As a pro skateboarder, theres a range of different aspects that the rest of us won’t be able to understand. The lifestyle of a professional skater includes a lifetime of handwork, dedication, broken bones, fulfillment, and honor. As admirers those are only some of the aspects we can imagine while theres a number of other demeanors that plays their part. One of the perks of being a professional skater is the sponsorships from the best brands and products within the market.
Take Nyjah Huston for example, due to his hard work and dedication to his love of skateboarding he’s been rewarded with the opportunity to be sponsored by brands such as Element Skateboards, Silver, FKD, Diamond Supply Company, Mob, DC Shoes, Monster, and Beats by Dre.
Some of his accomplishments are but not limited to an incredible 9 victories of Street League Championships in 2010 and 2012 and a Gold medal in 2011 and 2012 from the Dew Tour. He’s set the standard for skateboarding with amazing video clips in the release of his “Rise and Shine” video in 2011 along with the slew of rewards he’s been stacking up. His hard work is definitely paying off through his accomplishments and the interest of top brands such as DC and Monster. With all in all being said, the life of a professional skateboarder is all behind hard work and dedication.
For all the avid skaters and skateboarding fans alike, we have a list of updates and recent news regarding the skate scene. This particular industry goes through a cycle of changes on a constant basis with new recruits, drops, along with product endorsements to a broad range of other topics.
For instance skater Jamie Tancowny has parted ways with the Zero camp and has since been welcomed to the gang over at Life Extension program. Its been said that Tom Remillard has departed from Anti Hero skateboards as well. In other news after a great deal of time spent, Paul Shier has parted ways with the United Kingdom’s very own Blueprint Skateboards. Its in the works as to whether the ever talented skater will retire and give up what he loves, embrace another company or start up his own, time will have to tell.
Its been rumored that Cody McEntire has been getting down with Silver Trucks while California’s native Jerry Gurney has been added to the crew of Lucky Bearings as the newest member. It may not be a “Welcome to the Crew” mashup, but nonetheless Ethan Loy has been seen shredding and holding it down with Destructo Trucks.
And to conclude the latest news, Bones Wheels has proudly welcomed one of the original Bones Brigade team riders to its diversified group of skaters. Tony Hawk is back with a vengeance as well as some signature wheels thats sure to hit shelves very soon.
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.
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.