This nifty little skateboard accessory attaches to the underside of your skate deck and produces sparks when you pop a wheelie or scrape its tail along the ground. Install multiple plates for extra sparks. Be sure to check out the demo video with skateboarder Jerry Gurney sparking things up in Yuba City.
When does skateboarding not require a skateboard? When you use the wheels from the bottom of your office chair instead. Inline skating expert Ilia Savosin shows us how its done by strapping a pair of five-wheel chair bases to his feet and hitting the skate park. We wonder how much smoother they would roll on these casters.
Douwe Macare knows a thing or two about skateboarding. In this clip, he performs ollie after ollie while climbing a staircase, much like we’ve been known to do when we can’t string together any big tricks in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Now check out his insanely-long kickflip nose manual.
Red Bull skateboarder and X-Games gold medalist Leticia Bufoni performed this crazy stunt called the “Sky Grind”. She started out on her skateboard inside an aircraft. After a brief rail grind, she let the board fly and deployed her parachute as she headed 9,000 feet to the Earth below. Behind-the-scenes footage here.
It was only a matter of time before Nixon teamed up with legendary skateboard brand Independent Truck Company. Their Custom-Built to Grind collection features versions of Nixon’s analog and digital watches: Independent Chrono 51-30, camo Independent Staple, and the Independent Time Teller in silver or gunmetal.
Skateboarders Thaynan Costa, Josef Skott, Adilson Pedro, and Madars Apse head to the aisles of a grocery store for a wild ride between the well-stocked shelves. Filmed by Dani Galli, Chris Ray, and Will Hodgett using GoPro cameras. We can’t help but think of the music video for Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees.
Every trick a skateboarder ever landed required at least some degree of practice and persistence. Director Najeeb Tarazi offers up an “ode to effort” with this experimental short that takes footage of skateboarders failing and composites it with their successes. Filmed by Dennis Ludwig, Ryan Neddeau, and Frankie Eder.
Nolan Cooley is a surfer, skateboarder, and artist who defies preconceived notions about living with autism. Skullcandy commissioned Cooley’s colorful artwork for the “Sound Without Boundaries” program and these limited-edition Hesh Evo Headphones. The wireless cans have Tile finding tech and 36-hour battery life.
As we’ve seen and heard before, Electronicos Fantasticos! love to make music using barcodes. They recently rigged up a couple of skateboards with barcode readers and circuitry under their decks, covered floors and ramps with black-and-white patterns, then took a little ride.
Ben Paik of Woby Designs previously showed us how he turns old skateboard decks into usable lumber. Now the builder has gone completely meta by building colorful new skateboard decks out of wood gathered from 100 broken decks. That custom deck tape heater is a clever hack.
Most skateboarders get their start rolling around their neighborhoods, using the sidewalks, streets, curbs, and whatever else they can find in place of half-pipes and vert ramps. Colin Kennedy’s short film pays tribute to skateboarding the suburbs and features cameos by Chad Muska and Rodney Mullen.
If you think jumping down a flight of 16 stairs on a skateboard sounds like madness, you’d be right. But that didn’t stop this guy who goes by the name “Slim” from attempting the feat over and over again. We’re amazed he didn’t break any bones pulling this stunt for Thrasher Magazine.
What does filmmaker and actor Werner Herzog have to do with skateboarding? Ian Michna of Jenkem saw a twinkle in Werner’s eye that made him think they might be kindred spirits and arranged an interview. Werner talked about his limited observations on skateboarding and how he might shoot a skate film. (Thanks Rob!)
The guys from Braille Skateboarding love to test out unusual skateboards. In this clip, they show off an insane custom board with 10 trucks and 20 wheels. You might think that would make it faster, but all of those wheels increase friction and also mess with its maneuverability. Still, it’s fun to watch them attempt to ride this mutant.
Gustavo Ribeiro, Jost Arens, Madars Apse, and Vladik Scholz take on a custom-built skatepark that tilts like one of those wooden marble laybrinths. As they skate through the hydraulically-tilted course, they find themselves pursued by giant metal marbles. Be sure to stick around for the behind-the-scenes footage at the end.
Beyond the addictive gameplay, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2’s best feature is its custom park creator tool, which has inspired some great fan-made levels. Skramblez put his world-building skills to the test with a skatepark that looks just like Peach’s Castle from Super Mario 64 – with a few extra rails, ramps, and pools.
(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 than 650 different sounds that skateboards (and skateboarders) make. Then, the creative minds of Bonamaze set to chopping up the audio into rhythmic music track.
Crazy inventions seem to be flying fast and furious from The Hacksmith’s shop. This build was inspired by the remastered Tony Hawk Pro Skater games. Designed to save skateboarders the trouble of doing their own kickflips, this RC electric board does the trick automatically. Along the way, they built a better mousetrap.
One of the most iconic locations in Tony Hawk Pro Skater is the warehouse. We’ve played the level many times ourselves. Now watch the game’s namesake take on a real-world replica of the warehouse, as the 52-year-old skateboarder continues to prove that age is no barrier to his innate talent. The BTS video is worth a watch too.
Pro skateboarder Isamu Yamamoto shows off her sharp and creative freestyle moves, which include everything from handstands on the edge of a board, to some crazy double-board maneuvers. She performed the routine as part of the World Freestyle Round-Up 2020 Online Showdown.
The skateboarding video games that started it all are getting an ultra-high-def remaster for today’s gaming systems. The bundle of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will offer up to 4K graphics on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Apparently they were able to preserve most of the awesome original soundtrack as well. Drops 9.4.2020.
We’ve featured of skateboarding, snowboarding, and even a few cat videos over the years. But this is the first time we can recall seeing a video that combines all three. Smagical’s kitty Taddy loves to take a ride in the snow, and he’s got just the music video to go with his extreme winter sports.
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.