With 128 people qualifying for the 2017 Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship on Friday and some of the world’s best freeriders competing, we were sure to have a competitive race on Saturday.
In the semi finals title contenders Brandon DesJarlais and Ian Freire put their paws down leaving Patrick Lombardi and ROCKET longboards team rider Dominic Schenk to fight it out in the final.
Patrick stayed in front all the way until the 17th corner where he messed up his slide and was passed by Dominic Schenk who took home 1000 euros first place money prize.
Patrick took 2nd and Till Heiden and Iacopo Barbieri shared 3rd place on the Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship podium.
One of the best aspects of KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp is the endless runs on the track. Here is how Emily Pross described it this morning:
I have skated so much over the past week, here at KnK, I have blisters at the bottom of my feet.
The hill, featuring 18 hairpins and a 4km length is enough to tire even the best of riders.
To help riders stay refreshed, fresh slices of watermelon awaited on corner 18 and all the KebbeK Skateboards Shuttle Buses featured full air conditioning to cool them down.
To end the day KnK Camp is fortunate to have a beautiful river equipped with a rope swing at the end of the campsite which is visited daily.
The first week of KnK Longboard Camp has also been a hectic week of partying, Tom Boerman summed it up pretty well:
I love KnK because it always has such a relaxed vibe as well as a different party every single night.
Nights under the stars and beside the fire are routine here.
This weeks parties have included the infamous KebbeK Skateboards Wheel of Misfortune with the addition of their new Fun Factory challenges, Landyachtz Longboards Dinghy A Day, a ZublimE rap concert and the Slovenian Hillbilly With A Chainsaw band.
The crowd moved to ZublimE’s beats as he dropped his skate themed raps while Hillbilly With A Chainsaw brought a completely different angle to the party that went on until the early hours.
We have had a wonderful Week 1 of KebbeK Skateboards KnK Longboard Camp 2017 and look forward to welcoming around 200 riders for Week #2. We would like to thank all the sponsors that make this event possible.
After four days of intensive riding on the Bear’s Guts, riders have been re-energised by more sunny weather, daily challenges and a vivid evening party with the KebbeK Wheel of Misfortune.
Besides the commotion and excitement at the party area, the four kilometres long track featuring 18 hairpins, 2 longer straights and hidden bonus sweepers wore down riders wheels and their legs. A huge crew of 17 course marshals keep the track policed while two ambulances were ready to provide assistance and patch up road rashes.
In between the 11 runs we did today, skaters chilled at the top and walked around the pop-up skate village where they could enjoy some tech talk with the board manufacturers behind KebbeK Skateboards (Joey) and ROCKET Longboards. At the bottom they could treat themselves to nice fresh slices of watermelon and think about their lines.
The KebbeK Skateboards Wheel of Misfortune is something else: a crudely built, badly painted wheel spun by unlucky contestants who then have to face up to tasks prepared by Joey Bidner and Sebastian Schneider.
Last night Tom Campbell, a member of our crew, fell victim to the wheel and was forced to change a set of wheels while Joey and Schneider rubbed onions in his eyes. The other contestants found themselves with boards taped to their bodies, beers taped to their hands or even eating whole lemons for some nice goodies, decks and wheels.
Yesterday selected riders had their legs and arms taped together for a bunny hopping race. Out of the five hopping riders, three fell and one lucky contestant managed to make it to the finish line and claim his prize.
The day before we had a hippy jump contest which of course the dutch freestyle experts won; Sickboards team rider Robbert Van Haaften took away the Dinghy and is ready to race it down the track on the last day of the first week with the other winners.
To keep the fun going, KebbeK also produced a new game called the KebbeK Fun Factory. Teams of two must collect points by carrying out tasks on video and submitting the video evidence to Joey.
The tasks include things like writing fanboy poems and reciting them on stage, skating down the Bear’s Guts in their underwear and amongst other things chugging beer. What keeps the teams pumped up are the grand prizes of a free ticket to Bela Joyride and next year’s KnK Longboard Camp.
The last few days of the event have been packed with so much excitement but the big show is still yet to come. We have the KebbeK Go Tuck Yourself race tonight, the ZublimE concert tomorrow night and the Red Bull No Paws Down 2017 World Championship on Saturday.
