Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media

Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media

Though skateboarding has made it into Hollywood on screen and in the streets on plenty of occasions in it’s 60 year lifespan, it’s presence in the music and media capital of Los Angeles this past week was unlike any other depiction of skateboarding this area has ever seen. This can be credited to the Finding a Line event, hosted at the Ford Theatre. Billed as a celebration of the intersection between skateboarding, music and media, the county owned space provided the grounds for one of the most progressive events that skateboarding has seen in recent years.

Beginning this past Tuesday, the process was kicked off by a gallery exhibition, panel discussion and film screening, curated by the likes of Collegiate Skateboarding Educational Foundation Board Member, Neftalie Williams, former pro skater, Laban and filmmaker, Diana Wyenn. Featuring visuals from around the world, the issues of race and diversity in skateboarding culture served as an underlying narrative carried by some of the most iconic people of color in the skateboarding community, including Paul Rodriguez and Stevie Williams. Drawing solid reception at the beginning of the week, this event set the tone for the days that followed.

The resounding capstone to this weeklong celebration was a performance by jazz pianist, Jason Moran with backing instrumentalists, The Bandwagon, fused with a live skate demo. Thanks to some help from the OC Ramps wood shop, the stage for such an unconventional event directed a group of skateboarders front and center as a crowd of hundreds gazed on. Unlike other skate-centric events in the area, this crowd was not intrinsically filled with messy haired teenagers but rather with patrons of all ages whose banter indicated that they hadn’t a clue of who these skaters were or what tricks they were throwing down. At the same time, the mix of pro and am skaters taking the stage seemed undeniably unfazed by the fact that they were skating in front of hundreds, rather than in the privacy of their local park.

However, the interplay between the different occupants of the space was something that Executive Director, Olga Garay-English, noted in her opening address. Speaking on the ownership of physical space that skateboarders take in their communities, Garay-English noted that the evening was a way for a recognized institutions to better embrace skate culture. At the same time, she noted how the weeklong event was a means of skateboarders being able to celebrate their culture alongside the culture of their neighbors in one of the most multicultural places in the world. Though these opening remarks praised skaters as “philosophers” pursuing a “counter culture art form,” the crew of rider sat idly by, seeming less interested in the compliments as they were about sizing up the ramp for the shredding that was set to commence.

With no further ado, the likes of Greg Lutzka, Brad McClain and a host of other rippers began to drop in as the performance commenced. Coming out firing, Lutzka stomped out a series of 360 flips and backside flips that evoked greater ovation from the crowd with each consistent land. Then, after a period of somewhat standard runs for the jam, the cast of skaters began attacking the ramp from all angles. What originally started with casual manuals on the deck led a pair of skaters to take over the entire area, ollieing a gap from the band stage into the half pipe before promptly launching a kickflip indy grab and a massive 360 grab (respectively) out to the other end of the stage. At the same time, there were nose manuals across the deck, 360 spins from Jim Gray on the flat of the ramp and even a drop off the stage and into the crowd.

With all of this was going on in the forefront, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon remained equally unfazed by the crowd and the skaters as they powered through their performance for well over an hour. With instrumental improvisations that matched the off-the-cuff skateboarding, the sounds and the visuals complimented one another perfectly. Plus, Ron Allen tapped into both his skate and MC side by switching from freestyling on the ramp to freestyling on the microphone throughout.

All things considered, the evening and the week of programming represented much more than a couple nights out in Hollywood. Instead, it was a visual testament of skateboarding’s ascension into mainstream culture as we know it. Whether through jazz musicians tailoring their notes around the actions of skateboarders or skateboarders dropping in and skating to the tune of music they had probably never skated to before, it was as much a learning experience on the stage as it was for those in the surrounding crowd. With a positive example of the benefits that sharing skateboarding with other cultures can have on the community, we sincerely hope that efforts like this one are replicated in the future.

All photos shot and authorized to use by Lindsey Best.

Crafted By Hand: Hunt Skateboards

Crafted By Hand: Hunt Skateboards

When you think of old school-styled cruiser boards made in Australia, it’s tough not to have the name Penny come to mind. However, the crew behind Victoria-based, Hunt Skateboards has a completely different project on their hands that combines modern versatility with the glory of 50s/60s skate nostalgia.

At first glance, these boards look similar to the Skee Skate by Tresco but with a contemporary, hand crafted finish and a set of trucks and wheels that look like they could handle far more than the metal wheeled contraptions of decades past. Nevertheless, Founder Alex Hunt claims that it was not one specific board that inspired their hallmark shape, but rather a general appreciation of skateboard manufacturers from that era that has given Hunt Skateboards their direction.

Speaking on the creative process, he told us, “The shape we ended up with actually evolved through trial and error when we were developing our concepts back in 2014. We had tried everything; every shape, style, type as a means of being innovative but we were always drawn back to the basics – the hardwood cruiser – I guess it has a nostalgic quality that can’t be tainted.”

With a tried and true model as the base, the allure of Hunt Skateboards stems from the updated maneuverability that these boards bring to the table. Upon first push, these boards are inherently easy to pick up and ride. As such, their style has been described as something in between a longboard and a Penny Skateboard. These things are designed with speed in mind and come with all the carving abilities to make it happen. They also handle with optimal responsiveness and are resistant to speed wobbles. For a casual cruiser, Hunt Skateboards check all the right boxes.

When it comes to those who have put their boards to the test, Hunt claims their customers range from hipsters to hardcore skaters to surfers to casual skaters of all ages. In line with their vision of creating an accessible ride for all – this is exactly the clientele that Hunt was shooting for. “When we were developing Hunt Skateboards, our primary focus was to develop not only a board that felt perfect under the feet, but also one that suited the broad spectrum of skaters, from beginners to advanced,” Hunt added.

As for the minds behind the brand, Alex Hunt and his partner, Caitlin Jostlear, interestingly ran the operation out of their van for the entirety of 2017. Equipped with a batch of blank decks, the pair set off on a 12 month road trip across the country, putting the finishing touches on boards and selling them as they went. Through their travels, they were able to remarkably get their boards under the feet of skaters in every state in Australia.

