Throwback – Skate USA 2005

This one takes us back. But not to the very beginning (more on that later!).

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Back in 2005 a certain Adam Colton and 3 friends skated the 3000miles (4800km) across the USA to raise money for The East Coast Round Wall Foundation. The trip took 2 and a half months and not only opened many of our eyes to distance skating but also to Loaded longboards and LongboardLarry who they met on the trip and sorted out with push boards.

Longboard Larry (LBL) a custom longboard manufacturer was a sponsor of my Skate USA trip by accident.  I met Larry by luck when our bus broke down in Oregon and Scott from thelongboardstore.com set us up to stay with Larry while the bus was being fixed.  From that moment a friendship and sponsorship was born.  We gave up the current decks we were riding and LBL built us custom decks for the trip right then and there.  He even became our press person for our trip and flew all the way to VA to join us at the welcome home celebration.

Not much exists online about the trip but the journey was featured in Freshpaved magazine and Adam has pictures on his website www.whoisadamcolton.com You can also look at more pictures on Adam’s Flickr album.

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Info – Rayne Demonseed 2015

The new graphic for the 2015 Rayne Demonseed got dropped and we like it a lot. Has that kind of traveller/wanderer feel to it. The Demonseed is part of the Gateway Series, all with similar graphics.

We are also loving the super simple 2015 website.


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Event – Miami Ultraskate Recap

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Pic: Team Ridemore

Where to start! This years Ultra at Homestead Miami looks to have been one of the best. So many things to report on and it finished just a few hours ago.

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Pic: IDSA

Andrew looked to be on track to pass the 300 mile mark but the pace took its toll and he finished with 226 miles. Eric Palmer took on the lead and skated into second place in the world rankings with an amazing 274.4 miles. Conan Gay claimed second with 265.7 miles.

All in all 19 riders passed the 200 mile mark (5 passed the 250 mark!) including Claudia Chase who took out the record in the women’s event with an amazing 202.9 miles.

In the SUP section Deejay Pascua paddled 210.2 miles and the Ridemore team passed the 300 mile mark.

As more information and pictures come in from the event we will be keeping you up to date. In the meantime, visit the event facebook page, the IDSA page and view the final results here.



Info – 10 Tips for life on the road

We here at Skatefurther are stoked when people want to get involved in what we do. Here is the first post of many from Jack Courtenay our new Skatefurther representative in Japan – 10 tips for skating further.

Hi, my name is Jack Courtenay, 23 from New Zealand. In 2013 I longboarded over 1500km’s in Japan in 33 days. This list I wrote is designed to give you tips to make the most out of your long distance skating trip while on the road.

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So you have your gear, your at your destination and your ready to start pumping. GOOD! Lets begin!

10. Put ice in your camelpak.

Darrian Balongie another long distance skateboarder taught me this trick (May he R.I.P) This will provide you with cold water for about 3 – 5 hours depends of your location. This is because as you will be skating for majority of the day your back with get sweaty pretty fast and therefore the heat with move into your pack where your water bladder/camelpak is. Doing this cools you down and keeps your water cold obviously.

9. Carry a lot of extra food and water.

Because you never know when or where you will next find somewhere with food and water, sometimes you can spend days in remote reigons and skating all day everyday burns a lot of calories and you will be eating upwards of 5 times a day (with desert for every meal). Stay away from sugar and eat high calorie foods.

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Throwback – Ultraskate IV

Back in June 2008, the idea of an Ultraskate was still new. James Peters over at Pavedwave had been putting in the miles in Seattle and spreading the stoke across the world and for the 1st time the Ultraskate went worldwide. In the days leading up to the event the stoke was high as people got themselves prepared and exchanged contact details. Getting a phone call in the middle of the night could make a huge difference.


