Alpenrauschen 2018: Dominic Schenk & Ian Freire | ROCKET Longboards

Alpenrauschen 2018: Dominic Schenk x Ian Freire Raw Run

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy

ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy Photo Gallery

We’ve finally settled down at home and it was time to go through the photos I took during the four days we spent at ISPO 2018 in Munich.

Watch the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy video here.

If you’re not familiar with ISPO, here’s the short walk-through. It is the biggest European multi-segment trade fair within the sports industry. With over 85.000 visitors from 120 different countries, ISPO is stretched out through 16 halls showcasing 8 segments that cover everything from winter sports, team sports, health & fitness to manufacturing & suppliers.

We mostly spent our time in Hall A5 at the Longboard Embassy organized by 40inch Longboard Magazine. Looking back to 2013, when I last visited ISPO, this year’s Longboard Embassy looked a bit smaller than back then, but it was still filled with a wall-to-wall skateboard and longboard products.

The Longboard Embassy view from the lounge area

Walking through the Longboard Embassy, one could try out surf skating, electric longboards, watched Legende Longboard chisel a block of wood, what later became a handcrafted and fully functional longboard, or rest their legs at the lounge area overlooking the Whitezu 12 meter long surf skate wave system.

In the four days of ISPO, we got a chance to talk with and interview 33 brands covering different skateboarding disciplines.

KebbeK Skateboards introduced their new watercolor lineup, Landyachts Longboards showcased the new freeride and dancer boards, ROCKET Longboards showed off it’s new Freak Show collection, Alternative Longboards introduced their new construction and Madrid Skateboards their Netflix Stranger Things collection…just to name a few.

The Longboard Embassy bar

Wheel and truck wise, we got a chance to check out Seismic’s new downhill race wheel, the European Walzen wheels, and the new Bolzen truck models and also talked with Bangfish about their new surf skate trucks.

There were also numerous surf skate brands showcasing their collection surrounding the Whitezu skate wave, like the Spanish YOW surf, Slide Surfskate, Curfboard, and Carver Skateboards.

Regarding protection, we saw the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver, stopped by at TSG and saw what’s new with Pro-Tec’s Full Cut skateboard helmets.

We also saw the Buggy Rollin suit by Jean Yves Blondeau. He’s most known for one of his stunt characters, the Rollerman, which we also got to see in action.

Jean-Yves Blondeau's Buggy Rollin suits

While we are still editing the interviews to show you what the brands had to say about their new lineups and products, here is a photo gallery from the ISPO 2018 Longboard Embassy.

I would like to end this article with an interview with Philippe Roose, a member of the Ministry of Stoke and their F*** Cancer Foundation. In the video, he said that the beer fundraiser at ISPO was a success and shares his personal story with everybody who takes the time to watch the video below.

ROCKET Longboards 2017 new longboard deck models

ROCKET Longboards presents three new decks for 2017

About a month ago I had the pleasure to present the Ian Freire Pro longboard deck by ROCKET longboards, built with their own LAF technology which makes the board extremely durable, lightweight and waterproof.

The announcement has garnered much attention, over 1k people visited the article during the first couple of days since it was published.

In the meantime, ROCKET’s website got a pretty rad overhaul. There you’ll find more information about their current team, work process and a bunch of other cool stuff.

Welcoming Ian Freire from Brazil, a Red Bull No Paws Down 2015 champion, will help ROCKET to stand out even more during this upcoming season. Something tells me that we’ll see Ian back to the Bear’s Guts this year, as last year Patrick Lombardi walked away with the title.

Daniel Iseli and his crew presented the Ian Freire Pro deck along with the two new 2017 models and the rest of the Rocket’s collection at ISPO Longboard-Embassy.

As he told me in one of our conversations, ISPO was a great success for ROCKET. The feedback on the new boards was great and people loved them.

Well, Daniel… What else can you expect when doing such a great work 🙂

Now, let’s see what’s there to love…

LAF – Strong, lightweight and waterproof

ROCKET took a big step forward this year and introduced a new construction technique code-named LAF which is shortened for “Light As Fuck”.

It includes a very light wooden core sandwiched between carbon and glass fibres with clear 3D embossed highly scratch resistant PBT top sheets. The core is sealed down with extremely strong polyurethane rails which make the board highly resistant to impact and waterproof.

The boards built with LAF weigh around 30% less compared to longboard decks built in a traditional way, while preserving the same flex and vibration absorption characteristics often missed in full carbon decks.

ROCKET currently offers two boards built with LAF – the Ian Freire Pro and the Stealth.

New ROCKET longboard decks in 2017

ROCKET offers 12 longboard decks, but in this article I’ll cover the 3 latest; the Stealth, the Ian Freire Pro and the Scout.

