Velefique International Freeride 2019 Recap

This year we got to attend the Velefique International Freeride that took place from the 5th to 8th of September, 2019. The Freeride has been around for 9 editions already and is located just short of 60 km away from Almeria in the southeast of Spain.

It was our first time there so we didn’t know what to expect but we knew the event road is wide, dynamic and located in scenic desert-like surroundings. That eventually also made us want to go.

Velefique Freeride Location

The meeting point for the event was the municipality called Velefique. The ”town” is quite small and in 2017 it reportedly had only 247 inhabitants. Nonetheless, it had everything needed – a restaurant, a good-sized swimming pool, large parking and a campsite. If you planned ahead, there was also an option to rent a house/room in the town which quite a few people did.

The Event Track

The track itself is around 4 km long with a total altitude change of 265 meters and a bunch of 180-degree corners. Pavement wise, it is in good condition with some mid-run changes but without any major damage. On top, you could literally see the whole track with riders descending down and enjoy an amazing view of the surrounding hills.

Predominately visited by Spaniards, the riding style at Velefique is a healthy mix of longboard, trike, luge, inline and roller riders. Longboarders were outnumbered but there were a few international skaters from Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, UK, and Germany.

The Schedule

The day of skating at Velefique is split into three parts. A ”morning” session from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. is followed by a lunch break until 4 p.m. and continued by the ”evening” session until 8 p.m. Furthermore, the event had two large busses and numerous volunteers that made sure the runs went by fast and seamlessly.

During the break, one could take advantage of the free meal included in the rego or grab a variety of small snacks (”tapa”) from the menu list. The beer was also cheap with a caña costing only 1.5 Eur. The last day of the freeride was celebrated with a huge traditional Paella.

Overall Velefique Freeride was a great gathering of Spanish riders and a handful of international longboarders. The vibe was very relaxed and everything ran smoothly. For us the lunch break made it feel like we had 3 days in 1 so to describe it as ¡Muy bien! would be just.

Xert Freeride - Photo by Carla Sanjuan

The 2nd Xert Freeride by RidersFly is just around the corner

The RidersFly season opener will be the 2nd edition of Xert Freeride which will once again take place in a small town in Eastern Spain called Xert, on the 24th and 25th of March. The town is not more than 25 minute drive away from the sandy beaches of Vinaròs and only about 45 kilometres away from the Castellón–Costa Azahar airport.

Watch the video
1st Xert Freeride aftermovie by Bunker Media

With a population of 800 inhabitants where millenary olive trees, oil and typical pastas predominate, RidersFly expect nothing more that relaxed and friendly vibes.

The event’s track is located in “Les moles de Xert” on a 2.5 km long road with fast corners, forks and fast sections with speeds up to 75 km/h. The crew describes it is a technical circuit but at the same time very fun!

Photo collage from the 1st Xert Freeride in 2017

The price for this two day event is set at 75 eur and includes shuttles, rider insurance and an ambulance crew with a doctor, as well as camping and lunch.

To learn more about the event and register, visit www.ridersfly.com/ii-freeride-xert.

RidersFly Events 2018 Schedule
RidersFly Events 2018 Schedule includes 4 freeride events.
Photo by Guillermo Suarez

The City Council of Madrid wants to ban skateboarding

Yes, you heard right, the City Council of Madrid wants to prohibit skateboarding in their first draft of a new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance which caused quite a stir amongst local skateboarders and longboarders.

The content of the draft which aims to regulate traffic in the city and fight against air pollution, prioritizes pedestrians, limits traffic, and banes skateboarding from its streets.

If the draft becomes valid, the use of skateboards will be limited only to skateparks. This means it would be illegal to push around on roads, sidewalks, pedestrian zones, and even bicycle paths.

In contrast, scooters and motorized skates (Segway’s, electric scooters etc.) would be allowed at a pedestrian pace, if not exceeding 20 km/h.

Although cutting down traffic and trying to limit the harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions should be applauded, one could argue that banning skateboards as a means of transportation is plain nonsense. We all know it is a great alternative to get from point A to point B whilst burning only a few calories instead of fuel or electricity.

