeride - Day #1

First impressions from Arico – El Bueno Freeride 2017, Day 1

The Marshalling was controlled by the Sliders Skate House crew while the guys from BigMountainSkate took care of the start and oversaw the operation. With the chilled atmosphere surrounding the event riders carved and slid their way down the mountain, taking their time to find their perfect line through the hill.

The Homies from KebbeK Skateboards have put on an exclusive epic deal for riders at the event: The riders can buy a set of slidey KebbeK wheels for 30 Euros and as soon as they core them, they get a new set for free, all week long.

Riders are already handing in their cored sets and redeeming fresh sets to ride…

With such a thane heavy hill we wanted to take away the worry from riders about how many sets of wheels they use ~ Joey Bidner, Kebbek Skateboards

Live run with Emily Pross

We were excited to watch a live stream of a run via Longboard Magazine Facebook page thanks to Emily Pross. She sent it down with a camera rig and streamed a run with Robbert van Haaften.

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Emily Pross is a team rider at G-Form, RAD Wheels, Ronin Trucks, IXO BoardsDaddies Board Shop and Berkeley College.

What are the riders saying

We also spoke to a few of the riders from the community about their first day at the event. Here’s what they shared with us…

German skater Sebastian Gschaider said:

My day begun pretty early at 6:30 at the Sliders Skate House and then onto the track to enjoy skating with my friends. The track is pretty sick with some funny corners and good hamburgers and nice pack runs with my Homies.

Dutch Skater Bart RiemVis said:

Although the hotel was crammed with the Dutch crew we made it out of bed just in time for the uplift buses. The first ride up the hill on the uplift buses was long but definitely worth it for the epic hill we got to skate. I would recommend BigMountainSkate freerides to anyone, they are the best events to attend from beginner to pro.

British Skater Mark Short describes the day as relaxed, fun with a hint of danger on the side. It’s gentle enough that a beginner can jump onto a board and get down with big carves and big smiles.

No crew has ever succeeded in pulling off a freeride in Tenerife and BigMountainSkate really had their work cut out for them. However they have succeeded in pulling off a lovely, efficient event despite the challenges they have faced.

Tune in via Longboard Magazine Facebook page for further coverage and another live raw run on the track.

Photos by Brianne Collective.
Reports from the event are provided by Tom Campbell and Ry Swanton. Thank you!

Raphaël Therrien inside the ruins at Arico - El Bueno 2017. Photo by Brianne Collective.

The island vibes at Arico – El Bueno freeride are setting in

As planes are landing on Tenerife, the island vibes at Arico – El Bueno freeride presented by KebbeK Skateboards are setting in at the Ecovillaclub with “bellboy” Felix Rupitsch welcoming the guests.

Sleepy riders awoke this morning to a mini ramp overlooking the sea.

Arico - El Bueno 2017 mini ramp overlooking the sea.
Arico – El Bueno 2017 mini ramp overlooking the sea.

Everyone is excited as setups are readied and wheels are packed.

With good forecasts predicted all week the pool is going to come in handy. The Dutch contingent are camped out beside the pool, this is the first sunshine they have seen in a long time.

Close to the hotel is an abandoned Leper colony. Riders today explored, filming lines through the buildings and warming their legs up for the week.

Joey Bidner skateboarding on the ruins at Arico - El Bueno. Photo Brianne Collective.
Joey Bidner skateboarding on the ruins at Arico – El Bueno.

With bars and cafes just ten minutes away from the hotel happy riders can be found scattered across the cafes in search of food and wi-fi.

Arico - El Bueno 2017, relaxing at the beach. Photo by Brianne Collective.
Arico – El Bueno 2017, relaxing at the beach.

BigMountainSkate‘s reputation for creating a pop up paradise has been upkept at El Bueno. Sure the hotel is smaller than expected but the rest is perfect.

Tune into Longboard Magazine this week for daily updates and live stream via Facebook page.

Photos by Brianne Collective.
Reports from the event are provided by Tom Campbell and Ry Swanton. Thank you!

Women's Longboard Camp - Group photo by Maria Arndt

Women’s Longboard Camp – Bonfire 2017 news

We always knew that 2016 was going to be a hard one to top – three events, three concepts, three locations. It all culminated in the epic adventure that was our freeride camp last August in the most magnificent of settings, a collaboration with the brilliant Woodwings crew.

Photo of the crew at last year’s WLC by Maria Arndt

A lot of blood, sweat and also some tears went into last year’s Womens’ Longboard Camp series and for some time it looked as though that may have been it, at least for the time being. To be honest, it would have been a great high on which to end the last five years.

Life is changing, as is the crew, priorities are shifting and gravitating towards other commitments and new ventures, as the saying goes one door closes, another one opens and life begins outside of your comfort zone.

General event information

This year’s edition of the Women’s Longboard Camp will take place from the 2nd – 6th of June 2017. The place to be this year is between the hills and valleys of Löwenstein, a small town situated between Heilbronn and Stuttgart in the south-west of Germany.

Women's Longboard Camp- photo by Maria Arndt
The girls practicing their tuck

Bonfire will be limited to 30 participants to ensure everyone attending gets enough attention from our crew and can enjoy a relaxed and friendly environment. The registration is already open, so check out our shiny new website to get the deets and to sign up.

What’s new for the 2017 Women’s Longboard Camp?

We thought about how we could make it better and our good friend and longtime WLC supporter Alex Dietrich, the man behind Root Longboards himself, will be at the helm of this event; we are both stoked and super grateful for all his hard work.

