Afterwork Box Sesh

Pete Benda – Crooked Grind… really crooked. 

Ever wonder what it is like to work at Daddies Board Shop? Well, there is more behind the scenes action than anything else but occasionally we get to have ourselves a little fun. One way we do that is by heading out to our parking lot. Pretty much every day after work we all go out and skate. We have boxes, banks, and a bunch of great curbs for slappies.

 

 

Jeffrey Acciaioli – FS 5-0

We pretty much build all of our stuff from shipping crates and whatnot that we get from all of our manufacturers. When I say we I mean our warehouse manager Tony B builds it, the dude is crazy. It is pretty cool actually… he takes shipping palettes and turns them into skate features. Kind of baffling really.

Tony B – FS Smith

So working at Daddies does end up being pretty rad. We can’t exactly leave during the day to go hit up hills so we have to make due with what we got around us and I think we do that pretty well. The word “unfortunately” doesn’t really apply when we say we can’t go out and skate hills. Because fortunately we are getting to stoke out kids across the globe by making sure they all their their gear they ordered. It’s rough stuff but it is a labor of love!

Pete Benda – FS Nosegrind

Stay posted for all the happenings at Daddies Board Shop! Big things are always on the horizon for everyone! For all the most up to date info follow us on Instagram at @daddiesboardshop or youtube @ http://www.youtube.com/daddiesmedia

Downhill Skateboarding. The In’s, Out’s, and everything in between!

Per request we have decided to do a little write up on downhill skateboarding. Not just skating down hills but actual downhill racing and speedboarding. Downhill has been around forever but until recently it has remained in the shadows of traditional skateboarding. The real O.G.’s however, have always been out there searching for bigger, gnarlier, hills to test their skills on! The sport has evolved throughout the years. Aside from product turning into seemingly space age equipment riding has undergone some big changes as well. New techniques let riders go bigger, harder, and much much faster.

The downhill slide, as it was traditionally called, is one of the most important skills a downhill rider needs. You need to be able to properly slow down in order to make certain corners and turns effectively. In racing and speed boarding there are two main slides that are commonly used, frontside and backside hands-down slides. Frontside and backside are also known as heelside and toeside respectively. There are many other names for these slides, most commonly heard is the Coleman Slide which was popularized by one of the greatest downhill skateboarders of all time, Cliff Coleman.

Cliff Coleman, 60 something years young and still shredding!

Having one of your hands down on the ground while performing these maneuvers helps in properly de-weighting your board and effectively drifting or pre-drifting corners. Drifting is literally the action of sliding before or throughout a corner in order to make it through safely. Depending on which side you are entering the turn you will either apply weight to your front hand leaning backwards doing a heelside slide or you will use your backhand leaning backwards doing a toeside slide. But your hands don’t do all the work. You have to know how to kick your board out and how far to push it to determine how much speed to scrub off. Pushing it too far out will make your board shoot out from under you and vice versa not pushing it enough will make your wheels grip up early shooting you forwards off of your board. Finding that happy medium isn’t too hard though, it just takes a bit of practice like anything else!

Robin McGuirk with a textbook Coleman slide

Powerslides are another option but they are rarely used in the world of downhill. They are however a good skill to have under your belt! The world of longboarding knows powerslides as stand up slides. Standing up and doing a slide in the middle of a race isn’t always the best idea though, it is best to play it safe, put your hands down, and you will be winning races in no time!

Marcus Dalton navigating some turns via stand up slide.

Tucking! That is next on our list of wonderful things that are downhill related. Having a good tuck is pretty essential. Check out this photo of Robin McGuirk in his Old-School tuck which is mandatory at the Mt. Tabor Downhill challenge. An old-school tuck is not the most ideal style of tucking but our forefathers did it so doing a little throw-back skating every now and then is definitely a blast. Old-School tucks are very dependent on placing as much weight on the front of your board as possible. Generally both feet are always touching and they are as close to side-by-side as possible.