There is a petition going on against the draft here and the citizens of Madrid can also express their opinion in an open debate on the City of Madrid website.

Felix Rupitsch of BigMountainSkate. Photo by Christian Kreuter (CK Photography)

Interview with Felix Rupitsch about BigMountainSkate and 2017 events

BigMountainSkate started three years ago and has so far been doing their best to please skaters with their longboard events. What began with a small freeride, grew with time and became a recognised name worldwide.

Recently, BigMountainSkate introduced a few new events to their repertoire. I figured it would be cool to find out and share some more information about their activities and plans for 2017 with you.

I talked with Felix Rupitsch, one of the BigMountainSkate founders, about how it all started, followed by additional information about their three new events, Arico El Bueno (Tenerife), No Man’s Land Endurance Freeride (Slovenia) and King’s Gate IDF WC race (Austria).

Furthermore, he also gave me his insight and changes we can expect regarding their now established events, Alpenrauschen, KnK Longboard Camp, Bela Joyride and LoRaLo.

Read through our interview with Felix for all the current plans about BigMountainSkate events.


Hey Felix! How are you?

Thank you, I am doing fine. Lots of work and many things to think about but that’s just how it is. Easier days will come, haha

Please, tell us how did you get into downhill skateboarding?

Jürgen Gritzner built my first longboard back in 2010. I cruised around the city a lot. I found out that dropping down small hills makes the most fun since I don’t need to push. I am a bit lazy sometimes.

Then I met Florian Wagner who was really motivated for downhill and he introduced us to sliding. He was the one really pushing the scene, looking out for new spots and bringing people together. In 2011 we managed to visit the KnK Longboard Camp, the rest is history.

When did you guys came up with the idea of BigMountainSkate?

Flo, me and the crew were organising the LoRaLo, a small but really funny event in Lödersdorf close to our hometown Graz.

After the 3rd year in a row we were thinking about doing something bigger than LoRaLo and we came up with the Alpenrauschen Freeride. The demand on this event was so big that we decided to go bigger.

In our mind we had the biggest road we knew so far. The idea for the Bela Joyride was born…

Then we just needed a name for all of this and what expression would match it better than “BigMountainSkate”.

We used this term already before for a special type of skating. It is not about one or two curves or some slide session, it’s all about long, fast and challenging mountain roads. We figured that this makes the most fun.

Little fun fact: Flo came up with this name back in 2013 when we were skating the road where this year’s King’s Gate World Cup race will happen.

KnK Longboard Camp existed long before BigMountainSkate and is now part of it. How did this happen?

We asked Mihael Zadravec from Longboard Magazine and Nadim Burkan, organizers of KnK Longboard Camp if they want to be part of the BMS project and they confirmed…

It is great working with them, sometimes i find myself making mistakes that Mihael told me to be aware of. This just shows how experienced he is and how bad of a listener I am sometimes, haha.

I think we learned a lot from each other, this is something that makes me really happy because it is just a great example of how „working together“ instead of „working against“ can turn out. Something that is not always taken for granted in this small scene.

BigMountainSkate grew really fast. Where will it go?

To the stars haha, no, I have no idea, as long as people join our events and skaters like what we do we will keep on doing what we love.

I just want to get the sport where it belongs. Any snowboarder or surfer would love downhill skateboarding. Many of them just haven’t tried it out yet or even heard of it. And as we all know, this sport is very addictive because it just is the greatest fun ever.

This year BigMountainSkate is going to organise a freeride on Tenerife. Please, tell us a bit more about it and what to expect.

Our crew became really good friends with Martin Diaz who is the founder of the Sliders Skate House on Tenerife. It was always his dream to host an event on the island.

BigMountainSkate turned out to be the right partner for this and so together we decided to make it happen. It is a shitload of work, especially if the event location is far away from home and you do it for the first time.

Our decision to keep the riders limit low is because we really want to have a quality event. Many runs, an amount of people that is easy to handle and just having a great time with great people.

Arico – El Bueno Freeride has a higher registration fee than the other BMS event. Can you please explain a bit why is that?

Spain has different laws in case of insurances, they are really expensive and of course we must have them.

