Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Darth Vader Golfing

I was pretty psyched to see this. Vader using the Force to drain a putt. Awesome! Yanked from Intergalactic Golf.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tiger Woods running from his Wife

2010 is gonna be a rough year for El Tigre. Play the game here. The dude loves cocktail waitresses.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ricky Oyola

Slap's been really great with these interviews. Eastcoast legend Ricky Oyola gives more than an hour in this three parter. Image from Chrome Ball Incident.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Palm Springs - Part 3 of 3

beep beep.

12/1. East Valley Golf Club - Legends Course. The East Valley Golf Club is the home of the Southern California PGA. It's a 36 hole facility that has hosted PGA Tour Q Schools in past years. We booked our 10:43 tee time directly with the course for $50 per player.

This is a really nice facility and the track was super fun to play. There's lots of interesting holes, including a 490 yard downhill par 4. The bunkering on this course were strategically placed on almost every hole and I'm glad I had my GPS unit to figure out yardages. There were some dry spots but the overall course conditions were top notch. The bunkers were kind of bunk though. They were groomed (probably Thurs or Fri) but rained on heavily on Sat so they were crusty and rock hard on the day we played. The greens were fast and the undulations weren't quite as difficult to read as the prior three rounds. This day was by far the windiest conditions of our trip. We let 2 singles through but otherwise, we didn't see another golfer on the course. We finished our round in 4 hours, 5 minutes. I'll definitely visit this facility again and plan to play their Champions course as well. I didn't take any "blow up" holes (triple or quad bogeys), at least for me, in this round.

12/2. Indian Canyons Golf Resort - South course.
The Indian Canyons Golf Resort is a 36 hole facility along the mountains southwest of and close to the airport. We booked our 9:00 tee time through standbygolf.com for $74 per player. This was the only round we played that we had to pay for range balls.

Compared to the prior 5 rounds, this course, by far:
1. was the easiest track we played in terms of slope/rating
2. was the greenest, moistest and lushest
3. had the slowest greens (soft and spongy) but smooth and true-ish
4. was the most photogenic with the mountain backdrop

Aside from the slow greens, the course was in amazing condition. We finished in 4 hours and 15 minutes, despite being a twosome sandwiched between two foursomes. We definitely needed this round to get a confidence boost and finish the trip strong. We both birdied the 18th hole to finish our golf in Palm Springs. That alone will probably lead to a return to this facility. It was my low round of the trip (87) as well as Paul's (83) but I think he was most satisfied with the 89 he shot at Oak Valley.

As far as food was concerned, we basically just ate Mexican food everyday LOL Rubio's was our main stomping grounds. $1.25 fish taco Tuesday was awesome!

Overall, I was very happy with my first trip to Palm Springs and will visit again for a golf getaway.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Palm Springs - Part 2 of 3

11/29. Classic Club. The Classic Club is a facility that is run by Troon, which typically means excellent service and amazing course conditions. The Bob Hope Classic was hosted here in 2006, 2007 and 2008. We booked our 11:10 tee time through activegolf.com for $79 per player.

The course is just off the I-10 but feels like it's in the middle of nowhere... no houses anywhere near the course. This is a really awesome facility. Their clubhouse is top notch and their practice facility was the nicest we saw on this trip. Their range balls were brand new NXT Tours. The course conditions were amazing... comparable to Indian Wells. The greens were just as fast with some real tough reads. It was definitely a fun and challenging track! I have no idea how they got so much damn water on 18 holes in the middle of the desert! I was warned about the course being in the wind belt. No kidding! It was howling pretty good all day. We played the round as a foursome in 4 hours, 20 minutes. I'll definitely play this course again. Oddly enough, I had four pars that day and all of them came on the four par 3's.

11/30. Oak Valley Golf Course. The Oak Valley Golf Course is actually not in Palm Springs but is 30 miles west on I-10 in Beaumont. Just a few weeks ago, they hosted one of the 2nd stages of PGA Tour Q School. We booked our 11:00 tee time directly with the course for $49.50 per player.

What a strange facility! When you drive into their parking lot, it screams ghetto muni track. Their clubhouse is average at best and quite a few of the tee boxes were pretty hacked up with weeds growing on them. Everything else about it was top notch though. The fairways were in great shape as well as the bunkers. The course had actual rough, which was extremely contrasting compared to the low penalizing resort type conditions we were playing up to this point on the trip. The greens were actually quite soft but they were also by far the fastest greens we played. They were also next to impossible to read, at least for me. We played the whole round without waiting for or holding up another golfer. I got my ass handed to me. I was having issues with every club in the bag... 6 penalty strokes, 40 putts, you get the picture... Pretty sure I'd play it again to exact revenge on the ass whooping I received.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Palm Springs - Part 1 of 3

We got back on Wed night and I gotta say that we had a great golf vacation! I'm going to break down our trip into three posts, two course reviews per installment.

