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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