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UK To Put On Scootfest 2014

Posted on: August 22nd, 2014 by Pulse

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Scootfest 2014 is set to take place over two weekends in August in the U.K. Scootfest is an annual event celebrating the sport of scootering. The 2014 event launches a brand new multi-site event taking place over two weekends that provides a variety of events for the scooter fans in the U.K. This year’s event also includes the 2014 ISA World Championship competition. This is the second year that Scootfest hosts the ISA World Championships.

What is Scootfest?

Scootfest is an annual event celebrating the sport of freestyle scootering in the UK. It takes palce over a weekend and features competitions for amateurs and professionals alike. It also provides opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels to try out the sport on impressive skate parks. There is also music and other activities for scooter enthusiasts to enjoy between competitions.

Two Sites, Two Weekends

This year, the activities of Scootfest are spread out in two weekends in two different locations. This provides the opportunity for more people to come to the event, and for twice the entertainment for those who can make both. The first weekend of Scootfest 2014, called Scootfest North, will be held at Rampworx in Liverpool on the 9th and 10th of August.

The second weekend, Scootfest South, takes place the following weekend, the 16th and 17th of August, at Rush Skate Park in Stroud. Both events feature events for all age groups and skill levels, but they have different focuses and unique opportunities, making them two separate and distinct events. People can choose to only go to one, or they can enjoy attending both and still feel they have experienced something different.

Scootfest North

Rampworx Skatepark features 70,000 square feet of ramps, providing the perfect setting for Scootfest North. One of the main highlights of the weekend will be the UK Championships, which provides a space for the best of the British Isles to compete for a place in the ISA World Championships.

There will also be a superstar lie-up of 12 of the biggest names competing for the International Best Trick, including Dakota Schuetz (two time world champion) and Lewis Williams (current European Champion). Everyone can enjoy riding in the Scootfest Am Jam, including children. There will be a dedicated kids ramp build especially for the weekend that will be free to use for small children and beginners.

Scootfest South

Rush skate park is a brand-new park featuring five parks in one, and there will be two additional parks added for the event. The park has Street Plaza, Park section, Bowl, Resi jump box and foam pit, and a dirt park. It is the only park like it in the UK, and for the event Scootfest is adding the Scootfest G Ramp and Kids Park. The main event at Scootfest South this year is the ISA World Championships, which will have 50 of the best professionals vying for the title.

There will also be International Streets Sessions competition, and an Am Jam for all riders to enjoy. The Scootfest South will be similar to the original Scootfests, featuring a Scooter Trade Village, music, and offsite camping. This year, there will be a Parent’s Lounge, providing a comfortable place for the parents to relax while their kids enjoy the festivities.

Scootfest 2014 promises to impart an exciting and entertaining event for visitors and competitors alike. Scooter enthusiasts can enjoy watching the elite competitions, potentially learning a few new tricks. Amateurs can compete in the Am Jam, providing them with the chance to be spotted and turn pro. Even beginners can compete in the event, allowing them to feel the excitement of competition. All ages and skill levels can easily find some activity to enjoy during the event.
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3 Tips On How To Make A Scooter Video

Posted on: August 19th, 2014 by Pulse

Once you’re starting to feel more confidence in your scooter riding ability, videos can take your passion to the next level. Other people all over the world who are part of the scooter community can be introduced to you. A strong video is essential part of getting sponsorships, auditioning for teams, or just exposing your love and your talent to the wider world.  There are a few simple tips that can help push your video to the next level and be something that is going to capture our attention.

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1)    Have the camera move

Videos should accurately represent the high energy and rapid movement of the scooter riding experience. Just having people move around while the camera sits still on a tripod is way too boring!  Instead, the shooter should move around with the rider, and follow him or her, so the viewer gets a feeling of full immersion in the riding experience. This means using a diversity of shooting techniques, including a wide-angle lens to capture the full scene, and then zooming in on a close detailed shot of the action. Don’t be afraid to change your point of view often to keep things interesting.  One really useful tool for the camera is a top handle cage, a series of rods and screws that can support the camera and give the shooter a lot more freedom of movement.  With a top handle, the shooter can get a lot more freedom of movement, even riding along on a bike, so it feels like we’re right there.

