Race for the Rail Defending Champions

Race for The Rail

Race For The Rail Utah 2020

Race for the Rail 2020 is going down this weekend in a secret location in Utah! Twelve of the best Onewheel riders in the world will go up against each other to claim this year’s trophy. Last year’s defending champions, Dominique Williams, Angel Cooper, and Jamie Juchter will have their hands full staving off the competition.

Certainly Bodhi Harrison, Jeff and Raequel McCosker, “Tahoe” Dave Stewart, Amanda Thompson, Zoe Thomas, Brenden Schurmeier, Wren Weichman and Orie Rush will give the defending champions a run for their money this weekend.

Also, because of COVID-19 this year’s competition will be have no live audience besides the participants and production crew. In addition, the format will also be different with both men and women racing all together battling one another. To clairify again, the race will be in a secret location in the mountains of Utah. But don’t sweat it, the race will be live streamed on YouTube by Onewheel August 16th!

TO BE CONTINUED!!!! 

For more information on the race please click on Onewheel’s official page!

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Bobs Stoke Shop

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Bobs Stoke Shop

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OWP: How long have you been involved in the Onewheel community?

Bob: Quite a while. I preordered 2 Plus’s back in December of 2016, it feels so long ago (Haha).

OWP: Where are you from and where do you live?

Bob: I’m originally from Chicago IL, but now I live in Novato, CA with my family.

OWP: Do you have kids?

Bob: Yes I do, 3 of them. 8-13-17, girl-boy-girl

OWP: Do they Onewheel? 

Bob: The two youngest onewheel with me regularly, and the oldest used to but now mainly when we go camping.

OWP: What sort of protective gear do you have them use when riding?

Bob: They always wear a helmet at the very least. My son usually wears a helmet and 1protect gloves and my daughter wears full gear with 1protect as well.

OWP: What do you do for a living?

Bob: I’m a General Contractor 4 days out of the week and run Bob’s Stoke Shop the rest of the weekend. I am also one of the owners of Stoke Life LLC, along with Cauri Jaye, and Jon Stock. Together, we run the Stoke life service repair network.

OWP: You are a handy guy being a general contractor. Is that the reason you decided to start Bobs Stoke Shop?

Bob: Yes, kind of. That and the fact I have always had 4-6 boards in my household. I saw the need to help people with installs, mods, and repairs locally. It just sort of grew into a bit more and me having a repair shop.

OWP: How long have you been repairing and modifying boards?

Bob: I formed Bobs Stoke Shop officially last August 2019. But I have been doing repairs and tire swaps for about a year before that.

OWP: What is the most common repair or modification you do?

Bob: It would have to be a tire change. I carry all aftermarket tires and have the largest collection of new and used Vegas on the West Coast (LMAO)!!

OWP: What is the hardest repair you have had to do yet?

Bob: A guys board ghosted into the ocean and got submerged for about 30 seconds. He shipped the board to me. I then opened up everything in order to dry everything out. Even the motor inside smelled like ocean!

The circuit boards were all corroded on the components and a few ports also needed to be replaced on the controller. The BMS needed a good cleaning as well and the battery was shot as well. I replaced it from some inventory stock I had and after all that effort, I finally managed to get it working perfectly!

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OWP: Bobs Stoke Shop is part of the Stoke Life Service Center network. Can you tell us more about that relationship and how it benefits Onewheel owners?

Bob: Yes, as described above I’m one of the owners now as well.  We service all onewheel models and even have advanced technicians working together for the most difficult repairs.

Currently, we have approximately 40 onewheel repair shops all over the world. I’m also in the process of vetting another 40 applicants. I have a fairly busy life and doing my best to fit it all in while helping everyone as best I can.

Sometimes a little patience can be helpful from applicants. We can also source parts for people as needed. A few of the other busy shops like myself, ØWMøbShop in CO, and Onestop Board shop in NJ often purchase used boards regularly. This allow us to better serve the community and other members of the Stoke Life Service network. Its all for the love of the community!

OWP: How many types of Onewheel boards are there at home?

Bob: I own 3 XR’s. One- 4206 frontier board and two-4209 boards that are all fully decked out in 3rd party accessories. I love to support the 3rd party vendors!

OWP: What is your favorite type of riding, trail, or street?

Bob: I love to ride rocky super technical trails. Most people hate them but I cant get enough.

OWP: Do you have a tire preference for trail and street?

Bob: Trails of course!! Always riding Dirty 😉

Community Help

OWP: You attended FloatLife Fest the past 2 years and helped with the build out process. Can you tell us more about that?

Bob: Sure! My friend Paul and I are both General contractors. So, I brought him out to FLF 2 with me! When we saw the set up for the trick comp and how it was being built, we jumped right in to make it strong and safe for all the competitors. We didn’t want to see anyone getting hurt.