We left Vancouver 11/26. The new Canada RAV Line was an awesome means of getting to the Airport. We landed in Palm Springs at 11:00am, picked up our rental car and we were checked into our hotel by 11:45am. Pretty damn fast! We grabbed a quick lunch and then ended up at Cimmaron, which was a 10 minute drive, to try and get some range action in. We ended up getting out on their short course (Pebble) for $25 (seventeen par 3's and one par 4). The greens were super slow but it was still pretty fun and a nice little primer.

Neither of us had ever experienced Black Friday so we decided to wake up at 11:00pm and drive down to Cabazon to check out the outlet malls. What a terrible idea. As we drove down the I-10 westward, we saw the traffic coming from LA and knew we were in for trouble. All the parking lots were full. The residences of the few houses that were near by had chairs in front of their homes and were selling parking for $10. We were fortunate enough to find a spot. I couldn't believe how many people were there and the line ups to get into the stores were ridiculous. The longest I saw was the Coach store... it must have been 500 deep. We checked out several stores and bought a few things but in the end, we came back later in the week as we were going to be golfing out this way.

11/27. Westin Mission Hills- Peter Dye course. The Westin Mission Hills is a 36 hole facility that is run by Troon, which typically means excellent service and amazing course conditions. We booked our 11:34 tee time through ezlinks.com's "name your price" for $68 per player.

The course itself was fun, challenging and in great condition. The greens were smooth and fast. Unfortunately, they had fivesomes in front of us which lead to a 5+ hour round. Totally brutal! For that reason alone, I doubt I'll ever play there again. I don't understand why there was no marshal to maintain a good pace of play. Totally sucked. There's also about a 1000 houses lining the course. I did have my biggest drive of the vacation on hole 9 (300 yards) and also birdied the hole. My friend Paul hit two flags from 90+ yards out during the round as well!

11/28. Indian Wells - Players course. The Indian Wells Golf Resort is a 36 hole facility with many excellent reviews. We booked our 10:50 tee time through ezlinks.com's "name your price" for $76 per player.

When I first walk into their clubhouse, I was totally floored... super nice facility! They have a Callaway Performance Center which looked pretty high tech and thorough. Their washroom even had a strange waterfall in front of the mirror at the sinks. The course conditions were amazing. The greens were super fast with lots of deceiving undulations. A fun and challenging track. The GPS on the cart was nice as a first time player at the course. In contrast to Fridays round, there were no houses lining the course. We finished in 4 hours, 40 minutes. I'd definitely play this course again. I birdied the first hole by placing my approach 1" from the hole. Great start!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Stereo Jason Lee Retirement

I saw this deck while perusing ebay. I remember seeing one at a shop (Vert on Granville) when I first moved to Vancouver in 1997 and I haven't seen one since. I remember thinking that I should buy it as a collectors item because it's gonna be Jason Lee's last pro board, he was headed toward an acting career and the dude was, to me, one of the sickest of all time.

Now that Earl has been canceled, it would be pretty cool to get some more new Jason Lee footage. Does anyone know why so many vintage boards are coming out of Australia?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ethan Fowler on 360 flips

Awesome series of videos on 360 flips by one of the dudes with the best execution... the proper way to do them and the more recent lame "steezy" (I hate that word) way of doing them.

To me, the top 5 skaters with the best looking 360 flips are, with examples:

1. Jason Lee
2. Jovontae Turner
3. Josh Kalis
4. Rick Howard
5. Mike Carroll

I will add that this one and this one are definitely two of my favourites, probably more in the context of the tunes and the lines in which they occur. The Fowler videos don't play well in my Firefox so you might have to open the post in Explorer.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ray Barbee

Wow. Dude has been awesome for so long. One of the first super smooth and stylish street skaters I can remember. His Public Domain part was beyond amazing.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ryan Gallant + Expedition One

Ad, if it's for real, is way too good. Poached from the Slap forum.

Expedition One's got an amazing team.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

From Rain to Sun

Totally lagging on the posts the past week or so. It's been pretty dreary over here in Vancouver lately... chilly temperatures, wind and/or rain. The few times that it's been sunny, I've been stuck indoors at work.

