In the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, for the very first time SKATEBOARDING will be something that you can earn a gold medal in. For real.
Could you imagine getting a GOLD medal in the Olympics without having to run or swim or ski? Yes it’s all happening now with the new IOC approved five new sports added to the Olympic games.
What does this mean for the skateboarding community? Definitely there is going to be a huge divide between those skaters who believe in skating as a lifestyle and those skating to compete in the olympics. The judging alone makes you ask, how can this be judged and is it just who can spin the most or does style matter? Will it all be judged on difficulty or are they simply going to use the Street League Format that has been going for the X-games and what not.
Who’s on board?
A few quotes regarding the olympics from well known skateboarders including Tony Hawk.
So how does this Olympic Games adding skateboarding matter affect the world of electric skateboarding and rideables? Well personally I like to use electric ridebles in between skatepark sessions and also to cool off… or to cruise the beach boardwalk when it’s hot out.
So, recently I’ve started seeing other skaters doing more of the same. The crossover to electric rideables into street tricks, is inevitible. I sense the evolution of new, ‘powered rideable’ coming soon. Be it in the form of electric rideables like unicycles, hoverboards or skateboards…. it’s all about the lines you make and it doesn’t matter what you are riding when it comes down to it.
What’s the latest on the Olympics? LOS ANGELES 2028.
This means funding for skaters and more in the LA area for the next 10 years. Killer. I wish I had a delorean with a flux capacitor, so for now I’m upping the ante on pads and gear and protection. Expect a post on that one soon.
I enjoy seeing sessions with BMX bikes, skaters and other random gear when everyone is hitting the same obstacle but doing something related to their gear.
Lately I’m trying to push the hover boards to the max and pushing the boundaries on what they can do. So far I think we need a ‘trick version’ for ramps as they are designed to self balance you, but don’t stay balanced when turned off. Perhaps having a hoverboard you can ride when it is completely off may solve how to ride ramps on them. This is what happened when I tested out the SWAGTRON T6 all terrain hoverboard on a half pipe this past weekend while setting up SK8 Kamp’s castle.
This hoverboarding on obstacles is brand new and just evolving, stay tuned for more of this now that we have more obstacles and better experiencial working knowledge of how these things respond to different types of ‘skater driven’ use.
Skaters ride their boards harder than most sports and that’s why skateboarders are fun to watch try out new electric rideables, with the ‘no ones ever done that yet I wanna do it first’ attitude vs. ‘you can’t do that’ type of thinking. See my railslide yet?
How this will help the City of Los Angeles in 2028 and sooner
According to Wired the last time Los Angeles did something similar happened twice. Once as far back as 1932 and as recent as 1984’s Summer Games, where it became the “first modern olympiad to run a surplus ($225 million)” leaving behind transportation networks still in use today.
When the city also hosted the 1932 Summer Games $1 million profit was made, which was a lot of cash at the time. Now, because Los Angeles is already a thriving city with many many resources already available to host Olympic Game style events, the focus can be on improving the lack of a exceptional mass-transit system. As many people live in Los Angeles and have had to use cars to get everywhere, this adds to the going green environmental push in SoCal by creating new ways for people to get around that are not fossil-fuel based. As cars use less gas and more public transit systems emerge, this can be a great way to combat the tough Los Angeles smog problem.
Now the City of Los Angeles plans to turn profit again in 2028, with the Olympic Games being an opportunity to finally create a permanent and amazingly useful Los Angeles mass-transit system once the closing ceremonies for the 2028 Olympic Games ends.
This past weekend I was up in the northern California region for a fundraiser that revolves around another type of Sk8 kamp, which we will get back to later…
As I’ve somehow managed to make it to several of these ‘skate camps‘, I felt that we should write about it. We’ll also get to ‘Woodward West’ in a moment, but first, let’s look at this amazing place that I’ve never had the chance to go to yet, but hopefully with enough skating time put it, I will eventually get to skate there. Check out Element:
Element Skateboard Camp
For now I wanted to show you a very recent video from this past week at the amazing Element Skate Camp!