Hay bales are also really hard to find, there are basically none on the island so they need to be brought there.

First we tried to find a campsite but couldn’t find one that is really close to the airport and the track. The location of the accommodation is something really important…

Of course it would be cheaper without a hotel but imagine skaters must bring all their camp gear + skate gear to the island or look for hotels themselves. That would cost a lot of money and you would need a rental car as well.

The hotel is reachable by taxi for little money from the airport or by public transport. Supermarket, the beach or restaurants are reachable by feet or by skateboard. The rest the shuttle busses will do.

It should turn out to be the perfect skate trip combined with vacation; a “Skateation”, haha.

Will there be anything new at Alpenrauschen Freeride this year?

Yes, only two hotels instead of three and only 180 riders. We want to raise the quality.

Last year a really bad accident happened that could have been avoided. For 2017 we plan to have more ski mats, more wood and hay bales, just to make the track safer. Especially that right corner after the tunnel.

I talked with many riders last year about this issue. We will also raise the registration fee just a little bit because of the additional safety equipment. Anyone i talked to was totally fine with this decision, safety is the most important.

That sounds reasonable.
What about this new Freeride in Slovenia, No Man’s Land?

I am sure that this is going to be something really great. The area where it happens, Soča Valley, is such a beautiful place.

8 km of super nice downhill will do the rest i think. It is the endurance Freeride so make sure you are in good shape, haha. Just think about it, it’s more than twice as long as the Bear’s Guts.

Maybe i am opening a bar down half track to have a little break, haha…

No seriously, Mihael and Nadim are behind that and we all know what they are able to, expect something really cool.

8 km is a lot, what’s the track and the accommodation like?

Five hairpins, more than 80 sweepers, smooth pavement, 14,5% gradient at the steepest and 80km/h top speed. I think that says it all. Just a perfect place to practice and to get some serious skills.

 

No Man's Land track on FindHills.com

Campsite is located right next to this beautiful river which will provide much needed relaxation.
If you are looking for an ultimate skate trip with your friends with all the skating your body and mind can handle, then think about going there.

Another new event for 2017 is King’s Gate World IDF World Cup race. New track, new name… No more Almabtrieb? What can we expect from King’s Gate?

In mid July this new race will go down in the south of Austria…

200 racers will enjoy another beautiful mountain surrounding and a fast, technical race track. We choose this region in Austria because of the stable sunny weather conditions during the summer time. Actually it isn’t that far from the Bela Joyride track.

We learned a lot from last year’s Almabtrieb. This new track is better for racing, I would say. I really love this road, it is one of my absolute favourites out there. Basically because I like fast right corners, haha.

A really cool feature is that you can see the finish line from the start line, that just makes it a more thrilling to watch the race.

Campground is about 2 kilometres from the start line and is located around a huge alpine hut 200 people can fit in easily. They offer food and drinks for little money. They also rent rooms in case some racers don’t want to sleep in a tent. So even if we have bad weather conditions there is a dry spot for anyone, something i consider to be very important after last years wet wet Almabtrieb.

Only 2 weeks later the KnK Longboard Camp is on. Last year we watched a video by Alternative featuring Mihael. He explained a bit about the new plans for 2017. Can you please tell us a bit more about that too?

Basically it will stay the same as we all got to love this event but there is always some new stuff going on. Mihael and Nadim raised the quality of the event year by year and so they will do it this year. Quality instead of quantity, they say.

Riders hitting a left corner at KnK Longboard Camp. Photo by Christian Kreuter (CK Photography)

There will be some improvements along the campsite. New showers and toilets were built and the party place will get a chill zone where riders can hang out after skating… sit or lay down, watch the big screen while listening to music from a new and better sound system. Party on, haha.

I don’t think any big things need to be changed, I just love it the way was and will be. Some of the best days in the year. 6 years ago when I was in Osilnica for the first time I immediately fell in love with this place.

Are you skating there or are you somehow involved in the organisation?

I am not really involved in the operative organisation but of course Flo and I will act in the background. Media stuff needs to be done for example. Mihael takes care of this while we throw our stuff so we are always working as a team on any event.

