The Sbanda Biranza crew, have simultaneously been working on another exciting project next to the Ghost Town Freeride, that has officially become a success and will stoke the Italian DH community for years to come.
From May 27th 2017, the Ghost Town Freeride track, the Consonno 1.3 km long spot located in Northern Italy, has become the first ever downhill skateboarding designated road officially permitted by the authorities.
This means the Sbanda Brianza, with the help of FISR (the Italian Roller Sports Federation) and Comune di Olginate, have sucessfully created an environment where one is able to practice DH skateboarding legally.
The spot is located in Consonno, a little town not far from Lecco and Como Lake, where skaters will be able to ride down its access road in a safe environment, as it will now be specially closed to ordinary traffic. Sbanda Brianza
Consonno has been, in their words, a long time reference spot for many Italians skaters and thanks to the commitment and passion of the members of Sbanda Brianza and of Comune di Olginate, whose administration has seen the benefits in promoting longboarding, the abandoned town of Consonno will now once again come to life.
Skating on the Conconno track will be permitted only on Saturdays for either Sbanda Brianza members or members of FISR. All of the rules of engagement will be posted on the Sbanda Brianza website.
There you have it, the first official longboard track in Italy, kinda awesome isn’t it?
We applaud everybody involved in this initiative and hope to hear more awesome news like this from all over Europe.
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!
With the nomadic lifestyle becoming more and more popular and because we, as skateboarders, are used to travelling the globe in search of different skate locations, I caught up with Emma Daigle to talk about her travelling experiences and to know more about how she sustains her active lifestyle.
Emma Daigle is a 20-something skateboarder, traveller, yoga instructor and artist. She’s known for her nomadic lifestyle, hitting the road every chance she gets in search of new experiences and enriching her life with travelling.
She just got back from a month long trip in California, skating the famous Tuna, a local go-to skate spot. But as soon as she got back, she already started planning her next trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.
Last year I’ve met Emma briefly at KebbeK KnK Longboard Camp, her last stop on her mini euro tour. She travelled through Sweden and Austria beforehand, visiting freeride events and enjoying some random skate trips to the mountains.
I hit Lillehammer, Almabtrieb and KnK. I enjoyed going to less events and skateboarding more. It was the best of both worlds. Link up with people at events, catch up and then run off into the mountains and skate from dawn to dusk. Non-stop.
In between events she also went rogue with an improvised Kebbek Skateboards team trip in Austria, driving around and skating epic mountain passes.
Isac Printz, Jurgen Gritzner, Benjamin Sabol and herself included explored the nearby Alps and filmed some skate shots for their soon to be released Better Weather Tour video. Don’t worry, we’ll feature it as soon as it comes out to keep you in the loop.
A sustainable travelling lifestyle
When Emma is not skateboarding, she likes to switch it up with other outdoor activities like rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking.
And because of her active lifestyle and her yoga skills, she’s able to sustain her trips by teaching yoga and doing odd jobs along the way. This includes anything from cleaning houses and construction work to random art contracts.
In our conversation, Emma revealed, she doesn’t look up jobs online but rather follows the ‘word on the street’ and even get’s multiple job requests via social media.
So far she didn’t feel the need to find any season jobs in Europe because she lives simply and travels on a budget. But I got curious and looked up season jobs online.
I found that there are many jobs available if you’re planning a longer trip through Europe. You can do anything from babysitting to teaching English, to picking oranges in Spain…but that’s a totally different article.
Connecting with new people
Being an open-minded person means Emma is always open to work on different projects that make her see things from a different perspective. She met Oreon Strusinski, an ocean photographer and the author of the pictures you see in this article.
I wanted to shoot with him to see what type of angles and ideas he would come up with given that shooting skateboarding on ‘land’ is not his main focus. It’s always interesting to have someone from another discipline come in and bring a new outlook to the sport.
Emma did the shoot on her current setup which is her pro model from KebbeK Skateboards, Paris Trucks 165s and Blood Orange wheels. Here’s what she has to say about it:
The board might look small but it’s nimble and surprisingly stable at higher speeds. It’s got a subtle micro drops which suction cup your feet to the board.
