Tony Hawk to Compete at Bondi Bowl-A-Rama 10

YouTube Preview ImageVans Bowl-A-Rama Bondi will be celebrating its 10th birthday in 2014 with skateboarding’s most successful and influential skaters. The lineup is set to include Steve Caballero, Pedro Barros and Tony Hawk. Yes, he’s coming out of his competitive retirement to shred in Australia’s pinnacle of bowlriding competitions.

In its tenth year, Vans Bowl-A-Rama Bondi boasts a six day lineup of skateboarding infused cultural activities kicking off from February 18th, 2014 with the competition taking place Saturday, February 22nd.

“Vans have been supporting Bowl-A-Rama since the beginning and we are proud to continue to be part of such an iconic skate event that has become a true highlight of the global skateboarding calendar. We are very excited to bring out many of the Vans team riders, from the young guns to the legends and sharing the Vans Off The Wall Spirit in Bondi…” Says Ben Hapgood, General Manager, Vans Australia.

“I’m excited to finally participate in Vans Bowl-A-Rama Bondi after seeing the action from afar for so many years. It is the most prominent skate competition in Australia and I can’t wait to skate it in person!” says Tony Hawk.

Thrasher Radio Ep. 1: Tommy Guerrero

Thrasher RadioJake Phelps kicks off Thrasher’s Radio show (66.6 on the internet dial) in episode 1 with San Francisco’s native son Tommy Guerrero. The pair talk about the Bones Brigade girl’s club and Black Flag and more. Dig in and download now.

New Beginnings and Team Change Ups

YouTube Preview ImageBrendon Villanueva has been officially welcomed to the revamped Powell-Peralta team Check his mind-melting footage above. Ronnie Sandoval is linked up with Krooked, Peter Raffin has joined the creepy crew at Creature and after many years of traveling the world together, Vince del Valle and adidas Skateboarding have parted ways. Speaking of break ups, last year’s Tampa Am winner Trevor Colden has left the Mystery camp and is on the hunt for a new board sponsor. Any guesses as to where he will end up?

Checking In with PJ Ladd

PJ LaddPJ Ladd has been a bit surrounded by several projects lately. Have a seat and read on as he gets interviewed about the process of filming for the highly anticipated Plan B video, the changing landscape of street skating, his preferred set up and his favorite skater of all time.

Help “Keep Skateistan Rolling” this December!

What does a 14-year-old Afghan girl dream about for her future? How has skateboarding changed the life of a teenage boy who used to wash cars in the streets of Kabul? How does it feel to ride down a skateboard ramp and start going to school for the first time in one day? How can sport, education, and skateboarding create change?

This month Skateistan is aiming to raise $35,000 USD and they need your help! By joining their biannual fundraising drive you can empower Afghan and Cambodian youth.

As a part of this fundraising drive, they’ve released the video above, as well as photo stories to show how some of their students, staff, and supporters that lives have changed since they’ve become a part of Skateistan, what their plans are for the future, and how together we can Keep Skateistan rolling ahead.

As a way to thank those that are able to make a contribution towards Skateistan’s projects internationally, they’re giving away some Skateistan merchandise.

From December 4th – 31st, donors who decide to make a monthly donation of $20 USD (15 Euro) or more will be automatically entered to win a Skateistan prize pack, containing:

♦ A ZERO Skateboards x Skateistan deck
♦ A copy of the Skatestan book
♦ A Skateistan Scarf
♦ Three tote bags
♦ A DVD of “Skateistan: the Movie”

Additionally, every donation over $20 USD (15 Euro) will be automatically entered to win a massive 120X86 cm Skateistan photo print and a Skateistan T-shirt.

“City of Rats”: Slam City Skates Part One

YouTube Preview Image LLSB is proud to present the seminal London skateboard film “City of Rats” (2012) by Slam City Skates. The feature length film, marked 25 years in business for Europe’s oldest skate shop which has nurtured the London skate scene alongside the iconic Southbank Undercroft.

Filmed & edited by Henry Edwards-Wood, “City of Rats” is a comprehensive snapshot of the London skateboard scene and a unique insight into the exploits of the Big Smoke’s unique creative community venturing out into the city from their Southbank breeding ground. Look for part two soon.