Robin McGuirk in Old School Tuck Mode at the 2011 Mt. Tabor Downhill Challenge

Standard tucking nowadays is much more refined! The main idea is still to have as much weight as possible on your front foot closest to the front of the board. Your back foot is used as a secondary balance point and for controlling slides and drifts. Some people still have much better tucks than others though and that is what separates the young pups from the big leagues! There is actually a lot more to tucking than one would think. On a long course with big sweeping turns you don’t have to break tuck like you do when you have to slide and drift. When you stay in your tuck for extended periods of time, only making minor adjustments in weight distribution and footing, your legs get really tired really fast! You actually feel bits of relief here and there when taking corners due to centripetal force. It allows you to take more weight off of your legs when leaning throughout corners and turns. A tuck that has good form has great aerodynamics and this will really come in handy when drafting other riders.

Sector 9 Rider Louis Pilloni with a solid Tuck

When you are in another riders draft you want to sling shot yourself ahead of them when the time is right. When you do this you will break away from their draft and if you have little aerodynamic resistance you should be able to pass by them with ease. It is actually a pretty cool feeling when you do it; it is a technique you can go on to perfect with time. In order to draft a rider or group of riders you are going to have to be comfortable riding in very close proximity to other riders. This is called “Pack-Skating.” Pack-skating requires a lot of trust in the other riders around you. You have to trust in their abilities as riders and that they won’t fall in front of you going 50+ miles per hour. The reason why you have to trust them is because you have to be fully focused on your own riding and what your plan of action is. Pack-skating takes some getting used to but as soon as you can train yourself not to worry about the people around you the closer you will get to becoming an even better downhill rider.

Pack-skating and drafting!

Downhill riding has so many techniques but one of the most important ones out there is navigating a course properly. You need to know how to carry the right amount of speed up until you reach the apex of a turn without risking the chance of scrubbing out and falling down. Choosing your lines and sticking to them is something that every skater has trouble with on occasion. It is the reason that some riders will go from first place to dead last in 4 or 5 man heats. Sometimes holding your line means coming dangerously close to other riders and this is a huge reason why you see so many bails near the end of a race. Your line may cross paths with another riders line and if you give up on your line you could lose a huge amount of speed and potentially sacrifice your position in the race. Generally taking the inside position of a turn will allow you to pull out ahead of everyone else but at the same time everyone is going for that inside spot. If your timing is right and your skills are there you should be able to cut in just right and move up the line!

2012 Juniors Finals at Maryhill. Holding their lines!

Downhill riding gives you so much of a rush, the feeling is unexplainable! This is why downhill skateboarding has become one of the most popular board sports in the world. The benefits of racing with good etiquette and within your skill levels are amazing. Winning events can lead to so many new opportunities in your life. Sponsors will seek you out, fly you around the world to new races and events. You will make new friends and be able to see things that you would have never been able to see otherwise! Granted, not everyone is going to get to that level but then again not everyone wants to! The feeling of camaraderie when skating with a few friends at high speeds is awesome and it is also a great way to connect with new riders. All in all we are a bunch of skate-nerds who want to have fun and hang out doing something we all love. It is cliche but spreading the stoke is what it is all about. Spread the stoke and good things are bound to come to you! Now go bomb some hills kids!

Max Wippermann and Wolfgang Coleman bro-hugging it up.

Photos: Spencer Morgan

Park Shredding from NW Shredders

Street and Park shredders tearing up some tranny! I think we are going to bring some of these boards in. It is hard to deny Portland skateboard companies, we just love them and so should you! Especially if you are from here! Lifeblood and Bacon have been killing it for a while… their team shreds! Check out the video, get stoked, and go skate! Who knows, next time you come in we might have some of their decks up on the walls!

Vicious and Rayne are on their way here!

Rayne and Vicious will be swinging by the shop on Sunday June 10th to hang out and do a product knowledge session. We don’t know who all is coming down but we do know that they are a gnarly bunch of skaters! Those Canadians are keeping it mysterious on us! If we have any luck they will bring some maple syrup down too!

Come on by and ask them any questions you have about their product. While you are here we will have free food, shwag giveaways, the shop will be open (crazy right?! on a SUNDAY?!?!) and it will be an all around good time. Swing on by if you know whats good for you!!!! haha

Oregon Coast Skate Trip

Spencer rolled out with his homies again and got a bunch of skate photos out at some Oregon Coast Skate Parks! The coast here in Oregon is a lot different than California shores, it is cold, windy, but I still love it!

