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“Waiting for Lightning,” a feature length documentary film about skateboarding legend Danny Way will debut in theaters and for digital download on December 7. Directed by Jacob Rosenberg, “Waiting for Lightning” delves into the life and accomplishments of Danny Way, one of skateboarding’s greatest innovators.

Way’s father died when Danny was 8 months old. Way went through a rough childhood with his mother working hard as a single parent. His mother re-married, and Danny Way gives credit to his step dad for his introduction to skating. His skateboarding passion has helped Way cross many cultural and ideological boundaries with feats that include jumping out of a helicopter and vaulting the Great Wall of China on a board.

“Waiting for Lightning,” was a featured selection and had its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW film festival. The film revolves around Way’s achievements, including how he became a skateboarder and his major project in Hawaii. It also shows how much abuse the body can sustain, how deep you have to dig to survive the betrayals of family, and how high and far dreams can fly.

The documentary also includes interviews with some of the greatest athletes in extreme sports, including Tony Hawk, Travis Patrana, Rodney Mullen, and Mat Hoffman, each talking about Way’s contributions to skating.

“Waiting for Lightning” is presented in association with DC Shoes. Danny Way’s brother Damon was one of the original two founders of DC Shoe Co USA (Damon was partnered with Ken Block). Danny Way teamed up with DC Shoes right at the company’s start, and his was the first signature shoe that DC made.

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What are you doing later? Join our friends at Sector 9, who are hosting the Midmonth Mustache Melee benefitting Movember. Bring your mustache and party for a cause in Pacific Beach, San Diego at the Duck Dive bar, today, Friday, Nov. 16. Costumes are encouraged!


There will be giveaways, raffle, drink specials, and more.

The Duck Dive
4650 Mission Blvd
San Diego, California 92109
6pm – 10pm

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Wow! The Element riders have definitely been doing the rounds showing off their sick skating skills. Earlier this month, the guys were on the East Coast, but this weekend, they’ll be representing the West Coast, when Element and Beachworks present Element day at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA.

Element team riders Nyjah Huston, Levi Brown, Chad Tim Tim, Nick Garcia, Julian Davidson and Ray Barbee will be on-hand for an autograph signing with free posters and giveaways this Saturday, September 15th from Noon – 5pm. It will be a day of Skateboarding, live music, arts & crafts, Team Signing and more. Events from the day will include:

No Board Left Behind Chop Shop
Bring your dilapidated deck, and get it cut into a cruiser shape. The first 50 people in line will be provided with trucks and wheels to turn your old board into a new cruiser!

Game of S.K.A.T.E.
Enter a game of S.K.A.T.E. at 3pm for your chance at $500 and a scholarship to Element YMCA Camp plus heaps of other prizes.

Jammin’ on the Guitar with Ray Barbee
Legendary skateboarder and musician Ray Barbee who was one of the first skateboarders to bring freestyle/flatland tricks to street, and is best known for his comply variations, will be jamming away through the afternoon with his jazz-influenced instrumental tracks. Pick up a provided guitar and join in the jam.

Live, Interactive Art with Mike Kershnar
Element Advocate and artist Mike Kershnar will be painting live at the event. Join him to collaborate on artwork that will be showcased at Beachworks following the event.

Recycled Bracelet Making
Using the scraps from the Element cutting room floor, help repurpose these into a stylish accessory with the Element Eden Advocate team.

Team Signing
Finally, don’t miss the Element team signing with 2012 Street League Champion Nyjah Huston, as well as Levi Brown, Chad Tim Tim, Nick Garcia, Julian Davidson and Ray Barbee for an autograph signing with free posters and giveaways.

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Plaza Tower
(714) 435-2000

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After the first 3 stops in Kansas City, California, and Arizona, the Street League Series is heading into its final stop in New Jersey, Saturday August 25-26, at the Prudential Center.

The Top 8 Pros will compete for $200,000, but only one champion will be crowned. Who’s got your vote?

Here’s the ranking of the top 8:

  1. Nyjah Huston 280
  2. Paul Rodriguez 258
  3. Sean Malto 232
  4. Chris Cole 230
  5. Chaz Ortiz 227
  6. Luan Oliveira 215
  7. Bastien Salabanzi 194
  8. Ryan Sheckler 192

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Go Skateboarding Day, the official holiday of skateboarding, is right around the corner! Are you ready to blow off all your other obligations and just go skateboarding? Now going on its 10th year, every year on June 21, skateboarders around the globe celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity, and spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world by going skateboarding. Last year, skateboarders across the world – from China, Afghanistan, Colombia, Brazil, and the U.S.A., among others – gathered to celebrate the Annual International Go Skateboarding Day by participating in over 600 events honoring the international holiday.

Continuing the tradition this year, skateboarders everywhere will show their love and support for skateboarding by holding fundraisers, contests, protests and demos. They’ll skate across cities, gather in skate parks, stream into their local skate shop and some will even revel in the solitary act of skateboarding alone at their favorite spot, all bringing together the skateboarding community in the grind heard around the world.

The day began on June 21, 2003 as an excuse for skateboarders to make skateboarding their top priority, with Go Skateboarding Day hosting a few simple skate sessions and bar-b-ques held in skateboarding’s unofficial capital, southern California. Founded by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC), Go Skateboarding Day gives passionate skateboarders as well as those who are simply inspired by skateboarding, the opportunity to drop everything and get on a skateboard.

Today the day continues to embrace skateboarding culture and to define skateboarding as the rebellious, creative celebration of independence it continues to be. In the years since that first celebration, the holiday continues to grow, but the mission remains the same: Have fun, go skateboarding!

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