This weekend in NYC at LES Skatepark, we're hanging out with the adidas team including two Marks that I'm definitely going to mark out on: Gonz and Suciu. It's the first stop of the adidas Skate Copa series, a national shop vs shop contest where the winning shop gets all expenses paid to the Finals at The Berrics in LA. See you there on Saturday. We're buying food and drinks for everyone on site after the contest is over, too. You can view all the shops and teams here, including live scores on your phone as the event unfolds on Saturday, all run by The Boardr Live, our instant scoring app.
The city opened up a new Team Pain park in west Tampa today where tons of skateboarders of all types showed up and happily skated with helmets on. Cities still have those requirements in 2014? Didn't seem like anyone cared anyway. Good job Team Pain and crusty ol Trampa on putting together another good one for skateboarding. No skate photos here, just a chill cam dump. I guess I should probably know the address, name, directions and all that to give to you. I'll find that out and update the post later.
We're continuing to slowly grow our Store, add new brands, and lay the foundation for our long term plans here at The Boardr which doesn't just include all these events we're doing. It includes retail. I love the sketchy skateboard industry and everything about it. If you're not part of it, I hope you get to work in it someday. There's never a dull moment. If you haven't been to The Boardr Store in a while, I've got a few photos for you.
Nate Sherwood was the recent winner of our March Skateboard "Madness" contest where we put all our favorite crazy skateboarders in brackets up for voting to see who ended up crowned crazy. It's the good crazy, the kind we love. Anyway, Nate has owned a skate shop for quite some time now and sent over his list of 11 types of shop lurkers, both good and sketchy. Check out his list here.
This past weekend I was in Austin for 36 hours for the second stop of Transworld's Come Up Tour. I was surprised with how much I was able to do in Austin in the day and a half I was there. Looking forward to coming back for X Games and adidas Skate Copa. Here are some photos from my quick trip.
It's no secret that skateboarding, just like any other strenuous activity, will eventually start to wear your body down. Years of rolled ankles, heel bruises, and tweaked muscles can morph your weekend skating of stairs and gaps to slappy grinds and mini ramps. Yet, now there are people in the skateboarding industry who are dedicated to prolonging the careers of amateur and professional skateboarders by encouraging proper stretching before skating and rehabilitation after injuries.
I've got some photos and HiDefJoe has the video. The skateboarding at last weekend's New Smyrna Beach stop of the GFL Series was all over the spectrum of different types and ages of skateboarding as usual, but this time, the bowl portion was most memorable. The street course there is not the best in the world, but just as skateboarders do, you make the best of what you've got. There were parent/child combos, toddlers, teens, girls, grown ass men, and extra grown 50+ men all ripping all day. Thanks to everyone that made it out to another one and to our sponsors for helping us make the event happen: Grind for Life, AYC, MovieTickets.com, Z-Flex, Zumiez, Red Bull, Indy and all the other support you see at TheBoardr.com/GFL.
Porpe is in Austin and the rest of us are in New Smyrna Beach. We're both running skateboard shindigs today using The Boardr Live. Get results as they come in right here. Sign up for the next TWS Cut at TheBoardr.com/CUT and the next GFL stop at TheBoardr.com/Register.
As you've seen with the adidas line of Skate Copa gear, it's a celebration of the year of World Cup and adidas' futbol heritage. adidas has also teamed up with The Boardr to bring you the Skate Copa, a US series of Shop vs. Shop Team Contests that we're excited to be running. We're announcing the dates today, with more details to come. Check out all the stops on our Events page that includes NYC in just two weeks, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, and the last stop and Finals being in Los Angeles at The Berrics.
What a summer it's going to be getting all these Shops together and local scenes in one town for a fun skateboarding shindig and some friendly competition. See you at all of them! Full details are at TheBoardr.com/adidasSkateCopa.