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When Will They Make Better Skateboarding Shoes?

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I have been troubled with the notion that skateboarding shoes need much improvement.  I am realizing that a good skateboard obsession requires new skate shoes just about as often as you need a new deck.  What’s up with skateboard shoes lately?  I have seen others try all kinds of different shoes but at the end of the day the sport wears out your shoes faster than Fred Flintstone’s feet wear out from braking in his floorless car.

There has been much improvement in terms of skateboard technology such as lighter and more reliable decks, polyurethane wheels, and frictionless bearings, but where are we with grip tape and shoes?

I spoke with my sons who are competitive skaters and I suggested that I develop a pair of shoes that came with the grip tape on the sole (imagine this on a wood top board – the grip on the shoes, not on the deck?)

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Brand New Vans Shoe Torn After Only 4 Minutes!

I’m sure the combination of gritty sand on your soles and braking after doing tricks is the main cause for premature sole wear but what about other wear and tear on other parts of the shoe? (see photo below)?

I’m sure Vans, DC, and now Nike can come up with a winning formula for making better skateboard shoes.  Oh yeah almost forgot to mention that we don’t see the problem of worn skateboarding shoes with longboarders, only with those who skate short decks.





When will they make better skateboarding shoes?

How to Paint a Skateboard

How to Paint a Skateboard Professionally at Home

Hey folks if you are trying to figure out how to paint a skateboard professionally jump in the blog and comment or criticize in the comments section below.  This article is meant to solve the problem of those decks you trip over in the shed that the kids don’t want anymore.

I’ve read several similar articles but they don’t go into detail more than “sand board, then prime”.  I wanted to provide more detail as to what sandpaper to use, etc.  Please consider that these tips are for the hobbyist and produce as much a “professional” result as possible, but do not equate to a professional skateboard manufacturer’s methods.  The point being that skateboards, in order to gain speed and agility, require the lightest weight possible in order to defy physics.  Believe it or not, painting a deck in your backyard can produce great looking results, but manufacturers take great lengths to keep the manufacturing process as controlled as possible in order to apply the minimum required amount of paint.  Applying too much paint will increase the deck’s weight and even if you were to increase the weight by only one gram, that would be all too noticeable to a professional skater.  I’m sure Tony Hawk and Shaun White are past the stage of backyard shed projects.


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The “Before” Shot

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The Other “Before” Shot

Unless you can guarantee that you will not sand off too much of the underside art to the detriment of the wood, and apply the exact same amount of paint as previously applied, please ensure that if you are repainting the deck of a pro skater that you set the expectation.



First you’ll need a decent workspace, whether it be a shed or garage or even outdoors.  If you intend to work outdoors, careful when spray painting in a breeze.


You’ll also need some work clothes.  You will get dirty and unless your clothes and workspace has been previously approved by your partner, spouse, or girlfriend, you could find yourself in trouble and ultimately skating alone.


You’ll need to have adequate clean up materials such as a wet cloth to wipe excess paint, a paint area covered by a sheet of cardboard or dropcloth.


Also, though these steps took me about an hour to complete, the whole process took about three days to complete, allowing for the primer and paint to dry sufficiently between steps.  Also, sanding by hand is not recommended.  I highly recommend the use of an electrical sander as it will sand the surface uniformly without creating valleys or carve lines in.


Before beginning, do make sure that the board you are restoring is in fact repairable and that the plies have not separated.

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Unrepairable Deck – The Plies Have Separated


Tools & Equipment for How to Paint a Skateboard

  • An X-Acto or surgical knife
  • A putty knife – a metal one, not a plastic one
  • A blow dryer or paint heat gun
  • 40 grit sand paper
  • 150 grit sand paper
  • 220 grit sand paper
  • An electric sander – with protective glasses and a dust mask
  • Wood filler
  • Acrylic aerosol primer
  • Acrylic aerosol paint
  • Aerosol lacquer or Varathane
  • Mom, dad, or the babysitter’s permission and approval before proceeding