Austin Winchell – Barging Clatskanie Ramp

We headed up north from Portland and crossed over in Longview, Washington. Along the way we came across Clatskanie, Oregon which has a fun undercover skatepark. They have an 8 or 9 foot halfpipe and we had to hit it up. Austin shreds so he was boosting all sorts of good stuff in the pipe.

Joe Kiser and Austin Winchell – The Astoria Rogue Public House

We had to stop off in Astoria to skate the park and to grab some brews at the Rogue Brew house out on a pier. It was AMAZING. But then we got back to the skating!

Austin Winchell transferred from the big down to a back lip slide on this quarter

The skatepark in Astoria was sick. It had fun little stuff and big gnarly stuff. A super gnarly deep end in the bowl actually. Austin and Joe pretty much shut down the park. They were shredding way too hard and I feel like the locals got kind of discouraged. BUT we figured that out soon and so we started trying to interact with everyone more to get them skating as well. There was a group of punks off to the side yelling at people and threatening kids. I think it stoked everyone out that we weren’t being jerks and that we were sticking up for everyone else who was just learning. I hate when people just hang outside of skateparks and try to cause trouble, it is totally unnecessary. The only rough thing about this park is the concrete! Cheese grater concrete for days! After sliding around back into tranny a few times I was wishing I had some wheels that would have withstood the beating a bit better. Something like the Abec 11 Fernando Yuppie Powerslides, I couldn’t flatspot those things and usually I can do that with ease!

Austin Winchell – Back Lipslide at Seaside

From Astoria, Oregon we made our way down to Seaside, Oregon. I love that place and it has grown a lot since I was last there! The park is better than that weird indoor one they had before too. We got to Seaside kind of late and everyone was pretty burnt out but we managed to get a couple tricks in. Again, Austin decided to get gnarly and back lip side the deep end of the big bowl. I don’t know how he does it.

After the Seaside session we decided it was time to roll out and find a place to camp. We stopped by Safeway, grabbed some late night supplies, and barged a campsite. We got lucky cause normally that kind of stuff doesn’t fly at a full campsite without a reservation but in the morning the rangers didn’t care. Someone who had reservations never showed up so it wasn’t any skin off their backs! Plus I am pretty sure the ranger who spoke with us was Tommy Chong.

Austin Winchell – Back Tail Block at Nehalem

The next day was super rough for me. I was a little under the weather due to certain beverages I felt I needed to consume the night before. Plus I went to bed at like 2am and woke up at about 8:30am. We woke up and headed to Nehalem, Oregon to hit up this weird little park. It is an undercover ramp that goes from about 5 feet to 9 feet. I passed out on the deck for a bit in my Poler Nap Sack cause i needed to recoup. Afterwards I pulled out the camera and got some pics of Austin getting crazy. Joe was killing it too but he wanted to get video so he was filming a lot the whole time.

Austin Winchell – Back Smith around the pocket

Austin Pretty much nails all his tricks within a few tries. He got a sick backside nose grab here too but I took the photo kind of weird. What the heck, I will upload it too!

Austin Winchell – BS nosegrab

Not my best lens choice but the trick was SICK!

A view of Manzanita, Oregon

Driving back up to Cannon Beach from Nehalem only takes a couple minutes but you climb in elevation very fast! I ended up snagging this shot of Manzanita, Oregon on the way up!

Haystack Rock – Cannon Beach

Joe Kiser – FS slash on a tight wall in Cannon Beach

I don’t know how easy it is to tell how tight the tranny on here is but this wall is about 6 feet tall and the only transition in wall is about 2 feet at the bottom. It went straight up into over-vert. Joe is good at jenky situations like this and so it only took him a few tries to start rolling away from every fs slash. However, before he rode away from them his board decided to attack me. I was on my knees getting a low angle and his board shot out straight into my kneecap. Luckily it hit the meat rather than the bone but my God it got nice and swollen. As I sit here writing this with my leg bent it still hurts and I have a sweet bruise from it. Kinda sucks.