So, for FLF 3 I told Justyn we would handle the whole course for the trick comp and just handle the prep for theest of the festival and we got this! We built with the same recycled materials from FLF 2 and we also helped build all the fresh park ramps Justyn bought.

We had huge plans for FLF4! I was going to get a ton of materials and build new features to keep it fresh and give some new challenges to our best riders. Unfortunately, we just found out it is being postponed (Boooo)! But, when FLF 4 does happen next it is will be the best one yet!

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OWP: Your Hyper Charger for the XR has been a hit in the community, do you have any plans constructing any other equipment you could sell to the Onewheel community?

Bob: Yes, I have quite a few things up my sleeve. My Website is coming soon, but most of the things I cannot talk about yet. But just to let you know, I stock all the male + female ports and plugs on the board. I also stock the charging port, including 5 different color power buttons, and the most common internal parts that fail on the controller and BMS. There is almost no wait to get people repaired and back on the trails quickly.

Just know my goal is to help and solve problems of board failures from the hardest riders in our community. I want to make these XR’s as bulletproof as possible.

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Bob Nicholson

OWP: What is the best way for customers to get in touch with you?

Bob: I have a FB page people can make appts on and I also have an IG page @bobs_stoke_shop The website at Bobsstokeshop.com will take over soon and that will be only place to make appointments for service.

OWP: If you could choose, what improvements would you make to the next version of Onewheel XR?

Bob: Oh man, where do I start (Hahaa)? I would start by flipping the control board over in the controller like they did in the pint to keep the components from being torn out of the controller. I would also use thicker wiring in the battery harness like they did in the V1. In addition, I would add a touch better quality control before leaving the factory, and give the board an IP rating so people don’t have to stress over riding near water.

OWP: Bob, thank you for all your contributions to the community and helping others! You rock my dude! Also, big-ups for taking the time to sit down with us and spread the stoke. We had a blast learning more about you and our Onewheel community!

Bob: Thanks for thinking of me to do an interview, I truly appreciate it.

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Float Queen – Racheal “Diesel” Cecil

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Float Queen Racheal Cecil

Float Queen Racheal “Diesel” Cecil is one of the top Onewheel riders in the world. She is the FloatLife Fest 2 street comp champion and current dual slalom race champion at FloatLife Fest 3. She is 23 years old and grew up in the Houston-Texas area. Recently, she graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and now works as a recruiter in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Onewheel.Pro recently had the chance to interview Racheal and her what it takes to train, win, overcome injury, and compete at the highest level. 

“What is the hardest trick you have learned so far and is there a trick you are trying to master now?”

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Racheal: I think the body varial drop, well… there’s hard technical and then there’s hard mental. The body varial drop was the most difficult for me mentally because it was a body varial variation which is how I hurt my ankle. So, I was really scared to do that one and I really didn’t feel confident doing it until Raequel McCosker was like “dude you got it go for it”!

Racheal: The most hard trick technically I think was the lemonade challenge. It’s when you stand on the rail, that one is hard! I did that one for the first time on the pint and it was so hard because the pint is so much smaller! But technically, I think that’s the hardest trick and also the body varial bonk is still something I am toying with the idea of getting down but it may not be worth it for me due to my previous injury.

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Photo and Video Credits: Cory Boehne, Racheal Cecil, and Rick and Morty Grip by: Float365.club

Wheelfunstuff

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Kyle Hanson & AJ Balanza are Wheelfunstuff

We recently had a chance to sit down with Kyle Hanson and AJ Balanza of Wheelfunstuff! This team is made up of AJ, the videographer, and Kyle, the rider. They have been good friends for several years and have been blowing up the Onewheel scene with incredible content. Their Instagram already has over 6,000 followers and they are just getting started. 

Onewheel.Pro recently had the chance to interview them and understand how they put together such amazing content for the community. One of my first questions directed at them was:

“WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU THINKING WHEN YOU’RE RIDING!?”

Kyle: (Laughing) That’s such a good question because it depends what I’m doing. If I’m doing a banger I’m not thinking about anything I’m just going for it! But if I’m cruising the streets I just feel free and like I’m flying just floating around light like the way to live life. 

AJ: You know most of the time I’m just sitting there watching because he’s so fucking crazy I never know what he’s thinking. But other times I’ll see something and I’ll be like “Yo Kyle, can you hit this”? And sometimes he won’t hear me and he’ll just do it. Then other times he’ll hear me and say you’re a fucking idiot, no, no one can do that. Then he’ll do it anyways. 

"You guys were relatively new to the community when you went to FloatLife Fest 3. Can you share what being at that event was like for both of you? What did you guys walk away with after attending that event?"

