Is The Downhill Skateboarding Scene In Trouble?

The last few years have been pretty tough for longboard producers and retailers. This year feels like we’re about to hit the bottom as the number of riders dropped to its lowest since 2009. Many businesses shut down because they simply couldn’t manage to survive on such low numbers and now the crisis has finally reached downhill skateboarding events.

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During their Annual General Meeting, IDF (International Downhill Federation) reported a small growth in the number of their members in 2018. They had 1111 members in 2017 and 1146 members in 2018, which is only 35 members more. Compared to the total number of members, the small improvement is basically insignificant and also represents the smallest growth in the number of members since 2013.

Looking at the number of IDF members attending the races, there were only 78 more members attending the races. The improvement is again very small compared to the drop the events have been experiencing since 2015 when IDF had 1667 members and 1047 of them attended the races. To sum it up, compared to 2015, IDF now has around 521 members less and 429 racers less.

Last year’s incident at an IDF sanctioned race in Brazil, where a rider tragically died in a collision with a vehicle on the race track, seems to have affected the rest of the IDF races around the world too. So far, there’s only one rider from Brazil listed on IDF Kozakov Challenge riders list.

Kozakov Challenge struggling, KnK Longboard Camp already near full

For as long as of 2009, Kozakov Challenge (Czech Republic) has been to racing what KnK Longboard Camp (Slovenia) has been and still is to the freeride scene. A little over a decade, these two events had led the scene by having the best organization, best racing track and attracting the biggest numbers of riders.

Other noteworthy events, like Alpenrauschen (Austria), Velefique (Spain), Gioasteka (Switzerland) followed closely but never really got to hit the big numbers like KnK Longboard Camp which was running as a two weeks long event for 10 consecutive years. In 2016 it reached a record attendance by hosting more than 450 riders from across the globe.

Recognizing the drop in the number of riders attending the events, as organizers of KnK Longboard Camp, we decided to reduce the event to only one week this year in order to avoid struggling to fill it up or potentially being forced to cancel one of the two weeks. The decision proved to be good since, at the time of writing this article, we have 228 riders registered for the event out of a 250 riders limit. The numbers are still good and we are more than happy but the current numbers show that the general number of riders reduced more than expected.

It looks like KnK Longboard Camp will once again count the biggest number of riders and while the target of 250 riders is not far away, there’s still a solid month till the event. It just might fill up.

However, Kozakov recently had to make an announcement on Facebook urging riders to sign up in case they intend to participate in the race.  This obviously shows that there are no riders around, otherwise, they would normally already register.

Currently, Kozakov’s riders list counts 128 riders and they are still far below their usual attendance at around 200 riders. Considering that Kozakov’s announcement came out less than a month prior to the event the timing is quite tight.

Another European IDF race, Transylvania DH falls short with only 31 riders currently listed on the IDF riders list. The organization of the Transylvania event also took a blow earlier this year as the two main organizers decided to split ways. In order to organize a quality event and provide with sufficient safety, more than 31 rider registration fees will be required, so we’ll likely see this event fading out in the near future unless they come up with the money elsewhere, like from the sponsors.

Do we need more events?

As the number of riders was growing in 2016, more and more people started organizing events around Europe hoping to make a few extra Euros on a side or even make a business out of it. Some organizers stretched as far as organizing 4-5 events in a season and not giving a damn if that’s maybe too much.

However, the bigger number of smaller, unsafe and not properly organized events will not likely do much for the scene but will bring it further apart as the riders stay limited to their local scene instead of connecting internationally as they used to a decade ago.

On the other hand, this is a good situation for the riders since they are able to attend the events by having to spend less money on traveling.

Anyway …

Could event “sponsorships” help keep the scene going?

Looking at the event sponsorships, the situation becomes even more worrying.

Before we can continue talking about so-called “event sponsors”, we have to clear up one thing: Businesses are not “sponsors” at an event … They are “advertisers”. They pay for the exposure, the right to be present with their branding and to interact with the riders at the event.

Unfortunately, since longboarding businesses are run by skaters and not marketing wizards, they failed to recognize this throughout the whole decade. Obviously, they didn’t have to pay much attention since the sales where OK and nobody really expected the good times to end so suddenly.

Compared to other sport industries, longboarding brands always managed to get away by “paying” the advertising with goods by giving a few decks to the event organizers. Obviously, for a smaller event, everything they can get their hands on will come in handy, but for big event organizers who actually have to provide with big media teams and much more complex event organization, a few pieces of gear is basically not sufficient compensation.

