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Pizza Skateboards: Summer Selection

June 20th, 2016   
Pizza. Is. Life. At least for these guys. Pizza Skateboards started a few short years ago and already has a stacked team, but it seems that everyone that rides for Pizza is down for the brand with or without the skrilla.
With known names such as Chase Webb but also up-and-coming brand OGs, like Michael Pulizzi and Zach “Ducky” Kovacs, the kids have a lot to look up to… But furthermore, who doesn’t like Pizza? Although they don’t have pro models at all, Pizza creates some sick artwork for their planks, especially those recently released for the summer of 2016.
The Pizza Last Supper deck is a must-have board for the wall or the feet. The unity represented by a religiously historic scene translates to American culture well. Especially pizza hungry skaters. Did someone say Pizza Party? The Pizza Pizza Bear deck is a simple and blunt version of what Pizza is all about. Dad hats and popping colors are the current rage in skating, and Pizza’s on top of hot new trendz.. The Pizza Emoji deck is an example of the non-serious attitude that we all have as skaters and the appreciation for the juvenile that keeps us young. We don’t know what this graphic implies… But it has something to do with sign language and tasty tasty pizza!
Be sure to stay in the loop as Pizza release more hot fire for your riding pleasure. And browse all the decks we currently have on Skateboards.com. We’ll be getting more and more new deck brands that suit your fancy over the summer.
So stay tuned and eat pizza.

7th Annual “Skate For A Cause”

June 20th, 2016   
On May 7th, we were excited to attend the 7th Annual Skate For A Cause event, put on by the winner of this year’s Eric Stricker Memorial Award, the Sheckler Foundation. Ryan Sheckler, Gretchen Sheckler-Hachee, and all of the staff at the foundation do so much to grow and build their mission. Hats off!
The big event, skate contest(s), races and tent festival included, was held at the Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest. The skies were dark with rain clouds to the north and northeast but beautiful, blue and sunny to the south. The park managed to stay dry for the entire length of the day, so we were in for a real treat! Young and old(er), short and tall, big and small; everyone was out to rip or watch the rippage, and there was a little something for everyone. Whether you came to watch the Legends shred the pool or the new blood skate the big stairs & rail, you were not to be disappointed.
The day started at 10 am. The gates opened to the carnival village (we like to call it “tent city”), and practice for the bowl competition was LIVE. From 11:30-11:50am, The Adaptive Actions Sports crew put on an awesome demo for the crowd! Whether on a board, bike or wheelchair, these guys & girls were so impressive, we can’t wait til the next one!
Founder of Adaptive Action Sports, Oscar Loreto, kickflips for the crowd.

Founder of Adaptive Action Sports, Oscar Loreto, kickflips for the crowd.

At noon, the TRANSWORLD Legends Bowl Contest officially started, and the next hour was full of great skating from our favorites, including Christian Hosoi, Jim Gray, Eddie Reategui, and more. The dark gray bowl at the skatepark (the one with four pockets and stairs in the shallow) was the one selected for the contest, & it got absolutely obliterated! So much fun to watch.

Not too long after the Legends wrapped up (Congrats to the crowd favorite, Hosoi, for winning!), the Lume Cube-sponsored Skater Cross contest got going! It’s not very often that you see a contest like this. Skater Cross is just like Snow Cross for snowboarders in the Olympics, if you’re familiar with that. There are cones set all around a flow course for skaters to race to and within. There’s a one-on-one format that makes sure it stays exciting for all spectators. And people aren’t afraid to get a bit physical with each other. So you can imagine the entertainment of one-on-one real-time racing over concrete humps, corners and obstacles. With opportunity for “slam-of-the-day.” it was hyped up! Congrats to Daniel Vargas for walking away with the Skater Cross win for that day.

Chris Joslin's frontside heelflip in the Red Bull Tech Center contest

Chris Joslin’s frontside heelflip in the Red Bull Tech Center contest

The more traditional contests followed, including the Red Bull Tech Center Best Trick, Oakley Tranny Best Trick, and  Tilly’s Stairs Hubbas Rails Best Trick. The Red Bull-sponsored Best Trick contest entailed a bump to barrier from a large bank in the street course and the bump to rail in the park. So many came out to shred on the course! Some highlights came from Greg Lutzka, Alex Midler, Kane Sheckler, and Kurtis Colamonico. Big ups to Lutzka for taking it home with a few sick backside nosebluntslide variations and then some!
The transition best trick contest was a fun one to watch, with Daniel Vargas and Nora Vasconcellos, Dave Bachinsky, Charlie Blair, and others competing. Oakley fronted some cash to sponsor and everyone showed us their best stuff on the two main quarterpipes in the street course. Charlie ultimately brought it home with a massive frontside flip, blunt kickflip to fakie, backside 360 nosegrab, and many others. Congrats Charlie boy!

The ender for the day, was as usual, the “techgnar” section with the 11 stair, round rail, square rail, and hubba. Although all the action was going down on the stairs and rails, it was one for the books, for sure! Sierra Fellers, Chris Cole, Chris Joslin, Tre Williams and Tony Tave were some of the names

Kevin Romar nollie heelflips in the Tilly's Best Trick contest.

