This lengthy, but important “Skate Rock” episode of Loveletters is a mini documentary about the origins and the relationship between skateboarders and the music they listen to and create. Key instigators, originators and skaters interviewed in this piece include” Mofo, Brian Brannon, Glen E. Friedman, Jeff Ament, Tommy Guerrero, Chuck Treece, Steve Caballero, Henry Rollins and others. This is the stuff that matters.
Don Brown discusses being the 1989 world freestyle champion, having to take a “creative retreat” with éS Footwear then bringing éS back, being on the board of IASC, how he came up with the idea for Go Skateboarding Day, skating on the 405 freeway, tough guy shots and much more….
Commemorating 50 years of “Off The Wall”, Vans upholds its revered skate heritage with the reissue of Salman Agah’s first pro model shoe. The distinctive and highly anticipated Salman Agah Reissue Pro hits shelves around the world November 19.
Originally launched in 1994, Salman Agah’s memorable shoe marks Vans’ final Pro Skate reissue in honor of the brand’s historic 50th Anniversary. Built with Vans’ proven ULTRACUSH HD sockliners for resilient cushioning and advanced comfort, the Salman Agah Reissue Pro combines Vans’ original waffle outsole with DURACAP reinforced underlays for premium durability. The legendary silhouette features contrast stitching across suede uppers, the original woven elephant tongue label, and the shoe’s defining rubber toe cap, deeply cherished by skateboarders today.
Agah recollects, “the purpose of the original design was to speak to the future of skateboarding by producing a definitive skateboarding shoe, not to be mistaken for a shoe made for traditional sports.”
Famed the “Sultan of Switch” and selected as Thrasher Magazine’s 1993 Skater of the Year, Salman Agah spent 14 years on the Vans pro skate team and released a total of five signature Vans pro models. Agah is praised for his powerful and legendary skateboard style, reflecting the characteristics of the infamous elephant logo found on his introductory pro model.
The limited edition Salman Agah Reissue Pro launches at select stockists worldwide Saturday, November 19. To learn more about the Vans Pro Classics 50th Anniversary reissues and to find an authorized Vans Pro Skate dealer near you, visit Vans.com/50threissues.
Sidelined this entire past summer, Mason Merlino comes out of shoulder surgery rehab and sets up some new OJ Wheels and delivers a blitz of his go to tricks at Bingen Skatepark.
Pro-Tec has proudly to announced the addition of Mark Gonzales to its team. The Gonz has been attributed as the leader and forefather of modern skateboarding and continues to push his creative style both on and off his board. He will be adding his personal touch to a signature Pro-tec helmet for release in 2017.
“Wearing a helmet is a smart choice, wearing a Full-Tec is my style choice.” – Mark Gonzales
“Adding Mark to the Pro-Tec team seems like a perfect fit with the already iconic riders. We’re really looking forward to working with him on a signature helmet. Adding Gonz art to our Full Cut is a perfect combination of authenticity and cool.” – R.P. Bess Protec Global Brand Director
Mark adds to Pro-Tec’s team of iconic athletes and rising stars. He joins fellow legends Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Jason Jessee, Bucky Lasek Rune Glifberg and rising stars Jimmy Wilkins, Sam Beckett, Alex Perelson, Lizzie Armanto, Josh Borden, Allysha Le and more.
Antihero’s new Fall Drop 2 & 3 Catalogs just went live along with a short conversation with John Cardiel and Brian Anderson.