However, there were and still are a few brands left who are actually paying some money for the services delivered by the event organizers but their involvement is getting smaller from year to year as they make up excuses like “We are a small company and don’t have money”.

To sum it up, instead of investing in the scene to help it grow and promote their business, producers and retailers are cutting their financial involvement even more which doesn’t help anyone. After all, who can blame them when at this point they are basically fighting for their own survival.

Will skateboarding at the Olympics save the day?

The hopes are now all-in on the Olympics, hoping that someday downhill skateboarding will be a part of it and the sales will pick up where they stopped in 2016 … But let me ask you something – Does it really make sense to take an effort and include downhill skateboarding while, compared to other sports, there’s basically only a handful of downhill skateboarding riders around the world?

Thanks to less investing and thanks to the declining number of riders in general, we might see even more events disappear in the upcoming years while those who manage to stay intact might raise their prices.

Who can we blame, for real?

While this article is not aiming to blame anyone for the drop in the number of riders attending the events, probably the only thing we can all blame is the generation shift we started experiencing during the past few years.

Those who started skating back in 2009 when the boom started, are now 10 years older and most probably have other interests in life like a serious job, kids and so on … In simple words, they are not skating as much as they did and one thing the event organizers started noticing is that they are not coming back to their events.

Instead, there are more underaged riders on the scene. They are still in schools and they are financially still dependent on their parents. Getting the gear, traveling to an event and paying the registration fees is a big expense that’s only growing from year to year. Next to that, one thing to note is that they don’t own driving licenses or cars yet, making it so much harder for them to travel around on their own.

Finish line

What can we do now to make it better, you ask?

It will take a great group effort to get the scene back to where it was in 2016. The biggest events like Kozakov and KnK Longboard Camp will most likely continue running as usual but the advertisers will eventually have to step in or the number of riders attending the events will have to increase. Otherwise, the remaining riders might end up paying higher registration fees which could lead to the attendance to drop even further.

Rather than organising smaller events to continue breaking up the scene, it could be much better for local riders to organise classes and demo days in order to introduce new people to the scene.

Harry Clarke wins single set survivors. Photo : KLD Media

Harry Clarke wins Single Set Survivors at KnK Longboard Camp 2018

Towards the end of Week #2 at KnK Longboard Camp a special race is held. The Single Set Survivors race has few rules apart from this; racers are not allowed to change their wheels creating a more level playing field. Typically, sponsored racers will always have an advantage in having multiple sets of new wheels to ride. Riders tried to choose the longest lasting wheels for the best chance in the race.

This year we had to change conditions: it rained just before the first run. With temperatures above 25 degrees, riders had to judge whether it would dry quickly or if it would rain once again. Nikolay Keller rolled the dice and changed to rain wheels along with a few others. In the first round, this proved hugely advantageous over many riders on near fresh wheels.

As the buses drove up the hill ready for us to go into the next stage of the race the sun blazed on the track resulting in a dry run. Riders like Harry Clarke and Max Heaton we’re rewarded for being on near fresh wheels with a huge advantage over the rain wheel riders. The riders on rain wheels found themselves knocked out as we moved to the semi-finals.

Once again, the buses drove back up the hill but this time the skies opened once again to dampen the track. The advantage would have been with the rain wheel riders if they would have been able to stay in the competition. The semi finals and finals were heats full of chaos. Harry Clarke describes it:

I pushed out first, footbreaked the whole way around the first corner. We were pushing out of corners and then wondering how we would slow down for the next one. Everyone crashed multiple times including a pile up on corner 8 which I managed to avoid, it was just hard to stay on. At the very end Victor and I were side by side balancing off each other in a slide screaming are you okay to each other as we moved towards the finish line. It was pretty damn crazy

As KnK Longboard Camp 2018 10th anniversary edition ends we would like to thank the brands that sponsor this event:

KebbeK Skateboards
Sickboardshop
ROCKET Longboards
Bam Bam Skate
Sk8bites
Fibretec Skateboards
Original Skateboards
Alkemist Longboard
Remember Collective
Alternative longboards
Olson&Hekmati
Long Island
Madrid Skateboards
Orangatang Wheels
LUCA longboards

KnK Longboard Camp 2018 captured by © SINIŠA KANIŽAJ / Red Bull Content Pool

All relaxation at Week #2 of KnK Longboard Camp 2018

Almost 230 riders are riding the track daily without a hurry as they enjoy 18 hairpins basked in the summer heat. As the IDF Euro tour circuit finished racers have come to relax with us for 6 days of shredding.