We’ll be returning to good ol’ Germany once more, to the greater Stuttgart area to be precise, which has been host to several WLC events over the past years.

For the 2017 edition, we’ve chosen a proper special spot – you may have heard of Großerlach before, home of the annual Pimp Mai Ride. No need for shuttles, riders get back up the hill in a skilift, how rad is that?! Skate all day, err day, just how it should be.

We cannot wait to get this party started, it’s going down this June and once again we’ll bring you everything you love, including a residential miniramp, hells to the yeah!

See ya on the hill!

Keeping It High - Seaside 2017 IDF WQS

Keeping It High – Seaside 2017 WQS IDF in Philippines

A new race track will be hosting the Philippines leg of the 2017 World Tour of the International Downhill Federation (IDF) at Keeping It High World Qualifying Series. The Philippines staple chill tropical island vibes will be surrounding the fastest race track in Asia.

Keeping It High – Seaside 2017 WQS IDF in Philippines
Keeping It High – Seaside 2017 WQS IDF in Philippines

The 1st section has a grade of 13.77% and steepest is 23.23%. Riders are surrounded by a mountain range on both sides and when they reach the fastest section of the track, the view switches from mountains to a breathtaking seascape.

The "Ohmega" hairpin is where the view switches and is also the fastest section.
The “Ohmega” hairpin is where the view switches and is also the fastest section.

The beauty of the view may be a distraction for riders but a bunch of turns will try to keep them focused on the way down. As you reach the bottom you can choose to take a walk towards the coast where you can take a dip in the ocean as the hot summer Sun charges you with some “vitamin sea”.

UNITED and Zero Gravity team rider Caloy Sambrano approaching the last turn of Seaside.
UNITED and Zero Gravity team rider Caloy Sambrano approaching the last turn of Seaside.

It will be the third time the race track would be raced on but the first ever time during the hot Philippines summer.

Freeride will be on the April 14th, Qualifying on the 15th and Race day on the 16th.

Keeping It High - Seaside 2017 flyer

Current World #1, Mauritz Armfelt from Sweden as well as a Spanish rider Javier Tato and a German rider Jenny Schauerte are confirmed to race.

I’m super stoked to come to the Philippines! I have heard so much good things. I don’t know what it will be like and I don’t really know what to expect but i always enjoy going to new places! I think I will like the Philippines ~ Mauritz Armfelt, Sweden

Check out the track

If you haven’t made plans yet or if you have never felt some Asian stoke register via IDF or stay updated via the Facebook Event page.

In case you think there’s not enough time to plan your trip overseas, you’ll be happy to know that the Philippines has a 30 days visa waiver policy for EU travellers.

Philippines has a 30 days visa waiver policy for EU travellers

I hope this inspires you to come over to Asia or maybe see you next year.

Photo: Owen Licop, Ally Hemmady and Carl Sambrano
Poster: Abigail Viloria

The Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship Calendar 2017

The Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship Calendar 2017

Several months passed since the end of the Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship 2016. With the late arrival of cold winter weather, our thoughts of rubbing shoulders with fellow racers on the road and hearing the sound of wheels sliding still warms us. Making this holiday season even better is a Christmas gift that is the CIDHS calendar for 2017!

The Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship (CIDHS) promised an interesting tour for next year with substantial news regarding the race tracks. The championship tour will take part from June to August, taking in account all other IDF competitions across the globe.

The stages for the Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship 2017 will include four events and two new race tracks.

Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship 2017 calendar

Downhill Falls – 24th and 25th of June, 2017

Downhill Falls Track – 24th and 25th of June, 2017As the new entry in the CIDHS series, Downhill Falls will take place in the province of Frosinone, in the center of Italy.

Held in a very special city called Isola del Liri, it’s also the only European city with a waterfall flowing right in the heart of town. As something I never thought I would see, it is also the particular characteristic that gave the event its name.

Apart from seeing the beautiful waterfall, you shouldn’t miss the 1.3 km long race track with brand new asphalt. We invite you to take a go at it and try being the first one to win the podium at Downhill Falls.

 

Official hashtag: #downhillfalls

Ambrose Challenge – 1st and 2nd of July, 2017

Ambrose Challenge – 1st and 2nd of July, 2017Ambrose Challenge was a part of the CIDHS circuit last year and got a very positive feedback from all the racers attending. It is located in the province of Verona, in Valpolicella. For next year’s season, we are expecting another pleasant weekend on this road that will cater to all adrenaline seeking longboarders.

The track is 2.8 km long with an average gradient of 6.5 % and a maximum gradient of 10 %.

Here is the 2016 video from Ambrose Downhill Challenge:

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Official hashtag: #ambrosechallenge

Verdicchio Race – 27th to 28th July, 2017

Verdicchio Race – 27th to 28th July, 2017The next new/old entry of the 2017 tour is Verdicchio Race. As the third edition of this race, its coming back better than ever after a years break. Verdicchio will be held on the Poggiocupro race track in a village called Cupramontana, the capital of Verdicchio.

As one of the most technical and fun packed tracks in Italy, riders will descend down the 2.7 km long race track with 6 hairpins and long straights with fast corners.

This event will last for four days and is going to be a part of the IDF Eurotour 2017, as a World Qualifying Series. Two days of the event will be dedicated to the Italian Championship.

Official hashtag: #verdicchiorace

Euroskate 2017 – 3rd to 6th of August, 2017

Euroskate 2017 - 3rd to 6th of August, 2017The 14th edition of the Euroskate will finish the CIDHS circuit. The Roll Club of Padua, led by Sandro Marandin, is back with the Euganean Hills and an impeccable organisation which includes big shows and the famous torchlight ride along the race route.

