Summer 2011


distance skateboarding:

events, benefits, epic rides

Organizing around the rigors of family and career, I've leaned toward taking part in events that fit into a single weekend. The STP and RSVP are highly organized and insured rides in the state of Washington, intended primarily for bicycles. My skateboarding in these since 2006 is a way of not only having one hell of a great time over the short span of a couple days, but also demonstrating use of skateboards as a legitimate form of interstate travel.

For the vast majority of us who don't have the money or luxury of taking months off from work at a time, travelling entire continents on a skateboard is a dream. But it's awesome to see and support those that get out and do it -- some of those rides are listed here as well.

In May of 2007, I created the first 24-hour "Ultraskate", a cross between Ultramarathoning and Skateboarding, which fits the Weekend Warrior profile perfectly. It's an event that requires very little organization, assuming you can find a suitable location that allows you to skate long and safely for an uninterrupted 24-hour period. All it requires beyond that is simply months of preparation both physical and mental, depending on your goals of course.

I'll keep listing other distance longboarding races I hear about on this page, mainly in the Northwest, but I'll post your submissions as well.

$39 registration - THIS FRIDAY!

On July 22nd, from 8 a.m. to midnight EST, registration will be just $39 for the 26.2 Mile Marathon! (returns to $100 afterward)

This race splits up a $30,000 purse over both men's and women's divisions.

Come get some! Link to Adrenalina's registration here.


July 30th

Marion's at it again!

3-day Stage Race, May 2011

On the pavedwave forum

And write-up by Jeff Vyain on the BUSTIN BLOG


May 20th-22nd

Vancouver Vixen III - March 27th, Vancouver WA!


March 27th

Rat Rod NYC: Warriors Race 2011

March 12, 7pm Start @ VanCortland Park


March 12th

Enrique Cubillo (a.k.a. CAPTAIN AMERICA)

kills it at the Prospect Park Race

Bustin Blog: http://blog.bustinboards.com/?p=2467

1st Enrique Cubillo

2nd Adam Crigler

3rd Jeff Vyain

February 25th

168 miles - DONE

Congrats Brady!!

Brady Lane, 17 year old from Victoria, Australia traveled to Peru in late April of 2010 to assist with a humanitarian outreach to build houses for a marginalized community in Ventanilla.

Through skateboarding, Brady was raising awareness and funds for the NGO that he traveled under, Voices4Peru and TICM. He skated Melbourne, Australia for 24 hours on February 12, 2011.


February 12th-13th

Ultraskate 12





Ultraskate 11

June 26th-27th, Hoofddorp, Holland

Details on Wizzy's LDP forum:


June 25th-26th, Greenlake Park, Seattle WA

Starts promptly at 8 a.m. (be there by 7:45 a.m.) at the "G" stadium / small boats / golf course southwest corner of Greenlake.

This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, supported, nor organized. Bring your own everything, especially fluids and food, and make sure you bring enough!




June 25th-27th

SKAITI 24-Hour Ultraskate for Haiti


Jo Coles

sets the new Women's Utraskate bar the week before:

138 MILES!

April 10th, 2010

April FOOLS Ultraskate 9


April 3rd, 2010

5K Skate for Critters!

May 8th, 2010 - Huntington, West Virginia

All proceeds went to Little Victories (www.littlevictories.org) shelter.

May 8th, 2010

Hallo-Weiner Ultraskate EIGHT



October 30th, 2009


(photo courtesy NWLB)


details here

NWLB forum chatter here

September 27th, 2009

RSVP 2009

NO GO!!!

August 14th-15th

STP 2009


July 11th-12th

Summer Solstice Ultraskate VII


June 18th--22nd

24-Hour Ultraskate Six - "Time to Chill"

An ultraskate of both mellow and insanely intense proportions, depending where you're skating.

Maryland crew skated 100+ miles in freezing weather.

Colorado skated 100 miles in 20-30mph winds.

The video from Minnesota looked fun. And cold.

Seattle was chilly, but dry. We don't complain when it's dry.

The folks in the UK had a great time with perfectly sunny cool weather.

San Diego? No comment :-D



January 2009

24-Hour ULTRASKATE FIVE - Worldwide

Greenlake, Seattle WA - San Diego, CA - Colorado - Minnesota - Maryland

and Dorney Lake park, U.K.



Congrats to Laura Hatwell!!

The World's first female 100+ mile Ultraskater!

