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Welcome to the Seismic Team

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We’d like to officially welcome Philipp Shickor of Germany to the Seismic team!! In 2014 he took 2nd in the Juniors division at Kozakov, and he just scored 6th in the Open class at Eat Concrete in Belgium. Congrats and keep killing it Philipp! Also thanks to Jürgen Lüsgen for the awesome pic.

Philipp Shickor

We’d like to officially welcome Philipp Shickor of Germany to the Seismic team!! In 2014 he took 2nd in the Juniors division at Kozakov, and he just scored 6th in the Open class at Eat Concrete in Belgium. Congrats and keep killing it Philipp! Also thanks to Jürgen Lüsgen for the awesome pic.

Aaron Hampshire

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1. Nick Name: A-Swag
2. Age: 24
3. Top 3 pizza toppings: Bacon, Jalapeno, Pineapple
4. Margarita or Rum n’ Coke: Whiskey Ginger or Gin & Tonic
5. Favorite Superhero: Goku
6. Brunette, Blonde, or Redhead: Blonde obvi
7. Sponsors: Jati Boards, Seismic (wheels, bearings, and griptape), Boardlife Denver Shop, Venom bushings, Rogue Trucks, Foothills Pedorthics, Ridersfly Soles, and Crema pucks.
8. Favorite Skating (place, country, state city): Downhill of course… In Europe; Norway, Austria, France, and Switzerland. In North America; Colorado and California.
9. Favorite people to skate with: all the local Colorado riders. we have the same mindset, get to the bottom of the hill fast!
11. Real Favorite Skate Film: Eat Shit
12. Superpower: Bacon
13. Vehicle of choice: if it were up to me, 69′ Dodge Charger R/T
14. Best thing about Boulder,CO? This is home right now, Hip college town with good food, incredible hills with terrible pavement, plenty of good breweries, and just so happens to be the location of the Seismic Headquarters!
15. Wheel of choice: 76mm Hot Spot in either 77a BlackOps or 77a Defcon depending on the course.
16. How fast: super fast.

New! Tantrum Wheels have Arrived

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68mm tall x 43mm wide Tantrum Wheels.

Centerset bearing seat, 31mm running surface, generous double radius.
4.9 oz. each.

Poured in Seismic’s Elixir™ freeride urethane – perfect for controlled slides with smooth breakout and easy hookup.

Sold in sets of FOUR wheels.

Molded in Elixir ’thane around our advanced weight-saving EC hubs, the Tantrums are the lightest and most functional freeride wheels on the market!

Rafa Garrido

1. Nick Name: Rafa

2. Age: 21

3. Top 3 pizza toppings: margarita, Hawaiian, BBQ!

4. Margarita or Rum n’ Coke: margarita

5. Favorite Superhero: mmm… Wonder Woman XD

6. Brunette, Blonde, or Redhead: brunette!

7. Sponsors: Seismic Skate, Tekton, Opiate, Ingravity, Ridersfly, ARC leathers.

8. Favorite Skating (place, country, state city): Alicante! (Spain)

9. Favorite Skating bros: TATO!

10. Favorite Skate Film: Second Nature.

11. Real Favorite Skate Film: SECOND NATURE.

12. Superpower: Superpowerslides!

13. Vehicle of choice: i don´t know…

14. Best thing about Moyano?

15. Wheel of choice: Cry Babies… ñamm!

16. How fast: too fast

17. Top five brunettes: i like guys…(its a joke.)

18. Top 5 tracks currently on your iPod: Call Me Maybe, Wrecking Ball, Baby – Justin Bieber, and other gay songs…

Javier Tato

Javier Tato

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1. Nick Name: Tato

2. Age: 21

3. Top 3 pizza toppings: muschrooms, cheese, meat

4. Margarita or Rum n’ Coke: rum

5. Favorite Superhero: batman

6. Brunette, Blonde, or Redhead: blonde

7. Sponsors: Seismic, ARC Leathers, EDGE boardshop

8. Favorite Skating: Madrid, las cuestas!

9. Favorite Skating bros: i dont know what this means

10. Favorite Skate Film: flipping the switch

11. Real Favorite Skate Film: thrashing

12. Superpower: cute

13. Vehicle of choice: motorbike

14. Best thing about Madrid? Madrid is sick as fuck, too much party too much of everything, just come and check it out by yourself

15. Wheel of choice: fucking seismic hotspot 69mm blackops formula, perfect hybrid

16. How fast: 100 km/h

17. Top five Blondes: i just have one girl for my own, not 5

18. Top 5 tracks currently on your iPod: lonely boy, sin oficio, bienvenidos, ultra velocidad and blackbetty

Dre Nubine

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Seismic Skate Team Rider Dre Nubine

Dre’s Setup

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 Skate Team Rider Dre Nubine

New Freeride Wheels are Here!

Seismic Introduces Two Freeride Wheel Shapes!!!
The 70x50mm Bootlegs and the 75x54mm Landslides!

Seismic Introduces Two Freeride Wheel Shapes

 

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.”