By the end of the excursion, van life had run it’s course as the Hunt Skateboards operation left the road with a head full of life lessons and a grip of common sense to continue their endeavors with. Now, instead of a lifestyle of long term travel, the team is about to settle into a sizable headquarters of their own. With half of the space dedicated to a workshop and the other half dedicated as a show room/hang out space, the plans for a new working environment sound like they’ll be the perfect place to further foster Hunt’s craftsmanship. Along with the new space, the team is also gearing up for the release of new hardware featuring the brand’s signature branding.

From there, the future of Hunt Skateboards will be driven by the pursuit of finding good times and celebrating the means of reaching them. To sum this vision up, Hunt concluded by telling us, “We are deeply engaged in what has always fueled the overall culture of skating/surfing and that is its creative, laid-back attitude to seeking a good time and release. With respect to the innovative, forward thinking skateboard manufacturers – to us, it is about keeping it simple and staying true to the core values of the industry. That is, as we have said to others before you, to the likes of when the skateboard was fist invented; it wasn’t about designing something new, rather finding an alternative to surfing when there were no waves. This is what we celebrate – a collective that is about enjoying life and appreciating something that allows one to do so.”

Thank You, Marc Johnson

Thank You, Marc Johnson

As we just reported, Lucas Beaufort created an exceptional documentary called Devoted. He has just released a 19 minute extended video of his interview with legendary skater Marc Johnson.“Did you ever see anyone take a laptop to a bathroom?” Marc asks. He is unabashedly a devotee of print. THANK YOU, MARC, for your support! Below, the full video.      

Lume Cube – Let There Be Light!

Lume Cube – Let There Be Light!

Earlier this year, we collaborated with the crew over at Lume Cube to learn about what exactly went into the making of the world’s most versatile camera light. In short, we found out that a successful Kickstarter campaign was responsible for the creation of a device that packs a massive amount of light into a tiny, handheld block.
 With promises of lighting up skate spots forbidden by darkness without the use of elaborate lighting setups, we had to give it a shot once the Winter weather left NJ. Check it out:  Check out some of the incredible photos taken with Lume Cube below. For more, take a peek here:        



Hribernik Boards was created in Richmond, Virginia by me, Susan Hribernik. I have been a colored pencil artist, a photographer, and a graphic artist for many years. I fell in love with skateboarding, and so my art went with it. The boards are all made of Canadian maple, and screen printed in California. Some of the designs are made from a created computer graphic, while others are hand drawn by myself. I have been testing out various shapes, to see what works best, and will continue drawing and creating for the next board. Hribernik Boards are made to ride.          

Summer Camper Tour 2016/2017, Report Number Four: Living The Dream in Buckeye, Arizonag

Summer Camper Tour 2016/2017, Report Number Four: Living The Dream in Buckeye, Arizonag




Sometimes, things don’t exactly go your way. Sometimes, things go even better than you could have ever hoped for. Or even, dreamed of. This was one of those rare weekend diversions that memories are made of. 


I was not expecting this weekend to be “great”. Being a salary employee at a trucking company means lots of deviations, distractions, and unscheduled working days. Saturday was one of those days. Not that I mind at all… after all, my job is always pretty damn entertaining and enjoyable… but, it did wreak a bit of havoc with my travel plans for the weekend. Which it regularly does.


I was also pretty worn out. I’d been skating, touring, writing, photographing, and yakking a lot over the past month. I did need a bit of a break to rejuvenate and recharge. I decided that a quick trek over to Buckeye was just what the doctor ordered.


Buckeye does not have a “great” skatepark. I knew this already; I’d seen it before. It’s a bunch of steel prefab ramps on a concrete slab. Not that big of a deal at all. But, it does have a great camping facility in Buckeye Regional Park… a free facility with very sparse facilities, and as a result, very few camper-customers. But it does have as featured assets beautiful, wide-open skies; lots of stars; and fantastic panoramic views of the valley. It’s a fairly well-kept pseudo-secret. One that I profit from quite regularly. And it would allow me some downtime this weekend to play the “typical tourist”, to boot. A role I enjoy playing, and playing well, from time to time between skateboarding breaks.

Buckeye is a former farming community that has undergone a bit of a modern movement to become one of Phoenix’s burgeoning “bedroom communities”. Fields that once produced cotton, citrus, flowers, and alfalfa now sprout Middle-Class McMansions at an alarming rate. Many of these middling communities are queued up on either side of the I-10, a few miles north of midtown. But Buckeye Proper still retains the old-school main-street feel of many familiar farming towns; indeed, it reminded me quite a bit of rural Indiana. But in a much more arid, highly irrigated desert environment.

The Buckeye History Museum was fun. Small, but super friendly and informative. The lady manning the front counter was gabby as hell. She was probably just really lonely; it seemed like maybe this museum didn’t see too many visitors. Although it was centrally located on the “main drag”… ie, Maricopa Country Route 85… the reality is that the real “main drag” was the whizzing interstate to the far north of town. Buckeye, in the grand scheme of things, is a tiny diversion that most travelers would probably go well out of their way to avoid in their mad rush to get to Phoenix or Los Angeles. But the tale of the valley’s native Indian and transitory migrant past, and the stories of turn-of-the-century cotton farming (and the hardships and opportunities that came along with increasingly irrigated and industrialized agriculture) were all extremely fascinating. The museum was really well-done, for being such a small little facility. I was glad that I took the time to stop in.

The skatepark, on the other hand, was actually far worse than I expected it to be. There were lots of obstacles between the obstacles. Not like, “Oh look, a fun-to-skate obstacle!” More like, “Holy crap, I could seriously impale myself on that damn thing” sorts of “obstacles”. And then, there were skatewheel-sized expansion joints in the concrete slab that I only survived by bringing 92a 60mm Bullets with me for my outing; anything harder or smaller, and death would have laughed his ass off at my expense. The park was extremely hard to skate, to put it generously. But, y’know, it’s part of the job. I took a few runs to say I skated it, did a couple carves and grinds, and lived to tell y’all about it. I consider that a high achievement worth being pretty proud of.


