We hear from LJ Leme, that old man of the hill, and his experience at the 3rd King of Huku event in Dublin, Ireland earlier this year.Continue reading “Old Man LJ in Dublin for King of Huku”
Peakenders, the story of a bunch of random people not in a pub … or London…
The divide between North and South of England has been debated by people for many years, don’t really know why!Continue reading “The Peakender”
Thrill Magazine has come on board amongst a whole realm of sponsors in support of So… You Can Longboard Dance? World Cup 2018 event in Eindhoven on April 21/22nd. Bianca Kersten, the brains behind this incredible event, gives us an insight into the history, preparation and future focus of the event. Continue reading “So…You Can Longboard Dance?”
or Zen and the Art of Skateboarding – Jed Chapman brings us his tale of skate at last year’s VIF17 … Continue reading “Velefique International Freeride 2017”
Sun, Sea, Skate, Let’s Dance! Vol. 2
11th July 2015
By Lee Edwards
I guess the organisers must have thoroughly enjoyed the first event in April, as Saturday saw the return of the event 8 months early for a second instalment.
Meeting around noon for the usual pre-event push from Brighton train station to the promenade and then continuing on to Hove lawns, in the Saturday sunshine.
A brief free skate allowed the boarders to introduce themselves to one another and share their individual flatland styles.
“It’s great having everyone skating together in one place at events like this” Nomadeck’s founder Dan Caroll told me. “It’s very easy to go out for a skate with only your own bag of tricks and get a kind of tunnel vision. I love seeing other tricks I might not have considered, or even tricks that I have being done in different ways.”
The Olympics started with Hippie jump: The broom handle met it’s end ,at the penultimate jump, by karate kick. There was just enough handle left for Gijs Schalkx from Timber Boards to make this colossal leap, stick the landing and take first place. (see top photo)
Next up was the longest manual competition which provided another win for the Timber Boards crew. Tietse Vliegen’s speedy and incredibly well held manual made it look as though he was ” … aiming for the pier! “
The main event a Freestyle / dance competition. Entrants were only given 2 minutes per heat to show off their flair and impress the judges with their abilities.
Local judges Alexandre de Bona of Smile Long Boards , Zak Owen of LongBoardsUK and Dan Caroll of Nomadeck Boards co. were joined by Timber Boards founder Tim Snel, who travelled with his crew all the way from Friesland in the Netherlands!
Beginners category : 1st – Luca Barton
2nd – Campbell Kenneth
3rd – Phil Miles
Ben Donoghue’s huge tailspins certainly stood out and got a lot of attention from both the judges and the crowd, but sadly it wasn’t enough to compete with the Timber Board dancers.
Advanced Category: 1st – Gijs Schalkx
2nd – Sietse Vliegen
3rd – Sergio Valdelhita
Special thanks to co-host Nick Bradley from Long Board Brighton for organising the event and wielding the intermittent microphone and co-host number 2 Alexandre de Bona of Smile LongBoards, who helped organise, host and sponsored the event.A special thanks also to the following who made up a mixture of entrants judges and sponsors who also provided prizes:
Ben Stainer writes up his first peice for Thrill Magazine about the 'Go Longboarding Day' event that he organised in London this year. We love Ben, he is the cheif engineer of the stoke machine in the UK. Photography by Kai Menneken and Shaun Walker.
Much is said of events seeming to flow through as effortlessly as a hot knife cuts through butter. A lot is said about some events requiring enough preparation to make war preparations seem like a piece of cake.
Go Longboard Day London has had its various venues and styles of racing and sliding. From push races from marble arch to Trafalgar square involving enough needlework to become a seamstress through traffic, to the various dance contests that made the Russian ballet school seem like a training act. Additionally, various slide jams happened at the fairly mellow ‘ninja hill’. If you were thinking it’s got that name because it’s quietly smooth, Oh hell no! Try to go down it and you make enough noise to wake up all the residents buried under St Paul’s cathedral.
Aiming for something different, it was Victoria Park for the push race and Dance contest and then a small little commute on the DLR to Greenwich, where soft wheel and hard wheel slide jams would happen. However, as with all skate events, even the best laid plans tend to have mishaps.
