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      The Breakfast Show podcast

      What is the Breakfast Show?

      There is a question I asked a lot of the guests last year on the podcast, and it never made their episode. It is a test question, just to check my audio. The question is:

      What did you have for breakfast?

      To start Season 2 of the podcast (2019) I'm doing a wrap up of 2018, add in the breakfast questions I recorded. Ones I dont have I'll make up.


      I promised a Jevan's (Josh Evans) interview last year, it never happened...or did it? Josh and I did start an interview but never finished it, so I have about 10 minutes of audio. I've added it to this podcast as a bonus. I will re-interview Josh this season.

      Who is on the Breakfast Show? 

      It is a list of superstars! In order
      1. MaxB
      2. Emily Pross
      3. Jeremy Bogan
      5. Dan Pape
      6. Brennan Bast
      7. Harry Clarke
      8. Michael Brooke
      9. Mitch Thompson
      10. Matteo
      11. Calvin Skinner
      12. Thiago
      14. Andy Maunsell
      15. Ryan Villa
      16. Evren
      18. Kavon

      Who will be on the podcast in 2019?

      This podcast is the start of Season 2, give it a listen, I do a complete run down of where the podcast is going, who I have interviewed and who I want to interview...it might be you!

      We have a sponsor!!

      Our first podcast sponsor is Audible. Go to hopkin.com.au/audible and you can sign up for a 30 day trial of Audible. What is Audible? It is audio books, literally anything you can read, can be listened too and a lot of times read by the author. The subscription gives you one credit that gets you a book. Listen to one book a month. Once you sign up for the trial, you can download and listen to a book, even if you cancel the trial you GET TO KEEP THE BOOK.  




      Hop Podcast #18 Kavon Zamanian: capturing pure downhill skateboarding



      My apologies for the sparse show notes. I accidentally deleted the show notes, they are not coming back, they are gone. I'll try to recreate them at a later date. Look on the bright side, I did not delete the audio!! And that is what you are here for.

      The euro video Kavon and I talk a lot about has been released, see below

      You can find Kavon Zamanian in these places:

      His website: KavonZ, if you are a brand with a budget, Kavon has an idea for you, hit him up on that website. 

      Red Dirt Motion <- this is the serious stuff mum

      Longboarding is dead over at KABOB Kabob

      You know he is important, he has his name url at facebook!!


      Hop Podcast #17 The Slide Jam Podcast!


      One of the local groms (Sydney North Shore) Brendan Bosnich organised a slide jam, the usual suspects turned up, and this is there excuse...

      Brendan Bosnich
      Started skating January 2018
      Started slide jam on blue 77a Kegels, but changed to Longboardmodel minipsy 

      Thea the skate mum - years as a skate mum? Not enough!! We love you Thea.

      Alastair Sanders
      8 years of skating
      Set up:  Bustin Shrike, Indy 169 trucks and These ATF wheels

      Lachie Re
      Rayne Anthem or Libido, Powell Scales - races on DUI

      Jacko's Dervish cricket bat (we need a photo!!)

      Luke Breaden
      2 years skating
      Set up: P Swiss pro model Fortune V2 with cast Liquids and Byron Essert wheels

      Riley Young
      5 years skating
      Set up: Jet Vulkan, Liquid RKP and ABEC11 Big Zigs 81a 

      Jackson Shapiera
      12 years skating
      Set up: Ripped HiJack the Jackson Shapiera pro model, Ronin Trucks, RAD Advantages

      Shannon Tully
      5 years skating downhill
      Set up: Rocket Mini Hades, Dont Trip Trucks, Reimer race wheels




      Hop Podcast #16 - Getting the band back together with Evren Ozan


      First skateboard was a Sector Nine Flex deck, not the pintail the one with a kick tail [sorry could find an image]

      You can find more about Evren and his music here

      Mark Golter use Evren music in some of his videos, the video below starts at when the music starts

      The next video really suits Evren's music - Desert Longboarding.


      Met Evren at Newtons in 2009, it was the IGSA World Championships.

      How did Evren meet the Sector 9 crew?
      EG lived in the neighbourhood. Mike Morrissey also lived nearby

      Called Sector 9 to see if he could get a S9 race deck, Erik Lundberg was in town and they ended up showing Erik the local hills, was introduced to all the Sector 9 crew. 

      EG Fratantaro - started a skateshop called Handplant 

      Laguna Beach Danger Riders

      Mark Golter - an early racer - had a group called LBDR in the 80s, Laguna Beach Mark's LBDR was Laguna Beach Downhill Riders. 

      Roger Hickey

      The scene blows up - Laguana Beach bans downhill 

      The Buddhist monk chiropractor goes by the name of Dr Sam. 

      Wheel sponsor - Lobo wheels from Poland

      New board company is Ozan Longboards

      Facebook and Instagram 

      New board is called Skyline deck

      The new shape with a kicktail could be called Mystic

      Who is LBDR: Liam Morgan, Yuppie family, Bryn and Roger Jones, some of the original guys: Wax and Riley Crone


      Hop Podcast #15 Talking community and the scene with Ryan Villa


      This conversation is with Ryan Villa from Subsonic Skateboards we discuss everything from making a deck, how to skate for 24 hours, but more importantly the state of the scene and community, what that means for businesses and future products. It is a good conversation, and one I hope will help people talk about more on how we grow the sport.

      Subsonic makes a board for East Side Longboards: the DK Drop Kick 


      If Subsonic make decks, how come the Shadow 37 is out of stock? It is getting modified so is taken out of stock until the new modifications are complete.

      Shadow 37 is the image below


      This is a podcast episode recommended to me by Ryan but we also discuss it on this episode: Zak Maytum interview on the Desolationist Podcast



      The amazing and now gone, Silverfish Longboarding forums


      Ryan tip: use Youtube to find old information - reviews etc

      flatspot - community work

      Nate from Motion Boardshop


      2018 Push in the Woods

      IDSA - International Distance Skating Association

      Miami 24 hour UltraSkate Marathon

      What is the UltraSkate record?
      The men's record is 313 miles

      Roe Racing decks was a brand of slalom decks that was popular when slalom racing came back in the early 2000s. Hop has a few Roe boards in his slalom collection. The deck on the left below is the S type deck with carbon fibre layer for stiffness, shaped in form of an S. The other deck is a carbon foam core tight slalom deck.

      The two local test riders mentioned are: Angel and Colby Cummings

      How to set up his Century deck? Bennett Vector 5.0 (125mm) truck front and a Randal 125 in the back dewedged to 20 degrees. Kegel wheels.  Caguama wheels will be replacing the Kegel. Ryan used the Caguama at Maryhill - the 80a orange ones - even though they have a rounded lip, had no issues with grip.

      Thank you Ryan for the awesome chat, and if you need a new deck, maybe get a customise Subsonic??? Start by contacting Ryan, tell him Hop sent you!