Thursday, 1 November 2012

Media dump #1

So I expect a lot of you took photos and haven't uploaded, or are still editing videos, OR are saving those photos for publications. This is a dump so far of what's out! Credit to everyone who took pics or vids, and to those who edited them up!
Videos:
Cam Deegan raw run:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPTF5IHHO6o&feature=youtu.be


Mark Pickering: Sepia edit (with extra quick bits)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCHTNhe7r2c
      And the original Slow-mo edit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9Sa3rgf2zs

Tiago Fanha's Edit - epic shots of some spray during the Saturday riding!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6m9oEtwvBms

Bodhi's Raw run
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXGDOg42nb0&feature=youtu.be

Pictures:

Sam Holding
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3880246651391.2136703.1435556844&type=3

Jack Turner
http://www.facebook.com/JTPhotography1997/photos_stream

Dicky Ward
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3806461172489.2127567.1606219217&type=1
And edits:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3806819741453.2127572.1606219217&type=1

Sexdecks:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151143973342909.454464.195937002908&type=1

Weliton Barbosa
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4284303477389.164752.1580430360&type=1

Helena's album:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.419451274776179.104400.100001339301387&type=1

And I think that's it at the moment! If I've missed any post them to the FACEBOOK EVENT wall or to Das.industries.uk@gmail.com and I'll put them up!

Finally thanks to Cam Deegan and Boromir impersonator Olly Goodwin for this gem!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The winners!

Respect to all of the following for racing just that little bit harder than their contemporaries, and coming out on top. Commiserations to all the other races, good luck for next time!


Groms (U16)
  1. Max Flesher   - Deck (Sexdecks), SMB Bearings, Wheels + grip (Newton's shred), G-form pads
  2. Nick Moore   - Deck (Kebbek), Wheels (Newton's Shred), G-form pads
  3. Billy Curran    - Deck (Original),  Wheels (Newton's Shred), G-form pads
Open



  1. Shaine Fourie  - Deck (Original), SMB Bearings, G-form Shorts
  2. Bradley Moss  - Deck (Comet), G-form knee pads
  3. Dicky Ward    - Deck (Kebbek), G-form elbow pads


Womens


  1. Mary Crossland  - Deck (comet), wheels (Newton's shred)
  2. Cherri Morris      - Wheels, grip and bearings (Mantis Boardshop)
  3. Lotta Loerbroks  - Wheels and grip (Mantis Boardshop)


Buttboard


  1. Lance Martins   - Crash shorts from Gform, Ceramic SMB Bearings, DAS event entry
  2. Oli Slaughter     - Kneepads from Gform, DAS event entry
  3. Duncan macer   - Elbow pads from Gform,  DAS event entry


Inline


  1. Aleandre Lebrun  - Tees and hats from SMB / DAS Industries
  2. Grant du Plessis   - Tees and hats from SMB / DAS Industries
  3. Alan Brier            - Tees and hats from SMB / DAS Industries
Mini Moto
  1. Shaine Fourie      - Marmalade swag, DAS tee, stickers, Mini Moto deck (Dangerous Decks)
  2. Joe Baldwin        - Das tee, stickers
  3. Adam Batchelor  - Stickers
And a very Top Gear slalom standings - I'll put the points up on a new post tomorrow!




All podium places also won a limited edition Hogtoberfest stein, from us here at DAS Industries. If you didn't pick yours up, i'll be in contact about sending it toyou.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Well that went well....A big thank you!

Thanks to everyone who shredded, everyone who helped, the centre and the campsite, our wonderful sponsors for putting in SO MANY goodies I lost track of the prizes! That was amazing, tiring, trying, difficult, stressful, but so very worth it to get you all skating, stoke you all out and give you a rad time. I hope you all enjoyed Hogtoberfest 2012 - I dunno how I'm going to better that, but I'll damn well try!

