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We hit Newton’s Nation pretty hard last weekend… Jordan, Cal O’ Cal and Matt Bates all representing with some tight race runs.
Jordan Riachi leading the pack in Michael English’s leathers… Jordan crashed out in the Junior finals and scored a well-deserved 4th place in the Junior category – at his first ever international, congratulations bro!!
If you watched the commentary you will probably have heard our good friend Bricin Lyons giving us a shout out over the mic… there was even a section of track named the “Lush Longboards Essses”… We were stoked to be supporting this race, it’s a good ‘un and should be on every downhill skaters “to-hit” list…
Huge thanks to James Turner and Kate Tellefson for the photos!
We are proud to be supporting the Women’s Longboard Camp 2013 with a fleet of decks and completes! Here’s what co-organiser Christine Maier had to say about her ground-breaking event…
“I’m worried I’m not good enough…?”
…is one of the most common enquiries we get about our skate camps. Judging by the overall response and feedback we’ve been getting continuously since last year, there definitely is a high number of chicas out there keen to skate with other ladies. Saying that, it seems as though many women are somewhat intimidated at the thought of skating with other girls that are “better” than them. The whole point of our camps is that you improve your existing skills, no matter where you’re at with your skating.
Our events are non-competitive, so there is no good or bad – we prefer to think of it as different levels of experience, because at the end of the day, that’s what it boils down to. The more you practise doing something, the more confident and comfortable you’ll get at it. Remember when you learned how to ride a bicycle? How to swim? Driving? Skateboarding is not rocket science. Of course some people have a more natural affinity towards it and therefore find it easier to pick it up. People who practise other board sports such as surfing or snowboarding for example (in fact we have many cross-overs who are looking for an alternative to when the surf’s flat or to bridge the gap until the next season), but really, anyone can do it regardless of their age or ability.
It’s such an incredibly varied sport, there’s bound to be something that makes you smile, whether it’s dropping in from that ramp, turning anything into an obstacle that needs to be ollied over, wiggling through some cones, throwing yourself down hills, choreographing your own intricate dancing sequence or just a mellow way of cruising from A to B. We’ve got it all covered and this year, the age range of our participants spans from 17 to 60+, bringing several generations together – something we’re insanely proud of and ridiculously excited about!
Our events are suitable for all levels and even total beginners are welcome, you don’t even need to have a board of your own (yet) as LUSH will be joining us with a smashin’ test board centre so you can try out different set-ups at your leisure. Bring a good sense of humour and we’ll take care of the rest. You will spend loads of time skating and you’ll be amazed at the progress that can be achieved in 5 days – sometimes all it takes is a helping hand plus experienced guidance and that’s exactly what we’re here for. Have a look at some photos from last year and see for yourself!
We still have spaces for both camps (12.-17.5. & 19.-24.5.) available, so it’s not too late to sign up. Please visit www.womenlongboardcamp.com for further details and to register now. Hope to see you there!
We got to hear about a charity freeride that is being run in Australia next year. It’s for a great cause and looks like a lot of fun. We thought we would ask Ado of Cre8ivesk8 for a few words just to explain the whole deal.
We run a Chraity freeride down here called Beat the Bastard (BtB). You guys asked for a few words on it so here goes.
Beat the Bastard is a downhill freeride event held annually in Townsville Australia, the event raises
money for various cancer-related charities (the bastard we are beating being cancer). We have been
running BtB for 4 years now and have raised just over $63,000. It has always been a 2 day event on
one of Australia’s premier hills, Mt Stuart. Next year, 2013, this has been extended to 3 days and we
estimate that the transport vehicles will do over 100 runs up the hill, so you could do over 100 runs
back down, but I doubt anyone would be up to it. Mt Stuart is a great hill, the run is about 2.5km for
the skaters and 2.8km for the luge/G-bikers. It combines fast straights with tight, technical corners
Here is a video of the hill
If you are sick and tired of all the bullshit posturing and politics of the IDF/IGSA stoush, want a
chance to ride a great hill with riders of all disciplines in the warmest, friendliest atmosphere
you have ridden in (it is like going for a run with your best mates) where you can get more runs
than you can handle and witness all the best that Tropical Australia has to offer (yes, the Great
Barrier Reef and Rainforest are just a stone throw away) then put us in your calendar. June 8, 9, 10
2013. Registration will be limited to a maximum of 70 riders total and will open on January 14th.
Tech Inspection will be to IGSA 2012 Rulebook or the Universal Code and you can see more at
Here’s hoping we can tempt a few of you cooler climate riders downunder with the promise of
maximum temperatures in the low to mid 20′s C and minimums in the low teens. Gotta love Winter
in the tropics.
