You can also toss your vote in on the top skaters here at Readers Respond: The Top Best Skaters of All Time. So many opinions to have!
So what the heck is "gamification"?! I have no idea. It sounds relatively painless... relatively...
But really, this app is promising a huge payoff. Will it measure up? That's up to you. Check out this press release from Nike for more info.
"The Mission of The Portage Family Skate Park Project is to build a multi-generational Skate Park Plaza for Skateboarders of a variety of ages, skills and abilities in cooperation with the City of Portage and Kiwanis Organization. Our Skate Park Plaza will be a family friendly, safe environment for all who come to the park."
I love causes like this! Check out portageskatepark.org/ for more info. I've offered to let them use some of my articles, and am posting here to raise some awareness and encourage anyone out there who would like to, to support the project! And if you want some guidelines for building a skatepark in your town, check out this article.
Having your own skateboard ramps and obstacles at your home is a GREAT idea, especially as it gets colder and more rainy out - you can skate in your garage, barn, workshop or airplane hangar! Plus, you can practice all you want without having to worry about strangers getting all up in your business. However, do you know the laws in your area about owning your own ramp? Most people don't... so, I've put together a simple little article all about owning your own ramps and obstacles that should help you know how to get one, what to do with it, and how to make sure you won't get in trouble when cousin Jenkins gets on it and breaks his face. Check out Owning Skateboard Ramps and Obstacles 101. And if you have any ideas or stories to add, post a comment below!
Indigrip is a company that lets you print your own custom grip tape graphics. They can make custom grip tape for longboards, too! Check out the indigrip website and see for yourself.
A sheet of custom grip tape could be a very great gift idea, and they don't cost too much. With Christmas coming up, creative and cheap ideas like this are good to have in mind!
Instructions on building a 3 foot high quarter pipe! This ramp is good for skateboards, bikes, unicorns - anything that you might want to ride around on it with. Build a quarter pipe for your garage, and practice all winter long! You'll be amazing. And cold. Maybe amazingly cold. BUT, you will still be AMAZING!
The instructions and pics come thanks to Jason over at DIYskate - he's got LOADS of help over there. Read the 3' Quarter Pipe Building Instructions for more info.
I've updated and added to the Skateboarding World Records list - take a look! Skateboarding is full of opportunities to set and break world records, and it is new, fresh and inventive enough that people are setting records all the time.
If you know of another record that should be added to this list, let me know!
Opening your own skateboard shop - that's the dream of many skaters! And it's a great dream, as long as you go about it right. If you go about it wrong, then you might just end up making a giant mess, losing a ton of money and getting bitter at the world. Well, you might end up that way anyway! But, the point is that there ARE things you can do to increase your chances for success!
Marc Fuentes, or Marc's Board Shop, has written down some incredibly good advice on opening your own skate shop. He should know - he opened his own shop, grew it, and even extended onto the web! All very successfully, too! Read Opening Your Own Skateshop to see what he says. This is great for anyone dreaming of opening up a shop, or if you already have one! And if you do, and have ideas to add, please comment below. There are a lot of pitfalls and snags along the way, but realizing your dream of having your own store can be done!
"I only skate like once a week, I probably am not considered a "skater" at all but I love the style so much. I hate it because I'm a girl and a lot of the skater guys at my school call me a poser and make fun because of the way I genuinely like to dress. I'm not that great at skating but I do have a genuine interest in it. So my question for you is, would you be pissed if someone who didn't skate often was most times all decked out in strictly skate clothing and shoes? Especially is she was a girl?"
Now THERE'S a loaded, complicated question! Usually, when I see someone wearing skater clothes, I assume they skate. I think that's common. If I found out that person didn't even own a skateboard, that WOULD bug me a bit...
But that's not the story here. She says she skates like once a week! That's a fair amount. Maybe the skaters in her town are just punks? But then throw in that this is a girl... and it all gets messy. It might be that they're trying to flirt with her, but that they're dumb boys so they insult her instead. Or they might be uncomfortable with a girl skater. Or, again, they might just be punks. Often times girls are made uncomfortable at skateparks... (read more)
What do you readers think? This kind of thing happens all over the place, every day. What's your opinion? Post your ideas in the comments below!
Here's something fun - Dan MacFarlane, the creator of the popular skateboarding instructional videos Skateboarding Explained, recently ollied over the tallest man in America (he's originally from the Ukraine). His name is Igor Vovkovinskiy, and he's seven feet eight inches tall (7' 8.33" to be exact). You can watch a video of the event here on YouTube.
Before you watch the video and get disappointing, Dan DID have the guy lay down. It's still a good ollie, but not a 8' jump! But it's fun, and a good way to let you know that Skateboarding Explained is also now available on iTunes, if you want to download a copy to get some help with some tricks.