With the past winners coming back to defend their title and new competitors hungry for the money prize, the race will surely keep the spectators and riders stoke levels up.
For all of you who couldn’t be here with us, be sure to tune in for the Longboard Magazine’s livestream on our Facebook page for a first row seat of the action!
We are a third into this years KnK Longboard Camp with 2 sunny days on the track. A fresh batch of riders arrived this morning onto the hill, some still recovering from hangovers from Kozakov world cup.
Although the weather looked questionable at sunrise the clouds broke to a sunny day with riders pouring down the hill. Only at the very end of the day did we see rain showers, by which point riders were tired. However the rain did not stop the energy of the event; the stoke level remained high and the runs fast.
Currently a few of the more race orientated riders like Emily Pross and Alex Dehmel are pushing ahead and rallying the course while the Worlds top freeriders are not far behind nailing the course stand up.
Rob & Maga McWinnie have arrived to prepare for their Red Bull No Paws Down race and excitement is building for the ultimate battle of skills.
Awesome times are being had and the spirit among the riders is high. Mirko Paoloni is busy filming and captured some awesome footage. Over the years at KnK Longboard Camp riders have been continually pushing it, going faster and pulling off even more ridiculous slides and this year is no exception.
One of the continuing spirits of the event is the large family feeling. With riders coming from as far as Russia, Canada, Australia, South Africa and South America we are still as stoked to be the meeting place of this large international family.
Riders from the age of 11 and up rally the hill alongside the older KnK veterans all looking for a week or two’s escape from reality. KnK provides just that with parties every night, meals together and a caring attitude among all the riders.
Joey Bidner from Kebbek comes back every year and professes to his love for unlimited runs at KnK.
I mean for us (KebbeK) its the best event in the world. No other event has so many riders interacting with each other in a safe space for a week Joey Bidner
Check out KebbeK’s 25th Anniversary board series here.
As we move into the evening the sun is shining yet again and riders are enjoying food at Hotel Kovač. Tonight we look forward to the party and the Slivo in the party area with bright thoughts of summer skating in our minds.
Brandon DesJarlais, Arthur Friedrich Schmidt, Dominic Schenk, Ian Freire and Fionn Kraft mobbing down the Bear’s Guts track at last year’s KnK Longboard Camp. No hype, as real as it gets to be. Filmed by Rob McWhinnie and edited by me, Mihael Zadravec.
Fun fact about this video is thatat first the camera was not set up properly and video is blurry as you can see from the video. Luckily, Brandon noticed this and mentioned it to Rob, who adjusted the lens. Great catch, Brandon 🙂
The 2017 KebbeK Skateboards board collection consists of 10 board models, hand painted in-house with a custom, limited edition formula of opalescent paint. As a result, the boards provide a colourful visual show, transforming right in front of your eyes.
Besides the great look and feel, the paint job also provides scratch resistance making the mentioned eye candy last longer.
Here is a workflow preview of the KebbeK crew preparing every single longboard in Montreal, Canada.
And because the history behind KebbeK involves a tight knit crew of friends and skaters, they continue to support team riders as well as communities around the globe, with humanitarian projects like “Cuban Links” being a staple in their recent work.
Since their beginning, KebbeK riders merge their personalities and different perspectives and create a unique vibe and atmosphere as the boards they skate on. And because a brand is nothing without their team, we decided to introduce the pro model decks of Benjamin Dubreuil, Emanuele Daigle, Raphael Therrien, Juergen Gritzner and Isac Printz.
In 2016 KebbeK introduced three redesigned board collections, including pro model decks of their team riders. It was no surprise that Ben’s model was amongst them. This year his board is still a part of the collection unchanged but flashing a new opalescent look.
Ben Dub has been with KebbeK since 2008 and he’s described as a man of mystery. When he’s not enjoying living off the grid with his dog, he’s up for fast lines, cutting alleys and hopping over obstacles, and his pro model is made for just that.
Living free of boundaries and skating everything you come across in your daily life was the inspiration behind his pro model.
This directional downhill/freeride deck includes a fat tail and a varying wheelbase of 23.8″ to 27″, with a total length of 38″ and a width of 9.75″.
