Our third offering by Nobby Hill. Happy Halloween!
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We interviewed David and Rupert from Perspective Pictures about their 3000-mile skate from LA to New York for Teenage Cancer Trust.
How long did it take you to organise and prepare for the trip?
Rupert: The trip took us about 2 years to prepare for, but that actually includes learning to Longboard. Raising the funding was probably the most time-consuming element.
David: After countless phone calls with Rupert and a trip where we skated the length of Wales, which we did last year to help us realise how tough, but also how amazing this trip was going to be.
What are your set-ups?
R: We all used Mindless Longboards, I used the Mindless Nyoka, not seen as the 'ideal' board for distance, however its the one I feel most comfortable on as it has a bit of flex, whereas the others used the Mindless Cayuga. I think people often over think distance set-ups, just use something your comfortable on and enjoy to ride!
D: I switched between the Mindless Nyoka and Cayuka, both with Mindless Talisman trucks, either with the Mindless Maji or Haraka wheels. I actually started the trip with the Nyoka, I got pretty attached to it. It's so versatile and nice to ride. By the time we were in the flatter parts of America though I switched to the Cayuga, mainly because of the fact that the deck is much more sturdy so just a lot more comfortable riding on the flat without losing any speed in the flex of the Nyoka.
What was the best part of the journey?
R: It's really hard to choose one highlight, but generally the best bits when we could think 'wow there is literally no other way we could experience this'. When people took us into their homes, fed us, showed us some awesome local spots, let us ride their motorbikes or shoot their guns! Also, we had some INCREDIBLE hills, and if you have had a hard day of skating, with 50 miles behind you, there is nothing more rewarding than 5 miles of windy downhill.
D: It's hard to say what the best moment of the trip was, to be honest. There were so many! If I had to pick a place I would have to say Omaha. We did the 24-hour skate, which does sound like a strange time to pick as my favourite part of the trip. I think that we really bonded as a team. We also had the most rest days there so that was a huge bonus, and we stayed in an amazing hotel that let us stay for free. That's never a bad thing. I think the moment that my girlfriend surprised me in New York was probably the first time after those 3 months that I finally felt intact, after constantly pushing myself further and further.
Were there any moments you feared for your lives?
R: There were plenty of moments we feared for our lives. Most notably when we were skating into Philadelphia and the traffic was crazy and gave us no room whatsoever. A woman almost clipped me and so I managed to catch up with her and film me having an argument with her. But beyond that we had some bad falls, skated into oncoming traffic on the interstate, skated at night, crossed the desert, I don't think I could count the number of times I feared for my life on one hand.
Seems like you spent a lot of time in your underpants, how comes?
R: Haha, well I think living in a bus (essentially homeless) for three months breaks down a lot of social barriers, and it wasn't long before I would happily stand in a Maccy D car park in my underwear and brush my teeth into the bushes.
Did you make many friends or have time to talk to many people?
R: We met tonnes of amazing people who I cannot thank enough for their support. We would speak to people wherever we went to try and raise as much awareness about what we were doing as we could!
D: Yes, the American people are so friendly, so we were constantly talking to people about the trip. Especially in the small towns where they would never find tourists there, so when we rolled up in some gas station with our Longboards drenched in sweat. We were a rarity in places like that I think. There was this town in Utah, I can’t remember the name now. Where in the morning as we were leaving, the whole town knew about what we were doing. So that was surreal where you woke up in some town up in the middle of a mountain in America, where everyone is waving and cheering you on.
Your travel bus looked awesome, how did you find it, what was inside it?
R: The bus was brilliant. Inside it has 2 beds, all of our gear, food, cooking equipment, water tanks etc. At the start of the trip, there were 7 of us living in that bus, using hammocks, the floor, the beds and of course the wheelchair lift to accommodate us. It was actually owned by two Americans who travel full time, and we got in contact with them and asked if they would help us out, and they agreed. So we had a few Facebook messages, one Skype call, and met them at the airport in L.A!
What was the biggest struggle you had to overcome?
R: All of the biggest struggles we had to overcome were mental. One night David and I had to cross the Appalachian mountains. So in one day skated 20 miles, and walked 40 miles only arriving at our finishing point at 6:30am the next day. This was one of the most gruelling things I have ever done in my life, and I remember standing at the top of a hill, and hearing David essentially having a mental breakdown at the bottom. Your mind will take you on a crazy roller coaster ride when you are exhausted and alone in the dark, and you will find yourself reaching the darkest places of your head. But you have to learn to pull yourself out of it and not give up, or take it out on those around you.
D: The Appalachian mountains, I really broke down just coming out of those mountains, following days and days of slow progress and the longest section of the trip without rest days, I have never felt like that before. Its almost meditative once you've picked yourself up after having a full on meltdown though, after that it was actually quite nice. Almost meditative.
Did you receive much support?
R: We received an incredible amount of support, from people offering encouragement online, to 5* hotels and restaurants offering us somewhere to stay and an amazing meal (despite how filthy and homeless looking we were after a week without showers)!
D: We couldn’t have completed this trip without all the support that we had. Whether it was all our sponsors giving us all of their support, or just someone in a gas station giving you some free water and food in the midday heat after they hear what your doing, or Matt and Josh being our support vehicle picking us up when we most needed it. Yes we definitely had a lot of support!
If you did it again what would you change?
R: If we did it again I would have taken a little more time, so we could have chilled out a little more, 50 miles a day with 1 rest day a week was definitely a tall order!
