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Jordan Lopez

The National Skateboard Co Buy



Most of our early meetings took place in the same bar and the four of us sitting around a table thrashing things out helped create some ideas that were exciting to us all; it felt like we collectively had something to offer in starting a company, and that we could build a brand that skateboarders and stores could really get behind.




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With that in mind, the name The National Skateboard Co. was a nod to the pre-Thatcher years, before necessary services became privatised. We wanted to be a skateboard company that was created by skateboarders, existed for skateboarders and was identifiable for skateboarders first and foremost.


The team is rad for the sheer mix you have, both different nationalities, ages and styles. Any team that ranges from Mackey to Michal Juras via Tom Tanner and Cam Barr is a pretty eclectic mix?


For the split graphics: Tommy May's pro skateboard deck features a seagull in flight on one half, and a mix of bright red and yellow hues on the other; while Michał Juraś' deck features a split between frosty pines and a rippling ocean. Love the contrast in both of these graphics, but Michał's graphic in particular perfectly captures these frosty winter months.


The collection also includes the new pro skateboard deck for National's newest pro, Tommy May, with a special one-off graphic dedicated to him featuring a reimagining of the Frank Skateboards logo - the company Tommy used to skate for - done by legendary artist, Rob Mathieson. The design sees Frank's iconic logo being given the Tommy May treatment, complete with signature bucket hat and ginger hair, and is available as a skateboard deck or 6-panel cap.


The foursome, known as the ``Max Racing Team,'' is here to demonstrate the future of what they call ``dry-land luge,'' a cross between the Olympic ice sport and skateboarding. After 15 years of languishing in the underground, the sport is trying to go legit.


``We're tired of cheesy, unregulated events that take all sizes and shapes [of boards and sleds] and where people get hurt all the time,'' says Kinnee. His alternative: a worldwide professional racing circuit like NASCAR, Formula One, or American Motorcycle Association. Three years ago, he and best friend Bob Pereyra formed the Land Luge International Racing Association (LLIRA), a nonprofit organizing and sanctioning body that claims 300 members worldwide.


``The potential is unlimited if they can get the money behind them,'' says Paul Dunn, editor of Power Edge Magazine, a skateboarding publication. ``Before, the sport has been just a bunch of loud-mouthed people trying to get notoriety. [Max Racing] is going about it the right way.''


A group known as the Underground Racing Association (URA - since 1980 the United Racers Association) has continued staging about eight races annually for various size sleds, bicycles, and stand-up skateboards. About half of the races are without liability insurance or blocked-off roads. Severe injuries have been numerous and commonplace. Various sponsors - Moet Champagne, Tracker Trucks - stage events worldwide, bankrolling about 40 top names such as Roger Hickey and Don Baumea.


Excluding the danger of passing cars, luging is safer than skateboarding on ramps, he adds. Lightweight, no more than 125 lbs., the sled can be stopped easily in half the distance it takes automobiles. Regular tire treads glued to the bottom of the operator's tennis shoes provide the friction.


``It is very unsafe for someone to be shooting down a hill in prone position without control or brakes,'' says Sgt. Terry Enright of the California Highway Patrol's Malibu station. He has ticketed Kinnee because of a Los Angeles County statute prohibiting skateboarding in any form on a county road with more than a three percent grade or in excess of 10 m.p.h. Other southern California counties are less restrictive.


Bikes, in-line skating, skateboarding, and scooters are very popular among children between ages 5 and 14. These activities are a great form of exercise. But without protective gear, they can be dangerous. According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, bike injuries accounted for more than half of the visits to the emergency room for those younger than age 19.


Wearing a helmet whenever riding a bike, in-line skates, skateboard, or scooter should be an automatic habit. Helmets should fit correctly on your child's head and also be fastened correctly. A correctly fitting and fastened helmet does not move around on the head.


Teaching your children bike, in-line skating, skateboarding, and scooter safety could save lives. It is important for parents to model good behavior by always wearing a helmet yourself when taking part in these activities.


Skateboards are very popular among children ages 5 to 14. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that children younger than 5 should not skateboard at all. They also state that children ages 6 to 10 should skateboard only with adult supervision. Skateboards should never be used on surface streets. Even experienced skateboarders can fall, so learning how to fall safely can help reduce the risk of severe injuries. Here is some advice on how to fall correctly:


Some helmets are multisport. This means that they can be used for inline skating, skateboarding, biking, or other wheel sports. Helmets that specifically are called "bike helmets" are designed only for that sport. Helmets come in many sizes and varieties, including many infant sizes.


Note: Try not to let your child ride their bike, inline skates, or skateboard when it's dark or during bad weather. If your child does ride at night, make sure their bike has a headlight, flashing taillight, and reflective tape or reflectors. Also make sure your child wears reflective clothing or has reflective tape on their clothes.


Skateboards should never be used on surface streets. Even experienced skateboarders can fall. So learning how to fall safely can help reduce the risk of severe injuries. Follow this advice on how to fall correctly:


Monday morning we hopped on the Metro and started our day at the U.S. Department of State. Here, we met with alumni specifically within the Bureau of International Information Programs. We proceeded with a tour of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms. Our next stop was World Bank where we also had lunch. We had a discussion panel with alumni working in different sectors. We got to know them through their stories about how they ended up where they are today. Just another Metro stop away was Winning Strategies Washington, a leading government relations firm. We again met with Alumni and learned about lobbying. That night, we had the chance to hear Vincent Cohen Jr., the former Acting U.S. Attorney for D.C., speak at dinner and learn his story all the way from when he was just a child, to his career at Syracuse, and thereon.


Pink skateboards decked out with black skulls and crossed swords are flying off the online store shelves of Cool Girl Skateboards of Huntington Beach. But when it comes to the male-dominated world of bricks-and-mortar skate shops, the boards are often hitting a wall.


A 2004 write-up in a German skateboard magazine about his original website, which is devoted to the international music and party scene as reported by young women around the world, sparked a flood of inquiries from readers who assumed that the site, at www.coolgrrrls.com, was selling skateboards. 041b061a72


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