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Foundation “Oddity”

February 23rd, 2017   

Foundation Skateboards is a company started by Tod Swank in the year 1990. But much more importantly, Foundation is a crew, a team and a family. Once known as the Foundation Super Co. with past riders such as Daniel Shimizu, Brad Staba, Ethan Fowler & Heath Kirchart, Foundation has a rich history of great teams with full-length videos to accompany them. This generation of Foundation, however, is brand new and comes with a lot to prove. And their newest video, “Oddity”, was their opportunity. The team has changed a lot since it’s last full-length feature, 2010’s “WTF!”.

Most of the Fondation boys at the premiere in Santa Ana, CA.

Most of the Fondation boys at the premiere in Santa Ana, CA.

The new guys are the guys! The team is stacked with young blood like Corey Glick, more seasoned skaters like Corey Duffel, road dogs like Dakota Servold and possible 2017 SOTY, Cole Wilson. The van is filled to the brim with talent, but it’s great to know that the bros are just bros. With no big checks to light a fire under their asses, the boys are getting clips for the love of it. And they’re getting it in whenever and however often they can. Doing it for all the right reasons, the current Foundation Skateboards team was bound to create magic with their newest video. And sure enough, Oddity was a stand-out.
Between Corey, Corey, Cole and the rest of the homies, the entire video was 100% (okay, 98%) skateboarding all the way through. Ryan Spencer came out with some really unique skating, Cole Wilson and Corey Glick came out swinging at every spot, Nick Merlino almost killed himself to get the footage, Aidan Campbell made a beautiful debut and Joey Ragali pushed himself hard for this one! Truly, everyone crushed it, and no SoCal spot was left unharmed.
Specifically, the handrail game was absolutely destroyed. From skating up kinked rails to skating through 8 kinks, these dudes did the unthinkable in every way imaginable. Never Been Done’s were No Big Deal, and lack of budget came through as Better then Ever.
Foundation Skateboards has a group of guys that looks strong as hell and is keeping the brand in the highest of ranks for years to come. Don’t sleep on any of these dudes, because they’re all capable of producing en ending part for whatever their next project will be!
Now, just watch:

 “ODDITY”

Diego Najera and Primitive Skateboards’ “Opal”

February 8th, 2017   
There are plenty of skateboard companies that were formed within the last three years, but there’s only one that dropped a team video for the very first time just one week ago… On February 2nd at BLACK in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, Primitive Skateboards debuted the 7.5-minute-long video, “Opal”. And Opal was a fitting name.
Diego Najera - Nollie Tre Flip in Santa Monica

Diego Najera – Nollie Tre Flip in Santa Monica

Like a rare stone, this short video was highly anticipated and long awaited. People knew it would be high quality but simultaneously wondered to themselves what the caliber would actually be. For those that aren’t avid followers of the brand, the premiere was a pleasant surprise. Primitive has a team that one might forget is truly stacked with the gnarliest talent. Of course, we all think of Paul Rodriguez, but we may forgotten about Devine Calloway and Brian Peacock, rookies in one regard but legends in another. Carlos Ribeiro, a strong 2016 SOTY contender; Shane O’Neill, one of the best in the world; and Nick Tucker, Instagram gold… And never count out Trent McClung, full-on team rider for Primitive as well as adidas Skateboarding and Bones Wheels.
The team is full of power, style and history within this thing we love called skateboarding. It’s easy to forget how impressive the squad truly is. And it just became a bit more impressive. Almost the entire second half of “Opal” was an introduction of Diego Najera to the pro Primitive family. If you’ve seen Diego skate, you know he handles himself like a professional. But now, Diego has his own pro board for the royalty-laden Primitive Skateboards.
Watch out for his new wood at the site COMING SOON and the full “Opal” edit HERE.

