Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Hogtoberfest 5 - Mindless Longboards

Words By Dan Ravenall
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­Hogtoberfest 5 lived up to the hype being the biggest hoghill event so far! With riders from London to Wales, Beginners to Shredders the scene turned up in full force.

Saturdays sign up opened midday-ish (skater time) with special shiny event wristbands and free stickers- what’s not to love already.  All the shop tents were set up along the sides of the hill with a mouth-watering array of gear. Once the hill opened most people started to chuck on the big wheels and go for a few pack runs down the hill. I was riding my quiver killer the Makali SK and Mindless talismans set up the way I like em , with just a wheel change for freeride and some big wheels for downhill the set up was prime for hog hill.

*Dan's Makali SK Above*

Pretty soon it was time for the Slide Jam on the freeride hill. There was a pretty big crowd all sitting on the hill ready to compete. With the music pumping it was the hard wheeled tech sliders who kicked it off first. Using the kickers and blasting sweet 360s and dank blunts, it was going to be a tough one to judge, everyone brought something different to the party. From knee slides to laybacks it was a spectacle to watch.

Up after the hard wheels was the soft wheel slide jam, which had a lot more people participating in it. The freeriding every Hog event just keeps getting better, with people going faster, bigger and ultimately better. Whether you liked steezy sit downs or a long toeside the freeride jam had you covered.

While the freeride jam was happening the slalom skateboarders battled it out on the hybrid course, making use of start ramps and a tight rapid course. It’s always great to watch them in action in 1v1 races where the racing is so close it comes down to less than a second.

After the slide jam was over there was still time to cram in some quick runs on the hill and make use of the great weather before day 1 came to end. Everyone packed up, crammed in to sticker bombed cars with loud music and convoyed out to the campsite. With tents pitched and the Sainsburys food run done it was time to relax!

Campfires, music and skateboards what more could you need?

After a cold night and a damp dew morning we all packed up eager to get warm skateboarding. It was time to practise those tucks and go draft some packs! With a lot of close skateboard riding accomplished the chicane was closed off while the slalomers hit the big hill on the GS course giving us plenty of much needed lurk time. Before you knew it, it was time to line up because it was all downhill from here.

MC Higgins and Mr Tharp were sending down the race heats in a quick time. With some of the UKs best racing it was a fun experience! Blasting through the chicane as photographers and medics blur past with less than an arms distance between riders it was pretty close at times. After the scores had been handed in it was all over and it was time for the prize giving.

The winners took their place on the podiums and the all the swag was all shared out which sadly meant hog was coming to a close. With the cars loaded up all that’s left was to ride on home and grab some much needed shut eye.

Many thanks to the Great Timmy Peters , UKSSA and everyone who makes it happen. Catch you guys next time on the hill!

Bonus Images:

Monday, 5 October 2015

Hogtoberfest 2015

We are super excited about this year's Hogtoberfest, and being the 5th annual event, it's set to be better than ever!

So want to see what's in store? Here's the schedule:


- Dual Hybrid Slalom

- Slide Jam 
- Freeride

- DJ and maybe live music at the campsite


- Giant Slalom

- Mega Dance Jam 

- Freeride

- Race

For more information, head over to the official Hogtoberfest blog. 

Here are some highlights from last year's event, including some appearances from Mindless rider, James Allen:

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

A closer look at Mindless Longboard Talisman Trucks

Mindless Longboards Talisman Trucks
Researched and developed to be unique in design and performance.

 Light weight gravity cast construction and heat treated for strength.

Raw & Sandblasted finishes are all hardwearing and wont chip or flake after a few hard impacts or grinds.

177mm width and 50° baseplate
Faced hangers to reduce the chance of bearing scrub.

Mellow bushing seat, providing the perfect amount of resistance whilst retaining great bushing rebound.

Fixed kingpins make changing bushings a painless and quick process.

One of few cast trucks to use Skull ball pivot, making turning seamless.

6 hole base plate allows the Talisman to be used on every deck.

Remove the pivot cup with ease with a purpose placed hole.
Light weight, 800g per pair.

Mindless signature eye shaped king pin hole, a wink to the voodoo origins, but primarily allowing  maximum kingpin clearance giving huge lean capabilities.

Make everywhere your playground, slashing between everyday obstacles and making gaps others simply can't. 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Makali - Change Is Coming!

Introducing the Makali range of boards. These premium set-ups are designed for versatility and serious performance!

There are 3 styles in the range and they each come with adjustable wheelbases, catering for different set-up / riding style options. Choose from double kick, single kick or downhill / free ride.

The stunning graphics on the Makali range are by guest artist Bodilpunk.

Premium quality epoxy decks, CNC shaped and finished with walnut veneer and fibre reinforcement.
All of the boards in the Makali range are fitted with the highly acclaimed Talisman trucks, Juju Bushings and Maji wheels with precision skate rated bearings. 

For full spec information, visit the official Mindless website. This great range of boards will be available from all good longboard stockists. 

Check out this mini edit of team rider, James Allen, killing it on a prototype of the Makali DH!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Mindless Cayuga II Is Here!

We are stoked to introduce the new Cayuga II to the Mindless Voodoo range!

The first Cayuga was our most evolved and focused board to hit the Mindless range. This great formula continues with the Cayuga II with its W-concave switch deck and subtle micro-drop platform, armed with our awesome Talisman trucks and Kabila wheels. 

Not only that but it also has a new Epoxy pressed deck with stained plies and fibre reinforcement on the nose and tail, plus CNC wheel wells.  

The graphic has been updated and printed onto a stained bottom ply and this whole set up is topped off perfectly with a sweet laser printed logo on the grip. 

The Cayuga II is a great board for long distance pushing and freeride, and you can find it in all good Mindless Voodoo stockists.