Sara Mamone was born to be wild

Sara Mamone - Born To Be Wild

Due to a serious knee injury, Sara Mamone can’t ride a longboard anymore, but she continues to chase her adventurous spirit on a DIY gravity vehicle dubbed Bastard Board, built by Carlo Righetti Charlie.

Sara took the Bastard Board to Bela Joyride freeride where she sent it down together with Alexander “Tiki” Frischauf who captured the run on camera. Sara’s dear friends, Helene Folliard a.k.a. Li Lù and Guido Cipolla took care of the edit.

Watch the video and read the full story to find out more about Sara, her injury and the Bastard Board.

Meet Sara Mamone

Sara Mamone is 21 years old and lives in the mountains of Northern Italy, in a small village Preseglie near Brescia. She’s a big animal lover, a horse riding instructor and she runs her own horse riding school where she teaches as well.

* Photos via Sara Mamone’s Facebook profile

Unfortunate knee injury

Her passion for horses led to an unfortunate event in 2010, when a rampant horse hit her knee and broke her meniscus. The damage was big, but eventually she managed to recover and of course, she never gave up on horses.

In 2014, Sara started longboarding and this instantly became her new passion.

Her knee was not as good as it used to be before the injury and this extra activity put lots of pressure on it. Sara kept pushing it hard with a longboard anyway, which ultimately lead to another, even more serious injury.

I was stubborn and didn’t want to stop skating. So I kept skating until my tibia came out of its place and that put a stop to it. ~ Sara Mamone

In search for an alternative to a longboard

Sara kept her enthusiasm for downhill skateboarding and she was searching for an alternative to longboarding, but didn’t have much success. Street luge or classic luge would be the closest to it, but she would still need to use her legs in order to slow down or stop, so that was not an option.

Her luck changed in the beginning of 2016 when she joined to volunteer for Marguzzo Freeride (Italy), an event organised by Italian downhill skateboarding / street luge legend, Carlo Righetti Charlie.

Carlo quickly recognised that one of his custom designed gravity vehicles, which he had sitting in a garage for the past six years, might be perfect for Sara. They talked about it and she decided to give the Bastard Board a try.

Meet the Bastard Board

Back in 2010, Carlo was developing a new type of gravity vehicle dubbed Bastard Board. He was motivated to come up with a design, which would enable him to practice downhill as usual, even though he’s getting older and is not as agile as he used to be.

I’m a luger, “old” and not very agile anymore, but I thought that by this means, with a braking system, I could enjoy myself. But people judged this as a suicide and Bastard Board was left in my garage for six years. ~ Carlo Righetti

Bastard Board came out as a hybrid between a longboard and a dirtsurfer.

The base of it is an old longboard deck, built by Carlo in 2008.

On its front side, the deck is mounted with a single reverse kingpin skateboard truck and longboard wheels. The front of the deck also features an extension which serves as a support for the legs which was not a part of the original design and it was added later in order for Sara to be able to use it.

The back side of the board is extended with a frame, constructed of square metal pipes, which holds a 20-inch bicycle wheel, just like on the original driftsurfer design.

Originally, a dirtsurfer is meant to be used in a standing position and it features calf operated brake lever which enables the rider to control a disc braking system mounted on the back wheel.

Sara rides the Bastard Board in a sitting position, but the braking system has not been changed. Instead of applying the pressure with a leg, she leans back with her upper body against the brake lever.

Sara’s experience with Bastard Board

Getting used to the Bastard Board was a tough nut to crack, but Sara was persistent and finally managed to have loads of fun with it.

Riding a longboard was exciting and I felt more free standing up and using my whole body. At the beginning I was shy because it felt like a “loser thing” to ride a Bastard Board, but then I realised, that the way I feel when riding is more important than what I’m riding on.

I can honestly say that riding a Bastard board for the first time felt crazy, even to me, and I like crazy things! It was hard to break because it was challenging to learn how to use the right amount of force leaning back and figuring out how the disc break would respond to the pressure. At the beginning I didn’t know how fast I can go before getting wobbles. But the most scary things for me were curves as I was so used to skating with a longboard where you turn at a smaller radius than on a Bastard Board.

Fortunately my friend Fabiano Ferretti, a longboarder and street luger, thought me how to use my hands to turn at a bigger angle. Now that I got used to it, I feel safer and more stable with the Bastard Board and also I noticed that I get less wobbles at higher speeds. So far, I even managed to reach 100 km/hour.  ~ Sara Mamone

What’s next?

Although Sara has fun with the Bastard Board, she says she will keep searching for a truck which could brake efficiently at higher speeds, to replace the BMX wheel as it makes the board more rigid and it slows her down in the corners.

If you have any ideas or would like to share any thoughts with us, drop us a comment below.


I would like to thank Dante, Giulio, Fabiano, Lilù and the badass guys of the Degenerous Crew for the support they gave me. A special thanks goes to Carlo who made it possible for me to have fun again riding down full of adrenaline! ~ Sara Mamone

Follow Sara on Facebook or Instagram to stay on track with her adventures.

The Gel Lab creative collective presented by Ari “The Shark” Chamasmany

Ari "The Shark" Chamasmany, Screensgrab from the video The Gel Lab

Ari “The Shark” Chamasmany is a skateboarder, a DJ and a producer. He can’t imagine his life without music or skateboarding and for the past 8 years, he’s been sharing his passions with The Gel Lab group, a creative collective which meets on weekly sessions in Downtown Los Angeles.

In this inspiring video, Ari points out the importance of the community and presents The Gel Lab as a great example of an event where everyone is welcome to join and express their creativity.

Under the glow of street lights and the neon signs of Los Angeles, a highly mobile crew of longboarders take to the deserted streets of Santa Monica and Downtown every Wednesday for a night filled of invading parking garages and darkened descents.

Filmed and edited by Christian Rosillo, Ari’s Gel Lab sessions have been at the heart of the LA scene, known only by word of mouth and those that thrive in the dimly lit avenues of Souther California’s largest concrete expanse. Christian brings these dwellers of the night to light through a unique perspective of what it is like to be part of the Gel Lab collective. More from Christian Rosillo at:

Ari Chamasmany is a man of many passions. With his ever persistent commitment to the Los Angeles longboarding community, he has held his signature weekly sessions for 8 years without fail. Beyond his passion of nighttime skating, he is a master of the turn tables and mixers that encompass the life of his alter ego: DJ Shark.

Check out his killer mixes on SoundCloud, free to download for your grooving pleasure.

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Join The Gel Lab collective on Facebook and stay up to date of when and where the next session will go down.