 

2)    Mix it Up!

Friends who already recognize your awesomeness may be content to just see cool tricks, but if you want to stand out among the thousands of scooter videos on Youtube and Vimeo, you need to be different from what else has been done before. The worst thing a scooter video can be is identical one that already exists.  Watch other people’s videos, not with an eye to imitating them, but trying to figure out what you can do differently, what will make you stand out. Think about what you can do to put a unique spin on a trick, and find a way to feature it so your video will stand out.   If you have time, try more then one type of scene, so we can see you riding on both a pretty natural street scene, some more gritty urban landscapes, and in a more focused and intense skate park.  Use your creativity and experiment with how you can best feature doing what you love in a way that is uniquely yours.

 

3)     Edit the footage and combine with music to tell a story

Start out with slow shots of the landscape, and do some filler shots to capture the riders’ personalities. Don’t just do the same tricks over and over, but show a wide variety of things, and take advantage of cross-fades and different types of shots to keep things moving.  Start out with some simpler stuff, and let things build up so the truly impressive shredding will feel all that more amazing.

Music can add a lot to the intensity of a scooter edit, helping to further draw the viewer in and experience how exciting a trick can be.  If a hard driving song can be timed to match the intensity of a well-performed trick, the combination can be a pure adrenalin rush that can’t help but draw in the viewer.  This means listening carefully to songs over the footage.  Low-key moments in the video should be accompanied by low-key music, so that as the intensity of the riding increases, we feel it in the soundtrack as well.
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Red Bull Now Airing Extreme Sports Competitions

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by Pulse

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The energy drink Red Bull has long had a relationship with extreme and adventure sports. The famous tagline, “Red Bull gives you wings” is often used in commercials, and imparts the adventurous spirit the company supports in a variety of areas. Since 1992, there has been an annual Red Bull Flugtag, which has flying competitions in more than 35 locations around the world where people compete to see who can fly the furthest in homemade flying contraptions. When the first person decided to sky dive from space, Felix Baumgartner, Red Bull was there as a sponsor. Red Bull also sponsors several extreme sports competitions.

It was only a matter of time before Red Bull would bring these competitions to air on its own channel. With Red Bull TV, extreme sports enthusiasts can now watch live events and associated content on mobile devices, computers, selected smart TVs, video game consoles, and other devices.

Red Bull Signature Series

Cable television, along with limited prime time spots, has provided space for Red Bull events for a few years. In 2011, Red Bull and NBC created a partnership to air Red Bull’s Signature Series. This partnership included Red Bull running and producing the events and NBC Sports airing 20 hours on their channels, which included some spots on NBC. The initial deal in 2011 had NBC airing 20 hours and NBC Sports airing 15 hours. However, in 2012 Red Bull found another cable outlet and signed a three-year deal with Fox that included their airing 180 hours of live and highlight footage on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. In 2013, a deal between NBC and Red Bull was resigned, but with 15 fewer hours of airtime.

These deals with NBC and FOX provide opportunities for people to view these competitions; however, much of the airing is limited to cable or satellite television, which not everyone has. With Red Bull TV, some of these limitations are overcome, providing an easily accessible medium for these events.

The Rise of Red Bull TV

With modern technology making Internet streaming easy and affordable for companies, it is now really simple for companies to stream their own content. Red Bull has taken advantage of the opportunities provided by the Internet by creating its own channel for airing extreme sports competitions and associated content. The channel is available online and connected devices, including Apple TV, Xbox 360, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, LG and Samsung smart TVs, several smart phones and tablets, and other devices.

What is on Red Bull TV

Connected users can enjoy hours of Red Bull TV, including clips from past events and live events. One of the main areas of content on the channel are global extreme sports competitions, aired live. Examples of streamed events include Lollapalooza, FMB Dual Speed and Style in Whistler, UCI MTB World Cup Downhill Finals from Windham and Mont-Sainte-Anne, and UCI BMX World Championships from Rotterdam. In addition to extreme sports competitions, there are also series that go behind the scenes of many extreme sports, including surfing, BMX riding, snowboarding, and more. There are also series that provide behind the scenes looks into the music business, graffiti art, and other fields of interest.

