Category Archives: Skate

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

The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) is excited to announce its guest speaker lineup for the 2013 IASC Skateboarding Summit on May 8-10, which will be held at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

The IASC Skateboarding Summit is a three-day event that gives the leaders in skateboarding a chance to come together in a non-competitive atmosphere to educate themselves on topics meant to broaden their perspectives, connect them with their peers, and to inspire and further their business.

This year’s summit focus is on the wealth of amazing technology and tools available to people running businesses today. The Summit program will include Expert Sessions with working professionals sharing their knowledge on best practices in digital strategy, social media, e-commerce and more.

This year IASC’s guest speakers include:

  • Mike Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of TransWorld Business: State of Skate, an in-depth, data-driven look at the state of the industry.
  • Bobby Kim, Co-Founder of The Hundreds: Skateboarding is up for grabs, so stop talking and start taking.
  • Johnny Schillereff, Founder/CEO of Element and Nick Tershay, Founder of Diamond Supply Co. discuss the roadmap for growing skate hardgoods companies into lifestyle brands.
  • Kevin Duffel, Editor of TransWorld SKATEboarding; Jamey Stone, Publisher of Skateboarder Magazine; and Jessie Fritsch, Content Producer at Ride Channel: Discuss skateboarding’s current digital media landscape.

All Summit attendees are guaranteed entrance to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and Icon Awards held on the second night of the Summit on May 9th. The Awards ceremony sold out last year with over 400 attendees. This year’s inductees are Woody Woodward, Tom Sims, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, Rodney Mullen, Christian Hosoi, Wendy Bearer Bull and Laura Thornhill Caswell. Icon Award recipients are Warren Bolster, Devo and NHS – Richard Novak, Jay Shuirman, Bob Denike, Tim Piumarta and Jeff Kendall.

The night will include a Happy Hour, VIP meet-and-greet, VIP dinner and Awards Ceremony. All proceeds benefit the not-for-profit efforts of the Skateboarding Hall of Fame and the Go Skateboarding Foundation’s Just One Board initiative.

Registration is now open and $100 Early Bird Discounts expire on April 5th. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/2013iascsummit. Continue reading

Tommy Guerrero, a top shelf member of the Bones Brigade during the height of the ’80s boom, will be honored tonight at the 15th Annual Transworld Skateboarding Awards in Hollywood, California, as the recipient of this year’s Legend Award. The Legend Award sets out to officially recognize, acknowledge, and honor those who have forever shifted the legacy of what it means to be a skateboarder.

Tommy basically became the face of “streetstyle” when that concept changed what skateboarding was all about. Born and raised in San Francisco, Tommy’s free-flowing improvisational style and creative use of the San Francisco concrete put the city’s infamous hills and unique terrain on the map for skateboarding. It set the stage for modern street skating.

Today, Tommy’s focus remains on keeping skateboarding raw. He continues to play an active role at Deluxe Distribution and additionally juggles his time as a professional musician, skateboarder, and proud father.

Congrats, to RVCA advocate, Tommy!
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Adding to the catalog of TransWorld Skateboarding’s video legacy, the publication announced its latest and 25th full-length video, entitled Perpetual Motion, will premiere at the TWS Skate Awards night, slated for February 27, 2013, at Hollywood’s Avalon Theatre.

A film by Chris Thiessen and Jon Holland, the video will feature Silas Baxter-Neal, in addition to a numerous other skateboarders, including Julian Davidson, Jimmy Carlin, Walker Ryan, Josh Matthews, and Tom Remillard. Baxter-Neal is a recipient of Thrasher magazine’s “Skater of the Year” award; Baxter-Neal has been described by Transworld staff member, Oliver Barton, as a “all-terrain demolition unit.”

In an ESPN interview with filmmaker Jon Holland, who has been with TWS 17 years come this December, high points of creating Perpetual Motion include “Filming Silas doing some ridiculous moves in Portland, doing the Zoo bomb, and just getting to know and skate with Josh, Jimmy, Julian, Tom and Walker. I’m stoked to point a camera in their direction and witness their skating firsthand. They all rip.”

Sweet. Check out the trailer here: Perpetual Motion Continue reading

Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and GRAMMY Award-winning musician Ben Harper have come together to create Boards + Bands, a fundraising initiative that merges the worlds of professional skateboarders and iconic musicians to raise significant funds for the Tony Hawk Foundation.

Hawk invited a select group of professional skateboarders to donate their personally ridden skateboards and submit the name of their favorite songs. Harper then sent those boards on to the appropriate artists with one simple message: “Please write the lyrics to this skater’s favorite song on his skateboard, and we’ll use it to create more skate parks for kids.”

The chosen recording artists have hand-written the lyrics on these one-of-a-kind skateboards, creating some cool works of art. The skaters and artists who have collaborated include Bucky Lasek and Adam Yauch, Rodney Mullen and Ben Harper, Jamie Thomas and Bob Dylan, Mike Vallely and Tom Petty, Steve Caballero and Metallica, Bob Burnquist and Ben Harper, Lance Mountain and Jimmy Cliff, and Tony Hawk and Paul McCartney.

The boards are currently on display at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.

There’s only ONE more day left to bid on one of the amazing collaborative memorabilia, which are being auctioned at www.BoardsAndBands.org so hurry while you can. The auction ends tomorrow on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7 PM.

Proceeds from the Bucky Lasek/Adam Yauch collaboration boards will specifically benefit a skatepark project in New York City. Since 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has helped to fund 512 public skateparks in 50 states.

For more info, go to www.BoardsAndBands.org. Continue reading