Skateboarding

Vans Checkerboard Day For Creativity

by The Editors on October 26, 2020

Vans is promoting creativity as mental health during the pandemic with their second annual Vans Checkerboard Day on November 19, 2020. Join in and Vans will donate $1 million to 10 charities.

“We’ve spent much of the year apart. And it’s been tough. But despite the isolation, both physically and psychologically, we are and always will be a Vans Family, forever connected by creativity,” says Doug Palladini, Vans Global Brand President. “A recent study by Complex showed that in the U.S. alone, half of today’s youth are more stressed and anxious now than before COVID-19 started. Through the power of creativity, our mission for Vans Checkerboard Day 2020 will be to show that smaller acts of expression can make a big impact on our personal and collective well-being.”

For all the official details on exactly how you can get involved, please follow the jump.

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The Now Monthly List of News Stories

by The Editors on September 14, 2020

Yesterday (September 13, 2020) marked the six month anniversary of the current now. Hard to believe we have been mired in this situation for half of 2020. On the one hand we’re blown away by all the calamity that we’ve been faced with, on the other, we’re thankful for all those oblivious deniers who keep on keeping on like there’s nothing wrong. Kudos to them for showing us that it is entirely possible to live a normal (albeit angry) life with your head firmly mired in the sand and/or up your own butt.

With that out of the way, here’s the news that caught our clicker in the past month (thought we were doing this weekly, but my how time flies). Follow the jump for the whole list.

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Sexy Mom Boarding With Shakira

by The Editors on September 14, 2020

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I love skating at sunset (and Sasha loves this song!)

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Play THPS with “Actual Tony Hawk”

by The Editors on August 18, 2020

The Skatepark Project wants you to know that you can win a chance to play Tony Hawk’s™ Pro Skater™ 1 + 2 with “actual Tony Hawk.” Actual Tony Hawk? Okay.

Tony has teamed up with online fundraising platform Omaze to give YOU that chance! You and a friend could be flown out to Tony’s practice facility in San Diego to play the remastered game, skate and grab lunch together. Up for it? Enter at omaze.com/tony and use the promo code SKATE50 for 50 extra entries. . . Omaze connects charities, once-in-a-lifetime prizes and people who want to make a difference. Every donation for this experience will support our work here at The Skatepark Project—and you can donate as little as $10.

What do you have to lose? Click the link for more info.

[Link: Omaze.com]

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Monday Morning Top News Lists

by The Editors on August 17, 2020

Good morning. Welcome to the new week, in the new-new, of the new now, with our same old list of stories. It may seems like each day is the same as the last, but this list of stories will prove that is not the case. Things are happening in the world outside. Some of them are good, many bad, but all of them peaked at least a small slice of our interest. Maybe your’s as well. Follow the jump for all the headlines.

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Vans’ Doug Palladini Talks The Current Now

by The Editors on August 13, 2020

We drove past the Vans World HQ in Costa Mesa, California last week on another of our NorCal-to-SoCal journeys. We saw empty parking lots, a large construction project in their backyard, and thought to ourselves–we should check in with Doug Palladini to see how Vans is handling the current situation. Few in action sports are dealing with more of the new now than the global president of Vans.

As many would point out, that would require us to do a little more work than we’re used to doing. Luckily, GroupY (which is turning 14 this year) got the old CrossRocket band back together and interviewed Doug for us– on video. Please, sit back and enjoy this interview conducted by former TransWorld Media Publisher, Snowboarder Magazine Editor, Swell.com Editor, content programming strategist, and media executive Rob Campbell.

[Link: GroupY]

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Rob Loriface Has The Best Lawyer Ever

by The Editors on August 10, 2020

On Friday, August 7, 2020, former pro vert skater Rob Loriface was sentenced to, well, not a whole lot after pleading guilty to having an enormous load of meth, heroin, weed, and other drugs for sale in his Encinitas, California home, according to a story on NBC San Diego.

A professional skateboarder from San Diego’s North County will spend the next five years on supervised release for charges stemming from a federal drug trafficking case, with one year under house arrest. . . Judge Dana M. Sabraw sentenced Robert Lorifice, 32, to supervised release on Aug. 7, citing credit for time served. He will also need to pay $2,000 in fines.

Supervised release, house arrest, and $2,000 in fines for having a pound of heroin and meth with the intent to sell? This is after police raided his house twice, once on the initial arrest on September 26, 2018, then again on December 14, 2018 while Loriface was out on bail only to find the exact same scene playing out. We’re glad Rob’s done. Hope he stays clean.

Here’s what his lawyer said: 

“Mr. Lorifice has made mistakes and has learned from them. He has worked on himself and has emerged a better and stronger person who is eager to live a productive and law-abiding life while teaching others in the skateboarding community about the dangers of drug use.”

Indeed. So, note to other snow, surf, and skate criminals: if you need a good lawyer Stefano L. Molea might not be a bad guy to call.

[Link: NBC San Diego]

 

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Jessup Partners With USA Skateboarding

by The Editors on July 22, 2020

Jessup is now the official grip of USA Skateboarding (USAS) and they will be through 2028.

“This is a truly special opportunity, and we are thrilled beyond belief to have it,” said Robert A. Jessup, third-generation owner of Jessup Manufacturing. Jessup, headquartered in McHenry, IL, with manufacturing plants in Lake Bluff, IL, and McHenry, is the only skateboard griptape manufacturer in the United States.

Nothing like sticking to your board with the same grip the Olympians use. Or, in this case, future Olympians (if we ever get to see skateboarding in the Olympics). For the official word from Jessup, please follow the jump.
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Andrew Reynolds Joins The Vans Family

by The Editors on July 21, 2020

Wait, didn’t Andrew Reynolds previously skate for some other shoe brand? Anyone remember what it was called? Nevermind, it’ll come to us eventually.

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The Monday New News List

by The Editors on July 13, 2020

Welcome to the Monday afternoon news list. Most of it is here. Most of it is readable.

And, we did it all for you with not one lick of inane commentary. Click. Read. Enjoy. Stay well. Wear a mask.
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