R.I.P. Sam Trowbridge
Sam Trowbridge caught a heel edge riding his freebord with no helmet on 4-20-2011 at around 4:25 p.m. He hit his head and was rushed to the hospital where doctors did what they could to help him. Sam was pronounced brain dead this morning 4-21-2011 and died this afternoon surrounded by his family, girlfriend, and many of his friends.
Doctors say he did not suffer since he was knocked unconscious right away. Sam a member of the freebord pro team 2011 was at the beginning of a freebord journey that was to end up in San Francisco. He was in Auckland at the time of the accident.
Sam’s riding abilities, video editing skills and love for the sport was seen by all. He inspired many riders and touched peoples lives who he had never met.
The following are some of my favorite videos Sam has edited. A lot of these inspired me to get out there and ride.
SAM, WE WILL MISS YOU BUDDY!
The God of Freebording
Mike Hoppe has had many titles. He has been called the God of freebording and his style downhill kills it. Check out his 2010 highlight reel.
So Cal Represent 2010
The Dethbox crew rolled down from San Francisco for an epic weekend of riding. Filled with some of the best roads in L.A and Southern California and lots of blood and sweat. I lagged hard making this video but here it is for all of you to enjoy.
Film/Edit by Lee Eisler and Dan Shanker
Riders: Dub C Rider(John Laudin), Bently , Bob Glashan, Lee Eisler, Dan Brunner, Chipper(Nic Ruiz), Gooner(Austin Lin),
Alex McClellan, Tyler Stoehr, Damian
And Freebords version made and filmed by Bently Anderson
L.A. Sessions Part 2
This edition of L.A. Sessions occurred when the Dethbox and crew rolled down from San Francisco for their So Cal Represent 2010 ride. Bently Anderson handled filming duty with the GoPro for a run and pumped out some awesome footage! Here is some raw footage from the top of one of my favorite roads.
Who is that skateboard dude that snuck into the Dethbox???
Video: Bently Anderson
Riders: Dan Brunner, Bently Anderson, John Laudin (Dub C Rider), Bob Glashan, Nic Ruiz (Chipper), Alex McClellan and Max Capps
Adrenaline-Fueled visits the City of Angels for a canyon run on a way one street that begins above the cloud line and finishes by the ocean.
Riders: Tyler Stoehr / Lee Eisler
Photos: Joseph Espiritu
Video: Lee Eisler/ Tyler Stoehr
When two sports with different disciplines merge, the unison between both athletes can be one with awe and surprise. An apex line for one, a wide swooping skid for the other – same entry points, different exits, full on tuck for speed, a spin or a scrub to slow.
Riders: Lee Eisler (FB) / Max Capps (LB)
Photos: Joseph Espiritu
S2 Binding Modification
I used to use shoe goo on my S2 Bindings
Many Freeborders understand the frustration of having your feet slip out of the bindings, especially on longer runs. Various remedy’s fixing this problem have been posted, but after many trial and errors I have found this method to work best. I previously used Shoe Goo, as you can see in the picture, but Plasti-Dip, a liquid rubber compound, seems to work the best.
Plasti Dip $6.88
Plasti Grip is the answer
Scrape and peel off all the shoe goo or if you’re starting with fresh bindings, go ahead and clean the surface with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils or waxy residue, insuring a clean surface for the Plasti Dip to from a strong bond onto.
Shoe goo all peeled off
Pour the Plasti-Dip into a small tupperware and dip the bindings into the compound.
Dipping the S2 bindings int the Plast-Dip formula
I put rubber gloves on and spread the rubber onto all parts my foot would be touching to make sure i would have good grip. String them from a wire to let them dry, and coat them again.
You will then be ready to ride with the stickiest S2 bindings ever.
Important Note! Make sure you do not cover the screw holes, or the slot that the bindings slide into with this rubber formula. This is a pain to clean out and ruins the rubber seal.
Oops! I got rubber in the binding slot
This is what it will look like coated in rubber. Mount them back onto your bord and you’re ready to hit the hills.
Newly rubberized S2 Binding
Adrenaline Fueled presents Sunday Shred.
Stills/Motion: Joseph Espiritu – Lee Eisler
Rider: Lee Eisler
Austin “Gooner” Lin Interview
Name: Austin “Gooner” Lin
Freebord forum handle: dragoonerzerg
Board- 80 cm Avant, G3 Trucks, S2 bindings
Wheels- Slashers 80MM/80A
Favorite type of hill? “Anything steep, long and gnarly. I prefer no traffick.”
Favorite freebord video? “Freebord:The Bay”
So I traveled out to Diamond Bar after hearing about all their amazing hills from a rider named Gooner. I met up with him at his house, and we were riding the 3 street loop with the last road being his street. He took me of a tour of the roads in his neck of the woods. We road quite a variety of roads. There are some pretty steep streets in Diamond Bar, but nothing that really stuck out in my head. Diamond Bar definitely has hills, they just don’t rate in the crazy factor. I do love Diamond Bars speed bumps however. We stopped and Gooner snapped some quick shots of me airing the speed bumps. I do not really ride much freestyle, primarily because I didn’t want my center wheels to break off or become loose. After this speed bump session I am seriously considering getting an extra bord. One for freestyle and one for downhill. Thanks Gooner for the tour of the city and inspiring me to do more freestyle riding!
Gooner snapping a quick shot of me airing the speed bumps