Of course I have more time at KnK than on any other event. This is the place I kind of get in the mood to be a skater at an event and not an organiser. This is sometimes really important, gets you to know why you are doing all this.

3 weeks later the one and only Bela Joyride starts. Many skaters say this is the most relaxed event of all, can you tell us maybe why they say so?

Haha, maybe its because of the track and the easy atmosphere at the campground, or the huge pack runs people do on the track… I’m not sure, but I am glad to hear that.

I can promise nothing will change at this event this year and so will not the price. It will be the same as the last years, many many runs, 184 km of downhill in 4 days in 2016 says it pretty much all.

Maybe we will get a big screen with some nice videos and a Nintendo 64 with the game Mario Kart. No racing on the track but in the evening its totally on, hahaha.

Sounds like a good plan. I can’t see any LoRaLO on this years agenda. It became already a classic. Will there be LoRaLo again this year?

Not sure yet. If it happens it won’t be under the banner of BMS.

I need to talk to the crew and see what they think about it… and if they would be down to throw it. We will see. As soon as we have informations about it I will let you know.

I really hope there will be a LoRaLo this year. Nico Nührig has to defend his new title, Quirin Ilmer won’t let this happen again, haha

There were some rumors around about a new event Brazil. Are you having an event there this year as well?

Rumors were true, we were thinking about it. Unfortunately it started a huge discussion within the Brazilian core scene.

The reason is totally understandable to me. It is not against us…

It was more the fact who we could work together with to make this happen. There are many things that need to be figured out and we don’t want to divide a scene or make any troubles, our intentions are only good. And if it is not possible it’s just not possible. More Info when we have them.

Anything else you want to say about the season 2017?

I hope to see many happy faces again this year, many people became real friends to me, something I love the most about this crazy work we are doing.

I am so looking forward to those days before and after the events, spending time and hanging out with the crew again. They are literally the best people you can wish for. Without them…nothing would have happened and we would be far from something called BigMountainSkate.
Stay tuned.


That’s it. For more, follow BigMountainSkate via their Facebook and Instagram.
To register for BMS events, head over to www.bigmountainskate.com for more info.

RidersFly 2017 7 Horquillas Freeride

RidersFly longboard events schedule 2017

RidersFly was a small crew of Spanish riders back in 2006. Since then, they grew and aren’t limited to only a group of adrenaline junkies anymore. Under their name you will find a competitive team, that takes part in national and international events, a school that prioritises safety and teaching newcomers, a junior team, swag longboard gear and of course freerides.

Their 2017 event plan includes 4 freerides, all taking part in small Spanish towns. If you’re in the mood to visit Spain next year, you should definitely stop at one of their events.

Xert Freeride, March 25th – 26th, 2017

First on the RidersFly calendar is Xert Freeride in March. The first edition of this freeride will take place in a small town called Xert in the province of Castellón (Spain). Located a few kilometers away from Salzadella and Sant Mateu, Xert is also conveniently located close to the airport.

The spot is amazing to skate and the town is very welcoming. We also like doing events in tiny villages because we prefer to bring tourism to small towns rather than large cities.  Maria Giner

RidersFly 2017 Xert Freeride
Sergio Sebastia turning into a right corner at the Xert Freeride track. Photo by Maria Giner

Besides the relaxed and local vibe, attendees will enjoy a 2.5 km long and dynamic road with a bunch of corners and sweapers. With the top speed of 75 km/h, Ridersfly makes sure you’ll get to feel the Spanish breeze.

Furthermore, Xert offers 2 days of freeriding with shuttles, rider insurance and an ambulance crew with a doctor. Moreover, rego also includes water during the event, two meals (lunch) and also a nice camping area in a sport center with showers and toilettes.

The riders limit is set to 100 skaters and the registration fee to 70 euros. If you are interested in Xert freeride, note that the registration starts on February 15th, 2017. All further information will be posted on their event page.

7 Horquillas Freeride, June 3rd – 4th, 2017

Second in line is 7 Horquillas Freeride in the beginning of June. This event will be held in a small village called Condemios de Arriba.

Until now the crew celebrated a birthday of a fellow team rider Tato with a small skate session, but next year they are doing it bigger than ever, as 7 Horquillas Freeride.

