Skateboarding Quotes

 

 

Marc Johnson Skateboard Quote

A wooden deck attached to some wheels, some slick kicks, jeans and a t-shirt – seems pretty straight forward. There’s so much more to skateboarding than learning to push and balance on the board. Even more than kick flips and 720 Gazelles, it’s a complex culture. For the skaters, blood, sweat and tears is the only way to progress and to not look like a total beginner. On top of that, you have to have the right attitude and likable personality to be accepted in the skate community. Skateboarding brands have to have the right team, art direction, product and legit skaters running the business (not just a smart CEO with business experience).

Combined with the unspoken rules of skateboarding, there’s a ton of independence, imagination, style, determination and devastation that goes along with the sport, err lifestyle. Unforgettable skateboarding quotes and tid-bits of advice have surfaced from pros and anonymous skaters throughout the decades. Check out a few of our favorites and add your own …

  • “I consider skateboarding an art form, a lifestyle and a sport. ‘Action sport’ would be the least offensive lil-wayne-skateboardcategorization.” – Tony Hawk
  • “One thing about a skater, they never quit, so a skater to sum it up is awesome.” – Lil Wayne
  • “Skateboarding doesn’t make you a skateboarder.  Not being able to stop skateboarding make you a skateboarder.” – Lance Mountain
  • “Its Physical and mental, you have something to focus on.” – Dennis Busenitz
  • “All skateboarding is, is putting ideas into action.” – Marc Johnson
  • “For me skateboarding is a lifestyle, I dont really know anything different, my life revolves around skating, if I wasn’t a pro skater, I’d still be skating everyday.” – Ryan Sheckler
  • “It’s better to go out like a man, trying, than to play it safe and get second.” – Sean Malto
  • “Skateboarding teaches you how to take a fall properly. If you try to kickflip down some stairs, it might take you thirty tries – and you just learn how to take a tumble out of it without getting hurt.” – Bam Margera
  • “Do what you love and try not to look at what other people occupy themselves with. Most people seem restless and bounce around too much to focus or even pay attention enough to themselves to figure out exactly what they really do love, as opposed to what the people that surround them are doing.” – Rodney Mullen
  • “Skateboarding is a way to let your body control the mind.” – Shaun White
  • “I won’t quit skating until I am physically unable.” – Tony Hawk
  • “Skateboarding is the sound of living.” – Jake Phelps
  • “Growing up in Huntington Beach, you were either a traditional sports athlete, a skateboarder, or a surfer.  I got my first skateboard when I was five and skated off and on over the years, did a little BMX racing as a kid, and then in my freshman or sophomore year I started getting a little bit more into skateboarding.” – Jason Lee

We know there’s more. Please share them with us. Let us know your favorites. Maybe you have a skateboarding mantra with mojo.

 

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Quiksilver | True Wetsuit

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Business Wetsuit

1 - quiksilver-clothing-logo-120Quiksilver Japan jumped head first into the business to active wear segment with the True Wetsuit.  There isn’t much worse than cramming behind an ocean front desk counting down the ticks until punch-out.  Imagine being able to stride from work to water with zero transition time to change clothes.  Quiksilver has done just that; created a business suit designed to give powerpoint presentations that can also snap slashes on tight barrels within the time it takes to get from the office to the beach.

Finding a perfect surfboard can take a tremendous amount of time, as does finding the flawless suit.  The Quiksilver True Wetsuit is available in three killer styles.  The BLK (black) and NAV (navy) suits are cut for business and surfing whereas the Tux (black) is strictly for partying and surfing.

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Cut with a modern slim silhouette the pants and jacket flatter the fit, but with a 2mm thickness anyone can slide into a size range from medium to extra large.  GBS (Glued & Blind Stitching) seams assist the regulation of heat while the cuffs freely filers new water throughout the single breasted double button suit.

The DRYFLIGHT 4WAY fabric that was developed in conjunction with Scotchgard and 3M makes up the water repellent and stain/dirt proof Quiksilver True Wetsuit Dress Shirt.  The shirt could actually be worn on a day to day basis – it’s soft to the touch and has a firm collar to frame any well tied knot.

Sublimation transfer printing allows for bold colors on the ties.  A refined finish starts as a 2mm neoprene ultra stretch jersey fabric and gracefully knots with a center dimple.

