Loaded and Orangatang ambassador Ayumi Oride needs YOUR help in strengthening the longboarding community in Japan. Join her on the Super Breakfast Tour and help spread the stoke!
Read on to learn more about the dates planned in Hokkaido and Fukuoka
You'd be hard pressed to disagree with the fact that Angie's Curves is the most technical and demanding course in the IDF. Not just specifically for its numerous high speed twists and turns, but also in regards to its sheer downhill speed and taxing racing climate. Whether you're coming to grips with the sixty-some-odd-mile-per-hour straight into two sharp right-hand turns, or you're dealing with the sweltering hot temperatures of the Pala, California environment, the Angie's Curves race can easily be considered something of a thing of passion in our sport. A race that shows no mercy and demands its athletes truthfully push both their bodies and minds to the absolute limit. Angie's Curves is not only a race, it's a high water mark, a true test of faith. You don't just skate Angie's Curves; you live it, breathe it, sweat it.
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August 15-17th, 2014 marked the 5th annual Central Mass Longboard Festival and my most ambitious undertaking yet. To call it a "Longboard festival" is a bit misleading; these three days saw 397 registered skateboarders of all shapes, sizes, disciplines and creeds take to the races, ramps, slides and rails in three different venues across Harvard. A rowdy after-party in Ayer, MA topped off the action. One of the major goals with Central Mass is to break down the unnecessary and counterproductive walls between skate disciplines - most prominently between "short boarding" and "longboarding". Instead, the event strives to push riders to comingle and progress in all disciplines with no extraneous lines drawn in the sand. To pull off something of that scope as an independent organizer takes approximately 2 metric tons of elbow grease, 3,000 gallons of diplomacy, enough budget to buy an entry-level BMW and a time investment sufficient to make an hourly employee rich, so I got started early. (For more insight into the nitty-gritty preparatory steps, check out last years Organizers Recap.)
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