Kyle: Dude, FloatLife Fest was Amaaaaazing! Anybody with a Onewheel should go to it, I can’t even explain how great it is! Everyone is there and everyone is different and riding Onewheel, so we all have this thing in common that we all get and understand. We don’t have to explain how much we love Onewheel because everyone there is having the same stoke level, it’s so sick! 

AJ: I love FloatLife Fest! It’s crazy because you picked me up from the airport super late on Friday night, so all I really had to experience was all day Saturday. What blows my mind is I did minimal riding, all I ever did was ride from location to location to see what was going on. But the techniques I learned and watching the people I met instantly made me a better rider overnight! 

"I would say without FloatLife Fest I would not be the rider I am today"
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AJ BALANZA
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Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson: Canada’s Curb Killer

 Sean Nelson has been a part of the Onewheel community for about three years now. He is known for his solid curb tricks. With a skateboarding past following him into middle age, Sean immediately fell in love with Onewheel. After the shortest demo session ever recorded in modern history he knew he had to buy one immediately.

I first noticed Sean’s riding in the Onewheel Owners group on Facebook. He posted a video of himself crushing a parking block and doing some noseslides. (I thought to myself, damn he’s killing it! He’s definitely a skater) So I reached out to him and started getting to know him better and sure enough, I was right. He spent most of his youth skateboarding and later got into other hobbies like professional rock climbing trucks. Sean grew up in Saskatoon,Canada, but now lives in British Columbia with his wife and two sons. 

Sean and I have been friends now for about three years and we were roommates for FloatLife Fest 2. What I noticed about him right away is how much intensity he rides with. He doesn’t half ass it! Whenever Sean Nelson is riding Onewheel, you can be sure he’s putting in 100% of his energy into it. He is constantly working on landing new curb tricks and slides that take time to master with lots of practice. Anyone watching him ride Onewheel can immediately tell he has plenty of talent and he knows what he’s doing with the board. 

 

 

“The Bearings Guy”

Sean is also know as “the bearings guy” in the community. He has a great instructional and in-depth video on how to swap/repair Onewheel bearings. You can see that video below which was recorded by Bradley Micheal Spence from Shreddlabs and Boulder Denim.

A couple of things I think people don’t realize about Sean is how big he is. Sean is 44 years old and carries a solid frame, meaning when he falls during Onewheel practice he can fall hard. But luckily, he wears plenty of safety gear when riding. He always wears his helmet, which recently saved his life after a very hard spill he took last year. Wrist guards, elbow, and knee pads are also standard uniform for the experienced veteran. 

Sean has also been able to get his whole family involved with Onewheel. His wife and two sons now each have their own boards. When they take vacation trips, they all bring their Onewheels and ride together as a family. Sean is very proud his family shares the same passion for Onewheel as he does. He is a model example of what a Onewheel community member, rider, and father should be. Sean is a very giving person and is also part of the Stokelife Service Network, he is always willing to help out community members.

To hear the full interview with Sean Nelson, please click below on the SoundCloud link.

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Riding Onewheel in France

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Checkout our latest post with the veterans riding Onewheel in France: Justin de Baere, LeSs Is More, and Fabrice Salvan

#1. This is so awesome having you guys take the time to share the stoke riding Onewheel in France! Thank you for sitting down and sharing your story, please tell us your names, where you are from, and what you do for a living. 

My name is Fab, I am 40 years old and live Near Toulouse City, South France. For over 10 years I have been selling homemade gourmet sausages at an outdoor marketplace.

My name is Leslie but my friends call me Less’ and Instagram knows me as Less isMore. I live in Montpellier – south of France – and i have 2-jobs. I have just created a company – Let’s Ride Onewheel France – i offer Onewheel sessions to discover Montpellier and surrounding. 

To make ends meet, I am an executive assistant at part time. And I am working on developing my own clothes brand too. Which is time consuming, but I believe in it.

#2. When did you first start riding Onewheel?

Fab: I am a Kickstarter backer, Got the V1 s/n446 the 15 April 2015.

Less: I tried for the 1st time in May 2017 and i received my Onewheel+ in July 2017. And then my whole life changed. 

#3. Did you know each other before riding Onewheel and how did you all meet?

Less: We did not know each other. Fabuz was the 1st person to make me try his V1. I posted a message on the OW French forum to know if somebody in Montpellier could makes me try the Onewheel before to buy it. Fabuz answered fast and offered me to try his board. We live at more than 2-hours by car so i went to meet him in Toulouse. I remember very well this day. I really appreciate my friend Mister Fabuzz!!

About Hafid, we first talk together on Instagram (like the main persons i met in this community) and when I went to Paris, we met and shred the city together. He makes me visit the capital, that was totally awesome. He is THE friendliest meeting of my 2018 year and now one of my best friends and we crossed the Atlantic twice together to participate to FLF.

#4. Riding Onewheel in France, how did the public react to you at first when you started riding around Paris and your hometowns?

