Friday, December 31, 2010



Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Represent LOON MTN with the new sick collaboration gloves with POW. Sold in Med, Large and XL right here at EB for 69.99. Premium goatskin leather with waterproof breathable liners ...mid weight too. Pretty sweet.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


This message brought to you by the old man of the mountain:
The Only Pipe Contest in the East... Snowmaking pipe jib contest that is. This summer we built 7 new snowmaking pipe jibs so why not have an event on them? The first of it's kind, or at least that's what we are claiming, Pipe Dreams is an all pipe jib jam session with prizes from heavy hitting sponsors like 32, Etnies, Neff, OneOhEight, and Rome Snowboards. Registration runs from 10:30 - 12:00 and the Jam kicks off at 1:00pm. Registration is $20 with a season pass and $50 if you need a ticket. Whether you have a skinny stance or wide stance, you won't don't want to miss this event. ( B. Norton )


Tuesday, December 21, 2010


The all womens shred flick "Peep Show" featuring part of EBs Ginger Force Colleen Quigley, is showing Thurs night on the Transworld site.

Exclusive Online Premiere Of Peep Show’s Let’s Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow!
We’re ( TRANSWORLD SNOW ) showing the whole movie from start to finish.
The show starts on Thursday, December 23 @ 7:00 pm Eastern, 4:00 pm Pacific.

Monday, December 20, 2010


Some of these guys are still out there killing it...some of them have faded out. All of them helped make skateboarding in New England over the last couple decades even more legit. Worcester EB's Tom Oliver aka TEO put this together about 13 years ago. Here's part one of three.

Part two....

Part three...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010


I got this great email from a long time customer of ours today. If you've been eyeballing the newest Lib Attack Banana at all take a second to read this. Daren is a really solid rider that has years of experience on the snow on lots of different boards....all from the same company. I convinced him to break his routine for a change. Sounds like the pay off was worth the risk too.

Thanks for pushing me to try something different! I rode the Lib Wednesday night and had a blast on it!! Conditions were really good so I didn’t get to try it on some icy stuff yet. I set it up centered like you advised and really thought it turned extremely well riding either way. The tail was SUPER poppy and the board had a nice med-soft flex. The board spins easily and was so responsive it took me a couple runs to truly appreciate it. I can’t wait to ride it again!

Thanks again

Thanks for the feedback Daren..glad you like it.

Thursday, December 16, 2010



Get a team together for this years Sofa King on Facebook

Company Overview:
This is the evolving story of twelve teams who dared to be different. They were sick of traditional contests and wanted out. We gathered these unique groups and made a contest solely for them. Welcome to Sofa King New England, snowboarding's first video scavenger hunt. These are their stories.
We are proudly sponsored by Ride Snowboards, Pow Gloves, The Face Mask, Contour Cameras, Siege Audio, Blue Hills, Mount Snow Carinthia, Loon, Waterville Valley, Wachusett, and Crotched Mountain.
Contest runs from January 22 - March 2. Each team consists of 4 riders, 1 photog, and 1 filmer. You will all travel to 6 mountains and receive each scavenger hunt list upon arrival.

The $100 entry fee per team gets you lift tickets to all 6 mountains, a Contour HD camera with mount for the season, and other VIP matters.

Email sofakingnewengland@gmail.com with your team entry or questions. Application deadline is Wednesday January 19.

Last years prizes included a full one year Ride sponsorship, a VIP all inclusive trip to Ride Shakedown in Canada, gas cards, mountain summer events, and assorted other prizes from our sponsors.

This years sponsors include Ride Snowboards, Pow Gloves, Siege Headphones, The Face Mask, Contour HD Cameras, Blue Hills, Crotched, Waterville Valley, Loon, Wachusett, and Mount Snow Carinthia.

All teams must attend our kick off event at Crotched on the evening on Saturday January 22 during Video Park. Tickets will be included for all.
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Contest runs from January 22 - March 2. Each team consists of 4 riders, 1 photog, and 1 filmer. You will all travel to 6 mountains and receive each scavenger hunt list upon arrival.

The $100 entry fee per team gets you lift tickets to all 6 mountains, a Contour HD camera with mount for the season, and other VIP matters.

Email sofakingnewengland@gmail.com with your team entry or questions. Application deadline is Wednesday January 19.

