How do you know when is the perfect time for a skater to turn pro? For starters, the skater has to completed such tasks as nailing a few video clips, covering a few articles in magazines and blogs, traveled with a few tours, made some shop appearances, and earned their stripes with a few contest winnings. Once that skater has done so, the skateboard industry would be sure to have a demand and desire for a few products with his name on it.
Well this years newest addition to the professional aspect of the skating industry is Element’s very own Evan Smith. His video entitled “The Evan Smith Experience drops this Thursday, March 21st along with his very first signature product.
In other news, skater Paul Zitzer has recently been added to Roger Skateboards. Paul Shier & Nick Jensen’s new skate company has publicized 5 of its 6 team skaters as of now. In addition to themselves of course, the squad features Tom Know of the UK, Sylvain Tognelli, along with Jon Nguyen. The question now is, who’s going to have the last slot?
Stereo Skateboards has officially added Ben Fisher to their squad of skaters. Chris Russell has been welcomed to the crew over at Creature and Nick Tucker recently enlisted with the Supra team.
If you’re familiar with the JFK Plaza, then you’re no stranger to the infamous name of LOVE Park. It was designed by the late Edmund Bacon and Vincent Kling with a lot of attention focused on the style of modernism with sleek stone benches, raised planter beds, along with smooth pavement surfacing the area. The success behind the plaza for pedestrians is arguable, but the terrain is perfect for skaters and their needs of a smooth surface and ledges along with makeshift ramps made from the concrete tiles that you could maneuver.
In the early nineties skaters started recording each other at LOVE Park and those videos eventually made their way to California, the motherland of the skating domain. LOVE Park then became a skating landmark as a result from those videos. The growth of the skateboarding industry also led to the popularity boost of LOVE PARK as well. By the end of 2000, an abundance of professionals moved to Philadelphia just to skate LOVE whenever they felt like it.
LOVE Park became a landmark for skateboarding, yet skateboarding was never declared a legal thing to do in the vicinity. As a matter of fact, the Police there will chase away skaters, issue them tickets, and even take away their boards. As the city tried to renovate and improve the area for middle class taste they put the park on a closer watch to prevent skaters from “misusing” the park for other purposes.
As a result from the popularity of the newly formed skatepark, the city revealed that they would contribute a $1 Million dollars to the redesign of the park to prevent skaters from using the park. DC shoes actually tried to match the city’s Million to keep the park how it was and to renovate it, but the city refused and renovated the redeveloped the park a couple of years later in 2002.
The city replaced the slabs of granite that were once ideal for grinding with wood benches that may look like they belong in another time era. The renovation disturbed more people than just the skaters, it also enraged the late Edmund Bacon, one of the park’s designers. He was so enthralled with passion that these skaters found a new way to find use of the area he developed, that at the elderly late of 92 he decided to skate in LOVE Park in the heat of the debate about the renovation.
If you never had the chance to skate at LOVE, or if you don’t skate in general but what like the idea to, you can shred at LOVE through the virtual world in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 that was first video game to feature LOVE Park in a game.
A picture is worth a thousand words. That one moment caught in time can convey and depict the many emotions and feelings that were once felt. Those childhood pictures can bring back memories as far as you can remember and those candid shots can expose your genuine self.
For Omar Hasaan, a quick look through his old photo book brings back those fond memories of him and his quest through the skateboarding industry. The pictures hold a sincere depth that channels him through the success and hardships of his career. The shots vary from his first quarter pipe all the way to Europe during his travels along with a list of reminiscent memories that made Omar what he is today.
Ever wondered what it feels like to shred with the pro’s? If you ever had the opportunity I’m sure it was a good one, or maybe not since they busted your chops at s.k.a.t.e. Well in this case, Vans and Pro-Tec gave us the option to have some kind of connection with these guys. They mic’d up some of our favorite skaters during a bowl session that gave us the feeling of being there.
Its pretty cool to hear Jesse Fritsch telling Tony Hawk and Bucky Lasek which tricks to do. It was a unique experience providing the different aspect of their use of audio. It has been a pleasure, and were definitely looking forward to the actual Pro-Tec pool party competition. Stay Tuned!