The weekend was abuzz with tons of shared distance stoke, people pushing themselves for their personal bests, and reports are still trickling in from Seattle, San Diego, Houston, the UK, and New Zealand riders!

Laura's story is here

Full results posted on NCDSA


October 10th, 2008

RSVP - Ride Seattle to Vancouver BC and Party!

183 miles in 2 days.

6,200 feet of vertical.

95 degree heat.

1,299 bikes, and one skateboarder.

A new challenge, and a great vibe.


August 15th and 16th, 2008


This was the 10th race over 5 years, and the final race in the series.

Champion Robin McGuirk took the win once again!


Casey Morrow took 2nd, Dave Mitchell 3rd.

August 10th, 2008


3rd year on a skateboard - first time with a buddy. Shared the ride with Ted McDonald!

STP 2008 SOLD OUT in June

Check out the LDP forum for links, how to buy tickets late, etc.


Here is the Cascade message board on Buy-Sell STP registrations


July 12th and 13th, 2008

WORLDWIDE 24-Hour Ultraskate - IV

Pavedwave - Skatefurther - Boardfree - Gravity

Seattle, San Diego, Denver, and London!

Details on the LDP forum

June 14th, 2008

OLY ROLLY, Olympia, WA

8:30 AM


June 1st, 2008


Mercer Island to Beacon Hill and back, Seattle WA

Details on NWLB forum


May 10th, 2008

SEATTLE 24-Hour Ultraskate - III

Details on the LDP forum


May 3rd, 2008 --24 hours straight

James Peters -- 208.1 miles

Eric Lowell -- 166 miles

Gabe Gribler -- 102 miles

Keito Swan -- 82 miles

Sheldon Lessard -- 50 miles

Andrew from Shoreline -- 50 miles

Rain from Shoreline -- 50 miles


World Records Academy Site



May 3rd, 2008

SKATENEWZEALAND (yeah, the whole country)


They did it! The Crew included Sheldon Lessard, one of our crew from the Northwest!

January-March, 2008

24-hour ULTRASKATE II, Seattle WA - 195 miles

KOMO TV Channel 4 Coverage


World Records Academy Site












The Green Lake - Burke Gilman - Sammamish MAP of Trail

October 27th-28th, 2007


Crossing Canada by Longboard



Five months, ending October 8th, 2007

Skate the Lake

Lake Tahoe - 27 miles

"Skate the Lake is a longboard skateboard relay with skaters of all ability levels getting together and shredding the bike path to increase breast cancer awareness. Mainly longboards are the standard, but shorties, or any and all participation (you can ride, walk, help or simply cheer us on) is encouraged. The cause includes skating, music, and education during the event."



September 29th, 2007
3rd annual King Of the Forest, Vanc CA

It is a 20 km endurance race which runs through the scenic Seymour Demonstration Forest. It runs up and down hill with racers reaching speeds up to 55+km/h in the downhill parts.



September 23, 2007

The Night Race Boone to Bush, Salem OR

Register now for the Race on Silverfishlongboarding

When: 9-22-07
Where: Meet at lower parking lot Bush park
Time: 9pm for sign in Race at 9:30pm

The route is 6 miles of night riding with 4 downhill sections a couple parking lots to go thru and one long uphill section. This is an outlaw race so there are cars to watch out for, some smooth pavement, some not so smooth. This is a pretty mellow run and if you can foot brake you can handle it. The finish line is the finish line on the Soap Box Derby track in Bush park.

The course was marked with glow sticks so you can find your way and don't have to memorize the map.
This is an outlaw race and HELMETS ARE REQUIRED and if there is a bike lane we need to stay in it. Also if you have light use them. The more everyone obeys traffic lays the more likely we will be able to complete the race with out police intervention and be able to continue to have races.

Everyone will get a ticket and the prizes will be raffled off at the end.
So no matter how you do as long as you complete the course you could win a prize.


September 22, 2007


It might not considered "distance" boarding, but 3+ minute runs down the butter smooth, hairpin turns of Maryhill near Goldendale WA means some burning quads!!

I was able to attend only the last day, but got to witness some of the fastest DH racers worldwide, and met a number of people I'd previously known only in the online world. K-Rimes in particular is one of the most chill dudes especially for a guy that's used to travelling speeds of 60mph++. If Bricin's band "Loose Tooth" is a mainstay, I'll go just to see that again.

