Rider Profile – Adrian Oh ‘World on Board’

Another Rider Profile, this time from someone who has skated in more countries than most.

Hi I am Adrian Oh, 32 from the tiny Island-nation of Singapore. As most of you may know me as World On Board, I travel around the world on my GBomb longboard, sponsored by GBomb. I have been skating since 2012, introduced by my Ex. I work as a special needs teacher. That is why I have my long holidays to do all the skate travel.10454365_10152914295696171_3035670682221037465_o

I used to be an avid backpacker, travelling across 70 countries in 4 continents (Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas). So when I first watched Adam Colton and Paul Kent’s Long Trek on Skate Decks, I got inspired and did my own Skate Travels. I began my first Long Skate travel in Malaysia, Sept 2013. In Dec 2013, I got ambitious and skated 600km across the Middle East from Jordan-Israel to Egypt. Subsequently, after watching the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I decided that Iceland is my next major destination in June 2014. After skating 82km on my first day from Hofn to Jokulsarion, I arrived, seeing the icebergs so close to me. That makes my hard day of skating all worthwhile, like I really earned my rights to view this. That is why I love my skate travels. I really have to skate hard to earn the right to view such magnificent scenery.

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At the same time, I participated in my first longboard race, Haagsche half marathon, organised by Thomas Slager.

In September 2014, I spontaneously flew to South Korea just to skate 650 km from Seoul to Busan on their bike paths in just 6 days.

In Dec 2014, I raced with the Top long distance skaters in Adrenalina. Right after, I went to Cuba to skate 750km from Santiago to Santa Clara. Why Cuba? Cuba is one of the last frontiers to American Capitalism and once Castro has gone, Cuba will definitely change. I want to be there before this happens. Furthermore, I have been reading on Che’s book and movies about him, definitely I have to go to Cuba for pilgrimage, what better way than to Skate across Cuba. I realise that in my skate travels, on the roads while skating, I am the Skate, with my board and paddle. When I arrived in my destinations, I become just a normal tourist. I guess my board has become an extension of me, just like a superhero in disguise. Peter Parker as Spiderman, Bruce Wayne as Batman. My Alter ego is World on Board.

This 2015 is the year of Ultraskate. My first ultraskate will be in Dutch Ultraskate this June. My forte is not in speed, but endurance. I hope to do well in my Ultraskate, targeting 200 miles (320km) at least.

Do check out my facebook page World On Board

You can watch my skate travel videos on my youtube page

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Rider Profile – Lonneke van Kampen

Hello there,

I’m Lonneke van Kampen, a female distance skater from the Netherlands. At the moment of writing I’m 22 years old and I’m longboarding for about 3 and a half years. After I started skating, I soon found out longdistance skating is amazing! After half a year I skated my first ultraskate, I died a little during that, but I managed to skate 100 miles. Since then, I joined most of the marathons and other distance races in the Netherlands. I found out that the distance scene is like one big family, it’s so much fun to skate with them!

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Along with Lennart van de Peppel, I decided to take the ultraskate to the next level. Before this, the ultraskate was on a public track around a lake, so lots of people, dogs and wind. So we searched for the perfect track, rented it and I think we made a great event! It was at that ultraskate, in 2013, where I skated 300.8 kilometres (186.9 miles). It was a women’s world record, I never had expected that! My goal was 200 kilometres. It was an amazing experience.

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I skated all this on a homebuilt double dropped pusher, made by a friend of mine. I use the fairly simple setup of Randal 180’s and 85mm Speedvents (the purple ones). This summer I bought a Subsonic Raven, but I haven’t skated much on it yet, as I still have problems with my knee. The only thing I maybe would change to my setup are my trucks, I could try some smaller or lighter ones.

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Because of the trouble with my knee (it’ll be okay again, sometime, I hope), I decided to put my energy in supporting and organizing. We started Dutch Distance Skaters, an organization for longdistance events. And we’re also busy organizing the Dutch Summer Solstice Ultraskate 2015, which will be amazing; there will be skaters from countries all over the world.

I hope I can ride some events again in 2015 and further on. My dream is to skate 200 miles in an ultraskate. Hopefully I can do that somewhere in the future..