Its smaller size makes it perfect for the avid traveller.
For now, Emma is travelling through the US and simultaneously planning her next trip to Japan and China. Her focusing is on possibly making Asia her Fall / Winter reality, partially skate related and partially out of curiosity.
Hopefully, we’ll also get to see her somewhere in Europe if the wind blows hard enough :)
Crossing my fingers over my expired passport, shockingly worked! I picked up my new passport in Bern 8 hrs before my departure from Zurich Switzerland to Köln Germany (thanks Nina).
I arrived safely, checked into “Die Königshof Hotel” and promptly went out for an evening cruise. It wasn’t long untill I heard the beating sound of music and, in the distance, saw a group of people smoking outside a bar. All I can say is, if you want to have a good time with the locals, stop by Wiener Steffie for cheap beer and fun times.
The biggest Greenskate gathering
Beep, Beep, Beep… or GreenSKATE! went my phone. Hitting the street and the fresh smell of morning air. This was not my first time in Köln, in 2006 I took a picture of the Köln Cathedral on my way to the IGSA European Championships.
The Cathedral is over 750 years old and is a must see if you ever get a chance to visit Germany. Köln is a skate friendly city, but bring a map or something because you can get turned around. It took me asking a few people just to find the Rhein River.
I arrived on time at Kölner Jugendpark with a 12″ subway sandwich in my tummy and tired legs. The Greenskate Köln starting point is perfectly located on a large open surface with a skatewave at one end and a Crépe Van at the other. To be honest I was hanging out a lot at the Crèpe Van.
While I was filming skate hockey and the many sick longboard dancing sessions in the afternoon, I managed to sneak some Sion Kölsch beers. Time flew by and hundreds of people started to slowly trickle into the park.
Heiko grabbed the bullhorn and everyone gathered around him as he said:
Today is the day that will be recorded on the Facebook and Twitter walls of history. It is the greenest day of the year…Welcome to Greenskate, Köln!
I might have mistranslated his speech a little, but I am sure he said something like that.
Without warning, Heiko introduced me as the founder of Greenskate and asked me to come forward. I made some quick remarks correcting the record and with that, we were off.
I saw hundreds of riders pushing, pumping and dancing their little longboard hearts away. Many of them came up to me and expressed how much they loved the Greenskate event and that they had no idea it was 10 years old. I saw a father and his young son on a longboard passing by…I thought to myself “SHIT” this kid was probably not even born when we had our first event in Calgary.
The pushing part of the event must have lasted for over an hour. I was having so much fun skating and chatting to all the people in the Skate Parade, I really lost track of time. We ended up in front of the Köln Cathedral where boards were held high and many pictures were taken….See you next year Köln!
A special thanks goes out to Concrete Wave Skateshop Cologne for making this event possible. Köln is the longest consecutive running Greenskate event and celebrates its 7th year.
I invite all readers to start your own Greenskate event. It can be small like the one in San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico or huge like the one this year in Köln. Greenskate is a simple idea, which is why it will continue to work for many years to come.
Despite some tech issues and multiple file transfer attempts, Kyle Peterson and I managed to put together a rad edit to ignite the flame and to remind you what you’re looking forward to so much. Hopefully, you like it :)
Before I move on to sharing some more event info with you, I would like to thank Andrea Pedrotti and Mirko Paoloni for their follow car filming and Bros Before Pros for their footage we used in the intro. Greatly done, dudes!
There’s going to be a lot more going on and none of it includes playing video games :)
KebbeK Wheel Of Misfortune
Introduced at KnK for the first time last year, the KebbeK Wheel Of Misfortune brought much fortune to those who were up to its misfortunate tasks.
Some of you had to eat and drink gross stuff like Slivo mixed with Tabasco sauce, some had to blow up slimy condoms on your head or assemble a complete deck while chunks of onion was rubbed against your eyes… It was crazy. This year will be no different as the KebbeK Wheel Of Misfortune returns with new, more fun tasks and “totally worth it” prizes.
Kebbek Challenge: Core A Set, Get A Set
KebbeK Skateboards continues to challenge the riders to destroy a set of KebbeK Wheels in order to get a fresh set for free.