If anyone has anything they’d like to ask, drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be
pleased to help
We’ve had our eye on Jorge for a while now – he’s been turning heads in London with a good attitude and a freeride style to match. We sent him a Machine earlier this year to see how he got on, and like most people who try it, he loved it! We are happy to be able to finally welcome him to the Lush team!
Fellow Lush rider Harry Phelps found the time to get some questions out to Jorge – so here is a mini-interview to give you some flavour…
Mark Brosnan photo
Harry: YO Jorge tell us a little bit about yourself….
Jorge: Hi! My names Jorge Higgins, I’m a Half English, half Chilean skater from London town and have been skating for almost 4 years now. I first learnt to skate back in 2009 when my uncle gave me my first cruiser board, I was hooked the second I tried it and haven’t been able to stop for longer than a week since.
H: Nice, so you pretty much skate all the time aha. So what disciplines of skating do you do and what is your favourite??
J: I skate every time I get the chance! I try to cover as many disciplines that catch my interest, I do some street, some of the cross stepping dancey stuff, some DH I would like to do more. I do a LOT of freeride and LOADS of tech-sliding as I enjoy those the most even though it is hard to find good hills to do them on. I’m also considering getting more into freestyle after learning ‘Walk the dog’ and some other old school tricks.
H: Sweet, freestyle is good, where are your 2 favourite places to skate?
J: Haha I’m glad you said two, it would be impossible to have chosen one. With no hesitation my two favourite places to skate would be Brighton and Greenwich Park in London. Brighton is just full of spots for any form of skating if it’s during the day or late at night. There are plenty of ledges, car parks and hills to skate with a bunch of sick people to skate with including the Faltown skaters and Brighton locals. As for Greenwich Park I love this place for many reasons, some being that there are sick hills there and some smooth paths to skate on. But the main reason that stands out would be that back in 2010 Sergio and Fernando Yuppie both came for a slide jam there during they’re UK Tour along with Mark Short and Will Edgecombe, it was defiantly one of the most inspirational skates of my life.
H: Ahh nice, was this what made you want to get more into tech sliding and just skating in general?
J: Well back then I was only getting into sliding and didn’t know much about it, all I could do was an ugly Coleman and some cross steps, so after watching the Yuppies do their thing I was truly inspired. Sergio yuppie spinning around like a windy ninja and particularly Fernando yuppie pulling a layback slide on a longboard that was defiantly mind blowing at the time. Still I didn’t actually get into tech sliding until mid 2011 when I won some tech slide wheels at a slide comp and had a proper go at it, then I was defiantly hooked!
H: aha once you’re hooked you’ll never get free! When you’re out on a long day session what food do you eat to keep you revved up to shred??
J: Ooooh that’s a good question, normally anything to my fancy really, I’m not at all a fussy eater at all. Normally if I’m not bringing my own food I would head to the nearest supermarket and get a sandwich from there, if not I would try for some hot food if its burger king or chips. But most importantly I will always have a banana and a can of ginger beer, or some form of fizzy drink, in my bag for energy and just cause I love em!
H: cool, so crayons aren’t your thing then?
J: Nahhh personally I prefer colouring pencils hahaha
Dicky Ward photo
H: What would you do if you were skating down a road and a car pulled out of its drive on you?
J: Hmmmm… Probably either hippy jump it, Ollie it, jump off my board and slide across the hood of the car like in those films or just simply…. skate around it! Hahaha!
H: Sounds like you got it all planned out! Now what are your favourite stickers?
J: Oh I have a few, the Alien Workshop ‘Alien’ sticker because it just looks awesome, the Octane Sports ‘Anti Scooter’ and ‘Cow print’ stickers because they are boss, the Cult Wheels ‘Free your mind’ sticker and the Sexdecks ‘fuck off’ sticker… because its simple and straight to the point. I also love sticking the Vandem MFG logo stickers around the place because then I can call is vandemlism… you get it!? Hahaha
H: Very funny hahaha! Nice choice there. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done whilst skating??