With all the prizes and stickers weighing me down on a bag big enough to smuggle in the statue of liberty, it was a 3 train transport leap to pick up prizes from Rupert, the guy from A Public Nuisance Clothing. Getting to Highbury and Islington around 9:15am with curious gazes all round, A sudden sea of salmon pink struck along the platform. The running equipment indicated something. Damn! They’re using Victoria Park! With this in mind, it was meeting up at a pub! The Adam and Eve was adorned with Rupert waiting on a bike that looked as if he had descended out of Paris. Handing over a box with all the awesome stuff for the push race, it was an awkward push to the rendezvous, looking around for any spare spots to use for the dance comp, all the while carrying a box that blinded you every time you pushed.
Hurrah! One spot had not been adorned with Stewarts! Just past the pavilion there was a spot far better than the place originally planned. Relieved that it wasn’t going to be sending everyone around, the waiting game began! The first brave souls came around just before 10:45, with various stories and some hilarious personalities coming out for the day. The hour before the dance comp of a flurry of chatting, skating and me running back and forth saying directions into my phone like an automatic messaging system. For some it was their first event and their first look at what the scene had to offer. Stickers dotted the floor like arms and legs during a game of twister, with a whole host of various companies being given mentions. Explaining what they did was awesome, just as much so as the designs on show.
At 13:15, the dance comp began. Some very unique and impressive styles and moves came out. One of the highlights was seeing Jim Jim sit on his deck and roll around the flow like an overly enthusiastic cat. Sergio smashing out some incredible stuff on the dancer was also a joy to watch. Various flips and 360 shoves came through, all having a blast of a time. Notably, some skaters had come all the way from Brighton to take part and they were smashing it, but everyone was having an awesome time. That was what was more important!
After the dancers had recovered half their energy it was onto the push race! The course was a simple loop, about a kilometre around. Starting off the race. It was a bedlam of people failing over each other and sunglasses going flying. One guy did it even after just having knee surgery. Coming back in a trickle, everyone collapsed in one giant heap, legs aching and sweating profusely. Prize giving then commenced, while being hoisted to the level of Ben Nevis by Alex and Stephen. The added height made it much easier, if not slightly more scary to be seen and reward riders. After my spate in the cloud and feeling slightly hypothermic and ill from altitude sickness, it was time to move on to Greenwich. Some opted to stay behind or call it a day, but many choose to follow.
Heading over to Bow Church was made a lot easier by the Durdle brothers and Frank offering bag space for the prizes. Thank goodness. We got to Bow church, spirits higher than the Shard and headed to Cutty Sark. We couldn’t smell ourselves, but those on the DLR must have thought that we’d been thrown through a rugby changing room. After smelling out the train, a group shot took place right outside the Cutty Sark, the hard-core survivors of a DLR trip!
Greenwich had just about totally dried when we arrived. Warm welcomes all around and stoked as hell with One Tree donating some amazing stuff for the slide jams that were about to ensue. The skills being shown were incredible. Seeing how much people improve between when you last saw them and their improvement now is awesome to watch.
The first slide jam was the soft wheel (Wheels under 90a). Judges in place, the 20 minute jam began. The number of varying styles made judging it incredibly difficult. From the fast and long slides to the slow but really technical, it was difficult to choose first second and third. Trying to decide the podium was like trying to sow a needle using boxing gloves. Towards the end, various mashups of fast and technical were being attempted, with hard bails all around, but with determination overcoming the pain. THIS IS LONGBOARDING!!!!
Onto the Hard Wheel Jam, and the level of riders seemed to fly off the counter. Smooth 360s, 720s, switch blunts, backsides, everyone was ripping! Jorge Higgins seemed to forget about going slower on harder wheels and sped down the hill like a cannonball on fire. The originality in the hard wheels was also an amazing thing to watch, seeing new stuff that hadn’t been seen in a hard wheel Jam. Choosing the podium was difficult. So many people deserved prizes, picking out three was never going to be easy. This however felt like trying to pull teeth from a tiger that hadn’t been sedated.
During the podium announcements, looking around placed a massive smile on my face. All who participated cheered those on the podium with a sportsmanship that was beautiful to behold. What wasn’t so well to behold was my complete lack of memory during announcing the soft wheel Jam winners, resulting in Jamie Tharp shouting out the winner of the Jam before I could forget the name again.
