Patrick Lombardi wins Red Bull No Paws Down 2016 World Championship

Patrick Lombardi wins Red Bull No Paws Down 2016 World Championship

After five days of warming up on the Bear’s Guts, the riders were finally ready for Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship which took place on the last day of KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2016.

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship 2016. Photo by CK Photography
Pablo Quiles (Gnarlicante) in the focus. Photo by CK Photography

This year’s Week #1 at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp was blessed with good weather and we ended up by having in total only one full day of rain (two half wet days, Monday and Thursday). The rest of it was sunny and hot with the race day being the hottest.

Everyone had more then enough time to get used to the track and improve their stand-up sliding skills. The organisation crew was running things really smooth and delivered in average around ten runs per day.


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Half way through the event it was becoming more and more clear that the competition this year will be harder then last year. Everyone were shredding hard to keep up with the rest but nobody really stressed about the race. Good vibes and fun times with skate buddies were the main focus of every single individual.

All together there were 195 riders participating at this year’s KnK freeride and 117 signed up for the RBNPD race. Some of them later decided not to race for various reasons so in total 72 riders raced to qualify.

After one warmup and three quali runs, 32 riders qualified and raced in the four man heats followed by the freeride runs.

Semi-Final live stream by Emily Pross via @redbull Facebook page

During the seventh run of the day, Emily Pross chased down the racers in Semi-Final and streamed live video to Red Bull Facebook page.

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship 2016. Photo by CK Photography
Emily Pross aiming for the apex. Photo by CK Photography

Emily got hurt during the run in the first hairpin, but despite the injury she skated all the way to the finish line. Everyone was amazed by her determination to finish the run. Later during the evening we were all very happy to hear the she’s OK.

Spiders coming!

Around 4:30pm the Consolation and Final heats dropped into the Guts. Both heats were intense and delivered much excitement to Corner 8 a.k.a. “The Root Corner”.

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship 2016. Photo by CK Photography
From left to right: Ryka Mohammadian, Patrick Lombardi, Ian Freire. Photo by CK Photography

In the Final heat, RBDNP 2015 champion Ian Freire (Brazil) battled with Patrick Lombardi (Italy), Ryka Mohammadian (USA) and Nico Gallmann (Switzerland), but didn’t manage to keep his title. The stakes were high as the money prize for the first place was 1,000 Euros, for the second 500 and for the third place 300 Euros.

Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship 2016 Results

1st Patrick Lombardi (Italy)
2nd Ryka Mohammadian (USA)
3rd Ian Freire (Brazil)
4th Nico Gallmann (Switzerland)

The stoke level was off the chart as the young Italian gipsy became a new Red Bull No Paws Down World Champion, repping DB Longboards, Cloud Ride Wheels and of course, his Gispy crew.

After the Final heat, the rest of freeriders gathered around in the finish and carried the champions to the podium. It was epic!

This photo by Brandon DesJarlais (Moonshine MFG) says it all.

Red Bull No Paws Down 2016 podium. Photo by Brandon Desjarlais

Party time with NCODNC, DJ SEMO and ZUBLIME

As all the other nights, everyone got together at the party place where the champs walked the podium once again followed by a metal concert performed by NCODNC from Slovenia, rap concert by one the riders Emil Birch – ZublimE and of course, Joey Biedner and Sebastian Schneider spun the KebbeK Wheel of Misfortune. As DJ Semo played some wicked tunes, the crowd was getting more and more drunk… What happened next should stay in Osilnica 🙂

Huge shoutout to everyone who helped running the event especialy to Course marshals and the whole KnK organisation crew, Maga and Rob McWhinnie, Ry Swanton, the Red Bull crew and Hotel Kovač staff. Word up!

Special thanks to CK Photography for awesome photos 🙂


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Women’s Longboard Camp rider interview – Simone Brutsche

Women’s Longboard Camp rider interview – Simone Brutsche

What started off as some sort of pipe dream is now an initiative attracting riders from the four corners of the world – the Women’s Longboard Camp project is in its fifth year. To celebrate, the crew around Fee Bücheler and Christine Maier are putting on three events of three different formats in three different countries in 2016.

For Simone Brutsche, the upcoming freeride camp in France will be the fifth WLC event she is attending. Read on to find out what makes her tick and what motivates her to come back time and time again.


Interview with Simone Brutsche

WLC rider interview – Simone Brutsche

Hi Simone, please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, what do you do for a living and which other sports do you engage in?

My name is Simone and I am 30 years old. I started skating at the of age 26. I originally come from Freiburg in Germany, but I’ve been living in Switzerland for the past 17 years. I work as a consultant in one of the biggest advertising agencies in the North West. Sports are very important to me, it’s how I offset a sedentary day job. For the past 9 years, I have been practising capoeira several times a week – it’s great for flexibility and in turn complements board sports really well. At the weekend I go running, longboarding and skateboarding. Apart from that, I cycle every day, in almost every weather.