J: Ahhhh hahahaha…. I think I make a fool of myself at nearly every session I go to, most recently at Hogtoberfest where I tried to fit into a fridge.. It didn’t work… nor did it for my friend Ben who tried flying into it head first! I guess I don’t mind making a fool of myself as long as in the end I’m laughing too hahaha.
H: haha I saw the pictures of that! Last off, who ya gunnu big up??
J: First of all big up to my sponsors: Micheal Stride aka Octane Sport, Wo ani and Yannick Jacob aka youspots.com and all them Lush guys, Rich, Mark, Adam and Darren! A big up to London Longboards, definitely wouldn’t have met all my mates without this group making skate events! Das Industries, Timmy Peters looking forward to more amazing event from them and Longboarding for Little Hearts a charitable organisation helping raise money for The Children’s Heart Foundation.
Also a huge shout out to all my skater buddies who have made it all the more fun to skate, my crazy buddy Adam ‘Longboard’, my short Brazilian brother Bruno De Oliveira, that fast pumping slalomer Louis Selby, you Harry Phelps for being a sick skater and your dad for being a legend! Team Cow!! Kingston crew, Gbemi Ogunkeye… I know I’ve missed people out but they know that they’re not forgotten!
Our friend Sultan Khattak made this short film about our Bristol Board Meeting back in September – a little different to a lot of the other edits we have seen, it has a nice “documentary” style about it.
Check out his YouTube channel for more!
If you’re reading this blog then you are almost certainly aware of the developments that have been going on in the world of Downhill Racing. If you’re not clued up, have a read of this post on SkateSlate, and this post on the IGSA website.
Here at Lush we try not to involve ourselves in these things too much, but our South African teamrider Gerhard Nel is heavily involved in the SA race scene, and has a few views on it all that we thought should be out there. Have a read and let us know what you think…
IGSA, IDF and the Death Star
“Hello, my name is Gerhard. I am an outsider to the international scene and I don’t expect to jump onto podiums anytime soon. I believe the amount of duct tape flapping on your leathers is directly proportional to your speed in a straight line. Still need to prove it in a wind tunnel, though. It comes as no surprise that the IGSA vs IDF debate might be a bit less personal to me and errs more to the side of entertainment. Days Of Our Lives kinda stuff.
So, in case you didn’t get it by now, the IGSA has been subject to a lot of criticism in the past year or two. Surely the frustration had been pent up for a long time, especially by people in the scene for years, but the signs are getting more and more clear. Some of the points that I could glean from online groans are the following: waning prize purses, less runs, delayed and diminished coverage and that the IGSA isn’t doing enough to secure cash sponsorships for events.
Aside from the above obvious points, a lot of races went south in the past year or two. I recall Insul 2011 that was speculated by Hopkin as “the weekend the downhill family died”, I also recall some gargantuan fuck-ups in South America and Tamara Prader being assaulted by over-zealous police pions in Canada or somewhere. Last, but not least, I recall reading about the Winsport Canada Cup where Kevin Reimer led a majestic putsch against the despotism of the sovereign racing mogul, Darth Vader of all things four-wheeled, the IGSA.
At this point I need to deliver a note on organising races. I am from South Africa, where we have a racing organisation called SAGRA. It’s not the strongest and most flashy organisation in the world, subject to critic from facekook on a daily basis, but it works. This organisation has been going since Redbull DHX in Cape Town (circa 2002/2003 I think) and has been going strong ever since. In the dark ages of downhill racing numbers went down to something like 20 or less riders per race. But, even though it has been faced with all this adversity, Hot Heels Africa 2012 is in its tenth year, with loyal and passionate internationals coming down on a yearly basis, and new converts every year. I will not speak for others, but can say with certainty that they come back for the vibe, the amount of runs, and the people. We expect a figure of 120 people at least, and we are balls proud of it.
It’s a pretty shit and unforgiving job – no pay, no thank you, countless hours of backbreaking labour, packing bales, phoning around, putting up with the red tape of the IGSA and of course servicing the grom-moms and their legion concerns. The grom-moms definitely take the cake with being a pain in the arse, right up there with the IGSA. But, all in all, organising a race is the most fun and fulfilling thing to do, should you have an assertive attitude and enough sunscreen. And water, of course.