From there we were all pretty beat so we just rolled back home. It was SOOOOO nice to post up in my own bed for the evening. But the next day I went out to skate the hood river, oregon park so I really didn’t give my body any proper rest. Oh well, I guess thats what being a skater is all about right? Right!

Seattle Shralp Session!

Austin Winchell with a fatty front smith in a 12 footer

Last weekend I rolled up to Seattle with a crew of homies for some good ol’ fashioned park thrashing. I woke up bright and early around 6am to get ready for the 3 hour drive up. I picked up my homie Joe Kiser first, then we rolled to Battle Ground, Washington to pick up our Buddy Austin Winchell. I have seen Austin grow into a gnarly skater over the past few years. He grew up at the Battle Ground, Washington park so it wasn’t very hard for him to get gnarly fast. That park is perfect and it is filled with burly shredders!

Joe Kiser Burly FS Boneless!

After we got Austin we headed up to Longview, Washington to pick up our buddies Chris Grasser and John Wicklander. Both of them are insanely good. The entire crew that I rolled up with blew my mind the entire trip. Nothing was too big for them to skate, and we skated some HUGE tranny. Right when we rolled up to the first park of the day, Delridge Skatepark, the crew dropped into a 12 foot bowl and started boosting backside airs and smith grinds left and right.

Here is a short video that we filmed on a quarter at Delridge park.

John Wicklander - Insane FS flip

Austin Winchell FS 5-0 around pocket in a 12 or 13 footer with lots of oververt

Then we rolled out to Beacon Rock skatepark which is also brand new. Sure enough everyone started shredding ridiculously. It was pretty blown out there, TONS of little kids trying to slide into the bowls. I said a few things around a few parents to try to have them wake up and realize that kids playing in a gnarly skatepark isn’t the safest thing they should do. After that it got a little bit better. There was a smaller little kicker thing with a rail on it and John and Chris decided that they were going to go at it as fast as they could and boost off of it huge. Pretty much everything went down first try so it was hard to get pictures of everything, but I snagged a few lurker shots. This was the second park we went to and unfortunately I cracked my deck. Luckily I had a little cruiser board to mess around on. It was pretty hard to skate a park with it though, I didn’t have much luck unless it was on tranny.

John Wicklander – Melon grab

Chris Grasser with a hefty air

John Wicklander – Boosting 180′s over rails!

Next stop was Marginal Way, an epic DIY park under a bridge in Seattle. It is like the chill, nicely built Seattle version of Burnside. The vibe was rad there. There was only one other guy there until the end of our session when some gangster dudes showed up and started destroying it too. We hung out with them for a bit, drank some adult beverages, and were on our way to the next park. BUT before that we had to sesh a little jersey barrier outside of the park.

Joe Kiser – Posted up at Marginal Way, Bargy!

Austin Winchell Barging Margy!

Two nice young ladies came to hang out with us. They wanted to take photos of everything going on. I think this stoked our crew out and made them wanted to shred harder. Truthfully, I think they just liked their biking pants… you guys probably do too!

Austin Winchell smith Marginal Way for Days!

The Shred Crew

Artsy Shot of Joe Kiser ripping some tranny.

Austin Winchell – FS Noseblunt (it is a huge bank on the other side).

Joe Kiser – Blunt to Fakie

John Wicklander – Blunt to fingerflip to fakie.

Chris Grasser – Switch Blunt

Joe Kiser – FS Hurricane

We then headed to Seattle center skate park… but it was super blown. SOOOO many kids doing the weirdest tricks. That place has absolutely no flow. It is built really nice but its too small for how many people were there. We were over it pretty quick. We also somehow ended up in a wedding photoshoot in the middle of the park. I did a hard flip on the side of a couple while my friend did a kick flip or something on the other side.

New Team Ambassador – Marcus Dalton

Marcus Dalton - Switch Heelslide Check

We here at Daddies Board Shop have acquired a new shredder. He is a young fellow from  here in the Pacific Northwest, Marcus Dalton! He has a super unique style, especially to this area, very flowy and relaxed… we like that!

Marcus Dalton - Toeside around a corner at switchbacks.

