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Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown – Welcome to the future

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

With the second of the skateboarding events of the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, we figured it was a good opportunity to shine some light on Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown. This pair, along with the likes of Momiji Nishiya (Japan’s 13 year old gold medalist in women’s street), are about to reset skateboarding completely.
You’d have to have absolute no interest in skateboarding to have not heard the names Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown before. They, along with a swelling group of mini rippers, represent probably the biggest paradigm-shift that skateboard culture has ever experienced.
Obviously, it is a clear and evident fact that skateboard’s embarrassing gender imbalance is finally over. Skateboard participation numbers are up full stop, with female skateboard participation exploding globally.
The boy’s club is finished…

The reasons for this explosion in female skaters in manifold: from the current visibility of pioneers like Alexis Sablone, Lizzie Armanto and Elissa Steamer, through to the obvious power of Social Media at connecting once disparate communities and inspiring people to get involved. Our own UK-based Girl Skate UK network is one such example. What began as a one-woman project to try and create spaces for the (then) tiny UK female/non-binary skate scene to connect, has since mushroomed in a massive network of skaters across the country running everything from skate schools to skate comps. You could do a lot worse than to check out their website at girlskateuk.com

Anyhow, we’ve wandered away from the specific topic of this blog post, namely Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown. These two (for us at least) represent the direction that the future of skateboarding is headed in.
Both are technically children at 13 years of age. Both are in the Olympics, (Rayssa has already won a silver medal and Sky is highly likely to win a medal too) and most importantly, they both absolutely fucking rip. Not ‘good for a girl’, or ‘good for a child’ – just good, full stop.
We’re kind of assuming that you all knew this already but, just in case, (and because it’s the Olympic Park skating event this week) it seemed timely. Unlike the footage of Rayssa at the top of this blog which is all super recent and was only uploaded this week, we’ve struggled to find much recent footage of Sky in YouTube format since most of her stuff ends up on her parent-run Instagram page.
With that said, it’s still worth posting the Almost x Skateistan clip of her from 2019 (see below) just because it’s dope and the project was a sick one. I’m not entirely sure she still rides for Almost skateboards though as there were a couple of vague ads for a sinister sounding board brand called the ‘Monarch Project’ claiming Sky Brown as a pro, (along with Leticia Bufoni) recently. Either way, she’s 13, she spins head high mute grabbed McTwists and if she’s not a millionaire already, she will be soon.

Also – this: Rayssa Leal was 11 here. Jesus wept.

(P.S. The Men’s Park Olympic contest is on Thursday August 5th from 1am – 4.30 am.
Women’s park in on Wednesday August 4th from 1am – 4.30am Uk time)

Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown

If you, or your kids have just started out skateboarding, then check out our extensive range of smaller-sized complete set ups here or by clicking the Almost complete below.

Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown


Buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas?

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas?
The 2020 skateboard boom shows no sign of slowing down so we though this would be timely.
Across the world, participation numbers have reached heights not seen since the THPS boom.
Not only are we up in sheer numbers, but the Covid boom is obliterating the gender/age gap finally.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this – head to any skatepark and you’ll see it for yourselves.
Female skaters, tiny kid skaters, middle-aged shredders returning to the fold and everything in between – skateboarding is booming right now.
You can read more about this Covid-era phenomenon here: the unlikely boom of skatebarding during a pandemic.
With the above in mind, and aware of the fact that many of you will be buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas, it seemed a good time to post a little info.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

You have masses of options as regards buying your first complete skateboard. We’re stocked to the gills so how you go about it is entirely up to you.
The two main routes that most beginners take are a) buying a preassembled complete skateboard, or b) buying the components separately and having us assemble it.
See below for a handy guide on the major things to consider.