James had a crew in Seattle which included Eric Lowell, Sheldon Lessard and Barefoot Ted, Trevor Gibson was in Colorado, Rodgon and John Galac were in San Diego, Nat and Ben Hall were at Dorney Lake in the UK and Keith O’Leary and Dave Cornthwaite were in Central London. It was on.

In London Dave pulled out Early with a football injury leaving Keith to soldier through the night, Ben and Nat skated though the night and clocked up some good miles but over in Seattle the miles were really put down. Eric got to 187 mile but Barefoot Ted, who hadn’t put his foot on a skateboard in years busted out 242miles – a new Ultraskate record.

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You can throwback to the paved wave and skatefurther forum threads and read about the event. Nat and Eric both wrote about their ultra experiences and they are worth a read too!



Journey – Push Full Circle Taiwan

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Event – Ultra-Skate 2015

This year sees Ultraskates happening across the globe. The first one is happening in just a few days – the 3rd Annual Ultra at Homestead-Miami speedway.

Now if you are new to distance skating you might not know that Andrew Andras is organising this event and is also the world record holder for the last 2 years, both set at this race. This year we at Skatefurther think he has his sights firmly set on breaking the 300 mile mark.

We will be keeping a close eye on the event via a bunch of Euro skaters who are making the trip across the ditch (watch this space for their pre-race preparations!) but wish everyone who is taking part the best of luck (special shout-out goes to Jeff Crowe who has his sights set on joining the 200 mile club!). Ultraskates are something special and anyone who even enters them deserves respect.

Visit the official website for more information 24hourultraskate.com for all the info you need. You can also see all the records for Ultras (and other official distances) over at Pavedwave.org – the amazing resource run by James Peters.

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Rider Profile – Thomas C Slager

I am Thomas Christopher Slager, I am from The Netherlands, I am 17 years old now.

Way back in the day when I was 10, my uncle had this old longboard, he gave it to me because I loved skateboarding, so whenever I could I went out with my grandparents or with my mom to the park I did laps arround the park on my longboard.

I did not knew what LDP was back then or that there was a whole LDP sport going on already, so I just kept doing those laps for fun.

Several years later, went to the Een Longboard Dag, and I was competing in the Radargun challenge, I came in third, and I was like wow that is so cool, next competition of that event was a sprint push race, I competed in that one as well with a backpack and a full-face helmet, couldn’t breath, but I won that one, so I was very happy with that, and I found something similar to my parklapracing, a few months later I competed in my first full longboard marathon, I came in first position and opened a hole between number 2 with a half lap, I was 15.

After that I started to organise my own longboard marathon, I called it Haagsche Longboard Marathon, I did this because the sport needed a kick in the air, and I wanted to compete in more marathons. I won that marathon.

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Reader’s Rides – Andrew Andras

Andrew posted up his new ride for his upcoming Ultraskate. For those of you who don’t know, Andrew is the organiser behind the Ultraskate at Homstead- Miami and also the record record holder for the furthest distance skated in 24 hours. Last year at the same event Andrew skated 455.8km (283.3miles) and he hopes to improve on that in just a few days.

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Keep you eye on skatefurther as we hope to get a review of the Don’t Trip Poppies and a 1st hand account of the Ultra right here! If you have a setup that you love riding, drop us a line and your ride could be up here too.

 



Journey – Trans-America

Skateboarding is a journey that takes us to may places.
Hi, my name is Caleigh and I’m planning a trip from Boston, MA to San Francisco via longboard. The trip is scheduled to begin in September 2015.
The trip begins in Boston, MA and goes south to Georgia, west to New Orleans, Houston, Albuquerque, Pheonix, Los Angeles and finally San Francisco. It is part of an effort called Trans-America. Trans-America is the effort to meet transgender people from around the country and see how they live, and show that transgender people are regular people in society, too. The effort of longboarding is to show the strength the transgender community has and that we will stop at nothing until we get the respect we deserve.
Hit up trans-america.net for live updates from the trip and please visit gofundme.com/trans-america.