How did you get into skating?

To lure my godson, who was six at the time, away from the TV, I gave him a skateboard for his birthday. Obviously this made me the coolest auntie with the coolest present. When we went to a nearby ramp that day, I could hardly wait for him to put down the board so I could have a go myself. Bottom line is, I ended up spending more time on the board than him that day and that’s when I decided to get one myself. I did some research and decided to get a longboard. Unfortunately my godson went down the scooter route, however as for me, I discovered a new hobby.

WLC rider interview – Simone Brutsche

What do you like most about skating and what kind of skating do you enjoy most?

It quickly became obvious that I’m not so much of a dancer, I like to get a bit gnarly. I really enjoy sliding, proper downhill is still a bit too hardcore for me though. I’ve also discovered bowlriding or well, skateboarding, this year. I find it fascinating how skating is a lot about dealing with fears and how you have to overcome them time and time again in order to make progress. I’ve never had jelly legs and palpitations as bad as when I’ve been on my board. If you then land a new trick or learn a new skill, that makes for a combination that is simply addictive.

How did you end up at WLC?

Phew, that’s such a long time ago now…the first time I came to the camp was in 2013. I think I discovered it through our local longboarding group on Facebook at the time. It sounded great and I was curious, so I signed up.

This August will be your fifth time at the camp – what motivates you to keep coming back time and time again? Are your reasons still the same or has anything changed over the years?

Initially it definitely was only about longboarding. I was impressed by how much progress could be made in such a short amount of time with the help from the crew and a bit of perseverance. Once I had grown fond of both the crew as well as the riders you meet each time, it wasn’t just about the sport anymore. At the very latest since Portugal, some great friendships have formed and now the camp is like going on holiday with friends for me, something to which you look forward like crazy long in advance, with heaps of fun on the board.

What’s your favourite thing about the Women’s Longboard Camp?

I love the community spirit among the girls. Every single one – no matter how different we may be – receives a very warm welcome and is integrated into the group, there is no reserve and when you’re on board together, you support each other and celebrate everybody’s successes as if they were your own. In every day life and at work, you sometimes face bitchiness and competition among women, it’s not like that at all at the camp. I also think it’s great to meet like-minded people from different countries. The riders are not only from German-speaking countries, but often from Finland, Poland, the USA, the UK etc.

With what sort of mindset do you enter WLC, do you set yourself specific goals you’d like to achieve in terms of skills?

For the most part I’d simply like to improve – generally speaking, with everything I do without any specific goals. It’s a lot about overcoming fears. In that respect, my aim is to progress just a little – baby steps. But it always ends up being a massive leap forwards. Sometimes I set myself goals for a specific day, for instance at the last camp in Stuttgart. All of a sudden I just really wanted to be able to drop in on a ramp, even though I’d only ridden a skateboard a couple of times before then. In the few weeks prior I wouldn’t even have dreamed of that. But almost as soon as the goal was set, I had smashed it. Christine from the WLC crew prepped me extremely well with some progressions and encouraged me to just do it. She gave me a helping hand 3-4 times and was so stoked when I finally managed to do it on my own.

How would you evaluate your progress over the years?

Hm, I tend to be quite modest so I’m cautious to comment on my own progress. What I can say without a doubt is that I feel so much safer on my board after each camp. However, there are days when it simply flows and then there are days, or at least hours, where you feel like you can’t do anything right. If you then change just a little something – unfortunately you often don’t realise what it is that’s going wrong – at least that’s how it goes for me, which is why I am then very grateful for the crew’s advice and tips – it all goes swimmingly again. I notice that all of a sudden I have the confidence to try things on my board which until recently seemed just impossible and so far away. Also, I’ve never been as proud of myself as I have been after my first few hours on a skateboard, and that really means something.

WLC rider interview – Simone Brutsche

What do you benefit most from at WLC and how do these experiences translate into other areas of your life?

I’ve had ignorant comments like “Jeez, you’re a 30 year old woman, skating is for little boys!” on several occasions. Accordingly, I’ve felt somewhat uncomfortable in public. You meet so many like-minded people of a similar age at the camp that you walk away with a very different type of self-confidence. Because you considerably improve your skills and develop more confidence, you move differently on the road – both on and off the board. I also notice that capoeira and board sports complement each other well. Due to capoeira my balance is above average I would say; skating also contributes to this and I think that this also gives me an edge at capoeira. The social element has also triggered quite something in me: I feel more at ease to get chatting to strangers, especially other skaters, and am generally more open.
Womens-only events are often associated with bitchiness etc. At WLC however we witness time and time again how total strangers from all ages and walks of life become friends within a short amount of time.