D: Its hard to say really, there were a lot of things in retrospect that you dwell on and think that we should have done differently. However, all the things that go wrong are what ultimately make this kind of a trip worth it when its over. So I don’t think that I would change anything, otherwise I don’t think that the trip would of had much of a profound effect on me and everyone would do it if it was easy.
What is your next adventure?
R: For our next adventure we are heading out to India, to travel from one end to the other by public transport with no plan! You can follow all of our adventures on youtube.
D: Rupert and I have had countless conversations about what were going to do in the future. I think the most charming idea that we have had is to get one of those Pedalo boats (preferably a swan one) and covering some kind of distance on that. I don't think there is going to be a trip as long and as intense as America for a while yet. I'd rather let my poor legs have some well needed rest.
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Bad Eisenkappel in Austria is the setting for a 6km long freeride with more hairpins than you can imagine.
Bela, Bela, Bela
It literally starts on the border of Slovenia which is pretty sweet. The freeride was in one of the most beautiful locations I have ever skated in with amazing scenery to see as you skated down the windy road at near 50mph.A small crew of UKDH including the lush/cult boys made the car journey from blighty to get there shred and drink on .
The weather started off pretty cloudy on the first day but the Bigmountainskate crew still got everyone on the bus on time at 10am ready to head up to the hill. This is a pretty rare site on the first day of any skate event, so first-rate job on that Felix! The road started out patchy but after a few runs it soon dried off and we had some epic runs. I remember stomping hard on my first run which is pretty silly but I was just so excited to skate I had no cares but stoke!
It all started to get pretty crazy as there wasn’t a limit on how many riders could head down the hill at once, this was glorious and it made it interesting having to employ people-slalom most of the way down. Accidents did start to happen including many myself that I may or may not have caused haha (Daniel Shinnie now hates me.)
The helicopter was called in twice however and after a while it was decided to keep the runs to a certain limit so no more injuries could happen, this was a good choice. After every day we had a super cold clean river to dip into and relax our muscles which really played a key part in our ability to skating so much for the 4 days, I felt good everyday!
Peak weather hit us from day two onwards and gave us blue skies, mountain views and plenty of sunshine. Just what us Brits need, shred thane not rain. We kept smashing the runs in till our legs felt like jelly and oh they did…stoke is a powerful drug and kept us pushing for more ,searching for more smiles, even if we couldn’t take anymore. No matter where you travel and who you skate with this is always the same, if your totally trashed and out of energy you know you have had a good time. For me Bela delivered on all levels and Bigmountainskate have set the bar for freeride events.
We did around 27 drops at Bela which is a stupendous amount in 4 days, a run is nearly 10 minutes long and it equals 180km of skating.
I’d like to thank felix and everyone at Bigmountainskate for putting in all the hard work to get this done. It was a truly epic event and I shall be back! Not to mention Alex Frischauf for filming some epic footage of everyone.
Almost a year ago to the date since our first visit to the awesome No.10 and after much speculation about bad weather, we ran it a 2nd time. The second ever BDSL affiliated event, it was a rad day in warm sunny conditions.
Photos by Nigel Scarr and Robbie Stevens
After some practice runs, we went for it. Two man heats on points, but after the first heat Liam Hughes took a pretty hard slam followed by a big roll that injured his shoulder and ended his day, thank skaten for best bail award.
So we changed things slightly and went on to 3 man heats. Some good tight racing and of course some gnarly crashes, all part of the fun.
An outlaw wouldn't be complete without a visit from a nice police officer, who after 5 minutes was more than happy with what we were doing, wished us well and went on her merry way, smile and wave everybody!
We then proceeded with some more tasty racing and after the last run we had 3 riders with same points in joint 2nd place, so in true SFOL style we made them race again! This however took some convincing due to countless slams and exhaustion but relentlessly they raced putting the podium as follows..
1st: Jonny Braund – Vandem Mfg
2nd: Alex Clark – Newton's shred, skoa trucks.
3rd: Aaron Godfrey
4th: Jooz Hughes – VanDem Mfg
We all know that podiums mean prizes, this wouldn't have been possible without the continuous support and generosity from shops out there, so a very big thank you to our good friends at VanDem MFG, Lush Longboards and Surf n Turf Boardshop for the goodies and stickers (EVERYBODY LOVES STICKERS!!) Thank to ThrillMag for the coverage. And to AOB for the surprise visit and water relief. (Some of us only took beer.)
This is what you guys had to say:
As with every outlaw, things wouldn't happen without marshalls and great team work, so to Pete Titt, Judy Clifton and Robbie Roadkill Stevens, thank you for all your help!
Thank to all the riders too for coming along and final thanks to LJ a long time pushing power in SFOL once again resisting the urge to drop all and pulling the organisation together.
Until the next one amigos. Skate hard, stay safe!
The No Longer Elusive 360 Slide Shuv.
The 360 Slide Shuv is one of those “tricks” that people either love or hate. It is known to make the blood of haughty skaters boil when people get over-hyped at landing such a trick. They will be disdainful either because they landed it ages ago (realising the tricks exclusivity is vanishing), or they're aware that they themselves could never land it, even if they wanted to. Yet, some argue the hype is well deserved, the trick being an instant crowd favourite with a reputation for being very difficult to master. Conquering the 360 Slide Shuv takes a while – or, more precisely, an agonisingly lengthy period of time during which the trick seems permanently unattainable- but, in spite of this, when landed once it will instantly click and wont leave you in a hurry.
