Thanksgiving ll, so Hot Right Now!

November 29, 2010

By Sydney Goldberg

Maybe the future will lead me to a room covered in Corey Duffel posters.

A few minutes earlier, I parked my Honda Accord in a visitor’s spot down the road. When I got out of the car, the air seemed brisker than usual. I popped open my trunk to grab a plaid JanSport backpack and purple Paris Trucks. While I glided down the road there was friction between the rocks and my wheels. I’m at 405, the destination. I was thinking of things to say and hugs to give. It’s been a solid five months since we last spoke, when we used to skateboard together everyday.

His text message read, “Come in. Park on the side.” Too late. The front door was closed but his mother peeked through the blinds on the side window. She greeted me with her beautiful Polish accent and said goodbye as she left. “Nice to meet you” came out of my mouth, but then she corrected me by saying we had met two years earlier on Go Skateboarding Day. I apologized and headed upstairs. It’s been too long.

He turned 18 last week and now looked like a man. Stubble covered his jaw, and “Leave em behind” was tattooed on his forearm in cursive ink. The wound was fresh and beginning to scab. As I stretched out my little old legs, I glanced at the computer screen playing Debacle. When the clip finished, we hopped into the automobile as Bonnie and Clyde and drove far far away while singing along to Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III album.

I remember when I was 18, and I left em behind. Nothing made sense, not even skateboarding. He came to my rescue on a rainy day. We skated the same box at the park. He told me I shouldn’t care about what the haters say. Just follow your heart, and it will all be okay.

Sydney Goldberg is a senior at Indiana University studying Journalism, Studio Art, and Art History. Twitter me ♥


Flashbanger x Ohio Skate University Promotional Giveaway

November 22, 2010


Flashbanger Shades and Ohio Skate University are teaming up to do a promotional giveaway. Flashbanger Shades are based out of Ontario, Canada and you might remember that Nick Mullins mentioned them in his “Farewell” Update. It just so happens that Nick is the first rider on the Flashbanger team. Head over to their Facebook page ,”LIKE” it and under the “DISCUSSIONS” tab of the page will be a title called “PROMOTION” where you enter the promo code: “OHIOSKATE”. Winners will be selected randomly.

Thanksgiving, so Hot Right Now!

November 21, 2010

By Sydney Goldberg

I’m thankful. Thankful I am home for Thanksgiving break, even if there are zero skateboarders around these parts. Even if my only companion is a battered iPod mini with Ice Cube‘s It Was a Good Day song playing on repeat.

My board sifts through the crackling fall leaves at the bottom of the hill. I kick the longboard up the steep side because I’m too lazy to push. At the top, I drop into a downhill tuck and descend. I am thankful for the speed and the courage I developed on the winding southern Indiana streets.

But it’s just not the same. Not one face at the skatepark is recognizable here. When I was 13, a 45 degree Chicago fall day was a heat wave. Now the younger generation’s boards lay in a freezing garage as the trucks rust, and the devotion is lost.

My mother constantly reminds me this could be my last “Gobble Gobble Day” here. A tradition. A tradition that evokes feelings of stomachs filled with sugary sweet potato casserole with caramelized pecans and a post-thanksgiving skateboarding session with my cousin. Each year less guests attend, and my cousin doesn’t skate anymore. We are grownups now.

I’m graduating from college in one semester, and each skate down Buffalo Grove road is bittersweet. Who knows where my job hunt will take me? The future is uncertain but I’m ready.

Sydney Goldberg is a senior at Indiana University studying Journalism, Studio Art, and Art History. Twitter me ♥

Twinterview with Willy Santos!

November 19, 2010

An @Mkbain Exclusive!

By Brian Beagle

Willy Santos (@WillySantos) is a San Diego skate legend.  He has been skating for well over 20 years, and if you have seen any of his many video parts you know this.  He owns and operates one of the best skate shops in the the city, Willy’s Workshop.  He shreds the Rancho Penasquitos skate park (that he helped get built) as often as you drink water, it does help it’s almost next door to his shop.  I feel extremely lucky he answered a few of my questions.

Q.  Who are your sponsors? (got to give them their plugs)

A.  Birdhouse Skateboards (@birdhouse)

Orion Trucks

Satori Wheels (@satorimovement)

Upful Bolts (@upful)

Ironhorse Griptape

Arnette (@arnetteeyewear)

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Albert Nyberg, so Hot Right Now!

November 13, 2010

Interview by Sydney Goldberg

Photos by Michael Johansson

You took the American skateboarding world by storm. What planet did you come from?

Did not know that. I come from Nocomplytron, in a small village called Casperville, but actually Sweden.

Why did you choose the song “Sticks And Stones” by Jónsi for your Newsoul Skateboards Promo?

I love Jónsi, and I wanted a different kind of feeling in my skate part, so I went with “Sticks and Stones.” It´s not the most usual choice for a skate part, but it seemed to fit me.

Okay so everybody wants to know, where did you get that Elmo sweater?

Yeah, that Elmo sweater. I spotted it at H&M in Linköping with a friend, and it was a must buy. Elmo rocks!

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Adam Colton, so Hot Right Now!

November 1, 2010

10 Questions with Longboarding Extraordinaire Adam Colton

By Sydney Goldberg

Squat Down G-Turn

Photo by Jonathan Jelkin

1. Who is Adam Colton [no pun intended]?

A monster. A flat-out scary monster. A man who is scared of doorknobs. The kind of guy than can be mistaken as homeless at times. Underwear that are classified as rags. Someone who is very connected to the outdoors but can still manage to be on the computer a lot and not go crazy because he loves his job.  A person that is always guaranteed last place at any sort of trivia game. For the lack of pop culture or the latest trend knowledge I know, I might as well be living in the backcountry, haha. The kind of guy who will always admit to a fart and willingly let them loose. A fartbagger that likes to overly uses “hahaha” after sentences. Someone people think that is always on drugs but is never. When something goes wrong aliens are to blame. If you meet me in a dark alley, be afraid, and be prepared to battle. I like to move yet be still when it is earned. My friends call me idiot, stupid head, worthless.

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