With a 0.5 inch rocker, a micro drop, flushmounts and a 9ply construction of, what else than Canadian maple, the board provides a simple but effective shape, perfect for exploring the wilderness.
Ben already put his board to the test and like every year, he found some other fun uses for it besides skateboarding.
As the newest pro team rider at KebbeK, Raphael a.k.a. Crafty from Montreal, got his own deck model this year. Formerly known as the Top Mount 36 introduced back in 2001, the board changed it’s name and look for this year’s season.
His deck is 36″ long and 9.5″ wide and has multiple wheelbase options ranging from 24″ to 25.75″. The wide platform and the concave offer freedom of foot placement making it playful for everyday skating and experimenting with your stance.
The boards also received an overhaul last year, that is why the Raphael Therrien pro model now features a rocker, 0.5 micro drop, flushmounts, deep wheel wells and a nifty kick tail which you can pop over anything.
Emma’s pro model deck stands for the same things she does. As an avid traveller with a great connection with nature, Emma is known for her nomad lifestyle. This is also the reason her downhill deck is designed to tackle any condition and is small and light enough to fit a traveling lifestyle.
With a 33.5″ length and 9.5″ width, the small, jet comfortable 24 to 25.5″ wheelbase includes a 0.25 inch radial drop to keep your feet comfortably locked in.
It’s 7 ply maple construction is 2 less than other pro models, but a top and bottom Fibreglass enforcement ensures its light weight and robust exterior.
One of the stars of the “Lost in Havana” documentary, the austrian skater Juergen Gritzner together with KebbeK Skateboards donated 100 of his pro model completes to kids in need, helping them start their own longboard journey.
With s similar mindset as Jurgen, his pro model deck is all about freedom of skating, foot position and mixing together different skate styles. Sharing the same dimensions with the Ben Dub pro model deck, Juergen’s stands on its own with a directional shape, a 0.5 rocker, a micro drop and flushmounts.
For more about Juergen and his pro model, check out the feature here.
And last but not least is Isac Printz. As the second newest pro rider at KebbeK Skateboards, his pro model was known as Rockin Rookie back in the day, which was released in 2008.
His deck of choice, the mentioned 38″ long and 9.8″ wide topmount longboard suits his riding style as he enjoys visiting race events and the adrenaline rush at higher speeds.
His pro model was inspired by slalom skaters and the popularity of topmount decks back in the day and with a wheelbase anywhere between 27 to 30″, this speed board is perfect for charging down epic mountain passes and fast maneuvering in tight race heats.
With their latest project, three of KebbeK team riders, Emma, Juergen and Isac, with flow rider Benjamin Sabol released their Better Weather Tour video. Filmed last year in between skate events, the team went rouge and explored the surrounding mountains in search of new experiences.
To find out more about the remaining deck models in the 2017 Limited Edition Opalescent Series, visit the KebbeK Skateboards.
The appreciation for the content we create is always a great payoff for our hard work, receiving feedback on how sick a slide was or how beautiful that picture is of you standing in front of some picturesque scene.
The following tips aren’t guaranteed to result in more followers but will allow your content to reach a broader audience.
Community Instagram pages
Certain community Instagram pages are there to share your content such as your very own “@longboardmagazine.eu“.
You submit your photos to these pages and most of the time they’ll be stoked to repost your photo, tag your sponsors or supporters and include your desired hashtags. I’ve found this is the best way to increase your reach of audience.
Let’s say your photo gets reposted by a page that hasn’t reposted your content before and even if it doesn’t get many likes, you’re reaching a whole new audience that hasn’t seen your content before, increasing your reach.
I’ll leave some other community Instagram pages at the end of this article for you to get in touch with.
Mentions and hashtags
Mentions and hashtags are one of the more important aspects of reaching an audience.
What hashtags you implement into your posts determines what sort of people you reach, popping up in their “explore” tab as a suggested profile to visit.
It should be noted that you can only put 5 mentions and 30 hashtags within one post/comment. If you attempt to put more than allowed your caption won’t be posted with your photo.
Longboard companies typically have unique hashtags that they use, which I’d suggest that you’d prioritize to show your support to those companies that support you.
I’ve also provided following hashtags which are the most recently popular “skate” and “action sport” hashtags on Instagram’s SEO which will benefit your posts as well.