Our friends over at Skidmark Skatemag (A legitimate source for daily skateboarding from amazing skaters filmed by skaters, worth subscribing) just posted this video from this past week at Camp Element around July 18-21st, 2017.
- If you ever wanna go to skate camp, this is where things there are at currently.
- I would have LOVED this as a kid if it existed
- The next best thing is to share this and attend these places as an adult when we get the opportunities.
This video sums up what a week in the summer of 2017 is like:
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been to Woodward half a dozen times now and it’s absolutely an incredible vibe of progression and learning every time we are there.
Thanks to Jake and the local riders who keep woodward rolling all year ’round, I’ve had some amazing street and ramp times at this world class x-games style training facility.
For adults, there are weekend getaways, but you need to make the appointments and don’t EVER SHOW UP without speaking to them and confirming your trip first to avoid any disappointment as this place is STRICT and PRIVATE but for good reason. You will appreciate these rules after you obey them as it keeps out the wrong crowd and everyone is way cool there.
On my first trip to Woodward, I spent 3 days there and here’s my video from the last day. It was SO cool that they let me do this: Thanks to all the riders and skaters we’ve met there:
Then once I proved I can hang with the Woodward Crew, we returned, with toys!
Etnies of Lake Forest.
This is a much smaller, more local, ‘day type camp’ that you can find in the heart of Orange County at the killer Etnies skatepark. I’ve skater there a few times, the people are cool and I love the terrain. I’m sure this camp is killer for local kids and they are lucky to have it. More details on summer camps at Etnie’s skate park of Lake Forest.
Sk8 Kamp at Burning Man.
Seeing as some of us are too old for ‘skate camp’ now, there is an adult version. SK8 Kamp. Driven by Kickstarter, the brand looks like this: (there are no real logos at burning man just ones like this!)
I actually skated this wearing a cowboy hat and a fire suit. Next year there are some plans to have the ability to skate the propane with just jeans by lowering the fire levels to one that’s more skateable with less hazard. Every year it gets just bigger and better all around. Soon there will be a mobile skate ramp I hear…. still searchin’.
To see more of our skateboarding adventures check out this blog piece with the team over at Braille Skateboarding !
Costa Mesa, California has one of the most real skateparks in California. Not only is this nothing like the Etnies park in Lake forest, where there is a staff, strict rules and lots of parents and parking…. it just has great lines and a killer local scene.
I’ve been skating there since 2017 began and compared to DTLA spots (better lighting), Burbank: Less rules, free and better hours… or Venice: Daytime only and I work fulltime so weekends only which are killer busy…but when you skate Venice on a weekend, it feels like you are in a skate video. You literally are in hundreds of tourist videos so it is rather true!
So back to Costa Mesa:
See how much fun we have here?
Check out this video having some fun with the locals on all different rideables in the skateparks.
On these next videos, there’s several different things going on, basically we’re testing out the all terrain hoverboard or the T6 offroad hoverboards, which are the best hoverboards going, personally I feel as you can ride on the grass or the sidewalk and not have to worry about things like cracks, etc.
Notice how I took the SWAGTRON Voyager electric skateboard into the 3′ – 4′ bowl at Costa Mesa and then launched out of it. I was using the hand controller to really get speed through the corners… it’s really nice because you can get speed without throwing so much weight around… keeping you in more control.
Think of it this way… if you are coming out of a corner with a car, it’s great to accelerate. Skaters already do this by pumping the transitions and corners… using an electric skateboard however, the game changes. You can conserve your own pump energy by hitting the gas where needed instead and preparing for your next manouver rather than dealing with gaining more momentum as you would have in the past.
This leads to the thought of when regular skateboards will have the same type of thing, as battery design enclosure evolves smaller and smaller. I can’t wait to skate regular boards that have boosts to get you out of the bowl after you bail, for example!
