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5 Skaters with Extracurricular Interests

The world of skateboarding is incredibly vast and fast moving.  Its influence is felt in the music we listen to, the art we look at, and the movies we watch. Skateboarding has always attracted a creative class, but some skaters have interests that completely transcend the world of skateboarding. As skateboarders, we have an ability to blend in while also standing out.  We appreciate all the different walks of life that one can encounter, so it comes as no surprise that top tier pros have found interest in so many numerous things.  Everyone on this list is still out there ripping, while also redefining what it means to be a skateboarder.

5. Eric Koston

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Koston has been in the game a long time now, and still makes waves through the skateboarding community. He popularized being a well rounded street skater, being one of the first guys to take switch skating to both a manual pad and handrails. But, between nollie heelflip nosesliding Wilshire ten, and doing a tuck knee air out, he found the time to pick up a golf habit. As a matter of fact, Koston’s not alone on this one, it would seem a lot of fine people under the Crailtap banner have followed suit. He’s also a self professed sneaker head, stacking up a huge collection over the years. He love Jordans so much, his third shoe on es was a dead ringer of the Jordan 12. Nike proved a good fit for Koston, and has helped in developing tech skate shoes that still have a classic fit and function. Stay Frosty fools.

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4. Mark Suciu

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Mark Suciu is the Houdini of skateboarding. He’s a straight up contortionist, and can dislocate his hips to revert out of anything, as he showed when he shocked the skateboarding community with his breakout Cross Continental part. As of 2014, Mark has been enrolled as a full time student at Temple University, studying French literature. His schooling isn’t some James Franco stunt to prove he’s sophisticated. The dude is seriously intelligent. His Pro Spotlight interview in Transworld is filled with thoughtful, articulate responses, which are just reactions to questions asked by the interviewer. You have to actually digest what he’s saying to understand what he’s getting at. There’s gotta be a correlation to intellect and the insane kind of skateboarding that Mark does.

 

3. Jason Lee

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Hey! Remember My Name Is Earl? Jason Lee sure does, and before he was a fancy shmancy Hollywood actor, he was busy becoming a street skating legend. He had style, and his backside flips are holy, and he was even in the extremely venerable Video Days. He also co-owns Stereo Skateboards with Chris Pastras. Most outside of the skateboarding world recognize Jason Lee as the guy from Alvin and the Chipmunks, but we skateboarders know better! He was one of the few dudes in the 90’s who had fluidity and style, and with the birth of Stereo, paved a way for guys like Ethan Fowler, who rode for Stereo and had a killer part in A Visual Sound. He actually had a pretty cool start to his acting career, with his first staring role being in a Sonic Youth video. He also was friends with Clerks director, Kevin James and starred in his movie, Mall Rats. Jason Lee’s career has definitely been a weird, wild ride. Oh, he’s also like a scientologist or something.

 

2. Brandon Westgate

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Brandon Westgate is East Coast skateboarding. His skateboarding is powerful, fast, and as smooth as a bottle of Ocean Spray cranberry juice. Wait…What? For a dude as gnarly as Westgate, you wouldn’t expect him to be a cranberry farmer, but he totally is. Cranberry bogging is a family business for the Westgates, and his dad has been doing it since he was a kid. The crazy amount of pop he has is actually a result of trudging through the marshes since he was but a lad…That’s not really true, but it would explain a lot. The dude is a legend and has helped fuel the revival of the East Coast craze that is currently hogging all of your Instagram. Don’t lie, you love it!

  1. John Cardiel

Where to begin? Dude, it’s John Cardiel, he slays, there’s no other way to describe him. As most of you know, Cardiel was paralyzed while on tour in Australia when a trailer hit him and damaged his spinal cord. He was told he would never walk again, but as we all know, Cardiel said “Fawk that!” and started mountain biking! Biking actually played a huge role in his rehabilitation process, as it would loosen up the tight muscles in his legs. Of course, he pushes that to the limits, and goes as fast as he possibly can, as seen in Propeller. Cards is an inspiration to so many, watching him skate always gets you pumped, and you find yourself pushing ten times harder, slamming fifty times harder, and getting back up for more. All Hail Cardiel!!!!