The mix of riders coming for Week 2 is interesting, lots have come to learn to control their boards here. With how wide the road is and the level of protection where you can crash without fear, KnK Longboard Camp has the relaxed vibe to perfect your skills. For many riders here the Bear’s Guts track is the biggest hill they have ever skated and for some, this is a steep learning curve. However, after 3 days the progression is immense, riders that could hardly get down the hill are now fully in control of their boards.

Clear skies have brought about changed riding conditions for the riders. The heat means most wheels slide smoother and every corner requires a longer check. The lower levels of grip make for great fun on the track for downhillers and freeriders alike. Conditions are likely to stay the same until the end of KnK Longboard Camp 2018 so it looks like the Single Set Survivors race is likely to feature many slides.

A short drive from KnK is a section of the river Kolpa that is perhaps around 7 meters deep with a rickety old bridge over it. The Dutch riders like to gather at the river and dive deep into the water. A wide array of acrobatics is on display, from backflips to perfect dives. Unfortunately, I was not able to replicate their acrobatics despite multiple attempts. Rider Nikolay Keller spent 30 minutes meditating before finally doing a backflip. In his last moments before jumping, Patrick L. Lombardi encouraged him; “The brain is a poison, don’t think and just jump. You can skate a hill at 110kph in shorts and yet you can’t jump” After further meditation, he finally managed to backflip.

Sabrina Ambrosi, KebbeK Skateboards team rider has joined us after her intensive IDF Euro tour. Together with Joey, she has been overseeing riders as they try out KebbeK Skateboards 2018 line up. Of interest to all the riders was Emily Pross’s new pro model, with all 5 Pross demo boards grabbed by the riders. The Ben Dubreuil pro model as well as the Emma Daigle we’re also quick to be exhibited on the Bear’s Guts.

Even though we are moving towards the Single Set Survivors race the relaxed vibe is here to stay at KnK Longboard Camp week #2. Make sure to join us for the Single Set Survivors Vlog coming out on Sunday.

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

The 10th Anniversary Edition of KnK Longboard Camp is in full swing

Close to 200 riders have descended upon the forested hills on the border of Slovenia and Croatia for the 10th edition of KnK Longboard Camp presented by KebbeK Skateboards.

Maxwell Kaye is staying with us and did a run-through of the day on the Vlog, check it out.  Vlog #2 is in the works focusing on the upcoming Red Bull No Paws Down World Championships. Last years winner Dominic Schenk is retiring after winning the 2017 No Paws Down title, paving the way for another rider to be crowned World Champion.

Despite a damp early Monday morning, spirits remained ecstatic as the weather soon turned from cloud to sunshine. The second day started with morning pack runs with about 10 riders per run, only because the Bear’s Guts is wide enough for groups of riders to slide alongside one another safely.

The uplift shuttles are speedy and riders are getting in around 9 runs per day, exceeding the 8 runs daily minimum. With 18 corners and a 4 km track, that means lots of worn out legs and a great appetite for the watermelon at the end of the track.

Some skaters who are like family and come to KnK every year feel that it’s tradition to jump into the river Cabranka that marks the border of  Slovenia and Croatia to keep the blood flowing for the leg burner that is the Bear’s Guts. After a day of hard skating people immediately go to the campsite, grab their swimming trunks and jump off the rope swing.

Joey Bidner and Maxwell Kaye are the taking care of the evening entertainment with daily videos and fun games like the KebbeK Skateboards Go Tuck Yourself contest, where skaters in heats of 4 challenge their mind and body to stay on a balance board until two of them fail to advance into the next round.

The first few heats were around 2 minutes long, but as soon as the semi-finals and finals came, the competition ran high. The lactic acid was building up, leaving the riders with weak legs and sweat glazed foreheads.

Lilian Barou, Alternative Longboards team rider, won the  Go Tuck Yourself contest with a laser engraved special 10th edition KnK Longboard Camp graphic courtesy of KebbeK Skateboards. Andrea Moreni and Deen Mondt won the style and aero points showcasing the best tuck form on the stage.

As we move towards the second half of this week we look forward to bringing you coverage of the Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship and the KebbeK Skateboards Wheel of Misfortune. Stay Tuned!

KnK Longboard Camp 2018 presented by KebbeK Skateboards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Win the party with KebbeK Skateboards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steeze it up in our new event T-Shirts

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

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

Pack your street skate

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

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

What else to expect

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

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

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

Additional promotions

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

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

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.

