The big, airy, fiber-reinforced hub combines with perfectly-refined proportions and superbly-supported radiused edges for a truly progressive freeride experience:
• quick acceleration
• slide release and hookup that are always easy to read
• vibrant ’thane lanes
• consistent wear
Poured in Seismic’s Premium Clear formula, in 80a Clear Blue and 82a Clear Purple. These wheels offer a buttery-smooth slide and extreme comfort while sideways!
Available in TWO proprietary formulas, with finely-tuned durometer choices.
Defcon™: Ultra-high-rebound, thoroughbred race ‘thane • Guinness WR speed • directional slide • long-lasting grip • slow, consistent wear • 74A Plum: (Chase Hiller pro signature wheel): Plush, velvety roll with extra edge hold, even on rough roads. Aggressive yet smooth slide with faster braking.
• 76A Mango: Vice-like grip and very snappy directional slide, with plenty of slowdown power. Ideal for aggressive racing. • 78A Mint: Very stiff edges that give loads of grip with a friendly slide and crisp hookup. Ideal for smooth roads and lighter riders.
BlackOps™: comfortable and predictable on all pavements • exceptional balance of speed and grip • extreme traction fresh • buttery and smooth sliding broken-in • 77A Blue: Sticky and predictable “in the pavement” slide. Perfect for rough and inconsistent pavement.
Seams recessed away from leading edges of forefinger and thumb, and thumb internally reinforced with Kevlar cloth – for next-level abrasion-resistance in high-wear spots with no compromise in fit, comfort, or mobility!
Wider wrist strap with larger, higher-grade Velcro contacts – for a stronger, more durable lock!
A New Colorway for the Seismic FREERIDE Glove!
• Gray Accents for a more neutral, versatile look. Blue and Purple Accents also available.
Advanced Materials and Construction
Race Model: Premium goatskin throughout. Back of hand perforated for breathability and integrated with Kevlar® knuckle bar.
Freeride Model: In a class of its own with premium goatskin palmside. Breathable synthetics on back of hand, including stretchy neoprene knuckle accordion. Choice of blue, purple, or NEW gray accents.
Second layer of goatskin reinforces all fingertips and high-stress zones.
Advanced seam geometry for superior fit and durability.
High-strength, form-fitting goatskin/neoprene hybrid cuff with easy pull-on extension and industrial-grade Velcro.
Just what you need – not more, not less. Absolutely no superficial designer elements that compromise function, fit, or durability for skateboarding.
Supremely Comfortable and Functional Fit – Snug Yet Flexible
Velcro split at natural palm crease for full hand mobility.
Ergonomic glove patterns custom-designed and torture-tested by a Pattern Master with 30 years’ experience and detailed knowledge of hand anatomy. (Other brands’ patterns are usually copied from gloves made for dress fashion or unrelated sports.)
Fully stocked up on the biggest and most advanced line of slide pucks ever seen!
Available in two distinct formulas and multiple shapes,
each option with unique characteristics.
CLASSIC (blue) Comfortable slide performance with buttery road feel. Resistant to abrasion, furry buildup, and friction-induced heat. Hollow version nearly 40% lighter.
PREMIUM EXTRA-HARD (black)
Less braking for faster racing. Perfectly consistent, stable glide – even at extreme speeds and in high heat. Superior durability and no melting or furry buildup ever! Hex shape lets you clock puck to preferred hand mobility zone.
FLINTED – hollow or solid
Premium Extra-Hard pucks with SIX (6) BIG embedded flints to out-spark the pack! Hollow version concentrates pressure on flints, intensifies sparking.
Seismic’s classic small freeride shape got a major update! We split the difference between the two original sizes and settled on 62mm. Then we expanded the urethane formula options and added stonegrinding for easy sliding from the get-go. These Cry Baby’s perform better than ever!
The 70mm Urchin evolves!
An extremely versatile wheel, the 70mm by 44mm Urchins have enough grip to hold lines at speed, but easy breakout for big slides. Now with a bigger bevel on the inside edge, stoneground running surfaces, and expanded formula options, they’re BETTER THAN EVER for hucking standups into corners, and for slashing your way down a hill, across town, or through an alley.
Available in THREE proprietary formulas, with finely-tuned durometer choices.
Defcon™: Guinness WR speed – get up to speed faster! • easy, predictable in-slide feel • extremely slow, consistent wear
Premium Clear™: the best beautiful clear urethane in the world
Elixir™: smooth, predictable slides (even on concrete) • easy release and hookup • supreme control • bright ’thane lines
Amp up any cruiser with wheels that RIP!
Small wheels – BIG SPEED
Poured in Seismic’s proprietary DEFCON – the urethane behind the World Speed Records for both Skateboard (91MPH) and Street Luge (101MPH). Get ready for a whole new realm of FAST!
Introducing the all new 54mm & 57mm OSCAR
Seismic’s new All-Terrain street wheel, in the world’s fastest ’thane. Roll faster, smoother, and more comfortably over inconsistent or rough pavement. A breakthrough Filmer wheel, too: Roll further with each push, making shots smooth as silk!
Crush cones with the 66mm Hot Spot
The 66mm x 49mm Hot Spot is a smaller, super-agile version of our 69mm and 76mm Hot Spot shapes. Molded around our advanced Mini-EC hub, it’s a light, quick, do-it-all wheel. Now poured in DEFCON, it’s fantastic for general-purpose cruising… and the fastest wheel ever for Tight / Hybrid slalom!
The classic micro-race shape 59mm RIPPLER
Designed for smaller rides like mini cruisers and locker boards, this super agile and grippy shape is now combined with DEFCON so you can roll, carve, and slash like never before!
Better materials, design, and performance! Introducing Seismic’s ergonomic take on Skid Plates, for both Modern & Old School freestyle skateboards. Say goodbye to “razor tail” – protect your deck ends from drag-induced abrasion and high-impact tricks!
Finely-tuned thermoplastic formulation for smooth, controlled skid feel and outstanding pop. Resistant to abrasion, furry buildup, and friction-induced heat. Ergonomic inside edge contour gives better handhold and footing during tricks!
129mm (5.1″) Modern profile:Fits most modern Longboard Freestyle, Flatland Freestyle, and Street decks.
118mm (4.65″) Old School Nose profile:Fits the nose of Old School Flatland Freestyle decks.
146mm (5.75″) Old School Square Tail profile:Fits the tail of Old School Flatland Freestyle decks.
Available in black and white. 8mm (5/16″) thick. Packaged with mounting instructions and hardware (rivet nuts and machine screws).
