LGC Poland presents Seninka Practice Camp vol. 3

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

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

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

LGC Poland presents Seninka Practice Camp vol. 3

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

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

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

STANT - New longboard clothing brand

STANT – A new longboard clothing brand from Poland

Like almost every other brand, STANT is a skater owned project. It came alive from the need for change and improvement but most of all just doing something the way they want it to be done.

One day they just rolled with it, figured out a name, chose a RAT for their logo and started working. All of which resulted in their first collection named STREET&TRIP.

DESIGN

Their goal is to stay basic, comfortable and at a certain distance to the popular streetwear fashion, which brought the collection together.

Since they really wanted to do things their way, all of their products are designed and made from scratch with the help of clothing technicians and material specialists. Sewing and applying graphics is also made in Poland – no shortcuts.

PRODUCTS

STANT’s first lineup includes two T-shirts models, two sweatshirts models, and socks. Their classic T-shirts are made from 100% premium cotton in a standard cut with a well-fitted neck welt. These are designed in light colors for a clean and fresh look.

Their second model of what they call Impact T-shirts is made from a thicker cotton reinforced with elastane, that flows with the movement of the rider and offers a higher durability for skating. It features a looser fit neckline and shorter sleeves. The Impact T-Shirts are available in darker colors for a loose and relaxed feel.

Their crewnecks and hoodies provide a minimalistic and clean look, made from a lighter material. The double stitching on critical areas provides that extra durability, while a special kind of weave makes them a great choice for chilled summer evenings.

STANT - New longboard clothing brand
STANT – Skate socks

Their sock models provide a mixture of white elegance and sports style, that dries faster, provides better traction and all around wearing comfort.

All in all, they choose a simple lineup of products they would want to personally wear, products that make the person wearing them feel good. One way or another, they’ve mixed those worlds together to achieve something different.

COMMUNICATION

Apart from the materials, cuts, and designs, STANT wants to communicate through skate life situations which most of us encounter on daily basis. Their graphics are crystal clear to some and completely ridiculous to others. The whole point of the brand is to be able to identify with your individual passion in a less obvious and more fun way.

Like every upcoming brand, STANT has plans and ambitions, but their goal is to keep it mellow and relaxed. If you like the concept visit their website for more information or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Easy Riders - a Polish longboard movie by Elwira Iwanowska feat. the Szopa Team

Easy Riders – a Polish longboarding movie

Easy Riders is a medium length longboard movie, as the second of its kind, originating straight from the heart of the Polish longboarding scene.

It all started when Leszek Brzozowski, a polish longboarder, started working in the Szopaszopa skate shop and soon after wanted to form a group of individuals with the same passion and drive to promote downhill skateboarding in Poland.

The Szopa team now includes 10 skaters from different disciplines who see longboarding as a way of life rather than just a pass time activity.

And because of this attitude they support the core scene with dedicating their time to sharing their passion and experience with others who want to join in on the fun.

Easy Riders is a collection of hundreds of shots, dozens of tricks, slides and raw runs that Elwira Iwanowska hand picked and organised into an almost 30 minute long edit.

Behind all of the runs and higher speeds, behind tricks that were mastered in hundreds of attempts, stands something far more solid than any bone broken on this path.
It is the passion that liberates, the unlimited freedom that comes from accomplishing each and every goal regardless if it’s a faster, more technical hill or new, more demanding and painful to learn trick. Elwira Iwanowska

Easy Riders is primarily a story about passion, adventure and dedication. It is also a true inspiration for anyone who is just starting his or her longboard adventure. At the same time Elwira describes it as a reminder about what the board really is and what it’s all about.

Although it is not a high end production with 4K imagery and drone shots, Easy Riders presents the soul of longboarding and takes us back to the time when crews were more inviting to newcomers.

To complete the recording of the whole riding season, Szymon Stergiadis (Sterru) provided his original music, which creates a soundtrack that unleashes the unique style of every rider featured in the video.


Edit:
Elwira Iwanowska
Music:
Steru / Szymon Stergiadis

The #szopateam members are:
Wojtek Alfawicki,
Leszek Brzozowski,
Bartosz Hałasek,
Patryk Jakieła,
Marcin Piwnik,
Mateusz Wiącek,
Maciek Wojciechowski,
Mateusz Wojciechowski,
Wojciech Wojciechowski and
Bartosz Zawadka.

The riders featured in the movie represent the following brands:
Alternative Longboards
Luca Longboards
Brygada Kasztan
Longboard Mania
Tuck Brothers
Longboat
Volante Wheels Poland
golongboard.pl

Lobo Kraken downhill longboard wheels

Lobo presents Kraken downhill wheels feat. Giuseppe Maltese

Lobo Wheels from Poland is one of the rare brands who offer longboard wheels developed and manufactured in Europe. In addition to their firstborn, the Meduza freeride wheels, they recently added another product to their collection, the Lobo Kraken downhill wheels.

