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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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– 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.

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– Linus Marsh

 

 


Then the rain came on race day


 

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

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

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Timmy hanging with a frothin’ Mitty
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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.

 

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

 

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

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LIFT OFF!

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 🤙🏻

 

#QUICKRIPCLIP

So there are a few reasons why I made this hash-tag.

 


 

Going and against the grain with a chainsaw only works if you can plant more trees.


 

Over the coarse of my six years of riding, the amount of information I have come by has been incredible, I’m not talking about the skateboarding. If I told you where it all started though, it might be a little bit hard to believe. So picture this, Mini grade 7 me. Skinny, crocs, Neo green bike helmet, hardware gloves with cutting board hot glued on them, and a skateboard, the trucks mounted to the kick tails to simulate a longboard. Add a gung-ho attitude and you have me.

This was filmed in grade seven, a couple scrawny kids with video camera’s daring to be different.

 

This is where my creative endeavour started, I loved doing this stuff! The fact of the matter was I didn’t care what other people thought of me!  and this is what I’m trying to get at. Allot was about to change, moving into middle school I knew I was in for it, I knew I was gong to be different. 

So middle school came, I still rode, but the video making got put on hold for a little bit since school was becoming something I actually cared about. I wanted a future, but the path I was on looking like a Zig Zag one…

But I kept on with my dangerous endeavours, still asking my parents for video equipment. The Creativity that making this video sparked, led me down the road of creativity.


The friends you meet in middle school want to know what your interests are, specifically what you did in elementary. I was not going to pretend like I was someone else, because that just creates confusion. So I told them, the full story you could say. let them see a few of my videos. They saw me as different. Honestly, It still didn’t really matter to me what they thought about my interests. So I kept making videos.

after a point, I knew I was getting better at riding, friends were into it. The scene was “POPPING” I wanted to see where these clips could take me, So I send a well drafted email and a few of my videos out to a couple of board companies, local and abroad.

Alex Charleson Solo Skate – (Google it if you care to see, its not linking for some reason) one of the videos that I added to the mix when I was drafting my “sponsorship” emails. The clips themselves were an assortment of ones my friends filmed of me, and one that I filmed of myself. The goal of the video was to try and get other people to make these sorts of videos, for their sake; self promotion was a BIG deal if you wanted to receive free gear.

Did it work, not really, actually separating myself from the judgement of other riders and going freelance caused turbulence in the culture. In hind sight, other riders may have seen me as trying to hard! causing them to stop riding, or move to the skateboard park. I was an accepting kid, not one one to conform to the pack, a lone wolf you could say.

So would I do anything differently looking back? If I had the self confidence to start a longboard club I may have. But would it make some one feel bad if they came into the club, tried, fell and hurt them selfs, then left? and what about sponsors… jealousy is blind.

I would most likely add more people into my videos, creating the community feeling, Minus company logos, unless promotion is something you stand for.


Going and filming your self only works if you can create opportunities for others.

 tag friends, go places, explore!

SO GET OUT THERE AND BE UNIQUE PEOPLE,

film it if you want recycled wheels!

Next Quick Rip Clip deadline will be sometime during August. 

 

 

 

Kings gate world cup disqualification + travel updates 

Once we arrived and got out tents set up, a group of us decided we would walk the hill to check the coarse. At first glance all I could think about, was the safety of the coarse, managing 4 man heats was going to be insense

On practice day, we rallied to get up for runs at 11, breakfast made, we ate and got our gear ready. After the first few runs the corners felt nice. The coarse marshals decided on doing two man heats to start, that way the amount of crashes would be less. The day lingered on, skateing with a bunch of different people, testing out diffrent lines. The next day was dry for one run then the sky’s opened up. Every one took a few runs to get their lines dialed on the wet road, then packed it in trying to keep the leathers as dry as possible.

Qualifying, the next day was wet, the morning was quite with everyone at the camp site tinkering with their wheels, deciding what the best option would be. The four runs we did where pretty split up. First run, fully wet. Second run, patchy bottom wet top. Third run, patchy all around. Fourth run, the staff waited till it was fully dry. The fourth run I took the number one spot overall for qualifications

Race day was per usual, with talks about race tactics going on, everyone changing wheels, and all the warm ups. The disqualification happened during the quarter final heat. I made contact with my arm against his butt, he took on speed in his slide from the contact. He ended up finishing third, he then stopped sourly, and decided to do somthing about it. The contact was significant enough, causing him too much of a disadvantage to have a fair race. Both Qui and I didn’t seen the footage. Based on the circumstances Colin made the decision to go through with it, and I wasn’t able to skate down the hill.

Euro tour 2017

Today I flew from Vancouver to Venice to meet up with Emily Pross, and Sabrina Ambrosi, to travel with for a month and a half. We’re going to be skating around the Slovenian hills the next few days, honing in the skills for the next few weeks.

The events I’ll be at the next two weeks, I’ll have the new Powell Snakes, a 69mm 75a center set freeride wheel & Powell Scales, a 70mm 75a fast freeride wheel for people to purchase. Very limited quantities available but for a discounted price €30 a set due to graphic defects. 

I’ll keep things posted on here for the rest of the trip, skate photos and  random stuff that I think is cool. 

Events;

– King’s Gate

– Kozakov Challenge

– Teolo 

– KNK Longboard Camp WEEK 

5th place. NEWTONS world cup, Mt panorama 2017.

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2017 brings back the legendary race Newtons. Mt panorama is a very well known spot for V8 race car drivers year round, but this is the first time this race has happened for skateboarders since 2013.

the track its self is like none other, within the first 30 seconds of leaving the finish line, riders clock in at 80km/h on one of the first corners, the dipper. Continuing on the track weaves down advertisement filled barriers, ending on the last straight clocking in at around 91 km/h.

Race day was filled with amazing runs with four man heats. I have never been to such a unique race track.

I finished 5th over all, getting taken out (crashed out) in the semi final, on the last corner. In the consolation round I took first place against Australian riders Connor Ferguson, and Jackson Shapiera,  solidifying my spot in 5th.

 

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