It’s that time of year again !
Along with many Freerides organised all over the world, the IDF Championships (International Downhill Federation) have also taken off !
Starting with two races in the Philippines, where we will be able to follow the progress of Team Rider Julien Fouchard and new this year riding another Roarockit Luge is Olivier Gerling.
With Julien coming in 5th of Europe and 17th in the overall world ranking IDF Championships last season 2018 and 10th of Europe and 27th world ranking for Olivier Gerling, they are bombing the hills all over the world this year.
Competing this 2019 season in the following races :
Julien & Olivier on the starting line Seaside Philippines
Keeping It High, PHILIPPINES
Kozakov Challenge, REPUBLIQUE TCHEQUE
La Violenta, ARGENTINE
Yaku Raymi, PEROU
Thoroughly looking forward to following these two in their adventures and races of this season 2019 ! It is going to be epic !
And of course the best of luck to all riders out there ! Enjoy and ride safe !
Update: Before we had the chance to publish this, the races in the Philipinnes have come and gone.
Julien and Olivier both performing superbly, until a crash has led Julien to sadly step back from the competition this year. We wish Julien and Zen Rasta (also involved in the crash) a fast recovery!
And to Olivier a massif congratulations for finishing 3rd overall! Felicitations!
Dream it, Make it, Ride it
News, rankings and more available on the IDF website : https://internationaldownhillfederation.org/
Follow Julien Fouchard on Facebook and Instagram
Olivier Gerling –> Facebook Instagram
Olivier on podium with his Roarockit Street Luge
Today we are taking a moment to introduce Julien Fouchard: Roarockit Skateboard Europe’s Luge Team Rider.
This introduction is very overdue, as Julien Fouchard has now been riding for the Roarockit Team since 2016.
An enthusiast of the Street Luge and Classic Luge, Julien has been riding since 2012 and started riding competitively in 2013.
His accomplishments include:
Season of 2014
Photo Jean Esquerre
Photo Maxime Lassale PND Julien
- 3rd place Street Luge Championships of the South-West of France
- 4th place Classic Luge, Pyrenee Championships
- 15th place Classic Luge, France Championship (CDF)
- 9th place Classic Luge, International Championships (IDF)
Season of 2015
- 5th place Classic Luge, France Championship
Season of 2016
- 3rd place, Classic Luge France Championship
- 5th place, Street Luge, France Championship
Season of 2017
Couldn’t compete due to car problems
We met Julien back in 2014 during events such as Peyragudes Never Dies, Le Rigalet, La D35 (…etc.). So many great events out there!
Julien was looking for a Luge that would meet his needs and enable him to take part in Championships and events across the world.
Roarockit technology makes it possible to build all types of custom boards, but a Street Luge entirely made of veneer and vinyl glue with oversize dimensions and shapes had not yet been done. We were up for the challenge and launched ourselves into the making of a unique Street Luge!
After several months, the first luge was ready. Made entirely using the Roarockit Thin Air Press, Canadian maple veneer and Titebond III glue. Julien participated in several freerides to test it, see if improvements were needed and to get a maximum amount of feedback on the board from other riders. Returns were positive but some improvements could be made: a little wider and shorter.
The second prototype was then a success! A Street Luge entirely handmade with Roarockit technology, a one-of-a-kind Luge.
The making of this first Street Luge entirely out of veneer is a great pride. A successful collaboration between rider Julien Fouchard, who brought his knowledge of the discipline and Roarockit for the technicalities of the build. The graphics were done by rider and artist Thomas, aka LeGrinch, Lako – Art & Co
This coming season of 2018 Julien will be taking part in several Freerides: the Rigalet, Montaut Express, Saint Pathik…etc.
And also the IDF championships: Transylvania, Kozakov, Verdiccilio.
We are thoroughly looking forward to following his accomplishments this season and are stoked of having such an awesome Roarockit Ambassador and Team Rider!
Plus big shout out to Julien, for his input on the successful build of the Street Luge !
May it be a successful year of downhill events for Team Rider Julien Fouchard!
DREAM IT, MAKE IT, RIDE IT
Follow Julien on facebook & instagram
This month’s shaper has kindly written his story in Italian and in English, so pick your language and enjoy!
Fabio Brambilla – a talented Italian skateboard builder, with a passion for skateboarding and custom decks, has recently launched his own brand: Broken Board Design! Read on to find out more…
A little personnal introduction…
My name is Fabio Brambilla, I live in Como, Lake Como lovely place … I am 40 years old but did not hear them, for the moment.
My work is the furniture designer, I work in a large company, and I have a passion for … Skateboard passion for punk and electronic music, a background as an illustrator and designer tshirt, pins and stickers as well as paying video experimental … in short, a small local artist.