Not only do I camp out at Buckeye Regional on a fairly regular basis, I’m also a bit of a caretaker when I’m there. By necessity, not necessarily by choice. Fact is, Buckeye Regional isn’t really “maintained” in the same manner as White Tank, Estrella, Lost Dutchman, or any of the other area parks are. The grills are almost never used, so they’re prone to severe rust. And the “landscaping” is completely ignored. My campsite for the evening was the same as they always are at Buckeye Regional: in dire need of a little TLC. So again, I spent my evening burning the dead branches of a Palo Verde tree (they’re great at keeping the flies at bay), and sanding, priming, painting, and seasoning the on-site grill before I made my dinner.


“My Dinner”, by the way, was delicious. You should be openly jealous. It included seasoned burgers with sharp swiss and cheddar cheeses, topped with my garlic and brown sugar BBQ marinade; spiral-cut sweet potatoes sprinkled and baked with butter, paprika, and parmesan cheese (among other secret spices); potato, macaroni, and corn and arugula salads; and a few tasty desserts brought by my friend Brooke, who graciously joined me for the sights and sounds of a brilliant evening out on the high desert. The campfire smelled sweet, the ghost stories were spectacularly spooky, and the stars were burning bold and bright. Camping and skateboarding, as it turns out, complement each other pretty well.

The next morning, I had woken up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to rock and resume my tourist-itinerary, which included exploring various airfields and abandonments in and around Buckeye that I had spotted in my travels the day before when… completely out of the blue wild yonder… I spotted one of those every-skater’s-dream-scenarios: a brand-new, perfectly clean and smooth drainage ditch complex under construction. Along with an isolated, unmanned, and unsecured construction site, complete with an easy-access road and all kinds of ample parking. No security, no hassles, no worries, and not a single problem… just a bunch of fun under the sun. And boy, was it ever the find of the year. Quite possibly, the find of a lifetime. And all because I went to document a crappy skatepark, and do a little bit of impromptu camping out in the middle of nowhere. Who woulda thunk that I’d stumble across my own little slice of heaven in the process…?

Kids everywhere, listen up: Dreams do come true. The adventures are definitely out there. They’re just waiting on somebody… anybody… to get up, get out, initiate the search, and discover them for themselves.

 The only missing variable in this equation, is “you”.



Why Do We Fall?

Why Do We Fall?

Why do we fall?  is a series of portraits of hurt skaters after a fall. The first idea was to reuse skateboards given by the curator of the show. I chose to cut the boards to paint on it and to use the scraps to make shelves for the paintings and frames for the drawings. Concerning the paintings, I used oil-paint on the wood of the boards, which was a first for me. I tried to show off the blood and the bruises without being too gory and to find a way to summon colors who were not there on the reference images.


The different pieces, together, are showcased like on a podium. I wanted to celebrate something else than glory and gratification, to highlight the ungratefulness of the discipline and the perseverance (or sometime madness) of the skaters. I think it takes a lot of courage to go back on a board after falling.  Dan MacFarlane It wasn’t easy to find good pictures of hurt riders but I managed to get a nice collection with some thorough research. I wanted to depict them right at the moment they look dazed or stunned, suffering from the pain but still numb from the shock. Even the ones looking right at us are trapped in a state of confusion with a blank stare.
I hope to paint and draw more of these in order to make the installation grow for the next shows.
Speaking of the show, it’s ending today as I write this. The exhibition is at its third edition, it debuted from Singapore, then extended to Malaysia, reaching Paris this spring. With each iteration adding approximately 10 artists from the hosting country, we were a total of 34 artists to display our work.
 For more info visit Sy’s website and check out

