How To: Treat a Heel Bruise

Heel Bruise

Heavy Duty Heel Bruise

A heel bruise is quite possibly the most common injury for skateboarders, next to a rolled ankle of course.  They are the bane of our existence.  More often than not, the illustrious heel bruise goes untreated.  They linger for so long, and go untreated partly because average doctors don’t regularly see these types of injuries or know how to treat them.  Unless you see some sort of specialist, your heel bruise is likely to hang around much longer than it really needs to.  Whether it is severe enough to warrant a visit to the doctor’s office or just an average heel bruise from a weekend of jumping down stairs, there is a way to speed up the healing process and not just sit around and wait.

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Skate Hacks: How to Prevent Your Board from Chipping

No one likes a board with chips, especially if you chip it within the first few days of buying it.  Not only do chips affect the way the board skates, but they also leave a lingering bummer feeling knowing that the board integrity is forever damaged.

Chipped Board

Chips = No Good

Are you tired of chipping your boards as much as we are?  Luckily for us, there is a solution.  While this method may not completely prevent your board from chipping, it will elevate the chances of your board coming away intact after your next bail.

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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.

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Dekline Mason Review


I picked up a pair of Dekline Mason’s and took them out for a full days worth of skating.  I tried to hit all the major food groups of skate spots; ledges, gaps and handrails with the exception of tranny (which I suck at).  The Mason is a very simplistic skate shoe, no futuristic bells and whistles involved.  Very thin around the collar and tongue, giving the shoe a more sock like feel as opposed to the bulkier, more padded shoes.  Despite being thin in just about every area, there is actually a great deal of support for the bottom of your feet built in to these bad boys.  Their minimalistic construction makes them very versatile, for instance, when skating ledges the shoes feel more like an extension of your foot providing you with great flick and control.  I may not have gone all Jaws with these things and jumped off the roof of a building, but I did do some jumping here and there and was very pleased with the amount impact these things are designed to handle.  I’m no stranger to bailing which usually results in some pretty annoying foot pain, but I was definitely surprised by the lack of pain I felt when hitting the eject button.  Handrails, similar to gaps, also are known for bringing your feet some much unwated discomfort.  When skating a handrail in the Mason’s, I was able to get the best of both worlds out of the shoe, lots of boardfeel to give you some confidence in your pop and good support to keep the pain of bailing out of your mind.  Another bonus point is the fact that after a whole day, there really wasn’t a whole lot of wear on the shoe.  I had probably done roughly 50 kickflips and other various flip tricks and pushed around the city for a solid 5-6 hours before calling it a day resulting in a couple faint marks on the toe and ankle area and one ripped lace.  The grip of the shoe and its sole were a bit hard to get used to at first (missed the flick on the first 3 or 4 kickflips), but nothing out of the ordinary when skating new shoes.  I’m backin’ this shoe pretty hard.  Overall, I’d rate the shoe an 8 out of 10.  Thumbs up Dekline!


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How to Fix a Crack


Every skateboarder, at one time in their life, has come across a crack while trying a trick (no, not this crack).  Some cracks are small and manageable, while others are large and a complete road block to anything you might be trying.  It is every skateboarders worst nightmare to find the spot of your dreams only for it to be completely ruined by some debilitating crack.  There are ways to combat these ruthless cracks, though.  At some of the more popular spots in your area you may have seen some funny little pink lines running through those cracks making them that much more bearable.  Here is a little insight from us here at on how to create those pretty pink crack killers.


First things first, you are going to need to find a spot that you deem worthy of spending money to make skate-able. To get the best results, make sure that the two slabs of concrete, separated by that degenerate crack, are level with each other so that when you do fill the crack, it will be flush. Giving the crack a thorough cleaning is very important because it will help the Bondo settle into the concrete instead of sticking to the possible twigs, pebbles and pine needles that’s probably occupying your crack.


Crack In Sidewalk

Crack In Sidewalk

What You Will Need

  1. Duct Tape, Painter’s tape or anything similar
  2. Can of Bondo
  3. A paint stick or any kind of stick to mix the Bondo
  4. An old forgotten card you no longer care about hidden deep in your wallet


How To Fix A Crack

Supplies For Fixing A Crack

The next step would be to identify your intended area by surrounding it with tape. Personally, I like to tape off an area of about half an inch to a full inch on either side of the crack. From experience I have found that Duct tape and painter’s tape work the best. Just like painting a room or car, taping off the area in which you intend to fix will make for a cleaner crack fill. Remember, the least amount of Bondo used, the better. This stuff dries pretty quickly, so try your hardest not to get any of the Bondo outside of your taped-off area.


