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6 Telling Signs That You’re A Skateboarder

Whatever your skateboarding story may be, there is one common thread among the pros and amateurs: passion. Here are the six beloved symptoms that you’re a skateboarder.

Wardrobe fails occur weekly.
You’re part of the bloody brigade, dirt titans, and team grass stains from not landing certain tricks. Fortunately, you know the difference between your good pair of Dickies and the ones that are fair game to skate in. Just be sure to wear a dark shirt every time, unless you’re a fan of the dingy, white tee look.

You have a high tolerance for pain.
Nothing screams “skateboarder” than the battle wounds you acquire from a crooked grind-gone-wrong or a bad fakie. Yet for some odd reason (to outsiders at least), you keep coming back for more.

You’re persistent.
Skateboarding is to be especially valued because it teaches you priceless qualities in life, such as tenacity. You won’t let the sun set until you successfully grind the longest rail you’ve ever seen. The tolerance means you’re more than likely to follow through in major decisions in life than to give up. Kudos to you!

“Stage fright” isn’t an issue.
All eyes are on you whether you’re simply skating the neighborhood pavement or showing off your frontside at a skatepark. There’s plenty of room for error, yet no room for shyness. So, you’re cool with channeling your inner Ryan Decenzo without fret.

You accept that you’ll have good and bad days.
which is another quality life lesson that ties in with persistence. Some days you’ll be ready to compete in the X Games (or so you think) and other days you’re left wondering if you even know how to do a basic kickflip. You win some, you lose some – it’s all about perspective. True skateboarders don’t accept perfection, yet they don’t allow off days to rob them of their happiness.

You LOVE skateboarding and its culture.
Skateboarding is more than mastering the art of the craft. It’s about the sport’s culture as well. This includes the music, the events, those awesome product tosses, the laidback peeps, the rich history, and every other cultural nook and cranny of skating. Just the thought of not having a skateboard in your life gives you a bad vibe.

6 Ways Skateboarding Gives Back To The Community

The ethos of skateboarding has always been one of comradery. It’s more than landing a trick, skate jams, X Games, and the other novelties associated with the sport. Along with the aforementioned, charities are also an integral part of skateboard culture. The world of skateboarding offers much good in the form of charitable foundations. This list of foundations only scratches the surfaces of the many charities launched by pro skateboarders and skate culture enthusiasts.

Their mission as a non-profit organization as stated on their site is to “use skateboarding as a tool for empowering youth, to create new opportunities and the potential for change.” Skateistan’s project sites include Kabul, Afghanistan, Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The sites’ provide skateboard oriented education programs that feature classrooms and a skatepark. Girls are primarily excluded in participating in traditional sports specifically in Afghanistan and Cambodia. So, this foundation paves the way for girls (s60% of the Skateistan students are female youths) to engage in skateboarding.

Amigo Skate Cuba
It’s so easy to take for granted that most of us have skateboard shops or the tools to create our own boards sprinkled throughout the cities we live in. There are countries, such as Cuba, that have difficulty in obtaining skateboards or the necessary supplies to even create a board. Despite these snags, Cuba’s skate scene has been around since the ‘80s thanks to the skateboards left behind by Russian soldiers. ASC is self-funded and 100% volunteer based. After collecting both new and refurbished skateboards, these are redistributed to children in need. Their main prerogative is “to provide kids with an outlet to express themselves.” What better a way to showcase your creativity than through skateboarding?

Let It Flow
Founded by pro skater, Nyjah Huston, and his mother, Kelle, LIF is inspired by Nyjah and Kelle’s own experience of living without clean, running water. LIF’s first well was built in an Ethiopian village, Debra Brehan. That well now provides safe, clean water to 900 people. The safe water in turn helps a community to thrive since more time is then allocated for children to attend school. Also, individuals can grow food and sell the extra food for profit to grow a sustainable community. So far, wells have been established in not only Ethiopia, but Kenya and Chad as well.

Well pumps for first time in 8 YearsThis well had not worked in 8 years. Non of these kids have ever seen it work… until now! #waterisLIF

Posted by Let It Flow on Thursday, August 20, 2015



The A.skate Foundation
A.skate organizes autism friendly skateboard clinic environments to teach the basic skills of skateboarding to new and second-time participants. The beautiful thing about skateboarding is that it knows no boundaries and discriminates against no one. So, the establishment of A.skate aids in the skate culture movement by promoting autism awareness intertwined with that of skateboarding. Today approximately 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism, so ASF’s nationwide clinics, “Grants for Gear” for kids to purchase skateboard equipment, and the hosting of fundraisers helps society to embrace the aspects of autism that are challenging to understand while allowing these children a non-judgmental environment.

