Downhill Skateboarding. The In’s, Out’s, and everything in between!

Per request we have decided to do a little write up on downhill skateboarding. Not just skating down hills but actual downhill racing and speedboarding. Downhill has been around forever but until recently it has remained in the shadows of traditional skateboarding. The real O.G.’s however, have always been out there searching for bigger, gnarlier, hills to test their skills on! The sport has evolved throughout the years. Aside from product turning into seemingly space age equipment riding has undergone some big changes as well. New techniques let riders go bigger, harder, and much much faster.

The downhill slide, as it was traditionally called, is one of the most important skills a downhill rider needs. You need to be able to properly slow down in order to make certain corners and turns effectively. In racing and speed boarding there are two main slides that are commonly used, frontside and backside hands-down slides. Frontside and backside are also known as heelside and toeside respectively. There are many other names for these slides, most commonly heard is the Coleman Slide which was popularized by one of the greatest downhill skateboarders of all time, Cliff Coleman.

Cliff Coleman, 60 something years young and still shredding!

Having one of your hands down on the ground while performing these maneuvers helps in properly de-weighting your board and effectively drifting or pre-drifting corners. Drifting is literally the action of sliding before or throughout a corner in order to make it through safely. Depending on which side you are entering the turn you will either apply weight to your front hand leaning backwards doing a heelside slide or you will use your backhand leaning backwards doing a toeside slide. But your hands don’t do all the work. You have to know how to kick your board out and how far to push it to determine how much speed to scrub off. Pushing it too far out will make your board shoot out from under you and vice versa not pushing it enough will make your wheels grip up early shooting you forwards off of your board. Finding that happy medium isn’t too hard though, it just takes a bit of practice like anything else!

Robin McGuirk with a textbook Coleman slide

Powerslides are another option but they are rarely used in the world of downhill. They are however a good skill to have under your belt! The world of longboarding knows powerslides as stand up slides. Standing up and doing a slide in the middle of a race isn’t always the best idea though, it is best to play it safe, put your hands down, and you will be winning races in no time!

Marcus Dalton navigating some turns via stand up slide.

Tucking! That is next on our list of wonderful things that are downhill related. Having a good tuck is pretty essential. Check out this photo of Robin McGuirk in his Old-School tuck which is mandatory at the Mt. Tabor Downhill challenge. An old-school tuck is not the most ideal style of tucking but our forefathers did it so doing a little throw-back skating every now and then is definitely a blast. Old-School tucks are very dependent on placing as much weight on the front of your board as possible. Generally both feet are always touching and they are as close to side-by-side as possible.

Robin McGuirk in Old School Tuck Mode at the 2011 Mt. Tabor Downhill Challenge

Standard tucking nowadays is much more refined! The main idea is still to have as much weight as possible on your front foot closest to the front of the board. Your back foot is used as a secondary balance point and for controlling slides and drifts. Some people still have much better tucks than others though and that is what separates the young pups from the big leagues! There is actually a lot more to tucking than one would think. On a long course with big sweeping turns you don’t have to break tuck like you do when you have to slide and drift. When you stay in your tuck for extended periods of time, only making minor adjustments in weight distribution and footing, your legs get really tired really fast! You actually feel bits of relief here and there when taking corners due to centripetal force. It allows you to take more weight off of your legs when leaning throughout corners and turns. A tuck that has good form has great aerodynamics and this will really come in handy when drafting other riders.

Sector 9 Rider Louis Pilloni with a solid Tuck

When you are in another riders draft you want to sling shot yourself ahead of them when the time is right. When you do this you will break away from their draft and if you have little aerodynamic resistance you should be able to pass by them with ease. It is actually a pretty cool feeling when you do it; it is a technique you can go on to perfect with time. In order to draft a rider or group of riders you are going to have to be comfortable riding in very close proximity to other riders. This is called “Pack-Skating.” Pack-skating requires a lot of trust in the other riders around you. You have to trust in their abilities as riders and that they won’t fall in front of you going 50+ miles per hour. The reason why you have to trust them is because you have to be fully focused on your own riding and what your plan of action is. Pack-skating takes some getting used to but as soon as you can train yourself not to worry about the people around you the closer you will get to becoming an even better downhill rider.

