Downhill longboarding and Streetluge are among the gravity sports which are rarely in the limelight. We hope this will change as a result of the World Skate / World Roller Games 2019, to be held in Barcelona in July. We interviewed those put forward .Continue reading “UK & Ireland represents at World Roller Games 2019, Barcelona”
The last event on the BDSL calendar, Skate to Escape’s annual event, Double Trouble, has become a weekend in Cumbria not to be missed. This year, Aaron Skippings shares his story and we also hear from first-timer, Kinga Rumin. Continue reading “Skate to Escape wraps up 2018 with some Double Trouble”
After a successful Tregaron Freeride race Brianne Collective brought us the fastest event of the BDSL calendar. A fast straight-away with a technical chicane means tight racing is guaranteed. Continue reading “Bleek Race 2018”
Early August saw this year’s Bo Peep event; a National race on the BDSL calendar. All and sundry turned out for what became an awesome weekend of downhill malarkies, a dip in the sea and more downhil marlarkies. Here it all is in pix n vids. Continue reading “Bo Peep and a bit o’ Beachy – Weekend of Skate in the South Downs”
Once again the Brianne Collective did us all proud at this year’s Tregaron Freeride and we saw some of the best in UK’s downhill skateboarding, luge and even turtle and trike! This year’s event also counted as a National Race in the BDSL calendar. Some great photos of the Tregaron event by Kev Hurdle are featured. Continue reading “Tregaron Freeride 2018”
After four years of slumber, the Dragon was awoken. Will Stephenson’s Ride the Dragon Freeride, Race and Taster Day stirred up a weekend of spills and thrills and a fair amount of gnar. Continue reading “The Return of the Dragon”
We asked Canadian skater, Kurtis Dawe, for his review of this year’s Tregaron Freeride
BDSL 2017 Prize Ceremony & Annual General Meeting
It’s that time of year again! The BDSL Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Prize ceremony. Where all the racers from the year get together to celebrate another banging year, crown our victors and party!
The event will be in Bristol for the second year in a row as the wonderful people at Roll for the Soul have given us exclusive access again! Food should be available as well as a fully stocked bar.
Split into two parts;
AGM – The actual meeting part of the BDSLs year, talking about planned events for 2018, any committee members that want to step down, voting on new members, rule changes, things to work on for 2018 & any other business. This part is rather dry and takes place before the prize ceremony should anyone want to come along. Time to be confirmed.
Prize Ceremony – The fun part of the evening, where we all party. Time to be confirmed.
The event’s a little earlier this year so as not to clash with Skate To Escape’s Double Trouble should mean it’s a little warmer and easier to roll into the bars in Bristol
Also an opportunity to shoot the breeze with this year’s sponsors & event organisers! Big thanks as ever to:
And event sponsors throughout the year Vandem Longboard Shop, Cult Wheels, Lush Longboards Ltd, Sabre Trucks Brasil, BTR Leathers, AOB – Area One Boards, Slide Perfect Wheels, Gravity House, Boardlogic, SP8BOARDS, Thrill Magazine, RipTide Sports, Inc.
Ben Stainer’s review of 2016 and preview for 2017. Well-known, well-travelled and well-versed in the longboarding arena, Ben gives us his thoughts of things past and hopes of things to come.
A Dry Wales, The Miracle. For those of you who missed this one, a couple pictures by Lightphonics and a recounting by Ben Stainer.
We need your help, ideas, suggestions and preferences.
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!
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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
Further information to come. Hosts: Brianne Collective