~ Loaded Boards & Orangatang Wheels

Kyle Wester’s speed record of 143.89 kph announced just a day before L’Ultime Descente

Kyle Wester’s downhill skateboarding speed record announced just a day before L’Ultime Decscent

Just as the L’Ultime Descente race is about to happen tomorrow to set the new world record for various downhill disciplines, Santa Cruz Skateboards and Kyle Wester announced Kyle’s successful attempt to break the downhill skateboarding record by reaching the speed of 143.89 kph (89.41 mph).

I’m still trying to comprehend this because of the massive 13 kph difference from the previous record set by Erik Lundberg being 130.63 kph in Les Eboulements. I guess it’s hard to imagine matching that speed as the L’Ultime Descente track is only 1 km long and the top speed for downhill skateboarding stand-up is around 130 kph+.

The location of the road where Kyle did his run is unknown to the general public.

Check out the speed suit!

What is known and you can see in the video (or see the screenshots below) is that Kyle used some kind of a special speed suit he developed in order to be as aerodynamic as possible and to be able to achieve the maximum speed.

Previous speed records

Erik Lundberg set a world record (WGSA) in Les Eboulements (Canada), documented by Red Bull in May 2016. His descent was measured at 130.63 kph and with going faster by just 0.55 kph, he managed to beat Mischo Erban‘s record of 130.08 kph, witnessed back in 2010 on a road in Colorado, USA.

But Erik Lundberg’s speed record is not safe anymore, due to a new three-day event happening tomorrow, where 100 downhill skateboarders will try to beat it.

L’Ultime Descente, World Speed Record 2016

Until now setting new speed records was kind of a private endeavor with just the athlete and officials recording the stunts and preparing the documentation required to obtain the title.

L’Ultime Descente welcomes locals and visitors to Les Eboulements to witness top line downhill skateboarders, street luge skaters, in-line skaters, and soapbox 2.0 drivers, descending down this legendary road.

The event will take place this weekend, from September 9th till 11th. During the time of the event, the road will be closed for traffic every thirty minutes, where riders will be able to do their run from 8 am to 18 pm.  For more info follow their Facebook event page here.

L'Ultime Descente 2016

So far we haven’t noticed any public riders list, but we’ve done some research and Erik Lundberg is flying in to hold his record, as well as Max Ballesteros, Pete Connolly, Emily Pross, Adam Persson, and Mauritz Armfelt, just to name a few…

To give you a taste of the drop, here’s a photo showing the top speed section.

Route du Port in Les Éboulements. Photo by Norman Richard via Panoramio.
Route du Port in Les Éboulements. Photo by Norman Richard via Panoramio.

UPDATE: Pete Connolly in the Guinness World Records as the fastest downhill skateboarder

In 2018 Pete Connolly, the fastest downhill skateboarder in the ”stand-up skateboard” category at L’Ultime Descente, got his record confirmed by the Guinness World Records, making his mark in the history of downhill skateboarding.

Root Longboards Road Trip – Eseposibele Tour

Sebastian Schneider, Eseposibele Tour by Root Longboards, 2016
Sebastian Schneider, Eseposibele Tour by Root Longboards, 2016

Tenerife is one of the skating jewels in the norther hemisphere, for a long time not a secret anymore, well know for many Anaconda raw runs and endless roads directly hitting the ocean.

So a great bunch of the Root Longboards gang packed their stuff last spring, manualed through the gates, hopped into a flying carcass and got shot out on the Canarias somewhere in the Atlantic in front of Morocco.

The mission was to get sunburned, drunk on Doradas, filled up with tuna, avocados and olives, roadrashed by brittle asphalt and sore legs from skating roads longer then 10 km.

All in all we got a little more than 7 days to not just get pitted, this time we tried to make a serious road movie clip part what ever thing. Äxel, mad brain of road, still insured because of bowl skating brought his hole camera equipment including a Ronin-M (steady-cam) with him, to secure perfect, not shaking frames.

So boys and girls, get some tapas, open up a beer and put it into the smallest glass you have (author’s addition: It is more than reasonable to have many small glasses as I learned last week in Austria. Small beers don’t contain alcohol, easyguys), maybe u even have a small sunburn or a small road rash and lean back and let the island vibes flow through you.

Watch Root Longboards – Eseposibele Tour / Part I

The first day we spent traveling over the island and getting a feeling for the roads, landscape and people.
Camera: Alex Dietrich and Sebastian Hertler
Edit: Alex Dietrich
Music: Jon Wayne – Gold and Silver
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Watch Root Longboards – Eseposibele Tour / Part II

The second part of the “Eseposibele Tour” is all about mobbing down the hill, staying as close as possible and enjoying skating together with our friends and guys we met during this trip.
Camera and edit: Alex Dietrich
Music: R.L. Burnside – Let my Baby ride
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If you consider going to Tenerife…

Get in touch with Sliders Skate HouseMartin Diaz Yarza will provide you with the best shelter you can image on this sacred island. He will grill fish, veggies and meat you never have eaten so far and what can I say, he is one of the most “down-to-earth-dudez” I had the chance to meet. Last but not least, don’t worry about safety, the Sliders House is probably the safest place on the Island.

Sliders Skate House Family!! #slidersskatehouse #slidershouse #sector9canarias #sector9 #fanfisurfandskateshop

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There is gonna be an BigMountainSkate event happening next year as well, so stay focused people! We already skated the planed track and I’m gonna say: Legs burning, stoke shouting, tight packs, thane lines…

PS: Root has planned to release a minimum of two more parts!

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Longboard Magazine presents: Bear’s Guts Raw Run Cut featuring Nils Bodenheimer

Longboard Magazine presents: Bear’s Guts Raw Run Cut featuring Nils Bodenheimer

It is almost a full month since we said goodbyes at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp, but impressions are still strong. We had good weather and got to skate so much… The word out there is that this was the best edition of KnK so far. To me it felt like balancing on a thin line between heaven and hell, but at the end, knowing that everyone got out of it “in one piece” and happy with it, makes me happy too.

One thing that excites me still is how every year, we see more and more young riders showing up on the Bear’s Guts and blowing us away with their freeriding skills.

This year was no different. Young guns like Patrick Lombardi, Sebastian Schneider, Ryka Mohammadian, Ian Freire, Nico Gallman, Mirko Paoloni and Jan Dederer rocked the mountain really hard. These are just some of the guys. There were so many others as well… and one of them is Nils Bodenheimer.

Nils Bodenheimer tucking down to Corner 8, hitting around 80 kph. Heelside stand-up follows : Photo by Heck Meck
Nils Bodenheimer tucking down to Corner 8, hitting around 80 kph. Heelside stand-up follows : Photo by Team Heckmeck

Nils Bodenheimer is a 16 year old from Germany, near Meinz. He’s skating for 3 years now and his dream is to work within the skateboarding industry some day. Although he’s aware that this one is a tough nut to crack, his skating obviously reveals his strong determination to progress and succeed.