Kevin Romar nollie heelflips in the Tilly’s Best Trick contest.

throwing themselves down the gap. Each person had a mission on a trick or a few, and it was gnarly to see what they all had in store for the crowd. Some highlights included switch backside heelflip and switch frontside bigspin heelflip from Chris Joslin, nollie boardslide and switch heelflip from Sierra Fellers, and switch frontside kickflip and japan air from Chris Cole. But don’t talk our word for it! Check out the coverage below for yourself… Much love to Joslin for taking home first!

Following the big gap finale, the crowd watched as awards (big checks!) were given to the winners and participants from the entire day. The excitement on the faces of everyone present was truly special. A huge part of the greater skate community came out, and the fulfilling feeling of positive impact was palpable. You could feel it in interactions with everyone, and you could see it in their faces and body language. The awards were handed out, and all was good. But even more, the raffles tickets were called, and all the kids got hooked up!
We’ll have the figures on how much money they raised soon enough. But we can tell you from a first-person experience that the Sheckler Foundation does good work, at least through their Skate For A Cause event in Lake Forest.
Stoked for the stoke. Can’t wait till next year’s Skate For A Cause!

SPOILER ALERT adidas Skateboarding’s “Away Days”: A Walk-Through

June 13th, 2016   
Within the first thirty seconds, almost immediately, the video starts with the ultimate hype track (and footage to match). House of Pain’s “Jump Around” set to mixed team footage of shredding Barcelona spots is more than enough to get any skater excited for the full video to come. And if that weren’t enough, The Gonz provides narration  that skaters of all cultures and backgrounds can get down with. “…if you do something that’s really excellent, somebody has to do something that is excellent but in a different way.” Given his unpredictable ad hoc style, his words speak to skateboarding in one of the most meaningful ways possible.
Away Days dropped HARD.

Away Days dropped HARD.

The openers of the film, Lucas Puig and Rodrigo TX, fully represent the international and newly legendary skaters which make up the distinctive team that is adidas Skateboarding. And the way in which their parts are edited parallel the quality and unique genre of the skating itself. A full part from Mark Suciu and shared part from Na-kel Smith & Jake Donnelly further show the diversity of the team and pure ability that exemplify skateboarding as it really is. The perfect medley moves forward with a European urban life section, showing the reality that is skating in within a metropolitan hub: riding through thick crowds of oblivious pedestrians, waiting for trains in underground junctions, getting kicked out of spots, the blur of rapidly passing lights, and the chaos that strangely brings order to the wandering mind of skateboarders worldwide.
Lucas Puig - Backside Heelflip. Photo: Free Skate Magazine

Lucas Puig – Backside Heelflip. Photo: Free Skate Magazine

The transition is quick yet natural to a shared part featuring Gunes Ozdogan, Pete Eldridge, & Kevin Lowry. These three skaters all have styles that contrast distinctly yet share an element common to the smooth track of Dusty Springfield. To the American audience, we have two relatively new names sandwiching a modern legend in Eldridge, and the result is poetry. The next quick exchange brings us to the skating of Nestor Judkins and Miles Silvas. Nestor and Miles are both staples in their craft, with even more distinct styles and approaches to their wooden planks. From the dusty streets of California, to Asian marble and Parisian granite, nothing was excluded from the clips of these two, and the soothing tunes of New Order supplement the unforgiving vibe of Skepta (ft. Young Lord).
Lem Villemin promptly reminds us that he’s not only in the game, but killing said game with his smooth yet heavy street skating. The mainstream scene had not seen a full part from Lem in quite some time, so it was refreshing to see a solid block of clips from the strapping young Vietnamese German. And what better to segue into a Southbank montage… The local London team rippers and a worthy segment of other adidas riders stacked clips in the historic Southbank plaza via an edit that truly showed the significance and influence that one single spot can have. The Gonz and crew bring the hype right along to a shared part with Chewy Cannon, Benny Fairfax, & Blondey McCoy. Each of these dudes has their own different flavor that contribute to the extra special sauce that is London skateboarding. If only we could get interviews with these guys to see what the British equivalent of Wheaties are for them. Watch and admire. Skate and destroy. Perhaps nobody understands that mantra better than Aussie transplant and CA resident, Jack Fardell. Whoever coined the term ATV for skaters had this chap in mind, because he will absolutely wreck anything in his path (or even off the path). Lots of LA footage of Jack leads wonderfully into the following segment.
Dennis Busenitz is a hippie jump wizard.

