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For our skateboarding fans out there, if you haven’t already heard, Nyjah is back on top with another win under his belt. Last weekend, Element rider Nyjah Huston won the Street Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup World Championship of Skateboarding in Kimberley, South Africa.[caption id="attachment_3749" align="alignleft" width="590" caption="Photo Credit: Jonathan Pierce for Thrasher Magazine"][/caption]
Trick highlights from Nyjah include a backside 270 lipslide and bs 270 noseblunt, nollie heel bs lipslide and switch fs bluntslide down the 4 block handrail.
Nyjah leaves South Africa with an extra $100,000, securing his place that he has won more prize money than any other skateboarder in history.
Nyjah was the third place qualifier for the event, behind Alec Majerus and Louie Lopez, but was untouchable in each of his three head-to-head matchups beating Matt Berger in quarterfinals, Lopez in semifinals and dominating Felipe Gustavo in finals.
It’s a great win for Nyjah after his loss to Chris Cole at the Street League Skateboard Super Crown last month in New Jersey. “I always have that redemption feeling after I lose a contest,” Nyjah said after winning. “But bottom line I’m just a competitive person so no matter how many contests I’ve won in the past or in a row or whatever I’m still going out here giving it my all and I always want to win.”
Here’s a video of his practice session where Nyjah puts down a backside BW 270 Flip lipslide, which has never been filmed in the history of skateboarding. Pretty good stuff.
For our skateboarding fans who happen to make out East in the next month, check out BAMcinematek’s 24-film series, “Skateboarding Is Not A Crime,” a tribute to the best of skateboarding in cinema from the 1960s to the present.
The series, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal (yes, you read that right) will run from September 6-23, 2013 at the BAMcinematek and BAM Rose Cinemas. Hyping the subject as “the ultimate in counterculture coolness, “skating” has made an irresistibly sexy subject for movies thanks to its rebel-athlete superstars, SoCal slacker fashion, and jaw-dropping jumps, ollies, tricks, and stunts.” True that.[caption id="attachment_3638" align="alignleft" width="590" caption="Source: BAM"][/caption]
This skateboarding film collection includes the classics from every era featuring The Devil’s Toy from 1966, Scott Dittrich’s Freestylin‘, Spike Jonze’s Yeah Right, and Hollywood classics like Gleaming The Cube and Thrashin’.
For more recent flicks, they’re also screening Waiting for Lightning (2012), a documentary on Danny Way’s 2005 jump over the Great Wall of China, and The Motivation (2013), which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The Motivation follows eight premier skaters including Element’s very own, Njyah Houston, and Nixon’s Paul Rodriguez, in preparation for the Street League Championship World Tour.
Good stuff. Tickets: General admission: $13, BAM Cinema Club Members: $8, BAM Cinema Club Movie Moguls: Free. Seniors & Students (25 and under with a valid ID, Mon – Thurs): $9, Bargain Matinees (Mon – Thurs before 5pm and Friday – Sun before 3pm, no holidays): $9.
Check this link for the entire breakdown of all 24 films and a schedule of the screenings.
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Vans takes over this year as the world’s largest surfing party is set to hit Huntington Beach this Saturday, July 20. In years past, almost 300,000 people come to town to be a part of the biggest US surfing event for eight days straight. Festivities will run from July 20 to July 28.
Are you guys ready for the music, art, free swag, crowds, and the best in skating and surfing?
And this year, new sponsor Vans is promising the largest free concert of the summer.
The lifestyle label recently unveiled the musical lineup, and the free two-day concert is expecting to draw hundreds of thousands of fans to the coast.
Happening Thursday, July 25th and Friday, July 26th, the massive music event wraps up the surf competition with five must-see bands at the House of Vans stage. On the bill for Thursday are newcomers FMLYBND, chillwave act Twin Shadow and electro pop legends The Faint. On Friday, catch singer-songwriter (and HB native) Matt Costa and indie rock headliners Modest Mouse.
If you’ve never been, check it out and come to town along the 14-acre stretch of sand for the massive event, which includes the big surf competition, skate and BMX areas, retail shops on the sand, and about 60 vendor booths. All events are free and open to the public.
As he does every year, Tony Hawk is asking those serving at-risk youth to hit up his foundation for free money to be used for building skateboard parks. Don’t pass up the chance to receive free money (up to $25,000) to get your skatepark project on the move.
The principal focus of foundation grants will be to encourage and facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of new quality skateboard parks and facilities, located in low-income communities in the United States. The minimum grant is $1,000 and the maximum grant is $25,000.
There is a catch: eligible parks must serve at-risk youth in low-income communities.
Since 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has helped to fund 512 public skateparks in all 50 states, and the Tony Hawk Foundation has seen 80% of the skateparks it’s helped fund open and begin serving almost 13,000 youth daily. In addition to its domestic Grant Program, the Tony Hawk Foundation has also provided critical Technical Assistance to thousands of skatepark projects around the world. In many instances, the foundation’s Technical Assistance has helped communities avoid costly mistakes and delays. Tony Hawk Foundation staff assisted over 1,000 communities in 2012 alone.
One caveat: the demand for grants from the Tony Hawk Foundation is pretty competitive. The THF has received as many as 450 applications in a single year, with the vast majority requesting the maximum $25,000 grant. So make sure you meet the criteria. If your proposed skatepark is not located in a low-income area, and if you are not able to illustrate strong community and grassroots support for the project, you are unlikely to receive a significant grant from the foundation.
But if you do meet the criteria, apply and make sure you get it in by the deadline. Applications must be turned in by July 1, 2013 to be considered.
For more information, go to: http://www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/skatepark-grants/apply/. Continue reading