Lobo Kraken Downhill Wheels

Lobo Kraken longboard wheels for downhill.

Lobo Kraken are downhill longboard wheels with a diameter of 75 mm and maximum width and contact patch of 65 mm. The wheels feature a wide centerset core with micro fibres for better vibration absorption which will fit a 10 mm spacer.

The Kraken wheels are currently available only in 74a durometer and red colour.

Our DFAF formula is designed for speed and grip but combined with our centerset wide core, that will give you predictable and smooth pre-drifts. It wears very slowly so you’ll need less sets for racing. ~ Lobo Wheels

Lobo works tightly with their whole team on wheel development, but the Kraken wheels were masterminded mostly with Giuseppe Maltese from Italy who joined the team in fall 2015.

These wheels are awesome! The roll speed is good, with the help of the big core they start going fast very quickly. The slide is the best part of them. It is very predictable so when you want to grip the corners, you can do it very safely because of the extreme grip they have and when you want to slide, they start to drift in a very comfortable way, very smooth. And last but not least, they have an incredible durability. ~ Giuseppe Maltese

Where to buy Lobo Kraken wheels

All Lobo wheels are available for purchase via Lobo’s website. The Kraken downhill wheels are fairly priced at around 64 Euros, considering how much meat they have and the durability we’re promised.

To stay on track with Lobo Wheels, follow them via Facebook or Instagram.


Lobo Meduza Freeride Wheels
Now available in new durometer options

Last year, in 2015 Lobo presented their first wheel  Meduza freeride wheels,  which were available in only one durometer. They promised to deliver more options in 2016 and so they did. Lobo Meduza wheels are now available in 77a and 81a durometer, both being 71mm in diameter and 50mm wide with 36mm contact patch.

Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

The 4th edition of Izdebki Camp happened in the second weekend of July, with a pirate theme and loads of activities for the participants. This year’s edition featured 2 days of freeriding, a race day, timed runs, a slide jam & best trick contest and also a mini ramp session with generous prizes for the winners. As this was not enough, to keep the party going, riders also enjoyed a concert of three bands and off the hook parties with a drink called Bimber!

Read through the words of Arjan Koek, the chill and tallest Dutch skater we know and get his insight on what went down at Izdebki camp, Release the Kraken edition.

Fire away, Arjan!


Izdebki camp 2016 report by Arjan Koek

Ahoy land lovers and scallywags! This is a mighty tale about the serpentine road of Izdebki, where every year us pirates come and fight the Kraken arrrrgg! We are armed with wooden planks, loads of ale and fireworks and we charge the hill fighting the beast! Arrrgggg … A pirate life for me!

Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

Izdebki Camp is a freeride located in the beautiful hills of Poland, in a small village called Izdebki. The whole event was organized by Alternative Longboards and although the track wasn’t the most challenging, the pavement was very good and grippy, the corners were wide and had flow, so big pack runs and blasting down the road was the main priority even for beginners!

Before the freeride, I got the chance to visit the Alternative Longboards HQ, where I had an impressive tour of their factory and even heard some of their yummy secrets. If was awesome to see how dedicated they are to making top quality products and caring for the development and improving their technology to make great longboards, done by awesome skaters.

We arrived at Izdebki Camp on Friday evening, parked our car and walked up to an impressive mansion to get in line for the inscription. The atmosphere was chill and the beer was already flowing. The same day we had a slide jam as the start for the amazing weekend. The friendly slide session featured a longest slide contest, hands down and no hands, the most creative slide and other activities that got us warmed up and gave us a chance to meet the other riders.

Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

On Saturday morning, a little after 9 o’clock we started the first run. The shuttles and start were easy going, the sun was shining and there was no limit on the size of the pack that could start the run. We got six runs in before the rain came, but at least that gave us time to have a lunch break as my legs were already killing me. We continued skating soon after, as the road dried up and enabled us to enjoy the track until 4 pm.

After the freeride the fun wasn’t over. Chilling and grilling came into play as well as a game called longboard jousting. Yes, you heard it right, two guys skating towards each other while trying to knock out the other skater off his board, using a big beam of wood and a boxing glove duck taped to the end to keep it ”safe” haha. This wildly entertaining game brought forth the winner, my buddy Jerom Geunens.

A mini ramp session followed, with a best combo and best trick contest. I managed to take home the win for best combo, so this was my favorite game of them all.

The friendly competition didn’t stop there, as later we watched four teams of pirates on little rafts battle each other with fireworks on the lake right next to the mansion. To wild to be true, but it actually happened – only on Izdebki! They rounded up all the survivors, brought out the rum and ale and the party was lit late into the night.