What’s your experience with this and what do you put this down to?

Personally I’ve never experienced any form of bitchiness at any of the camps I’ve been to. Sure, depending on how many girls there are, you spend more time with some than with others, but ultimately we are one big family. When the workshop groups are mixed up, it’s always really nice to see how everybody’s in such a good mood and you grow really fond of each other even though you may struggle to remember all the names. As I said before, by now some really good friendships have formed and you share more than just this hobby. You make plans for the year, such as attending the next camp together for example. To me the good vibe is down to the fact that we’re all in the same boat so to speak, there is a mutual understanding of where everybody’s at and riders of different levels support each other – it’s rewarding to pass on that knowledge. You gladly accept tips from the more advanced riders and it’s always so nice how everyone is so genuinely stoked on others’ achievements. It forges a really strong bond. Maybe it also helps that we’re all of the same kind so to speak and not really the type of girly girl who doesn’t like to get dirty.

WLC rider interview – Simone Brutsche

Would you sign up to a mixed camp?

Yes, I’d be quite curious and I’d like to give that a go. Because there’s not really that much going on in the longboard scene my town, I mostly ride with younger guys. Again there are no issues breaking the ice and you just support each other.

Let’s talk about overcoming fears through action and extreme sports. How do you deal with that?

This is indeed a big deal for me. It mainly happens in your head and you’re often your own worst enemy by not trusting yourself to do something and therefore limiting your possibilities. By now I have such faith in the WLC crew, if they tell me that I’m ready to try a new trick or something, I’ll just give it a go. Often you get obsessed with fear and it’s mind over matter if you think about it too much. Therefore I go with the just do it approach.

Last but not least – is there anything else you’d like to say on this subject?

I’ve already said so much…in any case I hope that there will be many more camps! It’s such a great initiative and many women don’t have this supportive environment to keep going in such a male-dominated sport. The camps have given me such a big push and also strengthened my confidence on the board, I wish all other WLC riders the same.

WLC rider interview – Simone Brutsche

Thanks so much Simone! We are super stoked on this, and it’s feedback like yours that keeps us amped when the going gets tough every now and again. We cannot wait to see you and our other rad WLC riders in France next month! We still have some spaces available so if you’re feeling radically spontaneous, come and join us!

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Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

The 4th edition of Izdebki Camp happened in the second weekend of July, with a pirate theme and loads of activities for the participants. This year’s edition featured 2 days of freeriding, a race day, timed runs, a slide jam & best trick contest and also a mini ramp session with generous prizes for the winners. As this was not enough, to keep the party going, riders also enjoyed a concert of three bands and off the hook parties with a drink called Bimber!

Read through the words of Arjan Koek, the chill and tallest Dutch skater we know and get his insight on what went down at Izdebki camp, Release the Kraken edition.

Fire away, Arjan!


Izdebki camp 2016 report by Arjan Koek

Ahoy land lovers and scallywags! This is a mighty tale about the serpentine road of Izdebki, where every year us pirates come and fight the Kraken arrrrgg! We are armed with wooden planks, loads of ale and fireworks and we charge the hill fighting the beast! Arrrgggg … A pirate life for me!

Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

Izdebki Camp is a freeride located in the beautiful hills of Poland, in a small village called Izdebki. The whole event was organized by Alternative Longboards and although the track wasn’t the most challenging, the pavement was very good and grippy, the corners were wide and had flow, so big pack runs and blasting down the road was the main priority even for beginners!

Before the freeride, I got the chance to visit the Alternative Longboards HQ, where I had an impressive tour of their factory and even heard some of their yummy secrets. If was awesome to see how dedicated they are to making top quality products and caring for the development and improving their technology to make great longboards, done by awesome skaters.

We arrived at Izdebki Camp on Friday evening, parked our car and walked up to an impressive mansion to get in line for the inscription. The atmosphere was chill and the beer was already flowing. The same day we had a slide jam as the start for the amazing weekend. The friendly slide session featured a longest slide contest, hands down and no hands, the most creative slide and other activities that got us warmed up and gave us a chance to meet the other riders.

Izdebki camp: Release The Kraken 2016

On Saturday morning, a little after 9 o’clock we started the first run. The shuttles and start were easy going, the sun was shining and there was no limit on the size of the pack that could start the run. We got six runs in before the rain came, but at least that gave us time to have a lunch break as my legs were already killing me. We continued skating soon after, as the road dried up and enabled us to enjoy the track until 4 pm.

After the freeride the fun wasn’t over. Chilling and grilling came into play as well as a game called longboard jousting. Yes, you heard it right, two guys skating towards each other while trying to knock out the other skater off his board, using a big beam of wood and a boxing glove duck taped to the end to keep it ”safe” haha. This wildly entertaining game brought forth the winner, my buddy Jerom Geunens.

