Archives: September 2012
We just passed our target of £2012.00 raised for Macmillan!!! Thanks to all our sponsors and all who have donated!!!!
We have also had some help from the Toronto Board Meeting, which happened a couple of weeks ago with over 1000 skaters in attandance – Mike “Smooth Chicken” Mcgown has this to say:
“‘Greetings on a beautiful, sunny fall day in Toronto.
I hope everyone is still buzzing from the stoke that was Board Meeting 2012!
Sponsors donated hugely this year, and we were able to raise $1600 with the raffle!
The Board Meeting, in the past, has been able to help out groups like The Hilton Byrne Foundation, and with site maintenance fees for the Ontario Longboarding Forum. Like us for Hilto
n or OLF, the Bristol Board Meeting also raises raises money, for Macmillan Cancer Research.
This year, it has hit closer to home. Darren, one of the organizers in Bristol, has had his son diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Although they are raising money for the research foundation, that money rarely ever finds its way to those who are suffering. It pays doctors and receptionists.
This year, we will be donating $500 to Darren and his son, so that they can afford to continue living, travelling the 800 miles a month for chemo, and managing with medical expenses.
We are paying it forward like this, because The Board Meeting, “…all started with a dream.”, and what way to continue that feeling than to make one come true.
The rest of the funds raised will be used for next years event for some surprises that those of all ages can enjoy.
If anyone has any concerns or ideas for next years event, we’re always open to hearing what you guys have to say!
Peace out everyone, only 349 days until we turn it up to 11!
Darren and Casp, our stoke is with you!'”
See you on Saturday!! Keep donating and let’s see if we can DOUBLE our target!
Our own Fee was part of the team who made the Women’s Longboard Camp happen in Slovenia this summer. Here is her report… Thanks Fee and Petra for the photos!!
“I’m lying in my van, tired. Two days since the end of the women’s camp. People are arriving for the KnK freeride in drips and drabs. People keep asking me “So, how was your camp?” Ho hummm good question, somehow I cannot define it? We started planning here in Osilnica nearly a year ago. It’s been eight days since Christine and I sat on the little wall outside the hotel being completely overwhelmed by the arrival of the 31 participants. Christine turned towards me and whispered “Fee, look at all these girls, they’re here because of us!”
Fast forward to last Friday. I am standing on top of the mountain, surrounded by 35 girls, with one eye laughing and the other one weeping. Tears of joy and hugs all around. I could spend ages writing about the breath-taking surroundings or the insane road that snakes its way down into the valley. Rumour has it that a roar went through the Swiss Skate Van, our shuttle, on the first drive up… but let’s boil it down to the facts. What’s a typical day at the camp like? My alarm is informing me that it’s 7am argh dammit…I stumble outside just in time for the morning yoga session followed by a big breakfast and then straight up the hill. Everyone’s having fun dancing and jumping around to some good beats to warm up, and Samy (our hero!) is right there in the thick of it snapping away with his camera. All marshalls have been dropped off at their checkpoints and we’re waiting for the holy announcement “Attention to all course marshalls and group leaders. The road is closed, you may continue with your activities.” (Thanks Mihael, you legend!). The Bear is transformed into a workshop playground, toeside, heelside, foot brake and before we know it it’s time to break up for lunch down in the valley. Who’s veggie, who’s vegan, who eats just about anything? Are we having cake today? Keep calm amidst the general state of chaos. Take a deep breath aaaand up to the top of the hill again. Our jumping bundle of energy Sophie is waking up tired bones and achy muscles until everybody’s ready to skate. On today’s menu? Freeeeeride, baby! The hill is full of women wanting to apply their newly-learned skills on the track straightaway. How can I possibly put this amazing vibe into words? The power of dusting yourself off and getting up again. And again. And again. This overwhelming collective energy. This really heartfelt ambience around the camp fire in the evenings. And while I am typing this, I’m finding the answer to “So, how was your camp?” It was inspiring, exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. An amazing team effort. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to organise such a meaningful event, to have such a brilliant crew behind me. To share so many great memories with so many wonderful women. Yesterday I was talking to Pat from Skatehousemedia, who was one of the many volunteers to help us and whom we cannot thank enough, and I said “when we had to say goodbye it was as if I had to release my children into the big wild world. Every single one of them will take something with them and something in their lives is going to change, no matter how small.” Thank you!
This is Sami, the legendary Swiss bus driver. You can see he is pretty happy!
If you are a lady who likes to skate downhill, whatever your ability – you need to be at this event next year. We hope it happens again!
All photos by Petra Moser.
New Lush team rider Fabian Laute is loving his Machine… here he is on Maui with a raw run.
Full edit and more info coming soon!
The next generation of our decks is in production at the woodshop right now, and several of them feature CNC routed wheel wells.
Low ride height and good standing platforms are the holy grail of any longboard deck manufacturer – these new capabilities allow us to shape very long, very deep wheel wells, giving us better wheel clearance and more wheelbase adjustability too.
Watch the boards page for some blacked-out magic… coming soon!
What a weekend!! And huge number of runs, an epic party on Saturday night, can you feel the freeride good vibe?
There are a few more photos on the Vandem Flickr.
Check out Will Edgecombe’s blog for some really nice lifestyle and skate shots.
Here are a couple of edits that have popped up already, thanks to Marcin and Hubert:
Watch this space for more!