Tuesday 2 June 2015

Media dump #1 - the photographening

Hi all! here's the first dump of all the facebook media you've been posting - you guys have been posting your media up and here's the first load - there's a lot so it'll be split across 2 posts, just remember to ask permission and credit photographers!
And in no particular order:

Shove-it mag Facebook album #1

Chris Drewery Photography Facebook album

Shaun Bradley Walker's facebook album

Jack Patten Photography Facebook album

Cristina's Facebook album (2nd of 2 i think)

Will Edgecombe's Saturday album

Ian Richardson's Facebook album

Judy Clifton's Facebook album

Judy's Album, part 2 (ie Sunday)

Nearthecoast.com's photos

More to come over the next few days, innit!

Sunday 31 May 2015

The Big Thank You!

I posted a brief list on Facebook but here's the big one!

Firstly, thank you to all the riders, last weekend was freaking awesome (as proved by the buzz on the days, and by the mass of awesome media showing you all having a rad time), and I'm still riding on the stoke. You all rode fantastically, were patient during racing, and made everything go smoothly for each other and for us folks trying to herd you around the venue. Your attendance makes these events possible. Looking forward to seeing you all again in July!

Second: The organisers and the volunteers! thanks guys for helping us out: you know who you are, you all got some rad stuff from the event, and plenty of gratitiude. Normally we need about 8-10 volunteers across the course of the weekend, with perks ranging from drinks and a sarnie to the whole weekend free (!) alongside some merch.


  • Hargreaves Scout Camp - thanks for letting us stay (thanks campers for keeping it tidy) 
  • St John's Ambulance for patching you guys up when you decinded to hug the ground at high speed
  • And of course, Redbridge Cycle Centre for being so accommodating of all us dirty skaters! Cheers again guys!
Fourth: Sponsors!

Thanks to everyone who put swag into the pot, turned up with demo boards and helped out by turning up with shops. In no specific order:
  • One Tree Boards - Fantastic boards for top podium places, hours of love and paint made three gorgeous boards and a load of sweet tees and sticker packs - watch out for more in the future
  • Arbor - Late in the game but showing up with a ton of demo boards, offering up gloves wheels copies of grade and posters, a big thanks to Lyndsay for sorting us out!
  • Longboards UK - Not only has the London based shop sorted us out with three sets of wheels, 2 sets of trucks and 1 set of bearings, but helped DAS Industries buy the two manual pads you saw on the hill. Expect more variants of them in the future: we're going to try making them into flatbanks for g-turns next time!
  • Mindless Longboards - you saw me riding around on one of their boards (pintails for life!), and they chucked us a pile of wheels, bearings and trucks (in quantities of 3,2,2), with a couple of bits that you'll see crop up inn other DAS events in the future.
  • Kryptonics put some wheels up for testing on the slide hill - stateside riders use both the blue and greens for freeride. We saw wheels going to riders across all disciplines
  • BTR put forward some coins so that everyone at the campsite could have a bit of a picnic. Nice one!
  • Seismic - Providing Slalom race spreadsheets every time, Dan at Seismic keeps the UKSSA on track and stops them from bickering about that final 0.01 seconds.
  • Octane Sport - Supporting Slalom and Sliding, sweet wheels, a G&S board and some threads made their way out to some lucky riders. Octane also provided timing gear and ramps to complete the slalom ensemble, alongside running the octane mobile shop!
  • Grip Shack - Grip went into the prize pot, but inundated with gear, we saved it up for go skateboard day (Notts Edition), and future DAS Stuff
  • Newton's shred chucked in some wheels and a complete D-Street board for the 1st place in the open category.Attending with their shop and plenty of wares and advice, it was great to catch up with the guys.
  • Thrill mag support all DAS events through free ads in the mag (sadly no longer in print) and soon to be free ads on the website! keep checking back for news on the UK scene
  • Dangerous Decks unfortunately couldn't attend, but Pete Davies, repping dangerous luge tech and the UK open Lunge championships came along, and made some sweet racing happen, with a trophy taken by a brand new street luger to Hog Hill
Aaaaaand I think that's it! Please check out all the sponsors on facebook, and help them help us. 