Steps to Prepare for How to Paint a Skateboard

  1.  Take a photo of the “before” deck top and bottom for sake of posterity.  If you can, weigh the board so you have a reference as to the weight of the removed paint and the paint you’re to add.
  2. Using the knife, lift the grip tape at the end of the board and begin peeling

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    Remove the Grip Tape

  3. If required, use the heat gun or blow dryer to warm the grip tape glue in order to facilitate the peeling process.  Removing the grip tape should take between three and seven minutes.
  4. Using the sander and 40 grit paper, proceed to remove the graphic from the bottom of the deck.  Be patient as this can take 20 minutes.  Apply a lot of pressure on the sander but avoid digging or carving into the wood with the edge of the sander.

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    Sanding the Deck

  5. Once the graphic has been removed, re-sand with a 150 grit paper in order to smooth out the wood.  This step should take no more than five minutes.
  6. Repair the board as needed using a carpenter quality wood filler paste.  Wood filler is available in many colours and you can even collect some of the sawdust from the previous step and mix it in.  Apply liberal amounts of filler and don’t worry about getting it perfect.  You are not icing a cake.  The important point to remember is not to over work the filler.  Put it on, let it dry, then you will re-sand.  This step should take five minutes.  Then wait 24 hours before sanding the filler.
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    Fill in the Pressure Cracks

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    Some Repairs are Needed – Apply Wood Filler

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    Apply Wood Filler to the Deck

  7. Re-sand the repaired spots with 150 grit paper.

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    The Wood Filler After Sanding – Looks Pretty Good

  8. Using a damp (not wet) cloth, wipe any excess sawdust from the deck and wait about fifteen minutes.  Next is the real how to p
  9. For the primer, ensure you have properly mixed it.  Apply the primer to each surface of the deck.  I used a paint brush but try finding an aerosol primer.  The trouble with brushes is that you may apply too much primer in certain areas.
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    Apply the Primer

  11. Wait for the primer to dry (about 30 minutes) and re-sand with 150 grit paper.  Do not resand the primer off to the point you will see the wood grain.  Just provide a light sanding to remove any blistering or bubbles from the primer.  You may see the wood through the primer, this is ok.
  12. Before painting the deck, again wipe extra primer dust from the deck with a damp cloth and again wait fifteen minutes before painting.
  13. Shake the aerosol primer can for at least two full minutes.  Hold the can about ten inches away from the deck and spray very lightly until the paint covers the entire surface.  Aerosol cans cause drips and bubbles so if this occurs, wait for drying and resanding, do not overpaint or try to fix wet paint.
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    Getting Ready to Spray the First Coat

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    First Coat Applied

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    First Coat Applied

  14. Wait 24 hours.  Seriously.  This is the most crucial step to allow the paint to dry.
  15. Sand the painted deck with 220 grit paper and again wipe with damp cloth and wait fifteen minutes


Thanks for reading How to Paint a Skateboard



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My New Shoes

I go through a pair of skate shoes about every three weeks.  My parents are getting annoyed but I got me a summer job mowing lawns so I’ve been pretty much buying all my equipment this summer.

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Kennedy Center to offer ‘Ring’ Cycle, new music, skateboarding festival in …

So much for the notion of the Kennedy Center as an fusty old institution. Among the more than  2,000 performances planned for 2015-2016 is a season-opening, multidisciplinary skateboarding festival, complete with specially constructed skating area in the center’s grounds. Local bands will get in on the act, too.

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As for more traditional fare, Washington National Opera, a resident company at the Kennedy Center, will present its long-delayed production of the complete “Ring” Cycle for the first time, directed by company artistic director Francesca Zambello.

Dubbed the “American Ring” due to Zambello’s incorporation of American mythology, the full cycle will be performed in April and May 2016, with a cast that includes the sensational soprano Nina Stemme.

The company will also offer its first Philip Glass opera — the premiere of the revised version of his “Appomattox,” with a new second act that takes the action from the Civil War to the 1960s civil rights movement.

Kurt Weill’s “Lost in the Stars,” featuring the majestic Eric Owens, will be another WNO premiere. The season also includes “Carmen” and “Hansel and Gretel.”

