Urban skimboarding: Voodoo Skim Park Update #5

Hi skimmers of the world! Marc Costa again with some more action from La Coruña. Days are coming to an end, and things will get better and more exciting the last days. Today I’ll be covering the last two weeks mainly because not many things happened. In advance, a guy from the USA came to stay here some days, most of you will probably know him… let’s move on!

Day 24 – 01/08/2016

I talked with the girl who lives with me the night before, and she told me she would guide me to the other side of La Coruña, which I hadn’t visited before. She accomplished that, and we were out at 11 AM. We visited some awesome places in the middle of the city, continued to the beach, showed me a surf shop where a friend of her works at, followed the street next to the sea, adventured to a prohibited road, and finished in Torre de Hércules, the oldest lighthouse in all the country.

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After 3 hours of exploring new places we went back home by bus, with almost no time left for me to eat something before going to work. I arrived to the skimpark really tired, and what’s more, we stablished a new record of new skimmers on Monday: 37 people were encouraged enough to try this sport, so Rodrigo and I ended absolutely destroyed but proud of ourselves. This proved we were doing things right, kids have been very grateful so far!

Day 25 to Day 28 – 02/08/2016 to 05/08/2016

Four days were gone before we even realized. On Wednesday the skimpool was so dirty that I didn’t even skim, the water was somehow green instead of the clear water we used to have. Fortunately on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning it’s cleaning time, so after a hard Thursday morning for myself under the rain cleaning with the big brush up and down the skimpool, the water was perfect again. When temperatures rise, the water use to get more dirt than usually, and that week was really hot all days.

On Friday, 20 minutes before we ended our working journey, we closed the skimpark and with two good shredders of La Coruña and I did a little demonstration hitting the kickers and the box we have. We aren’t pro-skimmers, but we did a good show and people were amazed about our speed on the skimboard. I think we’ll repeat this, because it encouraged kids and their fathers to come to the skimpark in order to improve their skills to hit those big kickers someday.

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Day 29 – 06/08/2016

Oh, Saturday! As you know, Saturdays are workshop’s day, and this time was no exception like it was the week before, where we did a little skim event. People from the world of yoga came in the afternoon to let introduce newcomers to this kind of relaxing and health caring activity. They asked us if we could close the skimpark because kids always speak loudly and people in the skimpool were letting wet their luggage, so we did so for an hour, the time they needed to realize the workshop. As my working partner Rodrigo and I had nothing to do, we asked them if we could participate in the class, and we were accepted. I must tell you I underrated yoga, “it’s for old people” I used to say, but after trying it I won’t say it again. Yoga let you in an exceptional state of mind and relaxation while you exercise all your muscles, correcting your bad postures, feeling all your muscles acting. Now I can understand why some true athletes practice it, it’s a really interesting activity for young and old people if you want to feel fresh and young all your life maintaining your muscles strong and heathy. I’m very sure I’ll give a chance to yoga someday and practice it regularly, the workshop was inspirational!

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Day 30 – 07/08/2016

I decided that I wouldn’t be spending any more free time laying on my bed and resting my body, days are going by and I still want to do new things and have new experiences. In the morning I got my longboard and travelled for 3 hours. You can imagine how many kilometers I did, as I went through all the city following the sea road. After eating something I arranged all the photos I had on my phone and my camera, and around 5 PM my friend Rodrigo called me to have an afternoon skate session at his local skatepark. He’s a pro skater and most of his friends are too, but even with that I did it to the skatepark to have a chill afternoon shredding a little bit while also learning some new tips and tricks. I loved the environment his friends had, and the skatepark was in an awesome place, I’m going to come again there, for sure.

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Day 31 to Day 35 – 08/08/2016 to 12/08/2016

Since Monday 8th I was focused on the next week. I was expecting the week to be very boring, and that’s what happened. From Monday to Friday nothing really happened, I had been organizing the American’s guy arrival and planning the skim contest we’ll be doing August 20th, where the DB Skimboards riders Adrien Raza and Friedrich Flüh are going to come.

