You knew it was bound to happen sooner or later, but Riley Hawk (yes, that one) has officially gone pro on his birthday no less, with everyone at his house to surprise him. And yes, he looked completely surprised an overwhelmed. “Happy Birthday,it’s your pro model”, Riley. Oh, and it’s a little bit late, but here’s your “Year’s Best Am” award from The Skateboard Mag. Welcome to the world of pro skater real life.
While filming for snowboard movies things don’t always go right. Here are a couple wrong moments from the Pirate TV Crew. Pow, pow, pow. . .
Elena Hight is hoping to attend the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and she wants to take us all along for the ride. Turns out there’s more to getting onto the Olympic team that just showing up and doing a couple pipe runs. But, here, we’ll let Elena tell you all about it in this, the first episode of her six-webisode series Hight Hopes.
On December 10, 2013 the band Switchfoot is releasing their first feature tour film Fade West on all the leading Video On Demand platforms in the US including X Box and Sony Playstation.
Inspired by such films as Rattle and Hum and Endless Summer, Fading West follows Switchfoot as they travel the globe in search of new musical inspiration and perfect waves. Directed by Matt Katsolis and Executive Produced by Greenlight Media & Marketing and Switchfoot, the film was shot during their 2012 World Tour and charts the creation of the San Diego-based band’s upcoming ninth album in its earliest and most unpredictable stages.
Jon and Tim Foreman get what look like some great waves all over the world and Rob Machado even shows up in the film to surf and say those things he says about how similar surfing and music are. For more info and the official word from Switchfoot, follow the jump.
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It’s December 2, 2013 and that means Anti Hero Skateboard’s stunning new film Tent City is now available for your viewing pleasure on the iTunes platform. We hear the download includes “hours of extras,” you know to help fill all those hours you spend in front of the TV smoking.
[Link: Anti Hero]
Justin Bieber was caught rolling Sydney, Australia’s Waterloo skatepark by the Daily Mail this week and he was sporting his new favorite hat company’s logo: Brixton.
While we’re quite certain the teen sensation is not on the Brixton flow team, there is nothing that turns the numbers like a little free promo on one of the world’s most talked about people. And right during the Christmas rush no less. Doesn’t seem like you could plan for anything this good.
For more photos of the Biebs on his skateboard (and Brixton MFG Co hat), click the link. Or follow the jump for a little video. And for the record, he’s got way more pop than lil’ Wayne.
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The producers of Out In The Lineup, a documentary film on surfers who are gay, are raising money to complete their project on Kickstarter. They’re hoping to raise AUS$30,000 and with 11 days left they need only AUS$3,000 more to get it done.
OUT in the line-up is a feature documentary about two gay surfers, David and Thomas, who set off on a global journey to uncover the taboo of homosexuality in surfing. They travel from Australia to Hawaii, California, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands to speak with people from all corners of the surfing community, from former world champions through to everyday surfers. Stories of fear, isolation and self-doubt emerge alongside ones of hope, self-empowerment and transformation. As their journey unfolds, Thomas and David are inspired to promote change within the existing culture by looking to surfing’s grassroots values of freedom of spirit, open-mindedness and love for the ocean.
If you’d like to help them finish their film, click the link and do what you can.
[Link: Out In The Lineup]
In episode two of Jon Holland’s Z-Flex historical series The Original we get to look back at the very beginning.
Hand crafted by Kent Sherwood in 1976, Kent’s mission was to make a board that could keep up with the intense skating of his step-son, Jay Adams. As Aaron Scott puts it, “with Kent’s background in fiberglass, they were hoping this would actually last Jay Adams’ skating”. Kent worked tirelessly on perfecting a board that would pioneer an industry to come.
Watch and learn.
Vans and Union Binding Company have teamed up on a binding to celebrates Vans 20 years in the snow game.
Joining forces with one of the leading binding producers in the industry, Vans and Union collaborate on a commemorative Vans 20th Anniversary binding, complete with Union’s proven Custom House construction. The limited edition Vans x Union collaboration celebrates a momentous occasion for both brands, as they acknowledge over twenty years of iconic Vans Snow heritage.
We’re always down for some old school styling. The Vans x Union binding is available now at Union retailers. For the binding and the official word from Van, follow the jump.
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For an extremely limited time Real Skateboards is re-releasing the controversial Jim Thiebaud Hanging Klansman graphic and they’re claiming they took the sneaky route.
. . . we went behind Jim’s back to release a very special LTD EDT 20 Year Reissue of his first ever pro deck on REAL Skateboards, the Hanging Klansman to benefit the Johnny Kicks Cancer Foundation. The Hanging Klansman for Johnny Kicks Cancer includes the LTD EDT Hanging Klansman deck in 8.25 X 32, the original Thiebaud Shape 9.75X31.9, a Klansman T-shirt, sticker and LTD EDT Print.
If you want to do something good and relive the good old days, better hurry up because some of this stuff is already sold out online.