Earlier this year, in February 2016, Nils officially joined the Olson&Hekmati team and is now besides downhill skateboarding sharing another passion with his O&H Vlog‘s frontman, Alex Dehmel – the O&H Bromodel deck. He represents the brand since shredding around mostly with his homies from Team Heckmek.

“I was anxious to skate with so many riders”

Until this summer, Nils was skating only local events. He was attending the KnK for the first time and the Bear’s Guts track left a strong impression on him. Finally, he was going to skate the hill he heard so much about and which so far he only watched via the Internet.

Here’s how Nils recalls meeting with the Bear’s Guts for the first time…

It was my first event ever besides small local events. So I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I really remember when we got up with the buses the first day. I was really scared about how steep everything looked.

Also, I was anxious to skate with so many riders. But I have to say that you improve so much there! It´s crazy! Since the track is so wide you can easily draft someone on the other lane and you don´t have to worry about sliding to late.

Due to the perfect organisation we got so many runs in for every day. That definitely helped to improve too. Just try to go little bit faster every run you take and then you are on the „safe“ side. All in all the Bear’s Guts is a super fun freeride track, where you really can step up your game!

~ Nils Bodenheimer

Bear’s Guts Raw Run Cut feat. Nils Bodenheimer

On a last day of the event, he managed to jump in for a follow car run. Andrea Pedrotti was the guy behind a steering wheel, tailing him not more then a meter away… Crazy driving skills.

The following edit is a result of it, but before you even consider pressing the play button, let me warn you accordingly. Obviously, filming with a follow car is really dangerous and we highly advise you to keep your skateboarding experience safe.

Warning! You are hereby notified that the stunts and tricks displayed in this video are performed by professionals in controlled environments, such as closed circuit road tracks. Do not attempt to duplicate, re-create, or perform the same or similar stunts and tricks at home, as personal injury or property damage may result. The producer of this video is not responsible for any such injury or damage. ~ Mihael Zadravec for Longboard Magazine

Video credits
Special thanks to an awesome band from Brazil, Ancesttral who kindly allowed me to use their song Trust for this edit. Check out Ancesttral via YouTube and follow them via Facebook.
Awesome riding by Nils Bodenheimer was filmed by Andrea Pedrotti and then cut and put together by me, Mihael Zadravec.

Thank you Daniel Zwerghuhn (Team Heckmeck) for providing the photos!

If you watched and liked the video as much as I did making it, please share it on your favourite Social network and help us reach more riders. Thank you!

Stay tuned for the next Bear’s Guts Raw Run Cut clip soon…

Related: Olson&Hekmati Bromodel 2016 longboard deck with Alex Dehmel

Dominic Schenk sends it down the Kozakov track full stand-up

Dominic Schenk sends it down the Kozakov track full stand-up

Dominic Schenk likes to challenge himself a lot and this summer he went for a full stand-up run down the Kozakov Challenge track. For many of us, a run like that is just a wet dream, but Swiss downhill skateboarder Dominic handles the 90kmh+ track with high precision “no hand down” slides with much style and ease.

Dominic Schenk filmed with a follow car at Kozakov Challenge 2016. Photo by <a href="" target="_blank">CGSA</a>.
Dominic Schenk filmed with a follow car at Kozakov Challenge 2016. Photo by CGSA.

With another Red Bull No Paws Down race being right around the corner, Dominic was excited to announce the challenge via his Facebook profile. I’m not sure if anyone actually tried to do it, but the likes showered and many were eager to watch the premiere broadcast of the run on the big screen at KnK.

Dominic announced the full stand-up Kozakov run on <a href=";set=t.100000923829937&amp;type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">his Facebook profile</a>
Dominic announced the full stand-up Kozakov run on his Facebook profile

Full stand-up run time only 2:29:378!

Dominic’s full stand-up run down the Kozakov track took only 2:29:378, which would have been top 80 qualification time. I wonder if anyone will try to beat that time.

To get his skating on point, Dominic skates his own pro model deck “Domination” by ROCKET Longboards and RAD Advantage 80a wheels.

Dominic Schenk – Kozakov NoPawsDown

This amazing run was filmed with a follow car with Rasmus Klintrot behind the steering wheel.

Disqualified on the start line

During the racing, he blew the start too many times and unfortunately got disqualified from the competition. It seems that the excitement was too much to handle 🙂

Bad luck followed him to KnK Longboard Camp, where he got a stomach flu and had to cancel racing Red Bull No Paws Down. Last year he placed second, but unfortunately missed a chance to win the title. Next year maybe…

Finally podium!

However, Dominic also attended the Cult Single Set Survivors race during KnK Week #2 and shared the podium with Andreas Mangold and Florian Fellner.

Cult Single Set Survivors 2016 podium

To stay on top of his adventures, you can follow Dominic Schenk via Instagram or Facebook.

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.

Related: KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp Daily Updates & Videos

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 /

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!

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.


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.

Pearse D’Arcy – Rapture Love

Pearse D’Arcy – Rapture Love

If we think of Irish right now we see football fans singing lullaby’s for baby’s in train stations or funny odes to the Swedish beauty. In times without football madness around the controversial UEFA we maybe have in our minds a beautiful countryside, a lot of rain and green, yes St. Patrick’s Day I mean too, people who love to drink Guinness and dance crazy just with their feet.

Pearse D’Arcy getting stoked and ready to drop in.
Pearse D’Arcy getting stoked and ready to drop in.

But boys and girls brace yourself, they have some serious shredding going on over there. I for myself was pretty overwhelmed to see a try road in between dinky and old stone walls. So follow down Irish ripper Pearse D’Arcy who chucked on some Cult Rapture 73A to hit the concrete hard and heavy.

Get ready for a straight, fast raw run which will make your legs flounder cause afterwards you wanna put on some grippy wheels and get shacked like Pearse does. As a bonus they put some square and forward going hip hop song on to underline his reckless skating.

Watch the video

Cult Rapture 74mm / 73A

The leading light in Cult’s product range when it comes down to excessive and extreme downhill racing. The Rapture is 74mm tall and 66mm wide.

Cult Rapture longboard wheels, 74mm 73a

The super ultra-sharp lips make you pull your butt a little bit tighter while going into the slide (especially with the 73A ones, they get more and more nicer the harder they are).

The high end quality Warp Core was especially designed by the Doctor just for this wheel. Infinite roll speed, massive hook up, long lasting urethane are the attributes for this wheel and is reason why I for myself trusted many many times into this wheel.

One last word from my experience: Despite the massive grip Cult Rapture wheels slide super clean and pleasant if you are sturdy enough for them.

Related: Are Cult Rapture wheels any good for street luge?

Awesome video filmed with bicycle featuring Ferdi Mohr, Stefan Reinprecht and Martin Schræg

Awesome video filmed with bicycle featuring Ferdi Mohr, Stefan Reinprecht and Alexander Mohr

About a month ago, Ferdinand Mohr shared with me a video filmed by his brother Alexander Mohr, featuring him and his buddies Stefan ReinprechtMartin Schræg.

