New Seismic Skate Video from Team Rider Devon Reece. Check it out!!
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!”
Edit By: Marek “Crocan” Vanourek
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
73mm Speedvents (elixir formula) and 69mm Hotspot 78a (blackops formula)
Tekton Bearings ABEC7
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.
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).
Seismic is stoked to release the first YouTube clip starring our new flow rider / videographer extraordinaire, Javier Tato of Madrid, Spain!
“The blue Bootlegs are the best freeride wheels I’ve ever ridden. They have a great slide, and they’re REALLY resistant to flat-spotting.
The red Bootlegs are a bit more grippy. But since they’re softer, they leave AWESOME red ‘thane lines on the asphalt.” – 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 out Team Rider Javier Tato riding Downhill on a sick Spanish Road on Seismic Hot Spot wheels. Hot Spot are poured in Seismic’s fastest urethane formula, BlackOps formula.
Check this out! Great gear review written in Australia on our 75mm Landslide Wheels:
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)”
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.”
Photos by: Scott Wippermann
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 email@example.com or http://skateboardersjournal.ning.com/
What are your plans for June 21st? As you might know June 21st is the Go Skateboarding Day and Seismic wants to you to get out and go skate.
What are your plans for the day? What are you going to do? What did you do? Let us know! Did you ride any Seismic wheels? How was it?
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.”