Rock Island Rip – Lincoln, Nebraska

Rock Island Rip – Lincoln, Nebraska

We are super stoked to announce the first known Longboard/Skateboard push race in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 29th! After a pair of stoke-filled-downhill-longboard races (the Pioneer Premiere and Pioneer Smear), the Midwest is answering the call and hosting a push race, The Rock Island Rip. The best part, besides a trail that offers a bit of downhill and plenty of terrain to pump, is free registration and $200.00 in cash prizes up for grabs! The event will be held at 10 a.m. on the Rock Island Trail behind Arbys on south 27th street. The open division will race up and back on the trail for a grand total of 8 miles. Our grom division (ages 15 and under) will push four miles. Cash will be divided amongst podium winners.  While it will be a competitive race in both divisions, the host Eric Rineer emphasizes that the primary goal of the event is to “form a community and bring awareness of a new type of boarding to this part of the country.”  And Lincoln is doing just that with riders flocking from surrounding areas like Missouri and Kansas to compete in prior events. More information can be found by searching for the event “Rock Island Rip” on Facebook. Ages 18 and under are asked to bring a parental-consent form before participating.  Come out, bring your board, bring a friend, and have some fun while competing in a free-entry-cash-prize game.   

The Toronto Board Meeting – Saturday September 9th

The Toronto Board Meeting – Saturday September 9th

Tomorrow is the 15th Annual Board Meeting.  Hard to believe it’s been that many years…but it has. For a number of Board Meetings, I wasn’t able to attend. I was down at either the Action Sports Retailer show or Surf Expo. I feel badly that I couldn’t have been at those Board Meetings. The fact is the Toronto skate community created a ridiculously great event. It’s not a race, it’s a gathering and I couldn’t be prouder of my hometown. If you’re not able to make it, don’t worry, we’ll be live streaming via Facebook. Here’s the link on Facebook.   

Toronto Girl's Longboarding (FUBU)

Toronto Girl's Longboarding (FUBU)


Toronto Girls Longboarding’s FUBU (For Us By Us) is in its 6th year this August 26th and 27th!
 This annual skate event involves two days full of different skating activities and competitions, in which the  only participants are female (or identify with being women). The weekend revolves around building community for women in the sport, and allows ladies to test their skills in a supportive, low-pressure  environment. Activities for the event include a cruise, dinner and a party, a downhill race, slalom, a dance contest and a push race, so riders of all styles can get their kicks in. Participants come from all over Ontario and the States to join in on the fun, and there are usually about forty women in attendance. Guys are, of course, more than welcome to join us at the party and to watch the competitions and show their support! If you or someone you know is interested in coming out to this event contact me directly.   This event is the largest all-women skate event in North America.  Vaclav

King of Kings Gap

King of Kings Gap

The event that almost didn’t happen was a huge success this past weekend with over 50 riders racing down the long scenic Kings Gap Road. Heats of 6 riders charged downhill while negotiating slippery road
conditions early in the morning which took out many competitors.  The top 3 riders from each race would move onto the next round.
  Juniors DH 
The open division was led by Pennsylvania’s own Scott Hurdleston who finished first in nearly all of his heats, including the finals.  Stim Trucks rider/owner, Gary Enright was tough to beat as he made his way to the finals and placed 2nd overall.  Leunam Segure fought his way into the finals and made it onto the Podium in 3rd place.

1st- Scott Hurdleston
2nd- Gary Enright
3rd- Leunam Segure
  Open Finals
The junior division(17 and under) had 6 registered riders so we did a 3 race point system, all 6 riders raced together in 3 runs, 1st place got 5 points, 2nd place got 4 points and so on.  Ohio rider Troy Dycus dominated the Juniors, winning each of the 3 races.  PA local, Hayden Knott placed 3rd in his first race and then fought back to take 2nd in the last 2 races, clinching 2nd overall.  Rian Ciano just made 3rd place with 8 points, Ben Brown was close behind with 7 points.

1st- Troy Dycus
2nd- Hayden Knott
3rd- Rian Ciano
 There were some spills.

The grueling uphill Push Race presented by Carve 4 Cancer Foundation ended the competition Saturday.  2014 winner “Charles” yet again took 1st place with a strong pace that no one could match.  Close on his heels was 1st place downhill rider Scott Hurdleston.  Finishing off the podium was event
host, Rob Wheeler.  We raised $150 for the carve for cancer foundation!
1st- Charles
2nd- Scott Hurdleston
3rd- Rob Wheeler
 
 All photos from Dave Gammon (Photography)
@davegammon.media (www.davegammon.media)

Kona Celebrates 40 Years

Kona Celebrates 40 Years

Next month Kona Skatepark is celebrating 40 years. If you live anywhere near Kona or the east coast, plan for a massive road trip.  We will be featuring more on Kona, but for now, pencil in these dates. Take a look at the amazing schedule.    Banked Slalom with the legendary Steve Olson and David Hacket?! Done deal!  