On Monday the water of the skimpool was dirty again, so I had to spend almost 2 hours cleaning it. On Wednesday morning I went to Riazor, the Deportivo de La Coruña’s football stadium. As a huge football I am it was a must for me to go and see it, while also buying the club’s scarf for my scarfs collection in the official shop.

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On Thursday we were told that people would have free entry in the skimpark since then because entries were spent in the information points (people were given an entry for every 20 € spent in the shopping center), probably because they expected less people to come and give a chance to skimboarding. It meant that we would have more people than ever before and some fathers will let their sons for just “playing in the water”, which can be extremely disappointing and can transform the “skimpool” in to a “pool”. My friend Rodrigo and I will do our best to not reach this level.

Day 36 – 13/08/2016

Yeah, you know what we do on Saturdays. We usually do interesting workshops (except for the little skim contest we did for kids two or three weeks ago and the one we’ll celebrate August 20th), but this time the shopping center decided to do an obstacle race (all workshops realized before were organized exclusively by VooDoo Skimboard), closing the skimpark. The race was supposed to be organized by La Coruña’s firefighters with the help of Ballyhoo animation crew, and the obstacles were promising, but it didn’t go as expected. In fact, it was the worst disaster ever done in the skimpark. There was just one firefighter who did nothing, the obstacles weren’t the ones they told us, and the animation crew was a shame. To get things worse, all the people who organized that were unfriendly and unpleasant. All together made the attendance be lower than the people who come in average in the skimpark in a single afternoon (around 30). We, the three monitors, felt like we were wasting our time doing stupid shit. At the end of the day we leave the shopping center at 10 PM because we had to help them and we had to reestablish the skimpark like it was before. I didn’t even take a photo of the obstacle race because it was a shame and I don’t want you to lose any more time with this.

Day 37 – 14/08/2016

I woke up at 10 AM, had a shower and went to buy some food for the guy who would came in the afternoon. I started to write this article and select the photos you’ll see here, and that took the whole morning. After having lunch I went to the skimpark to get it ready for our American visit later in the afternoon, as the skimpark was absolutely converted the day before with the obstacle race. After letting all like it was before, I went to the bus station to guide the newcomer in La Coruña from there to his new home. He was supposed to arrive at 6:45 PM, but his bus was coming from Porto and it delayed a little bit. After waiting some extra time, at 7:15… Adam Balaam arrived to the city!! I didn’t really recognize him at first sight, so I came next to that guy, asked for him and he answered that yeah, he was the American I was waiting for.

We went to my flat, let his things there and went for a walk to the center of La Coruña. I showed him the three most iconic places out there and we went having dinner afterwards, we were really hungry. After having a good sandwich we went back home in order to see first Barça’s official match of the season, and fortunately it won 0-2 against Sevilla.

We were done for the day, expect some awesome videos and photos in the next article, this guy truly shreds!!!

Skim & Fun

Marc Costa Lucero

Learn more about the VooDoo SkimPark here: www.voodooskim.com

Urban skimboarding: Voodoo Skim Park Update #4

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What’s up! Another week working in paradise has gone through. The skimpark is running smoothly, Rodrigo and I make a great team and things are getting better day after day. This week has been somehow special, mainly because Monday was festive and on Saturday we did a little skim competition focused for kids, warming up for the big event that’s going to be August 20th, where Adrien Raza and Friedrich Flüh are supposed to attend. With nothing more to say, let’s go to the day-by-day article!

Day 17 – 25/07/2016

On Monday I woke up at 11 PM, exhausted of the previous week. I didn’t do anything in the morning except lying on the bed. After having launch, I took my longboard and went to La Coruña for a relaxed afternoon. I followed the road I know the most, went to the center and visited for second time the beautiful promenade.