KnK Longboard Camp 2018 Announcement

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

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

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

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

Dates & Registration for #KNK2018

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR KNK 2018

Learn more about the event

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

Want to ask a question?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Video credits

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

Narrated by Ian Freire, RBNPD 2015 winner

Edited by Mihael Zadravec

Thank you for watching!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Original Skateboards
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BTR Leathers
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Sk8bites Shop
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KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

KnK Longboard Camp Energised by the KebbeK Wheel of Misfortune Party

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

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

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

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

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

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

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

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

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

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

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

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

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

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

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

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 4

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

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

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

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Orangatang Wheels
Original Skateboards
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BTR Leathers
Olson&Hekmati
Sk8bites Shop
King Lui Boards
Madrid Skateboards
Freerides.org
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Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 2

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp begins in the summer heat

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

Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 2

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

Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 2

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

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

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

Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp 2017: Week 1, Day 2

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

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

Sickboardshop
Landyachtz Longboards
Fibretec Skateboards
Cult Wheels
Alternative longboards
Orangatang Wheels
Original Skateboards
Remember Collective
ROCKET Longboards
Root Longboards
TSG Protection
BTR Leathers
Olson&Hekmati
Sk8bites Shop
King Lui Boards
Madrid Skateboards
Freerides.org
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Get stoked, it’s time for KnK Longboard Camp 2017

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

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

See you soon!

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

Sickboardshop
Landyachtz Longboards
Fibretec Skateboards
Cult Wheels
Alternative longboards
Orangatang Wheels
Original Skateboards
Remember Collective
ROCKET Longboards
Root Longboards
TSG Protection
BTR Leathers
Olson&Hekmati
Sk8bites Shop
King Lui Boards
Madrid Skateboards
Freerides.org
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Thank you for supporting, watching and skating the Guts with us 🙂

Landyachtz presents Dinghy A Day at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp

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

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

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

A Dinghy a Day

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

How you ask?

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

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

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

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

Why? Because it’s fun!

Know your Dinghy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KebbeK Wheel Of Misfortune

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

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

Kebbek Challenge: Core A Set, Get A Set

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for the upcoming review.

KebbeK Tuck Race

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

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

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

The Dinghy Days by Landyachtz

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

Dinghy Days by Landyachtz
Dinghy Days by Landyachtz

More info coming soon in a separate press release…

Red Bull No Paws Down

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

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

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

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

Cult Single Set Survivors

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

Cult Single Set Survivors 2016

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

Is that all there is to it?

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

Shoutout to all #knk2017 sponsors for supporting our work!
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Pablo Quiles in focus at KnK 2016. Photo by Christian Kreuter (CK Photography)

KnK 2017 overhaul powered by KebbeK Skateboards

Before I get down to what’s new with KnK Longboard Camp, I would like to send a huge hug to every single one of you, the 453 riders who signed up for the event this year.

Thank you all for shredding the Guts with us and thank you for keeping the hype real for the 8th year in a row. Without you there would be no KnK…

So, if you’ve been at the event, you know that every year we try to change things for the better and the 2017 edition of KnK will be no exception.

We have much planned for you and there’s even more to be said about it, so let’s just dive in and check out what’s coming while I still have your attention 🙂

Powered by KebbeK Skateboards

KebbeK Skateboards supports KnK Longboard Camp since its early days. However, that’s a smaller portion of how much they contributed to the scene worldwide in their 25 years of existence.

Last year we offered the “head sponsorship” for the first time and KebbeK was the one that stood up to further support the event. We did great work together and we will continue to do so, with the common goal to upgrade the quality of the event.

KebbeK Skateboards brings back the Wheel Of Misfortune, Core A Set – Get A Set and more fun content, but I will cover that in the next article…

For now, let’s check out what changes you can expect at #knk2017

You can expect the biggest changes for the better at the party place. That has always been something we had to cut back on, but this year thanks to KebbeK, we’re taking it to the next level.

New party place lounge area

The party place will be upgraded with the chill-out lounge with sofas where you’ll be able to relax after a day-long skating, have a drink, peep the big screen and enjoy conversations with your skate buddies. The lounge area will be placed under an additional Red Bull tent.

Here’s what we’re getting from eBay

New sofas for KnK 2017 party place.

Pretty cool, right? But that’s not all!

