Journey – The Long Push To Ibiza

OLDtrickNEWheaderSkinny_1Recently popped up on our radar is a guy by the name of ControversialMike. Seems he’s another one to fall victim to the blight of “good ole’Blighty” so he’s quit the grey days and is chasing his youth by heading to Ibiza, from the UK.

The trip has been a year in the making and it look like it’s been a rolercoaster of a ride. You see, Mike didn’t know anything about long distance skating, assuming he was the only one stupid enough to consider it a viable option. He was planning on using his 20yr old vert set up originally! Seems he just want to go back to Ibiza and to get back on his board. Can he evenskate still? Well, the last few months have been a steep learning curve and having stepped on a longboard for the first time only 2 months ago, so far his training has left him immobile with a back injury, he’s only just got back up on his feet and he’s already hitting 30mph downhill sessions in preparation for what is turning out to be somewhat of ridiculous undertaking.

– 2000+km from Brighton Pier to France and following the Atlantic coastline all the way round to Spain, then across the Pyrenean Mountain range to Barcelona and onto a ferry to Ibiza.
– 50-60 days
– Shoestring budget
– Limited talent
– Already injured before push off

… I think the term “self supported” might be a little optimistic for this one, let’s just say, “solo” and keep our fingers crossed he makes it there in one piece and return with some great stories for us.

Push off is 30th July at 11am GMT.

His site is well worth a visit! oldtricks.co.uk/the-long-push-to-Ibiza. He’s blogging regularly and he’s even running a competition for some tasty free kit for those willing to pitch in and help spread the word. Stop by and let him know that we’re routing for him… I’m guessing he’s going to need the support!



Info – G|Bomb Torsion Tail

G|Bomb have always led the way with the bracket system for your boards. This is the latest – The Torsion Tail.

Introducing our G|Bomb Torsion Tail. The new patent pending design integrates zero degree truck performance, and a lively spring return, into the structure of the board. By eliminating the traditional rear truck and deck support, the design offers significant weight savings, improved performance, and our trademark low platform height.

We really like the idea of the trailing rear for LDP. If you have got a G|Bomb Chop that you want to share, head over to our forum thread and join the conversation. If you fancy getting hold of one of these then hit up Mark at G|Bomb or leave a message on their Facebook page.



Forum – Chop Jobs

Brackets have become an essential tool for adjusting the angle of your truck, lowering your ride, or fixing up a deck that has seen too many curbs. G|Bomb have been in the business for years and there are plenty of newcomers to the market such as Tusk Designs. So what deck do you pair up with your brackets? How about chopping a deck to fit.

Hit up the forum thread to see what others have been up to and get some inspiration.

 



Info – Skatefurther Forum 2015

Way back in 2008 when we first came up with the idea of a website dedicated to distance skateboarding, little did we know quite where the journey would head. One thing we were sure of was that we needed a place to chat, share ideas and generally geek out about what was as the time an extremely unpopular discipline in the skateboard world.

The skatefurther forum was that place.

In 2010 Bam accidently deleted it, then is was besieged by spam and left in a dusty corner of the internet.

But it’s back! We are proud to present the ALL NEW (but still kinda the same) improved skatefurther forum. Go sign up and see what we were up to back in the day. Then add your own voice. By the way, the muffin was one of our original graphics. Cute huh?

www.skatefurther.com/new-forum

See you in there.



Info – Globeskater ‘No Matter the Weather’

Romain Bessiere has been on our radar for years and years. The Globeskater was possibly the 1st person to skate an ultraskate in 2006 (a distance of 313km) and since then has been making his way across a whole range of countries.

He will always be skating, no matter the weather.


Hit up Globeskater.com to see what else he has been up to.



Info – Push Teaser 2016

Jack Smith is at it again, this time working with Filmmaker Robb Albrecht to create a documentary about the history of long distance skateboarding. Something we here at Skatefurther are very excited about.

Watch this space for more.

Push Teaser – Spring 2016 from Robb Albrecht on Vimeo.



Journey- CROSSboarders


Have you ever had the urge to skatefurther? How about 69,000km further? Well Jay and Iain are off on an adventure and will probably be skating past you! 

The world is upside down and there is war going on everywhere…Racism and pointlessness is growing. And we don’t fit in anymore.. One day when you wake up with all your friends married and with kids, houses, good jobs and expensive cars.. What do you do?

Well we fucked off. 

