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.
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 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.
Pokemon GO and Skateboarding Are Perfect, Here’s Our Pokemon GO Guide for Those Who Skateboard!
By now you’ve heard of Pokemon GO the amazing new Pokemon game and the first Pokemon app for iOS and Android. You move around the real world and the augmented reality part of the Pokemon app shows you wild Pokemon nearby, Poke Stops which give you items, and Pokemon Gyms which you can challenge based on your team. Pokemon GO is the most popular app and most popular game right now, and that’s perfect for skateboarders: we get around the real world better than anyone else. Becoming a skateboarding Pokemon trainer is easy, here’s our Pokemon GO guide to going from Pokemon GO Beginner to becoming the ultimate Pokemon GO Pokemon Master using nothing but your skateboard and our guide.
DISCLAIMER: BE CAREFUL WHEN COMBINING POKEMON GO AND SKATEBOARDING. ALWAYS WATCH THE ROAD.
Master the Basics of Pokemon GO
To max out your potential you need to know how Pokemon GO works. Download the app, get your account set up, and catch your starter Pokemon. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the way the map works, locating Pokestops, and locating gyms, you’ll be ready to use our Pokemon GO guide. Poke Stops are blue with a cube until you get close, then you open them up and swipe the circle image / coin. You will get items from Pokestops. Gyms are larger, typically a color from a team with a Pokemon on top. You need to become level 5 before you can fight and conquer a Pokemon Gym. Now that you’ve downloaded Pokemon GO and you know how to use it let’s get in to the details.
Get Informed – Know Your Pokemon GO
Grass Shaking/Leaves – Seen on the map, a Pokemon may be at the grass or may *not* be at the grass. Wild Pokemon are simply more likely to be in the shaking grass area. The leaf / shaking grasses are found everywhere but are most common near parks or open areas. Try to find a park you can skate through to snag a bunch super quick.
Pokemon Tab / Gray Pokemon Outlines – Seen on the map this lets you know which Pokemon are nearby.
Footprints Below Pokemon – Seen in the menu in the map this lets you know how close a Pokemon is to you. The fewer footprints there are closer the Pokemon is. Rumor has it that 1 foot = 50m, 2 feet = 100m, 3 feet = +150m
CP – This is the Combat Power of a Pokemon. The higher the better for use in battle. The higher your level the higher the CP of the Pokemon you catch.
Stardust – Used to level up your Pokemon this stuff is gained from capturing Pokemon. You can earn it as part of you bonus for owning a Gym.
Candy – Used to level up your Pokemon. Get candy from capturing Pokemon. You can get Candy from doing a Transfer, but you get 1 Candy for each Pokemon transferred.
Eggs – You have an Incubator in your Items. Click to your Pokemon then swipe right to get to the Eggs tab. Choose an egg and start incubating. The egg will hatch when you’ve gone the distance on the egg. Your incubator is infinite but Incubators you buy with Coins have limited uses.
Incubator – Used to hatch Pokemon Eggs. The Incubator only counts your steps if you are skateboarding or walking. It seems like driving does not work. App must be open.
Coins – Buy them with real money or earn them each day by having a Pokemon defending a gym. Open up the Shop section and top right is a button. Make sure you have at least 1 Pokemon defending a gym to earn Coins daily.
Alerts – The app has to be open for you to get alerts about Pokemon.
PokeStop Refresh Time – 5 minute refresh.
PROTIPS: Pokemon GO and Skateboarding
Watch The Road – There have already been reports on Reddit of people crashing on their skateboards and hurting themselves as well as *gasp* shattering their phones! You can hold your phone in your hand or pocket and get vibrations and sound updates. You’ll most likely be taking lines and alleys you haven’t taken before so stay sharp.
Always Equip An Egg – If you’re skating around never forget your eggs. Unlike most people your eggs will be hatching 2x as fast because you’re skating. Eggs and skateboards are one of the best cheats for Pokemon GO.
Drop Your Pokemon At the Gym – Before getting your daily bonus to get your Coins be sure to drop some Pokemon off to defend the local gyms. With your skateboard under your feet you’ll be able to roll from gym to gym quick.
The Grass Is Always Greener – Grassy areas and parks are the prime locations to pick up new Pokemon. Poke Stops are usually at nearby landmarks and Pokemon Gyms are at major landmarks. Skaters have the advantage as often Poke Stops will be along pathways and parks cars are not allowed on and other trainers will have to walk.
