A RIDE Channel exclusive series documenting a skateboarder’s journey from A to B – Darkstar’s Ryan Decenzo.
Born and raised in the rough suburbs of Colombia, David González made it his mission to forge his own way of life the only way he knew how, through skateboarding. Currently residing in Long Beach, CA, and having spent most of the summer injured and homebound, Desillusion Magazine’s Pierre David stopped by the former SOTY’s home to gain an insight into David’s world.
Supported by Globe.
A short video showing some friends going on an adventure to skate California’s oldest skatepark up in the Sierra Mountains.
Jeez, how come these girls never visit any of our parks? Anyone know when the next demo is? Check out all the Dusters California cruisers and see if you can spot the green Kryptonics.
Three Playmates hop the fence at the Pink Motel in Los Angeles for a skate in the guest pool. Watch Gemma Lee Farrell, Jaslyn Ome and Audrey Aleen Allen enjoy one of California’s favorite illicit activities.
On Saturday August 30th, 2014 skaters, surfers and fans of Jay Adams gathered in Venice Beach, California, for a celebration of his life. Legends of skateboarding and surfing shared stories of Jay’s Continue reading “Jay Adams Memorial”
The Blind team, Morgan Smith, Kevin Romar, Felipe Ortiz, and Cody McEntire continue to kill it on part 3 of Blind’s Back to Back California Tour.
Blind Skateboards rattles off every trick in the Continue reading “Blind Skateboards Back to Back ’14 California Tour Ep 3”
The Blind team – Morgan Smith, Kevin Romar, Felipe Ortiz, Cody McEntire and more – got together to rip Active and Skaters Point Skatepark Continue reading “Blind Back to Back ’14 California Tour Ep 1”
Atiba Jefferson is a professional photographer from Colorado Springs, CO. He discovered photography in high school and quickly developed a passion for the camera. Since skateboarding was his first love it naturally became his primary subject and the focus through the lens. His desire to capture the movement of skateboarding, precisely how he saw it, pushed him to move to California and chase his dream of becoming a professional photographer. Atiba now shoots everything from skateboarding to Lakers games to portraits of world-famous musicians and athletes. This short film gives a glimpse into the crazy life of Atiba and how he became a professional photographer.
Ray Barbee is a legendary professional skateboarder from San Jose, California. He made his first appearance in the skate film “Public Domain” and followed it up with his most iconic video part in the movie “Ban This”. Barbee’s passion for music and photography was made accessible through skateboarding. Ray’s short film illustrates his passion for creativity and the importance of passing those values on to his children.
Dusters California’s new video for their Spring 2014 Lookbook, available from Revolution stores. New short cruisers, skateboards and longboards. Dusters California is all about the heritage of the California skate and surf lifestyle.
The edit from the Volcom x Baker Skateboards collab launch party at the Volcom HQ in Costa Mesa, California.
Part one of this Epicly Later’d feature on Ed Templeton is sort of a short documentary on how Ed lives, living in Huntington Beach, California, and his beginnings in skateboarding.
Volcom welcomes Ryan Sheckler back to the team.
Volcom couldn’t be more ecstatic to embark on the many new and exciting projects to come, starting with Ryan’s involvement in the new surf, skate, snow film, ‘True To This’, which celebrates the connection and camaraderie of this culture that we all love. ‘True To This’ premieres on March 1st, 2014 at Volcom HQ in Costa Mesa, CA followed by a global premiere tour.
Skate photographer Jody Morris is bringing out a book called 20 Plus, featuring skate photos from the more than twenty years that Jody has been shooting, specifically images from the 1990s to 2013. Pat Duffy talks about his photo on page 136 and other crazy skate mission stories.
This is the inspiring story of Casey Helseth. He talks about how skateboarding saved his life.
Produced & Directed by: Josh Becker with Mike Oliphant
Shot, edited & written by: Josh Becker
From the Streets of South Africa to California and into the heart of skateboarding
I AM THALENTE is a verité documentary about the once homeless skateboarder Thalente Biyela’s journey from the streets of Durban, South Africa, to the Los Angeles, California and into the heart of skateboarding. With the support of skate companies L-R-G and Bombshell, along with guidance from pro skateboarders Kenny Anderson, Guy Mariano, and Marc Johnson, the producers are embracing the specialist film crowdfunding platform Seed & Spark to finance the completion of this inspiring documentary.
