It’s Time To Embrace The Sheckler

April 27, 2010

by Jeffrey Schmid

No matter where you go, or what you do, it seems impossible to avoid… Sheckler hate. You’ve heard it at the local skate plaza, your favorite boardshop, and in your friend’s basement. It’s cool to hate on Ryan Sheckler. But why? Has this talented young man really wronged you? Let’s jump into this…

First of all, there are a lot of Ryan Sheckler fans out there… about one million teenage girls and myself. However, I rarely come across another actual skateboarder who is a fan. […]


Stoked on Stoked Mentoring

April 26, 2010

By Derek Egbert

One of the best feel-good stories in the world of action sports right now is being fueled by the passion of Mr. Action Sports himself–Sal Masakela.  Sal is not only the face of the X Games (and a co-host of E’s “Daily 10”), but is a budding philanthropist that co-founded the incredible Stoked Mentoring organization with Steve Larosiliere.  In their own words,

“Stoked’s mission is to develop:
Successful
Teens with
Opportunity
Knowledge
Experience, and
Determination through action sports and mentoring.”

Stoked is a mentoring program that takes at-risk and disadvantaged youth and pairs them up with an encouraging mentor and they participate in mentoring sessions as well as activities like surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding.  […]


The Birth of Big Air: Running Diary

April 25, 2010

Last night I took in the premiere of “The Birth of Big Air” at the Tribeca Film Festival.  What follows is the account of the evening from the confusing thing known as my mind.

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6:05 – Just arrived at the World Trade Plaza for the Tribeca Film Festival Premiere of The Birth of Big Air. For the uninitiated, the Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff, and THE Robert De Niro in response to the September 11th attacks.  The festival was created to celebrate New York City as major filmmaking hub, while also helping rebuild the spirit of Lower Manhattan. In only 9 years, Tribeca has become one of the most well known film festivals in the world.
The Birth of Big Air is a documentary about BMX legend Mat Hoffman directed by Jeff Tremaine (of Jackass fame) and produced by Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze.  When BMX was growing one baby step at a time, Hoffman was there to progress the sport by leaps and bounds. This is his story Click here for more on the film and filmmakers.

6:10 – One of Caesar’s Centurions just approached me and asked if I wanted to join the Roman Army…Well actually, he might have told me I could win a free trip to Caesar’s Palace Atlantic City if I took a picture with the emperor himself. I don’t quite remember.

6:20 – Mike Spinner, Kevin Robinson and a few other pros are in the house this evening.

6:25 – The popcorn tonight is sponsored by YouTube. Don’t know if you ever heard of them. Apparently they are a small internet start up, specializing in, get this, video on the internet […]


State of the Shred

April 23, 2010

By Tyler Daku

Over the last few years action sports have become the way I make my living.  Being in this position has shown me that all over the world there are tribes of passionate, committed people with a common goal, to live the dream.  When it comes to our little corner of the globe, all you need to do for proof is look up and down both coasts.  In this hockey-crazed country all it takes is one trip to Vancouver or Montreal to cement this theory.

On the other hand, when you move towards the more landlocked provinces it becomes increasingly difficult to “live the dream”.  The reasons for this are obvious, but in my experience it just makes the people pursuing this dream that much more committed.  I looked at this blog as an opportunity, a chance to tell the world what I mean.

There is a lot to be said about the devotion of a snowboarder 1000 miles from the mountains.  […]


“Parkay?” “No, Parkour. ‘PARK-oar’ ” “Oh.”

April 23, 2010

By Brian Vasquez

The title’s a conversation I recently had.  As much as I think Parkour (pronounced more like “park-oar”) has bust into the mainstream consciousness, a cold splash of water like that shows me otherwise.  I’ve been researching/poorly attempting  parkour since my college undergrad days.  And what is it?  The best answer I can give you is, “whatever it is you make it out to be.”  I defined it as getting from point A to point B in as linear and efficient a fashion as possible.  Maybe this involved hopping a fence, maybe leaping entire staircases.  The best example I had growing up was Jackie Chan, mostly in his Police Story street foot chases.

I remember also watching this:

A segment on “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!” […]


5 best vert tricks ever, IMHO!

April 22, 2010

By Brian Beagle

We’re getting close to the return of the Dew Tour, and I can’t wait!  June 25th needs to hurry up and get here so I can see all the crazy tricks I haven’t even imagined yet!  The tour starts in Boston and should give us some of the best skateboarding, BMX riding and FMX the world has ever seen.  That being said, here are the 5 best skateboarding vert tricks, according to me that is.

Starting at #5 are all the crazy kick flips that have been thrown down lately; take a look at the X Games 15 final.  I never thought the kick flip would be a normal part of a vert routine, but all the finalists have at least 2 different variations in their runs.

On to #4, Shaun White‘s 540 body varial,  […]


Fashion: Arnette Sunglasses

April 22, 2010

By Zarrin Alam

When you’re at the beach, and the sun’s glaring in your eyes, what’s the best protection from those UV rays?  Sunglasses, but not just any old pair; a pair of Arnette shades is the definite choice.   These sunglasses will keep your pupils protected from the sun and help you stay stylish.

I first heard of Arnette from one of their team members, Rob Darden.  He retweeted about one of their contests featuring an exclusive not-yet-release pair of shades.  […]