This brings me to the next point. I am not all too sure that the horrid organising of races is the IGSA’s problem. Yes, admittedly, the IGSA does charge high sanctioning fees and give you a smelly rash all over your body when you deal with them for too long, but more than that, most of it is up to race organisers. If you don’t have the capacity to organise a race or at least gage what will be expected from you as a race organiser, you chose the wrong hobby. Try fly-fishing.
The series of problemmo’s at races is now attributed to the IGSA. It is all the IGSA’s problem, and Marcus Rietema is the poster child for capitalist tea-parties, with cakes and ale, in his presumable mansion somewhere off the coast of Hawaii. Where he spends his days lounging in jacuzzi’s with Tupac Shakur and sipping on cocktails. I don’t think this is true.
A few days ago the IGSA submitted an official statement, clearly showing that they are hell-bent on pulling up their socks. They are restructuring the entry categories, allowing for more runs per person (in the wake of the successes of the repechage system), they are streamlining an already decent points calculation system and, the cherry on the cake, they are allowing for rider input. A full-fledged, legitimate and democratic Federation, with the aim of getting sponsorships from big-ass investors to boot. If they keep by their word, big things will come in 2013, and I am super stoked on it.
Quite ironically, and by god I hope by accident, the IDF launched a very informative facebook page a day or two after the IGSA’s big announcement. No website, no constitution, no real info, but a facebook page. And, correct me if I am wrong, but the main message that I get is one of defiance. This has come as a big relief to a lot of skaters, keen on giving the IGSA the good old finger. For skaters, by skaters. I assume they will also aim at establishing some kind of ranking. In short, the IDF purports to be a legitimate and transparent federation, where all members can vote and give input, decisions will be democratic, all stakeholders will be taken into account and only capable event organisers will be allowed to host events.
From the above objectives, the only aspect that the IDF covers that IGSA was silent about, or at least not pertinently covering, is approving the standard of races. The only way you can really approve a new event, in my opinion, is by red tape. The rest of the IDF’s objectives are essentially identical to the new IGSA’s objectives – democracy, voting rights, accountability, transparency, and all these flowery terms that will get the readers’ attention.
Aside from their announcements, the other barometer that we have as to decide which one to support is the people involved. IDF has Reimer and Koma Kino, IGSA has Risch and Mischo. This is a proper polarisation of skill and passion, all people that want the same thing, but under different roofs. Race organisers are now faced with the big decision of which one to choose. Whether we want to or not, whether we give a damn or not, we need to choose one organisation. If we want entrants, and growth, we need to choose.
This choice that race organisers are faced with will force a polarisation of the scene. The top riders will not have the money to attend both circuits, so they will also have to choose. This, in turn, will essentially split the downhill family in two.
This brings me to my conclusion. Dear Mr IDF and Dear Mr IGSA, please try and hug it out. I am sure you guys all have the same dreams and ideals, don’t let this niggle break our family in two. No matter what the outcome, I wish everyone a bright future, and hope the IDF will have more info soon, so riders and organisers can make an informed decision, and start saving up for the big year that is 2013.
There, I typed some stuff, now I am eagerly awaiting the trolls. The comments will make my day. I better go get some popcorn and pop.
Over and out – Gerhard.”
Here’s a two minute view of a standard October week at Lush HQ – all the fun bits anyway!
Thanks to Jack Watson for the edit.
So far we have raised over £6,000 in on and offline donations, which makes this year the biggest total ever!!
Sponsorship money is still coming in, please donate at the Just Piving Page.
A huge thanks to everyone who came and skated, all our sponsors for donating prizes for the raffle, everyone who donated and of course Jo Coles for helping us orgnanise the event yet again!
See you next year!
….it went off!!!!! This isn’t everybody, the fisheye couldn’t get them all in!
Bacon sandwiches at the halfway cafe…
We think about 250 skaters turned up for the 13 mile push from Bath to Bristol. By the time we got to HQ, there was a huge slide jam in progress, with Mark Short and Will Edgecombe judging.
Harry boosting the launch ramp!
Slide comp winner AJ Bonner killed it!!! Here’s Mark filming him shortly before faceplanting the gate at the bottom on his way to first place! Edit on the way soon…
We’ve never had this many people in the yard… ever… Thanks to our UK distributor Shiner for letting us do this again!
2nd place at the slide comp went to Joe Baldwin…
So far we’ve raised nearly £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, with more on the way! Please donate your sponsorship money here!
A huge thanks to all our raffle sponsors and everyone who came along for the day to show their support. See you next year!