Get Electric – You need battery power. Between filming skate clips, watching skate clips, and playing Pokemon GO your skateboarding session is going to wreck your phone battery. Make sure you’re fully charged and keep your charger on you.
Capture Everything – To get Candy and Stardust you need to capture Pokemon and you’re going to get a lot of Zubats and Ekans as you’re rolling around. Capture everything you can while on your skateboard so you’re always finding new Pokemon as you’re skateboarding.
Pump Yourself Up – Some phones will allow you to play music over Pokemon GO. Turn off the music in the Pokemon GO settings and blast your usual skating playlist to keep yourself pumping the kilometers.
Pokemon Move With Your – If you get to catch a rare Pokemon but its floating out in the street don’t stress, it doesn’t actually move away as you move away. You can powerslide to a stop and hit the sidewalk so you have the time to make a Great Pokeball throw.
Roll Deep – Get to your friends in your crew before anyone else does to make sure you’re all on the same team. Once you pick a team color in Pokemon GO you cannot change your team color. After you’re all on the same team it will be easier to take down gyms as a squad. Roll deep to smash your opponents and get tons of prestige for your gym so its invulnerable.
Skateboarding Tricks While Capturing a Pokemon
So far we’ve done is a little curb slapper while catching a Charmander but one of the finest parts of skateboarding and playing Pokemon GO is getting a rolling capture or making a trick. Trying to hit a Pokemon with a Pokeball while skateboarding and busting a trick is no small feat! We’ve also been getting screen captures with the AR turned to get Pokemon in the shot.
Ash Ketchum may ride a bicycle but Pokemon GO is a skateboarding game for sure. We were busting tricks at every gym location earlier today and were considering a system whereby you had to do a trick based on which Pokemon you caught. Either way Pokemon GO is getting dominated by skaters rolling from gym to gym claiming the rarest and best Pokemon Gyms for themselves. Now that you know the Pokemon GO basics and you’ve got the Pokemon GO PROTIPS, its time to hit the streets.
No Look Pokemon Capturing – Pokemon GO Plus
Pokemon GO Plus is the wristband attachment made by Nintendo made for capturing Pokemon without needing to hold your phone. Skating around staring at a screen can be exhausting after a while so Pokemon GO Plus is a Bluetooth wearable Pokemon GO wristband that notifies you when a Pokemon is near without needing to have the Pokemon GO app open. Perfect for those who roll the distance in areas where there aren’t really a lot of Pokemon the Pokemon Plus wristband isn’t available yet but will be released this year by Nintendo. The Pokemon GO Plus wearable is already up on Amazon.com so we can see what it looks like, and Nintendo *is* taking preorders but no one has had a real chance to do a Pokemon GO Plus review yet. When we do get one we’ll do a Pokemon GO Plus review for sure.
Pokemon GO Plus Preorders / Pokemon GO Plus In Stock
We’ve seen mad people rolling around in Pokemon clothes, from Pokemon Tshirts to Pokemon Hats. There’s some rad Pokemon gear floating around, (outside of Ash Ketchum snapbacks), to help other Pokemon Trainers recognize you at a spot. Not everyone on their phone is out training their Pokemon so its nice to know who’s playing the game and who’s not before you start creeping on people. We’re in to the Pokeball Tshirts, Pattern Pokemon Tshirts, and some of the Pokemon Backpacks out there. Here’s some of what’s floating around out there:
Send Us Your Illest Pokemon Trick Shots!
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Whatever Skateboards Welcomes Jason Gallo, aka @babytooks, to the Whatever Team
Its time to reveal the latest addition to the Whatever Team: Jason Gallo! Welcome to the team! For those who haven’t seen his clips @babytooks (click and follow him!) you need to get on the Internet more because Jason has been live firing some of the most viral clips to hit the scene recently. Know for his hair raising drops, effortless park style, and comparison to the mighty Aaron Jaws Homoki We’re stoked to have snagged him and brought him on to Whatever.
The Clip Seen Round the World
You’ve caught his clips on Instagram (follow at @babytooks) getting reposted by some of the biggest accounts in the game, including our very own Whatever Skateboards Instagram, but here’s the mega viral clip that earned him his comparison to the legendary Jaws. If you haven’t seen this skate clip yet here’s your warning: this is INTENSE.