A mini ramp session followed, with a best combo and best trick contest. I managed to take home the win for best combo, so this was my favorite game of them all.

The friendly competition didn’t stop there, as later we watched four teams of pirates on little rafts battle each other with fireworks on the lake right next to the mansion. To wild to be true, but it actually happened – only on Izdebki! They rounded up all the survivors, brought out the rum and ale and the party was lit late into the night.

The last day, on Sunday the 10th, we enjoyed another sunny day with people riding the track in bigger packs. The vibe of the freeride was perfect and I really didn’t want for it to be over. At the end of the day, my legs decided to skip the uphill push race and because of the long drive back home, I missed the death race. I later saw the footage and pictures and it looked like it was epic, check them out for yourself!

I am now back home and can legitimately say that Izdebki Camp was a blast! I would also like to thank everyone involved in the organization for making it super fun for everybody to attend. It was awesome .. arrrrrgggg!

For everyone who couldn’t make it, check out my pirate edit and photos from my girlfriend and talented photographer Natalia Mielniczuk and get stoked for next years edition of Izdebki Camp!

Video & Edit: Arjan Koek
Photos by: Natalia Mielniczuk Photography / www.natalia-mielniczuk.com

Tregaron Freeride 2016

Tregaron Freeride 2016 / Photo Jack Patten

Video: Tregaron Freeride 2016 – Brianne Collective / Newton’s Shred Longboard Shop

When the European scene imagines skating in the United Kingdom most ponder on a lack of hills, heavy rain and a scene lacking in downhill orientation. Tregaron Freeride 2016 too was expected to turn out in such a way; with no good footage from the year before , a forecast for heavy rain and only about 75 signed up things were not looking good. However in a odd turn of events a weekend of sun met the fresh faced riders with fast uplifts and no real time limit meaning skating ended when riders were tired.

Tregaron Freeride 2016 / Photo by J Patten Photography

Tregaron Freeride (based in West Wales and run by the Brianne Collective) is a small scale simple freeride which 3 aims; Bring the UK downhill scene together, provide a safe and competitive race and provide as much as 70 freeride runs in a weekend.

Cam Deegan and I started setting up the hill with the installation of the mini ramp (lovingly nicknamed the Jank Ramp by the riders) and spent the night sleeping in the comfort of the uplift van. Rain Pursued us continually and with Sion Hughes and Ry Swanton joining us the weather was bringing high spirits down. Once riders arrived that evening small groups caught up after a month or so from the last event. Old faces like Oli Slaughter and Josh Monk appeared and shared stories and wise words until the early hours of the morning.

We all awoke to a cold morning but were soon warmed by the mysterious orb of light from the sky. Uplifts started once riders were awoken and huge pack runs ensued. As a hill Tregaron features two hairpins and three straights where drafting tactics make racing fun. At around 4pm our own no hand down race (stand up and squat slides only) started with Alfie Lewis seen as a favourite. However gym goer Luke Batchelor used his new found gains for the better and was able to grasp a victory.

In the evening we were hosted by the lovely Y talbot hotel where riders consumed vast quantities of a very edible Lasange. Crumble (a traditional English dessert) followed and racing plans were read to their riders as hungry stomachs were filled. Racing the next day proved to be hugely competitive. Only about 2 top UK riders were missing on their travels to Romania and the open bracket was filled with probably the best 48 UK riders from the last few years.

Once riders had been seeded into their brackets heats were completely stacked with evenly matched competitors all chasing BDSL points and bragging rights. Fair and close racing was had but with points going off to the British Downhill Skateboarding League competition was high and passes (a few on the sketchy side) were made.

The British Downhill Skateboarding League is a collaborative project aimed at raising the standard of UK racing by collating points from all the separate outlaws and closed road events. Currently Pete Connolly (OG heavy hitting rider) sits at the top but points are close and there are still many fixtures to come.

Tregaron Freeride 2016 / Photo by J Patten Photography

In the final Pete Connolly and Van Stone (both footbreaking) were able to break ahead of Bodhi Keen and Ras Sarunas and hold the lead until the end. As the day came towards the end most looked exhausted and riders started to drift towards leaving.