Summer Tour 2016/2017, Report Number One: The Basic Overview

Summer Tour 2016/2017, Report Number One: The Basic Overview

I turned 44 this past summer. I have long since retired from my heydays in the skateboard industry. My last Summer Tour happened all the way back in 2008. If you read the encyclopedia-long article in Concrete Wave Magazine about my trials and tribulations, then this will probably sound pretty familiar to you. But, most of you probably haven’t. No worries; just keep on reading, and I’ll fill you in. It’s quite the story. Hopefully, you won’t be too terribly disappointed. Back in 2008, my very lengthy (and very exhausting) “Summer Tour 2008” around the central United States included the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and a few bits of Wisconsin. The goals of the tour, at the time, were as follows: – To write (and photograph) a feature article for Concrete Wave Magazine (obviously), – To document the skateparks that I visited, both in writing and in photos, for Jeff Greenwood over at Concrete Disciples (so that they could keep their skatepark database up-to-date), – To do market research for a few of my consulting clients, – To “mystery shop” skate shops across the midwest… including both Zumiez, and independent, brick-and-mortar skate shops, – To talk to independent skate shop owners about their day to day struggles, on behalf of my clients. And to give them constructive feedback, based on my mystery-shopping them, – To promote the brands that “sponsored” the tour, to the kids that I met along the way… and lastly, – To get the “average skater on the street’s perspective” of where skateboarding (and the skateboard industry) were at the time. The really remarkable thing about that tour, is that it looked nothing at all like most skateboard-industry-sponsored summer tours. First of all, I went completely solo on my tour; there was nobody else out there on the road with me. There were no pro skaters, no sponsored ams, no filmers, no photographers, and no pro-hoes. It was just me, my Econobubble of a car, my road map, a few cold Cokes, my skateboards, my camera, and my portable tape recorder. And a shit-ton of product to give away to kids, if and when I came across them. Stickers, mostly. But, I did give away a dozen or so completes on tour as well. And quite a few decks and wheels. Which was all very cool of my sponsors to provide. And of course, I left a small army of happy kids in my wake. I also went to places that no industry-sponsored skate tour would ever consider going to. I spent so much time out in the distant boonies of skateboarding, it was literally insane. I skated parks in the middle of lifeless cornfields in central Illinois, miles away from civilization. I skated things in Ohio and Indiana that barely qualify as “skateparks” at all. I stopped at, and skated, more shitty skateparks on that tour then I had ever seen in my entire life. And I had this crazy, self-imposed rule that said that I had to skate every single skatepark that I visited. Even if it was almost entirely un-skateable.  But then, there were also the really epic ones as well that deserve a nod. Grinding real pool coping in Paducah, Kentucky at 7 am was a special treat. Carving tight lines at the South Bend skatepark immediately comes to mind as a particularly precious time that I’ll probably never forget. I remember taking a run on Lew’s mini ramp, and having Weston Vickers say to me, “Man, you spoke”. This is why skateboarders tour: to skate new and memorable stuff. In that regard, I’m just like anybody else.I also did stuff that, for the most part, very few (if any) skateboarders would ever consider doing. I slept beside grain silos and railroad tracks. I spent a week in Amish Country in northeastern Indiana, learning about their peculiar (but admirable) lifestyle. I attended a bluegrass festival in western Kentucky. I slyly used my Concrete Wave press credentials to get pit passes at a vintage drag racing event in Brownsburg, Indiana; God, my ears are still ringing from that one. My car was nearly blown away in a tornado. I explored an air museum at length that was situated on a federal Superfund cleanup site; I was only advised of this, of course, after I had already paid my admission. The airplanes contained therein were the ghosts of relics that seemed to have been completely forgotten by time. I got stranded in a flood in Terre Haute. I was honored to sit in the pilot seat of a B-17 Flying Fortress and an F-4J Phantom II. My trip took me through miles of America’s agricultural heartland, and hundreds of small farm towns, doing things, enjoying experiences, and making memories that very few other skaters will ever live. I’m a super lucky guy in that regard. Mostly, what I remember are the people. Both the skaters, and the non-skaters. If and when you ever explore the world alone, you quickly find that you’re never really lonely. There’s always somebody, somewhere, ready and willing to give you a little wisdom, a couple laughs, some solid directions, or a helping hand. I came through it remarkably well. I remember it quite fondly, actually.   That tour ended up becoming the fabric of my summer. And that fabric, in turn, became a lot of the “me” that I am, today. That tour shaped a lot of my world view surrounding skateboarding. I learned that there’s a lot of stuff out there to explore, just waiting on you to get up, get moving, and to trip on it at the most serendipitous of times. And although I’d seen about six states in total… including at least a hundred shops, and probably two hundred skateparks in the short span of about eight months… it was still just the tip of the iceberg.  This year will be almost exactly the same. Same purpose, same itinerary, same goals. But, with two major exceptions:  First: I live in Arizona now. Not, Indiana. So, this year’s tour will be a southwest tour, not a midwest tour. Secondly: while I spent the majority of my midwest tour sleeping (very uncomfortably, in retrospect) in The Econobubble… eight years later, I’m happy to report that I have a very handy, and very cozy micro-camper that I can tote around with me on my adventures. I’m pretty excited about that one, actually. Grain silos, railroad tracks, and tiny cars don’t exactly make great beds. Having a plush, queen-size (and very, very comfortable) Sealy Posturepedic readily available everywhere you go (no matter where you might end up going) would make you pretty damn chipper, too, if you were as old and broken as I am.   

Photo Op in Kanab

Photo Op in Kanab

If you are anywhere near Kanab, Utah this April 20th, please come on down to the K Town Pumptrack/skatepark. It is the grand opening and the fun begins at 4pm. There will be a photo shoot and yes, drones will be flying high above the park to capture all the action for an upcoming video.The Kanab park lays the foundation for the future – a skatepark AND a pumptrack together. Congratulations to all the folks who worked hard to make this happen. My only wish is that other cities adopt this model. You truly get the best of both worlds!For more info, email here   

Some thoughts on Publishing A Random Skate Photo

Some thoughts on Publishing A Random Skate Photo

I received an email from a skater’s mom the other day. Here’s a snippet of what she wrote:


Hi Michael


Love this magazine and website! My son Drew is totally into tech and downhill….buddies with sergio yuppie… all are a very “colorful” tribe…love it! Wondering if i can add his photo to your online album?





Well Dana, in my 20 years publishing on the web, this is the first time I’ve ever received an email like this. In honor of this groundbreaking email, your digital wish is my command:


Behold! The photo of your son, Drew.

As we all know, there are literally unlimited pixels on the web. I can generate hundreds of thousands of words and images and it won’t cost me much…except time. I’ve often said that the web can create more content on skateboarding in one hour than I can publish in a lifetime. This abundance (and ability) to create so much content is both fantastic and overwhelming.


I’ve been involved with skateboarding websites since 1996. You can see my original Skategeezer Homepage here. I think it’s hilarious that a ridiculously basic (and frankly crappy) website led me on a journey into the world of book publishing, TV, film and other media. I cannot stress enough the butterfly effect. My $5 month investment keeps paying dividends. But then again, I never stopped skating and never lost the fire for spreading the stoke.


Many are trying to figure out what kind of effect digital technology is having on the skate world. Can you trust online reviews? How is online retailing affecting the indy skate shops? Sometimes I wonder that by the time you’ve made the skate video and posted it to YouTube or facebooked, instagramed, twittered and snapchatted if there is any time left to actually ride.


And yet, here’s our CW website featuring a pretty cool shot of Drew enjoying the ride. We might wind up with a few thousand folks viewing this image and I am sure it will stoke him out. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what’s important.


So here’s to you Drew and to your family who support your efforts. Keep skating and have fun!



First Ever CW Photo Contest

First Ever CW Photo Contest


Concrete Wave is proud to announce our Amateur Photo Contest 2017. This will be the contest of the year for all you amateur skate photographers out there, so listen up and pay attention.


If you are selected as one of our finalists, you will have the opportunity to see your photo, in print, in the magazine. We have slated the entirety of the November Issue (deadline, September 1st) to showcasing your work. The contest is open to any and all amateur photographers.