The track is famous for its curve called “Schivanoia”, the first one of a series of hairpins following one another and inevitably leading to racers showing off their best skills while pumping and taking advantage of the hairpins apex.

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Official hashtag: #teyolo

Surely the 2017 Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship FISR will not fail to surprise us. In the mean time, while waiting for the race season to start, go out and skate. Get ready, because the starting line is waiting for you!

RidersFly 2017 7 Horquillas Freeride

RidersFly longboard events schedule 2017

RidersFly was a small crew of Spanish riders back in 2006. Since then, they grew and aren’t limited to only a group of adrenaline junkies anymore. Under their name you will find a competitive team, that takes part in national and international events, a school that prioritises safety and teaching newcomers, a junior team, swag longboard gear and of course freerides.

Their 2017 event plan includes 4 freerides, all taking part in small Spanish towns. If you’re in the mood to visit Spain next year, you should definitely stop at one of their events.

Xert Freeride, March 25th – 26th, 2017

First on the RidersFly calendar is Xert Freeride in March. The first edition of this freeride will take place in a small town called Xert in the province of Castellón (Spain). Located a few kilometers away from Salzadella and Sant Mateu, Xert is also conveniently located close to the airport.

The spot is amazing to skate and the town is very welcoming. We also like doing events in tiny villages because we prefer to bring tourism to small towns rather than large cities.  Maria Giner

RidersFly 2017 Xert Freeride
Sergio Sebastia turning into a right corner at the Xert Freeride track. Photo by Maria Giner

Besides the relaxed and local vibe, attendees will enjoy a 2.5 km long and dynamic road with a bunch of corners and sweapers. With the top speed of 75 km/h, Ridersfly makes sure you’ll get to feel the Spanish breeze.

Furthermore, Xert offers 2 days of freeriding with shuttles, rider insurance and an ambulance crew with a doctor. Moreover, rego also includes water during the event, two meals (lunch) and also a nice camping area in a sport center with showers and toilettes.

The riders limit is set to 100 skaters and the registration fee to 70 euros. If you are interested in Xert freeride, note that the registration starts on February 15th, 2017. All further information will be posted on their event page.

7 Horquillas Freeride, June 3rd – 4th, 2017

Second in line is 7 Horquillas Freeride in the beginning of June. This event will be held in a small village called Condemios de Arriba.

Until now the crew celebrated a birthday of a fellow team rider Tato with a small skate session, but next year they are doing it bigger than ever, as 7 Horquillas Freeride.

Located in the province of Guadalajara, the track is short but sweet. RidersFly said it’s technical, but offers a lot of fun with your friends.

RidersFly 2017 7 Horquillas Freeride
An aerial view of the 7 Horquillas Freeride track

Seven corners packed into 1.4 km of road promise a fun time, while the straights provide an adrenaline rush with a top speed of 80+ km/h.

The riders limit is set to 100, but there is no further information regarding the price at this moment. If you are interested in the 7 Horquillas Freeride, follow their social pages and website for fresh upcoming information.

Salzadella Freeride, July 28th – 30th, 2017

Salzadella is the most known event by RidersFly. Although last year they had decided to cancel their IDF race, because of the low number of riders, they made a decision to keep going with the freeride.

Furthermore, they are also considering doing a race, not and IDF race, but at this moment we can’t promise anything.

This well known track is 2.6 km long with fast corners and smooth pavement. Moreover, longboarders can reach a top speed of 105 km/h and streetlugers up to 115 km/h. In addition to the good protection of the track, marshals will be placed on every corner.

RidersFly 2017 Salzadella Freeride
A shot from last year’s Salzadella Freeride

This three day freeride will host 100 riders. The price of the registration in not know yet, but RidersFly promise that everyone will get their moneys worth. As per usual, rego includes shuttles, rider insurance, an ambulance team with a doctor and a protected track. Moreover, everybody will also get lunch, water during the freeride and will enjoy a camping area in a sports center with showers and toilettes.

Sant Mateu Freeride, October 28th – 29th, 2017

Last but definitely not least, October will mark the 6th Sant Mateu Freeride. The crew will stay in the province of Castellón, but this time move to a different village called Sant Mateu.

This event is described to be appropriate for all riding levels with it’s 1.2 km length, a few corners and some fast sections.

Moreover, the riders limit is not know yet, but the registration price is going to be 70 euros.

As on all RidersFly events, participants will be covered by a shuttle, insurance, ambulance team and two day’s lunch. Besides the track, the camping area is also backed with showers and toilettes to keep you clean after a hard day of riding.

Transylvania Downhill by Devastation Longboard Crew

Transylvania Downhill 2017 by Devastation Longboard Crew

Last summer, the Devastation Longboard Crew from Romania organised their first big event, Transylvania Downhill. 124 riders attended the event for four days and apparently everyone had a great time.

Adi Shor, one of the organisers, says that they received great feedback so far and they expect more people to show up next year.

Quite a few people announced that they’re coming so we will put the limit to 250 riders. Eventually, if needed, we can extend it to 300. 100 riders for the downhill race and 150 just for the freeride. The event will last 6 days and the track will be a bit longer, with 0.7km adding to it by one hairpin on top and two more on the bottom ~ Adi Shor

In addition to the extended riders limit and the total length of 5.2 km for the race, the organisers plan on making additional improvements.

