THROWBACK THURSDAYS

Eric Koston Super Goofer from the olden days of Menikmati. Even back then he was getting pretty tech on ledges. Keep skateboarding fun!

VAN DOREN INVITATIONAL 2013 FINALS VIDEO

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.

Final results:
1. Ben Hatchell
2. Greyson Fletcher
3. Raven Tershy

ADIDAS SKATEBOARDING GAME OF SKATE

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The adidas skateboarding Game of Skate is happening at Area 3, Johannesburg.

Revolution team riders Anthony de Demendonca (also Cliché and Supra), and Adam Woolf (also Verb) were the first riders on the list, then Gavin Scott and Ofentse, and now Sechaba (Bakersman) and Bergen Nielson have also made the finals on the 4th of August.

The list will be updated every week and the games take place every Sunday.

Round 1 – 14th July (Anthony and Adam advanced)
Round 2 – 21st July (Gavin Scott and Ofentse advanced)
Round 3 – 28th July (Sechaba Bakersman and Bergen Nielson advanced)
Round 4 and Finals – 4th August

R4000 for 1st place!

VAN DOREN INVITATIONAL 2013 QUALIFIERS

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.

Final Results:

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

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SKATEBOARDING IN INDIA FULL LENGTH DOCUMENTARY

If you’ve been following the ‘Skateboarding In India’ videos, you’ll know about the work that Levi’s Skateboarding is doing in India with 2er and Holystoked. Enjoy the full documentary!

We joined the Holystoked skateboarding crew from Bangalore and the 2er building crew from Hannover, along with 24 skateboarders and builders from around the world to build the first, free public use skate park in India. Professional skateboarders Chet Childress, Al Partanen, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Lennie Burmeister, and Rob Smith all joined in on the build and skated the finished project.

BUCK TOUR 2013 VIDEO

Fresh new video from Buck Tour 2013, Skatelab, George. Enjoy.

Skaters in order of appearance:

Khule Ngubane
Justus Kotze
Byron Rhoda
Uri Rubin
Juan Smit
Jason Osborn
Christopher Walters
Ryan Naidoo
Shuaib Philander
Alan Marola
Stefan Jacobs
Reinart de Villiers
Storm Reyneke
Andrew Nero
Anton Roux

Filmed and edited by: Andrew van der Walt

THROWBACK THURSDAYS

Skateboarding has gone through it’s trends of trickery. Enjoy “Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding – Trends’ in today’s Throwback Thursdays.

Roast beef, crail, late shuvit, saran wrap, hippy jump, etc… In this episode, Grosso discusses some of the highs and lows of the “trends in skateboard trickery”.

ADIDAS SKATEBOARDING GAME OF SKATE

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The adidas skateboarding Game of Skate is happening at Area 3, Johannesburg.

Revolution team riders Anthony de Demendonca (also Cliché and Supra), and Adam Woolf (also Verb) were the first riders on the list, and now Gavin Scott and Ofentse have also made the finals on the 4th of August.

The list will be updated every week and the games take place every Sunday.

Round 1 – 14th July (Anthony and Adam advanced)
Round 2 – 21st July (Gavin Scott and Ofentse advanced)
Round 3 – 28th July
Round 4 and Finals – 4th August

R4000 for 1st place!

ALL IN A DAYS WORK VIDEO

Justus and Grant went on a day mission and made this rad little edit for KFD Skateboards. Enjoy!

Rider: Justus Kotze
Filmer: Grant Mclachlan

3 SPOTS WITH ANDREW BROPHY

Melbournians celebrated the return of Andrew Brophy earlier this year. Andrew and his family came back to the city after a four-year hiatus. After prolonged stints in Noosa and LA he has blended right back in seamlessly. Well, as seamlessly as one can blend when one stands out a mile off due to one’s mastery of gravity. We were honoured when Brophy eagerly took to the Three Spots mission in the midst of winter. With the help of Leigh Bolton and James James, Andrew was documented hitting up the raw-mixed shapes of Rezy, the new St Kilda Road ledges and his old local Prahran Skatepark. For a guy who his well known for his levitating techniques, it is nice to be reminded just how stylish he is on the board. It is with great pleasure that we present one of the world’s finest, power snappin’ skate rats: Andrew Brophy and his choice of Three Spots.

DUSTERS CALIFORNIA INTERVIEW

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.