How you engage with your followers is extremely important. Rather than just posting once about the event that you went to over the weekend, post on your Instagram story.
When taking a break from a run or a session, film one of your friends and @mention them in your story. Creating that vibe that you’re more than just a skater and that you’re engaging with your community.
This is also a very easy way to consistently stay in touch with your followers who will see you as more of a friend than just another longboard profile.
What catches a viewers eye?
What I’ve found that people like to see are photos that are very fun and lighthearted, this comes especially easy with event photos that includes you and a bunch of people.
Lots and smiles and good vibes makes a very engaging photo, as well as bright colours with contrasting tones to make the subject of the photo pop just that much more.
Following with the theme of consistency, you should always be developing and creating your own style. People appreciate those who let them feel involved and allow their feedback to be heard by you.
I try my best to post at least twice a week so that followers will hear from me periodically and consistently throughout the week. There’s apps such as “OnlyPult” that allow you to schedule posts and allow you to stay consistent with your posting which your audience will appreciate.
Voice and tone
How you project yourself to your audience is what I believe to be one of the most important aspects of your online image. Giving your posts a certain voice is what can set you apart from others, whether that’s outgoing and excited or humorous and witty.
Whatever it may be, I’d say to stay true to yourself. You never want somebody at an event to say “you’re a lot funnier online”, don’t put on a show online, your audience will appreciate you being yourself more than anything.
What sets you apart and makes you, you is what I believe to be the most important piece to your style. A wise man once told me that “there’s already a James Kelly and a Matt K, there’s no need to have another”.
Copying somebody’s style won’t get you anywhere if there’s already somebody much more popular doing it. Finding that niche to what sets you apart from the others will be your driving force to be different from the rest.
Most of the time it’ll happen organically like Birkenstocks, Martinelli’s and quirky socks without you realising that it’s an actual “thing”.
Some words to leave you with are to just always be true to yourself, there’s no need to create a fake online persona that isn’t really who you are. Always use social media as a tool to engage with others in order to build the community that you support and love.
I’d love if you guys would give me a follow on Instagram “@parker_schmidt”. Leave your thoughts about this article by commenting below, go out and #ridehard.
We’re already counting down the days until KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp 2017 and we hope you are as excited as we are about all the fresh things that will be going down in the small town of Osilnica in Slovenia.
Another thing we’re excited about this year is Landyachtz Longboards joining our supporters and are bringing some goodies just for those who will attend the event.
A Dinghy a Day
Thanks to Landyachtz, we’ll be giving away a Dinghy each day. It doesn’t matter which week you signed up for, you’ll get a chance to try your luck on both of them.
How you ask?
Well…we’re keeping it a secret for now, but get ready for some fun challenges and games!
After all the skating we’re going to have during the entire week, those of you who got lucky by winning a Dinghy complete will be able to participate in a Dinghy Race on the last day!
That’s right, if you win a Landyachtz Dinghy complete during the week and if you’re up for the challenge, you and the other 5 lucky winners will get a chance to race down the Bear’s Guts on your Dinghy’s in a single heat.
Why? Because it’s fun!
Know your Dinghy
If you haven’t seen a Landaychtz Dinghy in person, here are the specs to get your blood pumping and your legs tingling.
The Dinghy is a fun mini cruiser made out of 100 % Canadian Maple. Yep you heard it, there’s no plastic involved. It’s small but tough and comes in with three lengths of 24″, 26″ and 28.5″.
The 24″ and 26″ Dinghy cruisers are 6.5″ wide and have 14″ wheelbase, while the 28.5″ version measures 8″ in width and has a 14.6″ wheelbase.
You can take the Dinghy everywhere; to school, the store or to random everyday adventures – why walk, when you can skate? The deck is completed with Bear trucks and Hawgs wheels.
But cruising is not all there is to it. Watch this video to see how the Landyachtz crew put their Dinghy cruisers to work while they were on a trip in Texas…
I’ll end this article with a nice fact: Landyachtz is committed to planting one tree for each board that is purchased. A great cause we can all stand behind. Keep the fun rolling!
