Lib Tech has been making skateboards, using the world’s most environmentally nicer manufacturing practices, for almost 20 years, and for 15 of those Sky Siljeg has been riding for them. Sky and Lib Tech Skate histories run deep as you can see in this short documentary “Stay Sky” that dives in to a little of the history behind Seattle’s child skate contest star turned free flowing, free expressing four wheeled artist and new Lib Tech Skate professional. Enjoy the vid and get out there and skate!
In the mid-nineties, a skateboarder named Jon Comer gained notoriety on the international scene. Despite having a prosthetic leg, Jon climbed the pro ranks and skated at the highest level. To this day, Jon continues to inspire generations of adaptive skateboarders. Here is one of their stories.
Born without hands and missing a leg from the knee down Oscar Loreto Jr. faces challenges few can relate to. Oscar was introduced to his passion of skateboarding by a picture of Jon Comer at an early age. Tired of being treated differently in traditional sports, Oscar found solidarity within the skateboard community.
Watch how one man’s courage trickled-down to inspire generations in “An Ode to Jon Comer.”
Directed by: Ben Stoddard
DOP: Jan Schuster
Assistant Director: Cassandra Surina
Music by: Jeremy Maclean-Wallace
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For over two years, Sean Malto has been working hard physically and mentally to get back on his skateboard, back to the professional level that he was at before a nasty ankle injury took him out in his hometown of Kansas City towards the end of 2013. Ty Evans and his Ghost Digital Cinema crew dig in to point and shine the light on Sean with a short documentary piece as he moves forward from a second surgery while being sidelined from the very thing that fuels his career and happiness – skateboarding.
Unfortunately, injuries are part of the process and progression with skateboarding. We’ve all endured them and they can be brutal, but you get back up and push through the pain to ride another day. Have a look into Sean’s mindset as he takes on physical therapy and discusses his thoughts towards skating comfortably with his friends once again as a top professional street skater.
Blow Factory is the story of a unique skateboard brand based in Normandy that makes solid wood decks. Influenced by the 70s, Victor Bloch also cultivates his passion for wood through the preparation of old and decorative timber bicycles, in close collaboration with a local artisan.
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Directed, edited and designed by Stéphane Zissu
Ishod Wair, Peter Ramondetta, Raven Tershy and Kevin Terpening take on the sights, skate spots and culture of Japan along with security guards, bullet trains and assorted terrain in this film directed by Kai Neville. Sit back and enjoy – Anonymous Zone.
Check out the photography by Arto Saari and the story featured in What Youth Issue 13 as well.
Patrick O’Dell and Vice’s Epicly Later’d have recently released a four-part series which brings to light the rise and fall of Ali Boulala. Known as one of skateboarding’s most colorful and entertaining characters off and on the board, Ali’s solid and powerful skills early on got him noticed and recruited on to the Flip team soon after his arrival to the United States. In the months and years that followed, alcohol and drugs consumed much of Ali’s daily life as a skateboarder; these substances not only fueled him, but they impaired his function and judgement as well.
In these four episodes Ali looks back upon his salad days explains what went so right and so wrong while skating and filming video parts, partying, and traveling the globe with his skateboarding career. It is in our hopes that by sharing this series with Ali Boulala that we can help to guide and influence skateboarders worldwide with positive choices and opportunities in their lives.
Were relieved that Ali has survived the horrific accident that killed his friend and teammate Shane Cross and has been sober over the past two years. Please have a seat and take in these heavy episodes and share with your friends as well.
– Bryce Kanights
Ali Boulala – The Original Baker Boy – Part 1
Ali Boulala – Remote Control Cars and Being a Piss Drunk – Part 2
Ali Boulala – The Crash That Ruined Everything – Part 3
Ali Boulala – Life After Skateboarding – Part 4