Skateboarding

RIP: Jonas Wray

by The Editors on April 14, 2021

 

 
 
 
 
 
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USA Skateboarding National Championships

by The Editors on March 19, 2021

The USA Skateboarding National Championships will go on this spring in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to an innovative competition format that will combine both digital video and in=-person Olympic Qualifying.

Originally scheduled as a live event for March, USA Skateboarding decided to pivot to virtual qualifying for the athletes’ safety during the pandemic. Video submissions will be 45-second runs for both Park and Street at the skatepark of their choice with in-person finals following Olympic event formats. The top-12 ranked Americans will be pre-qualified into the quarterfinals. Points awarded to the finalists will count towards World Skateboarding Rankings and Olympic qualifying. Men’s and Women’s Skateboard Park and Street events will make their Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2021 Games this summer in Japan.

The window for qualifying video submissions opens on April 9, 2021 with the in-person finals taking place May 27-30, 2021 at The Berrics in Los Angeles, California. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Post Ides of March News Drop

by The Editors on March 18, 2021

Hi. Hope you had stellar Et tu, Brute and St. Paddy’s Days. Been missing out on the news? Here it is. Follow the jump for a list of stories that have something to do with snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, fashion, and/or business.

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What Ever Happened To Lee Ralph?

by The Editors on March 16, 2021

Well, now you know. Good to see Lee’s still kicking.

[Link: Scratched]

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Michael Burnett Interviews Kevin Thatcher

by The Editors on February 25, 2021

Thrasher Magazine Editor Michael Burnett interviews the magazine’s founding editor Kevin Thatcher and gets a few great stories and photos from the birth of the world’s largest skateboarding magazine including, but not limited to, how the magazine got its name, who designed the logo, and what part did MOFO play.

Of course we had no money. That’s why those first issues started out as practically a newspaper. That’s all we could do. It didn’t need super gloss. It needed attitude. It needed the culture to be brought out that was bubbling underneath the surface. I’ll never forget when Fausto came to me and said, “We’re calling it Thrasher.Duane Peters came up with the name, “Call it Thrasher, dude.” I wasn’t there. But when Fausto said it, there was no argument. Who’s going to argue with that one? It just works, and it has worked well. It was evident that was it. It didn’t need the term “skate” in there. It was a cultural thing.

The interview is a reminder of how many great people came together to make Thrasher what is it. The one thing we didn’t see was what the “humble, elusive legend” Mr. Thatcher has been up to lately? Haven’t really seen him since we slapped that TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine sticker on his back while he was announcing a contest at Bear Valley. Oh, those were the days.

[Link: Thrasher Magazine]

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Nyjah A Possible Superspreader Party Host?

by The Editors on February 20, 2021

Nyjah Huston has been charged with misdemeanor “creating a nuisance” by the Los Angeles Police Department for he and Fairfax home owner Edward Essa repeatedly hosting parties that were “possible super spreader events at the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic” according to a story in the LA Times.

Nyjah Huston, a four-time world skateboarding champion, and Edward Essa, the owner of a home in the Fairfax District where authorities say parties have been repeatedly shut down by police since last fall, are among those charged.

After the last party, the Mayor of LA reportedly requested that power be cut off to the house. How is Nyjah supposed to remain an LA party person without throwing parties?

[Link: LA Times]

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A Mid-February New News Blast

by The Editors on February 19, 2021

Blast? Cold blast? Arctic air freezing you pipes? As a warm up, please check out the latest news stories that caught our attention since the last time we posted a list of headlines. And that was a while ago. Admittedly.

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Upcycled Jones Snowboard Skateboards

by The Editors on February 11, 2021

Everyone needs a roll around skateboard and why not have one built out of rejected Jones Snowboards. Now, thanks to the French it is all possible.

Adrien Reguis and Vincent Gelin founded NoK, a company based in Grenoble, France that specializes in making skateboards out of factory rejects and warranty snowboards. Using a CNC cutting table, NoK chops cruiser skateboard decks out of the middle of a snowboard. The repurposed skate decks are then fitted with new grip tape, trucks and wheels to make a unique and high performance sidewalk surfer. It’s the ultimate upcycle for a snowboard that would have otherwise ended up in the dumpster!

For the rest of the NoK story, please click the link.

[Link: Jones Snowboards]

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Friendly Canadian Police vs. Longboarder

by The Editors on February 9, 2021

Nice to see the macho police violence disease flows smoothly across the northern border. It’s almost as if violence is inherent in the system. All this after the longboard skateboarder was accused of “running a red light.” We particularly enjoyed the way the officer kept throwing the kid’s backpack onto the ground and into trunk hoping to teach even inanimate objects who’s the boss around Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

[Link: CBC via Daily Dot]

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Charlie Hickey’s Ten Feet Tall

by The Editors on January 28, 2021

Take a little music break with a new song we like from Charlie Hickey and Phoebe Bridgers.

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