I hope you all made it home safe: watch this space for winners, pictures, videos, more stuff on sponsors and the event in the coming couple of weeks while people finish their edits etc! If you have anything you want to upload please post it to the facebook, or to das.industries.uk@gmail.com
Most of all I hope you all DO A SKATE!

Timmy Peters,

Thanks to All the people who put time and effort into this:

Everyone who came to skate!
Everyone who helped out:

Moe Neve    -    Race heats, my sanity.
Louise Roberts & Hannah Anderson    -    Signup, sweets & secondhand stand
Benji Collis    -    Saturday Signup
Christine Maier & Brad Moss    -    First aiders, and Brad also running the Mini Moto
Matt Carter, Ben Williams, Charley Moxham & Dan Shinnie    -    Race support team
Sam Gordon & Michael Stride    -    Slalom setups, and Michael running slide bowling
Fi Cruickshank and the PUATB crew for helping to clean the campsite
Sylvia and the cycling centre staff
John and Gemma at Lambourne end
The UKSSA for starting the traditions of Hog Hill, and for letting me do Hogtoberfests on my own!
Grant du Plessis and the IDUK - thanks Grant for keeping my head on straight and giving me pokes when I was being an idiot.

Luke Small and Marmalade Skateboards for organising:
A chillout tent and extra swag giveaways
The printing of Hogtoberfest tees
Getting the bands to the site

The bands:
White Devil's Cause and  Phillious Williams - you guys rocked! Thank you so much for playing; it was awesome!

Thanks to all our sponsors! Without you, this event wouldn't have happened:

Kebbek Skateboards
Comet Skateboards & Volante Wheels
Original skateboards
SMB Bearings
Sexdecks
Mantis Boardshop
G-form Pads
Octane Sport
Newton's Shred
Dangerous Decks

I'll be putting all these names in as links later, and posting the full podium lists by tomorrow lunchtime I hope.
Watch this space, stay stoked!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Waiver Info! G-Form, Kebbek and Newton's shred!

Waiver info first - this is very important if you're under 18, as we'll need an adult to sign this to say you're allowed to skate and that you've accepted all the potential risks as layed out on the waiver. It's dull, but it ensures your safety! Make sure you bring it along, we'll collect it off you at the sign in desk.
Link here:  Hogtoberfest waiver and parental consent form


(for anyone 18 or over, regular waivers will be available on the day for you to sign)


Right, now onto the fun stuff:

Newton's Shred Was started by three friends with a shared vision of a rad shop selling some interesting stuff not available elsewhere in the UK.

Kami-San (who has a real, secret name hidden from all of us to keep his superhero identity safe) is a fantastic freerider and general joker, managing a lot of the Newton's Family online shenanigans while the elusive Mark and the chilled Alex make sure the shop runs smoothly getting orders out the door, providing advice and turning up to hang out and shred at events like Hogtoberfest. Expect to see the guys present with their mobile shop, with loads of deals for you all! If you're not already part of their facebook, it's >>HERE<<

One of the things the shop has done is pioneer brands into the UK scene in a big way in the last couple of years - two of which are sponsoring the event - G-form Pads, and of course Kebbek Skateboards. 

G-from have pioneered impact protection - from cases for your laptop to knee gaskets with superb cushioning. What these pads don't have in abrasion resistance they well and truly make up for in absorbing almost 90% of impact energy through the stiffening of the proprietary foam. Normally the foam remains soft and flexible, making it ideal for sports, like oh I dunno, skating perhaps ;) ? G-form are sending a big pile of prizes along, and if you don't feel lucky enough to win anything they'll be available at the Newton's shred shop at Hogtoberfest.
Sign up their facebook >>HERE<< for regular updates of how far they're dropping the latest iPads in an attempt to overcome their awesome material engineering.

