Skateboarding Shoes

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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Celebrate Go Skate Day with Ryan Sheckler

With a busy schedule filled with travel, skate comps, sponsor obligations, filming, and foundation work, it’s vital for Ryan Sheckler to not lose sight of what’s important to him. And, for Ryan, supporting his buddies is top of the list, and that’s exactly what he does in episode six of Sheckler Sessions.

Back from Australia, the crew heads to the Pacific Northwest to support fellow Red Bull skateboarder Torey Pudwill and his skateable art installation in Seattle. Joining Ryan for Red Bull Skate Space is the rest of the team including Joey Brezenski, Ryan Decenzo, Felipe Gustavo, and Alex Midler.

With the whole crew in town, the team celebrated Go Skateboarding Day in style with a few demos at some of Seattle’s best skate spots. It’s not often all of their schedules line up where they are in one place, so, when they do, the team takes full advantage!

Next up on Sheckler Sessions is a throwback skate trip to Barcelona with the entire Plan B team to shoot for their highly-anticipated skate film.

Check back on Monday, August 4, for the next episode of Sheckler Sessions.

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Review: ‘OlliOlli’ retains its arcade skateboarding brilliance on PC

OlliOlli, which originally launched in January exclusively on the PlayStation Vita, was a great way to start the year. Its arcade-like version of skateboarding is a blast, and its relatively old-school approach to high scores is addictive. I lauded the game in my review for GameSpot, and the site awarded it “Game of the Month” shortly after.

Now the game has launched on PC via Steam, and its every bit as good as it was before. If you weren’t able to check it out in the past (probably because you don’t have a Vita), it’s time to catch up.

The simplest way to describe it is to say OlliOlli is like a simplistic, 2D Tony Hawk game, though the focus is far more on grinding (which was my favorite part of Tony Hawk anyway) than crazy flips or finding secrets. There are objectives to complete in each level, some of which are crazier than others, but you also have to worry about increasing your score by doing tricks and chaining together combos.

One of the best things about OlliOlli, though, is how simple it is to pick up. The majority of your actions are performed entirely with the left analog stick of your controller. By moving it in different directions (or in different semi-circular motions) you prepare a trick. Releasing the stick sends you into the air, performing the trick in question. Don’t stop there, though, because you immediately have to start thinking about what’s next. If possible, you will want to start grinding on a nearby surface (also accomplished by using the left stick, though timing is key), and then you will want to jump from that grind into another trick … and on and on. When it’s time to land, though, be careful: The main difference between OlliOlli is that to land, you need to press a button with the right timing, lest you crash.

As incredibly simple as these controls are, OlliOlli is far from an easy game. If you crash, you’re done — there’s no getting back on your board. As such, merely getting through some levels without falling is a challenge in and of itself, and getting through while also accomplishing the level’s unique objectives is just that much harder. It’s a good kind of difficulty, though. OlliOlli is the kind of game you will keep coming back to master, even as you curse yourself for screwing up.

OlliOlli is an incredibly easy game to recommend to people who have liked skateboarding games of years past (from Skate or Die to Thrasher to Tony Hawk), but it’s also a lot of fun for anyone who wants a high-speed, high-score chasing throwback to the kind of action that made a lot of classic arcade games possible. I’m having as much fun with it on PC as I did on the Vita original.


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World Skateboarding Championships Return to South Africa October 1-5

SACRAMENTO, CA–(Marketwired – July 22, 2014) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) announced today it has extended invitations to over 70 countries to participate in this year’s Kimberley Diamond Cup World Skateboarding Championships (KDC) October 1-5. Presented by Kumba Iron Ore, the event draws the best skateboarders from around the world to Kimberley, South Africa to compete for the largest prize purse in skateboarding, more than $500,000, and title of world champion. 

“We have been working all year to develop our member countries and this year’s event is poised to be the biggest international contest in skateboarding history with close to 250 athletes participating,” said Tim McFerran, president of World Skateboarding Grand Prix.

The KDC championships include vert contests and street style contests that are held on the permanent state-of-the-art skatepark built specifically for the championships and donated to the community, serving as a year-round youth community center. The skatepark serves to foster youth development and cultivate the next generation of skateboarders.

“It’s something that we have been doing for a few years now and we believe that more international sporting events should have legacy projects and sustainability,” said McFerran. “We have already seen some countries pull out of bidding for major events because they don’t leave any lasting legacy; it’s a few days of events and then it’s gone. We believe the future of sporting events, including Rio in 2016, lies in social responsibility and in creating long lasting benefits for host communities.”

The WSGP championships, led by Mcferran, are innovating the way sports events operate by creating a real legacy and sustainable industry year-round in host countries, focusing on developing youth and helping the underprivileged.