PAUL RODRIGUEZ STREET LEAGUE WINNER

For those who don’t know, Paul Rodriguez won Street League. Watch the video to see an interview with him, and footage of how he managed to grab the win against Chris Cole. Incredible skateboarding.

THE REVENGE OF THE BEASTS SHORT FILM

The Revenge of the Beasts short film by Sebastian Linda. It’s nice to see a short film made where the subjects in the film can actually skate, and the videographer understands skateboarding. Enjoy.

When I was a kid I saw a skater jumping for the first time, I believed it was magic that made him fly. I realized that this has been a childish fantasy. But this year we decided to bring back my dream.

No tripods or dollies used. Just a skateboard, car, and body movement. Filmed on the weekend of the 29 and 30th June 2013.

GIRL SKATEBOARDS X ED BANGER VIDEO

Girl Skateboards x Ed Banger Records brings you Sean Malto, a French Fred Remix.

In honor of Ed Banger Records turning 10 and Girl Skateboards turning 20, French Fred Remixed Sean Malto’s Pretty Sweet part to Justice’s “Brian Vision MMXIII” & Mr Oizo’s “Secam” available on Ed Banger Records.

SKATE FARM PARK JAM 2013

Photos from the first SkateFarm event.

Results for Advanced division
1st – Kyle
2nd – Nathaniel
3rd – Tao

Results for Beginner division
1st – Nathan
2nd – Tyler
3rd – Kevin

AMSTERDAMN AM FINALS

Whoa. The level of skateboarding at the Amsterdamn Am blew us away. Watch the video to see why.

Finals results:

1. Nassim Guammaz
2. Jorge Semoes
3. Trevor Colden
4. Youness Amrani

JEAN-MARC AT AMSTERDAMN AM

Almost Skateboards and Revolution team rider, Jean-Marc Johannes just got back from the Damn Am competition in Amsterdam; the Amsterdamn Am. We just want to say a huge well done to him. You made us proud. Check out some videos of the comp and of Jean-Marc above and below.

The Amsterdamn Am is Europe’s premiere amateur street skateboarding competition, held at Skatepark Amsterdam, this year from July 12 – 14. The top 12 qualifiers won entry to skate Tampa Am, and there was a prize purse of 10,000 Euros this year. Nassim Guammaz from The Netherlands won the contest and the golden ticket to the 2013 Tampa Am semi-finals. Congrats!

Final Results
1. Nassim Guammaz – NLD (Straight to Semi-Finals at Tampa Am 2013)
2. Jorge Simões – PRT (Straight to Semi-Finals at Tampa Am 2013)
3. Trevor Colden – USA
4. Youness Amrani – BEL
5. Adrien Bulard – FRA
6. Gaard Hvaara – NOR
7. Alec Majerus – USA
8. Axel Crysberghs – BEL
9. Hermann Stene – NOR
10. Lehi Leite – BRA
11. Robbin De Wit – NLD
12. Diego Cano – ESP

Independent Best Trick
1. Youness Amran – Feeble grind 360 flip out on the rail
2. Riso Tury – Heelflip noseslide nollie flip out on the rail
3. Rob Maatman – Nollie bigspin front board to fakie on the rail

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THROWBACK THURSDAYS

For Throwback Thursdays, we found this old video of a day in the life of skateboarder, innovator, and artist Mark Gonzales. Hope you enjoyed being shown around New York by The Gonz as much as we did.

MARCEL MAASSEN INTERVIEW

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Meet Verb and Globe team rider, Marcel Maassen.

What’s up Marcel? What’s going on in your life at the moment?

Wadup people! I am working at Revolution and grinding my ass off for the paper. Skating the streets of Cape Town and playing a lot of XBOX. I just finished two games and I am so amped haha – NERD.

You’re originally from Pretoria. What was it like living there? Why did you decide to move to CT?

It was super fun living with the Plankie brothers; Joubert, Jansen, Skippy, Thys and Dennis WHL(wees huis lewe). Well, I get really bored of shit very quickly, so we all decided to move down about two years ago. Where the brothers go, I go. Hope that Skippy and D dawg can come down.

What are your best and worst things about Pretoria, and about Cape Town?

