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.
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
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
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)”
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!!!
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.”