Next year, riders will enjoy Transylvania Downhill for 6 days total. The first day will be reserved for arrivals and registration. The following three days will host the freeride and the final two days, the downhill race. Adi also noted, that they plan on expanding their working crew to help run things smoother.

Transylvania Downhill

As per usual, riders will use a gondola as a shuttle. But rather than getting your skate shoes muddy, the paths will be improved with stairs and a nice walking surface.

Furthermore, the crew will also install additional side ramps on the freeride / slide jam area. A halfpipe is also to be expected at the chill zone. In regards to entertainment, the crew will set up a big screen Xbox game projection, videos and other activities. They also have big plans for the party area with the Astronaut Kru Soundsystem.

Transylvania Downhill

If you’ve missed their first event, be sure to also check out the Transylvania Downhill 2016 after movie.

Devastation Crew 2017 event range

For season 2017, the Devastation crew announced three events in total, including:

  • Transylvania Downhill / July 3rd – 9th
  • Cincis Skate / August, 11th – 13th
  • Transylvania Freeride / August 31st – September 3rd

New to their agenda is Cinics Skate. This downhill competition by the Lake Cinicis, features a 3 km long downhill track including sweapers and a top speed of over 80 km/h. This event is manly dedicated to locals, as a national championship stage, but everyone is welcome to join the fun.

The 2017 Transylvania Freeride Race Track

The Romanian crew also has another event up their sleeve, the Transylvania Freeride. Held in Pasul Valcan, on the same mountain as their Downhill edition, but on a different ski resort. As the most hardcore race track the crew ever skated, this 4 km long track has the steepest point of 25 %.

To stay on track with Transylvania Downhill and other events, follow the event’s Facebook page or visit the official event website at transylvaniadownhill.com.

Kyle Wester’s downhill skateboarding speed record announced just a day before L’Ultime Decscent

Kyle Wester’s speed record of 143.89 kph announced just a day before L’Ultime Descente

Just as the L’Ultime Descente race is about to happen tomorrow to set the new world record for various downhill disciplines, Santa Cruz Skateboards and Kyle Wester announced Kyle’s successful attempt to break the downhill skateboarding record by reaching the speed of 143.89 kph (89.41 mph).

I’m still trying to comprehend this because of the massive 13 kph difference from the previous record set by Erik Lundberg being 130.63 kph in Les Eboulements. I guess it’s hard to imagine matching that speed as the L’Ultime Descente track is only 1 km long and the top speed for downhill skateboarding stand-up is around 130 kph+.

The location of the road where Kyle did his run is unknown to the general public.

Check out the speed suit!

What is known and you can see in the video (or see the screenshots below) is that Kyle used some kind of a special speed suit he developed in order to be as aerodynamic as possible and to be able to achieve the maximum speed.

Previous speed records

Erik Lundberg set a world record (WGSA) in Les Eboulements (Canada), documented by Red Bull in May 2016. His descent was measured at 130.63 kph and with going faster by just 0.55 kph, he managed to beat Mischo Erban‘s record of 130.08 kph, witnessed back in 2010 on a road in Colorado, USA.

But Erik Lundberg’s speed record is not safe anymore, due to a new three-day event happening tomorrow, where 100 downhill skateboarders will try to beat it.

L’Ultime Descente, World Speed Record 2016

Until now setting new speed records was kind of a private endeavor with just the athlete and officials recording the stunts and preparing the documentation required to obtain the title.

L’Ultime Descente welcomes locals and visitors to Les Eboulements to witness top line downhill skateboarders, street luge skaters, in-line skaters, and soapbox 2.0 drivers, descending down this legendary road.

The event will take place this weekend, from September 9th till 11th. During the time of the event, the road will be closed for traffic every thirty minutes, where riders will be able to do their run from 8 am to 18 pm.  For more info follow their Facebook event page here.

L'Ultime Descente 2016

So far we haven’t noticed any public riders list, but we’ve done some research and Erik Lundberg is flying in to hold his record, as well as Max Ballesteros, Pete Connolly, Emily Pross, Adam Persson, and Mauritz Armfelt, just to name a few…

To give you a taste of the drop, here’s a photo showing the top speed section.

Route du Port in Les Éboulements. Photo by Norman Richard via Panoramio.
Route du Port in Les Éboulements. Photo by Norman Richard via Panoramio.

UPDATE: Pete Connolly in the Guinness World Records as the fastest downhill skateboarder

In 2018 Pete Connolly, the fastest downhill skateboarder in the ”stand-up skateboard” category at L’Ultime Descente, got his record confirmed by the Guinness World Records, making his mark in the history of downhill skateboarding.

Patrick Lombardi wins Red Bull No Paws Down 2016 World Championship

Patrick Lombardi wins Red Bull No Paws Down 2016 World Championship

After five days of warming up on the Bear’s Guts, the riders were finally ready for Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship which took place on the last day of KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2016.

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship 2016. Photo by CK Photography
Pablo Quiles (Gnarlicante) in the focus. Photo by CK Photography

This year’s Week #1 at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp was blessed with good weather and we ended up by having in total only one full day of rain (two half wet days, Monday and Thursday). The rest of it was sunny and hot with the race day being the hottest.

Everyone had more then enough time to get used to the track and improve their stand-up sliding skills. The organisation crew was running things really smooth and delivered in average around ten runs per day.


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Half way through the event it was becoming more and more clear that the competition this year will be harder then last year. Everyone were shredding hard to keep up with the rest but nobody really stressed about the race. Good vibes and fun times with skate buddies were the main focus of every single individual.