Fab: Onewheel is still a kind of UFO for most people, but people are curious and stoked about the Onewheel. Cops are also friendly towards riding onewheel france.

Less: The reactions of the people were funny and still it is. Everybody is surprised and curious about the board. I was the 1st person to ride a Onewheel in Montpellier so i cannot deny that a lot of people turned their head when they saw my board. 

#5. How did you get involved in the community and let everyone know riding Onewheel in France was cool and spreading the stoke?

Fab: I first met awesome people on the old-school OW forum. Schuyler Ortega and Chris Unger and many other !!! the first bonds of friendship were born there!

Less: I discovered the Onewheel thanks to an advertising on Facebook, i suppose that its because I am a snowboard addict too (targeting adds!!). I have created my Instagram account 4 months after my OW+ arrived.

And i think it was my friend Hafid who recommended my name to the ProFam on the FB group.

#6. Fab, Leslie, and Hafid, you flew all the way from France to Asheville, NC for FLF 2, please tell us about your journey and what happened along the way.

Fab: Best days of my life, with the best welcoming by the U.S Onewheel fam. Believe it or not, a brand new unboxed XR was waiting for me…The only downside, time went way too fast!

Less: I was supposed to participate to FLF2 but i broke my elbow in NYC few days before the festival (obewheelinh). I think it was one of the big bad events of 2018, but it made me stronger. I was so bummed to not meet for real my ow buddies and to miss them so close… 

Fortunately, my friend Hafid was here (Sonny, Harrison and Stevie too).

I was welcomed in Sonny Wheels’s house (during few days before my return in France to have surgery) who i had the chance to meet and to know. 

After this failed, I could not not to come back to FLF3…

#7. Leslie, what did you enjoy most about your experience at FLF and visiting NY?

Less: The thing i enjoyed the most was for sure to meet for real my Onewheel buddies during FLF.

Obviously the FLF3 was so f*** amazing!! (Sorry I’m too French to be polite 😉) I recommend to every person who is addicted to Onewheel to buy a ticket plane and to come to FLF!!! The best festival i ever participated. I think to come every year to FLF is going to be like a pilgrimage for me!!  Foshooo!!! 

Riding NYC is like Paris, just Magic!!! The streets, the ambiance, the traffic …. Thanks to Harrison and Stevie from the NYC Crew who loaned me their board, I discovered NYC in a very cool way, i literally shredded the city (unlike the previous year when it was rather the city that shredded my elbow!).

#8. Tell us what the Onewheel scene in France is like.

Fab: Good Vibes, European Community is growing fast and big Onewheel events could come true!

Less: French Onewheel Crew is full of talents, for sure!!! 

From each part of France, you can find somebody passionate by his Onewheel. Riding and practicing solo or trying to find other buddies to share some ride. 

American riders are inspiring us, but some French riders can compete with the best American riders. And European scene is increasing too.

#9. Leslie, you were able to make FLF3 this past year tell us what you enjoyed most about the event.

Less: Sorry but i cannot identify a specific moment during festival because all the days was amazing for me. The road from NYC to Asheville with Harry, Yursil and Dano… 15-hrs by car!!! Wednesday, the group ride for Jesus. To discover the hard trails was craziness and so freaking good. And the 1st official day too, sunny, warm, and good mood … (I am still shivering!) And the competitions were so rad too!!! 

See Vitto how I am totally unable to choose one specific moment, impossible! 😂

#10. Justin, you were one of the first riders out in France, how long have you been riding and how many KM have you ridden in that time?

(See YouTube video) 

#11. Have you had any friends from the online community from other countries visit and ride with you in France yet?

Less: The first European buddy i met was Gerard from Spain. We rode 3times together, 2 in Barcelona and Gerard came once in France. We shred Montpellier together and it was so cool to see my Spanish buddy in my town. 

From Switzerland, Nicorufflionson. We do not Onewheel together, but he joined Hafid and I to snowboarding in French Alps. Thanks to Onewheel and Instagram connection, we met each other’s. 

I had the pleasure to welcome Georgio from Russia and ride with him in Montpellier.And without forget my buddy Ignatz Pfefferberg, he did not come to Montpellier but came to FLF3 too and he is from Germany. Without the Onewheel, all those meetings (in France, USA, Spain, Germany…) could never have taken place.

#12. Where are your favorite spots to ride?

Fab: Paris of course and my Pyrenees Mountains (South France) are full of empty & endless Trails and Downhill!

Less: Montpellier for sure. Streets, off-road, nature… every day you can ride different flat and ambiances. Paris with my best friend Hafid, for sure!!! Font-Romeu (ski resort) where the off-road sessions in the backcountry made me quite think at Reeb Ranch playground. 

And the beaches in Sète, my city of birth close to Montpellier. 

But The world is my playground. 😊

#13. Do you consider Onewheel a sport and where do you see Onewheel in 3-5 years?

