It was the third day of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California. Thousands gathered that July afternoon to watch the pro surfers compete, but arguably the day's most talented athletes, pound for pound, had shown off their skills hours before spectators crowded the shoreline. They were over at the custom-painted professional skate bowl a short walk from the ocean.
One by one, four pint-sized skateboarders dropped into the nine-foot bowl, their ponytails and braids sticking out of their pink helmets. It was their own private session, a chance to skate the surface that the pros they emulate would take on later that day.
Meet seven-year-old Bella Kenworthy, Sierra Kerr, and Rella (Relz) Murphy, plus six-year-old Ryann Cannon. They like tutus, glitter nail polish, the color pink — and shredding at skate parks. The members of the quartet, nicknamed the Pink Helmet Posse, are doing what they love every time they strap on their pads and hop onto their boards. But they're also helping to change the male-dominated sport with every jump, scrape, and flip.
Sure, this might be an ad for Jase Boards. But it’s still an awesome video of skateboarders pulling tricks and riding through a sea of 5001 balloons. And then there’s the sounds the balloons make while they’re riding through them. So, so cool.
If you love Star Wars and skating, Vans has some gear for you. The new Vans x Star Wars collection of skate shoes and lifestyle wear brings your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away — like Yoda and Darth Vader — as well as artwork from the movies to the classic Vans sneaker.
Check out some looks from the collection (including a weird Hawaiian-print shoe with a bunch of hidden Yodas). But first: Chewbacca skateboarding!
Nine-year-old Sabre Norris from New South Wales, Australia, can't ride a bike. But she's big into skateboarding. And when she was out on the half pipe recently she landed her first 540. She told the website The Berrics that she tried 74 times that day before finally pulling off the trick. "Every time I tried one and didn’t land it I put a rock on the table. It ended up being my 75th rock. I was frothing," Sabre said. And, of course, her parents were there to capture the moment on video. It's a great clip, not just because it shows her pulling the trick off but also because we get to see her mess up, fall, and get right back on the board.
Chris Cole has been one of the best professional boarders since he joined the “big leagues” in 2002, and he hasn’t slowed down since. Cole won back-to-back X Games gold medals in 2006 and 2007 and has been named Skate of the Year" twice in his career. Last year, he was the overall Street League Super Crown World Champion.
Cole has been skating since he was 14, and he's reached the top of the sport through hard work, determination, and a fun-loving attitude. He stopped by Sports Illustrated Kids recently to talk with Kid Reporter Amiri Tulloch about his career, his future plans, and how kids can get started in skateboarding.
Watch the video interview below!
The second season of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kicked off on Saturday. And while kids across the country were watching Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael get into wild new adventures, the creators of the show were in New York to meet fans and talk about the show at New York Comic Con.
At Comic Con, Sports Illustrated Kids spoke with Greg Cipes — who is the voice of Michelangelo — and executive producer Ciro Nieli about one of the Turtles’ favorite activities: Skateboarding. Greg and Ciro talked about how much of the skating is based on real life (a lot of it!), why they think the Turtles skate (it’s the ninja sport!), and what kids show know if they want to shred like the Turtles (wear pads!).
Check out this clip of the Turtles skating around New York, then read the interview with Greg and Ciro. Cowabunga, dudes!
At 16 years of age, pro skater Nyjah Huston has already won second-place in the X-games and won every street league competition up to date. Nyjah was the youngest ever skateboarder to compete in the X-Games and he is an entrepreneur, owning his own skateboard company called I&I Skateboards.More »