There’s a lot of awesome meetups happening these days, great parks to hit up and awesome skate shops backing non-trad skateboarding to spend your cash at. This map is meant to make it easier for you to find all the sweet spots & link up with like-minded skaters as you explore this summer and next. If you know of a rad shop, park or tight meetup opportunity, add it via the form at the bottom of the page!
It got wild, it got weird- it was fucking wonderful. This wasn’t just a contest, it was a renegade mission by local FDR women to take over the park for a day of music, art and skateboarding. The “Gnar Bar” was constructed on site, and the whole back flow bowl was painted with wild-ass ponies and flaming rainbows. Nine bands performed and there were over 30 artists and vendors. Women and queer/non-binary skaters from all over the country came out and shredded.
Migz filmed this almost 20 years ago and Priest recently dug it out of the dusty DVAULT, and edited it into this lively slice of herstory, starring Amy Caron, Vanessa Torres, Alex White, Monica Shaw, Jesse Van Roechoudt, Lauren Mollica, Lauren Perkins, Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins and Farrah O’Brien. Musical stylings by Shoebox Jones.
Also, there are certain skaters – Dorfus, Red, Jodi McDonald – that get you saying “I can’t believe it’s not butter” when you see them lock into ripping loud, satisfying, meaty grinds, and Leon is among them. They skate with a unique and powerful energy while radiating good vibes; a session with them makes you skate better. Take Leon’s lead and leave your mark in that pool coping.
Something special has been brewing in Madison Wisconsin for the past five years, and we’re not talking about beer (that’s Milwaukee). You may have caught glimpses on instagram via Marbie and Leon and other IG feeds, but Preston Moses Clopton recently gifted the world with a beautiful video collage of this unique Midwestern skate community and the “Forward Living” DIY skatepark.
These upcycled, hand dyed and printed T-shirts are our new recipe for success. And since success here is measured by our ability to express our individuality, we are “Charlie Sheen” winning. Also, because yellow and navy are the main colors in our palate, these shirts really scream BIGOOT!!!
I always felt pretty intimidated shooting photos at big skate contests. One time, in Lincoln City at the Trifecta, my flash wasn’t firing. He busted out four fresh AAs from his photo bag and handed them to me, without a second thought. The kind gesture of support has never left my mind.
Amber Gedman’s here trying to tell me that her signature trick is a nose grind front shuv, but after watching her manual an entire block of N. 3rd Street outside KCDC Skateshop in Brooklyn back in 2019 I’m calling her out on that. Either way, Amber’s a versatile skater who’s been ripping under the radar for years. And that fact cannot be disputed.
KRUX Brand Manager Alex White just wrapped up the work week with a major email mic drop, announcing she has hired Kristin Ebeling as Team Manager. Alex has been on the grind over at NHS for the last year, building the KRUX team into one of the most diverse, talented groups in skateboarding. With the addition of KEBS, there is no doubt KRUX is the cream that will continue rising to the top.