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Photo Recap: VOLCOM NYC Game of S.K.A.T.E. (2015)

Photo Recap: VOLCOM NYC Game of S.K.A.T.E. (2015)

Volcom hosted a game of S.K.A.T.E. inside their NYC store down in Soho this past Saturday evening giving skateboarders a chance to take home $1,000 cash. Free pizza via Rizzo’s was served during registration and eventually the game of S.K.A.T.E. kicked off with 64 heads throwing down tricks. Steve Rodriguez ran the event with guest judges Rodney Torres, Danny Supa and Rob Campbell. In the end it came down to Nate Rojas vs Chris Pierre-Jacques. Chris took out Nate with a bigger flip and went home with the G! Our apologies to everyone who clicked over to view our live stream, unfortunately we ran into some interweb technical difficulties and were unable to broadcast.  Photos via Peter...
Q&A: Exclusive Steven Cales Interview (2014)

Q&A: Exclusive Steven Cales Interview (2014)

Intro & interview by Peter Pabón – Steven Cales was an influential figure to iconic brands such as Menace, Alva, Shut, Think, ATM, 60/40, Lucky and World Industries – all the while dealing with incarcerations and parole. He brought his Brooklyn style out west, both good and bad, but has managed to change his life for the better through skateboarding. There’s a point when you realize, around 1990/91 for me, that you’re not gonna have a career as a skater, be it age or just the caliber of the talent coming up under you. Steven Cales was that wake up call, he was just so good at his age and for the length of time skating, it was obvious my prospects as a skater were unlikely. He just had “it”, natural talent, the gift, whatever you want to call “it”. Watching him grow and progress was amazing and even with all the mistakes and pitfalls he’s made and had, you still can’t help but feel proud that he’s from New York. Fast forward to present day, I’m at Supra with Rodney Torres waiting for Steven Cales and New York has basically been covered in snow, slush and ice, for what seems a decade, which is probably the last time I have actually seen Steven face to face. Steven rolls in, hat to the side, burgundy sweat pants, matching hoodie, Supra boots and a Fifth Ave t-shirt. I threw out some questions and here’s what he had to say.   Q&A PP: Where in New York are you from? SC: I’m from Brooklyn, New York – Sunset Park. PP: Your first time on...
NYSB Anthem via Travis Kopach (2014)

NYSB Anthem via Travis Kopach (2014)

We’re honored to kick off 2014 with this video put together by skateboarder, friend and Director – Travis Kopach. He created this edit using footage shot on a Phantom camera (1000 fps) featuring skating by: Nolan Lee, Silvester Eduardo, Danny Falla, Leo Gutman, Leo Heinert and Rodney Torres. Watch the promo titled “The NYSkateboarding.com Anthem” embedded below. Happy New Year...
Q&A: Rodney Torres, The King of Queens – Part I (2013)

Q&A: Rodney Torres, The King of Queens – Part I (2013)

Since the late 90’s professional skateboarder Rodney Torres has been a major player in the New York skateboarding community. Commonly known as the King of Queens he has put Queens on the map especially the iconic Flushing Meadows unisphere spot which he could consider his second home. He has mentored a great deal of locals here in New York and has been a part of several brands throughout the years, most recently his new company TORRO!. We caught up with Rodney for an interview and here’s what the King of Queens had to say. NYSB: Tell us about the first time you ever skated Flushing? RT: Man, the first time I ever skated Flushing Meadows Corona Park was basically the first time I really skated. My dad used to be on a soccer team back then and they would train on the fields near the globe. I’ve always had a skateboard growing up, wether it was a “ninja board” or a “banana board” and on the weekends, my mom would take me to go watch my dad play at the park. I would bring my board with me and ride around at the globe which at the time was nothing but gravel ground surrounding the unisphere. I was just psyched to be there pushing around. Shortly after, I was on my block when I saw an older kid ollie up a curb. I was blown away. I couldn’t believe it. I had to learn how to do that and asked the kid if he could teach me. That same day I learned how to ollie, begged my parents to...
The Best Skateboarding Music Video – Adrian Lux “Damaged” (2013)

The Best Skateboarding Music Video – Adrian Lux “Damaged” (2013)

Our good friend Travis Kopach hit us up a few months ago about a new music video project he was putting together. The video was for Adrian Lux’s track “Damaged” (Ultra Records) and would capture what it’s like to skate New York and would be shot using a Phantom camera which shoots insane slow motion at 1000 fps. We linked Travis up with Nolan Lee, Silvester Eduardo, Danny Falla, Leo Gutman, Leo Heinert and Rodney Torres which resulted in what we feel is the best music video to ever include skateboarding. Watch it embedded...
TORRO! NYC Demo at NY Hall of Science (2013)

TORRO! NYC Demo at NY Hall of Science (2013)

TORRO! NYC did a demo at the New York Hall of Science – RADICAL TRICKS in conjunction with the Tony Hawk Rad Science exhibit on the physics of skateboarding. Watch the clip below as the TORRO! team skates an indoor course donated by Chapman. Clip (filmed & edited by Dennis Williford) features Rodney Torres, Alejandro Batista, Joseph Gil, Dennis Miron and Leo...
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