Nineteen-year-old Thalente has been homeless since age nine. Finding refuge in the local skatepark, he was given a skateboard a year later through which he found an escape from the harsh realities of street life, and a community of friends who would become his family. As a skateboarder his natural understanding and effortless style quickly attracted attention within the industry, both locally and internationally. Last year he was given the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles and the privilege to skateboard with some of the World’s best. Far more importantly, he discovered the spirit of skateboarding which is built on community, friendships and an understanding of one another, irrespective of location.
Says director Natalie Johns, “Whilst this story hinges on Thalente’s love of skateboarding, it gives insight into the challenges that homeless youths face without family, literacy, role models, or hope. Skateboarding becomes a source of strength and competence for Thalente to rise out of circumstance and make a place for himself in the world. His journey offers a unique perspective on skateboarding, the power of uncompromised acceptance, community and individuality”
Sam Phillips is an American tattoo artist. He owns and operated American Tattoo in Bonsall CA. He has been tattooing and painting since 2001. We think his tattoos are pretty cool, and so are his machines he made from upcycled Independent Trucks.
If you thought the Qualifiers was good, then you’re in for a treat with the Finals. The level of skateboarding is mind blowing. Just watch it as see what we mean.
1. Ben Hatchell
2. Greyson Fletcher
3. Raven Tershy
Check out the qualifiers video from the Vans US Open in Huntington Beach, California. That bowl, especially the section hand painted by Mike Giant, looks incredible. Semi Finals and Finals coming soon. This is probably some of the smoothest transition skating we’ve ever seen.
1. Ben Hatchell – $25,000
2. Greyson Fletcher – $15,000
3. Raven Tershy 10 – $10,000
4. Tony Trujillo
5. Ben Raybourne
6. Curren Caples
7. Aaron “Jaws” Hamoki
8. Kevin Kowalski
9. Brad McClain
10. Chris Gregson
11. Charlie Blair
12. Ronnie Sandoval
Dusters California is (from left to right) Eric Sentianin (product and R&D) Nano Nobrega (Creative Director) and Steve Douglas.
To see what Dusters cruisers and longboards we have in stock, click here.
In a day and age when just about every brand has added longboards and/or cruisers to its catalog, it can be hard to stand out from the pack. For every new line, there comes a littany of shadow products that would make Xerox proud. But Dwindle Distribution’s brand of heritage cruisers, Dusters California, is bringing a fresh look and vibe to the table. Taking its name from the legendary ‘70s muscle car, the Plymouth Duster, skate legend and Dwindle’s Don of Business Development Steve Douglas sums up the brand in five words: “skateboarding, California, heritage, lifestyle, and fun.”
“I grew up in pools and ramps and was fortunate to turn pro back in the late ‘80s,” Douglas says. “During that time I had to progress doing some tricks that were not fun, but it was about getting that sequence for that ad. What I like about our Dusters program is it gets me back to the roots of why I fell in love with skating in the first place—fun. Just pushing, turning, grinding, and going fast.”
When talking with the Dusters team of Douglas, Eric Sentianin, and Nano Nobrega; the recurring theme is fun. Inclusive fun in a time when the pool of active skaters is shrinking. We caught up with the trio to learn more about Dusters and how they’re seeking to stand apart.
What sets these apart in the ballooning crop of cruisers?
Dusters is built by a core skate team that understands, in and out, the functionality of these boards with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Throughout all these years of skateboarding and manufacturing we learned the importance of the fit and finishes of a skateboard and you can see that by analyzing every single details on Dusters boards. Besides the core functionality, meticulous fit and finishes and the incredible price point compared to our competitors, Dusters California brings to all our riders out there the true heritage and lifestyle of skateboarding by portraying in its art direction, the same vintage looks and vibes as the beginning stages of skateboarding in Venice Beach, California, back in late ’60s and ’70s.
So you guys are building these in house, Where’s your factory?
