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This Week On The Web

The internet is a very large space with a lot of things going on at once.  Over stimulation?  Maybe.  With the amount of stuff coming out daily, it can be overwhelming, so we have compiled a couple of the best videos that came out this week on the web.

 

1. Auby’s World via Thrasher Magazine

With a heavy duty list of sponsors including Nike SB, Krooked, Thunder, Spitfire, Matix, and more, it is no doubt Auby Taylor rips on a skateboard.  He’s got a unique style and an amazing bag of tricks to go along with it.  The switch heel at the end might just be the biggest switch heelflip ever done.

 

2.  Creature Skateboards Presents: Welcome To The Fiend Tyler “Squints” Imel

The heelflip heard ’round the world.  It is safe to say that this dude is not afraid of death.  Just about every trick in this introductory part has an extremely high risk factor involved.   That 540 over the hip at Burnside was pretty amazing too.  Congrats Squints!  You definitely deserve a spot on the team.

 

3.  Matt Miller Full Part For DC Shoes

Matt Miller is known for his superior tech skills and MASSIVE pop.  This part is a perfect blend of all of Mr. Miller’s greatest qualities.  Mind-numbing lines and crazy popped tricks.  The two tricks that stand out the most are his nollie straight over the back of the rail to 5050 down, and the frontside shuv-it 5050 on that super tall bank to rail.  Matt’s new shoe looks dope too.

 

4.  Weekend Buzz Episode 95: Tony Hawk & Andrew Reynolds

The Bird Man and Andrew Reynolds sit down and have a chat with everyone’s favorite skateboard talk show hosts, Rob Brink and Lee Dupont.  Tony Hawk and Andrew Reynolds go way back, and it’s really cool listening to Tony talk about how he chose Andrew Reynolds to be added to the Birdhouse squad back in the day.  Although one is the king of vert skating and the other is the king of street skating, they have a ton of similarities.  This is by far one of the most epic Weekend Buzz episodes to come out in a long time.  They switched up the location for the episode and everything.  Can’t wait for part 2 next week.

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Skate Hacks: How To Deal With Wheelbite

Wheelbite

Wheelbite

Remember that time you stuck a perfect (insert flip trick) down that (insert stairset or gap), but got wheelbite and didn’t roll away?  Wheelbite plagues us all, and yet most of us go about our lives not doing anything about it.  Instead of bowing out and accepting defeat, why not combat it?  Tightening your trucks is never any fun, buying riser pads doesn’t always help, and getting new bushings is never pleasant either, but there is an alternative.

 

Ever heard of people waxing their wheel wells?  Neither had I until I started showing pros around my city.  I’m not saying every professional skateboarder does this, but I have seen quite a bit of California’s finest toss a bit of wax under their wheels and come out victorious from their battle with the spot and it’s truly evil partner, wheelbite.  This method is so simple, so why not try it?  Of course, this can also prove to be a disadvantage if the wax is not applied properly.  It doesn’t take much wax to get the desired effect, and you really only need to use this tactic when you are actively trying a trick and are running into some wheelbite issues.  If you are someone like me who skates looser trucks, odds are you will run into this issue much more frequently.

How To Prevent Wheelbite

Apply Wax Sparingly!

All you need is a small piece of your favorite wax.  Apply the wax to your board’s wheelbite scars, but be careful not to apply too much.  I suggest making only one or two passes across the wheelbite marks.  After you have applied the wax, go ahead and smooth it out with your fingers to remove any excess wax.  If you wax the wheel wells too much, you will leave wax on your wheel which can be dangerous in just about any scenario, especially if you’re in the middle of trying a really hard trick.

Ultimately, waxing your wheel wells won’t completely eliminate wheelbite, but next time your wheel feels the need to get physical with your board that wax will help the wheel to keep spinning after the initial impact.

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How To: Strengthen Weak Ankles

Ankle Injury Rehab

We’ve all had our fair share of ankle injuries over the years.  The older you get the more frequent and long-lasting these injuries become.  In an effort to curb some of the heartache felt from extended periods off your board, we have listed a few exercises that will help you recover faster and, hopefully, help prevent future injuries.