For more information on WSGP or KDC and to learn more about sending representatives to compete in the World Skateboarding Championships, e-mail

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)
World Skateboarding Grand Prix is an international skateboarding event management company. WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events globally with a commitment to help stimulate local economies through tourism and support youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities, through skate clinics, demos, pro tours and more. For the latest news and information on the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup and other upcoming World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, visit

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Un skatepark au beau milieu d’un lac en Finlande – e

Début 2014, Bob Burnquist avait eu la fabuleuse idée de construire une rampe de skate flottante sur les eaux turquoises du Lac Tahoe en Amérique du nord. C’est sur une rampe flottante en bois de 3300 kg qui a nécessité 300 heures de travail acharné et 1250 vis, que les skateurs s’en donnent à cœur joie pour rentrer quelques tricks le tout combiné avec des pauses baignades !

La mini rampe flottante de Bob Burnquist

Les Red Bull X Fighters sur le lac de Munich :

Le plus prestigieux des événements FMX est revenu à Munich le 19 juillet 2014, les meilleurs pilotes du monde ont envoyé leurs tricks à couper le souffle sur le lac du Stade olympique. Pour la première fois dans l’Histoire du FMX, la piste a été construite sur un ponton flottant soutenu par des pylônes. Ce n’est pas la seule façon dont la piste est révolutionnaire : pour lui donner une longueur totale de 520 mètres, les concepteurs ont utilisé plus de 450 pylônes pour supporter les 3.600 tonnes de terre. Quatre grosses grues ont été utilisées pour mettre en place le tout. La piste est linéaire et présente 6 jumps, 1 super-kicker et 1 quarterpipe.

L’Australien Josh Sheehan a remporté avec brio l’étape allemande des Red Bull X-Fighters qui s’est déroulée sur le lac du parc olympique de Munich. Moins chanceux, le Français Tom Pagès a chuté sur sa nouvelle figure, le « bikeflip ». Un parc de freestyle motocross construit sur un lac, personne n’aurait pu l’imaginer ! Et pourtant, ce parcours en ligne a fait l’unanimité. Les douze meilleurs riders au monde ont apprécié la diversité et l’emplacement des rampes qui ont permit à chacun des présenter les figures les plus incroyables dans un cadre majestueux et devant plus de 20.000 spectateurs enthousiastes. La dernière étape du Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour aura lieu le 23 août prochain à Pretoria et nul ne peut prédire à ce jour qui de Josh Sheehan ou de Levi Sherwood en sera le grand vainqueur !

Découvrez les photos et tous les résultats de l’événement.

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Volcom Damn Am 2014 : Nassim Guammaz remporte le contest …

Du 18 au 20 juillet 2014, le Volcom Damn Am 2014 s’est déroulé pour la première fois au Portugal dans le Parc de Geraçoes. Avec un prize money de 10 000 $ et une étape qualificative pour les demi-finales du Tempa Am (Floride), où se déroule les finales internationales, le contest portugais représente une étape importante puisqu’on y retrouve la crème des riders européens. Hermann Stene, Eniz Fazliov, Danny Leon, Tim Zom ou encore Jorge Simoes. Le grand vainqueur de cette édition 2014 se nomme Nassim Guammaz. À seulement 20 ans, le rider Monster s’impose déjà comme la relève de la scène skateboard européenne et internationale. Ce n’est pas exagéré lorsqu’on voit la vidéo de son run gagnant au Volcom Damn Am 2014. Habilité, technicité, rapidité, il a déjà tout d’un grand ! À voir aussi : Vans Downtown Showdown 2013 : Luan Oliveira et Nassim Guammaz remportent le constest de skate à Paris !

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Session skateboard sur une rampe flottante en Finlande (vidéo Red …

Une mini-rampe sur l’eau ? Vous n’y croyez pas et pourtant ça existe bien. C’est la bonne idée qu’a eue un groupe de skateurs finlandais pour la fête de la Saint-Jean. Une fête qui se célèbre particulièrement en pleine nature au bord d’un lac. Il n’en fallait pas plus pour convaincre Roope Tonteri et ses amis d’installer une rampe de skateboard sur l’eau, avec transats et sauna. Sous un soleil magnifique, on aperçoit dans la vidéo que les riders en profitent un maximum, n’hésitant pas à sauter par-dessus la rampe pour prendre un petit bain. Ils ont même réalisé des transferts, ce qui paraît incroyable vu la taille de la rampe. Un moment au paradis qui restera gravé à vie pour ces skateurs. À voir aussi : Volcom Damn Am 2014 : Nassim Guammaz remporte le contest skateboard (vidéo).

