“THE 27TH ANNUAL TAMPA PRO is underway plus link to view the Finals as well as the 2020 Pro Contest” via SPoTtampa.com

“THE 27TH ANNUAL TAMPA PRO is underway plus link to view the Finals as well as the 2020 Pro Contest” via SPoTtampa.com

Skatepark of Tampa (BRA Distinguished Retail Member)* is back with the the most historic contest in skateboarding. Whether you’ll be coming to SPoT to experience the stoke first hand, or keeping it virtual and tuning in to the world’s best webcasts from home, we are happy to have you with us!  TAMPA PRO LIVE WEBCASTSATURDAY AND SUNDAYOCTOBER 16TH & 17THWATCH LIVE ONSPOTTAMPA.COM Push play to view the Finals of Tampa Pro 2021 It’s Finals day of the 27th Annual Tampa Pro. Find out which of the world’s best skateboarders will be adding their name to the legendary list of winners, ranging from Mike Vallely in 1995 to Nyjah Huston in 2020. Push play to view Tampa Pro 2020 LOCATION Skatepark of Tampa4215 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa, FL 33605 SCHEDULE FRIDAY – OCTOBER 15 9:00am – Doors OpenRegistration and Open PracticeSkating reserved for pros only11:00am – Team Manager / Industry V.I.P. ContestOpen to team managers, retired pros (for at least 5 years), and company ownersDisclaimer: There’s no age limit but if you’re obviously way too good, the judges probably won’t let you win4:00pm – 5:00pm – Open Bar Courtesy of PBR and Monster Energy (for 21 and over, must have valid ID, and while supplies last)10:00pm – Park closes SATURDAY – OCTOBER 16 Watch the live webcast at SPoTTampa.com – 12PM EST 9:00am – Doors Open / Open PracticeSkating reserved for pros only12:00pm – Street QualifiersTwo, one-minute runs, best run countsTop 30 advance to Semi-FinalsTop 2 qualifiers get Straight Shot directly to FinalsPrevious Tampa Pro winners are prequalified to Semi-Finals4:00pm – 5:00pm – Open Bar Courtesy of PBR and Monster Energy (for 21 and over, must...
“DC Shoes is proud to present, ‘THIS TOO SHALL PASS’, a short documentary about mental health issues in the skateboarding community.” – be sure to share this important video with your customers

“DC Shoes is proud to present, ‘THIS TOO SHALL PASS’, a short documentary about mental health issues in the skateboarding community.” – be sure to share this important video with your customers

Push play to view this important video Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always. DC Shoes is proud to present, “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”, a short documentary about mental health issues in the skateboarding community. DC team rider, John Gardner, opens up about his own mental health struggles as he experienced suicidal thoughts and depression over the years. John talks about how he uses meditation, breathing and skateboarding to help heal from depression. The documentary also features Andrew Huberman, Professor of Neurobiology and Ophthalmology at Stanford School of Medicine, providing some amazing insight into how we can help ourselves and each other on a daily basis. John also curated a limited zine that includes facts on mental health, self-care, breathing techniques and other tools that can be useful for anyone suffering from depression. Check the link below to read the digital zine and more. Link: https://dcshoes.com/blog/skate/This-T… For anyone battling issues with mental health or having thoughts of suicide, please know that you are not alone. You are loved – and there are resources available to provide support. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Follow DC Shoes: Website: www.dcshoes.com Instagram: @dcshoes TikTok: @dcshoes Facebook: https://facebook.com/DC.Shoes View this important video on Thrasher via the following link: https://www.thrashermagazine.com/articles/trash/dc-shoes-this-too-shall-pass/ JENKEM – John Gardner’s Tips for Building Up Your Mental Health View another important article featuring Andrew Huberman via the following link: https://www.boardretailers.org/discussing-skateboarding-with-neuroscientist-andrew-huberman-by-karl-watson-rob-fraebel-via-jenkem-mag/ If you like fun and intelligent skateboarding related articles, be sure to visit and bookmark: Jenkem Mag If you are not yet a BRA Retail Member, you can easily opt in to either Regular (no...
“A LOOK AT SOME OF SKATEBOARDING’S GREATEST DISPLAYS OF FILMING” by Justin The Intern via Jenkem Mag

“A LOOK AT SOME OF SKATEBOARDING’S GREATEST DISPLAYS OF FILMING” by Justin The Intern via Jenkem Mag

To some skaters out there, filming might seem like a pretty simple task. First, you have to buy a half-decent camera with a fisheye, and then all you really have to do is keep the skater in the frame and make sure the colors aren’t too blown out. Easy, right? Maybe, but when you start to really focus on the technique, you start to see there’s a big difference between the regular Joes and skateboarding’s elite filmers. To shine some light on the real lens tacticians out there, we’ve compiled a list of some standout maneuvers that filmers have pulled off that others couldn’t (or wouldn’t) for the sake of keeping themselves and their camera safe. Feel free to bitch and moan in the comments about what clips we forgot to include. BRIAN PANEBIANCO – SABOTAGE X DC Philadelphia is a city of history. From the founding fathers to Rocky Balboa to the DC team, Philly has seen it all. In the new Sabotage x DC video, Brian Panebianco kicks off his own part by doing a Varial Heel while filming Kevin Bilyeu at Muni. Everything about it oozes a calculated maneuver that might be the coolest most nonchalant thing a filmer has ever done; baggy sweatpants, bulky Lynxes, and a somehow perfectly caught varial heel. This clip was good enough to earn Brian his place in Boil The Ocean’s “Filmers Who Rip on the Board Hall of Fame” and a spot on this list. JACOB HARRIS – ATLANTIC DRIFT: TOM KNOX Everybody remembers this part because Tom Knox performs some of the smoothest skating on some of the roughest ground. But Jacob Harris’ filming often goes...
“A Rock Star’s Next Act: Making Montana a Skateboarding Oasis” by Jim Robbins via The New York Times