It’s not all massive drops and stomps for Jason Gallo, here’s a quickie park clip showing off how easy he makes it look. With effortless flow in the bowls and an undeniably smooth riding style you can see why we’re stoked to have @babytooks on the team.
Of course you do. Be sure to follow his account on IG @babytooks to keep up to date and definitely follow us @whateverskateboards for the best skate clips, skateboarding memes, and of course our contests and giveaways.
Ray’s pool has been a hot spot for local San Diego skaters for the past 15 years. While skaters shred, spectators can watch from the sides of the pool or from the top of the roof that over looks the pool. Ray’s house and pool is a pretty sweet spot that is at a high vantage point of San Diego. Back in the day, before there were skate spots, this was where locals would gather to skate. Ray is putting the home on the market, marking an ending to a San Diego skating era. To celebrate the past decade and a half, Ray hosted a birthday party for local skate legend Old Man Andy. It has been the last big skate gathering at the pool since the beginning.
A Bit About Ray
Ray was born and raised in San Diego. He is a bit of a local legend himself. Along with skating, Ray is into surfing and fishing. Currently, he is working on a new big project. He is the owner of the Pacific Beach restaurant Izakaya PB. This is a great spot for good eats and the freshest sushi in town. You can often find Old Man Andy and other local skaters having lunch and dinner at this spot near the beach. Not only can Ray shred the surf, he can also craft a really mean roll and cook up some soulful ramen. He keeps true to his Japanese roots through his craft of food.
Custom Skateboard Pool Theme
We put together a collection of custom skateboard designs to share with you. These custom skateboards are inspired by Ray and his pool. As you can see by the theme, the fusion of California and Japanese culture has fuzed together for these designs. You can find this collection of custom skateboard designs along with others at WhateverSkateboards.com’s browse section.
Whatever Skateboards is stoked to announce a real hoverboard skateboard that skaters can actually shred. The limited edition hoverboard skateboard launched today, just in time for October 21st, 2015. The Whatever Skateboards hoverboard skateboard has every detail perfected to pay homage to the original hoverboard and one of the greatest skateboarding scenes in pop culture. Get ready to shred through time on this hot pink neon speed demon with a custom grip design so rad it might get zapped back to the 80’s. But don’t worry; this hoverboard can always get back to the future. The magnets on the bottom graphic are lined up with the truck mounts to get 1.21 gigawatts of steez. This is a gourmet, limited edition, hoverboard skateboard only by Whatever Skateboards.
This hoverboard skateboard doesn’t hover but it is in the original shape and is one crazy skateboard deck. Clocking in with a 32″ length and 8.5″ width this is sized to ride. The nose is flat, wide, and round like a true old school 80s skateboard and the tail has that distinctly “vintage future” appeal with a hard square cut tail. The hoverboard deck is made from pro quality maple for a legit ride. The grip is Whatever Skateboards custom printed Jessup grip tape. It all comes together with the hot pink deck and the top graphic on the grip. The bottom graphic has strategically placed hoverboard magnets so the trucks line up perfectly. A complete setup comes with matching green Paris 180mm Trucks. The final tip of the hat from this glorious unicorn of a skateboard is in the wheels: of course hoverboard skateboards roll around on Cult Classics 66mm skateboard wheels. For those strict to canon there are no footstraps or handlebars.
The new hoverboard skateboard is at Whatever Skateboards but hurry up, the supplies are limited and this is a special edition skateboard. And while this may be back from the future the hoverboard skateboard makes the perfect present for any skater. This is one of the best new skateboarding gifts for the holidays and this is the hoverboard skateboard that skateboarders have always wanted. No road trip through skateboarding time and space is complete without the new Whatever Skateboards hoverboard skateboard. It is always recommended to wear a helmet and protective gear even when riding a hoverboard. Please take safety seriously and always be aware of DeLoreans on the road.
We’ve Got The Electric Scooter Hoverboards On Sale!
You know we love these electric scooter hoverboards so its no surprise that now Amazon has these hoverboards for sale! From our very first Smart Balancing Scooter to our official electric scooter hoverboard review we’ve been looking all over for the best makes and models. After being asked all summer if we had these “cyber boards” for sale we decided it was time to get the very best electric scooter hoverboards up on our site. There aare three generations from the basic model up to the newest third generation with wireless Bluetooth speakers. Don’t pay ridiculous prices these electric scooter hoverboards are cheap while everyone is selling them for too much. Check prices on hoverboards first and compare.
