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.
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.
, 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.
Now, just watch:
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
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
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.
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.
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.