The Midwest Longboard Association is composed of a small group of riders and volunteers from Nebraska who are passionate about growing the skateboarding scene in the Midwest of the US.
We manage a news and events calendar website (midwestlongboarding.com) that caters specifically to the Midwest scene and also organize our own annual sanctioned race and slide jam in Omaha, NE called Hummel Havoc. With over 100 riders from 10 different states, this year’s Hummel Havoc was our biggest one yet.
The event features a race and slide jam on a closed road with a top speed of around 40 MPH with a couple corners. We had a wide selection of vendors onsite, including booths from major brands like Riptide Sports, Rey Trucks, and Black Squrl Skateshop. There were also two food trucks onsite from local Omaha restaurants.
As the webmaster and content manager for midwestlongboarding.com, I spent almost my entire day out on the course snapping photos and taking some video of the riders. The photos tell their own stories, but here is a quick recap of what stoked me out about this year’s Hummel Havoc.
We had a lot of “firsts” that made 2015 an event for the record books. Cletus Baum, Brian Tipton, and I were excited to try some new things this year and we all look forward to making the necessary improvements to the event’s organization and execution for next year.
Johnny “Fireballs” Raneri (Rey Trucks, Dubs Boards) and Seth Boltz (Rollspeed Film) were both tasked with building a pair of ramps to make the freeride section of the event a little more interesting. They pulled it off, and constructed two massive ramps just days before the event. (link: http://midwestlongboarding.com/hummelhavoc-2015-rampupdate/).
“Our friends at the Omaha Police Department even supplied us with a radar to place near the fastest corner on the course!”
We were also excited to offer camping this year to all of our riders from out of town. The campsite was conveniently located near the event parking’s shuttle drop-off/pick-up, so the racers were essentially able to roll out of bed and climb on a quick shuttle ride to the top of the course. Seth and I went and checked out the scene at the campsite on Friday night and were stoked to see all the riders hanging out together having a good time. Speaking of shuttling riders! We had Wynne Williams of Black Squrl Skate shuttling riders from the finish line to the starting line all day in our u-haul. Believe it or not, this year was also our first year with a legit u-haul. Thanks to the diligent PR efforts of Brian and Cletus, we have developed a solid, ongoing relationship with the city of Omaha in support of our event. Our friends at the Omaha Police Department even supplied us with a radar to place near the fastest corner on the course! We are in the process of using a portion of our profits from race entry fees to fund beautification efforts at Hummel Park where the race is held. It is our hope that the park can become a place where downhill skateboarding is not only welcomed, but encouraged!
“We are in the process of using a portion of our profits from race entry fees to fund beautification efforts at Hummel Park where the race is held. It is our hope that the park can become a place where downhill skateboarding is not only welcomed, but encouraged!”
On behalf of the entire Midwest Longboard Association crew here in Nebraska, we want to extend a HUGE THANKS to our supporters and event sponsors in the industry. We couldn’t just trick people into shredding in our boring state without offering some awesome prizes and unlimited stickerswag.
PS: #HUMMELHAVOC 2016 WILL BE A TWO DAY EVENT