All together there were 195 riders participating at this year’s KnK freeride and 117 signed up for the RBNPD race. Some of them later decided not to race for various reasons so in total 72 riders raced to qualify.

After one warmup and three quali runs, 32 riders qualified and raced in the four man heats followed by the freeride runs.

Semi-Final live stream by Emily Pross via @redbull Facebook page

During the seventh run of the day, Emily Pross chased down the racers in Semi-Final and streamed live video to Red Bull Facebook page.

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship 2016. Photo by CK Photography
Emily Pross aiming for the apex. Photo by CK Photography

Emily got hurt during the run in the first hairpin, but despite the injury she skated all the way to the finish line. Everyone was amazed by her determination to finish the run. Later during the evening we were all very happy to hear the she’s OK.

Spiders coming!

Around 4:30pm the Consolation and Final heats dropped into the Guts. Both heats were intense and delivered much excitement to Corner 8 a.k.a. “The Root Corner”.

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship 2016. Photo by CK Photography
From left to right: Ryka Mohammadian, Patrick Lombardi, Ian Freire. Photo by CK Photography

In the Final heat, RBDNP 2015 champion Ian Freire (Brazil) battled with Patrick Lombardi (Italy), Ryka Mohammadian (USA) and Nico Gallmann (Switzerland), but didn’t manage to keep his title. The stakes were high as the money prize for the first place was 1,000 Euros, for the second 500 and for the third place 300 Euros.

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship 2016 Results

1st Patrick Lombardi (Italy)
2nd Ryka Mohammadian (USA)
3rd Ian Freire (Brazil)
4th Nico Gallmann (Switzerland)

The stoke level was off the chart as the young Italian gipsy became a new Red Bull No Paws Down World Champion, repping DB Longboards, Cloud Ride Wheels and of course, his Gispy crew.

After the Final heat, the rest of freeriders gathered around in the finish and carried the champions to the podium. It was epic!

This photo by Brandon DesJarlais (Moonshine MFG) says it all.

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

Party time with NCODNC, DJ SEMO and ZUBLIME

As all the other nights, everyone got together at the party place where the champs walked the podium once again followed by a metal concert performed by NCODNC from Slovenia, rap concert by one the riders Emil Birch – ZublimE and of course, Joey Biedner and Sebastian Schneider spun the KebbeK Wheel of Misfortune. As DJ Semo played some wicked tunes, the crowd was getting more and more drunk… What happened next should stay in Osilnica 🙂

Huge shoutout to everyone who helped running the event especialy to Course marshals and the whole KnK organisation crew, Maga and Rob McWhinnie, Ry Swanton, the Red Bull crew and Hotel Kovač staff. Word up!

Special thanks to CK Photography for awesome photos 🙂


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Tregaron Freeride 2016 / Photo Jack Patten

Tregaron Freeride 2016

Video: Tregaron Freeride 2016 – Brianne Collective / Newton’s Shred Longboard Shop

When the European scene imagines skating in the United Kingdom most ponder on a lack of hills, heavy rain and a scene lacking in downhill orientation. Tregaron Freeride 2016 too was expected to turn out in such a way; with no good footage from the year before , a forecast for heavy rain and only about 75 signed up things were not looking good. However in a odd turn of events a weekend of sun met the fresh faced riders with fast uplifts and no real time limit meaning skating ended when riders were tired.

Tregaron Freeride 2016 / Photo by J Patten Photography

Tregaron Freeride (based in West Wales and run by the Brianne Collective) is a small scale simple freeride which 3 aims; Bring the UK downhill scene together, provide a safe and competitive race and provide as much as 70 freeride runs in a weekend.

Cam Deegan and I started setting up the hill with the installation of the mini ramp (lovingly nicknamed the Jank Ramp by the riders) and spent the night sleeping in the comfort of the uplift van. Rain Pursued us continually and with Sion Hughes and Ry Swanton joining us the weather was bringing high spirits down. Once riders arrived that evening small groups caught up after a month or so from the last event. Old faces like Oli Slaughter and Josh Monk appeared and shared stories and wise words until the early hours of the morning.

We all awoke to a cold morning but were soon warmed by the mysterious orb of light from the sky. Uplifts started once riders were awoken and huge pack runs ensued. As a hill Tregaron features two hairpins and three straights where drafting tactics make racing fun. At around 4pm our own no hand down race (stand up and squat slides only) started with Alfie Lewis seen as a favourite. However gym goer Luke Batchelor used his new found gains for the better and was able to grasp a victory.

In the evening we were hosted by the lovely Y talbot hotel where riders consumed vast quantities of a very edible Lasange. Crumble (a traditional English dessert) followed and racing plans were read to their riders as hungry stomachs were filled. Racing the next day proved to be hugely competitive. Only about 2 top UK riders were missing on their travels to Romania and the open bracket was filled with probably the best 48 UK riders from the last few years.

Once riders had been seeded into their brackets heats were completely stacked with evenly matched competitors all chasing BDSL points and bragging rights. Fair and close racing was had but with points going off to the British Downhill Skateboarding League competition was high and passes (a few on the sketchy side) were made.

The British Downhill Skateboarding League is a collaborative project aimed at raising the standard of UK racing by collating points from all the separate outlaws and closed road events. Currently Pete Connolly (OG heavy hitting rider) sits at the top but points are close and there are still many fixtures to come.

