If you couldn’t make it to the event, you can check out our coverage from BigMountainSkate’s Alpenrauschen here: Part 1 and Part 2, and get up to speed with everything that happened in those 4 days in Tauplitzalm, Austria.
During the event, the ROCKET Longboards team riders were on point, stacking numerous clips, either filming themselves or filmed by Mirko Paoloni with a follow car. One of that film runs is the one you got to see right now featuring Dominic Schenk (Switzerland) and Ian Freire (Brazil) sending it stand up at around 90 km/h.
Dominic and Ian met each other in 2015 during the RedBull No Paws Down where they competed with each other in the finals. That year Ian took 1st place and Dominic 2nd, but in 2017 Dominic took home the gold. Soon after their first RBNPD race, they became good friends and Ian Freire joined Dominic on the ROCKET Longboards team two years later.
In the video we could see how comparable these two “champions” are with their almost synchronized flow, both targeting the fastest and most technical lines. This really is a match made in skate heaven.
Both Dominic and Ian have their own pro model deck, handmade in Switzerland by Daniel Iseli, the founder of ROCKET Longboards. Dominic’s deck of choice in the video is his pro model the ROCKET Domination, while Ian took his Ian Freire Pro, featuring ROCKET’s LAF technology, for a wild spin down the Alpenrauschen track.
Besides Dominic and Ian there were 4 other ROCKET team riders on the track; Danilo Porto, Till Heiden, Dave Süess and a new team rider who has yet to be announced.
The announcement has garnered much attention, over 1k people visited the article during the first couple of days since it was published.
In the meantime, ROCKET’s website got a pretty rad overhaul. There you’ll find more information about their current team, work process and a bunch of other cool stuff.
Welcoming Ian Freire from Brazil, a Red Bull No Paws Down 2015 champion, will help ROCKET to stand out even more during this upcoming season. Something tells me that we’ll see Ian back to the Bear’s Guts this year, as last year Patrick Lombardi walked away with the title.
Daniel Iseli and his crew presented the Ian Freire Pro deck along with the two new 2017 models and the rest of the Rocket’s collection at ISPO Longboard-Embassy.
As he told me in one of our conversations, ISPO was a great success for ROCKET. The feedback on the new boards was great and people loved them.
Well, Daniel… What else can you expect when doing such a great work 🙂
Now, let’s see what’s there to love…
LAF – Strong, lightweight and waterproof
ROCKET took a big step forward this year and introduced a new construction technique code-named LAF which is shortened for “Light As Fuck”.
It includes a very light wooden core sandwiched between carbon and glass fibres with clear 3D embossed highly scratch resistant PBT top sheets. The core is sealed down with extremely strong polyurethane rails which make the board highly resistant to impact and waterproof.
The boards built with LAF weigh around 30% less compared to longboard decks built in a traditional way, while preserving the same flex and vibration absorption characteristics often missed in full carbon decks.
ROCKET currently offers two boards built with LAF – the Ian Freire Pro and the Stealth.
New ROCKET longboard decks in 2017
ROCKET offers 12 longboard decks, but in this article I’ll cover the 3 latest; the Stealth, the Ian Freire Pro and the Scout.
The Stealth extends ROCKET’s already quite versatile board selection by covering the riders who prefer the style of skateboarding that includes freestyle and dancing.
It’s a symmetrical top-mount deck, with 0.47″ concave and three wheelbase options raging from 27.5″ – 30″ enabling to match the flex and the length of the kicks to a preferred riding style.
The stealth is built with LAF technology and promised to last for a very very long time.
It is extremely impact resistant and waterproof thanks to the polyurethane rails as well as very lightweight, with a total weight of only 1600 grams (3.5 lbs).
The board also features minimal wheel well flares and pressed-in wheel wells which makes it safe to ride with more loose trucks.
The Stealth deck specification
Wheelbase: 27.5″ – 30″
Weight: 1600 g / 3.5 lbs
The price tag on the Stealth is 269 Euros.
What else to say, it’s a great looking double-kick freestyle deck, I’ll bet you’re already drooling all over your keyboard, so let’s move to the next one…
The Ian Freire Pro
The Ian Freire Pro is a 35,4″ long top-mount directional deck with a symmetrical platform designed with both downhill and freeride in mind. It provides the same leverage regardless of the direction the board is facing making it a breeze to ride switch as well.
The Ian Freire Pro comes in two width versions; a wider 9.8″ and a narrower 9.2″ version. Both versions feature a progressive concave (16mm to 12mm), flared wheel wells and a rocker.
