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Hop Podcast #7 Harry Clarke - living the chopstar lifestyle

This Podcast number 7 Harry Clarke aka Harry Potter aka Chopstar

I started following Harry on the international downhill scene when he appeared out of nowhere representing Australia in Europe about 3 or 4 years ago.

He is an Aussie, battling the world's best in downhill racing, and consistently doing well. In his own words, he is just on the cusp of breaking into that downhill elite with a big race win. This might be the year, he has been on the podium for a few big races this year already (3rd at Arirang Hill, and 3rd at Transylvania DH).

These are the show notes. Basically anything worth linking to that explains people and products we talk about. 

IDF number 1832

Alpen-Rauschen freeride - the best in the world? Organised by Big Mountain

Harry's first skateboard: Original Apex 37

Nine Two Five...rain or shine video 

Robert Burns

Pierre van Remoortere: a young Pierre skating

SBDW

Get spicy with a sicktail

Avoiding cows (video below)

 First race in Philippines: VLT 2013 (click on young Harry below to see him at his first race) Full 2013 VLT video here

Getting stoked on Downhill with Greener pastures videos

Harry's rich slamin history at Kozakov
2014 as a junior making the B bracket final and moving through to the A bracket

 2014 was also the year Connor Ferguson, as a junior, made the open final

Met all the Aussie crew at Mt Keira 2016 

16th in 2015 at Shortakov (short version of Kozakov). Riders mentioned:
Max Wipperman
Hertler = Sebastian Hertler
Luna = Daniel Luna
Alex Charleston and other guy = Filippo Salerni
Byron = Byron Essert 
Nico = Nicola Nuehrig

 

  

In 2015 Harry finished 43rd in the world, he is still at school! 

Veggie High 2016 wins consi final

2015 Yuping Cup at Heaven's Gate mountains  (2nd in opens)
Yuping Cup Final: Adam Yates, Harry Clarke, Billy Bones, Max Ballesteros

14th in the world in 2016

Mt Keira 2016 was Harry's first Australian race, he came with Rob = Robert Burns 

Veggie High 2016 race
Yuping Cup in China

11th at Lilyhammer

6th at Teolo - the sick video of quarter final of Harry, Mitch Thompson and Alex Dehmel and Čvančara Vašek 

Second at Insul 2016 - I did not make that clear in the interview. 
Final was Mitch Thompson, Harry Clarke, Sebastian Hertler and Max Balesteros
On the podium in his thongs REPRESENT!
Korea 2018
We talk about the internet memes that followed the Korean final. It was started by Federico with this video 
Skaters mentioned: Standy Andy = Andrew Atchison
Robert Burns 2015 Arirang Hill Korea crash - Harry rates it as one of the scariest he has seen, and it was caught on video!! See below
Robert Burn's Ahmyo video part above

Racing Set Ups

This is current as of the time of the interview which was mid 2018. We are not maintaining or updating this list.

Riding on Venom wheels

He was on Orangatang or is one or...[watch this space]
Officially now rides for Madrid boards
Skater mentioned: Max Dubler
Harry's new deck, he is riding some new designs, more than just a chopped Trapster...maybe...a new production deck in the future?
Current trucks are 160mm Rogues
15 degree back baseplate with a 50 degree front [link to where you can buy rogue precisions]
Venom Tall Barrel bushings in HPF (High performance Formula)
Front bushings 78a roadside and 81a boardside 
Back bushings are both 97a
An original Chopstar is a chopped Trapstar
The downhill small stance
Bearings: Hondar or Seismic
We are flowing a Boa bearing hook up for this year's Euro tour
Racing wheels? Magnum Mach 1 78mm
Footbrake soles: Freebrake
Re: Deck spikes, you are on your own to DIY it, it is a great idea. Skaters in the 80's did a similar thing. 
Photo by Dean Tirkot: Mick Mulhall Judo Air
Skater mentioned: Mick Mulhall doing a judo air 2016 (photo by  Dean Tirkot)
Deck mods: torque block
Bam Bam gloves
Harry's secret rain wheels...sorry secret family business, no links.
The story I mention at the end, is at the Shredemite Summer Outlaw series in Turramurra, Harry told me he enjoyed the podcast, and wanted to know who would be next. To which I replied, you. I thought Harry was going to have another big year (2018), and a podcast episode could document that! 
Thanks for listening to the podcast. Can I ask a favour? Please subscribe and share. Really share it. I do these episodes to promote the sport of downhill skateboard racing, longboarding and skateboarding. I'm hoping they will encourage young people to get into the sport. Parents encourage their children to do more. And that anyone can become a fan, follow the skaters, go to events, enjoy the sport without having to participate, it truely is a global sport that can connect with everyone. 
Corrects, comments or extra questions, please leave a comment below
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