The National Symphony Orchestra, which will spend part of next season touring Europe (including the Polish birthplace of music director Christoph Eschenbach), will introduce a new 9 p.m. concert series called “Declassified” that promises “a mix of classic and modern sounds,” not to mention “dynamic multimedia.” Audiences can eat and drink in the hall during these performances, which will feature such artists as singer/songwriter Ben Folds and violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.

A new series on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. will also debut next season.

The NSO also will premiere Tobias Picker’s Concerto for Orchestra and a work by Sean Shepherd written for violinist Leila Josefowicz. Mahler symphonies are on the schedule too, continuing an exploration of the composer’s music that started this season.

The theater season at the Kenendy Center will include touring productions of such current Broadway hits as “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” “Matilda the Musical,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” and “Kinky Boots.” A less-successful musical that nonetheless found admirers, “The Bridges of Madison County,” is also on the schedule, along with the evergreen “Phantom of the Opera.”

Other Kennedy Center offerings on tap for 2015-2016: collaborations between the center’s director for jazz, Jason Moran, and various artists; KC Jukebox curated by the center’ composer-in-residence Mason Bates; a festival of American string music led by mandolinist Chris Thile; a new work from choreographer Twyla Tharp; visits by the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet and more.

And there will be a festival of Irish arts, including music, dance and theater to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.


Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun

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Boy set upon by dog while skateboarding in Slough

Witnesses are sought by police after a dog attacked a 16-year-old boy in Slough leaving him with bite wounds and puncture marks. 

The victim was skateboarding in Claycots Park at about 4.50pm on Sunday when he was approached by a man. 

The bulldog-type dog was then set upon the innocent boy who had to receive treatment at Wexham Park Hospital.

He has since being released.

Investigating officer, DC Lindsey Russell, of Maidenhead Force CID, said: “I would like to reassure the public that these incidents are rare and extra patrols have been arranged”

Contact DC Russell of Maidenhead Force CID with information on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Supes Vote to Ban Skateboarding on Alameda County Property

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to
ban skateboarding on all county property, which means that violators can be
cited after the ordinance takes effect in 30 days. The board’s vote on Tuesday came at the request of Sheriff Gregory
Ahern, who told the board in a memo that skateboarders “are creating
significant damage” to the front steps of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in
Oakland, the county administration building across the street and other
county properties.

Ahern said that in addition to the damage, “These skateboarders
are creating a liability issue for the county.” Ahern said that currently there is no Oakland city ordinance that
would allow for issuing skateboarding citations and no county ordinance
against skateboarding that would apply to county facilities in Oakland.

The sheriff said the ordinance is site-specific to the Rene C.
Davidson Courthouse, the administration building and any other county
property, as long as the property “is clearly and conspicuously posted with
signs stating that skateboarding is prohibited.” The ordinance doesn’t apply to county roads, streets, highways,
sidewalks, lanes or alleys.

By Bay City News

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The Process Of Making An Entire Skateboard Looks Like A Lot Of Fun

The process of making an entire skateboard looks like a lot of fun

Skateboarding is fun but George Powell of Powell Peralta skateboard makes building skateboards look even more fun. It’s always cool to see hands and machines and people transform wood into something completely different but especially neat to see how the whole skateboard — trucks and bearings and wheels — comes together.

Stacy Peralta filmed this fun and upbeat documentary about George Powell and wrote this:

So few people, including skateboarders, really have any idea of what it takes to make something as simple as a modern skateboard or even a single urethane wheel. George Powell is one of the very few skateboard builders in the world today who still manufactures his products in America under one roof just as he has always done, and so I was inspired to make this short film on him and his company Skate One and to share it with all of you. I hope you enjoy

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Tony Hawk : Session skateboard et surf en Australie (vidéo)

Tony Hawk est très demandé. À 46 ans, le meilleur skateur du monde voyage à travers le monde pour des exhibitions. Cette fois, le rendez-vous a lieu à Newcastle, en Nouvelles-Galles du Sud (Australie). Le rider américain arrive en hydravion, une première fois pour lui. Une expérience “super cool, comme du Nascar sur l’eau” selon ses propres propos. Après quelques photos, le rider se lance dans le bowl de Newcastle. Comme d’habitude, Tony Hawk fait parler tout son talent et ce, avec grand plaisir. Mais ce qui le touche le plus reste l’attachement des fans à la pratique du skateboard. Il est heureux de se rendre compte de “la ferveur du public” et de voir “autant de professionnels venir dans cette ville australienne.

