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Travelling in the USA with a longboard - a never ending story

“We value experiences more than things, and that is what this lifestyle is all about”. It couldn’t be a better way to present you Shane and Katie, authors of the blog The Lost Longboarder.com, in which outbreaking landscapes meet skateparks in this never-ending journey around the United States of America.

And it is where you can buy Shane’s handmade design longboards - one of them was accepted by the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum in California. Let’s find out more about this story that combines art, riding on longboards and a total sense of freedom.

Tell us a little bit about you: where are you from and when did you start to skate?

I am a happy guy, always looking for adventure and fun. I am originally from Ohio (USA). I used to play football and run track, but I never picked up skateboarding as a kid. The first time I jumped on a longboard was in college. I had met some people longboarding in my dormitory and they asked if I wanted to try. I was unsure of the idea at first because I'd never skated before. I jumped on a flexy bamboo longboard and rode 3 or 4 blocks on super smooth asphalt without having to kick at all. That's all it took... I was hooked!

What made you choose to skate longboards?

I have always been drawn to the chill cruising aspect of longboarding far distances. With the right longboard I feel like I'm surfing the cement. I like a bamboo/fiberglass longboard, because of the flexible material that really adds to the experience while carving and pumping. It wasn't until my wife and I started living on the road full time in 2017 that I began taking my longboard into the skateparks. As we travel, we see so many great skateparks. Before my experiences, I didn't think skateparks could be as big as they are or have such a good flow on a longboard. Many big vert skateparks with smooth transitions are great for longboarding and make for some perfect cement surfing!

We create hand crafted longboards and sell them on our travels

Your drawings are unique. How important is travelling to inspire you?

Yes, my artwork is unique - thank you for noticing! Traveling full time is a great inspiration to my artwork. The places that we go and the landscapes that we see are inspirational, but our lifestyle and freedom is what encourages me to keep creating whatever pops into my head or whatever my hands want to paint.

Can you tell us more about your artwork?

Lost Coast Longboarding is our work and the brand we created. We create hand crafted longboards and sell them on our travels. We started our company by screen printing our own t-shirts and eventually started creating our longboards. The other side of our business is our blog TheLostLongboarder.com, this is a documentation of our travels, adventures, and the skate spots we find. We have also been spending a lot of time and effort creating a YouTube channel @LostCoastLongboarding as well as the other social platforms.

Can you choose and show your favourite board drawn by yourself? And why is it your favourite?

Can I choose a favourite of my longboards?! Oh man, that’s a hard question.. Painting is when I am at peace, so they all mean a lot to me. But I definitely like some more than others lol.

One of my favourite design is our swirl boards. These mean a lot to me because I really enjoy painting them, and it comes very natural for me to paint in this style. These boards also mean a lot to me because one of my swirl boards (pictured) was actually accepted to the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum in California. Having my artwork and one of our longboards in a museum seems unreal and helps me remember that we are creating something great with Lost Coast Longboarding.

When did you start to make those road trips? And how far did you go?

We started our road trip in 2017, and how far did we go? Well, we haven't stopped yet.

Hard question: from those road trips you have made so far, which is your number one?

Well, actually it's all been the same road trip, so there is only one to choose from! We have been on the road full time since 2017. We have travelled thousands of miles and been through deserts, mountains, forests, snow, volcanos, jungles, big cities, small towns, and every skatepark we can find along the way! We have gotten to experience a lot and we've seen a lot of beauty. We've also been documenting our travels on our blog The Lost Longboarder.com

We have been through deserts, mountains, forests, snow, volcanos, jungles, big cities, small towns, and every skatepark we can find along the way!

How relevant is an existence of a skatepark to make you go to place X instead of place Y?

Skateparks are very important to our travels, but not the #1 requirement. I love skating new parks, and when we travel to an area that has some good skateparks we make sure to check out as many as we can. But our travels are not limited by skateparks. We enjoy experiencing somewhere new, hiking, mountain climbing, and many other outdoor activities. And I can paint anywhere whether there is a skatepark nearby or not. Plus, you don't need a skatepark with a longboard. It's easy to find a good hill or some smooth streets in most places.