In April 2017 Instagram reached 700 million users and it feels like almost everyone we know is using it. Doesn’t it? Most probably you use it as well…
Some people use it just to share photos and videos with friends and family, sponsored riders to grow their personal brand and promote their sponsors, companies to promote their products and raise brand awareness as well as event organisers to promote the events and so on…
In this article, I will share with you how we manage our Instagram account @longboardmagazine.eu and which tool we use to optimise the workflow.
Interested? OK, let’s go!
Over 4k new followers in 4 months
We started our Instagram account in 2013 but we haven’t really been posting much and the number of people who followed us was quite low.
The situation changed in March this year when we decided to post more regularly and started using some cool tools to make the workflow easier, faster and more efficient.
Since then, the number of people who follow us on Instagram grew by 4000.
That’s a 1000 new followers each month.
Believe it or not, those numbers are not even that impressive. While we peaked at around +350 new followers per week, some Instagram accounts go up to +500 new followers per week or more…Some a lot more.
How we utilise our Instagram
With our Instagram page, we aim to provide a place where longboard enthusiasts can discover new riders, connect with them, catch up with the ones they already know, get inspired by their adventures and see what’s up on the scene.
Everyone is welcome to tag our @longboardmagazine.eu Instagram account and let us know about their new great photo. We check who tagged us every day and hand-pick 4 to 6 which are then scheduled for reposting on our Instagram page.
In case if you’re wondering, we don’t make any money by posting or reposting on our Instagram account. So far running our Instagram account only cost time and money, but we keep running it because it keeps us connected with the scene and it helps with the exposure for Longboard Magazine Europe.
That’s all there is to it right now…
Our Instagram posting schedule
We implemented a content submission system which seamlessly connects via the link in our bio and we use our Instagram account to feature other people’s photos or videos, as well as our own when we have something to post, most often to promote the best content published on our website.
One thing we had to establish right at the beginning was how often we should post photos on Instagram in order to maximise the engagement or how many posts per day is too many.
After two weeks of testing, we learned that we could post round the clock all day long and as long as we published the posts 3 to 4 hours apart, they all had the same outreach and engagement regardless of what time they were published.
That’s how we decided to post 6 times a day and the result of more frequent posting was a much faster following growth.
So, you might be wondering if we hang out on Instagram all day long?
Of course, we don’t…
Scheduling Instagram with Onlypult
We use Onlypult, an online Instagram scheduling SAAS (software as a service), to prepare and schedule the posts on a computer one day ahead which saves us a ton of time.
So, instead of logging into our Instagram and posting 6 times a day, we spend approx. 2 hours every morning to prepare the schedule and Onlypult publishes the posts automatically for us.
Here’s how the admin looks like…
Onlypult is not a free service
Onlypult is not a free service and that’s actually a good thing.
Free services often disappear over the nigh since they thend to run out of resources because nobody is paying for their work. No money, no honey. Right?
While paid online services are being funded by their customers, people behind them are highly motivated to provide a good product in order to keep the existing customers and get the new ones. This means that the service is regularly maintained and upgraded.
Another good thing that comes with paid services is a constant and fast support.
In case you need help or if something doesn’t work as expected, you can send an email and expect almost immediate response.
The basic Onlypult account costs 12 $ if paid from month to month, but you will get a solid discount if you decide to pay for 6 months (15% discount) or 12 months (30% discount) in advance.
Of course, before purchasing we wanted to save some money or at least make sure that the money we were about to spend was well invested, so we tried out few other free and paid solutions.
None of them came close to Onlypult and at the end we decided to give it a try for 6 months which costed us exactly 57,54 Euros. So far we’re nothing but impressed.
In contrast to many other free or paid services, Onlypult is compliant with Instagram’s rules, so you can rest assured that your Instagram account is safe.
You would be surprised how easy it is to get your account blocked or “shadow banned” when using apps and services like Instagress, Followliker or Mass Planner, or services like Boostly, Social Envy or Socially Rich…
Some of those are already out of business which makes a lot of sense since they were only able to help you to get a bunch of “fake” followers your to get your Instagram account banned.
Publishing the scheduled posts is not the only thing that makes Onlypult our favourite.
The biggest difference between Onlypult and similar free services is that Onlypult actually publishes the posts for your and it enables you the completely control of your Instagram publishing.
