Czech Republic received in Jul 21-25 riders from all around the world for one of the most outstanding races of the World Cup: Kozakov Challenge 2015. The 3km track goes partly through forest and partly through fields with downhill speed that can reach 105km/h!
Check out some dope photos from the riders:
With another win at the Kozakov Challenge (Jul 21-25), Emily Pross is now the overall leader in the World Cup with 5261 points.
A little bit more? Check this 3heads brand new video with the highlights of this awesome round:
Next stop is the WQS ACME Downhill in Port Jervis, NY, USA on Sep 4-6.
On July 9th-12th, skateboarders were in Norway for another round of the World Cup Tour: TMI Lilyhammer. It is a beautiful place next to Norway’s largest lake (Mjøsa) and is the city that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics. With a 1.7km track, Lilyhammer’s hills offers speed, technical hairpins, and sweeping turns.
Emily Pross was the winner and shared some photos with us:
Cassandra Duchesne (2nd) and Linn Andersson (3rd) completed the podium.
Also, check this Ladies of Lilyhammer video:
From June 24th-28th, the historic Maryhill Loops Road received more than 250 of the fastest downhill skateboarders from all around the world during the 9th Annual 2015 Maryhill Festival of Speed.
The winner (and Ionic Flux Team rider) Emily Pross shared some pics from the event:
Victoria Waddington (in 2nd) and Marie Bougourd (in 3rd) completed the podium. Emily is second overall in the World Cup Tour with 4261 points. Congrats!
Want some more? Check this video that Emily made during the 2nd practice day with Victoria and Marie:
We’re really stoked about all the cool things that have been happening for Ionic Flux this year. As a small thank you for your awesome support, we’re going to be putting out some free wallpapers for your gadgets featuring some sick illustrations.
First up is the GOT GREASE? Edition, with an octopoda that’s ready to roll like hell. Download your format below:
Want to submit a design (or an idea for one)? Click here to drop Chris a line.
Name: Ain Luik
Hometown: a little seaside village called Häädemeeste in Estonia
IONIC FLUX: The first time we met was at the Jõulumae skate event down near Pärnu. How long had you been into longboarding at that time?
AIN LUIK: I think it was in August, so I guess about 5 months. I think I had owned my own board for maybe 23 months by then, so actively I had been riding about 3 months.
What was the driving force that got you into longboarding?
I do have one long story for how and why I do what I do, but I’ll skip the long part and get to point. Basically, I was always looking for different things to do during snowboarding’s off-season that would improve my boarding skills. Now it’s getting rather the other way around. And of course my passion and love for riding boards, I guess.
Over the last year or two, you’ve developed a pretty unique style and now own a ton of boards. In my opinion (and the opinion of others), you’ve really developed a great skillset for longboarding, considering it is so new here in Estonia. And you’ve already secured a really good hookup from the local skateshop Surfiaed. What are your thoughts?
My first thought about word skillset gets me thinking about the movie Taken, but actually I can’t describe how happy I am that I met Rain and Nele from Surfiaed and that they took me under their wing. They have been so great. They get me everything I need and offer me lots of new stuff to try to see if I’ll like it. In my mind I’m such a pain of a customer, but they have been so great with searching and finding me the stuff I want to get and test out, so biiiig, big thanks to them. They’re really wonderful people. As for the skillset you are talking about, I myself actually feel that I’m still learning the basics of longboarding with just a little bit of a twist. I don’t consider myself great, but I love to ride and I get bored just pushing and I’m also not a big fan of going fast downhill. I’d rather jump around, find some interesting lines, dance. I try to keep it interesting and fun. If it wouldn’t be, I would sit home and read a book. As for tons of boards, I have tested out boards that seemed like they would fit my style of riding, and I think for now I have tried out all I wanted. Actually, I would love to try a Hi5ber board with kicktails… I strongly believe that riding different boards, shapes, sizes, setups helps a lot for getting great allaround skill. Of course, it’s really positive and gives me lots of motivation that people see and think that what I do looks great, and it’s really nice to hear that it looks like I have my own style, cause I really try to do my own thing and so I guess I’m doing something right. One of my goals is to make it more interesting for people, so they would want to try it it and would come out and join me. I would love to see more people coming and asking to ride or help with something they want to know or learn about it.
What is your preferred skating style and what is your setup?