“A Rock Star’s Next Act: Making Montana a Skateboarding Oasis” by Jim Robbins via The New York Times

Photographs by Todd Heisler  BROWNING, Mont. — This is not the Montana where the wealthy are building ski-in and ski-out mansions or refurbishing a trout stream on a new ranch. Browning is the capital of the Blackfeet Nation, where the rolling, grass-covered high plains collide with a steel-gray wall of snow-dappled mountains on the Rocky Mountain Front just south of the Canadian border. This is also a new capital of world-class skateboarding, and a nearly 13,000-square-foot, $300,000 skate park called Thunder Park. It was paid for by the Montana Pool Service — a name in reference to the large bowl at the center of a skate park — a foundation funded and operated by Jeff Ament. Yes, that Jeff Ament — the bass guitarist and a founder of Pearl Jam. He’s seven years into his self-appointed mission to bring high-end skate parks to every city and town in Montana that will have one. Ament has paid for, or helped pay for, 27 skate parks, most of them in Montana. He has also helped build three on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Three more are planned for reservations in Montana and South Dakota, including one at Wounded Knee. “It’s much bigger than skateboarding,” Ament said. “You are teaching kids to get up when they fall.” “If you are in an isolated rural area or you come from a broken home you are going to fall a lot.” A clue to his skateboard philanthropy is found in the angsty and melancholic lyrics of Pearl Jam’s music. “I gotta bomb in my temple that is gonna explode,” the band sang...
“A Look Back: Dogtown and Z Boys” (mini documentary about the documentary) by Glen E. Friedman via Thrasher Mag

“A Look Back: Dogtown and Z Boys” (mini documentary about the documentary) by Glen E. Friedman via Thrasher Mag

Dogtown and The Z Boys found an audience outside of the traditional skateboard community. Tony Alva, Peggy Oki, Stacy Peralta and more from the OG Zephyr scene break down why it worked and what was missing. Big Thanks to Glen E Friedman and Vans. Push play to watch this newly released documentary about Dog Town and Z Boys Dogtown and Z-Boys is a 2001 documentary film produced by Agi Orsi and directed by Stacy Peralta.[1] The documentary explores the pioneering of the Zephyr skateboard team in the 1970s (of which Peralta was a member) and the evolving sport of skateboarding. Using a mix of film of the Zephyr skateboard team (Z-Boys) shot in the 1970s by Craig Stecyk, along with contemporary interviews, the documentary tells the story of a group of teenage surfer/skateboarders and their influence on the history of skateboarding (and to a lesser extent surfing) culture. Dogtown and Z-Boys, narrated by Sean Penn, begins with the history of skateboarding in Southern California and how it had been strongly influenced by the surf culture in the surrounding areas of Santa Monica and Venice, nicknamed Dogtown.[2] Surf shop owners Jeff Ho, Skip Engblom, and Craig Stecyk established the Zephyr Skateboard Team with local teenagers from broken homes.[3] The sport of skateboarding continued to evolve as the Z-Boys continued to bring edgy moves influenced by surfing. During one of California’s record-breaking droughts, local backyard pools were emptied and became hotspots for these young skateboarders looking for places to skateboard.[2] The members of the Zephyr team gained notability and national attention when they competed in skateboard championships and started to receive media attention for their skills as young athletes. Testimonials and commentary provided by the members and founders of the Zephyr team combined with the rock-and-roll soundtrack and vintage footage...
“SKATEBOARDING IS FASHION – NYFW, The Olympics, Pants, and ZZ Top” by Anthony Pappalardo of Artless Industria®

“SKATEBOARDING IS FASHION – NYFW, The Olympics, Pants, and ZZ Top” by Anthony Pappalardo of Artless Industria®

Last week, I attended a panel discussion celebrating the release of Kyle Beachy’s new title The Most Fun Thing: Dispatches from a Skateboard Life at the McNally Jackson Seaport book store in Manhattan. The panelists included Beachy, Jessica Edwards, Noah Johnson, Willy Staley, Alexis Sablone and moderator, Steve Rodriguez. Throughout the spirited discussion, two key topics emerged: The Olympics and pants. The latter has become an in-joke/trope of #SkateTwitter, spawning various threads, fit checks, and general discourse but as I left the event and walked through the Seaport I dug a bit deeper into the Olympics and Pants, talked into my phone as a form of notetaking, and now, the morning after the Met Gala, seems like the perfect time to discuss these events. This is how my New York Fashion Week began. The core idea of gawking at rich people and celebrities’ clothes is banal. In fact, most people who attend events during New York Fashion Week are not fashionable nor do they care about fashion. Several years ago I attended an event held in a SoHo storefront where ZZ Top performed sponsored by a whiskey brand. I noticed an older gentleman at the bar who—like most of the older people in attendance—was wearing a very ostentatious outfit. I did not care about his clothes as I was fairly sure it was James Goldstein, a businessman who attends 100 NBA games a year. Like Spike Lee, he’s a superfan but he doesn’t yell as much. I politely approached him and we talked about the Boston Celtics before I went outside to smoke a marijuana cigarette with some people...