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Besides of boats, there are always fishermen trying to get some fresh fish. A curious quote I want to mention is that during my excursion I ended up in a park where absolutely everybody was playing Pokémon GO. I took some photos of that phenomena, I don’t have anything against this game but it surprised me a lot when I saw people talking about Pokémon and just looking at their phones.

Day 18 to Day 21 – 26/07/2016 to 29/07/2016

It was time to start another week again, but this time, instead of working from Monday to Sunday we only had to work from Tuesday to Saturday (thanks God). From Tuesday to Friday there was the most affluence of kids since the skimpark opened on July 9th. Almost 30 people wanted to learn more about this sport every day, and taking into account that the maximum time they can spend in the skimpool are 30 minutes, that we do teach groups of 5 kids each time and that we open 4 hours per day, it meant that we didn’t even have time to go to the bathroom those days. On the other hand, it meant that we were doing things right as some people were repeating the experience and they were improving their skim skills. Also, on Saturday it was the skim competition, and some kids came just for training, they were so motivated to do well!

Day 22 – 30/07/2016

Competition day! It was Saturday, so it meant we were open in the morning too but, against the odds, anybody showed up as it was cloudy and somehow cold. We had time to close out everything competition related: prizes, tournament structure, schedule… and we had some time to rest and prepare for the intense afternoon. After having launch, we opened like every afternoon and the affluence of kids became the same as the previous days. At 6:00 PM we closed the skimpark and just let the competitors warm up: 10 kids showed up, and they would’ve been 11 if a boy hadn’t injured himself 10 minutes before the start of the competition. Some mothers and fathers told us that their kids hadn’t slept well the night before because of nerves! At 6:30 PM I indicated the schedule of the event to the kids and their parents, which consisted in 3 tests:

– Go as far as you can: this consisted in just dropping the skimboard, jump on it and skim as long as you can. It was the most irrelevant out of the three tests, but it was a cool one to force them to slide the most they could. They had 4 chances, only the two best counted.

– Skim behind the stick: we put a stick across the skimpool at a certain height so the skimmers must skim behind it flexing their knees and trying to not touch the stick. We did 3 levels with 2 chances per level.

When the last test ended it was time to let the competitors dry because it was getting really cold, but most of them wanted to skim some more while Rodrigo and I were deciding the classification, kids are unstoppable!

After 10 minutes we ended up with the final classification, with the surprise that two girls did all the way through the podium! Skim isn’t exclusive for boys, girls do shred as well!

We gave the prizes to the winners and some candies to everybody who showed up, so everybody had something to bring back home. It was an awesome experience to organize my first little skim event with my mate Rodrigo’s help, we could see smiles on everybody’s face! Finally, shout out to Martín, the guy who works next to us in the football field, who took all the photos you are seeing of the competition!

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– Freestyle: for the final test, it was time to let them feel how an official competition runs like. We didn’t put a kicker or anything because some of them hadn’t tried before, so we let the kids 4 chances to demonstrate what they could do in flatland skim. Some of them landed shuv-its and did cool slides rotating their bodies!

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After a successful day, I was supposed to go out and party with my flat-mate and a friend of her, but I had no energy left, so I just went to take something with them and stay a little bit in some discotheque, but at 5 AM I was on my bed ready for a good sleep. La Coruña’s nightlife isn’t disappointing, there’s less people than in Barcelona, but you can have a great time as well!

Day 23 – 31/07/2016

After hanging out the previous night I wasn’t as tired as I’d thought, so with my flat-mate (this time, with the boy) we went walking to the city and he showed me some new places which I hadn’t seen before. In the afternoon I grabbed my camera and my longboard and went alone to the city again for an improvised trip. I got lost at purpose, I love to explore new places alone with my longboard, so for coming back I had to open my GPS to make it home. I took some nice photos of La Coruña’s lifestyle, wish you like them!

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Skim & Fun

Marc Costa Lucero

Learn more about the VooDoo SkimPark here: www.voodooskim.com

Urban skimboarding: Voodoo Skim Park Update #2

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Hey again! We’re here with the second weekly article, where I share how a summer working in a skimpark looks like. Today I’ll be explaining how we do clean the skimpool, how our first workshop went and what’s the latest creation of VooDoo Skimboard, let’s go!


