Welcome to Skating: Convoy’s Battle of the Pyramid

If this is your first time visiting this site or, if you have been skating for twenty years: welcome to skating. Yup, welcome to skateboarding. The changes in skating makes up the evolutionary cycle of skating where things happen daily. Each day is better than before. Somewhere in this world it’s happening right now. Skating is evolving. Skating is changing. Skating is moving forward. Lucky for me I got to witness one of th steps forward this weekend.

Convoy skateboards out of Arlington, Virginia put on a contest this weekend and all was well. I committed to showing up and showing support. I like Convoy. They do a good job of supporting their local skate scene and the entire crew has the D.I.Y. spirit coursing through their veins. You have to show support for those who make it happen and won’t stop. That’s what you get with these guys and it shows in the form of 100% pure skating. Nothing super artsy, no skart shows, none of that…just skating.

Convoy Skateboards Review

The Battle of the Pyramids contests was fun. Plain and simple fun skating. One of the biggest crowds ever turned out at Powhattan Springs Skatepark in Arlington to watch the skaters ollie, grind, and gap their way into the winners circle. But, winning wasn’t the name of the game. Nope, there wasn’t a whole lot of safety tricks and getting something down for the judges. On one hand a X Games champ might chalk that up to inexperience but on the other these young souls gave a 30 minute demo in what being a young skater is all about: trying and trying until that one trick lands all four wheels down and you roll away. No energy drink sponsor, no show sponsor, no big names high fiving you. Just the burning desire to land your trick and roll away clean.

The entire vibe that day was more like a session. You know those days. When you roll up to a spot and everybody is there. Once you can wrap your head around what’s happening and you think it will be bust it just ends up being the kind of session everybody will remember for a long time. That is what Convoy’s Battle of the Pyramid really was. Convoy just did something very good for skating. They hyped up a bunch of skaters to keep pushing skating and themselves a little bit more. Convoy stoked the fires of skating for one afternoon outside of Washington, D.C. Another evolution in skating has occurred. Welcome back to skateboarding.

Check out all of the “Battle of the Pyramid” photos here.

Key Holding: The Berrics

By now everybody should know or at least have general idea of the Berrics. That would be the private indoor skatepark owned by Eric Koston and Steve Berra. Gte it? Berra? Eric? Berrics? Pretty self explanatory. Replicate real street skating indoors and surely it will attract only the finest street skaters. Why not film ’em and show the world what the best street skaters do daily?

Why not indeed.

The funny thing here is how almost everybody has overlooked the level setting irony of the The Berrics. Even the worlds best still take matters into their own hands to create a skate spot. Again, down to the core of skating, it’s a do it yourself type activity. You must create and give to skating in order to draw out. From pouring your own concrete bowl to going down the key holder path for a private skatepark the cycle is never ending.

… and I’m thankful for that.

Vans is Taking You Down Town This Weekend

Now was that so hard? I know the work week can be a bitch but c’mon five days shouldn’t kill you. Try skating and getting caught in the rain when the temperature drops form 75 to 56. That’ll mess you in all sorts of a “bad news” way. But, enough about the trials and tribulations of a young man and his skateboard, let’s talk about the weekend. There’s a lot going on and in particular one of my favorite events. That’s right it’s going down and place this Saturday: The Vans DownTown ShowDown.

The name alone actually conjours a vibe of the old skate comps and this one is pretty unique in my book. The Vans DownTown ShowDown. Yup, just saying it actually makes me smile, a solid company giving back to skating. Why do I like it so much? Well, I’m Glad you asked that very question. You are pretty much guaranteed to find weird obstacles to skate. The comp breaks the trend and bucks a little bit of the norm but still manage to put up some highly skateable terrain.

This year Vans upped the ante and offered up a design contest for user submitted terrain. So one lucky auto-cad knucklehead should have their obstacle along with features designed by a few skate teams you might have heard of: Girl, Creature, Foundation and Real. Actually, the lucky winner will not just get shop and drafting class bragging rights but they’ll also get an exact replica of their obstacle built where ever they want. I know…. I should have submitted my “mullet man pool coping wave ride.”

Speaking of obstacles here are the rumored company obstacles:

Creature: The Darkest Passage Into The Depths Of Doom and Despair

Girl: Girl Gonz Wild (a replica of the Gonz Gap at EMB back in the day)

Foundation: Former World’s Biggest Skateboard

Real: Sacto Rebate

On top of the terrain comp Vans is going to be webcasting and running give aways through the competition. There are more moving pieces of this everyday. So, why all it the blather? Simple, this is worth watching. I have yet to find good footage other than from the webcast but then again I am also not in the Hollywood skater elite. Peep the competition on October 13th. You won’t be disappointed. If you can’t make the competition do not sweat it…it will all be on Fuel TV in the coming months.

Annnnnd Drop!

Coming on the Heels of ‘Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground’ is Dustin Dollin’s Limited Edition DD-66. Last year Vans dropped a custom Tony Hawk’s Project 8 No Skool. Now while the shoes might not give you the same wild man bravado as DD you will get a code code to unlock the shoes in the THPG and slap them on your character. Another highlight of the game… guess where you can skate? That’s right, The DownTown ShowDown is included as a level. See how it’s all coming together? It’s like Vans planned this from day one. Good time

VANS Taka Pack
Finally bringing up the middle for this uber long update is the Vans X Taka Hayashi Skate Pack. This month, Vans has a special pack coming out with Hayashi’s art emblazoned on their newest styles, the Rowley Shambles, AV Sk8-Low, the DD-66 and the TNT III Slip-On, as well as four t-shirt styles.

Well-known in skate and street circles, Hayashi was born in Yokohama, Japan and transplanted to Santa Monica. Taka grew up in a defining era and locale in skate history and was influenced by the Venice pros who were regulars in the area.

AND Finally: Vans Opens Their New Doors

I have worked some crappy jobs in my life. I washed dishes. I processed vacation pictures in a photo lab. there was a time I stocked grocery store shelves. I even cleaned repossessed restaurant equipment. Lucky for me I’ve had some good jobs and now I get to do some really fun things with writing, skating and snowboarding.

I’ve never worked for a skate company directly. there’s really no direct knowledge and I’d like to think every day is fun. Maybe it’s a challenge but you have to enjoy who you are working for.So when Vans opened their new doors I figured why not let you see it with your own eyes. OK, why read my gibberish when a picture is worth a thousand words?

Vans should be easier to find these days. Real easy. Actually a pretty cool exterior if I think about the crappy places I worked in the past.

Yeah and this would be the interior. Splurging on dimmer switches I see.

History. Lots of history. Most of it good, some of it rad and all of it skating.

New digs means a new ramp! Escalators and a bowled in pocket. Now that’s good stuff!

OK, enough hot dogs, hamburgers and tours. Time to skate.

Nike SB Summer 2008 Preview & the SB Krueger Hype

We are barely a week out of summer 2007 and summer 2008 is rearing it’s ugly head already. the Buellers and Newcastles are up in this batch. Good looking out Alpine for reminding me of this.

Images courtesy NikeSB.org and SawOne.

Nike SB Freddy Kruger
This will be interesting. All the sneakerheads are whipping into a frenzy over whether or not this shoe is real, will see general release. It’s pretty funny. I’ve had more productive sessions on the computer but rarely to I get to witness a level or nerdoritica such as this. The only thing these guys are missing is a steady reference to “hit points” and rolling of the “100 sided die”.

See what the fuss is about? I thought it would be a funny sneaker to skate in through October.
That’s wheere I went wrong. Most people don’t skate in their Nikes. But … they should.