The wheelbase is adjustable from 23″ to 26″. The shortest wheelbase will enable you to use the board’s kick tail to its full potential, while the longest will make it more stable for downhill runs.
Just like the Stealth, the Ian Freire Pro is built with LAF technology to last for a lifetime as it’s highly impact resistant, waterproof and very lightweight, weighing only 1400 grams (3.1 lbs).
The Ian Freire pro model deck is built with ROCKET’s new ridiculously strong LAF technology which makes this board extremely durable, waterproof and weigh only 1400 grams (3.1lbs).
As Ian shared with us, he always wanted to design his own deck and already had plenty ideas on his mind when at the end of last year, Daniel Iseli of ROCKET proposed the collaboration.
With mixing my ideas with Daniel´s knowledge in board construction, we managed to come up with a decent design to make a prototype. I was stoked about the prototype, but when I saw it done with the LAF technology, I was blown away. This board is a game changer!
Ian Freire Pro Model Deck Features
The Ian Freire Pro Model deck is 35,4″ long and has a directional shape, while its standing platform is symmetrical in order to provide the same stance and the same leverage regardless of the direction the board is facing.
The lucky future owners will be able to choose from two width versions, 9.8″ and 9.2″ (slim), while both versions feature a progressive concave (16mm to 12mm), flared wheel wells and a rocker.
With wheelbase options ranging from 23″ to 26″ and a kick tail, the Freire Pro Model deck is promised to deliver not only on the hill, but all around as well.
I would recommend this deck to everyone that likes to skate all kinds of hills, freeride or downhill, and want to do it all with one board. With a perfect size to freeride, flared wheel wells and a symmetrical platform, it’s the perfect board to do some stand up slides, but it is still big enough to go really fast. A mellow kick tail provides a really big pop on the smallest wheelbases.
ROCKET continues to evolve its production and is proud to introduce the indestructible polyurethane rails, which make the board highly resistant to impact.
The ultra durable polyurethane rails also seal the wooden core sandwiched between carbon fibre sheets, making it waterproof. As you can see from the photos, the carbon fibre is visible through the embossed 3D top sheets complementing the board with a badass look.
What’s the price
The production of the Ian Freire pro model is more time consuming, which justifies a higher price tag. The price for the deck is expected to be 269 Euros. Considering that it might last practically forever, the price doesn’t sound too big anymore.
The Ian Freire deck will be available for purchase in midd March via their current dealers.
Keeping the hype real
Since he started manufacturing longboards, Daniel’s focus remains on the core longboard community where he feels at home. While the cruising trend is plummeting and many companies are facing to shut down their cheap boards productions, ROCKET keeps growing.
As a one-man company which produces everything in-house in Switzerland, the only way to survive is to find a niche. I ride downhill since 2002 and I was always looking for the best gear. Hence I found my place in producing high quality boards for customers who use them as sports equipment instead of fashion accessories. This gives me the advantage of being less dependent to the ups and downs in the market based on some hypes. Since I started to ride downhill I saw that the core scene didn’t change much numerically.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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
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!
Ian Freire, the Red Bull No Paws Down 2015 champ dropped in with his Eurotour 2015 video recap. We had a quick chat so check out the videos and read-through to see what he has to say about it.
At the end of June 2015, me and my teammates and good friends from Face Skate Wheels, Tiago Mohr and Carlos Paixao packed up and travelled overseas to Europe. First stop was Italy where we joined up with our good friend, also a Face Skate team rider, Fillipo Salerni. We stuffed our gear in his awesome van and started our Eurotour. Mission objective – Hit some IDF races and freeride across Europe.
We went to three races, TMI Lillyhammer, Kozakov Challenge and the Verdicchio Race while always freeriding some sick spots between the events. I’m not much of a racer, but my buddies did well. Carlos won Verdicchio Race and was 3rd at Kozakov, Tiago was 6th at Verdicchio and Filippo’s best result was 45th at Kozakov.
We also skated the KnK Longboard Camp. For me it turned out to be the best time of the trip. I was wondering how Slovenia would be like and it turned out to be a super sick and wild place with rivers, thick green forests and massive mountains surrounding the Bear’s Guts.
I ended up winning the Red Bull No Paws Down race and couldn’t be more stoked about it! I was so happy to finish the event like that after so many days of riding!
40 days later, after traveling through 11 countries, we’ve made it back to Italy with the best memories possible and smiles on our faces. Mission accomplished. We can’t wait for 2016 and are already planning our Eurotour for next year. See you soon again everyone!