Easier Reach • Less Glove Wear • Fuller Puck Life • Less Vibration
Seismic Hollow Puck Risers add space between your hands and puck sliding surfaces, to let you squeeze every last drop out of your pucks without burning your gloves or tearing up your fingers and hands. Also helps you plant puck to road if you have limited wrist, knee, or hip mobility… or just plain ol’ short arms! The lightweight material absorbs vibration and impact, for greater comfort during slides and to help prevent hand/wrist injury in the event of falls.
ROUND: Fits most round pucks, including Seismic Classic blue. HEX: Precision fit with Seismic hex-shaped black Race pucks Both styles are 10mm thick and feature a unique beveled central hollow
that saves weight and adds strong fingerhold to pull riser off worn pucks.
A perfect match with Seismic Gloves and Pucks!
Seismic Gloves are designed top-to-bottom for maximum function, fit, and durability. We took the time to re-examine and optimize every feature for modern downhill and freeride skateboarding.
The Seismic Puck lineup is the biggest and most advanced ever seen. Available in two distinct formulas and multiple shapes, each option with unique characteristics. Better materials… better sliding!
An All-Star lineup of boards for carving,
cruising, freeride, racing, and beyond!
Seismic decks bring the HEAT – in stock and available to ship!
Meticulously developed over years of prototyping and testing, the Seismic board line offers something for everyone – from good-time cruisers, cross-campus commuters and longboard freestylers, to competitive racers and fearless freeriders. Constructed with varying blends of maple, bamboo, black walnut, oak, fiberglass, and carbon, all bonded with the most advanced epoxy. Most models pre-gripped with unique and highly-functional laser-cut patterns.
32″ Mini Axiom
A small, compact shape for getting in all the nooks and crannies your city has to offer. The world is your oyster and we intend for you to skate it!
The perfect all-arounder! A mild elliptical concave combined with a comfy rocker profile and rear kick make this deck able and willing.
39.5″ Compass Drop-Thru
Drop-thru platform, subtle kicks, springy flex, and comfy progressive concave all combine to make a super-fun and easygoing cruiser… or an aggressive freestyle / freeride deck! Also available in 36″ length.
37.5″ Codex Double Kick
This symmetrical double-kick is a freestyle / freeride dream! The kicks are perfect for snapping big ollies, the concave is strong enough to hold your feet in place for fast slides, and the grab rails make finger flips & tiger claws seem telekinetic.
Seismic tweaked the Alphas with sage advice from world-renowned racers Chase Hiller and Aaron Hampshire. Both are notorious threats on the track and know a thing or two about pushing wheels to their limit. We’re proud to add both of their Signature Model Alphas to our lineup!
Exclusive 74a Plum Defcon: Plush, velvety roll with strong edge hold, even on rough roads. Aggressive yet smooth slide with fast braking.
Chase was born and raised in the steeps of the Ozarks, so it’s fitting that the 75.5mm Alpha in 74a Plum Defcon is a technical downhill killer. Like Chase, this wheel lives and breathes STEEP, TIGHT CORNERS!
80.5mm Aaron Hampshire Pro
Hailing from Colorado, Aaron is no stranger to thin air and high speeds. The 80.5mm Alpha in 74a Plum Defcon is designed for reaching full HIGHWAY VELOCITY down those rough Rocky Mountain passes!
The biggest and most advanced line of slide pucks ever seen.
Available in two distinct formulas and multiple shapes,
each option with unique characteristics.
Comfortable slide performance with buttery road feel. Resistant to abrasion, furry buildup, and friction-induced heat. Hollow version nearly 40% lighter.
PREMIUM EXTRA-HARD (black)
Less braking for faster racing. Perfectly consistent, stable glide – even at extreme speeds and in high heat. Superior durability and no melting or furry buildup ever! Hex shape lets you clock puck to preferred hand mobility zone.
FLINTED PREMIUM EXTRA-HARD (black) – hollow or solid
Premium Extra-Hard formula with SIX (6) BIG embedded flints to out-spark the pack! Hollow version concentrates pressure on flints, intensifies sparking.
The world’s most progressive bearings… just got even BETTER!
Tekton rolls out the biggest and most advanced line of bearings in skate history. 10 new bearing models in all! Whatever your performance needs, we’ve got it covered.
• All models updated with superior steel and thicker outer casings – significantly improving speed, durability, and longevity.
• Advanced heat treatment gives Premium “XT” (Extra-Tough) models superior metallurgic properties – boosting speed and durability to an even higher level!
• Premium Built-In models feature an upgrade to our patented flanged half-spacer design – bringing you alignment that’s more precise and consistent than ever.
• Premium Ceramic Classic models packaged with Tekton Precision-Profiled XT spacers, made of true high-end bearing steel (instead of ordinary iron or aluminum) – bringing a revolutionary level of durable alignment to free-spaced bearings. (Also available separately.)
• No fake tech or exaggerations… just more speed and longevity through real science and no-BS engineering!
• 100% free of:
– Random bearing tech adapted from other industries just for the sake of novelty.
– Expensive over-hyped raceway coatings that interfere with optimal polishing and may actually grind on balls.
– Over-hyped lubricant additives that accelerate wear not speed.
– Misleading claims that industry-standard features and factory processes are unique or special. (e.g., deep-groove raceways with micro-channels, fine-polishing, fiber-reinforced nylon retainers, hand-inspection, ultrasonic solvent washing, etc.)
The Focus is the most advanced wheel on the market for modern flatland freestyle skating. Poured with ultra-high-grade urethane from the world’s leading skate wheel factory. Carefully formulated for the ideal balance of grip and a smooth slide – all while being fast-rolling and very flat-spot resistant! Plus the perfect width and offset to prevent any nut-bite during rail tricks. Awesome for all-purpose street & bowl skating, too!
With our new ALPHA wheels underfoot, Seismic riders from around the world have planted their flags into podiums all season – including victories in both Open and Women’s classes, and a new course record, at the recent Vulcan World Cup: the fastest, steepest, and most technical track in IDF history!
75.5mm or 80.5mm, Mango 76A or Mint 78A – every choice is a good choice!
Big, Fast, and Momentous!
Two widths: 55mm LDP (top) and 61mm DH (bottom)
The new-and-improved lineup of 68mm by 43mm Seismic Tantrums are molded around a special “fin-trimmed” version of our proprietary weight-saving Energy Conversion (EC) hub – the first tall, wide hub seen in longboarding and still second-to-none.