A few pics follow--

panning at the finish...



silverfish crew

dave mitchell and eastside crew

marcus rietema spinnin' rubber

birdman teaching...

the perfect 'tuck'



September 12th--15th,


I'm not sure what the circumstances were, but The board decided to ban skateboarding and inline skating from this event this year.

We'll try again next year. Something to think about when you ask permission on events. They are the hosts, we are the guests.

Ride safely and respectfully.



Traditionally a bike ride but longboards / inlines welcomed.

"Your leg power can help end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. With your participation, we will raise over $1 million dollars to find a cure for MS and to provide support to more than 50,000 people in Western and Central Washington affected by MS everyday. Join us on this incredible journey to fight MS!

The Group Health MS Bike Tour takes you on an unforgettable, two-day journey through Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. More than 2,000 riders will cruise along scenic figure-eight courses ranging from 50 to 175 miles, and will enjoy six full meals, generous amenities, stunning landscapes, stocked rest stops every 10 to 12 miles at spectacular sites, and spirited festivities that include music and a beer garden."


September 8th / 9th

"The Portland Pusher began in 2003 to showcase skateboarding as a way of transportation, and as a test of skill and endurance. Since then, it has evolved into a series that includes 2 races per year- 1 in the winter and 1 in the summer. Each race has a unique course. The route will be posted on August 12th."



Portland Pusher #8

1st Annual ROGUE LDP Race

Alberta, Canada!!!

The prairies are home to the flatlanders, but who has the best flatland legs out there? Twenty kilometers of Edmonton's scenic bike paths, a real test of endurance, will decide. Saturday, August 18th, we'll all push for the fastest time.

Up for grabs? TONS of gear, and bragging rights! Sponsored by big-name brands and by Edmonton community shops, the top riders are leaving with sore legs and hands full of swag. Draws and side contests too! As the first fully sanctioned skateboard race in Edmonton we're pulling all the stops to make future events possible.

This is a charity event with all of the proceeds going to a charity chosen by the winner. Come out and have a good time, good karma and to win some gear!

Registration is at Silverfish:


August 18th

Goodwood Roller Marathon, UK

26-mile marathon hosted by inline skaters -- the UK distance longboarding group is growing!!

Goodwood website

Photo Galleries of the Marathon


July 29th


Last year, many bikers thought I was crazy.

This year, they were convinced I was crazy.

It's really not that crazy, it's just a great ride.


July 14th & 15th

Hood River GS and Hybrid slalom - Hood River, Oregon


Above: Vid riding behind Brad Jackman, John Ravitch.

Below is a POV camera (much higher, better resolution) video filmed by John Kim, and posted to his "asiacastaway" blog:



July 6th & 7th


Definately doing this again in 2008!!

. .


June 16th & 17th

24-Hour LIVESTRONG longboard ultraskate

May 11th, 2007

Video by KenOfSeattle

WHAT: 24-hours longboarding as far as the human body allows, from sunrise to sunrise, this 184-mile ride launched my fundraising effort for the Lance Armstrong LIVESTRONG foundation. It was also a preparation test ride for longboarding this summer's Seattle to Portland event in July.

WHERE: Seattle's 2.8-mile Green Lake loop.
"Home Base" at the park is the stadium / southwest corner. This is the only place I stopped for breaks during the ride. While on the pathway, the focus was to keep moving and maintaining a consistent pace.

WHEN: May 11th, starting at 8 a.m., a Friday morning, as weekends get crowded at the lake.

WHY: Because I love skateboarding! It's been a part of my life off and on since the late 70's down in Redondo Beach, CA.

And ultimately, because of the attention this kind of event can create, it only makes sense to contribute what we can to a cause that needs us all to take a small part. Cancer has struck a very personal chord among my family members, but I've been lucky enough with a healthy life so far, and count my blessings every time I get out and ride, as I know first-hand that cancer does not discriminate.

I dedicate this ride to the memory of my mother, whom I lost at a very early age, and to my niece, who passed away last year.

Your donations help others who are diagnosed with cancers to live long and productive lives. Research is the key to finding a way to help them.

WHO: A crew riding in Seattle, including Gareth Roe, Patrick Alldred, John Stryker, Brad Jackman, Corey Moy, Calin Schepler, and other CSA riders and longboarders. Originally planning to synch up remotely for a morning kickoff was Trevor "Deciduous Tea" Gibson, the California marvel who longboarded up the coast from Mexico to Canada last year! He had a bit of an untimely injury so will hopefully join us on the next one!

