To reflect upon all of the good times this past year Vans put together a highlight blog of some of their major accomplishments from 2013. Have a look and enjoy and Happy New Year to everyone.
Santa Cruz am, Cody Chapman spends a day in SC tearing up his local spots. After a beachy curb sesh, he hit the SC Skatepark, Derby and the legendary Buena Vista pool.
To help Skateistan meet their goal of raising $35K and keep them rolling, they’ve asked members and supporters worldwide what Skateistan means to them. Check out the new video, the Spitfire X Skateistan benefit wheel, and find out how you can help and continue to support their efforts of providing skateboarding and educational opportunities to children in Afghanistan, Cambodia and around the world.
SF’s Hell Ride crew is slowly making their way through Australia skating the crustiest and gnarliest shit possible when John Cardiel challenges the Phelper to roll in on a 15-foot tall prehistoric U-pipe. Jake eats it and Cards assists him in this hilarious description of the incident. Watch the full second season of Vans Classic Tales right here.
This week Toy Machine is celebrating the skateboard career of Austin Stephens with the release of the Austin Stephens Farewell deck.
From the mouth of Ed Templeton – “I recall Austin coming to me at the Toy Machine Halloween demo a few years back saying that he didn’t think he could do it anymore. And I said, ‘Do what?’ and he said, ‘Skateboard. My ankle doesn’t work anymore.’ It was a heavy realization, one a skateboarder hates to actually come to grips with. Every skateboarder thrashes their ankles over time, and for Austin, it was just one tear, tweak, twist too many and after loads of procedures and healing time it seemed to be worse than when he started.
I respect a man who is willing to see things as they are and make an honest choice. So it was with great sadness that we retired Austin Stephens, the rider who was on Toy Machine the longest aside from me.”
Toy Machine will be doing a number of blog posts in remembrance of Austin’s stylish and graceful career and his contributions to the Bloodsucking Skateboard Company.