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Vandem Freeride 2013

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This event WENT OFF!!!!!!!

Vandem Freeride 2013 Safety Meeting

Vandem Freeride

Hugo Besset

Rob Borek

Just over 140 skaters came down for the weekend, we had two days of perfect weather, and the uplift system allowed some skaters to clock over 50 runs on the 1.3 mile track between both days. We had a huge party on Saturday night, with local metal band Cry Havoc coming on just before midnight, we’re pretty sure that everyone had a good time!!!

Chris Vanstone

Organiser Chris Vanstone was on hand with a bag full of supplies for our lovely Marshals…!

A huge thanks to everyone who came and skated, and everyone who helped us throw the biggest downhill skateboard event the UK has yet seen!

Post your own photos, videos and wotnot on the facebook event page here.

Big ups to Tim Bartram-Vowles for hanging out in the bushes all day with his camera, and New Fruit for filming… edit soon!!

WLC 2013 aka le rain à la française – Womens Longboard Camp 2013

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We hooked up the Women’s Longboard Camp with a ton of test boards this year… here’s a write up of what went down from our good friend Christine Maier. Photos by Petra Moser!

Most people associate France with good wine, cheese and the Eiffel tower. After this year’s women’s longboard camps, I for one now associate the Vosges region with R-A-I-N, and lots of it. Surely it can’t be bucketing it down for an entire fortnight? Oh boy, it can…apart from a couple of dryish afternoons, that was it, heavy rain day in, day out. The five-strong UK squad joining us for the second week remained pretty unfazed and they acclimatized quickly, no surprises there 😉

Our main Mr. Motivator Alex soon came up with the camp motto We don’t care about the stress, we don’t give a shit about the weather, we love what we do and we do it together! This year’s crew was absolutely amazing, couldn’t have asked for a better team, much laughter, silliness and fond memories from heavy metal dish washing to story telling during course marshaling breaks with Jay over walkie talkie…WLC 2013 had it all, including snowfall on the last day. Waking up to the sounds of rain every day, determinedly putting on wet and clammy gear day in day out, using & abusing our lovely Lush test boards, wading through the mud, making rain ponchos out of bin bags, showering in detention facilities for young male delinquents, spiking your breakfast tea with Schnaps, party time ALSACE DOWNHILL style, campfires, speed tuck games.

Christine Maier

This is skateboarding – the weather is what it is, and you gotta do with what you have, it’s the very nature of any outdoor sport. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do or where you’re from – this is the essence of skateboarding. To witness a group of women of all ages and nationalities, spanning three generations and from all walks of life bond over skateboarding and also to see how quickly progress can be achieved under the right circumstances was so inspiring – this is what motivates us to keep doing it.

Big thank you to everybody involved, see you next year, keep your eyes peeled for exciting developments!

Bath2Bristol on a long Lush board

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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!

Bristol Board Meeting – Thank you!!

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Thanks to Jack Watson for filming and editing this cool memento of the 2012 Bristol Board Meeting!

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!

Vandem Freeride Media Overload

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What a weekend!! And huge number of runs, an epic party on Saturday night, can you feel the freeride good vibe?

A huge thanks to all the Marshals, Skirmish Paintball Centre, Cry Havoc, the residents of Pennsylvania Road, and everyone who came and made the UK’s first freeride so special!

Jon Braund

Vandem Freeride 2012

Harry Phelps

Hugo Bessett

There are a few more photos on the Vandem Flickr.

Check out Will Edgecombe’s blog for some really nice lifestyle and skate shots.

There are also more photos on facebook, here, here and here. If you find any more please post them below!

Here are a couple of edits that have popped up already, thanks to Marcin and Hubert:

Watch this space for more!