HOW can you help? A donation in any amount is greatly appreciated, as well as your time! If you're interested in joining any part of the ride, please contact: pavedwave@comcast.net.


"...no one ever achieves great things alone."
-Lynne Cox, Swimming to Antarctica




Adam at NCDSA

Jack at Solid Skate

Brian Bennett



Dear James, Good luck to you on your new longboard endeavor to raise money for cancer research and education. What an unselfish untaking! Good for you , I wish you the very best. Sincerely, VP

I enjoyed your website.


> How cool... using this passion/interest in
> this way! As a survivor, I appreciate so much his
> efforts in raising money for cancer research and just
> support of all those who have been impacted by this
> disease. Best to all of you!


James, i donated $50 to the cause. right on man, i will for sure join you. i'm thinking the wee hours, say 1am 'till sun-up, i'll try anyway.. maybe earlier as well, we'll see.

I lost a step-brother to cancer some time ago, a lengthy process, with slow deterioration and much emotion. i'd be truly honored to skate for you as well as the cause.

hats' off to ya mate!



Let me be part of your support team. I'm good for
about 6 hours of co-riding in the middle of the
night. Just let me know where and when.


>> That's great James, you are awsome individual !! I know that us Seattle
>> guys
>> will be there to support you as much as possible


> I would love to ride along side you for part of this trip, but I fear in
> your tired state I would only be a burden. I don't particular like anything
> with wheels strapped onto my feet. I doubt i could even stand on a board if
> it was still!
> I am glad to make a donation. Will do so now!
> Keep me posted on this event.


Hi James,

I checked out your web site. It's really inspiring. Long boarding looks like it has a very different mindset than the other types of skateboarding.



It was FLAT and FAST -- we weren't planning to race it hard, then these new guys Rob and Tony showed up pushing like madmen from the start, and we were off! Tony and Blake made the pilgrimage from clear across the state of WA, and Matt Stickle came up from south of Salem OR for his 2nd year in a row.

Seth and Aaron rode the 13 miler and sprinted to a PHOTO finish, just hundreths of a second from each other!

The week after, everyone was discovering muscles they didn't know existed. It was a great day for it, capping off one of the last distance races in the Seattle area for 2006.

Final Results


1- Peters - 01:53:36
2- Koch - 02:02:46
3- Baird - 02:03:18
4- Munson - 02:15:11
5- Stragier - 02:32:38


1- Erbeck - 01:29:57.33
2- Zeichner - 01:29:57.57
3- Stickle - ? mystery man ?

$11,000 was raised to support Multiple Sclerosis of King County Association. There are a lot of costs for the event which is organized and supported primarily by the inline skate community, with cash donations by a number of companies totalling $5500.



STP 2006 - 204 miles in 2 days


"These crazy dudes ride their extra-long skateboards for miles and miles at a time, without ever putting their foot on the ground, arms flailing about their squirming fat-free torsos like a Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robot on speed."

WILLAMETTE WEEK "Look Mom, No Feet!"

"Though it may sound like a good reason to keep your kids off the Internet, Long Distance Pumping , or LDP, is actually a new Seattle-bred sport—skating without the pushing. By minimizing motion and pumping up and down on long, flexible skateboards, LDP'ers can skate for miles without ever touching their feet to the ground"


"Nothing spectacular, minus the guy who was on a carve skateboard.... The skateboard guy was phenomenal…he wasn’t pushing w/his foot, but instead was carving the board to progress it. The guys calves were the size of kegs! .... I think I end up going to bed at roughly 9pm, just as the carve board guy gets in…140 miles on a skateboard? I gotta give the guy props for that. Ahh….a good night sleep!"


"James Peters enjoys a form of exercise that is growing rapidly in the Northwest--“longboard” skateboarding. While he commutes between 13 to 26 miles most days of the week, and has been endurance training for several years, he recently decided to tackle a longer challenge...MUCH longer. The Cascade Bicycle Club's Seattle To Portland ride was his goal, and his experience is chronicled here in his report."