Fab: Pro riders are definitely pushing the limits to what I’d call “Extreme Sports” but as a recreation, it’s an awesome ecofriendly mobility device. Everybody needs a Onewheel! 🙂

Less: Except a little of body cladding and balance, i do not really feel it like a sport. But to me it is a way of life, my main way of move, my hobby, my passion, my drug and now my job. So maybe I am not really objective anymore. I am not a scientist but i think Onewheel provides the same sensations of well-being and the same pleasure hormones than sport so i will highly recommend it to every people too stressed or unhappy… like the sport.

#14. What are your plans to continue spreading the stoke riding Onewheel in France and Europe?

Fab: I let Leslie answer that question.

Less: To spread the ow stoke i still enjoying share my sessions on Instagram. i also created my company – Let’s Ride Onewheel France – i offer Onewheel sessions to visit Montpellier. 

I am trying to meet others Onewheel riders when its possible.Since few months, Hafid, Fabuzz and i are thinking about to organize a ow festival in France. we talked about it between us, im working on it and we would want to speak with FLF’s team to know what would be possible to imagine in France/Europe. Something like European FloatLife Festival… will see. (now I guess this project its more official 😁). 

#15. If you could tell Future Motion, your online followers, or the Onewheel community across the world anything what would it be?

Fab: A float a day keeps the doc away!? Right!?

Less: To FM: please we need asap a SAV in Europe. We cannot continue to send our board in USA when they need to be repair seriously. Even if we have a warranty. That is not ecofriendly and does not make sense considering the price of the boards. 

To my followers: Big thanks because they always send me good vibes, I am feeling lucky to be support. Even if it is just Instagram. Thank to this social network, i lived a ton of crazy moments and above all i met lovely people.

To the Ow community: come oooon to South of France!! Or let’s shred together at the next FLF. 

Love Ride Smile & StayPro. ❤️👊🏽💋 – LeSs

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Float Goat

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Floatgoat

In our latest interview, we had a chance to catch up with Ryan Sherwood who goes by the handle @ floatgoat on Instagram. He is quickly establishing himself as one of the most creative riders on Onewheel. At a quick glance from his videos on Instagram, you might think Ryan would be in his mid-twenties judging by the way he rides and looks. But actually, he is a dad of 3 and approaching his 40’s in two years! He is a registered nurse living in New Jersey with his family and his fifteen year old son is his cameraman. 

He played sports like soccer, baseball, hockey, swimming, and track growing up. Then in junior high school, Ryan got into surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding. After testing a demo in his local surf shop he impulsively bought an XR and began sharing it with his kids. He told us in the beginning his kids were the ones using it more than he did. Despite not riding it much at first and almost on the verge of selling it he began using it more. 

Once starting to ride more and more he quickly got hooked! Today he has several boards which include a couple of XR’s, a pint, and a Mcnugget. Ryan typically rides with his fifteen year old son who doubles as his cameraman. His videos have also caught the attention of veteran riders in the community. With his creative lines, style, and great video edits he has quickly gained over 1300 followers on Instagram in a short period of time. 

Listen to the full interview below on SoundCloud

We look forward seeing what he has in store for us in the future and his next videos! You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the SoundCloud link below! We hope you enjoy and Stay.Pro Fam! 

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Armor Dilloz

Armor Dilloz

The latest product launch by Armor Dilloz is straight fire...Literally!!!

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OWP: Thanks for giving us an interview Cory, and sharing the Armor Dilloz story! Tell us where you are from and how you became involved with Onewheel?

I was born in the mountains of Durango Colorado and spent most of my youth in the Four Corners region. Mostly on one side or the other of the Colorado/New Mexico border. Now I spend most of my time in Miami – which, of course, is awesome!  I was interested in the Onewheel the moment I saw the V1 on Kickstarter and had read a few things about it. I had never seen one and without there being much public opinion, I just wasn’t sure if it was what I wanted. But, living in Miami, I was missing the mountains and my snowboard. Still, I waited and held off on the first Kickstarter. Figuring I would find a chance to ride one and see if I wanted one. I got busy and lost track without ever getting on one, but then the Plus was announced.

After reading about the improvements, I got a feel for how much people were enjoying them. My credit card may have broken the sound barrier as it was whipped from my pocket when the second Kickstarter campaign was announced. I ordered within the first hours, and it was one of the better decisions I’ve ever made. Today, I’m approaching 20K miles of riding and love the ability to ride all around Miami. It gives me that feeling of snowboarding, but I’m not cold and never need to buy a lift ticket. I love the practicality of commuting to work, doing grocery shopping, and just going to the local brewery. It is so convenient and fun!

OWP: Which is your hometown Onewheel crew and how often do you do group rides?

