Sunday, September 14, 2008
C1RCA and Skull Skates has teamed up in the past to bring you a durable yet stylish skate shoe. Now their back at it for Version 2.0 of the 8-Track model. These shoes are super limited and are only available in select skate shops, so if you want to get your pair better start hitting the phones! Hit the link below to view detailed pictures of the C1RCA Skull Skates sneaker.
This one is for all you late night lurkers, you saw the post about Lil Wayne at the MTV VMA’s all Supraed out, and now here’s your chance to rock like Wayne. These “Candy Cane” Patent Leather Supra Skytops are currently available at Karmaloop and are sure to sell out, get and early jump on these, there will be no re-issue.
Chris Cole is unreal. For most of you reading this, he might as well exist in some otherworldly mythic realm. In the pages of magazines, in videos and on the Internet, Cole's skating is so head and shoulders above his peers, it seems ridiculous. With a wealth of talent and a propensity for seriously gnarly tricks, he's already created a legacy at 26 years old.
So how do we differentiate the man from his legacy?
Well, first we talk about the legacy.
Cole's been a solid presence in skating since the late '90s. With a foundation built on good video parts and tremendous coverage, Cole's appearance in 2002's In Bloom video made him one of skating's emerging icons and a household name. He hasn't slowed down since.
"You're never done," Cole says. "You're never done. And the moment you think you're done, you're an idiot. Straight up. If you think you're ever done, you're a fool."
Cole's attitude and drive inspires a work ethic that's virtually unparalleled. Year after year, his video parts outdo one another. And it doesn't get easier.
Cole blazes a nosegrind on his battle axe cruiser board at the Black Box training facility.
"You trap yourself because you want to make the best video part you possibly can and so you do," Cole says. "But then your career's not over and you've got to make another video part. And it's got to be put up against that one that you thought you couldn't top. And there's no way to combat that one you already made."
Yet, somehow he does it. Cole's premiere with Zero in Dying to Live blew doors off the segments he put out before it. Then his appearance in New Blood solidified him as the heir apparent to Jamie Thomas' daunting legacy when he earned the video's curtain call (Thomas had the final segments in the three prior Zero videos). In addition to those videos, Cole put out two video for fun with his Pennsylvania hometown crew, Hot Wax (see the latter part from Shred the Gnar in our video player) and was the driving force behind the Zero team in winning Thrasher magazine's "King of The Road" cross-country team contest three years in a row.
He wins regular contests too, though he barely gives them a second thought. Cole dominated the 2007 X Games street comp against skaters that dedicate huge portions of their careers to the competitive environment. But that's certainly not the way he views contests.
"I look at it like a demo. You want to do a good demo for all the kids that came to watch the contest. And then you want to win because that's some extra cash you can put away ... but it's all extra credit."
And now Ride the Sky is coming. In a few short days, Fallen footwear's inaugural video will premiere. In the works for over three years, the video has been anticipated since the brand first launched. The team has traveled and toured the globe exhaustively. And the process has made Chris Cole question everything.
"Here you are like, 'All right, in the last video I did this, this and this. I found my breaking points were at my physical state and size; I cannot go any bigger,'" Cole says. "But then here you are at the gap or the rail trying to figure how the hell this is going to happen."
Here, in the present moment, his legacy well established, this is where we meet the man.
"It sucks, man. It really sucks," Cole says about knowing when to let a trick go. "I don't make that decision easily. It is a reality of what you have to do, though. And I've never been that dude before. I've always been punishment guy; I'm here to get rolled on. But at a point, you'd be a fool to sit here and kill yourself when you know it's not going to happen."
So what does the man do to live up to the legacy he's created?
"More and more it's about choosing your battles. Which ones are worth it. Which ones aren't worth it. And how much punishment can you take."
Since when did dorking around get this gnar? Cole blasts a tucknee on his crusier down the Black Box double-set.
Turns out that as Chris Cole has grown, so have his responsibilities. This isn't the carefree young pro who's only worried about skating and the next night out. Now he's a family man with a mortgage, a wife and a young son. Responsibilities can make you acutely aware of what you're doing and why you do it. It helps to focus, to make every opportunity count. So when Cole goes on tour, he lays it down.
"If all those responsibilities are squared away, it is a release because then it's like, boys night out! So psyched, like I'm out with the dogs. I'm skating. This is sick!"
With skating, as with filming and contests and family, Cole doesn't get a lot of downtime. He finds solace in places you might not expect.
"The six-hour flights from Philly to San Diego and vice versa, I'm feeling that," he says. "I'm really into designing clothes so if I'm not sleeping, I work on stuff that could go into that."
So the downtime isn't really "down" time. But at least he enjoys it. Designing clothes has been an outside interest for Cole for some time. With Fallen's apparel line taking off, it's been an opportunity for him to express another side of his personality.
"I like to design stuff but then [the Fallen designers] have to turn down my ideas because people aren't always going to buy what I want. Right now, I want Charlie Prince's jacket in 3:10 to Yuma, the aged white leather, double-breasted jacket. I want that. But that stuff doesn't fly. I'm trying to get stuff out now that has a little of my personality but that your average dude, who isn't this way or that way, would wear."
The average dude Cole is not. But there is one thing he's got in common with average dudes: As a true skate nerd, he's as excited to see the Fallen video as they are.
The future is a good place for Cole. His legacy will grow. But don't expect him to slow down any time soon.
The fourth stop of the 2008 AST Dew Tour kicked off yesterday in Salt Lake City, and we’re actually witnessing a neck-and-neck race. Paul Rodriguez, Ryan Sheckler, and lil’ Chaz Ortiz all have legitimate shots at the overall crown, so you best tune in. We’ll have photos and videos up with the quickness. Keep on reading for the Toyota Challenge press release…
It’s Make or Break Time for Dew Cups at This Week’s Toyota Challenge
NEW YORK – Sept. 10, 2008 – The race for the coveted Dew Cups heats up at this weekend’s AST Dew Tour’s Toyota Challenge. With only two events left to climb to the top of the point standings, the world’s top action sports athletes need to bring out their best performances at Salt Lake City’s EnergySolutions Arena to stay in the hunt for action sport’s only season-long championship.
The 2008 season has brought some of the tightest races in Dew Tour history. Here’s how the chase for the Dew Cups break down in the six disciplines:
MTV reality TV star and fan favorite Ryan Sheckler is in an unfamiliar position coming into Salt Lake’s Toyota Challenge: looking up in the skateboard park points standings. The three-time defending Dew Cup champ currently sits 17 points behind leader and fellow Southern California native Paul Rodriguez. The skaters’ performances this weekend could either make or break their season, and unlike Sheckler’s clinching victory at the tour’s fourth stop in ’07, the Dew Cup winner in Skateboard Park will be decided at the Tour’s final stop, Orlando’s PlayStation Pro, for the first time in AST history.
Vert legends Bucky Lasek and Bob Burnquist are separated by just 15 points in the standings and hold the top two spots, but the race for the Cup is far from over. Pierre-Luc Gagnon trails Burnquist by only 22 points and perennial contender Andy Macdonald sits just 13 points behind Gagnon. Depending on who wins in Salt Lake, the hundred points awarded to the winner could shake up the points standings considerably. Burnquist will claim the top spot if he repeats from last month’s Wendy’s Invitational victory, and a slew of situations exist where Lasek will either hold onto the top spot or it could be captured by challengers