As a Christian Jew, Jay has always wanted to go to Israel and his initial thought was to walk there and then continue from there around the world.. But he thought.. Skateboarding is so much more fun than walking.. So he bought himself a real cheap longboard and started to plan the trip.. This was in February 2015.

Jay wrote to Iain in February and said.. “Dude come with, IT WILL BE FUN!!!” Iain said, “Naaa”

In March  a late night he got a text on Whatsapp, and Iain was in..

Iain has never stood on a skateboard so this will be awesome… Iain said.. “Well i guess, if we’re gonna skate 69,000 km, I will kinda learn on the way”..

Jay is doing this as a spiritual journey and to give the finger to society. Iain is doing this to escape the Scottish winter and to make sense of it all.

We should live more eco friendly and find alternative lifestyles. We should be kinder to another and we should stop focusing on our differences and focus more on our strengths and the kindness in everyone.. Every single person on this earth Fucks up.. over and over again. Give them a helping hand because next time it is you,

Don’t make society tell you what to do or how you should act.. Help forming a new more humane society.. Where having fun and where you actually live is more important than stacking up piles of money.

Say fuck it, leave everything behind and start skating and meet up with us. we will absolutely take you in and we will share our bread with you, but you gotta have your own skateboard, because we aint walking :P

We want to inspire people to do the same and be more conscious about what society is forming us to instead of us forming the society.

Now we are sponsored by Urskog longboards and North Best Co. Wheels and we want to say to everyone that anyone can skate. Doesn’t matter how old you are or how unfit you are.. just buy yourself a skateboard and start skating. 
Check our route out at crossboarders.org/Route.html

On facebook at CROSSboarders

Instagram CROSSboarders

Linkedin CROSSboarders

Thanks for this opportunity to get our voice heard.
We have just had a look at the route and are completely blown away by this trip. Nat will be sure to join them when they come through New Zealand. Watch this space for all the updates. 


Product Review – Tusk Precision Brackets

logo1Tusk Designs are new to the market, their website went live just this week. We have yet to see the brackets in the flesh (watch this space!) but orders are already coming in from all over the place and their instagram has been bombarded. Tusk Brackets are set at 13° or 19° and come in gold, silver or red.The front bracket weighs just 150g and the rear 189g. More importantly they cost $94.40 USD and are supplied with 8mm polycarbonate risers. Expect to see lots of these about in the next few months.

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Scene – LDP Rio

We didn’t really know where to file this one; Rider Profile? Gatherings? Just plain awesomeness? We went for ‘Scene’. Yuri got in contact because he wanted to let the distance skating world know about what is going on in Brazil. Here is his story.

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Hi, my name is Yuri Santos and I’m the creator and organiser of the LDP-Rio Community in Brazil. Ours is the only community in the world with exclusive authoral content in Brazilian Portuguese. This is our story, hope you enjoy it:

It all started as a blog in late 2012, as I was returning to skateboarding after 7 years away. One day returning from work something inside me just flipped a switch, “hey I think I’ll try longboarding, seems nice, let’s see how much it costs…”. I got out of the bus in front of a famous skate shop and assembled a longboard. Fully suited after work, I went home pushing 4 miles. Arrived dripping sweat, but had forgotten all the stress from that day’s work.

After that naturally I started reading about more and more about the many possibilities of longboard and was starting to search for the pump, instinctively. Since I hated my job at the time, it gave me a lot of time to do my research. After a couple months I landed on Pavedwave and it blew my mind! Every day I went back to where I stopped and kept reading, and reading and reading…I couldn’t get enough of it. Still cant.

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Product Review – Don’t Trip Poppy

Here at Skatefurther we pride ourselves on getting the best reviews from the best people. Who better to ask for a review of his favourite truck than Andrew Andras – Ultraskate World Record holder.

When I got into distance skating I remember thinking a longboard truck is just a longboard truck, right? Reverse kingpin, some bushings, about 150 to 180mm in length. All the same! But as I started to log my miles and hone my craft, I soon realized that not all longboard trucks are created equal. Defiantly not all trucks are suited for your specific discipline. Sure any truck will do in the beginning, but as your start to spend time on your longboard you start to notice things that could make it better. This is about the time in your game that your setup starts to become an extension of your body. You become in tuned with one another, it speaks to you, you begin to listen. So like anyone who is on the path to master their respective sport, constant tinkering and product trials insue. The hunt for the right feel and performance can becomes obsessive…

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