Monday, 29 July 2013

Aaron Skippings - Team 9.81 at Almabtrieb 2013

Nice to see our friend Aaron Skippings in action - watch out for the yellow peril in the vid :-)

Friday, 26 July 2013

Doug Brown Indy Finger-flip

Nice vid from stateside sponsored skater Doug Brown :-)
Check out more of the action at Doug's YouTube channel

Thursday, 25 July 2013

F1 in Schools World Championships 2013 - Red Set Racing team

 SMB Bearings are proud to announce that we are supporting the lovely folks from

The team are students at Sprowston Community High School in Norwich & their mission is to design, engineer, build & race a winning slotcar down a 20 metre track - they also have to market their ideas & raise funds to participate in the event - all in all it's a pretty big ask!

We are hoping that our super-fast wheel bearings & our technical know-how will help to give them an edge against their rivals when they compete in Austin, Texas this November.  

Red Set Racing have already clinched victory in the F1 in Schools National Finals & are pictured taking the number one spot on the podium below...

Although the team have just started their school holidays I am reliably informed, by chief engineer Tom Carver, that they'll be testing our bearings in the car very soon & we're very excited to hear how the team get on.

We look forward to bringing you news & updates from the team as their race preparation continues...

Team Red Set

Schaeffer McLean - Chilled Afternoon Skate at Churchdown Skatepark

Friday, 12 July 2013

Good luck Mr Bond...

Our lovely customer James Bond called today, his family head up Asylum Hulls & make model powerboats for racing - he's off to the Model Powerboat Racing World Championships & needed some more bearings for his custom built Asylum Hulls model powerboat

Asylum Hulls model powerboat racing

Check out an Asylum model in action...

Good luck James! We wish you every success at the World Championships & hope that our bearings keep you a step ahead of the competition

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Friday, 5 July 2013

Spoky Woky's downhill skate tour continues...

French downhill skater Spoky Woky (aka Marie Bougourd) has been road-trippin' around the US of A in recent weeks.  The inaugural Angie's Curves race, set in beautiful Pala, California USA, took place a couple of  weekends ago. 

See some of the action here:

Angie's Curves is a certified event on the International Downhill Federation's pro circuit and set the precedent for all other races to come. The race was a three day event that started on Friday, June 21st & it was clear from day one that Angie's Curves would provide one of the fastest, most challenging, and strategically demanding courses to date. The Angie's Curves event culminated in finals between Sector 9 team riders Ricardo Reis and Chance Gaul, as well as Arbor riders James Kelly, and Duke Degen. James Kelly ended up claiming victory with the fastest time of 1:50.404. Duke Degen took 2nd and Ricardo Reis came in 3rd.

Spoky Woky (aka Marie Bougourd) competing
 Our friend Spoky Woky took part in the Angie's Curve melee, but the course wasn't kind to her & she crashed out. She did really well at Maryhill Festival of Speed last weekend however, placing an awesome 2nd in the women's competition...

Check out the lovely Spoky Woky (pictured right) taking 2nd place at Maryhill - YEAY!

Of the Maryhill competition Spoky says "Well here was the thing - 20 girls would be fighting on that road called Maryhill Loops . I had no idea on how the race will go on . All the girls felt pretty comfortable on that road - the few things you have to do is close the doors if you’re in front and draft and take the line if you’re behind … looks simple but not that much when you’re racing aggressive ladies !!  To be honest i was super happy to be in the final - I said to myself, keep going , stay safe , wait for a open door". 

Part of the imposing Maryhill course...
There was a big crash on the final race but Spoky managed to keep clear of the danger... "At the start line the heat was a its top , all girls breathing hard , feeling heavy … i thought i was in a nightmare waiting for the start.  … girls were riding super close to each other , it was very hard to find a room to pass them , then suddenly in a straight line i saw Georgie and Amanda just throwing themselves on the ground , taking katy down in the same time. I just had the time to slide and avoid the girls which were sliding their leathers on the asphalt , while Elena who was beside the crash passed through and get a large advance to take the win. Me and katy pushed after that violent stop , the other girls searching their boards on the road side. Well , that was not what i expected as final heat but this is racing babies! you never can say what would happen in each heats , even more when the level is super tight like this!" 

What excitement & what skill to finish on the podium in such a strong international field.  We hope that Spoky Woky has even better luck at the Whistler Longboard Festival in Canada this weekend.

Go Marie, we love you!!


Schaeffer McLean Vs Midsomer Norton Stairset

Clip from an new video coming soon. Schaeffer ollies the big stairset at the amazing Midsomer Norton Skatepark for the first time last Sunday. He's been wanting to do it for a long time. Watch out for a new video coming of Schaeffer hanging out with all the Midsomer Norton Crew who show you around the park....