REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet for longboarding feat. Mirko Paoloni and Simon Lechner

Mirko Paoloni and Simon Lechner took a 10-day skate trip to sunny Tenerife where they tested the new REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. They hit some of the gnarliest and most scenic spots on the Island and came back with loads of footage to prove it…

REKD Ultralite helmet

Last year, a UK based company REKD Protection released the REKD Ultralite In-Mold helmet. The REKD Ultralite is an EN1078 and CPSC certified in-mold helmet. Relying on the certification, the helmet should provide enough protection for both beginner and pro level longboarders but can also be used for other sports like roller and inline skating, BMX etc.

Good helmet for longboarding?

Obviously, when skating at high speeds, it is better to consider wearing a good full-face helmet rather than a half-shell helmet. However, if you’re more experienced and know what you’re doing, riding downhill and at higher speeds with a half-shell is not a sin. Better any helmet than no helmet. In case you decide to buy and have one half-shell helmet for all your skate activities at least make sure that you’re getting one that’s certified and produced by a well-established company, like REKD.

In-Mold Fusion Technology

REKD Ultralite helmet is produced using their In-Mold fusion technology. This allows for the inner EPS core and the outer PC shell to be fused together allowing for helmet to be more compact and lightweight as well as more durable.

Compared to other helmets on the market, weighing just 290 grams (S and M size) and  310 grams (L and XL size), the REKD Ultralite helmet is up to 1/3 lighter compared to similar helmets in the same price range of approx. 45,00 Euros.

The helmet is really lightweight and very comfortable. The fit is really good, it feels snug but not too tight. We skated for hours in Tenerife and it really made a difference to wear a lighter helmet, you don’t feel as warm or as tired so easily. ~ Mirko Paoloni

Extended comfort with super low-profile and anti-bacterial line padding

Its designers put a lot of thought into the REKD Ultralite helmet in order to deliver a great protection-to-weight ratio. However, apart from being extremely lightweight, thanks to REKD’s exclusive shape which features a super low-profile and premium anti-bacterial lined padding, the Ultralight helmet offers a great deal of comfort as well.

You can really feel the difference when you wear an In-Mold helmet, you can barely feel like you’re wearing one which helps you to ride for longer without getting too hot and sweaty! But for when you do sweat, REKD has put in antibacterial padding that has been heat-stamped with their logo. The padding is really premium and very well finished, making the helmet super comfortable to wear ~ Mirko Paoloni

For more info about REKD, visit https://rekdprotection.com.

Alternative Longboards: A day in Amsterdam 2018

Alternative Crew in Amsterdam – a new video by Mateusz Wiącek

Earlier this year, Alternative Longboards team riders got together at “So You Can Longboard Dance?” competition in Eindhoven, Netherlands. After the event, they decided to prolong their trip for another day and set off to explore Amsterdam on their longboards.

Riders: Alina Ruess, Mateusz Kodym, Robbert Van Haaften and Mateusz Wiącek.

Video by Mateusz Wiącek.

Process to Pavement - KebbeK Skateboards

Process to Pavement – KebbeK Skateboards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alpenrauschen 2018: Dominic Schenk & Ian Freire | ROCKET Longboards

Alpenrauschen 2018: Dominic Schenk x Ian Freire Raw Run

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

California Skate Dreams with Susan Heine and Patrik Orlainsky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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