Monday
Nov112013

Alex Tongue Look Ahead

2013 was a year to remember.  It was my third year racing on the world cup circuit and brought along with it many learning experiences. 

The season started of in Bathurst, Australia for the Newton’s Nation IDF world cup race. This, being the first race of the year, was a chance to see which riders had improved and gave a preview of what was to come.  After practice and qualifying was the first competition of the event, the Top Ten Shootout. In this event the top ten qualifiers take one final run to see who can get the fastest time on the hill. I took 1st in that event. On race day I came in 5th.  That gave me the confidence boost I needed for the rest of the season. 

 

My next race was a world cup down in San Diego titled Angie’s Curves. It was by far the most difficult race I have competed in.  The track was fast, technical and ate up wheels. I could not dial in my setup and went out first round leaving me left to think about what I could do next time to make my setup work for me.

Over the next four races in Canada, USA, France, and Czech Republic, I dealt with dirty racing, poor event organization, and crashes, causing my raking and chances of finishing in the top 5 to plummet. All those things are fairly common in racing so I took it as an opportunity to learn what I could’ve done differently and used it to help improve the organization of races. 

 

My last segment of the 2013 IDF world cup series brought me down to South America. The first race took place in Bogota, Colombia. It was an extremely difficult race, but I ended up taking 1st.  This marked my first world cup win of the 2013 season. After filming for two weeks, I made my way to Belo Horizonte, Brazil for the last world cup of the year. It was a new race and Brazilians had a clear home field advantage having trained on the track.  I had a difficult second heat and went out in the first corner.  It was tight racing and sometimes things just don’t go your way. 

After two years of being ranked 4th in the world cup series, 2013 was a sign that things are changing.  I will take this as an opportunity to change up the way I train and come back stronger next year. 

Friday
Nov012013

Volcom VQS at Banyan’s in Kona

StalkIt was on the Big Island of Hawaii last week for the Volcom VQS at Banyan’s in Kona on October 20, 2013. 

3 of the StalkIt team participated at this event; Aloha Lopez, Ulu Boy and Kelson Lau.

Aloha was the youngest competitor in the Volcom VQS competition where she placed 5th in the Women’s 20 and under division.

This was Ulu Boy’s first contest back since the shark attack in August that garnered national attention.  To further add drama to an already exciting situation, the crowd was silenced as Ulu was paddling in from a heat a 5 foot reef shark followed him only to finally splash its tail and swim away.  You could feel the relief of the Volcom crowd as the shark swam away.

Kelson and Ulu had excellent performances on the Big Island as well.

Sunday
Oct202013

Team Rider Samuel Ekman Ends With a BANG!

StalkIt’s junior longboard rider Samuel Ekman has been busy moving up the ranks of the Swedish Junior Cup. After winning every heat of the Swedish Masterships to reach the finals Samuel crashed with a 15 meter lead to finish forth and moved to 2nd place in the Swedish Longboarding Junior Cup. 


Samuel finished out the season with a 2nd place with at the Kozakov Challenge. Samuel won 3 of the 4 races at the competition when finishing up 2nd overall.


Currently Samuel is finishing up school and studies while training for next year’s races. StalkIt will keep you updated on Samuel’s progress.

Wednesday
Oct162013

Ulu Boy in the News!

Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Check out our Stalk It ™ Team Surfer Jimmy 'Ulu Boy' Napeahi, on the news as he returns to the water after his visicious shark attack!

Tuesday
Oct082013

Alex Tongue in 'Above It All'

 

If you haven't seen Above It All, a short film created by the Stalk It Creative Team, you're missing out. The film takes place on a beautiful Hawaiian mountain and is a glimpse of the unique relationship between Stalk It Downhill Racer Alex Tongue and the asphalt as he desends the mountain on his longboard at over 40mph. To find out more about Alex, read his story here.

Above It All from Stalk It on Vimeo.

Here are some behind the scene photos of the film.