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    The Christoph Batt tapes: 2010 to 2012

    The dedicated followers of the blog will know the story. In 2010 I bought a new digital tape recorder and interviewed international riders at Newtons. Then I proceeded to lose the recorder and all the interviews. One day I found the missing interviews and started posting them up under the title of "Lost Newtons Interviews". One of the interviews I never published was with two crazy Swiss dudes called Batt and Rufli. They were amongst my favourite international riders that year. They hung out at the shop, and I bailed them up one day for an interview. You have to imagine the situation. It was pouring with rain, a Sydney summer thunderstorm. We were under this big old air conditioning unit next to the old Hopshop, rain cascading down the driveway and myself, Robbo, Batt and Rufli standing under the unit trying not to get wet. The first part of the interview was done in 2010, some of the information is now out of date but should still be published. Second part of the interview was done in the Hopshop last month after Newtons Nation 2012.  I think putting the interviews together is a nice juxtaposition.

    Christoph Batt Newtons 2012

    Batt man interview 2010

    Hop: Christoph Batt - who are your sponsors?

    Batt: ABEC11, Magun (Christoph pronounces it Magooon) Skateboards and Magun Trucks. Hop: Really?

    Batt: Magun is not really sponsoring me but he helps me out with better prices.

    Hop: Which Maguns are you riding?

    Batt: Size is 200mm and they are the newest model.

    Hop: What are the boards?

    Batt: The board is also a Magun board. I designed it myself but Magun helped me out, but I did all the cutout.

    Hop: What is the shape?

    Batt: For most people, it is pretty flat because I do not have a lot of concave, the board is a little bit how you say going down in the middle? Yeah dropped.

    Hop: What is the length?

    Batt: 92cm long.

    Hop: What is is made out of?

    Batt: Wood core with carbon. It is a full carbon board.

    Hop: Is it going into production?

    Batt: No. He only does it for friends and you go there and order it. Every board is hand made. You have to go have a look at his home, look what he has. We are the only ones that really have had something made for us.

    Robbo: Is it true Magun lives in a cave in the Swiss mountains?

    Batt: (laughing) No.

    Robbo: That is what Martin told me! Martin said he answers emails for him and he goes outside and blows a big horn and Magun comes down off the mountain.

    Batt: No no. It is quite the small town he lives in but not that small.

    Hop: And the trucks, does he do that in production is is that a special order?

    Batt: He is doing in production but only in small production every time, so he'll do 50 or maximum 100 pieces. He'll sell them and then do new ones. But with now the new riding style with all the guys, sliding around and no hands, not a lot of people want to have the Maguns.

    Hop: Do like riding them?

    Batt: I love them.

    Hop: Why?

    Batt: They are so stable. It is like I'm on a train, if you have to ride a line it is so nice to ride with.

    Hop: Where they good on Mt Panorama?

    Batt: On the Saturday absolutely. Not really in the wet. It is better to have a truck that turns more, but in the dry it was great to go down the hill on the Maguns. Batt in flight on the Esses at Newtons Nation 2012

    Hop: What bushings are you using?

    Batt: Reflex. Orange Plus. Sometimes I put red in or yellow on top. Depends on the track. For Newtons it was Orange Plus all round.

    Hop: So are you are freerider as well?

    Batt: We did for five years only racing. Last two years we have started freeriding.

    Hop: Do you use the same trucks and set up?

    Batt: No I have an Airflow Fast and Furious with Randal trucks. Magun is not made for sliding around, stand up stuff, its a racing truck.

    Hop: Which ABEC wheel did you race on?

    Batt: First I had some runs on the Flywheels, which was pretty good but too hard for me because I am a bit heavy. So I changed to the Big Zigs Lime.

    Hop: And you freeride on...the flys?

    Batt: Sometimes on the flys but mostly the ABEC freeride wheels 81a, that's a pretty good wheel for sliding around.

    Hop: Do you get some flow from Airflow?

    Batt: No. Hop: You just like that board?

    Batt: It's a good board, nice concave, good wheelbase, I like it alot. [Hop note] Interesting to see in 2010 Christoph was skating on Airflow decks for freeriding because he like them so much, and now in 2012 he is sponsored by them.

    Hop: You won Kozakov in 2010?

    Batt: Yeah.

    Hop: Run us through that, was there some luck there? It is a very long race.

    Batt: It is 3.5km long and I love this race.

    Hop: How are the legs after that run - burning?