So, here’s how Core A Set, Get A Set works: You can purchase a set of KebbeK Wheels for a discounted price of 30 € and when you core them, you can check in at the KebbeK booth on the top of the track to get a fresh set for free, for unlimited times.
For those of you who don’t know, KebbeK introduced a new urethane formula with their 2017 wheels which is promised to be much better than the one you maybe tried last year. At a freeride on Tenerife island earlier this year, many riders got to try the new wheels and really loved them. If you tried them out, leave a comment below and let us know how they are. We will appreciate it :)
I couldn’t skate last year so I didn’t try them out myself yet, but I’m looking forward to trying them during the upcoming days as they are already being shipped over from Canada.
Stay tuned for the upcoming review.
KebbeK Tuck Race
A “Tuck Race” was planned for last year but somehow it slipped out and we weren’t able to make it happen. This year, we’re doing it for sure. Here’s how it will look like…
The Tuck Race is all about who can hold a tuck longer on a balance board. The race will happen at the party place on our stage, backed up with some cool visuals and music.
Four contestants will compete against each other. The first two who step of the board will get eliminated and the other two will proceed to the next round. Let’s see how shots of Slivo will affect your balance :)
The Dinghy Days by Landyachtz
This year Landyachtz joined the party to support KnK by providing twelve Dinghy completes. Every day, on both weeks, someone will get a chance to win a Dinghy and at the end of the week, the winners will get to race them down the Bear’s Guts in a single heat. That’s if they will have the guts to do it :)
More info coming soon in a separate press release…
Red Bull No Paws Down
This will be the fourth edition of the Red Bull No Paws Down World Championship. Riders will once again race down the Bear’s Guts in a full stand-up mode and fight for the champion title. The competition last year was quite hard and this year we expect it to be even harder.
Patrick L. Lombardi, last year’s winner, will return to defend the title. He’s expected to be challenged by some of the World’s best freeriders. We expect the race to be nothing less than spectacular.
As always, the Red Bull No Paws Down race will take place on the last day of the first week, Saturday 29th to be exact.
Cult Single Set Survivors
During the second week of KnK, on Saturday, July 5th, the Cult Single Set Survivors will take place once again. Last year we witnessed some tight racing going on, resulting with Andreas Mangold sweeping the first place.
The format of the race will remain the same, everyone competing has to race with only one set of wheels of their choosing. Just like last year, everyone will be able to purchase a set of Cult wheels at a special promo price of 30 Euros. Yes, that is 10 Euros more per set comparing to last year. The reason for this is that we had to pay for the wheels. But don’t worry, as always the money gathered from the wheel sales will go into the prize money fund. Let the race begin :)
Is that all there is to it?
Of course not, but it would be simply too much to put everything that goes on at KnK Longboard Camp in one article…You can expect more info soon via the new KnK Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/knklongboardcamp.
For those of you who don’t know SektorF, here’s the short briefing – it’s a longboard crew from the Bavarian forest in Germany which promotes longboarding in their region via skate classes, outlaws and community driven events.
We already covered their activities in our SektorF skating article which you can check out later, but the highlight of this one is their 2017 SektorF Skatefest.
The SektorF Skatefest
Every year the crew comes together and organises a fun two day event at their local tow lift close to the Czech border. This year will be no different. From August 12th to 13th, everybody who likes skateboarding is welcome to join their activities.
The event promises endless loops, a portable pumptrack and a flowy fun track. Here’s what they have to say about it:
The short, but fun track will get spiced up with DIY banked turns and obstacles. There will be many side events during the days like fun races and raffle game with lots of goodies to win. And at night there will be a party with sound system and DJ of course.
Furthermore, the event also offers workshops for beginners and advanced skaters, a beginner’s course with Richie B. Enzmann and a floodlight.
Here’s the official recap to give you a short glimpse of what’s yet to come.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could make money doing what you love the most and to be able to keep doing if full time instead of your boring 9-5 job? In this post, you will learn how to cash-in your longboarding videos and live a life of a pro rider without even having a sponsor.
But wait…Isn’t skating for money a bad thing?
