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Real Presents “Out of Sight” – Treasure Island DIY

Real Skateboards presents Out of Sight : Treasure Island DIY – a full length 43 minute documentary filmed over 2 years. We didn’t set out to make this film, it happened by chance… What started as a simple ‘How-To Build A Ledge’ video with our friend Josh Matlock ended with police cars and tickets, not unlike what usually happens to skateboarders daily… That bust lead to finding a new spot to build, away from prying eyes, on the semi-abandoned Treasure Island between Oakland and San Francisco. We kept the cameras rolling as it became clear the spot wasn’t getting demolished in the blink of an eye. It didn’t take long however for the city to find out about the spot, but the crew had a few more trick up their sleeves… See how this crew of renegade DIY builders took their ideas to City Hall and turned a desolate tennis court into an approved public skatepark.

We hope the film inspires the skateboarders in your area to unite together and build a DIY spot of their own. If there is already a DIY in your area it may light the fire under a new generation to get involved. Make it happen.

FOCUS: Emerica Presents Justin “Figgy” Figueroa

Figgy’s been a part of the Emerica family ever since his early teenage years. He’s been known to go big on and off the board, but it’s been rare that we get a glimpse into how Figgy lives his day-to-day, to see what makes Figgy tick.

So, join Emerica as they dig a little deeper into Big Fig through this FOCUS episode, tagging along with him as he gets his hands dirty working on his new home in Vista, CA, while chatting about his life, music, traveling, and skating.

Real Skateboards – Out of Sight: Thrash Can

K-Dubs / Oakland : Skating teaches us to look at our surroundings different. Walls and obstacles become opportunities. Youth Activist and Artist Keith ‘K-Dubs’ Williams sees Oakland as a place for positive change, taking action and creating new environments for the youth. You will never look at a trash container as just a place to throw away garbage again.

The Cult of Concrete – Mark Hubbard

The Cult of Concrete
The story of Mark “Monk” Hubbard, and his history as the leader of the visionary outfit Grindline Skateparks.
Directed by Michael Maniglia
Produced by Michael Maniglia and Micah Shapiro

Skateistan – Land of Skate Documentary

YouTube Preview ImageSkateistan has recently released Land of Skate, a 13-minute documentary produced by Ghost Digital Cinema and directed by renowned filmmaker Ty Evans. The film explores how skateboarding has emerged as an unlikely tool to change society. Filmed on location in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa, it captures breathtaking shots and an often unseen perspective of these countries. The documentary goes behind the doors of Skateistan’s Skate Schools worldwide for the first time and delves deeper into the inspiring stories of Latifa, Ahmed, Soso and Srey Pich who, despite living in difficult circumstances, have found a path to empowerment through skateboarding and education.

Alongside the documentary, Skateistan has launched a fundraising campaign with the aim of raising $100,000 and growing their global community by December 31st. They intend to empower more girls, create safe spaces in new locations, and change the lives of even more children around the world in 2018.

Please watch Land of Skate above, and share and support their campaign today at skateistan.org.

Lookback Library: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Kevin Marks, founder of Lookback Library, spends the majority of his year on the road dedicating his time to preserving skateboarding history by way of building skateboarding libraries at core skate shops across the country. Kevin is currently on the road showcasing his Signed, Sealed, Delivered display at select skate shops. The premise of this particular exhibition is that each of his 60 magazines has been signed by the skater on the cover and features a mailing label addressed to either one of your favorite skateboarders, photographers, or industry executives. The exhibition is any skate nerds dream to check out and Kevin is sharing the stoke on a regular basis.

Street Canoe caught up with Kevin to learn more about his exhibit, page through some magazines, and check out his van in which he lives in and carries his traveling exhibition and donations of skateboarding magazines. Bill Danforth even popped in for a short cameo in part one!

Check out the 3 part video piece here.

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