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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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10 Sick Skate Spots Without A Skatepark Nearby

It's easy to rock at something with the best equipment, tons of time to practice, and every resource at your fingertips. But it can be frustrating to be so passionate about boarding and feel like you don't have a place to really practice. But that's not what skating is about: working with what you have, hanging with friends, trying that ollie until you've got it perfect, making do with a park bench – that's what makes skating unique! The team here at Board Blazers is passionate about working with what we've got, and that's why we're so pumped to bring you this list of the 10 best places to skate when "there's no skate park near me!"

1. Community college/University campus
Most every city has a community college or even a university nearby. These are killer places to skate because they typically have large paved or concrete areas, tons of benches, parking lots with curbs, big staircases with rails, and loads of other awesome skateboarding opportunities. As a bonus, the campus is usually less busy on nights and weekends so you can really go big! Campus security can be a bust, but be cool to them, and they'll be cool to you. Click here to find a community college in your hood!

2. Malls with large parking lots
Similar to community colleges, malls and corner shopping centers with large parking lots have a ton of opportunities for skaters: lots of curbing, handicap ramps, rails, and open expanses for cruising. Plus, they're usually well lit at night. As always, be safe and look out for cars (and pedestrians) since parking lots can be busy places at any time of day.

3. Parking garage
Take the elevator to the top floor and bomb the ramp all the way to the bottom. The possibilities here are pretty much endless: get some serious downhill speed, curbing, long stretches of sloped concrete, stairs, railing, the occasional bench or garbage can-get creative! However, be EXTREMELY cautious and careful while skating a garage. Cars will not be expecting you. It's best to try for a time at night when the garage near you is less busy.

4. The back of warehouse stores
Make sure you hit these places up after hours, but with multiple loading docks for trucks, plenty of handrails for workers' safety, dumpsters, pallets, and who knows what else on any given night, these places are like Disneyland for skaters. With huge expanses of wide open concrete, and little traffic after the store's closing time, this is a great place to meet up with your friends, bump some tracks, and get to work perfecting your latest trick.

3. Community park
Stuck in suburbia? Don't be too down about it. Almost every community has parks that can be awesome for skateboarding. Every park is different, but most of them have lots of paved paths, benches & railings, playground equipment, shady ramadas with picnic tables, basketball courts and tons of other killer skating opportunities.

4. Large suburban neighborhoods
Are long cruises your jam? Most housing areas provide lengthy stretches of pavement or sidewalk. Use these to take a sweet night ride either alone or with your skate crew. Big neighborhoods provide a sweet cruising spot without having to cross major street traffic. Don't get stuck in the same rut, try different routes through your hood, and take a swing down some new streets!

6. Local attractions
Live near the beach? Cruise the boardwalk and grind on those retaining walls. Got a large sports arena nearby? Go check it out on day where there isn't a game, and you have it all to yourself. Is there a local museum in your city? Might be a killer spot after hours! Anything and anywhere that is paved is your playground! See what kind of awesome local haunts you can find.

7. Bike or pedestrian paths
Loads of cities are becoming more bike-friendly, and while our feelings are a little hurt that they don't always include skaters in their plans, we can forgive them. Especially since those super long (often MILES long) stretches of concrete or paved pathway provide us with ample spots to cruise, practice tricks, meet up with our crew, or whatever that day holds. Look for spots where paths cross under major streets - underpasses can be killer for tricks & jumps. Major bonus if you can find large drainage pipes! Look out for hilly places on pedestrian paths – you're likely to find some stairs and handrails there that would be perfect for grinding! Click here to find a list of bike paths near you!

9. Your own house/street
It's not as fun or exotic as a beach boardwalk or an amazing skate park, but there's nothing like being familiar with a spot to help you improve your consistency, especially when you're trying to master a new skill. If you're short on time or freedom to wander, you can enjoy a great skate on your home turf. Crank some tunes and hit the pavement – you'll be glad you did.

10. Keep your eyes open and look around!
Your new favorite skating spot could be literally just around the corner. Get out there with your friends and go find a great spot! Keep your eyes open while you're driving around town; you might see the perfect place. Get creative – you'll be surprised what you might find. Take a cruise on your board to some new spots and just take it all in. You might just find a sick secret place to grind. Want to share your spot with your crew? Check out these tips for how to best use skateboarding forums online.

As always, remember to be safe while you skate. Always wear a helmet, be careful to obey local laws and look out for vehicles. And, if you're skating at night, Board Blazers are always a good idea. Don't skate in places that are restricted or fenced off. If you're asked by security to leave, just move on and remember that the next best skating spot could be right around the corner.

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Best Skateboarding Movies

Today our friend David over at Longboards Lab is doing a roundup of the best skateboarding movies - rad! Read on, fellow shredders!

The best skateboarding movies around provide a fun blend of sporting entertainment. There are fantastic scenes of breathtaking stunts, flips, and ollies. Skateboarding skills interplay with genres like drama, action, and even comedy themes sprinkled with a little romance. Whatever your style, be sure to tune in and immerse yourself in the best of half pipes, grinds, grabs and more!