The big, airy, fiber-reinforced hub combines with perfectly-refined proportions, superbly-supported radiused edges, and our advanced urethanes for a truly progressive freeride experience:
• quick acceleration
• slide release and hookup that are always easy to read
• slow, consistent wear
4 formulas with unique performance attributes! Mango 78A & Mint 80a Defcon™: Extreme rebound = Guinness WR roll speed – super fast acceleration • predictable slide • extremely slow, consistent wear 79A BlackOps™: smooth and comfy on rough / inconsistent pavement – exceptional balance of speed and grip • buttery smooth slides 79A Elixir™: effortless slides & bright thane lines – ultra smooth, easy slides across all pavement types (including cement!) at any speed 81A Premium Clear: BEAUTIFUL – nuff said!
Everything offered in our ultra-sharp 36grit & NEW 60grit!
Packs of 3 sheets in four unique lasercut hole patterns, as well as Solid for maximum surface coverage.. 40″ full-length lasercut sheets, 60ft rolls, and hole punch-outs in grab bags of 50 pieces!
The NEW Fishnet pattern is our lightest, airiest yet!
Lokton™ features a special grain never seen before in skateboarding!
Noticeably sharper, tougher, and grippier than the aluminum oxide or silicon carbide grains used for ordinary griptapes. Praise from riders is unanimous. Not just sharper and grippier, but also more durable, heat-resistant, and water-resistant, with outstanding adhesion to decks.
Carefully designed from the inside-out for the rigors of modern Longboard Freeride & Freestyle/Dance!
The Seismic ENCORE
Available in two sizes: 65.5mm tall x 43mm wide • 33mm CP
63.5mm tall x 42mm wide • 32mm CP
Finely-tuned height and width with beefy, well-radiused edges.
Exceptionally tough and durable – highly-optimized to withstand the extreme impacts of big Longboard Freestyle jumps.
Unusually light for a wheel this size, with mass highly concentrated in the tire for enhanced momentum and angular balance.
Machine-ground running surface for consistent grip, easier slides from the get-go, and predictable performance on ultra smooth competition surfaces!
Poured in the very finest and fastest urethanes the skateboard world has ever seen, bar none.
Molded around our trimmed EC™ core.
• 37mm tall x 37mm wide – the largest and most supportive hub ever seen in a Longboard Freestyle / Dance wheel.
• Thick, unbreakable bearing supports!
• “Fin trim” hub configuration for robust mechanical lock inside urethane without compromising tire thickness.
• Formed from 85D fiber-reinforced thermoplastic – the toughest hub material in the industry.
Available in two proprietary formulas. Defcon™: Guinness WR roll speed – more tricks per push! • easy, predictable slide (even on concrete) • slow, consistent wear
BlackOps™: smooth and comfy on rough / inconsistent pavement • exceptional balance of speed and grip
75.5mm ALPHA (above) – a giant step forward in race wheel engineering!
NEW 80.5mm ALPHA (below) – coming in 60mm and 55mm widths.
High-performance Race and Freeride gloves – designed top-to-bottom for maximum function, fit, and durability.
Encores in 63.5mm and 65.5mm – carefully designed from the inside-out for the rigors of modern Longboard Freestyle and Dance.
Urchins – versatile high-performance freeride wheels in 70mm and 75mm.
Also coming in 2019!
• Lokton in 60-grit (medium coarseness) – a mellower alternative to the original super-coarse 36-grit version.
• Expanded line of Tekton bearings, featuring superior steel for extreme durability and non-builtin options with advanced free-floating steel spacers.
• Slide pucks in innovative shapes and advanced materials.
• Race version of the patented Aeon RKP truck, in a variety of hanger widths.
Seismic team rider Dre Nubine grabbed 1st place in the DH race and 2nd place in the slide jam at the Breezy Bomb, this past weekend in Manhattan, Kansas. For DH he used 76mm Hot Spots in 77A Bubblegum Defcon, and for the slide jam he used our new 72mm Tantrums in 79A yellow Elixir.
73mm Speed vents in 80a for city speeding, Boosters 101a on a shortboard
Nick Name: Col Age: 22
Top 3 pizza toppings: Broccoli, spinach, olives Margarita or Rum n’ Coke: Margarita Favorite Superhero: N/A Brunette, Blonde, or Redhead: Brunette Sponsors: Seismic, Blue Sky Longboards, REY, GhostSkate, Polaroid, Shralpers Union
Favorite Skate Film: Evolve NYC, Bustin Real Favorite Skate Film: David Gonzales, Possessed to Skate or welcome to hell! Superpower: invincible Vehicle of choice: Skateboardddd
Best thing about NYC? You can skate every style and there are a bunch of people good at each one who are super enthusiastic to teach you. Traffic surfing skate parks (all diff type of parks!), regular park, hills everything! And you can get a soda on every corner.
How fast: out of shape bike messenger
Top 5 tracks on your playlist:
Massage Situtation – Flying Lotus
Machine Gun – Portishead
Mishaps Happen – Quantic
Sweet Lullabye – Deep Forest
Promise – Cocorosie
Seismic Introduces Two Freeride Wheel Shapes!!! The 70x50mm Bootlegs and the 75x54mm Landslides!
Boulder, CO – Nearly a year in the making, Seismic is stoked to roll out two advanced new freeride wheels: the 70x50mm Bootleg and the 75x54mm Landslide.
“Both shapes feature stoneground running surfaces, centerset bearing placement, generous double radius, and a breakthrough urethane formula that we spent many months testing and refining with AEND Industries,” said Seismic founder/owner Dan Gesmer.
Added team rider Stephan Reinhardt, “This new ’thane is nice and sugary. The grip-to-slip ratio is in the perfect zone for smooth, controlled slides with great hookup.”
“Durability is a major stumbling block for other freeride urethanes, and we believe skaters deserve products that last longer,” Gesmer continued. “The Bootlegs and Landslides enjoy a longer life because of the smart new formula, slightly wider contact patches, and centerset hubs,” which make the wheels completely rotatable.
The 70mm Bootlegs are available in red 80A and blue 84A; the 75mm Landslides in 79A yellow and 83A blue.
“The softer ones are just grippy enough for comfort through hairpin turns, while I love the blues for freeride and technical sliding,” said Reinhardt, at 6’6” possibly the world’s tallest pro longboarder. He recently bagged 4th place at the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon in New York City.
“These are all-around great wheels, poured in a fantastic new formula,” he continued. “It was great that Dan took his time with R&D and didn’t rush ’em out, even though the suspense was killing me!”