Rather then full raw runs, which have overcrowded our Facebook timelines in the past couple of years or more, I’m a great fan of “edits” because it takes much more effort to create them and personally I find them to be more interesting. This one impressed me very much.

When I finished watching the video, I was curious to find out more about it because just posting a video without any additional information really isn’t what I’m trying to do here on Longboard Magazine.

So, I asked Ferdinand to tell me a bit more about what went down that day and what I found out blew me away. It might not seam that big of a deal to you (hopefully it does), but to me this was special.

As I was watching the video, I thought that some scenes were filmed with a follow car, but it turned out that the guys used a bicycle in order to make the whole experience safer. How freaking awesome is that!?

I know that to many of you this might be nothing new and for sure it has been done before, but the way this video came out… These guys deserve some respect for sure.

While following and filming a skater down a hill on a bicycle might not be an option for every situation, for example, when skating downhill at higher speeds, this is a great option for youngsters who don’t have a car or a driving licence…or if they want to play it safe.

Hopefully this video will inspire other young skaters out there to try out something similar. For more stoke check out this photo from the shooting.

Filming a run with a bicycle. Photo by Sebastian Mohr

It all started last year when my brother, Alexander Mohr wanted to film a video with me, but we were wondering how to film, because we were afraid of filming with a car. That’s how we came up with the idea to film with a bike and his glide cam. It was a funny construction, but it worked really well. We went to spots all over Vorarlberg (Austria) and Liechtenstein. Big thanks to my brother and of course to the community! ~ Ferdinand Mohr

There you have it… It doesn’t necessarily take a car to make great video which would get noticed and appreciated 🙂

Brainfukker x Root Longboards Swabian Skate Madness

Brainfukkers x Root Longboards Swabian Skate Madness

After a good amount of stoke in our bodies from the Venom cabin event (at which I sneakily sneaked in) we were so pumped on skating, that Schneider, Andy, Stalliano and I went straight to bed, slept a little, got up early to hit the roads again.

We took Max’s old “Bella” (a yellow Peugeot Partner), which perfectly transported us from Stuttgart to the Swiss Alps and back, to get to the spot. Upon arrival to the top of the hill we played “Rock, paper, scissors” to figure out who of us will be the first one to shuttle the run. Andy lost, so he sat on the captain’s seat, started the car, the engine roared, but nothing happened.

Andy: “Max the car is not accelerating!”
Max: “Ah…Andy, come on just be gentle with Bellaaa! I will try.”

But Max’s special “Bella” skills didn’t help. It was obvious pretty fast, the gas pedal string was ripped off…

FUCK FUCK was my first thought. I have to get back to Munich tonight, because I have serious stuff to deal with, damn u guys why?! We haven’t even skated a run, damn you old cars!

So what did we do? You guessed it, skated a run. It was fun like hell, but we still had a broken car. At least we called the breakdown service on the way up and after 2.5h they arrived.

Meanwhile, you guessed it again, we skated some more, so it wasn’t the biggest pain in the ass.
But on this day Murphy’s law was on fire, the guy could’t fix our car and he had to pull it away to the next service station.

The problem was that he didn’t have enough space in his car for all of us. The bottom line was that I had to miss my ride to Munich for sure, because we had to push for ages to get to the next village and get on the train back to Stuttgart.

My day was ruined, but I thought that if I’m stuck in Stuttgart, why not go skating the next day, because my plans were turned upside down anyway.

But what kind of car do we take? Nobody has got one. “Bella” was down and skating without a car was not an option. Suddenly a brainwave hammered through our brain: “Dudes! Let’s rent one! A fast one, one for filming, one to get rad.” That’s how the idea was born.

Pumped for skating again, we put some fresh new Brainfukker Grip on, put on our fresh Sunday clothes and went out the next day into the deep Swabian Hills to make this thing happen.

This video would never have happened if Stalliano’s car wouldn’t had broken down.

PS: “Bella” is working fine again now.


The High Black Corner Jam 2016 Recap – Just In Case You Missed It

The High Black Corner Jam 2016 Recap

It was a hell of a weekend for the Team of Rollbrett Salzburg and all the 100 skaters who came up to our home spot in Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden.

The Rollbrett Crew hosted their second Downhill Freeride Slopestyle Festival from the 27th to the 29th of May 2016. It turned out to be the biggest event we threw down to this point. The team built up a badass Slopestyle track for the skaters for all different levels and different styles – perfect conditions for a weekend of pure skateboarding.

High Black Corner Jam 2016 2016

The basic idea of the event was to invite longboarders from all over Austria and Germany but as well to support the local Salzburg skateboard scene. A chance to try some downhill, go nuts on obstacles and also the IOU Miniramp let them up to the event as well.

On Friday most riders arrived and were pretty eager to go skate. Alhtough only a few tried the obstacles around the track, we could look at some serious skating and tricks.

For example Nico Nührig, a well know all-terrain shredder from Austria, went crazy as one of the first guys on the obstacles. Little later, after he broke the ice for the rest of the riders, a few others tried to hit the slopestyle track. Guys like German skater Lukas Voigt as he did a massive tre-flip with his longboard – nice to had you around buddy!

The first day of skating took it’s tall. The day ended with a little miniramp session in front of the beautiful panorama of the german alps, some beers and some skate videos – all in all a successful first day and riders could even expect more for the next day!

Saturday showed us its beautiful sunny side. A full day of skating was on it’s way. The guys just got insanely comfortable on all the obstacles and shit was about to go down!

After noon it was time for some mini-games: Koffer and me, Markus dresses up as traditional german gameshow hosts, figured out 40 challenges and got everyone hyped on the minigames! Check out the list: “Prost Mahlzeit” – skate the beerbank or “Beiboot” – skate a LY Dinghy or “Verpackungskünstler” – skate with a carton around your body or even “zom hoidn” – skate down stand up hand in hand with a friend!

People were hyped and it was tons of fun to watch the guys go nuts, smile and win some nice goodies – a big shoutout to all our sponsors for that!

While the mini games went down, the warm up for the miniramp contest started already. Local shredders from Bavaria and Salzburg showed up and enjoyed the big IOU Miniramp while entertaining the crowed.

Well, and besides all this fun and much runs of skating, people were super eager to party. And party with Rollbrett means something – Rock’n’Roll baby! So the guys invited Ooral Sea from Slovenia to play and have fun!

And yeah, what should I tell you? It was fucking fun and a really sick concert and you better wait and have a look at the upcoming Ooral Sea – High Black Corner Jam video! If you haven’t been here this year, that thing most definitely will convince you, trust me!