Tregaron Freeride 2016 / Photo by J Patten Photography

We grabbed some opinions from the Open winner – Pete Connolly and the Women’s race Winner – Hermione Pearson:

Not many things make me as happy as a closed road with uplifts. Brianne Collective run a tight ship, meaning no disappointment regarding the number of runs. The event is well organised whilst still retaining a really nice chilled vibe. I’ve only ever visited Wales for downhill skateboarding events, but I love the landscape and it’s been cool to see their spots and try different hills. It’s a great place to learn and improve. The opportunity to push your own limits, without car fear, whilst riding close but comfortably with familiar faces is one of the best parts. Im hesitant to say it, but the challenge of navigating complete strangers and having to react quickly when you can’t predict their riding style is actually starting to grow on me too. I love seeing the overall standard of riding rising every time I go to an event and there’s a real satisfaction in making progress when going back to spots you’ve skated a long time ago.
Big thanks to everyone who works relentlessly to make these things happen! ~ Hermione Pearson

The British Downhill Skateboard League’s (BDSL) Tregaron National Race was the best race UKDH has seen! The whole event was contained on a private road and had great facilities including a mini-ramp! Uplifts were fast and running on a loop road, Brianne Collective are getting slick at their event organisation…. events like this help grow the DH scene in the UK and sharpen all the riders, there are so many fast guys of all ages in the UK now that it blows my mind! ~ Pete Connolly

All in all it was lovely too see everyone before we all head our separate ways for the summer. Although the UK scene is small the downhill scene is tight knit with riders nearly all good friends. Our hills may mostly be around a mile or under (except for a few quiet gems) but the enthusiasm most have in the scene makes up for it. The UK skate companies are nearly all on the ground supporting events not only by putting money behind them but by attending too. As wise brands known if you nurture the roots the tree will grow. We have so much to thank the brands which support Tregaron Freeride for.

We would like to thank:

BTR Leathers
Cult Wheels
Vandem Boardshop
Sabre Trucks
Lush Longboards
Area One Boards
Slide Perfect Wheels
Newton’s Shred Longboard Shop
Octane Sport
Arbor Skateboards
Sector 9 Europe
Boardlogic Skateboards
Seismic Skate

We would also like to thank the race director who was responsible for the smoothness the races ran under: Dan Shinnie of Boardlogic.

Photos: J Patten Photography

Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 Daily Updates & Live Videos

Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016 Day #4 – Race day & Results

Welcome to Sector 9 Almabtrieb 2016

The Master Championship from Outer Space returns this year bigger and more challenging then ever. Organised by the BIGMOUNTAINSKATE crew,  Sector 9 Almabtrieb IDF WCQ race will be held on one of the fastest tracks in the circuit, high up in the Austrian alps, from July 13th till 16th, 2016. Around 180 downhill skateboarders (stand-up only) will battle down the 3.8 km long track hitting the speeds over 100kph and the fastest will take home the unmatchable title of the “Almabtrieb Champion 2016”.

Keep this tab open and check back daily for video and photo recaps, published straight from the event by Mihael Zadravec, Nadia Hozić and Alex Ireton.


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SektorF skating – Give back to the community and spread the stoke

SektorF Skating Crew Feature

If you’ve ever been a participant at a longboard event, especially a freeride, then you had the pleasure of enjoying some quality time with likeminded people with the same passion for our beloved sport. But why do so only on organised events, when you can do it on a day to day basis?

Meet the SektorF Skating Crew

A crew from the Bavarian forest in Germany, SektorF Skating are setting a good example for everybody in our community by promoting and growing the sport in their region. Although the scene there is quite small and involve mostly young people, that doesn’t kill their stoke.

SektorF Skating Crew

SektorF Skating Crew, from left to right :
Markus Penzkofer, Christoph Lipp, Julia Morgenstern, Richard Enzmann, Lukas Nürnberger, Philipp Hastreiter, Stefan Hari John, Moritz Wein and Nikolas Raith.

Their recent adventures involved bringing back a small skate park to their hometown, organising three skate festivals on their local tow lift and an outlaw race.

As that is only the beginning, they also plan on doing skate courses and an outlaw series, similar to the one in Freiburg, this autumn. If everything goes as planned, their agenda for the nearest future involves also a proper race next year or in the years to come.

Check out their latest video with Christoph Lipp, German junior champion for 2015 and team rider for Talwärts Boardshop Zwiesel, G.O.D. and Icone.

We have to give some major kudos to the crew as they are really doing something they love and spread the stoke amongst other skaters or skaters to be. Their mentality is that everybody can do it, so they do it too in their region.

SektorF Skating Crew at skatepark

The fact: SektorF skating crew got their name by a former military reconnaissance complex, used during the cold war on the mountain called “Hohenbogen”.

If you wish to get to know them a little better, then visit their Facebook page, give them a like and be on the lookout for their next adventure. Also check out their videos on Vimeo, pics on Instagram and get stoked!

Transylvania Downhill 2016 Event Report

Transylvania Downhill 2016 / Photo by Adrian Crapciu

Romania just had its first international downhill event, and we simply can’t wait for the next one.