    Batt: their fucked. Absolutely. It is quite long, you have a steep part on the first, then you have three hairpins, then a long straight of maybe one and a half kilometres and at the end of this you have a 90 degrees where you go in full tuck at 95kmph, that's a tough corner. It is such a fun race, I love it. I was lucky to win it, because it rained on Sunday and it was decided on qualifying times and I was like one thousandth of a second in front of K-rimes. It was really like nothing. It is a good race for me, it has straight lines, I'm heavy, have a good tuck.

    Hop: Was that your favourite race in 2010?

    Batt: Yeah. In 2009 I was second, in 2010 I won it. Overall I think Newtons was the best race this year because the track is so wow, never had something like this before. Hop: What is the scene like in Switzerland, you got outlaws going? Or sanctioned racing?

    Batt: Not really, that is the problem, we are a lot of people in Switzerland who skate, but is so hard to close roads to race, very expensive. Mostly we go out on weekends, Friday night I go to Zurich and meet the other peoples and we go camp out on the mountain somewhere. Then 5 o'clock in the morning we race and at 7 we go back home. We have a lot of hills, some hills you can go the whole day, you can ride them, other you have to go a 5 o'clock in the morning. It is a lot different to the scene here. In Europe it is more racing. Here there is more freeriding. Europe is much more race style.

    Hop: What Europeans would you like to see racing in Australia in 2011 or 2012?

    Batt: There are a lot of fast guys in Europe. Germans like Dominik Kowalski, Boris Schinke, a lot of french guys. There would be 10 or 15 people in Europe that could win any race. The problem is we do not have as much time as the guys in Canada or America has. They have more money from the sponsors and so more time to race. Hop: There are a lot of good manufacturers in Switzerland, I'm thinking Indiana, Airflow, Fibretec. They are moving away from the traditional skinny European longboard?

    Batt: It has changed a lot, Christoph Haller, a very good rider, he works at Fibretec and he changed a bit the style of the board, they are wider, there are carbon boards for racing, they are very good boards. And also Airflow, they are a doing very good work.

    Batt man interview 2012

      Hop: Christoph, last time we spoke to you in 2010, you would have been on different wheels, trucks and board? Who are your sponsors in 2012?

    Batt: At the moment I am riding on Airflow Skateboards, Magun Trucks that is still the same but the trucks are new, and from the beginning of this year I'm riding on DTC Wheels, it is a new European wheel brand. Hop: And the wheels, you obviously were the fastest on Mt Panorama you won the Top Ten Shootout. How much of that win was equipment and how much was the competitor?

    Batt: Wooah that is hard to say.

    Hop: Do you think you are faster on the DTC Wheels? [link to review]

    Batt: Yes, I think so, absolutely. Maybe is it not only the wheel that is faster, it makes me go faster because I am so comfortable on this wheel. When I want it to grip it grips, when I need it to drift it drifts. That is the point that makes me faster on this wheel now. Hop: Do you think that it is because of the core or the urethane? Because that is the one of the features of this wheel, it has a unique aluminum core?

    Batt: Yes the aluminum core is the big difference on the wheel. I dont know if it is the core or the urethane because there is no lip on the wheel. It is the whole wheel altogether that makes it special.

    Hop: And it grips?

    Batt: Grips absolutely. I have never had a wheel with as much grip as the DTC 75mm. Even without the lip there is so much grip.

    Hop: You said there was a new version of the Magun Trucks?

    Batt: Yup, a few weeks ago the new model came out. Before it is 205mm, now it is 184mm and there is not as much offset as the older ones so it turns a bit quicker. Yah, that is the change we did and I'm very happy with it.

    Hop: The Magun production, is it still very limited?

    Batt: It is still a limited production, it is not like a big company. Hopefully he will be doing a lot more so we can sell them and bring them out to the whole world.

    Hop: Last time you were on a Magun deck, and now you are on Airflow?

    Batt: Now I am riding the Airflow Fuse but it does depend on the road. At Mount Keira I tested the Airflow Bracket, it is like a top mount version of the Fuse. That worked pretty well. However I do most of my racing on the Fuse, because I am used to a drop through. Both of these boards for me, it is like a new feeling on a board with a small bit of rocker and 3D concave. It is an amazing feeling on the board, you know where your feet are everytime. Very happy with the Airflow range. Batt ripping on a Fuse

    Hop: Airflow seem to be stepping up production and getting more involved with the scene, we are seeing more of their boards here and in other markets?