Income inequality is the major component of the “opportunity gap.” STOKED aims to break that barrier by inspiring struggling students to tap into their awesomeness and full potential by way of action sports – not limited to skateboarding. The STOKED program is very hands-on for youths in that mentors in NYC and LA – from marketing mavens to film directors – with a passion for action sports take teens on day trips outside the urban jungle to show them how to board.

Go Skateboarding Foundation
Every avid skateboarder knows the significance of June 21st every year. It’s the official – and global –holiday of skateboarding, Go Skateboarding Day. However, did you know there’s been a Go Skateboarding Foundation in action for over five years? Since 2005, GSF has provided educational programs, career building experiences, skate camp and college scholarships, along with the development of sustainable skateparks. By donating funds to this, you’re aiding in the growth of skateboarding and its positive impact on young skateboarders. Since its inception, thousands of dollars have been donated to the Tony Hawk Foundation and multiple scholarships to young skateboarders.

S-K-A-T-E Essentials for Fall

Autumn and spring have the perfect temperatures for shredding. Hands down. How can you play a game of S-K-A-T-E without the essentials? “To the victor goes the spoils” in the form of bragging rights when it comes to S-K-A-T-E. We’re here to help you square away your must-have’s for your adventures in the skate world this fall.

Skateboard and Script T-Shirt
This one is so obvious that we had to also add include a “S” for ‘Script Tee Shirt by yours truly, Outdoor Tech.

Why we love it: Zoo York has some of the sickest skate decks, wheels and trucks around. We’re really into the NYC centric ‘Metropolis (Subway)’ deck and gold ‘Z.Y. Emblem’ wheels. As for the ‘Script Tee’, the retro vibe and 100% cotton make-up is as stylish as it is practical.Untitled-1

Kodiak Mini – USB Portable Charger by Outdoor Tech
Why we love it: Let’s see how much alliteration we can fit into one sentence, shall we? This portable, power pack with plenty of punch (2600mAh rechargeable battery) will charge your anything and everything. While you’re hitting the pavement, you can charge your phone in time to capture video and photo footage of your landed tricks.Untitled-2

Altamont’s ‘Davis Straight Chino for the guys and Always Rite Lounge Pant by RVCA for the ladies
Why we love it: The right skate pant can literally make or break your performance. Skating in anything without a little stretch in fabric won’t allow for any show-off skills, barely even a basic kickflip. The loose fit across the legs and thighs of the Altamont chino will ensure you have room to stride thanks to the mixed combo of 98% cotton and 2% spandex. As for female skaters, joggers can be added to your closet of bottoms apt for skateboard days. Ribbed elastic waistline and ribbed cuffs allow you to perform with as much ease as a loose fit pant.Untitled-3

Turtle Shell® 2.0
Why we love it: No S-K-A-T-E afternoon is complete without mood music (A little Wu-Tang or Interpol will do). The Turtle Shell® 2.0 bluetooth speaker has plenty of bass and is shock-proof for those times you take a tumble. You’d never tumble into the speaker, though, because you have the skating skills of Alva. Sure.Untitled-5

Era Pro by Vans
Why we love it: We’re not fans of these kicks simply because the pros swear by them. They’re extremely durable thanks to Duracap® rubber underlays. They feature canvas and suede uppers along with UltraCush® HD footbeds to keep your feet close to the board while giving your feet some cushion upon impact. In addition to the signature Vans waffle outsole for grip and control, the Era Pro also includes Pro Vulc construction.Untitled-4

Interview with Lucas Boychuck: Founder of Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua is the Pacific coast’s tucked away gem to the masses, yet a town with a burgeoning skate scene. Surf culture permeates the intimate town, yet the skateboard scene is merely eight years-old. Last winter, the downtown marketplace was abuzz about the scheduled skate demos—consisting of Chico Brenes, Tory Pudwill, and other fellow pro skaters—at the Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort skatepark. Lying in the outskirts of town, the Surf Ranch is home to the only skate camp in Central America! Here, Outdoor Technology speaks via email with one of the founders, Lucas Boychuk (his brother, Travis Boychuk, is also a founder), about Surf Ranch Hotel & Resort’s beginning and the budding surf-skate town of San Juan Del Sur.