1) YOU RECENTLY STARTED BUILDING BOARDS…
It ‘s always been my desire since I was a kid and I practiced Skateboard … to create a custom skate, and now I can do it!
2) YOU HAVE NOW LAUNCHED YOUR OWN BROKEN BOARD DESIGN….
Broken Board Design wants to be a brand dedicated to street-style, contemporary, dynamic, creative brand that keep holds skate and design !
3) WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE NAME “BROKEN BOARD DESIGN”…
Why not ! I liked Having an “rude” logo and rough, near the punk spirit
Skateboarding, but at the time same ironic and irreverent.
Break a skateboard was a moment to celebrate.
But above all I reuse waste of veneer furniture Processing
And furniture, to give him a second chance … A Second Life!
4) YOU USE OUR ROAROCKIT TECHNOLOGY…
For my work I have heard and seen the machines that bend the plywood with the technology of vacuum … and so in a restless night I searched the internet a similar method. and I found the “Canadian doctor” that explained and showed the ROAROCKIT TECHNOLOGY … et voilà
5) WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF DECK IS…
After a period of tests and tests with various forms I am now concentrating production
SURF SKATE models of style and old school. These are the models that we reflect to me
more and who marry better with my design and the veneer to broken pieces
6) ANY FUTURE PROJECTS….
In the future I see other projects not only for skateboards … I want to get hold of the technology
and implement small design objects … the limit will be my fantasy
7) ANY COMMENTS, SPECIAL THANKS…
My inspiration it’s my job as a designer and especially playing with my son Lorenzo 4 years and have stimuli with his unstoppable creativity … he’s a little ruscal !
I would like to thank all those who in this period were close to me and they really encouraged me and supported and who believe in this strange project … thank you very much!
– > a special thanks to the “Canadian Doc”
You can find and buy all of Broken Board Design Skateboards on their website
Like and follow their page on facebook
Daniel contacted us a few weeks ago with pictures of his builds and what he was up to! We loved his decks and couldn’t resist putting forward his project that has gone from a winter hobby to a passion and small board building line. Give it up to this board builder in Austria!
1) So Daniel, can you tell us a little about yourself, where do you come from ? Where do you currently live ? What do you do ?
My name is Daniel Krismer, age 31, since I was born, I live in Kufstein, that’s a nice small town in Tirol/Austria. I’m married and proud daddy of 2 lovely kids. I love to ride motorcycles and play guitar. I was skating for fun since I was a little boy, trying new tricks with my friends at the park, now I enjoy more cruising around than doing tricks.
2) We understand you have recently started building skateboards, how did this come about ? Any particular reasons ?
I love to work in my workshop, no matter what to do, to fix something or rebuild an old motorcycle. Last autumn I kept an eye out for a new winter project. With my motorcycle students, I spend a lot of time on the parking lot to do some basic excercises. To get throw the exercises I use a skateboard, a 10 year old 7,5 Minilogo with independent trucks and monster wheels. After a thousand scratches and a realy bad griptape, I decided that it´s time for a new one. I surfed the internet and then ….from Skateshop – to google diy skateboard … and 5 hours later .. I had a new winter project.
3) You have launched a facebook page for « KriD Strassenbretter » (@skateboards4fun), can you tell us about it and how it is going so far ?
Last November I pressed the first decks, and the results were wow. I´d never thought that I could build a skateboard like that. It´s currently a great hobby, I can do it alongside my family, when my kids go to bed, I go to my workshop. A few month ago I decided to publicise my boards. Therefore facebook is the perfect platform. It’s not my goal to earn livelihood, but to create a customized skateboard is really cool, but I cannot use so many boards on my own, so I decided to sell them. The feedback is great and the feedback is motivation to go on.
4) You use the Roarockit Thin air press to build your decks, how did you come across us and how do you find it so far ?
A friend of mine builds skis and he presses also with a vacuum press. I searched online for vacuum bags and alternatives. After a few hours of reaserch I found your homepage. And the first order was done. I only use your thin air press. I like it to build my own molds and go to the timberdealer to look after the right veneer. Usually I use european maple and ash. Your vacuum bags are amazing. The material is hard-wearing and longlasting. It´s a really great idea to press without an expensive vacuum pump. Thank you for a great product like that.
5) Any future projects or plans with « KriD Strassenbretter » (@skateboards4fun) ?
My next project is to get a straight line throw my boards, find my style. I just start out on my sk8boardbuilder career, « lol ». In addition I have another new project : a powder-surfer . Hopefully I can show you the results in the near futur .
6) Little end note : any favorite saying, special deck or personnal note you would like to add?
It’s amazing, how quickly an idea becomes a passion. I hope that I can build many skateboards in the futur.
You can checkout, follow and buy KriD Strassenbretter boards on facebook !