10 Tricks Your Dad Can Do by Michael Brooke of Concrete Wave Magazine

We love videos like this. With this video even beginners can pick up a new trick or two to go have some fun without it being too difficult or frustrating or dangerous. Nailing a new trick in an hour or two is the best feeling. Sometimes, it’s a trick you’ll continue to do for the rest of your life and get a lot of props for! But, not every trick has to have air-time and rails whether it’s skateboarding OR longboarding or otherwise! The original roots of skateboard tricks were flatland and surf style tricks more like what we consider longboard freestyle and today, not what most people consider “tricks” on a skateboard, but these tricks paved the way for steez and style to be forefront in what soon blossomed from a surfer hobby sport to a world-wide phenomenon capturing the hearts and minds of the youth like something nobody had expected before, with pioneers like Jay Adams and the Dogtown Z Boys are still famous to this day for. Along these lines, Michael Brooke of Concrete Wave Magazine demonstrates as he shows off 10 of his favorite tricks in a video he calls:

10 Tricks Your Dad Can Do

Nice job Michael!



Introducing The Whatever Games + Design Challenge!

Welcome to The Whatever Games!

The Whatever Games

The Whatever Games (TWG) is our newly launched competition for our team + ambassadors that will also include occasional challenges that will be open to the public. The challenges for our team will include everything from tricks to dope skate spots to viral social posts and even crazy scavenger hunts. We will be picking annual winners (sometimes monthly) from our leaderboards who will get some sick prizes. There will be prizes for skater of the year, trick of the year, skate of the year and more. You can follow along with the games on our website or on Instagram by searching the hashtag #TheWhateverGames. The public challenges will be announced on our social media and will feature one time prizes.

The first public challenge is…

Design a Custom Deck with the Theme of “PEACE”

As part of The Whatever Games we will be hosting a monthly design contest. This will be a TWG challenge that will always be open to the public.

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If you’ve ever wanted to see your original artwork on a skateboard, now is your chance. We are looking for the next Whatever Skateboards designer. We want someone who screams creativity and originality as well as someone who is stoked on skating.

Join us in spreading Peace, Balance & Justice in partnership with Concrete Wave Magazine and Shralpers Union. As mentioned above, the theme of this month’s design contest will be PEACE and is sponsored by Roll For Peace.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Design a custom deck on our website with your own original artwork that ties into the theme. 2. Post your custom design on your Instagram with the hashtag #TheWhateverGames and tag @whateverskateboards and @concretewavemag.

Contest will run until the end of September and a winner will be announced on our Instagram at the end of October.

Good luck!

Design Your Board

How To Travel With A Longboard: The Only Guide You Need

If you’ve ever been on a trip and come across the perfect longboarding spot, you know the feeling of longing that can arise. “If I’d only brought my board,” you think out loud. Of course, the reason you left your board at home is because you didn’t want to be tethered to a three-and-a-half-foot wooden anchor. But in truth, having a longboard when you want one is worth carrying one. If you’re just starting out in longboarding, you shouldn’t have a giant board anyway. There are great longboards for beginners aren’t too long. Don’t get it twisted. It’s not that the word longboard is a misnomer. No, some of them are definitely long. What people who have not traveled with one often fail to understand, though, is that they are not as cumbersome as they appear. You can bring your board with you on your journey, regardless of your means of transport. You will barely notice it until you set urethane to concrete, and then you will be thrilled that you brought it. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you trek with your setup in tow.

Backpack

When traveling with a longboard, it is wise to have a way to bind it down and stow it. Skateboard backpacks work great for street and park boards but, these are usually too small to be effective longboard bags. Recently though, a few manufacturers have begun to cater to this niche in their market. Backpacks with straps large enough to hold a longboard are available. Another tip is to simply pass a longboard through the shoulder straps of any backpack so that the bottom is facing your back. Once you put on the backpack, you will hardly notice the board. Just remember not to overstuff the backpack with gear, which makes riding and carving on a longboard much more difficult. Travel light to remain light on your board. travel with longboard

Transport

There are only so many ways of getting anywhere and, though each may seem more burdensome with a longboard, the truth is less daunting. Longboards are more common than ever, and carriers have made traveling with them simple. No matter the hurdles, riding fresh surfaces in new places is worth the added time it takes to tote a longboard.

Air Travel

In the modern age, air travel is by far the most complicated way to get anywhere. The long lines and the security is enough to give anyone pause, especially someone flying with a longboard. To make matters worse, carriers demand that travelers check longboards with their luggage — no carry-ons. So, you can’t even use it to see the sights on a layover. That said, it is almost always better to have a longboard when you get to your destination, regardless of where it is. The freedom of movement longboarding brings is best enjoyed in unique locales.

