For one day, skateboarders will take over the world! Imagine 20 million-plus skateboarders all riding at the same time! That will be the scene on the first day of Summer, June 21...also known as Go Skateboarding Day. Above all else, it’s a day for skateboarders to forget about school, work or other responsibilities and just skate. It’s also an opportunity for those who’ve never been on a skateboard to grab a friend and join in.
The first annual Go Skateboarding Day last June caught on quicker than anyone imagined. Skateboarders held events throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia and Japan. Some of those events included backyard jams, skatepark sessions and impromptu street missions.
Last year was just the beginning of the grind heard around the world. This year, Go Skateboarding Day is going to be even bigger and more exciting, so go to your local skate shop to find out about events in your area, or visit IASC.
Now’s the time for number eight in our ongoing series of Emerica Blab interviews in which you, the ever-loyal Kids, get to ask your favorite Emerica team rider that burning question you’ve always wanted to know.
This month’s subject is Emerica pro Bryan Herman—true skateboarder to the core. Without further ado, get your bad self into the Blabs section and ask away. Before you ask anything, however, be sure to read Herm’s bio and interview first! Also, please keep your questions short and to the point.
Last Saturday, May 7, the fourth and last Night Session was held in the Burnside Skatepark in Deventer, Holland. This was by far the most successful one, as more skaters showed up than during the first three.
Last Friday, Emerica pros Andrew Reynolds, Heath Kirchart, Kevin “Spanky” Long and Leo Romero were in Scottsdale, Arizona for a shop signing at Industrial Ride Shop. There was a huge line waiting when the guys showed up, and everyone was stoked to meet them.
This Friday, May 20, Emerica pros Erik Ellington and Leo Romero will be signing autographs for all you coastalKids from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Opening of Jack’s Garage Board Shop in Newport Beach, California. The store is located on the corner of PCH and Avocado. We’ll sea all you sand dollars there, bro!
The Baker video is getting closer and closer to deadline, and Emerica pro Andrew Reynolds is putting in some long hours on the computer editing the footage. Andrew has already finished filming his part, and fellow Emerica pros Erik Ellington, Kevin Long, Bryan Herman and am Braydon Szafranski are getting in their final hammers for the vid. It’s going to be insane!
matt-jones.mov (9MB) Tip: Right click and save the movie to your desktop so you can watch it as many times as you want.
Normandy Beach, New Jersey
This month, we have a Sponsor Me video coming in from the East Coast. Matt Jones is a true skateboarder. Getting filmed with a low-quality camera with a dirty lens doesn’t bother him, he still skates hard, regardless. Matt has some really good footage in this video. His 360 flip and nollie flip down the nine-stair in Broooklyn were sick! There are a few things about Matt’s video that could have been different, though. The first thing is that Matt doesn’t show a very large variety of skate spots. There are tons of spots around the area where he lives, but most of his footage was from two different spots. This tends to make a video monotonous. You want to keep the viewer excited, and showing different scenery and spots is a good way to do that. The other thing about Matt’s video is that there are two lines that are the same. If you have two lines with the same tricks, pick the better one and just use that. Matt seems like the kind of guy who really loves skateboarding. This kid has a lot of heart. I think he just needs to be in the game a bit longer and develop his skating a little more before pursuing getting sponsored. Take those rail tricks to bigger rails and film some lines. If you are good enough to get sponsored, it will happen. Thanks, Matt, for the time and effort you spent sending your video into Emerica! You just earned yourself a brand spankin’ new pair of kicks. —Jeff Henderson