The 360 Slide Shuv peaked during the golden age of soft wheel tech that proliferated during the awe-inspiring reign of Michael Virgin. It became, what can only be described as, the holy-grail of technical longboard “tricks.” It was the foundation of, and hence the key to, all of the young Virgin's fantastically complicated manoeuvres in his Apex 40 edit. However, Virgin's sudden rise was rivalled by his equally sudden plummet to infamy and, accompanying his fall, so crashed down the reputation of the 360 Slide Shuv. Since then, 360 Slide Shuvs have, indeed, fallen from esteem and are regarded with contempt. The longboarding community now has, at its centre, a need for speed and an admiration for steeze. Yet there are a few, still, who remain bastions of technical and creative longboarding by dabbling in the dark arts of every skating discipline. Besides, who can deny that a technical or creative trick only adds a breath of fresh air to a longboarding edit? Furthermore, when the initiation of this manoeuvre becomes more consistent, the 360 Slide Shuv is always a lovely starter or ender to a line.
The ground in the picture is incredibly sticky, hence why the wheel is lifting off in one of the pictures.
– The scissor kick is the hard part and you simply have to keep practising it. When you do eventually get it right, the board will be spinning right in front of you. Practise kicking both feet together and then regulate both feet so that you're not kicking out too much with one foot and too little with the other.
– Not jumping at the same time as scissor kicking causes many issues. To overcome this common problem you just have to commit. Attempt to get the front foot on the board first; the back foot will follow. If you only look at the front foot, and get it to land on the deck, Steezus will take care of the rest.
One-Up your 360 Slide Shuv to a Backside Slide Bigspin :
Youtube “Longboarding: Teck Is Love, Teck Is Life” for these tricks in motion.
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UK Company Trampa sent us over one of their new Street Carver boards for us to test and play skateboards with.
Let’s start with a little information about Trampa, it all started somewhere around 2002 in Nottingham (and it is still there now.) Yes, this is a UK company imagined and built from the ground up. Their primary products are Mountainboards, Kiteboards and all the little bits and bobs in-between. They tailor the flex of their Decks specific to the riders weight, height & riding ability and then custom constructs the components by hand. That means totally bespoke boards, made especially for you! They are one of the biggest names in the sport of Mountainboarding and currently the only board Manufacturer to sponsor the ATBA UK Mountainboard Competition series.
If you think of yourself as an engineering nerd I implore you to check out their website and learn about the construction processes. Their boards come at a considerable cost, however, as you are buying something built in the UK that also comes with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE! I know, right ?!
Their latest creation is the Trampa Street Carver, a Longboard based on their standard Mountainboard design. You can buy all the parts separately (the deck, king pins, springs, baseplates, hangers) if you are a tinkering type and like putting things together yourself!
The deck is the same as their ‘Holy Pro’ Mountainboard deck, a 91cm long, 2.5kg flexible deck with 35 degree angled tips at each end. It comes with a bolt kit and fully gripped.
The trucks are spring channel trucks, they provide a lot of turn as you’d expect from a carver, look uber cool but unfortunately don’t allow you to pump. The initial turn is very easy and a lightweight child would have no problem turning the board. This board isn’t for bombing hills but you could give it a try if you wanted! It is much more of a commuter and play-about board.
The axles fit any standard skateboard wheel you might have laying around, but the 83mm, 76a Trampa Stickies have lots of grip and roll speed, which is what you want for pushing/carving.
When taking the street carver out with some of Cheltenham Longboard Club, the general consensus was that it feels strange under your feet, the feel of one of these decks is unique and very different to anything you can find in the longboard market at the moment. They are a lot of fun to carve hard on without the risk of wheel bite. The board does feel heavy, heavier than most other ‘Carver’ Longboards, but Trampa build their products to be unbreakable and their decks have a lifetime guarantee.
The perfect customer for the Street Carver would be anyone who’s tried Mountainboarding before and wants to get into Longboarding, the boards have a very similar feel. Anyone starting Longboarding for the first time would also enjoy learning on this board and getting a feel for LDP & Carving.
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It’s a points-based ranking system for downhill skateboarders who attend BDSL sanctioned events in Britain (see Events Calendar above). The concept of the BDSL is to provide recognition and rewards for riders who perform and/or participate at any downhill skateboarding event held in Britain.
You must simply attend a BDSL affiliated downhill skateboarding event. Points are awarded to everyone who attends, although more points are awarded to those who compete. The idea is to reward and recognise those who make the effort to attend events, as well as those who want to develop their skills in a competitive way. BDSL points can be earned at both regional (open-road) and national (closed-road) events. The format of these events can vary considerably and is totally down to the event organiser’s discretion.
There will be end-of-season awards ceremony for the winners of each discipline; Open, Women, Junior and Luge. Bonus category winners will also be announced based on the outcome of various non-competitive attributes. Winners will be announced online around mid December each year. The prizes are kindly donated by various businesses from within and outside of the longboarding industry.
The BDSL is not an events organisation team. It is not profit driven and it is not secular. If you want to be involved or help out in any way, message them through their Facebook page.
Instagram: @britishdownhillskateleague #BDSL
Sabina Edwards debunks the 'Let the scab air' myth. Facts, history, advice, Shakespeare, gore photos and a step by step guide of how to turn small plasters into big plaster. It's a flash course in how to treat road-rash and avoid those disgusted looks from friends, relatives and other halves!
We all want to come away from the event with a trophy – and oh! How our grazes, gashes and other gnarly gnasties are some of the best! But only for a while. I, for one, like to sit down and that is not easy when a chunk o' cheek is missing. So, knowing we are going to get scraped because we aren't going to give up doing this stuff, what can we do to minimise healing time?