Located in the province of Guadalajara, the track is short but sweet. RidersFly said it’s technical, but offers a lot of fun with your friends.

RidersFly 2017 7 Horquillas Freeride
An aerial view of the 7 Horquillas Freeride track

Seven corners packed into 1.4 km of road promise a fun time, while the straights provide an adrenaline rush with a top speed of 80+ km/h.

The riders limit is set to 100, but there is no further information regarding the price at this moment. If you are interested in the 7 Horquillas Freeride, follow their social pages and website for fresh upcoming information.

Salzadella Freeride, July 28th – 30th, 2017

Salzadella is the most known event by RidersFly. Although last year they had decided to cancel their IDF race, because of the low number of riders, they made a decision to keep going with the freeride.

Furthermore, they are also considering doing a race, not and IDF race, but at this moment we can’t promise anything.

This well known track is 2.6 km long with fast corners and smooth pavement. Moreover, longboarders can reach a top speed of 105 km/h and streetlugers up to 115 km/h. In addition to the good protection of the track, marshals will be placed on every corner.

RidersFly 2017 Salzadella Freeride
A shot from last year’s Salzadella Freeride

This three day freeride will host 100 riders. The price of the registration in not know yet, but RidersFly promise that everyone will get their moneys worth. As per usual, rego includes shuttles, rider insurance, an ambulance team with a doctor and a protected track. Moreover, everybody will also get lunch, water during the freeride and will enjoy a camping area in a sports center with showers and toilettes.

Sant Mateu Freeride, October 28th – 29th, 2017

Last but definitely not least, October will mark the 6th Sant Mateu Freeride. The crew will stay in the province of Castellón, but this time move to a different village called Sant Mateu.

This event is described to be appropriate for all riding levels with it’s 1.2 km length, a few corners and some fast sections.

Moreover, the riders limit is not know yet, but the registration price is going to be 70 euros.

As on all RidersFly events, participants will be covered by a shuttle, insurance, ambulance team and two day’s lunch. Besides the track, the camping area is also backed with showers and toilettes to keep you clean after a hard day of riding.

Lobo Wheels Gnarlicante Skate Trip

Lobo Wheels Gnarlicante Trip 2016

To survive the winter, a squirrel needs to stack about ten thousand pieces of nuts, acorns and pine-cones before the first snow hits. Tough life.

In general, as skaters living in a country where the weather is seasonal, sometime around the first autumn signs we need to think about charging our batteries to the maximum, just so we can survive winter.

Last year we came up with an idea to visit Spain and guess what, it was a straight bullseye. Without even the slightest hesitation this year early in April we started planning our next trip.

In 2015, Pablo Quiles, a well-known rider from Spain, showed us the ins and outs of Gnarlicante. So basically thanks to him, we now know the spots, local riders and the Spanish way of living.

An abandoned road in Spain. Photo by Rafał Czuber - Lobo Wheels Gnarlicante Skate Trip
An abandoned road in Spain. Photo by Rafał Czuber

Getting ready for the trip

When getting ready we tried to plan everything ahead so that nothing would surprise us and we could stay as low profile on the spots as possible. It’s very important for us to respect the spots and local riders that use them on daily basis.

Fortunately when it comes to the whole planning phase, we have a ruthless engineers Bartosz who doesn’t leave anything undone. So by the time we were leaving Poland, our map of roads we wanted to hit looked like a globe used as a shooting target for close range shotgun practice.

We had that covered. To get other things done we got in touch with David Butti from Salsito House. He offered us to stay at his home, helped us with the rentals and overall was an awesome host the whole week once we got to Spain.

I can easily skip the whole ‘omg excitement phase’ with the packing, the flight, the whole clapping after landing and the fact that we could easily throw our jackets to trash because of the 29 degrees in Spain, while in Poland people had to scrub windshields of their cars in the morning.

This year we managed to smuggle into Alicante the whole STWS so there were 7 of us. Next year we probably will bring our families and pets and in two years’ time we will most likely come back with all the crap we own and stay for good.

