skateboarding

Amazing Street Skate Video | “QUIK” – The Berrics

June 28th, 2012 by


photo: skate.quiksilver.com

Being a writer for a website predominantly populated by skiers, I am hesitant posting a skateboarding video. But this is what I would consider amazing. Not only because this video features an amazingly talented skater, but also because the style and atmosphere created by the cinematography puts you into the shoes of the rider creating a video which is truly a testament to street skateboarding. 

When Scottish skateboarder and film maker Colin Kennedy set out to make the short skateboard video “QUIK” he wanted to capture the neighbourhoods and lifestyles of that which he is acustomed to  living in LA. The video is clearly captured through a watchful eye; noticing different ways people walk, different games they play and the ways people interact with each other plays into how street skating is with these places or at least how Kennedy and many others feels it should be.

A fast paced filming style paired with the speedy and creative skating of Austyn Gillette creates an atmosphere that is rarely created among action sports videos. One could pair the feel of this short with the urban/street segment featuring JP Auclair in Sherpas Cinema’s All.I.Can but again completely different as this has more of a presence of real life within the chaos. Shot out of the back of a van gives the viewer the track motion so you feel like your along for the ride; a style that is not rare, but rarely done well.

Just sit back and enjoy because segments like this don’t come around often enough.

New Skateboarding World Record 80.74 MPH

June 25th, 2012 by



Mischo Erban has set a new Guiness World Record for fastest mofo on a skateboard. Erban reached 80.74 MPH has he wheeled his way down a mountainside in Quebec, Canada. The worlds fastest skateboarder had this to say to Wired.com “When you go on these speeds on a smooth road, you feel the raw power of gravity pulling you down, it’s so crazy to see everything whipping by you,” he said. “It’s a crazy rush.”

Here is what 80 MPH on a Skateboard looks like.

Skateboard Flat Ground Tricks @ 1,000 FPS

June 19th, 2012 by
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Even as a non-skater this video is quite remarkable to watch, as time is warped to 1000 frames per second and we’re able to see everything that goes on behind the scenes in some of the most technical surface tricks around.  For me, watching people who are the best at what they do at 1000 frames per second never gets old, the refined reflexes and innate awareness of their sport is simply unbelievable.

Sit back and let your mind melt to the groovy track and simply incredible skating.

List of tricks shown:

  • Nollie dolphin flip (AKA nollie forward flip)
  • Backside 180 casper flip (?) (or bs 180 hospital flip)
  • Nollie heelflip bs body varial
  • Nollie 360 shuv underflip (AKA nerd flip)
  • Frontside shuv underflip (AKA kiwi flip)
  • Hardflip pretzel
  • Merlin twist (switch front foot impossible fs 180)
  • Nollie heelflip indy grab
  • Early grab frontside 180 fingerflip (?)
  • Pressure hardflip (?)
  • Jovan flip
  • Backside pop shuv underflip
  • Nollie pressure hardflip (?)

Next Level Cinematography | All Shadow Skate Video

May 24th, 2012 by

THIS WILL not BLOW YOU AWAY! This is not the most epic video that you will see today and nobody crashes, splats, yells, or breaks any records. This video is however filmed in a very unique manner that I deemed as necessary to share with all you beautiful people.

This short skate edit films only the skater’s shadow and gives you yet another perspective on a common sport. If you want to know the deeper meaning behind making a film this way then the Vimeo blurb offers this:

“It is not uncommon for children to play with their shadows or to imagine that they are tangible. However, in order to grow up, children must leave behind this fantasy…no one ever fully grows up. Instead, growing up is a process that continues throughout life.”

New summer activity /// Banshee Bungee Set Up for Skateboarding

April 11th, 2012 by
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This is the new thing coming upWith all the speed for flat-land tricks this looks pretty sick.  Tested by the TimeShip Racing crew, the Banshee Bungee slings you zero to thirty MPH in two seconds. Set ups are endless. On a hill, around a corner, in a parking garage…anywhere you need some extra speed get the bungee! 30 MPH that is pretty quick.

12 year old skateboarder sticks first ever 1080!!!! Bar raised again, how high will it go?

April 2nd, 2012 by
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The boundaries in skateboarding have been extended once again…

Tom Schaar, a 12 year old skateboarder, stuck the first ever 1080 on a specially designed mega ramp in California.

In Tom’s words…

“The progression to 10′s just really started with me skating.  Then I went 5′s, 7′s and just recently I got 900′s.  That’s the best accomplishment of my life….Until yesterday!!!” 

 

Schaar exhibits a tremendous amount of balance, concentration and coordination while sticking this move.  His psych, mixed with a bit of surprise, upon raising the bar is palpable and awesome!!!  How long before we see a 1260, 1440 or more??

Tom’s 1080 occurred on the mega ramp at Woodward West in the Tehachapi Mountains of Southern California.  This behemoth starts with a 70′ run in ramp.

 

70' Run In

 

Then, athletes must decide which gap to catapult over.  The 50 footer or the 70 footer!

 

70' Center 50' Left and Right

 

Terminating in a 27′ quarter pipe.  

 

Quater Pipe

 

Apparently, maintaining the momentum necessary to spin three times after landing a 50′ gap jump was proving difficult for Tom.  (What a surprise!)  Overcoming this hurdle was achieved by building a bridge over the gap.  This bridge allowed Tom to keep his wheel’s on the ground before sending it into the air.

Progress the ramp, progress the sport!!

 

11 Reasons why Skateboarding IS for Skiers

December 7th, 2011 by

Here are 11 reasons why skateboarding IS for skiers.

  1. Balance
  2. groovy pavement pow
  3. going sideways ain’t all that bad…(kinda like slalom waterskiing)
  4. footwork…spiny, pillow, tech… footwork
  5. CRASHING SUCKS! You either die, brake something, or lose skin.
  6. Hand positioning (working on the chi) mid board slide!
  7. It’s FREE!  (relatively after the $50-$100 set-up) depends on giver-ness and how much you like hiking up hills/park.
  8. College girls think you are RAD / or homeless either way its a win/win for a ski bum.
  9. Best thing to do when it isn’t snowing to stay sane.  STUCK IN HIGH PRESSURE PNW Drought.
  10. Because 30 year olds shouldn’t be ditching responsibilities for skateboarding! hahah.
  11. Sage does it.

Today is Go Skateboarding Day

June 21st, 2011 by

Today is not only the first day of summer it is also Go Skateboarding Day. To celebrate Go Skateboarding Day we bring you a look at one of the coolest shows on the web, Epicly Later’d. Enjoy!

Hot Chicks on Longboards | Carving the Mountains

June 2nd, 2011 by

It’s obvious that when someone posts on Unofficial Networks and their post includes women, especially naked ones, the “unofficial” followers go nuts. Vanessa’s post already has 742 Facebook Shares in one day. Why are we so obsessed with girls (clothed or not)?. Well it’s because most readers on unofficial (I’m assuming) are dirty ski bums between the age of 20 and 35, and with the lack of girls in ski towns we often turn to Unofficial for our T and A.
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Game-O-Skate

February 13th, 2011 by

Where there’s mountains there’s skateboarding. Check out a game of skate in the undergrounds of Whistler to prove that the love of skateboarding is alive and well in this mountain community. So shred those pow turns and know that boarding continues after the mountains go dry… and if you have strength after you are done powing and you are able to get out of the hot tub you just might find these guys in the parking garage.

-enjoy