Team rider Lyndsay McLaren got together with Ben Holmes to create this beautiful edit, the video really shows off Lyndsay's character and the variety of skating available in Nottingham.
The Swanage crew round up their summer of skating with a really smooth and chilled edit. We really enjoyed watching this one!
Ry Swanton wraps up the summer’s UKDH antics with a rad little recap video from his travels in 2014.
If flatland, freestyle and longboard dancing is your thing, these guys are awesome.
The BLBB showcase their punk sliding skills on some London hills.
Brianne Freeride 2014 – The UK's only closed-road longboarding freeride in 2014, held in the picturesque outback of mid-wales. Here's the recap video. Enjoy.
Another addition to the Raw Run series, we take a trip down a sweet spot in the Southwest with Aaron and Harrison. Remember to always stay in your lane when bombing open roads!
Our team rider and upcoming Essex superstar, Connor Finch recently got to sit down and have a chat with Gbemi from All Around Skate. Click the photo below to read the Interview!
It's 4am and there is no sunlight. The car is packed and the roads are empty… Sunrise is looming and speed awaits, take a ride down the Kop with Pete.
We have decided to document raw runs of some of the best downhill roads in the UK. Starting in London, we will be moving around the UK to bring you the best of UKDH.
Part 1 – City Slicker's Retreat (W. London)
Part 2 – Hill In the Sky (E. London)
Words by Ben Schofield:
The ever big push to do something different, challenging, and more importantly, fun. Pushing the boundaries of our sport is always on our minds.
The power of social media played a big part in making this session happen. It all started a few weeks ago when a friend tweeted a picture of me skitching on the back of a Volkswagon Passat. The local VW garage did there marketing thing of retweeting and clicking favourite on Twitter, with this lead I jumped straight on it and simply tweeted Breeze Volkswagon.
Thats all it took, with this, I built on the conversation with the marketing team at Breeze on what we could do.
Over a couple of weeks of organising dates, vehicles etc we were finally given a brand new Transporter 2.0TDI Sportline Kombi, with so many extras. It was a dream vehicle to drive around in and to use for the shoot. I wanted to try and capture images of the van in both action and parked up showing people that it is the “The van of every occassion”.
After speaking to Pete, Louis, Eddie and Hamish we decided that we would take the van to a few different hills locally that we knew all had relatively stunning views that we could capture the van in all its glory.The weather forecast was looking to be awesome as it has been over the last few weeks here in Dorset. High 20’s, light winds, perfection.
The first hill we took the van and the guys to was Cocknowle, Its a local hill that has held many SFOL events there and as the location has an awesome section of road and a sweet hairpin. It’s nestled in and around a steep valley that gave Eddie and Hamish an amazing perspective of the hill and the van in motion. I wanted to capture the van both following Pete and Louis down the hill and also parked up on the side of the hair pin with us skating past it and chilling out. The sun beat down hard on us down in the valley with no wind managing to reach us, We quickly managed to collect enough photos and some clips of what we were after.
With what we needed to collect from here we quickly shot off to Weymouth and Portland to do some follow raw runs. We parked up in a layby just outside of Weymouth. The road was a long flowing country road dropping down towards Weymouth. Then Pete and Louis quickly got kitted up and went for a quick bomb down the hill to test it out as Pete had never skated it before Whereas Louis lived not that far away and had skated many times.
With the vans double electric sliding doors it was easy to drive down and collect them from the bottom and shuttle them back to the top. We set up the van with the SLR on a suction mount on the windscreen to capture some raw runs. Following on from this we attached the camera to the back of Eddies car, he drove down in front while Hamish was in the back capturing photos and Video of Myself driving the van down behind the guys, inching closer and closer to the back of them, as soon as i saw them air break i dropped back to give them space. It was the first time I have ever done anything like this But we had walkie talkies and made sure everyone knew what signals we were using to allow everyone to be the safest possible.
All the runs were super smooth and fast for our County. Pete and Louis hitting over 40 mph on the GPS. Louis was loving wearing his new TSG pass helmet that he recently purchased.
The final place we went and skated was Portland. If you haven’t heard of Portland then its bit of an odd place with a variety of people. It could be snowing, raining, hail on the mainland then could be like paradise on Portland. Odd!
The Isle of Portland is a limestone tied island, 6 kilometres long by 2.4 kilometres wide, in theEnglish Channel. Portland is 8 kilometres south of the resort of Weymouth, forming the southernmost point of the county of Dorset. A barrier beach made of connects it to Chesil Beach and the mainland.
When looking on Google maps theres a prison right on top with a road leading up to it with about 8 hair pins. From speaking to people in past they’ve all said it wasn’t skateable, to rough, thrown off by the prison guards. We decided to head to the top anyway to check it out and we were greeted by the most amazing view of Portland, Weymouth, and Chesil beach. You could easily see the stretch of beach that goes on for 18 miles into the distant.
