A few weeks ago we received a call from Jimmy Riha about a project he was working on with a French production company who hired on Michael Alfuso to direct the skate filming. Dubes was contacted about being a follow car driver for the shoot, since Jimmy was adamant that the driver was a fellow skater experienced in follow car driving. Ends up this is for a music video. We can’t say who the artist is yet, but we will be sure to share the video around early February when it is released! 

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Dubes arrived for at 6AM breakfast and planning session in rainy cold conditions. Not ideal for a 55 MPH+ run dumping into hairpins. The crew broke into teams for the day and headed up the mountain to find less than ideal conditions. Anxious to start filming, the first rig we started out with was impressive to say the least. Shooting on a Sony F5 with an assortment of Zeiss Super Speed lenses we knew the footage would be unreal.

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After a few runs in the wet/patchy conditions the sun burnt through and everyone was warmed up. Dubes was behind the wheel, Michael Alfuso was on the monitor & navigation while Jonathan Park was handling focus and exposures.

After we had captured the high speed follow footage we moved to a high-hat setup for lead car filming, Tight Quarters for the film crew, but we handled it and caught every shot we needed, and much more. Jimmy was beyond dialed handling the most difficult job with ease.

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Once we took a quick lunch break, the producer needed Jimmy for some “lifestyle” shots which was a nice break from skating. Alfuso and JP got the pleasure of operating the F5 on a RONIN Gimbal.

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The sun was quickly dropping and there was one scene left to film. We Rallied to the final location and set up the most difficult shots of the day. The final scene of the script is Jimmy slamming into a Pickup truck and exploding into a flock of birds. There were multiple angles to get including skating/driving directly at the truck rolling into the lane of travel and swerving around it at the last second. Jimmy was smacking the fender with his hand every take…

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Dubes also drove the mini van rigged with a harness for Alfuso to hang fully out of the moving vehicle operating a shoulder mount capturing Jimmy’s theoretical perspective of the scene.

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Minutes before the sun fell behind the mountains the crew completed the last scene and the day was a wrap. Timeship will be getting the raw footage after the music video is released, expect to see an Timeship edit in the next few months.

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Barrett Junction has been a solid fixture in SoCal Skateboard/Luge racing for over 15 years. Located 26 miles inland and 2 miles north of the Mexican border you enter a unique isolation on the abandoned old highway. There is longtime running agreement between skaters and the overwhelming amount of Border Patrol agents that we can skate Barrett as long as we stay off the new highway.

Barrett was never smooth perfect pavement and over the years has disintegrated into what many consider to be riding on loose tiles of pavement with heinous cracks, potholes and cat-tracks. The concept is difficult to understand until you have skated the road, but the terrifying experience of taking runs and surviving is a new rush for even the most skilled riders in the world. 

For years the skaters camped next to the shut down area of the race track. Recently the closest homeowner has complained and now we stay behind the Barrett Junction cafe, the only place for food anywhere near the hill. The staff makes you feel like your visiting home for the holiday, home cooked meals and smiles everywhere. Saturday was all practice, lurking and shenanigans, The MUIRcedes came through as it always seems to do as shuttle vehicle.

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Aero Mom.
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Saturday night everyone gathered after dinner at the campsite to hang out, listen to music and party a bit. Barrett is always on a very relaxed schedule and you just have to go with the flow.

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Sunday was race day. Registration was relaxed and cut off was a friendly 10:30 AM. Max Capps organized the race and dealt with sign ups. Danny Connor helped the cause and laid down the law over the Megaphone.

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The bracket was quite small and has been dwindling the last few years. Most likely due to the road conditions rapidly worsening. 16 Racers entered into 4 man heats. The heats were heavy and even the most experienced racers struggle to stay on their board, all while trying to race 4 wide. 

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Finals Start Line.
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Racers dropped like flies and Aaron “A-Swag” Hampshire had taken the win. Riders took a few more runs and everyone headed home for a wrap of yet another Barrett Junction.

Final Standings.
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Trophies.
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Early in December Timeship and the rest of Resource Distribution got the pleasure of hosting the inaugural Rumble at the Ranch.

LET THE RUMBLE BEGIN!! RUMBLE AT THE RANCH (R.A.T.R) IS A ONE OF A KIND, WEB BASED, WILD WEST STYLE SKATEBOARD RACE BEING HELD AT AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. YOU’LL BE ABLE TO WATCH SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST DOWNHILL SKATEBOARDERS GOING HEAD-TO-HEAD ON AN INSANELY FAST, TECHNICAL PRIVATE ROAD FOR THE SINGLE LARGEST DOWNHILL SKATEBOARD RACE PURSE. A $5000 WINNER TAKE-ALL CASH BOUNTY. THAT’S RIGHT, WINNER TAKE ALL! 
From RumbleattheRanch.com

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The buzz began to spread through the Downhill Community on who was invited, who was going and most importantly who was going to win the Rumble. Finally race day had come, as did the worst weather SoCal has seen in years, The conditions of the track we’re less than ideal. Organizers rushed to clean the track from a few mudslides and arrange bales for the wet conditions. Riders arrived having no clue what to expect, on the first time up the hill they were unanimously blown away with the track.

Practice was delayed a bit so the track would have a little bit of time to dry. Once Practice was underway, riders familiarized themselves with the course and we’re ready for qualifying to enter the 32 man Call out bracket. There were a few upsets, but overall qualifying ensured the best riders and most entertaining heats for filming.

16 Names were to be drawn at random, as the names were pulled the riders we’re allowed to call out anyone left in the pool. Some riders made heavy callouts, some picked who they thought were easy to beat and others opted to not call anyone out and just have another name pulled from the hat.

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Once Racing was underway The bracket shrunk quickly, only 5 rounds vs. the best in the world to get to the finals. Jimmy Riha was solid as can be all day, and he eventually made it into the finals vs. Micah Green.

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When the Dust settled Jimmy Riha was Crowned the Rumble at the Ranch Champion, and awarded $5,000. Always great to see a Timeship Racer on the top. The best gloves in the world, for the best riders. 

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Here at Timeship Racing we have been busy working on our next accessory release, Bearings. Eventually we will have a full line of every level of bearing for every type of skater.

First up we had our basic “bulk” bearings. For your everyday setup needing a tough bearing to seal out any sort of grit you can encounter during your daily commute or afternoon session.

– Chromium Steel 6 Ball
– Double-Sided metal shields
– Machine Honed to an ABEC 5 Rating
– Skate Specific oil/grease Hybrid Lubricant
– Aluminum Retainers
– Priced for any skaters budget

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Next down the line will be our Spaced Steel Bearings. These have been in testing for almost a year by Team Riders Andrew Schumaker, James West, Ryan Ricker and Dubes. The feedback has been unanimously positive with everyone asking for more sets for every board they have. Were Finalizing the packaging and shield design now and will be aiming to release by April.

– Non-Contact removable Rubber Shields for easy maintenance
– 52100 High Hardened chromium steel polished races and balls
– Heat Treated to the highest levels of Tensile and Fatigue strength
– Precision Honed to ABEC 7 tolerances
– Extreme heat and abrasion resistant properties
– Non-Contact removable Rubber Shields for easy maintenance
– Virgin ( PA ) High Speed Nylon retainer
– Skate Specific oil/grease Hybrid Lubricant
– Hardened to Rockwell C 64 standards

THIS IS JUST A MOCK UP OF THE PACKAGING, AND SAMPLE BEARINGS IN THE PACKAGE.
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