Tape Around Crack

Tape Off The Area Around Your Crack

Now that you have identified the crack, cleaned it out and taped it off, it is time to start mixing the Bondo with the tube of hardener. You can make this crack killing concoction using the little bowl that comes attached to the top your can of Bondo. You will notice that you have an entire large can of Bondo and only a small tube of hardener. This is because you will not need to use a lot of hardener. Pour your desired amount of Bondo into the bowl and then squeeze out roughly a tenth of that amount of hardener (see photo). Begin mixing the two with your paint stick, or the twig you found in the grass, until it is a nice pink color.



Once your mixture is ready, it is time to pour. Again, make sure that you are not dripping or smeering the bondo outside of your strategically placed tape, this could result in lumps of dried Bondo surrounding your crack.



Once you have that pretty pink goo poured, bust out that old dusty card in your wallet that you don’t care about. Use the card to spread the Bondo across the crack evenly. Make sure you properly dispose of the excess Bondo that will accumulate on the card. It would truly be a shame to spend all your lunch money on fixing this crack only to have little lumps and bumps of dried Bondo lying around to mess you up.



When you are done spreading and smoothing everything out, wait roughly 5 minutes for everything to settle. After the 5 minutes, you are safe to go ahead and remove your tape. In 20-30 minutes your crack will be ready to handle the abuse of your skateboard and you’ll be able to put the finishing touches on that sponsor-me tape.


Leave as little evidence of your job as possible. If your spot is a bust and your Bondo job looks pretty amateur, the business owner might even goes as far as to remove the Bondo from the crack to keep people from skating there. By making your Bondo job look as professional as possible you run a lower risk of having people remove your Bondo job.


Crack Filled

Final Product


New Balance Numeric Stratford 479 Review


Skateboarders tend to be creatures of habit when it comes to purchasing shoes, boards, etc. Trying something new isn’t something we do very often. When you find something you like, why try something new, right? After skating the Cons CTS’ and Trapassos for years, it was time for me to reconsider what I had become accustomed to and look for a new shoe to skate in. I decided to try the New Balance Numeric Stratford 479s because I was looking for a cupsole shoe that I could get some support and additional padding for my traumatized feet without sacrificing board feel.

Right out of the box you can feel the support of the cupsole. Unlike some other cupsole shoes, the tread on the bottom of the Stratford is grippy from the get-go. Let’s just say you won’t be missing any flicks on the first day. The fit is narrow and hugs your heel nicely. The toe shape is similar to that of the first Nike SB Koston, not too round and not too slim. Although there is stitching around the toe, there isn’t any real purpose for it other than aesthetics. The insoles have a bit of cushion to them and are paired with an EVA foam midsole for maximum impact protection. Also, there are perforated side panels to keep the shoe ventilated and relatively odor free.

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One Week Later

After a week of serious abuse, the Stratford 479s have held up really well. They have not lost their shape or become floppy. The one-piece toe cap kept the shoe intact and does a good job of preventing any ripping or blowouts. The cushion and padding around the heel have packed down a bit, but that’s pretty natural. I’m no Andrew Reynolds, but I’ve done my fair share of jumping down stairs in them and have yet to experience any kind of bruising or impact injuries. Hundreds of kickflips later, I am just barely getting through the first layer of suede with a layer of rubber underneath ready to go. The laces stay fairly protected, but when it comes to skating no lace is safe in the long run. I ripped a couple laces on the right shoe and ended up tossing another lace in there, but have only ripped one lace on the left shoe so far. The tread is still in really good condition. The sole around the toe has lost some of its grip, causing me to miss a couple of flicks here and there, and the perforated sides definitely didn’t keep my feet from sweating. These shoes are far from done and have plenty of life left.

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I’m glad I stepped outside the box and picked up a pair of the NB# Stratford 479s. Skating vulcanized shoes and trying to emulate my favorite professional skateboarders for over a decade has done some damage to my feet. The Stratford 479s offer a great mix of padding and reinforcement accompanied with good board feel and grip. My feet are thanking me now. The shoe has some flaws, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. These shoes skate much better than I initially expected. I will be recommending them to anyone trying to protect their feet from further vulcanized harm. Kudos to New Balance Numeric for making a great skate shoe.

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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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