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Bela Joyride 2015 By Aaron Skippings

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.

 

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Evil Excursions

Joe, Ras, Andy, Josh and 'Evil Uncle' Skateboard Phil take a trip up North. 

Welcome to the Boneyard, a stretch of super smooth and winding pathway through a future burial ground. Josh 'Fistycrabhands' Monk from Arbor and Newton's Shred navigates the second lefty with his fisty crab hands waving with glee!

Radical Ras, big boss of badass BTR leathers is pretty stoked! ENGORILEEE!

Evil Uncle Skateboard Phil looks worried… I think he nearly got chewed up by the hand rail of doom. Those wooden planks hurt you so badly that you think you have broken bones, it also makes you dizzy and sick. You have to be one evil shredder to take this bend at full speed!

Fisty crab hands himself must be a pretty evil shredder, he keeps his fisty crab hand pointing skyward on his entry to the corner of doom.

We drove up to the secret gravity research facility, only to find it was un-skateable until the North Korean army had finished their training drills.

We waited for three long hours to skate… After some awesome chips approved by Skateboard Phil we killed time with a group reading from the gnarly bible THRILL MAGAZINE!

Phil thought the new CTD gloved were 'bloody good'

We can't show you any photos from inside the secret gravity research facility because the static fried the memory card… Maybe next time.

NEWTONS NATION 2013

Bathurst, Australia 2013 hosts the IDF's Newton's Nation race. Super fast track with crazy bails.

This year was great because you could watch the action LIVE on youtube… consequently I have jet lag.. 

UKDH T-shirt designer Josh Monk has ridden this 60mph monster! 

Highlights

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RESULTS

  1. Dillon Stephens
  2. Kevin Reimer
  3. Alex Tongue
  4. Kyle Wester
  5. Louis Pilloni
  6. Kyle Martin
  7. Jonas Richter
  8. Andrew Haiby
  9. Jackson Shapiera
  10. Kelly Carter

 

Top 10 Shootout

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RESULTS

  1. Alex Tongue
  2. Micah Green
  3. James Kelly
  4. Kyle Wester
  5. Dillon Stephens
  6. Kevin Reimer
  7. Louis Pilloni
  8. Andrew Haiby
  9. Douglas Silva
  10. Kyle Martin

Thrills and Spills

Eat some hay!

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Newton’s Shred Family in the Pyrenees

Many of you may have heard of Oliver Slaughter and the videos he produces of him and his friends’ adventures on longboards. Here is the latest two of his videos from his trip with the Newton’s Shred family to the ‘Peyragudes Never Dies’ race in the Pyrenees.

Keep an eye out for the familiar faces of Josh Monk, Kami San, Shaine Fourie and Oliver Slaughter shredding with the big guns of downhill skateboarding. Josh crashing at 60mph, Oliver trying to footbreak and squirt a waterpistol backwards have to be my two favourite clips of the series.

The landscapes captured in the Pyrenees are incredible, the riding is tight and the videos leave you pumped to go riding! UKDH!

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