In July and August of this year, several skaters and filmmakers will be traveling on a people-to-people visa to Havana, Cuba in an effort to document the lives and experiences of Cuban skaters for a documentary film. Miles Jackson will be leading the effort and will begin by hitting all of Havana’s skate spots, hosting competitions at the local park, and traveling across the country to visit emerging skate communities in other provinces. Throughout the trip, the crew will be filming and interviewing the skaters, their families, and members of the community, to truly grasp what it is like to be a skater in Cuba.
The group has set up a Kickstarter page with plenty of information. Donations have been coming in steady and the funding has reached close to 3/4ths of its goal. But they are still just $2100 short of the needed funds to move forward with the project. The deadline is June 7th. Please contribute whatever financial donations that you can in the coming weeks.
Thunder Trucks just dropped their new summer catalog release featuring new pro trucks from Theotis Beasley, Shane O’neill, Austyn Gillette, Marc Johnson and others.
Be sure to check out the Thunder Rain Check clip above with Alec Majerus as he escapes the Minnesota weather at 3rd Lair Skatepark.
The new video project from Heroin Skateboards, Video Nasty, is nearly done.
This new barrage of visual goodness will feature new footage of Daniel Shimizu, Gou Miyagi, Deer Man of Dark Woods, Rogie, Tom Day, Stephen Malet, Craig Questions, Adrian Adrid, Fos, Chopper and the Osaka Daggers. One question that we have to ask though, “Where’s Chet?”
The second Video Nasty trailer (above) features Tom Day, another good English lad, who got on the HUF UK team earlier this week and also rides for Manchesters NOTE skate shop.
After a long and dedicated relationship, Brain Anderson has put his thoughts to paper to announce that he’s left the Girl camp towards a project of his own direction. Only time will tell who else will join him in this endeavor. Will it be Alex Olson who has also parted ways with that renowned family of rippers? Along that same line, Anthony Van Engelen and Jason Dill had parted ways with Alien Workshop a couple of weeks ago and are said to have a new initiative in the works as well.
Florida’s Blake Carpenter has landed a spot as the newest am on the Toy Machine roster. He’s also been added to the Dekline Footwear team.
etnies is beyond stoked to announce that they and Ryan Sheckler have been going 15 Years Strong. Since he was a 7-year-old grom, he’s been a part of the etnies family and they’re proud to have Ryan on their team and share a recap of the last 15 years through etnies’ (created by Mike Manzoori) short documentary 15 Years Strong. Also, releasing with the video is a footwear and apparel pack of Ryan’s signature shoe, the Marana, available now.
Join legendary Vans pro skateboarders Ray Barbee and John Cardiel for live music, art and good times on the Get Out and Do Something Tour. Ray and the Mattson 2 will be performing live, followed by John Cardiel spinning his favorite music. Greg “Pnut” Galinsky will also be in the scene sharing his artistic flavor. At each stop Vans will be giving away a Fender guitar and tons of other prizes from their tour sponsors. Check out all the tour news and locations at vans.com/dosomething.