SoFLOW Crew! I know I’m biased, but this is an amazing group of dudes, and I’m lucky to call such great dudes friends – we have The master himself – Chris Richardson, the absolutely insane Jamie T, The one and only Lukasz, and of course, Vitto Campuzano – the OG founder of .Pro itself and the dude that I met on my first group ride way back when, and a ton of other incredible guys and girls – far too many to actually list, but each one of the crew here is honestly amazing in their own ways.

OWP: When did you think about becoming a vendor to the community and how did you get the idea to create your first product Armor-Dilloz Tire Sealant, tell us about that process.

So, fun fact: Dilloz wasn’t actually our first product – at the time we brought that to market we were actually deep into the development of our plates, and were working with FlightFins at that time to release the aluminum FF Flight Guards, as well as nearing the completion of testing on our Overkill Stainless Plates that we sell in-house.  We’d been at it for some time at that point, having lost the first two rounds of production to poor quality control and material waste, we had lost nearly $5,000 before we were able to get a product that met our standards. 

The tire sealant business was born entirely out of my frustration at losing a tire on a monthly basis. I had so many punctures from riding around Miami! It is not cheap to replace and a loss of free time. I would rather be riding my Onewheel instead of changing a tire.  We quite literally tried just about everything you could buy, and certainly had given a shot to everything popular.  Some worked ok, but none of the products did what I wanted.

Getting the Right Mix

I do like to push the limits. So, I figured what the hell, let’s source over $1000 worth of products and mix them together. I wanted the best attributes of a couple of different products, but wanted to make all the magic happen in one product. We tried to see if we could really get something special that will do exactly what I wanted. That first day testing it we ran over everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING! Everything that we had seen failures on before. We picked out nails from the tire, and broken glass, but it was sealed.  Finally we got it to fail by running over the bottom of a broken bottle and leaving a huge gash.

It was at that point it became obvious that the efforts had paid off! We were getting the results we needed in these thin slicks, something we weren’t really sure was actually possible.  It felt pretty awesome, knowing I’d finally be able to actually wear out a tire instead of losing it. Typically, I would get a puncture before I even got to 800 miles on my tire.  At the time, we didn’t view it as a product that we would be selling much of. We had expected to just sell a few bottles a month to a few friends. I knew a few who I was sure would want to buy their way out of the headache of punctured tires. It was NEVER expected to become popular really though, as we thought it was simply too costly.

Armor Dilloz is Born

Armor DillozIt was something we wanted for our little group of riders, but we didn’t need seven gallons of it! This was the very minimum I could buy/make to get the blend I wanted.  The one thing that my girlfriend was certain of was that I did not need $1000 worth of tire sealant. So, that’s how Armor-Dilloz, the product, came to be. The name Armor-Dilloz, which is a DBA under my corporation Overkill Inc., was Ky Miller’s idea. I asked him to draw me a logo of a Onewheel with an ‘armored tire’. I had the idea of a steel armor plate covered tire. Something where they were riveted together, like the angular Batmobile wheel covers.

Ky then created that awesome adorable curled up Armor-Dilloz as a tire on a OW, and I was in. I thought it was AWESOME!  And in fact, we just commissioned Ky to do an updated ‘Dillo companion for our Draggin’ Tail stickers. We also just announced the first shirt in our apparel line, featuring the Overkill Inc. skull logo! So, we are having a ton of fun and it is wonderful to solve problems for other riders.  It is a good feeling knowing that our effort has saved rides and kept tires out of landfills. We are trying to make the sport more enjoyable by eliminating most flats and low-pressure issues.

OWP: Some time back, you witnessed an awful crime of hit and run in Miami-Florida where the person hit was severely hospitalized. Tell us what happened and how you were able to apprehend the driver of the vehicle.

Yeah, that is a bit of a story isn’t it? I was coming back from the local brewery J. Wakefield. (They have excellent stuff, and I love their sours and pastry stouts!) I was with my wonderful girlfriend Anna who was on her bike, and me on the Onewheel. As we turned onto Miami Ave, we heard a HUGE bang! I saw a car on the sidewalk about 2 blocks up. I chuckled and started to comment to Anna about this one being a special sort of idiot!

But then the screaming started. Those screams were the sort that haunt dreams and curdle the blood. The screams were of a daughter and wife who believed they had just watched their father and husband being run down and murdered. Even from two blocks away it was already obvious I knew it was going to be bad. I told Anna to call 911, and I jumped on the board and went to the scene with the idea of rendering aid and comfort.

As I started down the road, the car DROVE OFF!!  As I was arriving at the scene, I saw the man who had been run down. He was being helped by a small crowd. The road sign he ran over had ripped the oil pan and transmission open. The victim had been hit and thrown 15 feet through the air. He was also crushed under the car as the driver took off. The video of that whole thing is disturbing.

