Once again, we thank all of you who kindly contributed your skate stories for this episode of Lockdown Stories.Continue reading “Lockdown Stories #2”
Can’t believe it’s August! What’s been happening through lockdown then? Quite a lot by all accounts. Some of our readers have shared their stories with us, so we are making a short series – or a long series, who knows:Continue reading “Lockdown Stories #1”
Since meeting Jenny a few year’s ago at Hog Hill, it’s been great following her antics as she travels with her wolfpack. This is a fabulous film capturing many contrasts and all the fun.
Between 9th and 13th July, just one week after the twists and turns of the Straja track, comes 2 events made to test the intermediates and advanced riders to a boundary never before seen in Europe. Continue reading “A New Boundary: Pasul Vulcan by DEVAstation Longboard Crew”
Whether you are completely sold on longboarding or have just taken your first baby steps, want to feel confident cruising along or at speed on the hills, want to throw down some big slides or freestyle dance in style. How about giving the drift trikes a go? Want to try it all?
Romania is a nation of many unique features and incredible accomplishments. The architecture of Bucharest, the romance of the Black Sea and the never-ending pock-marking of castles make the multi-talented nation a haven for history gurus and 15th-century vampire hunters. Continue reading “Speedy Dracula: DEVAstation Longboard Crew’s Straja 2018 – 24th-29th June”
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.
Q&A with DevaStation Longboard Crew.
This camp is for those aiming to improve there riding to a level where they can hit the big events safely. Nowhere else is offering this opportunity, especially in such a great locations with so many disciplines.
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.
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.
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.
Are you female? Do you ride longboards? Do you want to skate with other women in a closed-road environment? Do you want to progress your skills and have an awesome time riding with amazing new people? Well, www.womenlongboardcamp.com have just the thing for you!!
Here is a message they sent us about the services that they offer.
The board sports enthusiasts at WLC have carved out a niche organising events specifically for women. Last year saw the first event of this kind, a five-day longboarding event in sunny Slovenia, dedicated to the practice of skateboarding, from downhill to sliding to dancing. The camp was a tremendous success and sparked interest all around the world– a sign that there’s plenty of women keen to get on board out there. The WLC crew aim to create a relaxed, non-competitive and non-judgemental atmosphere, giving participants the opportunity to explore their limits in a safe environment under experienced, hands-on guidance. The complete package caters for anybody from total beginner to the more seasoned rider and includes a daily yoga practice to round off a well-designed event schedule. Due to high demand, two camps will take place in 2013, this time in the beautiful surroundings of Alsace, France. The events will take place from May 12-17 and May 19-24 respectively. For further information and to sign up, please visit www.womenlongboardcamp.com“