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10 Ultimate Skateboarding Apps

If you’re a skater, you’ve probably got a smartphone, and the typical apps installed: Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat… all the usual apps for skating are great. But to get the very most out of each skate session, we’re bringing you the best ten skateboarding apps you’ve never heard of! From games to tracking apps, to education to skate spot locators, it’s all here! All of these apps are available for both apple and android devices; some are free, and others charge a minimal fee. Let’s get going!

Skatespots

First things first – you’ve got to know where you’re headed to shred. Everyone has their favorite spots, but this app uses crowdsourcing to share the skate knowledge with everyone! As a user, you can view and add geo-tagged skating locations – everything from skate parks to a rad curb you love can be shared with all of the apps users. Skatespots is super helpful especially when you’re traveling, or have moved to a new place. Instant skater knowledge at your fingertips! For best results, use the map feature to zoom in to your desired area, hit “reload” and watch the locations populate in front of your eyes. Don’t forget to add your favorite spots to the app so that other users can find and enjoy them too!

 

Shreddit: Skateboarding

Another way to find a sick skate locale is to use Shreddit, the skaters' version of Facebook. While it’s not as intuitive when it comes to locating potential skate spots (if that’s your only use for an app, go with Skatespots), but it gets the job done. Plus it’s a killer online gathering community for all things skateboarding. You can follow skater friends and celebrities, plus watch skateboarding tutorials and lessons if you’re trying to master that next trick. This app covers a board spectrum of needs for every skateboarder, plus it’s just fun to hang with your online crew.

Riders Skateboarding

If you’re looking to learn or perfect you trick skateboarding game, this is a must-have app. Covering a broad swath of extreme sports (skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding, etc.), make sure you download the app specifically for skateboarding when you’re getting started. You’ll be able to view instructional narrated video lessons, watch user clips of others performing the trick, and eventually upload your video once you have something to share. And if you’re new to skate speak, hit up the dictionary function – it’ll keep you up to date on all the must-know lingo, bro.

Skatematic Skateboard Videos

While we’re on the subject of videos, check out this app that has anything and everything related to skateboarding in video format. It lets you watch any of the videos from skatematic.com. You’ll never again be without your inspiration from Thrasher, Transworld, Huf, and many more! It’s like Hellaclips in app form; unlimited access to any skateboarding video at any time. Sick.

 

Ride

With Electric skateboarding quickly growing in popularity, the Ride app has burst onto the scene at the perfect time. Allowing you to connect your Eskateboard to your mobile device wirelessly, you can now track you ride! Taking down every detail from route to speed, Ride will give you all the data you could ever need and more. You can share your rides with other users and track your progress over time. It’s an incredible tool for growth in the sport, but also fun when you just want to kick it and fly down the pavement.

Skate Dice

If trick skating is more your jam, enter SkateDice. The four spinners (think slot machine style) will randomly select tricks for you to perform. If you think you’ve mastered it all – think again! SkateDice will keep you on your toes with new trick combos as often as you tap your finger. The four spinners represent stance, frontside/backside, spin, and kickflip/heelflip. Each combo of four is challenging and fun to attempt. If you’re looking for a rad Saturday at the skatepark, look no further! And if you’re into the game of S.K.A.T.E., adding this to your game would be…a game changer (see what we did there?)! Try rolling different combos and see who gets to S.K.A.T.E. first!

Quik

Often people assume that you need expensive and complicated software to edit photos and videos – not true! Quick is an example of an easy to learn, easy to use, and low-cost video editor that no skater should be without. It can take raw GoPro footage and turn it into professional looking content in minutes. If you want to level up your Instagram or YouTube game, you NEED this. While it might not have every single option that the expensive software would, it does have all the tools you need to make your vids look rad, and you can do it all from your mobile device!

Colorstory

Similar to Quik, Colorstory is like photoshop light for your mobile phone. The worst picture can come out looking magazine-quality in seconds. All of the standard photo editing features are here and more. The one-touch curve editor alone is outstanding. Plus it comes preloaded with piles of amazing filters, and the ability to choose their intensity. Ever sat on Instagram trying to make your shot look sick and thought of a tool you’d love to have? It’s in this app, we promise. No pro photography skills needed – snap a pick, and a few clicks later it’s looking like skateboarding gold.