What’s the Difference Between Hoverboards?
The first generation of hoverboard is the original model based on the Smart Balancing Scooter that started the entire craze. It’s a bit more manual than the later hoverboard models and doesn’t have the same “beginner mode” and remote that the later versions have. The second generation of these electric scooters is full of new improvements including the remote and beginner mode. The latest generation of electric scooter was released just this month (these things are that new) and took it to the next level: has beginner mode, a remote, Bluetooth speakers, wider wheelbase, larger tires, and better battery. Each hoverboard comes in several colors like white, black, pink, and blue.
I’m Looking For a Holiday / Christmas / XMas Gift? Will These Electric Scooters Arrive In Time?
Yes! Some of the fastest shipping options for these hoverboards is 2 Day Shipping within the US. We’ve already seen low shipping times internationally. Hoverboards are obviously one of the best gifts for skateboarders and we’ve already had customers ordering these as a Christmas gift.
Wholesale Hoverboards, Bulk Hoverboards, and Corporate Hoverboards
These are a real eye turner at conventions and at the office. So far these hoverboards have been great for marketing and for HR recruiting. Cruise around the conference room or convention center floor or anywhere there’s a “NO SKATEBOARDING” sign.
Why Are They Called Hoverboards? They Don’t Hover They Are Electric Scooter.
There isn’t actually word for these things yet, maybe because electric self balancing scooter or two wheel standing skateboard or “hoverboard” (its not, don’t get excited) is the worst description ever, but if you’ve been on the Internet or out on the boardwalk in the past month you know these self balancing “hoverboard” hyped skateboards are the new thing. If you can ride we try it, so we got some of the good ones and put them to the test. The basic description is its two wheels and you balance on top, and it helps you by self balancing like a Segway. It accelerates in the direction the deck is leaning. There are some subtle differences between these battery powered “cyber boards”, what you’ve seen as a hoverboard, and a Segway, notably that each wheel is on an independent platform allowing you to do an in place 360 by tilting one side toeside and one side heelside. Seeing how many celebrities are hopping on these electric kookboards made us decide we needed to do an Official Whatever Skateboard Review!
We decided if we were going to get some of these stand up lighted scooter thingies we wanted to do a proper test. That meant doing it right and getting a few of the quality versions of these that use the Samsung batteries typically found in electric bicycles. Remember: the main cost on any electric scooter or electric skateboard is the batteries. We have some large guys on the staff and they need the extra horsepower (Editor: hey! I’m right here!). Just kidding. The the cheap electric scooters we tried were low cost and broke easily, they weren’t built to handle actual use. You can ride a nice electric self balancing scooter outside, though they will get very scratched up. We ended up sticking with multiple generations of the higher quality ones and didn’t bother with the smaller versions.
Turns out all of the “brands” of these are the same thing with a different sticker. Some of them are charging 2x-3x the cost of the usual top end unit so don’t outrageous prices for a better “brand” of these, its all about the battery.
These are electric motorized platforms… OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE INCREDIBLY FUN. As soon as you’re rolling around without moving your legs realize just how dope these things actually are. With each wheel moving independently you can pivot 360 degrees in place easily, the precision cornering gives you excellent maneuvering of the board in tight spots. It really shined on open sidewalks and we rolled around a local street festival kooking out and having a great time on the blocked off road. They’re super responsive indoors as well. If you’ve been on an electric skateboard these are a totally different experience and are a great new skill to learn.
Did we mention they have Bluetooth speakers built in? Blast tunes and roll, so awesome.
Battery Life And Speed
The battery life on these is HOURS you can roll on one charge all day. The nice ones have an indicator to let you know when you’re getting low, once it shows a low battery light you have plenty of roll time to get back. These Samsung batteries must be made out of magic because they charged up crazy fast. When you get moving the electric bicycle batteries give these balancing scooters quite the kick, you can hoss around between 6 to 8 miles per hour comfortably without speed wobbles and the manual says up to 10mph though it does max out.