“It’s a big challenge to create soft urethane that slides well but holds up,” said Gesmer. “We took that challenge very seriously.”
In this first episode of the Seismic Eurotour Video Series, Seismic Team riders Rafa Garrido, Javier Tato, and Aleix Gallimo drove from Castell de Castells in Valencia (Spain) to Almabtrieb, Germany, for the first race of the 2013 Eurotour. Despite a few misadventures on the road, they managed to get to the race on time – but not without first learning a lesson in auto mechanics!
Follow the next episodes in the Seismic Eurotour Video Series on the Seismic Youtube Channel.
Warming up for the Eurotour.
Calentamiento para el Eurotour.
Municipality from the province Alicante situated at a distance of 97 km NE of it´s capital, in the mountain range of Alfaro. Elevated at 630 m of altitude. Castell de Castells is a little town, with less of 600 inhabitants and open to turism. It offers Rural houses, Camping and Parkings.
The roads are perfectly paved, and surround the mountain areas.
The distance from the coast is less than 50km, even though it raises nearly 700 meters above the sea level.
The track consists of nearly 2 km of asphalt in excelent condition of grip, and with an inclination between a 12 & 15%,
agressive forks well cambered, going into a final stretch where you will be able to reach speeds of in between 70 & 80 km/h.
Seismic riders Troy Fairbanks, Dre “Grizzly” Nubine, and Brandon Desjarlais make the pavement cry on the Cry Baby wheels, the newest members of the Seismic freeride wheel family. Available in 60x38mm (28mm contact patch) and 64x42mm (32mm contact patch), with centerset bearing placement. Both sizes available in red 84A and blue 88A.
The little Baby and the big Baby are both poured in Seismic Elixir™, the first urethane formulated exclusively for modern freeriding. Like other wheels in the Seismic freeride lineup, the Cry Babies offer smooth, predictable slides with great hookup, grip when you need it, and awesome ‘thane lines. Baby bottle and diaper change included, but only on the graphic.
For more info or to purchase, go to:
Ever complained about the snow harshing your gnar? Snow doesn’t phase Dre “Grizzly” Nubine one bit as he tears down a Colorado mountain pass at speeds in excess of 50mph — with a little help from Seismic’s top-secret new speed/freeride urethane formula. Bright white to match the weather conditions!
Mischo Erban has been pioneering longboarding since man of you were in grade school! This guy is a true racer and has shown it with countless podiums on the world circuit and even a few titles worthy of boasting. This is a flashback to his 2011 season where he won the IGSA World Championship Title in Brazil.
“Still hanging in by tooth and nail the, 2011 season was another to remember! I was becoming more tuned into my skateboard setup and confidence and perseverance paid off with the World Champion Title being seized on my most favorite track in Teutonia, Brazil!
Big Thanks to Fred Baumann, Ronin Trucks, GMR Skateboards, Dan Gesmer at Seismic, Xtreme Board Shop Glendora, Knucklenuts and Crocan for the video edit!”
Check out Javier Tato’s sick edit from the Velefique Freeride 2012!
Seismic team rider Javier Tato recently attended a downhill gathering in Velefique, a small town in the southern Spanish province of Almeria. Six kilometers (3.7 miles) of smooth asphalt, technical corners, and fast straights made for an amazing course!
Full raw run: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwMxX7hWiow
Artist/Song: Kind Dub – Atlanta braves VS Waka Flocka VS Ludacris Remix
Not only did this guy help host the event, but he also destroyed the competition! 261.8 miles in 24 hours! No easy task, but this guy pulled it off making him the new world record holder for most miles skated in 24 hours! Check out this killer interview from Seismic rider Brandon DesJarlais…
Brandon DesJarlais: To start off, what was your set up and why did you choose it? What advantage do you think this gave you over the competition?
Andy Andras: I’m a Team rider for Subsonic Skateboards so my set up of course starts of with a Subsonic GT40 longboard. It’s a drop down and drop through deck that Scott Moore- owner of Subsonic, foam cored specially for me with the Ultra-Skate in mind. This deck rides quite low and is extremely light for its size that helps tremendously in distance push and is my “go to” deck for a long distance event. I mount this GT40 with Buzzed trucks. Buzzed lightweight precisions truck keeps my set up low to the ground for a minimal step-down on my push. My Buzzed trucks get the finishing touch of Riptide bushings, cubby’s board side and barrels roadside it give it a responsive but stable feel. I like to tie this all in with Seismic 85mm Speedvent wheels and 10mm Seismic Tekton bearings, which go together smoother than peanut butter and jelly. Seismic Speedvent have been tried and true for me in all my distance push endeavors and I find the 85mm the perfect size. 10 mm bearings is my little secret touch I use for pushing distance. I feel the sustained roll of the ceramic 10mm Tekton bearings is superb.
I have logged many miles and been in many push races with this exact set up. I believe the advantage of this set up comes not only by the science behind the light deck and trucks or great rebound of the thane on the bushing and wheels, but also in being confortable on your set up and having complete and utter confidence that what your riding works perfectly for you. It needs to feel just like an extension of your body. When you have everything dialed in like that, you just feel like you have a little edge on the rest.
Brandon: At what point was the most mentally straining part of the whole 24 hours?
Andy: Funny enough, you would think the hardest part of this race is the latter part of the 24 hours, and I definitely not saying it isn’t, but actually the biggest mistake most make is going to fast early on in the race. So a big mental part is staying on your pace earl in the race no matter how many times your completion is lapping you in the beginning. Racing at your pace and speed is a big key to success later on when the going gets tough.
Brandon: Did you ever have any doubts about achieving your goal?
Andy: 24 hours is a long time on a skateboard, and while you push for that long lots of thoughts go through your mind. You have ups and downs constantly. That’s what makes this race so hard, it’s not just physically demanding, but it tests you mentally as well, it will test your soul! You will be confronted with lots of trials and tribulations in though out the event. But staying true to the personal goal you set and keeping a persistent mentality will see you through it.
Brandon: A F***ING WORLD RECORD!… What next?? Any big plans for this season? Disneyland?
Andy: Ha-ha, Yeah I had my eye on this record for a while, I always felt I am best built for the long-haul races. I don’t have the top end speed like some of the greats in this sport, but I found that the longer the race goes the more the scales tip in my favor.
Just excited to look ahead to some of the next events this year has to offer such as the Chief Ladiga/Silver comet Sk8 Challenge. I really enjoy the company, commodore and completion the other distance skaters bring to each event. Hanging with riders form all parts of this country and other country’s is as fun as the push itself.
