You wouldn’t expect a three year old to steal the show but this one did.
This little boy is from Poland and he was with his parents at the show. He has so much stoke that it is almost inconceivable.
His name is Voychuck and he represents the very best of what it means to be a grom. For three days this kid did not stop skateboarding. You would see him skateboard in the halls, on the pump track and he was just was a bundle of energy all the time.
I share this with you because if you ever wonder what the future of skateboarding is going to be, this kid shines a bright light.
@Aluminatiskateboards made me two decks only. one to give to Shimon Peres and the other to keep and put in my office. It turned out that Voychuck had different ideas about my board and he would not let it go. So I gave him the deck.
Many stories came out of this ISPO but some of the most positive moments centered on this kid. he was everywhere and just brought joy and he never stopped skateboarding.
A huge thanks to Longboarding for Peace Poland and Aluminati… You made many people very happy.
Welcome to a brand new addition here at the site. It’s called The Skateboard That Changed My Life.
We all know that skateboarding can change you, now we invite you to tell the world how a specific skateboard changed your life. It doesn’t matter if you are new to this, sponsored, pro or am…we welcome your stories.
Please send all emails and photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org
And now for our first installlment:
- Name: Rick Allen
- Years skating: Four
- Skateboard that changeed my life: Comet Takeover
- Sponsors: Waterboyz Surf & Skate, Speed Doctor, Team NoBull & SET gloves (owner)
The reason I would say the Takeover changed my life is because it changed completely my comfort level on a piece of wood.
I believe the Takeover was one of the first Comet boards with micro drop, which at the time was a big deal for the industry overall.
I had this overwhelming feeling of surfing on it, being able to kind of just center myself on the board and have that micro drop and rocker working to my advantage made pushing how fast I threw slides and how fast I would go downhill a lot more comfortable than on any other board id ridden up to that point. To that end I got on the podium in one of my first 50+ mph races (AUDH winter outlaw) on my Takeover which was a huge confidence booster.
Lastly, I rode a lot of bidirectional boards prior to the takeover so switching to a unidirectional top mount gave me a more aggressive “one way” type of skating mentality, which I think shows in the way I skate today and ultimately changed my life!
I’ve had the privilege of attending trade shows for almost twenty years. Many people have heard of the Agenda Trade Show along with Surf Expo. These are shows jam packed with unique products in the action sports industries and beyond. They are a blast to attend and the amount of incredible people I’ve meet over the years is incalculable.
While the shows are quite large, they are dwarfed by IPSO. What is ISPO? In a nutshell (actually, we’re going to need a bigger nutshell) ISPO is almost SEVEN times the size of Agenda and Surf Expo put together. It’s 16 exposition centers in one! Almost 80,000 attend ISPO in Munich and if you have anything to do with sports, you’ll find it at the show.
Since Concrete Wave concerns itself with skateboarding, we focus our attention on Hall B6. For the past three years, we’ve been fortunate to work with 40” Longboard Magazine as they create the Longboard Embassy. Publisher Alex Lenz and his crew do an amazing job. The atmosphere is pure stoke. You literally, cannot move it is so jammed with people. The people, the gear, the music and did I mention the beer is quite tasty?
I asked Alex for his take on the Longboard Embassy. “We are super excited and only focused on this! The four days in Munich are a crazy experience with a lot of crazy lovely people.”
Alex is right – it is a raging good time.
There are a tremendous number of longboard companies at the Embassy. This layout gives you an idea. It can take you 30 minutes to walk from the entrance to your booth. Massive doesn’t even begin to explain the size of ISPO!
I asked Kebbek Brand Manager, Joey Bidner for his take on things as this will be his first ISPO. “I can’t wait to see the latest innovations, and art artistic moves from brands that will be unveiled at the show. Not only in longboarding, but in snowboarding as well. This is the best part of a trade show, seeing in one place what every brand is creatively bringing to the table for our industry.”
I couldn’t agree more. There is a sense that it’s all coming together in Munich.
I wondered about the longboard scene in Europe. “We are looking to a great year ahead” explained Alex. “There are more races and events coming up than ever before.”
Alex mentioned to me this year the Embassy has expanded. We are over 1200 square meters. By my calculation, that’s almost 13,000 feet of skate stuff!
What’s even crazier, is we haven’t even mentioned the pumptrack that is set up! Yes, ISPO is that big, it even has space for a fully functional PUMPTRACK!
We are pleased to show our January issue…completely free!
Read about how event promoter Lee Cation faces the elements. We also have a farewell tribute to downhill legend Biker Sherlock. And a ton of other stories and images to inspire you.
Moonshine MFG is excited to announce the release of seven new decks to its ever-growing lineup of high-end, high-tech longboards. Of the seven, four are brand new shapes and three are graphic updates to popular existing boards
With these exciting additions, Moonshine’s lineup is now 17 boards strong and covers an even wider facet of the sport, from world-class downhill racing to aggressive freeriding to mellow campus cruising. While shapes, profiles and performances of each board differs greatly, every one is hand made in the USA.
Moonshine is also launching an industry-first 30-day performance guarantee for 2016, which gives customers 30 days to decide if the Moonshine board they have selected is the right one for them.
Moonshine’s 30-Day Performance Guarantee: Moonshine is so confident in the quality and performance of its boards that it’s launching an industry-first guarantee (in addition to its standard warranty policy):
If a customer is unsatisfied with his/her Moonshine board for any reason, within 30 days of purchase, Moonshine will exchange it for another Moonshine board of their choosing. This unique guarantee is desinged to give customers confidence in their investment with Moonshine MFG. If they’re unsatisfied or feel they have selected the wrong board, Moonshine will make sure they get the right one, no questions asked.