In Pretoria we have mad jocks with pointy shoes, highlights in the hair and the arms on those dude are bigger than my whole body! But in Cape town we have hipsters. I don’t know for how long, but I take them over jocks. Pretorian homies are so dope and it was always good to hang out, on and off the board. Cape Town’s lifestyle is just so much better, even though it’s expensive. I love it here. Skating through the streets with trouble makers and clowns is just the best thing to ask for. The only thing that sucks here is the cold fucking ocean water and the sharks.

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You lived in Amsterdam for a few years. Tell us what that was like… Why did you come back to South Africa?

I lived in Utrecht, a little bit out of Amsterdam. The weed was so good! They were the best and worst times of my life. I am not going to go into a lot of detail because it’s a mad story that you could write a book about. I got into gangs and bad violence, and after four years of hustling, the cops finally got me. I had some bad shit on me so I got deported out of the country. I learnt a lot from that experience; never looking back, never doing the same things I did back then. We all do some dome things in life. I still do, but as long as you learn from it it’s all good.

How did you get into skateboarding?

Like everybody else, I saw my friends do it got into it right away I guess. I think most kids that start skating need to escape from something in life and skating is a good way too get out there and do your own thing. You can learn by yourself, not at school or from your mom or dad; just you and you alone. If you can do that, you can also stand alone and be strong as a person.

Got any tricks you’re working on getting?

Switch Lazer heel, one wheel nose manual nollie tripple tre out, haha!

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What does the second half of 2013 look like for you?

Probably the same as now. Try to film some shit, skate, have fun and party! If I got cheese, bread, Xbox, skating and a roof over my head, it’s all good till 2020.

You have a couple tattoos. Which is your favorite and why?

The Hulk, because every person has got a second personality, even if they deny it. I want to grow big and break stuff or jump and smash shit, haha! I have this rib tattoo with shoes hanging over a streetlamp on the corner of a street. It’s for my homie that passed away in 2006. I took a pretty hard knock, so it means a lot to me.

What are you listening to recently?

Gangsta, Jurassic 5, bFake, RickRoss and always some Wu shit.

Anything else you want to say?

How do you start up a fan page?

Marcel MaassenSequence by Jansen van Staden. 180 nosegrind shovet out.

SKATEBOARDING IN INDIA EPISODE 2

It’s really good to see things like this happening around the world. Skateboarding can create change.

In March of this year, Levi’s®, 2er and India’s HolyStoked Collective formed a true collaboration in skateboarding. Together, they gathered a team of skaters, journalists, photographers and filmmakers from USA, UK, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Sweden and Australia to ascend on Bangalore to build India’s first FREE skateboard park. Skateboarding legends Omar Salazar, Stefan Janoski, Chet Childress and Al Partanen came in to assist the crew of 34 builders that worked tirelessly for 16 straight days. Together they laid 20 tons of sand, 3 tons of cement, 2,000 meters of steal, and 1 palm tree for good measure, building this beautiful skate park in Bangalore. HolyStoked aims to empower the community in Bangalore through skateboarding, and Levi’s® alongside 2er is humbled by the opportunity to contribute to the growing skateboard community in India. Local skateboarders of Bangalore now have the chance to take full advantage of this FREE skatepark and be a part of growing their skateboard heritage. Additionally, Levi’s® assisted 2er in gathering skateboards from global skate communities in order to supply HolyStoked with enough skateboards to form a skateboard school. These classes also offered English lessons for local children who would otherwise not have access to these resources. “After everyone committed two long weeks of hard work, our goal to bring India’s first free skatepark was finally done! It was smiles for miles in India today and it felt great to us all. Thanks to all and to the HolyStoked crew for never giving up! It’s all about taking action and doing what’s right! Look how happy skateboarding makes these kids!” said Skateboard Pro, Omar Salazar

Download the new Levi’s® Skate Collection 2013 Lookbook HERE.

GONZ EXHIBITION

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If you’re in Joburg, get down to Area3 for the Gonz exhibition.

It opened on Saturday and runs until 31 July.

CHRIS RAY RECAPTURES SHANE O’NEILL

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Click on the image above to view the video.

After seeing Shane’s part on The Berrics, I was super excited to work with him for the Transworld Video. Some people are just naturally talented on a skateboard and Shane is one of them. Here are a few of my favorite clips that I filmed of him in 2011.” – Chris Ray

THROWBACK THURSDAYS

Today’s Throwback Thursdays features a final video edit from the Revolution Festival Mall skatepark, sent in by Dwayne Erasmus.

