Sean Bowes has another piece on the skateboarders and vans, the vehicle, or homes we should say. This one's about living in your van. Sean's got a tour of his rolling home and lots of tips and tricks for you in his Rolling Heavey article on Living in Your Van. Find out why you need a bandana at all times, how you get internet, and more.
There's a thousand different ways to either create or get a job for yourself in the skateboarding industry. I'm continuing these chats with people here and there on how they're making it happen. Our friend Chinner packed it up from Ohio to California and then moved to the other end of the world for a skateboarding job. He lives in South Africa! Crazy. He's doing local skate events and other things with the World Skateboarding organization. This weekend, he's using The Boardr Live. I caught up with him to discuss how it's going for him, how the local scene is shaping up there, and other things like traditional education. Chinner and I both have formal education and have similar viewpoints on it. It helps, but it was designed so many generations ago. I think if I had a chance to do it all over again, I'd skip the formal education thing.
Retail might be dead as vert and slow as Nate Sherwood right now while we just get started, but the events side of things are stacking up nicely. You can't be running the documentation with one of my crappy cell phone edits. So what are we going to do about that? Clem has to crack the whip on Porpe to get it taken care of.
A key homie from our old team has joined us here at The Boardr. We've been around the world with him doing all kinds of skateboarding shindigs, parties, and sessions involving planes, trains, and automobiles. He was the media backbone when we made plans to create our YouTube show on Ride Channel in 2011. From there we created all kinds of features to document skateboarding, help promote our retail, and other silly edits to entertain ourselves and hopefully you. That homie is Joe Pelham aka HiDefJoe and we're all pretty excited about how much fun we're going to have with Joe back on our team. We'll have some announcements on everything Clements is yelling about soon.
Mike V has been one of the hardest working dudes in skateboarding since he started skateboarding. I remember as a kid seeing him in the early Powell days at Cheap Skates in PA doing these half cab method airs to fakie on the mini-ramp and just having to pick my jaw up off the ground. Then there was the recent year he came back to Tampa and stole the show where it ended in the crowd carrying him around at the awards. Elephant Brand is his new project that includes Jason Adams and two close friends of The Boardr, Kyle Berard and Neal Hendrix. Mike's also the new frontman in Black Flag. It's all good all around with Elephant and Mike V's crew. We're hyped to have his gear in at The Boardr Store.
As we mentioned, we've got a lot more work to do before we can make this opening grand, so for now, it's bland. We put together a video and some photos of the Store for you after this week's Bland Opening of The Boardr Store. We're just getting started, ya'll. Thanks for following along.
HiDefJoe has a video recap of a great day of skating from young to old at the first stop of the Grind for Life Series in association with The Boardr.
We weren't sure if 1 or 100 of you would enter. Turns out it was 143 with everyone bringing a crew of family and friends for a nice day on wheels with a good sized crowd and great Florida weather to match. Damn, it couldn't have been any better. I'll tell you the rest of the story in my photos below.
Thanks to everyone who came to Lakeland Skatepark today for the first stop in the Grind for Life Series run by all of us here at The Boardr. Check the Results Page for the numbers rundown. We'll have photos and video up over the next few days. It's won't be as fast this time with all the preparation for our Bland Opening we have on Monday. And video? We'll have more on a proper announcement of our new addition to The Boardr staff coming soon.
That building in Tampa near the Bucs Stadium with no sign that you might drive right past? Yep, that's us at 4611 North Hale Avenue. There's no party, no fireworks, no naked ladies jumping out of cakes, and there's not even anything to skate! It's just the door opening up if you want to stop by and check out what we're up to here and maybe play a Game of SKATE on our glorious flatground in the empty TF. Join us for the low key, mellow ass, bland opening at 11am on Monday, March 3rd. We've got a lot of work left to do. Sometime down the road we'll make the real opening grand instead of bland.
You know those boards that you just ride to the bar or the store where you're just doing nothing but pushing and thinking about the wind against you? Yep, cruisers. I call them "casual skateboarding." Everyone should have one from the rail chomper to the retired kickflipper. We got a stack in from Z-Flex and Penny that you can pick up and roll on now.