The rules are simple: send in your photo; your name; where the photo was shot; and the subject… and, that’s it! Photo requirements are 300 dpi or better, submitted via e-mail, to Michael Brooke. We’ll handle it from there.


Photo submissions must be original works that have never been published before. That includes photos that have been previously “published” on the internet. Do not send us your Instagram portfolio. Do not send us your Facebook Files. Only original, unpublished works will be considered for publication in the magazine.


Consider yourselves advised.


We encourage all types of skaters from all over the world to submit work. We love all y’all, and we love all kinds of skateboarding.


Besides the opportunity to be immortalized on the pages of the magazine, the 1st place winner will win a cool $750 second place will fetch $375 and third will score $150. Finalists and winners will be announced in the November issue.


Deadline for photo submissions is September 1st.


Don’t be late…!


Remember, send photos to


Photo Contest X Clayer

Photo Contest X Clayer

Most people have photos of a rash or any wound/injury.

We are launching a photo contest concerning your worst injury. If you have a photo of your injury, time to show it off!


We are GIVING AWAY Clayer products to the top 3 worst ones. And a special coupon code will be given to everybody who participates.

Send an email to with:

*  Your first and last name
*  The photo of your wound
*  How you got the wound

*  Your @instagram (if you have one)


The Deadline to send your photo is November 28th

Please do not get injured on purpose to win this prize.

Ride safe.

  *USA and CANADA only  

An Interview with RipTide's Tracey Miller

An Interview with RipTide's Tracey Miller

I am proud to publish this interview with Tracey Miller of RipTide Sports. Tracey has been working hard with her husband Brad to create a world-class company. We encourage all female skate entrepreneurs to get in touch with us. We’d love to interview you and find out what your vision is for your company. And we are very stoked to share your message with the skateworld.   What are some of the work experiences that you’ve had that prepared you for the skate industry? None!  Hahaha – When Brad had the idea for the product to improve longboarding with our son, I was asked to put together a website to launch the idea and see if there was any interest!  That was my first attempt at a website too, so this was all new to me.  Prior to RipTide I was in Interior Design and Sales for the Software Industry.What are some things about the skate industry that surprise you?How utterly wonderful it is for starters!  Everyone is super chill to work with – it’s obvious they’re in the industry because they’re passionate about it.  I love that on Facebook & Instagram etc., the pages of longboarders are all about longboarding!  I mean seriously, it’s not the occasional post – it’s 90% of their posts!  Also, the innovation that is going on is energizing & impressive.  Whether it’s wheels, trucks, decks, bushings, pivots, spherical bushings – new designs are coming out often and they’re not just a variation on what’s come before, they’re truly bringing new ideas to the industry that will improve the ride & performance for everyone.There are now more female skaters (longboarding/vert etc) than at any time since the 1970’s. Do you feel there are more opportunities for growth?Oh continually…..mad respect to all the beautiful ladies out there!  I think with all the Longboard Girls Crew type movements, associations & schools worldwide and with incredible spokespeople such as Valeria (Kechichian) spreading the word & stoke so well & strongly, that this is an area that will only continue to grow.  Same with the youth market – getting families skating together, whether it’s the true littlies being able to turn in circles on a board in the garage while Dad works on his quiver, or families out for a long-distance push as a lifestyle sport – the market is growing and appreciating the new technology that is diverse enough to include the entire family!  What do you think is needed to be done to encourage more females to own and operate skate companies?To let them know that anything is truly possible!  Identify a need, or work for someone in the industry – whether it’s running a shop or putting your personal perspective to use by working for a manufacturer, the attention to detail and creativeness of the female personality is imperative to a healthy industry.  Yes, there will always be some men out there that don’t like dealing with women…you’re going to find that anywhere, it’s just a pathetic fact of life that we as women need to deal with in a healthy & non-confrontational manner.  I guess this used to bother me more when I was younger and then one day when I was in my early twenties, I just realized how dumb it was to get twisted over some stupid remark a guy made and it really hasn’t affected me since!  I just laugh things off and move on to something more productive and positive in my day.Is your company actively recruiting more female riders?Absolutely!  We believe in having a well-rounded Team – for us that includes youth, women & men.  We’ve always had what I consider to be a very strong & representative group of women on our Team – Spoky Woky, Lyde Begue, Georginna Ivano, Nayhomi Cruz, Manu Stabile, Maga McWhinnie, Possala Wang – we do our best to represent & support female skaters worldwide and there’s a few young women riders that we’ve had our eye on for a while now who we hope to approach within the next year!Possala Wang (green shirt) racing at Maryhill.Do you find the business of skate to be female friendly?Mostly!  Not all of it, not by any means…..I think there’s a basic lack of respect for women in the industry, at the base level – whether it’s for those behind the counter, on top of a board or owning the whole company.  That being said, I think you could translate this discussion to fit ANY sport (or business) today.  As much as I don’t like to think this – it is still a man’s world out there…..for better or for worse.  Women have made a dent in it – and improved it no end!  But at the end of the day, macho still rules.  Have I personally experienced this – yes!  Has it affected me, no.  Because the majority of my interactions have been, and are, truly wonderful and personal.  I love this business, I love people, I love being a woman – if someone disrespects me, that’s cool, they can deal with Brad and I’ll take care of all my other incredible guy customers who treat me as if I’m a person no different than themselves.What are three to four things you think male skaters should know about female skate entrepreneurs?That we’re serious, smart, fun & funny, talented and have a drive to succeed that will dwarf that of most men.

