“VIDEO ESSAY: HOW SKATEBOARDING WENT HD” by Alex Coles via Jenkem Mag

“VIDEO ESSAY: HOW SKATEBOARDING WENT HD” by Alex Coles via Jenkem Mag

Skaters aren’t always ready to give up old ways so easily, but most of us have finally accepted the transition into the high definition world. It’s been a long and slow journey, so we decided to put together this timeline of how skateboarding started to ditch the VX1000 and pick up HD camcorders in its place. For years, the gold standard of skate cameras was the VX1000. Even though it’s nearly 30 years old, skaters still search far and wide and often break the bank for this grail camera. Over the past few years, though, other main characters have appeared, most notably the Panasonic HPX-170. Armed with its own set of desirable features and a more reliable storage format, the HPX (and its older brother, the HVX) have quickly become the weapon of choice for some of skating’s most influential filmmakers. We hit up some of the HPX’s most notable proponents to walk us through the history and offer some detailed insight into what exactly has made it so desirable and ubiquitous. In 2022 the HPX is now starting to face some of its own limitations as well, so we also looked into the future to see what could potentially take its place down the line as video technology and technical know-how amongst skate videographers continue to grow hand-in-hand. Push play to view this video essay Video by: Alex ColesProduced by: Alexis CastroWritten by: Alex Coles, Alexis Castro, Ian MichnaArchival Support: Ben JonesShare this with a camera nerd on FacebookReport this as elitism on Instagram and Twitter If you like fun and intelligent skateboarding related articles, be sure to visit and bookmark: Jenkem Mag If you are not yet...
“GUERILLA MARKETING TACTICS WITH CLOWN SKATEBOARDS” by Alexis Castro via JENKEM MAG

“GUERILLA MARKETING TACTICS WITH CLOWN SKATEBOARDS” by Alexis Castro via JENKEM MAG

A few weeks ago we came across what we thought was the most bizarre skateboarding collab of the year: Paris Saint-Germain Football Club and Clown Skateboards. How did a British skateboard company that none of us had ever heard of before, and only boasts a few thousand Instagram followers, manage to collaborate with one of the most popular and richest soccer (deal with it) clubs? Thankfully we dug deeper into our initial confusion and discovered that Clown Skateboards is actually not some new brand of teenagers ordering shirts off of Custom Ink. Instead, it’s a brand with ties to the early London skate and graffiti scenes. Even their logo was designed by the mysterious graffiti artist Banksy. The brand went belly up in the early 2000s but was revived in 2020. Since their rebirth, founder Jeff Boardman has been making big steps in silence to reestablish Clown within the European skate scene as well as nurturing new scenes across the world. We wanted to bug Jeff about the future of Clown and try to figure out if he’s secretly Banksy or not. Can you tell me a little bit about the origins of Clown?We were around in 1999 or 1998, formed in East London. There was a bunch of us who just skated together and we formed into Clown around 2000. We ran it for five years and then from there — I mean, I was knackered in 2005, it was not going on – so then we put it on ice for a bit. We said, “Well, we’re going to come back to this in 18 months.” We had to earn some money, you...
“Surf Expo Attracts More Than 600 Exhibiting Brands to Upcoming September Show” via Shop Eat Surf (plus video of highlights from January Show & more)

“Surf Expo Attracts More Than 600 Exhibiting Brands to Upcoming September Show” via Shop Eat Surf (plus video of highlights from January Show & more)

Photo courtesy of Surf Expo PRESS RELEASES | Re-Published August 2022 ORLANDO, Fla.– (July 25, 2022) Surf Expo, the premier watersports and coastal lifestyle tradeshow, returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Sept. 8-10 in the West Concourse with a wide range of brands and a diverse floor plan.  Over 600 exhibitors are participating this September with an 18% increase in square footage compared to the previous September show.   “We are thrilled to return to Orlando this summer with an extensive and impressive list of brands to help retailers fulfill all their buying needs,” said Roy Turner, Surf Expo senior vice president and show director. “Coastal and beach related categories have been in high demand the past two years, and with our increased list of exhibitors, we look forward to introducing buyers to new brands as well as offering them a productive environment to connect with their existing brand partners.”  Brands exhibiting in the Watersports sections of Surf Expo include 4ocean, AVID Sportswear, Billabong, BN3TH, Body Glove, Brixton, Carve Designs, Carver Skateboards, Captain Fin, Dark Seas, Fair Harbor Clothing, Havaianas, HAYDENSHAPES SURFBOARDS, Hurley, IMSY, IPD International, Jetty, Katin,  …LOST, Lotus and Luna, Manhattan Beachwear, O’Neill, Otis Eyewear, Party Pants, POP Board Co., Psycho Tuna, Pura Vida Bracelets, Quiksilver, Rastaclat, Reef Apparel, Rhythm, Rip Curl, Roark, ROXY, RSVLTS, Rusty, RVCA, Saint Maddox, Salty Crew, Sand Cloud, SEATEC OUTFITTERS, Simbi, Sisstrevolution, Sun Bum, Surfer Dudes, Tahe Outdoors, Teva, Thread, Vissla, Volcom and YETI.   In the Coastal Life categories, brands attending the show include Beach & Barn, Bogg Bag, Dippin Daisys, ELAN, EXIST, Hang Loose, HUK, Kanga Coolers, Lakeshirts/Blue84, LowTides...
“STAY ON BOARD: THE LEO BAKER STORY – Takeaways From a Must-See Documentary” by Anthony Pappalardo via Artless Industria