Day 6 to Day 7 – 14/07/2016 to 15/07/2016

The weather in La Coruña is characterized by being very cloudy and rainy, but that wasn’t the weather I was facing. Specially those two days, it was really sunny and we were around 35 ºC, something really strange in the city. As a result, almost nobody showed up in the skimpark, people were at the beach or shopping inside the shopping center, there wasn’t a soul outside. Only around 10 kids came to try and skim, so my friend Rodrigo and I had a lot of time to skim and record some nice videos.

On Thursday, it was time to work in the morning too (we work all afternoons from Monday to Saturday and Saturday mornings) because we must clean the skimpool once a week. The skimpool is relatively easy to clean, but it takes its time. We proceed as it follows:

– First of all, after we close the skimpark in the evening, it’s time to let the water flow out of the skimpool. Meanwhile, we clean a little bit the skimpool with a big brush.
– After there’s just 2-3 cm of water height remaining, we close the two drains of the skimpool and we proceed to add active oxygen in the remaining water so the water left gets completely cleaned and the possible germs of the skimpool get eliminated.
– We leave the active oxygen working all night long until the next morning.
– In the morning it’s very important to completely dry the skimpool so all the dirt and remaining active oxygen go out. In order to do so, we put a bench or something of the width of the skimpool under it, so we can accumulate all the water in one side.
– After that, it’s time to close both drains, connect the hose and let the new fresh water flow inside the skimpool.
– The skimpool should be completely cleaned once a week. What we do every day is, half an hour before the skimpark opening, we open one drain and connect the hose, so we can create a water flow and refresh a little bit the water in the skimpool, so it remains cleaner the whole week.

Here you have all the tips and tricks we use to properly maintain a skimpool, wish you can learn something from them!

Day 8 – 16/07/2016

It was Saturday, so it meant we must work in the morning and afternoon. The weather was the same as the previous days, so again, not many people showed up. But it was time to set up the first weekly workshop: two pro-skaters who work in a local skate school came to teach the first steps in the world of skating for those who wanted to learn the first steps in the world of the four wheels. The workshop was organized just two days before, so not many people were aware of the skating event, even though 7 newcomers tried and learnt their first steps.

Day 9 – 17/07/2016

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Sunday is the weekly lay day. I spent all morning laying on the bed, transferring photos and videos from the GoPro to the computer and watching TV. After having lunch, the guy who lives with me and I went for a walk in the center of La Coruña, where he showed me the most iconic places out there. I will go again there with my longboard in order to explore some more places, but for now I fell in love with the road next to the sea, it was really enjoyable!

And here we go with the invention. It’s a winch with remote control with enough power to let you go through a kicker and a box, it’s really amazing the speed you can go with this new device that Horacio Mayol, the VooDoo Skimboard owner, and an electrical engineer, have realized!

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Day 10 to Day 11 – 18/07/2016 to 19/07/2016

Another week in the north-west of Spain started. The weather was following the trend of the previous days, but the heat was going down so more people showed up. Nothing really special happened those two days, so I’m going to show you a photo of our amazing working T-shirts and the latest invention VooDoo Skimboard has launched.

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I hope you enjoyed the article as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!

Skim & Fun

Marc Costa Lucero

Learn more about the VooDoo SkimPark here: www.voodooskim.com

Urban skimboarding: Voodoo Skim Park Update #3

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Marc here again with the third weekly article of this summer series working in a skimpark all summer long in La Coruña. It’s time to share how we teach young skimmers their first steps in the sport, the workshop we did on Saturday and our recent experiences! After this article, the weekly episodes will feature weeks from Monday to Sunday so it’s easier for all of you to follow the development of events, let’s do this!