An Interview with Dave McIntyre

An Interview with Dave McIntyre

   Editor’s Note: I first met Dave almost 20 years ago at an Action Sports Retailer Show. It was my first trade show and at the time I was writing my book “The Concrete Wave.” I was pretty nervous and knew no one except Larry Gordon of G&S. Dave was a key part of G&S in the 1970’s and it was wonderful to hear his stories. Dave was one of the most hospitable people and welcomed me into the industry. I am especially proud to share a little bit into Dave’s remarkable past with our readership. How did you wind up at G&S?I first met Larry and Floyd Smith in 1962 as surfers in Pacific Beach.  I asked Larry for a job as a shaper in summer of 1965 during my college days but I didn’t have the eyes for lines in shaping boards so they chased me into the showroom to sell surfboards(no skateboards).  After college graduation I spent 5 years in property management and last project was to finish a new apartment building by Crystal Pier. In August 1975 Larry asked me if I want to be sales and team manager for both skate and surf at $600.00 per month & a commission.  He said that I could have 2-3 surfboards and free t-shirts so I said yes. I resigned in early 1980 to start a surf apparel brand, Pacific Styles which failed.  Then Rich Novak (of NHS) at the August 1984 ASR in Long Beach asked if I would perform the same duties and success at NHS/Santa Cruz/Indy and I said yes (1984-1992).  He tried to steal me first from G&S in about 1978. Should never have left NHS/Dave taking a breather in 1977. Photo by Warren Bolster.What was your position there at G&S?Sales and team manager for both skate and surf, which expanded to product development and administrative chores so I was basically working 7 days a week and loving each day.  Larry also opened the door to serve our Lord in 1974. G&S was a “Christ centered company” as noted on most ads. Tell us a few incredible stories about the FibreFlex?Larry’s dad and 2 uncles had the patient on Bo-Tuf for the archery industry and first made G&S Fibreflex decks in early 60’s with ads featuring Mike Endless Summer Hynson and Skip Frye and others. We are doing the annual ski show in Vegas in 1978 and on the 2nd day told buyers we had to ration decks since production was at maximum output in Vista-north of San Diego & only made by Gordon Plastics. Fibreflex decks were unique and world famous due to their flex, snap, memory and strength. I also had to turn down other riders as it didn’t make sense to add a new FF model when we are basically sold out. That is the reason I had to turn down Stacy as a paid rider by royalty till a found a local carpentry shop that could make the famous Warptail 1 & 2 was created selling 110,000 decks.  Deck royalties were $0.50 each or $55,000.00.  I believe Larry Gordon was 1st to offer a fixed royalty on pro branded decks and wheels. G&S was also the first skate and surf brand to display at the largest sporting goods show in Munich Germany in Feb of 1977. What was it like at the height of G&S in the 1970’s?The height of G&S skate products was in 1978 when the Euro market exploded and Stacy and YoYo Man and I did promo tours in 1978-79.  Unfortunately this market collapsed by April 1979, but the Japanese market took over as the major international market but it collapsed in early 1980. G&S was the first pro skate and surf brand to tour in Japan for 3 weeks in August of 1978.  It was their summer so the temp and humanity was overwhelming doing demos out doors. Doug “Pineapple” Saladino got scolded by a press guy for taking his team shirt off.You are in the iconic photo (by Warren Bolster) of Stacy Peralta at the desert pipes. What was that day like?Yes that is me at the bottom left standing with yellow shirt, blue pants and G&S camera.  Bolster called me about flying over to Phoenix on Sunday with 2-3 G&S riders to first be filmed riding those famous 25’ diameter pipes till the contractor stood them on end as they became world famous once Warren’s pics for SkateBoarder mag got on the newsstands.  It was exciting as Stacy mastered riding them within 10 minutes along with Steve Sherman (long blond hair).  I can’t remember if another G&S rider was on this first world famous trip.  May be Steve YoYo Cathey?Tell us about some of the key things in your collection that you are selling.Warren Bolster book autographed to FibreFats Book cover of the book enlarged, scanned and mounted on foam board 23 x 30” Signed by 11+ G&S 70’s team riders.Porsche Design sk8 truck plans 1979. 3 designs-13 pages.   Have an envelope from Porsche Design in Austria to the G&S German distributor and note in German.Interested parties should email me at    

Vans Am Combi Classic

Vans Am Combi Classic

Dan Bourqui continues to create videos that capture the energy of skate events.This particular video showcases the incredible talents of the current generation of amateur rippers.Take a peek below.   


Place Name Age Hometown Sponsors

1 – $2000 Iago Magalhaes 22 Curitiba, Brazil Sumatra Surf, 187 KillerPads, Vertual Skateboards, JohnBull

2 – $1400 Matt Wilcox 16 Simi Valley, CA moonshine skateboards Predator helmets vert jungle fatal clothing

3 – $800 Travis Rivera 16 Encinitas, CA Surfride, Sunbum, 187 Killer Pads, Alta wheels, Khiro, and Protec

4 – $600 Hericles Fagundes 19 Florianopolis, Brazil Santa Cruz Skateboards, Duelo Skate Shop, João Tinta, Enjoy Meias.

5 – $400 Bryson Farrill 16 San Diego, CA Sector 9, Gullwing, Active, Tortoise Pads, & Skeleton Key




Place Name Age Hometown Sponsors

1 – $2000 Keegan Palmer 13 Currumbin, Australia Nike SB, Oakley, Flip Skateboards, Independent Trucks, Bones Wheels, 187 Pads, S1 Helmets

2 – $1400 Asher Bradshaw 12 Los Angeles, CA Element, Independent, Autobohn, Bones Swiss, Grizzly, Diamond, Puma, Woodward, Mogovera Ortho, S1 Helmets, 187 Killer Pads, Go Pro

3 – $800 Tate Carew 11 San Diego, CA Vans, Creature, Skeleton Key, Pro Tec, 187 Killer Pads, Sun Diego, Bones

4 – $600 Cash Money Kenton 12 Ojai, CA Osiris, Mc Gills Skate Shop, Ripetide Bushings, S1 Helmets & Randoms Hardware

5 – $400 Seth Sanders 13 Fresno, CA vans, volcom, pocket pistols, spank grip, ace trucks, viva board shop