This weekend I will participate in helping get ready for our SK8 kamp fundraiser August 5th in San Francisco, we’re packing up ramps for burning man and making sure everything works before heading out to Playa for the last week of August-September. See BurningMan.org to learn about the ten principles of burning man or even read my ‘the 10 things I learned at burning man’ blog post that I wrote after my first year ever attending. I should re-read that now and see how I’ve changed!
Okay I’m off to the BRAILLE HOUSE! wish me luck.
loving his T6 off-road hoverboard buy one right now!
The other weekend I was out riding the SwagCycle e bike down in Newport beach. Now the way I look on this thing, can really a be a bit of a riot as it looks unique.
See how the short set of wheels are actually really quite powerful and the funny horn ‘beep beep’ sound you can make with the press of a button. I was simply enjoying the weather and cruising around the huge open space at the end of the boardwalk by the school carrying my electric swagboard on the e bike. When suddenly there was this huge flock of riders who had rented ‘larger handled rideables’ and I felt like I was in Star Wars, approaching a bunch of Tie Fighters… see below, you’ll see what I mean how they whiz by you all in unison. Seemingly powered by some dark force out to destroy all that is good, Yoda help us.
This is such a great spot to test out e bike rideables and electric skateboards because you have so much room to turn and coast with lots of breeze coming off the Pacific. It really is the perfect spot for testing out any rideable. I also found that the SwagCycle e bike is great for getting around Newport beach with all the traffic. You can just take the boardwalk or sidewalks without really getting in the way, plus the trusty *horn on this electric bike does wonders for laughter and to keep you safe. Solid brakes too.
I’ve since come here on the Voyager Electric Skateboard and enjoyed top speed with ease while the wind comes off the ocean waves. It’s quite a sight and invigorating if you skateboard. Once you know how to skate, you enjoy the feeling of ‘carving’ be it on snow, ramps, concrete or just an open parking lot on an electric cruiser with two 350 watt motors!
Prior to this event with the larger, police style or ‘mall cop’ rideables, I had run into a bunch of people on electric unicycles with handlebars. You can see how our SwagRoller e bike was much simpler without all of those extra handles. I ended up singing: “I can ride my e bike with no handlebars…no handlebars”, and we had a good laugh.
Even though it feels like quite the competition, there’s a certain camaraderie between all the electric vehicle riders you see out there…some feel superior, but all seem to have that common desire for ‘having more power’ as opposed to human powered propulsion.
Does this make us lazy? Well I personally spend most of my energy at the skatepark, so whatever I do extra is just gravy. If I’m on a self balancing scooter or an electric skateboard, I still exercised in the skatepark already so I’m good with that!
One of my hometown friends was surprised that ‘I hadn’t been kicked out yet’ or ‘told not to ride that thing around here’ while she was looking for me after waiting some time. You see, we were at the top of Griffith Observatory overlooking Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.
It seems it was quite busy and many cars were frustrated and turning around from the long line up that looked like it the task or parking would surpass the sunset that you were likely parking to watch. I decided to drop her off and drive back down to the bottom, because I knew that in my trunk was a fully charged off road T6 Hoverboard from SWAGTRON.
Yes I love these things, perfect to zip around after skateboarding to cool off and load your car in, great at the beach or park and most kids already ride them better than you do. Unlike skateboards.
So, seeing as the parking lot had been overflowing with cars up top such that I could not park anywhere nearby, I rode the T6 ALL the way up from griffith park parking lots at the bottom. Is this a big deal?
Why? because I didn’t even break a sweat climbing up the hill to Griffith Observatory. Had this been a date, I would have been less sweaty in my appearance, less tired and easier to deal with due to avoiding some of the frustration of parking in Los Angeles.
Do you want to try a T6? Get one here!