“How about Transylvania?” read the message that I found in my inbox after coming back from Bigmountainskate’s Alpenrauschen freeride. I hadn’t heard anything about the event yet, but a quick look at the website told me enough; a fun looking track leading up to a ski resort, complete with a gondola and accommodation in the resort’s hotels.

TRANSYLVANIA DOWNHILL 2016 / PHOTO: ADRIAN CRAPCIU
Transylvania Downhill 2016 / Photo by Adrian Crapciu

Two weeks later I stepped off a plane in Cluj-Napoca, a city in the heart of Romania from where I hitched a ride to Straja for the very first edition of Transylvania Downhill.

TRANSYLVANIA DOWNHILL 2016 / PHOTO: ADI SOR
Transylvania Downhill 2016 / Photo by Adi Sor

The riders got set up in three hotels directly at the top of the track, next to the gondola’s top station. The hotels were well-equipped, with on suite bathrooms for every room and both breakfast and dinner included in the riders package. Noise was also not a problem, as the party area was a bit down the track, in the first corner.

TRANSYLVANIA DOWNHILL 2016 / PHOTO: MITROI ANDREI
Transylvania Downhill 2016 / Photo by Mitroi Andrei

On my first run, it became clear to me pretty quickly that I had been wrong about the track. ‘Fun looking’ is definitely not the way to describe this 7 kilometers long monster, while the race was held on it’s most challenging section stretching down to 4.5 kilometers.

The straights launch you into some seriously tight sweepers, of which some are followed by hairpins that drop up to 2 meters to spit you out with a load of exit speed for the next straight.

It seems to never end, and when it does, you’re back up within 15 minutes because the gondola is just a short walk through the woods away. Ludwig Forss apparently managed to hammer down 16 runs in one day, a number any organizer can be proud of, especially when the track is as long as this one.

The track is probably the best closed road I’ve ever skated, with a perfect balance between fast- and technical sections leaving you wanting more as soon as you arrive at the bottom.

TRANSYLVANIA DOWNHILL 2016 / PHOTO: BOGDAN BLENDEA
Transylvania Downhill 2016 / Photo by Bogdan Blendea

Racing on this track was definitely a challenge. The race was held on a 4.5 kilometers long section of the track which, although shorter, is still more than long enough to make your legs hurt after tucking through it. The sweepers also get really tight when racing gets close, which makes it important to make your overtakes at the right moment.

Sebastian Hertler, Andreas Mangold, Ludwig Forss, and Anders Inde rode a tight final, with Hertler taking first, Inde second, Forss third and Mangold fourth.

After the race, the boys from Astronaut Soundsystem threw an amazing rave-like party with a huge soundsystem. People partied till sunrise, fueled by the locals’ homemade palinka schnapps and stoke that had accumulated over the last two days.

TRANSYLVANIA DOWNHILL 2016 / PHOTO: CRISTIAN STERN
Transylvania Downhill 2016 / Photo by Cristian Stern

It’s amazing to see how a close-knit group of friends all pull together to make an event like this happen. Over 30 volunteers helped to make everything run smoothly, and although there were some minor hiccups, I have an endless amount of respect for the crew.

There haven’t been any Events in Romania on this scale, and none of the organizers have been to an event this size. To run your first event without having any examples of how things should be done is a big gamble, but it paid off. I had a great event and will definitely be coming back next year.

See you all next year! ~Robert Cornelis

Wolzen Bolzen Freeride 2016 Annuncement

Wolzen Bolzen 2016 Freeride

A new event announcement just popped up on the horizon and it’s a freeride in Switzerland! For all of you who are familiar with the beauty that is Switzerland, you will not be surprised that Wolzen Bolzen offers not only a fun road to skate but also a scenic ride.

Wolzen Bolzen 2016 Freeride

This year’s Wolzen Bolzen downhill skateboard freeride will take place on the 1st and 2nd of October in Nesslau-Krummenau, Switzerland. Riders will be able to enjoy a nice 5.5 km long road, unlimited chairlift shuttles and a camping place conveniently placed next to the party tent on the top of the track.

If I tickled your interest, than be on the lookout for the registration that opens on the 14th of August at 12:00 MEZ. You can sign up via Freerides.org. Riders limit is set at 130 so make sure to grab your spot on time. The price is 100,00 CHF (currently 92,14 Euro).

For more info about the Wolzen Bolzen freeride visit www.wolzenbolzen.ch.

Watch the Wolzen Bolzen 2014 video



KnK Longboard Camp 2016 presented by Kebbek Skateboards

KnK Longboard Camp 2016 presented by Kebbek Skateboards

The first KnK Longboard Camp was organised back in 2009 and has been setting records as one of the most “talked about” freerides in Europe since it was moved to the Bear’s Guts track in 2011. This year’s KnK Longboard Camp presented by Kebbek Skateboards returns with two six days freerides, including the Red Bull No Paws Down race at the first and the Cult Single Set Survivors race at the second week.

