Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Twinterview with Spencer Nuzzi - Exclusive!

Southern California is a hot bed for skateboard talent, and Spencer is a shining example of this. Look him up, watch a few youtube videos and you will see what I mean. Just returning home from the Birdhouse tour that ended last month, Spencer (@SpencerNuzzi) answers a few questions.

Q. Who do you ride for? Who are your sponsors?

A. I ride for @birdhouse @THEEVETRUCKS @Armourdillo @willysworkshop

Q. Will you be skating at the Fil-am this Saturday at Memorial park? - I asked this question right before I seriously sprained my ankle. Yes, Spencer rode at this festival, have a look at a little video.

Q. When skating do you prefer natural street terrain or skate parks?

A. I love to skate everything. Either or for me. Just no ice rinks or turf.

Q. What size trucks and wheels do you ride?

A. 8in @THEEVETRUCKS and 52mm wheels

As a bonus, here is Spencer ripping it up in OVERdose!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Southern California Skaters Dominate Dew Tour Vert!

Some of the world's greatest vert skaters live in Southern California. The Dew Tour Vert Championships, which took place today in Las Vegas, gave the nation an opportunity to see them in action. The podium was swept by 3 skaters from So Cal - Shaun White took first, Pierre-Luc Gagnon came in second, and Andy Macdonald landed in third. I'm sure you knew Shaun was from So Cal, but did you know both Pierre and Andy reside here?

Outside the top 3 finishers were Bucky Lasek, Rune Glifberg, Sandro Dias, Rob Lorifice, and Marcelo Bastos, and that's just who made the final! That's right, 8 out of 10 vert finalists live in Southern California. They skate together and continuously push each other, and their sport, to new levels.

Those aren't all the awesome So Cal skaters who took part in the Dew Tour. Danny Mayer, Bob Burnquist, Adam Taylor, Alex Perelson, Josh Stafford, and Paul-Luc Ronchetti all scored points at various stops this year.

Some of the reasons so many athletes choose Southern California include the great weather (of course), the fact that this is the birthplace of skateboarding in general, and the tremendous influence Tony Hawk has had on San Diego County skateboarding facilities. It is because of Tony Hawk (and many other skaters, including Andy Macdonald) that there are 2 world class vert ramps here in San Diego. Ecke Family Y.M.C.A. in Encinitas is home to the vert ramp from the 2003 X Games, and the ramp from the 2006 X Games lives at the Krause Family Y.M.C.A. in Clairemont.  So Cal is also home to THI headquarters (Tony Hawk's personal training facility), as well as PLG's DC Shoes facility.  How long will we be lucky enough to have the best vert skaters mainly in one location?  It is a special time to be vert fan in Southern California.

One day this summer I was lucky enough to stop by the Krause Y.M.C.A. skate park to find Andy Macdonald skating the vert ramp. He had a filmer and a photographer with him from Allisports. I had the pleasure, along with about seven or eight other people, of seeing Andy land a brand new trick. It was awesome to see him work through the challenges of this crazy inverted body varial 540 that day. It really showed me Andy's determination to be innovative in his skating. While watching the Dew Tour Finals today, Andy threw that new trick for the first time in a run! I was so stoked for Andy, and thrilled I got to see it before the world!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

UGC Skatedeck Giveaway!

The Underground Clown is leaving New York and infiltrating San Diego. The UGC is a great clothing and skateboard company started out of tragedy.  The owner's close friend, Cory Pelzer, was murdered (still not solved) in 2001, and this company is a way to keep Cory's essence alive and well.  The UGC donates a portion of their proceeds to local charities in Cory's name.  Personally, I like their style, message, and the fact they just started a local skate team with a 14yr old named Nico.  Doing it up and giving back, you can't get much better than that.

From Drop Box

Now the good part.  I am giving away this great skate deck as soon as we get @THEUGC over 250 followers!  Here's the rules:
  1. Follow @THEUGC by clicking here!
  2. Follow me with any button on my blog or click here!
This contest is closed, @mothboy420 is the winner! Congrats!

Check out Nico and his crew cruisin around New York!