I’ve found myself at an interesting point in my career, I must say. Like being in the eye of some immense hurricane of life and stopping for a moment to open the front door to take a look around. What’s the status? How are things doing? I did the college experience, trained in a specific field to be a specific thing. Finished my schooling, began working in my chosen trade, and then thought, “Here we are, this is it, your career, the rest of your life”. I dunno about you, but there was something largely unsettling about that thought for me. Maybe it had to do with the times, maybe my own crazy personality? Whatever it was, there was no way the confines of the drab grey cubical walls could keep me contained for long, I knew this before taking the job. Like going through the motions to appease your conscience, it was something I had to do for myself, just to know for sure whether or not it was somewhere I felt I could belong. It took me just under two years to come to the conclusion that I wasn’t built to spend my days slowly melting into a Herman Miller desk chair. I may have worked well within the sphere of advertising, but I could only fight off my passions for so long. The adventure beyond the temperature controlled work environment had come calling.
Photos by Blake Smith
Volante is announcing a new version of Liam Morgan’s pro model wheel today in 82a, so we decided to drop Mr. Greasy a line and see what his thoughts were.
What’s the deal with your new wheel?
Nothing too crazy, same shape. Similar feel in the urethane just in 82a so it breaks loose a bit easier and doesn’t wear as fast. (more…)
To be completely honest, I didn’t really know how to begin this article when I first sat down to write it. I mean, how do I go about explaining the take over of an island by an international swathe of rowdy adrenaline fueled skaters without it sounding like some kind of elaborate terrorist plot? It’s a tough line to walk, but in so many words this is basically what transpired; minus the guns, bad vibes, and odious intentions. However, this isn’t the first time Catalina Island has seen such a take-over. In fact, Catalina Island has felt the burn of urethane wheels a few times before. The original event, taking place way back in 1977, has served to act as the foundation for what has become an annual event of epic proportions. This year’s Catalina Classic was no exception, with the largest rider / spectator attendance recorded to date, the Catalina Island Classic has without a doubt been fully resuscitated by the good folks at Riviera Skateboards. Once a distant memory, revived by the nu-skool, and rockin’ a little bit harder now.
Newton’s Nation 2013 Open Class results:
1. Kevin Reimer
2. Micah Green
3. Douglas Dalua
4. Adam Persson
5. Alex Tongue
6. Kyle Wester
7. Dillon Stephens
8. Kyle Martin
More photos and results after the jump. (more…)
The skate scene in BC has always revolved around Vancouver; it has a vast variety of terrain and has produced so many world-class longboarders and has been the mecca for so many skaters all over the world. I myself have spent a lot of time in BC and typically Vancouver sampling some of this epic terrain and branching out into the amazing BC race circuit, but only this year have I stepped foot on Vancouver Island to get a taste of the island life and sample the action that goes on within.
Photos by Katie Elliot
If I focus my mental energies really hard, I can travel back to a time when I was a spritely young collegiate wood pusher. Cruising to class on a skateboard just made sense. Apart from the obvious fact that a college math class wasn’t exactly my idea of a good time on a weekday afternoon, my cross campus commute via skateboard was a little pick-me-up just before my two hours of number crunching hell. While some scholastic stooges out there will be quick to shoot me down, claiming, “math is fun!”, or “knowledge is power!”, I myself stand behind another argument. That argument being that while, yes, knowledge is power, and yes, I’m sure calculating the distance between planets could indeed be entertaining to some degree, I prefer a more simplified method of personal entertainment and knowledge based self fulfillment. More specifically, one that does not include me measuring the various widths and lengths of the cosmos.
As perhaps you’ve heard by now, the bowl at Flatspot Longboard Shop is now open for business. We thought that was reason to celebrate, so our man in Vancouver, Adam Auger, got down to brass tacks and organized a little shindig for the cool kids. Peep the video above and check out some photos from the event below.
If you’re in Vancouver, make sure you drop by the shop and say what’s up. Not only are the Flatspot dudes slanging the raddest gear, they’re always down to have a good time and shred the bowl in the back. These guys do a lot to support the local community, so do you part to support them! (more…)