Joyful prize winners abounding, the throw-outs began. A lot of the joy being an event organizer comes from knowing the chaos about to ensue as you wait for the spare goodies to hit the wall of hands. But the throwing of spares showed the best in people. Ruben Loosemore, whose gloves looked as if they had been through a shredder, had a set of gloves given over by Alex Durdle, winning the battle of the hand grab for slide gloves. Awesome generosity that deserves a mention.
All in all, a great success. Everyone seemed stoked and the improvement throughout the comps was inspiring. Being the first event I’d ever organized, I couldn’t believe it panned out so well. Thanks an absolute ton to all the sponsors who helped to make it as awesome as it was. Well done to all the prize winners! To all the judges who helped, thanks an absolute ton! And to all those who came, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS EVENT POSSIBLE!!!!!!
Surf n' Turf Boardshop
APN – A Public Nuisance
Shove It Magazine
One Tree Longboards
Last weekend was the second Hog Hill event of the year, The Summer Swine Stomp. It looked like an awesome weekend featuring the 'Mini Moto Downhill Slalom' and the slide hill and it's resident kicker ramp. Check the event video from SkateLongboardsUK. (Harry Wilson)
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.
Aron Hailey Photo-report (Boardside Media) :: Dartmouth Slide Jam
Thrill magazine's event coverage of Dartmouth slide jam April 13th 2014
Hosted by Dylan Pina-Hoblyn, the idea was turn up and skate, no competition, just good times with sick skaters on one gnarly hill! The 20% narrow beast that is Dartmouth!
Things got started straight away and the turnout was great. Around 12 brave skaters. Jonathan Braund travelled all the way from Bournemouth and killed it all day! Fast slides and even tucking the first section.
Bodhi Keen getting stoked after a run!
Ryan shredded all day, with fast 180's and 360's!
The hill was perfect except from the gruelling walk back up.
Callum Haakanson going big backside.
Our biggest concern was getting kicked off the hill. I'm a local to the hill and have never had a problem, but the increase in numbers was definately a concern. After a chat with the workers, we were all clear to skate, and that we did.
Photo: Hubert Wigier Rider: Jonathan Braund
Photo: Hubert Wigier
Event organiser Dylan absolutely shredded the hill! Busting out clean 360's and fast checks.
Rider: Harrison Satchell
The event was a huge success, with approval to have another event. The hill made everyone pull out their best skating and the level of skating was awesome to see. So much sick riding and only a bit of road rash and scorched wheels as a result.
Thanks Dylan for organising it and thanks DAS industries for some sweet posters!
See you next time!
Check out the event video… http://www.thrillmagazine.com/Videos/event-dartmouth-slide-jam
Photos and writing: Aron Hailey
Extra photos: Hubert Wigier
Thrill Magazine's event coverage of the Swanage Slidearama on 4th May 2014
Swanage Slidearama 2014 Hosted by James Woodford Sponsored by Newtons Shred, DAS Industries, TROLE Industries, Vortex skate,scoot-wake, Bournelands Longboards and Charlie the Bikemonger.
Molly Crompton getting sideways
When I arrived at the jam, people were already well on their way and working their way down the steep and sketchy hill. Everyone was working out where to slide and trying to hang on to their boards!
Slide jam winner George Howes
During the slide jam, a Hippie Jump competition was set, with some interesting moments and some nearly snapped ankles Cameron Palmer came out on top and claimed a T-Shirt for his efforts!
Photo Cred Molly Crompton
Next up was the biggest standy competition. This was dominated by Bodhi keen and George Howes. Bodhi came out on top, hitting the 80ft mark and George coming in close with 70ft.
Slide Jam winners: 3rd place- Ryan Weekley 2nd place- Jake Brown 1st place George Howes
After the sliding, there were a few more prizes to give out, the one leg tuck contest was up first. People dropped out quickly as there legs started to give in and slowly the numbers dropped. There were then two and after some time it came down to Aron Hailey winning!
Ry Swanton hitting the ramp!
Cameron Palmer came out on top for the "big air", hitting a clean 180 off the ramp.
The turnout was sick and everyone shredded hard! Thanks James Woodford for organising and thanks for the all the sponsors for making it possible!
See you next time!
Thrill Longboard Magazine's event coverage of the 'Dartmouth Slide Jam' – Aron Hailey edit.
‘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”