Thanks Lonneke, we look forward to seeing you get to 200! If you know of a skater you would like to be featured on our ‘Rider Profile’ series, drop us a line.



Product Review – Pantheon Quest.

Skatefurther prides itself of getting great reviews, from people who have put the distance in on their boards. Kyle Yan and Harrison Tucker are just that. Here are their reviews of the Pantheon Quest for Skatefurther.

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Kyle Yan

10904145_10152759863507880_775631202_n I’ve been riding the Pantheon quest since the summer of 2014 and have skated over 1000 miles on it. I have participated in numerous push races including the Kick for Cancer on the schuylkill road, The 2014 Broadway Bomb, and the Putnam Challenge (50 miles).

My current setup on the quest includes 152mm Dont-Trip Trucks (55*front, 20* back) and 78mm Seismic Blast Waves (80a, 78a).

This 35 inch long, 9 inch wide, and 8 ply board makes the board very light. The “sweet spot” of the board is in the center of the board. If you are pushing mongo you can receive maximum return of energy from the flex of the board.

The 1 inch drop acts as a foot stop when going downhill. I’ve gone over 40 mph on the quest and have no problems with It. You can definitely feel the flex kick in, when riding over objects. I’ve had difficulties making sharp turns on the board when going downhill.

In my opinion, the Pantheon quest is a great deck for daily commuting, push races, long distance races and straight non-technical downhill races.

Harrison Tucker

10938933_782279125174816_125821899_oI’ve been pushing on the Pantheon Quest for quite a few months already. I’ve done multiple races on It. As well as some 50 and 100 mile skates.

The quest is a 8 ply, 35 inch board, with a 1 inch drop as well as a drop through. The quest is extremely low to the ground and can easily accommodate narrow trucks and large wheels. I’ve been riding my Quest with 154mm 55° front 20° rear Don’t Trip Poppys and 85mm 77a Defcon Seismic Speedvents. I’ve taken the Quest into some decently high speeds(around 40 mph) and didn’t have any issues with it. The concave is extremely comfortable but you still definitely know where your feet are.

Overall I definitely recommend the quest, and think it’s a great board for the racing, commuting, and long skate treks

Editors Note – We also love the fact that Pantheon is a family owned company (Jeff and Maribeth rule!) who have an amazingly positive approach to skateboarding, their lives, their family and their business. Show Pantheon some love by visiting their website and their facebook page. Tell them Skatefurther sent you!

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Cheers guys! – if you have a product that you think deserves a review, drop us a line. We’d be stoked to hear from you.




Throwback – SkateNewZealand

Every so often we will be giving a little shout-out to distance skates and skaters from the past. Our own little throwbacks to events that have got us to where we are now.

7 years ago today, in January 2008, Adam Colton, Nat Halliday, Sheldon Lessard and Kari Grebe set off from Cape Reinga on the 2100km journey across New Zealand.

New Zealand is famous for its terrible roads, huge mountains and insane drivers. The journey took 43 days and raised over $3000 for the Lowe Syndrome Trust.

Adam had previously skated across the US and went on to complete many more skates, both as part of the LongTreksonSkateDecks trips and a few solo missions too.


Nat went on to start this here website and organises distance skating events in New Zealand.



Event – Ruapuna Ultraskate

Back in 2011, just after the Christchurch Earthquakes, SkatefurtherNat organised an Ultraskate at the famous Ruapauna Raceway.

And its back.



Throwback – Boardfree Oz

Every so often we will be giving a little shout-out to distance skates and skaters from the past. Our own little throwbacks to events that have got us to where we are now.

Dave Cornthwaite skated the length of the UK as a warm-up to his epic 5823 km (3618 miles) skate across Australia. The 2008 Boardfree journeys raised money of a range of charities and firmly placed Dave into the history books as both a Guinness record holder and advocate of distance skateboarding journeys.

Dave went on to break records using a range of human powered vehicles, wrote a couple of books and now is best known for his Expedition1000 project, a plan to undertake 25 separate journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport.



Rider Profile – Steven ‘Skogger’ Meketa

In the next installment of our Rider Profiles, Steven ‘Skogger’ Meketa lets us all know about himself and the art of Skog.