Seismic wheels, trucks, and bearings are available from finer skate stores and online athttp://www.seismicskate.com.

For further information, contact info@seismicskate.com. Stay tuned this year for more startling innovations in trucks, boards and wheels from Seismic!

Troy Fairbanks

1. Nick Name: T-Banks

2. Age: 17

3. Top 3 pizza toppings: Ham, Pineapple, Bacon

4. Margarita or Rum n’ Coke: Rum n Coke

5. Favorite Superhero: Hulk

6. Brunette, Blonde, or Redhead: Blonde

7. Sponsors: Boardlife, Riptide, Abomination Boards

8. Favorite Skating (place, country, state city): Deep in the rockies. Grab a crew, adventure into the mountains, and get gnarly down some passes.

9. Favorite Skating bros: For sure my homie Damond Mastin. We got each other into the sport 3 years ago and I still have a blast skating with him. We innately push each other to get better, faster, and gnarlier every time we skate.
10. Favorite Skate Film: Let Go. This video made me want to longboard. Also, Adam Colton’s videos inspired me to get into video/media. For me, that video sums up what longboarding is all about.

11. Real Favorite Skate Film: Drop

12. Superpower: Make a sandwich on command

13. Vehicle of choice: The Vo. The lady snagger for sure, 2003 volvo.

14. Best thing about Wheat Ridge? Best thing about wheat ridge is how there is a chill group of long boarders who love the sport and we have a good time skating the local favorites.

15. Wheel of choice: Cry Baby 84a, Hot Spot 77a/80a 76mm

16. How fast: 74 mph

17. Top five Blonde: Carrie Underwood and Kate Upton. No need for the other three. These two will do just fine 😉

Devon Tylor Reece

Devon Tylor Reece Seismic team Rider from Colorado

Devon’s Setup

Wheel of Choice: Hot Spots in blue or orange.

Nickname: The Peach, Fuzzy Man Peach.
Age: 25
Favorite Pizza: Homemade Corn Salsa/Cheddar with Pineapple.
Margarita or Rum n’ Coke: Spanish Chiantis.
Favorite Superhero: Superman.
Brunette, Blonde, or Redhead: Redhead, hands down. Seriously, hands down.
Sponsors: SEISMIC, Bustin, Mister Mistress (the band).
Max Bench Press: Heavier than yours.
Favorite Movie: BRICK, If I have to throw out just one.
Collects: Comic Books.
Skate Day Outfit: Short shorts and tall socks lifestyle.
Off day Outfit: Tailored suit pants, brown brogues, white tee shirt. I’m trying this look that’s a cross between Ryan Gosling in anything and Sean Penn in the Gangster Squad.
Max Leg Press: Definitely heavier than yours.
Favorite skating: RADo.
Favorite skating bros: Dane, Dre Griz and Shaq Daddy! A.O.D.!
What does A.O.D. mean?: Apex or Die.
Is that as cool as it sounds?: Radical stickers coming soon!
Favorite skate film: Brink.
Real Favorite Skate Film: Search for Animal Chin.
Superpower: Flight.
Vehicle of choice: TARDIS.
How fast: Real freaking fast.
Top five Redheads: Karen Gillian, Felicia Day, Top Secret, Lily Cole, That one girl from that one time.

Eurotour 2013 Video Series – Chapter 1: Almabtrieb

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 in Freeride Castell de Castells

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.

Cry Baby – New Freeride Wheels from Seismic are here!

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:
http://www.seismicskate.com/wheels/60mm_Cry_Baby/
http://www.seismicskate.com/wheels/64mm_Cry_Baby/

For Sure – Devon Reece

New Seismic Skate Video from Team Rider Devon Reece. Check it out!!

Grizzly Conditions with Dre Nubine

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 “Tooth and Nail: Smiling!” 2011

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.

From MIscho…

“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!”

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Edit By: Marek “Crocan” Vanourek

Velefique Freeride 2012

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

Gear:
73mm Speedvents (elixir formula) and 69mm Hotspot 78a (blackops formula)
Tekton Bearings ABEC7

Ultraskate 2013, Exclusive Interview with Andrew Andras

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.

Push, Push, Push, The Push Life.

Andy “La Maquina” Andras

Troy Fairbanks new incorporation to the Seismic Team!

Check out 2013 team rider, Troy Fairbanks, tearing up the streets of Lakewood, CO on Seismic 75mm Landslides (blue 83A) and Seismic 70mm Bootlegs (blue 84A).

Deck: Abomination board
Trucks: Surf Rodz

Song: Un4givable
Artist: Blackwell

Filmed: Peter Greco, Jordan Cieluch, Colton Dombroski and Kyler Sanford
Edited: Troy Fairbanks
Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: 18-135mm and Sigma 10-20 and Opteka Slider

Other Sponsors: Riptide, Abomination and BOARDlife

Seismic goes to Japan with Skateventure

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:
Hello Dan, 
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 !

  
Cheers,
 
Troy
This is certainly an inspiring project, follow their adventures on their website or on their Facebook page!