Some time ago, if you wanted to cash-in your skateboarding activities, people would quickly get very judgmental and often you could hear some saying “He’s in it just for the money!” as if that’s a crime or a very wrong thing to do…
You know, as if that person who’s trying to make money with skateboarding actually hates skateboarding but he or she does it just to get some money out of it. So much BS.
However, nowadays there are more and more riders who want to get paid for the footage they capture in order to be able to travel even more, attend more events and heck, why not try to make a living out of it as a pro skater.
To get out on the mountain, skate and film it, you had to spend time and money. So why wouldn’t you get at least some of the money back and refill your wallet for another trip or an event registration fee?
There’s a bunch of riders who already make money with their longboarding videos, you probably know them in person as well…
There are more ways to turn your video into cash but in this post, you will learn how to make money with your longboarding videos by licensing them to companies that specialise in distributing a user-generated content.
If you are a sponsored rider, I will also give you some hints about how to promote your sponsors in those videos and make it work out great for everyone.
Meet Jukin Media
Jukin Media is a company that specialises in distributing a user-generated content and it is a company behind some of the world’s most popular channels like People Are Awesome, Fail Army, JukinVideo and The Pet Collective.
If you have a cool video they will distribute it, monetize it and share the profits with you.
To get started with Jukin Media all you have to do is create an account on their website and submit your video. If they like it, your video will be added to their online library where it will be available for licencing to media professionals who are searching for great videos.
Jukin Media will not buy your video. You remain the owner of the video and you only give Jukin Media the rights to represent and manage your video on your behalf.
So, how will your video actually make money?
Jukin Media will try to turn your video into cash by licensing, syndication and YouTube monetization:
Licencing – Your video could be licensed and used in TV shows, advertisements or websites. The companies using your video will pay a fat sack of money for it.
Syndication – If someone is using your video on YouTube, it will be claimed and monetized by pre-roll commercials or banners ads. In addition to YouTube, Jukin Media will send your video to other major websites like Huffington Post, AOL, and Yahoo.
Production – As I mentioned earlier, Jukin Media also produces their own shows like “People Are Awesome” and “Fail Army”. If they use your video, they they promise to pay you.
How much will you earn with your video?
It’s hard to say exactly how much you will get paid because that depends on the variety of factors, like how long will it be used, where it will be used, how it will be used and so on…
To see how much Longboard Magazine would have to pay for one of the downhill skateboarding raw runs available in their library, I sent them an email asking for the price.
They replied the same day and wanted me to further explain where and for how long I will use the video…I explained that the video would be uploaded to our YouTube channel, Facebook page and get featured on our website and remain there indefinitely.
This is how video distribution usually works in longboard industry, right? A sponsored rider creates a video and then sends it to his sponsor who then posts the video on Facebook, their YouTube channel and maybe their website/blog.
The next day I received their reply and they offered to license me the video for 1.600,00 Euros.
So, considering that Jukin Media will share 50% of that revenue with the owner of the video, he would make 800,00 Euros.
I wonder if your sponsor would pay you that kind of money :)
But this is only one scenario…Your video could be licensed to a TV show featuring action sports videos and it would, for example, be used only once for a short period of time.
In that case, I guess the price would be much lower. According to what some riders have made, my rough estimate is that the price in this case could be around 300-500 Euros. The owner of the video would again make 50% of if, somewhere around 150-250 Euros.
* Please note that this is just what I think your video could make. It could be less, it could be more.
Will anyone be interested in watching your video?
Of course, if your video is low quality or boring, nobody will be interested in watching it.
You will have to make sure that your video stands out by showcasing some kind of funny, dangerous or outstanding performance, high speeds, beautiful scenery, awesome tricks and dance moves.
The general population is intrigued by crazy downhill skateboarding videos these days. Big media companies know that and they want to include this kind of content in their program in order to get the views, followers and to provide a popular content to their audience.
How to promote your sponsor in your licensed video?
We are used to putting sponsor logos at the beginning of the video, which is a bad idea anyway…If you want your video to be licensed, you should avoid any logos in it.
Think about it; Not everyone is an idiot like we are at Longboard Magazine and the broadcasters will not promote your sponsors for free like we do.