Did you know he’s into reggae?

Skateboarders are a diverse bunch. There’s so much personality on and off the board, it really is crazy to see how it manifests itself. To me, the big guys in the community are so much more relatable when you see how human they are. They’re more than just skaters, they’re dudes just like you and me, who have families, hobbies, and responsibilities. At the end of the day, we all do what we do. I don’t know about you fools, but I’m gonna go skate. Peace.

 

 

 

Catching Up With The Crew

To me, it’s always seemed like getting footage is cyclical. Sometimes, it comes easy and the crew logs several minutes a week and then the next week, nothing. While the process can certainly feel tedious at times, it’s absolutely worth it. When there is enough footage to stitch something together, it doesn’t get much better than that! So it always gets me hyped to see anyone from our team putting out footage. No matter the format or platform.

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With that being said, I wanted to compile the most recent clips our riders have been featured in and put them into one place. So sit back, watch, and get stoked to go skate with the homies and put out your own clips.

First off, we got Travis Glover skating through Spain with Chaz Ortiz in this clip for JBL Audio. Yo Travis! Let me get some headphones!

Next stop the whole crew put it down in our “Open” episode featured over at the RIDE Channel! Also sick to hear them use a Rad-isaurus Rex song. That ender! Mitch you are a madman!

Zeke, Nip, Skyler, and Travis crush it in Max Yoder’s video he put together for Thrasher Magazine. Good work boys!

Last but not least is the latest installment in Kyle Ford’s Dad Cam series which has a mix big mix of everyone.

Hopefully this gets everyone hyped to hit the streets and make their own flicks. Always hyped to see what everyone else has cookin.

Happy shredding!

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A Man’s Best Friend – Film by Marvin Siclait

A scene from Marvin's film "A Man's Best Friend".

 

It goes without saying that filming making and photography are integral parts of skateboarding. The task of filming or taking photos of your friends skating often acts as a conduit towards other creative endeavors. Recently our very own customer service wizard, Marvin Siclait put together a badass short film. I had no idea that Marvin makes shorts, nor, did I know he is in film school. With that I had to know more, check out his latest work and find out more about the filmmaker below.

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Interview with Marvin:

First things first. How long have you been making skits and how’d you get into it?

I started making skits in the 8th grade and got really involved with film & video all throughout high school and now college.

How was the process of filming this? Did you have a storyboard or was it spontaneous?

Like with most video idea I find interesting, I sit down and script immediately. Then from there I come up with a shot sheet/ equipment list to get everything ready.

How did you come up with the concept?

I came up with the concept while walking around campus at GSU (Georgia State University). I saw a homeless man with an out of place dog leash coming from his trench coat. Before I knew it he pulled a board from his jacket and threw down while holding the leash for support. It kinda looked like he was tying to walk a dog and boom the idea clicked.

That’s rad! Sometimes inspiration comes at the weirdest times. Anything you’d change or do differently?

Yeah, if I had more time to shoot, I would have portrayed the board as more of a dog and also added a bit more skating.

Where do you go to film school and how far are you into school? Any post graduation goals?

I study film downtown at GSU and I have about a year left in the program.  Eventually I just want to make movies/films. It really more of a passion than a career for me.

Do you have any favorite people to work with or would like to work with?

Since being in school, I’ve shot a short film every summer and dudes at our shop like Skyler and John are always down to help me out. We’ve been friends for a while and all like making movies, so they’re kinda of my go to cast & crew.

What type of equipment did you use?

When shooting I like to be prepared, but i’m usually crunched for time, so I try to only bring the essentials. Since there was no audio, I only used a camera (Canon 5D) and tripod/stabilizer.

When can we expect the next video or is there anywhere people can see more of your works?

I’m working on a summer short film that Skyler and John from the shop will star in. The details on a premier are still being worked on right now, but we should be wrapped up before the summer is up. Also we’ll be putting out some more content for the shop, so anyone can look out on our social media channels for more!

Right on, Marvin! Thanks for the chat!