Styles: Freestyle, Dancing and Carving with Carver boards (wonderful boards, so much fun)
Board: Loaded Tesseract
Grip: Whatever comes with a stock Tesseract (really grippy stuff, not very good for dancing though)
Trucks: Paris 180
Bushings: Divine 90a (I think)
Bearings: Bones REDS
Wheels: Orangatang 4President 80a
Pretty much a stock setup with really loose bushings.
How would you describe the longboard scene in Estonia, and what are the best places to to go longboarding?
I haven’t really had a chance to ride with other Estonians a lot, and I really can’t give a great viewpoint on the longboarding scene. It seems that there is a small, core group of people who are kinda everyday downhillers and sliders, and then there are lots of people who use longboards to get around or to enjoy a nice evening now and then. We hope to improve that situation with Surfiaed. We are making events so that people can come and ride with us and to create that community spirit.
We are all enjoying the same thing, so we should do it together and more often. I think you know what I mean. Best places, umm… I really like nighttime in Pärnu during the summer. There is a great route you can ride there that goes alongside the beach and river… really beautiful and lots of fun. Come to Pärnu and we will go there.
Do you have any plans to compete this year? Perhaps in one of the Latvian Downhill Races in July, or are you just mostly in it for the fun?
I have no plans to compete, mostly because I have never liked competitions much, but I think I am a really competitive person, actually. Secondly, half way down I would just like to do manuals and stuff rest of the way. 😀 I’m totally in it for fun. Maybe if there is a competition for fastest manual or something more fun like dancing, something that would really progress that side of longboarding, then I would do it.
If you could sum up what longboarding means to you in just one sentence, what would you say?
With one sentence… umm… Longboarding is my other world. And what I mean is that when I ride, I forget everything — my work, problems, friends, family, kinda everything. It makes people mad sometimes. It’s really hard to explain, but it’s just me and the board. I get lots of ideas for what I could possibly do with it and lines I could take from different places. I tear up boards pretty badly if I really lose awareness and get into the vibe, but I’m always having the time of my life.
Last but not least, we always have to ask — do you flux your bearings regularly? And if you were to give a fullblown honest review, what do you say about our bearing oil?
Depends on the board. There are boards I use less, so those bearings, not so regularly. For Tessy though, once or twice a month. I ride with rain sometimes, so after the rainy days are over, I flux right away. As for an honest review, I have nothing to compare with your bearing oil. As soon as I needed oil, I found you and I have been using Ionic Flux since then. I can only say that I am really happy how my board rolls. It rolls great compared to some other people’s boards I have ridden.
One last note: I would like to say that people should come outside more to see how much fun stuff there is to do here. 🙂
Ain is on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
We spent 4 days at the Guajataca Downhill in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico. It was an amazing event with hundreds of riders, great parties, killer food, wicked slide jam and a ton of stoked islanders. Normally February in Estonia really sucks – so once we flew in to paradise in the Carribbean – it was totally worth it.
The event Organizer, Hector Valle (aka birdman) hosted us by hooking us up with a killer location by the sea. Our homies from Third Kind Beyond and Hi5ber were there to share in the fun.
This was our very first International Longboard Race we got to partake in as a sponsor. I have never seen so many janked up bearings in my life – but some of the kids out here were super stoked they didn’t have to buy a new set after hitting us up.
This trip we met some really great skaters, and made some new friends and got some of our very first riders.
To name a few of the wicked riders, they include Emily Pross (who won women’s division), Hector Chino and his Bro Gabriel Reyes. They were super supportive and really stoked to chill with us and show us around. Of course, legendary Kevin Reimer was there and he won men’s and open divisions. Our homeboy, Brandon Yarbrough dominated the Pool Session and everybody had a rockin’ good time.
The parties were dope, and the vibe was legit.
So, instead of boring you with my banter, check out some of these vids from the event.
Vid by Third Kind Beyond:
Vid by Raw Thane Media:
This is Chris again from Ionic Flux. It has been a few long and grueling months since we last posted in the blog
We started our summer off with a nice ride from the guys at SurfiAed from Tallinn (www.surfiaed.ee). Enjoy this little edit.
In August we sponsored our first event in St Petersburg Russia. The Kavgolovo Slide Jam, Hosted by Nevsky Surf (www.nevskysurf.ru) and a few other local notable sponsors. It had a great turnout and a number of riders got free skate lube! 🙂 Here is a recap of the fun that played out with our homies across the border.