Brandon: Any words of advice for going the distance?
Andy: Get a solid game plan together. Training, pace, nutrition. IF you don’t have these things dialed in, a long distance competition will expose you real quick my friends.
Skateventure is about having fun, meeting great people and living crazy experiences. These guys travel country to country with just their backpacks on, pushing and searching out new cultures and new spots, skating the world, one country at a time. As they explain on their website: “Skateventure was created out of the love of longboarding and a passion for adventure travel. By embarking on our journey, we hope to inspire people from all over the globe to chase their dreams and never let anything stand in their way.”
This project started on January 2011 in Northern Thailand and has already visited countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Peru and Chile.
Troy is one of the guys from Skateventure who just recently came back to his natal New Zeland from Japan in one piece.
He skated 3000km self supported from Wakkanai to Nagasaki for the benefit of the tsunami relief fund.
We want to share with you the letter he sent us recounting his adventure:
Just an e-mail to thank you for sponsoring me on my Journey across Japan. I had an amazing time and raised some money and awareness for the Tsunami relief fund.
I’m back in one piece in New Zealand now, but I’m still buzzing from my adventure. It was a very moving journey. I arrived into Japan with massive culture shock, I couldn’t speak or read and everybody was so busy, it was like I didn’t exist. My first trip through the subway was another adventure all together.
I hung out with Rob Thomson in Northern Japan for a day and then began my skate south. I camped in the funniest places, In Sapporo I camped in the equivalent of central park New York. The police had no clue what I was up to and I couldn’t speak Japanese so they let me get away with everything. I slept by lakes, rivers, on mountains, abandoned warehouses, toilets, couch surfed , but spent most of the time getting invited back to locals houses.
One day I was exhausted after 13km on the road, I sat down at a tourist stop and bought a coffee. My body ached, my energy levels were lower than Antarctica. A guy named Yoshi came over to me, introduced himself and had a yarn. He was a soba-noodle technician and living legend. I ended up going back to his house having soo much delicious food, chilling at a local hot spring, visiting a samurai temple and drinking many different kinds of sake. This kind of thing happened every second night or so. It’s awesome – usually Japanese people will not invite people into their houses, not even friends. But as I was doing something so crazy and awesome, they broke all the rules. Stoke is a universal language.
From there I was always up to fun and mischief , unsuccessfully camping in a bear infested reserve, skating down Mt. Fuji, eating sashimi and kobe beef, winning karaoke battles, arm wrestling black belt karate champion (and winning) and getting invited as guest of honor to enkais (partys).
What an adventure, I have certainly taken away something special from this one !
This is certainly an inspiring project, follow their adventures on their website or on their Facebook page!
Check out Seismic team riders breaking in Elixir 69mm Hot Spots, 76mm Hot Spots and 73mm Speed Vents. Our new Elixir wheels are made in a race shape performance mold and combined with our Elixir freeride formula (same urethane formula used in our slide wheels 70mm Bootlegs and 75mm Landslides).
Seismic Team Riders: Shaquille James – 73mm Speed Vents, Dre Nubine – 76mm Hot Spots, Devon Reece – 69mm Hot Spots, Brian Lugbill – 69mm Hot Spots, Troy Fairbanks – 69mm Hot Spots.
Tomorrow, Oct. Friday 18, Blue Sky Longboards will be holding a push race on the streets of New Jersey, the Blue Sky Mile Challenge.
This is the first year that this event is happening and the guys organizing it have been trying their best to make it one of a kind for a couple different reasons:
1. A bracket will be used to place the fastest skaters together in one final heat.
2. The prize purse will be split evenly between the men and women.
3. Great for spectators! And, the racers who didn’t make the finals will get to see the most exciting part of the event – the first place finish!
The biggest and most exciting difference at this event is the racing format. The day will begin with practice and qualifying. During this time racers are free to skate as much as you like. Once you are ready to qualify (you only get one, so be ready) you will collect your timing chip, skate a mile as fast as you can, then return the timing chip to the finish to get your time. Qualifying times will be available in real time on a monitor in the in field.
Same day, same event, James Soladay will attempt the Guiness World Record“Longest one wheel manual on a skateboard“. The current for the longest one wheel manual (wheelie) on skateboard on flat surface is 68.54 m (224 ft 10 in) and was achieved by Stefan Akesson (Sweden) at the Gallerian Shopping Centre, Stockholm, Sweden, on 2 November 2007.
James will be riding on Seismic Wheels and Seismic Bearings on this attempt to break the Guiness Workd record. Here you can check a couple of videos of him doing a manual and one wheel manual, enjoy and good luck James!!
We went to BBDH two weeks ago. We had a lot of fun and we are glad to see how much is growing year after year. We love to see big events like this in Colorado. We took some pictures and made a video. Check it out!!
Check out more images of BBDH 2012 on our Seismic Skate Facebook page! If you participated and you can’t find a picture of yourself, write us a message because we might have a picture of you!
Check out this gnarlylicious video of Buffalo Bill Downhill 2012!
We sent Matt a set of Silverfish Exclusive Hot Spot wheels and he made this sick video!
Check it out!!
The SHS are a Special Edition of the 69mm 84A Hot Spot wheels. They are 69mm tall x 52mm wide. They have an offset bearing seat and a dual lip design. They are Poured in 84A Seismic Elixir™ freeride urethane.
The Hot Spot features a slightly squared lip that bevels inward at a small angle.
Check out Seismic rider – Matt Rosborg and the rest of our riders in our Youtube Channel. More videos to come!!
The Buffalo Bill Downhill Longboard Race returns to Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO this Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 2012.
Four of our Colorado team riders will be participating this weekend and we want to share their set ups, tips and expectations for this race. Even though it’s their first time to race at BBDH, it’s definitely not their first time on this racecourse. They know Look Out Mountain like the back of their hands:
Yo. I’m Dre Grizzly, I think. I’m a RADo rider and like all RADo riders. Around this time, I’m getting prepped and ready for BBDH. My set up consists of 76mm 80a Hotspots, Landyatchz 9two5, and 45° Grizzly precision trucks. With this being my first BBDH, I’m rocking this set up because it’s comfortable and I know the course like the back of my hand. I’m rocking the 76mm 80a Hotspots for simply roll speed, grip and slide. If you’ve ever been on a set Hotspots (which I’m sure you have), you know that these three characteristics are all packed into this wheel. The course isn’t super hard. A few fast turns, a few hairpins, speeds range from 40-45. ADVICE FOR NEW RIDERS: KICK OUT AHEAD OF COOP AND STAY AHEAD OF COOP!!! Joking. Coop’s a rad guy so make sure you introduce yourself to him. Have fun and kick it pagan-style for a few days.