Format and Away Days Premieres

 

Video premiere season is upon us! Summertime doesn’t just mean great weather and short-shorts, and just to be clear, I’m not talking about chubbers (don’t worry Garrett you get a free pass). I’m talking about foxy chicks with nice legs. No summertime means that people put out full length videos that they’ve been busting their asses for. Over this past weekend we got to see two videos in two nights.

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Friday night was a local video called “Format”, which was filmed by Carver Weeks and Austin Sneed. It featured parts from Will Gatewood, Ryan Gatewood, Dylan Stuckman, Solomon Mosley, Anthony Morales and Ben Hayes. Its always fun going to a local video premiere because you get to see people you don’t get to usually hang out with on a regular basis. Everyone is typically in a great mood and ready to party! Oh and did I mention that the premiere was at a bar in East Atlanta called the Graveyard? Cheap drinks and pool will always spice up the night of a vid, that is if you can get a turn on the pool table. Anyways, Format was great, hugs were given, beer was spilled and bad decisions were most likely made. Looking forward to the next local video to come out!

Adidas Away Days

On Saturday, the long awaited Adidas video “Away Days” premiered at the Plaza Theatre. Now this video has too many people to name here, but as long as you haven’t been under a rock for the past couple of months, you know the deal. Adidas rep, Bobby Boyd, was kind enough to have a VIP showing at 8:00 pm. Before the video started, there was a special thanks from Nakel Smith and Jake Donnelly to all the local Atlanta area skate shops such as Ambush, Ruin, Hazard County and Stratosphere. The video was insane and had the introduction of their newest pro riders, Daewon Song and Marc Johnson. There was some questionable music by my standards, but the skating was completely mind-blowing. It was great seeing our boy Bobby Henson tear it up as well! Wait…Ive just been told that it was actually Alec Majerus skating, not Bobby. Well, you could’ve fooled me.

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After the video, everyone was all smiles and ready to party! Most of us made our way over to El Myr, Little 5 Points’ local watering hole. Bobby Boyd hooked it up again with a major bar tab with quite a few drink tickets floating around. We all busted a fair amount of Grizzs and PBRs (If you’re ever in the L5P area, I strongly suggest you go by El Myr and catch a Grizz). As the night was winding down, we felt lucky there was only one fight (and it was among a few girls). They must have been arguing about whether or not MJ should’ve left Lakai for Adidas. Finally, we all crawled our way back to where we were staying, responsibly of course.

Adidas Away Days Premiere

Thanks to Bobby Boyd, Adidas, The Plaza Theatre and El Myr. We all had one hell of a time. This Thursday we get to live it up again at the Plaza for the new Volcom video “Holy Stokes”. And, if my calculations are correct, we are gonna have another insane night on our hands.

 

 

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.

We are glad that Smyth was able to lock Vincent down because Vincent’s brand of 100% high speed, raw dog skateboarding will never go stale.

When we heard the Vincent 2 was about to drop we had to get our hands on a pair to test out. We let one of our favorite local rippers, Skyler Clark do the skating and trust us, if you like a solid vulcanized shoe with great feel, grip, and support look no further. The Vincent 2 won’t disappoint.

Warning: These won’t make you skate like Vincent but it’s a great place to start. Vincent 2 in-stock now!  Which color will you skate?

 

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Miles Silvas Q&A for Official

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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.

Nearly four years since his Royal Trucks commercial Miles has had several  notable covers from Transworld Skateboarding and Thrasher Magazine. All are impressive but it’s Miles’s Thrasher covers which solidifies his aptitude to get buck. Silvas’s first Thrasher cover came in October, 2014 with the jaw dropping kickflip backtail down the hubba at Stanford University.

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It’s the Stanford University hubba where he would dip a switch backsmith for another Thrasher cover in November, 2015. Am I wrong to think he maybe the only person to ever have two Thrasher covers at the same spot? Give us a shout if we are wrong. 

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It shouldn’t go without mention that his curtains part in last year’s most under appreciated video LRG’s 1947 made us shout several expletives at our computer screens. Then there was his introduction to Official too!

Now we can’t wait to see what he has in-store for this summer’s highly anticipated Adidas Skateboarding full length Away Days. To top things off, most recently, Miles Silvas has been added to the 2016 Street League Roster. Now the DAB maybe dead but the future looks bright for Miles.