Skate Nerd

So you're into gaming? While this app won’t have you digitally skateboarding in dream locations (but keep reading, we’ve got you covered there!), you will grow your nerd quotient for skate knowledge! Like the Jeopardy of skateboarding, this app has trivia from the entirety of skateboard history. If you’re new to the sport and looking to learn, or an old pro who thinks he knows it all, try it out and test your skills. How many levels can you master?

 

Touchgrind Skate 2

We have to have a mobile skateboarding game, and this is far and away the very best. The game is fingerboard based, and you control the board by tapping and sliding your fingers across the screen. You can skate in a variety of dream locations and compete against yourself, the computer, and other users. And don’t worry about the hokey computer game music – you can play your own iTunes, Pandora station or Spotify playlist while you digitally shred.

Skate Space

Ok, we get it: the English translation is terrible in this game. But really, who cares? If you can look past the grammar, this is the most expansive and customizable skate simulator available. You can design your own skate park, make a custom character, and pick the perfect trick list. Then, share your creations with friends and skate them together in real-time. Yeah, the stamina meter is dumb. But this game is still the best reflection of the personality, free spirit, and endless possibility that defines skating in the real world. 

While there are tons of apps for skateboarders out there, these are our top pics for quality and usefulness. We hope they take you to places you’ve never been and help you master the trick you’ve been after for ages. So what are you waiting for? Download an app and get out there!


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Old Dogs CAN Learn New Tricks: Skateboarding in Your Fifties

Today we are joined by Maureen Walker, one of the raddest Brits we've ever met. You'll be amazed an inspired by her story below; we guarantee it! 

 

At age 52, and with a bit of extra time on my hands, I thought it was time to discover a new hobby. How about knitting, needlepoint or basket weaving you may well ask? Definitely possibilities. But when I saw a cheap second-hand skateboard at a car boot sale (flea market), I bought it on a whim. It came with hand, knee and elbow pads for the princely sum of £3 ($4), including the board.

The first time I took it out I could manage little more than pushing rather lamely with my left foot (I later found out that makes me ''Regular'' rather than ''Goofy''). What I needed was a partner in crime to aid me towards balancing with both feet on the deck. I asked a friend for help. He looked dubiously at my board and wondered briefly – not for the first time - at my questionable sanity. But then he set up his iPhone on a convenient fencepost to record the historic event, literally holding my hand as I set both feet aboard. Thinking it was the most fun I'd had in a while, I made up my mind I'd stick with my new hobby. I splashed out, firstly on a new set of wheels for my “cheapskate-board.” Then, later on, a whole new set up which was put together for me at the excellent Lariatt Skateboard Shop in St Albans Hertfordshire here in the UK.  The proprietor was a little bemused when he asked the age of the child I was buying for, and I replied, somewhat sheepishly, “it’s for me.” But he certainly didn’t laugh out loud as I had feared he might.

My first outing on my brand new set up involved a spectacular fall, unfortunately not caught on camera. But there’s another one that was, and you can see here.

Falling off is inevitable, so falling without hurting yourself too badly is something that needs learning pretty darn quick. The fear of falling off never leaves you, apparently. But I think that’s a good thing, as it's this fear that keeps you focused on the business of staying on the deck.

On the whole people’s reactions to seeing me out and about on my board have been mostly positive. One woman, also of a certain age, passed me slowly on a bicycle and said, “You’re brave.” When I responded, “Foolhardy,” she reaffirmed, “No, BRAVE!”

There are several good ''how-to'' videos on the subject available online. I was particularly encouraged by this one. If they can do it, so can I!

 

If like me, you are a mature newbie and you find that steering your board along a path with any camber to it is a challenge, it could be that it is your core strength that requires work rather than your technique. A few weeks of daily exercises such as 'the plank' could be what your future holds. As you can see from my photos and videos, I'm not the typical lean and hungry-looking cool-dude-on-a-skateboard type. As I write this, my weight continues to fluctuate. But that's another tale to tell on another site perhaps. I will say this: it is advantageous to have a motivation to get fit, other than because you know you ought to, or due to pure vanity. So why not try skateboarding? It's definitely a sport, and it's recognized as such by the International Olympics Committee, who has scheduled its debut in the 2020 games.

