Ronson Lambert – Eyes On

April 3, 2011

by Brian Beagle

I met Ronson at PQ Skatepark on a recent sunny morning. We just hung out, talked about skating, and when he wasn’t paying attention I filmed some of his warm up tricks. Good times were had, jokes were told, and that’s what skateboarding is actually about, fun. BTW, he is in between sponsors right now, someone should hire this ripper, seriously.

Edit: Ronson is up for most underrated skater from CCS Skate Shop, get over there and vote!

Brian Beagle is a regular guy who builds things for a living and loves action sports. For more of his action sports insights, check out his actual blog, or follow him on twitter @mkbain.


Sisterhood of the Traveling Flannel

December 11, 2010

Photographs by Sydney Goldberg

How does wearing the RIPNDIP: Cut & Sew Collection make you feel?

Strong and Independent

Feminine and Creative

Cute and Playful

Warm and Cozy


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

Dylan Osborne, so Hot Right Now!

December 6, 2010

Words and photograph by Sydney Goldberg

Most 13-year-old boys are kicking around soccer balls or dreaming about girls. Not Dylan Osborne, he is showing up hesh skaters twice his age. His dirt biking parents built him a full-fledged skatepark in his basement! Osborne is straight out of Bloomington, Ind., home of the Hoosiers and skateboarding prodigies. He is the youngest member of the Rise Skateboard Shop family which has fostered Lee Bender, Kris Markovich, Steve Fauser, and Jeremiah Smith. In 2007, Dylan placed in the final 25 of Cartoon Network‘s national street skating competition “Toonami Klik Tour.” This kid is a diamond in the rough, and with the right shot expect him to give Sheckler a run for his money.

Catch Osborne in Rise’s shop video “Stolen Saddles,” premiering Dec. 10.

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

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 ♥

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 ♥

Skate Betties, so Hot Right Now!

October 24, 2010

By Sydney Goldberg

I posted the video above as my Facebook status, after I saw it in the Loaded Newsletter email.

These are the heated comments I received:

Person 1: Hecccccccck yeah longboards!

Person 2: Even though these girls are no Ysabella, the video rocks, and it can spread stoke to other girl riders knowing there’s more of them out there.

Person 3:  Dang, all my future girl friends in one video…

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Chaz Ortiz, so Hot Right Now!

October 17, 2010

By Sydney Goldberg

Photo by Sydney Goldberg

“It’s kinda weird, in a sick way, seeing Chaz become the skater he is. I remember growing up, like age nine or ten, doing my first contests, competing with him,” said Warp Skatepark teammate and 2010 Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals participant Miles Canavello. “It was crazy; he was always super consistent and kickflipped everything in sight. Now he’s one of the biggest pros, always getting top three in all contests. It’s super tight to see him make it in skateboarding. He definitely is making his homies and stuff proud. He’s killing it.”

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