Miles Silvas getting a backside nose grind at dusk.

Recently we got one of our favorite Sacramento photographers, Jeff Landi  to catch up with him for a quick Q&A.

Here’s what Miles Silvas has been up too.

How’s it going Miles? Why don’t you start out with the basics? Name, age, sponsors, home town etc…

What’s good! I’m Miles Silvas. 20 years old. My sponsors are: Adidas, LRG, Official, FOFA Hardware, PLA, Wayward Wheels, Thunder, Mob, Stance

You keep a pretty busy schedule? What’s your favorite place that you’ve traveled to this last year?

Damn, it’s hard to choose one! I’m going with 3.. Barcelona, Paris, and Stuttgart. Europe’s amazing!

How’s life being a pro skateboarder without a pro board? After your standout part in the LRG’S 1947 and winning Transworld’s “Rookie of the Year” I’m sure you have had plenty of offers lined up? #PLABOYS skateboards, maybe?

It’s chillin. I’m thankful I have PLA and the #PLAboys to support me and make me a pro board for the meantime. If I was buying boards again it wouldn’t be so chillin haha Just cruising though till something comes about that I’m psyched on. I’m not really trippin on it right now.

How did your connection to Official come about? What’s the best part about riding for the brand? Anything new in the works?

Living in Sacramento and skating with Jeff Landi got me introduced to it. The best part is probably just having it ran by all the homies and having the team so tight knit. The trips are always mad fun!

What’s up with Dad hats?

Not much haha Just fuckin with them right now. They’re comfy and simple.

The Adidas video “Away Days” is set to premiere in May this year. Who’s part are you looking forward to the most?

Rodrigo Tx. and Lucas Puig.

What are 3 things your looking forward to this next year?

Traveling, filming more parts, and having fun during it all. I have some new projects in the works so I’m hyped to keep it moving and see new places.

Your one of the most motivated people we know? Where does that come from?

My pops always told me growing up to work hard at whatever you do. And it’s easy for me to work hard when I’m having fun.

Ask yourself a question.

No more questions. Peace out.

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Travis Glover- Bad Shit Video | Watch!

New Travis Glover Clips!

Unless you have been living under a rock, by now, y’all are very aware of the smooth stylings of Travis Glover. From his early days shredding the Wood Ward park at Discover Mills to his various video part’s in videos by Max Yoder and Chris Thiessen, Travis has always brought the ruckus. His footage is always a highlight wherever it is showcased. So we couldn’t be more hyped to present a new part from Travis. So sit back, grab a beer or what have you and peep Travis’s new part “bad shit”. Lets just say we expect to see a lot more of him in the future.

Filmed by:

Stephen Callaghan
Edited by: Max Yoder
Music: GERM

SUPRA Footwear Chino Skate Shoe | Video

Vulcanized is the Answer.

The SUPRA Chino is a straightforward design built for skateboarding.  It features a modern take on timeless vulcanized skate shoes in an upper, comprised of a clean vamp and uninterrupted expanses of material.  A lightly padded collar and tongue with a dual density EVA insole provides ample comfort and protection, while a vulcanized sole of SUPRA tread ensures superior grip.  Our Team Rider Zeke Logan is no stranger to this shoe and you can bet if he backs it you need too get on it.  Swing by the shop to try on a pair for yourself or if you’re out of town hit the link below – we got you!

Which color SUPRA Chino do you want to wear?

 

Cataloochee Day Trips

The schedule for the next week just got posted. You check to see what your week looks like. Then, you notice you and all your friends have the same day off. It’s snowboard season. What do you do? Take a day trip to Cataloochee.

The boys hit the road last week and spent their collective day off in the mountains of North Carolina. The day started with a meet up at 6:30 am, then the 3-hour drive to Cataloochee, followed by 6 hours of snowboarding. For most of them, it was the first session on the mountain all winter. For all, it was a a great way to spend the day.

Next time you and all your homies have the day off together, make the most of it. Do something different. Do something together. And, most importantly, have fun.

 

Converse One Star Skate Shoe w/ Wes Lembo

Wes took some time to do work with the new Converse One Star skate shoes!  Watch the video and then swing by the shop or grab a pair online!

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