Pokemon GO and Skateboarding – The Ultimate Pokemon GO Guide for Skaters

Pokemon GO and Skateboarding Are Perfect, Here’s Our Pokemon GO Guide for Those Who Skateboard!

Pokemon GO Skateboarding Guide

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.

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Get Informed – Know Your Pokemon GO

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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 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

The Pokemon GO Plus release date says December 2016, but that is only when it is sold out. With the popularity of Pokemon fever hitting peak right now Nintendo has been taking Pokemon GO Plus preorders and the Amazon.com offering says its Currently Unavailable when the Pokemon GO Plus is not in stock. If you want to see if Pokemon GO Plus preorders are working or if Pokemon GO Plus is in in stock click here.

Pokemon Gear

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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Add Custom Grip Tape to Your Deck

Create Unique Designs on Your Custom Grip Tape

Kickflip your deck into shape with your own personal custom grip tape. Add personalized features to your board like unique logos or handcrafted designs sketched by you. Whateverskateboards.com offers an array of design options allowing personal artistry to come to life. No skateboard will ever be the same with the option to design your own grip tape, trucks and wheels! You can be as simple or complex as you want. Awaken the pro skater in you with a killer custom skateboard for your easy riding.

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Unleash Your Creative Mind

Jab into your originality as a skater and find what drives you to skate. With your passion, designing your own grip tape can become a way to get you back into your roots with skateboarding. Nicknames, logos, graffiti art, personal sketches, brand names, pictures are just simple starters to think about with your custom grip tape. Now you can think of designing both sides of your skateboard and what contrasting colors look best together. The top of the skateboard is something people see first which is a great way to sponsor names or extend your brand to the pros.

Style Your Ride

Getting your name out to the public can be challenging but with custom grip tape you can design fresh logos that attract riders from all around! When you design your skateboard or long board custom designs always look amazing because no one else has seen them before. This way when you’re cruising down hills, riding the pipes, or doing tricks on a rail both sides of your skateboard are visible. Attracting others attention just got twice as easier than before so styling your ride would give your status as a rider ample leeway in the direction of your skating career.

Design Your Own Grip Tape

Check out these pro skaters from the Tampa Pro 2016 Finals and their personalized custom grip tap!

Whatever Skateboards New Sponsored Rider – Jason Gallo aka @babytooks

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.

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Not Enough For You? HERE’S MORE

Jason has been dropping in and dropping clips left and right recently, here’s his latest enormous dump truck that will make you question everything.

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A Natural Rider and Smooth Steez

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.

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Want More, More, More?

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.

Custom Skateboard Designs Inspired by Ray’s Pool

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Ray’s Pool A San Diego Legend

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.

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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.

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Start Designing!

7 Top Skateboarding Apps

Top Skateboarding Apps We Are Stoked About

From online games to live feed, these free top skateboarding apps are here for all your skating needs. All of these apps are compatible with the iPhone, and some are also compatible with the Android. I combed through a bunch of skate apps to put together a collection of the top 7 most useful apps that can help you up your skate game. They are also all for free!

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Spot Digger

This app is useful if you are looking for new places to shred. Locations will be marked on a map near your local area. You can also rate the run up and the run down on each spot. There is also another rating for the best time of the day to skate each spot. The only catch is that not all skaters will want to let everyone in on their secret. Those  are still only available by word of mouth.

Skull Candy

Skull Candy has created an app for skaters and snowboarders. This is one of the best skateboarding apps that has the information for each location such as conditions, weather, and ratings, qualifying it on the list of top skateboarding apps. You can also listen to streaming music.  This app is like a skate google map and a radio combined into one!

The School of Skate

If you are looking for a way to up your skills, this is the app for you. Learn tips from pros on how to do tricks. The motto of this site is “Helping the world progress one trick at a time.” We chose this one as one of the top skateboarding apps since we support their motto, and agree with what they are trying to do for the skate community.