A Friend Needs Help

February 1st, 2017   
Humans are aplenty. So much so, that some nationalist leaders are establishing policies to bar them outside of their countries’ borders. Everyone has their differences, and with over seven billion humans on this planet, it’s started to get a bit sloppy. Yes, many get lost in their emotions amongst each other, but many have also found special places for themselves.
Certain people are put on our Earth to make a unique difference. Those that know him know how much of a difference he’s already made. Andy Dicker is a skateboarder, an artist and so much more. The head camp counselor at the YMCA Element Skate Camp at Sequoia Lake, he’s a role model for all those his younger and his elder alike. A pure soul that engages his students, his peers and his leaders with equal and great enthusiasm.
Andy

Andy

A soul like his is hard to find.
Andy is down but not out. He suffered serious head trauma while skateboarding in San Francisco about two weeks ago. His progress is slow, but we know his inner strength will bring him back to his old self in due time. His fervor unmatched, he’s capable of anything, something skateboarding was a part of teaching. There’s a hot fire burning in each of us. One that helps us push on regardless of any circumstance.
Many skaters have that fire. An ever-burning flame that keeps them going. But Andy… He had a such a strong devotion in him, that it constantly spread to those around him. Those that are now here for him in a time of need. The skateboarding world is here to show support, and all additional help qualifies as a great cause.
Andy shredding

Andy shredding

If you have $20, $200 or just one share on Facebook, feel free to help that cause right here at:
What goes around comes around, and we’re sending great vibes to a fellow shredder! Join us.
 – Keegan Guizard, Skateboards.com Team

Evan Smith for Element Skateboards

January 10th, 2017   
Aside from annihilating everything in his path on a skateboard and being one hell of a cosmic soul, Evan Smith has been getting a huge amount of coverage in the skate scene at large over the past three years. With multiple full parts, some solo and some as part of full-length skate videos, and great skating in plenty of this past year’s major contests, Evan’s shown himself to be the full package as a pro skater.
Evan on that tour life...

Evan on that tour life…

A serious SOTY contender, a street warrior, and a wandering lovechild don’t usually coincide on one human being, but that’s probably why everyone loves Evan. Celebrating his presence on Element Skateboards’ team isn’t enough. It’s only right to make his pro deck graphics as dope as can be, and we think Element nailed it right on the head. From his recent “Ranger” deck to the Star Head Body tribute in his “Elementalist” series deck, it’s easy to see how he fits in with the brand and how his artistic lifestyle shines through in its creation.
Always an artsy fellow, he could settle in Pittsburgh as a local creative. But for Evan, the road to meaning has only begun. And skateboarding is lucky to have him as a die-hard lifer. Stay around Skateboards.com to see the next graphics Element comes out with for Mr. @StarHeadBody.
Skaters unite! And support your favorite professionals. Keep pro boards alive by buying them yourself.
Much love,
 – Skateboards.com Team

Quit Your Day Job Vid

December 29th, 2016   
Most people don’t know exactly what you mean when and if you say the words “women’s skateboarding.” It’s still just beginning to blossom like skateboarding did for males so many years ago… There had not been a full-length girl-only skate video in over a decade, but that has been changed for the better because of the passion and dedication of two producers, Monique O’Toole and Erik Sandoval.
The vision for this era’s all-female skateboarding video was an ambitious one and a brave move. Even men often don’t get paid well to ride a skateboard, and their female counterparts (generally) are at least twenty years behind on that curve. All those long nights at lit up spots and weeks on the couch nursing injuries are rewarded with nothing but the love of skateboarding. I don’t mean to imply that the love of skateboarding isn’t freaking amazing. It is, and otherwise no one would be breaking themselves without getting a check in the mail. But it’s important to acknowledge the drive and perseverance required to keep skating hard, day in and day out for an eventual shot at a career in this thing.
Samarria Brevard - Crooked Grind