So, make sure that you upload a version of your video without the sponsor logos.
The same goes for the music. As usual, riders just steal some popular music and put it in their video. This is of course not allowed and you should upload your video to Jukin Media including copyrights free music or no music at all.
So, how do you promote your sponsor in a licensed video if you can’t put a logo in it…
That’s easy…Wear a t-shirt or a sticker on your helmet. Get creative and have your sponsor showcased in a different way. Maybe your video footage can include a closeup of the product (boards, wheels, helmet, gloves etc). You’ll figure it out, I’m sure.
Who is already doing it?
Some of the popular names are already on it. Here are some of them…
Seismic team rider Javier Tato recently uploaded his video from Nueno freeride and in a matter of days, it was featured on People Are Awesome.
A Loaded Boards ambassador LoTfi Lamaali – WoodWalker is also a regular uploader and recently a young ripper from US, Josh Neuman, bragged on Facebook about making a nice amount of money via Jukin Media as his Bails video got aired on TV.
Among others, like Andrei Churakov, there’s also a fast and tight run by Ambroise Trt which we also featured on Longboard Magazine.
How will your sponsors profit from your licensed video?
They will not. The thing is that these videos are mostly shown to a large audience which actually doesn’t care about longboarding brands or about you for that matter.
Your sponsor’s Facebook page will not get millions of new likes and their business will not skyrocket. As the matter the fact, hundreds of thousand fake Facebook views will get them maybe a couple of new followers.
However, who knows…You just might be discovered by the next talent hunter and get featured on a television or perhaps even score a trip overseas…
That’s it! This post stretched out far enough to give you an idea how to cash-in your videos.
As mentioned earlier, this is just one of the ways of making money with your videos and I will share some more as soon as I find the time to write them down. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter or follow our Facebook page.
So, will you give it a try and upload your video to Jukin Media?
Peace out brothers and sisters!
Cover photo by Mihael Zadravec (Longboard Magazine) Riders on the cover photo: Ruben Loosmore & Arthur Friedrich Schmidt
I currently live in Austria but sometimes I like to take a break for a few days and visit my favourite place in Italy, Lake Garda. In the past, I’ve spent a lot of time in Garda, discovering and skating different spots with my buddy Patrick Lombardi.
I discovered this road a long time ago but never had the chance to skate it, until now. It’s quite challenging with a constant decline and one steep curve following the other. The road itself is narrow, but that’s what I like most about it.
If you loved Landyachtz‘s EH Team and Skate and Explore episodes, Get In The Van 2 will blow you away. That’s if you actually watch it since it’s 37 minutes long. But totally worth watching!
2017 marks the 20th year of Landyachtz. To celebrate we created a video that embraces all of the styles of skateboarding we love. ~ Landyachtz Skateboards
Riders featured in the video: Adam Yates, Alex Hannigan, Billy Bones, Bricin Lyons, Charlie Darragh, Dave Helmer, Dave Rudgers, Dexter Manning, Dillon Stephens, Ed Aviña, Keenan Macartney, Laine Jackart, Mackenzie Yoshida, Martin Gallegos, Nick Hurley, Nick “The Landyachtz Bad Boy” Breton, Riley Harris, Stephen Fitzmaurice, Stephen Vaughn, Steven Vera, Tim Mcclain, Troy Grenier and Zach Keller.
Film by Dave Leslie.
Skaid is a freshly founded social project with the aim of connecting people from different cultures and social backgrounds through sharing positive experiences in sports.
With a clear mindset, their first goal was to organize skate and longboard workshops for refugees, guided by the locals.
The first workshop called “Skaid – all together” took place on the 21st of May at Landhausplatz in Innsbruck.
Besides the Skaid workshops for refugees, the gathering also offered a chill out area, a lottery with prizes and a King of the line contest amongst other things.
Skaid gave people a chance to get a first glimpse of skateboarding, get to feel how a rolling board feels under their feet, get some pointers from the local skaters and enjoy a chilled afternoon with a variety of people sharing the same passion.
That is what the skateboarding mentality is all about.
It has been pretty quiet around the boys and girls from Rollbrett Salzburg. Who is Rollbrett Salzburg you ask? Seriously?
