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.

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!