Samarria Brevard – Crooked Grind

Quit Your Day Job is the most recent and best attempt at an all-female skate video: they absolutely nailed it. The vision of Monique & Erik coupled with the raw talent of so many skaters made it everything we all want in a full-length video. With an opener from Mariah Duran, they booted it up with some serious skating (and she turned pro at the premiere!). We’re not going to give away the full line-up and ender, but there are solid full parts from young shredders like Samarria Brevard and Savannah Headden, alongside veterans like Vanessa Torres. The vibe of the video is quasi-early 2000s, with structured parts and a solid soundtrack. The editing is almost flawless, coordinated with music and b-roll in a playful yet real way. And the skill level of these girls is fully mind-blowing! To be honest, there is a difference in the skill level of professional skateboarding by guys and girls, but this video will blow you away. Almost every single minute, you will see something that draws a reaction. You’ll want more of it, and at the end of the feature you’ll be wondering when the sequel will be released.
Get your hands on a copy somehow! Their crowdfunding campaign was a success, so check out that page for more info. See for yourself how real and rad women’s skateboarding has become! It’ll stoke you out more than you know, we’re sure.
At the end of the day, we’re all skateboarders, and we all deserve similar opportunities for our craft. As a pro skater, it’s crucial to be supported while living the dream, and we hope that skateboarding grows to be more inclusive of all the girls growing up now, in the skateparks and the streets alike!
Now Monique, where’s Quit Your Day Job II?!?!

K Walks: Skater of the Year 2016

December 23rd, 2016   
This year’s SOTY race was arguably the closest of all time. Over the last five or six years, Thrasher (and skateboarding in general) has made the annual Skater of the Year award into something much more than just bragging rights. SOTY has become a skateboarding pop symbol, one hell of a party and a highly anticipated end-of-year conversation starter in skate communities worldwide. No matter how much YOU anticipated the winner of this year’s Skater of the Year, the real contenders were no doubt aplenty.
With ATVs like Evan Smith and Elijah Berle in the mix, powerhouses like Tiago Lemos and Dane Burman, and all-time greats like Dennis Busenitz and Brian Anderson, it was all way up in there air. The list went on and on… Figgy was another well-deserving shredder. And then there was Austyn Gillette… It seemed impossible to choose, and you know what I mean if you’ve been following skateboarding media at all this year. But it was awarded and to one of the very best, most deserving skaters in the world right now.
Kyle Walker HANDLES kinked rails.

Kyle Walker HANDLES kinked rails.

Straight outta Oklahoma, Kyle Walker represents America, the mid-west and all that is alive and well with skating big rails and gaps. A straight-up productive killer with an affinity for shutting down any spot in his path, Kyle always gets back in the van with a well-deserved Stella Artois. If you’re a photographer, filmer, teammate or TM, you should always be prepared to celebrate, because Kyle will no doubt bend the limits of what’s doable
Coming off of a solid performance in Vans’s “Propeller” (second to last part, only second to last year’s SOTY) last year, he produced footage for his full part in Volcom’s “Holy Stokes!” and various online video parts including the recent “No Other Way,” a shorter production from Vans. Kyle came out with his Vans pro shoe earlier this year and also did really well at Dew Tour in Long Beach. With the constant attitude of “let’s kill it, today” day in and day out, it’s no wonder that K Walks got the title of SOTY 2016.
For those that might be disappointed, you know that the winner deserved it. He’s as much a die hard skater as any of the other contenders and definitely pushed himself to new levels! If not convinced, watch the video below.

Politic – New to the Site!

December 16th, 2016   
Politic: adj. <(of an action) seeming sensible and judicious under the circumstances.>
Politic is not your average skateboard brand. They are anything but that. When most of the industry is based in Southern California, Politic stays with its roots on the American east coast. When most companies sponsor a mix of contest skaters and clip stackers, Politic recruited raw street skaters only. And when most are following the blueprints of many skate companies past, Politic does its own thing entirely.
Taylor Nawrocki - back tail

Taylor Nawrocki – back tail

Based in New York City, Politic never ventures far from the dirty streets of Manhattan, the very terrain that bred the culture of the brand. These guys take their pushing seriously, as they should, and people are taking note. They’ve drawn a top-notch team, including Taylor Nawrocki, Danny Renaud, Dom Henry, Dave Caddo, Quim Cardona, Joshua Bos and Steve Durante. This list of heavy hitters is no joke, and they’re paving the way for their own future. On their own terms.
Their graphics reflect the hectic energy of street skating in any metropolis, whether it be the boroughs of New York, the centro of Miami, the plazas of DC or the neighborhoods of Philly. The homage to their skaters with their pro decks are rad, to say the least; we hope you’re as stoked on them as we are.
For more Politic, check them out on our site right here.

