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The Heated Wheel

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Neil Blender is one of the most original and creative skateboarders and artists ever to sprout up from planet Earth. He started skating in the late '70s skatepark scene and was a top pro throughout the '80s, when he innovated many rad and humorous tricks (and trick names) on vert and street, and became the first pro to draw his own board graphics. His rough, scribbly and surreal style of art became highly influential throughout skateboarding.

He has a Web site called The Heated Wheel, where you can buy artwork from him, as well as browse a photo section called Cats, a Peter Hewitt interview, Moon Park (also known as a legendary skate spot called Sadlands), Photo Gallery (mostly vintage skating shots from the '70s and '80s), Shoes (featuring his new Vox pro model) and Skatetoons. You can also buy limited-edition items in the Skateboards and T-Shirts sections.

Take a little break and chill at The Heated Wheel.

The Boss Will Protect You

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Andrew Reynolds knows that due to the abundance of vulcanized skate shoes today, it’s only natural some skaters are going to seek superior durability and protection for their bruised-up tootsies. Remember the Reynolds 1? Well, now it’s reborn as The Boss.

Equipped with our System G2O2™ gel / air bag, just how protective against heel bruises is The Boss? According to our STI Lab biomechanical testing, The Boss provides up to 55% better protection than the standard air bag shoe on the market today, with the highest bottoming out force of any skate shoe we have tested. (Bottoming out is the point when the shoe no longer provides any cushioning protection.)

The Boss is only available only at finer skate shops. Buy a pair today.

Daniel Roberts

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Burlington, North Carolina

It's time again for another Sponsor Me Video Review! This month’s video is from Daniel Roberts. Daniel has a lot of footage, almost too much. When you make a sponsor me video, you need to remember that the Team Manager who will be watching it sees a ton of videos all the time. You want to make sure your part is short and sweet with only your best footage so it will stand out. Daniel’s video is just over four minutes, which is way too long. You should shoot for no more than two minutes.
I saw some good skating in Daniel’s video, but there was some stuff that could have been left out that would have made it more exciting. I know that sometimes you land a trick that you’re stoked on, but it may have been slow, sketchy or not up to par with what today’s ams would do on the same obstacle. Even though you like it, it may be good to leave it out.
Another thing to remember when editing your video is if you have multiple clips of the same trick at different spots, pick the best one, don’t use them all. I’m not trying to take away from Daniel’s skating, you can see that he rips. The long running time just wasn’t that exciting for me to watch. Thanks for sending in your footage, Daniel, you just snagged yourself a free pair of Emerica shoes! Keep those videos coming.--Jeff Henderson

Emerica KCDC Signing August 20!

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Attention all you Nor' Easter Emerifans! Emerica team riders Heath Kirchart, Kevin "Spanky" Long, Matt Allen, Brandon Westgate and Marquis Preston will be skating the mini-ramp and signing autographs this coming Sunday, August 20 at KCDC, 90 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, New York, phone (718) 387-9006. This is the day after Back to the Banks, so we better see you there!