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7 Skateboard Brands About to Break Out!

In an industry as saturated as skateboarding, it can be hard to get your product or brand noticed. There are thousands (maybe millions!) of choices when you skate. From your selection of board and wheels to helmets accessories and clothing, it can be hard to set yourself apart from the crowd with gear that’s quality but also unique enough to express your individual style. We’re breaking down some up-and-coming skateboarding companies and brands that you’ll definitely want to watch. And why not pick up some gear while you’re at it?


First up is a company we’ve admired for some time. Not only do they produce the best skateboarding wheels around, but they also have an apparel line that puts all that mainstream skate junk to shame. With unique designs that go way beyond their logo (although that’s pretty rad too), BDubz has something for every skater. And seriously, don’t skip their wheels, we dare you not to fall in love with them on your first ride (try Gambler’s Blades – they look sick at night next to Board Blazers!). They’re the only company which secured a patent on their lightweight alloy skateboard rims, so you know it’s going to be legit. Hit up their website or give them a follow on Instagram @bdubzwheels – you won’t regret it!

 


Speaking of all things RAD, you’ve got to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of pro skater Sierra Prescott. This skater girl has everything going for her! Not only is she in possession of some mad skills when it comes to skateboarding, but she’s also a budding professional photographer, model, and last year she launched her brand, “Life is Rad” as a collaboration with Street Plant Brand. As longtime believers in the power of positivity and the love of all things skate, we can totally get behind the motto! Pick up some of her gear, which includes boards, stickers, and apparel before it’s gone! And if you aren’t already following her, head over to her Instagram page at @sierra_prescott – we dare you not to be inspired!




When we first heard about BoardUp, we could barely believe what they promised us: a FOLDABLE longboard that doesn’t sacrifice performance or style. For as long as skateboarding has existed, it’s been a challenge to travel with your board. And for almost just as long, inventors have been trying to come up with a way to make a more compact version of a skate deck. Just look at the popularity of Penny boards! But for those of us who prefer longboarding and cruising, we’ve resigned ourselves to our larger skate decks. No more!! BoardUp offers an incredible skateboard that folds in the middle to fit into a standard size backpack! Their 100% unique design is totally genius and is changing the game of longboarding. If you check out nothing else, make sure to give them a look – they’re revolutionizing an industry! Follow them on IG @goboardup for more.

 

 


If you’re looking for a little more girl power in your life, look no further than GirlShredClips on Instagram. Their goal is to share videos and photos of female skaters regardless of their level of experience. From newbies to old pros, they’re all about fostering the female skate community, and that’s a mission we fully support. Their account will bring you laughs, feels, and skate inspiration galore. If you’re a shredder chick, start tagging them in your vids, you might get some awesome exposure! For anyone who loves this sport and the community that surrounds it, @girlsshredclips is a must follow.

 

Raise your hand if you’d like to be better at skateboard tricks! Now that everyone’s hands are in the air, we’re here to bring you the solution: Skate Trainers. Nope, that’s not a fancy service that comes out and teaches you private lessons. Skate Trainers are rubber slips for your wheels that are small enough to fit into your pocket but deliver big time. Simply slip them over your wheels while trying to perfect your jumping motions, and you eliminate the board’s ability to slide away from you. Spend a while perfecting your major moves, then remove the Skate Trainers and focus on keeping your board underneath you. Believe us when we say they work! You can learn skate tricks in a fraction of the time it would typically take. Pick up a pair and then follow them @skatertrainer for more tips and tricks!

 


It’s the dream we all hope for: a group of friends gets together to skate, and after a while, they’re all so legendary that they start their own brand and inspire skaters all over the world! Our friends TXLongboarders are living that very dream. And while they were already excellent skaters when they began this journey, now they’re incredible skaters with a rad following and some killer merch. If you’re looking for some of the freshest longboarding videos around, then look no further. From hill bombs to garage night shreds, you could watch their content for hours – and you should! Give them a follow @txlongboarders and grab some of their dope gear!

 


Do you ever find it hard to stow your board safely? Sure, you can toss it on a shelf or into a corner, but it’s designed to be mobile, and if you’re like us, you find your board rolling around without you more than you would like. The Parking Block is here to solve all of your skateboard storage problems! It can safely store and display both vert and street boards, as well as most longboards. You’ll be glad to stop scratching and smudging your walls while still keeping your board safe and not tripping over it in the middle of the night (not that we’ve ever had that happen ;)). The molded plastic sits flat on the floor while its rubberized base safely supports your board in an upright position. And with the low price, there’s no reason not to give this a try! Learn more by following them @parkingblock.company.