Skogging is the life changing vision of skateboard + jogging invented by the late great Chris Yandall. Chris is my hero and mentor and I know he is skogging in heaven.


As for me I’m a 42 soon to be 43 year old skater originally form Cleveland. I survived a few life threatening illness’s and by the grace of God met Chris and was introduced to the amazing style of the skog!!! I’ve been hooked from day 1. Skogging not only is my medicine it is also my main form of transportation. Skogging is pushing both legs while alternating lead leg!!! Skogging incorporates pumping and some dancing as well!!!

I’m sponsored by ChurchillMFG/LAX longboards -Fun Box Dist!!!

Thanks for the opportunity to speak about skogging but I rather teach the masses in person. So if all ya all want to host a skogging clinic hit me up through skogger.com or skogging@hotmail.com

God Bless
Skog it up!!!

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Journey – Push for Burundi

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3 longboarders from Alberta decided they wanted to make a difference. So they longboard great distances to raise awareness and funds for Busiga, Burundi.

Richard Charter, Jordan Smith, and Caleb Sinn are three young people who want to make a difference in the world. They all share a passion for longboarding, and through this passion they seek to make change. They board great distances to raise awareness and funds for projects that are based in Busiga, Burundi. They longboarded across Alberta in July of 2013, and they have their eyes set on pushing across BC this coming July. This is Push for Burundi.

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Check out the official teaser trailer below.

Hit up their rad website, their facebook page or email pushforburundi@gmail.com



Journey – Long Trek for St. Jude

Our man on the road Earl Stout III hung out with the boys from Long Trek for St. Jude boys and managed to ask then a few questions, as well as skating the day with them…

When did you start skating this trip?

June 1st.

And from where did you start?

Uncle Funkys board shop in the lower west side of Manhattan. Jeff Gaites is awesome!

Why are you guys skating 4,300 miles to San Diego?

To raise awareness and money for St Judes.

What motivated you to do this skate across the USA?

Darrians cousin was diagnosed with AML acute myelogenous leukemia before his first bday in 2011. Christopher dorian Mitchell did not make the fight to his second bday. He spent the last couple months at St Judes in Tennessee.

How has the skate been so far….?

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Fantastic….besides getting stuck in the rain and getting lost twice in northern new jersey. Met a lot of cool people so far.
Got to reunited with Earl Stout III yesterday and met his lil brother Evan.  He helped us get out of the rain yesterday. We met Earl at chief ladiga silver comet skate challenge last year.
Shralpers union and Organic Hogwash have been a great help along with all our other sponsors. EARL has been a huge help.

Where are at the moment and where you headed to today?

Morrisville Pennsylvania at a private campground that Earl has a nice lil setup at. There is a huge lake with a great view from his spot.

We will be skating to Philadelphia and going to Community bikes and boards for a bbq. Rob Everitt loves having people come by the shop that are doing fund raising awareness treks.

When do you plan to be in San Diego by?

We plan to arrive in San Diego by August 20th.

You can hit up the boys and follow their progress on their facebook page. If you want to donate hit up http://gogetfunding.com/project_funds/add/16895



Info – Adam C on Distance

This is a great article written by someone who knows their stuff. Adam has skated a long way on numerous trips (he joined Bam – one of the original founders of SkateFurther, on his trip across Europe and later skated with Nat across New Zealand) in a team with support, in a team without support and more recently on a few solo trips. His article is a great write-up about the madness that is distance skateboarding.

Enjoy.

So you have been poking around the internet, seeing people all over the world doing some rad things you want to be doing, and you think to yourself: “I want to do that; I want to go on an adventure.”  You get this beautiful daydream about it, you build it up in your head, but that is about as far as it gets.  And soon it was just a dream and the idea fades away.  How do I know?  I used to be this way and still am at times.

One of the hardest things about going on an adventure is making the adventure happen.  When you start to take your daydream and really look into the logistics, the cost and the planning of the unknown (which is when doubt, uncertainty, lack of confidence comes in) ultimately kill your idea. Or it could also be your mom or dad saying NO, hahaha.I don’t blame you, either.

It is scary going out into the unknown.  Before all of my trips I am nervous, as well; I still feel a bit of uncertainty.  But what helps is that once you get one adventure under your belt, you have a better understanding of things.

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