    Batt: We are hoping to make our market bigger, sending boards to here and Canada and America. The boards are selling very quick in Australia

    Hop: Any Swiss races being organised this year?

    Batt: There is not a lot. But this year we have an IGSA National Cup right after the three World Cups in Europe, in Lausanne. In the afternoon there is qualifying in a park in the city where we can run for five hours, every run will be timed. Then in the evening, at ten o'clock, the best 100 riders will have two timed runs through the city on the main road.

    Hop: Is it an outlaw?

    Batt: No, a sanctioned race.

    Hop: You will be racing the European season this year?

    Batt: Yes I will for sure.

    Hop: Have you done Peyragudes before?

    Batt: This year it is a new road, no one has done it. They built it 1 or 2 years ago and it is completely new. I'm looking forward to it, it looks really fast.

    Hop: Are you going to any North American or South American events this year?

    Batt: I'm not sure. I would like too but depends on the money. Calgary would be really good to go there. At the end of the year, like in 2011, I'll go back to South Africa again for Hot Heels and the other national race there.

    Hop: And Teutonia, would you do Teutonia? It is probably a hill that suits your style ... going fast.

    Batt: Absolutely, I want to go to Teutonia, but it depends on the money. I will go there once before I retire. My plan is to do every race on the World tour at least once.

    Hop: The other Airflow riders, like Ramon, have you seen him?

    Batt: He is in the middle of study now. I'm sure he will be going to Maryhill, he won it last year, he'll be going back to defend his title. I think he is doing the Euro tour, but I don't know his plans for the end of the year.

    Hop: And Martin?

    Batt: I think he has now retired from racing. He still skates a lot. I think he is over the whole racing scene. He is back in Switzerland, he is working, he is skating a lot.

    Hop: Maybe we'll see some of his design work now he is not touring?

    Batt: Oh yeah, he working a lot on a lot of stuff. I know now he is working on a new balance board. He is always working on something.   Thank you Christoph Batt for taking the time for an interview.