Nike SB

The big name Nike has created their own skate app and we are not disappointed. This app helps you connect with skaters from around the world. Upload videos of tricks to share with everyone. Pros also post up challenges for people to respond to. If your trick is sick, you have a big chance to be featured on their app! This is a great way to put yourself out there and to be noticed.

Boarder Lounge

Connect with other skaters through Boarder Lounge to talk about all things related to skating. You can also post videos through this app. This app is like a live skate forum for your phone.

Skatematic

This app is more about entertainment. You can watch the latest and top rated skate videos through this app. Catch up on the latest tricks and contest updates through videos posted by the skate pros.

Touchgrind

Our list would not be complete without a skate game. Touch grind makes it on the list of top skateboarding apps since this is the best app skate game out there. This game lets you customize your board, which we are all about. You use your two fingers to skate through the virtual skate park. It is like a virtual tech deck!

We are stoked about these 7 top free skateboarding apps out there that provide an outlet for creativity, community and fun. Hope you all enjoy these apps!

You can also design your own personalized skateboard at Whateverkateboards.com

Design A Skateboard!

Custom Skateboard with Skateboard Quotes

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Pick The Ultimate Skateboard Quote

Skateboarding is a lifestyle. It has transcended the concrete bowls into its own culture with fashion, entertainment, and super stars. A lot of inspiration as risen out of the world of skateboarding, and we can learn some things from the big skate stars that have helped skateboarding evolve over the years. Here are some inspirational skateboard quotes to feed your need to skate, and to help you get started on creating a custom skateboard with your own skateboarding quotes!

Classic Skateboard Quotes

Here is a collection of some memorable skateboarding quotes from some skaters.

“Life is a lot like skateboarding.” – lil Wayne “I consider skateboarding an art form, a lifestyle and a sport. ‘Action sport’ would be the least offensive categorization.” – Tony Hawk “Skateboarding teaches you how to take a fall properly. If you try to kickflip down some stairs, it might take you thirty tries – and you just learn how to take a tumble out of it without getting hurt.” – Bam Margera “My whole life has been the skate life. I don’t really remember doing anything besides skateboarding.” – Ryan Sheckler “When I was a kid, everywhere I went people said I should be a model, but I was more into skateboarding.” – Daria Werbowy  

Custom Skateboard Quote Designing Tips

So when designing your custom skateboard, there are a few things to keep in mind. When you design the board, always keep in mind the trucks on the bottom side of the board. The trucks will be a part of the design once it is installed, unless this is a board that will hang on your wall. So… if you are putting a skateboarding quotes on the board, make sure it is on either sides of the trucks or in-between the four indicated dots on the template. Or else, you may get a board that looks funked up.

Some Short Skateboard Quotes

You could always put a long skateboard quote on the board, but sometimes a shorter one will do. Shorter skateboard quotes are easier to incorporate in to the design when creating a custom skateboard. With less words, you can play with the text size and placement of the text. This makes it easier to add style to your design and helps with creating a bold impact. Here are some short skateboarding quotes that are good for this type of custom skateboard design. “Skate or Die”, “Keep on Rolling”, “Go Skate Day”.

Start Designing!

Prime Skateboard Events of 2016

Update: Check out our new Skateboard Events Calendar

Skateboard Events of 2016

We got you covered on the best skateboard events of 2016. Our team has put together a list of amateur and professional events from all over the world, to share with you. Check out our events page for specific details such as exact location, time, and schedule of this year’s events. We will keep you up to date with new event posts throughout the year.

Vans Pro Skate Park Series

Vans is holding an international competition, and the prize purse for this one is high! This is the very first World Championship of park skateboarding. The prize purse at each qualifier is at $75,000, making the total prize purse totaling over one half million US dollars. Through this event, Vans is looking to promote the discipline of park terrain riding to a world wide scale. The features in the competitions include spines, angled hips, extensions, escalators, set-back walls, elevation changes, gaps and transfers, variable grinding surfaces, etc. This competition is also open to all pro men and women skaters. 2016 is the mark of Vans 50th anniversary, which makes it the perfect year to promote skate progression around the world.