One of the last edits thrown together in the memory of what once was Revolution Festival Mall Skatepark. To Remember all the good times we all had there, and all the memories we will never forget. Featured skaters in this video include: David “Killer Dave” Woolf, Brendan Dyamond, Tian Van Rensburg, Bevan Richards, Werner Lamprecht, Sam Khumalo, Anthony De Mendonca, Dlamini “Double D” Dlamini, and 20sk8’s own Shuaib Philander

SKATEBOARDING IN INDIA

Twenty four skateboarders from America, the UK and Germany traveled to Bangalore, India to build the first free public skatepark in India. Rad.

We joined the Holystoked skateboarding crew from Bangalore and the 2er building crew from Hannover, along with 24 skateboarders and builders from around the world to build the first, free public use skate park in India. Professional skateboarders Chet Childress, Al Partanen, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Lennie Burmeister, and Rob Smith all joined in on the build and skated the finished project.

VENICE TO VENICE WITH GUY MARIANO

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.

GO SKATEBOARDING DAY SOUTH AFRICA

International Go Skateboarding Day

Moad 281 Commissioner Street, JHB, 22nd June, 11AM – 9PM.

Go Skateboarding Day originated as the day for skateboarders to have fun, raise awareness about the issues we face; to show the world what skateboarding is really all about; to reclaim our culture; and to define skateboarding as the rebellious, creative celebration of independence it continues to be. The holiday continues to grow, but the mission remains the same: Get hyped, go skateboarding.

14:00 – Baseline Skate shop Highest Ollie, Hippie Jump and Longest Ollie.
16:00 – Verb Skateboards Highest Wall Ride.
17:00 – Revolution Grind box shred.
18:00 – Live Band – Jet Black Camaro.

Sk8Shades Lucky Draw. (Donate your old deck and win).

Photo & Board exhibition:
Verb Skateboards Photographer Tribute Series board exhibition.

Photographers exhibiting:

Gavin Scott
Andrea Momo
Jonathan Pinkhard
Rudy Jeggle
Werner Lamprecht
Dwayne Erasmus
Ben Bergh
Marcus Maschwitz
Tyrone Bradley
Lingo Rodrigues

Free Hot Dogs sponsored by Samsung.

Product toss.

Instagram hashtags: #moad #maboneng #weareverb #verbskateboards #revolutiondaily #revolutionskateboardsupplyco #baselineskateshop #sk8shades #dopeindustries #sessionskatemag #etniessouthafrica #samsung #redbull #volcomsouthafrica #vanssouthafrica #3starpowwow

Event Venue and Product sponsored by: The Maboneng Precinct, Revolution Skateboard Supply Co, Verb Skateboards, Baseline Skate Shop, Etnies, Dope Industries, Session Skate Mag, Volcom, Sk8shades, Vans and Samsung.

See you there!

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THROWBACK THURSDAYS

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Skateboarding is not a hobby. And it is not a sport. Skateboarding is a way of learning how to redefine the world around you. For most people, when they saw a swimming pool, they thought, ‘Let’s take a swim.’ But I thought, ‘Let’s ride it.’ When they saw the curb or a street, they would think about driving on it. I would think about the texture. I slowly developed the ability to look at the world through totally different means.” – Ian MacKaye

For those who don’t know, Ian Mackaye was frontman of hardcore punk bands Minor Threat and Teen Idles, as well as the bands Embrace, Fugazi and The Evens. He is a co-founder of Dischord Records, and is also credited for coining the term “straight edge”.

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GEORGE WEEKEND

Clayton Petersen, Alice Edy, and Justus Kotze paid a visit to Skatelab this past weekend. There’s nothing like a road trip to one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa to calm the nerves. A huge thank you to Mr. Miller and his family for the incredible hospitality. We’ll be back soon!

WIPEOUT WEDNESDAYS

Jaak does the splits, hard.

Filmed by: Matthew Lesch

You still have a chance to win a deck from KFD Skateboards!

Upload a video of your bail video to YouTube and/or Vimeo, and send us the link (to the Revolution Facebook inbox).

Best video wins a deck from KFD Skateboards.

Competition closes on the 17th of July. So you have a month to send us your videos. Get on it!

Anthony de Mendonca & Adam Woolf Interview

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You guys are from Johannesburg right?