Can you point out the most surprising skate spot you have found so far?

Most surprising skate spot so far? I have been surprised with how many AMAZING skateparks there are all over the country. But if I had to pick one... I would say that the Volcom Skatepark in Mammoth Lakes, California surprised me the most. That's because this was one of the first big skateparks that realized I could skate with a longboard. The Mammoth Lakes Skatepark is a huge skatepark with tons of organic curves, smooth transitions, and an amazing flow. Plus, the skatepark is set in the beautiful Sierra Mountains surrounded by the forest.

Your kind of experience is an inspiration for many people. What kind of advice do you have for those who want to have this lifestyle but for some reason just don’t go forward?

Living on the road is much harder than it seems. This lifestyle requires lots and lots of planning and thinking ahead, and often requires creative problem solving. We sometimes find ourselves in some crazy situations that the average person couldn't even come up with. Most days are great, and some days are really hard. With freedom comes independence, and that can mean having to figure out difficult problems on your own without depending on others. We value experiences more than things, and that is what this lifestyle is all about.

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How Troubl3 Keeps Making Trouble with Skateboards

June 29 2022 - Interview with Troubl3  “I always have been a troublemaker”. If Andrew, 41, had to pitch his idea, this could be a good punchline. It’s one of those cases where a business’s name is not just marketing, but a character’s extension. "So, Troubl3 is giving the middle finger to a lot of skate shops that do not support local people." Andrew (Owner Troubl3)   VISIT WEBSITE TROUBL3 is a Canadian skateboard shop based in Otawa. It was born in 2018 from the desire to go against the flow. “Skateboarding industry has become a mass production machine. Everything comes from China or Mexico, where people are not paid right. I buy something for one hundred dollars that really costs ten dollars”, he claims. “Then I thought: if I’m going to be a troublemaker, I might do something different. If I’m making a board it’s got to be unique like any skater is. I’m going to make one by one; it’s going to be tougher, it’s going to last more, every single board is going to be different. When you buy, it’s not just a board, it’s a piece of art and an experience”, he adds. This is something “one hundred percent customized”, from size, shape, wheels base, and a “seven veneer deck”. He proudly details: “Each veneer that goes into each deck is hand picked.” He buys local (wood from Quebec, for instance) in small batches, presses, shapes and hand paints the decks himself also, when he can, he promotes local artists to draw on the skateboards. “So, Troubl3 is giving the middle finger to a lot of skate shops that do not support local people who make stuff. They say they are local, but do not buy local”, Andrew reenforces, protesting against the rules of the game. “I always compare skateboards with pizza. I love pizza: a large one costs 50 bucks, the same you pay for a skateboard sometimes. Those skateboards are made overseas, they cost nothing to make, the price of pizza is gone to double, but the price of skateboards stayed the same for 30 years." “I evoke Paul Schmitt’s case all the time: a big name in this industry who shifted his business from California to Tijuana because people want to keep the price of a skateboard at 50 of 60 dollars for eternity. So, to keep his business going and pay his people, he had to move”, Andrew says.   He likes to be different. “Being marginalized is something good in skateboarding”. Although he admits the way he runs business is not sustainable: “The breakeven would be making 250 skateboards a month. Right now, I have had a month when I made four or five, others one or two.” It doesn’t matter. He believes this is the way. And he gives a discount if people really ride them and not just hang his skateboards on the wall. Authenticity is his brand, like the style he prefers for riders: “I like to see the most unorthodox skater. Do you do treflips? Fantastic, so can any other kid. I don’t care, throw your board against the wall, flip it on your head, do a back flip, do something I want to see. It’s different, do skateboarding and not do what others do.” “There’s a kid in Indonesia I started to follow who's skateboarding reminds me of a young Christian Hosoi. When I see the kid skate I can recognize Christian Hosoi’s influence. Can you recognize the inventors of other tricks you see people do at the park?”, he asks. Andrew sponsors five “troublemakers”: Eric Martin (Ontario), Dustin Lawrence (Ontario), Connor Callan aka Meat Feet (Arizona), Luis Uribe (Texas), Shinichi Nichiyama (Japan). He enjoys watching them and supports them the way he can. About his local skateparks, Andrew recommends: Bob MacQuarrie skatepark in Otawa Joel Gauthier skatepark in Rockland Local bus stop where where it's super smooth and is perfect for slappies, now that people stopped using busses, due to Covid, it's always empty and available.