“STAY ON BOARD: THE LEO BAKER STORY – Takeaways From a Must-See Documentary” by Anthony Pappalardo via Artless Industria

My morning ritual begins by checking my text messages, followed by pruning my inbox from companies trying to sell me things and then setting my daily agenda. Today was no different but as I checked off empty white boxes next to eComms that would soon be directed to the trash, I received a scheduled email to myself, from myself to watch Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story which was released today on Netflix. Directed by Nicola Marsh and Giovanni Reda, Stay on Board is a powerful piece that packs an extremely complex and moving story over 1 hour and 13 minutes. If you don’t have a Netflix subscription I suggest getting a trial and ghosting or maybe finding an alternative way to view it. Today. Do it today if you have some free time. Before I get into a few takeaways and thoughts as to why I recommend you view this doc immediately, I thought I’d post a synopsis which I cut-and-pasted from its YouTube trailer: From Netflix, Pulse Films, a division of VICE Media Group, and Flower Films comes a raw and immersive feature film that follows competitive skateboarding icon Leo Baker in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics. As he faces the sharpening stakes and intensifying disconnect between how the world sees him and who he knows himself to be, the pressure to keep on the course or be true to himself comes to a career and a life-defining turning point. Stay on Board is Leo’s journey balancing the gendered world of sports, transition, society, and skate culture, which ultimately leads him to the most punk...
“USOPC moves to decertify USA Skateboarding” by Alyssa Roenigk via ESPN

“USOPC moves to decertify USA Skateboarding” by Alyssa Roenigk via ESPN

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee has initiated proceedings to decertify USA Skateboarding as the sport’s national governing body (NGB), a spokesperson for the USOPC confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday. “We initiated the decertification process, citing section 8 non-compliance violations,” said Kate Hartman, USOPC Chief External Affairs Officer, referring to the USOPC bylaw that governs its process to revoke an NGB’s certification. Hartman added that the organization is “at the very start of the process.” USA Skateboarding chairman Don Bostick did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The decertification news comes on the heels of a USOPC audit of USA Skateboarding, published in mid-July, that evaluated the governing body against 48 compliance standards. The audit found USA Skateboarding to be compliant in only 12 standards and deficient in 28. The deficiencies included not requiring background checks for staff, judges, athletes, board members and contractors, having their tax status revoked by the IRS in June 2021 and not having an anti-doping policy. The audit also deemed the NGB deficient in child protection and found “a number of significant concerns raised during the review, including athlete representation, conflicts of interest, USOPC funding, athlete safety and managerial capabilities.” Within weeks of the audit’s publication, USA Skateboarding Chairman of the Board Gary Ream resigned from his role with the organization. USAS appointed Bostick, a former National Skateboard Association president, to replace Ream. Ream continues in his role as the chair of the skateboarding technical commission for World Skate, the IOC’s governing body for skateboarding and roller sports. High-performance director Mimi Knoop, men’s head coach Andrew Nicolaus, women’s head coach and 2020...
“Skate Leaders Discuss Inventory Glut and State of Market” by John Stouffer via Shop Eat Surf (Executive Edition)

“Skate Leaders Discuss Inventory Glut and State of Market” by John Stouffer via Shop Eat Surf (Executive Edition)

By John Stouffer | Published Aug 8, 2022 The skateboard industry is struggling with excess hardgoods inventory that’s affecting manufacturers, distributors, and retailers around the world. We talk to leaders at Arbor, Carver, Element, Eastern Skateboard Supply, PS Stix and more about the outlook for the skate market. This article is available to our Executive Edition members. Click here to login or click here to sign up for a free 30 day Executive Edition trial. We, at BRA,  feel that the benefits of the SES Executive Edition Membership outweigh the cost. Be sure to visit the Shop Eat Surf website to view valuable Industry News and Resourceful Articles regularly via this link: Shop Eat Surf If you are not yet a BRA Retail Member, you can easily opt in to either Regular (no cost) or Distinguished ($100/yr.) Membership via this super simple join...