Faceplant Boardriders Plans for 2017

Faceplant Boardriders Plans for 2017


Faceplant Boardriders will be hosting four longboarding events this year with competitions like downhill racing, freestyle aka slide jam, slalom racing, push racing, boardercross racing, highest hippy jump and big air.  Event organizer Rob Wheeler has been hosting longboarding competitions in the Mid-Atlantic States since 2012.  “Going to Slide Jams got me into the sport and community” says Rob, “I try to mimic that laid back but competitive vibe I felt at those events.”  All of Faceplant’s events are in there 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th generation!  Ricky Wheeler, co-owner of Faceplant Boardrider’s says “Our events are safe, fun and organized so that we get invited back to each venue every year and continue to grow our longboarding community in size and skill.”
 The first event of the year is the 4th annual Bethlehem Jam on Saturday, July 8th.  This event is held in Faceplant’s hometown headquarters so they go all out.  This event starts out with the intense Boardercross time trial race where riders charge down the coned course going off ramps, on and off sidewalks, slalom sections and technical high speed turns.  The rest of the day is dedicated to a classic slide jam where some of the best longboarding tricks and slides of the year go down here!  Each year we have to ask permission from the residents on the hill and they are stoked to have us back again this year in the middle of Summer! King of Kings Gap on Saturday, August 12th is the next Faceplant event and is fairly new.  Rob helped organize the very first event here in 2014 and he has stepped up to be main event organizer this year.  The event grew in 2015 but last year they could not secure enough pre-registered riders to have permission from the venue so it will be in its 3rd generation.  This event features a 5-6 minute downhill race where riders in heats of six reach speeds of 30-35mph as they navigate down the long smooth scenic course.  After downhill racing finishes, riders start at the bottom and see who can endure the 2+ mile uphill push race!  All proceeds from the push race are going towards Carve 4 Cancer foundation!Next is the 5th Annual Rip the Elwood on Saturday, September 9th.  Held at the beautiful Elwood L. Crossan State Park which looks like it was made for longboarders.  They start the day with the technical Downhill Time Trial Race on the skinny path that weaves down the face of an open field hill.  Right next to it is the long, straight Slide Jam hill that gets loaded with features.  This event also features Boardercross Racing, Hippy Jump Contest and Longest Slide competition.The grand finale is the 6th annual Skate the Cape Shred Festival on November 4-5th.  This event takes place in a picturesque and historic state park in Southern Delaware that has miles of paved bike paths. Riders come from all over the East Coast to have a skate getaway where they meet other riders, have a great time camping out around the bonfires, and having some fun competition among each other for 2 days full of events.  Day one features Downhill Racing, Small Wheelbase Racing, Slalom Racing and an Enduro Push Race.  Day two starts with the Boardercross Race, Hippy Jump Contest and ends with the Slide Jam.  This is also the last stop of the Faceplant Freestyle CupLongboarding Series where the top riders in Open and Junior division take home cash! For more info visit their website.
 

Attack of Danger Bay 2017

Attack of Danger Bay 2017

It was almost 20 years ago when I received a call from a young Bricin Lyons. He called to tell me about some of the goings on in a magical place called the Sunshine Coast. Bricin has been organizing things for years now and stoking out skate communities around the world. As someone who was born and raised in Pender Harbor, Bricin has been an incredible ambassador for the Sunshine Coast. If you have never been to this part of the world, I urge to consider a trip out there. 

Bricin is fond of capital letters, so I’ll let him take it from here:

 

PRE-REGISTRATION NOW!!! Click here.

 

 

**REGULAR REGISTRATION** APRIL 1ST NOON!!!!! @ WWW.LANDYACHTZ.COM

 

FUNNEST!! BIGGEST RACE IN THE WORLD!!

HUGE EXCITEMENT THIS YEARS DANGER BAY BUSINESS CLASS!!! WERE ON OUR WAY TO 20 YEARS!!!!!

$8000.00 TO THE RACERS!!!

Thanks for your support everyone!!! 

