Vans has announced the launch of skateboarding’s first park series to span the planet. The inaugural Vans Pro Park Series will include stops in Australia, Brazil, Canada and The United States with the World Championships taking place in Sweden. Drop by the Vans Skatepark Series site for more info.
VOX Kult Ripper Alan Young breaks in a pair of The Trooper II’s Straight Out Of The VOX for a backyard vert R&D mission.
Darren Navarrette has been hand dying his wheels forever. What started as an idea for custom wheels made just for Spitfire team riders, naturally one thing led to another and the Spitfire X Skeleton Key MFG collab was born.
Navarrette hand dyed 50/50 wheels and limited apparel collection. Now available only at select Spitfire dealers.
In its final week, the mayor of Philadelphia did the right thing by lifting the 10-year skateboarding ban at Love Park on February 10th. This gesture allowed skaters to get in five days of skating (in the dead cold days of winter) without fear of being accosted by city police. Today the setting sun came and went and Love Park was officially closed for good. Without question, this iconic plaza has sealed its importance for the east coast skate communities and birthed several careers within its rooted in skate history. Thank you Love Park.
Have a look as Red Bull gets behind the effort to offer an inside look at the last few days at Love in this clip with insight from Nocturnal Skate Shop’s Jason Klutz.
Real Skateboards just released Ishod’s hits from Get it Strait, Roll Forever with two and a half minutes of raw footage and a few unseen extras from Australia in the newest Spring 2016 Real Catalog drop.
he International Assn. of Skateboard Companies (IASC) is proud to announce it has promoted Director of Research, Thomas Barker, to the role of Executive Director.
Barker will take over the position from former Executive Director Josh Friedberg, who served as executive director from 2011 through 2015.
Barker is a lifelong skateboarder and self-proclaimed industry rat. He wrote a business plan when he was 11 years old that inspired his parents – who owned Eagle Creek brand – to start Clive Backpacks. After Clive, he went on to work in the marketing, team and promotions department at Black Box Distribution. Barker then took the opportunity to go back to school, earning his Professional Certificates in Non-Profit Business Management and Fundraising and Development. He saw the potential that non-profits had to elevate the growth and success of the skateboarding industry, so began leading the effort to get the newly opened Encinitas Skatepark aka “Poods Park” built. He’s also worked for the Tony Hawk Foundation and is the lead volunteer for the San Diego-based non-profit, Rollin’ From The Heart, which provides at-risk youth with opportunities to skateboard.
“I am honored to be named executive director and be given the opportunity to have an influence on an activity and industry I care so much about,” Barker said. “For the group of individuals we have on our board to look to me to carry on the tradition of this 20-year-old organization is humbling. It gives me energy and enthusiasm to help tackle the challenges and opportunities facing the modern skateboard industry. Right now I am diving into to making this year’s IASC Skateboarding Summit on May 11 through 13 in Anaheim the best one yet!”
Barker’s predecessor Friedberg was responsible for the growth of both The IASC Skateboarding Summit and the Skateboarding Hall of Fame events during his tenure. He was also a key part of IASC’s partnership with the Smithsonian, called Innoskate. Friedberg will still stay involved with IASC on a consultant basis and is still leading this year’s Skateboarding Hall of Fame event.
“What Josh has been able to accomplish during his tenure is nothing short of remarkable,” said Don Brown, IASC’s Chairman of the Board. “He has built two crucial components of our mission into initiatives that will continue for years to come.”
“We were excited to bring Thomas Barker on board, first as the Director of Research over the past year and now as the Executive Director. He brings energy and passion for skateboarding that is infectious in any room he is in,” Brown said. “Not only is he a lifelong skateboarder and industry member, but he brings his background in non-profit leadership, which will help IASC in the years ahead. The Board of Directors is excited to see what he is able to accomplish in his new role.”