We design Dusters in El Segundo, California and manufacture in our overseas factory. You can get a real sense of the factory and how we manufacture skateboards from this video that we produced shortly after the factory was completed.
How does building your own boards help from a cost, delivery, and quality standpoint? What can you do to detail these that OEM’ers can’t?
The main advantage of manufacturing our own boards is the ability to control the quality at every step. Not just from the point at pressing veneers, but from the arrival of the logs. Wood is an organic material and needs to be stored in very specific temperature and humidity controlled environments. By eliminating a middle man in the supply chain we have the ability to offer competitive prices at a higher quality and higher margin. This higher quality comes in terms of material choices, cosmetic treatments, and finishes.
Who is your target consumer for Dusters?
Skateboarders. It’s a short answer… But we make great product for people who want to skate, whether it’s to bomb a hill of simply cruise to the corner store. The line has a wide variety of boards to fit everyone’s needs from short board that fit in a school locker to medium size ripable cruisers to longboards, drop-throughs and drop downs. The product offering was developed to cater to every level of skater.
I’m stoked to see you guys are focusing on the ladies. I’ve been surprised that more skate companies aren’t making an effort there with cruisers and longboards. Do you see this as a strong spot for growth?
Most definitely! Women have always been part of the industry in and out of the skate parks and Dusters is just making sure they share the same spotlight as men do!
The fact that this is sort of an unexplored market in skateboarding, it opens up huge doors increasing the amount of skaters, followers and fans. That increase in the demand will just benefit the industry as a whole and will most likely make skate parks look a lot better with beautiful ladies skating instead of solely a bunch of sweaty guys!
Why did you decide to partner with GRO and how do you see this getting more girls on board?
We are always looking out for ways to help skateboarding grow bigger and more accessible, and with the latest collaboration Dusters did with old school pro rider Cindy Whitehead, we figure we could aim straight to the ladies. So we looked for all sorts of nonprofit organizations that are somehow helping women and their rights and we found GRO, a nonprofit that works to inspire, educate and support girls through action sports. It couldn’t be a better fit for this colab.
Tell us a little about the vibe and construction of this line.
Dusters’ focus is on creating great looking product using premium components at a fair price. We can do this by having our own factory and cutting out cost and passing on the savings to them.
It’s really about the finishing details of the board; using wood branding for the Dusters logo, incorporating v-ply veneers into the construction, or using unconventional wood inlays. The graphics are 70s retro inspired infusing the beach and surf lifestyle. While the artwork and feel of the brand is throwback, the constructions and shapes of the Dusters line remain authentic as well as progressive, especially when it comes to the drop-through and drop-down constructions. These types of longboards are made for bombing down hills.
The completes feature ABEC-7 bearings with Slant trucks or Slant Inverted trucks. The slant inverted trucks are reversible. They can be used in either a 50-degree or a 54-degree configuration to adjust your turning radius depending on wheel base or preferred turning geometry .
What trucks and wheels are you using on these and what do price points for completes look like?
We use our proprietary truck brand Slant. Slant have developed a unique Reversible truck with a special hanger that offers 2 angles for different riding styles. We will be re-introducing Kryptonics wheels (the original ‘Star Trac’ styles) on some models stating in Fall which we are really excited about I rode these wheel in the 70’s and they were a game changer, currently we use our own Dusters formula urethane. We use Dusters Abec 7 Ultimate Cruising High Performance bearing for all our Dusters models. Our compact cruisers (Ace) start retailing at $100, with most of our best-selling cruisers (Keen, Cazh, Flashback & Kosher) retailing around $110 – $120. We have great price points for our longboards, Demo & Summer models starting at $130 with our premium longboards retailing between $160 and $230 for our top end models. One comment we repeatedly hear is how great our build quality, fit & finish is compared to some other brands, it really helps when you have your own factory. We live eat and breath skateboarding and our Customers notice and appreciate all the extra details.
We’re digging the Hendrix and Doors models. How difficult was it to set partner with those guys from a rights standpoint?
