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!
Plans for future
• Continue to push my brand (EKO SLIDE GLOVES) and hopefully be able to work within the longboard industry, developing new products, accessories and protective gear.
•Skate as many free rides as possible, and spread the stoke of all my sponsors within and around my community.
•Work, skate and have as much fun as possible throughout.
Ideal day consists of
Waking up, receiving some orders, make some gloves, skate in the sun.Then wrap that up with a “francesinha”.
Your inner skate animal is
Sloth on a rainy day, Tasmanian devil on a sunny day
2) Current set up?
For riding fast: Sequel with Sabre CF38′s, special Devon made no rake hangers, and Cult Traction Beams. For riding not quite as fast: Throttle, CF38 180mm, Cult Cerebrum
3) Chosen terrain?
The longest, steepest, fastest roads i can find!
4) Best skate events?
For the hill, Kozakov. For the sheer about of sunshine skateboarding and fun times, KNK.
5) Worst injuries?
Broken collarbone in 2008, trying to keep up with Tighe!
6) Plans for the future?
Keep going fast on skateboards, get to Europe more often, beat Pete C down a hill! haha!
7) Ideal day consists of?
Wake up stupidly early on top of of an epic road with tunnels and fast sweepers, with a tight crew of good mates. I eat a Jamaica ginger cake and we skate said road in a tight pack until all of our legs feel like jelly. Then we head to the nearest cafe for a big fat coffee and a fry up. The cafe are out of mushrooms, so nobody has any. We spend the rest of the day chilling out on a mellow road drinking beers and feeling good about the morning!
The Borek in his natural habitat… hungover on the floor in the forest on the other side of Europe. At least he has a roll matt…
8)Your inner skate animal is?
This little fella, he walks up and rolls down!
Favourite Lush boards?
The Legend and the Wizard, yet (looking forward for the Freeryder, has to be a
Pretty much all around, Dh, freeride and street, the hybrid style
Best sk8 events? Vandem Freeride ;D
Worst injuries? Double fractured fibula in my ankle
Plans for the future?
Ride and practice more, conquer all my fears, make videos, travel as much as possible, begin racing, visiting freerides, graduate, being a real inspiration in my country and help building the longboard community here, keep learning about myself, change and resolve as many things as possible that holds me back from enjoying myself and being conscious about everything happening around me, practising and improving in Tibetan healing, earn money for a duty that I love to do and helps the people, have an independent life.
Ideal day consists of….
Nutritious and healthy mealtimes, get all my tasks done that I know I have to do, considering everything like it was the last time that im doing it, loving everyone, getting high on friends, practising compassion and meditation, breaking ego, skateboarding a lot, having sex with a loved one, yeah, that would be pretty much ideal
Your inner sk8 animal is….?
A shining Golden Dragon, with the strength of the gods, with the wisdom of the ancients and with the
ease of a feather.
Suddenly we’re seeing a new kind of freeride deck appearing – the “brick” shape has the potential to become the “popsicle” of downhill skateboarding for many people… a super simple, straight up symmetrical plank. It’s not a new idea, but the shape works really well and it has a certain aesthetic appeal – so a lot of shapers are doing it.
Jordan runs his Steezestoker on the shorter wheelbase… an option many other “bricks” don’t have.
Our take on this shape shares a lot with other “bricks” out there – CNC wheelwells, rocker, and of course that fat symmetrical shape that allows any number of foot positions in a comfortable concave.
2) It has a HUGE adjustable wheelbase – on the shorter setting (under 24″) the nose and tail are the perfect lengths for ollies and even flips if you want. Drilling an extra set of holes inboard of the deck and lengthening the wheel wells may not sound like a revolutionary idea, but it completely transforms what this deck is capable of and we’re actually pretty surprised more companies haven’t done it with their “brick” shapes.