We’ve decided to make a quest out online to find quality bloggers who enjoy a passion for ridebles and understand the whole world of it, specifically hoverboarding and the different types of uses for hoverboards now out there.
I’m actually surprised that there aren’t more businesses using hoverboards for their business. For example, I took a car into the car dealership recently for a standard oil change and I noticed the workers looking tired walking back and forth to get things from different spots. That’s when it dawned on me… these guys should be riding these things but have no idea how much easier it would make their jobs!
Thinking along these lines, I’m looking for outside of the box bloggers who ‘get it’ for our list of ‘the best current self balancing scooter blogs’
Here’s our latest list of 9 interesting and influential ‘Self Balancing Scooter’ blogs… or, hoverboard bloggers if you will.
- Stephen Sharer, who here, puts starburst all over a hoverboard. Yeah I was just gonna do that too.
- Shonduras, has a crew who will try to do whatever the task at hand may be, today it was measuring the speeds of hoverboards. This is a good one
- Jamie Costa, facebook.com/JamieCostaActor/
If you listen around 2:00 in, he’s doing ‘The Dude (Jeff Bridges character in The Big Lebowskij) talking about users from the movie ‘Tron‘). He’s fun to watch ride our T6 self balancing scooter and a big Kudos to Jamie for wearing the helmet as you always should wear when on rideables, especially on cement or around tables and other obstacles.
If you don’t know who Braille Skateboarding is, then you’ve never Googled anything about learning skateboarding in the recent years. These guys crush it daily and will skate anything you send them from axes with wheels to glass skateboards. Here we find them racing and playing a quick electric game of ‘S K A T E’ on the SwagBoards.
- tylerf, is A young YouTuber who has already gone and tried out tricks and more stuff on hoverboards, or self balancing scooters, in the skatepark, before many others had. I wouldn’t stretch as far to say that these are the most difficult tricks, but you have to start somewhere. Keep up the progression Tylerf! Ride, learn, experiment! Watch him with his friends on several hoverboards:
Full Review of the T1 by Tylerf
- BotBros: We can’t leave out the incredible BotBros doing their 24K Magic video at ‘The Berrics’ in LA
- Tanner Fox performing more tricks early on in the skatepark…maybe not ‘insane’ but a solid foundation for the future tricks to come! Watch: 7 year old hoverboard tricks in skatepark:
- Life as Rob (I love these ones, where they go into walmart and say hello while the little one is testing the boundaries of the hoverboard rules).
And of course our favorite hoverboard blog… Swagtron News!
You can always get the latest news and information from the Swagtron.com blog! Where we keep you up to date on the latest trends in electric rideables and the newest products. We cover everything from the best spots to ride your hoverboard, to the science behind them! Follow us on social media to keep up with our hoverboard blog, and even submit user videos to be featured in future articles.
This past month has been pretty amazing when it comes to skateboarding and rideables in southern California. I’ve managed to visit several amazing skate-able places and events that I’m happy to begin to tell you about here:
- Creature Demo & Video Premiere at Active Ride Shop in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
- Premiered the new Creature Video later on that day to a crowd of eager skaters and Creature Team riders.
You can’t see me but I’m in the middle of the photo sitting on the rail next to the guy in the white watching the video with some Creature folk right in front of the screen, lol.
This day was great, it started out with tons of skaters in the Active Ride Shop facility in Rancho Cucamonga and I just skated with everyone for a few hours to get into the swing of things:
Then I went outside and cooled off, like I always do by riding around and getting some wind with an electric voyager longboard and then on the T6 hoverboard, or self balancing scooter.
As the day progressed, more people started trying out the T6 All Terrain Hoverboard and the Electric Longboard (Voyager) that I brought with me to cool down.
Lots of T6 footage fun!
Stay tuned for more of my weekly episodes @the_skatepark!
Next up will be my Norcal trip & Sk8 kamp fundraising while rideables’ing with friends and interesting skate sessions incorporating hoverboards and electric skateboards.