My friend Paul and I have decided to head south for a seven day golf vacation. We used to go on an annual golf trip to Phoenix (2001-2004) but took a hiatus for several years. This time around, we're going to Palm Springs, which is a golf mecca several hours east of LA. Everything is hooked up... we got our flights through Westjet seat sales. Our rental car was booked with hotwire for $140 less than anywhere else. Our hotel is dirt cheap because Paul works in the industry. Great deals all around. The green fees are going to be the most expensive part of the trip. Even those are going to be fairly reasonable booking through ezlinks, activegolf, standbygolf and golfnow. I found this amazing website, greenskeeper.org which is helping me with my course selections.

We don't leave for another 11 days but I'm getting super psyched nonetheless! I'll have a full follow-up post with course reviews and all that good stuff.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Brian Lotti

So stoked. I was at the tws website looking at a Brian Wenning interview (which has since been taken down but is available here) and then I saw this Brian Lotti clip. He still looks so natural and stylish on a board. I have yet to see either of his videos (1st and Hope nor Free Pegasus). Image from the always amazing cbi.

As for Wenning, he's coming across as less of a kook in this interview as well as the one at 48 blocks. Stoked on his Vancouver plaza footage. The switch bs 180 to bs 5-0 on the hubba truly is amazing.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


"...that was my plan, to end on a good note and not bleed this career dry the way some guys do by not letting it go. Skating was so good to me, and I want to be good to it and not be one of those guys that won't go away."

Sick quote. An interview with Scott Johnston, one if my all time favourite skaters. Too bad the quality on that Let the Horns Blow clip sucks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chico Brenes

yeah! Chico retrospective plus a minute of new footage. He's always had such a smooth style. Back in the mid 90's, I thought he was good but I honestly didn't think he'd have longevity like this. I thought someone like Henry would. I was very wrong.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Habitat Lost Inhabitants

This set of Habitat decks went off on ebay last week for USD$50.99. wtf! Buyer is super stoked. Habitat's had a solid art department since the beginning.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sean Cliver Interview

Found this Vapors Magazine Sean Cliver interview while perusing evokerone's blog. There's also this limited edition Cliche board with a Cliver graphic that is actually silk screened like the good ol' days. I found that out from Memory Screened. He also appeared on the Crail Couch yesterday. Thanks Justin.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

up ledge

I have no idea what this spot was called but for whatever reason, it pumped out two of the sickest photos ever. Images from Chrome Ball Incident. E's been killing it over there lately.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Real Skateboards Costumes

I've been looking for these deck graphics for a while and only found a shitty scan of them recently here. Slicks didn't last in popularity very long but they did have some funny graphics. Updated cleaner images from BK's website.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Josh Kalis

Here's a web cam interview at Slap with Josh Kalis. Dude is dead honest and tells it like it is. Some of the highlights include his take on: the editing of his video parts, the Ricky Oyola beef and the production of skate videos. In case you missed them, also check out these two older interviews here and here as well as these gems at Chrome Ball Incident.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Danny Way

There's a cool feature at the Plan B website commemorating Danny Way's 20 years as a pro skater. All his video parts since he's been pro are available there. I'm particularly stoked on these two photos (Eiffel Tower by Spike Jonze and Christ Air by Blabac). I recently saw the Hosoi documentary and after he was released from jail, he went to the X-Games where Danny Way did a giant Christ Air off the huge quarter pipe at the end of the big air ramp. Afterwards, they shook hands and hugged and I felt straight up giddy about it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Alex Olson

Power, finesse and a great style. What more can be said? I guess I will comment that this Boy Crazy thing done by the actress Alexi Wasser is pretty lame. Images from Girl and Quik.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Powell Peralta Mike Vallely

To put it bluntly, Vallely was epic when Public Domain and this board (his first and only Powell Peralta pro model) were released. He must have made a pile of cash from this one. So many kids in my area were riding it. When he jumped ship to World, PP must have been sitting on a lot of them cuz the shops in town had Vallely pro models from both companies for a good 6 months. I wanted one and used to call all the shops to see if they had any and the answer was always no but weeks later they were always popping up on the shelves here and there. VCJ was the artist and the pic of the graphic is from Disposable.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Keenan & Gino

Two of my favourite skaters of all time. Pic is the current header at the Poets Blog. I wonder if Gino is psyched on the Islanders and their recently drafted golden boy John Tavares.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Recycled skateboards?