Draping over a hanger around $2,500 USD the True Wetsuit is a commodity worth its weight in gold.  Whether in a boardroom or on a board the Quiksilver True Wetsuit will be rippling waves for years to come, make sure to get one before the tide dies.

Shop all wetsuits HERE.

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2015 Zion Zany Earth Snowboard Review

Ryan Paul Zany Earth Zion Snowboard

Zion Zany Earth | Ryan Paul

Ryan Paul here to tell you about my board, the Zion ZANY EARTH deck!

This board is sick! Really Sick! If you’re looking for a board that crushes everything and leaves it in cinders, look no further, the Zion Zany Earth Snowboard deck with its sweet Super CrockaBear 3D graphics will crush any park rail, street spot, or playground dino-totter (scientifically proven)!

I’ve been riding this board for over 4 years now and dialing in the specs since it was just a black and white prototype. I’ve put it to the test in deep pow, crashed it against support poles in the streets and cruised around aimlessly through the park and around the ski hills. Zion Snowboards has helped me dial in every feature of the Zany Earth board to meet all of the needs of a snowboarder and perform well on every obstacle out there.

 

Zion Zany Earth Ryan Paul

The Zany Earth snowboard has a profile file called Park Rocker Combo Platter, which is basically a tasty way to say that the profile technology of this board gives you more ground feel so that you have better control on all sorts of terrain. There’s a small rockered section between the feet that has been raised up by camber underneath each foot.  It has tons of pop and float at the same time.

We’ve given it a blunt nose and tail shape for a unique look and feel as well as extra smooth performance on take offs, the flex works well with the pop to get you up on features and pressing consistently.  The combo platter camber provides a solid and sturdy ride for putting down high impact landings as well as mobbing into heavy carves!

This board has it all… oh yeah, and it’s FAST!!!!
Pick one up and go rip!
RP

 

Zion Zany Earth Ryan Paul Snowboard

Shape: True Twin
Profile: Park Rocker Combo Platter
Core Profile: Deep V
Core: Phase 3 (Poplar | Paulownia | Bamboo)
Flex: 6/10
Glass: Stitched Triax (0°/+45°/-45°)
Laminates: Carbon Energy Bars & Beefy Basalt
Sidewalls: Ultra High Molecular Weight
Edge: Full Wrap Rockwell 48 Steel & Control Zone
Sidecut: Radial
Base: Sintered & Factory Waxed

 

2015 Interior Plain Project Harrow Snowboard Review

Kyle Kennedy Snowboard

Interior Plain Project Harrow | Kyle Kennedy

1 - ipp logo smallI have loved the Harrow since day one. They are truly the perfect blend of a soft playful board that you can maneuver in any way you need them too, and a board with a backbone that will hold you into that press or keep you on your feet hitting kickers in the park. And now, with all Interior Plain Project boards being pressed and handled by the CAPiTA MFG, they will hold together for as long as you need then too.

The Harrow is the perfect mix between pop and press because of its profiled core. Also it has Triaxel glass that gives pop from edge to edge as well as snap in the nose and tail. The minimalist camber allows the board to be easily pressed but yet having that backbone to give you the edge control you’ve been looking for.

The Harrow is the most fun, and playful board I’ve ever ridden. If you’re looking for your next park board, I would highly recommend giving the Harrow a try. Visit the Interior Plain Project to read more on the brand and team!

Kyle Kennedy
Interior Plain Project & House Team Rider

Interior Plain Project Harrow Snowboard

 

Interior Plain Project Harrow Snowboard Review
Fiberglass: Triaxel
Profile Shape: 9mm Camber
Laminates: Carbon Stringer
Core: Proper Profile
Base: Sintered

2015 Rome Garage Rocker Snowboard Review

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Rome Garage Rocker | Matty Kirchgasler

Currently I’m riding the Garage Rocker. Before trying this board I was pretty convinced that I would only ride a Camber board and be happy with it. Call me old fashioned, but I am a big fan of the edge control and pop that a camber board supplies. Comfortable on the edges and ready to snap an ollie when you need it.

However, I am certainly glad that I chose to push outside my comfort zone to embrace the Garage Rocker. It’s flat underneath and in between the feet where it counts, and reverse where it comes in hand – with only a slight risey. This is a board that harbors the stability you need for jumps but has a hidden secret weapon… You can press with ease.

