“16 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SKATEBOARD BEARINGS” by Christian Senrud plus special bonus Skate Mix via Jenkem Mag

“16 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SKATEBOARD BEARINGS” by Christian Senrud plus special bonus Skate Mix via Jenkem Mag

Bearings are one piece of gear for us that truly are a difference-maker when it comes to getting enough speed for a trick or for getting from point A to point B. There are so many companies and designs out there, and you may have never even thought about how we got to the modern bearing of today. So let’s take a little ride through bearing memory lane and school you on the history of these little metal balls. 1. BEARINGS PRE-DATE SKATEBOARDS BY THOUSANDS OF YEARS Some of the earliest bearing designs were used while constructing the Egyptian pyramids, which we know were built by volunteer, highly skilled, and well-compensated union-backed employees. Leonardo Da Vinci also developed a design for bearings that would help reduce friction in many of his mechanical inventions, including the design for his helicopter from 1500 AD. 2. THE BALLS IN BALL BEARINGS START OFF AS SMALL LENGTHS OF WIRE The wires are cut down, then ground and polished down into a tiny smooth ball. Skate bearings mostly have seven balls each, which sounds like a lot until you learn that a pork tapeworm has between 20,000-40,000 testes, or balls, each. Now, BIGGEST balls? That would be the North Atlantic right whale, which averages about 1,900 pounds of balls per whale. 3. EARLY SKATE BEARINGS WERE TOTAL CRAP AND FELL APART EASILY When Tony Alva and the Dogtown team were first slashing coping and carving over lights in backyard pools, it was extra difficult because the force was causing the bearings to pop out of their wheels. They learned to tape over the drains so they would at least...
“DEW TOUR OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2021 SKATEBOARDING DATES & LOCATION IN DES MOINES, IOWA – 2021 Summer Dew Tour to be Held May 20-23 at the New Lauridsen Skatepark” via PR link from Transworld Skateboarding

“DEW TOUR OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2021 SKATEBOARDING DATES & LOCATION IN DES MOINES, IOWA – 2021 Summer Dew Tour to be Held May 20-23 at the New Lauridsen Skatepark” via PR link from Transworld Skateboarding

Home of the nation’s largest skatepark, and will serve as the only U.S.-based global Olympic skateboard qualifying event in 2021. Sanctioned by world skate as pro tour level events for men’s & women’s skateboard street and park See details below about a Zoom press conference around this announcement, March 24. Curren Caples (Carlsbad, Calif. ) March 23, 2021 — Mountain Dew® and Accelerate360’s ASN: The Adventure Sports Network Group announces its annual summer Dew Tour skateboard competition and festival is moving to Des Moines, Iowa, and will be held May 20-23, 2021 at the brand new Lauridsen Skatepark.  The event will include World Skate sanctioned men’s and women’s skateboarding Street and Park competitions, serving as the only U.S.-based global Olympic skateboard qualifying events for 2021. Skateboarding will make its debut at the Olympic Games this summer in Tokyo, which was rescheduled in 2020 for July 23 – August 8, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lauridsen Skatepark’s Street and Park courses have been approved as Olympic-level competition venues. The park also includes two skate bowls, a skate promenade, a skate sculpture, stairs, ledges, and more. A passionate group in Des Moines, made of Polk County (managers of the Lauridsen Skatepark), Catch Des Moines (Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau), Greater Des Moines Partnership, Skate DSM (local non‐profit), and Subsect (Des Moines skateboard shop), teamed up to make the Lauridsen Skatepark a reality. The skatepark was built by world-class builders California Skateparks – the skatepark architects of the Dew Tour since 2014 –  and is now the largest in the United States. Dew Tour will be the first event to be held at the 88,000 square foot park; the weekend will be...
“A HOMAGE TO SKATERS WHO ARE AGING LIKE FINE WINE” by MAX OLIJNYK via Jenkem Mag