Outdoor Tech: Why did you choose Nicaragua as the location for the Surf Ranch?

Lucas Boychuk: Back in 2008, I was 21 and my brother was 19, living at our parents’ house, working at gas stations. One night we picked up a case of beer, drank it in the hot tub and came up with some crazy ideas. It eventually led to pulling out the laptop and doing a Google search for “cheap land for sale.” Philippines and Nicaragua came up. Nicaragua was closer, so we booked two plane tickets that night to check it out. We spent two weeks in Nicaragua and on the last day, met an American with land for sale and gave him a $1,000 deposit. We went back to Canada, worked at our gas station jobs for a year, and saved all of our money to pay off the land. Long story short, we found an investor to give us initial funds, sold everything we had, broke up with our girlfriends and moved to Nicaragua. We have been here ever since.

OT: Did your initial concept for the resort fully come to fruition? If so (or not), what major challenges were presented?

LB: We knew we wanted to build a resort, but had no idea where to start. Eventually we had the idea of starting the world’s first “action sports resort,” because at the time it did not exist. Our concept was to have a resort, but with fun stuff to do within the resort like a skateboard park, rock climbing wall, jungle paintball, and a huge tower drop to airbag. It was a unique concept and we ran with it.


OT: At what point did Chico Brenes become involved with the camps you host? How has the partnership enhanced the direction you both are working toward for the Surf Ranch?

LB: We grew up skateboarding. So when we had Chico Brenes, Transworld Magazine, and many other pros pulling up to the resort when we just had a shack on it and part of the skate park started, we were speechless. They have been our idols for many years. We kept in touch and when the resort was finished, as well as the skate park, Chico Brenes started coming down three times a year bringing other professional skateboarders. One day, we brought up the idea of starting Central America’s first skate camp and he was in.

We have already done three skate camps and many contests and demos for the locals. Chico has started the first skate shop in Nicaragua. With the Surf Ranch having the largest skate park and first skate camp in the country, we have the tools available to continue promoting skateboarding throughout the country of Nicaragua and even neighboring countries. The talent of Nicaraguan skateboarders have increased tremendously over the past three years and more and more kids are getting involved.

OT: What’s been one of your favorite highlights—based on events or an experience—since opening the doors?

LB: I would say my favorite highlight would be meeting Chico Brenes, as well as other professional skateboarders, and also famous actors and athletes who have all stayed at the resort and who we have stayed in touch and became good friends with. We recently just got back from a famous actress’ wedding in California who stayed with us at the resort. You get to meet all sorts of crazy and amazing people. I think that is the best part.

OT: What is so unique about surfing in Nicaragua versus other countries?

LB: The surfing in Nicaragua is amazing because you can surf 360 days of the year. The whole Pacific coast is lined with surf spots; most of them secret with no one else surfing them. Surfing is one of the main sources of income for the country, so it is easy to get to the surf spots, buy or rent boards, as everyone seems to be promoting and helping it grow in some form or the other.

OT: Name a little known fact about skate and surf culture in San Juan Del Sur.

LB: Both the skate and surf culture here are very new. The surf culture has been around longer, but the skate scene really only started around 2007. Our skateboard park was the first in the country and now there are over ten parks. Also in 2007, there was probably around 100 skateboarders in the country of 6 million people. Now there are around 2,000 and growing with around ten of them almost at pro level; but with no sponsors or media for skateboarding here, it is impossible for them to get noticed which is also something we are working on.

OT: What’s the plan for the balance of the year? Any competitions planned?

LB: We plan on hosting another skate camp by the end of 2015. As part of the skate camp, while the pros are here, we also dedicate one day and hold a demo [and] contest for anyone to enter. This usually attracts around 400 skateboarders from all over Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

OT: What is the concept for the future Popoyo location?

LB: The Surf Ranch Resort in San Juan Del Sur is two acres. The Surf Ranch resort in Popoyo is 25 acres, all ocean view [and] right by the ocean. The resort is ten times larger, and the concept will still be action sports themed but on a higher scale. We are building the largest pool in Nicaragua with water slides, the largest skateboard park in Central America, a nine-hole golf course, night club, restaurants, stores, condos, apartments and houses. The idea is to have everything you can possibly need in one resort, like a small city.