ABC's For Your Ankle

ABCs For Your Ankle

Write Your ABCs – Using your ankle only, try writing your ABCs in the air a couple times a day.  For recovering ankles, this will help you regain your range of motion and for those of you looking to strengthen your already weak ankles, this is a good stretch to add to your morning routine.

 

Ankle Lifts

Heel Drops

Heel Drops – This exercise will strengthen your ankle in the upwards and downwards motion.  One of the most common ankle injuries in skateboarding is the hot pocket.  A hot pocket occurs when you land stiff-legged and bend your ankle and toes upward towards your shin causing severe pain around the top of your ankle where it meets your leg.  The “Ankle Lift,” as we like to call it, is one of the best ways to combat and prevent those evil hot pockets that every skater is so accustomed to.  To perform this exercise, you’ll need to find a set of stairs.  Choose a stair and position yourself to where only the ball of your foot and toes are actually on the stair.  From there, balance on your bad foot and allow your weight to shift downwards and bend your ankle upwards.  Now, using that weak ankle, lift yourself up and then back down, then repeat.  This can be pretty painful, so feel free to hang on to something at first.  Only do about 15 per day until you are comfortable doing more.  Over the course of a couple weeks you will notice the strength returning to your poor ankle.  Those mad snaps will be back in no time!

 

Robber Band Resistance

Rubber Band Resistance

Rubber Band Resistence – While Ankle Lifts provide strength and stability for a vertical range of motion, the Rubber Band Resistance exercise is great for building strength and stability in a horizontal range of motion.  Rubber Band Resistance requires a large therapeutic band that can be purchased from your local pharmacy or grocery store.  Once you’ve purchased your special king-sized rubber band, tie a knot in it to form a nice circle.  Place the band around something sturdy, I suggest the leg of a table or couch.  Put the band around the top of your weak foot and curl your toes around the band.  Now stretch the band out until it’s tight, and use your ankle to stretch away from the sturdy object that is holding the band in place.  Do this about 10 or 15 times on each side of your weak ankle, stretching it outwards and inwards, to build horizontal strength and stability.  This exercise is all about bringing back that precious flick that you have missed oh so dearly.

 

Here’s to no more ankle injuries in your near future.  Cheers!

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Insta Hammers – 5 WTF Insta videos this week.

It’s no secret that instagram is most likely the number one source for seeing the craziest trick or spot right now.  Typically it’s 15 seconds of WTF followed by head to our site or youtube  for the full part.  That being said here are the craziest Insta Hammers we’ve seen this week thus far.

1) Thrasher Magazine – Fakie Ollie.  Get bent then get buck!

2) Hellaclips – If you ain’t following them you’re nuts.  @juliogutierrez2 mean looking drops.

3) Jim Greco – straight up legend.  Check the speed after the landing.

4) Welcome Skateboards – @willblaty with a super clean back 180.  Welcome has some fun stuff…backing it.

5) Palace Skateboard – BRUH

Make sure to follow them all for more and give us some love to! @BuySkateShoes

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2014 Holiday Footprint

For those who were forced to miss out on the Back to School flavor because big momma spent all her money on coloring books, crayons, and lunch tickets, now you have an excuse to get your shine on.  The Holiday season is all about you and elevating your shoe game.

Below is a rundown of what’s poppin’ this holiday season so you can distance yourself from the food court flock and be the shot caller on your side of the cafeteria.  All coming soon to BuySkateShoes.com.  Skate Proper, Shop Proper.

 

1. Slip-Ons

Slip-ons are the new beard.  They’ve been around forever, but they’re really in style right now.  Sometimes you have to go back to the basics that have been right there in front of you the whole time.

Whether you’re pushing to the gas station on a beer run, picking up the essentials for mom’s award-winning meatloaf, avoiding those laces as you sprint to catch the school bus, or sneaking in to work just before Lumbergh finds out you’re late, slip-ons are not only convenient and advantageous, but straight gangster.  Most importantly, they look good and feel even better on a board.

