The Tramp Trucks Story
By Daniel Fedkenheuer
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It would probably be safe to say that when Almost Skateboards pro, Daewon Song, “skated” a deck without trucks or wheels on a trampoline more than 20 years ago, he had no idea of the inspiration that would be drawn from the footage of it or the movement that this started.
Instead, Jason Harvey, 41 year old owner of the Tramp Skate Company, would have a better idea of the implications and inventiveness that spurred from Song’s video. This is because upon completing the video, Harvey disassembled his setup and rushed over to a friend’s trampoline to try his hand at it.
The San Bernadino, California native grew up skating the area from which the likes of Eric Koston, Kenny Anderson and Joey Brezinski hailed. Here, Harvey’s physical interest was born and was further enhanced when he got both a home and trampoline of his own. In the near future, Harvey would master flip tricks on the trampoline and look to building a ledge for the next stage of trampoline skateboarding’s progression. To help lock into grinds on this ledge, skate wheels that were cut in half and screwed into the deck did the trick, for a brief period before the innovative Harvey devised the ultimate way to skate a ledge on a trampoline. Enter Tramptrucks.
Tramptrucks are similar to standard street skateboarding trucks in that they protrude from the normal placement of trucks on a street deck and provide a surface in between where the wheels on a skateboard would be attached. However, Tramptrucks feature rounded edges that replicate the function of the trucks and wheels when locking into grinds in the streets and allows those grinds to be taken to a ledge on a trampoline. They also act as a form of added weight that feels more like a complete skateboard rather than just a deck.
The world of trampoline skateboarding caters not only to the avid street skater, learning to feel out more technical flip tricks, but also to transitional and vert skateboarders looking to practice spins and grabs with greater periods of airtime. The potential that Tramptrucks can provide extends for snowboarders, wakeboarders and any other side-stance board rider.
In contrast to the stereotype that trampolines are merely a hazardous children’s toy, trampoline skateboarding provides a medium for older skateboarders to continue the pursuit of their passion in a synthetic environment -this minimalizes the chance of concrete-induced injuries.
Harvey himself notes, “If you’re older like me and you still have the burning desire to do the technical skateboard tricks but can’t afford to get hurt, this is the best way to recreate skateboarding in a safer environment right in your own backyard. It may not be the same thing as skateboarding, but it’s close.”
While the design is simple and the functionality is straightforward, the back end of the Trampskate company is anything but. For Harvey, the operation is made possible through his 50-plus hours a week working as a carpenter foreman. While The Tramp Skate Company’s use of social media is captivating, it also leaves audiences doubting they can build a trampoline like the one Harvey made to make these tricks possible.
However, in light of these struggles, we see the emergence of a vast avenue down which skateboarding’s creativity and possibility can only grow. When asked about the progression and the reception of The Tramp Skate Company to the public, Harvey told CW, “It’s been pretty good; everybody that sees my video is definitely amazed by it. I’ve even been invited to America’s Got Talent but I had to turn it down because of work. So I would say it’s been positive.”
For now, Tramptrucks are available exclusively at thetrampskatecompany.bigcartel.com, though Harvey soon hopes to get them into skate shops. Tramptrucks are manufactured solely in the U.S.A.
This all new primo freeride wheel is the combination of a new shape, with a new core and new urethane.
Emerging from the depths of the Doctor’s twisted mind, this new wheel from Cult has some special properties.
The Emperor offers enhanced control for powerslides (“Standies”) at higher speeds, while still retaining sufficient grip and braking power.
To accompany this new shape, a new formula of epic proportion was created and duly dispatched for the scrutiny of a few select high ranking devotees in a blind test to determine it’s worthiness. After much deliberation over many dimensions, it was deemed worthy enough to offer to the general populous.
For the Emperor, Cult felt the need to create a new urethane so they now proudly present…”Dopathane”.
“Dopathane” is Cult’s new mid-grip formula. Its psychotropic active compounds play a critical role in the way the brain controls our foot and body movements during fast freeriding.
