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  • Posted in on February 27, 2015 by Arian Chamasmany.

    Downhill Skateboarding: Mindset and Meditation

    Let there be no doubt that the act of stepping aboard a small piece of wood, only to surf it down a mountain at 45, 50 miles per hour is serious business. Life threatening, to some extent. It’s a mental thing. The noise of your everyday existence, your cares, your worries, all seem to dissipate amongst the thundering sound of the wind licking at your ears. To some extent, I believe downhill skateboarding to be a form of meditation. An act that brings about an extreme sense of present moment. When you’re bombing down a mountain, navigating corners, achieving terminal velocity, you willfully welcome a sense of hyper focus. Nothing else matters: just you, the skateboard, and the road.

    Trevor is faster than you.

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  • Posted in on February 9, 2015 by Kyle Chin.

    Shark's Eurozone Tour 2015

  • Posted in on February 5, 2015 by Arian Chamasmany.

    Get Set For The Jet Set

    My worst air travel baggage nightmare occurred when I flew the last available flight of the evening from London to Paris, and had a connecting trans-atlantic flight back to Los Angeles from Paris the following morning. I had a late evening in Paris to kill with the homies before flying back to LA, so I thought, “no problem”, I’ll just collect my bags and meet them at whatever bar they had happened to be at that night. Fast forward to me being the lone standing person at the baggage claim at Charles du Gaulle airport at 12am. After waking the two half asleep clerks in the missing baggage department, they determined that they could not locate my bag, and that I would have to remain on “Standby” (that’s airport lingo for, “good luck” in case you already didn’t know) at the airport, just in case my bags arrived. I spent the night in Paris CDG airport that evening with nothing more than an airline provided plastic toothbrush (that looked as though it was surplus gear they had intended to originally send to Prisons), and a generic white T-shirt they give you as a kind of, “sorry bruh, bad time”. In the morning, I caught my sixteen hour flight back to Los Angeles, not knowing if I’d ever see my things again.

    Stoked Skateboards knowledge base article link - 6 tips when traveling with a skateboard

    A week and about a dozen calls to the airline later, and a man in a truck delivers my bag claiming it had been lost because its odd size (due to skateboards) exceeded certain size restriction policies, and it had to be re-routed.

    Stokowski, ready to fly the friendly skies.

    The bottom line? Air travel will always be a ridiculous process we willfully put ourselves through. There is a system of mass transit to the whole situation that will always be the way it is, regardless as to how well you prepare. Alas, there are a few things you can do to streamline the process a bit, and side step some of the pitfalls of the air travel equation. With that being said, I’ve taken the liberty to prepare an article for the good folks at the Stoked Skateboards Knowledge Base, detailing six essential tips to ensuring your priceless shred sled, and your belongings make it to your destination on time and safe n’ sound. Check it out, then get to the globe trottin’.

  • Posted in on January 22, 2015 by Arian Chamasmany.

    The King Of Kona Experience

    Amidst the ever abundant kaleidoscope-like assortment of larger annual skateboarding related events that you could potentially attend in a calendar year, one soiree in particular has, in just three years time, established quite the raucous name for itself amongst our humble shred-o-sphere. The event I’m on about specifically is the absolutely face melting 72-hour, non-stop skateboarding bash known world wide as the King Of Kona. The brainchild of a one Cameron Frazier and situated in the Southern most state of Florida, the event itself is held at the long fabled Kona skatepark, the oldest still operational skatepark in the United States (est. 1977). From pools and ramps, to snake runs and half pipes, the Kona skatepark compound incorporates a joyous plethora of new and vintage style skate features that caters to a myriad of different styles and skill levels. Alas, don’t be fooled into thinking that just because the park is just shy of 40 years old, it has the same kind of matured mentality behind it. The King Of Kona jamboree or “KOK” as it is most commonly referred to, is without a doubt the single most outrageous skate event I’ve ever attended.

    "Good morning campers."


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  • Posted in on January 13, 2015 by Harry Clarke.

    Haven's Gate 2014: Riders Recap

    Skating in the Philippines is a unique experience. It's unlike anywhere else. The people who have visited will understand when I say it's fast, intense, and one of the most underrated skate spots in the world. This is why I was super stoked to head back the nation of mangos and waterfalls for Havens Gate 2014.  Situated around 2 hours out of Manila, high up in the mountain, the new Havens Gate track was hectic. Steep, fast, and very bumpy. 

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  • Posted in on November 24, 2014 by Kyle Chin.

    LGC OPEN Toronto Premiere

  • Posted in on October 28, 2014 by Dandoy Tongco.


    A long distance push around the Philippines. At first you might ask: is that even possible? Yes, it is; although it may be a challenge, it is definitely a whole lot of adventure. The Philippines being an archipelago means that in order to run a long-distance push around the country you’ll have to cross the seas from one island to another. Picture mountains and bodies of water surrounding you and detaching you from the noises and distractions that the city brings. This is what I got to experience coming along with Tatay Felcon on his journey home. Tatay Felcon is a 55-year-old fellow who has a different view of the world from the rest. He had been pushing his way around the Philippines for months now, stopping by towns and letting his advocacies be heard. He is an environmentalist seeking change for the better, a young-hearted adventurer with a burning passion to see the world as it is. This write up will be about my 6-day journey with Tatay Felcon and the amazing people we met along the way.

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  • Posted in on October 22, 2014 by Chris Cade.

    New Mexico's Skate Swap 5

    Hello all!

    It's Chris, back yet again with a writeup about New Mexico's 5th Annual Skate Swap and Sock Drive. It's an event that came about during a brainstorm session years ago, trying to answer one question: How do we throw an event benefiting local charity, the scene at large, and the skaters themselves?

    Mad love to everybody who helped, donated, raced, chilled, or won!

    Enter the Skate Swap and Sock Drive.

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  • Posted in on October 17, 2014 by Harry Clarke.

    Hong Kong Race and Slide Jam

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  • Posted in on October 13, 2014 by Sowi Rodriguez.

    About stoke spreaders: Valeria Kechichian

    Versión en español más abajo ↓

    You may have already heard about Valeria Kechichian. Everyone that knows Vale personally knows how sweet and modest she is.

    Shot by Rapluc

    Valeria Kechichian is an ordinary girl from Buenos Aires who moved to Spain a long while ago looking for something else to see. She was born in 1980, but it was in 2010 that she co-founded Longboard Girls Crew. This community’s main goal is spreading the stoke between ladies and having gender equality in longboarding. Even though it was supposed to be something local, it went huge almost instantly.

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