The 27th Annual Seattle to Portland "Longboard" Classic

Started with a Rough Draft
204-miles in 2-days, on a longboard. Even I wasn't sure of my chances of making it. I'd been thinking about this Seattle to Portland trek for a couple years, and contacted the Group Health / Cascade Bicycle group (cascade.org) just to be sure that longboarding it would be cool. It was accepted, and am I ever grateful, because this was the most epic, physical challenge I've taken on my entire life! This was the 27th year the STP was held, and its increasing popularity drew cyclists from all around the globe.

My plan for the ride was done in broad brushstrokes: get most of the mileage done the first day by going to Castle Rock, using all the daylight possible, then just see if the body moves on Sunday morning for another day of riding. Given the 100+ miles I commute each week, a.k.a., my "training regimen", I was fairly confident in my own physical ability, but how I'd be able to repeat the performance, 2 days in a row, was a huge unknown.

The thing that concerned me most was whether a longboarder would co-exist smoothly alongside 8,999 cyclists. After all, they typically ride in fast-drafting pacelines and I had concerns they would worry too much about my side-to-side pumps and boogying down, even though I don't tend to get too wild (until Michael Jackson pops up on the mp3…) Well, I was astounded and thankful to all the cyclists for their camaraderie and steady stream of encouraging words on the ride, which honestly helped keep my mind and body moving forward. Many of the passing comments would make the average guy blush! All I could manage in response between breaths was a nod or a 'thanks.'

The Ride Data:
Seattle Husky Stadium Start line 4:30 a.m., arrived Saturday in Castle Rock 8:45 p.m. (16+ hours, 137 miles)
Sunday started 6:15 a.m., Finish line in Portland at 2:30 p.m. (8+ hours, 67 miles)

The adventure started at 3:45 a.m. when my buddy Shu picked me up in north Seattle. We put my bag on the Castle Rock truck, providing a major incentive to push myself to reach the oasis of my sleeping bag and pillow by end of day. Shu gave me a "gambatte" for good luck and headed off. I was groggily chewing on a sandwich at the start line, chatting with a seasoned STP cyclist, when the line just started moving! I think we launched a little earlier than I expected, about 4:30. Quickly, I turned on my GPS device, which finally synched-up around the University Bridge/Red Robin area. So, I rode the first mile or so with a sandwich in hand and drink in the other-- a great way to start any race!

I wore two "man purses". One contained a skate wrench, extra bearings, bushings, kingpin, and a spare truck hangar. The other hip pouch held food packets, maps, first aid and other survival stuff. I clipped a red blinker on my helmet for dawn and dusk. The STP jacket was all I really had for warmth and, fortunately for this excellent trip, it was only needed in the mornings.

On the Road
The first stop, after two hours, was in Kent I think (I ended up never consulting the map at all, once the ride started). There, a couple mentioned they'd heard me on the KOMO radio spot Friday, and also met one of my riding buddy friends, who offered a cell number in case of any mishaps. I stayed fueled the whole time on bananas, oranges, bread, Odwallas, & Clif-everything. I kept my breaks to around 10-20 minutes total, even though Centralia looked like a great party and I wanted to hang out! The Cascade organizers did the most amazing job in supporting all the mini-stops with plentiful snacks and/or coordinating with enough volunteers who also provided food at a reasonable $1-$2. Considering all the police at intersections, all the trail markings, evening accommodations and these numerous pit stops, the amount of professional coordination is simply mind boggling.

I brought the mp3 player, and never even used it. This ride was more cooperative and social than any of my training sessions - awareness of other riders at all times, and keying on road hazards and using common sense were crucial, given the road shoulders we were riding most of the time. I just tuned into my inner bongos and kept a good cadence when the crowds decreased and the terrain opened up. Internal rhythm was key to pressing on.

As for ride technique, I was able to pump the deck about 70% and push with the legs 30% of the time. Pumping was, by far, the most energy-efficient way to propel forward. I had no idea how much pebbly asphalt or pea-gravel road surface there would be, but that's where I had to get my mental game on and push right through the tough stuff. Even with the large, soft-urethane, Avila wheels, momentum was hard to maintain on the rough surfaces and small road imperfections were channeling through the board to my feet. I always remembered to thank the Asphalt Gods whenever fresh blacktop returned! I would seriously take a butter-smooth, steep uphill over those moon-cratered flat or even slightly downhill surfaces! There were a few steep inclines or extremely rough spots where hiking simply made the most sense: Puyallup, Napavine, and going up the Longview bridge.