Trains and Buses

Ground-bound public transport is where having a longboard pays dividends. Lengthy layovers are common on wheeled transit, providing the perfect opportunity to peel some urethane trails. It affords the ability to see things in a short time that would have otherwise gone unseen, and you’ll make memories that might have been a terminal bore. Your arrival at your destination might not be the experience it would have, but you will never look at layovers the same way again. One thing to remember when traveling by public transportation is to bind your board securely to your pack. Bungee cords work great for this, because they come apart as easily as they go together, but rope will do in a pinch. When stowing a loose board, look to put it under your seat, and be sure to place it grip tape down so it doesn’t roll around on the floor.

Hiking and Hitching

Of course, traveling by mass transit need not be the only way one gets places. Properly set up, longboards are capable of being the mode of long-distance travel rather than the baggage. Large, soft longboarding wheels smooth out rough and uneven highway surfaces with ease, and quality bearings make for as much coasting as pushing. If we see more of a country on trains than on planes, we see it all on a longboard. Suddenly, a cross-country trip becomes a story to tell the grandkids.

Conclusion

If you are about to set out on a journey, and you’re thinking of making it an adventure, consider bringing a longboard along for the trip. Throwing it over the shoulders for carrying is as easy as hooking it up to a backpack, and it is a set of wheels when walking becomes monotonous. The things that are just out of range on layovers become experiences, and the unique terrains of destinations emerge as the whole point of travel, rather than the regret they are when we’re boardless. With a little forethought, your longboard will be that one travel companion that always spurs you to get moving, to see new things and to live a little.

Cool Ollie Tutorial and The Poser Ollie!

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There’s lots of ollies that could have been in the Top 5, but that’s not this. This is a pretty funny and yet very informative ollie tutorial here for skaters of all levels. Our hats are off to Skateboard Bruh for making this fine tutorial happen.

If you’re a beginner, check out the difference between the beginner ollie and the boned ollie and it might help you take it one step at a time. If you’re advanced, check out THE POSER OLLIE, this is one of the funniest explanations I’ve ever seen in a tutorial! I didn’t know what is up with this guys accent or where he’s from but if you subscribe to his channel you’ll probably figure it out! He’s got a lot of good tutorials, and it’s cool how he shoots this from a first-person point of view so you can see how it’s supposed to look when you look down at your feet to hit your ollie in practice!

Become the Next Whatever Skateboards Designer

CALLING ALL ARTISTS

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If you’ve ever wanted to see your original artwork on a skateboard, now is your chance. We are looking for the next Whatever Skateboards designer. We want someone who screams creativity and originality as well as someone who is stoked on skating.

So this is our open call to all artists and designer to enter our skateboard design contest. We want to see what you’ve got!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Design a custom deck on our website with your own original artwork.

2. Post your custom design on your Instagram with the hashtag #whateverdesigner and tag @whateverskateboards. Be sure to follow our account and tag some friends.

Contest will run until the end of July and a winner will be announced on our Instagram on August 1st.

Design Your Board

Personalized Longboards for Every Style

If you are looking for personalized longboards, Whatever Skateboards is the spot. We offer every size longboard you could need, with unlimited options to customize your board just how you like it. Longboards not only an awesome form of transportation, they’re also an art form. Cruise around on your very own personalized creation and rock your creative side everywhere you go.
 Choose from hundreds of different graphics or upload your own into our customizer to create your perfect design. You can use a photo, pattern, text, or graphic of your choosing to create the longboard of your dreams. As if cruising down the street on a brand new board isn’t cool enough, imagine cruising on your very own creation. Having a personalized longboard is the perfect way to not only ride in style, but also to attract attention to your riding skills. Imagine cruising along on your brand new board and having someone stop you because they love the style and art on your board. Now that’s a cool feeling.
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Quality Longboards

Our boards are hand crafted out of fresh Canadian wood. Each board is given special attention as our team members work carefully with each piece to create unique boards. Our boards are one of a kind and you can tell by the detail and care that is put into crafting each one. When you order a board from us you can rest assured that you are receiving the best quality available. We know you have a lot of options when shopping online so we want to guarantee everyone rocking one of our personalized longboards on the street is 100% happy with their purchase. We also have amazing customer service available to ensure that your order is just how you like it and to answer any questions you may have during the process.

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Put Your Favorite Photos on a Skateboard

As skateboarding has gained more and more popularity over the years, the design of decks has gotten increasingly more creative. There are plenty of ways to be creative when it comes to your skateboard deck, and we make it easy with our online customizer. Since you are able to fully customize your skateboard on our website, the possibilities really are endless. One rad way to customize that we have been digging lately is putting photos on your board. You can place a single photo, multiple photos, or create a collage of photos to put on a deck. Not sure what type of photo to use? We share some of our favorite ideas and ways to have photos on a skateboard.

