An outer space experience took place in Folsom as PLA Skateboarding hosted Omar Salazar’s newest shoe release. The Friday night event brought over 150 fans to celebrate the release of the new Omar Salazar Pro model shoe. The free event hosted by PLA, located at 330 E. Bidwell Street, also included a photo show with photography by Greg Hunt, Joe Brook and Jeff Landi. Visitors to the event were treated to free pizza from Pizzeria Classico of Folsom. Several of their delicious specialty pizzas were brought to PLA and the delivery driver made another trip to the pizzeria to bring back more food. Ben Lutes and his crew at PLA did a great job showcasing Salazar’s Nike SB shoes and t
Walking through a museum there is an expectation of seeing art, ancient artifacts and other historical memorabilia. The California Museum is switching up the idea of what a typical museum holds by introducing California to an important part of its history with a story that is not often told. Behold the colors, wheels, art, big names, shapes and sizes. Riding Concrete: Skateboarding In California, is the new exhibit showing from July 2 through March 24, giving an up-close look at the California-created sport. Located on 1020 O St. downtown, the exhibit is curated by the legendary skateboarder and surfer Nathan Pratt, who also co-stared in the “Dogtown and Z-Boys” documentary back in 2002
Word is growing about free weekly skate jams at Surf & Skate's Sacramento headquarters. At least 20 skateboarders have been showing up each week since the Citrus Heights shop's custom-built Skatelite bowl and street course opened a year and a half ago. The skate sessions changed this week from Wednesday to Thursday nights. Most skaters are locals. But up to 60 people from as far as San Francisco and Truckee have dropped in to carve the bowl, practice tricks and learn from each other on any given evening, said Surf & Skate owner Bob Mitchell. "You'll see some of the best skateboarders in the country show up here," he said. "(These) nights are pretty off the hook." Mitchell was a record-
Sacramento will soon become home to a new kind of skate shop, born out of the love between a derby girl and a skater boy. Sandy "Motley" Cruz and Gordon "Gordo" Eckler, both 31, said they expect to open Cruz Skate Shop, a hybrid rollerskating and skateboarding shop, at 16th and U streets on Sept. 15. Cruz got into roller derby in 2005. She opened the first location in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood in March 2008. Cruz Skate Shop was originally a skate shop for roller girls, focusing on the exploding sport of flat track roller derby. She hadn't skated since she was 10, but was so intrigued with the sport that she helped start a new league in San Francisco called the Bay Area
Saturday’s second annual Southside Sessions will bring together people, music and food for an afternoon of memory making. This year’s event is expected to be much bigger than last year’s, said event coordinator Josh Robichaud. “There were some smaller bands and food donations. This one is going to be bigger and better. We want to make it a force to be reckoned with.” Full of musical performances by bands like Prieta, Smirker, O Street Dub, Majesty and Esteban Villa, Southside Sessions will feature skateboarding by amateur riders and art demonstrations by local professionals. Following the day’s activities, there will be a movie night featuring “Monsters vs. Aliens.” Other artists inclu
Joe Maloof never will forget what happened to competitive skateboarder Jake Brown in 2007. Brown was in first place in the X-Games 13 Big Air contest, in which competitors slide down a mega ramp that launches them into a sea-sized half-pipe. After splashing into the half-pipe, the score is determined by the airborne tricks and by measuring the amount of air the skater gets coming off the opposite side. Brown was in first place before the jump, but what happened next diminished any importance of rank. He landed the first 720 in the Big Air competition, but followed it with a 40-foot free fall. He walked away a few minutes after falling, something most skaters would not have been able to d
The Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour rolled into Roseville Saturday to amaze hundreds of action sports fans for its only California stop during the 2010 tour. Fans from all over Northern California flooded the south parking lot of the Galleria Mall in Roseville for the opportunity to watch their favorite extreme sports athletes. The event brought Sacramento a rare opportunity to watch stars participate in freestyle motocross, skateboarding and BMX demos on a 60,000-square-foot playground of ramps. The event featured stars Rob Dyrdek, Danny Way, Dave Mirra and riders from the Metal Mulisha freestyle motocross team. While the athletes were not putting on a show, live bands entertained
Imagine walking back to your car after shopping at the Galleria Mall in Roseville. Suddenly you notice something flying in the air. As you look closer, you see that it's neither a bird nor plane but Rob Dyrdek, Dave Mirra, or another member of the DC Shoes Team of professional athletes. The Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour is coming to the Sacramento region May 8. The tour will be turning the South Outer parking lot of the Roseville Galleria into a 60,000 square foot field of fun with ramps and jumps. The tour will bring a variety of professional athletes performing flips, spins, and other amazing tricks on an array of jumps including a 48 foot wide Super Mini Ramp. Along with awesome extreme-