You can find all the other boards available for purchase with a free worldwide shipping via ROCKET’s website and you’re also most welcome to read my review of Dominic Shcenk’s pro model, the Domination.

So, let’s start with…

The Stealth

The Stealth extends ROCKET’s already quite versatile board selection by covering the riders who prefer the style of skateboarding that includes freestyle and dancing.

It’s a symmetrical top-mount deck, with 0.47″ concave and three wheelbase options raging from 27.5″ – 30″ enabling to match the flex and the length of the kicks to a preferred riding style.

The stealth is built with LAF technology and promised to last for a very very long time.

It is extremely impact resistant and waterproof thanks to the polyurethane rails as well as very lightweight, with a total weight of only 1600 grams (3.5 lbs).

The board also features minimal wheel well flares and pressed-in wheel wells which makes it safe to ride with more loose trucks.

The Stealth deck specification

  • Length: 43.5″
  • Width: 9.2″
  • Wheelbase: 27.5″ – 30″
  • Concave: 0.47″
  • Weight: 1600 g / 3.5 lbs

The price tag on the Stealth is 269 Euros.

What else to say, it’s a great looking double-kick freestyle deck, I’ll bet you’re already drooling all over your keyboard, so let’s move to the next one…

The Ian Freire Pro

The Ian Freire Pro is a 35,4″ long top-mount directional deck with a symmetrical platform designed with both downhill and freeride in mind.  It provides the same leverage regardless of the direction the board is facing making it a breeze to ride switch as well.

The Ian Freire Pro comes in two width versions; a wider 9.8″ and a narrower 9.2″ version. Both versions feature a progressive concave (16mm to 12mm), flared wheel wells and a rocker.

The wheelbase is adjustable from 23″ to 26″. The shortest wheelbase will enable you to use the board’s kick tail to its full potential, while the longest will make it more stable for downhill runs.

Just like the Stealth, the Ian Freire Pro is built with LAF technology to last for a lifetime as it’s highly impact resistant, waterproof and very lightweight, weighing only 1400 grams (3.1 lbs).

Related: You can read the full overview of the Ian Freire Pro in this article.

The Ian Freire Pro deck specification

  • Length: 35.4″
  • Width: 9.8″ or 9.2″
  • Wheelbase: 23″ – 26″
  • Concave: 0.47″ – 0.63″
  • Weight: 1400 g / 3.1 lbs

The price tag on the Ian Freire Pro is 269 Euros.

Last but not least…or to be more exact, the third new board ROCKET introduced this year is…

The Scout

The Scout is an all-around 33″ long and 9.2″ wide directional top-mount deck with a kick tail.

As described by its maker, the Scout has an asymmetrical banana rocker which descends slightly in the front and raises steeper in the back to form the tail.

A short convex part behind the back truck anatomically adapts to your feet. This makes the tail super comfortable to stand on and also gives you a nice pocket for your toe side stand up slides.

The Scout is promised to be a great choice for skating pump tracks, pools, commuting or even bombing the hills, if you prefer a shorter wheelbase or if you’re a smaller person.

Built from Canadian SFI certified Canadian maple and Glass fibres, the Scout also features an extremely durable epoxy soaked veneer top sheet which protects the glass fibres underneath.

The Scout deck specification

  • Length: 33”
  • Width: 9.2”
  • Wheelbase: 19.3” – 21.6”
  • Concave: 0.4” – 0.5”

There you have it, the three newest boards by ROCKET Longboards.
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ROCKET Ian Freire Pro Model

ROCKET Ian Freire Pro Longboard Deck Review

The rumours are true… Ian Freire from Brazil, the 2015 Red Bull No Paws Down champion joined the ROCKET Longboards team and scored a pro model deck designed completely according to his requirements for downhill and freeride.

The Ian Freire pro model deck is built with ROCKET’s new ridiculously strong LAF technology which makes this board extremely durablewaterproof and weigh only 1400 grams (3.1lbs).

As Ian shared with us, he always wanted to design his own deck and already had plenty ideas on his mind when at the end of last year, Daniel Iseli of ROCKET proposed the collaboration.

With mixing my ideas with Daniel´s knowledge in board construction, we managed to come up with a decent design to make a prototype.  I was stoked about the prototype, but when I saw it done with the LAF technology, I was blown away. This board is a game changer!

Ian Freire Pro Model Deck Features

The Ian Freire Pro Model deck is 35,4″ long and has a directional shape, while its standing platform is symmetrical in order to provide the same stance and the same leverage regardless of the direction the board is facing.