You can edit everything just like you can edit in the official Instagram app, except much easier and straight from a web browser on your computer.
Here’s how the editing of a scheduled post looks like…
I could write another thousand words about what functionalities Onlypult has, but I will sum it up by saying that Onlypult is the most complete solution to handle your Instagram from a computer.
It really does everything: You can post a single image, video or gallery. You can tag others on the photo, you can search for the users and @mention them, you can edit the post, comment and whatnot. We don’t miss anything in there.
Instagram reposting with ease!
With Onlypult you can also repost other people’s Instagram posts. What I like the most about it is that it feels a lot like sharing on Facebook.
Here’s how that looks like…
To repost an Instagram post in Onlypult, you just navigate to “Favourites” tab where you can choose to search by #hashtag or by @username.
The app will list the post and all you have to do to is to click “Repost”. You will be presented with an editing form already filled in with all the information. Change the text to add some personal touch to it and schedule or publish immediately.
Onlypult also enables you to save other Instagram user for tracking which is especially useful for companies, brands and team riders. This will create a special feed under the “Users for tracking” tab with the posts from users you chose to track.
Click “Repost” again and you’re good to go in a second.
Your team managers will love this…be sure to show it to him 🙂
For example, a company can track their team riders from a single place and repost their posts much faster and much easier.
The basic account comes with a limit of 10 users for tracking…fair enough.
Statistics – grow your following smarter and faster
If you’re a bit more serious about growing your Social following, you must know how your activity performs. The statistics will help you to determine what kind of content brings new followers, what people like the most, when you will receive the most interactions and so on…
Unfortunately, a personal Instagram account doesn’t provide with any statistics. You can only look at the number of people who follow you and the number of likes and comments your posts received.
To see some basic statistics, you have to switch from personal Instagram account to its business account. This might not make much sense to you if you’re not running a business, for example, if you’re a sponsored rider. Although that is or at least it should be some form of a business.
Onlypult provides with useful statistics that enable you to see how the number of your followers is changing, how many interactions are your posts receiving, at what time the posts received the most interactions and similar.
Of course, you will not benefit from it by just looking at the charts and numbers without taking any action. You will have to be able to recognise what kind of photos or videos work best and focus on creating more of them in a similar fashion.
That’s a wrap!
I have to stop somewhere, otherwise this post could go on forever. Hopefully you’ll get something smart out of it or it might give you an idea about how to grow your Instagram following.
The bare essence of this post is that in order to grow your Instagram account faster, you need to post more frequently.
How much? Well, I guess a good starting point would be to post at least once every day. Yes, that is 30 posts a month and it’s a lot of photos to collect, but don’t worry…
Soon I’ll share some tip about how to get your Instagram covered even if you don’t have 30 photos of yourself, which you will be able to start practicing right out of the box.
If you have any questions or if you want to share your own experience with Instagram, leave a comment below and we’ll continue the conversation there…
The second edition of the Sbanda Brianza’s Ghost Town Freeride, one of the more popular Italian skateboarding events, was once again a huge success.
A total of 110 riders, not only from Italy, but also from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the US, gathered in Consonno to skate down its 1.3 km long road. The track is also one of the most famous downhill longboarding spots in Northern Italy.
With 7 hours of freeriding, interspersed with a speed contest the track also hit a speed record og 78 kph. The winners of the contest were Rachel Bruskoff from LA and two italians, Fred Falco and Guido Cipolla.
“We are excited!” commented the Sbanda Brianza’s President, Matteo Dell’Orto, who later said:
Compared to last year, we managed to raise the level of spectacularity and the audience appreciated it. It is a great satisfaction for us and we are already looking forward to organising the next year’s third edition! Matteo
Great vibes, live music and skating
To pump up the scene, 7 live bands contributed with concerts during the freeride and in the evenings. It sure was something special to see bands playing by the second hairpin of the track and also during the night during the skate sessions.
The breathtaking scenery of the ghost town of Consonno and everything combines raised the adrenaline level of both the riders and the public. The crew estimates that all together, there were a thousand people who visited the event during the whole weekend.
Most of the success is due to the organisation and the efforts of the whole Sbanda Brianza team. With this second edition, they amazed everyone with their unique way of interpreting skateboarding and partying!