Skateboarding

Skater XL Coming To Consoles In July

by The Editors on April 4, 2020

All this sheltering in place has us looking forward to pretty much anything good that might happen in the future, and getting a solid new skate game on PS4, XBox, and Nintendo Switch in July is definitely something to look forward to, especially if we’re still locked indoors in four months. Know what we mean?

[Link: Happy Gamer]

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Foy On USOC Athlete’s Advisory Council

by The Editors on April 3, 2020

The Tokyo Olympics, skateboarding’s first foray into the land of the rings, have been moved to July 23 to August 8, 2021 thanks to COVID-19. But, there is also some good news. Pro skateboarder Jamie Foy has been elected to the Athletes’ Advisory Council for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

“I’m honored I was chosen as athlete representative for skateboarding, and I’m honored that my peers put their trust in me,” says Foy regarding his new role. “I was looking forward to getting into the Olympic Games as soon as possible and then filming in the streets as much as I can, but now we just need to do our part and stay home, and soon we will have even more time to practice and get ready to skate to the best of our abilities.”

It’s always good to have people who know what they’re doing (Thrasher’s “Skater of the Year” 2017) advocating for the athletes. So, congrats, Jamie. For the official word from USA Skateboarding, please follow the jump.
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Vans Launches “Foot The Bill” Customs

by The Editors on April 3, 2020

Vans is doing their part to help small businesses around the world with their new Foot The Bill custom shoe designs initiative.

To support our extended Vans Family, Vans has committed to helping 80 small, independent businesses including skate and specialty shops, restaurants, music venues and community- driven spaces by offering their custom-made designs available for purchase on Vans Customs with net proceeds going directly to these vital partners. . . “My father Paul Van Doren always said that we were a people company that made shoes. Now, more than ever, it’s important to support the people that provide spaces for communities around the world to be creative and come together,” said Steve Van Doren, son of Vans’ founder and Vans’ Vice President of Events and Promotions. “We were once a small business and wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of these partners. We hope to rally together with our consumers to lend a helping hand to those that are in need.”

The program will expand to include additional independent skate shops, surf shops, restaurants, music venues and community driven spaces over the next month and will be available on Vans.com in Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, the Netherlands, United States and United Kingdom. For all the details, including a list of retailers please follow the jump.

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RIP: Jeff Grosso, Skateboarder

by The Editors on April 1, 2020

Salba and Jeff Grosso trading iPhones at the Vans HQ grand opening on October 12, 2017.

It is another terribly sad day for skateboarding. Jeff Grosso reportedly died at home on March 31, 2020. He was 51

Thrasher Magazine Editor Micheal Burnett said it like this:

Jeff could be as gentle and sincere as he could be hilarious and hard (on the coping and himself). He always skated with style. His grinds were long, his backside airs were head-high and his handplants were stalled out and sadder than a funeral. He will be sorely, sorely missed. Our hearts go out to his family and many friends. RIP, Grosso.

Kevin Wilkins, on his blog The Good Problem, outlined the magnitude of skateboarding’s loss beautifully:

Just heard the terrible news that Jeff Grosso has passed away. . . By now you’ve heard it, too. . . And, you know, I’m not exaggerating when I say that without him, our weird little world will spin out of balance and it’ll take decades before we stop noticing the sickening wobble of his absence.

According to the New York Daily News: “Grosso died at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and the cause is “pending autopsy,” a spokeswoman with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department told the Daily News.”

We don’t have any more details, but our thoughts are with his son Oliver and everyone who knew and loved him.

For a small piece of what Grosso added to skateboarding and the world in general, please check out his video series Loveletters To Skateboarding.

[Link: Thrasher Magazine & The Good Problem]

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News From The New (and Old) World

by The Editors on March 27, 2020

While we’re blown away (with the rest of you) by how fast our world can change, and have little wisdom and no panacea for the current time, here is a short collection of news stories that have caught our attention over the past month or so. Follow the jump for the full list.

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SellerDoor Waves Fees For Skate Shops

by The Editors on March 26, 2020

Ryan Adams and Matt Eversole, the guys behind SellerDoor.com have decided to open their online skateboarding marketplace to skateboard shops free of charge during these rough times of forced closure. That’s means, shops can put their merchandise online, quickly without having to set much up. Here’s the deal:

We are putting it on the table here. We want to help skateboard shops during these insane times of the Coronavirus. We provide skateboarders an online marketplace to sell to other skateboarders. We have talked to some of our friends that own shops and asked if they could benefit from selling things on our platform. Indeed they could use our help. That being said, we have decided to give brick and mortar skate shops the opportunity to utilize our platform with no fees until their doors are back open and the dust has settled.

For more info and to check out the SellerDoor.com marketplace, please click the link.

[Link: SellerDoor.com]

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Stay Home, Kooks!

by The Editors on March 18, 2020

A little reminder to everyone who believes that total Coronavirus lockdown is the perfect time to travel to hike your favorite resort, skate a distant park, or surf a break that’s not in your front yard. Don’t do it. Stay home.

Mammoth Lakes Tourism speaks for almost every place on the planet right now with the following message:

We’re asking anyone who is not a primary resident of Mammoth Lakes or providing essential services to our residents NOT to visit Mammoth Lakes for the time being. The reason is simple: as a small, remote mountain community our healthcare facilities lack the capacity to handle a widespread outbreak of COVID-19. Additionally, services in Mammoth Lakes are currently extremely limited. Mammoth Mountain and restaurants (excluding takeout services), bars and other public spaces are temporarily closed due to county-mandated health orders. Public gatherings have also been prohibited by the Mono County Public Health Officer.

In other words, stay home kooks! And, if you do live where it’s epic, and you’re able to get out ALONE then please, by all means, share your content with the rest of us who are hunkered down, indoors, for the foreseeable future, doing whatever it is we’re do. We’re all in this together.

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Tony Hawk Pro Skater Documentary Premiere

by The Editors on February 19, 2020

The Tony Hawk Pro Skater documentary Pretending I’m a Superman is premiering at the Mammoth Film Festival on February 29, 2020 at the Minaret Theatre at 4:00 and 5:30 PM. Plus, there is this from the filmmakers:

We will be throwing an after party at the Mammoth Rock n’ Bowl. The Downhill Jam, America’s finest THPS-cover band, will be our special guests for the night. They’ll be playing all of your favorite songs from the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games.

Tickets are $35 to see the movie and a Q&A with cast and crew, and $25 to see the movie in theater two. To get tickets click here.

[Link: Mammoth Film Festival via Hypebeast

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2020 News Headlines Catch Up

by The Editors on February 6, 2020

We’d like to think of this as clearing our throats on the snow, surf, skate news front. Some of this has stacked up for months, and by getting it out of our systems we can more quickly get back to a more serious overview of any news that happens moving forward. Play along with us, and follow the jump.
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Major Shoe Brand Launches New “Skate” Shoe

by The Editors on January 30, 2020

One of the major label shoe brands is launching an all new skateboarding shoe today. This new shoe reportedly “prioritizes performance, quality and flawless comfort into a classic vulcanized design. . . The exterior features a high foxing tape that provides a low profile stance and protection against wear-and-tear, along with a deeper foot placement that offers the ultimate connection to the skateboard.”

Sounds like another half-hearted update to one of their old, dusty tennis shoe designs. Nice work, major shoe brand. Kudos.

[Editors’ Note: There’s nothing we love more than helping PR agencies do their jobs.]

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