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Park nr 36 on our mission to skate every skatepark in Portugal is São Pedro do Sul Skatepark near Viseu.First of all I would like to say thanks to Wasteland skateparks and Gochill for supporting our latest roadtrip on our mission to film/skate every skatepark in Portugal. This time we decided to head up north and visit six skateparks build by the Portuguese builders Wasteland skateparks. Our first stop? São Pedro do Sul, a charming municipality nestled in the Central Portuguese district of Viseu, boasting a population of 5,728 inhabitants. Stretching across 14 picturesque parishes within an expansive 350 km² area, São Pedro do Sul is a part of the enchanting territory known as Montanhas Mágicas. While the region is renowned for its therapeutic thermal baths, it holds another treasure—a skatepark waiting to be explored. The skatepark in São Pedro do Sul is also definitely worth a visit. It's a fun park to cruise around and learn some new tricks. The mellow snake run provides different heights, so basically it's the perfect training ground to unlock new transition tricks that you've got on your bucket list of tricks. Looking for a place to stay check out the Pousadas de Juventude de Portugal in São Pedro do Sul. We really enjoyed our stay here and definitely recommend this pousada. The hotel is located in the middle of the historic center and everything is walking distance. Too bad we only stayed one night, because we could definitely chill here for a couple of days.

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Exploring the Thriving Scene and Best Skateparks of San Francisco

Skateboarding in San Francisco: Exploring the Thriving Scene and Best Skateparks Nestled amid the hills, neighborhoods, and iconic landmarks of San Francisco is a vibrant and dynamic skateboarding scene. From the bustling streets of downtown to the tranquil parks overlooking the bay, the city offers endless opportunities for riders to explore, express themselves, and push the boundaries of their craft. San Francisco's unique topography, with its steep hills, winding streets, and iconic architecture, provides an exciting playground for skateboarders of all levels. Whether it's weaving through traffic in the Financial District, navigating the twists and turns of Lombard Street, or carving down the slopes of Twin Peaks, skaters are constantly inspired by the city's diverse landscapes. But beyond the streets, San Francisco boasts an impressive array of skateparks that cater to riders seeking more structured environments to hone their skills. Here are some of the best skateparks the city has to offerSOMA West SkateparkNestled in the vibrant neighborhood of SoMa (South of Market) in San Francisco lies a hidden gem cherished by skateboarders: the SoMa West Skatepark. This iconic spot, located under a bridge overpass, isn't just a place to ride, but a symbol of the city's rich skateboarding culture and the resilience of its community. Crocker Amazon SkateparkTucked away in the Excelsior District, Crocker Amazon Skatepark offers a diverse range of obstacles, including a large bowl, street course, and flow section. With its spacious layout and smooth concrete surfaces, it's a favorite among skaters of all ages. Potrero Del Sol SkateparkPotrero Skatepark, a testament to the dynamic fusion of urban culture and architectural innovation, stands proudly as a vibrant oasis within the bustling cityscape. Crafted by the visionary artisans of Dreamland skateparks, this concrete playground embodies the essence of skateboarding ethos – freedom, creativity, and community. Potrero skatepark, nestled within the heart of Potrero del Sol Park, is a concrete park featuring a large bowl and an open-bowl with built in street elements. Waller Street DIY SkateparkFor those craving a more grassroots experience, Waller Street DIY Skatepark offers a raw and rugged setting where skaters have transformed an abandoned lot into a thriving community space. With its handmade ramps and obstacles, it's a testament to the DIY ethos of skateboarding culture. Treasure Island SkateparkLocated on the former naval base of Treasure Island, this expansive skatepark boasts stunning views of the San Francisco skyline and the Bay Bridge. With its wide variety of features and spacious layout, it's a popular destination for riders from across the city.United Nations skate plazaThe revitalization of the 150,000-square-foot United Nations Plaza in San Francisco in 2023 marked a significant turning point for this area, with a multimillion-dollar renovation project aimed at breathing new life into the space. An extensive facelift introduced a range of amenities, including fitness equipment, ping-pong tables, and cornhole, alongside the centrepiece addition of a brand-new skate park. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a curious newcomer, San Francisco offers something for every skateboarder. From the thrill of riding the city's iconic streets to the camaraderie of its vibrant skatepark community, the City by the Bay is a mecca for riders seeking adventure, inspiration, and endless possibilities.Visit skatepark map.