I’m 6’1″ tall and weigh 175 lbs. with size 12 boots and the 160 Midwide Garage Rocker is the most fitting deck I’ve ridden for my size to date. Also, this board is ready for the park and would probably be awesome in the pow. So stoked on this deck.
– Matty K
Rome and House Team Rider

[Purchase HERE]

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Jump Rating: 7/10
Jib Rating: 8/10
Pow Rating: 6/10
Carve Rating: 6/10
All Mountain Rating: 7/10

Shape: True Twin
Profile: Freepop Rocker
Core: TTT Core Matrix
Glass: StraightBiax Laminate
Base: XTRD Base
Laminates: Glass Reverse V Stringer & Bambooster Centerline Technology
Sidecut: Quickrip Sidecut

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2015 Salomon Villain Snowboard Review

Jordan Daniels Salomon Villain Snowboard

Salomon Villain Snowboard | Jordan Daniels

The Salomon Villain Snowboard is a versatile all mountain freestyle board that’s ready to rip any kind of snow you put in front of it. Here’s a little more of what makes this shred stick tick.

To start, the five point equalizer edges makes for a smooth and stable carve, the more contact points the more control from heel to toe. Next, the hybrid camber of The Villain is by far the best then traditional camber boards out today. The camber is flat camber in between the bindings, regular camber underneath the feet and rocker camber on the nose and tail of the board. This hybrid camber acts as a flat camber snowboard as you are riding on the snow and once raised off the snow it becomes a regular camber snowboard essential for park and street.

This snowboard has been one of my favorites to ride everywhere and anywhere there is a jump or a rail. I would recommend this board to anyone who wants a super responsive feel from heel to toe and a flex that is loose but stiff enough so you won’t loop out off your nose or tail. So next time you are at The House Boardshop go and check out the Salomon Villain Snowboard you won’t be sorry you did.

Thanks,
Jordan Daniels
Salomon & House Team Rider

[Purchase HERE]

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Shape: True Twin
Profile: Rock Out Camber
Sidecut: EQ RAD
Construction: Popster Booster
Glass: BA MD
Core Type: Aspen SLCT
Suspension: Royal Rubber Pads
Base: Sintered EG
Factory Finish: Medium Stone Finish
Edges: Freestyle Edge Bevel

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2016 Yes 20/20 Snowboard | Sneak Peek

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Yes 20/20 Snowboard

The 2016 Yes 20/20 Snowboard floats on powder better than powder specific boards yet can grip on corduroy like any true twin board. With what’s called a 3D Powder Hull profile shape, the Yes 2020 Snowboard features a concave nose and tail that provides hydrodynamic planing. If there’s one board that’s going to revolutionize how boards are shaped in the future, it’s the 2015 Yes 2020 Snowboard.

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Lengths: 146cm, 150cm
Shape: True Twin
Sidecut: Radial
Flex: 4/5
Profile: Powderhull
Core: Weightless Core
Glass: Triax
Base: Sintered True

 

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Yes 20/20 Snowboard 3D Powder Hull Profile

The 3D Powder hull starts with a base profile that combines 2 distinct rocker lines that, when blended together, create a pronounced base concave in the nose and tail. The centerline is fully rockered starting from the insert packs, all the way to the tips of the bluntly shaped nose and tail. out at the contact edges, is a more conventional base profile that we use on many of our other boards. The resultant concave across the nose and tail acts differently at the leading end of the board than it does at the trailing end when riding in deep snow. At the leading end (nose), the concave draws air under the board – just as a concave spoon-nose does on longboards in the surf – causing lift and floatation. As the snow moves across the base it releases off the tail and the exaggerated rocker line along the center, causes the tail to drop downward.

So even though it’s a perfectly balanced twin, the board rides through deep snow with the
same pitch, or planing angle, that we get with directional shapes and set-back stances.

On hard-pack it’s just a short, wide, super fun twin.

 

Burton’s 2015 Squeezebox Technology

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Burton Snowboards give back more than they’ve taken out.  Since day one they’ve paved the way for constant progression, innovation, and understanding.  The time to showcase the evolution of technology is now, and there is no better company than Burton to do it with.

The ever expanding boandaries of Burton Snowboards lead to some of the most revolutionary technology that snowboarding has ever seen.  Technologies like Squeezebox, a performance driven core profile shape, mold the industry into new dimensions of pop and flex without sacrificing the strength of a snowboard.  For the 2015 Burton Snowboards, the Squeezebox was expanded with the addition of two new profiles; Squeezebox High and Squeezebox Low.