Kebbek, a latecomer sponsor to Hogtoberfest, have leant their support to Hog Hills in the past. They're currently celebrating their 20th birthday (Yes, they've been around for a while!), and are throwing us some decks to distribute as prizes or in the swag scramble. To be honest their history spiel on the website is better than anything I can write so here it is:

"In 2011 Kebbek has rebirthed itself after a hiatus of slowed production. After standing in wet rotting boots in front of the drum sander making skateboards smooth, the chief board builder’s feet started to fester and almost fell off.
In order to make ends meet he took a fattening desk job while seeking out an apprentice with all the vigour and patience to build the world’s greatest skateboards. By miracle, mister Tim Brodesser, a master woodworker from Germany walked through the front door of our kick ass factory in downtown Ville Emard, the hippest part of Montreal known equally well amongst those from Verdun who need to get their video lottery fix. Mr. Brodesser has since helped completely rebuild the shop from the cracked foundation up including adding another 10 inches to the Z axis on our CNC machine, and now he’s building our great boards. So far his feet have not started to rot, maybe if you buy some of our boards we will be able to turn the heat on in the finishing room."




Friday, 19 October 2012

Travel update!


Some of you may have heard already that the Tube station closest to the hill is going to be closed on the weekend of Hogtoberfest. This is a big pain, but there are ways around it!



If you’re coming via train, and you have either an oyster card or a travelcard for London, then I’d recommend you get a National Rail train to Romford station, and then get the 247 bus to the hill.

Advantages: The bus stop is right next to the hill, a lot closer than the closest train station

Disadvantages: Romford is not the nicest place to get lost/spend your weekend.

To do this, get to Liverpool Street station, or Stratford station. Get the Greater Anglia service to Shenfield, calling at Romford. From Liverpool Street, this should take 26 minutes.

When you get to Romford, exit the station and turn right to get to the bus stops, you want bus stop V for the 247, towards Barkingside. 



The stop closest to the hill is Forest Road bus stop.  You’ll know you’re nearly there when you pass a mini roundabout, then there will be a large sign for a golf course on the right. The stop is at the top of a hill with woods on both sides. The journey should take about 20 minutes. It might be worth asking the bus driver if they can tell you when you get to that stop if you’re still unsure.

When you get off the bus, carry on straight ahead and take the first road on your left, Forest Road. About 300 metres down the road is the entrance to the centre.

If you’re coming from a more local place, or don’t fancy this route, you can still go to Leytonstone station and catch a rail replacement bus service.

Advantages: There will probably be lots of Tfl staff to tell you where to go

Disadvantages: You will have to switch to another bus at Newbury Park station, and that the next bus will still only drop you at Fairlop station, a good mile and a half away from the hill.

There are various other ways of getting to the track, but really I’d recommend the first way, if only because it has the least distance between modes of transport.

If anyone has any more specific questions, post them on the facebook group and I’ll do my best to answer them with my local knowledge powers!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Sexdecks! and the Secondhand Shop

Good evening denizens of both skating and the internet!
Hot off the virtual press we have some info from SEXDECKS, who've just finished their first ever brochure, in time for me to post this. Here's some info I whipped up:


SEXDECKS is a small independent skateboard brand from Germany dedicated to deliver innovative, high quality, and hand-made products for maximum pleasure.
They have been testing decks since 2009 and are now planning, for the first time, to release a small series limited to 50 decks on November 10thTheir cruising and freestyle series features a diverse selection of decks that have been carefully designed and constructed with the input from an international team bringing together oldschool-street skaters, slalom riders, and downhill bombers; to see all of these check out their range below on on their website at 

http://www.sexdecks.de/


The guys from SEXDECKS will visit Hogtoberfest and give us the chance to check out and ride their decks. A couple of decks will also be sold from their van exclusively and prior to the official launch date. To support the local scene in London and the UK, SEXDECKS skateboards will be giving out one of their pleasure tools for the best newcomer this year. Get excited!  

The Secondhand Shop.

We'll have a table set up which will be manned all day with the purpose of allowing you to drop off the gear you want to sell. The system is straightforward:
  1. Leave your gear with a price, name, contact number.
  2. Leave the Team manning the desk to do the admin
  3. (optional) Buy sweets from the same desk (they'll be selling sweets!)
  4. Have fun!
  5. Come back at the end of the day to see if it's sold. If it has? You get your money. If it hasn't, you'll get your gear back.
The service is free, simple, and means you don't have to watch your gear all day. Boom!