If you were looking for inspiration, we hope you’ve found it here! From motivational content to revolutionary design to helpful gadgets, there’s enough here to keep you busy for ages! So get out there and try out something new – let us know how it goes! Reach out on Instagram @boardblazers and let us know what you think of our picks!


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Skateboard Shops: Know Before You Go!

Is it time for new wheels? Want to buy a board for yourself (or someone else) for the first time? Are you grabbing a few copies of the latest Transworld Skateboarding magazine? Head to your nearest skate shop! Whether you’re a regular around there or a complete newbie, it’s best to be prepared before you go, and we’re here today to help!


First, you’re going to need to find a skate shop, if you don’t have one to which you’re already loyal. While Googling “skate shops near me” will definitely return results, we’d suggest you try Yelp.com if you haven’t already. It's a business search engine that allows you to narrow your search area by adjusting the map and then will return results to you based upon ratings and reviews by other users. And when it comes to skate shops, you want a good honest place. People are vocal about great stores, so trust the masses to help you find a killer business. Start by searching for “skateboard shop” with the area being the city or town where you live, and then go from there.


You’re likely to come up with loads of results ranging from the usual sporting goods stores (think the kind that also sells canoes, tents, and basketballs), to hardware stores (believe it or not, some do sell skateboards!), to colossal skate/punk retailers like Zumiez and PacSun. Amidst all of these choices, you will find a few diamonds in the rough – the local skate store owned and staffed by lovers of all things skateboarding. THAT is the place you want to go. While the other stores are satisfactory in their own right, a genuine skateboard shop will offer you the best experience and all of the benefits we are about to share with you.


Once you’ve got a place in mind (or maybe you’ve already got a great storefront you love!), here are a few things to remember. Firstly, you’ll want to have some idea of why you’re there, even if you know it's only to browse. Staff at great stores will offer to help you as soon as you arrive, and knowing what you want, even some small idea of what you might want is super helpful to the salesperson.


Let’s take a quick minute here and make a point that might seem obvious: Don’t try to impress the salesperson. Be honest about your knowledge of products or lack thereof. One of the worst things you can do is walk in and try to look cool or educated to the staff. There’s no need to impress anyone; if you’re looking to buy a board for your nephew or granddaughter and you know nothing about skating, say so! They won’t judge you, in fact, they will be of MORE help to you because they will know the right questions to ask as a follow-up. If you over or undersell your knowledge and skating ability, you might walk out of the store with the absolute wrong product, and that’s a bummer for no one but you, my friend. In our experience, the staffers at local skate outfits are very kind and not judgmental, so speak freely about your level of knowledge and skill.


The salespeople at these stores are basically like professors at a mini-skateboard university. Selling skate gear is what they do with their life, and they know a TON about it. We recommend asking as many questions as you can and then actively listening to the answers. Unless they say something totally off-the-wall (hasn't happened to us yet), trust their advice. It's their job, and they know what’s up. Let’s say you walk in hoping to buy a specific skateboard and based on your skills the salesperson recommends against it, listen up. Odds are they know what they’re talking about and you might be way happier shredding on a different piece of equipment. Look at it as an opportunity to build relationships with some of the most knowledgeable skaters in your area. The employees are a treasure trove of info. They should be your first ask when you’re looking for gear, recommendations, spots to skate, insider tips – anything!


Lots of people walk into a skate shop looking to buy a skateboard, either for themselves or someone else. If that’s you, RAD!! We are stoked you want to start skating, or continue shredding with a new setup! If you hit up your local skate shop you’re definitely in the right place, but be advised, you might not leave the shop with a skateboard that same day. Chat with the salespeople and get their advice. Choosing a board can be difficult (if you want to simplify the process, see our How-To here!), and it can be deeply personal. Don’t be disappointed if you leave without a board or need to gather some follow-up info before settling on your purchase. You’ll be glad you put in the effort and eventually ended up with the perfect product!


Although you might think that all skateboards are created equal (especially if you’re not a skater), it’s important to be committed to purchasing the correct gear for yourself or someone else. The right equipment can make all the difference in your experience of the sport! If you aren’t sure, and you NEED to make a purchase that day (I’m looking at you, dads shopping on Christmas Eve, ha!), we suggest a gift card and some skate stickers. Any skater will flip (pun intended) for money to spend on skateboarding gear, and skate stickers are always sick. Sometimes your local shop will toss some your way for free! And if you want to make the gift extra legit, throw in a set of Board Blazers - they'll elevate anyone's night skate experience for sure!