- Diamater: 71mm
- Width: 53mm
- Durometer: 78A
- Contact Patch: 50.5mm
- Core Position: Offset
The Mediterranean Island of Corsica is a captivating place. Beautiful rocky mountains, dense forests, hot sandy beaches, and remnants of the past scattered all over, giving the island a shade of mystery.
Billy Bones, Dillon Stephens and Troy Grenier take you on a beautiful tour of a very special place.
- Billy Bones @billy_bones
- Dillon Stephens @dillonstephens
- Troy Grenier @troy_yardwaste
Filming & editing: Dave Leslie @guffmcgufferson
Additional filming: Jacob Lambert @maxicasj
From June 2nd to 6th, Women’s Longboard Camp will return to Stuttgart, SW Germany for the third time running. The event is aimed at women skaters of all ages and caters for all levels, from total novice to advanced rider. Participants will get tips and tricks on all things longboard and skateboard from a seasoned all-female instructor crew. Lessons will cover all disciplines and different terrain, from skateparks to flatland roads to steeper gradients.
Back to the roots – after six successful residential skate camps for women in Germany, France, Slovenia and Portugal, the crew around Fee Bücheler and Christine Maier return to Stuttgart in southwest Germany for the third time running. Female skaters from all over the world will have the opportunity to hone their skills on different territory, and get a boost to confidently skate on open roads. Simone will be attending the event for the fourth time: “It’s a great way to try new things on my board in a safe environment. The instructors are so inspiring and motivating – they give me specific tips on how I can improve. This has really helped me overcome my fears.”
As with previous camps, the ladies will take over the local skateshop Flatspot in the heart of the city. Apart from the mandatory protective gear (helmet & pads), participants will need to bring a sleeping mat and bag. The all-inclusive package costs €470 and includes accommodation, catering, skate lessons and goodies. For those who prefer to stay in a hotel or B&B, a workshop-only option is available at for €270.
Further information and registration, visit womenlongboardcamp.com.
After attending the ISPO Show back in January, I got a sense of the changes taking place at Kebbek Skateboards. Fast forward to April: their new line is about to launch!
The folks at Kebbek have worked very hard. We had an chance to catch up with Joey Bidner, Brand Manager.
Many people may not know the history of Kebbek. It has deep roots in all types of skateboarding. Please give us an overview.
I can’t really sum that question up briefly, but I will try to do so in one breath. Kebbek’s roots started in 1992 with the same visionary owner we have today, Ian Comishin. If you’ve seen the award-winning documentary Hicks on Stick, you will know what’s up. Ian helped build some of the greatest Canadian skateboarders through his brand at the time, PM skateboards. He followed the unbeaten path, and did it his own way.
PM turned into Kebbek, and Ian began playing with innovative Downhill shapes with the German Mastermind, Tim Brodesser, who is now working for Pogo skate & snowboards. Through Kebbek, they not only built boards that have gone down in the history of downhill skateboarding, but also facilitated a handful of legendary racers.
It looks like big things are happening at Kebbek. What is the catalyst for this?
That’s an easy answer: a group of inspired people who want to make something with meaning and purpose. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you have a group of people with a common goal and who are motivated by a like-minded creativity. This kind of opportunity does not come around very often, so if you are confronted with something similar, I hope you do something great with it. I feel privileged to have been part of it this time around.
What can you tell us about the new series?
We redesigned the entire line. You will notice it’s narrowed; we cut out quite a few boards from the line, and built a lean, very functional product line. Each board has a purpose, while at the same time serves many. Our graphic series has very deep meaning to it. For the first time, we split the graphic series between two artists. Within the two artists, we made 3 separate series. Each tell a story. Lean in and see if you can figure them out.
What is one key goal that you have for Kebbek this season?
For the year we spent developing this line, our goal was to make something beautiful and functional that meant a lot to all of us. This line was incredibly calculated. From the functionality of our new mold shapes, to every detail in each graphic. We spent so much time calculating its delivery. Now that this part is done, our goal is for them to facilitate fun, that’s what skateboards are for right?
What events should we expect to see Kebbek this year?
One hint….BIG MOUNTAIN SKATE!
Have a great day. Visit www.kebbek.com to find out more!