Adam: 100% Jo-burgers from Edenvale.
Anthony: Yeah man Jozi all the way.

How do you feel about many of the Jozi skaters/friends having moved to Cape Town?

Adam: Well, I’m happy for them. Cape Town is a rad place and there are lots of sick spots around. It does suck that the Jozi scene has gotten smaller, but the scene is growing here and there are a lot more projects on the rise. People are realizing that if they don’t do anything about it, no one will.
Anthony: I think its amazing. If I’m not mistaken, JHB was the scene for a while and developed a lot of talent. Look at the scene now; its gotten so much larger in such a short amount of time. Clearly good things are coming from their choices, so I’m hyped for the homies. They’re making changes for us and opening new doors.

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With all the major league videographers, photographers, and with AV and Session leaving Jozi, how have you managed to get coverage? Has it been hard or a walk in the “park”?

Adam: Well, I bought a video camera, so I can get my own coverage with all my homies. Either filming each other, making edits, sending footage to AV. On the photo side of things, there happens to be quite a few photographers here that are taking amazing photos, so that at least helps out shooting for Session. Also, filming with Preez films / Wandile, who is contributing to the scene with his new channel, as well as a few others on the rise.
Anthony: It’s been OK. I guess it’s all thanks to the dedicated time from Adam Woolf, Dwayne Erasmus and Jonathan Pinkhard. They’re the homies who are close to home for photos and filming. I also try push as much on social media networks as I can. Wandile and Preez Films have been a lot of help. Wands is taking back the streets. It’s always good riding and filming with him, and sending the occasional footage to AV.

How do you two manage summer without the ocean and fresh air?

Adam: I’m a fucking lizard!
Anthony: I love the ocean, but hate to swim. I get cold super quick, plus I’m paranoid of sharks.

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What are the pro’s and con’s of having skateparks at your disposal?

Adam: With the recent closure of the Revolution Festival Mall park, there isn’t much to skate in the area park-wise. We hit up Sk8world a lot more often now. A few of us came together and built a sick-ass grind box there. We want to keep adding on to the park and build it up. Other than that it’s street all the way.
Anthony: Progression.

Revolution Festival Mall Skatepark is no more. Now where will you guys be spending your rainy days?

Adam: At home, jamming PS3.
Anthony: Not in the rain. Balfours has a nice frontside-up ledge that’s covered. That would be a choice, but I won’t lie, rains a killa, so I’ll be at home.

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Could you share a fun or dangerous street mission you’ve had in the inner city of Johannesburg?

Adam: Skating it up with the MSA homies in town, cruising around at night skating road gaps. All the guys are super mellow and it was rad to get some footage with them.
Anthony: Brendan, two other homies and I had a good town mission quite a while ago. It started getting dark, but we kept it going. We decided to look for a hand rail, so we got in Brendan’s car and started the search. We got caught up behind a few taxi’s at a robot and the streets were packed with kids, gogos and madalas. Anyway, Brendan’s window was slightly down and these four guys come running towards us from behind the car, two on each side. They came up like they were trying to sell us some dope or crack, asking us if we were okay. I only noticed two on my side, not seeing the other two. All of a sudden the one guy was trying to get his arm in the window and the other guy was trying to open the doors. Brendan drove away as quick as he could but these guys were chasing us while holding onto the car for a brief time and as they let go I heard the one guy casually say “I’ll shoot you”. Brendan said “LET’S GET OUDDA HERE!”. He sounded like Arnold Schwarzenegger!

You guys must be looking forward to the Maloof Money Cup! Do you have any new tricks that you’ve mastered that you would like to try on the plaza this year?

Adam: Hellz yeah! Always looking forward to Maloof! I was thinking about trying a flip backside nosegrind down the hubba. There are lots of new things I want to try. Hyped!
Anthony: I have a Hardflip backside 5-0 in mind, but we’ll see how that goes. What would be what I’d like to leave with knowing I got that over the weekend.

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FUNNY FRIDAZE

The Good Company Slicer by Henry Gunderson

We thought this was amazing. Who doesn’t love pizza? Combine pizza with skateboarding and you’ve struck gold. Henry Gunderson skates his delectable creation around the streets of San Francisco.

Starring: Henry Gunderson
Filmed and Edited By: Quinn Arneson

BUCK TOUR 2013

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On the 13th of July 2013 it will be time for the yearly F#*k the Buck Skate Tour to George, proudly presented by Volcom.

