Sion Hughes, the 2014 downhill skateboarding champion of Wales takes you down a classic Welsh run.
Ry Swanton wraps up the summer’s UKDH antics with a rad little recap video from his travels in 2014.
Brianne Freeride 2014 – The UK's only closed-road longboarding freeride in 2014, held in the picturesque outback of mid-wales. Here's the recap video. Enjoy.
Event coverage from the 2014 Sector 9 Almabtrieb IDF World Cup race in Germany. Photos will be going live on the Thrill Magazine Facebook page soon. Read the full, printed article in Issue 8 of Thrill Magazine, OUT NOW!
After much delay, Thrill Magazine’s UKDH edition of the ‘2014 Eat Concrete, Belgian Championships’ Downhill Skateboarding event is here!
Full coverage available in Issue 8 of Thrill Magazine out on 11/08/14 .
Thank you to :
Robyn Harvey Coggans for the Footage & Editing
All the Eat Concrete crew for a helladankgnarsteez event.
'Brits Abroad': REB freeride event report.
Words and Photos by Josh Monk
This was a new event for most of us, only Chris Vanstone had skated the hill before, the previous year. There was a big UK contingent attending, about 15 riders at a guess, everyone made their relevant travel plans from different corners of blighty for the usual ferry orientated skateboard invasion. We decided to take the Newhaven to Dieppe crossing option as it was minimal driving in France, the event is only about 10 mins out of Dieppe into the countryside.
We really didnt have great expectations of the Port town, being use to Calais landings, but oh were we wrong! Dieppe is picturesque, Lots of old features and architecture, a Brightonesque seafront, with a long clean stone beach, fun skatepark, pool, crazy golf, volley ball etc, overlooked by a choc box castle….i’m rambiling, basically it’s a nice place to arrive after a decent drive and ferry ride. We hit the bowl, cruised the seafront, had a paddle and lurked a bit (didn’t perv on the locals)…then called time to head for the supermarket booze and grub stock up…. Continental Lidl Lovin!
We set the sat nav, and took a very short drive into the Normandy countryside, pleasant! Arrived at the campsite/holiday playground in a quaint French village, with a stream running through it (took advantage of that even though showers were provided, it’s just better washing in the wild!) which is perfectly set up for a freeride event, flat football pitch to camp on, proper toilet, and big party barn, very short walk/skate from the hill. Everyone was really friendly including the organisers. Tent situation sorted, bevees flowing, my 4 hr truck change ensued, to everyone’s amusement as I couldn’t find long enough bolts and kept getting distracted. Nothing too wild happened, super chilled vibe, then we all bedded down for the night…
Morning came and the local ladies put Tea/coffees and cake on for us! Everything was organized well, and the uplifts start rolling, the hill was great fun, and little waiting around with efficient turn around. The hill isn’t intimidating, good for most levels….there were plenty of fun corners and a hectic chicane or ‘Piff Paff ‘ which some of us found can get interesting in full speed/no brakes mode. On the exit there is a level crossing, which they closed and ramped over with wood (very well, hardly notice it), would British Rail let us do that!?? If you really have it in you it is Ollieable! (props to Jooz Hughes) At the end of day 1 there were BIG smiles all round. The evening entertainment started with an Aperitif (appetizing drink before dinner), which was on the house from the local Council!! Then a 4 course dinner laid out in the barn (not to mention the rose petals on the tables) I mean this is like no other skate event I’ve ever been to in terms of hospitality and local peoples interaction and support. Although anyone can be pushed to the limit if you take 20 mins deciding which cake to have, Leo May hahah brilliant. After dinner they put on 2 bands, they weren’t the best it has to be said, Vandem Freeride music is hard to beat, but I guess not the vibe for this place.
Next day was great again loads of runs, big packs, mixing it up, many crashes, no serious injuries, Even bigger smiles all round again. They put lunch on for us half way up the hill (same thing the first day) BIG baguette with sausage and chips, and Tuna for the ‘Vegetarians’. They had a big raffle, loads of goodies (props to Lush, Sabre, Cult Wheels). The local villagers were all around to join us with their families, and the MAYOR gave us a speech! In French of course but Basic gist was they love the event and want us back every year, with even talk of road re-surfacing especially for us! (There are few rough patches but nothing crazy). Again it was all above and beyond to make skaters welcome. Inevitably it all came to an end and we ferried it back to England (highlight of return journey was a barman that looked exactly like Duane Peters) knackered, but unbelievably stoked, wishing we could do it every weekend.
Official aftermovies from the 2014 'Eat Concrete' downhill longboard race in Gros-Fays, Belgium. Keep tuned for Thrill Magazine's UKDH edition aftermovie and the event report in Issue 8 of our published magazine.
A noir-esque, alternaive production from 'One Movement'
A super-sick example of slow motion and high-altitude videography from Redhead.tv
‘Ride the Dragon’, a longboarding event held on a super gnarly uphill car climb circuit in Pontrhydfendigaid, Wales was hosted by Dangerous Decks and 2014’s event was certainly one to remember. If the first one wasn’t gnarly enough already, the track boasted a few more corners than previously, with significantly more gradient and twice as much gnar. The track is truly brutal; on your body, your mind and your gear. Only us eccentric Brits would take on such a challenge. The video says it all really. Carnage! Continue reading “Dangerous Decks: Ride The Dragon 2014”
Wednesday 30th October saw the latest distance skate in the KickPush 2014 adventure to raise money for Asthma UK and The A Skate foundation. The end goal is a John o’Groats to Lands End skate in August 2014, but in the meantime there are plenty of little warm up runs to be had.
This little warm up was a 48 mile route from Exeter to Barnstaple over the Devon countryside. For those of you familiar with the area you will know that it’s not the flattest part of the world and that mixed up with the slippery road surfaces from the rain meant it was always going to be a tough run.
Andy Norman the man behind KickPush 2014 along with Steve Beardsley on the support bike set of early from Barnstaple on the train down to Exeter. Their first port of call was the Fat Face store in the Princesshay shopping centre, Exeter. The Fat Face foundation have really generous in their support of KickPush 2014 and the idea was to skate between the two stores in Exeter and Barnstaple. After photos, at 10.30am it was time to set off.
The route chosen was a mixture of country and B roads taking in Sandford, Witheridge, South Molton and then along to Barnstaple.
The forecast for the day wasn’t good but luck was on their side as the rain held off. The indifferent road surfaces at times made the going tough, and along with a few flooded areas progress was slow but Barnstaple Fat Face store was reached at 5.55pm. 48 miles covered in 7hrs and 25 mins.
There are more skates to follow before the big one so please follow the progress on Facebook and Twitter, KickPush 2014, and if you feel you can help out at all please get in touch with Andy.