The smoothest, longest non-stop pump rides were most of the 507 highway, the 13-mile Tenino trail detour, and the rolling hills through Napavine, which offered the additional euphoria of traveling through scenic farmland on perfect, FAST asphalt descents while the sun was setting Saturday evening. The cows, sheep, and horses were duly impressed with my downhill carving techniques, as evidenced by their long, lingering stares. My deck was set up more for moderate speed pumping with soft front bushings, but I was still able to hit 30-35mph comfortably without speed wobs. I didn't anticipate so many smooth downhill runs, and there are places I'm tempted to go back to, just to bomb again!

The Longview bridge was, hands-down, the most technical challenge of the entire ride. I soon realized it was going to require a hike up. There were 4-inch gaps between the bridge sections that would simply swallow my wheels, and large chunks of logging debris that fall off the trucks every day. Bicycle wheels might roll over some of these, but, to a skateboard wheel, they're like a doorstop. Once I crested the bridge, these same obstacles took on new meaning. The down-pitch of the bridge was steep enough to pick up speed, fast. I'd ride a section of bridge, compress the board just before a gap, then bounce over it, immediately foot-braking to decrease speed, and sometimes make a short, fast slalom-like turn around a chunk of wood. I repeated this about ten times while the bikes were screaming by on the left, probably hitting 40-50mph! One woman later mentioned she saw some smoke coming off my right shoe! After getting through the sectioned portion of the bridge, there was a welcoming, fresh asphalt, steep that would please any hardcore downhiller. It was followed by a huge right-turning bowl / onramp that transitioned into Highway 30 on the way to Portland.

Body as Machine
Even from the start line, I had doubts how my body would hold out, given that I have right heel spur from an injury last summer. It often flares up when I push past training distances of 60 miles. I was using orthotics, which I'd just purchased and broken in earlier that week, to make sure there was ample sole to burn for all the foot-braking ahead. The 65-mile mark was my previous physical milestone - past 90 miles, I felt less discomfort in the feet, as all the gyration and pumping through Highway 507 and Tenino felt like doing endless crunches and sit-ups. Out there on the road I discovered midsection muscles I previously didn't know existed! But, while I was feeling new levels of exhaustion, the riders continued to flow by, cracking me up at times with their comments and keeping me focused on the finish. And many friendly offers were made for a push or tow! I politely declined, in principle to stay self-powered for the duration. That was not always easy, especially at the end of day on both days, where the surfaces were rough and I felt a newly-heightened awareness of exactly how my pinky toes fit into the corners of my shoes. But, thankfully, I didn't go through any muscle cramping, staying hydrated and fueled by potassium. The credo was "drink before thirst, eat before hunger" and it really paid off.

Rolling into Castle Rock at twilight was exactly the welcome I needed - it was quiet, peaceful, as tents were pitched across the school grounds and I could already hear a few snores and sleepy mumbling emanating from them. A small welcoming committee took me in and I had the extreme luck that a carbo-load spaghetti dinner for the late-comers was still available. My accommodations were "indoor camping" in the High School gym where just under a hundred of us slept on padded mats on the basketball court. After fueling up, taking one of the best showers of my life, and spreading out on the gym floor in the dark around 10:30 p.m., I drifted off to an orchestra of snores played in several octaves.

Test number one was awakening and standing up, to see if the limbs still worked. Test two was walking a few steps. Both passed, and within 30 minutes of my eyes opening I was back on board, knowing physical movement was more important at this point than contemplation. The early bird bikers starting flowing by again, and these are just a few of the things I heard over the 2 days, many which were so far over the top, but believe me: the ego massage was much needed on that hot, grueling second day making it over Highway 30! I'm grateful for the encouragement:

"Are you for real? Are you serious?"
"I'll buy you a beer at the finish line!"
"Okay...that explains the calves"
"You've got guts"
"You've got balls of steel"
"You Da Man!"
"You're an animal"
"You're my hero!"
"You're my idol!"
"You're a stud!"
"Rock Star!"
"The Boardman!"
"Bet you've got moves on the dance floor"
"Mind if we draft you?"
"Where's your hula hoop?"
"You're sick! And I mean that in a good way!"

In the last 50 miles, ibuprofen played its part. My foot woes were now matched by upper legs and torso soreness, so at least the aches were reaching an equilibrium throughout the body. With the sun toasting us as noon approached, I was becoming increasingly reminded of the relative amounts of effort the bicyclists expended on their geared machines, versus the simple mechanics of my longboard. I shifted and varied stance a lot more now, standing in the flexy area of the board and milking the maximum momentum from each pump or push, before exerting another ounce of energy. The rough, chipseal surface was heckling me, and I just had to dig in and keep laughing back.