If you have been to at least one of many BigMountainSkate events, you know the drinking team from Austria and Bavaria and their skateboarding problem. So I guess you probably had at least a beer with one of them.
Other than that, you most likely remember the event they host – The High Black Corner Jam – a downhill skateboard slopestyle festival, where everything is just about fun. An extraordinary event that mixes longboarding and skateboarding into one big thing.
Here is a video by Bros before Pros to give you a better picture.
Now guess what, this article is just about that – the High Black Corner Jam 2017 presented by easygoinc. longboards in the middle of the beautiful Bavarian Alps.
This year’s event in Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden is not your usual season opener, but planned right before KnK Longboard Camp (week #1), to loosen your legs if you have a long drive to Slovenia. The event is most likely on everyone’s travel route.
For the Rollbrett Salzburg crew, the event from the 21st to 23rd of July is just about coming together, hanging around, have a few beers, skating a few ramps, doing a few slides and playing some mini games.
It is also a great opportunity to try something new, like skate with 4 different types of scrubbies, a board without grip, a beer bench and much more craziness while battling for some neat sponsor prizes while playing mini games.
The registration for this year’s event is already open with a registration fee of 50 €, which includes three days of skate fun including camping. Click here to register.
The beer is cheap, the music is good (yes, there will also be a live band) and Rollbrett Salzburg will also offer breakfast and dinner, which is not included in the registration free.
Patrick L. Lombardi gets the honour to be one of the first ones to send it down the No Man’s Land track in Slovenia. 8 kilometres, 80 sweepers and 5 hairpins are the reason we dubbed this event “endurance freeride”.
It took Patrick exactly 50 slides to reach the finish line where he did 3 more to slow down and finally stop. Pretty wicked if you ask me.
Filming the run on a road of this length was not easy, but we somehow managed to do it. Of course, we had the traffic supervised via the stations. The road was never closed for traffic, but in a case of a car coming up, Patrick was instructed to stop the run and continue once the road was clear again.
That is why at the end of the video you can see the shift in the footage, but I put it together so that it presents the whole track as it is.
Patrick is a team rider at Aera Trucks, Urethane Burners and Sk8bites. The dude shreds hard and with such passion…Not many riders out there can match his supreme freeride skills. Many thanks for joining the project, Patrick!
Michael Minks, a skateboarder and videographer, released his first longboard documentary titled PUSH “A Tirol Longboard Documentary” back in 2012.
Narrated by himself, the video featured Austrian longboarders traveling to longboard events, skate sessions and miscellaneous events that happened throughout the filming period.
Have a look at what longboarding was like in Austria 5 years ago for a feeling of how the scene evolved to what it is now.
The motion captured in PUSH showed a different angle of longboarding and a representation of the contrast of how it felt to go to a longboard event besides bombing an early bird run with your best friends.
Well, we all know how longboarding advanced in the last couple of years, bigger slides and faster speeds are all the rage now.
That is why Michael has been working on another documentary for the last two years called PUSH2 “Austrian Downhill Culture” that is set to be released this June.
Here is one of the trailers featuring the Easygoinc and Graveyard Longboards crew on their home territory.
PUSH2 is Michael’s second independent film made with the help of his close friends. This time, the stars of the show are Patrick Bartel (Graveyard Longboards), Julian Marksteiner (Easygoinc Longboards), Martin Schraeg (Lush Longboards), Quirin Ilmer (Moonshine Longboards),
the Full Grip Team and a few other featured riders.
Last week we had the pleasure to host two rad skaters from the Banana Longboarding crew; Jakob Grasmann (Moonshine MFG) and Philip Tankarian (Layback Freiburg Skateshop). Together with our local shredder Benjamin Sabol (KebbeK Skateboards) they spent three days banging some of our sweetest home spots.
Jakob’s and Philip’s original plan was to travel to Italy but for some reason that didn’t work out and they decided to visit us instead. We were stoked to hear that they would like to spend some time with us and discover what else Slovenia has to offer besides the Bear’s Guts.
Only a few days earlier we acquired a new Panasonic Lumix GH5 camera and this was a great opportunity to do a few test shots with some great young talent.
