Skateboard Sizes: The Best fit for YOU

Watch this video and learn how to determine the best skateboard size to fit your needs. The guys from Braille Skateboards will answer all your questions on board sizes. It’s all about preference and what works for YOU!

Linda Vista Skate Park in San Diego

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We have got some exciting news for our local skate community here in San Diego. Most of you have probably heard about the world class skate park is being built in the valley of our very on Linda Vista. The park was designed by Site Design Group from Carlsbad, CA and will be 35,000 square feet of skate heaven once the park is completed. Located at San Diego Recreation Centers 7064 Levant St. San Diego, CA 92111.
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What Makes it Epic

The park will be equipped with a competition sized vert bowl, massive street zone, snaking ditch run, transition snake run, flow bowl, and signature full pipe. The coolest thing about the park is that all of these features are weaved into the natural terrain and landscape it was built on.
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Why it’s Great for The Community

The park also doesn’t obstruct pedestrians or create any obstacles, because they have built a pedestrian bridge directly above the skate park that spans over the width of the park. This will be San Diego’s largest skate park and in 7 short months the park will open on August 15th. Until then, we can all live vicariously through the “Sims” like people in these photos!

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Click here to design a park board!

5 Mistakes Beginner Skaters Make

VL skate outlines the five mistakes beginners make when trying to land new tricks and how to avoid them! The first two are not fully learning the trick and moving on too fast. These two go hand in hand! Muscle memory is the most important thing when getting a new move down. You can try it 100 times and land it 20 times out of that but without creating the proper muscle memory, you won’t be able to retain the trick. The third mistake outlined in this video is losing motivation. It can be discouraging to try something over and over again and not get it, but you can always move onto a different trick and come back to the one you are stuck on another day! The fourth mistake is getting burnt out. If you feel yourself getting tired or frustrated-take a break! The fifth mistake is comparing yourself to others. The only person you should compare progress with is yourself!


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Braille Skateboarding: Skateboarding Made Simple

You have probably heard of Aaron Kyro, professional skater and Youtube Star. He is known for his Youtube Channel called Braille Skateboarding, where he has many tutorials and skate videos based of his own self-taught methods. In this video above, Aaron helps you build a solid foundation for all of your skating and fundamental tricks. He covers turning, stopping, and everything in between. These are the fundamentals Aaron goes over before diving into the most common tricks-ollies, frontside 180’s, backside 180’s, pop shove it’s, front shove its, heelflips and kickflips. Stick with Aaron and his strategical order of learning the art of skating, and you will go far! Or at least, improve.

Kids and Minis Category Added Just in Time for the Holidays

The holiday season is approaching! We’ve been printing and shipping your custom designed skateboards and longboards for that special someone for a while now, and one of the most frequently asked questions come November and December is what type of board to buy for your son, grandson, goddaughter, etc. We get regular messages along the lines of “What type of board to I buy my 13 year old 5″7′ son”?

New Category: Kids and Minis

We have the answer for you! We have polled our skating experts and put together the best boards for our beloved kids, grandkids, godchildren, baby cousins.. you get the picture. Any of these boards are great options for beginners and/or teenagers and younger.

Gift Card Option

If you decide on the board but you’re unsure about the design, you can always get a gift card and let the recipient know the board you decided on and they can make the design. You can even print out the image of the board to show them the shape & specs!

Check out our selection of kid friendly and mini boards here!

An Easy Way to Get Better at Skating

In this video, created by the guys of Braille Skateboarding, they teach you how to critique yourself in order to learn from your own mistakes when trying to land different tricks.  They share what their riders do behind the scenes to help each other improve from their mistakes and ultimately master different tricks. They share with us their technique of  having a friend film you, watching it back in slo-mo to break it down, and recognize exactly where you are screwing up so you can learn from those mistakes!

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

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!

2016 Downhill Longboard Events

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Focus and Speed

Downhill longboarding is a form of boarding that takes a lot of skill and focus. When going at speeds of 30, 40, or even up to 70mph on a longboard, you really got to hone in on the moment. The world record for speed currently stands at 80.83 mph and is held by Mischo Erban. Go Mischo, the fastest longborder in the world! That definitely would be a hair-raising scene to witness at downhill longboard events.

For all you longboarders that like to ride the mountains and hills, and for those who like to spectate, we at Whatever Skateboards put together a list of the top downhill longboard events coming up this 2016.

 

Downhill Longboard Events 2016

2/27 – MAGIC CITY MAYHEM GARAGE RACE in Miami Florida
2/28 – REY DE LA MONTAÑA FESTIVAL OF SPEED in Tarmatambo Peru
3/26 – CENTRAL IOWA DOWNHILL SHOWDOWN in Ledges State Park Madrid Iowa
5/3 – LAUNCH in Linden Australia
7/1 – Sector 9 The Whistler FREERIDE NO HANDS RACE in Whistler Canada

Women’s Events

And for all the women out there who love to shred, there is a great downhill longboard event going on in Sintra Portugal. For 8 days there is a WOMEN’S LONGBOARD CAMP #1 being held right by the sea on the Atlantic coast.