“A HOMAGE TO SKATERS WHO ARE AGING LIKE FINE WINE” by MAX OLIJNYK via Jenkem Mag

In December last year, Josh Kalis posted four minutes of him skating a DIY spot that, at age 44, sits alongside any part he’s ever released. A couple of months ago, Ray Barbee made a surprise announcement and got on Krooked. And just before my knee gave out, I landed my first switch frontside crooked grind in my early 40s. Arthritis may be kicking in, but older skaters are ripping harder than ever and contributing some class and relatability to the great big stinky patchwork quilt that is skateboarding. Here are just a few old geezers who have been putting in work as of late that we felt deserved a head nod. RON ALLEN Age: 57First Video Appearance: Sick Boys (1988)Most Recent Notable Appearances: JunglegroundsSignature move: One foot olliesWhat’s his secret?: “It’s still the fuckin best thing I can do in my life.” JOSH KALIS Age: 44First Video Appearance: Toy Machine: Heavy Metal (1995)Most Recent Notable Appearances: DGK: DIY Josh KalisSignature move: 360 flipWhat’s his secret?: “No real secrets… just staying motivated helps a lot. Water, Fish oil, massages, hot tub, dope wife. Lol. Rest is a good one too.” CHICO BRENES Age: 44First Video Appearance: Love Child (1992)Most Recent Notable Appearances: 7 x 7 Thrasher part (2019) but Instagram is where the action is at.Signature move: Nollie heelflipWhat’s his secret?: A popsicle-free diet CHRIS PULMAN Age: 45First Video Appearance: Heroin Skateboards Everythings Going To Be Alright (2002)Most Recent Notable Appearances: This lineSignature moves: Gangster no complies, pink shirtsWhat’s his secret? “There have definitely been times where I’ve doubted the authenticity of being defined as a skateboarder for my whole life but I’ve embraced the fact that it’s great to have found a passion in a world full of apparently lost folk. I guess...
“The London Bridge Skateboard Hero” via Transworld Skateboarding

“The London Bridge Skateboard Hero” via Transworld Skateboarding

In 2017, three terrorists driving a van ploughed into people in central London before taking to the streets to randomly attack anyone they came across. At the same time, Ignacio Echeverría was having a typical Saturday Night out skateboarding with his friends. Hear how those two separate events came together with horrifying consequences. Thanks to Transworld Skateboarding for being such a solid resource. Be sure to click on and bookmark the following link for relevant news, intelligent articles and ripping skateboarding:  https://skateboarding.transworld.net/ If you are not yet a BRA Retail Member, you can easily opt in to either Regular (no cost) or Distinguished ($99/yr.) Membership via this super simple join...
“Skateboarding eyes brighter future with USOPC support on mental issues” by Rory Carroll via Reuters

“Skateboarding eyes brighter future with USOPC support on mental issues” by Rory Carroll via Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The skateboarding community, rocked by several prominent deaths related to mental health issues, is hoping the benefits that go with the sport’s inclusion in this year’s Tokyo Olympics will help its athletes tackle the underlying problems.Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk rides his during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Vista, California, U.S., May 8, 2020. Picture taken May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake Briton Ben Raemers died by suicide in 2019, skateboarding pioneer Jeff Grosso passed away after a drug overdose in 2020, and 22-year-old Henry Gartland took his own life last month, highlighting the urgent need to address issues like depression and addiction. “Skateboarding is a very tight-knit community,” said USA Skateboarding CEO Josh Friedberg. “Everyone has these links to each other and that makes losses like these tougher to deal with because there’s so many personal connections. “The good news is that it’s causing people to think more deeply about mental health in skateboarding – trying to figure out new ways to support the people that they love and care about.” Friedberg said one key development is that the athletes now have access to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) mental health services for the first time. “We’ve been really lucky to have the support of the USOPC in this situation,” he said. “They have been proactive in providing mental health resource for our team and staff.” Tony Hawk, one of the world’s most famous skateboarders, said that while there has been progress in combating the stigma associated with mental health, more work needs to be done. “I’d like to say...