Justin Rolo: Hot and Dangerous

Videos hardly do gnarly roads justice and this is no exception. It’s rougher and steeper then you could imagine.

“Just Rolo dropped the steepest, roughest canyon road we could find. With a chunder factor nearing an 8/10, the spot fully took it’s toll.” – Venom

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Comet Skateboards // Ethos 40 Raw with Nick Ronzani

Comet Skateboards presents Nick Ronzani skating the 2014 Ethos 40 on an epic northern California mountain road. Nick has been skating in the bay area a long time and was the main inspiration behind this years Ethos 40 shape. Nick rocks an epic hands down, balls to the wall NorCal Style. Sit back and enjoy.

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Venom – Meet The Team Episode 2

In part two of the series, several Venom riders share some crazy travel stories.

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Soldiers of Downhill 2014 | MuirSkate Longboard Shop

“I met Scott at the shop at 8am Friday morning, with coffee in hand and less than 3 hours of sleep. We tuned up our boards, packed up our Sector 9 Lightning Bags, and off to the airport we went. It had been about 5-7 years since the last time I’d been to Ohio, and I’d yet to bring a skateboard. Needless to say, I was stoked to see what Ohio had to offer. After a long day of traveling, Scott and I met up with MuirSkate Team member Ryan Ricker and his friends Jordana and Joe at a local bar in downtown Columbus for some burgers and beer. After a few beverages, and admiring the pencil-drawn mural covering the walls of the bar, we went to crash at Joe and Jordana’s place, just a few blocks away.

We woke up the next morning to fresh coffee and stories of Scott’s haunted bedroom. We packed the cars and headed out for the hill. An hour and a half later, we arrived in Bainbridge. Mildew-covered tents, stickered-up cars, and cold leathered-up skaters scattered about the muddy field in front of Bainbridge Elementary School. Shortly after arriving, Dan Oliver, organizer of the race, told everyone to load into the U-Hauls, and practice runs began. Unfortunately, one of the U-Hauls had a fluid leak, so they had to drive it back into town to exchange for another, but other than that, the day when down without a hitch! After a long epic day of skateboarding, Scott, Ryan, Jordana, and myself headed 20 minutes into town to the closest hotel for a good night’s rest before race day.

After a quick stop at Starbucks and a couple wrong turns, we finally made it to the bottom of the hill. Luckily, we had skater time on our side and we still had enough time to head over to the local diner for some breakfast. We ran into some MuirSkate fans, so Scott and Ryan hooked them up with a bunch of stickers and some shades. Practice heats began shortly thereafter, and everyone was just going for it! There were a few ambulance-worthy crashes which started things off pretty slow, but after a couple rounds, everyone got into the rhythm. Before you knew it, it was time for the finals. Everyone had their own opinion of who they thought would win. Everyone in the finals had been out in front all day. We heard the sound of wheels flying down the hill, and everyone got quiet. Max Wippermann came into the fast chicane first, with Adam Persson and Aaron Hampshire right on his tail, and Matt Dietch not far behind. With the straight at the end it could have been anyone’s race. Watch the video to see who won! It was definitely one of the closest heats I have seen yet. All in all, Ohio is pretty flat, but damn do they know how to put on a race, and a gnarly one at that! All I know is that I’m definitely going back next year!” – Muir Skate

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Axel Serrat Raw Run + Original Skateboards Arbiter KT

Original Skateboards Pro Rider, Axel Serrat, takes a raw run somewhere in Spain on the Arbiter KT: more freedom, more simplicity, and more pleasure, but the same kickass attitude and value of our signature Arbiter 36. See it for yourself at originalskateboards.com/longboards/arbiter-36-kt

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Michael Carson – Bear Trucks

“Racer, slider, slasher and all around ripper, Michael Carson takes care of business on some classic spots around San Francisco and the Sunset District. The cityscape of SF is a great place for skaters to get a healthy mix of downhill and street.” – Bear Trucks

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Aaron Breetwor Photography Feature

Aaron Breetwor

Aaron Breetwor is a Northern California native currently living in New York City. He was editor in chief of the first six Skate[Slate] issues, you might also recognize his work from the early photography of Blood Orange. His main focus now is Downgrade Magazine. DGM is in it’s early days, make sure you check out what it’s all about. Here is some of his work, in black & white.

Aaron “from the block” Grulich slowing it down.

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Raw Run – Matt Deitch at Camp Sucky

Matt Deitch, the fastest skater on the east coast, poached a run down this east coast neighborhood run and got away before the sheriff showed up.

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S1 Helmets / Norman Plante and Cooper Darquea Enter the Wild

S1 Helmets Team Riders Norman Plante and Cooper Darquea have been all tied up in the hustle and bustle of LA’s city life. To escape the gridlock and raging traffic we traveled deep into the mountains for some solitude, beautiful views, and winding fast downhill runs.
Film and Edit: Alex Ameen
Song: “Seven Nation Army” -Nostalgia 77 Feat Alice Russell

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Arbor Skateboards :: Sucrose Initiative ~ Sam Hay

“The best thing about Sam Hay is his affinity for charging burly roads at full speed. We asked Sam to show us what he’s got for his first Sucrose Initiative video, so he upped the spud factor and brought it out on the gnarliest pieces of pavement in the ‘bu. The Sucrose Initiative was developed to bring rider-based design and quality material driven performance together to deliver a product that is friendly to the earth and your wallet.” – Arbor

Film/Edit: Alex Ameen

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