Tregaron Freeride 2016 / Photo by J Patten Photography

In the final Pete Connolly and Van Stone (both footbreaking) were able to break ahead of Bodhi Keen and Ras Sarunas and hold the lead until the end. As the day came towards the end most looked exhausted and riders started to drift towards leaving.

Tregaron Freeride 2016 / Photo by J Patten Photography

We grabbed some opinions from the Open winner – Pete Connolly and the Women’s race Winner – Hermione Pearson:

Not many things make me as happy as a closed road with uplifts. Brianne Collective run a tight ship, meaning no disappointment regarding the number of runs. The event is well organised whilst still retaining a really nice chilled vibe. I’ve only ever visited Wales for downhill skateboarding events, but I love the landscape and it’s been cool to see their spots and try different hills. It’s a great place to learn and improve. The opportunity to push your own limits, without car fear, whilst riding close but comfortably with familiar faces is one of the best parts. Im hesitant to say it, but the challenge of navigating complete strangers and having to react quickly when you can’t predict their riding style is actually starting to grow on me too. I love seeing the overall standard of riding rising every time I go to an event and there’s a real satisfaction in making progress when going back to spots you’ve skated a long time ago.
Big thanks to everyone who works relentlessly to make these things happen! ~ Hermione Pearson

The British Downhill Skateboard League’s (BDSL) Tregaron National Race was the best race UKDH has seen! The whole event was contained on a private road and had great facilities including a mini-ramp! Uplifts were fast and running on a loop road, Brianne Collective are getting slick at their event organisation…. events like this help grow the DH scene in the UK and sharpen all the riders, there are so many fast guys of all ages in the UK now that it blows my mind! ~ Pete Connolly

All in all it was lovely too see everyone before we all head our separate ways for the summer. Although the UK scene is small the downhill scene is tight knit with riders nearly all good friends. Our hills may mostly be around a mile or under (except for a few quiet gems) but the enthusiasm most have in the scene makes up for it. The UK skate companies are nearly all on the ground supporting events not only by putting money behind them but by attending too. As wise brands known if you nurture the roots the tree will grow. We have so much to thank the brands which support Tregaron Freeride for.

We would like to thank:

BTR Leathers
Cult Wheels
Vandem Boardshop
Sabre Trucks
Lush Longboards
Area One Boards
Slide Perfect Wheels
Newton’s Shred Longboard Shop
Octane Sport
Arbor Skateboards
Sector 9 Europe
Boardlogic Skateboards
Seismic Skate

We would also like to thank the race director who was responsible for the smoothness the races ran under: Dan Shinnie of Boardlogic.

Photos: J Patten Photography

Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 Day #4 – Race day & Results

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Welcome to Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016

The Master Championship from Outer Space returns this year bigger and more challenging then ever. Organised by the BIGMOUNTAINSKATE crew,  Sector 9 Almabtrieb IDF WCQ race will be held on one of the fastest tracks in the circuit, high up in the Austrian alps, from July 13th till 16th, 2016. Around 180 downhill skateboarders (stand-up only) will battle down the 3.8 km long track hitting the speeds over 100kph and the fastest will take home the unmatchable title of the “Almabtrieb Champion 2016”.

Keep this tab open and check back daily for video and photo recaps, published straight from the event by Mihael Zadravec, Nadia Hozić and Alex Ireton.


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KnK Longboard Camp 2016 presented by Kebbek Skateboards

KnK Longboard Camp 2016 presented by Kebbek Skateboards

The first KnK Longboard Camp was organised back in 2009 and has been setting records as one of the most “talked about” freerides in Europe since it was moved to the Bear’s Guts track in 2011. This year’s KnK Longboard Camp presented by Kebbek Skateboards returns with two six days freerides, including the Red Bull No Paws Down race at the first and the Cult Single Set Survivors race at the second week.

KnK Longboard Camp 2016 presented by Kebbek Skateboards

Introductory

Before I get started with all the event details, I 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.

When we organised the KnK for the first time in 2009, I never thought that it will become a worldwide recognised freeride with such a big impact on the European downhill skateboarding community. This would have never been possible without the awesome people like yourself. So, thank you very much and I’m looking forward to see you all very soon 🙂

This year’s KnK Longboard Camp 2016 presented by Kebbek Skateboards will once again be a BigMountainSkate partner event and if you’re joining us for the first time, here’s all of the event details. Just in case if you have any questions left unanswered, write them in a comment section below and I will reply as soon as posible.

Ok, let’s get down with it 🙂

About the Bear’s Guts track

There’s a good reason why Bear’s Guts is one of the best freeride tracks in our part of the World.

Gallery: Aerial shots by Felix Rupitsch and Florian Wagner.

KnK Longboard Camp features a 4 kilometers long road carved into a beautiful mountain in the wildest part of Slovenia, near a small town called Osilnica. It’s packed with 18 hairpins which are up to 10 meters wide, so there’s a lot of room to play around with your slides.

The Bear’s Guts has one of the smoothest pavements you’ll find around and there’s no pavement changes from start till finish, which makes it great for learning and improving your freeride skills. The top speed you might hit on the Bear’s Guts is around 80+ km/h and the steepest grade is 14 percent.

The Bear’s Guts is a very demanding track, but beginners are also welcome to join us. You’ll need to know how to perform at least one slide to get down the Bear’s Guts “safely” and you’ll have 6 days to learn the rest. The main idea behind this event is to be able to skate that amazing road for a week and progress as much as you would in a couple of months of shredding your local spots.

