i am super excited for this video! From the visual aesthetics to the rumors i’ve heard, this should be an epic one. We will be premiering Element’s Peace video, before you can buy it, here at the shop Saturday Oct 13th! Every hour, on the hour, we will play the video from 11am - 6pm. Everyone who comes in to the shop to watch it at any time that day can put their name in to be drawn for an Element PEACE deck. We’ve got poster and promo stuff to give away as well. #ElementPEACE
This may be the easiest fundraiser we’ll do for the Portland Skate Park project - buy a Gritty’s pint, some of the money goes to the expansion fund. Done.
Gritty’s Portland Brew Pub and Long’s Board Shop are hosting a community fundraising night for the Portland Skate Park expansion project, Thursday September 20th, from 5:30 to 9 PM.
Come join us at the Portland Gritty’s on the 20th!
You can't go wrong with 2 of the most iconic names in skateboarding collaborate on a series of hardware and clothing. Independent Trucks has done a series with Thrasher Magazine. Mash-up the skate goat pentagram with the indy iron cross - throw it on stickers, trucks, hats, etc, yeah sure that's great and you should check them out, but the real coup de gras for me is the return of one of my favorite images in skateboarding: the "Time To Grind" Independent Clock image. i had that ad cut out of Thrasher and hanging on my bedroom wall as a kid and am glad to see it back!
There are people who do, and people who just talk. This Saturday the do-ers in the skate community collected donations from friends, family, and neighbors to sponsor them riding the temporarily lit Portland Skatepark from 6 pm to midnight, all to raise money for the skatepark expansion. An impressive $5,000 was raised from the event put on by Portland Parks & Recreation!
It really was magical seeing the park all lit up at night. i've gone out and skated the park on full moons, battling shadows, and relying on muscle memory of lines. Having it fully illuminated and shadow-less, glowing in the surrounding blackened fields seemed like a visual manifestation of what the park has always been to me: an oasis, calling out to all those who know the joys of a wooden toy with urethane wheels.
The Million Dollar Lounge and Dial S For Space Cadets provided live music for as long as the city felt the neighbors would allow. Portland Pie Co and HOT DOG CART were there providing food. NHS provided prizes from their brands Santa Cruz, MOB, Bronson, and Creature that went to most money raised, most donors, longest skated, oldest and youngest skating. A solid crew made it all the way to midnight and were audibly bummed when the city finally turned out the lights.
What a fantastic night that will long be talked about - where you there when the park was lit? Huge thanks to all the skaters that collected donations, the bands, the brands, the food suppliers, and Portland Parks & Rec. Seeing young kids all the way up to the middle-aged all coming together and skating together for their community - the skate community, was an uplifting thing. Let's keep up the momentum and get the park doubled in size!
Our shop traveling corespondent and team rider Adam files his article from this year's ROBSTOCK. The shop news helicopter has been out of commission for some time now so he had to drive. Here is his formal report:
About 250 miles up the coast from the Maine's southern boarder, Whitneyville is home to the wildest skateboard gathering in New England. Behind an abandoned, run-down house, in a town of nothing, Robstock was running wild. Rob Collinson (Lowcard) has one hell of a ramp hiding deep in the wilderness. Complete with skinny bridges leading to a wallride over a doorway, and a rickety launch ramp over a kiddie pool. The ramp was steep and aggressive. Two vert extensions back-to-back for the brave of heart to huck on. A 2 foot wide quarter pipe coming off of the side of the ramp, dubbed the 'carcass catcher' would shake and wobble as you tried to do anything on it.
All surrounding the ramp, tent cities were set up for the weekend. Fireworks of all kinds were being set off. Roman candles, smoke bombs, fire crackers, flares, were being thrown over the ramp, on the ramp, at the skaters, in the crowds, and pretty much everywhere. Bowling for condiments; where a full sized bowling ball was being rolled across the ramp (while we skated) at pickle jars, beer cans, ketchup, and pretty much anything that you could have a bowling ball knock over.
Rob gave out free swag from Converse, Indy, Creature, and of course, Lowcard. After the sun went down, the lights turned on and people skated until early in the morning. Saturday night heavy rain set in, but it didn't dampen the party one bit. There was live music and moshing, which turned into a mud pit. The ramp turned into a water slide. There was enough energy at this place to run a power plant. If you haven't made the trip up yet, then do it. You won't regret it. Thanks Rob, for having such a rad thing going on. -Adam L.