New lighting on the party place

If you’ve been on previous editions of KnK, you know that we moved the setup from one place to the other several times already. The spot we picked last year seems to be pretty good. We’ll do it there again, between the hotel Kovač and the campsite.

As I was enjoying an evening drink with my dear friend and fellow skater Uwe Dederer, a father of Pedro and Jan Dederer, he mentioned that the party place would be much more pleasant if there would be some more lights…And I couldn’t agree more.

Now…I’m pretty sure that you already saw that photo of the party place at night taken by Christian Kreuter (CK Photography) last year.

Yes, that was modified a bit, but also a great inspiration for how we want it to look like.

* The photo above has been cropped, but if you click on it, you’ll see the original.

So, we’re doing that! We’ll add coloured lights (reflectors) inside the three tops and Red Bull tents. Please don’t judge us if we fail to make an identical replica, haha!

Uwe, I hope that you’ll like that…and Christian, thank you for the visualisation 🙂

Bigger big screen and less videos

While the videos are nice, some of you approached me and said that it could be better if there were less videos. We hear ya! Video games, computers and staring at the screen for hours…We can do that all winter long and yeah, my wild guess is that this is not what you came to do at a dh event.

In order to improve the experience and avoid turning the party place into a “zombie gathering”, we will downsize the number of featured videos to 4 to 5 per evening.

The big screen will be upgraded to 4 x 2.25 meters and it will be placed on the back side of the stage with a beamer under the roofing.

Once we’re done with the daily videos, the big screen will be used as the graphic background for other stuff like the KebbeK Wheel Of Misfortune, KebbeK Tuck Race and Landyachtz Dinghy Days.

And of course, all of this with….

New sound system to support the DJ and concerts

The speakers we have right now don’t deliver the best sound for the purposes of the party place or a concert. They usually do a great job up on the start line or motivating the crew while we’re setting up the protection, but for the party place, it’s time to upgrade.

The new sound system will deliver high quality sound and support a DJ as well as a smaller band. At this moment, we are still choosing the system so I can’t tell you what exactly we’ll be getting. As soon as we do, we’ll let you know via our Facebook event page.

Here’s a really nice shot from last year’s concert by NCODNC taken by CK Photography during the Week #1 at the Red Bull No Paws Down award giving ceremony. The band who played at the Cult Single Set Survivors award giving ceremony were Savage Semen.

Concert by NCODNC at KnK 2016. Photo by CK Photography

So yeah, we aim to organise two concerts again, one during the first and the other during the second week. We’ll let you know more soon as we’re still arranging this.

Let’s move on…This is already taking a while 🙂

Additional safety nets

Two years ago, our dear friend Alex Ireton pushed us to upgrade the protection with safety nets on critical corners. At that time we didn’t think that the nets were necessary, but since he brought it up, we simply had to do it, otherwise we would risk being “jinxed” 🙂

Crowded Corner 15. Photo Mihael Zadravec

First we built some by ourselves but then last year we decided to purchase the “ready made” professional nets. The decision paid off as the safety nets were much stronger and they additionally provided a much better solution for the banners placement as well.

So, it’s more safe, more practical, it looks much better and the banners are being saved as the riders are not crashing into them.

We expect to have more throughout the track this year.

Additional radio stations (walkie-talkies)

We are already equipped with 18 radio stations plus one for the car, but we need more.

Our complete team during the event counts 33 people + the Red Bull crew and additional filmers on the Red Bull No Paws Down race day.

Ideally, every team member should have a radio station and be able to communicate with the rest of us. That’s why this year we got more of them.

Baofeng GT-3 radio station (walkie-talkie). Photo Mihael Zadravec.

Last year we tested the Baofeng GT-3 and Baofeng GT-3TP stations which proved to be very good. We got 10 more of these as they are quite cheap as well, only around 70 Euros for a set of two via eBay.

When used with the bigger antennas (Nagoya NA-771 VHF/UHF) which can be purchased separately, we were able to establish the communication between the start and the finish line without the additional “external” big antennas which you could have seen us using at the previous editions a couple of years ago.

I highly recommend these if you’re looking to buy a pair to make your downhill runs safer.

What else is coming?

There’s so much more to announce, but as this article already got so long, I figured it would be better to publish another one in which I will explain more about the program of the event.

To give you a hint, here’s what I will cover next time:

  • KebbeK Wheel Of Misfortune
  • KebbeK Core A Set, Get A Set
  • KebbeK Tuck Race
  • Landyachtz Dinghy Days
  • Red Bull No Paws Down
  • Cult Single Set Survivors
  • and more…

In the meanwhile, check out KnK Longboard Camp 2016 Daily Updates for more media.