    Photo credits: Scott Hopkin

    IGSA Mt Keira race report and videos

    I know it has been a few days, but here it is. It was an awesome weekend. The Sydney downhill scene grew up on Mt Keira. It is where the Hopkin Racing team honed their skills and introduced new riders to downhill. There has always been a dream to hold an event on this mountain. ASRA has spent nearly two years negotiating with Wollongong Council to get the event cleared and sanctioned. The commitment and dedication of a few has resulted in an amazing new track on the World Cup scene. However, all dreams need to be funded. There were three important sponsors: Ourselves (Hopkin Racing). Orangatang Wheels and Landyachtz longboards. Both those companies have gifted the Australian longboard community with a sponsorship deal that will stoke us for many years. It was a big ask and we are grateful for the support. The other people (skateboarding's power couple) that contributed and never get a mention is John and Christine from JHS Distribution, without their generous support we would not have had the capital to run Mt Keira. These events survive on a knife edge of funding. You want to know what happened. When I arrived on the mountain on Sunday morning, there was carnage. The road was slightly wet from the night, and the corners were slippery. Two big crashes affected the Hopkin Racing Team. Lea went down and dislocated her shoulder, and Luca crashed and smashed the back of his helmet. He was wearing the new Predator, and I have seen the helmet, the Predator saved his life. More on that later, but Luca hit his head at the worst position, at the back, the Predator absorbed the impact, the outer layer took the force and the shell remained in tact. As the morning progressed the track dried up. Mid morning the heats began and the racing was eye popping. What makes this track so great is the length and gradient. It is fast all the way, not too technical as you can rail all the corners with a bit of air braking, but it is long enough to create close tight races. The only surprises in the first round was how many Australian juniors were progressing. Particularly Dejan Djukic who quickly got the Striker nickname of "mustard". You know you have made it when Striker nicknames you! What was impressive about mustard was that he qualified for the final 64 by winning through the repechage rounds. He would only be stopped by the Arbor team riders James Kelly and Duke Degen in the quarters. Who else kept racing all day was young gun Will Morphett. He also progressed via the repechage and got knocked out in the quarter finals. Can you imagine the nerves of steel this guy had, raced for two days to find himself in a final sixteen up against Dalua, Kyle Martin and Tony Graves. New Zealand youngster Api also showed that our cousins across the ditch have what it takes. He also made the final sixteen but raced up against Louis Pilloni, P-swiss and Matt Kienzle and was knocked out. The remaining Hopkin Racing team were knocked out in round two, and no shame in that. There was tight hard fast racing against the best skaters in the world. It goes to show that racing on Mt Kiera is a bit different to freeriding. One mistake or mis judgement and your out. Every race was super competitive and Round Two was where it all happened. On a race tree, round 2 is where 16 racers do not progress and there are always big names that bow out. The Australian Round Two curse continues for Mischo. He got caught in the rough at the start and fell over on his push. He never recovered and could not catch the field. Where is that rough section? Locals secret, Mischo knows where it is now, maybe he'll tell you or kept it for his advantage next year! There were two hero performances within the Hopkin racing Team. That of Kelly Carter and Lea Robertson. Lea dis located her shoulder on Sunday morning. She had it gaff taped up and raced the women's draw. Made the finals and came a board lengths away from winning on debut in an IGSA World Cup race!! It started to rain during the women's final and on crash corner Lea had the inside opening drafting Marisa and as she dove in to overtake her board slipped out and she crashed into the hay bales. Marisa crashed too but she managed to get on her board faster and win the race. Kelly Carter dislocated his shoulder on Saturday. It did not stop him competing in the junior round. He made it to the final. Lead into the final corner getting drafted by Jayden Mitchell, and had one small wob on his board which gave Jayden the opening to pass and win. He lost by a board length but in my mind he did not lose that race, he has just shown that even with a busted wing he is still one of the best juniors in Australia. That leads us to Jayden Mitchell. Not much I can say, his performance speaks for itself. In the after race ASRA meeting it was generally agreed that the best racer of the event was Jayden Mitchell. There is no award, if there was it would be Most Valuable Racer award. Not only did he dominate the juniors, he matched it with the best in the world and represented Australia in the open downhill final. The Australian scene has been watching his progress over the last 2 years. He has won a few junior races and a few outlaws. He definitely has stepped it up. He was racing on a Early prototype called Olive, another longboarders pro model, who knows, it could be released under Jayden's name! I was on the finish line for the finals. When it started to rain, we all yelled over the radio to the startline to start the open standup downhill final first. We thought the track would still be a bit dry but it was too late. Wet track, which resulted in a chaotic final. Most of the men crashed multiple times. It shattered Dalua's race lines. Only Alex Tongue managed to stay up and finish first. Watch all the videos below, the racers tell the story in their own words of what happened. It has been dry so far this week in Bathurst for Newtons Nation which starts Friday. Dalua holds the course record and he is itching for revenge. I would not be surprised if he smashes the course record and becomes the first downhill longboarder to break 1 minute on Mt Panorama. I could write stories all day. There was excitement in every race. Thousands and thousands of people showed up and crowded the course to watch. Hopefully we have inspired one of those young locals and he or she will grow up and compete in a Mt Keira race in the future and take on the world's best. Thank you to the residents of Wollongong for having us in your city. We love the Gong. See you all next year.  