(It is a given that the points made here are in the context of superficial injuries, on a hill, in the middle of nowhere, at an event you don't want to leave and that you will be wanting to continuing skating. If you can see fat, muscle or bone, the wound has jagged edges far apart, continues to bleed after 15 minutes of continued pressure or you have sustained bigger injuries, breaks or dislocations then straight to A&E, okay?)
So, let's look at every skaters friend 'Road Rash'. It comes in varying depths, but initial treatment will always be the same: clean it and cover it. “Dirty wounds don't heal, clean wounds do”, to quote Tregaron medic, Ed Sharp.
The most important thing is to remove as much grit and dirt as possible. Using water to flush the wound is perfectly acceptable, with a bit of gauze to carefully dislodge bits of grit. Antiseptic wipes can be used but be very gentle as I recently read it can cause more damage to tissue as well as allergic reactions.
Ethan Robins Kear-Davies
Once clean, cover it …. “No!” I hear you shout, “leave it to breathe!”
To cover, or not to cover, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The stings and aches of downhill misfortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them …..
Certain injuries in specific places definitely need arming against … I wouldn't want these left in the open, for instance, not least from a public interest point of view. It is obvious they are going to be in contact with clothing which will continue to irritate the wound and cause more discomfort. (I understand from the afflicted that his treatment succeeded as a result of team effort, 'herbal medicine' and West Country cider – I also understand there is video evidence?)
Talking of evidence, here's the science bit:
Did you know that way back the ancient Mesopotamians dressed their wounds with fine linen soaked in oil, the Greeks applied animal fat and wrapped the wounds whilst the Romans applied ashes, oil and herbs before wrapping wounds. Experimentation with cellophane for wound dressings was carried out in the early 1900's, now used commonly for covering and protecting new tattoos.
The first controlled study was carried out in 1962 by Dr. George Winter. He found that covering the wound and keeping it moist allowed a 'soft' scab to form and, because new skin is formed by cells below the wound migrating upwards and from the edges of the wound inward, did not hinder the formation of new skin cells. Whereby, allowing a 'hard' scab to form by leaving it 'to air' delayed this process. Allowing a 'soft' scab to form also reduced pain and scarring.
Meanwhile, back on the hill …
Your own road rash is now nicely cleaned up. Put an adhesive dressing on it – there, you're done. A bit of extra tape may be needed to keep it secure – Gaffer tape, obviously …
Now, carry on skating.
Once home, you are in a better position to check and treat your wound, after giving it another good clean. A long soak in the bath works wonders. Then ensure the wound is entirely dry before deciding how best to cover it.
If the wound is light, and not oozing, covering with a thin layer of antiseptic/antibiotic cream (Savlon and Sudacrem seem to be the ointment of choice on the hill) may be all that is required. If you do have an allergy to antiseptics then Vaseline comes highly recommended as a cover. It may not have any medicinal value but it does provide a barrier to infection and keeps the wound moist, promoting the healing environment mentioned above. If your wound is very light and not oozing or leaking in any way, and is not in contact with clothing, this may be all you need. It is recommended that you apply it twice a day.
If there is weepage, do use an adhesive dressing. The last thing you want is to stick to clothing or bed sheets and having to peel yourself off. If you do find yourself in this situation, soak the area so that the cloth comes away easily without disturbing the wound too much. If there is no improvement after a couple of days, and the oozing is creamy/green and a tad smelly, get it seen to professionally – it has become infected.
Sometimes a wound just continues to ooze and the soft scab doesn't occur. When this happened to me the nurse at our local medical centre used an iodine patch and covered it with a lightweight dressing, advising me to leave it on for three days before checking it. When I did it was nicely dried up and well on the way to healing. I now keep my own supply so I don't have to both the nurse – it also prevents having to run the inevitable gauntlet of “aren't you a little too old to be skateboarding?”
You might also find your standard plasters aren't big enough to cover that red and raw area, below is a quick trick-tip on how to turn little plasters into big plasters.
Healing usually begins within a week for an upper body injury and up to two weeks for a lower body injury. As it heals, the area around the wound will become pink and warm, and you will get that annoying itch and desire to pick. If it becomes red and hot and starts throbbing, you will probably be looking at infection so get it looked at professionally, as soon as possible.
Dr Richard Steffen, Sports Medicine Associates, sums up: “There are three phases to road rash care. The first is to be bandaged 24/7. Phase two is to be covered during the day and open-to-the-air at night. Third is unbandaged 24/7, dried up and scabbed over.”
Finally, make sure you are up-to-date with your Tetanus shots and wear protective pads and clothing where and when you can. Oh and Skate Safe.
Anahad O'Connor, New York Times, reporter for Health and Fitness
Andrew Evans, Injury consultant writing for British Cycling Federation
Gloria Liu, MSA, RN, CWOCN, Optimizing the Wound Healing Environment, Nursing Excellence, e-Edition Issue 9
Dr Prentice Steffen, physician with experience of working with professional cycling teams
Dr G D Winter, Formation of the Scab and the Rate of Epithelization of Superficial Wounds in the Skin of the Young Domestic Pig, Nature 193, Jan 1962.
Ed Sharp, Tregaron Medic
Rosie the Paramedic
Robbie Roadkill Stevens
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Photos, write up and gif from the first IDF TMI LilyHammer!
The UK crew for TMI Lilyhammer consisted of: Will Stephenson, Kolby Parks, Tom Campbell, Big Ben Stainer, Alex Bailey, Ras, Jenny, Aaron Skippings, Cam Deegan, Duncan Kay and myself (Connor Finch).