The Glamorous Life of A Celebrity
Part of the appeal of these is the headlines they’ve been making with celebrities using them and most of them have sold in California. Wiz Khalifa was tackled in an airport riding them, Justin Bieber was filmed kickflipping one in LA, and tons of other celebs have been rolling around them. That’s not really selling point until you yourself get on of these io boards and you’ll see why: you too are an instant celeb. Every time you cruise these things every skater stops to take a ride. Everyone has loved them so far, we’ve seen a few electric tricks get popped, a few curbs get dropped, and we’ve met a lot of people. Definitely worth it for the wow factor, plus its a great ride. Everyone will ask you where you got it.
Good For Non-Skaters
Skateboards scare people who don’t skate. Science is working on a cure for them but until then this is something they might be more into and will ride around. Could be a nice gateway drug in to real skating. The more advanced models of the electric self balancing scooter have a beginner mode and a remote to help ease the learning curve.
The Technical Manual
As an added bonus the technical manual is a hilarious mess of translation errors that’s worth the read. In a nutshell: be careful, wear protection, and don’t drive it on unsafe terrain.
These Are Not Hoverboards
Don’t believe the hype, they don’t hover. They roll.
You’re not gonna go pro on these on your first try. Take your time getting on them. Place your first foot on one platform and imagine you’re positioning yourself over your front trucks to push your skate. You want to be over your centerline on the platform with your foot perfectly flat. If you don’t then one of the two wheels is going to start moving forward and backward quickly and accelerate. Do not jump on with both feet right away! Take your time, within about 5 – 10 minutes you’ll learn how to roll around comfortably. It is a different skill than skateboarding or electric skateboarding. Its also a different skill than scootering or electric scootering and its different than a Segway. Its definitely fun to learn though and will keep your abs and hip flexors working out. Your non-skater friends will need you to hold them their first time on these “self balancing platforms”.
There Is No Word For These
You will meet more people cruising on these electric self balancing skateboard standing two wheel scooters than you have ever met in your life and they will all ask you the same thing: what is it called and where do I get it? You can’t buy it in stores (we’re working on selling them here) and there is no official word for these things.Skegboard? Skegway? Kookboard? Electric Skitch Machine? People movers? Futureboard? We have no idea and no one wants to stay electric self balancing skateboard standing two wheel scooter. They go by a lot of names but they are not a electric unicycles, electric hoverboards, electric skateboards, or electric scooters so we don’t know what to call them yet :-( I’m sure they’ll be at a skatepark near you soon.
Hard to Find
They’re insanely hard to find right now. They are pretty much sold out everywhere and they aren’t available in stores. We know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy, etc. that hooked us up with some of the only available ones south of Orange County. We want to get more for the office so we’ve started focusing our laser beams on locating the prime source of the best ones available…
Cracks and bumps are no joke on these things, as are slopes and hills. These are perfect for skaters though as we already know all the best lines through town. Unfortunately your non-skater friends may need a guide and slow you down from your electric kookboard shred sesh.
Quality, quality, quality. Get the good ones with Bluetooth speakers.
Take your time on your first run, we had a few bruises and roughed up ankle on our first try. You’ll get the hang of it in about 5 – 10 minutes.
Approachable for non-skaters.
Caution: you’ll make a lot of friends and everyone will want to ride your new board but they may need help at first.
Getting off is the hardest part. Come to a stop and again imagine you’re positioning over your front trucks on a skateboard to push. This will help you focus on keeping keep your foot level. In an emergency you can quickly remove both feet at the same time so it does not move.
It will get scratched up but they are durable.
They will roll if you bail bad, be prepared.
We’ll let you know if there’s a better word than electric self balancing scooter in the future.
SK8 KAMP 2015 Kickstarter is Live! Go go backers gooooooooooo! SK8 KAMP is a skater’s dream and without a doubt one of the best skateboarding Kickstarters of the year. Each year at Burning Man a crew of crazed skaters takes a working skatepark they built out to the desert for some seriously dustblasted sessions. The effort is enormous and the results are always impressive, even if you aren’t seeking your skating spirit animal out at the burn. Check the SK8 KAMP 2014 Montage highlight reel to see footie from last year’s skatepark along with some of the black & blue ribbon winners from the infamous SK8 KAMP bruise count.
Now You Have SK8 KAMP FOMO, There Is Only 1 Cure
Now that you’ve seen SK8 KAMP (and backed? you backed it right? GO BACK IT AND COME BACK) you have have a serious problem: you need everything about the SK8 KAMP 2015 Skatepark in your life. But since you already backed it you know there is a cure for your hardcore FOMO and that is the ridiculous prize for the $100 package that only SK8 KAMP can do. For the small price of those one hundred dollars the SK8 KAMP 2015 Team is letting people fulfill their ultimate fantasy of living within a skatepark by letting people squat overnight under their work. SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK.