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Squeezebox High

Found in the most responsive decks within Burton’s line, Squeezebox High gives an aggressive edge to the already agile boards.  With carbon fleece laid outside of the bindings areas boards featuring Squeezebox High have a quicker snap, more powerful pop, and lighting fast edge to edge transitions.

Squeezebox High is available in these Burton Snowboard models:  Antler, Custom X, Feelgood, Feelgood Flying V

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Squeezebox

Classic Squeezebox is the profile shaped that changed the game.  With a perfect blend of thick and thin sections Squeezebox gives boards a perfect balance of energy transfer, consistent snap, firm stability in all riding conditions on any terrain.  Boards featuring Squeezebox are the most well rounded snowboards in Burton’s line.

Squeezebox is available in these Burton Snowboard models:  Flight Attendent, Spliff, Day Trader, Anti-Social, Custom, Custom Flying V, Barracuda, Trick Pony, Process, Process Flying V, Process Off-Axis, Nug, Nug Flying V, Deja Vu Flying V, Lip-Stick, Nugget, Talent Scout

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Squeezebox Low

With the progressive rider in mind Burton laid out Squeezebox Low.  A more stable lateral foot platform and a consitently smooth flex medially boards featuring Squeezebox Low will help reach the next ranks of progression. Jibbers will love this new core profiling shape because of the firmer flexing nose and tail to lock in dominate presses.

Squeezebox Low is available in these Burton Snowboard models:  Pile Driver, Blunt, Clash, Ripcord, Name Dropper, Descendant, Socail, Feather, Genie, Socialite

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Off-Axis Squeezebox

Off-Axis Squeezebox anatomically alignes the angles of the thick and thin core profile sections to match the average freestyle rider’s stance angles of +15° and -15°.  Providing a natural smooth flex for park riding all boards featuring Off-Axis Squeezebox core profiling are asymmetrical and have a set toeside and heelside edge.

Off-Axis Squeezebox is available in these Burton Snowboard models: Custom Flying V Twin, Custom Twin, Process Off-Axis, Talent Scout, Name Dropper

Check out all of the Burton Snowboards  featuring Squeezbox technology HERE.

Alex Taran’s South American Beacon Project

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Disproving Avalanche Myths and The South American Beacon Project:

House Rider Alex Taran Sets Out to Make a Difference

Avalanches do not affect people in Chile*. “Gringa no tenemos avalanchas en Chile…” a group of my friends told me before they dropped into a path without avalanche gear, but with 50cms of fresh snow. (*Later that year, in that same path, an avalanche closed the road for 3 days and, in a separate incident, killed a young man).  When something like an avalanche happens it may be deceiving. It is actually not an avalanche*. (*One Patagonian avalanche related death was blamed on “glacial movement” while another death outside of a well known ski area was not deemed an avalanche, rather just a “delizamento de nieve (loose snow sliding)”…. wait isn’t that an avalanche?) Avalanches happen but don’t affect us *(*one patroller reassured me not to worry, all the avalanches in their area happen between 2-6 am, no one is around to get caught). PHEW!

The South American Beacon Project548513_260307954062584_1266026143_n is a movement we started in 2010. We identified two things missing in Chile: an atmosphere where the need for avalanche education is recognized and providing rescue tools for workers. The lack of proper equipment is not due to Chileean Resorts being too poor to purchase rescue tools; quite the opposite. Discussions about avalanches are not present anywhere near mainstream culture. It is just not accepted. Avalanches are a myth. That’s where The South American Beacon Project comes in.

The SABP reuses fully functioning beacons after testing for distances (search and send) as well as flux line drift. These beacons go into the hands of workers following an introductory class on basic avalanche mechanics and partner rescue. We also facilitate outreach avalanche education through presentations, as many avalanche centers in North America do, as well as more detailed beacon classes. Since The SABP was founded we have placed over 160 beacons and taught students in 21 communities in Chile and Argentina.

Volcan-VillaricaBut this is only the beginning. This year we are working on launching the closest thing to an avalanche center that Chile has ever seen. We are building a website where people find the majority of classes available, a history of accidents, current snow observations, and weather links. We are trying to change this atmosphere, disproving the myths through outreach and resource distribution.

