This week I had the pleasure of a nice chat with the delightful Maitane Rascon, hailing from the North of Spain. We discuss the longboarding scene in her part of the world and she tells about her time with the Longboard Girls Crew on their summer roadtrip. Enjoy !
Hello Maitane, thanks for taking time out to talk to us. Thank you, I´m so happy !
When did you first start skating ? I´ve been skating for nearly 3 years. But I surfed earlier before that, the surfing helped me get into longboarding.
That explains a lot, you have a unique style Everyone has a unique style!
True. What got you into longboarding ? I like surfing, and my boyfriend gave me a longboard, my first longboard. That’s what got me into it, at first I used the board for transport, but when I saw different disciplines, I wanted to try them out.
What disciplines do you do now ? I try to do all of them.I don’t have a favourite, the DH scares me so I am very bad in downhill but I like doing it. I like carving and sliding a lot. DANCING ! Now that I am learning to dance on the longboard, I would like to do other tricks. Skateboard tricks on a longboard. I never did street skating but I like it, and I’m trying to learn some of their tricks on my longboard. I did an old school kickflip in my last video, but I don’t have a tail, so it is difficult !
What do you ride ? BUDDYWOOD BOARDS ! Nukuoro,Kiribati, Tuvalu, Manatí and I´m waiting for a new one, for freeriding. The new Buddywoord DH board, doesn’t have a name yet, but I look forward to riding it in about a month.
Do you have any other sponsors? Agüita Canarias – bikinis, clothes, my latest video is for them.
What plans do you have for next season ? I don’t make any plans, I just skate ! The skating just happens. I only compete in local competitions in the basque country or nearby. If it’s in Madrid, I have friends there, it’s a great excuse to visit them.
What was the highlight of your season ? The road trip with the Longboard Girls Crew. OBVIOUSLY ! I am so grateful that they invited me on the trip. I learnt so much from the other girls. I had met Jacky, Valeria and Charlie in the other videos (carving the mountains,longboard girls crew) and in Madrid at some competitions. I met Gador in the Nike roundhouse trip, I was working there and she went to skate ! Coincidence haha.
What did you enjoy most about your roadtrip ? It is REALLY difficult to say just one thing. The thing that I will carry with me for the rest of my life is meeting such beautiful people on the trip. It was awesome, getting to skate around Spain and visit cities and places that I had never been.
Would you do it again ? 1000 times ! con los ojos cerrados (at the drop of a hat). One million times !!!
Have you kept in touch ? Yes !! At La Noche En Negro, at the premier of Endless roads. I try to speak with them regularly.
Madrid has the biggest scene for girls in Spain ? What is it like in the North ? Yes it does obviously, because it is the biggest city in Spain. Barcelona has a really good crew of girls, they are all awesome, I have good friends there ! In the North, I don’t know if they are more girls or less girls, because there is no crew here, but there are girls that compete with me, and there are other girls – we meet in san sebastian. I always skate with boys, and I don’t see anything wrong with that. It is different and I am happy to. They are awesome, they teach me.
Who inspires you ? I see a lot of videos on the internet, I watch the movements in the videos and I try it on my longboard. But my group of friends that I skate with, they teach me a lot of things, they teach me the most. They are my biggest inspiration.
Three quick questions !
Regular/Goofy Goofy !! (finally 1 goofy person)
What do you take with you when you go for a skate Helmet !! My longboard (of course). My smile !
Would you rather eat yourself out of a house made of cake or drink yourself out of a house made of wine ? I don’t like wine, so a house made of cake of course ! I prefer eating to drinking.
Yesterday I got to go to the O’Neill screening of ”Fighting Fear” and a special VIP afterparty. Oh yeah. First of all, I have never surfed before but I stroke imaginary waves when I’m carving. Because I’m cool like that. I was undecided about wearing my London Longboards tshirt to the event as it was meant to be sort of semi casual ? I didn’t want to turn up in a work shirt, so I went for the next best thing - Flannel. Yeah I’m individual like that. FAIL !! There were 200 other people there, surfers, O’neill employees, press. And they all decided to turn up in varying colours, patterns and shades of flannel. It looked like a ”Where’s Wally(waldo to you yanks)” convention for purveyors of extreme sports. Even the festival director had one on. 1st lesson of the night - if you want to look different, always go with your CUSTOM longboard tshirt ! But hey, none of them was accessorizing with a Penny eh ?