Last years prizes included a full one year Ride... (read more)
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Gould Academy in Bethel Maine now offers "Skate School"

Complete story from Transworld Business

Maine high school English teacher Dave Bean, 52, has been skating since he was eight. Bean has taught the past thirteen years at Gould Academy—a private boarding school in the southwestern part of the state near Sunday River Ski Resort—and also serves as the school’s skateboard program director, overseeing a varsity skate squad. Playing a large role in the region’s skate community, Bean runs free competitions for middle and high school students across the state called the Maine SK8 Series, as well as amateur contests for riders under 20-years old, and has also worked to construct a municipal skate park in South Paris, Maine, a community park in Bethel, Maine, and a 9,000-square-foot indoor park at Gould Academy. Recently, Bean teamed up with the school’s staff to launch a three week summer program for eighth and ninth graders called Skate School, which will get underway May 2011 and feature a week-long trip to Camp Woodward East in Pennsylvania.

“For about ten years now I’ve been intrigued with the relationship between the way we understand how to learn on a skateboard, (snowboard, skis or surfboard,) and in a classroom,” says Bean. “Learning, and understanding the way we learn, has strong carry over between athletics and academic work. The question became how to marry the passion in one cohesive program.”

Bean and his staff will start the program out slow, offering six openings to students at Gould, with hopes to increase the capacity in years to come, he says. Drawing on partnerships with Camp Woodward, Skate Park of Tampa, and Zoo York, Bean has also been able to gain backing from the skate industry for future projects.

“Skateboard programs in schools are a natural progression for us as a growing industry, and we should embrace the ones that do it right and authentically,” says Zoo York Brand Manager Seamus Deegan. “Dave’s program is one of those. He works with the New England community to highlight skateboarding positively. This helps not only retain kids skateboarding as they become adults but also makes communities more understanding and open to building parks. In the Northeast, especially, this is key as unlike Southern California, skateboarding is not a widely accepted part of the lifestyle.”

Bean took a minute to answer a few questions about the new program and what he hopes to accomplish with it in the near future.

How did the idea for Skate School originate?

Over the past couple years the admissions director at Gould Academy, Todd Ormiston, and I have been talking about ways to capitalize on the success of our 13-year-old skateboard program. See the blog at: skateschool.gouldacademy.org for more background. We came up with a three-week program that would give skaters a sense of our school. At Gould we look for ways to emphasize some of the things we do really well and this is one of those things. It’s a niche recruiting tool and a means to ramp up our skateboard program. It’s a similar model as our Winter Term Program, a four month experience for competitive snowboarders, alpine skiers, and freestyle/freeride skiers.

How did the partnerships with Camp Woodward, Zoo York, and Skate Park of Tampa come about?

On and off I’ve talked with Gary Ream about his plans for Woodward U. That program is amazing. I have a ton of respect for all the programs and facilities that Camp Woodward develops around the world. Gary sponsors a regional amateur skateboard series I run called Schooled Series. And he’s a great resource.

Business partnerships allow us to work with like-minded companies with a different type of exchange. Skate School and the rest of our program don’t require lots of product. Yeah, SPoT threw down for t-shirts and trucker hats which are cool, but when I reach out to Ryan Clements I’m looking for advice and insight. Seamus Deegan, at Zoo York is just totally generous about supporting what we do. Zoo York decks are actually made in Western Maine about a half hour from us. Seamus takes care of us with decks, for sure. Rye Airfield is our home away from home, the largest indoor skatepark in the Northeast, and home of a brand new vert ramp. Beau Lambert manages RAF and we work together pretty regularly. Jim Gray, Inkgenda, is an old friend so it only made sense to have him do the stickers. I try to do what I can to add value to these brands by doing good work and I learn as much as I can from everyone.

How do you see this program benefiting youth at Gould and what potential impact do you see it having on the skate community and industry in your region?

Skate School will raise the stakes for skateboarding at Gould. It will enrich our community. We are a traditional private boarding school with great board sports both in the skatepark and on the mountain at Sunday River Ski Resort, which is just down the road. The fact that skateboarding is a varsity sport and hopefully has the ability to draw in new skateboarders who might also be passionate snowboarders or freestyle/freeride skiers or alpine racers is an exciting prospect.

We love skateboarding and we want skateboarding to stay what it is—free and free form. We ride with the students in our program as team managers. We session together. There’s more give and take than in other sports. We do dynamic stretching and on rainy days we’ll use our indoor skatepark and if skaters are USSA members some can train on our trampoline, complete with foam pit. It is a very individualized program. On one end of things are folks who are just learning how to kickflip and on the other end are riders doing World Cup events. You gotta love it.

How have you seen the industry change and evolve and where do you think its headed?