The Boardr Am Series

The Boardr Am Series are skateboard events open to all the amateurs. It is a great event with a $250.00 purse prize at each stop. There are 100 open spots at each stop, so hurry to claim your spot before they fill up! The winner of each location will be flown to the X Games, in Austin, to meet the other qualified amateurs. Events will be held in California, Arizona, Georgia, New York City, and Florida. Some locations are TBD, so check out our events page for updates. This is a good chance for all the amateurs to participate and to have the chance to travel to Austin, where Texas is keeping it weird. Good luck!

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New on WhateverSkateboards.com – BLOCK Risers for Your Custom Skateboard!

All the New BLOCK Risers Are Finally Here!

We are excited to tell you that we have added new BLOCK Risers to our site! BLOCK Risers has used innovative skateboard riser designs to create a new skateboard riser with multiple functional “blocks” that can be swapped out. These risers are fresh enough for any skateboard with 5 colorful colorways and a signature design style. BLOCK Risers are a great edition to any custom skateboard, and they work on longboards and any type of reverse kingpin or drop through trucks. You can even top mount BLOCK Risers for use as a push plate or for filming from angles above the board. BLOCK Risers are currently the most versatile skateboard risers and longboard risers available.

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The BLOCK Riser Basics – BettyBOX

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The base unit for BLOCK Risers are the original BettyBOX. The BettyBOX is a tough 3/8″ riser unit made to fit on any truck setup. If you’re looking for light, durable skateboard risers the BettyBOX is designed to minimize the riser weight while still providing a stable rise usable by even professional downhill longboarders. A solid product in its own right, the BettyBOX really shines when used as intended and combined with the rest of the BLOCK Riser setups. Unlike most skateboard risers the entire BLOCK Riser BettyBOX series is also able to be used as longboard risers, even with drop through trucks.

BLOCK Risers GoBLOCK – The GoPro Mount for Skateboarding

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With the GoBLOCK, you can add an extra feature to your custom skateboard. The GoBLOCK adds a GoPro camera mount feature to your riser. The design lets you install the camera in a spot that is out of the way from your feet, both when mounted above and below the deck. With vibration restraints and a secure hold, the GoBLOCK will help you capture smooth skateboard footage. Its the most useful skateboard riser we’ve ever seen. Combine with the soft durometer BLOCK Riser Pads to get good footy even over sidewalk cracks. The GoPro attachment easily locks into the BettyBOX housing. so you can attach and detach your GoPro easily.

StashBLOCK Drawer Block Risers

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The StashBLOCK has a secret compartment that slides in and locks into the base BLOCK Risers BettyBOX. The box is perfect for storing keys and small items that you might need to bring along on the ride but don’t want to get mangled. If you hate skating with stuff in your pockets the StashBLOCK locks in securely and doesn’t fall out while you’re out cruising or ripping. Not too big and not too small the StashBLOCK is the perfect size.

Looking For More BLOCK Riser Blocks?

The entire premise behind BLOCK Risers is to keep adding new blocks and there are no signs of stopping. The latest addition from BLOCK Risers includes a GoPro light mount to give you an option of a bottom mounted light or a top mounted light that help you avoid cracks and stack crazy clips at night. Mix and match your BLOCK Risers boxes, both straight and wedge risers, and find your style.

Custom Skateboard Features

It is the details that count, and with these innovative BLOCK Risers, you have the option to upgrade your custom skateboard to get the best ride. They come in 5 bright colors of red, green, blue, purple, and black.

I’m Buying a Gift, What’s a Riser?

Risers are slab of durable material that is screwed between the skateboard deck and the skateboard trucks. They help the skateboard “rise” up a little and are useful when you want to use larger wheels without getting wheelbite or you have a skateboard that sits too low to the ground. They can also help reduce chatter and rumbling when going at higher speeds or skating on harder wheels. You can also use them to get a change in your pushing and carving. Most risers are flat though BLOCK Risers offers both flat and wedge. Typically skateboard risers are simple pieces of high durometer plastic. The difference with BLOCK Risers is their innovative design that allows you to actually use the riser for multiple purposes other than just additional height.

