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David Gravette’s “David and Goliath”

Mr. Gravette hasn’t been in the spotlight too much lately.  Was it because he was injured?  Did he quit skating?  No one is for certain, but what is apparent is that he has not lost his ability to skate ridiculous handrails.  He dropped a new part on Thrasher Magazine‘s website today.  This is definitely not the most insane skating we have seen from David, but don’t worry the last trick will make you pull out that old stair counter you used to keep handy back in the day.  Is it 25 or 26 stairs?  Who cares, it is still nuts.

This Week on the Web: February 6th, 2015

The internet never turns off, or sleeps, making it hard to catch all of those great skate videos coming out daily.  In an effort to curb your relentless search for that video somene told you about we’ve compiled some highlights from skateboarding on the web this week.

1.  Superstar 80’s By Gonz

If you skate, you love Mark Gonzalez, or “The Gonz.”  This dude is definitely old enough to be most of our fathers, but he still knows how to rip on that plank of wood.  He has found his home at Adidas, and this commercial features a retro shoe breing brought back to life by Mark Gonzales.  While this is technically a commercial for a shoe, the video also showcases a good bit of skate footage from the street skating god father himself.  Spoiler Alert: that boardslide off the ramp was nuts!

2.  Behind The French Fred Scenes Are Back On Thrasher Magazine

Fred Mortagne, more commonly known as French Fred, has been in the trenches and filmed some of skateboarding’s most iconic videos including Flip’s Sorry, and Es’ Menikmati.  In the last year or two he has slowly been releasing the raw and sometimes unseen clips from the time period in which he filmed those videos.  Fred’s releases on Thrasher Magazine have been dormant for a couple months, but this week have resurfaced featuring Arto Saari and Kerry Getz in in Barcelona.

3.  Postcard 3

The Magenta Skateboards movement has been on the rise the last couple of years, and for all the right reasons.  Hailing from France, these dudes have brought new light to the creativity and fun of skateboarding within a major city center.  This 9 minute video features some of the most recognizable Magenta heads while also highlighting most of the Bourdeaux scene.  Worth noting, there is a little over a minute of footage from a since deceased french spot in the mid 90’s, and it is dope.

4.  Chris Joslin Plan B-Roll

Highlighting videos of the week wouldn’t even count if Chris Joslin’s crazy ass was not included.  The first three videos have had an unconscious retro theme, but this one is a perfect showcase of where skateboarding stands today.  Chris Joslin is full speed ahead after a “Welcome To Etnies” part, and his break-out part in Plan B’s latest video True.  This footage is all of the stuff he stacked that somehow didn’t make the cut for True.  This guy is a footage machine that con’t be  stopped.  Sit back and hang on to your breeches, this is another wild one.

Lakai’s Picture Me Eurollin’ – The Movie

Lakai has one of the most diversely talented skate teams in skateboarding.  Check the crew out as they tour Europe and hit multiple countries and skate every rad street spot and skatepark!  Make sure to watch till the end as there are some pretty heavy lines that didn’t make the original cut.

Lakai’s trip to Europe featuring Daniel Espinoza, Jon Sciano, Sebo Walker, Vincent Alvarez, Riley Hawk, Stevie Perez, Rick Howard, Danny Brady, Nick Jensen and Sylvan Tognelli.

The New Emerica Figgy Shoe

Emerica Shoes Figgy Ad

Emerica x Figgy

The long overdue release of Emerica‘s Justin “Figgy” Figueroa shoe has finally arrived.  They are pumping this shoe pretty hard, and it seems to be for all the right reasons.  Although the shoe may look very simple and thin, it is actually one of the most padded shoes Emerica has in their arsenal right now.  Figgy likes to jump down and grind some of the heaviest terrain in skateboarding, so naturally his shoe accomodates for that type of skating perfectly.  It also features a built-in sock liner to keep your foot strapped in for that wild ride down your local 12 stair handrail.  Unfortunately, we won’t have them for sale until the middle of February, but we were granted an early preview of the shoe in person.  Here what Figgy, himself, has to say about the shoe and check out some of our photos below.

Emerica Figgy

Emerica Figgy

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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!

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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