Clearly I’ve seen what everyone has seen in that skateboarding went from this core pursuit to a mainstream thing. Everyone has the shoes, the shirt, the hoodie. From an industry standpoint that’s a good thing. Burnside and FDR will always be there as counter balance.

I don’t want skateboarding to be any more mainstream than it is. When students ask me if they should be on skate team I say, “If you can see yourself doing anything else, do it. The only reason to skate is if you absolutely have to do it.” Where as the lacrosse coach goes at it just the opposite way because he’s dealing with a team sport. I think skateboarding takes a lot of imagination and energy. That has to come from inside you.

Where do you see the future of this program at Gould headed? Do you foresee other schools in the region adopting this model?

I’m certain other schools will do similar programs. I hope we can grow the program to include more focused students and passionate skaters. Plus, with Goulds competitive on-snow programs in alpine racing, snowboarding, and freestyle/freeride skiing, the skateboarding program makes sense.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Untitled from DUMP EM on Vimeo.

The Runs Episode 2: Dylan Dragotta
This week of The Runs features Dylan Dragotta in his official “Welcome to the Eastern Boarder Team” edit. Fresh off his win last night at Killington’s Rails to Riches, we figured what better time that now than to release Dylan’s online part. So officially, Eastern Boarder would like to Welcome Dylan to the squad, and what better way to introduce him than to release a his part here on YoBeat. There’s a lot of skateboarding, but it’s winter now, so plan on more strapping from Dylan soon.

Dylan’s edit was put together by Colton Feldmen, the man behind the Dump ‘Em Out video, and was filmed by Colton, Skylar Brent, and some other miscellaneous friends throughout last winter and this past summer.

The runs is a weekly web-edit series from Eastern Boarder and YoBeat. You should come back every week and watch them.



It might seem premature to start hyping Summer Camp at High Cascade right now, but if you have a certain session you want to attend now is the time to look into booking your spot. This is the classic you snooze, you lose sort of thing, so don't get caught catching zzzzzz's.


There are all sorts of fun events happening at Loon again this winter to check out. If you can only do one though, that better be March 16th for EB's 11th annual Last Call......or else.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Spada and I just got back from a real quick, but fun trip to Hood to check out the Vans and Pro-Tec snow line up for 2012. Vans invited a bunch of shops from around the country over the last week to preview and get to try out the new gear on the snow, while putting us up in the historic Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. Luckily we were in the last group of the week and ended up the ones with all the fresh snow too. I rode the Wiig and John rode a pair of Vans/Holden colab boots. We were both pretty stoked on the fit and feel of the boots during the day we got to ride. The rest of the boot line looks pretty solid for next year too. Pro-Tec has some great colors on the way and some of the lightest helmets I have seen made. The fit was on point too along with plenty of great tech features incorporated to provide better venting and fit for many different brand goggles. Thanks Andy P, and everyone from Vans, Pro-Tec for the preview and the hospitality. Nice to have met and ridden with the other shop guys too from Damage and Francisco up at Stratton. Hopefully now the 2-3 feet that fell over the last couple days there finds its way here somehow.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Zane Bradley made a strong showing at the Wicked Jam up at Rye this week. Photos and details are slowly coming out on all the big BMX sites.

The 2010 Rye Airfield Wicked Jam went down today in Rye, New Hampshire. Here's a quick rundown of the final results -
1. Chris Hughes
2. Big Daddy
3. Zane Bradley

Ian Bradley did pretty well too landing in 5th while riding in the "Good" class.
1st- Timmy McGrath (16)
2nd- Matty Cranmer (13)
3rd- Jamie Cooper-Ellis (13)
4th-Gabe Walker (14)
5th- Ian Bradley (14)

Info snagged from Vital and Transworld


Now in stock....One of the most anticipated BMX videos of the year.

Friday, December 3, 2010


The sequal to the blockbuster skate film of the year "Fitchminster" is finally done! Back in 19??..uh ummm..well..a while ago, two towns gave birth to a bunch of local skaters. Their dramatic adventures, antics, stunts, and all around good times have been caught on film ever since. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cringe, and be totally amazed at what you will witness! How much will you pay for all this excitement?! NOTHING! It's FREE!!! Gather up some heads and get over to the Entertainment Cinemas in Leominster Wed Dec 8th at 9pm in theater #2 and be blown away! Fitchminstertwo
Basically if you enjoy watching some great skateboarding and seeing a lot of locals and their friends having a good time check it out. It's free for anyone.