Friday, June 5, 2015
Is it too much to expect skate companies to release good quality, American made decks with actual silk screened graphics? There's only a handful of companies out there that are doing this; Hammers (from Jim Greco), JK Industries (Jeremy Klein's brand), Small Beating, Pocket Pistols, Surprise skateboards, and even Alex Olsen's Bianca Chandon even had his latest release silk screened. Growing up, this wasn't even a question I'd be asking myself. Every board on the wall at the skate shop was silk screened (besides the slick decks). I really want to support the companies ran by the skaters I grew up idolizing (*cough cough* GIRL...) but when I know they're taking the cheapest route possible to produce their decks I just can't get myself to dish out the cash and ride an inferior plank. Especially when there are other companies out there doing the right thing and releasing quality decks.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Last weekend was my daughter's birthday as well as her birthday party which was in the theme of, yes, Pokemon. Fun was had, Pokemon were caught, and birthday wishes were aplenty.
This past week I found a set of Switchback snowboard binding baseplates on eBay at an amazing price. Stoked I am about this. Throughout the Summer/Fall I'll be on lookout for the other components to make this a a fully functional set of binders (straps, baseplate pads, and high backs). I haven't decided what board I'll be hunting down this Fall for the coming season but I've got some ideas. I really want a Mervin board, Gnu or Lib, doesn't matter to me. But I'm also really a big fan of Dinosaurs Will Die, Yes, Smokin, Rome, and there's more I'm sure are slipping my mind right now. When it comes down to the wire I guess it'll depend on what I can get the best deal on. Whatever I end up with I'll be sure to write a review of it right here.
Another thing. An idea that's always in the back of my mind but I never ever pull the trigger on is doing a run of skateboard decks. USA made decks, screen printed, not heat transferred graphics. It's not an "if" it's a "when." When I do this, I'm going to do a Kickstarter for it I'm thinking. If I can get like, 15-20 decks pre-sold (essentially) then it'll be a done deal. The main problem I find myself dealing with is finding the time to get the graphics done. I have tons of ideas, just can't figure out which one to move forward with.
Monday, May 4, 2015
It's again, been too long since I posted anything here so I figured I'd give it a go.
This past weekend I got to go see Avengers: Age of Ultron not once, but twice. Once by myself on opening night (I'm a dork) and then again on Saturday with my wife and two daughters. It was phenomenal. I'm counting down the days until I can see it again. My only beef was (spoiler alert!) that they killed off Quicksilver. I always have beefs when they kill off key characters in stories too soon. But other than that one discrepancy, I'm a fan of the movie.
Also, on Saturday it was national Free Comic Book Day. So, we all stopped at the local comic book shop to take part in the festivities. Here's a pic of my daughters with Darth Vader, a Jedi, and another Empire officer (I think he worked in the Death Star if I'm not mistaken).
Other than normal everyday life stuff (work, family stuff, etc.) not a whole lot has been going on. We did book a cruise for this coming November which is kind of exciting. And I did get to go roll around at a local skate park which is a rare occurance in my old age. I'm going to make a valiant effort to get out more to skate, I miss it a lot and I'm a little too rusty for my liking currently.
Until next time.....
Sunday, February 1, 2015
The tarantula above has absolutely nothing to do with SIA. I just have the picture on my phone because I saw it in a pet store yesterday while out shopping with my wife.
I'm not going to lie. I haven't been able to go out to ride once this year. I love snowboarding to death and back, but that doesn't change the fact that I'm the father of two little munchkins and a husband to an awesome wife, and money doesn't stretch as far as it used to. I know I'll get to eventually go ride this season, it's just taking some time to make it happen. Next year will be a different story I'm hoping, but that's next year. Which is what I'm looking at when I see all of the SIA galleries from over this weekend. So many products, so many awesome, innovative, pretty snowboard products that make my mouth water. From what I've seen so far I'm stoked on quite a few things. I'll try to list what comes to mind at the moment.
- Gnu's Jamie Anderson pro model with artwork by Jamie Lynn. I wish I was the opposite gender so I could ride this beautiful board.
- 686's outerwear is looking extremely nice. They've always produced quality, comfortable, functional outerwear. They have my support.
- Van's boots are back. I don't know exactly what was up with last season and their troubles with production causing them to axe their boot line for the season, but they're back and look good.
- 32 Boots and theirs Jeremy Jones boot. This boot looks insane and although it's probably more than I need in a boot, I want to hold one and check it out in person.
- Arbor Snowboards. They've aways produced beautiful snowboards but for next year they're really stepping up their game. On top of adding some heavy hitters to their team (Iguchi, April), their boards are looking on point as ever. Want.
- Yes "The Greats" series of boards. These boards stand out to me every year for the sole fact that they pay homage to many of the riders I've always looked up to myself. For next season they hit the nail on the head with the almighty John Cardiel, Noah Salasnek, Todd Richards, and Shaun Palmer.
Honestly, there's way too many things for me to keep listing. Overall, there's more products that look incredible than don't. I'm looking forward to making some key purchases next year and actually making sure I have the opportunities to go use them as much as possible.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Again, so happy about this. All things are pointing towards me riding a Mervin board next season. I wish I could make it happen right now but I'll have to hold off for next year. My first board ever was a Gnu Pharaoh 155 in 1993/1994...in 2015/2016 I'll again have a Gnu under my feet.
Friday, December 5, 2014
One of my favorite riders, Nicolas Muller, is riding Gnu. I've been a Gnu, Lib Tech, Mervin fan since I started snowboarding. My first board was a Gnu Pharaoh. So happy to see one of today's greats hooking up with one of the all time best companies around.