So, what's next for me? There are a few more weeks of yoga poses and a lot more skateboard practice ahead. As with so many things, you get out of it what you are willing to put in. The bottom line is, there's one hell of a lot of fun to be had for not too much outlay.   OK, so my set up cost around £90 ($110) – slightly more than my initial £3. And I did need to invest in my own well-fitting crash helmet – a must at around £9. I may never attempt an “Ollie” – well not while anyone’s watching anyway. But, like the lady said in the video, there certainly is a whole lot of fun to be had in training your brain to do something new and unexpected - proving to yourself that the pipe and slippers, or the knitting needles, can be postponed for now – because there's life left in you yet!

*Thanks Maureen! Hop over to her website to show her some love!*


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4 Tips for Trying Adventurous New Hobbies

Spare time is becoming more and more precious. Our lives are busier than ever before: the mounting pressure of work, financial worries, and the need to keep up with friends and social occasions can all make us feel overwhelmed. A study found that 60% of us feel like we are struggling to enjoy our lives.

It has, therefore, never been more important to find hobbies that can give us time away from that stress and enrich our lives with adventure and fun. But with so many potential hobbies vying for our attention where do we begin? Well, here are four tips for those of you ready to try adventurous new hobbies.

 

1. Park your fear at the door

Trying something new is easy when we are children. We see beyond the concern to the enjoyment, and we throw ourselves into new things with gusto. But as we get older, we tend to focus on the fear instead of the adventure. Let's take something fantastic like skateboarding or even surfing, for example. Surfing is, without question, one of the most exhilarating things you can do, the feeling of catching your first wave is something that will never leave you. And it is much safer than you might think. Statistics show that injuries occur only 2.2 out of every 1000 surfing days on average. And statistically, skateboarding can be even safer when you have the right safety gear and observe the rules of the road. So, leave your fear to one side and embrace the adventure of these incredible new hobbies. If you stick with it, you'll experience a feeling of euphoria that will help you feel better about yourself and bring your life back into balance.

 

2. It is never too late to start

It may not come as a surprise, but statistics show the age group who spends the most time actively participating in hobbies and leisure activities are adults age 65 and over. But it is also a reminder that it is never too late to start a new hobby, even an adventurous one. So stop making excuses and summon up the courage. You will not regret it.

 

3. Do your research

Before you dive into a new and adventurous hobby, make sure you do your research. Will it suit you? Is there somewhere close by that you can get tuition and coaching? And what costs are associated with equipment, clothing, and anything else you might need? Do your homework, and you will enjoy it all the more.

 

4. Stick with it

Starting an adventurous new hobby can be a challenge for all sorts of reasons. We are not going to be fantastic at it the very first time we try it. And sometimes when we are learning new skills or techniques, it can take time for them to become second nature. But by just getting started, you have done the hardest part. The most significant challenge is to stick with it through the learning phase and give yourself a chance to succeed.

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Prime Day 2019 - A Skateboarder's Guide

It’s the best time of the summer, skate fam! No, we’re not talking fireworks, hotdogs, and 4th of July festivities. Not even beach camping, or late nights out on the lake. Fellow skaters, it’s almost time for PRIME DAY! Unless you’ve been living in a cave (hopefully not), you’re likely familiar with the 36-hour-long event (it starts Monday, July 15 at 12 am) that mean big deals and even bigger savings. Whether this is new news or old hat to you, we’re going to lay out everything you need to know to ROCK Prime Day 2019!

Amazon’s once-yearly sale is akin to Black Friday. Items will be deeply discounted until they are no longer in stock or until the sale is over. However, as the name indicates, Prime Day is only for Amazon Prime members. This hurdle is easily tackled by signing up for the free 30-day trial. Just make sure you unsubscribe before auto-billing begins on the 31st day. Or don’t cancel because we’re pretty confident you’ll make good use of all the perks over time. At $119/year (and only $59/year for students with a valid ID!), it costs you far less than one coffee per week, and you’ll receive innumerable benefits from free shipping to exclusive TV programming to one-click ordering. A note on one-click ordering: turn it on and make sure it’s working before Prime Day officially begins. You want to make sure you’re able to swoop from deal to deal hassle-free. Don’t get stuck mucking around at checkout! And if you’re so inclined, consider setting up an account at smile.amazon.com. You’ll have the exact same shopping experience; the only difference is that a charity of your choice will receive a percentage of the sale when you purchase in this manner. What feels better than scoring a crazy deal? Helping others while you save money, that’s what!

