As we all know, this winter season has been brutally tough on the east coast. On Sunday, February 15th, the water pipes in the building above the Pitcrew skateshop froze and burst and water soaked and damaged much of the inventory in the front half of the shop. The shop has been closed since and is in need of major repairs, with a possible total loss situation.
While insurance will cover some of the losses, they are in a bind until the help from insurance comes through, which could be months away. Tim and Malcom want to keep supporting skateboarding in the DC area in a grassroots way, but they also have to now support rebuilding the shop and keeping roofs over their dedicated staff’s heads.
They have had some really generous outreach so far from industry and skaters themselves offering to help. An online Pitcrew Flood Fund has been set up and any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help in getting Pitcrew back where they belong – dedicated to skateboarding.
Brixton has just released this 60-second video piece to warm up and highlight their newly released Spring 2015 line of goods.
An absolute destroyer of bowls and vertical terrain, Chris Russell sounds the alarm that all is well and wild with today’s rising talent pool of transition-enabled skaters. Check this part that just dropped on Thrasher magazine’s site!
After a brief rain delay earlier in the morning, 2015’s Bowl-A-Rama had no problem heating up and entertaining both those in attendance in Bondi Beach, Australia and on their computers or mobile devices around the planet. The Masters’ set the tone and the raised the bar quite high with Chris Miller’s welcomed first appearance at the Bowl-A-Rama event. Ultimately, Tony Hawk proved once again in the finals that he is the Jedi to beat as he took home the repeat victory.
Early on in the Pro Finals Team Padless Ambassador, Chris Russell set the place on fire as he continued to rip with gnarly lines and edge of the seat stunts. Unfortunately, he took a heavy fall and hit is head which resulted in some fresh stitches to take back home to the US. He’ll be fine otherwise. Bucky (now in his forties) poured on the juice and switched it up, backed it up, and held off the teenagers and others younger than him from taking away his rightful win. All in all, the level of skating stepped up once again, the webcast crew with Corbin Harris and Neal Hendrix kept it entertaining, and Bowl-A-Rama 2015 was a great event!
1. Bucky Lasek
2. Pedro Barros
3. Alex Sorgente
4. Cory Juneau
5. Rune Glifberg
6. Josh Rodriguez
7. Vi Kakinho
8. Chris Russell
1. Tony Hawk
2. Chris Miller
3. Steve Caballero
4. Bruno Passos
5. Nicky Guerrero
6. Kevin Staab
7. Eddie Elguera
8. Sean Goff
Best Trick – Ben Hatchell
Let’s be honest, the landscape of skateboarding has changed significantly over the past two decades. We now have more skateboard parks, less skateboard magazines and more skateboard brands and skateboarders across the planet that we did in 1995. And yes, what used to be our little subculture and industry is now widespread, shared and affiliated with bigger businesses and publicly traded corporate entities. The fact is, times change and things still progress, and sometimes for the better.
Today it was disclosed that Girl and its affiliated roster of brands including: Girl Skateboards, Chocolate Skateboards, Lakai, Fourstar and Royal has teamed up with Altamont Capital Partners for investment with their business going forward.
Transworld Business’ Kailee Bradstreet caught up with Girl’s co-founders, Rick Howard, Megan Baltimore, and Mike Carroll for a bit of insight as to what this all means and where Girl is headed in the months and years to come.
Today, Street League Skateboarding has proudly announced its partnership with Brian Schaefer and Skatepark of Tampa to form a true qualification system in skateboarding that spans from amateur events all the way to the SLS Pro Super Crown.
As a result of the partnership, streetleague.com will serve specifically as the exclusive platform and website for live streaming of Tampa Pro and Tampa Am.
The pair of companies will also be collaborating with SPoT in introducing an evolved version of the Damn Am Series as an elite qualifier of amateur skateboarding contests, starting in 2015. This evolved version of the Damn Am Series will qualify the world’s best amateurs into both the Tampa Am and ultimately, future SLS Pro Opens.
Visit the Street League Skateboarding and Skatepark of Tampa sites for more info.