The Chase

I continued riding towards the car stopped at the light two blocks ahead of me. But the driver paused and waited for traffic. When I caught up, I snapped a picture of the license plate. I then went to the window to stop the guy, but he took off. He then turned right onto NE 29th street and headed towards the ocean. 

So, naturally, I followed along – being careful to not overdo it and nosedive! (Literally repeating to myself, don’t nosedive, don’t do it, stay under control man) After about two more blocks, Shawn Alarcon came FLYING by me in his car. Shawn owns the shop the guy was run down in front of. This dude left his shop open and trusted customers to watch it while he helped me to give chase. This was just before we crossed the railroad tracks on 29th in Midtown.

At this point we are about a half mile from the scene, and there is a red light. Plenty of traffic stopped up and coming in the oncoming lanes too.  Good deal.  I get up there, and ID the car both by the plate, and the human sized hole in the windshield. At that point, I yell to Shawn (who I did not yet know) that this was the guy, and to block him in. Shawn did a great job of keeping the right-hand side of the car controlled and blocked in.

Confrontation

So, I then started yelling at the driver to get out of the car, five, maybe six times! He turns towards the front of the car, away from me, and it is obvious he’s looking for an out. 

Side note: I do not know if you have ever broken a side window on a car. But I have, for various reasons, needed to break a few of them. They are damn near impossible to break unless you get it right. I did not have a glass breaker, but I did have a 30lb sledgehammer that I like to ride around town! I grabbed the Onewheel and WOW!  That baby goes through the safety glass like a hot knife through butter.

Once I had the window popped, I reached in and restrained the guy with a friendly choke hold. (Arm-bar, against the seat, a bit unorthodox, but… effective for sure) I then put the car in park and turned off the key with my left hand.  At that point, I needed to get the door unlocked and opened. But I needed my right hand for this, so I switched hands. I then changed over to a Homer Simpson style single handed choke, while I opened up the door of the car.  

Once I had it open, I just went 100% on the forced extraction. Probably a bit of overkill but I was not in the mood for any further resistance. Mind you, I did not leave a scratch on him – the blood was all mine from the glass. At that point, I was met by Shawn on the sidewalk. I asked him to help me get the guy down without hurting him. This dude was trying his best to fight and get away. But he just did not have a darn chance at all. Shawn and I settled him on the ground. I had my knees ‘massaging’ his inner upper arm with all my 225lbs on it. I took out my phone and took ID photos of the guy just in case he did manage to get out and away somehow.  (yes, the infamous ‘teabagging’ shots) 

It turned out to be 100% unnecessary as the first police cruiser showed up in less than 1 minute. (Stellar response time – but they probably got fifty 911 calls) Then it was a fun filled evening of chatting with officers and traffic homicide detectives for the next three hours.

OWP: Did you maintain in contact with the victim and how is he doing now?

I do! We did a few fund raisers for him in the Onewheel community as well as in our charity rare whiskey groups, primarily The Angel’s Share. (THANK YOU ALL AGAIN SO MUCH!) All told, we raised over $5,000 for Eric and it did make a great deal of difference for him and his family! It was his only source of income. Eric will have lifelong effects from this, as he suffered a serious brain injury. But physically he has healed VERY well, and he is progressing AMAZINGLY well! One would not mostly be able to notice or tell. But he tells me that HE most certainly knows. We keep saying we are going to go out for dinner, but we just have not made it happen yet. I intend to correct that unfortunate continued oversight soon.

OWP: One of your other hobbies besides Onewheel is photography, tell us about that and how long you have been a photographer? What type of equipment do you use?

Oh, yeah, I love doing that! Artistic creation is such a pure joy. (It’s part of what I love about doing the metal plates) I’ve been competing at DPChallenge.com for well over a decade now. It is fair to say that I have been an enthusiast for several decades now. At one point, I was selling my photos in a gallery called Three Cranes in Socorro New Mexico. But having moved away, I let that lapse as more important concerns were taking my attention.

I wanted to capture this sport well and get back into some landscape and wildlife photography. So, I actually dumped about $20,000 into new Canon gear a year or so ago. I tend to run fast primes but, really, the fact is that we have gotten some great shots with our cell phones too. After all, the best camera is always the one you have when you need it.

OWP: Is there a website or place you share your photography?

You can find it in SO many places, I have probably forgotten half of them. But the one that matters to me is http://cory.dpchallenge.com as it has some of my favorite work. The idea there is they announce a topic, and you have a week or two to plan, shoot, edit and present for voting. They are strict about editing rules and other things making sure it pushes you to grow as a photographer. Joey Lawrence started there as a young kid; about the same time, I did.  He went on to shoot the posters for Twilight and now works for National Geographic. It has turned out a stream of simply stellar photographers.

OWP: You recently dropped one the most exciting products in the Onewheel community called Draggin Tail, tell us what it is and how you came up with the idea as well as the process you went through to make it a reality.