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Welcome to Linda Vista Skatepark, a cultural landmark buzzing with energy.Nestled within the sun-soaked streets of San Diego lies a 34000 foot haven for skateboarders—a place where creativity, friendship, and adrenaline intertwine to form the beating heart of the local skate scene. Join us as we delve into the captivating tale of this iconic destination, from its humble beginnings to its status as a cornerstone of the San Diego skateboarding community. Construction and InceptionAs the landscape of skateboarding has evolved, so too has Linda Vista Skatepark. In 2013, a group of concerned citizens began a signature campaign to build a skateboard park in the community and this marked the beginning of the Friends of the Linda Vista Skateboard Park. With the help of skaters, skateboard professionals, and the community the design of the park was approved. The construction began August 2016 with the grand opening on January 16, 2018. The park underwent a major renovation, adding new features and amenities to accommodate the ever-changing needs of the skating community. The renovation of the park was done by Site Design Group and California skateparks. Today, Linda Vista boasts a diverse array of obstacles and terrain, from classic street elements to expansive bowls and transitions, ensuring that there's something for everyone to enjoy.The Skateparkproject, founded by professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, provided about $40,000 in “seed money” to get the project off the ground. Most of the funding came from a $4.6-million grant the state Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the city in 2014 to construct skateparks in Linda Vista and City Heights. A Hub of ActivityFrom the moment its gates swung open, Linda Vista Skatepark quickly established itself as a hub of activity and creativity. Skaters from all walks of life flocked to its ramps, bowls, and ledges, eager to test their skills and connect with fellow riders. What emerged was a vibrant community united by a shared passion for skateboarding—a community that continues to thrive to this day. Events and CelebrationsOver the years, Linda Vista Skatepark has played host to a myriad of events and gatherings that showcase the best of San Diego's skate culture. From amateur contests and demos to film premieres and art installations, the park buzzes with activity year-round. Notable skaters and industry insiders often grace its ramps, lending their support and inspiration to the next generation of riders.Linda Vista CommunityAt its core, Linda Vista Skatepark is more than just a place to skate—it's a tight-knit community bonded by a love for the sport. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a first-time rider, you'll find a welcoming atmosphere and a supportive network of fellow skaters eager to cheer you on and share their passion. From impromptu jam sessions to casual hangouts, the park buzzes with a sense of camaraderie that's truly infectious.As we reflect on the storied history of Linda Vista Skatepark, one thing becomes abundantly clear: its impact extends far beyond its concrete confines. Linda Vista has been a home away from home—a place to push boundaries, forge friendships, and find solace in the simple joy of riding. As the sun sets on another day of shredding, we can't help but feel grateful for the vibrant community that calls Linda Vista Skatepark home. Here's to many more years of laughter, learning, and endless stoke.Visit Linda Vista skatepark

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