The World Skateboarding Grand Prixannounced today (February 26, 2015) that they will be hosting another world championship of skateboarding in the center of the skateboarding universe. . . Kimberley, South Africa October 7 – 10, 2015.
This years Skateboarding World Championships are expected to draw the largest international field of any skate contest in history, with skaters from at least 50 countries expected to compete in five world championship events, including the Womens Street Championships, Vert Championships, Big Air Championships, Rider Cup Team Championships and Mens Street Championships. . . This year for the first time, the Skateboarding World Championships will extend invitations to the top finishers of notable international contests like the Mystic Cup, Copenhagen Pro, the Turkish Skateboarding Championships, Bryggeriet Malmo and others around the world. Top finishers from U.S. contests, including X Games, Dew Tour, U.S. Skateboarding Championships and Street League, will also earn spots in the Skateboarding World Championships.
The nice thing about having a contest in Kimberley South Africa is that getting there is a pain in the ass for absolutely everyone in equal measure. For the official word from the WSGP, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Watch out Oakley, Nike Vision is bringing heat to the skate and snow sunnies game with their debut line of Nike SB sunglasses. The shades all feature hand-crafted acetate frames and come in the following three styles and builds:
Nike Achieve (left column): A supple leather inlay and laser-etched Nike SB branding set the Achieve apart. Inspired by professional snowboarder Spencer O’Brien, the unisex style features a six-base frame coupled with a polished metal nose bridge. Includes minimal Nike SB branding on the interior. (MSRP $196)
Nike Volition (middle column): The Volition features premium metal details, including a semi-rim and a six-base frame. The retro-inspired design is complemented with minimal Nike SB branding: the swoosh on the frame’s exterior, crafted from premium metal. Subtle yet bright color pops ensure that the Volition remains on-trend. Metal pins alongside the lenses match minimal SB branding on the interior. (MSRP $196)
Nike Volano (right column): Featuring an acetate frame with full rim, the Volano is built with a six-base frame and tortoise-inspired color way, accented by Nike SB’s iconic logo. The classic silhouette features pops of color to provide a timeless yet modern design. (MSRP ranges from $156-$176)
Those who are down with the swoosh on their feet might find a few of these a viable (although spendy) option in the battle against the burning ball of fire in the sky.
Having heard about him for years (and meeting him several times), we’re still not sure we know that much about Powell founder George Powell of how he makes the products that helped change the face of skateboarding. Now, thanks to this short documentary we can say we know a little bit more about the company, but not much more about the man.
Here’s what former business partner (and skate bio auteur) Stacy Peralta has to say about him:
“So few people, including skateboarders, really have any idea of what it takes to make something as simple as a skateboard or even a single urethane wheel. George Powell is one of the very few skateboard builders in the world today who still manufactures many of his products in America under one roof just as he has always done, and so I was inspired to make this short film on him and his company, Skate One, and to share it with all of you. I hope you enjoy, and look forward to your comments.”
On Saturday, February 28, 2015 the Subliminal Skatepark in Shrewsbury, Massechusetts will host a fund raiser to help support Rob Pontes and his family through his treatment for ALS.
Rob Pontes is a pillar in the East Coast skate scene. His hard work through the years has benefitted too many shops, parks and skaters to count. Come out & support a fellow skater, there will be contests, prizes, giveaways and a demo with Ramondetta, Robbie Brockel, Jack Olson and more. Visit ActionsREALized.com for full details and see the Roll For Rob products coming soon.
For more information and the event and what you can do to help please click the link.
The minds behind Girl Skateboards (Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Megan Baltimore, and Spike Jonze) have decided that now is a good time to do a little work with other people’s money. In this case private equity firm Altamont Capital’s money, according to a Kailee Bradstreet story on Transworld Business.
“Our conversation with Altamont began last year,” Girl Co-founder Megan Baltimore says. “We weren’t actively looking for investors when we first met them, but everything they were working on was very interesting and relevant to us. Partnering with them helps us accelerate what we want to do with our brands and what we want to do for skateboarding.”
Girl (and their brands) are joining Fox, Mervin, HUF, Dakine, and Brixton in Altamont’s growing action sporting mall portfolio. Congrats to them. We hope they enjoy the money and use some of it to keep fighting the good fight.
Designed to be an annual meeting to help support skateboarders globally and further the growth of skateboarding, the summit will be packed with top tier speakers from the global skateboarding and international sports community. An exhibition area will be available for companies to share merchandise, activities and connect with the largest collection of global skateboarding athletes, retailers, manufacturers and brands. There will also be valuable networking and one-on-one meeting opportunities for attendees.
Those who register before February 28, 2015 will reportedly get a 20 percent discount on conference fees. For the official word from World Skateboarding Federation, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Vans Pro Jason Dill brings his free form pen artworks and pen drawing to a natural white canvas Vans OG Authentic “S” starting February 7, 2015. And don’t think that this is simply a canvas shoe. No, no. It comes with “enhanced cushioning in UltraCush HD sickliness and the Vans original waffle gum rubber soles. And will be available exclusively at select independent skateboard retailers. Watch for ‘em. [click to continue…]