Triad – Surf/Skate/Snow

Triad – Surf/Skate/Snow

As we roll into a colder season, give a thought to those lucky folks who live in California (and other places) who can surf, skate and snowboard all in the course of one day.  Dusters California decided to get a team together and celebrate the three terrains. The crew consisted of Dusters riders Tom Ryen, Justin Burbage and Malachi Greene, Cinematographer Brent Black and Dusters Creative Director Nano Nobrega. Tom is best known for his appearance skating and snowboarding in the Fuel Tv show “The Adventures of Danny & the Dingo.” Justin was born and raised on the east shore of Oahu surfing and skating all day every day and Malachi is a downhill machine out of Santa Cruz, CA.  Starting off the day at 7am, they headed to Breakwall, Venice Beach for a quick dip. The ocean was flooded with Los Angeleans from Burbank to PV, the conditions were glassy, but it was still a fun time nonetheless. After surfing was checked off the list, they moved east to skate one of San Bernardino’s most attractive skateparks, Fergusson Park.  From there, they headed up the mountain towards their final destination, stopping briefly for Malachi to get a taste of the gravel on the brand new Keen Downhill board. The Keen board - brand newOnce they made it to Big Bear Lake, the sun was long gone, but the gang still had time to get in a night session in at Snow Summit, ending the day with some icy carves and fun park features.   

Hey! Check Out That Neversummer!

Hey! Check Out That Neversummer!

Welcome to a new feature here on our website. Every now and then you will spy a skateboard in the background of a TV or film. It might only be there for a moment, but you can clearly see it!  If you’re watching Netfilx’s new show Easy, take a peek on their third episode “Brewery Brothers.” Spotted in the background is one of Neversummer Industries awesome longboards.Here is a zoomed in photo: You can find out more about the series here.And here’s a trailer for the series. Just a note, it’s recommended for mature audiences. If you spy skateboards and related imagery in a scene, let us know by emailing!  

Made in Venice Documentary

Made in Venice Documentary

Made In Venice is a documentary, directed and produced by Jonathan Penson. It features the inside story of the skateboarders of Venice, California, and their struggle to make the dream of a skatepark come true. The film is now being released nationally by award-winning indie distributor, Abramorama, following its sold out L.A. premiere. Watch a preview here: This feature-length documentary carries the viewer through the history of Venice to present day, as it tells the story of the decades it took a relentless crew of skateboarders, surfers and civic activists to convince the City of Los Angeles to build a skatepark in the area that gave birth to modern skateboarding. Made In Venice is not just a skate movie. It’s a tale of audacity, guts and hope filled with counterculture characters that overcame all obstacles to claim victory. Anyone that has fought for what they want can identify with this film. This is the story of visionaries that refused to give up the goal to build concrete terrain for future generations.The film captures the firsthand stories of 40-plus years of skateboarding in Venice that started with the Z-Boys, and continued with its legendary street skaters and the iconic Venice Skatepark. Never-before-seen Super-8 and early video footage, along with rare black and white stills, take you back to innovative demos on the Boardwalk and skating the walls of the Pavilion, as the Venice skaters pushed the boundaries of street skating and put it on the global map.As Dogtown and Z-Boys author and skateboarding’s resident historian, C.R. Stecyk III says, “Made In Venice is a step by step manifesto for skate/civic activism. It is a remarkable documentation of hard working visionary individuals transforming society.”Made In Venice features appearances by skateboarding legends, professionals, skatepark activists, skate icons and heroes: Jesse Martinez, Geri Lewis, Christian Hosoi, C.R. Stecyk III, Skip Engblom, Jay Adams, Jeff Ho, Aaron Murray, Scott Oster, Cesario “Block” Montano, Jim Muir, Tim Jackson, Ray Flores, Eddie Reategui, Eric Britton, Dave Duncan, David Hackett, Joey Tran, Pat Ngoho, Wally Hollyday, Jimbo Quaintance, Joff Drinkwater, Nathan Pratt, Solo Scott, Jamie Quaintance, Asher Bradshaw, Kiko Francisco and many more.

A Tale of Two Covers

A Tale of Two Covers

By now, some of our readership is waking up to the fact that we’ve published two covers for this fall issue. Mea culpa. I have to admit, I couldn’t make up my damn mind.I really dig the Chad Thomas photo of three skaters at the Clairemont Skatepark engaging in a pretty intense race. Andy MacDonald definitely has his game face on! I’d like to thank our art director Stacy Lowery for ingeniously creating a different look for our masthead logo. Smaller is better in this case and it allows readers to see more. At the same time, I really love pumptracks and I felt that the largest (to date in the USA) merited a cover.Who wouldn’t want this in their hometown! It’s a fantastic shot taken by a drone. With the sun setting, the place looks even more alluring.  Subscribers will wind up with of the two covers and most shops will get a mix too. Collectors will be furious with me. But fair warning…this is not the first time we’ve done two covers and it probably won’t be the last. We’ll never repeat what we did a few years ago with MULTIPLE different covers. Promise.     

4 Questions: Jim Goodrich

4 Questions: Jim Goodrich

Hello Jim. You have been shooting from the beginning of the second boom of skateboarding starting in the 1970’s. 

 Darrren Ho - Wallos, Hawaii

1- Why do you love to shoot skateboarding ?

I love to photograph skateboarding because I love to skateboard. As a skater myself, nothing is more fun than capturing the energy and vibe that makes skateboarding so special. And as an artist, photographing skating is a natural expression of my passion for skateboarding.



2- How did you get into it ?

I started out as a skater, but after breaking my arm in a skate accident I took up photographing it while I was recovering. Over time, I skated less and shot photos more, which eventually developed into a career.




3- Did you ever stop shooting ?

I had to cut back on my skate photography after going to work as the general manager and team coach at Gullwing, and again during my time as managing editor at  TransWorld Skateboarding magazine. After leaving the skateboarding scene in 1986, I continued as a photographer but didn’t start shooting skating again until decades later.



4- What is your best skateboarding memory?

There were so many over the years. Traveling and experiencing the worldwide skate scene while shooting for SkateBoarder magazine was amazing, and creating and managing the Gullwing team was really special for me since we became such a close family. But the most memorable times were with my early skate buddies while discovering and skating all the great skate spots, and trying to stay one step ahead of the cops in pursuit of our passion.

