Filmmaker Mike McKinlay’s documentary short film follows the story of Marty, an 11-year-old kid who’s obsessed with skateboarding and ’70s and ’80s punk rock. The film does a great job capturing the spirit of something we all craved as kids, our own unique identities. Though a real ’80s skate punk wouldn’t wear a helmet.
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Red Bull Skateboarding presents a short clip which combines athleticism with visual trickery to play with our perceptions. All of the illusions we created in camera by using custom-built set pieces, and no post-production effects. Stick around for a behind-the-scenes explanation with director Gaston Francisco.
adidas Skateboarding teamed up with pro boarder Jason Dill to create a pair of everyday sneakers that resemble Italian snakeskin leather. Despite their lazy loafer inspiration, they’re totally good for skating with their low-profile shape, molded sockliner, and rubber outsole. Drops 3/14/20.
Isamu Yamamoto may be just 15 years old as of this writing, but he’s one of the world’s best freestyle skateboarders, having won the World Round-Up Freestyle Skateboarding Championships in 2017 and 2018. Kuma Films spent a couple of days in Otsu, Japan with the talented kid, where he showed off a few of his sick moves.
Felipe Nunes is a double amputee, but that doesn’t hold him back from his love for skateboarding. In this clip from RIDE Channel, Felipe goes up against his nemesis – a 360º loop he’s been trying to conquer for some time. With the help of some friends and a longer starting ramp, he was able to pull off the dangerous stunt.
While the only moving parts on most skateboards are the trucks and wheels, Matt Tomasello wanted something more complex. So he set about building some wacky skateboards which can change form as he jumps off and back onto them. Matt shows off his wares and his trick skills in this compilation video from JENKEM.
Riding a skateboard downhill can be a thrill – at least until you have to stop. Now imagine bombing down a mountain road at speeds faster than cars take the same path. That’s exactly what boarder Josh Neuman did down one of Switzerland’s most epic driving roads. Bonus points for cameraman @jake_from_skatefarm.
(PG-13: Language) Skateboarders Tony Hawk, David Loy, and Keire Johnson spent a little time in the studio and on their boards, helping to record more that 650 different sounds that skateboards make. Then, the creative minds of Bonamaze set to chopping up the audio into rhythmic music track.
(PG-13: Language) The Wet ‘N’ Wild water park in Palm Springs, California recently closed down. Skateboarding magazine Thrasher managed to get permission from its new owner to let a group of overgrown skate punks – including the famed Tony Hawk – to ride the pipes, ramps, and rails of the park before it gets torn down.
This lighthearted game puts you in control of a little bird who’s learning to fly – on a skateboard. The tiny skatepark is made up of office supplies like staplers, scissors, and sticky notes, offering a fun place for our avian friends to take flight. Grab the Alpha demo version of the game here.
(PG-13: Language) Academy award-nominated actor Jonah Hill makes his feature directorial debut with this gritty, minimal film about a young boy coming of age in the 1990s in Los Angeles, as he finds his place among a crew of skateboarders. Hill also wrote the original story.
Famed pro skateboarder Tony Hawk talks about his sources of inspiration, then performs 50 of the tricks he either created or perfected over the course of his illustrious career. Our joints ache just watching this. Keep closed captions on for trick names and years.
Session is an upcoming skateboarding game for Windows and Xbox One. Like Skate games, it makes you pull off tricks using a controller’s analog sticks. It will have a video editor and social media sharing, a rewind-and-replay system and more. Windows demo here.
YouTuber Roadie fabricated a nifty motorized skateboarding rig that allows its rider to glide efforlessly (if not exactly quickly) along railroad tracks. Needless to say, don’t try this idea at home unless you’re 100% certain the rails are abandoned like the ones shown here.
Herschel Supply Co. emblazoned the logo and slogan of skateboard truck maker Independent on some of its most popular products, including the Packable Duffle Bag and the Packable Daypack. Available in three colorways, and perfect for skateboard fanatics.
adidas teamed up with skateboarder Lucas Puig and his homies at Hélas for a dope ’80s-themed collection. The highlights are a track jacket, track pants and shorts that are all made of nylon. The drop also includes an all-white variant of the Matchcourt skate shoe.
The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series introduced skateboarding, its music and its lifestyle to a mainstream audience. Former THPS producer Ralph D’Amato is working on a documentary about the series’ origins, featuring interviews with Tony, Rodney Mullen and more.
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