A huge thanks to all who came out last Thursday to make the Coldsmoke season kick-off and benefit for the Venice Family Clinic a smashing success!  The studio has never looked better, bedecked with works from local artists, CHASE – who made a special live painting on the roof deck- Pascal Shirley, Eddie Wall, and the legendary Mike Parillo.  Special thanks goes out to Black Magic Rum for spicing up the bar, Flake and Jolly Oyster for hooking up a cornucopia of finger-licking bites to soak up all the libations. Ya’ll killed two kegs and a bar full of rum in less than three hours, and still comported yourselves with dignity and aplomb- way to go Venice!

If you couldn’t make it out, or if you liked the art but were too tipsy to find your wallet, prints from Eddie Wall and Pascal Shirley will be available on our online store, with proceeds going to the Venice Family Clinic.

We’re stoked to be part of such a supportive and fun community.  Looking forward to hanging out with everyone again.

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Thus did LIFE introduce to the magazine’s readers its own unique (if somewhat shrill) take on a toy that would evolve into the emblem of a singular subculture and, eventually, a lifestyle. Skateboarding, LIFE opened in 1965, is “the most exhilarating and dangerous joyriding device this side of the hot rod. A two-foot piece of wood or plastic mounted on wheels, it yields to the skillful user the excitements of of skiing or surfing. To the unskilled it gives the effect of having stepped on a banana peel while dashing down the back stairs. It is also a menace to limb and even to life.”

Today, when grown men and women make a living (in some cases, a very nice living) inking endorsement deals and competing at skateboard tourneys around the globe; when skateboard video games sell millions of copies; when skateboarders like Tony Hawk and Marisa Dal Santo (and their winter doppelgangers, snowboarders like Shaun White and Gretchen Bleiler) are stars who not so much straddle sport and pop culture as transcend both; when industries (clothing, gear, skateboard park construction) have grown as the appeal of the sport has exploded — today, it’s difficult to imagine a time not that long ago when skateboarding was so new, so absolutely marginal, that a major national magazine could safely assume that  at least some of its millions of readers had absolutely no clue what skateboarding entailed … or what a skateboard was.

Here, looks back at the early, thrillingly anarchic days of a quintessentially American sport and pastime that, over the years, has been embraced by millions around the world while still, somehow, retaining its rebel cred.

Skateboarding, as the old saying has it, is not a crime. But as these pictures show, riding a deck can feel criminally fun.

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A couple of months back I made the trip out to Mana Contemporary (a surprising cultural hub in Jersey City) and witnessed Matt Reilly of Japanther—a band established by Reilly and Ian Vanek while students at Pratt and described by art reviewers as “art-rock installation paratroopers” —skateboard paint. Somewhere between Jackson Pollock’s drips and Aaron Young’s multi-motorcycle performance art piece Greeting Card, lies Reilly’s skate-painting. By adding paint to the wheels of his board with sponges and then showing off his skating skills, Reilly is able to create large, abstract paintings while putting on a mesmerizing show. – Source: Collabcubed

You can see him in action below:

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Professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist has skated on almost every surface imaginable. In 2013, when Visit California asked him to dream big and try something completely new, he and his team decided to build a ramp…that floats. “Dreaming big man, that’s what I do every day, I just try to dream as big as I can and then go make it happen. You need to believe in something intense enough to go make it happen.” Burnquist said. 300 man hours, 1,250 screws and 7,300 lbs later, the athlete’s dream surfaced over the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe.

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We humans are curious folk, we never seem to tire of learning, experimenting and using our skills to tinker. With product hacking, customisation and even a sneaky photo-bomb we like to change what’s often perceived to be perfect, into something funnier, smarter, or simply more magical. Lucas Beaufort is doing just this by reviving old skate magazine covers. A skater himself, he paints mischievous and playful monsters cheerleading, chilling or just messin’ with some of the best skaters in the world. These wonderful beasts had me grinning from ear to ear. To see more of Lucas’ entertaining covers check his website or pick up a copy of his book Recover.

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Our first ad recently came out in the pages of Sneeze Magazine. We are really excited about this. The photo was shot by one of Instagram’s biggest stars, trashhand, and it features photographer Jared Chambers sporting our Rain Coat. This particular piece is one of the many highlights from our debut collection. It’s comprised out of eVent Fabric, which is fully waterproof (20k), moisture permeable (10k) and seam sealed. This thing is going to keep you dry and due to its incredible breathability factor, it’s going to keep things airy and nice.

We figured that since the ad in Sneeze shows the jacket in a cold, woodsy setting, we wanted to showcase its practical use for somebody who’s used to making moves. Our friend, Pat Ngoho, stopped by the office over the weekend, so we figured we would have him do his thing in the Rain Coat. Pat’s an OG when it comes to skateboarding. He’s been doing it for decades now and to this day, you can find him competing and skating with fellow legends such as Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Steve Olson and others who helped make skateboarding what it is today.

See the Coldsmoke Rain Coat in action in the photo gallery!


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Our buddy Roby Jeffers put together a recap video of our final hoorah at the Coldsmoke HQ featuring a photo show by the one and only Rip Zinger. Video below and photos here: Enjoy, we sure did.


Resource Distribution, home to Riviera Skateboards, Elephant Brand Skateboards, Paris Truck Co., Divine Urethane Co. & Project Hardware is concocting a pretty rad skateboard documentary titled “Foreign Exchange Project.”

The company is putting a team together, including skaters: Matt Kienzie, Amanda Powell, Kody Noble, James West, Brian Peck and Ari Chamasmany.

The project, which launches in Europe, will travel to an array of countries in hopes of sharing the team’s knowledge and experience with other skate communities, and in return, expose the many cultures that make up the skate world.