Thank you for reading through!

You can follow KnK Longboard Camp 2017 presented by KebbeK Skateboards via the official Facebook event page or via the Longboard Magazine Facebook page.

Shoutout to our 2017 partners!

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.

Calum Yardley at KnK Longboard Camp 2016. Photo by Sickboards.

Longboard Magazine presents: Bear’s Guts Raw Run Cut feat. Calum Yardley

In early 2011 downhill skateboarding in Europe seemed to be more race oriented and people were skating the Bear’s Guts mostly hands down. Nowadays we see riders charging down at 80+ kph without a care in the world, doing fascinatingly long stand-up slides.

We also can not disregard the generation shift in the longboard community. With more and more grooms attending freeride events, the difference in skill levels between the younger and older generations is changing. Grooms are taking over with a fresh mentality as to what downhill skateboarding means to them and how they want to pursue it.

One of those youngsters is Calum Yardley, an 18 year old British, who was born and lives in Alicante in Spain. His 2016 season included visiting freerides in Spain and Slovenia, but also races in Czech and Germany.

Calum Yardley at KnK Longboard Camp 2016. Photo by Sickboards.
Calum Yardley at KnK Longboard Camp 2016. Photo by Sickboards.

As many of us, Calum loves traveling from event to event to challenge his skills and enjoy his time skating with a variety of people you meet at a longboarding event.

While we were talking, he remembered two little brothers at KnK whose parents are a great example of love and support for the passion their kids share.

At KnK, there were two little brothers, I think they were 9 and 11 years old, that really amazed me, even though in my group we have a kid that is only 12 years old and he started at 10. It is really amazing to see such variety of ages in the longboard community, and to know that it is growing, slowly but it is.

Calum also started skateboarding at a young age when he got excited about longboarding by watching videos online. When he was 13 he bought his first deck and was lucky enough to meet a skater, Derek Blanquer, who helped him step into the world of longboarding.

Related: Calum Yardley and Derek Blanquer | Vall D’ebo Raw Run

Since then, Calum says he’s coming up with crazy and fun ideas that make his skate sessions even more interesting and challenging. At KnK he grabbed the Alternative Hummingbird,  a cruiser with 16.7 inch wheelbase, and sent it down the Bears’s Guts track.

Root Shark compared to Alternative Hummingbird (complete) which Calum skates in the video. Photo by Calum Yardley.
Root Shark compared to Alternative Hummingbird (complete) which Calum skates in the video. Photo by Calum Yardley.

Later Calum ended up skating the cruiser for a full day and a half and even one run of the three qualification runs for the Cult Single Set Survivors. Although Calum didn’t win the race, because he dislocated his shoulder, he had an amazing time and would do it all over again. Here is what he had to say about KnK Longboard Camp:

I loved so many things about the event, from the very good organisation to the amazing community there was. The party nights where crazy and lit but you could go to sleep without a single problem. And if you stayed up late enough chilling and look up to the sky you get such an amazing view as well.

We also talked with Calum about what it means to be a sponsored rider. He told us this:

Well, most people would say that getting free stuff is the best thing of being sponsored, but it isn’t. It’s the doors that open for you, new adventures, new friends that you wouldn’t have probably met and the ability to try many new things…depending on the sponsor.

For example, if it wouldn’t of been for NICE Trucks, I would have only went to Kozakov last year, as I had a team mate that could pick me up and take me there, and he was going to many more events, so I decided to go to more events too and meet many awesome people.

Because he had such and amazing season last year, his future plans include traveling to longboarding events with his FreeDivision skate crew and test his skills on different roads and environments. His plan for now is to visit Kozakov again and probably one week of KnK to try to win the Red Bull No Paws Down race and as he says in a joke, to beat Patrick Lombardi, last year’s winner.

Let’s see 🙂

Calum Yardley is a team rider at NICE Trucks and FreeBrake.

Video was filmed and edited by Andrea Pedrotti.

Longboard Magazine presents: Bear’s Guts Raw Run Cut featuring Nils Bodenheimer

Longboard Magazine presents: Bear’s Guts Raw Run Cut featuring Nils Bodenheimer

It is almost a full month since we said goodbyes at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp, but impressions are still strong. We had good weather and got to skate so much… The word out there is that this was the best edition of KnK so far. To me it felt like balancing on a thin line between heaven and hell, but at the end, knowing that everyone got out of it “in one piece” and happy with it, makes me happy too.

