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Real Skateboards Popslickle Deck - A Quick Look
By Vivica at 2014-05-20 12:15

Click to EnlargeHey Guys, we’ve been lucky enough to get hold of a Real Popslickle deck to take a look at thanks to our friends over at SkateAmerica.com. This deck is no longer new technology from Real, having been around a few years now, but I see very few of these decks around, which is puzzling as it's made using their super popular R1 board shape. Not only is this not a new series of decks from Real, the idea of a slick deck isn't a new concept to skateboarding at all and it unfortunately has something of a chequered past... Which may explain the rarity of these decks at your local spots and parks.

To see the concept in its infancy, we need to go back to when pool skating was in its golden age, skaters used to have "rails" on their boards, thin plastic strips screwed to the underside of the board. Some real OG's at your park, or hipster kids rocking the retro shaped boards (dtj16, I’m looking at you!) might still rock them on their decks, and they've certainly come back into fashion with companies like Welcome and Elephant putting out weird and wonderful deck shapes from yesteryear. The use of plastic rails (or bones) meant a much smaller contact area against the coping when performing slides, and on a material with much less friction than a comparatively soft wooden deck. The result, massive boardslides for days! Many pro skaters still use rails to this day, with names like Pig Rails and Powell Peralta Rib Bones still being the household names of choice for riders such as Steve Caballero and Jeff Grosso.


Montage Mondays #17 - The Long Beach Chronicles - CSULB Student Skate Video
By Vivica at 2014-05-19 05:54
Welcome to Montage Mondays ya filthy animals!!

This weeks Montage Monday is Torch2424's "Long Beach Chronicles" - it's a long one, but it's a good one.

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Insta-Sunday #31 - 18/05/2014
By Vivica at 2014-05-18 05:37

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Gnarbenson being Gnar with a big 5-0. Props my man, send us some more pics of you ripping some time!!

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Montage Mondays #16 - Solid Gold Productions at Woodburn Oregon
By Vivica at 2014-05-12 10:59
Welcome to Montage Mondays ya filthy animals!!

This weeks Montage Monday is rogerdick's edit at Woodburn Oregon's local park for Solid Gold Productions. Killing it.

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Insta-Sunday #30 - 11/05/2014
By Vivica at 2014-05-11 07:33

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Backside noseslide thanks to the guys over at Commute Skate Co is this weeks InstaSunday.
Now get out and skate!!

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Bones Reds Bearings - A Closer Look
By Vivica at 2014-05-07 00:19

Click to EnlargeHere at SBC towers we have been lucky enough to partner with SkateAmerica.com to bring you some reviews on products they offer, new and old.

We're starting off with something old, a real staple in skateboarding. These bearings will be familiar to many of you already, seeing as they're officially the best selling skateboard bearings in the USA, but what many of you may not be aware is that Bones manufactures all Bones Reds in China.

There's a real stigma in skateboarding that product stamped with "Made in China" are in some way automatically inferior to all others - Bones Red's prove that this stigma is totally unfounded.

Red's have been around since the early 80's, back when specifically made skateboarding equipment was still in its infancy. Frustrated with the lack of performance bearings on the market specifically made for skateboarding, George Powell and Stacy Peralta of Bones Brigade fame set out to create a bearing that was fast, strong, and affordable to skaters. The result was the Bones Reds, and to the best of my knowledge they have hardly changed since their introduction.


 

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