1st Asian Skateboarding Championship

December 8th, 2016   
Less than two weeks ago today, the Asian Skateboarding Championships were held in Shanghai, China. 11/25/2016-11/27/2016. You might be thinking, “I didn’t even know that was a thing?!” And although it’s not in the limelight of our mainstream skateboarding media, it IS on the come-up and will continue to grow in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The skaters were shredding so hard, and we’re stoked to see where Asian skateboarding goes from here.
The culture of the Chinese brings up its skateboarders, and it teaches precision through action and intention. It showed. At the Asian Championship at SMP (Shanghai Mega Park), most of the Chinese skaters were threading runs together with the most technical
First ever...

First ever…

tricks and impeccable style. But it wasn’t only the Chinese that had style and talent in their skating. Contenders from Indonesia, Iran, Singapore, Japan, The Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Nepal and China all brought the heat and made it a hard day for the judges.

 

In the street division of the contest, Japanese competitors each took first. Kaede Yoshikawa won for the men, and Aori Nishimura took first place among the women. Many more came and ripped so hard! Much support to all the skaters in the contest, the greater Asian skateboarding community and the international competitive skateboarding scene.

With Neil Hendrix as part of the recent directed insurgence of skating in China (and into all of Asia), The Boardr behind the logistics of the competition and Vans as a main supporter of the event, it was looking good from the beginning, but now it has happened. Come and gone. We’re sure this event will evolve to become a staple in the international skateboarding community and a strong part of the international competition circuit.
And now we know what to look forward to next year!
See the edit here:

Brian Anderson Pro for Antihero Skateboards

November 23rd, 2016   
Just a few weeks ago, BA (Brian Anderson) was announced as a professional addition to the Antihero Skateboards team – September 27th, 2016. And it had been years of us seeing him riding their skateboard decks…
After a memorable career riding for legacy brands such as Toy Machine and Girl and even having started his own board brand with 3D Skateboards, Brian had a long-standing period of time where he didn’t really HAVE a board sponsor. Content and strong with Nike SB, Supreme and Independent Trucks as his supporters, Brian moved back to the east coast, where he grew up and has been silently killing it. His current home in Queens, NY is a new place for him and his career as he moves forward as an openly gay man. For more on his recent coming out, check out our blog piece HERE.
Brian Anderson, as skaters who have followed his career loyally will know, has been a perfect fit for Antihero for years. With his powerful style, unique approach, gnarly appearance and long-time home in San Francisco, it made sense that Antihero (under SF-based Deluxe Distribution) would take him under their wing as a pro rider. If they had made that announcement at any point, it would have been a good call for the culture of the brand and for Brian as their friend. But waiting until after the coming-out unveiling made it even more significant. Basically Antihero, a brand that is well-known for its dirty street-based roots, made a strong statement along the lines of “we don’t care what your size, color or orientation are, we’re skaters and we’ve got skaters’ backs.” Contrary to the “hard ass” attitude put off by the brand over the decade(s), they took an unwavering stand on Brian’s behalf.
Skateboarding has begun to hit a tipping point of popularity, where those running the brands, teams and organizations in the industry need to remind their followers of where skaters stand, who skaters are and why we’re all listening in the first place. Skateboarding started as a complete fringe activity. Something middle-aged Americans would look down upon and elders of our culture would literally scorn. Skateboarders had no choice but to band together and stick up for one another. The only other option was to retreat into whatever other life we would settle with. It was either keep skating or give up. Over the last 25 years that street skateboarding has been alive, it has grown tremendously, shrunk almost as much and has seen a huge change in audience.
Skateboarding has become cool, yet again, in the greater American (and even international) society. And it has become shrouded by that coolness to include fair-weather fans, “posers” and those looking to take advantage of the industry. As little or as much as those people pay attention to actual skateboarding, they look up to skaters for their style, resilience and lifestyle. And now that it has the current limelight of hip urban culture, it’s important to remind the masses that skateboarding was built on inclusion. It was founded on the fact that if you skate, you’re cool. And petty opinions on human traits such as homosexuality do not alter our willingness to help our brothers and sisters.
Antihero has never compromised who they are as a team or as a brand, but they did show the skateboarding world that gay, straight, bisexual, transgender or however else you personify your sexuality, a skateboarder is a skateboarder. Period.
Brian Anderson is as much a legend now as he was before he came out. He’s as much a legend now as he was when he closed the doors at 3D Skateboards. The only thing that has changed is the fact that he has a board graphic shares Antihero’s name and his own.
Welcome to Antihero, Brian. We’re stoked they’ve got your back and glad that skateboarding does as well.
Keep skating, everyone.

