There was quite a lot of skate happening this weekend, especially in the South. The Southern Fairies held what looked like another successful outlaw at Cocknowle and the Southend Crew & friends spent the day killin’ wheels at their local slide hill. Here are a few of my favourite snaps from today.
– Thanks to Dom Ginn and Pete Titt for taking these photos.
Steezy speed check from George at the Slide Hill Jam
Felix getting some serious air over a very trusting crowd at the Slide Hill Jam
Alex and Ethan Racing at Cocknowle.. (sick leathers yo)
My name is Tom Waite and on July 30th, a friend (Rob Ashworth) and I will be setting off on a longboarding journey from Denmark to Portugal (via Germany, Luxembourg, France and Spain).. This is over 3500km. We are embarking on this trip to raise as much money as possible for two English charities that mean a great deal to us- RNLI and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. As we are both avid surfers and sea lovers, the RNLI (Royal National Lifeguard Institution) seemed a natural choice. It is a charity that relies solely on donations and saves over 8000 people a year. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance again would not exist if it weren’t for the money it received from people, and again, it is hugely important in saving lives.
This sounds like a truly epic trip, a lot of hard work and passion has clearly gone into making all of this happen.
Patrick Switzer is known for being one of the fastest men downhill and one hell of a nice guy! The 2011 World Cup Series Champion joined Rayne in 2012 looking for a family to ride with and some Rayne innovation under his feet. Riding the Rayne Vandal in 2012, Patrick worked with Rayne designer Graham Buksa to transform the basic Vandal into his new Signature Fortune for 2013.
The Fortune is a directional, top mounted speed board like no other. Combining a bit of slalom, pool and downhill, the Fortune gets radial concave, a small spoon tail and an upturned nose added to the directional Vandal shape so Patrick can ollie, manual and generally ride one board for whatever goofing he gets up to. Additionally, the Vandal 3D wheel wells have been turned into what we call 4D Cups. – if you’ve watched Patrick creating 3D concave with Vicious Grip, you’ll know where it all came from. These all-new supportive waves grab your feet and hold them in place so they’re not flopping around while you motor your boat down hill.
Finally the new Fortune takes on the Fat Bottom construction we released with the 2012 Avenger, keeping the board stiff and strong, but dropping excess weight and reducing exposed wood by making CNC’ed wheel wells obsolete.
The 4D-Cups on this board works like this: 1: Integrated Wheelwells: subtle, pressed in curves in the front and rear open up the new radial concave to naturally allow for more diverse wheel options, while allowing the rider to find their feet without looking and prevent wheelbite without cutting into the deck.
2: Integrated Foot Locks: molded into the Wheelwells, the three dimensional waves create natural ridges to dig your foot into for tucking, pushing out drifts and slides and generaly keeping your eyes and mind on the road ahead and not the board beneath you.
Features: Sharp Edges – Final touch for locked in feet. Fat Bottom Bamboo Core – Strong and light, thick and juicy, this baby’s got back. Pre-tensioned Triaxial fibreglass – Adds long life, durability, strength and energy return. Sublimated Artwork – Scratch-resistant ink is tattooed into the deck. Speed-stiff – Don’t get bounced! Stiff boards will make you stable at high speeds. Directional Shape – Gives extra edge feel for carving, cruising and speed. 4D-Cup Wheel Wells – Take your skating to the 4th dimension with double locks pressed into each wheel well. Radial Concave – Just like taking corners, one smooth line from edge to edge keep your feet right where you want them. Universal Variable Top Mounting – Lets you pick the wheelbase that works best for you. Bee Orange Finish – Smells good, taste great, and seals and protects your board without harmful chemicals.
New IDF race out in the States, Angie’s Curves – Separating the men from the boys. The progression of longboarding will never slow down.
“You got to put your faith in God, let your nuts hang… Try to keep full tuck and shoot the chicane and then do the highest speed pre-drifts most people have ever done… A LOT… Seriously, no disrespect to people who don’t want to do this… it’s gnarly.” – Zak Maytum
In 2003, Graham Buksa, the wizard behind the curtain that is Rayne Longboards, began making boards in Alberta and calling them Rayne. A year later, Graham brought his particular magic to British Columbia and the North Shore and joined the burgeoning group of coastal shredders pioneering downhill skateboarding as we know it today.
10 years later, Rayne Longboards has been recognised as one of the leading innovators in longboarding and speedboarding. Graham’s design, collaboration with our professional race team and Rayne manufacturing have produced some of the most innovative, performance oriented, top quality and winningest longboards Worldwide.
Pulling back the curtain, something Rayne rarely does, please enjoy a glimpse inside the world of Rayne Longboards and Graham Buksa and prepare yourself for another decade of Better, Best and Different from Rayne Longboards Design and Manufacturing.