The last day, on Sunday the 10th, we enjoyed another sunny day with people riding the track in bigger packs. The vibe of the freeride was perfect and I really didn’t want for it to be over. At the end of the day, my legs decided to skip the uphill push race and because of the long drive back home, I missed the death race. I later saw the footage and pictures and it looked like it was epic, check them out for yourself!

I am now back home and can legitimately say that Izdebki Camp was a blast! I would also like to thank everyone involved in the organization for making it super fun for everybody to attend. It was awesome .. arrrrrgggg!

For everyone who couldn’t make it, check out my pirate edit and photos from my girlfriend and talented photographer Natalia Mielniczuk and get stoked for next years edition of Izdebki Camp!

Video & Edit: Arjan Koek
Photos by: Natalia Mielniczuk Photography / www.natalia-mielniczuk.com

Lobo wheels after being (ob)used for one season

Lobo Meduza freeride wheels review with Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski

Last year I saw the Polish guys throwing down some sick slides on the new LOBO wheels, but never got the chance to try them out myself. The word on the street is that they last for ages and slide smoothly. All the good things I heard about the wheels caught my attention and I decided to get in touch with Pawel Grzadzielski from the Lobo team to find out more.

Lobo longboard wheels in mint condition

In the beginning of last year Lobo released their first wheels – the LOBO Meduza freeride wheels. Currently they are handmade in short series in Lobo’s own workshop and laboratory in north Poland.

They are currently available only in 71mm size and 80a duro, but during this year the Lobo crew plans to release the Meduza in other duro options and expand their collection with a downhill wheel model as well. We’ll keep an eye on that one for sure.

A STWS crew member Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski – the OG tester and a LOBO team rider – was stoked to share with us more about the wheels and what his set endured during the last year. Read through to find out where the LOBO crew tested the wheels and how do they perform.

Fire away, Michal!


LOBO Meduza longboard wheels review
by Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski

2015 came to an end and believe me when I say that it was a busy one, with an even busier ahead of us. Don’t get me wrong, we love what we do. We started testing the LOBO Meduza wheels back in 2014, so when they dropped on the market in 2015 we were stoked, but we didn’t stop with giving them hell.

We literally wanted to destroy them on as many surfaces and conditions as possible.

We took them to every event and on as many roads in Poland as we could. Wasn’t enough. In July we went to Slovenia’s finest, KNK Bear’s Guts, where I did 23 whole runs on one set and didn’t even make it to half of the wheel.

Just to make sure they had enough, we took them for a 7-day trip to Gnarlicante and after a very fruitful season, I can finally write a review from my own point of view.

The LOBO Meduza – born to slide

Lobo wheels after being (ab)used for one season
Lobo wheels after being (ab)used for one season

The LOBO Meduza freeride wheels were born to slide. The 80a durometer is almost ridiculously durable and once you break them in, the endless sliding fun begins from the top, straight to the core, while still offering a smooth and predictable slide when going faster. The wheels have a centerset precise bearing seat and a wide core for good stability.

Even though the Meduzas are designed for freeride and sliding fun, their urethane is very fast. The formula is not supposed to thane so they almost never do, except for some occasional grey lines, depending on the surface.

Michal Tyburski heelside on a steepest hill in Calpe, Spain. By Pablo Quiles
Michal Tyburski heelside on a steepest hill in Calpe, Spain © Pablo Quiles

Testing them on different roads, various weather conditions and on many different surfaces, I can honestly say that overall they work great for medium – fast freeride (up to 70kph). When it’s really hot outside they tend to get very slippery and the gripping ability is lower. While it’s still fun for open road fast bombing, I would suggest a lower duro (2k16 lineup, get stoked!).

The wheel itself is 71mm tall and 50mm wide, with a contact patch of 36mm. Due to the rounded lips and their nearly indestructible ‘thane formula, they last a looong time, so high five to those of you who manage to core them (pics or didn’t happen). Be sure to check out the 80As and enjoy those handmade awesome freeride wheels.

More duros coming in 2016

The lineup for 2016 will offer more durometers of the Meduza model and premiere downhill models for racers and fast freeride maniacs.

Words by Michal “Ty Mon” Tyburski


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Lobo Meduza Freeride Wheels
Now available in new durometer options

Update, September 2016 – Last year, in 2015 Lobo presented their first wheel  Meduza freeride wheels,  which were available in only one durometer. They promised to deliver more options in 2016 and so they did. Lobo Meduza wheels are now available in 77a and 81a durometer, both being 71mm in diameter and 50mm wide with 36mm contact patch.


Where to buy LOBO wheels

For now you can only get them via their official website for 56,95 Euros. At the time of writing this article, the Lobo wheels are out of stock, but will be back in February or March when the new collection is expected as well. We’ll let you know when it’s out.

Follow LOBO wheels online:

Website: https://www.lobowheels.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoboWheels

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lobowheels/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com