Day 12 to Day 14 – 20/07/2016 to 22/07/2016

Another week had started, and another week plenty of hard work was coming. Nothing really special happened from Tuesday to Thursday, so I’m going to explain how we introduce newcomers to the skimboarding world:

– First of all, we put helmets on every kid or adult. It’s important to take care of every person, safety is always a priority!
– After that, we put a skim on the grass and teach people how to jump on it. They must do 3 things: run straight behind the skimboard, jump and put the 2 foots separately at the same time on the skimboard in the middle of it, and finally, flex their knees when they do the first contact with the skimboard.
– When they finally learn how to properly run, jump and position on the skimboard, they are good and ready to go the skimpool.
– Most of the people don’t know how to throw the skimboard, so we throw it for them. When they are used to jump on it, we teach people of 8 years (average) and above how to throw and drop the skimboard. The problem with young kids is that they don’t have enough strength to carry the skimboard, so we continue throwing it for them.
– When the new riders learn how to properly slide, we teach them the first “tricks”. The first one consists on flexing their knees more than usual and touch the water with one hand. The next one is moving the skimboard with their foots (not shuv-it) flexing their knees again.
– If the skimmer dominates the skimboard and goes fast enough, we let him or her try the little kicker (30 cm height). Not many people reach this level, so it’s reserved to truly skilled new skimmers.

Day 15 – 23/07/2016

Saturday again! This week was time to let true professionals of taekwondo teach new people to this martial art and do some demonstrations. It’s really amazing the flexibility you can reach while practicing this sport and the huge jumps you can learn to do. Here I let you some photo bombs of the workshop, I was really amazed by their performances!

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Day 16 – 24/07/2016

Usually Sunday is lay day, but this time Monday was a special celebration in La Coruña so we wouldn’t be working on Monday. What’s more, we had to work Sunday morning and afternoon, and yes, it meant we had to work all week for 7 straight days. Obviously, Sunday was absolutely exhausting, Rodrigo and I were so tired that we were missing some energy, and to get things worse we didn’t stop all day long teaching kids and more kids. We almost had no time to do a little break or something, but hey, we love this and we didn’t lose the smile on our faces and continued working as professionals. I share some images of the week to end the shortest weekly article, there’s a lot more to come!

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Wish you enjoyed the article, keep skimming!

Skim & Fun

Marc Costa Lucero

Learn more about the VooDoo SkimPark here: www.voodooskim.com

DAKINE Polish Skimboarding Open 2015 Official Video

The DAKINE Polish Skimboarding Open 2015 official video is here! This is a true international skimboarding contest taking place in Gdańsk, Poland. This year was a tight contest with Adrien Raza and Logan Davidson going trick for trick with Adrien narrowly edging out Logan for the win.

SPONSORS:
Dakine / Diverse Extreme Team / Red Bull / Oakley / Jumpcity / Anywaves / KOMONO / FNCY Fair / Pakalolo / Konar Pro / GoPro / Quicker / honor / DB / Fish Sktb. / KB SkateLab/ Seventyone / SkimShop.pl

MEDIA:
Skimboarding.pl / Drop the Board / freestyle.pl / MTV / Flatland Mag. / ESKA / trojmiasto.pl / sieplywa.pl / Skimboarding

PARTNERS: European Skimboarding Cup / City of Gdańsk / MOSiR Gdańsk

ORGANIZATION: Polish Skimboarding Association / Polskie Stowarzyszenie Skimboardingu

Date: 31.07 – 01.08.2015

Location: Gdańsk / POLAND

Video & Edit: Paweł Jurczak

PSOpen.com / facebook.com/PSOpen

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DB Skimboards: Full-length Skimboard RUN released on YouTube

DB Skimboards just released what could be the greatest flatland skimboard movie of all time RUN on Youtube. This video features all of the epic skimboarding you have come to expect from Isaac Thomas, Richard Docter, Bryce Hermansen and the DB OG crew.

Watch and enjoy all 28 + minutes of skimboarding action and make sure to build a custom skimboard on their rad builder over at their DB SKimboards .