And for your viewing pleasure here's a Sexdecks Spoon-o-matic emerging from the CNC machine, freshly cut.
This makes Engineer Tim very happy!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Marmalade Skateboards & Event Tees!

Marmalade skateboard are a collective of street skaters who set up in Southend to try to create some interesting artwork on some interesting boards. Moving towards the art side more than tech, they press seafront cruisers, boards for carving, pool and street decks. The thing that sets them apart is their artwork - all the designs are their own, and they scrrenprint them onto the boards. To help with the costs of the skate side of the team, they also print teeshirts using the screenprinting method (here for more info) - which is partly where they come into this post. There's some sexy images of Marmalade's offerings further down or you can head to their facebook page.


Some of you may have seen this yesterday when I plastered it over my facebook, but here it is again with the full details:

Teeshirts:

  1. If you want your name on the back, then sign up online before 8pm on 15th October.
  2. If you want to preorder a teeshirt, them buy one in the shop section on the registration page, again before 8pm on 15th October.
  3. a preordered tee will be £10
  4. on the day they will be £15
  5. If you have already preordered a teeshirt before I released the designs, this is what you;re getting. If you don;t like it I can refund, but I think it's pretty Rad!
  6. It's going to be a limited run - if you want a specific size, please preorder to avoid getting a small instead of an extra large on the day!
So there you have it! Marmalade will be attacking this with screen and ink soon. 

The crew are also supporting Hogtoberfest by bringing along a chillout tent, which will have sofas and some music. They also helped us book the two bands we've got for the Saturday evening (more about them in the week) Here's some of Marmalade's offerings; they work a lot with a local art group called tenbomb so check them out as well here.

Expect lots more info on travel, and such this coming week! Less than 2 weeks to go guys! Get Stoked!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Sponsor profile: Original Skateboards


Visit the website by clicking the logo
As promised by those lovely people in brown and yellow UPS uniforms, Original Skateboards's swag pile has arrived for all to survey!
Cheers Original! Original S8 trucks & hardware, 9 tees,  Freeride 41" deck and an Apex40 DC deck.
Original was started back in 2002 by Brad and Scott Imbrie. They set out with the intention of creating a surf and/or snowboard feel - developing their own hardware to get the feel they couldn't get from conventional skate gear. In recent years we've seen the release of some very modern creations, they haven't stopped innovating, producing new and more shapes, whilst maintaining their old ethos. They still produce the Original Trucks alongside a fantastic range of cruisers that, as proved by the team in the video below, can still be shredded at speed with heaps of style. 



Apex 40 Diamond Drop Deck
Their newer stuff sits almost on the realm of science fiction - The diamond drop's sharp lines working right at the limits of the wood used. Very impressive engineering indeed.

Original always push to be the front lines in the progression of longboarding, with heaps of style and a huge range of boards as well as great scene support. If you want to know any more go check out their website.


I'm off for dinner now, Enjoy!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Updates and more updates!

Okay, so I've ended up being off-grid due to laptop failure, but I'm back now! Thank you for your patience, I fully intend to buy a new laptop to replace the last one at some point soon.

Firstly, Well done William Ballard for being registered and paid up before the 1st of October! You get the bearings and tee from SMB bearings.

Secondly, The bouncy castle is booked, but it may be one of three designs. If it's the Disney princess one I make no apologies.


Thirdly, I'd like to welcome a new sponsor: Sexdecks. They'll have a stand and some boards to try out as well as a deck up for grabs as a prize. Check out the writeup in the next few days on the blog.

Fourthly, There's still plenty of places left. You can pay on the day, but signing up and paying up beforehand helps everything go smoother.

Fifthly, The package from Original skateboards got rescheduled to tomorrow. So expect a blog update then.