This is the longest running skate contest in South Africa and the 13th year looks to be better than ever.

This will also be 7th stop on the Maloof Hope Tour leading up to the Maloof Money Cup in Kimberley from the 27 – 29th September.

2013 sees a R5000 prize purse as well as loads of product hand-outs with the winner getting a Maloof Money Cup wildcard entry to the main event, all expenses paid.

We are also incorporating the Skate for Hope clinic, where 25 kids from More Son Children’s Home will be attending for a action packed day of skating. They will each receive various product hampers / complete skateboards from Maloof Money Cup and a full skate clinic by some professional skateboarders.

Hope to see you all there for the madness!

Contact:

Riaan V B – 082 792 2874
riaan@nsaskateboarding.co.za

Markus – 083 655 3176
markus@oldschoolproductions.co.za

@Ultimate_X_

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/359069947547987

http://oldschoolproductions.co.za/extreme/featured/buck-tour-2013

JEAN-MARC PARTY TRICK

This video was part of Jean-Marc’s “5 on Flat” video. He still isn’t sure what it is, so he has decided to call it the Party Trick.

What do you think it is?

NEW REVOLUTION ONLINE STORE

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The new Revolution Online store is now live!

www.revolutiononline.co.za

Current specials:

Get a Verb, Killer, or KFD hood for R399,95, or two for R599,95. Simply choose two hoods, add them to your cart, then put the coupon “hoodspecial” into the coupon field in your cart.

Other specials coming soon!

Revolution Online currently stocks:

Fallen, Brixton, Iron Fist, Globe, Vans, Killer, Verb, KFD, Almost, Enjoi, Darkstar, Brigada, Deathwish, Dusters, Mystery, Speed Demons, Tensor, Threat, Zoo York, and tons more other brands that will be consistently added to.

Information about the website:

– Brand spanking new Revolution logo and branding.
– The website is responsive, so you can browse the site easily on your desktop, laptop, iPad or smartphone.
– Orders are now processed through PayFast, so you can pay securely via credit card or electronic transfer.

The site is going to be constantly updated with products, specials and other stuff, so make sure to keep coming back.

Get your fix of Footwear, Clothing, Headwear, Accessories and Skate products online now!

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20SK8 GOOD TIMES VIDEO

Cape Town skate crew, 20sk8, put together this rad short video. Good times!

Edited by Wesley Shroeder. Uploaded by Ryan Naidoo.

ORDOS VIDEO

Ordos is a ghost town located near Inner Mongolia in China. It was built for one million people, but only a few thousand live there. The town is very wealthy, has good public infrastructure and is situated close to precious natural resources, but is part of a region with water shortages.

The short video is worth watching just to see how incredible those spots look to skate, and it doesn’t look like the skateboarders even got hassled. Some friends somehow saw the potential of this place to skate, and organised a trip, and were apparently the first people ever to skate the town. We found this quite inspiring. Just see something you want to do and make it happen.

Directed, filmed & edited by: Charles Lanceplaine.
Skaters: Jay Meador, Gustav Nymans, Tommy Zhao, Alexander Hwang, James Capps, Elliott Zelinskas and Brian Dolle.

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AV Skateboarding takes us on a weekend in Cape Town with the 20sk8 crew. The video shows them skating some street, leading the Cape Carnival and holding events in the townships. Featuring KFD and Killer team riders Ryan Naidoo and Alan Adams, Justin Adonis, Wesley “Tooth” Schroeder, Toothless, Shuaib Philander and more.

RICHARD GILLIGAN CAPTURES DIY SKATEBOARDING

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Photographer Richard Gilligan captures the DIY and collaborative spirit of skateboarding with his series title “DIY”.

“diy can be described as a movement within skateboarding which operates outside civic and societal norms. through the utilisation of skater-constructed spaces, which are ordinarily, an adaptation of existing, but often abandoned, terrain in both urban and rural settings, the modern skateboarder transcends the need to exist within a more conventional environment.

utilising found materials, these unauthorised and often illegal temporary constructions have fascinated photographer richard gilligan, who has spent the past four years tracking down these ephemeral spaces throughout europe and the us. his pictures show how skaters and diy builders free themselves from the constraints of societal rules, creating their own domain in which to practice this peripheral pursuit.”

