Skateboarding

Luan Oliviera Burns For Spitfire

by The Editors on March 12, 2015

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Spitfire Wheels is happy to welcome Luan Oliveira to the team. To see the new pro edition conical this relationship has spawned, please click the link.

[Link: Spitfire]

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RIP: Kurt “Mellow Cat” Ledterman

by The Editors on March 6, 2015

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We knew him best from Ted Richards serialized comic Mellow Cat which appeared in Skateboarder Magazine from 1978 to 1981, but those who knew Kurt Ledterman as the editor at Surfer Magazine (and brains behind Skateboarder) remember a charming, kind, intelligent man, according to a remembrance from legendary photographer Jeff Devine on Surfermag.com. Ledterman was 69.

He treated all contributors during his reign as an editor at SURFER—and also as an integral part of Skateboarder—with a politeness that many still remember. He loved jazz and obscure rock. He would formally invite you to drive him up the hill to his house on Soledad Mountain to enjoy an obscure background-drumming lick on the latest T. Rex album, piped through his parents’ stereo. Over and over. His mom described his informal group of musician friends as, “better than a barking dog.” . . . As editor at SURFER, he filled and stylized the magazine with his verbal accounts and captions. Publisher Steve Pezman once called him the soul of the magazine. “Kurt’s stretch at SURFER and Skateboarder would become an indelible part of the lore of both magazines,” he says. Surfers from Malibu to San Diego knew and loved him. Seeing him actually surf only added to the respect.

We know that Ledterman’s contributions to Skateboarder created delight in the minds of young readers and inspired them to find more in the magazines than simply photos and stories. Our thoughts are with Kurt’s family and friends. Radical-mon. . .

[Link: Surfer Magazine]

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Adidas Boosts The Bar

by The Editors on March 5, 2015

In tandem with this year’s Skate Copa, adidas introduces #BoostTheBar —a best trick contest held on a custom built bump-to-bar obstacle that’s open to everyone to skate. With cash prizes and Boost prize packs up for grabs, Boost The Bar is going down at every #adidasSkateCopa stop in North America with the first stop happening this Saturday at Noon at the Westchester Skate Plaza in LA.

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Puerto Rico’s Guajataca Downhill 2015

by The Editors on March 5, 2015

We have to admit it. After seeing Sector 9’s coverage of the Guajataca downhill skateboarding festival in Puerto Rico we’re convinced that those downhillers certainly do have fun. And they draw a larger crowd than North American snowboard contests, that’s for certain. [click to continue…]

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Jersey City Gets $25K From Hawk Foundation

by The Editors on March 4, 2015

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Jersey City, New Jersey is getting a nice, big, $25,000 grant for their Berry Land Park from the Tony Hawk Foundation.

“It’s inspiring to see skaters work so hard for their communities, while earning the respect and trust of their city councils,” said Tony Hawk. “These skatepark projects are the result of grassroots public efforts and real collaboration between the skaters, the community, and local leaders.”

Yes it is. For more the Berry Lane Park and other three recipients of Tony Hawk Foundation grants (which total $50,000), follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Vans Signs Rowan Zorilla To Global Team

by The Editors on March 3, 2015

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Looks like Rowan Zorilla won’t have to worry about shoes (or clothing) for a while (not that he’s had in trouble with that in the past). Vans has bumped him up to official global team status and they’re pretty happy about that.

Rowan is among the most naturally well-rounded skateboarders to emerge on the scene in recent years with the ability to charge a bowl as hard as he can skate a 12-stair rail, switch and regular. In the past year, RoZo has gone from relatively underground flow ripper to full Vans and Baker skateboards Am by managing to bang out an upcoming video part for this spring’s highly anticipated Vans skateboarding video.

Congrats, Rowan!

[Link: Vans]

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Skateboarding Worlds Back In Kimberley

by The Editors on February 26, 2015

Skate WorldsThe World Skateboarding Grand Prix announced 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 year’s 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 Women’s Street Championships, Vert Championships, Big Air Championships, Rider Cup Team Championships and Men’s 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…]

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Nike Vision Launches Nike SB Line

by The Editors on February 24, 2015

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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.

[Link: Nike Vision]

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George Powell: The Documentary Short

by The Editors on February 23, 2015

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.”

Thanks, Stacy.

[Link via SkateDaily]

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Actions REALized: Roll For Rob Benefit

by The Editors on February 20, 2015

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.

[Link: Actions REALized]

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