Sunday was lazy Sunday. Nah, not quite lazy Sunday, but a few riders left early and missed there chance to participate at the “Pfoten in die Luft” outlaw race. A fun mix of 2,3 and the final 4 riders who where only allowed to skate stand up and with the hands in the air. But, they were allowed to use all obstacles. Check this one out to see what happened, when Nico Nührig took the shortcut through the gras and won the heat of the final four!

So what more is needed to be told, I cant thing of any. You better check out Rollbrett Salzburg and to get the first insight for the next years registration and not miss next years madness! See you on the hill!

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Kebbek Skateboards; A love affair with skating over 20 years long – Scabs, road rash and all

Kebbek Skateboards; A love affair with skating over 20 years long – Scabs, road rash and all

It’s 2008 and I just picked up skating for the third time in my life; I’m visiting New York for work but all my free time is spent pushing around Manhattan and learning how to slide from some amazing folks over in Brooklyn, I ask for a recommendation for a downhill board and I’m told to get a Kebbek.

But that’s not where this story starts, it’s just where I come into contact with one of the most focused board companies out there.

Rewind to 1992 and a young Ian Comishin returned to Canada after studying in Japan for a year, he decided to make skating a core part of his output to the world and started raising money by selling T-shirts under the name Powder Milk, which was the name of a store his friends ran in Japan.

After a short while he turned this into a full on Skateboard operation, now dubbed PM Skateboards.

Having grown up in the mountains of Kimberley BC, Population 8000~, where skateparks were a rarity, it wasn’t odd to find himself and a crew out on the hills or skating stairs sets, ledges or whatever they could find, at a time when Skateboarding was even more criminalised than it is today.

Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek
“Mad racks of PM Big Bugger boards” Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

By the late 90s PM Skateboards had moved to Vancouver from Rossland, sponsored an all Canadian team of riders as well as having their boards produced domestically, having put so much attention and focus into supporting the scene it was only logical to spread the word to small towns and cities across BC.

This gave birth to the 1999 Hicks on Sticks tour that would bring live music and skateboarding to other small communities introduce new generations to the freedom that seemingly only piece of wood, metal and urethane can bring.

At a time when the internet was still in it’s infancy, getting the message out there took more effort than just a few clicks and boobs.

This tour is a story in itself and there’s even a documentary about it, you can watch the full version here:
iTunes – Hicks On Sticks

A fresh start

From the crippling debt of the tour a couple of seeds were sown, one of these continues to be benefit to the Vancouver skate scene to this day, while the other was the re-birth of PM Skateboards as Kebbek.

Having moved to Montreal to work and get everyone out of debt from the tour, Ian got in touch with Jody Wilcock and Jim Zielasnki (AKA JimZ), old friends from back home, and urged them to come and work with him in Eastern Canada in the province of Quebec, where the name Kebbek came from.

"Ye olde shop sign on Ville Emard, Quebec, where Kebbek operates" Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

Jody had designed lowered boards for Downhill Skateboarding, between him and JimZ they started supplying these to Landyachtz while still living in BC, when they moved to Montreal to join Ian, Kebbek was born and the concept of lowered boards moved into it’s heyday of the early 2000s with Kebbek prominently leading the market not only in design, but in research and production.

It’s thanks to work in robotics and CNC which Jody and JimZ brought to Kebbek that the level of detail and thought that went into each board meant that boards were produced with amazing consistency.
JimZ also produced some of the most early CNC trucks for longboards as well, the Speedparts truck, which is still a highly regarded truck today by those in the know.

"Ian in front of a stack of off-cuts from the CNC mill, holding his Signature board and successor to the Evo (AKA Comishin/JF Boily/Jon Caften" Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

At this time they were still producing boards for Landyachtz and Ian was behind the Evo’s design, arguably one of the more known lowered boards in downhill skateboarding, which made it’s way onto more podiums worldwide than possibly any board before or since.

Video: Re-edit of the Kebbek video for Concrete Wave DVD Evolution ~2006

Alongside these speedboards, Kebbek produced high quality slalom boards along with occasional PM homage models, in house artist Pierre Gravel supplied artwork for many years worth of ranges while also holding it down as a top contender in Slalom along with other Kebbek team riders Claude Reigner and Jean Pascal (Rockin’ Rookie).

Photos courtesy of PM/Kebbek
Aside from having lean your parents dream of, Pierre holds it down in many fields including art, running cones and putting on the odd ISSA event.
“Before the BigZig revolution, you’d find the Kebbek team pre-drifting down some of the more fancy roads in Quebec city. Legend has it those toys are made by the Devil….” Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

The same ethos of a tight knit crew centred operation that was at the heart of PM is also a core belief in Kebbek, no other brand before or since in the world of downhill and slalom has ever supported so many riders with unique Pro Model boards.

This time though, riders outside of Canada found their names on a few boards, like Australian Legend Stephen Daddow, German master Bassi Haller to name a few.

“Race unknown, but JimZ in 1st, JF in 2nd, Jody in 3rd and Adam Colton in 4th.” Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

As the years went on, most of the early Kebbek team retired their models and made way for the young blood, but you’ll still see the legend’s names popping up here and there at events.

“JimZ developed the one handed approach to sliding toeside, even K-Rimes acknowledges this feat!” Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

To date, most of the technical achievements pioneered by Kebbek have gone on to inspire countless other riders and board designers worldwide.

"JimZ signature board; with CNC cut drop through for Randal 35 flushmounted baseplates..... such detail. I've read the Crail version was a fucker to do..." Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek
“JimZ signature board; with CNC cut drop through for Randal 35 flushmounted baseplates….. such detail. I’ve read the Crail version was a fucker to do…” Photo courtesy of PM/Kebbek

It’s the constant drive to support their riders and skating as a whole that really sets the tone for Kebbek, while also pushing forwards with board design and this year we see a refined line up with 4 pro models and other models.

To me it’s never been so much about the brand, but instead the people behind it, with great skaters like Emma Daigle, Ben Dub, Amane Kishida and Juergen Gritzner putting out signature boards this year, I’m just as stoked about skating a Kebbek as I was back in 2008.

Moi, the author, trying to survive Peyragude 2Luxe Cup 2009 on my 1st Kebbek board, a JimZ. Still grab from Yvon Labarthe’s video

Life after deck: Why you should give your old board a new purpose

Life after deck: Why you should give your old board a new purpose

Skateboarding is a sport that is all about pushing the limits, where serious boarders are always trying to break into new territory with their stunts. But the pursuit of new frontiers can put a lot of stress on both the body and the board, with one major difference: a human can recover from a fall, whereas a skateboard can’t.

Broken Skateboard © Joe Shlabotnik
Broken Skateboard © Joe Shlabotnik

After suffering a serious bail, a board is usually irreparable and no longer in a good enough condition to be ridden on a day-to-day basis, leading many people to simply throw them away. The same often happens when a skateboard becomes worn out — at least in the eyes of a serious skater, as there is no real need to hold onto something that does not perform up to the high standards that they need.