Currently seeking pledges and support to fund the documentary, Resource Distribution has set up an account on Kickstarter. With 24 backers and $11,350 raised, the project only has 7 days to go, and will only be funded if at least $20,000 is is pledged by Wednesday Sep 11.

The team put together an inspiring and lighthearted video with solid footage of the skaters shredding to preview the project. Take a look and get on board!


Los Angeles is a scenic and diverse place to skateboard, and the New Balance Numeric crew sessions from Venice to Hollywood to Downtown and everywhere in between for their first video. This is really a mini movie filled with epic touches like helicopter shots, night timelapses, a great song from Sonic Youth, and non-stop hard-core skating. Arto Saari, a Finish-born pro who grew up skating in his garage during the long Scandinavian winters, now lives in LA and is one of the stars of the video. He, along with J Ladd, Levi Brown, Tom Karangelov, Jordan Taylor, and Tyler Surrey, rips very hard in this one. The director, editor and main cameraman, Russell Houghten, also deserves some credit for adding a nice blend of Hollywood-style production value and skate cred to the project.

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Rad gadget alert. We truly hope this makes it to production. Could be revolutionary for the industry…read below:

“Trace makes action sports measurable, sharable, and comparable. Track, compete, and share. Trace identifies your resort, lifts, and trails, as well as your speed, vert, air, and more.  For skiers and snowboarders, Trace takes AlpineReplay to the next level. All of your data will now have sub-second level of accuracy. In addition to max speed, vertical distance, distance traveled, Calories, number of jumps, and airtime, Trace will also be able to identify tricks like 360s, backflips, and more. And, of course, Trace won’t drain your phone’s battery.”

Read more about this sick venture and support them via Kickstarter.


This week, all eyes are on Bob Burnquist.  First, he dropped “Dreamland,” a nutty trailer for an upcoming series that gives an inside look at his Southern California backyard aka his personal skatepark. If you’re impatient, as am I, skip to 6:40 and enjoy the footage of Burnquist casually dropping-in on a halfpipe via an on-site heli. Normal, right?

But yesterday, and more tragically, Burnquist was in the running for his 6th consecutive gold medal in X Games Big Air when he took a disturbing fall – landing on his face, breaking his nose, and ultimately coming in 3rd place.

“I just snapped out too much [at the top of the ramp],” he told ESPN afterward. “I knew I was [landing] low, but I wanted to try to make it. But that was quite a punch. [I’m a] little dizzy, but really stoked for Elliot and Tom [Schaar, who took silver]. They’ve been skating so hard. He deserves it. This injury’s got nothing to do with me in third place right now … He deserves it.”

What a good sport! Recap of X Games Day One below:


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What: Vans US Open of Surfing 2013

When: July 20-28

Where: Huntington Beach, sunny Southern California.

Who: The biggest names and the best talents in the industry bring their all in the challenge for surfing supremacy.

If you had plans to leisurely cruise the PCH this week through Orange County, think again. The surfing event of the season is taking place as we speak and the throngs of pedestrians littering the sidewalks and the cluster f**k of cars desperately looking for beach parking promise that you won’t be doing any coastal cruising without hitting bumper to bumper traffic first. That being said, if you’re in the area and willing to join the masses, this is one show you won’t want to miss.

Founded in 1959, the Vans US Open is one of the most high profile and widely watched tournaments in professional surfing, known to have drawn crowds in the past that number in the millions, and with big names like Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, the Hobgood brothers, Coco Ho and Alana Blanchard on the lineup, this year should prove no different in terms of spectator appeal and competitive edge.

Teaser thrown together by Surf Channel

Wave conditions are a fickle beast in the summer time, but the reports for this week look favorable—or at least the competition’s athletes are putting on an impressive enough show to make it appear this way. Forecasts for South side Huntington Beach Pier, where the competition takes place, are reporting a SW-SSW groundswell that is continuing to build, and 2-3 foot waves with occasional standout sets producing peaks of up to 4 feet; as the week goes on the swell is expected to pick up to offer 3-4 foot waves. This should give our competitors plenty to work with—it will be interesting to see who makes the most of these conditions to secure the points for the big win.

If your favorite pro is in between heats, you can check out some of the other festivities that comprise this 9-day event. In addition to surfing, there is an invite-only pro/am skateboarding competition, called the Van Doren Invitational, which takes place against the backdrop setting of the HB Pier, consisting of many of the world’s most talented skateboarders—Tony Trujillo, Shawn Hale and Marlon Silva among them.

Adding to the undeniable, contagious summer vibe that this event perpetuates is the contest’s annual music stage, which hosts the largest free concert of the summer. This year, get groovy and weird to a killer musical line-up that includes indie rock Grammy nominated artist Modest Mouse, dance-punk band The Faint, and critically acclaimed alternative pop artist Twin Shadow. The festival will also feature Huntington Beach native, Matt Costa and emerging artist, FMLYBND (shameless homie promotion: With one of FMLYBND’s members being an old, old friend, I may be a little biased, but seriously, check these guys out if you can. They kill it!).

If you need a reprieve from the sunshine, sand, salt, sweat and heady competition on the beach, migrate across the street to the local HB bars—they will be packed, there’s no getting around that one, but the taste of that cold, hoppy bronson when it hits your lips will be well worth the wait. And if you stick around long enough there’s a damn good chance you’ll find yourself ordering the next round at the bar beside a world class surfer or skateboarder. Offer to buy them a drink; who knows—you might score an invite to a raging, VIP after party.

So, who is going to take home the $100,000 cash prize reserved for the US Open of Surfing’s winners? There are still a few days left, and with a sport that is at the mercy of Mother Nature’s often unpredictable conditions, a lot can happen in those days. Stay tuned to find out.

If you can’t make it to the beach break this year, you can catch the live webcast via