For a reason that I now cannot remember, we decided that we wanted to drive to Norway, it meant travelling through a lot of amazing places and in a way it was pretty fun. We arrived at the hill in the dead of night, driving up and down a few times trying to find the campsite gave us the opportunity to get overly excited about the road we were itching to go and skate!
30 minutes later we reached our campsite and home for the next few days, we mingled with skaters from all over the world and were greeted by the loudness that is Ras. Max Whipperman concealed in the forest, laden with axe and pure man strength, chopped down trees for the fire.
Everyone gathered some sleep,in-spite of high stoke levels. The morning began with leathering up and set-up tuning for an amazing few days of downhill fun. Nervously we took our first runs, the customary ‘chill’ run. The more runs we took the more confidence we gained and could start perfecting parts of the track.
The hill was one of the most fun I've ever skated, lots of sweepy grippy corners and some tight grip right handers as well as the three left handers that were defiantly drift corners. The pavement was butter smooth and alarmingly slippery, in fact something that came as a surprise to most of us was that scrubbed wheels gripped more than fresh ones… Strange eh?
We got the bus back to the campsite and sat around the fire with marshmallows! We decided to go and explore around the local area and found some really fun hills in the local forest, no cars and freshly paved black Tarmac with fairly steep corners! Most of our evenings were spent playing Kendama, socialising with other riders from around the world and skating the local forrest hills! In the Kendama battles with Aswag, Dillon Stephens and Adam Persson I didn't land a single trick, Even though I had been training my downhill Kendama skills at HogHill.
The next morning we were all given our transponders for the qualifying runs. The first half of the day was spent testing the timing system and so we squeezed in many warm up runs. Qualifying is a chance to test yourself and see how much you can improve your time throughout the day. The whole UK crew killed it and I had some of the best drops of my life, pack runs with Daniel Luna, Jimmy Riha, Dillon Stephens and Adam Persson.
We headed down to the waterfall at the bottom of the road, we all bravely jumped in, even though it froze our nips off, it was actually quite refreshing thinking about it now.
It doesn't get dark in Norway which results in staying up longer than you expected and being super tired in the morning. The UK crew were treated to free entertainment provided by team Venom, alcohol, cameras and puke and thats all I will say about that!
Racing day came and it’s all about having fun with your friends. Interesting fact: Justin Rolo was racing with a broken kneecap which is why he was going for the sandbagging technique, very impressive to win the whole bracket with such an injury! I only managed to get third in the my final heat however and the top two from each heat go though so I was out.
The UK crew then watched the top dogs in their heats and screamed through the finals. The end result was Thiago Gomes Lessa in first, Dillon Stephens in second, Aleix Gallimo third, and Adam Persson fourth.
Finally we started the longest car journey I have ever been on, around 30 hours driving each way… We drove to Amsterdam where we stayed for the night. Well I was asleep most of the journey but anyway we all got up at stupid o clock in the morning and started searching for a McDonalds to refresh us for the final leg home.
Overall I had an amazing time at the TMI Lilyhammer race, along with Kozakov it was probably one of the best experiences of my life and I can't wait to go back next year. I have progressed and a learned a lot this year.
The best thing about euro tour is making tonnes of new friends, travelling, seeing the world and making memory's that will last a lifetime and that is exactly why I love the Downhill Skateboarding community so much.
For more about Norway and LilyHammer watch this nice little video from Madrid.
This is our very first, hopefully of many more, Nobby Hill : THRILLustrations.
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Tregaron Freeride in Wales went down a bomb, amazing photos from Will Edgecombe, A dissertation of culinary experience by Phil Wood and an amazing video by Andy Thackery!
T R E G A R O N F R E E R I D E
Video by Andy Thackery
Tregaron Freeride went down last weekend and it will almost certainly be the biggest and best closed road event of UKDH 2015 with over 70 riders attending. Hosted in the deepest darkest Wales, home of downhill in the UK, lack of signal and big supermarkets may come as a shock to some. The hill, like any Welsh hill, contained 2 hairpins and had speeds of up to 40mph on the straights. The fresh surfacing made for a smooth and grippy ride with no bad pavement from push to shutdown. The only real issue encountered throughout the weekend was the rate the bottom dried compared to the rest of the hill after wet weather.
The weekends skating was constantly alternating between wet and dry at several hour intervals, making for a diverse but not too miserable skate. With the two uplift vans working flat out both days riders were able to achieve over 15 runs a day! Uplifts became slightly faster after switching the direction of the uplift route late on day 1, keeping van time low and skate time high.
The end of day one's riding was marked by heading down the the pub – Y Talbot – for food and drink, to really shed light on this establishment we asked the well versed food critic Skateboard Phil for his opinion:
Now, whilst consensus will conclude that Tregaron Freeride was a great event (it was a cool track and the villagers were very welcoming to us) I have been tasked with evaluating the various sources of food available during the weekend. This puts me in an interesting position. My expertise (and the high regard to which I am held within the culinary world) lies in reviewing chip shops. There’s nothing I don’t know about chips and I can certainly tell good fish and chips apart from the average. However, Chinese takeaways food and pub grub are confidently outside of my comfort zone and this review is going to prove my greatest challenge yet.