So fighting fear is a documentary about pro surfer Mark Mathews and his mate Richie Vas (surfer and pro mma NUT). Not quite dogs of lordtown in the water, but it was really enjoyable. Very funny, inciteful and personal at times.
It got me thinking about longboarding films. The only one I’ve seen was ”Drop” and I think it was very boring. Right now there are a lot of big production videos coming out all over the place, but none of them is really ”filmy”. Actually Dalua downhill is great, but more on that later. Endless roads and Greener pastures are also great documentaries about our passion, but they are made by us for us. I would love to see great crossover films that can get the wider population excited. I spoke to the director of the surf film festival and they had 40 feature film enteries !! How mental is that ? Not sure if 40 feature longboarding films have been made EVER. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and will do everything in my power to develop a platform for longboarding film-makers to really push the limits of longboarding films. There are so many great stories out there ! The world will hear. And they will love us.
So yeah. Fighting fear is a great movie. Watch it if you can. Surfing is awesome ! Longboarding is the truth !
thanks. I'm actually considering getting an Earthwing Supermodel; just for sliding.
Pretty good all rounder, really popular here in London. Nice bit of concave and enough nose and tail for some flat land tricks. Massive rail as well, as long as you don’t have massive pucks. Though of course you shouldn’t be grabbing rail ! The 2012 supermodels look really sick, and they have a new dropped option. Top mount that baby and beast a hill. Also, you won’t find many decks cheaper than this.
Longboarding(to me at least): if you’ve never been down a hill, if you’ve never had speed wobbles, if you’ve never rolled off your board at a turn, if you’ve never bailed to save your ass, if you’ve never worn pads, cause you will break some shit, if you’ve never worn a DOT approved helmet, cause…
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Had such a good weekend of longboarding, critical mass, 20 miles of pushing. Worked on a feature for all around skate. Awesome. Then I got all the stoke drained from every sinew of my being. In no particular order -
Pushing is good for the soul.
Enjoy everyone while you can. Life is short.
If anyone is important to you, let them know while you can.
I will make a difference in peoples lives.
Going fast is fun, it doesn’t matter is gravity is pulling you, or you’re pushing yourself. GO FAST !
Taking the day off after critical mass is a great idea and you wake up on sunday morning with one hulk size leg, and results in 33% faster skating.
You know what feels good ? The feeling you get when you get tired of pushing, and then push HARDER.
Longboarding makes you feel alive.
Life can really suck.
Good intentions never helped anyone.
Tool are the greatest band ever. Lateralus is THAT album.
I don’t how sad I should feel for other people’s loss, when I’m in a really happy place.
Skating alone sucks
I would like all my friends to stay happy, safe, alive and healthy.
Maybe I should have a none longboard tumblr ? Longboarding is a big part of my life but it’s not everything.
Which longboard is better, the Original Apex 37 or the Loaded Tan Tien?
what is better good grades or the feel of sunshine on your face ? There are not many overlying parameters by which to judge both of these parameter.
The apex 37 deck and the tan tien deck ? The apex 37 as it comes, with s8s does not do it for me at all, and I will choose anything but a mindless over it. What is more interesting is comparing them both as freestyle boards, with the same wheel and truck set up. These are easily the 2 most marketed longboards and the most popular for people coming into longboarding. Both Original and Loaded have amazing riders doing inspiring stuff on their boards and you want the board and hope a green pill with their skill comes with it.
So Apex 37 - 26.5 - 28.5” wheelbase Tan tien - 27” wheelbase
Pretty similar there, both bi-directional. The tan tien has an upturned nose and tail, which gives you a bit more control for manuals and flip tricks, but conversely I’ve seen them wear away faster than the apex 37. Still on the deck, there seems to be a lot of science behind the Quad-axial custom layer fibreglass, which scott talks about a lot in the launch video. The apex is a whole lot stronger than it’s loaded cousin, I’ve seen a tan tien die before. Yet to witness the passing away of an apex 37. (will rode his too hard this summer and managed to break the nose) The tan tien comes with 3 flex options, the flex 3 tan tien being a whole lot flexier than the apex. What else is there to consider ? Coming from a skateboarding backgroung you may feel more familiar with the tan tien, the apex 37 is better suited for freeride. Both can be mounted with your favourite, 180mm trucks. I’m a big fan of BEAR trucks. Currently riding them for lusting after some Paris trucks for my next set up. Wheels - too many options of hardness, shape and diameter. Squared 83a, around 75mm and you’re a happy bunny.
hey,i want to learn how to longboard soooo baddly. As a beginner is there a certain type of board i sshould get? any pointers i should know? thanks so much!
