Switch Mongo

Without rolling, let’s face it, skateboarding would be incredibly boring.  Imagine being content without it, being a stationary dud left only to explore the cobwebs of a concrete garage.  Movement is one thing that all skateboarders have in common and without an incline the only way to get it is by pushing.  That is why, after all these wonderful years, we still are enamored by the simple act of pushing.

It’s easy to see why pushing can cause a ceaseless debate on so-called “best practices.”  What’s right, what’s wrong, what’s most effective, and/or what’s the most aesthetically pleasing way to push?  Most would agree that it is faux pas to push mongo; but give a pass on switch mongo.  I like to think that it comes down to whoever is running it.  So whatever your preference is on the matter, we’d like to bring to light a collection of some of the best ever to push switch mongo.  This might make you change your mind.

JB Gillet is hands down one of our favorite French skateboarders of all time.  A true OG, he has a career that spans nearly two decades and he has ridden for some real heavyweights; New Deal, World Industries, Deca, and his long time home of Cliche.  JB’s skating is definitely tech heavy, lots of ledge and switch stance skateboarding.  JB has been running switch mongo for forever and it doesn’t seem like he’ll ever adapt.

Most notably here is JB from etnies’ “High 5″ Video (1995) and Cliche’s “Freedom Fries” (2004):



Like Gillet, Gino Ianucci has had a very long career and he has ridden for some of the most iconic brands ever, think; Black Label, 101, and most recently left his long time home at Chocolate for greener pastures at Fucking Awesome.

What I like most about this switch mongo push is the fact that just prior to this he pushed regular switch in the SAME line. Definitely a move that is unique to few.
Gino in 101’s  “Snuff“(1993):


Here’s Gino still running it 20 years later:


Hate him or love him, Bobby Puleo, is incredibly opinionated on skateboarding and his views can often times leave you scratching your head.  Either you completely agree with him or not at all. One thing we can agree with him on is it’s okay to push switch mongo.
Bobby Puleo from the Infamous video (late ‘90s):

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Like James Kelch at EMB, Ricky Oyola was often regarded as the mayor of Love park in Philly. He is also very outspoken about doggin’ on people who push switch mongo.  We love Ricky, but this makes us immediately put Stevie’s push on the list:

Stevie Williams in the Chocolate Tour video (1999):


Bonus is Stevie’s line from the Chocolate commercial as seen in 411 issue #36 (1999):


Stevie and Kalis go hand in hand and Kalis is arguably has the illest switch mongo push ever. Kalis can also be quoted about why he pushes switch this way, “If you are goofy footed… Push goofy. At all times. If I’m rolling switch or fakie.. I push my natural stance. I prefer seeing a switch trick after a fakie push. Too much ambidextrous looks bland to me.”  Kalis also goes onto compliment Koston’s switch mongo push saying, “Koston has a dope fakie push.”
Josh Kalis from Alien Workshop’s “Photosynthesis” (2000):


Eric Koston from Girl’s “Mouse” (1996) and “Yeah Right” (2003):

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One of our favorite contemporary switch mongo pusher hails from Black Pool, England; Danny Brady.

Check out Danny’s stride from the now defunct Blueprint’s “Lost and Found” (2005) and more recent “Making Friends with the Colour Blue” (2010):

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Style master Scott Johnston also pushes this controversial way. If Scott does it, we back it.

Scott Johnston from FTC’s “Penal Code 100A” (1996):


Still the same old push in 2013:


This list couldn’t be complete without Mike Carroll, no words are needed here.
Mike Carroll from Plan B’s “Questionable” (1991):

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Skateboarding is partially governed by a set of unwritten rules, however, I think it’s time we lay this rule to rest.

Bonus: Pushing mongo immediately after a nollie backside flip is ALWAYS a good look.  Shout out to Koston from Girl’s “Mouse” (1996) and Gillet from etnies’ “High 5” (1995):






Dee Ostrander Pro for Baker Skateboards

When we first got word that Baker would be surprising our good friend, Dee Ostrander, with his very first pro model, we knew we had to be there.  We got wind of the big secret only a couple of days before, so we cleared our schedules, packed up the car, filled the cooler and headed to Dee’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.


Getting ready for the road.

When we arrived in Nashville, we met up with the F.U. Crue and hit the streets.  Then we met Dee and the Baker boys at the first spot.

Dee, Theotis, and the boys

Dee, Theotis, and some of the boys

The heat really got turned up at the next spot.  We were rolling with about 40 dudes, and we are at this sick rail spot in downtown Nashville.  Security showed up, and they were pissed off right away.  One of the security guys pushed someone, and the crew didn’t take that very well.  A couple pushes and middle fingers later, security blocked all the entrances and all the vans and cars that were with us had to hop some curbs to get away before the cops showed up.

"Suck IT" to security.

“Suck IT” to security.

After a couple more spots and a couple more run-ins with cops and security, it was time to head to Hattie B’s where Andrew Reynolds was planning to turn Dee pro.  In classic Boss Man style, Reynolds picked up the tab and bought everyone plenty of food and beer.  When the food arrived on everyone’s tables, Doughnut (Baker Team Manager) walked around with a tray of specially labeled Texas Pete hot sauce bottles.  Dee grabbed a bottle, and then realized what was happening.  As soon as he began to look around the patio errupted and out came his first pro model boards for Baker.  That is when things start to get blurry.  Thanks for the good times, and the heavy hangover, Nashville.  DEE IS F#CK!NG PRO!