One thing that excites me still is how every year, we see more and more young riders showing up on the Bear’s Guts and blowing us away with their freeriding skills.

This year was no different. Young guns like Patrick Lombardi, Sebastian Schneider, Ryka Mohammadian, Ian Freire, Nico Gallman, Mirko Paoloni and Jan Dederer rocked the mountain really hard. These are just some of the guys. There were so many others as well… and one of them is Nils Bodenheimer.

Nils Bodenheimer tucking down to Corner 8, hitting around 80 kph. Heelside stand-up follows : Photo by Heck Meck
Nils Bodenheimer tucking down to Corner 8, hitting around 80 kph. Heelside stand-up follows : Photo by Team Heckmeck

Nils Bodenheimer is a 16 year old from Germany, near Meinz. He’s skating for 3 years now and his dream is to work within the skateboarding industry some day. Although he’s aware that this one is a tough nut to crack, his skating obviously reveals his strong determination to progress and succeed.

Earlier this year, in February 2016, Nils officially joined the Olson&Hekmati team and is now besides downhill skateboarding sharing another passion with his O&H Vlog‘s frontman, Alex Dehmel – the O&H Bromodel deck. He represents the brand since shredding around mostly with his homies from Team Heckmek.

“I was anxious to skate with so many riders”

Until this summer, Nils was skating only local events. He was attending the KnK for the first time and the Bear’s Guts track left a strong impression on him. Finally, he was going to skate the hill he heard so much about and which so far he only watched via the Internet.

Here’s how Nils recalls meeting with the Bear’s Guts for the first time…

It was my first event ever besides small local events. So I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I really remember when we got up with the buses the first day. I was really scared about how steep everything looked.

Also, I was anxious to skate with so many riders. But I have to say that you improve so much there! It´s crazy! Since the track is so wide you can easily draft someone on the other lane and you don´t have to worry about sliding to late.

Due to the perfect organisation we got so many runs in for every day. That definitely helped to improve too. Just try to go little bit faster every run you take and then you are on the „safe“ side. All in all the Bear’s Guts is a super fun freeride track, where you really can step up your game!

~ Nils Bodenheimer

WATCH THE VIDEO
Bear’s Guts Raw Run Cut feat. Nils Bodenheimer

On a last day of the event, he managed to jump in for a follow car run. Andrea Pedrotti was the guy behind a steering wheel, tailing him not more then a meter away… Crazy driving skills.

The following edit is a result of it, but before you even consider pressing the play button, let me warn you accordingly. Obviously, filming with a follow car is really dangerous and we highly advise you to keep your skateboarding experience safe.

Warning! You are hereby notified that the stunts and tricks displayed in this video are performed by professionals in controlled environments, such as closed circuit road tracks. Do not attempt to duplicate, re-create, or perform the same or similar stunts and tricks at home, as personal injury or property damage may result. The producer of this video is not responsible for any such injury or damage. ~ Mihael Zadravec for Longboard Magazine

Video credits
Special thanks to an awesome band from Brazil, Ancesttral who kindly allowed me to use their song Trust for this edit. Check out Ancesttral via YouTube and follow them via Facebook.
Awesome riding by Nils Bodenheimer was filmed by Andrea Pedrotti and then cut and put together by me, Mihael Zadravec.

Thank you Daniel Zwerghuhn (Team Heckmeck) for providing the photos!

If you watched and liked the video as much as I did making it, please share it on your favourite Social network and help us reach more riders. Thank you!

Stay tuned for the next Bear’s Guts Raw Run Cut clip soon…


Related: Olson&Hekmati Bromodel 2016 longboard deck with Alex Dehmel

KnK Longboard Camp

KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2016 Daily Updates

Welcome to #KNK2016

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 Week #1 took place from July 25th to July 30th and KnK Week #2 from August 2nd to August 8th, in the wildest part of Slovenia, Osilnica near Kočevje.


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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.


Related: KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp Daily Updates & Videos


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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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!

Banana Longboarding – The best of 2015

Banana Longboarding – The best of 2015

The year is almost over and as winter slowly starts to take over, it is time to take a look back to this amazing season, which of course does not mean we stopped skating, because fortunately the roads over here are still dry and snow free. Probably even snow would not keep us away from doing it, but deep down we all wish the summer back, especially with all this great memories and the certainty, that 2016 is going to top it again.