Lobo Wheels Gnarlicante Skate Trip
Bart skating Longboard Paradise with a view of Benidorm City. Photo by Grzesiek Kodzik

Skate all day, everyday

All jokes aside Spain has so many beautiful spots and such a unique climate to offer that I myself sometimes didn’t know wheatear I should laugh or cry, so I cried with happiness and enjoyed the trip as much as possible.

We had an ambitious plan to “skate all day, everyday”’ and to test the heck out of the new improved core mounted in LOBO wheels. In fact we calculated that in one week we should be able to pull around 12 skate sessions, counting the Gnarlicante King of the Hill Outlaw Race and Castell de Castells freerides.

The plan was simple…

Wake up, hit the market, eat at the spot (which I really like), skate, lunch somewhere at the beach, skate, dinner, relax, sleep, wake up and repeat.

Sounds a lot but to be honest, if the weather wouldn’t prank us for a day or so, we would most likely pull it off. Nevertheless, we still got tons of riding done and left behind loads of burned urethane.

Alicante is a region that offers hundreds of spots you can skate on.

I literally write hundreds because it’s true. Most likely if you’re a local rider 98% of the spots is invincible for you, but as pure “flatland boyz” we were stoked.

Of course in a weeks’ time we weren’t able to hit all of the spots we saw but we did the best we could playing it smart enough not to burn anything for the locals.

In my eyes Alicante region offers everything. From 30% grade slide spots, through awesome roads with small traffic to pure open road freeride experience with all kinds of other attractions.

Lobo Wheels Gnarlicante Skate Trip
Grzesiek Kodzik on the hills near Calp. Photo by Bart

So the whole week went by excellent.

During the day we were skating, having fun, stacking clips and snapping photos. Evening on the other hand we spent either relaxing in Salsito or just roaming the small town of Calpe, enjoying the late night life of elderly citizens. I’m telling you, it’s the Miami of Europe.

Fortunately the photographic equipment we took this year for the trip also levelled up, so thanks to the gimbal, a sweet GH4 and a handmade car mount, we were able to record many runs.

King of the Hill Outlaw Race

On the 14th, the Gnarlicante crew organised an outlaw race at on of their local favourites, a spot called “Psychospot“. This name actually comes from the one and only Pablo Quiles, who’s nickname is Psycho, so if you know Pablo or at least seen him skate, you get the drill about the spot.

The road itself does not forgive mistakes and brings genuinely tons of fun. Most of the surface is destroyed in one way or another. From huge cracks and random concrete humps to fairly large holes leaving just a small pass to go through. Add over a dozen degrees of grade plus a few corners and you got yourself a pretty interesting mixture.

I asked the locals why they love the spot so much and heard that the pavement is just perfect where it needs to be and the rest is just details. Frankly, that’s true but I myself think that besides that, Psychospot also offers tons of adrenaline and almost no traffic, plus the guys block the road while bombing.

Lobo Wheels Gnarlicante Skate Trip
Rafał Czuber charging down Psychospot while the locals cheer him on. Photo by Ty Mon

So, we skated a bit over there. Melvin Herrmann helped us with recording a run of Rafał and we moved on to another road to shot some more footage.

Eventually Melvin Herrmann was declared The King of the Hill by winning the outlaw race, which is well deserved since he is an awesome skater and also by the way has freaking mad driving skills.

Toti Bicileta was second with Adrian Leon Suñol coming in third and Oscar Archibaldo Rodriguez Escoin swooping the fourth position riding on the new LOBO Kraken Downhill series wheels.

During the Friday outlaw race we’ve run across the guys from Netherlands, Robbert and Jordi, with whom we already had a chance to skate at KnK in the past and at Castell de Castells freeride the next day.

Castell de Castells freeride

As I mentioned before, for our last day in the longboard paradise we decided to visit Castell de Castells freeride event organized by the guys from FreeDivision Crew. The freeride was a full weekend event but because of our flight we only attended the first day.

Castell de Castells is located in the mountains of south-east Spain. The town itself is very small and only has around 500 residents, but the freerides were organised on a public road connecting it with the next city.

