Without fail, every year “Go Skateboarding Day” sneaks up on us. Could you blame us? It always seems as though the day just passed. Why shouldn’t we get deja vu since we consider every day “Go Skateboarding Day.” Truthfully, nothing outside the ordinary happens on June, 21st. Sure, there are a few special events, some sanctioned by the governing board of the International Association of Skateboard Companies, and other events that aren’t trademarked. Regardless, to me the day always tends to feel about the same wherever it’s observed. That’s because, at its core, “Go Skateboarding Day” is just another day revolving around kicking it with friends both new and old and celebrating the ever continuous joy of riding a useless wooden toy. The spirit of the day is truly infectious. Although, with all due respect, if the freestyler brainiacs that make up the IASC (in all their infinite wisdom) could pick a shorter day next time around, maybe, my sunburn won’t be so bad.
Choosing a song to accompany a video part can be a lot like pairing a wine with a dish. The right song can augment feelings evoked from watching someone perform the perfect trick, at the right spot, with just the right filming. The wrong song and the viewer may pull the plug immediately. This is fact. While wine pairing can be broken down to a science, skateboarders’ tastes seem to be way more subjective. There are absolutely no rules. A hesh transition skateboarder can skate to hip-hop and it may work well, and a tech guy can skate to a Black Sabbath track and it might work even better. Music is such an integral part of skateboarding and video parts. Many of us are exposed to new music predominantly through skate videos. It’s become incumbent on video directors to dig deep to keep their soundtracks interesting and tidy. That’s why the Girl x Sup Pop capsule just works.
Red Bull Skateboarding and their world-renowned band of concrete killers rode through town on Saturday and delivered an epic day of skating and super good times. Ryan Sheckler, Torey Pudwill, Joey Brezinski, Zion Wright, Jagger Eaton, Alex Midler, CJ Collins, and of course, SOTYJamie Foy destroyed Kennesaw Skatepark in front of hundreds of devoted skate junkies.
After the demo, the Red Bull team opened up the park to a locals best trick contest. Pudwill, Zion, and Foy handed out decks, tees, and Ambush gift cards for the heavier bangers of the session.
The notably down-to-earth crew spent most of the day among fans signing autographs and taking pics. If you wanted to meet your heroes, the Red Bull Drop-In event was the place to be.
We’re just now knocking the dust off the brain and trying our best to remember all the rad times we had at Brahfest. Thankfully, Jeff Mathis was there to capture some insane images and Cole Vanthof got some killer video. The edit just dropped on Alliance and here are some images for your eyeballs. Can’t wait to do Brahfest again this year!
Watch the video here: Brahfest Video
Peep the images:
You know that Snowboard trip you had planned out West back in December? The one that was canned because the snow was sh*t?! Well, now is the time to re-book your ticket… The March Miracle is here!
IT’S FIRING RIGHT NOW!!
After a mild and dry winter, most of the major mountain resorts out West in the Rockies and on up into the Northwest parts of the US were hurting for travellers to come and ride. After a very welcomed “March Miracle”, some mountains have received over 50+ inches of fresh snow and there is more on the way!!
My buddy and I were able to squeak a trip out to Sun Valley, Idaho towards the end of February. Man, did we time it right!!
We were sweating bullets towards the beginning of February when the weather report had temps projected in the mid 40’s, low 50’s. The furthest thing from an EPIC snow trip. But, out of nowhere, a week before our trip dates a weather pattern swept in and blessed us with stellar conditions!!
Being alone can be therapeutic. The silence of your self-imposed isolation can open up your mind and allow it to wander in ways that are unimaginable with the constant noise and interruptions of being among others. You are able to hear the sounds of your breathing and follow your thoughts as they crawl through your mind and into places you didn’t even know existed. When you’re alone, relaxation and revitalization come easy. Snowboarding in solitude can be strangely satisfying as well. With no one pressuring you to party the night before, waking up at dawn is painless. You make your way to the mountain at your own gradual pace, which is still somehow faster than the frenetic, rush-out-the-door pace when you are with a group of friends. You take the series of long, quiet lifts up to the peak. You hike across the ridge while the snow softly crunches under your feet. You’re living in your own private Thoreau novel as you strap on your bindings. Then, you drop in off the peak, gouge a huge turn, and immediately wish you were experiencing this with all of your closest friends.
It comes as no surprise to hear “Beer and Skateboarding go together like PB&J,” or as a true “Millennial” might say, “Avocado and Toast.” Most of age skateboarders would probably agree with this. Responsibly sharing a couple of brews with the homies amid a mini ramp session is great and it’s no secret. It’s a trend made clearer when you see bigger brands like Brixton collaborate with Coors Original, 686 partner with Pabst Blue Ribbon, or the fact your favorite Street League pros will retire fruitfully off their windfall craft beer investments. More so, it wouldn’t be a stretch to draw parallels between the craft beer renascence of recent years to the boom in small, independent skateboard brands currently taking the industry by storm. Seemingly every time you blink a new skate brand is created. With this in mind, it makes total sense for me to pair my favorite local brews with my favorite independent skateboard brands. What’s not to love? Boards and Breweries.
- Pat Moore is the proprietor of Ass Industries, the manufacturer of Haul Ass Wax. Haul Ass Wax won Snowboarder Magazine’s Golden Seal of Approval for the fastest all-temp wax.
- Pat is one of only a handful of snowboarders who can send it equally hard in the streets as he does in the park and the backcountry…and is easily one of the most complete all-around snowboarders in the game.
- Pat Moore’s favorite rider is Jamie Lynn. Mine too.
- He’s from Holderness, NH, an agricultural and resort area and home to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.
- His first video part was in 2003’s Video Gangs alongside Jimi Tomer and Travis Kennedy.
- He has dedicated his entire career to filming video parts (no contests – unless, of course, it’s the X Games Real Snow video competition).
- He designed his own Volcom Snow outerwear and Electric goggles with the stated goal of looking damn fine while running the same gear all season long.
- Interestingly enough, Pat Moore doesn’t have a board sponsor. He does get snowboards from Volcom though, even though Volcom doesn’t actually produce snowboards. Pat’s “Volcom snowboards” are made by CAPiTA. His boards aren’t available to the public, but we’re giving one away to a lucky winner. Enter for your chance to win below.
2017 is nearly a wrap and for the first time in ages I feel that collectively we can all breathe a slight sigh of relief. Why? Well, we made it out of the dumpster fire that was 2017, guys. While that is reason enough to tie one on and celebrate, let’s not get too excited. Regrettably, 2018 is revving up to be just as turbulent. Whether it’s the constant barrage of bad news or social media overload, it’s apparent that it is harder to focus now more than ever. Like many, my mind has was cooked by 2017. So that’s my excuse for why my very cliche year-end “best of” or “listicle” may be missing some very noteworthy things. With that said, in no particular order, here are somethings that made some crumby days brighter in 2017.
As Jeff Bezos scours the United States looking for a place to plop a second Amazon headquarters, I started thinking of how deeply addicted we as Americans are to Amazon. It started with the seduction of big discounts, intoxicating convenience, and the opportunity to buy anything capitalism has to offer under one domain. Now, Amazon has become the gatekeeper of all that is sold online and the place we as consumers go when we want to do the least amount of shopping and still get the best (at least, we think it’s the best) deal on the planet. I started looking inward as to whether or not Amazon’s outright dominance of all things ecommerce is a good thing for us in the long term. I mean, there’s a reason they call shoppers who buy exclusively on Amazon “Amazombies,” right?