Watching Benjamin skate with Jakob and Philip was really something special and I know that he was extra excited too because usually he doesn’t get to skate with other people that often besides myself. Slovenia has a very small downhill skateboarding scene.
On the first day we hit one of the steepest hills in the area to warm up. Short run with seven corners, the smoothest pavement around and a 22% grade made a great first impression on the guys.
We played it safe and skated with the radio stations. That provided some extra comfort and a sense of security, so the runs were fully sent one after another. The guys totally ripped it.
After a bunch of drops we moved to another spot in the area where we stayed until the sunset. Compared to the first one, this spot has pretty much the same surface but it’s less intense. The guys liked the more relaxed runs as the first spot took its toll.
In the evening, we were pretty smashed; the guys from skating, me from filming and driving, Nadia from taking photos and our dog Era from the heat. It was a great day but we were even more excited about the next day…
The next morning we took off a bit earlier so that the guys could skate a nice mellow run for a couple of times and warm up before hitting the 8 kilometres long mountain road we had scheduled down on the coast.
It’s needless to point out that they enjoyed this spot the most, but I had to anyway. Narrow as f***, smooth surface and top speed close to 70kmh. This track is the No Man’s Land’s “smaller brother from another mother”.
As the traffic started picking up at around 15 p.m., we stopped to film on one section and once we were done we moved to a spot on the other side of the valley.
Steep repaved and banked hairpins with a smooth tarmac were just perfect for getting a couple of shots during the “magic hour”. You can see that in the video as well…
The forecast for the last day was not so great, but we decided to give it a try anyway. We felt lucky as only half of the country had rain, so we just decided to go to a spot which was in the other half, but as soon as we got there it started raining.
Jakob and Philip had to catch a bus in the afternoon and we only had 3 hours left to skate. I took a look at the “rain radar image” and was happy to see that it hasn’t been raining on a spot which was only half-hour drive away.
It was a spot that I had marked to checkout for a while now, but never made it there. Once we arrived, the excitement went off the charts. The road was dry and packed with steep drops into even steeper hairpins with some sweepers in between. A real gem.
The guys had some runs there and I got another chance to tryout some new shots and angles as seen in the video…We couldn’t get enough of it so we ended the session fairly late but we managed to get to the bus just minutes before it left.
So yeah…We had a great time together and it was really nice to hang out with Jakob and Philip…I hope that they will return sometimes soon. If not, we’ll meet at KnK again anyway ;)
Organized by Sbanda Brianza, a Sports Club based in Brianza, Northern Italy, the Ghost Town Freeride is run by multiple adventurous skaters with a passion for longboarding and obsession for extreme sports.
Affiliated to FISR, the Italian Skateboarding Federation, the association is active in the Italian longboarding scene through event organization and get-togethers for riders with a “sbanda (swerve) state-of-mind”.
The Association is also deeply involved in offering longboard classes/camps for beginners, with certified instructors.
GHOST TOWN FREERIDE
Ghost Town Freeride is a two-day event organized by Sbanda Brianza, and supported by FISR, the Italian Roller Sports Federation. It offers 48 hours of longboarding, skateboarding, music, adrenaline and bruised buttocks.
June 17th and 18th, 2017 will mark the second edition of Ghost Town Freeride.
Last year, more than 80 riders came from all over the Italian peninsula to skate the road that extends down from the peculiar ghost town of Consonno.
The track features1.3 km of pure asphalt, with 10% average gradient and a 2016 track record of a top speed of 82-kph.
Consonno is an ancient village hidden in the hills around Lecco, close to the Alps. After being drastically turned into a little Las Vegas, it fell from grace in the mid-‘70s and the town slowly became uninhabited.
Nowadays, it has become one of the most famous longboarding spots in Northern Italy.
Ghost Town Freeride promotes the longboarding lifestyle by combining the sport together with its cultural side. This translates into a weekend of not only longboarding, but also music concerts, skate ramps, street-art corners, BBQs, street markets and a Saturday-night party to scare the ghosts away.
The registration fee for Ghost Town Freeride 2017 is set to 50 EUR which includes the event registration and a FISR membership.