According to Chasing Green, over 100,000 decks are produced in the USA every month, with the vast majority made from Canadian maple wood. These trees take 40-60 years to mature to the point they are suitable for processing into skateboards, and at the current rate of deck manufacture the unsustainability of this practice is fairly self-evident. It is of little surprise to discover that the skateboard industry is the number one cause of deforestation of maple trees in the world, even outpacing the furniture industry.

Thankfully, one of the new focuses within the world of skating is sustainability, with many skaters and deck companies finding ways to recycle old boards and create new more eco-friendly models. Liam Gleeson, skateboarding expert at Yakwax surf and skate store, strongly advocates giving young boarders a chance to enjoy the sport, even going out of his way to share his old decks with the local skaters.

He said: “I will quite often give my old decks to the younger kids at the skate park. Some of them will have squared off or delaminated boards, so I’ll take two or three of my old ones and give them away for free. My old decks still have a fair bit more skating left in them for a kid, and giving them away means they don’t just get sent to the landfill. I hope the sentiment gets passed on and that some of these kids might do the same kind of thing when they’re a bit older.”

Skateboarder's unity - Art by Haroshi
Skateboarder’s unity © Haroshi

Donating your old board to younger skaters is not the only way you can give them a new lease of life. Art and jewellery made from old skateboard parts are growing increasingly popular, with artists like Haroshi using the wood of old decks to create fascinating sculptures that burst with colour and vitality. He is not alone, with a recent art show called No Comply opening in Toowoomba, Australia that uses old boards to explore the evolution of skate design through the decades. There are also jewellery designers like Thrashion and Sesh who specialise in cannibalising old parts to make new and innovative accessories.

Environmentally friendly boards are also on the agenda, with several different companies taking the initiative to explore new tactics in ecological skate gear. Glide Skateboards and BambooSk8 are both producing decks using more sustainable materials than fresh maple wood — Glide uses reclaimed wood, while BambooSk8 utilises bamboo from managed forests. There are also companies like Comet Skateboards which take into account the bi-products of skateboard manufacturing and use green methods like water-based inks, zero-formaldehyde glues, and renewable energy in the making of their decks. The company also offers a service where skaters can send back their used boards to be recycled into new ones, receiving a nice discount on their next purchase.

With so many new ways of recycling broken and old skateboards, there is little reason why the skating industry can’t move towards becoming more environmentally friendly in the future. Follow the example of many of the visionaries mentioned in this article and think twice before you throw your old board away.

Newton’s Shred show Episode #008

Straight outta London, Newton’s Shred is a Longboard Shop and News Source focusing on the UK and sometime EU scene, I’m your host, Alex Ireton.

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Joining me for this episode is Jorge Higgins, a local skater I’ve known for years, he now works in our shop and is supported by Lush Longboards and Slide Perfect Wheels.

I’m one of the owners here at NS and I’m a big fan of podcasts, so I thought I’d combine  my passion for skating, reporting and shop news into my favourite format: Audio
But then I thought, hey, I could just as easily record a video at the same time.

To learn more about me and our shop, I’d recommend you check out:
Longboard Magazine EU Intro YouTube only
Episode #000 : “Pretty much the head of everything..” YouTube iOS/iTunes SoundCloud Stitcher

Show Notes


Recent Events
Brianne Collective: Fumble In The Valley Outlaw race – SkateSlate article by Will Edgecombe
BLBB Presents: Bo Peep session – Videos and photos by VIAL images
London Longboards: Beginner / Slide tips session

Upcoming Events
So You Can Longboard Dance?
Dance competition
April 2-3rd

Hog Hill Events in 2016
Downhill, Slide Jam, Slalom, Dancing, Buttboard freeride / race
England, UK
May, July and October

#BigMountainSkate Series
Alpenrauschen, Freeride, Austria, June 9-12th
Almabtrieb, IDF Race, Austria, July 13-16th
KNK Longboard Camp, Freeride, Slovenia, July 25-30th and August 2-7th
Bela Joyride, Freeride, Austria, August 24-27th
LoRaLo, Freeride, Austria, September 15-17th

Dishonourable mentions

SkateHouse 6 Thing Men In Longboarding Need To Stop Doing
SkateSlate 6 Things In Longboarding That Girls Need To Stop Doing
Alex Ameen Sketch Fest 2016 Pt 2 Video (Doesn’t allow embedding, sorry)
Goat Longboards Soul Dancer 42″ Deck announced
Sergio Valdehita 360 variations

Produced, shot and cut by Alex Ireton
Whassup jingle courtesy Dale Kean / PreCool
Dishonourable Mentions jingle by Ben Stainer
Images and videos via Kai Menneken and VIAL images
Big thanks to Jorge Higgins for joining me this week.

Newton’s Shred show Episode #007

Newton's Shred show Episode 007

Newton's Shred show Episode 007
Perhaps the only Podcast focused on longboards, the UK/EU scene and grandmas…

I’m back from taking a short break over the holidays. It turns out I missed some fun skate sessions, but my good friend Olly joins me on this episode and fills in the gaps.

The show is only available as audio this time, because I didn’t have enough space on my memory card and only recorded 7 minutes of video.

Thankfully I was recording the audio separately and still have the full show to release.

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I don’t expect anyone to watch a 40 minute video, it’s too long for this kind of show.
The show is originally conceived as a Podcast, which is an audio only format.

Here’s the magic of audio; Your eyes don’t need to be stuck to a screen.

So you can do something while listening to the show, like:

  • Travel to skate / work / school
  • Do your chores at home
  • Change / maintain your longboard setup
  • Work out at the gym
  • Where would you listen to it?

It’s like getting any kind of radio station you want, delivered straight to whatever device.

Who’s is Alex? What is Newton’s Shred?

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Mastering longboard photography – The Christian Kreuter Interview

Christian Kreuter - CK Photography

CK Photography – I guess most of you guys already got shot at least once by this guy. Christian Kreuter, the Kassel (Germany) local is not only a downhill skateboarding addict, but also a passionate photographer.

What’s he up to do next, where does his passion come from and how long does it usually take time for Christian to get that one perfect shot – read through to find out more. Enjoy!

How did you start with the photography and what inspired you to focus on longboarding?

Photography drew my interest when I was a little kid, because my grandpa was one of the first guys in our area that owned a SLR (analog single-lens reflex) camera back in the days. I was embossed by countless old school slide evenings with my grandpa.

I started skating back in 2012 and because I was using my DSLR for two years already, I just gave it a try and shot my first longboard pics with the local scene here in Kassel.

One year later I shot my first downhill event, the I-Berg Freerace. I didn’t skate back then, but I wanted to get a closer look at the “pros”. I attended a few other events in 2013 for skating and shooting.