Waiting for Lightning
The 2012 documentary-style personal story, rings true vividly, highlighting the theme from “tragedy and triumph.” Here’s a storyline that most persons can readily identify with or try to emulate in their struggles. The lead character portrays the life of professional skateboarder, Danny Way, who experienced a rough start in life. However, with personal grit and determination, he seemingly defies the odds to achieve his dreams. What better way to rise above any challenge, by viewing the lead actor perform death-defying stunts and tricks after taking huge falls and personal setbacks? To jump the Great Wall of China on a skateboard is no mean feat, but, like most life lessons, Day proves that anything is possible if the mind and will are in sync, despite any obstacles in your way.

Some of the best scenes from the film include Day leaping from a helicopter into a skateboarding ramp and conceptualizing and building the mind-boggling ramp to scale the Great Wall of China. Supporting actors in the film include Laird Hamilton and Rob Dyrdek. The movie provides excellent high-quality digital streaming that puts you right on the pulse of the action.


Skateboard Madness
If you’re interested in how skateboarding started and its progress through time, then Skateboarding Madness is a must-watch. Set in the 1980s, the comedic storyline centers around a less-than-ambitious sports photographer who’s set to lose his job unless he could produce something spectacular in short order.

Amidst the comedy, the film gives one a sense of the early development of skateboarding as a sport. It’s rated among some of the best skateboarding movies around. It also includes scenes of surfing, wind skating, and snowboarding as well as ideas of how the skateboarding craze evolved. The film also provides excellent footage with appropriate background music on skateboarding techniques, stunts, and tricks.

The lead actor himself provides plenty of laughs as he blunders his way to “stardom” after his attempts to cover a skateboarding competition in the San Francisco Bay goes awry. After his assignment goes begging, he ends up on an exciting and informative, yet hilarious road trip to some of the best skateboarding parks around the San Francisco Bay area. The director is Hal Jepson, and the cast includes Kurt Ledterman, Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, Surf Punks and Gregg Ayres.


Stoked: The Rise and Fall of The Gator
The 2002 movie is a documentary about the professional career of skateboarder Mark “Gator” Rogowski and the emerging popularity of skateboarding in Southern California. Set in the early1990s, it presents a gripping, yet haunting tale of one of the most talented and promising skateboarders ever. The film tells the story of the fame, fortune, and tragic fall of a Rogowski, and is a blend of period scenes with memories of skateboarding in it’s “pure” form. A complex portrait of Gator’s stardom, it shows the events that led to his unfortunate demise from the skateboarding arena.

Viewers will get a rare opportunity to see skateboarding through the eyes of many pioneers of the craft and their iconic rise to fame and glory. The film is listed as one of the best skateboarding movies to hit the big screen. It’s choc-full of action, personal interviews, and history of the fast-growing interest in skateboarding as a competitive sport. Directed by Helen Stickler, it stands out for quality, reality, and great entertainment. See the exploits of Gator as he executes his expert half-pipes and other superb skills of a talented but troubled star. Stars in the movie include skater Tony Hawk, Jason Jesse, John Brinton Hogan and Mark “Gator” Rogowski himself.


Thrashin
Thrashin is a 1986 dramatic movie which is also called Skate Gang. The film draws its plot around up-and-coming skateboarder, Corey Webster (Josh Brolin), who dreams of making it big in the future. A highly intense drama unfolds when the leading star’s love interest turns out to be a close relative of one of the most feared skateboarding gangs in Los Angeles. Corey navigates between practicing his downhill stunts while trying to escape with his life on occasions. The emotional upheaval takes a toll on his attempts to stay focused on his dreams. Tensions increase when Corey finally gets the opportunity to out-perform his biggest rival, despite having an injured arm. The action climaxes with him zooming past his fiercest opponent, and wins a contract to start a professional skateboarder career. He also earns the admiration and respect of his enemy and can thrive both professionally and romantically.

Watching the movie will take you back in time to the emerging skateboarding culture and its influence on the punk rock era of the 1980s. It also portrays many popular skateboarding groups of the time such as the Banshees, Vice Squad, and Siouxsie.


Street Dreams
If you’re a die-hard skateboarding fan and love a good action drama movie, then Street Dreams will keep you hooked. It’s a throwback to the 1970’s skateboarding circle in the Midwest where little is known or appreciated about skateboarding. The main character (Paul Rodriguez) plays teenage skateboarder Derrick Cabrera who dreams of making it onto the big stage despite little support from family and friends. Nevertheless, Cabrera draws on his inner strength and continues to sharpen his skills, narrowing it down to one specially crafted stunt. Jealousy soon raises its ugly head when fellow skateboarders realize his immense talent and potential. As the walls begin to close in on him from every angle, and his battles increase, he decides to break free and leave his hometown. Trouble also follows him as he qualifies for the amateur contest in Tampa Florida. Once again, he’s abandoned by people he thought he could trust. However, fate is kind to him and with the help of a few new friends he’s able to showcase the astonishing trick he’s been practicing. A grind down a handrail on a crooked flip at a 360 degrees angle propels him to get the attention of the professionals finally.

One of the best highlights of the movie is the fact that actual skateboarders perform stunts and tricks. It’s a riveting story of self-belief and determination and will appeal to teenagers who have a passion and want to achieve greatness. Supporting roles are by Ryan Schecker, Terry Kennedy and Rob Dyrdek.

Awesome roundup, David! We're ready to set down our boards (and Board Blazers!) and pop some corn instead of ollies for a change. Go catch one of these killer skater flicks and let us know what you think!


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