3 Reasons Why Adding A Women’s Division To SLS Was A Smart Move

This year’s historic SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship competition took place October, 4 in Chicago, Illinois. Unique to the past several years of competitors was the first-ever addition of a women’s division to SLS. The women’s roster invited eight of the world’s top female pro skateboarders to the event: Leticia Bufoni, Alexis Sablone, Lacey Baker, Pamela Rosa, Vanessa Torres, Alana Smith, Marisa Dal Santo, and Samarria Brevard. Torres stated, “That hard work and commitment to the women’s skateboarding movement pays off, but there is always more work to do! To be a part of this milestone after being in this industry for so many years, it makes all the blood, sweat and tears so worth it.”

With the help of Kim Woozey, founder of MAHFIA.TV and VP of Marketing for Womens Skateboard Alliance (WSA), and Vanessa Torres, pro skateboarder and SLS competitor, Outdoor Tech breaks down the three key reasons why adding a women’s division to SLS is so important to the global community of skateboarders.

All Eyes Are on The Prize
What prize? The prize of promoting the longevity of skateboarding and its culture. By fostering the growth of new female participants, skateboarding develops an even bigger international scale. Regarding the new SLS development, Torres said, “It’s a monumental stepping stone in the right direction and a chance for us to be seen by all tuning in to watch. It’s an opportunity for us to keep women’s skateboarding progressing forward and really putting it on the map for future ladies of shred.” By including females in the SLS arena, it showcases the underrated talent that such leading ladies bring to the sport, something that is inspirational for any skater regardless of gender.

It Was Long Overdue
SLS was founded more than five years ago by entrepreneur and pro skater, Rob Dyrdek, with the concept of placing 24 pro skateboarders in a massive competition for the largest cash prize in skateboarding history. Also noteworthy is that SLS is the premiere pro league for street skateboarding, an event that women perform well in. Hence, the need for a women’s sector of the SLS competition. Kim Woozy made this vital point, “Street League has built the most legit event series in competitive skateboarding and the exposure and visibility that comes with it will provide the pro women with increased value—garnering further support from sponsors and exponential exposure from media coverage.”

It Promotes More Awareness
The visibility from this year’s SLS iconic move affects not only the skaters competing, but female skateboarders around the world. Woozy adds, “Seeing women skate at the highest level will motivate all the female skaters in the world to keep skating and no doubt spark a new generation of girls to get on boards.” The future of women’s skateboarding will continue to evolve into something greater with the help of competitions such as the recent SLS.

6 Must-Skate Spots Around The Globe

There’s nothing quite like falling in love, breaking in that new Sector 9 cruiser, or better yet, testing the grounds of unknown skate park territory (kudos if you manage to land all three). There’s a wide variety of stunning skateparks around the globe. Some of them are in your backyard, while others are tailored for a destination vacay. Whatever your location sitch is, make these hot spots a part of your skatepark bucket list.

Skatepark of Tampa, Tampa, Florida

This renowned locale is the veteran of skateparks having opened in 1993. Like fine wine, SPoT continues to evolve into an even better place to skate. It is home to the annual Tampa Am and Tampa Pro competitions that have included pro contenders such as Lizard King, Ryan Decenzo, Ishod Wair, Shane O’Neill, and just about any name in the world of skateboarding you can fathom.

What’s cool
SPoT looks out for the little guy. The “little guy” being the beginners that aren’t ready for full-on slides and grinds the park has to offer. Amateurs can enjoy smaller ramps and rails before dipping into the bowl. One of the most intriguing aspect of the park is that pro courses have received a yearly makeover since the ‘90s. Although your usual half pipes and railings will exist, the obstacles will never have the same layouts as the years prior.

Surf Ranch Hotels & Resorts, San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Before you sink your nails into the commercialism clause of a skatepark hosted by a resort, catch the background. The skatepark at the resort was designed and built by two Canadian brothers (and owners of Surf Ranch), Lucas and Travis Boychuk, who have skated over 15 years.

What’s cool
Last year, pro skateboarder, Chico Brenes, partnered his Central Skateboarding with Surf Ranch to host the first-ever skateboard camps in Latin America. It’s no small feat. It’s an opportunity that brings skateboarding to the local Nicaraguan community by sponsoring five-day long camps that include tours to skate spots around the beautiful country with world-renowned pro skaters. For the non-rookies, there are quarter pipes, hubbas, flat bars, and more to keep you busy well into the evening. By the way, it’s free to skate here—even if you’re not staying at the resort!

Skatehalle Berlin, Berlin (Friedrichshain), Germany
Skatehalle is located on the site of the former repair works shop of the German Imperial Railway, now a neighborhood mecca of art subculture.