Get in where you slip in:

Supra Cuba (Black/Tie Dye)

SUPRA Cuba (Black/Tie Dye)

Dekline CT Slip

Dekline CT Slip (Coffee/White Wax Suede/CVS)

Adidas Gonz Slip (St Fox Red/St Fox Orange/DGH Solid Grey)

Adidas Gonz Slip (St Fox Red/St Fox Orange/DGH Solid Grey)

Vans Slip On Pro (Black/White/Red)

Vans Slip-On Pro (Black/White/Red)

Lakai Owen (Black/White Suede)

Lakai Owen (Black/White Suede)

 

2. Colorways

Rich colors like Burgundy, Port Wine, Smoke Grey, Tobacco Brown, and Deep and Cool Navys to Earth Tones that transcend Fall, Holiday footwear always brings the sex appeal.  New holiday colorways not only add diversity to your layering pieces, your chinos and dark denim, and that jacket you’ve been recycling since 2010 (you’re not foolin’ anybody, playboy), but also give you the ability to change the game.  You’re going to be guaranteed to have that certain Jazzy Belle’s teeth sweatin’.

 

Adidas Stan Smith (Cardinal/Black/Gum5)

Adidas Stan Smith (Cardinal/Black/Gum5)

Adidas Adi-Ease – Skate (DGH Solid Grey/White/Black)

Adidas Adi-Ease – Skate (DGH Solid Grey/White/Black)

Lakai Griffin (Mustard)

Lakai Griffin (Mustard)

Lakai MJ (Oxblood Suede)

Lakai MJ (Oxblood Suede)

VANS Chima Pro (Medium Grey/Chrome)

Vans Chima Pro (Medium Grey/Chrome)

VANS ERA (Suede/Buck) Tobacco Brown

Vans Era (Suede/Buck/Tobacco Brown)

Nike SB Lunar Stefan Janoski (Obsidian/Summit White/Umber)

Nike SB Lunar Stefan Janoski (Obsidian/Summit White/Umber)

Nike SB Stefan Janoski (Sail/Light Ash Grey/Gum Light Brown/Black)

Nike SB Stefan Janoski (Sail/Light Ash Grey/Gum Light Brown/Black)

DEKLINE Bixby (Port/White Suede/CVS)

Dekline Bixby (Port/White Suede/CVS)

DEKLINE Mason (Navy/Gum Wax Suede/Wax CVS)

Dekline Mason (Navy/Gum Wax Suede/Wax CVS)

 

3. Soles

Skateboarding used to be about individualism.  That’s why I’m now having all of my tattoos removed (not really).  Black Suede, white soles.  Congratulations.  You did it.  Again.  And, again.  I want you to be someone different.  Stand out.  Get that double take you’ve been yearning for with a few these in your portfolio:

 

Reynolds Low Vulc (Black/Black)

Emerica Reynolds Low Vulc (Black/Black)

SUPRA Stacks II (Grey/Grey)

SUPRA Stacks II (Grey/Grey)

Adidas Busenitz Vulc (Bluebird/St Fox Orange/Gum 4)

Adidas Busenitz Vulc (Bluebird/St Fox Orange/Gum 4)

VANS Authentic (Black Sole) Sedona Sage

Vans Authentic (Black Sole) Sedona Sage

VANS ERA PRO (Alva) Rust/Gum

Vans Era Pro (Alva) Rust/Gum

Lakai Griffin (Grey/Black)

Lakai Griffin (Grey/Black)

Jaws (Mid Grey/Gum Suede)

Dekline Jaws (Mid Grey/Gum Suede)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 8 (Dark Raisin/Hyper grape/White)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 8 (Dark Raisin/Hyper grape/White)

 

4. Tech

If longevity and functionality are the most important attributes in your skate shoe, then this is where you need to be.  Maybe you hung your trucks up a long time ago and now find yourself oiling your joints, continually searching for the utmost comfort?  Or…just got broke off the hard way and need some stability and new found confidence.  Yeah, price points are higher, but…over time, your wallet and your body will love you more for it.  Less talk and more walk with these.

Fashion Police: You CANNOT wear tech shoes with slim fit jeans.  Not sexy.  And while I preach a sense of individualism in this trend report, don’t even think about it.  Stay hood rich and keep those pants below the waist.  Big ups to the half pints on adopting baggier pants these days.  You’ll grow up to be the man your parents wanted you to be.