Fifth: Keep that media coming! Media dumps coming sooooon!
Sixth: See you in 6 weeks(ish for the Summer Swine Stomp!

Peace, love and skateboarding,

Timmy :)

Thursday 21 May 2015

Sponsor Spotlight: Newton's and Octane

There'll be two shops on site this weekend: Michael Stride's long-standing scene-supporting skate store Octane Sport and Newton's Shred, with Alex and Kami gunning it around the country to hang out with mates and skate hills on the latest gear.

Octane Sport

Rooted in the history of UK slalom, octane sport has been around possibly the longest of any uk longboard store, Octane sponsor at least the slalom and regularly chuck prizes in for all kinds of activities,alongside keeping the ramps safe and maintaining the timing gear Michael built himself. The shop contains a fantastic range of gear - everything from flatland freestyle and old skool pool boards through to the latest offerings from the big brands. If you need something, Octane probably has it or something similar; for those of you out there looking for roger bros visors for your bell drop helmets, this is the shop to check out. There's always discounts on the weekend, so bring some cash!

Newton's Shred
With a more focused range of products, Newton's boasts the fact it's had its riders test pretty much everything it sells; an active downhill division means that all the products get a thrashing. Alex spends his Saturday afternoon getting groms up to speed in the famous crystal palace park. Alex and the shop have been involved from the beginning of the downhill element of Hog Hill, over five years ago! Both Alex and Kami's passion for downhill and freeride are contagious, go have a chat and see what they've got, or have a punt at the downhill races and win some of the swag they're putting in.

Wednesday 20 May 2015


Please remember to take a look through the campsite rules just here: http://crackling2015.blogspot.co.uk/p/accopmmodation.html
The site is a Scout Camp and we should respect their regulations accordingly. This includes the NO ALCOHOL rule. Aaaarghhh!

For those of you who've been before, you know that it's a great place to stay, is pretty close to the race site and there's a Miller and Carter pub about a mile and a half out back (Aldborough Road North, Ilford, IG2 7TD).

We very much want to keep the site manager happy because we'll be back here again in July for the Summer Swine Stomp!

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Registration Alert

Online sign-up will close on the evening of Wednesday 20th May, but don't worry, you can still turn up and pay on the day.

Folks who have prepaid will be able to jump the queue at Registration.

Do check out our sponsors and hit the coffee shop if the registration queue is looking a bit too long!

Thursday 30 April 2015

Sponsor Spotlight: Kryptonics

There's been some criticism of Kryptonics recently: They don't wear out fast enough, they don't flat spot. Apparently this is what goes for criticism in the world of wheels. Well, I'm sorry if your reasonably priced wheels last longer, cost less and perform better over time than their competitors!

Not only are they so robust people complain about them, Kryptonics have been developing a new, white formula. This is mystical stuff happening here (read: years of applied materials science and rider input), and rumours are they're better than your current red/green/blue offerings (I assume they mean a better all round wheel rather than one that cores instantly), and that we'll have a set of them as a prize before the year's out! Watch this space for those elusive white ones!

Meanwhile on the weekend, UK ambassador Rob Ashby will have a set of blues and a set of greens for you guys to try to ruin! How's that for for a challenge!

Sponsor Spotlight: Dangerous Decks

Dangerous decks will be presiding over a number of things at the Crackling: Mini Motos, as ever, will be present, armed and lethal and The IFCRA (international freeride cake racing association) will be presiding over Round One of the Hog Hill Buttboard 2015 championships. The ever elusive cage-luger/street-fighter (I think I got that right) Will Stephenson is still working away in his secret dangerous lab, so check out what they've got to offer, and support another UK-made longboard brand!