September was another blasting month
We kicked off the month with sponsoring an event in our hometown of Tartu Estonia. In cooperation with ET Longboards (https://www.facebook.com/etlongboards) who provided a first place prize board and Tartu RulaKool (https://www.facebook.com/groups/598183783627148/) who helped organize the event we had a nice little turnout and the event was a blast. Here is a recap of this gig.
After a hefty re-branding phase we began becoming engaged with the U.S. and Canada. We traveled across the Atlantic and participated in SurfExpo in Orlando Florida. . (www.surfexpo.com) and demoed Ionic Flux with Beercan boards (www.beercanboards.com). We had an amazing trip and experience.
After Surf Expo, things began to fall into place ever so slightly more. We met a ton of people, and found a new shop to carry some of our stuff. Got another sponsorhip opportunity with our good friend and partner Jake the snake at Sidewalk Surfshop (www.sidewalksurfshop.com) in Groveland Florida. We became a sponsor of the Poage Landing Days ConeFest slalom skateboarding event in Kentucky. Competitors got lubed up before the races. 😀
We became acquainted with Michael Brooke, boss man of Concrete Wave Magazine (concretewavemagazine.com) and founder the worldwide movement of longboarding for peace. http://www.longboardingforpeace.org/. It has been a rewarding experience, and also one which we wish to share in the baltic sea region, as this is where we are at, and we look forward to helping promote longboarding not only as a sport, but a way to bridge gaps in communities, and doing good for those in need.
October, back in Estonia, it was back to the crunch and daily grind of getting Ionic Flux packages ready to go and stocked up for the upcoming season. We finally released our first batch of stock and are ready to go all over the place. We were finally able to bring our entire product that we have been working hard on for many months into a final and complete piece of beauty. It really brings me great joy to know that the hard work of our great team and the support of our marketing partners has culminated into a unique opportunity to us to have come as far as we have come to this point.
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Ionic Flux Black Steel is in stock and ready to ship. Get some at www.ionicflux.com. we are looking for distribution and dealers too! Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org #bearinglube #longboarding #ionicflux #blacksteel #skatelube And keep an eye out for us in the November issue of concrete wave magazine 😉 page 82 Happy skating 🙂
It’s now November, the month has been long, and the experiences have been extremely awesome. We finally have made our first ad in Concrete Wave magazine, in the noteworthy product secution. This has made us super stoked! And we are really excited in what the future has in store for us!
Here is our ad on page 82 of the concrete wave mag late fall 2014!
This is only the beginning. 🙂 We have a lot to do, and a long way to go. But when I think back and recall the last few months of our development, it has been a great journey. We plan on kicking off 2015 with a bang! 🙂
Have a great skate everyone!
Longboarding is becoming a new staple diet of the local Estonian push-culture movement. Many of you who frequent the longboarding in Estonia forum on facebook are at the forefront of Longboard sports in Estonia, so you know this. Those of you who don’t know, more and more pushers are pushing each and every day, and new skate brands are starting to pop up locally.
I’m happy to announce that ET Longboards and IONIC FLUX, two of your local startups in this business are teaming up to take the very birch that grows in your own forests and turn it into something absolutely awesome. These boards will be homegrown and home created – straight from the roots of Estonia. (literally!).
We’re calling this board the ET FLUX Deck. It is designed by the Ionic flux team and will be built by ET longboards, specifically for the Estonian market. This is a drop through model and the concept is still in the works. But below is a sneak peak. It features a reverse concave in the middle – with an ankled center inlay, and pockets for your feet – to ensure comfort for any rider at higher than normal speeds and extra stability with a low center of gravity.
We took a little drive to Otepää this weekend to bomb some hills. In an attempt to help my girlfriend fly faster on 4 wheels, we lubed up her bearings with some Ionic Flux. Well, since she is a beginner, I think the hill took her a little too far, and crash and burn.
Yea dude, she was walking back up from about 100m away bloodied up on her knees, arms, hands, and shoulders. Even though it sucks that it happen, it is awesome that she busted her arse. Because, when you start skating, everybody has that right of passage that they must go through. That’s how you bust your concrete cherry. Bleed it out, shake it off, and go back to skate. I’m proud of her, and she’s earned her stripes – or should I say scars?
Word out to you babe- next time we’re out rolling, you’re going in full gear for sure. On top of that, don’t forget to wear your helmet (that saved you for sure) 😀
Peace out and Happy Hill Bombing!