Looking for BLOCK Risers? Click Here!

Skateboarding Gift Guide – Gifts for Skaters – Christmas Gifts

The Best Gifts for Skaters – Skateboarding Gift Guide – Christmas Edition

Skaters can be a tough bunch to go gift shopping for: we’re incredibly picky about our gear, our shoes, our skateboards, our brands, and our steez. We get a lot of customers calling in over Christmas looking for the perfect Xmas gifts for skaters in their life. Maybe you’re looking to get your bro something you can totally borrow, maybe you’ve got a grom of your own, or maybe you’re browsing for gifts for a skater boyfriend or skater girlfriend. We’re here to break down some of the best skateboarding gifts you can get the skater in your life. Welcome to our Official Whatever Skateboards Christmas 2015 Gift Guide. We’ll break down the must have gifts as do’s and don’ts for skateboarding gift ideas.

Top Skateboarding Gifts

Predator Helmet

We had to put this first because we’re pretty sure our moms buy every one of us a helmet every Christmas. Helmets and pads are the socks of skateboarding gifts, everyone gets them. Not all of them have been cool so we’re jumping out in advance of this one. If you’re buying for an adult you should be going for the best skateboarding helmet and that’s anything by Predator. We offer the Predator FR-7 on our site which is a great all around helmet for safety. Also the Predator helmet is sleek black, matte, actually looks cool, its the helmet the pros wear in comps. If you have a grom (read: you need kids Christmas gifts) you should obviously opt for a Raskulls helmet. If they made Raskulls for adults we’d probably wear them and there’s a lot of helmet envy on the boardwalk from little steezers rocking their kid’s Shark Helmet.

DO
– Buy a quality helmet.
– Get something cool so you’re more likely to wear it.

DON’T
– Don’t buy a bike helmet and not a skateboarding helmet.
– Don’t buy a used helmet, ONLY buy new helmets. Used helmets are not safe and very dangerous!

Custom Skateboard or Custom Longboard (Obviously from Whatever Skateboards!)

Its not our fault we have the best gifts for skaters! The nice thing about getting a custom skateboard as a gift is that it is personal it can be part of your skaters quiver without you needing to worry about all the technical details behind skateboarding. A cool design on our pro quality decks is enough steez for any skater to proudly rock. We carry all the most popular sizes of skateboard. Our most popular sized classic skateboard deck is the 8″ x 31″ 3/4 skateboard. We also have tried-and-true longboard shapes. If your skater boyfriend or skater girlfriend don’t have a longboard cruiser they make a great gift for any skater. our most popular longboard is our Dart pintail series. For those looking to get something a little smaller we have the perfect wooden penny style skateboard without our Lil Guy.

DO
– Buy a quality skateboard.
– Make multiple designs to come up with something awesome.

DON’T
– Don’t buy cheap plywood skateboards at Wal-Mart or Target.
– Worry! Our custom skateboards and custom longboards make a rad gift.

GoPro Hero 4 Camera

Skaters love filming themselves and spend hours hitting the pavement just to nail one make when the camera is on. If there’s one camera that stands above all other cameras it is without a doubt the GoPro. The GoPro Hero 4 is the latest in the Go Pro camera series and like previous GoPro cameras its waterproof and has a screen. Compact and rugged Go Pros go anywhere skaters shred and have the fisheye style lens to make sure you get every frame. Ultra high quality and super tiny a Go Pro is like having an entire bag of equipment and lenses. The killer battery life and memory cards that are interchangeable with Android phones makes the GoPro Hero 4 one of the ultimate skateboarding gifts. We’re not gonna lie, these are some of the more expensive cameras on the market but you get what you pay for and any skater would be beyond stoked. The huge bonus with a GoPro is that isn’t just for skateboarding and helmet cams, they’re a great choice for anything fun.