In years prior, we’ve done a bunch of crazy shopping (also known as "research") to be able to predict in advance what the very best deals for skaters will be in 2019. Almost everything will be on sale, but these are the items that are topping our lists and have a history of deep discounts!

 

Deals on Boards

There will be plenty of deals to be had on actual skateboards this year. If you’ve been thinking of investing in your first one, or just itching to buy another, this is the time! These deals will run the gamut from ultra-short boards (you can nab a Penny board in just about any color combo you can dream up!) to 46” dancing longboards and everything in between. If you’re looking for a basic board that will stand the test of time, check out the Retrospec Alameda. This board comes fully assembled and street-ready. It’s already a screaming deal at under $40, but it’s sure to dive deeper on Prime Day!

If longboards are more your jam, we hear you! We dig the lines and the ride on the Quest Super Cruiser 44.” With a beautiful clean design and another lower price point (under $60 regular price!), you’ll be happy you tried Quest. If longboard dancing is your style, give the Rimable Dancing Longboard a try. It’s colorful space-age design, and extended length will have you boardwalk ready in no time. At just $80, it’s still a great deal on a quality board. And if you’re not quite ready to buy a full-size board just yet, take the leap and pick up a People’s Republic wooden fingerboard. It’ll get you almost as much fun on wheels as a real board… almost ;)

 

Safety Gear

We know it’s essential to be safe out there when you’re skating. After all, we share the road with cars and bicycles, and we share sidewalks and skateparks with other skaters and pedestrians. Keep yourself and others safe (and stylish) with the best gear. For sunny summer skate sessions, you can’t beat the Triple 8 Sweat Saver Helmet that comes with a built-in washable liner, so your aroma doesn't repel others when you take it off after a good shred – you’re welcome. It comes in a variety of colors, but the black and red model has us adding this one to our Prime Day wishlist. While we’re repping safety gear, you may as well make mom happy and pick up some JBM knee/elbow pads & wrist guards to protect yourself. If you’re worried they’ll ruin your mojo, use this as a reason to step up your skate trick game and try that next-level stunt you’ve been dreaming about.

 

Skate Gear

Now that you’re safe, you might as well be prepared and stylin, right? A Skateboard backpack is essential for when you ride, and if you don’t have one or you need another (there’s always a good reason, right?) we always recommend a Dakine. This classic model comes in 14 colors and features a padded laptop sleeve and insulated cooler pouch. If you take care of it, you could have this backpack for years!

If night shreds are part of your jam, you need a set (or two!) of Board Blazers! These LED lights are powered with a simple button battery and attach to the underside of your board near the trucks. They’ll illuminate your night skate and make you feel like you’re surfing the streets on puddles of light. With color options that range from Lightning Lime to Crazy Color Changing, you won’t be disappointed. Plus prices are always slashed for Prime Day!

If you want to pump up the extreme factor in your skating, consider investing in a personal ramp or rail. While these pieces can be an investment, Prime Day will bring them to a more affordable price point, and there’s never been a better time to take the plunge. The Ramptech 2’ tall and 4’ wide quarter-pipe ramp will fit easily in a driveway and allow you to skip the skatepark a few nights a week. Why wait your turn when you can have your own setup? It’s easy to place in position and relatively simple to store. While you’re at it, grab the X factor 54” grind rail and practice your board slides until they’re perfect! You’ll have your own skatepark with no waiting in line and no pressure for perfection. Worth it!

Prime day is less than a week away! Make sure you’re prepared with your Prime membership, one-click ordering, and a list of everything you want. Or just use this handy list to help you purchase. We’re here for you, man. Now get out there and seize the deals, skate fam!

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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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