Real Skateboards has their Renewal deck program to use up veneer scraps. In 2010, Vehicle Skateboards is introducing an all recycled skateboard. It looks really odd to me... like a fancy particle board. The decks start off as veneers just like any other board except they are made from recycled hard rock maple. I'm not sure how they do cross vs. length veneers or maybe they don't have to. Pop Master Innovations is the company behind the technology, which is registered to Jamie Story who also registered the Vehicle URL. Robbie Gangemi started Vehicle back in 2000 but the company was put on hold for several years. More info here and here.


Pics of this vulcanized rendition of an eS Koston 1 have been floating around for a while, mainly this tan/white colorway. Earlier this week, a new pic popped up on the Slap forum. The black and gum look amazing. Good job eS. Looking forward to seeing them at a local shop.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gang of Fourstar

Rick Howard's line at 12:39 is amazingly smooth and stylish... fakie ollie to fs hurricane to finish. Ridiculous! BA eating shit at 12:12 is gnarly. Guy mall grabbing at 15:55 LOL

Monday, October 12, 2009

Zorlac Metallica

I was a huge Metallica fan in the Ride the Lighting and Master of Puppets days. This was a carry over influence from my headbanging older brother. I never had this board (no shop in my city ever got one) but I'm sure if one of them did, I would have been all over it LOL. Pusshead was the artist and the pic of the graphic is from Disposable.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What's in the bag

Just for fun, I'm going to go over all the clubs in my bag, how they got there and why I like them. Before I start, I'd like to preface that I'm not a very good golfer. I'll typically shoot in the low to mid 90's and my Gametrack Handicap is 17. I play 18 holes a week and get out to the range about as often. I'm not an equipment whore. I don't need the latest and trendiest gear to have a good time on the course and I also don't believe the hype about 2009 equipment being able to lower my scores compared to equipment from 2003. Pretty much every club in my bag is discontinued. I'm probably the most frugal golfer you will ever meet. haha

LJC 450 12 degree driver: I ended up getting this driver off ebay new for usd$41 with a Harrison Stiper shaft. I pulled the shaft and installed an Innovative UFO 2.2. It really fits my eye (it's deeper more than it is shallow, great shape) and has turned into a great feeling driver. It doesn't sit too closed. The reason for the 12 degree loft is 2 fold. Firstly, it reduced ball side spin and keeps my drives straighter. Secondly, I'm a low ball hitter due to delofting (negative angle of attack).

Hypersonic 5 and 7 woods. I had a really frustrating time finding fairway woods that suited my eye. They were all either too big, too small, too closed or the face height was too deep or too shallow. I finally got to see these heads at a local clubmakers shop (the one armed guy in Burnaby) and I grabbed a 5 and 7 wood from him. They are clearly inspired by Taylor Made 200's. These heads are pretty ideal for me. Good size, good face height, sit fairly square. The lie is a bit upright but that's fine with me. I ended up grabbing additional sets of these heads as back-up because I liked them so much. They are both shafted with True Temper TT Lite XL steel shafts.

Golfsmith XPC 3000 9 wood (re-badged as the XPC Seven). Just like most bogey golfers, I suck with long irons. I tried for years to replace my 4 iron but it was pretty tough to find something that worked. First I tried a game improvement 4 iron. It worked better but still not forgiving enough. I tried several hybrids but I just couldn't get used to the way they looked and never really jived with them. I was really liking the Hypersonics so I started looking for something similar in a higher loft to fill the 4 iron gap. Being left handed didn't help my cause. I finally found this one at Golfsmith. The specs are pretty close to the Hypersonics so I thought I would give it a try and I haven't looked back since. Great replacement. I think I paid around can$20 shipped for the head and it's also shafted on a TT Lite XL steel shaft.

Adams GT Ultimate irons. I got these new off Ebay for usd$135. The link pretty much describes them perfectly. They are basically player cavity backs but are really forgiving for their size. They have a radiused sole which makes them more forgiving on fat shots. I carry these 6-pw + gw. The longest iron I carry is a 5, which is a Top Flite XL2000. Both my 6 and 5 irons are cut down to the same length as my 7 and swingweighted to match.

Nicklaus Golden Bear Bearclaw SW. This wedge is amazing. It's got a great grind on the sole and a milled face. Couldn't be happier. I got it at Golftown for can$30.

