Skateboarding

HUF + Roger Steffens & The Family Acid

by The Editors on May 11, 2016

We’re not exactly down with the weedy side of life, but HUF has just done a collab with The Family Acid and Roger Steffens and it is boss. Steffens is a Brooklyn, New York-born actor, author, lecturer, reggae archivist, photographer and producer and we could listen to this guy tell stories all day long. Click play and you’ll see what we mean. For a look at some of the hundreds of thousands of photos he’s taken over the past 60 years, follow him on Insta @thefamilyacid.

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Tony Hawk’s Surprise SOMA West Demo

by The Editors on May 11, 2016

tonyhawk_sfdemoLast month Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse team dropped by San Francisco’s SOMA West Skate Plaza to show a few of his donors exactly what the Tony Hawk Foundation does. Tony broadcast the demo live to his Facebook followers and 2.5 million people reportedly watch. Damn.

The plaza, a 2011 recipient of a Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grant, was full of Saturday-morning users when Tony and the crew showed up, and right behind them was a contingent of THF staff and foundation supporters. Tony arranged to spend the day with them as a thank you for supporting THF’s work, including its contributions to parks like SOMA West.

To watch the demo (a little after the fact) and for all the official details, please follow the jump.
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Syrmo: A Skateboarding Activity Tracker

by The Editors on May 11, 2016

Skaters who also run or ride bikes know of the addictive nature of an app called Strava. Well, now skateboarders can track their own action on a similar app called Syrmo.

With the addition of some tech that mounts underneath your truck (including an accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer) Syrmo will record the motion of your skateboard and save it on a smartphone app for logging, sharing, comparing and review.

So far, we haven’t seen any action trackers that work well enough to be useful, but maybe this is the one. We look forward to trying it.

[Link: Syrmo]

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The Dreaded Freeway Skateboarding Epidemic

by The Editors on May 10, 2016

Was it the iconic Go Skateboarding Day image that caused all this? Or, could it be that Southern California traffic has gotten so bad that people refuse to simply sit in their cars for hours at a time. Having had personal experience with the California Highway Patrol and their strangely flawed belief that they do indeed personally own the freeways of California we can say this, just don’t get caught. If you don’t believe us, ask Don Brown.

[Link: LA Times]

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House of Vans Parties Kick Off Next Week

by The Editors on May 10, 2016

houseofvans_partyDon’t even think that the only parties Vans throws are in high and dry swimming pools. No, they throw house parties, too. And the this summer run of parties kicks off on May 19, 2016 with Jon Hopkins, The Black Madonna, and The Field at The House of Vans Brooklyn.

In partnership with FYF, the 2016 Vans House Parties offer a rare opportunity to experience some of the best live music programming out there in a truly unique and historical art setting that celebrates Vans’ rich “Off The Wall” heritage in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.

And to us it’s just a great free show. For the official word from Vans (and how to RSVP), click the link.
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Nas’ Skateboard Movie: The Land

by The Editors on May 9, 2016

It’s turning into a board movie summer. Here’s a tease of the film The Land produced by Nas and pretty well received at Sundance, according to a story on The Root.

The movie follows the turbulent lives of four teens who have aspirations of becoming professional skateboarders but who find that the streets of Cleveland aren’t the easiest to break from. Lendeborg stars as Cisco, a teen who uses skateboarding as an escape mechanism but lands in trouble with his friends when they steal and sell Molly (the drug) to raise money for a skateboarding competition.

The film stars The Wire’Michael K. Williams, Erykah Badu, Machine Gun Kelly and Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates, along with Jorge Lendeborg Jr. The Land is scheduled to be released on July 29, 2016.

[Link: The Root]

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Vans Parties In Their Pool On May 14, 2016

by The Editors on May 9, 2016

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Join some of the gnarliest coping crushers on the planet as Van’s presents their 12th Annual Pool Party at The Block in The City of Orange, California on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

The influential deep bowl competition that has cemented a legacy in modern vertical skateboarding, is expected to capture yet again the most dominating forces in bowlriding terrain, including the Legends and Masters who have set the bar for the next generation of pool rippers. On the heels of last year’s incredible hip transfer by pro Pedro Barros (photo above)to close out the show, the Vans Pool Party will turn up the heat with seasoned veterans such as Chris Miller, Bucky Lasek, Lance Mountain and Steve Caballero, plus defending Pro champion Tom Schaar alongside Cory Juneau, Tristan Rennie, Chris Russell and more!

For all the details on how you can watch it all online, please follow the jump.
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SLS Pro Open Barcelona Starts May 21, 2016

by The Editors on May 9, 2016

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The SLS Nike SB Pro Open returns to Europe’s mecca of skateboarding in Barcelona, Spain on May 21-22, 2016 to kick off the 2016 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Nike SB World Tour.

As the official international qualifier, this contest serves as gateway into SLS season of live televised arena events on FS1. The two highest scoring non-SLS Pros will advance into the series giving them a career-forging opportunity to make their mark alongside today’s greats of street skateboarding. In 2015, rookies Evan Smith and Cody McEntire outperformed a pool of international hopefuls for the last remaining spots in SLS, and then proceeded to shake up the rankings land in the final season top 10 ahead of several SLS veterans.

For the official word from Street League Skateboarding, please follow the jump.
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Neckface + Nuge = Baxter Street Bomb

by The Editors on May 3, 2016

Yep. He did it.

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IASC Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

by The Editors on April 27, 2016

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The International Association of Skateboard Companies are inducting a whole slew of skateboarding greats at their seventh annual International Skateboarding Hall of Fame awards show to be held May 13, 2016 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Those being celebrated include:

Skip Frye, Ty Page, Steve Alba, Eddie Elguera, Tommy Guerrero, Ed Templeton, Ellen Berryman, Cindy Whitehead, and Jen O’Brien. This year’s Icon Award recipients are pioneering skateboard company Powell-Peralta, photographer/writer/designer Mörizen “Mofo” Föche and legendary hardcore punk band Suicidal Tendencies.

Sounds a little bit like a part you shouldn’t miss. For the official word from the IASC (including the names of everyone in the hall of fame), please follow the jump.

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