    Patrick Switzer (2nd) interview 

    Alex Tongue (1st) interview 

    Jayden Mitchell (4th) interview

    Lea Robertson (2nd) and Ishtar Backlund (3th) interview 

    Marisa Nunez (1st) interview

    NZ Tour 2012: man down in a game changing crash

    Words by Yatesy DAY 5 How to put this. best place ever. Yeah Julia for hookin us up with the hell pad. such a comfy base called home even if it was for a few days, ur home was ours and we treated it as such!! Journey north to Ruapehu. what a day. the crew hit the road early with the kitchen a cookin in town of wellington. best bakery pie and sanga combo ever and a quick stop over for the boys to get rugged up at campers paradise before the journey to Mordor! Best way to describe the trip is one of Gabes earlier photos. A to B on NZ roads- allow more time. We certainly took the long way and that was no more pronounced than the drive that took us through Rimutaka Mountain Pass. Wet as hell, bendy as and just as tight as a rich man's wallet. A lil too gnar to turn wheels so enjoy we did from the comfort of the IMAX. Man this truly was the country of Hobbits eh. Furns, Waterfalls and all things mondo kuzzi styles. All we needed was a few Kiwis and Moa's to be shreddin the shit with us. Co pilot for the journey Benbro and I felt the need to share the stoke with a Tui or two. oioi! Ok so now we'd been driving for the best part of 6 hours and all everyone wanted to do was turn wheels and get hella pitted on Mt Ruapehu. Stopped at a gas station to fill up and get our munch on as its been a SAFE journey as always. Can never be too safe eh. Especially on roads your unfamiliar with. I asked the Luvvi at the gas station what the mountain was doin. her reply was " see that cloud au, its behind there and blowing like mad bro" haaaaaa. again. too much chur bro kuzzzi tafe eh!! Anyways, full of treats but slightly devod we journeyed into the sun of the afternoon to look upon Mordor and its heavy clouds. booooooo. Benbro was shattered. I was too. I'm sure just quietly everyone wanted to see all its glory, not hidden behind the weather. Turn right into the Whakapapa Village and Mordor was there in all her glory. Still she had a cover of cloud on the lid but the landscape was that of the moon. Rocks and nothing but lumps and bumps. So to the road. Butter pavement again and NO straights, just mondo turn after hectic hell super grip fun as f&ck turns yo!! Thing I've been leaving out is the wind! Try in the ball park of 50-60knt ( 120-130k/p/h) and blowing down her tight tidy curves. After a few runs down with the boys, Gabe, Benbro, Jack, Bondi, Myself and Luca all had our jedus running full tilt. Nothing sets off the flow than skidding down one of the most epic roads in the world with a tailwind of 120kms?? CRAZY??? Stayed at the top of Ruapehu in some dorms that Bodhi and Speedy hooked up. Mate, hats off to u two. U really got the Crew sorted in some hell accommodation. Anyone thinking of N-tense D-centz tour for 2013, DO IT. GET ER DONE EH!!!! these boys run it proper. Hell feed cook up by Kuzzi Ash, rounds of beer pong and some beats, need less to say it was good times! DAY 6 --- DAY 1 of the N-tense D-centz It was to be an early rise with the excitement of a whole day of sk8in Mt Ruapehu. the whole crew were buzzing. the conditions were sunny and dry but still hella windy. Not the intensity of the previous afternoon but the gusts were still ferocious none the less. A quick bite to eat and a stretch and punters were getting stoked and it wasn't long before the call was made. Speedy got us into gear and Bodhi warmed the bus. Here it was, Day 1 of the tour and what a place to be. Standing with all ya buddies on top of a volcano, stoked on the ride ahead. An unfortunate turn of events was just around the next bend, literally. As I stated earlier, the gusts were violent and the unpredictable nature of them was to be the undoing of my brother, a true soldier, Jacko Shapiera. As he puts it, he was coming into the top section not really feeling it. He didn't feel comfortable and as he took a long sweeping left turn, a violent gust held him off his apex and forced him to put it into a slide with no chance of controlling the apex and eventually drifting into oncoming traffic. Lucky for Jack that the driver had seen the events unfolding on the road in front and slowed nearly to a stop, minimising impact. I was around 150 metres behind and didn't see the impact but to come around the bend to see ya wingman looking back at ya - words were not needed here to know how he was feeling and the unfortunate result of the accident. A true professional as always, Jacko controlled himself in a manner that was a lil un-natural. He was calm. Portraying himself as a professional, even under these unforgiving circumstances. The 1st response team for the mountain were quick in getting a splint on and the particular things they do in an emergency. They called St Johns and he was off to hospital for x-rays and a cast. This wasn't the final trip for the man today. A total of 3 and a half hours in the back of ambulances, 15mgs of morphine and 4 bottles of what the docs call " jungle juice" and we were at Hamilton and Waikato Hospital. After being emitted into the E and A, Jack went in for surgery to re-correct a sever compound fracture to the Tibia/Fibia bones of his right lower leg. I cannot begin to describe the emotion that we shared on the way to the hospital. Words sometimes are just for those involved. I will say, I love Jacko like a brother, he's like blood. Kindred. This was to be a massive year for Jackson Shapiera and to have it all taken away in one powerful stroke from the hand of god just seems cruel. There must be different plan for Jacko this year. Whatever it may be I'm sure it will be GREAT and to say that Jacko will be a serious contender when he gets back from rehabilitation is a warning to the world. This guy does things right and usually gets what he wants. Bro, anything, anytime. U holla at ya wingman eh! Open letter from Rob and Maga McWhinnie to Jacko Maga: Accidents are going to happen, its all part of the sport and the risky life style we live. It could happen to you or the person you love the most. Jacko my friend, you are probably surprised and devo'd, from my experience I can tell you time flies, if you keep yourself busy and open to opportunities, wounds heal if you give them the right care and when some doors close many others open for more positive adventures. Acostambo got Rob and me closer and we had the trip of a life time, Rob became a talented filmmaker, I started skating and fell in love with the speed and adventure and we realized that accidents are part of sport but also part of our life. If we decide to learn from them, we could get many other fantastic adventures and grow up in life. Experiences are the direct way to learn and make us wise. love ya jackson, Maga Rob: Jackbro, I'm shocked and still coming to terms with what you've done, I logged online last night to upload a video about returning to Acostambo, where I destroyed my leg years ago and found that you too had destroyed yours, funny timing, I hope you watch the movie and see my perspective, how things like this make and create us and direct our lives. A huge thanks to the rest of the team that helped you to hospital and gave you support when you needed it. I'm sure all of you are a bit rattled by the events and I think a team safety meeting is in order to recap and rethink the year ahead. Jacko you will be dearly missed from Kiera and Newtons. you are our coach and leader and I hope your continue to inspire us and push us to be better riders. See you home soon bro, Rob