DO
– Read up on the various GoPro camera models and addons. The screen, extra batter, and waterproof case are the most popular addons.
– Get an extra memory card.

DON’T
– Don’t buy a cheap camera, you’re better off getting something else if you’re not getting something nice like a GoPro or a DLSR still camera.

Skateboarding Gifts on a Budget


Skate Tool or Skate Key

Not all skateboarding gifts have to be pricey, there are a lot of cheap skateboarding gifts for those on a budget. Some low cost staples of skateboarding every single skater loves are skate tools. Skate tools and skate keys have all the major sizes to match skateboarding nuts and screws. They also have an allen head or hex key for those that are sensitive about their deck. You can pretty much never have enough skate tools. Skaters spend a ton of time switching out gear or cored wheels and these are essential. Most hardcore skaters have one in their bag, one in their car, and one at home. An awesome stocking stuffer skateboarding Christmas gift for skaters the skate tool is an essential piece of hardware.

DO
– Get a skater a skate tool as a gift if they don’t have one.

DON’T
– Don’t worry if your skater already has skate tool, you can always use a few more and friends often “borrow” them. – There are no don’ts really, skate tools are essential for all skaters.



Custom Stickers

Right there with skate tools for cheap skateboarding gifts are custom stickers. Create anything awesome and make your own design and get a grip of stickers on the cheap. Regular brands are cool but not all skaters want to rep all brands. Creating badass custom stickers that can be slapped on a skate are the perfect skateboarding stocking stuffer. You can never have enough stickers in life and personalized stickers make the perfect gift for skaters in everyone life.

DO
– Make something awesome. Try a few designs!
– Create a design that is easy to read and not complicated.

DON’T
– Use complicated designs or very small text.




Last Minute Skateboarding Christmas Gifts


Whatever Skateboards Gift Card

Gift cards are one of our most popular skateboarding gifts. Its not easy to nail the perfect design on your own and sometimes skaters are just plain picky. If you need a last minute skateboarding gift for skaters a Whatever Skateboards gift card can be the perfect way to get an awesome gift with time to spare. Available in different values you can tailor your gift to your budget and your skater.

DO
– Snag a gift card for at least $100 depending on the skateboard you’re trying to get your skater, some downhill longboards or specialty skateboards can be more!

DON’T
– Panic! We’ve got you covered for Christmas gifts.

2016 Skateboarding Events – The Best Skateboard Events in 2016

2016 Skateboarding Events and 2016 Skateboard Competitions

New! Check Out our New Skateboard Events Section Here »

2016 year is shaping up to be one of the most important years ever in skateboarding history with more skateboard competitions and huge skating events than ever before. Lets take a look at the some of the largest 2016 skateboarding events and what’s in tour. Spoiler alert: this year is crazy packed with events.

X Games 2016

2016 X Games Austin

X Games 2016 Location: Austin, TX
X Games 2016 Dates: June 2nd, 2016 – June 5th, 2016
Everyone knows the 2016 X Games is going to be one of the largest 2016 skateboarding competitions. With a focus on multiple forms of multiple sports the X Games are an amazing place to catch both street skateboarding and vert skating. As far as star power expect the 2016 X Games to have a huge presence, megawatt name skaters will be crawling all over the place given the venue and the huge global coverage from ESPN and ABC. Austin is an awesome and skater-friendly city and the major air events are sure to be a spectacle.

Dew Tour 2016

2016 Dew Tour

Dew Tour 2016 Location: TBA
Dew Tour 2016 Dates: TBA
It wouldn’t be right to go without mentioning the Dew Tour. Like the X Games on wheels the 2016 Dew Tour will likely be packed to the brim with star power. Dew Tour is often an easier set of skateboard events to attend as, you guessed it, they roam on tour. They haven’t announced their 2016 tour locations yet but if the past is any indication they’ll have about three stops throughout the year with at least one tour date in Los Angeles. As far as 2016 skateboard events go the Dew Tour is definitely one of the bigger events though its not strictly a skateboarding competition.

