You might remember my review of a crazy brilliant idea called SkaterTrainers. They're these rubber boots you put over your skateboard wheels, and they allow you to practice skateboarding tricks on your OWN skateboard, without the chance of it rolling out from under you. This works especially well for ollies...
Learning to ollie is the gateway to learning almost every other skateboard trick. And unfortunately, ollies can be very hard to learn for most skaters. Some skaters hop on the board, pop, and they're in the air! But many (like me) can spend FOREVER trying and trying and trying. If you're constantly worried about the board shooting out from under you, then you can imagine this takes even longer! Not to mention sprained wrists... hopefully JUST sprained wrists!
That's where SkaterTrainers come in. These things help immensely, and since my last post about them and the review, I've seen them popping up more and more. Today I wanted to give you a heads up about the SkaterTrainer YouTube channel, where they have videos showing these off, explaining how to use them, and an ollie instructional video. All good stuff.
A skater named Mark Williams, who teaches skateboarding over at Goskate, has decided to ride 8,000 miles on his skateboard to raise money for breast cancer. His journey started in Vermont two days ago and goes on to California before returning to Maryland. He will skate about 80 miles per day in honor of his grandmother who passed away due to cancer, and to raise funds for breast cancer research. He's planning on this trip taking him 115 days, AND he plans to enter two skate contests along the way!
This takes some serious commitment! I sure hope he makes it, and that he has an incredible story to share at the end. Check out this article about him and this trip, and the list of where he's going! He's skating through 35 states, so maybe you'll see him.
The GoSwivel helmet mounted camera is a brand new idea - instead of just having a camera pointed foward, why not have a camera held a couple of feet away, pointed back at you? †Sound like it would look crazy? †It does! †But, it also mimicks having your own skate film crew following you around... and takes some flat out great shots and footage! †I had a chance to talk to the inventor, to find out what inspired this, how awkward it really is, and whether or not it's even safe! †Check out this preview of the GoSwivel, and interview with Clint Donaldson, the inventor!
Here are a couple of other videos about the Huston CCS commercial:
- Behind The Commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxaPTHf1mvE
- Get Set Up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuhIGL-_2Xs
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.