What’s cool
The hall is more than your average skatepark. Sure, it has curbs, ledges, funboxes, and a 3.5 meter wall ride. However, this skatepark is home to the largest indoor half pipe in Germany. Splendid. The indoor-outdoor wonderland also hosts some of Berlin’s coolest parties.

Streetdome Haderslev, Haderslev, Denmark

This is the cohiba, Disneyworld, and 50 year-old scotch of skate land. Deemed by outlets such as Huffington Post and Redbull as one of the best skateparks in the world, we couldn’t agree more. Gifted architects at CEBRA worked in collaboration with Danish skater Rune Glifberg in completing this community center.

What’s cool
A community center? Yes, Streetdome is 65,000-square-feet of awesomeness that includes a climbing wall, basketball court, space for canoeing, in addition to its massive indoor-outdoor skate park. So, soak in the glory of the igloo-like structure in the video.

Fremont Skatepark, Fremont, California
Think of Fremont Skatepark as a farm as it certainly has the size to qualify. The park covers an acre and has 25,000 square feet of bliss, ahem, skating features.

What’s cool
This Cali gem has it all—a plaza, street course, snake run, and three bowls with depths of three-feet, six-feet, and eleven-feet.

The Gardens Skatepark, Capetown, South Africa
The Gardens
The Gardens is the first skatepark to grace Capetown. The park was the winner of an international design competition, held by Building Trust International in 2013. Since skateboarding in the streets of Capetown is largely forbidden, this park is a godsend.

What’s cool
The skatepark covers a 480 square-meters area. Its plaza style with stairs and handrails also feature marble ledges to ensure the best grinds. Other elements such as quarter pipes, banks, and a pipe jam adorn The Gardens. The pipe jam, a pipe stuck in the ground, at The Gardens is the only one of its kind in South Africa.

Let’s Hear It for the Girls: Leading Females in Skateboarding

It’s no mystery that the skateboarding industry is a mostly male-dominated arena. But in 2015, there are female pro skaters that burst through skating stereotypes with a board. Here’s our homage to six leading ladies of skateboarding.

Nora Vasconcellos
The Massachusetts born, California convert, is quite the force to be reckoned with. This fearless 22 year old goes higher, faster, and farther than any other girl out there, and most boys for that matter. Nora doesn’t just set the bar, she raises it. Jeff Grosso, one of the most opinionated skaters out there, said his new years resolution was to do frontside airs just like Nora. She not only kills it in the skate scene, she rips at surfing, and her goofy personality will leave you pee-your-pants laughing every time. With talent and style running through her veins, this chick is far from a one hit wonder, and more like a one [wo]man show. Did I mention she is the only girl on her major sponsors team? Girl Power.

Lizzie Armanto
Madame Armanto is the quintessential reason why we should never downplay the interests of our younger siblings. She attributes her younger brother for the start of her passion for skateboarding at the age of 14. Now, at 21 years-old, Armanto has won over 30 skateboarding awards including a highly coveted X Games gold medal. Her most recent first place win took place at Van Doren Invitational US Open at Huntington Beach, California.

Allysha Bergado
Really, where do we begin? Bergado competed in her first X Games Women’s Vert competition at the ripe age of 12. Although grabbing first place at this year’s Van Doren Invitational Women’s contest is noteworthy (among her laundry list of other awards), we’re shook over her effortlessly cool skate style inside the bowl. Side note: The squad game is strong as fellow killer shredder, Lizzie Armanto, is Bergado’s best friend.

Leticia Bufoni
The Sao Paulo native started her own skateboard company, Yeah Yeah, post X Games Street events and the Real Women gold wins in 2013. In 2014, Nike signed Bufoni to the team. One of the biggest achievements of her career – second to the two X Games gold medals, duh – was being listed as #3 on the ‘ESPN Top 50 Women in Action Sports’ in 2014. Fun fact: Bufoni and Armanto will be in ‘Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5’.

Gabi Mazetto
Gabi-of-all-trades can drop some flat ground tricks while bringing her A-game to the world’s playground. If it can be ollie’d on, Mazetto is the femme to do it masterfully. She’s a rookie that’s bound to go gold. You just wait, watch, and ‘we told you so!’

Lacey Baker
Trailblazer in goofy-footed skateboarding and daughter of punk guitarist Marshall Roehner, Baker has even more wow factors outside of the aforementioned. Baker won the X Games Skateboard Street gold last year in Austin and has been coined by industry figures as one of the most influential female skaters in the world.