After arriving at the event on Friday evening, myself and UKSketch’s very own super Grom Johnny PB headed for the ‘Dan I Sang’ Chinese takeaway. A little different from the usual grotty shop front tucked into a row of terrace houses, the Dan I Sang was a stand alone stone building 100 yards from the Skateboarders campsite. Venturing inside, and the waiting/reception area was very spacious and pleasantly (if minimally) decorated. There were two large leather settees for us to sit and relax whilst we waited for our food. I ordered the king prawn curry and chips, Johnny PB ordered the chicken chow mein. I set my watch and expected the traditional long wait, however, we were pleasantly surprised when our food arrived in a little over 5 minutes. I have to say portion sizes were very large and made up for the seemingly expensive price we paid for our meals. The king prawns in the curry were comfortably the largest prawns I have ever seen, I’ve had smaller Langoustines. I don’t know where they are getting their prawns from but these m’thafkas were huge. Now, sometimes prawns lose the intensity of their flavour the bigger they get. Not these beauties. The flavour was a taste sensation, perfectly complimented by the delicious (if a little generic) curry sauce and the addition of a plentiful addition of mushrooms, peas and onions. The generic curry sauce was very good, not too salty or swimming in oil. It made a delicious “dip” for my chips. The chips were also lovely. Again, a little generic in flavour for a Chinese takeaway, but good quality. I enjoyed the meal very much and couldn’t finish all of it as my portion as it was a little too large. (ooh err ladies).
Johnny enjoyed his chicken chow mien, stating that the quality was above average and he couldn’t finish his either due to portion size. We were joined by fellow UK Sketch team rider Dan Gibbs who had bought a special meal deal, including rice, sweet and sour sauce, prawn balls and stuff. This was a good start to the weekend.
On Saturday we skated all day in rain and sunshine. We were taken directly from the hill straight to the function room of the Y Talbot hotel for our evening meal. All sweaty and damp from our exertions, we left our soggy pads and skateboards in the corner and made our way to the table. There was with a hot buffet of pasta with a tomato and basil sauce. Only the only choice on offer which was a little disappointing, but completely reasonable considering the whole thing was done on a budget. My chums at the table (amongst others who have asked not to be named for confidentiality reasons) were Speed Ace Tiago Fanha (one of the hot favourites to win the event), Cameraman and freeride wizard Will Edgecombe and Slalom legend Mike Stride. Although the pasta dish was a relatively simple meal, it certainly hit the spot. The tomato and basil sauce was nice. The basil was fresh and the tomato sauce was rich, tangy and had an air of sophistication. At least 3 of us at the table went up for second helpings. The pasta had a reasonable texture, it’s very easy to get pasta wrong when it’s served in this way. It often ends up gloopy and stodgy. This dish wasn’t stodgy at all. It tasted pretty “fresh out of the kitchen” and although rich, the sauce was fresh tasting with a “delicateness” which is sometimes difficult to achieve. The fresh basil was a nice touch, and illustrated the attention to detail. We were then offered chocolate brownies for dessert which again, were very nice. They too had an air of “richness” and quality about them. I was looking forward to my breakfast on Sunday morning.
Breakfast was served again in the function room of the Y Talbot hotel (which was very posh incidentally) and consisted of Bacon cobs and cereal. Now I don’t eat bacon so couldn’t personally comment on it but reports suggest it was nice. I opted for cereal and was staggered by the choice on offer, Coco pops or Frosties!!! I guess maybe the hotel thought we were all aged between 7 and 15, being skateboarders. I chose the slightly more “adult” choice of Frosties and accompanied it with fruit juice and cafetiere coffee. Now, coffee is another of my special interests. I love a nice cup of coffee. Unfortunately this coffee tasted like someone had wrung out Andy Thackray’s vest. It was as bitter as a cyclist. So overall, breakfast for me was disappointing, however if I was an 11 year old carnivore who didn’t drink coffee maybe it would have been great.
The hospitality from the hotel and pub was great though, the staff were very friendly and welcoming, and the venue was lovely.
Now, on our way home, following a further day spent skateboard frolicking, we decided to look for a chippy. Dan did some googling in the back of the car (I had to give him a stern warning as I was sure that this was still illegal in Wales) and he found a likely chippy in Newtown called Genies. They had a customer car park (I love a chippy with a customer car park) and they had a “restaurant” attached for us to sit down and enjoy our meal. I had mini cod, chips and mushy peas, which tends to be my standard choice for review comparison purposes. Dan had a battered sausage (the Saturday night party was hectic), curry sauce and chips. Cuthbert (name changed by request) had a battered sausage (too much googling) mini fish and chips. I also had a Latte whilst the boys had fizzy drinks. Now this was much more like it. The food was very reasonably priced, mine with the coffee was £5.50, the portions weren’t the biggest there has ever been, but the food was lovely. Not up to “Riverside” standards, but certainly very good. Nice bit of fish and great chips. Nice to have a proper coffee in a chippy as well. The staff were very friendly and the restaurant was spacious and clean with nice tables. This was a lovely way to round off the weekend. I would give Genies chippy a green rating. Next time I’m in Wales I’m gonna aim for it on the way home.
BACK TO THE EVENT
Timmy Peters then put on a late night impromptu dance/flatland jam in the car park, with the Greenwich Groms skating hard and claiming the top prizes of Sugar and Pocket Money. Everyone hung around, skating the public toilet in a loop in packs (which got awfully fast and competitive towards the end). Beer, fireworks and balance boards kept everyone entertained until bed sounded better than a dark and cold mid Wales car park.
Day two's riding was much much faster, with mostly dry weather and everyone looking far more comfortable on the hill. This meant better lines and bigger crashes, the medic left his post three times that day; once for Dale Goodwin, once for Alan Bajalan and most importantly for Mo Mohamed. Mo took a simple but painful crash on the luge and bust his leg. Heal fast buddy !!