Required and recommended protection gear

At KnK Longboard Camp, a leather suit is not required, but it’s highly recommended for beginners. The only required protection gear is a full-face helmet and slide gloves. Although the knee and elbow pads are optional, you might want to consider wearing them, as well as a back protector.

Gallery: Action shots by Villing Chong.

Riders limit and registration

There are two editions of KnK Longboard Camp each year. The huge track, experienced crew and flawless organisation allows KnK to take in 250 riders per event (week).

Camping is included in the price and you’ll need to take care of the food and drinks yourself. Registration has already started, so make sure to join while you still can.

Accommodation

As I mentioned, camping is included in the price, as well as the warm showers and toilette facilities in the hotel. If you want to rent a room, you have to book it early via the Hotel Kovač website.

Gallery: Aerial shots by Felix Rupitsch and Florian Wagner.

You can rent a single or a double room for around 30 to 35 Euros per night or a bed in a dorm for 18 Euros per night. If you’re traveling with a camper, you can hook up to electricity but you’ll need your own cable.

Food and drinks at KnK Longboard Camp

You’ll need to walk only 5 minutes to get to the nearest and only store in the village where you can get some food for breakfast. That’s a great alternative to a bit more costly offer at Hotel Kovač, which is usually 5 Euros for all you can eat (sausages, fried eggs, yogurt, pancakes, toast sandwich with ham and cheese, fresh fruit, croissants, coffee or tea, etc).

At KnK the track runs from 11am till 6pm without stopping, but you can take a break from skating and get your lunch right there on the spot.

At KnK the track runs from 11am till 6pm without stopping, but you can take a break from skating and get your lunch at the start (on the track). You can choose from grilled meat, kebab, falafel and similar and the prices stretch from 3 to 4 Euros.

After a full day of skating, you can have a dinner at the Hotel Kovač for a discounted price of 6.5 Euros. You’ll be served with a three course meal (soup, salad, main meal and possibly a desert). Vegans and vegetarians are covered as well. While you’re at it, you can also grab a cool beer for 2.20 Euros.

How to pack for KnK Longboard Camp

Since KnK Longboard Camp is a six days long event, you’ll have to pack a bit more stuff. Usually it gets hot up on the track and you’ll sweat a lot, so make sure you have enough t-shirts, socks and underwear – at least two pieces per day.

Pack a sweater for the evening hangouts at the party place too. Nights are not cold, but there’s a lot of humidity in the air. Weather got a bit sketchy in the past couple of years, so you might want to pack for the rain as well. Just like for Alpenrauschen, I’ll grab an extra pair of shoes.

Don’t forget your swimming suit, because there’s a nice river flowing next to the campsite where you can refresh yourself in the morning and show off your water jumping skills in the late afternoon. I would also recommend to have a gazebo tent if you want to enjoy some shade in the campsite since it’s placed on an open field.

Other than that, if you’re camping, you’ll obviously need your own tent and other camping gear, like a flash light, sleeping bag etc.

Red Bull No Paws Down @ #KNK2016 Week #1

This summer at KNK we’re proud to announce that Rob & Maga McWhinnie are coming back to Bear’s Guts with their bad-ass Red Bull No Paws Down race.

Racers have to make their way down the steep twisting track using stand up slides for braking. With hairpins & speeds up to 80 Km/h (50 mph) it’s truly a show of skill & nerve from riders from all levels. If you put your hands down, you’re out!

The race will be held on July 30th (the last day of Week #1) and during the race freeride will run as usual, so even if you’re not racing, you’ll still get a full day of skating.

The last year’s champion Ian Freire is coming back to defend his title, as well as Dominic Schenk who placed second is already registered for both weeks and ready to take home 1k Euros prize money.

Cult Single Set Survivors @ #KNK2016 Week #2

Doesn’t it suck when you race and don’t have enough wheels to change them every run, but others do? For sure it does. That’s why Nadim and I decided to organise a fun race where riders are allowed to skate the whole race with only one set of wheels of their choice.

A big thank you goes to Cult Wheels for supporting the idea and sponsoring with wheels. Racers will have an option to get a set of Cult wheels for a small fee of 20 Euros which will contribute towards money prize fund. Whether they’re going to use the Cult or some other wheels for the race, it’s totally up to rider’s choice.

Last year Matt Elver swept the first place with the longest board on the track, the Hackbrett Wasser. Here’s a video of the final run shot by Alexander “Alextiki” Frischauf.


#KNK2016 Partners

A big THANK YOU goes to our partners as well.

KnK Longboard Camp 2016 Sponsors


How to join Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp

To register, visit the KnK registration page and submit the registration form.

Who & Where to follow

We will share more cool stuff about Kebbek KnK via our Instagram profile @longboardmagazine.eu. Stay on track with us on Facebook page Longboard Magazine, and of course, the KnK Longboard Camp event page.

That’s it, folks! I’m looking forward to see you all soon on the Bear’s Guts!

Women’s Longboard Camp

Five years of Women’s Longboard Camp – The recap & 2016 schedule

Opinions continue to be pretty divided over whether or not there is a need or a purpose for women’s-only events. We definitely think there is and every event we host proves us right, time and time again.

Women’s Longboard Camp
Women’s Longboard Camp

The dynamics, and the willingness to step outside your comfort zone really change within an all-female environment, especially in an action sport that for the most part continues to be heavily male-dominated. Quite hard to put into words really, seeing is believing!

Saying all that, things have definitely changed significantly since we all started out – so rad to see a steadily increasing number of women at the starting line!