Pack-skating and drafting!

Downhill riding has so many techniques but one of the most important ones out there is navigating a course properly. You need to know how to carry the right amount of speed up until you reach the apex of a turn without risking the chance of scrubbing out and falling down. Choosing your lines and sticking to them is something that every skater has trouble with on occasion. It is the reason that some riders will go from first place to dead last in 4 or 5 man heats. Sometimes holding your line means coming dangerously close to other riders and this is a huge reason why you see so many bails near the end of a race. Your line may cross paths with another riders line and if you give up on your line you could lose a huge amount of speed and potentially sacrifice your position in the race. Generally taking the inside position of a turn will allow you to pull out ahead of everyone else but at the same time everyone is going for that inside spot. If your timing is right and your skills are there you should be able to cut in just right and move up the line!

2012 Juniors Finals at Maryhill. Holding their lines!

Downhill riding gives you so much of a rush, the feeling is unexplainable! This is why downhill skateboarding has become one of the most popular board sports in the world. The benefits of racing with good etiquette and within your skill levels are amazing. Winning events can lead to so many new opportunities in your life. Sponsors will seek you out, fly you around the world to new races and events. You will make new friends and be able to see things that you would have never been able to see otherwise! Granted, not everyone is going to get to that level but then again not everyone wants to! The feeling of camaraderie when skating with a few friends at high speeds is awesome and it is also a great way to connect with new riders. All in all we are a bunch of skate-nerds who want to have fun and hang out doing something we all love. It is cliche but spreading the stoke is what it is all about. Spread the stoke and good things are bound to come to you! Now go bomb some hills kids!

Max Wippermann and Wolfgang Coleman bro-hugging it up.

Photos: Spencer Morgan

So Pete and Jeffrey that work here get into all sorts of shenanigans! Sometimes it is on a board, sometimes it is off a board! Their footy got compiled together and we made this fun little edit of them goofing off! In this edit they do some bombing and free riding on Mt. Tabor here in Portland, Oregon as well as get some park skating in at the Brooklyn Street DIY skate park!

Music: “The Wires” – The Great Mundane

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West Coastin’ 2nd Report by Pam Díaz

It all started..

Faster than what I ever thought. We made a plan, we collected the money, and with the help of our sponsors we got the car. Thank you Daddies Board Shop, Blue Sky Longboards, Comet Skateboards and Caliber Trucks for your constant support!

The plan is to start in LA and drive in the van to Washington, in a two week roadtrip to the 1st Maryhill She-Ride.

The first spot was Malibu, ready to film and take pictures, we started shredding!

Since the very first moment it was a great feeling to be only girls in a car, driving in California with our skateboards.

After a very nice session in the sunset, we started heading to Santa Barbara, got ready in the supermarket and got the right equipment to go camping. We got there in the night, so I had no idea what was waiting for my eyes to see.

No words to explain the happinnes of waking up in the road in a beautiful morning with four beautiful ladies ready to skate.

The day was AWESOME! we met with locals who invited us to stay for another day, was great because the next day, after good rest we started our way to San Francisco.

In San Francisco we were planning to stay with the Sunset Sliders. The driving was long but worth it ten times!

San Francisco was epic, i would say it was the best stop by far, i love those people!

When we got to SF the boys were waiting for us at Big Dave’s house, our buddies Bandy, Nick, Jensen, Adrian and Jesse. It was amazing how many good vibes we felt since we got there.

The plan was to stay in SF for two nights.

The other day we woke up and went skating with the Sunset Sliders around San Francisco, they showed us some of their spots and we shredded in every of them.

Super grateful to spend time with shredskater brothers in that beautiful city, who took really good care of us

San Francisco has my heart.

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Text & Photos: Pam Díaz

Shots of Pam: Marisa Nuñez and Daisy Johannes

 

Kyle Martin FSU Hawgs by Landyachtz: Review

Check out our ambassadors Richard Topete and Marcus Dalton having some fun on the hills in this new video! They are riding the Kyle Martin FSU Hawgs from Landyachtz and boy are they fun! They are a Center Set 70mm wheel with a huge core for long, smooth, buttery slides. They are 80a and come in either a pre-ground, ready to slide, super gnarly freeride wheel OR a high-gloss super grippy downhill version. Landyachtz did a good job on this one and we wanted everyone to see how much fun they can be!