Racing was fierce, with lots of keen racers on the hill it led to some great heats and ambitious skating. Racing was of a seeded format, with three heats generating a 64 man knockout competition. A few unexpected results saw some great racers knocked out early on and a few fairly new faces getting 1st/2nd throughout. Being the first race of the BDSL league people were keen to rack up some points.
S t a n d u p
1st Cam Deegan
2nd Ras Sarunas
3rd Alex Clark
4th Ruben Loosmore
L u g e
1st Ben Bewley
2nd Jamie "Winnie" Winn
3rd Ian Martland
4th Martin hull
One of the people most stoked to get into the final was Ruben Loosmore so we had a little chat to him;
4th Place ? Happy or horrified ?
Happy as hell to be honest! It was so tight and I ended up crashing out from second to last but I am still happy to have made it so far and race with the top UK guys!
What previous racing had you done ?
Just hog and return of fumble
What's next ? A podium at Kozakov 2016 ?
I wish! But yeah I might be hitting up Euro tour next year and try and do as well as I can, but I doubt I'll get that far, it is a whole different level of riding!
Overall, everyone seemed to have a rad time. Lots of runs, a smooth operation and happy faces all round. With happy locals too, I'm very keen to see this event happen again. Good work Brianne Collective for all the hard work and organising that goes into running an event of this scale.
Special thank you to the marshals, Especially thoses who couldn't skate!
Special thank you to the medic, for standing about and helping on his weekend!
Remember when driving in Wales to keep your car on the road, otherwise you mind find yourself in a ditch, on a 2 mile skate and hitchhike to the nearest town!
Thank you Ryan, Phil, Will and Ruben for contributing to this article.
Congratulation to Cam Deegan taking 1st place!
And thank you to all you skate legends who travelled great distances to be with your community!
These photo will be on our facebook soon for tagging!
We spoke to Cam & Henry to find out more about their drone/skate adventure across Europe. Five weeks, eight countries, three skate events and twenty hours of footage crammed into under ten minutes.
– Cam Deegan –
This was my third ‘Eurotour’. Good friend and Videographer Henry Hayhurst joined me for the whole trip. We began the month-long skate pilgrimage in the UK. Then made our way into Germany to pick up Deen Mondt. Our car crew complete for the entirety of the trip.
Our first real stop was in the Czech Republic, at the infamous Kozakov Challenge, then we travelled deeper south to Slovenia for the week long KNK freeride. The last scheduled stop on the list was the Italian race Verdicchio. Apart from these three events we had no plans, only to go with the flow and see what happened. This was the best decision we made. In past years I’ve found that over-planning makes a structured and difficult trip. The best things to happen on the road are often the unexpected.
Once we stepped foot back in the motherland we had 20 hours of footage to trawl through and edit. Two solids day and shabam, here she is: Europa. Watch in 1080p for maximum enjoyment levels.
– Henry Hayhurst –
I got a message from Cam Deegan asking if I wanted to film him in Europe . With no hesitation I bought a drone and booked a month of work. A week later I found my self driving to Frankfurt. It was a real eye opener, it was my first time in Europe and seeing downhill long-boarding racing.
It was the first time for many things and flying the drone was one, making my 15 second edits (which you can find on my Instagram) to the eight minute feature below. I could see my progression in the editing and the smoothness of the drone operation. It was also my first time making a skate edit. For me “Europa" is the beginning of my film career.
Tommy Hook, tackling the convoluted and lost art of sponsoring. A cultural critique that implores, insults, exasperates and asks '…Would you not rather be out skating?'
I remember quite vividly the summer I had sponsorship offers. One was from a company whose boards I’d never ridden, or even thought about riding, but still I bragged to my then girlfriend (who had been begging me to grow up) about it. She didn’t buy it, and in all honesty I didn’t either. The other offer was from a company that I’ve admired since I first stepped foot on a board. Both fell through, one essentially due to laziness on my part, the other due to “funding issues”. Why do I tell you this? Not to brag, but more for you all to better understand the position that I’m coming from – I’ve been on the brink, and I was thankful I came off the other end.
I never once sought out sponsorship. I’m the kind of guy that would take two cameras and numerous batteries to hills, but always leave them in the bag. I prefer to skate than shoot video/photos the majority of the time, and I wouldn’t want to burden my friends with doing what I’d prefer not to. I still got offers, but lost out due to that attitude, and I can honestly say that I was thankful. Who wants to be looking for photos/videos when you can go skate?
The longboard industry suffers greatly from a case of sponkeritis, both in this country and abroad. It’s not uncommon for companies both big and small to be flooded with requests to be sponsored, often accompanied by some janky video, and whilst it’s great to see the enthusiasm it’s a trend that I would gladly see die in a fire. Instead of begging for it, I’d implore people to go out and do something worth being recognised. Do you really think that the small company, already giving away revenue to support essential local events, has enough in the bank to cover your costs? Most of the guys you see as ‘sponsored riders’ only get flow team rates (Google it), and they’ve put in a lot more time than you.
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I see a lot of riders, mostly groms or younger guys, striving for social recognition. They’d love to post a team rider hashtag along with their new #longboard #thankyou #sponsorlife profile pic. Maybe it’s people undervaluing events and the time it takes to run a brand and produce gear. Christ knows, but people sure seem to want a lot without putting the time in.
Whatever it is, it’s not unique to longboarding – even Rodney Mullen (that guy from THPS if you’re old enough to remember that) has noticed the trend for skaters to obsess about that next photo/video part instead of just skating.