 

 

 

Ithica Skate Jam

Ithica Skate Jam

Real Action Sports and Comet Skateboards would like to invite the entire community to the 6th Annual Ithaca Skate Jam on May 6th and 7th, 2017. There is now a second day with a new element – a regional Amateur Skateboard Contest at the Ithaca Skate Park. 

 

Day One Saturday – Buffalo Street:
For the past five years Buffalo Street has been the downhill playground everyone has enjoyed. Last year, over 300 skaters from all over the western hemisphere showed off their skills. This year they are doing it again at the same spot – the top of East Buffalo Street between Eddy and Stewart Ave. With fresh pavement at a consistent 15% grade and skate park terrain on Quarry Street (running perpendicular to Buffalo street). The hill starts at Eddy Street and is a 15% downhill to Stewart Ave. There will be some ramps on Buffalo Street to hit as you go down or you can just bomb away. Quarry Street will have several skatepark features and the vendor and food truck area.

 

The format is a “nontest” style jam. Skate hard all day and the Comet team will be handing out prizes as they see fit. There are no specific contests or divisions. There will be a session for younger and beginner adult skaters from 1-2PM. They are sponsoring 20 young people ages 14 and under to skate at this time with the generous support of a local foundation -TBJ.

 

Day Two Sunday – Ithica Skatepark:
All Ages are welcome to compete. Divisions will be broken down as follows. 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15 and 16 & over unsponsored, Sponsored Team Riders, Womens and Masters 30 and over. The park contest will be run with a Jam format, skate till you bail with a first trick rebate. Heats will run in groups of 15 with a 20 minute practice heat and then a 20 minute judged jam session. Judges will be looking for style, use of park, consistency and difficulty of tricks.

 

Title Sponsors this year are Comet Skateboards, Vans Shoes, Element Skateboards, Klean Kanteen, Clif Bar, Guayaki Beverages, Greenstar Co-op and Media Sponsor Wheelbase Magazine.

 

Date: May 6th and 7th, 2017

 

Time: Registration 9am, Skating 10-5pm

 

Registration Fee includes an Event T-shirt, Sponsor Swag Bag, a Healthy Lunch, and Beverages.

 

Day One Online Pre-Reg: $30 (discounted fee expires 4/3), Onsite Reg $40

 

Day Two Online Pre-Reg: $15 (discounted fee expires 4/3), Onsite Reg $25

 

BONUS

Ithaca Skate Jam and The Philadelphia Skateboard Academy bring you Pro/Am Freestyle Demo and Clinics . A select group of Professional and Amateur Freestyle skaters will be on the scene. Ithaca Skate Jam is creating a place for them to have a Warm-Up for the World Freestyle Round Up Championships taking place in BC Canada 2 weeks after Ithaca Skate Jam.

 

 

The Good Truck and NYS Fair’s Best Food Truck Winner The SIlo Truck will be on the scene serving up the goodness.Crucial Reggae Social Club featuring members of John Brown’s Body, Roadman, Mosaic Foundation, Sim Redmond Band, Big Mean Sound Machine, Fall Creek Brass Band, Jimkata , and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad are finishing off the day with a Sunset Set.

 
Register at  ithacaskatejam.com

 

Sponsors:

Comet Skateboards, Vans Shoes, Vans Warped Tour, Element Skateboards, Powerflex Skateboards, Bones Swiss Bearings, Powell Peralta, Original Skateboards, Levi’s Skateboarding, Dickies Skateboarding, Volante Wheels, Salt Rags Skateboarding, Clif Bar, Guayaki Beverages, Gimme! Coffee, Greenstar Co-op, Emmy’s Organics, Viva Taqueria, Silky Jones, Luna inspired Street Food, and Media Sponsor WVBR, Wheelbase Magazine.

Three Great Skate Events Coming Up!

Three Great Skate Events Coming Up!

TEXAS COLD FUSION SIZZLER 

March 24-26

The 14th annual Texas Sizzler Skateboard Slalom and Down Hill Speed trap is being held in Hockley, TX. Racers are traveling from around the world and this race is sanction by the International Slalom Skateboard Association and International Gravity Sports Association.

For more info visit their Facebook page.

  ITHICA SKATE JAM, New YorkMay 6-7

Real Action Sports and Comet Skateboards would like to invite the entire community to the 6th Annual Ithaca Skate Jam. After 5 years of Shredding the Hills of Ithaca they have decided to add a second day with a new element, a regional Amateur Skateboard Contest at the Ithaca Skate Park. 