Wishon Smoooth 7. I purchased this putter from Wishon for around usd$100. I like mallets and was using an old school Zebra for a long time. I never had any problems with the Zebra... just wanted to try something different. This Smoooth 7 just fits my eye and has a good balanced feel to me.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Ride the Lakaitning

How can one not be competely stoked on Lakai's Lakaitning slogan. I just picked up a pair of Jericho's with said sole as well as a pair of grey Howard Select Mids.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Swing Tip

Whenever my swing gets out of synch, I find that this mini swing drill always helps to get things back on track. It's basically a fully cocked 9:00 to 3:00 swing. Above is a swing sequence that I cut up to illustrate it as the pictures at Menzie's website suck.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Zoo York Sky High series by Alessandro Zuek Simonetti

I'm not a big fan of the Ecko version of Zoo York but this line of decks is amazing. Here's the photographers website. At some point in my life, I'd like to live in Manhattan.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Random Videos

I've been slacking off on blogging the past little bit. Here's a few videos.

1. Cody Mcentire's pretty crazy.
2. Never thought I would be psyched on a video clip put out by Quiksilver... Jake Johnson, Reece Forbes, Tim O and Alex Olson cruising around NYC.
3. End of Summer Skate Jam at the Plaza... my regular stomping grounds.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Battle at the Berrics 2: Chris Cole vs. Denis Busenitz

Holy crap. Great exhibit by both skaters. Busenitz is becoming one of my favourites. I'm still not sure about his Adidas pro model though. That narrow toe looks like it would crush my wide ass feet.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thomas Morgan fs flip

Thomas Morgan rules. Definitely one of the most underrated skaters from the 90's. Thanks to E at CBI for the scan.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Alien Workshop - Anthony Pappalardo

This board has a lot of meaning for me primarily because I owned the damn thing for 4+ years. I was barely skating from 2004 until June 2008 and this sucker came with me from Vancouver to Ottawa to Mexico. I did manage to skate a bunch in the summer of 2007 in Ottawa and a hand full of times at this ghetto park in Mexico. This board was solid... through all those years, it never warped, it didn't break on me, it never cracked or got soft. The nose finally blew out due to shooting out on me and ramming into a wall so I took it apart and left it in the streets of Morelia. I just wanted a fresh start when I got back to Vancouver. Graphic from here.

Friday, September 4, 2009

NYC rehash

I just got back from NYC and had a great time. We flew with Cathay Pacific and stayed 5 nights. Here's a few observations.

1. We stayed at the Best Western Bowery Hanbee, an all around great mid-range hotel in Chinatown. Highly recommended. E at CBI stayed in the same hood a few weeks ago at the Comfort Inn Manhattan Bridge, which sounds like another good spot. Both are fairly new hotels which is always nice.

2. I decided not to bring my board. We caught the tail end of Tropical Depression Danny so there was lots of rain for our first few days. I figured it would either be too wet or too hot and, to be honest, the only thing I would have skated is the Banks. I ended up getting a cold on the 2nd day and was pretty much fighting through it the whole stay. I did see my first Shut, 5boro, Roger(PS Stix) and Habitat Ecoply boards. The former three companies are pretty rare in Vancouver.

3. Being dog owners, my wife and I notice them where ever we go. Surprisingly, at least 50% of the dogs we saw in New York were Frenchies. We also saw a PBGV, a rare breed which is what my OG pup Basil was (RIP buddy).

This Puleo ledge is at Chrystie and Delancey, which is a few blocks north of our hotel and south of the Whole Foods in the Lower East Side.

5. Only "celebrity" sighting was Jason Dill and his entourage (urban cowboy + random dude) walking down Grand St near my hotel. His arm was in a sling so I'm guessing he's injured.

6. This store Uniqlo was pretty awesome. It originated in Japan and the Soho store is the only one in North America. 95% of their gear is really clean and basic.

7. Restaurants always seem to be hit or miss. Here are a few that we enjoyed and would eat at again.
a) Mary's Fish Camp in the West Village - it's small, it's not cheap and it has an open kitchen. Expect to wait but it's well worth it.
b) Baoguette Café in the East Village - it's rare to find a good veggie Vietnamese sub. This place has a great one.
c) Lombardi's in Little Italy - America's first pizzeria. Stoked on their pizza margarita.
d) Wild Ginger Vegan Restaurant in Chinatown and Brooklyn - lunch menu was great. Lots of options. It's healthy and it's always nice to be able to order anything on the menu rather than trying to weed out all the meat dishes.
e) Sobaya in the East Village - hand made soba noodles. Traditional Japanese style. Awesome.
f) Baja Fresh and Chipotles - we don't have either of these in Canada so I always stop by when visiting the States. I'm a sucker for double fisted veggie burritos.