Dennis Busenitz is a hippie jump wizard. Photo: Thrasher Magazine

Although skateboarding has spread its wings in the best way, the worldwide culture still finds a true birthplace in Southern California. And thus, it was fitting for adidas to incorporate a full Los Angeles montage in its full video. This Away Day was in the City of Angels and ultimately revealed two new team riders to the skateboarding community – Marc Johnson and Daewon Song. American team skaters, joined by video opener Lucas Puig, cruise around the city in a classic Buick, looking for and skating spots, in true LA fashion, and it is a beautiful thing to witness. Irving nailed the energy of LA skateboarding with this section, and the introduction of two legends to the adidas family was well done to say the least. But this only lasted for a bit, the video showing a plane taking off from LAX for…
Australia. Straight Down Under with Dennis Durrant, a skater who’s new to the American scene but won’t take long to stick. Dennis’ ripping speaks for itself, and his Public Enemy track doesn’t hurt in bringing awareness to this dent in skateboarding. He shares a part with Raul Navarro, Spaniard and Barcelona local. The Australian and Spanish footage and styles complement each other so well, and they’re followed up by even other deserving rippers. The team is stacked, and clips don’t stop. Brazilian Klaus Bohms and Norwegian Gustav Tonneson make a great pair, because their approaches to skating are equally yet uniquely mind-blowing. The massive pop fresh from Brazil is on a separate scale from those quick feet of Gustav from Norway, but each will leave their mark on international skating.
Bringing it to the American homeland, Alec Majerus produced some heavy bangers for this feature. Away Days was expecting of some of this, but Alec blew the doors off with NBD kicker combos, switch stair game, and unpredictable hammers galore. A young gun followed a relatively young gun – Tyshawn Jones came out strong with his classic G street style. Bred by the unforgiving streets of Manhattan, Tyshawn made sure to show the world that he went to work for this video by rounding up sick clip after sick clip, even with an NDB Love Gap trick…
At this point in the video, the audience is wondering if the next part is the ender.. And the next skater to grace the screen: Silas Baxter-Neal. Thrasher’s 2008 Skater of the Year and all-around veteran ripper from the Northwest, Silas is a special breed. His quick feet, switch skills, and ledge wizardry haven’t faltered one bit, and his Away Days contribution couldn’t have disappointed even the most cynical of skate nerds. The Pixies narrated his lines and single tricks in a way that shared his skating so well. thank you Silas, and all of the adidas Skate team!
But wait… Credits weren’t rolling, but instead there was suspense building up to one more part. And then we saw Dennis Busenitz’s name on the screen. Busenitz, your favorite skater’s favorite skater, has been pushing boundaries as a pro skater for more than a decade, and is still, apparently, ending full-length blockbuster skate videos… His approach to skating is and always has been one of unpredictability and light-footed bewilderment. Some of the things we see Dennis do don’t make sense, and that’s why so many strive to skate like him. His control and and sureness when on the board are serious forces to absorb, even as a spectator. Not leak spoilers too hard, but he unleashes some hippie jumps that we couldn’t have imagined possible.
The adidas Skateboarding team getting LOVE at the LA Premiere!

The adidas Skateboarding team getting LOVE at the LA Premiere! Photo: @Transworld Skateboarding

Away Days is wrap. With that, we’re stoked to see where adidas Skateboarding goes from here and how the team evolves and revolves the globe. If Snoop Dogg cameo’d in this one, who’s in the next? If skateboarding’s where it is now, where will it be then? “You have to go, go, go, go. You have to keep going,” said The Gonz in the outro of this video. Mark suggests to do it better, to do it harder, and to put your own spin on it. It’s crucial for skaters everywhere to push their own skating in whatever direction they want to or feel that they need to. Don’t feel pressure from the outside, but rather embrace influence.
Do you. Get out there. Create your own Away Days.

Stereo Skateboards: “Specimen” Series

June 4th, 2016   
We see a lot of board graphics and graphics series. And we mean a LOT. But there’s one graphics series that popped out to us recently, straight from the brand of Stereo Sound Agency and the artful hand of Rich Cali. Jason Lee stated, “Rich Cali is one of my favorite artists…,” and we can’t take a stance against that word.
As any great board series does, this collection properly highlights the backgrounds and personalities of each pro team rider from the Stereo family – Clint Peterson, Kyle Leeper, Jordan Hoffart, & Tommy Fynn. And as any great board series also does, the artwork reflects the most important themes to the personality of the brand.
The series in its entirety!

The series in its entirety!

Stereo Sound Agency has always differentiated itself with “timeless, classic, and always original inspirations,” since 1992 – especially in its art direction and visual vibe. This “Specimen” assemblage shines a light on the brand’s connection and assigned importance to nature. A good friend of the Stereo family, Rich Cali, did the original artwork “by hand, ink & brush” before having it applied to skateboard decks for all of skateboarding to appreciate.
From the Vancouver-native Douglas Fir image found on Hoffart’s pro board to the South Africa-native Blue Crane used for Fynn’s pro graphic, the “Specimen” board series truly pays homage to the natural connection the team riders of Stereo Sound Agency have to their respective homelands that raised them into the men and skaters that they are today.
Pressed at Prime Distribution in Southern California, and sold at Skateboards.com among many other retailers and skateshops, Stereo’s decks will be and always have been made from quality materials into quality shapes. We’re backing them. Are you?