Day One Saturday:
Last year 300 skaters from all over the western hemisphere took over Buffalo Street.  With fresh pavement at a consistent 15% grade and skate park terrain on Quarry Street (running perpendicular to Buffalo street) is sure to draw even more skaters. There will be some ramps on Buffalo Street to hit as you go down or you can just bomb away. Quarry Street will have several skatepark features and the vendor and food truck area.

The format is a “nontest” style jam. Skate hard all day and we’ll give out prizes however the Comet team sees fit. There are no specific contests or divisions. There will be a session for younger and beginner adult skaters from 1-2PM. Comet are sponsoring 20 young people ages 14 and under to skate at this time with the generous support of a local foundation -TBJ.

 

Day Two Sunday:
The fun moves to the Ithaca Skate Park. All Ages are welcome to compete. Divisions will be broken down as follows. 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15 and 16 & over unsponsored, Sponsored Team Riders, Womens and Masters 30 and over. The park contest will be run with a Jam format, skate till you bail with a first trick rebate. Heats will run in groups of 15 with a 20 minute practice heat and then a 20 minute judged jam session. Judges will be looking for style, use of park, consistency and difficulty of tricks.

 

Title Sponsors this year are Comet Skateboards, Vans Shoes, Element Skateboards, Klean Kanteen, Clif Bar, Guayaki Beverages, Greenstar Co-op and Media Sponsor Wheelbase Magazine.

Time: Registration 9am, Skating 10 – 5pm Skaters Registration Fee:
Day One Online Pre-Reg: $30, Onsite Reg $40 Day Two Online Pre-Reg: $15, Onsite Reg $20 Spectators: This is a free event

Register at  www.ithacaskatejam.com

 

 

Annual Ditch Slap, Albuquerque, New Mexico 

May 9-12

Now in its 11th year, skaters get to explore some of ABQ`s most famous ditches and session spots and navigate up to 60 miles of shuttled ditch skating. “Quiver Counts” so bring some board options for multiple terrains or be prepared to sit and watch.

May 9th: Timed Bank Slalom:

May 10th: Chinese Ditch Race: This unique race has been held in a few different ditches of varying lengths since 2007. Expect unpredictable terrain, unforgiving competitors and unruly spectators. 

 

May 11th-12th: Shuttles are provided for Registered Riders only. A shuttle pass will allow you to get on any Shuttle, into any Game, Session, Food Line, Video Party, Troll Bridge or Safety Meeting. Riders may leave personal items like extra boards and backpacks on the shuttles if they want to. 

 

This event has a cap of 70 riders and sells out every year. Riders will be assigned numbers that correspond to the order in which they signed up, and will be rewarded with sponsorship swag and goodies proportionately. 

 Priority Registration is now open at www.ditchslap.com. Use the PayPal button to choose which options you prefer. After registering you will be e-mailed detailed information with lodging info, schedule of events and where to check in for your riders packet and shuttle pass. Paying your entry fee is the ONLY way to confirm your spot in any event.

  

Your Skate Events

Your Skate Events

As things start to percolate into the new season, a number of events are starting to appear on the horizon. In order to promote events and ensure they get on your radar, Scott Lembach of Muir Skate has come up with the idea of Your Skate Events. You can find it on facebook and instagram . It even has a snazzy logo that was created by Marcus Bandy of Wheelbase Mag.I think spreading the word on events plays a key role in fostering skateboarding and we are proud to help promote any and all skate events. Just email me at mbrooke@interlog.com  In the spirit of getting info out there, we are happy to present three upcoming events. First up, something happening during Valentines Day in Washougal, Washington. Where is Washougal? It’s less than 1/2 hour drive from Portland, Oregon!Next up, New Zealand and the Bowlzilla in Wellington. If you happen to live in Auckland or Australia or are heading to the Pacific, it looks things are shaping out nicely. Visit bowzilla.net for more info. Finally, Ridersfly is presenting their first event in Spain (Xert). Xert is a little village filled with olive trees and is about 2 1/2 hours south of Barcelona.  The track is located in “Les moles de Xert” and consists of 2.5 km of distance with a lot of curves. It has fast hairpins and fast sections up to 45 mph. It is a technical circuit but at the same time a great deal of fun. You can see a short intro video here:Registration opens up on February 15 and it will cost 70 euros for you to join in the fun. Included in the fee are 2 days of freeriding, insurance, lunch, showers, bbq area and even an ambulance with a doctor!  Schedule:Saturday, March 259:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Freeride13:00 – 14:00 lunch stop14:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Freeride Sunday, March 269:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Freeride13:00 – 14:00 lunch stop14:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Freeride For more info, click here.