Lastly/sixthly, A quick rundown of the schedule for the weekend can be found below while I sort the graphic for it. The official slalom plan will be up soon and I'll post that as and when.


Schedule (downhill/freeride):


Saturday:
12:30           Sign in opens
13:00           (depending on cyclists) Hill and cafe areas open to skaters - freeride, slide hill etc
                    Bouncy castle and shops/stalls setup
17:00           Pack up and head to the campsite 

17:30           Last doors at the centre (everyone has to be out by this time!)

Sunday
9:30-10       Track reopens for freeride
11:30           Provisional time for Slide bowling (TBC)
                     Race route closed for Giant Slalom on the slide hill, freeride continues on the main
                      hill with the route changed to the "straight on" track
14:00ish       Racing starts on the race route once Giant slalom is finished. Freeriding continues
                       between heats for those not racing
16:30 ish      Finals & prizes & swag scramble & pack up.
17:00           Home time!



Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The signup raffle! and Comet Skateboards

SIGNUP RAFFLE


Okay, so currently we have 12 people entered into the raffle for a set of Ceramic SMB bearings and a SMB teeshirt. 
Want in? Sign up and pay up for Hogtoberfest before 8pm on the 1st October, with the winner announced later that evening.
If you know you're going, it's definitely worth paying up and getting in on the raffle. 

And so on to our sponsor:






History wall in the shop.
Comet have agreed to give us some stuff for prizes etc, so here's a load about possibly the most eco-friendly longboard manufacturer out there. Based in Ithaca, NY they now have a physical store where you can not just buy their latest offerings, but look at their 14 year board history.

There's a lot of things that make Comet stand out:
First off, they're community driven; all their boards are designed based on continuous feedback from not just their team riders, but everyone else who has owned a Comet board and chipped their opinion in to the company or the threads on Silverfish. 

Secondly, their eco-credentials are very impressive - manufactured in the 'States  using a "closed loop cycle" for their materials, water-based inks and sustainably sourced hardwood make them an awesome choice for the environmentally conscious skater.

Thirdly, the overall company ethos.
This got them an article in the Wall Street Journal - "Ramping up" , and is generally why they run things like the Ithaca slide jam.
Check out their website to learn more or look at the sweet stuff they make, and then have a watch of the Ithaca slide jam!
Peace, love and skating!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A lack of miniramps and travel info

Firstly I'm afraid we can't afford the miniramp this time round. It's going to cost more than we can justify off this event - I'll be looking to raise some funds over winter to build it for next season, but that'll be a whole new post for another day.

Second up

The loop. Stratford has been
 left in for reference
Hokay, so the circle line loop (the part of the circle line that fairlop, Hog Hill's closest station is on) is closed for the whole of the weekend that hogtoberfest is on. There are replacement buses as detailed here, along with all the works: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/livetravelnews/planned-works/calendar/default.aspx

To help plan your journey head to www.tfl.gov.uk and use the journey planner - you can input the postcode and set walking to approx 15 mins. I believe a good option is to get a train to Romford station, and then a bus to the top of the hill on the main road round the corner from Hog Hill.
I'll repost the map here: Hogtoberfest transport , and here's an example tfl route for Romford rail station to the centre in this Silly long link!

Road access is easy enough, unless you have an old van/camper (pre year 2002 reg I think), in which case you'll want to look at Low Emission Zone homepage and the map is HERE! 

For you international people here are the links for Stanstead and Heathrow which should give you some help - if you need any more info about travel please contact me and I'll do my best to help.

Also for anyone coming from abroad, or living in the Uk and wanting to fly their home country's flag, please bring one along if you would like. The flag I will be buying will be 155 x 95cm.


Remember, questions are welcome!
Peace, love and skating!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

More Sponsors and signup

Hokay, so the observant of you will notice a few more logos on the right of the blog. Yep! These are more sponsors - the new ones being

Gyro Uk 
             The UK branch of an international inline wheel company providing some prizes for DH inline

Original Skateboards 
             Who'll be sending us some swag in the near future, including a prize or two.