Marcus was rocking a fun a little setup. He is on a sector 9 downhill division “Lacey.” He was riding a short wheelbase on it and I saw him doing manuals and mini ollie’s all day on it. He has 50 degree caliber baseplates with randal hangers and 78a center set sector 9 race formula wheels. 

Marcus was toeside checking mad driveways!

Hands down the best part about skating with Marcus was that he was totally down to adventure and go hit up crazy random spots. I love that. I grew up street skating so I was always on a quest with my friends to find new spots. Most of the time when I shoot longboarding we hit up a hill and pretty much stay there the entire time. Marcus was all about exploring and finding new spots, regardless of how good the pavement was. I want to see more of this in longboarding for sure. There are too many photo shoots and video shoots in super fancy rich neighborhoods. I feel like places like that are good for practicing and learning. It is kind of like how skateparks work, good for learning tricks and dialing them in… but you wouldn’t really film a video part there. Street just looks way more interesting and creative! It works the same with longboarding, the weird alleyways and jenky spots look way sicker!

Marcus Dalton - heelside through the cars!

Fatty crack before the driveway aint no thang!

This spot was pretty funny. We had finished up skating a different spot and we went searching for something new. There was a huge group of people walking down here in a tour or something so we thought we would give it a look-see. After shredding for about 5 minutes we got stopped by a lady who 1.) wanted to know what we were doing and 2.) asked us not to publicize the spot. I just told her we wouldn’t mention any street names… but truthfully… what skaters look at street names when they are out skating? I would have no idea how to get back here!

Marcus Crossing! I told you we went adventuring...

So there you have it folks, Marcus is a new dude that you will be seeing more and more of. We are super stoked that he is part of the team and we can’t wait to work with him more and more!

For a ton more photos click here! 

Kurtis Thompson : Rippin it up!

So I met this little homie a while back up at a Rayne Slide Jam in Vancouver BC. I was chatting with his dad for a bit while I was shooting some pictures. In fact… I think I still have some pics of him! He was definitely killing it back then and killing it even harder now!

Kurtis Thompson hiking back up North Boundary in Vancouver, BC

Kurtis Thompson - Super Steezy Coleman

Kurtis Thompson - Another view of the STEEZ!

Kurtis Thompson - Showing North Boundary whats up.

Kurtis Thompson also showing this dude what is up. Go fast or go home!!! or down...

 

Curly Headed Quote of the Day: “So In a way… you could call me a horse trainer.”

By the way, the curly headed guy is shop employee, Brian Newcomb… just picture the movie step-brothers… he is a “curly headed ______. “

Hitting the streets

Chris Hernandez - Ollie

We have found our way into the streets again. Its basically impossible for us to stay out of them though. But isn’t that the story with all skaters? No matter what else is going on in our lives, those things always seem to end up in second place after our love for wood pushing. Today we went and skated outside the Nike SB secret warehouse skatepark. I like to go down there and skate because it is skate spot central and also because on rare occasion they let you come in and skate the park (it is perfection).

Michael - Ollie

Even in the longboarding community freestyle shapes and the want to get airborne is becoming more and more prevalent. I can’t wait for the Landyachtz Boomstick to come out so I can’t do some crazy stuff on it :P But until then there is always the Landyachtz Trooper and the Comet Ethos 38! I’m just trying to decide what trucks are going to work best on those setups. I know RKP trucks, like a 180mm will fit it well but I kinda want to run Indy 169′s on them with some decently off-set or side-set wheels. Who knows… Gotta try it out first I suppose!

Chris Hernandez - Kickflip

Here is my buddy Chris again, with a man-sized kick flip. Pretty Burly.

Chris Hernandez - Heelflip

Another Day of Skating!

Check it out everyone. We have once again found ourselves up on some street skateboards and went and slayed some local spots.

Joe Kiser Starting off the Day with a stall to pull in on this bank.

Joe Kiser with a mean FS Boneless under a bridge!

Spencer took a break from behind the camera to get this backside flip

Joe Kiser with a man-sized melon out of a jenky piece of the sidewalk

Joe Kiser - FS Noseblunt

Joe Kiser - FS 5-0

Joe Kiser - FS hurricane

Joe Kiser - FS tailslide (Joe has over 20 something tricks on this)