I see so much basic shit on my facebook ‘newsfeed now, that it’s hard to tell whether people are joking or not. We spend so long circle-jerking comments on videos of really simple crap, instead of going outside, skating, slamming and getting up again.
Now before someone calls me out for discouraging people, if you want to post your stuff on the internet, go for it. But would you not rather be out skating? Lurking in the deep dark North years ago, far removed from much of the UK community, even before I’d ever met or saw a picture of any of the UKDH legends, all I’d hear was “that guy rips.” Believe me, it meant a lot more coming from a rider that I respected than it did coming from a company sponsoring them.
Do you really think you have what it takes to go skate, day in, day out, and then produce regular QUALITY content for a brand to use as marketing material? Some of you would jump at the chance, but believe me when I tell you there are horror stories from sponsored riders about how you’re treated and how heavy the expectation is. It’s a part-time job with no pay. Don’t even start me on the industry #politics. You will end up seeing the nasty side of this
Unless you’re beyond talented or know the right people, you’re going to become a business asset. They call it being on the Flow team not because you get “flowed” gear, but because you’re solving a cashFLOW problem for that company. A way to save companies money. Why pay £800 for a full page ad in traditional print media when you can give a teenager a T-shirt and some stickers, give them 10% off this season’s gear that’s taking up space in your warehouse, and let loose a mini PR machine hyped up on Red Bull.
Maybe you’ll just be asked to pay two lots of shipping for one sponsor pack, have your social media hijacked a few times a week and get asked to rep sub par gear in return for being on the team. Or maybe you could spend an entire year repping a product, paying out of your own pocket to get to competitions and freerides (only £120 registration + travel + camping, but you get 10% off your wheels) and get nothing in return. #truestory
Basically it is an ambassador program where you’re paying for the privilege to ride a brand, and at least some companies are open enough to call it that. If you’re still paying for your gear and you’re locked into an exclusive kinda deal, I hate to break it to you – your “team” is exploiting you, not sponsoring you. If your sponsorship or professional status exists solely on your meagre Facebook “Sportsperson” page, it’s highly likely that you’re delusional.
If you still want to be sponkered that much then go for it. The most determined won’t let some silly internet words stop them. But I warned you. Dear God, do it because you love skating, travelling and sharing that with others, not just because you want to be #sponsored #famous #adored #liammorgan.
Quotes from this wired article on Mullen http://www.wired.com/2015/01/rodney-mullen/
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We asked Ben Stainer to gather up some photos and anecdotes from the week-long Longboard camp KNK Bear's Guts Freeride (Slovenia). We wanted to give those who know nothing about it a little glimpse into what spending a whole week camping out in the wilderness and hitting 100+ hairpins each day is like. In all honesty we really think you should go to KNK to really figure out what it's all about because this article is going to leave you with more question then answers. Strap in.
KNK Longboard Camp Slovenia usually runs twice a year for 1 week by an amazing team. The venue allows you to camp or book a hotel room, there is music and hot food for sale all day and night. The local town is tiny and engulfed in trees and quite magical. If you would like to be kept up to date you can follow Longboard Magazin on facebook here. The Redbull No Paws Down Race is also held here, If you think of normal downhill racing as rugby then No Paws is like it's less agressive cousin football.
AOB – Area One Boards – Wheel Review – These guys are new to the UK and you’ll be seeing a lot of them at events to come!
74x 52 mm
This wheel is geared up for those who are learning to do hands-down slides, or those who are already slaying the big hills and want to do some no-hands-down runs.
At 74mm the wheel rolls very quickly and holds it speed well. The rounded lips allow an easy grip to slip transition. The chalky thane keeps you sliding comfortably on all types of surfaces at all speeds. This is a true free-hill wheel with bags of thane to burn. It will tackle just about any situation with ease, just watch out for wheel bite.
A classic freeride shape, the big cone and narrow contact patch make this wheel slide smoothly from the first slide to the last.
At 78a the slide is controllable and the wheel gives you nice feedback from the road underfoot. The urethane type is chalky, it sits just below the surface of the road and peels away easily as you slide. The thane ‘dumps’ but the wheel overall is quite durable. It has a good roll speed, however due to its size and durometer it’s not the fastest. This wheel ticks all the boxes for fun, versatility and performance. An excellent choice for novices and pros alike.
To find out more you can :
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We have scoured the internet and rounded up the best UK raw runs we could find. We will be keeping this list updated so send your (high quality) raw runs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lets begin with :
Sion Hughes – Sheepy(Rhayader )
Alex Bailey – Bleek( Llyn Brianne )
Canary Finch – Tregz( Tregaron )
Josh Monk & Ras Sarunas – The Dragon( Pontrhydfendigaid )
Sion Hughes – Brianne(Llyn Brianne, Wales)
Oscar Taylor – Bolsterstone Raw Run( Sheffield )
Pete Connolly – The Kop ( Buckinghamshire )
Cam Deegan – Dunharrow ( #politics )
Aron Hailey and Harrison Satchell – Claytopia (South-West)
Kami San – Vandem Freeride (Exeter )
Aaron Skillings – Bo Peep Raw Run (South East)
Lewis Taylor – Thrill Hill (Ullswater)
Will, Connor and Joe – Spot X (London)
Matt & Ell Snake Pass (Peak District)
Bodhi Keen – Leg Burner (South)
James Allen – Hog Hill (Essex)
Lewis Taylor – Red Lane (Cumbria)
Jed Chapman – Dribble (Lancastershire)
Joe , Sion and Connor – Callander Freeride (Glasgow)
Mark Philipp – Northside (Cairngorms)