    Kevin Reimer talks Aera trucks and can I steal them?

    Bathurst, Monday morning after Newtons, November 2010. I managed to corner Kevin in the Citigate hotel foyer, he was looking for a grom to give away his race trucks. Kevin is distracted, with Aera trucks in his hands, the opportunity was too good, so I got him to run through the changes in the truck. This interview is part of the the lost Newtons Tapes, which I found,  we have held it over until our stock of Aera trucks arrived. Unfortunately they they have been a long time coming. First trucks sold out very quick to skaters and the skateshops around the world did not get many, Hopshop missed out. Second production run we scored a few sets, they are in the Hopshop now. Next time your in the Hopshop, you should ask to look at one out of the cabinet. They are beautiful, and as you'll see in this interview, functional as well. [Hop's notes: I'm thinking, I have a shot at getting some free trucks here]

    click on the raw trucks

    Hop: Tell me about the changes you have been working on for the new Aera 7 series? KR: Before the pocket use to run all the way across the trucks, now there is just a bump in the middle of the regular unflipped side and that gives about 10% (extra) strength. And on the other side, the pocket use to go all the way across and continue up into the bushing seat and now it has been joined together and that is about 20%. And then if they have that magic 7 on them, it means they are made of a different material that is 50% stronger. So overall if you had the new material and the different design you be 80% stronger. It is a good healthy change. [Hop's notes: I have one truck in my hand, but Kevin wont let go of the other one]

    Do you have the Magic number 7 on your Aeras?

    Hop: When you going into production with those?

    KR: Done. Now. We have about 150 sets coming. [Hop's notes: I'm trying to think of other questions, keep Kevin talking to give myself time to get the other truck]

    Hop: You're using Venon Eliminators for your personal trucks?

    KR: The eliminator gives it a progressive turn, as in as you turn more it becomes harder to turn and eventually get to the natural end of the turn. The barrel on the bottom leaves it open I think it does not restrict it too much

    Hop: Barrel on the top?

    KR: Yeah barrel on the top (roadside) [hop's notes: he is still looking around the room for that grom], so it just feels the right way and that is how I would send them out, most people ask for all barrels if they want to freeride because you get a lot more turn if you have all barrels. Some guys actually run a cone on the top if you really want to freeride and you got loose trucks.

    Hop: How do you set yours up for race day?

    KR: I have a red eliminator on the front (boardside) and a red barrel on top (roadside). In the back I have a green elim (boardside) and a green barrel (boardside). [Hop's notes: I have both trucks now, I'm elbowing my brother and muttering under my breath start the car...Brianne walks past we're distracted]

    Hop: And for freeriding?

    KR: I use 50 degree baseplates and I run reds all the way around. So I have red elim bottom (boardside) and red barrel top (roadside) and at the back red elim bottom and red barrel top. [Hop's notes: I can see my car, it's 50 metres away, I think I could out run Kevin, if I make a break for it with the trucks...pssst Scott start the frickin car]

    Hop: And are you doing baseplates?

    KR: Yes. So there is 38, 46, and a 50. Pretty much all the bases covered.

    KR: Excuse me ...and with those final words, Kevin takes the trucks back, and some grom just score free Aeras and I kick my brother. We gotta work on better signals. Three hour trip back to Sydney from Bathurst, just my brother and I, and a Red Hot Chili Peppers CD. We agree on one thing, Brianne can be distracting...and how nice were those trucks! Available now in the Hopshop...unfortunately you have to pay but they are worth it!