The Gear
One thing I did not have to contend with was any form of equipment failure or even maintenance. Still, I carried enough spare parts for the worst of events, knowing that all my comrades' and support vehicles' survival tool kits on the trail looked nothing like mine. I rode a 38" RoeRacing LDP, with front and back 107mm SplitFire trucks, white Khiro barrel bushings in the front, and green Stims in the rear. The front ball pivot height was set perfectly, because the front bushings looked almost the same at the end of the adventure as when I started. The performance trucks came in very handy on a particular 30mph+ hill in Napavine, when right in the middle of a smooth asphalt shoulder, there were a few wheel-eating divots created by some caterpillar tractor, that required fast, snappy turns (along with the sounds of sucking wind.) I mounted the softest Avila wheels all around (72a) to tackle the gnarly surfaces. The wide platform of the deck was perfect for powering pumps, for standing solid and low on the fast downhills, and just for peace of mind that there was always a little extra deck under the feet when my mental acuity might have slipped into the "zone" on those long, hot straightaways.

The sight of the Finish Line was almost overwhelming. After crossing Portland's downtown railroad tracks twice, then climbing over the bridge, and up, up, up more hills in the heat, people were lining the street cheering us on. I got many post-finish line beer offers, but after crossing the finish and getting through the crowd, I was literally hanging onto consciousness and a beer would have put me out. My brother and niece bought me a hearty, meaty, lunch. After all those Clif bars, Clif shots, and electrolyte drinks, I was ready for something of true substance! I ate everything in sight, kept my legs moving to avoid cramps, took a 'mobile' shower, and eventually conked-out on the bus ride north.

This was one of the biggest things I've accomplished in my life so far, a plan sketched roughly enough that I wasn't exactly confident of its outcome, but felt increasingly strong and hopeful as every mile clocked by. I did almost no hype of the plan ahead of time, and have received many noogies from my Portland and Seattle riding bros for that. Even with just a brief radio spot the day before and a little newspaper coverage, it was even more than I anticipated in terms of "recognition."

Growing the Sport
What I really wanted this year was to raise awareness of this long-distance longboarding niche, and to get ready for next year's event -- to longboard STP #2 for two of my most personal charitable causes, autism treatment and awareness, and cancer research.

Since that's a full year away, there will be other chances this year and the next, to longboard marathons, centuries, and possibly some velodrome track events for other causes, demonstrations, and just for fun. The Pavedwave NW longboarding crew is always exploring new long distance event ideas and our hope is to see similar events continue to grow around the globe.

Of all the support I received on this adventure, I must thank, most of all, my family. They chewed through more than a few fingernails and gave me the biggest hugs of my life at the end.

-James Peters


Photo: Aaron Tarfman



"Old 07-21-2006 #13
RoadBikeReview Member
This was my third year of riding the STP, and unlike a lot of you, I took the two days. My brother-in-law and myself were guiding two rookies (both under 18)doing their first centuries, so I was pretty happy with my overall ride average of 14.75 mph. In leaving so early, you truly miss the freaks that are out there. There was a guy on a big unicycle (how does one downhill on one of these?), a custom Big Wheel (yes, really), and one guy coming into Winlock doing 30mph on a longboard skateboard. You can't help but smile and shake your head at the reason why one would try it. "


2006 Seattle Solstice Skate

Written by MalakaiKingston
Thursday, 22 June 2006

The sky was blue, the pavement was smooth, and carbon fiber was glistening everywhere. The official Seattle Solstice Skate is a sanctioned, in-line skating event that had been highly anticipated for a ride-along by the local longboard crews. But, the organizers cancelled it without explanation just days prior to the event. Not to be deterred from a chance to get together, nine longboarders showed up early Sunday morning at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington for a ride of their own and the SSS happened, anyway! ...

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NCDSA Results Page!

13.1 miles:

1st Munson: 56:23

2nd - Peters: 58:00

3rd - Westberg: 1:06:18


Munson's GPS readout from the Solstice Race:

2006 Seattle Solstice LDP Skumpapalooza

2006 Redhook Brewery Haul Ash

5.21.2006, 8 a.m.

