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.
Jenkem mag continues to ruffle feathers and open the dialogue in Christian Senrud’s “free thinking” online editorial piece with a recent post titled 10 Articles That You Won’t See in a Skate Mag Anytime Soon. Dig in and read on and perhaps have a few laughs as no punches get pulled here and now.
In the first part of Malto’s Epicly Later’d, Sean discusses some of his skate history in Kansas City, skating for Escapist Skateshop and his transition from flow team to becoming part of the Girl family. Look for part two next week.