The one's we thought would be good but didn't blow us away were: Freeman's, Angelica's Kitchen (Vancouver does organic healthy food better than both), B & H (my wife's matzah ball soup is superior and the challah we get from Terra bread in Vancouver is better as well), Acme (it was good but I don't think we'd go back), Bleecker St Pizza (Food Network's #1 Pizza in NY, I have no idea how that happened)

Thanks to everyone who hooked me up with information on cool shit and bunk crap in the city.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wood: China vs. Mexico vs. USA (Update # 4)

Fourth update on the wood showdown. I haven't been skating a whole lot the past two months due to a heat wave, home renovations and vacation. The PS Stix USA Habitat board lasted me for 6 sessions over 2 months. It was definitely the most solid feeling of the three boards. I brought it with me to Tofino and skated the park one evening and ended up breaking it on a flat ground 360 flip. Super bummed.

In the grand scheme of things, I prefer the wood from PS Stix or BBS Mexico. I'll never buy another China Black Label but I will try out other Chinese wood such as Chocolate and Girl, neither of which I've tried in over 10 years.

Next up are two PS Stix USA Jason Dill boards.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Schmitt Stix John Lucero

This kid Luke was the best skater at my middle school (grade 7 and 8) and he had this board. That guy was straight up awesome. Great skater. I ran into him years later in the mid 90's when I was doing my undergrad and he was so psyched I was still skating. Lucero did this graphic.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tony Ferguson talks about Alife

Here's a new Tony Ferguson interview. I recently saw Chibber rocking these Alife shell toes, clearly inspired by old Vision Street Wears... the ones that Ray Barbee always wore back in the day. Stoked on them.

Tony pic from vert is dead.

Monday, August 24, 2009

SMA Natas Kaupas 2

For me, this is the most memorable of the SMA Natas cat graphics. IIRC, this was the mini model. Quite a few of the kids I grew up skating with had this one. For whatever reason, when I first started skating, I never had boards belonging to the awesome street skaters, or even the awesome vert skaters at the time. The first three or four pro model boards I owned are embarrassing. I challenge anyone to do worse than me!

1. Vision Ken Park
2. Vision Johnee Kop (don't even ask)
3. Vision Primo street model (wtf was I thinking?)
4. Schmitt Stix Reese Simpson (the snake model. This one was actually pretty decent.)

Jim Phillips was the artist and the graphic's from Disposable.

Friday, August 21, 2009


I'm heading out on vacation for a few weeks. I'll be chillin' at the beach for a bit as well as hitting up NYC for several days. If anyone has suggestions for NYC, leave a message here or shoot me an email.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Stan Karbine - Stop Fakin'

Dude's got an excellent bs flip and the 360 flip over the small wall at 0:30 is awesome. Ender is ridiculous... I had no idea who this guy was prior to watching this video.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Diggin' in the Crates

I found this series of old Transworld scans here (eight entries so far), the acronym being DitC. Tonnes of gems over there. This shot of Colin McKay's switch krooks at hotspot with the burning building in the background, before anyone skated it... totally amazing. I believe Jody Morris took this photo.

Monday, August 17, 2009

SMA Natas Kaupas

I'm actually surprised, and embarrassed, that I haven't posted any SMA Natas cat graphics yet. This one is the first that I was familiar with. It seemed like a lot of the older skaters around town were skating it. Natas' part in Street on Fire was mind blowing... frontside wall rides, the hydrant spin, the rail slide on the truck. Wes Humpston was the artist and the graphic's from Disposable.

Friday, August 14, 2009

PGA Championship: It's a Wrap!

Thanks for coming out! Eldrick is up by 4 strokes going into Saturday in the last Major of the season. I'd be shocked if he doesn't win.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Kikkor Golf Shoes

I've touched on this in past posts. Several large corporations, including
Puma and Adidas, have made street style golf shoes geared toward the younger generation. Two smaller companies that have taken cues from skate shoes are Alias and Radioactive, the offerings of both IMO being underwhelming. Apparently there's another company entering the skate-shoe-style-golf-shoe arena called Kikkor, which is out of Abbotsford, BC and is owned by professional golfer James Lepp. Seeing as I'm just down Highway 1, hopefully I can get my hands on a pair fairly easily once they are released. Their two models look a lot better than anything Alias or Radioactive has put out. If I had to rock any of them, I'd go for the all black leather Eppik's. Link lifted from Triple Bogey.