The BananaCrew, located in Vienna enjoyed the season on their favourite homespots, explored tons of new roads and had an amazing time during all the events skating the sickest mountain passes that Europe has to offer.

First we joined the High-Black-Corner-Jam in Berchtesgaden organised by Rollbrett Salzburg, where the riders basically had a downhill skatepark with some sweet hairpins for sliding.

Jakob Grasmann at Graveyard Slide Jam © Banana Longboarding
Jakob Grasmann at Cementary Slide Jam © Banana Longboarding

After that, it was time for the BigMountainSkate event series, which started with the by now infamous Alpenrauschen, a really fast and dangerous track.

Next stop was the KNK Longboard Camp, a six-day-long event in Slovenia, where we had countless runs on the Bear. The fact that it was our third time at KNK, shows how much fun this road is.

Philip Tankarian rocking at KnK 2015 © Laroulette Bruxelles
Philip Tankarian rocking at KnK 2015 © Laroulette Bruxelles

Then, in August, there was Bela Joyride, again well organised by the BMS Crew, providing the stoked skaters a 6km long rollercoaster with 16, mostly banked hairpins. The name speaks for itself!

Leon Kutzner at Bela Joyride © CK Photography
Leon Kutzner at Bela Joyride © CK Photography

Finally there was the well known LoRaLo, a freeride and race at the same time, with a night slide jam and mini ramp contest, which fulfils all a downhill skater could ever wish for. About two month ago we organised a little slide jam on one of our favourite slide spots in Vienna, which was a lot of fun too.

And to top it of, between all these events we skated the wonderful BananaLand!

Jan Winkler, Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian © Banana Longboarding
Jan Winkler, Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian © Banana Longboarding

So you can imagine how stoked we are about the past season! Some of this great skate moments are captured in our 2015 Compilation and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Big thanks goes the the awesome downhill community in general, and especially to the BigMountainSkate Crew, Rollbrett Salzburg and Longboard Magazine!


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Ian Freire winning the Red Bull No Paws Down 2015. Photo by CK Photography

Ian Freire’s Eurotour 2015 video recap

Ian Freire, the Red Bull No Paws Down 2015 champ dropped in with his Eurotour 2015 video recap. We had a quick chat so check out the videos and read-through to see what he has to say about it.

At the end of June 2015, me and my teammates and good friends from Face Skate Wheels, Tiago Mohr and Carlos Paixao packed up and travelled overseas to Europe. First stop was Italy where we joined up with our good friend, also a Face Skate team rider, Fillipo Salerni. We stuffed our gear in his awesome van and started our Eurotour. Mission objective – Hit some IDF races and freeride across Europe.

Tiago, Carlos and Ian at Kozakov '15. Photo by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cgsa.cgsa" target="_blank">CGSA</a>
Tiago, Carlos and Ian at Kozakov ’15. Photo by CGSA
Tiago Mohr at Kozakov '15. Photo by CGSA
Tiago Mohr at Kozakov ’15. Photo by CGSA
Fillipo Salerni at Kozakov '15. Photo by CGSA
Fillipo Salerni at Kozakov ’15. Photo by CGSA

We went to three races, TMI Lillyhammer, Kozakov Challenge and the Verdicchio Race while always freeriding some sick spots between the events. I’m not much of a racer, but my buddies did well. Carlos won Verdicchio Race and was 3rd at Kozakov, Tiago was 6th at Verdicchio and Filippo’s best result was 45th at Kozakov.

We also skated the KnK Longboard Camp. For me it turned out to be the best time of the trip. I was wondering how Slovenia would be like and it turned out to be a super sick and wild place with rivers, thick green forests and massive mountains surrounding the Bear’s Guts.

Ian Freire at KnK '15. Photo by Luca Longboards
Ian Freire at KnK ’15. Photo by Luca Longboards

I ended up winning the Red Bull No Paws Down race and couldn’t be more stoked about it! I was so happy to finish the event like that after so many days of riding!

Ian Freire winning the Red Bull No Paws Down 2015. Photo by CK Photography
Ian Freire (1st), Dominic Shenk (2nd), Thomas Rushovich (3rd) at Red Bull No Paws Down 2015. Photo by CK Photography

40 days later, after traveling through 11 countries, we’ve made it back to Italy with the best memories possible and smiles on our faces. Mission accomplished. We can’t wait for 2016 and are already planning our Eurotour for next year. See you soon again everyone!

Words by Ian Freire

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Face Skate Wheels, Coast Skateboards and Rhino Skate Shop