Dangerous decks 
              Who will be ever present with their danger machines the Mini Motos, shotgun proof boards, and maybe something bigger...

Marmalade skateboards 
               A Southend-on-Sea based skate company who also print tees - they'll be repping quite a lot of stuff, and if you're following DAS Industries expect to see some colab in the future!

Watch out for sponsor posts coming up in the future: and interview with Kami from Newton's Shred, and a big bit on our overseas sponsors Comet and Original. Boom.

SIGNUP RAFFLE:

Signup wise, we've got 6 weekends to go, and very few are paid up. To incentivise this a bit:

  • Win a set of Ceramic bearings and a teeshirt (cheers SMB!)
  • To be entered into the raffle, sign up and pay your attendance fees before 8pm, 1st October
  • That's it!
So get your pennies together and sign up and pay up to be in with a chance of getting those bearings! Remember, the more people who prepay means it's much easier for me as an event organiser to put these events on - The budget for Hogtoberfest is such that I have to pay for the track a month before the booking date, which means a LOT of money goes out a lot earlier than people realise. This is why its helpful to get money in early, but for you guys also a good chance for some swag. The winner will be announced on the day and will get their prize at the beginning of the weekend to make full use of both the shirt and the bearings :)

Looking forward to a very busy six weeks! Keep an eye out for travel info in a (not particularly) well researched post on Friday at some point!

Peace love and skating!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Disciplines, a map and some blog stats.

What can you do when you come to Hogtoberfest?

I've covered the slalom so here's what else is going on:
(once my copy of photoshop decides to play ball I'll be putting a venue map up)


Downhill freeride/race

The hill is a two-route course, and last year people were clocking 33mph off the top left onto the straight (of course, you can go much slower if you carve or don't push so hard). From there you can go straight ahead and run off speed on a gentle right-hander, or take the race course which dives tighter right into a chicane style left-hander exit that straightens it back up. The runout from there is slightly uphill, but you carry your speed forward and round a right hander after a short straight. Want to see what the race route is like in a video? Funny you should ask...


Sliding/slide bowling

Sliding happens on the GS Hill, which runs parallel to the main race hill, and slide bowling will either be there, or at the steep downhill just as you enter the centre. You're welcome to bring whatever duro wheels you want and make screechy noises, because there's no neighbours to complain.

Flatland/messing about/Mini Moto
Sorry Shana Synne, I stole your picture!

Yep there's room for that aswell. It's not expansive swathes of smooth tarmac, but there's a decent amount of flat at the top of the hill to roll around on and have a play. And of course there'll be a bouncy castle. WINNER! The mini motos need a whole post to themselves, so I'll cover them later. The pic is a sneaky peek at them though....


The local area

I made this last year, but it's still accurate. Check out the general locale, shops, campsite, transport etc!


View Hogtoberfest info map in a larger map


And finally for all you stats geeks out there:

1) Over 10% of you are viewing this on mobile operating systems. Sorry! The mobile version is atrocious, but I'm too inept to make it better. I hope it's not too unbearable.

2) More of you are using firefox than chrome as a browser (boo) and a load of you are still on Internet Explorer (it doesn't tell me which version) So I'll assume you're all on the brand new shiny one!

3) Guten Tag! to all the Germans looking at the blog - about 20% of the recent hits have been from you guys, so we hope to see you representing in October :)

4) In the last month the blog has had 1400 hits - this is nuts as last year at this point we were only at around 500! The busiest day so far this year had 174 hits!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Slalom things! UKSSA and Octane Sport

Tim Neal starting a Giant slalom run.
Picture copyright www.nearthecoast.com
The United Kingdom Slalom Skateboard Association (UKSSA) are the governing body for all the cone-dodging that happens here in the UK. Their men on the ground Sam Gordon and Rob Ashby have done a huge amount over the past years to secure HogHill as a regular venue and made sure stuff has run smoothly on both disciplines up 'til recently when both myself and Alex Ireon have given them a helping hand with all you unruly downhillers.