SLS 2016

2016 SLS

SLS 2016 Location: TBA
SLS 2016 Dates: TBA
The 2016 Street League Skating Season is going to have some of the most important skateboarding events of 2016. Of course everyone is going to be tuned in to the Super Crown at the end of the season towards September/October, but before that we’ll all be watching the new minted Ams turned Pro through the SPoT / Dam Am / SLS farm system . Look for the usual arrangement of superstars and global locations. SLS 2016 season will likely continue to be the premiere skateboarding competitions in 2016 with major TV coverage and an international presence. If you’re in another country or aren’t near some of the larger events the SLS Season is an easier tour to get on location for a pro skateboarding event in 2016. No tickets to SLS 2016? No big deal. Even without tickets to any SLS event you can still catch the entire 2016 season streaming online.

Skate Park of Tampa – 22nd Annual Tampa Pro

2016 Tampa Pro Location: Tampa, FL
2016 Tampa Pro Dates: March 4th, 2016 – March 6th, 2016
Speaking of SLS skateboarding events… the 22nd Annual Tampa Pro is THE skateboarding event. This is the event where pros can come up and make the official SLS pro roster. As far as 2016 skateboarding events goes this is the ONE. The SPoT Dam Am event that leads to a Pro spot and a chance to get the SLS Golden Ticket is actually in 2015 in November so look for some fresh faces. If you want a 2016 skateboarding competition this is your jamz. Be sure to catch the exclusive live stream on the SLS website if its not one of the 2016 skateboard competitions you’ll have tickets for. Skate Park of Tampa Pro 2016

Woodward Camp – Skateboarding Camp 2016

Woodward 2016 Registration: Click here!
Woodward West 2016 Registration: Click here!
Not strictly an event but for all the groms, ams, and pros out there the ultimate summer 2016 skateboarding event is going to be summer skateboarding camp. From a family run camp in Pennsylvania to the #1 skateboard training destination worldwide the Woodward Camps have always been the gold standard for action sports summer camps. Pros and ams alike roll through camp all summer and thrown down on impromptu skate comps. 2016 summer registration has opened so if you want to get some training in for later 2016 skateboard events, you’re eyeing up 2017, you just want a week grom free then Woodward is a must-do. Remember, they now have Woodward West if you’re on the Best Coast!

Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon 2016

Skateboarding Marathon 2016 Date: November 2016
Skateboarding Marathon 2016 Location: San Diego, CA
There’s only one major endurance skateboarding event and its the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon held yearly in San Diego. A grueling 26.2 miles of non-stop woodpushing this is not a skateboarding event for the faint of heart (literally). The world record is set around the 1hr 30min mark, for a normal skater expect to be pushing for 3 to 4 hours. Longboards and big wheels are a must for this event though there are standard park & street decks making the rounds. Like most skateboarding competitions this one has a party at a local brew pub after then event. If you’re looking for a destination skateboarding event in 2016 San Diego is a beautiful city. Plus the skateboard marathon is for all ages making it about the only 2016 pro skateboard event everyone can enter. Click here to check out the Skateboard Marathon.

Go Skateboarding Day 2016

Go Skateboarding Day 2016 Date: June 21, 2016
Go Skateboarding Day is the skateboarding event for everyone! Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or an am or where you live on June 21st 2016 is the day you drop everything and go skateboard. Get out and roll. Its not a skate competition, its just fun. Born in Southern California, the unofficial home of skateboarding, International Go Skateboarding Day is sponsored by the skateboarding industry itself and celebrated by pretty much every skate. When it comes to 2016 skateboarding events, this is one that everyone MUST do. 2016 Go Skateboarding Day!

International Olympic Committee Vote – Skateboarding in the 2020 Olympics

2020 Olympics

Not really a skateboarding event in the classic sense its important to remember that 2016 is a landmark year for skateboarding. During the August 2016 meeting of the IOC they’ll vote to decide if skateboarding makes the 2020 Olympics as a official sport! You can probably catch the vote online the day after, no real need to watch it live.