Skatie Katie goes racing

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Photo: Francisco Contreras

Well, she’s back at it again folks!  This weekend Daddies Board Shop Team rider Katie Neilson set up a brand new Switchblade 36 with Precision Grizzlies and Biggie Hawgs, showed up to a race in the middle of Colombia and dominated the field going home with a 1st in Women’s and a 6th in mens out of a 96 rider bracket, putting a serious end to her 8 month recovery from knee surgery without skateboarding.

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make sure you hit up Katie’s Instagram account ‘Kateslynne’ for a constant, behind the scenes look practise days, race days and other skateboard related travels around the world!!!

Freshly Paved… Fresh and Paving the way!

This level of shredding is pretty awesome. I feel like these dudes got their huge slides on lock very early and then decided to do stuff they hadn’t seen anyone do before. I am sure they are influenced by some bigger names out there but I feel like these guys are pretty original. Speaking of original I am pretty sure I saw the same original longboards prototypes in this video that I saw out at maryhill. And by prototypes I mean boards that will be coming out later this year or next year. Everything looked pretty solid! It really seems as if original is stepping their game up to stay current in the world of downhill and freeride, plus they got some shredders on board to back it up!

Iphoneography: Instagramming up a creative nerd storm.

Johnny Turgesen Getting a lipslide in at Brooklyn Street Skatepark – Joey65 lurking in the background.

It is crazy what iPhones did for the wannabe photographers in all of us. They have a fast shutter speed, lots of crazy apps to make your pictures look cool when they really aren’t, and an array of social media platforms for sharing your life. I could never get hooked on twitter, I don’t like reading stuff much but I sure do like looking at stuff. Thats what I love about Instagram and other apps like it. iPhones raised the bar in cell phone photography. Soon after they came out and people realized the power that they had and started hosting gallery showings with all iPhone taken photographs… it blew my mind. Insanely famous photographers like Chase Jarvis were out there promoting this new slightly cheesy art form. Well it is cheesy but I love it! Check out some of our photos!

Johnny Turgesen and Joey Martin shredding around

The reason we are bringing this up is because we just started running an instagram contest! It will run for 4 weeks and each week we will announce a new winner and they will receive a prize pack from us!

So if you need some inspiration give these photos a look over. They don’t pertain to the contest but this is the sort of creativity level we are talking about. Good composition, good colors, nice and crisp photos… the whole shebang! We want action!

Jose flowing the park harder than anyone!

Mt. Hood from the skies!

The Oregon Coast – Cannon Beach

A truck axel and nut

Pete Benda With an Ollie to Fakie

Brent Atchley Boostin a mini Hip with the light feet!

Johnny Turgesen and another local shredding some DIY Park tranny.

Epic 5-0’s

My house in Japan – its nice to inherit stuff.

Family get together in Japan

Tricking it up!

Some worn out “These” wheels.

Up a tree

Pam Diaz [GRNTM]

Pam Diaz – Making the come up.

Word on the street is that DBS Ambassador team rider, Pam Diaz, who we absolutely love, is now officially on Abec 11’s [GRNTM] or… “Green Team” if you aren’t in the know. I know it is easily confused with the ever so often used “Great Rustic Northern Table Moose,” but in Abec 11′s case it just stands for Green Team. We don’t know all the details yet but we will sure keep you posted so keep on coming back for more news! This year is treating Pam so well and we couldn’t be more proud of her! Well we spilled the beans, lets see what Abec 11 has in store for her!!! Mwuaaahahahahaha!

Vicious and Rayne are on their way here!

Rayne and Vicious will be swinging by the shop on Sunday June 10th to hang out and do a product knowledge session. We don’t know who all is coming down but we do know that they are a gnarly bunch of skaters! Those Canadians are keeping it mysterious on us! If we have any luck they will bring some maple syrup down too!

Come on by and ask them any questions you have about their product. While you are here we will have free food, shwag giveaways, the shop will be open (crazy right?! on a SUNDAY?!?!) and it will be an all around good time. Swing on by if you know whats good for you!!!! haha