 

Adidas Seeley Cup (Grey/Black/Gum4)

Adidas Seeley Cup (Grey/Black/Gum4)

Adidas ZX Vulc (St Fox Orange/White/Collegiate Navy)

Adidas ZX Vulc (St Fox Orange/White/Collegiate Navy)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 8 Shield (Black/Medium Grey/Hyper Crimson/Reflect Silver)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 8 Shield (Black/Medium Grey/Hyper Crimson/Reflect Silver)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez CTD (Cool Grey/Black/Dusty Cactus)

Nike SB Paul Rodriguez CTD (Cool Grey/Black/Dusty Cactus)

Nike SB Lunar Stefan Janoski (Anthracite/Summit White/Dusty Cactus)

Nike SB Lunar Stefan Janoski (Anthracite/Summit White/Dusty Cactus)

 

5. Lifestyle

Lifestyle is defined as “the way in which a person or group lives.”  To me, skateboarding isn’t just the act of skateboarding, but a culture in and of itself.  It’s about going against the grain and being somewhat unconventional in thoughts, ideals, and behavior.  I’ll even take it a step further…fashion.  What we wear is a symbol or expression of oneself.  Are you being forced to go to your best friend’s wedding despite hating his future ex-wife?  Having to conform to a dress code at your job with all of the other paper pushers?  Or, maybe, you finally figured out that the tenderonis don’t get down with the bros who have holes in their shoes?  Compartmentalize and keep it super gourmet with a few of these.  First impressions go a long way…and so does staying true to who you are.

 

Emerica Troubadour

Emerica Troubadour

Nike SB Eric Koston 2 MAX (Volt/Dusty Cactus/Black)

Nike SB Eric Koston 2 MAX (Volt/Dusty Cactus/Black)

Nike SB Eric Koston 2 Premium (Team Red/Light Ash grey/Team Red)

Nike SB Eric Koston 2 Premium (Team Red/Light Ash grey/Team Red)

Nike SB Stefan Janoski MAX L (Cool grey/White/Black)

Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max L (Cool Grey/White/Black)

Vans ERA 59 (C&L) Khaki/Camo

Vans Era 59 (C&L) Khaki/Camo

Vans ERA 59 (C&L) Total Eclipse/Camo

Vans Era 59 (C&L) Total Eclipse/Camo

Vans Classic Slip-On (Vintage) Fig #VN-0XG8F1M

Vans Classic Slip-On (Vintage) Fig #VN-0XG8F1M

 

Let’s get you laced up.

 

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5 Contest DON’Ts

After having entered and judged a countless number of contests, I have compiled a small list of some of the most looked down upon tricks that could cost you that spot on the podium.

1.  Pressure Flips

They died out in the 90s for a reason.  Unless you are Nate Sherwood, you need to give these things a rest.  Actually, even he needs to forget how to do them.

 

2.  “Fatty to Flattys”

Fatty to Flatty

Fatty to Flatty

See that ramp that everyone else is landing in?  It was put there for a reason.  We get it, you are just too cool for that other ramp.

 

3.  Pop Shuv-It Tailgrabs

Real flip tricks aren’t your thing?  That’s totally cool, but don’t go flinging your board around, grabbing it and putting it back under your feet thinking you can get away with it.  Learn real tricks.

 

4.  Benihanas

Benihana

Benihana

“They look so cool,” said the longboarders and scooter kids standing around.  Contrary to their belief, they don’t look that cool.  The benihana falls under the “circus trick” umbrella.   There is even an Instagram account dedicated to showcasing the atrocity that is the benihana.

 

5.  Fly-Outs

Fly Out

Fly-Out

While the rest of this list can be argued over, no one likes fly-outs.  These are the red-headed stepchildren of the “Fatty to Flatty.”  We’ve all been snaked by that one person who just wants to see how many decks he can air over coming out of the bowl onto flat.  Give it up kids, land back in that tranny!

 

These words may sound harsh, but we are just trying to help!  Remove these tricks form your contest run arsenal, and you will thank us later.

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“Crusty By Nature” – Wes Kremer

Wes Kremer

Um…you should probably stop what you are doing and enjoy this little edit that DC Shoes did for Wes.  BEAST MODE.

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