Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mikey Whitehouse - No Comply Flip - MAJER TIPS

I am so impressed with this trick tip. The no comply is probably my favorite trick. Back in high school in 1992, my senior year...well actually let's say my junior year in 1991 was a year that I basically spent doing no comply variations all the time. When I got back into skating in 2004, I was back at the no comply....but I never was able to get a no comply flip, on purpose anyway. This guy has them nailed...I need to get back on my board and start practicing these! I truthfully haven't been on my board in over a year or maybe's so weird because I think of skateboarding everyday, but I just don't know when to do it nowadays...I'm always working or doing something else...I'm long overdue! I miss the escape from stress that skateboarding gives me....the feeling of being a kid. I'll be 40 this week...I kind of had a rebirth at 30 years old and skated for about 3 years like an obsessed teenager, thinking about skateboarding all the time, morning, noon and was crazy. I think back like maybe I was having a midlife crisis or something? Hope that doesn't mean I'm dying at 60! Anyways, maybe 40 could be another rebirth of skateboarding for me....just not as obsessed as before...I think my wife would appreciate that. :)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

S-One Helmets Are The Best Skateboard Helmets Available

I grew up in a generation where only vert skaters were seen wearing helmets. As I've gotten older and have hit my head several times where it scared me, I think it's important for everyone to invest in a decent helmet. Not all helmets are created equal and if you are going to fork out the cash, you might as well purchase a helmet that actually works and protects your head from severe injury. In my opinion S-One helmets is a cool company. They have cool helmet designs as you can see with the "Misfits" helmet above and they have some cool riders wearing their helmets. There is a stigma surrounding helmets and street skating and I don't know if that will ever go away. In some cases, kids are made to wear helmets at skateparks and I am all for that. I mean, if everyone is wearing one it doesn't matter, no big deal. I am embarrassed to say that even I as an adult who's almost 40 years of age even have trouble wearing a helmet around skaters who are not...even in my 30s I have been made fun of for wearing a helmet. It sucks that there are people out there who don't respect it and will crack jokes just to make you feel uncomfortable. Sometimes you just have to take a stand and figure out what is more important...what people think of you or your life. Whenever I was going to try a maneuver that I thought was more dangerous or when I was going to skate terrain like a swimming pool that is obviously more dangerous, I would wear my helmet, but the truth is, you should wear a helmet at all times when riding a skateboard because you never know when something is going to go wrong. I broke my foot doing the smallest trick only a foot off the ground! So invest in a good helmet...check out the video below to see why S-One is who I recommend for protecting your noggin!

S1 Lifer Helmet Vs. Soft Foam Helmet (Helmet Testing Lab) from s-one helmet co / s1helmets on Vimeo.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Ray Barbee - The Master Of The No Comply

This image of a No Comply variation done by Ray Barbee in the Powell Peralta Video "Public Domain" is forever ingrained into my brain.  I always try this trick but never get it every time, but when I do get it, man does it feel good and it takes me back to the late 80s when I first learned it.  When I do land these, I always get props for it because you just don't see skaters doing them as much.  What feels even better is popping one forward off of a parking block.  Such a fun trick with usually low risk depending on where you are trying it. :)