After attending the Fairytale Freerace 2014, I got some inquiries from different skaters wanting to get a glimpse of my pics. One of them was TD Longboards founder Lennart Thomsen.

He asked me, whether he could get a shot of his teamrider Quirin Ilmer and indicated me to launch a Facebook page, so that all skaters could see my pics. I thought that was a good idea and a few days later I launched the Facebook page “CK Photography”, the feedback of which was really lovely.

KnK Longboard Camp 2014 ~ Facebook gallery by CK Photography
KnK Longboard Camp 2014 ~ Facebook gallery by CK Photography

The KNK Longboard Camp later in the year 2014 was my absolute highlight. Despite poor weather conditions I had some very unique runs with skaters, who I later became good friends with. KNK was pure madness (laughs).

One week later, after I finished my post production work, I uploaded the pictures on my Facebook page and the “likes” went totally crazy. I literally reached the whole world with my work. People love their sport and I can capture those moments, this is just an awesome feeling.

Are you planning to shoot any events in 2016?

Honestly I wish I could attend every BigMountainSkate event in 2016. I really respect all the work the guys do and I wish I could be part of it with my pictures. Almabtrieb, Alpenrauschen and Bela Joyride are definitely on my radar for 2016.

OH Rider Fionn Kraft at KNK 2k15 ~ CK Photography
OH Rider Fionn Kraft at KNK 2k15 ~ CK Photography

There are some big differences between a planned shooting for advertising and shooting at events. I really know this by myself. How about you? Do you shoot “planned” shootings as well?

No, not really. As I often shoot at events, I don’t plan that much, I like to do some extra detail planning on portrait shootings and landscape pictures. Sometimes I plan skate shootings, like a shooting at noon with a flash. Here you tell the skater the exact place where to slide or do a trick, but I am more into the “real” pictures, which are not set-up.

At an event you can’t really tell the skaters how to skate and what kind of shots you would like to get. How does it take to get good shots out of an event?

As you said, as photographer you can’t plan where the skaters skate and slide before a corner. Only when you skate the road by yourself, you know exactly when something is about to happen where and when.

Tech-talk alert! You shoot with a Nikon camera, right?

Oh yes, I am a real Nikon Fanboy 🙂 I shoot with a Nikon D800 Body since 2015 and in previous years I worked with a D7000.

What I want is maximum quality and the Nikon D800 provides me with 7360×4190 pixel photos when shooting raw format (info: raw means, that the photographer has to do the final development of the picture. Shooting with .jpeg files, the camera does the development and you get a finished picture).

Chris' gear for getting awesome shots

Only the burst mode is pretty slow of the D800, but I exclusively shoot with single exposure. This means I only have one chance to get the perfect shot. So if I miss the moment, it’s forever gone.

What lenses are you using for shooting downhill skating?

I am shooting 90% of all my skate pictures with the NIKKOR 70-200 2.8 VRII. When I shoot with a really wide open aperture, the pictures are pin sharp and on point and also the focus speed is really fast. And only for about 10% of my shots I use the Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART for landscape or campground shots.

What about post-production? How do you get the perfect image done?

I don’t make any difference, if it is people, landscape or skateboarding photography – I always check my basic rules, to see if I this is the perfect image.

  • Is the focus on point?
  • Is the exposure right?
  • Did I capture the right moment?

So straight after a skateboarding event, the picture selection can take some days. When shooting a three day event, I mostly have 800-1200 picture to look at, but I learned to keep the rejects small.

And when I know the pictures that suffice my criteria I do some small corrections and put on the “CKP Look”. Right after that, I do the easiest thing, but also the most satisfying part of my work – export the pictures for Facebook, upload them and share them with all the skaters out there.

Would you share some useful tips for all the hobby photographers out there?

Sure! Here are some tips:

  • So firstly don’t focus only on one photography topic. Take a look at the whole spectrum of photography, because you will learn a lot of things from one topic which you could use for another.
  • Secondly I would say, that creativity is the next important thing. Therefore you should look for new angles and try some different camera adjustments like aperture, exposure time, or shooting with flash.
  • Last but not least, I think you should take a look at other photographers and probably try to copy them or adopt stuff you like, to find your own photography style. Also, ask questions – talking with other photographers really helps and I honestly feel happy when I can help others. So contact me anytime you want!
  • Uh, and before I forget, I have some tech-talk information for you guys out there: The lens is way more important than the body of your camera set-up and you should get your hands on fast memory cards. It is really a pity, if the memory card is too slow to capture the right moment!

What other motives do you shoot besides longboarding?

I also shoot people, landscape and travel pictures and therefore I launched a second Facebook page at the end of 2015 for those kind of pictures. As you said, I recently shot a lot of skateboarding, but I want to broaden my mind and learn something new.

The good thing with photography is that you can shoot everything and therefore it is really necessary to look beyond the boundaries.

When shooting with people, I don’t want to catch an orchestration, I am more interested in people and how they live, what they have experienced or what makes him or her special. And when I’m shooting landscapes, I am aiming to capture pictures of touching places and where I can think back in time when looking at them.

Thank you Christian for a great interview and your insight into longboard photography. Any shoutouts?

Of course. I would like to thank everyone out there who support me and follow me on social networks. I’m very proud, that i can work with BigMountainSkate and Longboard Magazine. Special thanks goes out to my family and friends:- Mom and Dad, love you.- of course Grandpa, who has shown me the path to photography- my crew: Arthur, Fionn, Al, Philipp and Elias- the „Sonnenblümchen Racing Team“: haha, if you read this you will know who i mean 😉

If you’re in town, get in touch and we skate some hills together and take some photos. Otherwise, I hope to see you on the hill soon and keep safe. Cheers!

This is Döwnhill 2015 with Alexander “Tiki” Frischauf

This is Döwnhill 2015 with Alexander “Tiki” Frischauf

Alexander Frischauf was not wasting his time during the summer of 2015. He was bombing hills across Europe and filmed a lot. Many cool raw runs and edits crawled out of his computer last year to remind us how much fun we had at the events.  This year’s This is Döwnhill 2015 video recap sums it all up very nicely, a real pleasure to watch.

Related: Click here to watch This Is Downhill 2014 video here (plays in overlay)

How was 2015 for Alex?

I had a quick chat with Alex to find out how the year 2015 went down for him. Read through to find out more. Let’s drop in!

Past summer I noticed you’re mostly bombing with a camera in one hand while grabbing a rail with the other. So much great footage. What events did you visit in 2015?
High Black Corner Jam (at), Agnosine (it), Pimp Mai Ride (de), Alpenrauschen (at), Ekstremsportveko Voss (no), KNK only Cult Single Set Survivor race (slo), Teolo (it), Bela JoyRide (at), LoRaLo (at), Jochpass (de) and some filming sessions with friends in Austria.

