The BIG One, a THS film premiere

The Homies have been itching to put out a full length film for while. The content that we had been throwing up to our Youtube channel (THS – The Homie Skate Media) had been smaller clips with good content, just a bit of skating here and there but nothing BIG.

Tyler added me into a group chat one Friday afternoon, little did I know, the boys had planned a huge trip. We spent four days hopping the gulf islands hitting several spots, that our Filmer Jake had picked out on Google maps. The plan was set; Salt spring Island, Vancouver Island, then film clips of the local roads that we grew up skating. This trip was bound to be Big, the production, bound to be one for the books.

The Skate trip started out like most do, an afternoon ferry ride out to our first island stop, Salt Spring – accessible by drive on ferry. The boys were locked and loaded, with boards in the trunk, and fresh thane to burn! We were stoked.

There was something about the mystery behind the spots that had us itching with excitement. We couldn’t wait to shred the spots that Jake said “Google maps doesn’t do justice.” This is normally a good thing when you’re heading into unknown hill territory.

The trip was over all an amazing time. The hills were beyond belief. Even sitting here writing this takes me back to some of the spots wanting take better lines and huck even harder. We Camped, hung out, drank, ate, and went full send. Confidence in our minds and the knowledge in our feet, we knew what we were doing.

A serious conversation needs to be had around the reason we film the way we do. The dangers associated with filming long-boarding are possibly some of the greatest of any sport in the world. Followed by a car two feet off your ass, we attempt at putting the viewer right into the shoes of the rider. Some adrenaline filled viewing, for an inspiring content base, someone looking at getting into downhill would be scared silly. We talked maybe changing the style of filming for this video, arranging stationary shots. We added some, for variety but we decided to put raw runs in because it all went to the ground when we saw these spots. Steep, deep apexes, pasted on mountainous country sides, we knew for a fact that anyone watching our full length was going to be doing one thing – sitting there in awe. This is the top tear performance of Vancouver riding: styling fast down every hill, adding grace to everything by slowing down while standing up.

The Homies Skate does not encourage the use of follow runs, nor do we think it’s a good idea, but for us it was the best way to put the viewer into our shoes and see what downhill skateboarding is all about.

The new content we plan on broadcasting will show a variety of shots and give more knowledge on how to go about trying the sport safely. Look forward to this in the future. We’re brainstorming some good stuff to run down the tube.



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Tuesday January 8th 2019.

Patience – Speech – Kiazen – Mastery 

How the tide brings about the days of our lives.

We search for the ore that moves us along.

With time by our side we move at pace.

Searching for our path of least resistance.


Beauty – People – Objective – Design

If what we see is true then we have no distaste.

Those who surround us think in a similar manner.

To accumulate love is what we simply do.

When we look in each others eyes, aye, we see.


Unfortunate fall for a Queenslander

“X-Rays to lightbulbs, should be a good display”

Downhill Speed-boarding like many new sports has its dangers. Working out some kinks in our style just happens when getting to the next level of riding.


Fact of the matter; we’re often racing in foreign country’s with health care insurance that saves our bacon. It’s pretty nerve wrecking when you’re the one in the situation.


How did you come off?

“My back left foot slipped underneath my board on a backside shut down slide. Toes, hit the ground first, man it sucked.”

Nicolas Rayner will be flying out as of Monday headed for Melbourne, Australia. We’re all wishing him safe travels, doctors in Romania have cleared him for flying, business class couldn’t be looking more comfortable.




Pasul Vulcan IDF WQS

Riders have fallen, come out unscathed, then skated to their hearts content. Practice day was an absolute blast, from the mayor kicking it off by cutting the ribbon at the start line, till skating a full length track becoming to gruesome on our legs. It was a day to be remembered.

– Linus Marsh

During the morning of qualifying day we had a dry track. Everybody wanted to skate a dry track at full length to match the way we had practiced the day prior. The weather would soon cast thunder clouds over us however, rain starting around 10 am, putting the event on hold till 3pm. The time recording system being relocated, to suit a wet track for safety reasons, we had the afternoon to hang out and get lunch.

3 pm rolled around and the boys suited up. Heading to the top we had a fully wet track, as expected. Things got intense. The sun came out, the top of the hill started to dry. Then the fog came in. At this point (4:30pm) the track is fully wet, times were slow, some skated rain wheels others waited, but everybody was tense since dry spots meant faster times. The forecast did call for more rain however.

First run, getting to the bottom was an achievement, I had tweaked my neck from losing a slide puck during one of the corners, not ideal for a good time but I had been seated 18th over all. I rode Green K-rimes with grooves for rain wheels, but having fresh K-rimes 75mm 82a wheels I knew they would throw down a fast time if it dried.