How Do I Know Its Real and Not Just Existing In An Existential Burning Man Dreamscape?
We know it seems like a group hallucination but you’re not crazy and its definitely real. The meticulous injury count over the past 5 years as SK8 KAMP has grown is a testament the reality of bailing in the desert. And we quote:
“Here’s an injury count from our previous years (don’t worry, we take good care of our injured Sk8ers with our Kamp wheel chair and ice packs):
2011 – 1 throat hit/injured by skateboard, 1 lip split open, 3 sprained ankles, 232 bruises
2012 – 1 broken arm, 1 injured shoulder, 1 broken leg, 543 bruises
2013 – 1 broken arm, 3 twisted ankles, 367 bruises
2014 – 1 broken arm, 1 sprained ankle, 1 sliced lip, 162 bruises (we’re way down, what is happening here?)”
Unicorns are real.
With such a huge decrease in bruises the SK8 KAMP team is funneling their extra ice pack money in to making sure things are extra crazy this year. They’re power packing along with DUSTFISH and Sextant camps to Voltron up and create DUSTFISH Village. Location is 6:30 & Esplanade near Center Camp and in the primetime zone. With such an epic camp comes a need for funds and SK8 KAMP is only asking for a small amount to make it happen. Every year they go to huge lengths to create the unicorn of skate parks and this year will be the biggest unicorn yet.
Whatever Skateboards is an Official 2014 Skateboard Marathon Sponsor!
We just checked the Stoke Index and its off the charts: we’re on board as an official sponsor for this year’s skateboard marathon! The Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon is a powerhouse skateboarding and longboarding event held near our HQ here in San Diego and this year we’re happy to announce our official sponsorship! Get your stoke on this year on Nov 30th, 2014 and ride with some of the best longboarding and endurance skateboarding champs.
Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet, (except this.) We can’t confirm or deny what’s been floating around as far as what our sponsorship means for race day and the after party but we are hoping to add a few new surprises to this year’s event… mwahahaha!
We’ve been waiting a little while to give an update/review on this meganews because we wanted to see what’s what with the new RIDE Channel website. Obviously RIDE Channel, the Tony Hawk + YouTube megaventure and hothouse for skating vids, is one of the best YouTube channels period. If you’re watching skateboarding videos on the same Internet we’re on then you’ve been watching RIDE Channel. Example: the Tony Hawk “Perched” video. But RIDE broke out a new .com site recently and we weren’t quite sure what to expect or even what that would change. Turns out this opens up a whole new side to the RIDE.
Remember That Time Tony Hawk & Rodney Mullen Talked About Inventing Kickflips?
That was a RIDE Channel video.
Double RIDE Rainbow? What Does It Even Mean?
Tbh we weren’t sure at first either; it was mostly just the same vids from their YouTube channel. So we let it play out a little during their soft launch in late October. But now we’re in deep and in the past few weeks we’ve gotten a taste of what’s to come out of the new RIDE Channel website. The main thing that’s new: articles. Before RIDE was pretty much nothing but videos now we’re getting a heaping onslaught of senior skateboarding journalism.
Words Are Hard
No kidding, we just wrote this entire review. So thankfully RIDE is now letting loose some of their writers to take the reigns. So far the new skate news over there has run the entire spectrum from kicking up some dust to get riders sponsored to insightful commentary on the skateboarding industry to top 10 lists and re-posts of the vids you know from their YouTube channel. The best of the new stuff (no surprise here) is coming from from the old school skate writer vets. You’ll recognize some of the authors from the sneakerbeast that is Complex and you’re not going crazy: it’s because Tony Hawk partnered with Complex to launch this new side to RIDE. Special shoutout to the new stuff by Lucas Wisenthal who’s written work really shines on the new site.
Videos Are Still The Best Part of RIDE
The new articles are good but RIDE’s bread and butter is still the skating vids.
My Brain Hurts Tell Me What To Think About This Plz
TL;DR – the reviews are in and the RIDE Channel and Tony Hawk have done it again. The website is worth a visit to snag some of the written articles. Missed the link? Click here!