Dee Ostrander Pro For Baker

Dee holding his very first pro model board

When the boss turns your friend pro, you gotta be there. @diseasedostrich #DeeProAsFuck4Baker 🎉🎉🎉

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Vans’ Propeller | 7 Highlights

Vans‘ first full length video, Propeller, has arrived, and it exceeded our expectations by a mile.  It is very rare that a video with so much hype around it actually lives up to everyone’s expectations.  Every single part in the video could have been the curtains of any average video, but not a Vans video.  From Chima and Rowan, to Dan Lu and Gilbert, to Kyle Walker and AVE, this video is jam packed with the most amazing skateboarding paired with beautiful cinematography.  We watched it over and over again and compiled a short list of clips that definitely deserve some extra love…


Vans’ Propeller Clips You Need To Watch


Ray Barbee’s Blunt Heelflip

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Don’t get us wrong, it’s not that we didn’t expect to see any Ray Barbee footage, but damn we really didn’t see this trick coming.  The image above features one clip of him pushing and hitting the no-complys perfectly. And then there was this… Read More

Marc Johnson Sponsor Me Tape

This ladies and gentlemen is what you call Internet GOLD.  Bask it all its glory that is Marc Johnson from 1993.

All City Showdown | Chicago

One of the coolest concepts we’ve seen is this All City Showdown done by Uprise & Converse.  Labeled “A Real Street Contest” the idea was 84 skateboarders were invited to skate the streets of Chicago for 8 hours with a chance to win a portion of $11,000.  Now we all know money talks so you can imagine the things that go down in this video.  The judges highlight their favorite riders and or tricks so make sure you pay close attention.  Chicago is defiantly on the bucket list of places to visit and skate.  Chi Town Stand Up!

3 Tips to Make Your Skate Shoes Last Longer

The age old struggle between skate shoes and grip tape may never be completely resolved. We all know skateboarding is rough on shoes. Constantly sliding across grip tape can wear down almost any material over a period of time. Whether your shoes are made of canvas or some type of high abrasion plastic, eventually the grip tape from your board will wither away the materials of your shoe until those nasty neglected toes of yours rear their ugly heads.


In my many years of skateboarding, I have noticed a trend. More times than not, the shoes that skate the best do not last very long while the shoes that do last long don’t always skate that well. To me this has something to do with board feel and how well you are connected to the surface of your board. Typically, the more board feel a shoe has, the thinner its materials are. The older I get, the more I realize how expensive and costly skating can be. The biggest budget eaters are shoes, which led me to put more emphasis on making my shoes last longer. Here are a few tips I learned to keep the shoes that skate the best in commission for longer.


One of the most effective ways to prevent major wear issues on your shoes is to attack the problem before it starts. A preemptive strike can ensure the longevity of those shoes well beyond their normal life expectancy. All you need for this one is a bottle of super glue. Take that bottle of super glue and apply it to the stitching around the flick and Ollie regions of your shoe and maybe even around the collar of the shoe if you’re a heelflipper. By this point in your skateboarding life you are probably aware of what areas you tend to tear or rip so pay attention to those areas the most. This method will keep the shoe intact in its original form the longest.

WARNING: DO NOT use the super glue for anything other than the stitching of your shoe because when dried the super glue can cause you to lose grip in over-applied areas.


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Another major annoyance with the not-so-slow demise of your skate shoes is the lace ripping factor. Most skate shoes are designed to fit your foot with the idea of having your shoe laces tied. Of course, our old friend Mr. Griptape doesn’t get along well with shoe laces. Whether you are in the middle of trying to film the last trick for your fifteenth sponsor-me video or cruising down the street to grab some beer, a ripped lace in the right spot can affect you negatively and cause your shoe to feel a little loose and odd. Instead of having to re-route your shoe laces through different lace loops and knot combinations, add a thin layer of shoe-goo across them to keep them in place and safe from that deviant little teddy bear cut out or sweet rebellious stenciled grip tape. The major disclaimer attached to this method of skate shoe protection is that once you add the shoe-goo to the laces, you will lose the ability to tighten or loosen them.


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The next method is by far the most common of skate shoe protection, but with a minor twist. Once you do rip or tear a hole in those grippy board feeling machines, you’re going to want to patch that hole with some Shoe GOO. The first step in this process is to find something to cover the hole from the inside of the shoe. You can use almost anything to temporary cover the hole in preparation for the Shoe GOO. The best type of hole cover would be a piece of suede and/or canvas from another shoe, but we aren’t always fortunate enough to have spare pieces of suede laying around. The easiest thing to find on a skate session would probably be a sticker. Make sure you cover the hole from the inside of the shoe, and apply only the amount of Shoe GOO needed to cover the affected area. The best tool to use to smooth out the shoe-goo and not create any bumps or runaway goo? An ice cube. The ice cube will not only smooth out the Shoe GOO into an almost flawless patch, but it will also accelerate the drying period of the newly added Shoe GOO.

Use these methods to keep your favorite shoes skating longer. The super glue method is my personal favorite because it affects the integrity of the shoe the least. These efforts can help you save time and money for more important things, like buying a new board or paying off that trespassing ticket you got for skating the local school yard. If all three are employed together, you may have a skate shoe that will last much longer than you ever thought it would.


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Locals Only, Bro. No Kooks!

In a yesteryear-themed tale of epic proportions, the Back Forty Bros, consisting of Pedro Sanchez (Marc Johnson), Larry Larry (Chris Roberts), and Blazyr (Kenny Anderson) hit the streets in search of curbs and smooth concrete. What they found other than apocalyptical jump-ramp bliss, was love, admiration, and above all…respect from their peers. Well done, well fk’n done. No kookery here.

Locals only, No kooks.

No kooks here.

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