This is not only our movement. This is a movement for everyone in the ski community. The key is our sense of community and togetherness. Whether you’re a skier in the northern or southern hemisphere, Europe or Asia, a beginner or an expert, we are all human and we all share the love for this sport and lifestyle. If you have an interest in getting involved, disproving these myths, and sharing this love please visit our website: WWW.SOUTHAMERICANBEACONPROJECT.COM. See you in the mountains!

By: Alex Taran

House Rider Alex Taran is enjoying the fresh coat of white in the Southern Hemisphere. Follow her Chilean Ski Adventures on Instagram: @alex_taran and @thehouseboardshop and follow updates on The SABP @southamericanbeaconproject and #southamericanbeaconproject

Diary of a Pro Skier: Alex Taran — #2

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Seeking To Wander

“I prefer the saddle to the streetcar and star-sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bread by cities. . . it is enough that i am surrounded by beauty.” — Everett Ruess

One middle finger in the air toward society and one thumb out toward destiny, in the direction of the unknown, Alex Taran has never been able to sit still for long. Home is where her truck is, her heart is in the mountains. An insatiable passion for skiing, a ski-vagabond mentality, and an altruistic desire to give back and teach have made Alex Taran the ultimate skiing adventurer. Her adventures from this spring alone are jaw dropping: she slayed powder in the North American West (UT, CO, and CA), skied a volcano in the middle of the Bering Sea, got lost in the Pacific Northwest, then got lost again in the desert, and made it back to SLC in time to pack for another season #chasingwinter in Chile.

Alex is headed for another season guiding for CASA Tours, improving South American Avalanche Safety with The South American Beacon Project, and pushing the limits of her skiing desire. The adventure fascination is an innate human virtue, passed along courageous lineage. It beckons us to climb high and travel into the depths of nature, explicating the depths within ourselves. In these travels, we untangle ourselves. We can amplify our beings while we elucidate our souls. We gain clarity, we relax, and we learn. For Alex Taran this must be done on the mountain with skis underneath her…or perhaps, on her backpack, thumb out, and smile cracked.

 

To Do -- Chile

 

Thumb’s Out, Fun’s Out: Hitchhiking in Chile

“I kept looking up the road, hoping to see another vehicle. It had been 20 minutes since the last car passed, and 2 hours since I started hitchhiking. An hour later I heard a thunderous sound. As it got louder, I could barely make out a bus in the distance. It was heading my way. I felt a sense of relief.

While hitchhiking most certainly saves you money, it’s money saving qualities are not the reason why several hours earlier I chose to demonstrate to oncoming traffic that I posses opposable thumbs. I choose to hitchhike purely because many times in remote areas there are no dependable bus schedules. Sometimes the bus shows up at 10am, sometimes it shows up at 1pm. On that day it showed up at 3. I climbed on board with my backpack on my back, skis in my hand. I barely got both feet into the bus before it started to pull away. I paid the driver 1.300 pesos ($2.50 USD) as the door shut behind me. For the next 3 hours I contemplated how I was going to get from the curb where I would get dropped off in Temuco to the Central Bus Station in Santiago.

This is Chile.

There are no coin washing machine facilities. Not many people here can afford cars and all the conveniences that come with them. All governmental organizations close at 1:30 (technically 2:00), and heating is so expensive that most people avoid using it (even in the middle of winter). But it is not really that bad. Most of the time the fact that data signals and 3G doesn’t work leads to conversations, and observations. The mountains that create cold housing and storms, which close roads, also create some of the most incredible skiing in the world. Waiting for a bus for 3 hours teaches you to laugh at yourself and be patient with the things you cannot control. We learn to become less attached to outcomes and more attached to the journey. Because after all will we ever be satisfied with an outcome, or will we just want more? Chile teaches you to stop focusing on the future while ignoring the present. Because here you don’t have a choice really, the bus comes when it comes.

So bring it on Chile. I will see you, your rickety buses, majestic peaks, and uncomfortable yet invaluable lessons in 2 weeks. Nos Vemos!” — Alex Taran

 

House Rider Alex Taran is enjoying the fresh coat of white in the Southern Hemisphere. Follow her Chilean Ski Adventures on Instagram: @alex_taran and @thehouseboardshop

 

By: Paddy O’Connell