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Backstreet Atlas


Backstreet Atlas is a documentary film created by two dudes who skated from Boston to NYC. The film documents the people and spaces between the two Northeast metropolises as Zach Baker and Adam Abada blast through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut in the summer of 2012. One part skate tour, one part ethnography, one part summer vacation, Backstreet Atlas is about celebrating life. Adam and Zach want to thank everyone who donated and helped them along the way. Get out there and do it! – bk

Bob Burnquist’s “Dreamland” – A Backyard Progression

In his new webisode series, Bob Burnquist provides us exclusive access to the private domain in which so many of his contributions to skateboarding were born, his backyard in Southern California, better known as “Dreamland.” Hence, “The Dreamland Series.”

To lead off the series, we see something from Bob that hasn’t been seen since 2010: a full-length video part filled with never-before-seen footage. And, the Hip. Yes, he added a Hip feature with a 15-foot gap onto his personal MegaRamp.

This is eight and a half minutes of footage delivers the ultimate amalgamation of tech and powerful skateboarding – like nothing ever seen before. Our minds are blown and we’re sure countless others will be to in the coming minutes, days, weeks, and months. This is a video part for the history books. Progressive, raw and entertaining as fuck – Bob is the definition of gnar. Congrats and huge high fives Bob, Oakley, Jamie Mosberg, Bruno Passos, Kirk Dianda and all of those involved to make this happen!

Music – Ben Harper
“I Will Not Be Broken”
“Up To You Now”

Wheels To Grow: Javier Mendizibal Visits Cambodia

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In early December 2012 pro skater Javier Mendizabal and the Quiksilver by Verich B project team traveled to Phnom Penh to meet the Skateistan Cambodia team and their students. This marked the beginning of an exciting new collaboration to release a range of sunglasses made out of recycled skateboard decks to help support Skateistan. As an ambassador of the Quiksilver Foundation, Javier participated in all of Skateistan Cambodia’s day-to-day activities with the students, hosting workshops on the mechanics of a skateboard, giving trick tips to the staff and students, and doing skate demos. Through their shared passion for skateboarding, Javier was able to inspire and motivate the students of Skateistan to push their own skating to new levels.

Released on June 18th, the Wheels to Grow film demonstrates how skateboarding can not only cross cultural barriers, but it can also be used as a tool for self expression, creativity and access to education. For more information about Skateistan’s work with youth in Cambodia and Afghanistan, visit skateistan.org

“Soul Rebel” The Mark Appleyard Video


For over a decade, Mark Appleyard has stacked numerous iconic video parts under his wing, and with Element’s “Soul Rebel” his legacy continues. In this four and a half minute online piece of epic street skating, Appleyard takes the gnarly hits (and misses) under his own directive and once again lays down his magic with effortless style. This video is also available on iTunes for all of your digital devices. #soulrebelvideo

Congrats Apples!

- Bryce Kanights

Fear and Loathing in Australia – Oakley in OZ

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Oakley has released its Fear and Loathing mini site with a video series featuring and highlighting their skate missions in Australia earlier this year with their powerful skate team including Erik Koston, Rune Glifberg, Curren Caples, Sam Beckett, and Ryan Sheckler. For the full story, videos, and a photo gallery of the action, drop on by the Oakley in OZ mini site.

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What’s more, is that professional skater cum skate photographer Arto Saari was in the mix on his first shoot as a hired gun for Oakley. As you can understand, I have the ultimate praise and respect for Arto as he is now pushing his creativity upon another realm of his life as a few of us did many years ago. Who better to carry the torch and to shoot meaningful and vivid skate photos than a pro skateboarder that’s taken the time to refine his craft right?! Right.

Dig in!

– Bryce Kanights

King of The Snake Camtest in Arvada

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Skateboarding is one of the greatest things ever. It truly is. Skateboarding gives one a sense of independence and freedom, it teaches us to never give up and to do it ourselves, it creates community, it opens doors of opportunity, and most importantly, it gives back – on many levels.

This past Saturday, May 25th, droves of skateboarders and skate enthusiasts from all over the country made their way to Arvada, Colorado to show their support of Dave Tuck who is battling cancer and to witness the high energy action of a skateboard contest in the impressive skatepark’s snake run. In the mix of the afternoon, the skatepark was abuzz with friends getting together to skate, watch some heavy skateboarding in the Camtest / King of The Snake event, and to generate funds for Tuck.

At the end of the 20-minute, 10-man final skate jam Josh Borden skated tough and fully earned the 2013 King of The Snake crown. Andy Macdonald landed in second place and Dalton Dern nailed down third place.

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Many thanks to Cam Dowse for hosting this epic and meaningful benefit event for Dave Tuck and of course, all respect to the sponsors and those that made it a great day of skateboarding. Drop by facebook.com/camtest for more information. #thankyouskateboarding!

- Bryce Kanights