We had lunch then skated down the 1st hair pin which then lead down to a smooth road leading to the next hairpin which was also skateable. We then found a path that was the most perfect laid, Smooth path the flowed down the side of the hair pins. It was wide enough to freeride down as well as bombing it straight to the bottom with a great shut down area. We decided to go back to the top and session the hair pin capturing the van parked up with the insane view behind it then driving the van down the path to session the path we found.
Overall the day was a huge stoke! we were in a rush from the start to get stuff done as People had to work, I had to get the van back by half 5. But I feel massively happy that we did what we set out do.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Breeze Volkswagen for lending me the van to make the day a massive buzz for everyone, everyone skated hard and pushed themselves throughout the day, my driving was pretty epic to say the least… hahaha Thanks Jimmy’s Iced Coffee for keeping us refreshed with some crates of his finest Iced Coffee, and Woolsey Clothing who chucked us some fresh T shirts to wear for the day also cheers Eddie and Hamish for capturing the day.
You can see all the photos on any of our Facebook profiles. Go have a look right now… Like seriously, Right now! why are you still reading this, and not looking at the photos.
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.
There have been some seriously heavy-hitting videos that i've seen this week, so I compiled them into one tasty post for you all to devour.
Jamie Galyer stepping up his game,
nice to see some higher quality edits pushing the UK edit benchmark.
Irish Gang getting pitted…
on an open-road race near Dublin.
Landyachtz crew bringing the scenery!
Switch done properly:
>>THIS IS CRAY!<<
'Brits Abroad': REB freeride event report.
Words and Photos by Josh Monk
This was a new event for most of us, only Chris Vanstone had skated the hill before, the previous year. There was a big UK contingent attending, about 15 riders at a guess, everyone made their relevant travel plans from different corners of blighty for the usual ferry orientated skateboard invasion. We decided to take the Newhaven to Dieppe crossing option as it was minimal driving in France, the event is only about 10 mins out of Dieppe into the countryside.
We really didnt have great expectations of the Port town, being use to Calais landings, but oh were we wrong! Dieppe is picturesque, Lots of old features and architecture, a Brightonesque seafront, with a long clean stone beach, fun skatepark, pool, crazy golf, volley ball etc, overlooked by a choc box castle….i’m rambiling, basically it’s a nice place to arrive after a decent drive and ferry ride. We hit the bowl, cruised the seafront, had a paddle and lurked a bit (didn’t perv on the locals)…then called time to head for the supermarket booze and grub stock up…. Continental Lidl Lovin!
We set the sat nav, and took a very short drive into the Normandy countryside, pleasant! Arrived at the campsite/holiday playground in a quaint French village, with a stream running through it (took advantage of that even though showers were provided, it’s just better washing in the wild!) which is perfectly set up for a freeride event, flat football pitch to camp on, proper toilet, and big party barn, very short walk/skate from the hill. Everyone was really friendly including the organisers. Tent situation sorted, bevees flowing, my 4 hr truck change ensued, to everyone’s amusement as I couldn’t find long enough bolts and kept getting distracted. Nothing too wild happened, super chilled vibe, then we all bedded down for the night…
Morning came and the local ladies put Tea/coffees and cake on for us! Everything was organized well, and the uplifts start rolling, the hill was great fun, and little waiting around with efficient turn around. The hill isn’t intimidating, good for most levels….there were plenty of fun corners and a hectic chicane or ‘Piff Paff ‘ which some of us found can get interesting in full speed/no brakes mode. On the exit there is a level crossing, which they closed and ramped over with wood (very well, hardly notice it), would British Rail let us do that!?? If you really have it in you it is Ollieable! (props to Jooz Hughes) At the end of day 1 there were BIG smiles all round. The evening entertainment started with an Aperitif (appetizing drink before dinner), which was on the house from the local Council!! Then a 4 course dinner laid out in the barn (not to mention the rose petals on the tables) I mean this is like no other skate event I’ve ever been to in terms of hospitality and local peoples interaction and support. Although anyone can be pushed to the limit if you take 20 mins deciding which cake to have, Leo May hahah brilliant. After dinner they put on 2 bands, they weren’t the best it has to be said, Vandem Freeride music is hard to beat, but I guess not the vibe for this place.
Next day was great again loads of runs, big packs, mixing it up, many crashes, no serious injuries, Even bigger smiles all round again. They put lunch on for us half way up the hill (same thing the first day) BIG baguette with sausage and chips, and Tuna for the ‘Vegetarians’. They had a big raffle, loads of goodies (props to Lush, Sabre, Cult Wheels). The local villagers were all around to join us with their families, and the MAYOR gave us a speech! In French of course but Basic gist was they love the event and want us back every year, with even talk of road re-surfacing especially for us! (There are few rough patches but nothing crazy). Again it was all above and beyond to make skaters welcome. Inevitably it all came to an end and we ferried it back to England (highlight of return journey was a barman that looked exactly like Duane Peters) knackered, but unbelievably stoked, wishing we could do it every weekend.
Simply watch and be inspired.