When most people think of Nyjah Huston, they think about his amazing skateboarding skills. Huston is a 20-year old professional skateboarding phenom who has won six Men’s Skateboard Street gold medals at the X Games and has enjoyed considerable success on the pro circuit. When he made his debut at the X Games in 2006, at 11 years old, he was the youngest athlete to ever compete at the event.
What people may not know is that Huston’s personal charity, Let It Flow (LIF), is helping bring clean water to people around the world. I recently spoke with him to learn more about what motivates him to do great things on and off the board.
As a young skateboarder in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Greg Lutzka had to be creative to track his improvements on his deck. He often tried impromptu tricks and stacked skateboards to ollie over, using each new board as a measure of progress.
Over the past 17 years, Lutzka has become a skater known for his work ethic, tactical skills, and professional success. He’s a two-time X Games gold medalist and the only person to win the Tampa Pro competition three times.
And he has finally found a reliable way to measure what he does on his board.
Do you skateboard? How well do you think you can handle your board? Chances are not as good as Asher Bradshaw. The 6-year-old thrasher is a skateboarding prodigy from South Central Los Angeles. He became a YouTube star thanks to his skate videos, but he wants more. Asher wants to become the youngest sponsored skateboarder ever.
It’s a big dream, and the documentary SHReD: The Story of Asher Bradshaw captures Asher and his dad trying to make it a reality. The film hits DVD and video-on-demand on July 14, but we have an exclusive look.
Check out the video below to see Asher break out some moves, and visit shredthemovie.com for more on the movie and Asher’s story!
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.