Well, you see, I’ve always been a HUGE fan of fireworks! The idea of combining Onewheel with something like was irresistible. We have been playing with different methods for years. It got serious about a year ago when we decided to really do a killer product. We went through SO many designs. Some worked, a few tried to kill me, and some failed so fast it was comical. We also discovered that if you hit an expansion joint, or anything that stops the board by grabbing the tail, it will either break the tail, or it will break the board. It is why we designed the product the way we did. So that it is VERY strong but will fail before the board does. It keeps both the expensive hardware and the rider as safe as possible.

OWP: You have already sold out of Draggin Tail, when can the community expect the next batch back in stock?

NEXT WEEK BABY! It may be challenge keeping them in stock, we hope not, but the pandemic is providing some significant challenges for us in our supply chain.  However, we will do all we can to ensure a steady supply. We are keeping the sale price of $50 until July 4th !!

OWP: Looking towards the future, what type of upgrades would you like to see in the next version of the XR?

Power. Just power. I need it. The board would be so much more amazing off road for us big guys if it just had more power.  (and yes, I know I sound like Tim ‘The Toolman’ Taylor here…)

OWP: How has Onewheel and being part of the community changed your life and what do you appreciate most in this growing board sport?

It has been huge! I continue having so many new awesome friends and experiences. I literally live my life around this sport now. The community continues growing and I love meeting new riders every week. It is so exciting and cool, what a great time to get to be a part of this awesome thing!

OWP: Does Armor Dilloz have any other product launches planned for 2020 you would like to share with the community?

We are in the process of bringing our first apparel items to market and have some VERY cool stuff in the pipeline. Though, we are focusing on is decidedly community related for the rest of 2020. If FM announces a new board, we’ll scramble and continue making some cool stuff as fast as we can.

OWP: Thank you for your contributions to the community and taking the time to sit down with Onewheel.Pro Cory!

Thank you, it was great to finally have an opportunity to get all the little details on a few of these things right. I cannot wait to read all these wonderful works from our friends!

To learn more about other awesome third party Onewheel vendors like Armor Dilloz please click here!

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The Float Life

The Float Life

In our latest blog post, we get a chance to sit down with Jeff and Raequel McCosker of The Float Life!

Jeff has not only been one of the best riders in the world for several years now, but is also the founder of his company The Float Life. His athleticism, balance, and ability to create insane tricks has led him to the top of the Onewheel world. Jeff’s company has also become a leading vendor in the community with board modifications, parts, and apparel. The Float Supply is located in Sacramento California and is known for great products and customer service. He has recruited some of the best riders in the world for The Float Life Pro Team which dominate most event competitions. 

Raequel has been crowned FloatLife Fest street event champion twice in the last three years. She also happens to be married to Jeff McCosker making, them Onewheel’s power couple. Besides being one of the top female Onewheel athletes on the planet, she also is a professional wake boarder. When she’s not shredding the water or street, you can find Raequel ripping through the slopes snowboarding. She is full time teacher in Sacramento and is sponsored by The Float Life.

Please click below on the Sound Cloud link to hear the full interview.

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The Voice of Onewheel

voice of onewheel

VOOW's Adam Carluccio and Matt LaBelle

This week we flipped the script on The Voice of Onewheel and got the chance to do an interview with them. Hosts Adam Carluccio, aka Lucdogg, and Matt LaBelle, aka Belly have been doing the show now for over two years. Back in 2017, Adam got his first Onewheel and already had his show called Lucdogg in the morning. His friend Matt “Belly” LaBelle had majored in journalism and media production in college. Because of this, he was eager to help Adam deliver a show focusing on the Onewheel community. The show’s aim is to connect riders, vendors, and products from all across the globe.

The Community’s Voice

The Voice of Onewheel currently airs Wednesdays at 12 PM EST and focuses on different aspects of the Onewheel community. Familiar names such as Jeff McCosker, Chris Richardson, Andrew Stroh, Justyn Thompson, Bodhi Harrison, and many others have all been featured on the show. Lucdogg and Belly have even managed to get Future Motion to come onto The Voice of Onewheel and represent. The shows hosts work hard to filter the best vendors, athletes, events, and latest news of the Onewheel community each week. Their commitment to the show, community, and devoted viewers is undeniable. They are authentic, comical, lovable, and at times controversial.

In fact, Adam and Matt always try to uplift their viewers with positive words and also challenge their guests at the same time. They are always looking for ways to improve different aspects of the community while also echoing suggestions back to Future Motion. In other words, the Voice of Onewheel has figured out what the community wants and what it really needs. What the community wants is to have their voice heard loud and clear because of the infectious passion Onewheel gives its owners. What the community really needs is the platform Adam, Matt, and The Voice of Onewheel continues to deliver.  

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