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  • Posted in on May 5, 2016 by Mike Girard.

    Central Mass 6 Skate Festival - Organizer's Recap

    On August 7-9, 2015, the small rural town of Harvard, Massachusetts welcomed 416 registered competitors from 25 U.S. states, Argentina, Australia, Hong Kong and the Philippines into their midst for the 6th annual Central Mass Skate Festival, the biggest yet. Hundreds more friends, families, staffers, filmers and photographers joined them for this 3-day extravaganza of shred, featuring a downhill race, mini ramp jam, slide jam, downhill park, street course, big air and after-party. Although some months have passed since Central Mass 6, the stoke is still fresh and already frothing for Central Mass 7, Aug 5-7, 2016. Join me in a deeper look inside the 6th annual event from the organizer's perspective, myself, Mike Girard of Emgee Events LLC.

    Eddie Henriquez boosts in front of the Biggest Air camera guantlet. Photo by Khaleeq Alfred

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  • Posted in on April 18, 2016 by Kyle Chin.

    Loaded Challenge Series 2016

    Loaded Challenge Series 2016 – Loaded Boards

    Welcome to the Loaded Challenge Series 2016: a fun way for you to learn new tricks and save some serious dough on Loaded and Orangatang gear! It’s been way too long since we last shared a challenge series with you all, and we’re stupendously excited to bring it on back.



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  • Posted in on April 14, 2016 by Kyle Chin.

    Loaded Labs: The Orangatang Menopause

    Orangatang In Heat and Menopause

    Estrus is over; it’s time for our 75mm race wheel to enter Menopause.

    View the feedback results of the Menopause project here.  Continue reading

  • Posted in on February 12, 2016 by Chris Cade.

    Carve Skate Shop and NoBull Longboarders Present: Bayou Battle 2016

    Words by Chris Cade

    Photos by Scott Raymond and Katlyn Beachy


    Flyer and Logo design by the talented JayCroninDesigns.com


    If you've been paying attention in the longboarding industry, then you've noticed that race attendance is slipping, and freerides are growing.  I believe our sport needs an infusion of fresh blood, both new skaters, and new ways to skate.  Enter the Bayou Battle, the brainchild of Greg Noble of Team Nobull, and Scotty Sheridan, of Carve Skate Shop. The Bayou Battle is a parking garage race that is setting record numbers on both attendance, and prize money.  It's also only $60 for three days of events, which has to be some kind of record too.  

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  • Posted in on November 28, 2015 by Chris Cade.

    Maryhill Fall Freeride 2015

    Images by Katlyn Beachy

    Words by Chris Cade

    The theme this year was "Onesie Party"

    What can I say about the spot called Maryhill? Unless you've been living under a rock for the last decade or so, it's been a downhiller's trip of choice for years. So, in the fall of 2015, after a couple long weeks on the clock, I wanted a vacation.  My last freeride was 2012, and a bunch of my friends were coming up from Texas. The choice was obvious, and my flight was booked for Portland.

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  • Posted in on November 24, 2015 by Lotfi Lamaali.

    Docksession's Big Ramble (LA GROSSE RANDO')

    On Sunday, September 27th over 1000 stoked riders invaded the streets of Paris, which were closed to traffic during the car-free day.

    In the program that day: a giant ramble through Paris streets, a giant picnic at Invalides gardens then some funny challenges such a costume parade, an uphill longboard race and a slide jam.

    9:30am : I arrived at the gathering spot "Place de la République" along with the crew. A dozen riders were already there ready to go.

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  • Posted in on November 17, 2015 by Ethan Cochard.

    Forsaken Circuit: Interview with Alex McKenzie and Jon Sevik

    Alex McKenzie stands amid the rubble of a forgotten Chinese restaurant


    Watch "Forsaken Circuit" here.

    For many, adventure can be a daunting task. What looks good on paper doesn't always turn out how we hope. You get rained on, cars break down, the hotel doesn't have hot water, your funds run out before it even feels like you got started. These common bumps in the road keep many people from experiencing what there is to be had in the great wide world.

    In their video "Forsaken Circuit", Alex McKenzie and Jon Sevik took the little free time they had before summer ended to make memories that will last until their next journey. Their travels are not dictated by the robotic voice of their GPS, they don't listen to the endless ramblings of a tour guide, they didn't find a treasure map in Davey Jones' locker. They found a few hard to believe locations thanks to the dense thicket of the internet and went for it. Like true explorers, the adventure did not go according to plan. And that was the point.

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  • Posted in on October 22, 2015 by Harry Clarke.

    ReLive: YuPing Cup & Part 1 of the HLSS Tour

    Few weeks back i was lucky enough to explore further into my own country that is China. Living in Hong Kong is very different to the rest of China. First of all because Hong Kong is its own independent region and secondly because the "Hong Kongese" or "Hong Kongers" people don't seem to like being associated with the mainland due to a number of reasons that would require lots of explanations so i'll save that for another time. Anyways, what I'm trying to get at here is that while i do live on the door step to the most populated country on the planet I had never actually been more than 50 km ( 31.06856 miles for all you freedom folk ) north into the mainland.

    That's why when I heard that the first ever race was going down in Chengdu i jumped at the chance. So the crew was assembled and we were off. We landed in Chengdu during the small hours of the morning and decided to go exploring for some party. We found some.

    Waking up in what we found out to be an "escort" hotel was surprisingly not as great as it sounds but never the less we then headed for the local skate shop to meet up with all the homies and catch the bus to the town where the race would be held.

    Not your average shop entrance

    In typical Hong Kong fashion we arrived 6 hours early so more exploring went on.

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  • Posted in on September 22, 2015 by Kyle Chin.

    Limited Edition CARBON Tesseract


    Loaded Boards Carbon Tesseract

    Loaded's ambassadors love the Truncated Tesseract, but a few wanted to see if a slightly stiffer board would get them going faster. After months of testing at the Hadron Collider beneath the Franco-Swiss boarder, we concluded that applying a future-forward, hi-tech layer of carbon fiber made the Tesseract look totally badass... and perfectly rigid and agile for skateboarding fast.

    We have produced a very limited run of 300 individually numbered modified boards and are offering them one-time-only on our site. Loaded is donating a percentage of proceeds from each board to the awesome non-profit STOKED whose mission is to inspire low-income teens and help them succeed through action sports. These funds will be used exclusively to get kids on skateboards in the Los Angeles area, and our team will be on hand to help along the way. Loaded has been involved with STOKED for over a decade and has witnessed thousands of smiles and seen how much learning a new skill can change a life.

    The boards will be available October 1st at 9AM PST and will go fast.

    Go to www.loadedboards.com to add some carbon fiber to your diet and check out www.STOKED.org to sign up, volunteer, and make a difference.

    Loaded Boards x Stoked Mentoring

  • Posted in on September 17, 2015 by Ayumi Oride.

    RAD RAD Radicals Fiesta!

    Radicals Fiesta! took place on past September 5th in Osaka, Japan.

    Group picture with City Mayor! 市長と記念撮影!photo by Megu Sakayori

    I could write a simple report with a chronicle about how things went on the day of the event and how fun it was (to make you readers jealous... just kidding!). However this time, besides the event report of Radicals Fiesta, I'll write about the whole experience of organizing local events and sessions I have been doing since 2013 together with my partner in crime Fifer. Also we want to give a little of context of the Japanese scene; believe me, things in Japan are really different. We want to share this experience because we believe that there is bunch of young talent out there who want to make things happens but doesn't know where to start. Hopefully sharing our experience could encourage you readers, because if we have done it, you could do it too!

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