Brian Lugbill from Seismic here. I’m rocking a 39″ proto Seismic single-kick deck on 180mm Gunmetal trucks with Seismic Speed Vents 73mm Red 81A (Elixir Freeride Formula) for the technical course. BBDH is a truly classic hill that is long and technical enough to allow for passes to be made on the way to the bottom. My only tip would be to have fun, and stay alert in the heavy packs that are sure to come on freeride runs.
Captain Reece here. For my first experience racing Buffalo Bill Downhill Bloodspill this year I’m going to be rocking blue 77mm/80a Speed Vents. The Buffalo Bill course is a hometown favorite, and the top roll speed capabilities will be awesome for the first half of the track, which includes a couple easy corners amongst some straightaways. While super fun, it isn’t the fastest hill around, so I have a feeling that bigger wheel speed will help quite a bit. The second half of the course is nice and technical with four hairpins. The 80a durometer breaks into a sweet, controllable drift after a couple of break-in slides, and the EC core utilized in these wheels will offer a quick acceleration coming out of corners. The 77mm Speed Vents are going to feel sick!!!
The name is Shaquille, but you can call me Shaq Daddy;) This will be my first time racing and I’ll be rocking some 76mm blue Hotspots, Tekton Bearings, Arbor 38 Vugenhauen, Ronin Trucks and a really cool foot stop that my friend made for me. I dig the 76mm Hotspots because they are fast, grippy and have a very nice slide. Plus for a bigger wheel they have awesome exit speed out of Colorado styled hairpins. BBDH is a dope course that brings a little of everything to the table. Skate fast, skate safe.
BBDH 2012 SCHEDULE:
Saturday, September 29, 2012
7:00 – 7:30 Volunteers Meetings (Staging Area)
7:30 – 3:00 Open Practice (Vols & Racers)
3:00 – 3:30 Grudge Matgch Helicopter Redeption Finals
3:30 – 6:00 Open Practice
Sunday, September 30, 2012
7:00 – 7:30 Vol Meetings (Staging Area)
7:30 – 9:00 Open Practice
9:00 RACING BEGINS
* Awards on Hill after the Racing
– All Racers, spectators and volunteers access hill from I-70 Exit 256
– All parking along road south of actual closure
– Be prepared to walk from car (bring water, food, extra clothes, etc)
– No Parking in museum Lot
– No volunteer or spectator parking inside Closure
Right before their worldwide release, we asked Seismic rider Dre Nubine to put the Silverfish Hot Spots through the paces. Full story at http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/Silverfish_Exclusive_SHS_Wheels
Seismic Flow Rider Lamin Cassama laminates the narrow woodland streets of Sweden with his Red 69mm 80a Hot Spots and Blue 70mm 84a Bootlegs. With the combination of Elixir™ freeride urethane, Tekton bearings, and style for miles, the “Laminator” offers a new level of steeze to the sport. Enjoy the free-ride!
This year’s Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon is featured in streets of San Diego. This is a first of it’s kind battle of fitness, endurance and actions sports!
The Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon is a 26.2 mile longboard race that consists of multiple laps around around Fiesta Island in Mission Bay, with the top winners sharing$5,000, in addition to product giveaways from the greatest and latest in the long skate industry. This is a course designed to showcase different cities around the world, this year it will be show casing San Diego as it did showcase in 2011 the cities of New York City, Caguas, Plano, and Hallandale Beach.
Committed to not only fitness and endurance, the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon will also support the community. A portion of each registration fee will be donated to Champion Sports Academy (CSA), a youth educational sports training program developed by the San Diego Hall of Champions to provide a diverse curriculum of life and leadership skills to the San Diego community.
You can still register for the race following this link. You can find all the information and news about the race on their website or follow them on Facebook for all the updates about the race!
Seismic flow rider Brian Lugbill coats the streets of Boulder, CO, with yellow 79a urethane ripped from his 75mm Landslides. From bustin’ 100ft (30m) slides to tearing 58mph (93kph) downhill, Lugbill shows just how versatile the Landslides can be. This freeriding speed demon is also rockin’ Seismic Tekton bearings and a Seismic rocker-kick topmount carbon prototype. Brand new Seismic deck line, coming soon! For more Seismic Skate videos, please check out: http://www.youtube.com/user/seismicchannel?feature=results_main
Seismic rider Dre Nubine shows deadly style on 70mm Bootlegs, 73mm Speed Vents, and Tekton bearings. Dre puts his own spin on things with a low, rubbery, effortless approach. P.S. We call him “Sweet Knees” because they’re so scabby!
Seismic Skate Systems is proud to present its 2012 Team!
Matt Rosborg (USA) rowing, sliding, and spinning on blue Bootlegs
Josh Mallin (USA) bustin’ flips on red Bootlegs
Javier Tato (Spain) speeding and sliding on 73mm Speed Vents
Shaquille James (USA) bombing hills on 76mm Hot Spots (Elixir freeride formula)
Dre Nubine (USA) 360-sliding on blue Bootlegs
Lamin Cassama (Sweden) wheelie on red Bootlegs and stair jump on 76mm Hot Spots
Brian Lugbill (USA) long heelside standie on yellow Landslides
Javier Tato and Rolando Calderon tear through Madrid, Spain. Mad crashes, mad fun, mad fast freeriding! Enjoy.
Wheels: Seismic Bootlegs in blue 84A
Boards: Rayne Avenger
Trucks: Bear and Paris
Date: March 8, 2012
Filmers: Rolando Calderon and Javier Tato
Edited by: Javier Tato
Check out Seismic flow riders meltin’ pavement all over Madrid. AND TURN YOUR EARS to the sound of “In the Whale”. The band started underground in Greeley, Colorado then moved to Denver shortly after to be a part of the growing music scene.
A little bit about the band:
“…Our music tends to explore the sleazier side of life… the creepy guy in the bar eyeballing the pretty girl, the televangelist who tells you he can save you from the lake of fire, that one uncle you have with the gun collection. We hope to convey a sort of mixture of passion, aggression, and fun with our live show, and we like to think we do a damn good job at it, thank you very much…” – In the Whale
Check out Team Rider Javier Tato sliding down the streets of Madrid on the 75mm Landslide wheels from Seismic. The Landslides are poured on the Elixir urethane from Seismic. The first urethane designed for modern day freeriding.