Personal Photos on a Skateboard

Photo-adorned skateboard make great gifts as well. Order a board with photos of the birthday boy and he will be stoked on his birthday present. Friends tying the knot? Have a few of their favorite photos as a couple transformed into a keepsake that they can either display or ride down the street. Skateboards with photos of you also make a great holiday gift for your parents. Even if they don’t ride, having something you made for them that you enjoy with your favorite photos is sure to please.photos on skateboard

Photos as Keepsakes

If you don’t want to use photos of yourself or others, consider the endless other possibilities. If you are a photographer, placing on of your original photos on a skateboard is the perfect way to attract attention to your work while creating the perfect way to get around while you are taking photos. Or perhaps you have some old photos laying around that hold sentimental value. Putting them on a skateboard is a great way to preserve the memories in a fun and creative way.

Show off Your Skills with Skateboard Art

Skateboard Art comes to Life

skateboard art Whether you are an established artist, a beginner, or just a creative person, you will likely love the idea of getting your creations out there. Every artist enjoys sharing their work, and what better way to do it than cruising around on it? Enter: skateboard art. At Whatever Skateboards, you can take any of your art and put it on a skateboard or longboard deck. Not only will you get to ride around on your very own creation, you’ll get to show off your skills both on your board and creatively.

The Creative Process

The process is quick, fun, and easy. First, create your design. Draw, paint, or create a masterpiece of the computer. Already have a favorite work of art? Even better! Once you’ve picked out the winner, you’re ready to upload it to our online customizer. To do this, simply scan your hand-drawn design and transfer it to your computer or convert your graphic design to a jpg. Then go to our site, select the board you’d like, click “create your own”. Our decks come in a variety of different sizes, so whatever your preference, you can customize it. This will take you to our customizer. Once you get to step two you will have the option to upload your own photo. From there you can play around with sizing and placement, and even add other graphics or text. There are no rules when it comes to designing your own skateboard so have fun with it and go crazy!

Options for Everyone

Our decks come in a variety of different sizes, so whatever your preference, you can customize it. Worried about scratching up your art? You also have the option to create custom grip tape in addition to custom decks. That way while you shred your design is still visible and if kept in good shape.

The toughest part will be deciding which design to use. Everything else is a piece of cake. And who doesn’t love cake?

Start Designing

Create a Cool Patterned Custom Longboard

Longboards are awesome for getting you where you need to go as well as riding for sport. Any longboard is good for cruising around town, and most are perfect for downhill and distance riding as well. If you are looking for a custom longboard from Whatever Skateboards we have plenty of great options from classic old school pintail longboards to modern downhill symmetrical top mounts and drop throughs and every type of cruiser to choose from.

Custom Thrill

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Experience the speed and thrill of a longboard on your own custom creation! Choose from hundreds of different graphics or upload your own into our customizer to create your perfect design. As if cruising down the street on a brand new board isn’t cool enough, imagine cruising on your very own creation. Having a custom longboard is the perfect way to not only ride in style, but also to attract attention to your riding skills. Post a photo of your fresh new custom design to your social media and draw in even more attention and compliments.

Create a Custom Longboard with Your Favorite Pattern

One of our personal favorite type of custom longboard is a patterned deck. With our online customizer you can choose from a variety of cool patterns. Whether your style is classic, bold, tropical, or eclectic, we can guarantee you’ll find pattern that you will dig on a custom longboard. If you’re feeling extra creative, you also have the option to upload your own patterns to use on your board. Create a pattern then see it come to life on your very own longboard! In tune with your geometric patterns, crystals, and fractals? Create a crazy design that will blow your mind :-O Spirals, hearts, tiger stripes, leopard print, and polka dots can add some spice any longboard. You can even pattern your name so everyone knows who that is your next clip. Having a custom longboard design you love is part of the creativity behind the perfect cruise.

Design Your Custom Longboard

Get Stoked on Skateboards for Kids

These days, some of the best skateboarders in the world are below the age of 20. Kids are stepping on their first boards at 5 and getting sponsors at the young age of 12. What better way to introduce your young one to skating than with a board designed especially for him or her. With Whatever you can design and order skateboards for kids for their next birthday, special occasion, or just because. We offer street and longboards in a variety of different sizes as well as trucks, wheels, and grip tape to complete your board. What better surprise for a kid than receiving a brand new board customized just how they want it.

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Benefits of Skateboards for Kids

There are endless benefits to skateboards for kids. Introducing your child to skating means introducing them to a whole new world. The main benefit of skateboarding for kids is that it gets them outside and active. When they’re stoked about boarding, they’ll want to get out and skate as much as possible. This is good not only for their physical health but also their mental health. Another awesome benefit of getting your kid on a skateboard is the close-knit community that comes with the sport. Friendships are a key part of a young person’s life, from childhood to teenage years, and by encouraging your kid to join in on the skating community you are helping to cultivate many friendships to come.

Custom Kids

The coolest part about the skateboards we offer for kids at Whatever is that they can choose their own graphic or text to put on the deck. Whether they have their own design or photo in mind or want to browse our extensive online library of free premium options, they’ll be sure to end up with a board they can’t wait to show off at the skate park.

Head over to our website to see all the skateboards we have to offer!