Photo by Olivier Dezeque


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Concrete Coast Give-Away

Concrete Coast Give-Away

 Concrete Coast is launching a contest and ready to give away :

  • Concrete Coast Abstract Board Tee
  • 1 Year Subscription to Concrete Wave Magazine
  • Concrete Coast Mountain Grid Tee
  • Caliber Trucks 44 degree Midnight Red Satin (1 Pair)
  • Blood Orange Alpine Series Wheels
  • Blood Orange Abec 7 Bearings

 Concrete Coast is a lifestyle longboard brand based out of Denver, CO and run by professional photographer, Connor Walberg.  His vision is to create a board/clothing company that ties the long boarding community together and represents the boarders who spend every moment they can skating, and who are always thinking about riding when they are stuck doing anything else.  Concrete Coast is built for people who love to get outside and truly grow/push their limits while having fun with their friends.       To enter the contest: Website: @ConcreteCoast   

Lost in Havana Premiers in Holland & Canada

Lost in Havana Premiers in Holland & Canada

 In our March 2016 Buyer’s Guide we showcased a story about Kebbek Skateboards bringing 100 completes to Cuba. This was no easy feat and a new documentary about this extra-ordinary experience is premiering early next month in Toronto and Den Haag. We had an opportunity to chat with the founder of Kebbek, Ian Comishin and get some more background on the documentary. This is actually the second major film on skateboarding that Ian has been involved with. For a truly mesmerizing look at the world of a skate tour, you must take a look at “Hicks on Sticks. The trailer for that 2012 film can be found here. Lost in Havana was produced by Warren Lane Films (the same company who produced (Hicks on Sticks). The film was written, filmed and edited by Soren Johnstone. It is narrated by Mike Carter and features Juergen Gritzner, Betty Esperanza, Kalie Racine and Yojani Perez. “No company in history has ever tried to bring 100 complete boards to Cuba as a donation” says Ian. “Soren wanted to capture this historical moment and to try and get inside the experience of those involved in the donation.” I asked Ian if there was a particular message in the film that will resonate with viewers. “Skateboarding and bureaucracy don’t tend to tangle too well. Good intentions and vanity can sometimes be a blurry line. Cuba is freakishly amazing.”

The film was first shown in Slovenia and met with very positive reviews. “The audience was both stunned and inspired” says Ian. They were also stoked and saddened.  Initially, the documentary will be spread though international film festivals and premiers like the ones in Canada and the Netherlands.   








Concrete Wave has been covering Carver’s unique trucks since 1999. Their appeal isn’t just for skaters, they are firmly rooted in surfing. It was this connection to the ocean that led to an inspired collaboration with Bureo. NET 

Who is Bureo you might ask? They are a company that makes skateboards out of recycled fishing nets.  I sat down with David Stover one of its founding members, along with Carver’s head of marketing, Peter Shu to find out more.


Carver has collaborated in the past with Loaded to create the Poke. But this collaboration was different for a number of reasons. “This is one of the first philanthropic partnerships we’ve done” says Peter. “We are using sustainable materials and we know it’s truly a unique collaboration.”

 “The initial idea of the two companies working together came about by Greg Falk and Neil Carver (founders and partners of Carver) who contacted me via email” explains David. “Greg was quite impressed with the idea and had heard about through an artist friend.” Fishnets to skateboards is definitely an idea that grabs your attention but it quite a bit of time to develop. The problem of fishnets polluting the world’s oceans is absolutely massive. There are thousands of tons of fishnets that get lost at sea. These nets trap fish and attract scavengers like sharks that also get trapped. By reclaiming these nets Bureo hopes to inspire people to think about what kind of ecological footprint they are leaving. Just Google “ghost fishing” to get an idea of how devastating the problem of lost nets is for the world’s oceans.


Bureo launched their first model – The Minnow in 2014. The collaboration builds on the fish theme with the introduction of the AHI. The deck features the same “gill-like” traction top as the Minnow, but there are now three areas that users can apply custom griptape. “The AHI is actually modelled after one of Carver’s best-selling templates” says Peter. “We didn’t just take something we already had – we customized things and added things like concave.” Both Peter and David were quick to point out that the key element in creating the AHI was performance. The plastic is as rigid as any wooden deck you’d ride and the kicktail and slightly upturned nose keep your feet firmly in place.

​While the fishing nets are recycled from Chile, the decks are made in America.  The same goes with the wheels, trucks and all the other components. The key thing about Carver is their attention to detail and how much they focus on top-quality components. This was born out by the trip I took to their El Segundo offices. “The nuts on the trucks are highest grade you can find” Peter proudly tells me.


Over the past several years, plastic skateboards have taken a huge part of the market share from traditional wood companies. And yet plastic cruisers have also brought in a brand new set of customers. David feels the functionality and performance of the AHI separates from the typical plastic decks on offer.  “You can set up cones and work on your moves and get better” says David. “The sustainability component  also helps to differentiate the AHI.”


As anyone who has braved the traffic of the greater Los Angeles area will tell you, traffic can be a nightmare. Mercifully, the Carver and Bureo offices are located within five miles of each other. The teams spent a lot of time testing prototypes and discussing ways to improve the offering.​

“We really enjoyed testing the prototypes with the Carver team and having such a solid and knowledgeable sounding board throughout the development of the AHI” says David. “It’s always fun to know how much went into the project and then see the response from the riders and watch them rip through a few turns!

Bureo started the recycling program with one fishing community in Chile and this has since expanded to 15 locations. To date, Bureo has recycled about 100 tons of material which translates in over 200,000 pounds of fishing nets. “As we get traction we are aiming to set up similar partnerships with communities” says David. “We are also hoping to work with the automotive, building and furniture industries.”


In honor of the release of the AHI, Concrete Wave is giving away one complete set up.

In 100 words or less, we’d like to read your thoughts about ghost fishing.  The best answer (as judged by Carver and Bureo) will be awarded a complete.

Please submit your entry by September 30 to