Our main focus has always been the athletic and technical side of skating in all its shapes or forms and every camp demonstrates anew how much progress can be made within the space of a few days or a week when given the right tools and supportive framework around it.

People who have never stood on a board before leave with a massive grin after standing their first slide and the massive sense of achievement and boost of confidence that comes with it for many folks.

Zero f*cks given?

To all the ladies out there, hand on heart – would you go to a skatepark full of skaters busting out seemingly impossible tricks like it’s nobody’s business (and those pesky scooter kids!) on your own, especially as a complete newbie? Would you know where to even begin?

What’s the likelihood of you just not giving a shit and doing your thing regardless, as opposed to feeling intimidated by what’s going on around you, embarrassed by your self-defined lack of skills and worried about being judged and therefore most likely ending up quietly standing in the corner and thus involuntarily confirming a certain stereotype that I don’t think needs any further explanation as we’ve read about it to death already?

The same applies to longboarding (besides, we don’t discriminate – skating is skating no matter how long or short the wheelbase, how fast or slow you’re going or whatever – isn’t this variety the beauty of skating?) in terms of plucking up the courage to go to an event, especially if you’re new to it all.

One of my favourite memories to date certainly is several of our 2012 riders, the year of the first Women’s Longboard Camp (on the infamous Bear’s Guts / Vixen combo aka KnK nonetheless! Shoulda heard the screams in the rider shuttle the first time we went up!) signing up to both races and freerides the following year – radness right there!

The WLC spirit

So please let us make this clear – the Women’s Longboard Camp initiative is not about excluding guys, but about encouraging women to overcome their fears or inhibitions and equip them with the tools to gain the confidence to just do their thing and go for it – on and off the board.

Women’s Longboard Camp

Many girls who come to us find themselves at a turning point in life and are looking for a new impulse to give them the necessary boost to move into a new direction. And for some rad reason they choose skating as a catalyst and end up at WLC.

I think I can speak on behalf of all the crew when I say that the most rewarding aspect of this kind of event is to witness, time and time again, how people surpass their own expectations and achieve things they never thought they were capable of doing.

This confidence and sense of empowerment transpire into many other areas of their lives and the feedback we get time and time again is the biggest compliment and reward we can get.

To see how a group of women of all ages and from all walks of life, from allover the world, are being brought together by a mutual interest and create this awesome supportive community within the space of a few days – that’s just amazing.

Many new and lasting friendships are formed at each camp and the worldwide WLC family just keeps on growing. I quite like to think of us as the match that ignites that initial spark – there are now a number of awesome projects around the world, harnessing the power of skateboarding as a tool to bring people together without prejudice or agenda.

Our honorary crew member Sophie Friedel, who has done two voluntary stints at Skateistan Kabul, even wrote a book about it!

Behind the scenes

The repeatedly awesome vibe and lasting fond memories make all the hard work worthwhile and motivates us to keep us going and stay stoked despite the many hurdles we have to overcome each year in order to make this happen.

Trying to find the time aside from whatever it is you do to pay the bills. Countless email trails, Facebook chats and Skype calls – welcome to the 21st century and its many ways of remote communication.

WLC poolside HQ office in Flatspot Stuttgart’s backyard

Two of my personal highlights over the years definitely include our mobile office in a random betting shop somewhere near the Swiss border in 2013, and the 2015 WLC poolside HQ office in Flatspot Stuttgart’s backyard.

We have been very lucky in having such an awesome team throughout the years, as the saying goes only crew love is true love, add to that the fact that we love what we do, and therefore we do it together!

2016 schedule – what’s on?

It’s a very special year for us as 2016 marks our 5th anniversary. We’ve just wrapped up the first of three events to celebrate this special occasion. Keep your eyes peeled for the official video, brought to you by Root Skateboards!

Meanwhile, we are gearing up for the next camp, which will be another skateshop bonanza at Flatspot Stuttgart this June. Registration is now open, sign up here to come and join us for a long weekend of rad skating and general mayhem WLC style.

To complete the trifecta, we’re putting on a freeride camp in August in collaboration with the Woodwings crew. It’s gonna be amazing and we would love to have you there!

Events
June – Stuttgart
August – France

Social
Instagram: @womenslongboardcamp
Facebook: WmsLongboardcamp

Editor’s note: This post was written by Christine Maier and was published on Longboard Magazine on behalf of the Women’s Longboard Camp crew.

BigMountainSkate’s LoRaLo 2015 official video recap by BrosBeforePros

The long-awaited official video recap of Bigmountainskate’s smallest but raddest event LoRaLo is finally here! Filmed and edited by BrosBeforePros with the help of Alexander Frischauf, it brings back memories in a coolest way possible. Four days of endless fun, drunken nights and skating with the family was a perfect ending of the season for some of us. We’re already looking forward for the next year’s edition.

 

Racing at LoRaLo is always fun and never stressful. Much respect to everyone who were able to handle all those positive vibes and congratulations to all the winners!

Ladies 1st Gloria Kupsch / 2nd Susan Heine / 3rd Corrina Weigl
Open 1st Quirin Ilmer / 2nd Matthias Mögele / 3rd Georg Mekisch
Juniors 1st Jonas Stein / 2nd Janto Just / 3rd Anton Gerstmayr
Buttboard 1st Gerrit Geiger / 2nd Alex Frischauf / 3rd Matthias Mögele

Matthias Mögele won a slopestyle and Arno Tien a miniramp contest.

If you’re keen to find out more about how this year’s LoRaLo went down, Markus Knoblechner already summed it all up in a great write-up for the Skate[Slate] magazine.