Extreme sports enthusiasts now have unprecedented access to live events with Red Bull TV. All a person needs is Internet access to view the events, and with connected devices, viewers can enjoy the events on their TV. The events stream live, so viewers can tune in and see the action as it happens. Red Bull TV lists the upcoming events to make it easy to plan to view the event and not miss out on any minute of the action.

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Complete Parts Guide And Maintenance Tips For Scooters

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 by Pulse

Scooters are somewhat simple and straightforward in how they’re designed.   But an appreciation of the parts and how everything comes together is an important part of appreciating how to make sure everything stays in great condition so you’re scooter can continue to give you space to do tricks safely.

The parts that should all be there for a decent scooter:

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               1 deck – what you stand on when riding. It includes the headtube that holds the bar, and the axle. So basically, the deck holds everything together, just like the frame of a bicycle.

1 fork – this connects the wheels and the steering tube. Two-piece forks will break down faster, and aluminum will be lighter then steel, which is easier for performing tricks, but less durable.

1 steering tube and handlebar– for steering. The bar’s width should be around the length of your shoulders, and go with something narrower for technical spins, something wider for no-hands tricks in the air.  The height of the tube should be low (up to your thighs and hip), to allow for better stability and control.

1 headset – a small but significant connecting piece that goes between the deck and the tube, enabling it to spin around freely and give you flexibility of movement.

One of several types of compression systems – a series of bolts and clamps that connect everything together, and keep things from going slack and remaining tight and easy to control.

2 grips – rough rubber that goes over each of the handlebars, to give your hands a firmer grasp and more control over how you steer.

2 wheels – each of which will also need bearings, spacers, and bolts to hold it into the deck firmly.  Flat profile wheels are better for getting a strong grip, and narrow profile wheels are better for speed.

Breaks – That can either be a foot break attached to the deck over the back wheel, or hand breaks attached to the handlebars.

 

In light of all this, some ways to keep your scooter working well over time:

1)    When performing a flip or other trick, land with your weight evenly on the deck, so that parts of the deck don’t take on excess weight and wear out faster.  Especially avoid landing too much on the front, as this can mess up the headset, bar, and fork.

2)    Every time before you ride, check the spacing between the tube, headset, and fork. If things are too loose, adjust and tighten them. Otherwise the scooter could be both dangerous to ride and likely to break down.

3)    Be careful to make sure the wheels’ bearings are completely aligned with the core (the wheel center), so everything moves together like it’s designed.

4)    Keep bearings lubricated often, to prevent the wheels from melting. Oil will gives a higher speed then grease, but grease needs to be applied less often.  Water removes all lubrication, so reapply if things ever get wet.

5)    In general, pay attention to all the parts, and replace with an identical match once they get worn down or loose smoothness of movement.

6)    When thinking about your options for parts (such as aluminum verses steel, or solid or hollow core wheels), remember that things that weight less will make tricks easier, but also decrease durability, so they’ll have to be replaced more often.

‘Freeboarding’ Starting To Gain Momentum In Actions Sports World

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by Pulse

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The X Games is less then 10 years old.  Some sports and athletics are virtually unchanged since their origins thousands of years ago in Ancient Greece, but most extreme sports are breathtakingly new.  This sense of newness may be one of the factors behind the unbelievable amount of innovation that can be seen in the world of boarding today. Both athletes and gear manufactures are aware they are on the cutting edge of a new world, and so it sometimes feels like anything is possible.