Definitely working through lawyers to get all the contractual items can be a lot of back and forth, however once the legalese was behind us I would have to say it’s been great working with these groups. They have both been excited about the opportunity and our ability to really work with their assets in different ways to make some really great looking boards! Going into this I’m not sure they really understood what we are capable of producing now days as they were pretty excited when we were able to show them samples. I must also say that the Doors management have been especially open and proactive in supporting the marketing efforts to promote this product.
Any concerns on eroding Dwindle’s brand equity with core street skaters by adding the Dusters brand?
If we had started Dusters in the dark days of 1992 I would say yes, but today not at all, most brands have cruisers and long boards so a brand focusing on that can live right beside a core brand, at the end of the day its about having a healthy diverse business that focuses on Skateboarding. In a recent retail run to core skate stores on the east coast—95% of all shops I went to had longboards and cruisers. That’s great, we need healthy skate shops.
What’s your take on the cruiser market? You think it’s a fad or here to stay?
I think it’s healthy for everyone, its definitely not a fad, people love skateboarding for what it is—fun. Some people just like to roll and others like to learn tricks and others just like to go fast etc. What is so great about skateboarding today is that whatever you are into as far as skateboarding its all going on at the same time. From downhill, to slalom to street skating, to the mega ramp, and everything in between—people love to roll. I believe the act of skateboarding is the healthiest it has ever been.
How have orders been on these and what types of shops are they mostly going in?
Our Dusters sales have continued to grow rapidly, and are now one of our top brands at Dwindle. Our Jimi Hendrix and The Doors collabs that are being released now have helped open people’s eyes to the brand. We have also expanded our longboard range as this is where we see most of the current demand. Dusters is carried by our core customers – the ones that are open to cruiser/longboard sales. We also do very well with Zumiez, CCS, and Vans stores and we are opening up new stores all the time. The shops that have Dusters in stock are selling them well above class average so we know when they get on the shelves, in our dusters rack, that they sell and sell well.
Best session you’ve had on a Duster: (answered by Steve Douglas) I grew up in pools & ramps and was fortunate to turn pro back in the late 80’s, during that time I had to progress my skating doing some tricks that were not fun but it was about progressing and getting that sequence for that add. What I like about our Dusters program is gets me back to the roots of why I fell in love skating in the first place in the70’s, FUN. Just pushing, turning, grinding and going fast, so my best session is every session I step on my board.
To view the Summer / Fall line of Dusters cruisers and longboards, click here.
Dusters California Interview courtesy of Transworld Business.
A really cool short film / skate video with Guy Mariano. He teleports somehow from Venice Beach, California to Venice, Italy, and takes advantage of the local skate spots. Really nicely edited, and a pretty fun story line. Nice one Lakai.
Rodney Mullen has been inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame.
The Skateboarding Hall of Fame induction took place at the Sheridan Park Hotel in Anaheim, California on the 9th of May this year. Pretty much everyone who is anyone in skateboarding was there. The reason for the event was to celebrate the innovators, pioneers, and inventors in skateboarding history; the ones that laid the foundation that made skateboarding what it is today. The awards were give by the IASC (International Association of Skateboard Companies). Icon Awards, for honouring skateboarding’s greatest influencers, were given to photographer Warren Bolster, NHS, Inc.; and Devo.
The skateboarders immortalized in the Hall of Fame this year were:
1960s: Brandon “Woody” Woodward
1970s: Era One – Tom Sims
1970s: Era Two – Alan “Ollie” Gelfand
1980s: Era One – Rodney Mullen
1980s: Era Two – Christian Hosoi
1960s: Female – Wendy Bearer Bull
1970s: Female – Laura Thornhill Caswell
Here is a video of Rodney’s induction by Steve Caballero and Ben Harper:
Congratulations Rodney! Well deserved.
Didrik Galasso is part of RVCA’s European connection, Norway specifically. He recently visited California and was captured on film with a ton of sick footage. This video showcase’s some beautiful skate spots and some interesting lines by this Norwegian.
Legendary skateboarder Ed Templeton who is known for his insane graphics with Toy Machine is also a well known artist who shot to fame with the exhibition and movie The Beautiful Losers. His current exhibition titled “Memory Foam” is showing at the Roberts & Tilton art gallery in California. His photographs for this exhibition are mostly black and white and have a natural innocence to it.