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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

Seismic Race Wheels poured in Elixir™ freeride ‘thane!

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.

Buffalo Bill Downhill: BBDH 2012

The Buffalo Bill Downhill Longboard Race returns to Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO this Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 2012.

Buffalo Bill Downhill 2012

Buffalo Bill Downhill 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:

Dre Nubine

Dre Nubine

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

Brian Lugbill

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.

Colorado Riders: Devon Reece and Shaquille James

Colorado Riders: Devon Reece and Shaquille James

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!!!

 

Shaq Daddy Shredding

Shaq Daddy Shredding

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

ADDITIONAL INFO:

– 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

Directions:

http://buffalobilldownhill.com/directions/

For race course information:
http://buffalobilldownhill.com/racecourse/

Introducing the Seismic 2012 Team

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

Seismic Skate: Freeriding Bootlegs

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

http://www.myspace.com/songsinthewhale

Seismic Skate: Team Riders Proto Testing new freeride wheels

New Freeride wheels prototypes are here!

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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!!!