Skateboarders’ Consequences of President Elect Trump

November 18th, 2016   
As every American should know by now, Donald Trump is our president elect. Few people, on either side of the ballot, saw this coming as a probable outcome. But hey, s*?# happens, right? All emotions and predispositions aside, here are some of the things we thought a Trump presidency would bring upon the American skateboarding family. For better or for worse, here we go:
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I. The Ultimate Wallride

So from the very wee beginnings of this Trump “campaign,” we’ve heard all about this massive wall… “It’s gonna be YHUUGE!” Meant to block out illegal immigrants (as if they didn’t have systems in place to bypass a wall), it could actually be a plus. If, on the American side, security is

Frontside Wallride

pretty lax, there’s yhuuge potential for some DIY work of the ages. Highest wall ride competition in El Paso? Sponsored by the Trump International of course.. ;/

II. Women’s Skateboarding’s Rights
Of course, more and more females have been active in our skate communities recently, which is rad. It’s about time that male skaters stopped seeing girls as objects and started having to keep up with their level of shredding! Just in the last 2-3 years, women’s skateboarding has truly taken off. But if Trump maintains certain ideals prevalent in his presidential campaign, we might see women being stifled in any career they choose. And that’s just NO good.
III. Legality of the “Sex Change”
The hottest thing in skateboarding since sliced br.. uhh.. no-complies. The body varial. Used with a kickflip, it’s dubbed a “sex change.” We’ve all become familiar with Trump’s ideology against the LGBT community. In real life, this is a huge loss. Everyone should be comfortable and open with themselves, regardless of gender or preference. But in skating, this could result in a mixed bag of opinion. How many body varials is too many body varials? Hmmm…
IV. Anti-Trump Propaganda Graphics
Let’s be real for a second here… The undeniable majority of core skateboarders were in opposition to a Trump presidency, whether they voted or not. Many companies printed “Anti-Trump” board graphics. Whether it was the guys at

Donald Trump and Mike Pence

Deluxe or Baker Boys Dist. right here in LA, the industry took a stance against this guy. We can only hope that Trump doesn’t impose unnecessary taxes on “action sports retail” to get back at OGs of the industry. And we surely wouldn’t want a U.S. skateboarder registry keeping tabs on all skateboarders, in case some sketchiness goes down…

V. Immigration Against PROgression
Trump is definitely leaning into some anti-immigration policy of the toughest variety, and this is no good for lots of reasons. Most importantly, how are we gonna be able to embrace some of the best skaters in the world? Brazilians, Australians, Canadians and Europeans alike are crucial parts of American skateboarding. Not to be greedy, although that is the Trump way, but we don’t want to know a United States without those international rippers…
VI. And then it breaks apart…
Burnside Skatepark

Burnside Skatepark

California has already suggested seceding from the US, in a Brexit-style exit from the rest of the country. Largely in response to Trump’s presidential elections, what if other
states begin to do this? Will us American skateboarders need a passport just to go skate Burnside, Pulaski or the ditches of SoCal? We hope not. Let’s stick together and hoard the spots as a collective. What do you say?? F*?# Yeah!
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This is just the beginning of possibility with Donald J. Trump. No one knows exactly what will happen, but with an election like the one we just witnessed, it’s hard to say what might go down in the next year or four years.. Some are looking to capture opportunities. Like Billy Rohan chatting with the Trump about building (even more) skateparks all over the nation. But we’re gonna hope the for the best moving forward. Maybe it will be okay. But no matter what, skateboarders will rule the world.