KnK Longboard Camp 2016 presented by Kebbek Skateboards

Introductory

Before I get started with all the event details, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who had fun with us at Bear’s Guts so far and everyone who is joining us for the first time this year.

When we organised the KnK for the first time in 2009, I never thought that it will become a worldwide recognised freeride with such a big impact on the European downhill skateboarding community. This would have never been possible without the awesome people like yourself. So, thank you very much and I’m looking forward to see you all very soon 🙂

This year’s KnK Longboard Camp 2016 presented by Kebbek Skateboards will once again be a BigMountainSkate partner event and if you’re joining us for the first time, here’s all of the event details. Just in case if you have any questions left unanswered, write them in a comment section below and I will reply as soon as posible.

Ok, let’s get down with it 🙂

About the Bear’s Guts track

There’s a good reason why Bear’s Guts is one of the best freeride tracks in our part of the World.

Gallery: Aerial shots by Felix Rupitsch and Florian Wagner.

KnK Longboard Camp features a 4 kilometers long road carved into a beautiful mountain in the wildest part of Slovenia, near a small town called Osilnica. It’s packed with 18 hairpins which are up to 10 meters wide, so there’s a lot of room to play around with your slides.

The Bear’s Guts has one of the smoothest pavements you’ll find around and there’s no pavement changes from start till finish, which makes it great for learning and improving your freeride skills. The top speed you might hit on the Bear’s Guts is around 80+ km/h and the steepest grade is 14 percent.

The Bear’s Guts is a very demanding track, but beginners are also welcome to join us. You’ll need to know how to perform at least one slide to get down the Bear’s Guts “safely” and you’ll have 6 days to learn the rest. The main idea behind this event is to be able to skate that amazing road for a week and progress as much as you would in a couple of months of shredding your local spots.

Required and recommended protection gear

At KnK Longboard Camp, a leather suit is not required, but it’s highly recommended for beginners. The only required protection gear is a full-face helmet and slide gloves. Although the knee and elbow pads are optional, you might want to consider wearing them, as well as a back protector.

Gallery: Action shots by Villing Chong.

Riders limit and registration

There are two editions of KnK Longboard Camp each year. The huge track, experienced crew and flawless organisation allows KnK to take in 250 riders per event (week).

Camping is included in the price and you’ll need to take care of the food and drinks yourself. Registration has already started, so make sure to join while you still can.

Accommodation

As I mentioned, camping is included in the price, as well as the warm showers and toilette facilities in the hotel. If you want to rent a room, you have to book it early via the Hotel Kovač website.

Gallery: Aerial shots by Felix Rupitsch and Florian Wagner.

You can rent a single or a double room for around 30 to 35 Euros per night or a bed in a dorm for 18 Euros per night. If you’re traveling with a camper, you can hook up to electricity but you’ll need your own cable.

Food and drinks at KnK Longboard Camp

You’ll need to walk only 5 minutes to get to the nearest and only store in the village where you can get some food for breakfast. That’s a great alternative to a bit more costly offer at Hotel Kovač, which is usually 5 Euros for all you can eat (sausages, fried eggs, yogurt, pancakes, toast sandwich with ham and cheese, fresh fruit, croissants, coffee or tea, etc).

At KnK the track runs from 11am till 6pm without stopping, but you can take a break from skating and get your lunch right there on the spot.

At KnK the track runs from 11am till 6pm without stopping, but you can take a break from skating and get your lunch at the start (on the track). You can choose from grilled meat, kebab, falafel and similar and the prices stretch from 3 to 4 Euros.

After a full day of skating, you can have a dinner at the Hotel Kovač for a discounted price of 6.5 Euros. You’ll be served with a three course meal (soup, salad, main meal and possibly a desert). Vegans and vegetarians are covered as well. While you’re at it, you can also grab a cool beer for 2.20 Euros.

How to pack for KnK Longboard Camp

Since KnK Longboard Camp is a six days long event, you’ll have to pack a bit more stuff. Usually it gets hot up on the track and you’ll sweat a lot, so make sure you have enough t-shirts, socks and underwear – at least two pieces per day.

Pack a sweater for the evening hangouts at the party place too. Nights are not cold, but there’s a lot of humidity in the air. Weather got a bit sketchy in the past couple of years, so you might want to pack for the rain as well. Just like for Alpenrauschen, I’ll grab an extra pair of shoes.

Don’t forget your swimming suit, because there’s a nice river flowing next to the campsite where you can refresh yourself in the morning and show off your water jumping skills in the late afternoon. I would also recommend to have a gazebo tent if you want to enjoy some shade in the campsite since it’s placed on an open field.