Lobo Wheels Gnarlicante Skate Trip
Rafał Czuber on Castell de Castells freeride in the mountains near Alicante. Photo by Bart

When you look at the spot on findhills you might not be impressed because it’s only an average 6% grade, nearly 16% steepest point, barely 3 kilometres and just a few corners and sweepers but the point of view changes once you get inside that shuttle bus.

Believe me, it’s awesome. The whole course is not very demanding but you build up speed fast, the road is wide, the pavement is smooth and the corners are crazy-steep. What more could a skater ask for. We took some photos, had lots of fun and went back to Salsito with no losses.

Overall we had a great time!

We did everything we wanted to, including a very hard test of the new and improved cores in all models of LOBO Wheels, which by the way turned out great.

We filmed a lot of clips and snapped some photos to share amongst friends and homies but what is the most important thing, we got to skate with cool people, had a lot of fun and charged our batteries to help us survive the winter break.

Lobo Wheels Gnarlicante Skate Trip

Big thanks to David from Salsito House, who once again welcomed us in his home and proved to be a great host and thanks to Melvin for helping us record a sweet run of Rafał on Psychospot.

I’m pretty sure we will come back next year because Gnarlicante still has so much to offer and it only gets better and better.

Skate safe and have fun!
Tymon

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Root Longboards Road Trip – Eseposibele Tour

Sebastian Schneider, Eseposibele Tour by Root Longboards, 2016
Sebastian Schneider, Eseposibele Tour by Root Longboards, 2016

Tenerife is one of the skating jewels in the norther hemisphere, for a long time not a secret anymore, well know for many Anaconda raw runs and endless roads directly hitting the ocean.

So a great bunch of the Root Longboards gang packed their stuff last spring, manualed through the gates, hopped into a flying carcass and got shot out on the Canarias somewhere in the Atlantic in front of Morocco.

The mission was to get sunburned, drunk on Doradas, filled up with tuna, avocados and olives, roadrashed by brittle asphalt and sore legs from skating roads longer then 10 km.

All in all we got a little more than 7 days to not just get pitted, this time we tried to make a serious road movie clip part what ever thing. Äxel, mad brain of road, still insured because of bowl skating brought his hole camera equipment including a Ronin-M (steady-cam) with him, to secure perfect, not shaking frames.

So boys and girls, get some tapas, open up a beer and put it into the smallest glass you have (author’s addition: It is more than reasonable to have many small glasses as I learned last week in Austria. Small beers don’t contain alcohol, easyguys), maybe u even have a small sunburn or a small road rash and lean back and let the island vibes flow through you.


Watch Root Longboards – Eseposibele Tour / Part I

The first day we spent traveling over the island and getting a feeling for the roads, landscape and people.
Camera: Alex Dietrich and Sebastian Hertler
Edit: Alex Dietrich
Music: Jon Wayne – Gold and Silver
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Watch Root Longboards – Eseposibele Tour / Part II

The second part of the “Eseposibele Tour” is all about mobbing down the hill, staying as close as possible and enjoying skating together with our friends and guys we met during this trip.
Camera and edit: Alex Dietrich
Music: R.L. Burnside – Let my Baby ride
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If you consider going to Tenerife…

Get in touch with Sliders Skate HouseMartin Diaz Yarza will provide you with the best shelter you can image on this sacred island. He will grill fish, veggies and meat you never have eaten so far and what can I say, he is one of the most “down-to-earth-dudez” I had the chance to meet. Last but not least, don’t worry about safety, the Sliders House is probably the safest place on the Island.

Sliders Skate House Family!! #slidersskatehouse #slidershouse #sector9canarias #sector9 #fanfisurfandskateshop

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There is gonna be an BigMountainSkate event happening next year as well, so stay focused people! We already skated the planed track and I’m gonna say: Legs burning, stoke shouting, tight packs, thane lines…

PS: Root has planned to release a minimum of two more parts!

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A Cup Of Stoke - Issue 3

Longboard Tour Morocco, Markus Knoblechner joins Root, T-shirt announcement

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A Cup Of Stoke - Issue 3

Welcome to another #ACOS live post – Issue 3! Check out some of the best stuff we curated for you in the past 24 hours and stay tuned for more as we add new cool media and info during the day. Use #ACOS or #LBMAGEU hashtags when posting on social media to help us track down your posts faster. Everyone is welcome to join the party and anything goes as long as it’s rad and interesting.

