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. 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.

A video posted by Jason Gallo (@babytooks) on

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.

A video posted by Jason Gallo (@babytooks) on

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.

2016 Skateboarding Events – The Best Skateboard Events in 2016

2016 Skateboarding Events and 2016 Skateboard Competitions

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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.

REVIEW! Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 Official Review

Whatever Skateboard’s Official Review – Tony Flop Pro Skater 5

Tony Flop Pro Skater 5 Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 is out and the results are in: its not good. You know its for real when die hard Tony Hawk fans like ourselves are bearing the bad news. The Tony Hawk hype machine had pumped this skating game up to 11 only to have it aggressively panned on social media and by critics. A quick read of comments on Tony Hawk’s Instagram lets you know how people feel. Sadly Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 doesn’t even let you design your own skateboard. And unfortunately for skaters this is the most recently released major skateboard game so there’s no real option but to buy it and complain :-( And that brings us to our Official Whatever Skateboards Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 Review.

SCORE: 7.2 / 10 (NO BUENO)

What Does Whatever Skateboards Know About Skateboard Games?

For one we play the XBox One in our office constantly and we’ve logged some major hours designing our own skateboard in Skate 3 and Skate 4. While we don’t have an Official Whatever Skateboards Review of Olli Olli and Olli Olli 2 we’ve logged A LOT of hours on them and even have some of the global high scores. Not to mention several members of our team used to be game developers and had platinum hits so we’re not just parroting the rest of the reviews.

The Good: This Game Has Some Moments

As with any game you can see the developers and production team did try put their hearts in to it. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 shines during certain surprise and delight moments: putting the first weird head on your skater, popping beach balls in The Berrics pool, and even firing explosive rockets out of your skateboard. The subtle trick names as you clear gaps and grind rails are good for a smile and the quippy mission names are the same way. Some of the missions are better than others, and there are a few times the rides lines really are spectacular. Overall the stock levels are actually pretty fun and larger than we expected. Oddly enough one of the best parts of this game is the stupid Robomoto intro.

The Bad: Yikes

Our first office play session was hours long and we unlocked the third level. The next day we went to play again and all of our game data had been reset. That meant hours of replaying the missions and the complete lack of story (unlike THPS Underground) became painful. We bailed. We forced ourselves to pick it back up again. Every private match ended in a crashed game and needing an XBox One reboot. You can’t even switch Missions from within a Mission, you have to go all the way out to “Freeskate” mode even though the menu opens up. You hit the left menu button and the menu opens on the right of the screen. Hit the right menu button and the menu opens on the left side of the screen. In a nutshell this game is mentally painful to play.

The Ugly: This Game Is Actually Worse Than You Realize

This game does a bit of a disservice to gaming. Where the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater was innovative and moved gaming forward this game was a cold rehash of the Tony Hawk franchise. The best new move was stolen from Olli Olli and the “big new thing” is a multiplayer open world no one wants to be in. Given the years between the release of THPS4 and THPS5 this game should have been a glorious reboot of one of the last god-tier gaming franchises from the golden era of 32 and 64 bit gaming. Instead we got the Star Wars: Episode 1 of skateboard games. Everyone was hoping for a new version of an old classic but instead what we got was the same old game. There goes another unicorn :’-(

Tony Hawk Wins Womens SLS Championships The soundtrack is another great place to see something terribly wrong with Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5: its all rock and punk. There’s no EDM, no dubstep, no hip hop, and no rap. The original soundtrack was incredible, this was huge chance to reboot it and instead what we got was a small can of TH approved music. We know he likes that stuff already, its not new to brand followers. And its certainly not in touch with modern music. Does the Hawk listen to anything but guitars? What about any other skaters in the game? Do they have ears and like music? We’ll never know.

Unlike the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater which had a bevy of famous skaters this version pretty much lets you pick from Tony Hawk, Tony Hawk Jr., and Tony Hawkette. Where the hell is Rodney Mullen, Evan Smith, Kilian Martin, or any female skaters? Why can’t I make my own face on a skater? Why can’t I skate my own skate? The original Tony Hawk Pro Skater went so far past Tony Hawk himself that it made him stand out as a remarkable individual in a community and finalized his status as a pop culture god. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 continues to celebrate the Tony Hawk legacy but never gets past the Tony Hawk brand enough to connect with anyone actually playing the game.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5In the end it felt like THPS5 was a game made for one person to play: Tony Hawk.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 PROTIPS

  • Metacritic gave this a 1.5 / 5
  • Gamespot gave this a 3.0 / 10
  • Wait until much later or even after the holidays to get this game if you have to buy it the price will be much lower.

SK8 KAMP Burning Man Kickstarter 2015 – Black Rock City Skatepark!

SK8 KAMP Burning Man Kickstarter 2015 is live! Support a Skate Park on The Playa in Black Rock City!

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?)”

SK8 KAMP Bruise 2015 - Unicorns Are Real
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.

It’s Also Charity Bro

See because once they’re done they donate the features and obstacles and ramps and hopes and dreams to local parks. So you also directly benefit the community. Be like SK8 KAMP. Be a hero. Do the right thing and back their 2015 Kickstarter.

First day on the Internet? LINKS ARE HARD. Click here for the SK8 KAMP 2015 Skate Park at Burning Man Kickstarter! [CLICKCLICK]

Woohoo! We’re A Sponsor for the Skateboard Marathon!

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.

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BOOM: sponsor that skateboard marathon! Special thanks of course goes to our hosts the Adrenalina Skate Store here in San Diego for running this landmark event to bring all the best longboarders and skateboarders out for a great day.

How Do I Register For the 2014 Skateboard Marathon?

At the skateboard marathon website!

I Heard A Rumor That You…

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!