First point of call should always be your local longboard crew. Hook up with them and try EVERY single board, then see what you like.
The pictures you see online feel different under your feet. What kind of longboarding do you intend to do ? As a general rule of thumb, being of a female persuasion, you will want a lighter board, and have your trucks set up a bit more sensitively, so you can turn easier.
It’s a bit difficult to answer, I would say get an all round board which works for multiple disciplines, I am currently madly in Love with my bustin robot, I go down hills with it and also commute, it works amazingly on slopes and on flat. Have a look at something similar, around 35-38 inches. Paris/Bear/Randal trucks, and big softish wheels. Orangatang stimulus/Abec11 Big Zigs, they are the 2 of the most popular wheel manufacturers for a reason. So board choices - Rayne Vendetta, Bustin mini robot, LANDYACHTS Dropcarve 36.
If you freeride in Europe, you will have heard about the awesome KnK longboard camp that was held in Slovenia last summer. 200 riders, Over 5km of closed hills for 7 days. Longboard heaven ?
Enjoy the interview !
Hey Mihael, thanks for taking the time out to talk
No problem, it’s my pleasure.
Great. Where do you ride ? My obsession with longboarding started 5 years ago and we are riding daily since then, but I would consider myself as riding for 2 years now, since we were riding like pussies earlier
All Around! In Slovenia mostly, on our local hills around Ljubljana and actually all around Slovenia since it is a very small country and you can get from one side to the other in about 2 hours with a car.
That sounds awesome.What’s the scene in Slovenia like ? The scene here in Slovenia is not so big but it is growing from season to season. Last year, there were not so many riders around here but this year longboarding became very popular. Usually you can see around 10 people together on the hill, but that is it. People stay mostly in their cities and ride local hills. We often organise sessions and people from other parts of Slovenia join us in Ljubljana to skate and hangout, but that is mostly during spring when the temperatures are not killing us. Girls also started shreding hard and now there are few that will probably be hitting big hills with guys next season.
What’s your crew called ? We are longboarders with no name. Actually we kind of work under the name Longboard Magazin Slovenia, which is an online publication at http://www.longboard.si covering the longboarding scene in Slovenia since 2007. We are more like a non-profit non-formal organisation – people who help to spread the stoke. We accept everyone who wants to join us on our sessions. Through the years we kind of became a family, best friends and what connects us is the passion for longboarding. We also have friends in Croatia, our “sister organsation” Longboard Magazin Hrvatska (http://www.longboard.com.hr) and occasionally we meet up to shred together – we were at their Gnarlloween event this year.
Sounds like a really exciting time in Slovenia. We are seeing similar growth in many cities all over Europe. What do you think is behind the sudden popularity of our dear sport ? I think that it is not so sudden, longboarding in Europe seems to be here for some time now, but somehow people started talking about it this year much more online – something like that. I think It is a positive thing and longboarding should be put out there among other sports. It is not something that should be overlooked by the general public. In some parts of Europe longboarding is a quite new thing and people are often amazed by it, especially car drivers who do not expect you to move so fast and almost run you over.
You’ve nearly been run over ? Daily. Haha.You’re nuts. No I am not. Car drivers are!
It’s coming to the end of the season for the colder parts of Europe. What was the highlight of last season for you ? I will definitely remember this year for one reason, the people I skate with started to make some notable progress and started to shred hard. Now it is fun as we finally started to ride. Also, the highlight of the year for me is the first official race we organised. It was the Kurešček Cup 2011, in April. At first I was thinking that only few people from Slovenia will come to compete, but then as it was the first race of the season (and free) 77 people from all over the Europe showed up there! We where very amazed by that and that was the a big motivation to make KnK Longboard Camp as big as it was.