The competition is heating up and the line up has been minimized to a number of 8 competitors. Make your vote count and vote for your favorite skater. If you head to the Real Street site you can view minutes long clips of straight up matches like Bobby Worrest versus Aaron Jaws Homoki, or how about Collin Provost versus the likes of Chad Tim?
The list goes on as the excitement rises. Every single skater in this competition has a chance of pocketing 50 grand as well as the honor of accepting an X Games Gold medal. Be sure to vote if you haven’t already, the tallies for this round will conclude on the June 18th.
Just like we said before, the wait is almost over. X Games Real Street is here to take command once again for its 3rd year now. With an incredible line-up of 16 of the Globe’s top performing professional skaters. Every single skater has submitted a minute long video showcasing their talents for an opportunity of scoring $50,000 as well as an X Games Gold medal. Some exciting names coming out the bunch would be Nyjah Huston, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, and Freddie Gal.
Once the clips air during the X Games showcase on ESPN2 on July 1st, a line up of judges will determine the Winner of the X Games medals. The purse of $50,000 will be awarded to the skater that gets the most votes in a tournament styled contest. Make your vote count and contribute to this exciting event. Vote here.
The Vans half cab is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, and as a way to celebrate the life of this icon was to release a limited edition signature label every month during the summer. Vans will commemorate and reflect on the history and success of this shoe. The designing of the labels will be a joint effort of four Half Cab artists including the one and only Steve Caballero himself.
The brands very first drop will showcase Morizen Foche commonly known as Mofo, a legend in the in skate industry. He’s also well known for his hand in starting Thrasher Magazine during the early 80′s. His actions led to the raw setting of the industry that evolved into the notorious brand that its known for today. Morizen took the infamous picture of Steve Caballero that became the origin of the label that appeared on Half Cabs over a period of 20 years.
The first step for a skater to be recognized can be a number of things. It all starts with dedication, commitment, and hard work. It could start with the first day you stepped on your board. The dedication aspect will tie into your development as a skater, whether it may be a few injuries or countless pairs of shoes to damage. In the end you reap what you sow, and if you think you have what it takes, then the opportunity is here for the taking.
Element along with the Berrics have been hosting a contest across the nation for an opportunity to prove yourself. Its not too late to compete in the finals, all you have to do is send in a one minute video of yourself at any skatepark showcasing your best tricks. The winner of the finals will not only take a completely paid trip, but they’ll be able to spend a day at the Berrics with the Element crew, along with the possibility to be sponsored by Element as well.
Skating has no boundaries and limitations. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, whether its the frosty climate of Europe or the tropical aura of the islands. The sport of skating runs deep through the veins of countries everywhere. In this case, a skater from London and Jamaica proved it. One Distribution was pleased to announce the induction of two amazing skaters of Lucien Clarke as well as Chewy Cannon. The two skaters were split up behind One Distribution’s powerhouse brands. Lucien Clarke is officially enlisted under the Supra team. The ambitious twenty-four year old made his journey through an array of living arrangements while harnessing the essence of his talent. Chewy Cannon made his way to the scene coming out of a barren landscape. He grew up on the coast of England in a city by the name of Great Yarmouth. As a true seed of the sport, Chewy declared his own path and destiny despite the rugged landscape of nowhere that he grew up in. Due to his hard work and many painkillers, Chewy is officially riding for the Krew team.
With all in all being said, make it happen.
Theres much more to Jeff Ament than you may know. Aside from being majorly successful in music, he thrives on the opportunity to give back and reach out to communities around the nation. As a lifelong skater, Jeff knows the struggles and hardships of the less fortunate in our society. He’s on a quest to pay his dues by helping others and inspiring them as well. An example of his work is shown through the construction of skateparks that he’s involved in.
As a Montana native, Jeff grew up to the serenity of the great outdoors but also experience the hardships that come with the territory. His means to escape came through skateboarding, which he now uses as an outlet to connect with the youth growing up in similar situations.
Jeff Ament makes it a point to know where he came from and to give the same gift of skateboarding to the younger generations everywhere that may not have the option to ride down to their local skatepark. Jeff’s latest project was on the barren Pine Ridge Reservation located in South Dakota.