Aero Coverage: Central Mass 6

Wes Eldridge from Aero Media spent some time at Central Mass 6 snapping photos and making an event edit for the beloved skate festival. Check out his report for some awesome photos and definitely don’t miss the video. 

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Central Mass Skate Festival is an annual favourite, and for the 6th year event organizer Mike Girard put together another epic event under the name of his newest endeavour, Emgee Events. Central Mass Skate Festival has grown to be one of the largest on the east coast, attracting over 400 skaters from across the country and even internationally. The event spans three days with a mini ramp jam, race and slide jam. Creating a all-round skate fuelled weekend of midsy-fun.

I arrived at the Girard residence on the Thursday and while I luckily had just missed the last of hay setup, I immediately started helping with ramp construction. With thanks to many skilled volunteers, we managed to finish just as the sun set.

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After a BBQ by Marcus Bandy, Mike called a volunteer meeting and went over the next day’s schedule

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Tired volunteers listen to Mike, before passing out.

The next day, everyone was up early finalizing setup and pitching the tent.

The next day, everyone was up early finalizing setup and pitching the tent.

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Dandoy enjoys some fruit while the crew surveys a mini ramp that needs to be skateable in a few hours

Around mid-day skaters started pouring in, getting registered, having gear inspected and picking up some fine MIDS apparel. By this point the ramp was built and people had decended upon it, warming up for the jam later on.

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The tent was the main point of operations for the day, housing everything event related and more

The tent was the main point of operations for the day, housing everything event related and more

Ari Shark was slaying the live beats for the mini ramp jam

Ari Shark was slaying the live beats for the mini ramp jam

The mini ramp jam was delayed while we waited for some rad skaters to arrive, and at precisely 3:17 pm, the jam started. Everyone was killing it and after handing out cash for tricks, the real jam opened up.

The results of the Jam were:
1. Eddie Henriquez
2. Nick Bratko
3. Bobby Hommel

Dandoy halfway his signature move.

Dandoy halfway through his signature move.

Back at the hotel that night a rad parking lot session went down.

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Back at the hotel that night a rad parking lot session went down.

Back at the hotel that night a rad parking lot session went down.

The next day was race day, after a standard riders meeting the busses showed up and began shuttling riders to the top of the hill for some practice runs, which personally I think is the most fun. Big packs with your homies mobbing a chill hill.

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For those who haven’t been to Central Mass, the race hill is pretty mellow with easy bends, an uphill section and tops out around the low 40’s. This makes it prime for groms and new comers to dip their toes into a well-organized race and for that reason it also makes it prime for some accidents… check out the Skate[Slate.Tv raw run thanks to Levi green:

Early on during the practice runs there were a couple slams, two needing ambulances. Luckily the riders turned out (mostly) fine and were back spectating the race later on.

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Racing was tight, fun and tight thanks to Walmart leggings…

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Pro division winner, Grant Kiessling rocking the women’s Walmart leggings.

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Matt Frazer and friends enter the last turn 5 wide, with a bridge, while filming.

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Their bridge nearly went horribly wrong…

After the final heat, the crowd heads back up towards the general store

After the final heat, the crowd heads back up towards the general store.

After the race was over, everyone headed back to the hotel for a shower and hopped onto the shuttle to the event party. Pool was played and beers were had, all round it was a good night.

Race Results:
Pro:
1. Grant Kiessling
2. Dubes Eldorff
3. Luis Marrero

Womens:
1. Emily Pross
2. Candy Dungan
3. Magda Blanc
Am/Expert:
1. Eli Healy

Juniors:.
1. Josh Neuman
2. Liam McHale
3. Anthony Cafiso

Am/Expert:
1. Eli Healy
2. Robert Burns
3. Tyler Kaminski

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Spectators were out in force this year, lining the hill top to bottom. Awesome to see the support this event gets from the general public.

Another (but last) early morning on Sunday started with a bunch of hotel pastries and average coffee, then everyone piled into the shuttles that took us straight to the slidejam hill. The slide jam is a personal and skater favourite, this year was no exception. Like last year the ramps were set up at the top of the hill before the first steep section.

Pretty much all the skaters were sending it and that meant it was brick city. Tons of crashes only a few serious ones, like Levi dislocating his hip.

Grant graciously holding this year’s flyer while Mike gives a shoutout to the event sponsors during the riders meeting

Grant graciously holding this year’s flyer while Mike gives a shoutout to the event sponsors during the riders meeting.

Steven Vera on a one way ticket to brick city.

Steven Vera on a one way ticket to brick city.

Ethan Cochard joins his teammate Steven.

Ethan Cochard joins his teammate Steven.

This year’s slide jam saw a new trend, started by Grant Kiessling, holding out things for riders to snag during a slide. Money, wheels and even some condoms were held out for riders.

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Wheels

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Money

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Condoms

So many photos and such a good time. Here’s a few of my favorites:

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After a long slide jam with hundreds of competitors, day light dwindling on the hill, but we still had time for longest slide and biggest air.

Midslord Norman Plante was attemping the biggest slide on both hard and soft wheels.

Midslord Norman Plante was attemping the biggest slide on both hard and soft wheels.

Robert Burns with an epic skate face and undeniable swag.

Robert Burns with an epic skate face and undeniable swag.

Animal was a ground favourite, going big and slamming hard, he had hooks drilled into his board to hold his feet in place.

Animal was a ground favourite, going big and slamming hard, he had hooks drilled into his board to hold his feet in place.

Dax and Max hit a double jump.

Dax and Max hit a double jump.

As the sun dipped down, everyone hopped back on the shuttles to the General Store for podiums. It was a long and sweaty day filled with friends, crashes, gnarly skating and all round good times.

Open race winner Grant Kiessling receiving his medal.

Open race winner Grant Kiessling receiving his medal.

Slide Jam results:
Open:
1. Dax Pradarits
2. Sam Flint
3. Levi Green

Womens:
1. Micaela Wilson
2. Laura Nocka
3. Lily Parla

TechSlide:
1. Zakk Hall
2. Tyler Desmarais
3. Norman Plante

Juniors:
1. Robert Burns
2. Jake McKenna
3. Ethan Ledger

Longest Heelside
1. Josh Wright

Longest Toeside
1. Matt Dosko

Biggest Air
1. Brian Bishop
2. Eddie Henriquez

A huge thank you to Mike Girard for throwing another well-organized event this year, cannot wait to make it out next year for Central Mass 7. For more pictures from the event check out these two albums here and here.

Please enjoy the video recap of the event if you haven’t already watched it:

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