As of late we have a few updates regarding the last New Balance Numeric Post. New Balance as a brand has stayed true to its roots in regards of styling and quality, which you can see from the pics below. They have maintained the standards that have brought this company to where they are right now and they continue to do so through whatever route they may happen to take. As a competitive athlete in the 70′s and an avid skater in the 80′s, Mike has been able to partner with Jamie Thomas and combine the genius between these two companies to dive into the market of another athletic footwear department. A number of athletic companies such as Nike and Adidas have been accused of going into this market already, and New Balance is the the latest to hop aboard and take part in the skate industry.
If you’re familiar with New Balance, you know that they incorporate a numbering system that identifies every model they come out with instead of names and descriptions. However, New Balance Numeric will feature four styles of shoes that are all named after Bostonian Terms such as the Logan, Stratford, Brighton, and the Quincy.
The question is, does skateboarding need another athletic shoe giant to get involved in the industry? The argument is conclusive to the fact that it doesn’t matter. From a marketing and business standpoint there is no reason as to why they shouldn’t get involved. They have been in the footwear industry for years now and it would make a lot of sense for them to put out quality products that cater to another crowd of prospected customers. Its also expected for PJ Ladd to be the very first addition to NB# skate team as well. Sow with all in all being said, be on the lookout for New Balance Numeric to hit the shelves here at Stix very soon!
For all the avid skateboarding heads and fans alike, there’s a few updates and announcements for your vice. Pro skater Luan Oliveira was confirmed to be the next addition to the Nike Skateboarding family through a personal and broadcasted phone call from Paul Rodriguez himself. His technique and style serves a purpose of in this industry and his purpose served him well.
In regards to that matter, Luan Oliveira actually landed himself the winner of the 2nd Annual skateboarding competition better known as the Maloof Money Cup World Championship all the way down in Kimberly, South Africa. Luan not only proved his worth amongst Nike, but he has done so with the 1st prize purse of $100,000 for pocket money. Be on the lookout for many more stories to come with this guy.
In other news, the final results of the competition is below in due order.
Final End Results (Street)
1st – Luan Oliveira
2nd – Ryan Decenzo
3rd – Manny Santiago
Vert Final End Results
1st – Pierre Luc Gagnon
2nd – Bob Burnquist
3rd – Andy Macdonald
The X Games Real Street competition has in fact stayed true to its name of “Real”. The stakes have been raised and fan favorites have been cut short of their goal. We are now going into the third level of this competition with head on eliminations. The line-up has been narrowed down to 4 skaters from the original 16 and the pressure is definitely on.
Aaron “Jaws” Homoki is going up against Manny Santiago while Collin Provost battles Chris Haslam for a shot at the Grand prize. Do yourself a favor by checking out their videos once again and voting. You can do so until the 25th of June when the voting ends. Who do you think will head to the finals? It may be up to you, so vote.
In case you didn’t know, National Go Skate Day was on the 21st of June. Well, here at Stix we believe skating should be an every day thing. Nike SB seems to have the same frame of mind with the launch of their Skate Every Damn Day campaign. It’ll consist of a month long crusade that includes an incredible lineup of pro’s from the likes of Eric Koston, Sean Malto, Stefan Janowski, as well as Paul Rodriguez.
During this month long adventure, these stuntdevils are said to have individual interviews that’ll take each skater on a journey into their memory banks explaining different shred spots that lead them to where they are today. Once July 21st hits, the good people down at Nike will release an all new Nike SB commercial including the awesome Nike SB team showcasing their talent in China.
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.