In this day in age, we’re pretty accustomed to new laws and policies passing and coming into play. Every year the Government sits behind their desks and come up with all kinds of legislation policies that are supposed to be for the well being of our country. As citizens, we can appreciate or dread the new laws to take place. One law that has recently been passed hasn’t sat too well with individuals from the skate scene. For a few months now, its been stated that “bombing” has tacked on a few rules and regulations that put a damper on the sport.
The good ol’ city council decided to install a few rules and penalties that regard unsafe skateboarding methods. All the real “bombers” and downhill carvers know that you have to crouch while their bombing the hill in their stance, but that position is no longer legal in the sport of skateboarding. Aside from that they’re not going to be able to hold onto any moving vehicles and they’ll have to obey every traffic sign and signal as well.
Carving hills is a serious sport that has been loved and adorned by countless of skateboarders, the method of their sport involves hills, winding roads, or even parking structures that allow for the boarder to pick up speeds of 40-50 miles per hour. The bombers usually crouch low to their board to pick up the momentum and maintain their balance but with the new laws taking place that form and position is no longer legal.
A Los Angeles councilman under the name of Joe Buscaino enforced the ordinance to put a tamper on “bombing” in his district where he stated a couple of skaters passed away during their bombing session.
“Our objective today was to prohibit reckless skateboarding,” said Buscaino. “We are sending a message that skateboarding is still allowed in the city of Los Angeles, but they have to do it in safe way and obey the rules of the road.” -Joe Buscaino
Prior to this law being passed, L.A. didn’t even recognize skateboarding as an official form of transportation, making it very difficult for city police to hinder unsafe skating practices. However after this new regulation, the city now has the power to ticket and fine us for yet another form of freedom that is practiced throughout our country in addition to them being able to confiscate our boards
In the world of street wear and fashion, there’s an abundance of different companies competing for the spotlight and attention to go with it. How do you distinguish yourself between the others and standout? That route can be one of the many difficult ways to go and that direction can lead to one of many situations. It can lead to the next best thing, or it can be a recycled idea that may be tossed aside and overlooked.
Theres an old saying “If you can’t beat em, join em”, but in this day in age its wise to do so in a sense. Collaborations are key in the world of fashion because you can cater to the audience of the partnered brand and expand the knowledge and notoriety of your own brand. Well Benny Gold has been well aware of that notion, and has done so with a wide variety of different brands and companies including The Hundreds, Diamond Supply Co. and others as well.
As far as The Hundreds is concerned, SF’s native Benny Gold and the Los Angeles Based clothing company have been in the works on a special project of a shoe collaboration. Benny laid down what he does best and went all out in pouring his mind into the design of the Johnson Low. The idea behind his design was influenced by his city of SF along with the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. The outer layer of the model represents the bridge with a Rust colored flair made with patina along with Ostrich leather. It also includes subtle remnants of Aqua to represent the idea of the Pacific Ocean flowing underneath the bridge. Fine grey and white laces tie in the appearance of San Fran’s distinct fog as well as a tailor-made tongue that resembles The Hundreds logo reconstructed to feature Benny Gold’s infamous paper plane trademark. They came out a few days ago on the 12th and there’s going to be a limited quantity of this particular shoe so make sure you’re ready. You can check them out at The Hundreds and Benny Gold’s flagship stores as well their online stores.
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.