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WIPE OUT WEDNESDAY

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Ryan Naidoo slammed pretty hard hanging up on this 50/50. Video footage of this coming soon…

Photo by Grant Mclachlan.

IS THE SKATE COMMUNITY WILLING TO EMBRACE A TRANSGENDER SKATER?

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You may have been hearing more and more about the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, and the effort to create a more tolerant and accepting community. It wasn’t too long ago that Tom Gabel from the band Against Me! announced that he was, in fact, a woman. The response from the punk and greater music community was mixed, with some people being supportive of the courage it took, while others were critical or simply angry. Well, now there is an openly transgender member of the skateboarding community. Skateboarding has always been quite progressive and open-minded, and it will be interesting to see how this news will be received.

Hillary Thompson was born on the 10th of September in Raleigh, North Carolina. She started skateboarding at about 4 or 5 years old on a single kicktail with big plastic wheels. Around the age of 4 or 5 is also when the imposing societal ideas of sex, gender and sexuality became a reality in her life. While your sex is defined by your anatomy when you’re born, gender is a construct, and is generally given to the corresponding sex i.e. “girl” to female, and “boy” to male. The problem with this is that some people born male may not feel “male”. Hillary always just expected that she would grow up and become a woman. She was given a male gender when she was born though, and was therefore in conflict with her internal gender identity. This is called ‘gender disphoria’; an anxiety created by the conflict between a person’s assigned gender and their internal gender. This can be very difficult for that individual, as exhibiting female characteristics when you have been given a male gender can result in a lot of hatred, aggression, and possibly even violence from society.

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She ignored it for a while, but it became difficult to simply run away from the issue, and at around 18 she knew that she had to do something about it. Her parents sent her to a psychiatrist, as she started battling with depression and began isolating herself. The psychiatrist basically just gave her a prescription though, which obviously didn’t help anything. So she decided to do some research on the internet, ordered female hormones, and read up on how to transition. Her family and friends love and support her.

Finally Hillary was able to go to a therapist specialising in gender and gender issues, and be able to speak about what she was going through. Because the therapist wasn’t trying to ‘fix’ her, she could begin a constructive transitioning process and become who she always wanted to be. Often when people transition between genders, they feel like they have to forget all the habits from the pervious gender, but because Hillary skated, she could ignore all of that and just carry on skateboarding. At first she didn’t skate much with other people because she didn’t think that people would accept it, but the support and acceptance she has received from the skateboarding community has been mostly positive.

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Today, Hillary is moving forward and living a happy, healthy life, learning to creating accepting relationships with herself, and he family and friends. Talking about skateboarding, she says “Well I like it more now than I ever have, because before there were always boundaries I wouldn’t cross because I was living in fear. There was the transitional period when I just skated by myself, which I didn’t like because for me skating is a really social thing. Skating alone is really depressing. Now I have friends to skate with and I’ve lost those barriers and boundaries. I can be myself.” She skates pretty much every day.

This will probably be a new thing for many members of the skateboarding community to think about, and we are interested to hear what your opinions are. Feel free to comment below, but please be respectful of other’s opinions.

Additional reading:
www.jenkemmag.com/home/2013/03/18/is-skateboarding-ready-to-openly-embrace-a-transgender-skater/
www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-secret-life-of-transgender-rocker-tom-gabel

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JEAN-MARC 5 ON FLAT VIDEO

Revolution, Almost and Globe team rider Jean-Marc Johannes getting technical.

Trick order:

1: Late Hardflip.
2: Nollie back foot impossible backside 180.
3. Nollie Late flip Pretzel.
4: 360 shuvit late varial flip.
5: Fakie front foot inward heelflip.

This is getting ridiculous.

VANS POOL PARTY PRO AND MASTERS VIDEOS

Check out the videos from the Pro and Masters divisions of the 2013 Vans Pool Party.

Pro Division:

That bowl looks super deep and pretty gnarly to skate, but the pro’s make it look so easy. There are even guys skating it without pads. Watch out for Rune Glifberg, Bucky Lasek and some other skaters.

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Masters Division:

It is so rad to see middle-aged guys still shredding hard. When most would have expected them to be in wheelchairs by now, guys like Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero show everyone what’s up.