The HAUL ASH was a great event, lot of cool, supportive bikers, zero attitude!! Probably due to the fact the trail is really wide and practically a closed course, not a typical "street" race for bikes. Weather was perfectly sunny, then just partly overcast in the afternoon at the finish line.

The first half, 20.5 miles was like an extended training session, and the mid-point was the 2nd Redhook Brewery, so by that time I was ready for a beer (2 free drink tickets for joining the race) and met a number of people that board as well. The biker-types were just trippin' that I was pumping the whole course, either just as a pure curiosity, and a few who were inquisitive about the technique. Hopefully there's some converts in the near future...a few said they had boards in the 70s or 80s and hadn't picked them up since high school. There is always hope!

After about 15 minutes of break in Fremont, then it was on the return, about the 35 mile point that I felt new exhaustion levels to push past. Even thought I heard voices in my head at one point, but it was just the crazy stuff on my mp3. To add to the surrealism, around that time there was one gnarly crash I skated slowly through, but things were under control.

The last part of the ride was a bit humorous, as I checked the cel phone while pumping along, to note there were about 6 messages waiting - a bit abnormal and alarming! Turns out the slalom guys had some timer issues and were trying to reach me for hours. So I called back and spent a number of miles pumping and chatting the race away... I think that actually helped me to the finish without really thinking about it. The headwind was stronger on the return, but at a certain point I was finding new grooves, ways to conserve and minimize motion and keep the flow going. Considering how flat the course is, I made pretty good time -- and already looking forward to this one next year.

Overall I was so stoked on the responsiveness of Gareth's LDP board and really appreciated its snappy, pumping flex even more, especially after entering some new realms of exhaustion. The board just felt ALIVE, I could always move my feet around and find a new sweet spot to crank small pumps, or wider longer pumps, just keeping a consistent cadence all the way.

Shot straight from the race up to Mukilteo to catch the last of the Park and Tight slalom and to see the bros including many who had come up all the way from Portland and Salem, obviously I was far too wasted to even consider running cones, but was a killer way to wrap up "race" day.

HAULED ASH for 41-miles!

2005 SEATTLE SOLSTICE, Homeless benefit

13 and 26 MILES - June 19th 2005 - Seattle Solstice Skate, benefitting the Fremont Public Association's annual benefit for the homeless and poverty-stricken.

Raced the 13- and 26-mile rides on the Burke -- Eric Westberg clocked 1hr 9min on the 13m, and Peters with 2hr 10+min on the 26m.

Munson shot for a no-touch ride and almost pulled it off!


2.10:39.6 Peters 26mi Skate
2.47:24.4 Munson 26mi Skate
1.09:37.2 Westberg 13mi Skate
1.36:26.3 Meyer 13mi Skate
1.37:14.8 Sean 13mi Skate

Fremont Fair & Solstice events emphasize good times, while raising awareness and understanding of the needs of low-income people in our community through the Fremont Public Association (FPA). Proceeds go directly to the almost 30 programs at the FPA that provide shelter, food, advocacy and care for low-income families and individuals throughout Seattle and King County.

2005 MS SKATE - 12 or 24.7 MILES - JULY 31


1st Place Finisher: 25m Peters / 12m Westberg
2nd Place Finisher: 25m Munson / 12m Dycus
3rd Place Finisher: 25m Stickle / 12m Brighton

Munson - undoubtedly a World Record! 25miles without touching foot to ground! Escorted by two bicycle riders across traffic signals and scouting before big hill approaches.

Stickle - STOKE award, convinced his family to bring him on 7 hour drive for the event.

$1100 donation from AOL Seattle/pavedwave to MSA

The MSA is a very well respected local, non-profit voluntary service organization which promotes the well-being of people with Multiple Sclerosis and assists them to live as independently as possible in their communities.

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2004 UW Med Center for Cancer Research

Sept. 19th, 2004 at Redhook Brewery, approx 6-8 miles longboarding for 'UW Medical Center Fund for Breast Cancer Research'. AOL Seattle/pavedwave pitched in $1100 to this cause, including registration of 11 Seattle employees.

2004 MS SKATE - 24.7 MILES

August 8th, 2004 from Marymoor to Gasworks (24.7 miles) -- with a generous donation and participation from AOL Seattle/pavedwave -- raised $1025 for Multiple Sclerosis of King County in the "MS Skate or Walk" event.


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