Which did you enjoy more – the Kurešček Cup or KnK Camp ? I hated both the same! Hahaha! I am joking! I loved them both, it is always a pleasure to do something for the community. I would say that I loved KnK more because I had more time to spend with my friends and I could party for one evening! Also, KnK was a much bigger challenge. We had 2 tracks and over 200 riders there for 7 days, so you can imagine the fun we had. People that were there were awesome and I hope to see them again next year.
What did you find hardest about planning a big longboard event ? Actually, planing is easy. Unplanned things are those that hit you hard. The hardest thing was to wake up at 6 am and get ready for daily activities, after I came back from the hospital at 4 am. The most challenging thing was to maintain the fluency of activities we had planned like getting all the people to the top, getting the shuttles ready and so on. We kind of messed it up on the first day of the event because we had a problem with one bus and had to shuttle people with only one bus and one mini van, but by the evening I managed to replace the broken bus with another one and things finally started to work as intended . Some people where very understanding about it but some where a pain in our *****. Actually, that is the hardest thing – people not understanding.
With all that in mind would you do it again next year ? This was the third KnK Camp, so yes, KnK must go on and next year we will do it again. We will do it on the same tracks but we will probably reduce the number of registrations. It will be nice to see some very good friends again. I love how most of the people relaxed there and after a while they realized that they have a lot of time to ride. I hope to see KnK stay what it was in the beginning – a week full of fun and riding with friends from all over the Europe (and wider).
We look forward to updating our calendar with your event ! The pleasure is again all mine. I hope to see you guys there, but don’t forget to get some extra wheels with you because the Bear is hungry!!!
3 quick questions Regular/Goofy ? Regular
What’s your favourite Sandwich filling ? Prosciutto… and cucumbers. And mayonnaise!
Would you rather have a wheel for a foot, or a hook for a hand ? Wheel sounds more natural to me.
No surprise there. Really fun talking to you Mihael. Thanks for having me over!
Woke up so stoked from a dream I was early grabbing over superman. Yesterday I woke up hoping it was Friday, quite disappointing. But hey ! Today IS Friday.
Looking like we will have a big turnout despite the cold.
The people are asking for more fancy dress skates, works for me. The theme for today’s session is Movember. To raise awareness/money for men’s health issues. Aka save our balls !!
I guess people will turn up as Mexicans or coy bows or some sort of moustache having power ranger. I’ll take a sharpie and boom costume done. Hopefully we get some nice shots.
Oh and I think a bunch of us will be doing it on Pennys. Haha.
I love my crew !
So I'm thinking of getting a longboard, but I don't what I should get. I've never really skated before, but I'm really interested in getting into it. Any advice?
Hello. Before you spend money on a shiny new board, find your local longboarders and try a bunch out first ! Don’t rush into a shop and buy the first thing you see on YouTube.
My first board was a gentle step into longboards, it was skateboard length with no nose, 61mm wheels and 78a wheels. Really nice for getting around. Most people would refer to this as a cruiser, but all longboards are cruisers ! In the years since I have bought a bigger board for commuting and an awesome downhill board.
One thing you should consider is what you want to get out of the board. And what the terrain around you is like. If you live in mountains then your choices will be limited to downhill, if you live by the beach, then you may get a dancing/freestyle board. If you live in the middle of a busy city, then you want something you can push and manoeuvre through people.
These are only guidelines, skaters aren’t exactly notorious for following rules !
Get on Facebook, find your local crew, try some boards, fall in love, buy one, then send us a video of you shredding !!
My super super local crew, the guys I ride with and live closest to, like to call themselves “lords of k-town” (Kingston is the central spot) or “k-town z boys”, yeah you get the picture, we are all funny in the head.
We have always had a midweek skate usually at 8pm, and for the last year the skate @ 8 has been a staple of my skate diet. It’s the one time you don’t have to worry about new people being integrated or about people getting run over or whatever and I can really switch off and have a ball.
So today, as always we turned up and went west toward Ham (yes I kid you not this is an actual place), as you’ll be aware of I am currently on honeymoon with penny, so I took her out for her first proper field test. Rather sketchy, I felt everything I went over.
Not bad for pushing distances, nothing like Ellie though.
It was so wet though, and with 0 grip on the penny, all my slides ended up with me on the floor.
I think we will rename the skate at 8 - Wet Wednesday till winter is over