One of the more exciting variations on the theme of riding a flat object on a surface in an attempt to achieve pure awesomeness was invented by Steen Strand in 1996.  While trying to earn his M.A. in product design at Stanford, he created a variation on the traditional skateboard.  By adding two spring-locked wheels to the center, that turned freely 360 degrees, and bindings that enabled more control and pressure on the corners, his new board design could slide latterly, like a snowboarder. The exciting end result was the ability to “snowboard on pavement.”  This new device, which Strand named a Freebord, a fusion of skateboarding and snowboarding gives the rider the ability to perform both carve turns and slide turns on any skate-able surface. The end result is a thrilling fusion of multiple actions sports, allowing a blending of techniques that would otherwise seem impossible.  Among some of the more than 5,240 Youtube videos that come up when I searched for “freeboarding,” I saw amazing examples of riders gliding sideways with the rapid smoothness, flexible dexterity, and quick rotations of the best snowboarders, but with higher jumps and flips permitted on the steeper, bumpier, terrain of skateboarding.

Although true masters make it look effortless, freeboarding can sometimes be tricky with a steep learning curve, and falling down at first is considered inevitable.  However, most riders say they are able to gain confidence by starting on gentle hills and getting more advanced with practice. Experienced freeboarders are able to carve down hills in wide sweeping motions, as well as sliding outward and close to the board’s edge.  There are also more advanced techniques such as jumping off ramps in a stall, or placing hands on the ground to rotate totally around.   When bombing a hill, an experienced rider can get up to 50 miles per hour.

Today, the original Freeboard company based in San Francisco has more then 92,000 Facebook likes. An official message board includes 227 threads of freeboarders from different places all over the world looking for likeminded riders. Thus, the popularity of this emerging sport is growing as more and more skateboarding and snowboarding enthusiasts discover it.  Freebord’s pro team features 9 riders between the ages of 19 and 30, people from all over the U.S., Australia, Spain, and Switzerland. Some are skateboarders like Daniel Clay excited by new possibilities of “bombing hills with speed control and maneuverability.” Others like David Schiotis were snowboarders who got impatient of waiting for winter, and wanted to shred all year long.  Both have reason to be intrigued by the freedom allowed by this new device that allows riders, in the words of Steen Strand, the ultimate flexibility to “carve, slide, slow down, and stop whenever they want.” People from both worlds can come together, brining their expertise to learn this new skill, adding to an exciting, growing community of enthusiasts.

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Daredevils Compete In Moscow In Moscow City Games

Posted on: August 5th, 2014 by Pulse
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Vladimir Filonov, “Moscow City Games,” The Moscow Times 07/28/14

Basketball, BMX, and breakdancing are just some of the more then fifty events showcased at Russia’s Moscow City Games, an annual sports festival held at Luzhniki Stadium.  The Moscow Committee of Sports organizes the event each year to expose the hundreds of thousands of attendees to the wide possibilities of extreme sports.  Through both exciting tournaments and demonstrations, people of all ages are introduced to a wide variety of thrilling options that can be part of a physically active lifestyle.

The most recent Moscow City Games took placed on July 26, 2014, attracting extreme athletes from all over the world, including MTB rider Lukas Knopf from Germany, who wrote on his facebook page that the event was “sick” and was an opportunity to “get some good stuff in practice.” This huge event highlights so many diverse activities from a wide variety of trick biking, racing, and skateboarding, gentler activates like chess and arm wrestling, and celebrations of what in Russia is considered “alternative” culture, such as beatboxing and graffiti art. The event is thus an opportunity to expose people to extreme sports they might not otherwise know about.

Thus, it was very exciting to the Freestyle Scooter world that this year, one of the featured events at Moscow City Games was the official Russian Scooter Championship, taking place on a skate park custom built for the Games.  According to the ISA (International Scooter Association),  “Russia has a strong emerging scooter scene with many enthusiastic up and coming riders,” a new but growing field spreading through the grassroots, recruiting many local youth excited by the freedom and possibilities of exploring scooter techniques.

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The Russian Scooter Championship was a wildcard championship, enabling any International Pro Rider a chance to compete for a spot at the World Championship, to be held at Scootfest in the UK August 16th -17th, in addition to cash prizes for the top three performers.  With local DJ Sokolov Yuri setting the atmosphere for the hundreds of spectators, each of the 40 riders completed two runs, with the top 15 going on to the final.  18-year-old English rider Ryan McNamara won the championship with a final score of 93.33.   It has been four years since an awe-struck Ryan first received his JDBug, and he recently reflected on his facebook page that “I did not have a clue how much a scooter could change someone’s life,” both through a life-energizing experience of riding, and the “hundreds or maybe even thousands” of friends riding has introduced him to and given such “great memories.”  The second place spot was claimed by 21 year-old French rider Flavio Pesenti, with a final score of 93.