Getting to know your local skate shop is a great experience, and knowing what you need and what to expect before you head out the door will enhance your experience. So what are your favorite local haunts? Hit us up on Instagram @BoardBlazers and let us know! We blaze all over, and who knows? You might just run into us at your killer local skate shop next time you’re there!


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7 Top Skateboard Accessories

7 Top Skateboard Accessories

Buying a basic skateboard without skateboard accessories is like buying plain vanilla ice cream without any toppings. If you are looking to improve your riding experience as well as show off to your friends, you may want to consider getting some skateboard accessories. Here are 7 of the coolest ways to trick out your board:

1. Stickers

This is very simple to do and provides unlimited options. Stickers come in all shapes and sizes. They help to showcase individuality. Your deck will surely stand out of the crowd if are able to find or create some unique stickers. Remember stickers are not restricted to the skateboard and you can even personalize your helmet or bike with them. StickerMule is a website that allows you to make custom stickers.

Board Blazers Skate Stickers

Board Blazers Skate Stickers

2. Helmet

Yes, a helmet is definitely a skateboard accessory! One of the best ways to stand out is to customize your skateboard helmet. Stickers are the most common option, but you can also get more creative. Stick-on helmet mohawks are increasingly popular for kids, while the type of helmet you choose can also reflect your style. Or, make your helmet unique by painting graffiti on it.

3. Wheels

Although often taken for granted, the process of choosing the right set of wheels for your ride is crucial for better performance. Skateboard accessories such as wheels can vary in diameter and material hardness. It is a good idea to know from the start what kind of rider you are. Do you want speed, tricks, or just peaceful cruises around the college campus? The size of your wheels affects your board’s top speed, acceleration, and ability to turn. Choosing bigger wheels will give you more speed because each turn brings a longer distance due to the perimeter of the wheels. On the other hand, smaller wheels will allow you to accelerate faster and do all kind of tricks. One of the best skateboard accessories is an extra set of wheels that will complement the ones you already have. Our favorite? Babydubz chrome wheels.

BabyDubz Skate Wheels

Photocred: BabyDubz Skate Wheels

4. Deck Protection

The deck of a skateboard is subject chipping, cracking, and even breaking. However careful you may be, it will eventually meet a harder surface, often against a curb. The front and back of the deck are the first areas where your deck will begin to wear off. Using a nose guard and tail guard, commonly made from plastic or rubber, will dramatically extend the life of your deck and keep it in top shape. Try these guards from SoCal Skate Shop.

5. Backpack

Specially designed skate backpacks are a common way to carry your board. Distinguished by buckling carrying straps, a skate backpack not only keeps your gear together in one spot, but also can help it from getting stolen. By looping a padlock around the truck and a strap, you can protect against theft.  Skate backpacks can cost hundreds of dollars, but some quality models can be found for much less, like this top-rated one on Amazon for under 40 bucks!

6. Sunglasses

Besides making you look cool, sunglasses will dramatically improve safety while riding with the sun in front of you. Another benefit of wearing sunglasses is that you no longer have to worry about those small flying insects getting in your eyes when cruising at high speeds. This classic skateboard accessory will keep you on the edge of looking trendy as well as protecting your eyes. Of course, Ray-Bans never go out of style.

Photocred: Chictopia.com

7. Board Blazers

Of course, we have to mention Board Blazers skateboard lights! Last but not least, you will need something to help you ride better at night. Although the traffic is lighter, night time riding can be much more dangerous because it is hard for drivers to see you. Board Blazers allow you to ride in style and safety. Sadly, the majority of skateboard accidents happen on the street, not at skateparks. Board Blazers LED Underglow enhance the look of your ride without limiting its performance, and are compatible with all boards, bikes, and scooters. Get yours today!

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What’s your favorite skate accessory? Did we miss anything especially unique? Comment below and let us know!

 

About The Author:

Yogin Patel HeadshotYogin Patel is a serial entrepreneur who currently attends Arizona State University. At the age of 16, Yogin became an independent marketing consultant, along with an avid blogger and online marketer. In the past year, Yogin has worked with several small businesses, including local restaurants, hotels, and personal brands. He builds clean websites, ranks businesses on the first page of Google, and manages social media for brands. In his free time, Yogin likes to read thought-provoking books and play basketball with friends. To learn more about Yogin, or to get in touch with him, go to YoginPatel.com, or add him on his LinkedIn. Yogin blogs at Doolid.com.

 

 


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