The lucky future owners will be able to choose from two width versions, 9.8″ and 9.2″ (slim), while both versions feature a progressive concave (16mm to 12mm), flared wheel wells and a rocker.

ROCKET Ian Freire Pro Model - side view.

With wheelbase options ranging from 23″ to 26″ and a kick tail, the Freire Pro Model deck is promised to deliver not only on the hill, but all around as well.

I would recommend this deck to everyone that likes to skate all kinds of hills, freeride or downhill, and want to do it all with one board. With a perfect size to freeride, flared wheel wells and a symmetrical platform, it’s the perfect board to do some stand up slides, but it is still big enough to go really fast. A mellow kick tail provides a really big pop on the smallest wheelbases.

ROCKET Ian Freire Pro Model - diagonal view.

ROCKET continues to evolve its production and is proud to introduce the indestructible polyurethane rails, which make the board highly resistant to impact.

The ultra durable polyurethane rails also seal the wooden core sandwiched between carbon fibre sheets, making it waterproof. As you can see from the photos, the carbon fibre is visible through the embossed 3D top sheets complementing the board with a badass look.

ROCKET Ian Freire Pro Model - nose view.

What’s the price

The production of the Ian Freire pro model is more time consuming, which justifies a higher price tag. The price for the deck is expected to be 269 Euros. Considering that it might last practically forever, the price doesn’t sound too big anymore.

The Ian Freire deck will be available for purchase in midd March via their current dealers.

Keeping the hype real

Since he started manufacturing longboards, Daniel’s focus remains on the core longboard community where he feels at home. While the cruising trend is plummeting and many companies are facing to shut down their cheap boards productions, ROCKET keeps growing.

As a one-man company which produces everything in-house in Switzerland, the only way to survive is to find a niche. I ride downhill since 2002 and I was always looking for the best gear. Hence I found my place in producing high quality boards for customers who use them as sports equipment instead of fashion accessories. This gives me the advantage of being less dependent to the ups and downs in the market based on some hypes. Since I started to ride downhill I saw that the core scene didn’t change much numerically.

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Longboard Girls Crew France - Behind the scenes of filming a new video

French Girls Going Down – Behind The Scenes Photos by Alban Pernet

Earlier this year the French Longboard Girls Crew took a trip to Southern France to film their latest video called French Girls Going Down. Their two day trip to Espigoulier Pass was documented by Augustin Joan-Montes (AJ Medias) with video and me, Alban Pernet with photos.

Dominic Schenk sends it down the Kozakov track full stand-up

Dominic Schenk sends it down the Kozakov track full stand-up

Dominic Schenk likes to challenge himself a lot and this summer he went for a full stand-up run down the Kozakov Challenge track. For many of us, a run like that is just a wet dream, but Swiss downhill skateboarder Dominic handles the 90kmh+ track with high precision “no hand down” slides with much style and ease.

Dominic Schenk filmed with a follow car at Kozakov Challenge 2016. Photo by <a href="https://www.cgsa.cz/" target="_blank">CGSA</a>.
Dominic Schenk filmed with a follow car at Kozakov Challenge 2016. Photo by CGSA.

With another Red Bull No Paws Down race being right around the corner, Dominic was excited to announce the challenge via his Facebook profile. I’m not sure if anyone actually tried to do it, but the likes showered and many were eager to watch the premiere broadcast of the run on the big screen at KnK.

Dominic announced the full stand-up Kozakov run on <a href="https://web.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1271058892934893&amp;set=t.100000923829937&amp;type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">his Facebook profile</a>
Dominic announced the full stand-up Kozakov run on his Facebook profile

Full stand-up run time only 2:29:378!

Dominic’s full stand-up run down the Kozakov track took only 2:29:378, which would have been top 80 qualification time. I wonder if anyone will try to beat that time.

To get his skating on point, Dominic skates his own pro model deck “Domination” by ROCKET Longboards and RAD Advantage 80a wheels.

WATCH THE VIDEO
Dominic Schenk – Kozakov NoPawsDown

This amazing run was filmed with a follow car with Rasmus Klintrot behind the steering wheel.

Disqualified on the start line

During the racing, he blew the start too many times and unfortunately got disqualified from the competition. It seems that the excitement was too much to handle 🙂

Bad luck followed him to KnK Longboard Camp, where he got a stomach flu and had to cancel racing Red Bull No Paws Down. Last year he placed second, but unfortunately missed a chance to win the title. Next year maybe…

Finally podium!

However, Dominic also attended the Cult Single Set Survivors race during KnK Week #2 and shared the podium with Andreas Mangold and Florian Fellner.

Cult Single Set Survivors 2016 podium


To stay on top of his adventures, you can follow Dominic Schenk via Instagram or Facebook.