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?
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.
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.
It shouldn’t go without mention that his curtains part in last year’s most under appreciated video LRG’s 1947made 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Transworld Skateboarding just dropping a piece on our team rider and one hell of a guy Reggie Kelly! Checkout the video and stay for the Q & A. We are stoked for Reggie and can’t wait to see what 2016 has up its sleeve!
New Years Resolution: Drink more booby milk. It builds character and strong bones. Newest music in Your iPhone: I only listen to Hotline Bling because my hotline stay blinging. Next Skate Trip: I hear rumors of two towards the beginning of the year. Video Part You throw on before a session: Anime like Naruto or One Punch Man. 2016 will be the year of the: Ripstick. Reccomend an IG follow:@wet.floor.signs. Last trick filmed: A hardflip. Best style: I’m gonna have to go with my boy Travis Glover. #ATLHOE
As strange as it seems, to grow up in a relatively small town away from the skateboard industry is oftentimes a gift. Maybe because it’s obvious that the only way you’re going to get anywhere is to work hard and make the most of every opportunity. Reggie is just getting started, so keep an eye out for a dude from Georgia putting the hammer down with a smile on his face.—Jamie Thomas
Our good friend and team rider, Wesley Mark Jacobsen, not only filmed this, but is one of the handful of riders shredding Valdosta Wake Compound to pieces. You are going to need to set aside 12 minutes of your day and watch this three times in a row! Once it hit Alliance Wake the internet was briefly shut down, but thankfully it’s back up and running for your pleasure. This is some heavy wakeboarding. 100%!
Riders: Quinn Silvernale (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), WMJ (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Terry Bailey, Blake Bishop (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Justin Lee (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Nick Gaddy (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Nick Mertes (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Cole Vanthof (Ambush/BuyWake Team Rider), Wes Huber, Crosse Bearden, Cody Oxford, and Jefferson Mathis.
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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year or so, then you already know that the new Transworld video, Outliers, has premiered and will be available on iTunes October 30th. The dude behind the lens who created this whole project is Chris Thiessen. Chris is a Georgia native, and grew up skating in and around the metro Atlanta area. With that being said, Chris brought all the skateboarders involved with the video to Atlanta a couple times, and they destroyed some local spots. I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of the video, and there is a ton of local Atlanta footage spread throughout the video. Not sure if you guys follow Transworld via social media, mainly Instagram, but they have been posting some pretty rad outtakes from the video. It just so happens that almost all of the outtake Instagram videos are of Atlanta spots. Not sure if he did this on purpose or not, but Chris is definitely showing some love for Atlanta skateboarding by posting all of these.
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