What is the biggest distance you ever skated down a mountain road? Which is the longest racing track you could think of? Racing 9km down with 69 hairpins; sounds insane? Must be a leg burner for sure. Is it even fun racing that far? How many runs even humanly possible in a day?! So many questions might pop up in your head. Well, it actually happened last month in Aomori, Japan! Northern part of the main island there is this scenic road "Iwaki Skyline". Absolute u"road porn" images of epic hairpins has been out there already for years and I've seen them popped up on my FB feeds every once in a while. Even though, difficult access from metropolitan area kept the road as "skate virgin" for many years. [caption id="attachment_22216" align="aligncenter" width="720" caption="I've seen these images popping up on my FB feed every once in a while."][/caption]
- on November 08, 2017
- on July 15, 2016
?????????????????? Hello! This is Minchita, the stoked news reporter, and today Im here to talk about the first ever outlaw downhill race that happened in far east, Nyom Island/Superhill, Yokosuka Japan. Yes ma'am, it was the first DH race to ever happen in Japan! [caption id="attachment_21218" align="aligncenter" width="720" caption="Kohey Inoue & Yuji "Ken" Ebizuka at the start line before semi final. ?????Kohey Inoue)????Yuji Ebizuka)??????????????????"][/caption] My partner in crime Fifer and I have been dreaming about organizing a DH race in Japan since we saw for the first time what DH racing is all about back in Maryhill FOS 2011. It took 5 years of dreaming to make it happen, but yes! We finally did it!!
- on September 18, 2015Radicals Fiesta! took place on past September 5th in Osaka, Japan. ???????????????????? 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!
- on March 20, 2014
After having some of the craziest winters ever recorded in Tokyo and its surroundings, a season marked with some strong snowstorms and shut down roads. Skaters were itching to get some warm sunlight and dry roads. Finally extreme cold is over and you can feel spring is around the corner, you can feel that time to shred some asphalt its coming.
Sessions 1.0 was the perfect warm up event to start skate season in Japan. We were lucky just to have such a beautiful and warm day, one of the first sunny weekends of the year. Just a day before there was some out of season snow falling in Tokyo. This end of winter was one of the factors that helped to have such a relaxed and flawless event. It resulted in a huge familiar picnic with good music, good food, good old frisbee and good skate. It was the pretext to be outdoor hanging out meeting new people sharing the same love for board culture.[caption id="attachment_17027" align="aligncenter" width="720" caption="Hood Inc., Loaded's new distributor in Japan, showed up with many boards for some test rides!"][/caption]
Past April, we received a pair of very special guests here in Japan, Patrick Switzer and Tamara Prader, ambassadors of team Orangatang. They came here to explore and skate unknown territories, and the most important: to spread the longboard epidemic in our country.View this article in Spanish or
El pasado Abril, recibimos a invitados muy especiales en Japón, Patrick Switzer y Tamara Prader, embajadores del equipo Orangatang. Vinieron a explorar los terrenos desconocidos, patinar y lo mas importante; difundir la epidemia longboard en nuestro país.