Véritable religion en Australie, Tony Hawk n’a pas pu s’empêcher de faire du surf. Mais attention, il ne glisse pas avec n’importe qui. Il s’est offert les conseils du quadruple champion du monde, le local Mark Richards. À 45 ans, le surfeur vit toujours à Newcastle et montre que ce sport de glisse ne se perd pas avec l’âge. Les deux riders se sont offerts quelques bons tubes, le tout dans une très bonne ambiance. À voir aussi : Tony Hawk, Shawn Hale et Corbin Harris skatent une mini rampe dans une maison !

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Didga, le chat qui fait du skateboard, fait le buzz

Francetv rapporte qu’après avoir eu recours aux services d’un chien à deux pattes, la marque GoPro a publié, lundi 2 mars, une nouvelle vidéo publicitaire dont le héros est Didga, un chat adepte du skateboard. Ce félin australien, s’était déjà fait distinguer en janvier avec une autre vidéo.

Dans cette nouvelle vidéo qui dure une minute et quarante secondes, on aperçoit notamment Didga monter sur le skateboard et dévaler les décors d’un skatepark. Il passe à travers quelques obstacles, prend des virages, change ses appuis et va prendre quelques caresses entre deux tours.

Sur la chaîne YouTube du maître de Didga, des indications sont destinées à celles et ceux qui rêvent de voir leur chat réussir des prouesses similaires. Mais d’autres conseils y figurent aussi pour que votre ami félin soit capable de vous taper dans la main ou encore d’aller aux toilettes.

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Calgary’s ‘Up The Wall’ graffiti program for teens ends due to lack of …

Up The Wall, a program launched last spring aimed at encouraging teenage graffiti vandals to use their artistic skills for good instead of crime, will cease operations due to a lack of participants, city councillors heard Wednesday.

Arpana Gajjar with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, which ran the program, said there simply weren’t enough teens being referred to sustain it.

“The only referral source for youth coming into the program was the Calgary Police Service’s joint graffiti investigative team,” she told the city’s community and protective services committee. “We were having a difficult time filing our cohort.”

Launched last May, the program was aimed at preventing teens charged with vandalism from “getting entrenched in the graffiti subculture” through twice-weekly sessions “opening them up to positive, legal alternatives” for expressing their artistic talents, Gajjar said.

In total, it served 15 teens with a 67-per-cent “success rate,” she added.

As part of a restorative justice component, Gajjar said one of the program participants admitted his role in a spree of vandalism in the Kensington area last June, and apologized for it.

Annie MacInnis, executive of the Kensington BRZ, said she came away from that process with an “understanding and commonality with the kids who are engaging in this.”

“When I come to Kensington and find it’s been defaced with graffiti, that makes feel sad and it makes me feel frustrated,” she said. “One of the things I found interesting in the restorative justice process was that a lot of the motivation for doing graffiti also seems to be rooted in sadness and frustration.”

Coun. Evan Woolley said he was sad to see Up The Wall, which received about $66,000 in city funding and was initially set to run as a two-year pilot project, come to an early end.

“I was really excited about this program,” he said. “I’m disappointed to see it’s not ongoing.”

Woolley also said the city needs more places for graffiti artists to do their work in a legal way.

“The graffiti community has been dying for an ongoing graffiti space,” he said. “There’s so much opportunity for us – with not much more money than this – to create ongoing and perpetual space for kids to utilize in communities. We have lots and lots of walls in this city … for kids to connect and gather and create art.”

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