When you live an hour from snowy mountains and an hour from the beach, the adventurous must find a daily alternative to get their "extreme" urges out. For many Sacramentans, skateboarding has been that outlet. For slightly fewer, it has become a passion, a lifestyle and even a career choice. No matter the individual's connection to skateboarding, it remains a steady part of Sacramento culture. But why? The Sacramento Press researched this question and spoke with some of those who hold skateboarding as a staple of life in this town. Location, Location, Location Sacramento's centralized location on the West Coast has had a big influence on skating in this area. Relative to other Californ
United State Clothing, a Sacramento-based, hip hop-inspired clothing vendor, opened its doors at a new location Saturday. Workers finished the move from 1014 24th St. to 2318 J St. with a grand opening celebration Saturday, and an in-store signing with legendary Oakland rapper Del The Funky Homosapien Sunday. Store owner Paul Brizuela said he could not be happier about the move. "Our previous neighbors did not want the kind of music events we support," Brizuela said, "and J Street is a lot easier for our customers to remember than 24th." United State is an alternative clothing source for men and women, carrying brands that are usually only found online or in the hip hop fashion Meccas o
With six full-length solo albums, a founding role in seminal Oakland hip-hop crew Hieroglyphics and too many side projects and one-offs to count in his two decades in the game, Teren Delvon Jones, aka Del tha Funky Homosapien (or whatever variation of that spelling he feels like using on any given week), has long presided as the gateway between the independent and mainstream. Del’s first two albums were recorded for Elektra, one of the larger labels in the early 90s, who terminated his contract in 1998 without warning before the release of his third LP, Future Development. Undaunted, Del instead pushed further underground, choosing to put all subsequent material out on Hiero Imperium, a l
Gale Hart, owner of the art gallery A Bitchin’ Space, is also a skateboarder and artist. So it makes perfect sense that this Saturday, as part of Downtown’s Second Saturday Art Walk, Hart will be curator of “Boards and Graphics” at her gallery, a showing featuring all things skateboarding. The show, sponsored by Scion, will feature hand-painted skate decks by more than 30 artists from Sacramento, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Most of the decks featured in the show were made by Sacramento’s own Legend Skateboards and the artists were personally invited to participate in the show by Hart . "[Gale] asked me to participate in this show and my knee-jerk reaction was, 'I'm not a painter' ...
A great opportunity to save money on snowboard gearfrom 08/09 will be at De Veres bar (16th and L st) tomorrow. Come by around 1:00 and save lots of coin by purchasing next years gear at super low prices. Reps from 686, Official, and many other vendors blowing out there samples from the recent trade show season. The first 25 people in the door get a free Official beanie! See you there!
Here is a closer look at the ledges all waxed up and well skated. Some people look at waxed ledges as ugly but I see them and know that tons of people have had a great time skateboarding.
This is another skate spot in Southside Park that is really crazy. The walking bridge from SSP to West Sac has these concrete angled blocks that you can skate but it is not the easiest because you have to do a little skip ollie to get up to the transition. Its just a really quick movement. They are spread out across the bridge and can be really fun to skate. Plus it seems extra sketchy because there is a 60 foot drop onto I5 on the other side. The reality is that the bridge is about 6 ft wide on top so your not actually close to the edge at all but it just feels weird. The views are also amazing and just a great spot to stand and watch the traffic run through Sacramento.
I was flipping through channels on TV this week end while I was watching my son and I stumbled upon the last leg of the AST Dew Tour on NBC. This is one of the larger action sports contest series in the country, right up there with the X Games. They have everything from FMX to BMX and skateboarding. What caught me was that it is a horrible format and incorrect portrayal of what skateboarding really is. Its like watching beer league softball and wondering what all the rage is about Major League Baseball? To get more to the point Thrasher Magazine has put on skate contests at real "street" locations in the past and the guys from FTC (skateshop on J street) took that concept and held
Brandon Biebel's video part from Fully Flared. The following video link shows all sorts of footage of Brandon skating and if you skip to 1:14 in the video you will see Brandon skateboarding in Roosevelt Park. Click the following link and enjoy the video. Skateboarding in Roosevelt Park
There are classic spots such as "The Carlsbad Gap", "Love Park" and "EMB" that live on in skateboard infamy and who knew one was located in Roosevelt Park in Sacramento. There is a rich history of skateboarding in Sacramento and I am going to write a storyline about what I know best, skateboarding. Have you seen them in the park? Do they bother you or do you enjoy seeing people skateboarding in the park ?