The highest performing Russian rider, who placed third overall, and secured an ISA Wild Card spot, was 17 year-old Peter Bondar, with a final score of 92.67.  Peter will be the only Russian contender for the championship this year, but overall Russia gave us nine of the fifteen top performing riders for the Russian Championship.  In keeping with the Moscow Games’ emphasis on education and outreach, locals were treated to a “ride with the pros” open park event, in which anyone could ride with, interact with, and learn from some of the world’s greatest riders.  Thus, this event demonstrated that Russia is going to be very exciting field producing great enthusiastic emerging scooter riders, and I expect great things from the National Scooter Foundation of Russia in the future.

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5 Tips To Keep Your Scooter Rolling Right

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by Pulse

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Scooters do not require much maintenance. However, if you are using your scooter often, especially for freestyle scootering, then you will want to regularly maintain your scooter to keep it rolling right. By following these five tips, you can make sure that your scooter remains in great condition so that you can continue to do your tricks without hurting your scooter, or yourself.

Storing your Scooter

When you are not using your scooter, you want to make sure you store it in a clean, dry space. This will keep it dry, which will prevent any rusting or corrosion that weakens the scooter. You should also try to keep the scooter as clean as possible, especially if you take it off road. Any dirt or mud that remains on the scooter could weaken it, eventually causing damage. If you do get your scooter dirty, just hose it off or wipe it down with a damp cloth and dry it before storing.

Check for Loose Parts

You should regularly check for loose parts on your scooter, especially in the areas that connect, including the handlebars, deck, and wheels. If you have any loose nuts, bolts, screws, wheels, or any other parts, it affects the ability of your scooter. If you notice anything loose, typically you just tighten it up and the scooter will continue to work well. If you notice a part regularly comes loose, then you should look into replacing that part.

Replace the Brakes Regularly

If your scooter has handlebar brakes, you should regularly check for wear and tear, especially in the break pads. The connection between the handlebars and brakes is also at risk of wearing down and malfunctioning. You do not want to encounter a problem due to your brakes failing. The more you use your scooter, the more often you should check for problems. If you notice that your scooter is not breaking as well as it usually does, then that is a sign that the break pads have worn down, or there might be a problem with the wiring.

Keep the Wheels in Shape

If your wheels are not kept in good shape, then you will not be able to ride your scooter well. You should make sure the wheels are tightly connected to the deck. The wheels should also remain in correct alignment for the best ride. If you have inflatable wheels on your scooter, you will want to make sure they remain inflated and do not have any holes or leaks. For other types of wheels, you should regularly check them to make sure they do not have any significant signs of damage that would require replacement.

Replace any Broken or Worn Parts

You should take the time to look over your scooter regularly to check for any broken or worn out parts. This could include small parts, like the bolts and wheels. However, even the deck and handlebars are at risk of wearing out. If you notice you have significant wear and tear in an area of your scooter, you should replace it to make your scooter like new. For some of the larger parts, such as the handlebars or deck, you will have to judge whether it is worth replacing the parts or just buying a new scooter.

By regularly examining your scooter, you can find the areas of the scooter that might be wearing down and in need of replacement. Keeping your scooter well maintained and storing it in a cool, dry area will help it to last longer, and keep it rolling correctly. You will be able to enjoy scootering around town and performing your freestyle tricks without worrying about your scooter failing.

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ScootAM A Site To Support Amateur Freestyle Scooter Riders

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by Pulse

ScootAM Supports Amatuer Freestyle Scooter Riders

Amateur freestyle scooter riders often find it difficult to get promoted on YouTube, blogs and websites. This can make it difficult to break into the sport as a professional. Unless you have connections with professional riders or other power players in the industry, it is difficult to find sponsors and gain exposure in the larger scooter riding community. With ScootAm’s new site, up and coming amateur freestyle riders have a place to be showcased that does not even require the creation of an account.