Check this out! Great gear review written in Australia on our 75mm Landslide Wheels:
“The responsiveness and consistent slide blew me away, I don’t know if I’ve been out of the freeride loop or just been riding race wheels for too long, but I was so impressed with the freeride ability of these wheels straight off the shelf.
The Landslide is a very similar sized wheel to the purple Durian, that I’ve always been a fan of but these have just a little wider contact patch. Hands down the wheels did seem to drift a little too much but I’m sure its just my technique. After a solid session behind the Hopshop, I started hitting the toe sides hard, feeling free to get it sideways knowing that it was always going to come back with no trouble. The result was my first pendy style standup toeside! Stoked on a new slide in the bag, I got Maga to start taking photos and the ripping continued. After I threw on some Durians for a straight up comparison, the result was shocking, the Durians needed more time to work in and definitely harder to… (Read more… Seismic Landslide Freeride Wheel Review)”
Lou Statman captured 1st place in Hybrid Slalom and Giant Slalom, as well as the Overall Title, in the Amateur Division at the World Slalom Skateboard Championships, riding Seismic 76mm Hot Spots and Tekton bearings!
All in a day’s work… On Sunday July 3, Seismic wheels and bearings took 2nd place in Men’s Open Downhill at the Maryhill Festival of Speed (Tim Del Rosario), took 3rd place in the Junior Downhill at Maryhill (Austin Joseph Nicassio), and also 3rd in Street Luge (Christian Conaway). Congrats to all!
After Maryhill, we had a chance to catch up with Austin Joseph Nicassio and find out how our 76 mm Purple Hot Spots performed throughout the event:
“The best thing for me was their acceleration in and out of turns, the performance core complimented the outstanding rebound of the black opps urethane that created the exit speeds necessary for racing and advancing on the Maryhill Loops Road. Along with the core helping exit speeds, it also kept my wheel lips stronger which allowed me to have a more firm yet smaller contact patch and intern still offer more grip for more nimble and faster racing lines than my opponents.”
Check out Marc Juvinall’s record setting setup for the Morro Bay Mile Skateboard Push Race! Marc bettered the previous skateboarding mile world record of 4:03 by 17 seconds, finishing with a time of 3:46.9. Here’s what he told us: “Love the Black Ops urethane, soo awesome… and the cores on the hotspots are awesome… it feels like you’re barely pushing a 65mm, but they roll farther and faster than a normal 75mm… and when you come out of a turn the thane just lifts you up and puts you back on you board :)”
Hosted by Jack Smith, skateboarding legend and founder of The Skateboarder’s Journal magazine and Morro Bay Skate lab Skateboard Museum, this fast and furious race has seen the world record time broken in each of the first two years of the event. Registration for this event is open to anyone, and all interested skateboarders are encouraged to participate in this fun event! After the race, the awards ceremony will take place at the finish line.
HUGE News…Win $600!!!
Seismic Skate Systems presents the Seismic 3,2,1 Challenge at the Morro Bay Mile Skateboard Push Race held Sunday, July 3 at 3:00pm – 3:30pm.
Here’s how it works…
If you’re using Seismic Wheels you score a $300 bonus!
If you’re using Seismic Tekton Bearings you score a $200 bonus!
If you’re using Seismic Trucks you score a $100 bonus!
If you’re using all three you score a $600 bonus!
For more details, please contact Jack Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://skateboardersjournal.ning.com/
Seismic wants to give a BIG “Shout Out!” to Kevin Clancy from Waco Longboards, Blake Yowell from Gnarly’s, and the rest of gang from Skate254 for creating the 1st Annual 254Gnarathon in Waco, TX. This event will be held Sunday, June 26th at 9am. Fellow Texans, get out there and support these guys!!!!
Waco Longboard Club presents 254-Gnarathon 2011
On this year 2011 Edition of the 254-Gnarathon over 50 of Texas’ sick riders came out to race and shred it up. Organized By Waco Longboard Club.
Here is a video on how the event went down:
1st Kris Cox
2nd Dustin Dixon
3rd Zack Soliz
4th Nick Hayes
5th Brian Belcher
6th Eric Douglas
The 3rd and Final Clearfield Mustache Derby (located in Clearfield, PA) went down this past weekend with 56 racers, along with many spectators coming in from all over the East Coast and Canada. Seismic swag was donated to help support this event!
Seismic Skate Systems will be one of the lead sponsors for the 7th Annual Vernon Downhill IGSA North American Championships!
The 7th annual Vernon Downhill is also the IGSA North American Championships for the third consecutive year in 2011. Vernon, BC is the place to be June 11-12 to see the best downhill skateboarders in North America battling it out for the championship.
Taking place in the residential neighborhood of Middleton Mountain in Vernon, BC, the race is unique by running through a residential neighborhood. Extremely kind and co-operative residents have allowed us to have this unique experience of racing down their local streets.
Course Length: 1.2 km (.8 mi)
Downhill Skateboard: 55.094 Kevin Riemer (2010)
Street Luge: 57.846 Kolby Parks (2010)
Classic Luge: 1:02.125 Kolby Parks (2010)Previous Winners Downhill Skateboard Winners 2010 Kevin Riemer, CAN
2009 Mischo Erban, CAN
2008 Thomas Edstrand, CANWomen’s Downhill Skateboard Winners 2010 Brianne Davies, CAN
2009 Brianne Davies, CAN
2008 Haven Anderson, CAN
Junior 1 Downhill Skateboard Winners 2010 Quinn Dubois, CAN
Junior 2 Downhill Skateboard Winners
2010 Alex Tongue, USA
2009 Spencer Smith, USA
2008 Spencer Smith, USA
Street Luge Winners 2010 William Condon, CAN
2009 William Condon, CAN
Check out this Rad video from Team riders Stephan Reinhardt, Mark Riley, Nick Delgado, and Nate Ryan hit the streets of Boulder, Colorado on their longboards to test the prototype Seismic 75mm double-radius wheels in the new Seismic freeride formula. Stephan even got a chance to ride a prototype Seismic 36-inch double kick!
These wheels allow you to do really smooth and consistent slides. They are really controllable and they will easily allow you to pull out standies. They also leave thick thane lines.
These wheels are poured in Seismic’s Elixir Urethane. A formula designed specifically for modern freeride. Coming out soon, stay tunned!!!
The bearing behind the Official IGSA Downhill Speed World Record!
Boulder, CO – After more than two years in development, Seismic is proud to unveil the patent-pending Tekton™ bearing – the bearing behind the Official IGSA Downhill Speed World Record. (Click here to witness the awesome feat on YouTube.)