Here’s some more words we snaked from the DB Skimboards website.

“We just re-released our full length skimboarding movie on Youtube for the first time! You can now enjoy all 28 + minutes of rad skimboarding action!

“RUN” sets the bar for the progression of flatland skimboarding. Featuring some of the best riders in the industry the DB team holds nothing back. From the most technical rail combos to never before landed flip tricks. Filmed in stunning HD “RUN” truly breaks the mold for both riding and cinematography.”

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2015 European Skimboard Cup Update

The 2015 European Skimboarding Cup is in full effect. Here’s some photos from Adam Chrabąszcz at Seventyone Skimboards from a few of the stops and full results below.

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Here are the results for the tour thus far.

ESC Germany results:
1) Adrien Raza, NL, DB
2) Semjon Szillat, DE, DB
3) Mariusz Wójt, PL, Seventyone
4) Marek Wołkanowski, PL, Konar Pro 5) Leo van Gemmern, DE
6) Max van Leeuwen, NL, DB
7) Marcin Kąkol, PL, FNCY Fair
8) Mees Oostdijk, NL, Seventyone 9) Tomek Adamski, PL, Seventyone 10) Nick Dewenter, DE

ESC Netherlands results:
1. Adrien Raza (NL, DB)
2. Semjon Szillat (DE, DB)
3. Mariusz Wojt (PL, Seventoyne)
4. Marcin Kakol (PL, FNCY Fair)
5. Michal Puchalski (PL, DB)
6. Max Grzechowiak (PL)
7. Kor Vd Vegt (NL)
8. Michal Amba (PL)
9. Mees Oostdijk (NL, Seventyone) 10. Kuba Groth (PL, Seventyone)

ESC Spain Results:
1.Adrien Raza (NL, DB)
2.Kuba Pawłowski (PL, Seventyone)
3.Mariusz Wójt (PL, Seventyone)
4.Marek Wołkanowski (PL, Konar Pro)
5.Max van Leeuwen (NL, DB)
6.Tomek Adamski (PL, Seventyone)
7.Piotr Lisowski (PL, Seventyone)
8.Kuba Groth (PL, Seventyone)
9.Tomek Wojciechowski (PL, FNCY Fair)
10.Chloé Roquere (FR, Coblas)

ESC – Latvia – Playground Festival
1.Mariusz Wojt
2.Marek Wołkanowski + Best Trick
3.Tomek Adamski
4.Ēriks Lapiņš
5.Tomek Wojciechowski
6.Kuba Groth
7.Voldemars Didrihsons
8.Helvijs Savickis
9.Roberts Čakšs

ESC – Sweden – Hallifornia Festival
1. Adrien Raza
2. Semjon Szillat
3. Malte rusch
4. Adam Leander Billberg
5. Kor van der Vegt
6. Mees Oostdijk
7. Malkom kalin
8. Gustav nilsson
9. Ruben källner boman
10. Jona olsson

The final event of this year’s ESC is the Polish Skimboarding Open taking place on July 31, 2015!

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Hallifornia Skim Battle Results are in!

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The results from the Hallifornia Festival Skim battle in Sweden are in! Congrats to DB Skimboards team rider Adrien Raza for taking first and all of the skimboarders for completing in the event!

Hallifornia Skim battle results:
1. Adrien Raza
2. Semjon Szillat
3. Malte rusch
4. Adam Leander Billberg
5. Kor van der Vegt
6. Mees Oostdijk
7. Malkom kalin
8. Gustav nilsson
9. Ruben källner boman
10. Jona olsson

Flatland Magazine: 2015 Skimboard Season Preview

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The 2015 Skimboard Season Preview of Flatland Magazine was just released. It is full of content from DB Skimboards, Kayotics Skimboards, SkullSkates Skimboards and SeventyOne skimboards.

This issue has photo tips, event schedules, board previews and a ton of photos.

Read the full issue by Clicking Here.