What is ScootAM?

ScootAM is a website for promoting and exposing freestyle scooter riders. Professionals can easily get their videos on the best scooter blogs and websites for a wide audience to see, but it is difficult for amateurs to do the same. ScootAm provides a platform for amateurs to upload their videos, photos, event results, announcements, and more to promote themselves. Users can look through and view the promotion of other users, and sponsors can easily search for new riders.

As long as there is nothing inappropriate or it is not low quality, the video will be posted. Those deemed exceptional by the ScootAM employees will be marked as featured, and listed in the featured category. When the promo is published, the users name is listed on the author page of the website. A person can click on the name to see all promotions posted by that person.

What can be Posted?

Amateur scooter riders can post videos, photos, event results, sponsorship announcements, or general announcements on ScootAM. Users can specify the preferred release date of the promo, which is perfect if you want it to coincide with a particular event or date. The site provides a platform to push out videos of awesome tricks and rides so it can have more views, which gives you more exposures. The same can be done for any photos of a trick. You can post as many promos as you would like, and they will all be easily found under your name.

Why Post on ScootAM?

When you film your latest tricks, you probably upload them to YouTube or Vimeo and post a link on your social media pages. However, this typically only provides you with a limited number of views, and you most likely will not be seen by any potential sponsors. By including this information on the site, it increases a rider’s chance of being seen by a larger audience. Although ScootAM does not sponsor riders, they can help facilitate sponsors finding new up and coming talent. By posting various promos, including videos and results, you can increase your chance of being seen by sponsors and turning pro.

Increase your Exposure

By posting on ScootAM, you can increase your exposure without having to sign up for an account, pay for anything, or give up your content. When you post the content, you share the link to your YouTube posting or other sites, although you typically will upload a file for a photo. ScootAM works solely as a platform for self-promotion. It hopes to help facilitate the next generation of freestyle scooter riders as the sport continues to grow.

While you are on the site uploading your own promotional material, be sure to check out the videos of the other riders who have likewise shared their promotional videos and information. You might just learn a new trick or two by watching their videos, or discover a new event. With this website, not only are individual riders being promoted, but the network of amateur riders is enriched by making it easier to find and view one another’s videos, which will help the sport continue to grow.

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Upcoming Freestyle Scooter Competitions

Posted on: July 16th, 2014 by Pulse

Upcoming Freestyle Scooter Competition

With the rise in popularity of scooters, a new extreme sport was born: freestyle scootering. This sport uses a kick scooter to perform similar freestyle tricks as skateboarders, surfers, snowboarders, and BMX bikes. As freestyle scootering caught on, manufacturers created scooters made specifically for the sport. Competitions soon followed, and now there are several events in which freestyle scooter enthusiast can compete. Many local skate parks and scooter clubs offer competitions for local scooter riders. Along with local events, there are several national and international events, including a world championship. Following is a list of the upcoming freestyle scooter competitions.

U.S. National Championship

On July 12, the U.S. National Championship finals will take place at the Escondido Sports Center in Escondido, California. In this competition, the top 50 US pro riders will be competing for a place in the ISA World Championships. It is the final event from the series of pro events that have taken place throughout the year at various locations throughout the country. The winner of this event will go to the world championships to compete for the title. The event will also include other activities for non-pro scooter riders.

Russian Scooter Championship

On the weekend of July 26, the Moscow Scooter Competition will take place. This competition has been selected as an ISA International Wild Card. What this designation means is that any international pro rider who wins this competition will have a place in the ISA World Championship. The same weekend will also be the National Championship for Russia, and that winner will also have a place in the ISA World Championship. This event takes place at the Luzhnetskaya Olympic complex in Moscow.

Scootfest 2014

Scootfest 2014 will take place in August on two consecutive weekends. Scootfest North will take place on the 9th and 10th of August at Rampworx in Liverpool. It will hold the UK Championships, as well as allowing open riders to compete. The Scootfest North competition is also a wild card for the ISA World Championship, so any international professional rider who wins can go try for the world championship.

