The hype surrounding The Bones Brigade will likely continue well past the time they all become bones, but that’s okay because we never get tired of hearing the old stories of the crew that changed skateboarding forever. Here’s this story:
In 1987, Powell Peralta released The Search for Animal Chin, its third video. In it, the Bones Brigade—Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, and Mike McGill—embarked on a journey to find Won Ton “Animal” Chin, a mythical skater who had gone missing. The film concluded with the Bones Brigade skating what became known as the Chin ramp—a vert spine outfitted with an escalator, extensions, channels, a mini ramp on one of its decks, and a hidden tunnel. While it was said to be south of Guadalupe, in Mexico, between two junkyards, it was actually built in a field in Oceanside, California. The Bones Brigade skated it for a matter of days, in 1986, before it was torn down.
This past September, Tim Payne, who built the structure, quietly made his way to Woodward West, where he created a near-identical Chin ramp 30 years later. The original members of the Bones Brigade reunited at the camp for a series of sessions on perhaps the most famous vert ramp in skateboarding’s history.
With commentary from Payne and the skaters, the video above shows how it went down. This is 30 Years of Animal Chin.
Dragon has a cool new marketable goggle technology (and registered trademark) called Lumalens which reportedly offers “ultra high-definition optics across the entire spectrum of light conditions.”
Engineered to optimize and improve visibility in all environments, Dragon’s exclusive LUMALENS® Technology delivers enhanced color vividness, increased contrast and precise depth perception. By filtering out light attributed to haze and glare while letting in light that intensifies clarity and contrast, LUMALENS® achieves a new standard in lens performance.
Does it make you want to buy it? Dragon believes it will and we’ll be honest, it looks pretty good to us. [click to continue…]
The world’s best adaptive surfers will unite in La Jolla, California for the second consecutive year to represent their nations and compete for Gold in the 2016 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship from December 8-11, 2016. Click the link for all the details.
Teton Gravity Research (the ski film company) has a Andy Irons documentary coming out titled Andy: The Untold Story of Andy Irons. Which they’re currently trying to raise money for on Kickstarter. Here’s how they’re pitching it:
This is the unfiltered life story of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons. Andy came from humble beginnings on the North Shore of Kauai and rose through the ranks to international surf stardom. He influenced a generation through the public lens as a wild, young phenom, who came to be known as “the people’s champion”. Throughout his life Andy fought an up and down battle with bi-polar disease and drug addiction. Andy passed away suddenly at the age of 32, with his wife 8 months pregnant expecting their first child.
The story is compelling. And we look forward to getting it straight. If you’d like to help finance the completion of the film, click here.
We’re still trying to process the information. Dylan Rieder died today (October 12, 2016) after a battle with leukemia. According to reports he was with his family at the end. Dylan was an individual in a sea of conformity. He lived his way, skated his way, and the cameras loved him for it. Dylan will be remembered forever as one of the most inherently stylish skateboarders ever. He was 28. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the entire skateboarding community.
As we said on August 24, 2010 when Gravis released Dylan on their website: “Dylan Rieder fans should check it out for their own seven minutes of heaven.” It’s every bit as good today as it was six years ago.
Jamie Foy, Zion Wright, Robbie Brockel, Tyson Bowerbank, Jack Olson and Corey Millett on the road from Denver to Salt Lake City. There’s a lot between those two towns and Thunder Trucks is gonna show us.
Holden is proud to announce the addition of Frederik Kalbermatten to the Holden Explorers team. Known for his clean style and all-mountain riding skills, Fredi is a living snowboard legend and a resident local at the SAAS Fe resort in the Swiss Alps.
“There are just a few snowboarders that combine amazing style, power and finesse in the history of snowboarding, and Fredi is one of them.” said Holden co-founder Mikey LeBlanc. “I have been watching Fredi ride for years, and he’s always been on my short list of all-time favorite riders.”