Mischo Erban & the rest of the GMR team thrashing some Seismic Prototype wheels.
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
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 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!
Here are some pictures from the 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)
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
Classic Luge Winners
2010 William Condon, CAN
New Freeride wheels prototypes are here!
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 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.”