Scootfest South will take place on the 16 and 17th of August at Rush in Stroud. The feature event will be the ISA World Championships. There will be 50 of the world’s best riders competing to see who will be the world champion. There will also be activities for other riders, as well as a Scooter Trade Village, music, a parent’s lounge, and offsite camping. Scootfest is an annual event that has become a tradition among those who compete in freestyle scootering.

Scooter Con

Scooter Con in San Diego is one of the largest events in the freestyle scooter industry and the longest running consecutive event. It draws in many of the top professional riders in the industry who compete for the prestigious title of SD champ. The next event takes place in January 2015, but in the summer there is a smaller event.

There are many freestyle scooter events around, and the number continues to grow as the sport becomes more and more popular. Every year there are national and international competitions where professionals compete to see who will be the national and international champion among the professional scooter riders. However, for non-professional riders, it is easy to find competitions in the local area. They will be posted on the websites of the different skate parks and other areas where freestyle scootering takes place. If you cannot find one near you, you can always start one. You might one day work your way to the ISA world championships.

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The Next Generation Of Scooters Is Moving To The Dirt

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by Pulse

The Next Generation of Scooter Moving to the Dirt

Scooters have been a fun and convenient way to commute around urban areas for years. The growing popularity of scooters led to the formation of freestyle scootering and other scooter-based sports. As these sports gain in popularity, scooter manufacturers create new models of scooters that enhance the ability and safety of the scooters for these sports, such as freestyle scooters. The latest generations of scooters are providing users the ability to scooter off-road and in the dirt.

Why Dirt Scooters?

Most scooters are built to ride on smooth terrain, such as at skate parks or on the street. The wheels, deck, handle bars and other elements of the scooter are made for the specific use of the scooter. Although freestyle scooters have a more solid and rigid deck, reinforced handlebars, and other special features to allow the tricks to be done and extend the life of the scooter, it still does not provide the durability of an off-road vehicle. As more and more scooter riders are moving to the dirt, manufacturers are creating scooters that will have the durability and ability for freestyle dirt scootering.

What can Dirt Scooters Do?

Dirt scooters, or those that can ride on all terrains, can take the enjoyment of scootering off the road and into dirt, trails and mountains. They are made of stronger materials and wheels to handle the harsher terrain. In addition to freestyle scootering, they can be used for cross-country riding either alone or with dogs (also known as mushing). Although each specific brand of dirt scooter has its own features, the biggest differentiator of dirt scooters form other types is that they have inflatable tires and intertubes, similar to the BMX bikes.

Razor’s Phase Two Dirt Scoot

There are several different types of dirt or all-terrain scooters already on the market, including that by one of the most recognized name of scooters, Razor. John Radke, the professional freestyle scooter rider who first recognized the potential of taking the sport to the dirt, designed the Razor Phase Two Dirt Scoot Pro. This scooter underwent two years of testing to ensure its high-quality and ability to take on this sport. It has high-pressure tires and tubes that have a custom design tread pattern that feature knobs for aggressive traction but a smooth center rib for rolling on pavement. It also has a two-piece, split core hub design that makes it easy to maintain the tires and tubes.

Other Brands of Dirt Scooters

Royal Scout also has manufactured some dirt scooter models that feature genuine MBS 200mm pneumatic wheels that can be used on dirt jumps, BMX tracks, rough alley rail jams, grass drops, or single track trails. They have a variety of models with features perfect for the entry-level rider to a professional.

Another type of dirt scooter is the Diggler Mountain Scooter, proclaimed as the original mountain scooter. It is a combination of mountain bike and scooter, and features larger wheels than some of the dirt scooters. They can handle the same terrain as a mountain bike, but they offer the turning abilities and fun of a skateboard. They can go downhill and around terrain, whether you just want to get around hiking trails a bit faster or want to take your scooter freestyle tricks off the ramp and into the woods.

For scooter enthusiasts who wish to take their sport off-road, they now have many options of dirt and mountain scooters that provide the durability to perform tricks or just go for a ride on any surface. With the new generation of dirt scooters, you can take your scooter anywhere.

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