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VANS OFF THE WALL SPRING CLASSIC 2013 SKATE HIGHLIGHTS

Vans recently hosted it’s fifth Vans Off the Wall Spring Classic event. The event took place on the 3rd of May 2013 in the costal town of Varazze, Italy. Thousands of skateboarders, press and people came to the event from all over Europe for the weekend. The video really makes the event look like such a good time, with super good skateboarding in an amazing mini-ramp and street park, good music, beautiful beachfront surroundings, and good times. This could easily be South Africa. We also really enjoyed the footage and animation in the video. Good job Vans!

NATIONAL SKATE COLLECTIVE SURVEY

The National Skate Collective have put together a survey to give to the City of Cape Town in order to try and get skateboarding to be recognised as a legitimate mode of transport and sport. The situation may seem hopeless sometimes, but here is something that you can actually do. So quit bitching, take 5 minutes out of your day and fill out the survey. Even if you do not live in Cape Town, support South African skateboarding!

Click HERE to go to the survey.

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About the National Skate Collective:

Background:

We are a group of skateboarders from all disciplines and backgrounds who came together under the banner of strengthening the culture of skateboarding. NSC was formed in 2011 in order to facilitate communication between skateboarders and government. We have since formed a Non-Profit Organisation in order to unite skaters and support skateboarding initiatives in South Africa.

Vision:

A skate-friendly South Africa which supports skateboarding as an active mode of transport as well as a sport

Mission:

The National Skateboarding Collective (NSC) is to:
• Serve the skateboarding community
• Promote and strengthen the culture and sport of skateboarding
• Ensuring that skating is integrated and developed in South Africa
• Advocating for our rights for the attainment of equal opportunity
• Facilitate communication between skateboarders and government/organisations
• Create partnerships and networks amongst the skateboarding community
• Support skateboarding initiatives and projects

Check out the National Skate Collective Facebook page.

RYAN NAIDOO AND FRIENDS

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Last week we met up with KFD team rider Ryan Naidoo in Milnerton to skate some street and hang out. Ryan is a really nice guy and super talented skateboarder. Alan Adams, also on KFD, and his crew also pulled in. We snapped a few photos of them and their friends.

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INNOVATOR OF THE MONTH

Thomas Campbell was born in 1969 and is a California based artist who explores various art disciplines ranging from painting to film making. His work has appeared on the Ugly Casanova album “Sharpen Your Teeth” as well being featured in Juxtapoz, Arrested Motion and Beautiful Decay among others.

Thomas grew up surfing and skating in California before he moved to New York in the 1980’s. This is where he got involved in various subcultures including, street art, punk rock, hip hop as well as Aaron Rose’s Alleged Gallery. Thomas Campbell along with Ed Templeton and other “skate” artists have become highly influential artists when The Beautiful Losers exhibition and movie was released in 2004. Thomas Campbell is currently exhibiting his latest art project at
Santa Cruz’s Museum Of Modern Art.

Krooked Skateboarding presents the Thomas Campbell Guest board from dlxsf on Vimeo.

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RAINDROPS SKATE VIDEO

Check out this short film by Jesse Lamar High and Nik Harper (Lamar+Nik), titled “Raindrops”. The video combines water balloons, HD slow motion footage, and skateboarding. The tricks aren’t the biggest bangers or the most technical, but it is worth a watch. The filming and direction of the video are pretty rad. Here’s to more integration of skateboarding and concept art.

We think it’s pretty cool, but you should watch it for yourself and make up your own mind about it. Maybe it’ll inspire you to go out and film something on your skateboard, and perhaps think about making it that much more interesting and fun, both to film and watch.

RAINDROPS. [DIR. LAMAR+NIK] from LAMAR+NIK on Vimeo.

The song in the video is called “Raindrops” too, by Monster Rally & Rumtum. The skateboarders featured are Clint Walker, Jimmy Young, Daniel Yeager, Nick Own, Ely Saavendra, Gage Martin, John Reinke, Scott Sullivan, Taylor Nida, and Colby King.

RIP LEWIS MARNELL

The passing of a fellow skateboarder is always tragic. Not that it isn’t tragic when anyone dies, but more so when that person is an integral part of your family or community. Lewis Marnell was an incredible skateboarder, pro for Nike SB and Almost, and will be sorely missed by the global skate community. Thankfully his memory lives on through the incredible photographs and footage we still have of him. Our sincere condolences go out to his friends and family.

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Check out Lewis Marnell in “Nothing but the Truth”:

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