Let’s do this!


RAJU CAMP BroRuns, Team Andalucia at the Po-Po

Checkout the latest edit coming from Andalucia by RAJU Camp squad and Team Andalucia at one of their favourite local runs, Po-Po. If you are down for some adventure around Malaga, another RAJU Camp is announced for the February 2016. We’ll keep you posted!


Let’s do more of what matters

If you’re going to share something on social media today, let this be it. A message delivered by Yassine Boundouq from Safi in Morocco, holds a great value which almost seemed to be forgotten – we should step out from our self-centred minds and reach out to others.

He traveled 3000 kilometers throughout Morocco on a longboard meeting people, with a noble goal on his mind; To spread the culture of longboarding and inspire people to create communities and space for it. His message to the world is:

I am living for the longboard and no matter how bad it is or how bad it’s gonna get , I am still going to spread the longboarding culture out here ~ Yassine Boundouq

As he describes in a post on Facebook, he’s thankful and proud of what he achieved. He feels like he made a difference as people are getting more and more interested into the Longboard Sessions he organises, as well as starting sessions and communities in their cities across Morocco.

Well, Yassine, you have a big fat respect from us, that’s for sure!


BMS announces dates for Alpenrauschen 2016

Alpenrauschen track © BigMountainSkate
Alpenrauschen track © BigMountainSkate

Last year’s Alpenrauschen organised by BigMountainSkate.com crew was so much fun despite the bad weather which resulted in downsized number of runs. Those who went can tell you only the best about it and the same goes for other BMS events. Decision hasn’t been done yet if it’s going to be a four or three days event. For now, the announced dates or June 9th – June 12th, 2016. Can’t wait!


Root welcomes Markus Knoblechner to their team

Markus Knoblechner is excited as he got welcomed to the Root Longboards team. The guys are a great bunch of skaters doing great stuff and Markus will definitely enjoy their company as well as contribute a lot with his skateboarding, filming and writing skills.

I am super happy to shred those beauties. I love the boards and the badass graphics from Boogie! Also, Root has such a great team of skaters and I am really proud to be a part of it! Damn, it just started to snow here and I’ll have to wait awhile till I can take the Bughuul out for a skate in 2016. ~ Markus Knoblechner


LBMAGEU T-shirts announcement

UPDATE: Check out the Longboard Magazine T-shirt here. It’s awesome 🙂

We are out of our minds for this one! While Markus was “spamming” longboarding related Facebook groups with our website link, Andrea Berton, a great Italian artista, got in touch with him. We immediately fell in love with his works and agreed that he will design a graphic for the first Longboard Magazine Europe t-shirt. Hopefully, it should be available for purchase sometimes in December 2015. We’ll let you know more soon!

Corefilio designs © Andrea Berton
Corefilio t-shirt designs © Andrea Berton

Andrea has also done some art for Earthwing skateboards. Check it out on Corefolio FB page or it’s official website. Rock on, Andrea!


Team Andalucia

The guys from Andalucia are tearing local runs apart with no mercy. While since yesterday most of Europe is covered with snow, they enjoy beautiful weather conditions throughout all the winter. Bastards! Nah, we’re just playin with them, they’re alright 🙂 Watch the video and be amazed.

Z&G Skatehouse is down there to feed your unrestful skate demons during these cold times. They have plenty to offer including some of the best roads in the area, if not the whole Spain. For only about 55 eur per day, you’ll get the whole experience, from food and transfer to skating incredible runs with some great people. Check out Z&G Skatehouse’s website for more info.


Featured photo by Sergio Herrada

Justo Mullor going toesideways © Sergio Herrada
Justo Mullor going toesideways © Sergio Herrada

For your viewing pleasure we’re featuring this awesome photo of Justo Mullor  repping 992 Custom Longboards sideways, shot by Sergio Herrada, a freelance photographer and SpinoS Custom Longboards & Diversur team rider. Follow Z4 Longboard Almeria for more.


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