Said 2009 World Cup Champion Mischo Erban, who set the new record of 80.83mph last fall, “Tekton bearings roll fast, hold alignment better and stay cleaner, longer. It’s that simple!”
“The difference is the wide flange at the ends of the integrated half-spacers,” said Seismic founder/owner Dan Gesmer. “The big, flat contact surfaces square up, co-align and self-stabilize inside your wheels.”
“Once coupled, the Tektons literally block themselves from sitting or rocking out of alignment, so they stay straighter than any other bearing system ever,” Gesmer added. “Your wheels roll faster with better control, while the bearings last longer and stay quieter!”
According to Neil Sload of Focus Supply, one of the world’s leading suppliers of bearings to top pro skateboard brands, “The Seismic Tekton is by far the most technical skateboard bearing I’ve ever seen produced.”
“It wasn’t easy to find a bearing factory capable of manufacturing this design,” Gesmer continued. “The integral flanged half-spacers need to be custom-machined, not just cut from a stock steel tube.”
Tektons should not be confused with bearings that have their inner races stretched on one side to form a simple half-spacer. Sometimes called “industrial” bearings, these have been used in pre-assembled skateboards since the 1970s, and more recently for racing, but they’re still vulnerable to misalignment.
The diameter of the Tektons’ flanged contact surfaces is up to 35% larger compared to bearings coupled with floating spacers, and up to 23% larger compared to bearings with stretched inner races. This translates to exponentially better correction for flaws in bearing seat levelness, bearing seat spacing, axle diameter and axle straightness.
“I have total confidence in their ability to push extreme speeds – 80mph and beyond!” said Erban.
Tekton bearings, rated at ABEC-7, are precisely dimensioned to provide superior alignment safeguards in all modern high-performance skateboard wheels. Features include steel balls, nylon retainers, black outer casing, removable rubber-coated steel seals with printed graphic, and a proprietary lubricant combining both oil and grease.
The inner race is stepped underneath the seal to resist contamination, and it’s stepped between the bearing and the flange to save weight. (A set of Tektons weighs the same as a set of conventional bearings with simple floating spacers.) On the side opposite the flange, the inner race extends 0.5mm to form a thin integrated washer.
Like all Seismic wheels, trucks, and decks, Tekton bearings are available from finer skate stores and online at www.seismicskate.com. No bearing spacers, axle washers, or World Record budgets required.
For further information, contact email@example.com. Stay tuned this year for more startling innovations in trucks, boards and wheels from Seismic!
Special thanks to Mr. Stephan Reinhardt for creating one heck of a video last fall of Mischo Erban breaking his own World Speed Record, rolling Seismic 85mm Speed Vents (purple 79A) and prototypes of the newly-released Seismic Tekton™ bearings!
The last day of September, on a secret, two-lane county road in northern Colorado, downhill skateboarder Mischo Erban was clocked bombing a hill at 80.83 mph, the highest recorded speed on a skateboard in history.
The news and corresponding YouTube video spread like poison ivy among the downhill community but made little impact beyond — a fitting response for a sport that, in cases like this, can best be compared to drag racing.
Erban, 27, the reigning World Cup downhill champion, was aided by three visual spotters who used hand signals (not radios) to warn of a car driving uphill and thus alert Erban to stay in his lane on the twisting mountain course, which started at 8,000 feet and dropped 670 feet in a mile. Its average grade, 12.7 percent, was steeper than most Tour de France climbs.
“The stars really did align with how this road was built,” allowed Erban, though he wouldn’t disclose its specific location. “It’s like a marble countertop; perfect for what we do.”
Erban hit 80.83 mph on his 19th of 20 runs, clocked by a Tag Heuer timing system known as a “speed trap” that he borrowed from the president of the International Gravity Sports Association. The system measured Erban’s time between two photo cells 100 feet apart, then converted that to a speed more precise than those recorded by GPS units or radar guns.
The world governing body had a representative in attendance, Gary Fluitt, and recognized Erban’s speed as a new world record. Whether Guinness will is still in question.
Initially, Erban — who flew from his home in Vernon, British Columbia, to bomb the hill — took some heat from local downhillers who were angry he didn’t alert them of his runs in advance. So he declined to pursue the Guinness distinction. He also wasn’t sure what he needed to do to get it.
But according to Guinness spokeswoman Sara Wilcox, Erban’s timing system and witnesses meet the standards required for a world record. When notified of this Tuesday, Erban said he’d submit a claim to Guinness after all. The current record is held by Brazilian Douglas da Silva, who was clocked more than 10 mph slower (70.21 mph) in October 2007.
Erban already makes an unlikely world record holder. Born in Prague, he lived there until he was 2, when his parents fled “the strict control of communism,” he said. “There wasn’t much freedom.” They settled in British Columbia and Erban now lives halfway up the twisting road to Silver Star Mountain Resort.
He won his first downhill race in 2005, two years after he picked up the sport. Now, at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, he competes on a World Cup circuit that stops in 10 countries. “People fear him on a race course,” IGSA president Marcus Rietema said.
Even among top racers, downhill skateboarding still operates largely underground. Take the secret site in Colorado: A few years back, some locals bombed it and posted on the Internet speeds in the mid-to-upper 70s (mph), much faster than the official world record. As Erban tells it, one of those locals soon asked some pros if they’d like to come run the hill, and its reputation grew.
Erban got his first shot last year (or the year before; he can’t recall), recording a speed of 74.5 mph but narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with a police car that pulled out of a vacant parking lot. The cop turned into the uphill lane as Erban blew by in the downhill lane, causing the incensed officer to U-turn and chase Erban to his stopping point.
“He said if he caught us idiots again he’d charge us with reckless endangerment,” recalled Erban, who once splatted onto the pavement at 57 mph.
Undeterred, Erban returned in September to do some test runs with his sponsor, Boulder, Colo.-based Seismic Wheels, in front of eight people. After whizzing through the speed trap on his 40 ½-inch, self-designed GMR board, he’d stand up from his tuck and hold out his arms for four-tenths of a mile on flat asphalt, eventually stepping off at a near stop.
The day wasn’t without a close call, however. Not long after Erban set the record, a cop showed up. “He’d gotten the call about us earlier in the day but he was busy with something else,” Erban said. “We got lucky.”
Asked what it feels like to go that fast on a skateboard, Erban replied: “It’s surreal. I know I’m in control the whole way, so you have, like, this calm; and you also have this raw power pushing you down the hill at 80 mph. But it’s so smooth that you could be thinking about what you’re going to have for lunch.”