For a bit of history and their website, head to The story of UK slalom and have a read.

The UKSSA will be running two disciplines at Hogtoberfest: Dual Hybrid slalom and Giant slalom, both of which are timed and both of which involve a totally not straight line of cones to get down. The difference is that the dual hybrid is a race side-by-side with tight cone spacing whereas with giant it's just you and the whole thing is faster, steeper and more all over the hill.


Want to know a bit more about the slalom scene ? Catch up with Louis and Bruno in this video:
 


The slalom wouldn't be happening without the ever orange Octane Sport ramps. Michael Stride , a force to be reckoned with when it comes to super fast slalom times and ridiculously large ranges of longboard gear will be bringing a van of timing gear, start ramps and most likely a decent amount of shop stock along to the hill. Go check it out at www.octanesport.com!


Timing gear and ramps. 



Friday, 31 August 2012

SMB Bearings

SMB Bearings are a UK-based bearing company who've in recent years got into providing the skate world with high quality products. Coming from the mechanical components side of stuff means they've got loads of expertise, which is covered in their product page (check it out here to learn all the nitty gritty), and which is why their bearings are rad.

The guys have sponsored a number of riders and events in the past and we're proud to have them sponsoring Hogtoberfest. Here's a sneaky peek at the prizes they sent through.


Yep! 2 sets of regular, 2 sets of ceramic bearings, a pile of stickers and wristbands, and a load of tees. BOOM! Get excited people, more to come from other sponsors soon :)

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Sponsor links are up! And FAQ section.

SO it's some horrendously unsocial hour, which is always the best time to be on a computer editing HTML!

Check out the right hand side of the page for our sponsors - Profiles on these guys will be going up in the coming week as blog posts and watch out for new additions at all times! GO visit their sites and have a look around.

Also, as a lot of you are asking about this stuff, there's an FAQ section I'll be updating regularly for the questions I should have answered but haven't because I'm not on the ball. Check it out in the tabs above, and if you ahve any questions blast them at me on the facebook group :

http://www.facebook.com/events/349791835095209/

Other than that here's a quick explanation about "moto" heats we use for the downhill - the system we've used for many Hog Hills and was also used in the 2012 olympic BMX racing.

Our variant uses 3 rounds, where riders are picked at random against 4 or 5 others (5-6 man heats work well). You get to race once in each round and get awarded points based on position. You end up with a big table of scores, and the top few go through into a final. With smaller disciplines, we still have the final, because it's extra racing.
The racing is fun, and we try to blast through it as fast as possible. Of course, if you don't want to race you're welcome to freeride between heats - just let the line marshal know that you're not getting a cheeky head start ;)


8 man final at a particularly rainy Hog Hill

Glossary:
Round: This is a group of heats - we've had up to 17 in the past across all disciplines! we have three. So you get to race three times to build up your score.

Heat: this is your individual race. There are many heats in a round, and you will normally only race in one per discipline per round. 

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Blog: ACTIVATE! And welcome on board Newton's Shred!

Woah! Not all the graphics are done but those of you out there who want to get registered and even paid up can jump on it using the registration tab above, where you'll find a registration form and paypal shop buttons to fill a cart with skating, camping and teeshirt options. Graphics will be on their way soon, including a teeshirt mockup. Also, I'll get on the write up for our first confirmed sponsor, Newton's Shred! Back to work for me!

Monday, 20 August 2012

WORK IN PROGRESS!

You'll probably be coming here to check out what's happening regards Hogtoberfest 2012. That's AWESOME! But my internet is not so I'm running behind schedule setting up the blog for this year.
Check back Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning and expect to see the blog utterly transformed!

I've left a few of the old tabs up while work is in progress so you can see what info is still relevant.
Have a rad Monday/Tuesday, and I'll see you all soon!

Timmy
DAS Industries

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