With Danger Bay [Scoot's hometown event] being only a few days away, I thought it was timely to hook up with my man Scoot Smith for a little Q & A. I’ll always remember Scott as the guy with green hair that was, and still is, fast as hell. With the plethora of skilled riders that come out of BC, some come and go like a whisper in the wind. Some hop on the band wagon, race for few years and then you never see them again. I’ve never really known why riders usually drop off but it’s racers, true speed freaks like Scoot, that helped really put downhill on the map. Soon to be iconic, if not already, this Pender Harbour local started racing years back …and as far as I can remember, he’s always in the top 10, if not standing on the podium along side the greats.
Dan Pape: Scott or Scoot, which do you prefer?
Scoot Smith: It really depends who it’s coming from. When I’m working my day job as a drywaller I don’t introduce my self as Scoot. If I’m at a downhill event I don’t introduce myself as Scott. I’m fine with Scoot or Scott…. I’ll respond to both. (more…)
Push Culture News not only makes my favorite hoodie (not your average hoodie by the way), but their coverage is getting better and better. Grab a coffee, or a late night drink, full screen it, sit back and enjoy. 25 mins of the latest news to wet your longboard appetite. (more…)
Short and sweet. Just under one minute long, Calvin Staub‘s Madrid Skateboards pro model video gives you raw speed and adrenaline in quick clips. No fluff.
It was filmed in multiple locations with a GoPro and a digital SLR, mostly by Mr. Max Dubler. This winter I was staying at the Skate House while part of the video was filmed. As Calvin and Max took runs down the canyon and I was able to capture some behind the scenes images.
Once this video was released, I called up Max and asked him a couple questions about the making of the video, filming in general, and riding fast with expensive equipment. (more…)
We’re hella stoked to announce two new additions to our all-star team of Skate[Slate] reps: Adam Auger and Adam Crigler. Both these dudes know a thing or two about skateboarding and are generally awesome people. Adam Auger is a Vancouver local, while Mr. Crigler spends most of his days in NYC. They’ll be working with our partners at those locations, lighting it up at skate events all over the place, and being rad day in, day out. Say what’s up if you see them around. Hit the jump for a few photos of these two shredding their faces off. (Not literally.) (more…)
A happy ending to a tragic incident in South Africa. Felipe Malaga suffered a serious head injury from a collision into the hay-bales on Lloyd’s Left. He had brain surgery and was induced into a coma to relieve the stress from inflammation in his brain. He explains in this Peruvian news report that his girlfriend, Carolina Verastegui, had to sign a paper giving them permission to operate with only a 30% chance of survival. Doctors say that is the minimum survival rate that they are allowed to operate on. It was an extremely high risk of death for Felipe, but miraculously, he pulled through and is making a speedy recovery. He explains that he is at 80% of a full recovery, he feels better every day, only suffering from some dizziness when he lays down in bed, and tiredness. He says doctors gave him six months of rehabilitation recovery time and he will definitely be able to skate again. He says he can start practicing on his board in one month and in six, we will be seeing him in the hills again. He is planning on competing in the South American circuit this year and in 2014 he’ll be back full throttle. He promised his girlfriend, now future wife, Carolina, that he will win the world title in 2014, as part of her wedding ring. (more…)
If you’ve met These Wheels & Aera Trucks team rider George Mackenzie, you probably like him. And if you’ve raced him in the past, there’s a good chance you were left behind, he’s fast. Brock Newman and “G-Mack” went out to hang one day and whipped up this little video.