Plus d’actu sur SkateboardMarko Grilc en skate, snow et surf pour Red BullPedro Barros remporte le Red Bull Skate Generation 2013 !Red Bull Skate Arcade : Douwe Macaré, vainqueur du contest skateboard à Barcelone !Away From The Equador : Dernier épisode de la série Red Bull sur le skateboard (vidéo)

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Police: Vandals smash windows, spray graffiti at church home

Police in Concord are trying to figure out who vandalized a church home meant to save families from homelessness.

Windows were smashed and graffiti covered the door of a mobile home owned by Pitts Baptist Church.

The neighbor who noticed the damage told Channel 9 he used to stay at the home. He said it’s troubling to know someone targeted a home meant to help people.

“It makes you feel pretty bad. Someone might need the home and you can’t get that one anymore,” said Caleb McDaniel.

Neighbors told police the vandals painted a gang sign on the door, but it’s not clear if a gang is responsible.

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Anti-Muslim graffiti found at Thornhill Islamic centre

Police are investigating a possible hate crime after offensive comments were found scrawled outside a mosque and community centre in Thornhill.

York Regional Police responded to a vandalism call shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday night at the Jaffari Community Centre on Bathurst Street, near Rutherford Road, where they found “messages of a hateful nature” spray painted on the sidewalk, as well as symbols spray painted on a sign in front of the centre, they said in a press release.

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The Star of David was drawn on a sign in front of the Jaffari Community Centre in Thornhill over the weekend. Other anti-Mulism messages, including one that read ‘Arab go home’, were also found on the sidewalk. (Linda Ward/CBC)

The messages were related to the ongoing conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. One of the phrases read  “Arab go home” while another contained profanity.

CBC reporter Linda Ward says the messages were discovered Sunday night as people arrived at the centre for an event marking the holy month of Ramadan. The sidewalk has since been powerwashed. 

Police are canvassing the area again today and looking at surveillance footage to find who may be responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7441. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at Crime Stoppers.

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16-year-old boy charged for 90 graffiti tags

By The Canadian Press

NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – North Vancouver RCMP believe they have caught a prolific graffiti artist who has spray painted his way across the area more than 90 times.

RCMP say the Crown has approved five charges of mischief against a 16-year-old boy who allegedly tagged his work with the word “stock.”

Cpl. Richard De Jong says the boy is accused of spray painting private and public buildings.

He says that while some people may view graffiti as a work of art, it’s an act of vandalism.

De Jong says graffiti decreases the sense of safety, lowers community pride and costs taxpayers or business owners money to have removed.

The boy is scheduled to make a court appearance in December.

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Anti-Muslim graffiti spray-painted outside of Thornhill mosque

Police are investigating two incidents of hate crime after a swastika was found on the wall of a public school in Aurora and anti-Muslim messages were spray-painted outside an Islamic centre north of Toronto.

The incidents are not believed to be related.

In the first incident, York Regional Police were called to Highview Public School at noon Monday. The school is located in the Bathurst Street and Henderson Drive area. Police say a variety of graffiti symbols and messages, including a swastika, were written on the wall of the school using chalk.

Police say they were likely done between July 14 and July 16, however they were only reported Monday. The graffiti has since been washed off.

Police say they have contacted the hate crime unit, but cannot confirm the motive behind the graffiti until the suspects have been located. Investigators say there are no suspects at this time, and they are reviewing security footage.

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York Regional Police are also investigating another incident after someone spray-painted anti-Muslim graffiti outside an Islamic centre north of Toronto on Sunday night.

Police were called to Thornhill’s Jaffari Community Centre at 9000 Bathurst St., near Rutherford Road, shortly after 7 p.m.

They were called to the centre when a worshipper found graffiti messages that authorities said were in relation to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

One of the messages read “F–k Gaza,” and another read “Arab go home.” Police have called the vandalism a hate crime.

Most of the messages were washed away by morning, but many members of the mosque housed at Jaffari saw them before they were removed, since worshippers were at the centre late into the night for a Ramadan event.

“Naturally everyone is pretty shocked and hurt,” said spokesperson Shabbir Jaffer. “It was even all the more disturbing that it would happen on such a holy night for us.”

Police said they’re investigating the incident and reviewing surveillance footage from the area.

They’re asking anyone with more information to contact police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7441, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

They’re looking for details on a suspect or suspects, and any surveillance footage that may have been captured by homeowners with surveillance cameras.

Police aren’t sure what time the actual vandalism was performed, and are looking for people who were in the area Sunday evening to report what they saw to help establish a timeline.

In addition to the Jaffari Community Centre, the property houses a mosque and a school.

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