Focal Point

How Mental Illness Derailed the Career of a Promising Young Skateboarder

Paul Alexander was a young British skateboarder full of charisma and drive. He discovered the opportunities of sponsorship, travelling and recognition during a move from Leicester to Bristol in his late teens. Living with professional skateboarder Danny Wainwright he became engulfed in the fun, responsibility free lifestyle that came with his chosen pursuit of becoming a pro skateboarder. Paul seemed destined for success then something came to get him, something he’d never experienced before that would take his personal goals and freedom far away from his grasp in a seemingly never ending battle.

Brought to you by VICE, this is his story, directed by friend and skateboarding companion Tim Crawley.

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Hobo Daze Tour

In early May of this year, while the masses were busy fussing with their phones and getting up to date on what senseless jargon was happening on various social media sites within their already tight nit clique of friends, a group of skaters in southern China jumped in a van and started a 10 day road trip from Shenzhen to Hainan. The mission: disconnect to reconnect.

The members of the group don’t wear uniforms nor had they nine to five jobs! Society might view these guys as a group of vagabonds that never grew up.

In actuality, they are a small group within otherwise “normal” Chinese society that have very different perspectives and goals. Success, in their eyes, is traveling with friends and cohorts, finding untouched skate spots, challenging themselves, with greater ambitions of being recognized by sponsors. Streets are their office, sticking tricks is their job.

While they are out experiencing, having fun and enjoying life most people are working a day job they don’t like, creating more debt and loan they need to work even harder to pay back. Can’t take a day off, can’t stop, can never slow things down and enjoy their life.

We think life can be simpler. You don’t need to be a millionaire to be happy. Having a group of people that you engage and interact with, doing what you like to do, and really spending time with friends and family, that’s what we define as happiness. We hope to inspire you through our journey.

Directed, filmed and edited: Charles Lanceplaine
Additional filming : Jay Meador
Photography: 张良 Leong Zhang
Produced by: Push Media
Music: Suez War by Hard Beat
Sound mix by: Sammy Maujard

Skaters: Cyres Wong(王汇丰), Jay Meador, Eddie Lai(赖伟), Elliott Zelinskas, and Dars(郑大世).

Visual Traveling – The Edge of Arabia

Our globetrotting friend, skater and filmaker Patrik Wallner has really outdone himself this time with his latest skate video appropriately titled, “The Edge of Arabia.” He teamed up with Walker Ryan, Michael Mackrodt, and a few other smooth and skilled street technicians to drop a heavy dose of shredding upon the Middle East. Have a look; this film is not like any you’ve ever seen before.

And we tend to agree with what Thrasher magazine has mentioned about this film effort, “This is more than a skate video. This is a risky rendezvous into an unexplored pocket of the skateboarding universe, The Arabian Peninsula.”

Be sure to check out more of Patrik’s awesome VisualTraveling skate video work at

Thrasher Magazine’s Bust Or Bail 2: The Ripper At Clipper

In the world of skateboarding prime skate spots don’t last forever. After hearing that SF’s legendary Clipper Ledge at James Lick Middle School was soon to meet its maker, the crew at Thrasher mag got in touch with their friend Noah and the San Francisco Unified School District and worked to put together a truly special, non-sponsored commemorative event for good times sake. Cheers to everyone involved!

The pros and the bros chatter about their Clipper faves and make predictions for Bust or Bail 2.

Be sure to check out these photos from Michael Burnett taken throughout day as well.

The Spitfire Video 1993 with Unreleased Original Soundtrack

After sitting idle for 22 years and largley unseen by today’s generation of skaters, the rarely, barely almost never seen Spitfire video has been exhumed from its cardboard box. Click on this link to read the introduction by Max Schaaf and enjoy the time travel…with the unreleased original soundtrack!

Vans Pool Party’s 10th Anniversary

Kick back and look and listen in on this mini documentary with words and stories from several key competitors over the past ten years regarding the Superbowl of Skateboarding – the much celebrated and highly acclaimed Vans Pool Party. Backed by archival footage and stories from past, Chris Miller, Steve Caballero, Bucky Lasek, Tristen Rennie, Jeff Grosso and Steve Alba tell it like it is with the foundations of the contest and what makes the Vans Pool Party so special.

And be sure to tune into the live webcast this Saturday, May 16th, 2015 – the 10th Anniversary of the Vans Pool Party!