What gets you excited about filming downhill skateboarding, why is it so much fun to you?
It’s that very close riding and watching the different styles of riders. Plus it’s challenging to ride that close and fast with the skaters.

You skate with so many different riders not knowing their “next move” on the track. I guess, after so many years on the hill, you already have a ton of experience and know what to expect.
Yes, you can “read” most of the riders and see their moves in advance.

Alex following a pack, shot by Paul Brosig
Alex following a pack, shot by Paul Brosig

Do you often crash with riders you’re filming? When the crash happens, is it yours or the other skater’s fault?
No, I think it was just 5-10 times in the last 3 years. Yes, most of the crashes were caused by the skater.

I know there’s no other way to learn it than to just go out there and skate, but perhaps there’s an advice you would like share with people who might find themselfs in a filming run with you the next season?
Just skate like every time – chilled, no race lines and leave at least half of meter for me on the inside 😉

You’re a street luger. How are the street luge and classic luge scene doing with downhill skateboarding? Do you think that there could be done more for the luge?
Downhill skaters have to check the history of the sport. Without luge, there wouldn’t be this downhill skate scene now. The big events where luge races were the handful of skaters always were very welcome to join in. IGSA was founded and ran by lugers and many events were organised by the other lugers (like myself).

Would you say that the number of people doing street luge is dropping or rising?
Numbers are now slightly rising after years, especially with buttboard (classic luge) joined by skaters at smaller races for the fun of it.

Doing street luge in open traffic is usually discouraged by the community – at least that’s what my impression is. I guess that’s the reason why not so many people decide for it.
The problem with open roads – car drivers won’t see you on the luge, other than skaters. We ride open roads, but less frequently than skaters and on really lonesome roads. There are always idiots going into high traffic, but there are shitheads within every scene.
I’m also doing open road filming with skaters, but only with the ones I know well and with radios and that kind of security thing.

Aaron Skippings at Bela Joyride 2015 by Alex Frischauf
Aaron Skippings at Bela Joyride 2015 by Alex Frischauf

What kind of luge are you using?
I’m riding a MM Streetluge made in Austria by my very good friend and top rider Michael Müller. I’m also using a front fairing on it by Russell Naude’s “company” Lasertec Streetluges from South Africa, also a very good friend.

Was the year 2015 in any way “better” than the previous years? Would you say that you’ve done any progress with your skills?
Yes, by far my best year of filming, got a better cam, being more compfy with everything and got invited to Voss! Also made it on the world championship podium again with my 43 years 😉

Jorge Pernes Alpenrauschen 2015 by Alex Frischauf
Jorge Pernes Alpenrauschen 2015 by Alex Frischauf

How’s your favourite person of 2015 and why?
Kim Anderssen, he is my Norwegian brother from another mother, top skater, top bloke and the same kind of crazy like me!

What’s your plan for 2016?
Film as much as possible, going back to Norway (Voss and Lilyhammer) doing a little “roadmovie” documentation thing and of course filming at all the events in Austria. Maybe coming back to KNK for the cult race and one or two days more of filming there. Doing 2-3 races for myself aiming for the podiums 😉

Awesome. Looks like we’ll be seeing each other a lot 🙂

Some really cool people support your work, let’s do some shoutouts.
Big one goes out to my only sponsor – BTR Leathers, thank you Ras for believing in me and my skills!
Cult Wheels for being great friends and helping out with wheels – the Raptures are awesome!
Mikel Echegaray for being just himself and a close friend, learned a lot from you!!!
And of course, all the riders and friends I had a hell of fun on the hills the last years!

Thank you for the chat Alex! See you on the hill soon!
Thank you! And we have to do a film run finally 😉

There you have it 🙂 To stay on track with Alex, follow his page on Facebook and also check out the official website.

Longboard SpeedMeter App – What’s your top speed?

Longboard Speedmeter

Longboard Speedmeter

The folks from the Longboard Spotfinder app, have been consistently working on and improving the little sister of the Spotfinder, the Longboard SpeedMeter. We are stoked to announce that the SpeedMeter is available for both iPhone and Android, and is plastered with new features.

Use this app to record your run. See your top speed, average speed, distance, elevation drop, and even a recorded line on a map of your run. New features show you WHERE on the run you hit your top speed.

Did we mention its free?
Use this app to tweak your line to get to the bottom as fast as you can.

Download the Longboard Speedmeter

Download on Apple Store Download on Google Play

Banana Longboarding – The best of 2015

Banana Longboarding – The best of 2015

The year is almost over and as winter slowly starts to take over, it is time to take a look back to this amazing season, which of course does not mean we stopped skating, because fortunately the roads over here are still dry and snow free. Probably even snow would not keep us away from doing it, but deep down we all wish the summer back, especially with all this great memories and the certainty, that 2016 is going to top it again.

The BananaCrew, located in Vienna enjoyed the season on their favourite homespots, explored tons of new roads and had an amazing time during all the events skating the sickest mountain passes that Europe has to offer.

First we joined the High-Black-Corner-Jam in Berchtesgaden organised by Rollbrett Salzburg, where the riders basically had a downhill skatepark with some sweet hairpins for sliding.

Jakob Grasmann at Graveyard Slide Jam © Banana Longboarding
Jakob Grasmann at Cementary Slide Jam © Banana Longboarding

After that, it was time for the BigMountainSkate event series, which started with the by now infamous Alpenrauschen, a really fast and dangerous track.

Next stop was the KNK Longboard Camp, a six-day-long event in Slovenia, where we had countless runs on the Bear. The fact that it was our third time at KNK, shows how much fun this road is.

Philip Tankarian rocking at KnK 2015 © Laroulette Bruxelles
Philip Tankarian rocking at KnK 2015 © Laroulette Bruxelles

Then, in August, there was Bela Joyride, again well organised by the BMS Crew, providing the stoked skaters a 6km long rollercoaster with 16, mostly banked hairpins. The name speaks for itself!

Leon Kutzner at Bela Joyride © CK Photography
Leon Kutzner at Bela Joyride © CK Photography

Finally there was the well known LoRaLo, a freeride and race at the same time, with a night slide jam and mini ramp contest, which fulfils all a downhill skater could ever wish for. About two month ago we organised a little slide jam on one of our favourite slide spots in Vienna, which was a lot of fun too.

And to top it of, between all these events we skated the wonderful BananaLand!

Jan Winkler, Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian © Banana Longboarding
Jan Winkler, Jakob Grasmann and Philip Tankarian © Banana Longboarding

So you can imagine how stoked we are about the past season! Some of this great skate moments are captured in our 2015 Compilation and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Big thanks goes the the awesome downhill community in general, and especially to the BigMountainSkate Crew, Rollbrett Salzburg and Longboard Magazine!

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