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Emerica x Chocolate Hsu Giveaway and Interview

We have been fans of Jerry Hsu for what seems like forever! Anyone old enough to know better instantly gets nostalgic thinking of Jerry’s parts from Blackcat and the Storm. He truly is an OG!  So we are hyped to offer up a giveaway in celebration of Jerry’s Emerica X Chocolate collection.

Now let’s be real, not all giveaways are created equal but the Jerry Hsu Emerica X Chocolate giveaway may take the cake for the best, most recent, of any of our contests. Just look at all the gear one lucky winner will receive:

Prize package contents

Yep, that’s right all of that could be yours! So click here to read our exclusive interview with Jerry Hsu and enter the giveaway now! You won’t want to miss out. Also be sure to pick up his new kicks: Read More >

Lakai Vincent 2 with Skyler

We always have a lot to be hyped on, for starters, it’s spring and that fresh feeling is taking over. Speaking of fresh, new to Lakai’s Spring ’16 lineup is Vincent Alvarez’s second pro model, the Vincent 2 and it’s hella fresh.

For those unfamiliar with Vicent, he burst onto the scene after winning DC‘s King of LA contest in 2007.  That one contest propelled a seemingly unknown Vincent to an overnight sensation and put him on everyone’s radar. Most importantly, his performance put him on Sam Smyth’s radar (Sam is team manager for Girl Skateboards & Chocolate).  Smyth would just have to track down Vincent first.. As legend has it, Vincent won a prepaid phone at the DC contest and exchanged number’s with Smyth but never made contact past this exchange. Once Vincent’s phone ran out of minutes there was no way to contact him. Eventually Smyth was able to find him and the rest is history, Vincent picked up a spot on Chocolate skateboards and eventually the legendary Lakai footwear. Read More >

Miles Silvas Q&A for Official

Miles Silvas for Official

Miles Silvas rocking his signature Official Headwear cap.

I tend to think of myself as a huge skate nerd, and I am, for the most part. Nearly every morning waking up consists of checking the feeds for whatever I missed out on  while sleeping but most importantly, I check the boards (Slap Magazine’s forum). I have been doing the latter for god knows how long, so it’s not everyday I see amazing footage from someone I have never heard about. For the most part, normally, I have some idea of who’s who and what’s going on. So when someone drops some new amazing footage without hearing any rumblings, it makes you take note.

The first time I heard of Miles Silvas or I should say “saw” was when I watched his  Welcome to Royal Truck’s video. For such a quick clip that introduction always stuck out in my mind. I think it’s partially due to the clashing cymbals of Love’s Seven and Seven Is playing  mixed with the kickflip front board at the end. That shit hit me like a ton of bricks. It immediately became obvious that’d we’d be seeing a lot more of him in the near future. Read More >

Insane Terrain: Garfield High School

Here’s the scenario, for the past couple weeks every night you get home from work dead tired and ready for a solid night’s sleep. You lay in bed waiting for sleep to come but it doesn’t. You’re cursed! You are suffering from a certain compulsive vision and you can’t shake it long enough to put your mind at ease.  Most skateboarders can empathize with this because we all know the struggle of having trick stuck in our mind. Literally you can’t rest until you make your vision a reality. The spot is lined up and ready for the taking and, maybe even, you’ve already tried the trick. Regardless, you are stuck with the pain of bringing your thought into fruition. Finally the day arrives and you go out and bust. The thrill of riding away is what we all are searching for, unfortunately, for you, today, it’s short lived. You check the photo or footage and it doesn’t live up to your expectations. The trick was gnarly but nothing will do it justice no photo or clip. Nevertheless, people will figure out how gnarly the trick is by visiting the spot. You have left your mark and the madness continues to the next spot. Read More >

Five Reasons Why I Won’t Be Skateboarding Saturday

Unless you are lucky and get to skateboard for a living, the older you get, naturally, the less time you have to skateboard.  Priorities change from chasing the next session to chasing the next paycheck.  These are just the facts of life.

As aging adult skateboarders, after we’ve put in our 40-50+ hour work week you would think that we’d be excited to skate.  Well, that isn’t always the case.  I certainly can’t speak for all adult skateboarders, but here are my top five reasons I will not be skateboarding Saturday.

Slams

You know it, I know it, slams are very capable of extinguishing any desire to skateboard.  Why is that?  If I see someone eat shit, I’m not stoked, I’m done!  On the flipside of that, there are humans  who seemingly love to slam (think Leo Romero).  Whatever your stance is on slamming, I think we can all agree that seeing slams invariably sucks.  Sorry @hallofmeat but I had to unfollow 🙁 Read More >

Credit Where Credit Is Due

The full-length skate video has gone the way of the dodo more or less and without beating a dead horse I’d like to delve ever so lightly into one aspect I miss about full feature videos: the credits or after credits sections.  Obviously, the intent of the credits is to acknowledge everyone who made the video possible, but they often serve as a platform for great B-roll footage and music.  So, I’d like to take some time and give credit where credit is due for my favorite skate video outros.

Coliseum’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life (2002)

Every skateboarder has that one video they’ll attribute to making the biggest impression on them.  From what they skate, where they skate and even down to what skate shoes they skate.  For us old enough, more than likely you’ll remember that one video specifically because you wore the tape down from rewinding it constantly, eventually killing the tape.  I believe it’s safe to say for the majority of my peers and I that video was Coliseum Skateshop’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life.  I challenge anyone to name a shop video that has had near the impact of this video.  Think about it, breakout parts from future pros; PJ Ladd, Ryan Gallant, and our introduction to the infamous Jereme Rogers.  Plain and simple, this video is my generation’s Mouse. This video made me want to skate nothing but éS Accels. Read More >