Other than that, if you’re camping, you’ll obviously need your own tent and other camping gear, like a flash light, sleeping bag etc.

Red Bull No Paws Down @ #KNK2016 Week #1

This summer at KNK we’re proud to announce that Rob & Maga McWhinnie are coming back to Bear’s Guts with their bad-ass Red Bull No Paws Down race.

Racers have to make their way down the steep twisting track using stand up slides for braking. With hairpins & speeds up to 80 Km/h (50 mph) it’s truly a show of skill & nerve from riders from all levels. If you put your hands down, you’re out!

The race will be held on July 30th (the last day of Week #1) and during the race freeride will run as usual, so even if you’re not racing, you’ll still get a full day of skating.

The last year’s champion Ian Freire is coming back to defend his title, as well as Dominic Schenk who placed second is already registered for both weeks and ready to take home 1k Euros prize money.

Cult Single Set Survivors @ #KNK2016 Week #2

Doesn’t it suck when you race and don’t have enough wheels to change them every run, but others do? For sure it does. That’s why Nadim and I decided to organise a fun race where riders are allowed to skate the whole race with only one set of wheels of their choice.

A big thank you goes to Cult Wheels for supporting the idea and sponsoring with wheels. Racers will have an option to get a set of Cult wheels for a small fee of 20 Euros which will contribute towards money prize fund. Whether they’re going to use the Cult or some other wheels for the race, it’s totally up to rider’s choice.

Last year Matt Elver swept the first place with the longest board on the track, the Hackbrett Wasser. Here’s a video of the final run shot by Alexander “Alextiki” Frischauf.


#KNK2016 Partners

A big THANK YOU goes to our partners as well.

KnK Longboard Camp 2016 Sponsors


How to join Kebbek KnK Longboard Camp

To register, visit the KnK registration page and submit the registration form.

Who & Where to follow

We will share more cool stuff about Kebbek KnK via our Instagram profile @longboardmagazine.eu. Stay on track with us on Facebook page Longboard Magazine, and of course, the KnK Longboard Camp event page.

That’s it, folks! I’m looking forward to see you all soon on the Bear’s Guts!

Newton’s Shred Podcast Episode #010 Ft. Jooz Hughes “It’s ruined me a little bit” (+ #009)

Newton’s Shred Podcast Episode #010 Ft. Jooz Hughes

Back in early June I found myself amongst the Austrian Alps, having survived yet another edition of the Alpenrauschen Freeride by BIGMOUNTAINSKATE.

It’s there that Jooz Hughes and I sat down to have a nice long chat about his travels, outlook on skating and life in general, as well as shooting the breeze.

At just over 1 hour long, this show works best in an audio format, so you can listen on your phone / tablet / car stero or even laptop computer if you like.

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You can subscribe to the show on iTunes (iOS / MAC / PC), follow it on SoundCloud, and listen to it on Stitcher (Android / iOS).

As well as watch the video version if you have the time, subscribe on YouTube and like our page on Facebook.

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The great thing about podcasts is that you can do something else while listening;

  • Like on your way to college or work
  • While you’re taking apart a setup
  • Or while doing chores around the house

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Footjob Productions – Interracial porn or how modern skateboarding can be

Footjob Productions – Interracial porn

“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too” – Voltaire

A couple of years ago it was way more common, to see gravity bikes, street luges, classic luges or downhill blades sharing roads. The reasons for the, I dare to say, extinction of diverse riding is for me not to answer. I want to turn the spot lights straight onto the other side of the medal. People seem to enjoy the mixed way of striking down a street again. Altogether, merciless smashing.

The girls and boys from Footjob Productions and MHW Cube Racing Team poured some downhill riders in a bowl, each one with a whole different way of riding.

Be aware, the “Swiss Break” is coming back more than you ever thought, it is not disgraceful doing footbrakes, hell NO, you are different, do it. Anyone is performing stand up’s, diversity is what rules and make things interesting.

Then they chucked some crazy as MTB – riders into the bowl and mixed it up well.

Outcome is a fast, hectic mash up of unusual movements paired with a lot of fun. I felt it, hope u feel it. These guys must have had a hell of a day.
By the way, the MTB’s didn’t take the shuttle!

Footjob Productions is a bunch of nation-overlapping people, from Spain over France to Germany, who just enjoy the enjoyment of sharing the road. It’s not about craziest, not about fastest, not about most perfect riding, it’s all about the passion the feel for each other.

Damn guys, this is how skating should be! 10 outta 10!

Watch the video

Riders: Ruben Schray, Jan Scherer, Miguel Hahn, Sam Weber and Pasc Heil.

Authors note:
Who has the finger on the music control button? This is as weird as German music.