At 5:30 pm the pavement at the top was fully dry, but we had word about some still wet spots not drying up. In moments like those, its pretty much make it or break it. We end at 6pm so the one run that happens is a critical moment in the way you’re seated on race day.

I threw the Black Powells on and got ready. Most people were on they’re third run. I had taken one. Durning the decent It was patchy, a tricky situation. Every little spot on the road needed to be noticed, searching for a good line was crucial. Mike Gerard, an IDF official, yelling from the finish line, I had took the number one spot!

Not for long. Racers threw fresh wheels on and things got fast. Top speeds in the straight section were getting to be around 102km/h.

– Linus Marsh



Then the rain came on race day



Understanding line choice, gear selection, wet riding skills are some of the things we take into consideration

The go to groove pattern. Davis Lanham whipped these up the night prior.
SEMI FINAL left to right Ian Frere, Sebastian Hertler, Harry Clark, Daniel Minskey, Adam Westfall, Josh Evans, Davis Lanham, Mitch Thompson.


Timmy hanging with a frothin’ Mitty
Mitch Thompson 1st, Adam Westfall 2nd, Harry Clark Third.


Transalpina Romania

Beautiful day up in Transpalpino mountain pass. Clouds crested up guard-rails during the decent down a surprisingly quite road. A few cyclists grinding they’re way to the summit for lunch stopped to take a few photos.


Zak taking a moment with a cloud
skiing info centre.
Dale and Nick
Fur trade hut halfway down the pass
skating fast dodging ass


Day out on the hills near Pasul Vulcan


Just as the weather cleared up the boys got back on the pavement. Beautiful views and smooth blacktop in the alpine hills of Romania seemed like we were somewhere else. Beautiful day hanging out with the Melbourne, Australia crew. The next few days will be relaxing waiting for the event to start.

The race hill looks amazing!

(Photos not taken on race hill)




Mt Straja, Lupeni, Romania. The event with a ski lift!

Driving from holland to Romania was enough of a long haul, but five days of riding down a 6km track, with ski lift access, that was the real long haul.

The entry fee of $380 CAD covered five days of riding, hotel with lunch and dinner+

The amount of nationalities that came out to ride was treat to have been part of. Being able to ride with Swedes one run, say good riddance, then ride with Australians, Americans, or Germans was a treat, similar to many international events!

The first two days, the pavement was dry luckily. Straja is a road known for its leg burning dry skating. As soon as it turns wet, its another story.


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Throwing it sideways on Powell-Peralta Downhill, prototype wheels



The rest of the days, we had a wet event.

Fog set in, and It was difficult to see the track. Many riders decided not to race, due to the conditions. We had patchy pavement, a combination of dry and wet spots on the road. Combined patchy roads with fog, depth perception decreases making it quite unsafe to ride at times.

In the straight sections we reached speeds upwards of 80km/h

Fun for many, but the riding became to much of a task for others. The staff kept the event running smoothly, despite a couple injuries. After witnessing a gnarly dislocated shoulder from a friend from Michigan. It was enough of a nudge in the direction of not racing to call it. Back to the hotel I went! Sleeping was more necessary than racing at that point.

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Pilzbomb crew photography.


Overall a very well thrown event. The IDF race in Pascal Vulcan, plus the Freeride will be absolutely off the hook from what I hear!

Stay tuned for more photos and write ups 🤙🏻


Amsterdam Skateboard bowl

Arriving in Europe the natural thing to do,  I felt, was to head to a skate park. After meeting up with the Australian’s, we cruised on brick roads, and over cannel bridges to a freshly painted Marxinstraat skate bowl.


The Derringer 28 a traveling precision carver

Whether it’s downhill, freestyle, running, walking, sleeping, standing still, I think still possible to ride a plank of wood.

If you’ve ever though that skateboarding seems appealing, but its been too intimidating, there is always time to start. Its one of those activities that you really get some satisfaction out of when you’re done.

Anyone who downhills knows what I’m talking about. Simply learning how to push when you began felt like a major accomplishment. Similarly, a downhill rider feels the rush when he makes it down a 4km mountain pass. It’s DOPE

For some there is fear of falling, how can you avoid falling?

By taking baby steps, you might goof it a few times but just laugh it off.

point A to point B. Grocery store, two blocks to a friends place, cruising along a beachside. Would you dare to do it in style? turn heads in the process.

The Derringer 28 is a classic soul carver shape with tons of portability, Its 28 inches and looking like a mini surf board. Strapped to a backpack it’s one of the best boards for traveling I have ever used!

plus is half decent exercise


It may be intimidating. It may feel embarrassing. But you have friends for a reason eh!

Learning a new skill with a few friends has never been a bad idea, remember that time you got drunk and rode bikes for the first time? its kinda like that, minus the hangover.




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