Provoked by Daewon Song, skateboarder Branson Chubbuck went out and stuck a flawless darkslide down a triple kinked rail in what looks to be only two tries. I have to admit, I’ve never even considered this possible until now. Now I’m eager to see the darkslide get taken to new heights.
You’ve seen Back From the Future. You remember the Hoverboard chase scene. You’ve dreamt about owning one ever since. Really though, at some point we all have. So when this video surfaced of Tony Hawk, Moby, Best Coast, Schoolboy Q, and other noteworthy LA residents riding a HUVr Tech Hoverboard, we were in awe. Even Christopher Lloyd, the original DeLorean-weilding Dr. Brown, is in the video.
Your call. Fake or Real? Either way this edit is well worth your time.
Ever since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by skateboarding; it always seemed completely unique and lawless. However, growing up in Canton, Georgia in the mid 90s my environment was hardly conducive to the act itself. I grew up on a poultry farm and the majority of my childhood my driveway was completely gravel (no bueno). For my buddy, Clay, and me, the odds were not in our favor as we tried to figure out how to make the board “jump.”
Some of my more recent grip tape jobs.
Eventually, the more accessible childhood activities completely took over and most weekends and afternoons were spent practicing baseball or playing basketball. All the while, skateboarding never left my mind, but none of my “teammates” had any interest in skateboarding whatsoever. Years later, luckily, my friend Clay hadn’t stopped skateboarding and without him, I’d never have been reintroduced to skateboarding.
Me shredding c. 1993
In the wake of Zero Skateboards‘ video “Misled Youth,” my second impression of skateboarding was a more eye-opening experience. This half hour video still has my knees trembling, just thinking about every rail, every gap, and stair annihilation witnessed. Knowing I could never skate on any level that remotely resembles the video’s standard, I spent years trying to take video of others trying their hand at it. A lot of good times were had, but I always found myself wanting to skateboard in my own right. Why film someone else having all the fun? Still, at the time it felt utterly faux pas to enjoy the little things in skateboarding; curbs, shaped boards, and colored grip…because everyone was so busy keeping up with the Jones’ (myself included). As a whole, the community tried to quantify ones value by amount of stairs they kickflipped or how big the rail they grinded was. The lawless feeling had passed and skateboarding started to feel like a sport.
Throughout this time it seemed like the majority of skateboarders’ setups were absolutely uniform. Every board was just straight black grip, white wheels (graphics in). It was all popsicle boards, and completely soulless. I, honestly, couldn’t pick out my own board from a lineup! The boards themselves were just temporary vessels that would ultimately meet their premature demise after a few sessions of jumping downs some stairs. With skateboards being so temporary it was hard to get attached, so I didn’t care about the shape or going beyond straight black griptape because it seemed so pointless to car
My boards last longer now, part and parcel to getting older and not having the free time to skate as much. Now if I’m going to skate a board, I have no excuse not to take the time to make my ride unique. After spending a couple years skating shaped boards, I realized the “cruiser” board stigma is completely false and most shaped boards are completely functional. Please do not call these cruiser boards or filmer boards. They are built to be shredded just like any other board. Also, don’t be afraid to grip your board however you want and know that color griptape skates just as well as any other mainstays; Black Magic, Jessup, Mob, etc.
It seems like skating is in a great place nowadays and people are starting to come around and think “outside the box” again, which is why I’d like to challenge everyone to try something new and defy the norm. Skateboarding should never be neatly categorized and there is always room for new ideas or old ones to revisit. When you adhere to the unwritten rules that govern skateboarding, you’ll miss out on a lot. It wasn’t until I learned to stop worrying and enjoy the little things that I learned just how much I missed out on.
It’s hard to believe that my reintroduction was over fifteen years ago and since then, for better or for worse, skateboarding has pretty much been all-consuming. I have seen friends go, trends evaporate, and witnessed my personal skating evolve several times. Even though life is moving faster and my skateboarding slowing down, it’s safe to say that right now is the most exciting skateboarding has ever been. Period.
Below are some of the current griptape designs on the counter at Ambush Board Co.
The guys from VOX recently came into town to stack footage for a new web series on Network A. Check out the fruits of your labor in the form of this ATL-based web edit. Kennesaw got a lot of shine. Huge shouts to VOX and everyone for coming out.
So let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than being out skateboarding and breaking a board. It always seems to happen on those perfect days; blue skies, good vibes, and even better spots, when disaster strikes. As a seasoned skateboarder, I typically keep a spare deck in my car for myself or a friend in need, but I always fall victim to the “no-skate-tool blues”. This means one of two things; either I don’t have a skate tool on-hand or have a skate tool minus a screw driver (I’m looking at you Unit Skate Tools).
Recently I was stoked to be given the opportunity to test out the new Leatherman Grind Skate Tool. Generally I am always be skeptical of any outsider companies entering the skateboard arena; however, the Leatherman brand is synonymous with quality craftsmanship. I knew their product would probably be awesome.
The Grind Skate Tool doesn’t disappoint and it features eight tools; a Grip Tape File, 9/16” Open End Wrench, Bottle Opener, Truck Key, ¼” Hex Bit Driver, ½” Open End Wrench, 3/8” Open End Wrench, and a #1-2 Flat/Phillips Screwdriver. These eight tools are divided into two separate pieces, which snap together to make one compact tool. This bad boy weighs in at a little under two ounces and is a hair longer than a credit card, so it’s not bad skating with it in your pocket.
After using it for an entire day, my only complaint is the #1-2 flat/Phillips screwdriver tends to slip if your mounting hardware is slightly worn out, so turn slowly and you’ll be fine. Other than that this tool is essentially flawless and should last for forever. Hell, it’s back by a 25 year guarantee. So whether you are setting up a new board or looking to open a road soda, Leatherman has got you covered with the Grind Skate Tool.
We recently re-stocked the shelves with ton of etnies, Nike SB, HUF, and more. I’ve sifted through the bulk to bring you the highlights form the January drop. Here’s what caught my eye.
The etnies Jameson 2 in black/aloha
Skaters loyal to the etnies brand often have these on their feet. The Jameson 2 is a durable, no-bs workhorse that caters to tech and street skating alike. If you value board feel then give this shoes a good once over before you keep scrolling.
Lakai Marc by Marc Johnson
Marc Johnson and Lakai teamed up to design a mid-top shoe that compliments Johnson’s tech-based street skating. Enjoy a shoe with massive grip and flex yet still keeps your ankles protected.
This may not be the first pair of shoes you pull out of the closet to skate – but that’s entirely on purpose. The runner inspired HR-1 from HUF protects and keeps your feet warm when the weather turns up. Keep your feet dry, warm, and supported when you’re sidewalk surfing.
The Etnies Marana by Ryan Sheckler
Ryan Sheckler’s latest design from etnies get’s a blue and gum makeover. Known for support your feet during the hardest impacts, the etnies Marana is championed skaters known for hucking themselves off huge drops.
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