Deck size
You need to select a deck that suits your height, weight and shoe size. If you pick something too big or too small it will make it difficult for you to control when you start learning.
We can advise you on this but it is important to consider deck width (usually between 7.5 and 8.5 inches) and length (usually between 28 and 33 inches) when choosing your first skateboard.
New skaters with smaller feet or children should opt for a narrower board (around 7.5 wide) and slightly shorter board.
If you’re looking at buying your first complete skateboard for a smaller child – try our child range here, or click below to see our complete stock.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

Other things to take it account when it comes to your deck.
Wheelbase: This is the distance between the two trucks. Most modern decks have a wheelbase of between 13 and 15 inches – fine for the average teenage/adult skater.
For children or smaller people, look out for slightly smaller wheelbase.
As with width/length, this will make it easier to control.
Concave: This relates to the curvature of the board. There is no right or wrong with this and all manufacturers will offer different concaves.
Some people prefer a flatter concave whereas others prefer a deeper one for board feel. Feel free to call us and ask for advice.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

Trucks: these are crucially important when buying your first complete skateboard. There are various things to consider but the main two issues are – hanger/axle width and truck height.
The rule of thumb is, the wider your deck, the wider your trucks need to be.
Truck width is usually calculated on the length from axle to axle, (the bit that sticks out beyond the hanger that your wheels fix onto).
Truck height varies from one brand to the other – a good rule of thumb here is – the larger your wheels, the higher the trucks you will need.
As always – don’t hesitate to contact us for advice on truck selection.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

Skateboard wheels and bearings
Selecting the correct wheels and bearings will have a huge influence on your experience of learning so here are a few crucial tips.
The main variables with skateboard wheels are size (measured by wheel diameter) and hardness (measured by durometer reading – usually represented by a number follwed by ‘A’).
Wheel size runs from around 50mm to 70mm. The average skater (street and park) will usually opt for something in the 50-60mm range and pick a relatively hard wheel with something along the lines of a 95a to 101a duromteter reading). Smaller sized wheels reduce weight and harder wheels slide more easily on concrete and wood surfaces. For people more interested in cruising around than in doing tricks – larger and softer wheels (around 80a durometer) may be a better choice.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

Each complete skateboard requires a set of 8 skate bearings (that’s 2 in each wheel).
Bearings are all a standard size but performance and price varies hugely. Basic bearings sell for between £5 – £25 and will last, provided you care for them and keep them away from water.
If you want to treat yourself to a set of really high-end bearings offering heightened performance and durability then the recognised industry standard of excellence is the Bones brand and their Bones Swiss and Bones Ceramic bearings. Looked after properly, a set of high-end Bones will last you for years and years.
As always – feel free to call us for advice on wheels and bearings before buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas.
buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas

Cruisers and longboards: For those of you more interested in skateboarding as a form of transportation and for the pure joy of rolling, we offer a full range of cruisers and longboards. Generally these will come as preassembled completes with softer wheels for comfort and speed with a shape more akin to a miniature surfboard.
Hit the links above and below to see our full range.

buying your first complete skateboard for Christmas


Kris Vile in LA for Almost Skateboards

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

 

It’s no doubt that Kris Vile is one of the most on it and productive skateboarders from the UK. Hailing from the often gloomy west midlands, the UK Vans rider never lets the rain dampen his efforts. A killer on pretty much everything on his skateboard whether it be street, ramp or park he has more motivation than most. Kris recently took a ten day trip over to LA to shoot some photos and film some footage for Almost Skateboards and Dwindle Distribution, his efforts come in the form on the edit below and for only being there for a short period of time only shows what an all rounder he is. Click play then head over to the Sidewalk website for the accompanying interview.

 

 

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Almost Skateboards ‘3AM’

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

 

Almost Skateboards present ‘3AM’ which sees a trio of their ams Yuri Facchini, Fran Molina, and Tyson Bowerbank show us some mind-melting board control and some next level tech skills. Literally every trick in this is a banger and, coming in at just over eight minutes this is a proper look into the next generation of street skating. These three are definitely on a mission right now and don’t seem to be stopping at any time soon.

 

 

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Fran Molina – “Bienvenido” Part

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

 

Fran Molina shares with us, the viewing public, his latest part ‘Bienvenido’. Roughly translated as ‘you are welcome’ all the pleasure will yours after watching the incredible technical ability possessed by this young man from Almeria, Spain. Fran packs in Mediterranean bangers a plenty , heaps of pop, phenomenal board control and an effortless style which only adds to his reputation of being one of the best in Europe. Anybody that has witnessed him skating around at MACBA will validate the insane pop and consistency in his combination skills, even some visiting U.S pro’s have been known to sit back and take notice. Long time member of the Euro Nike SB team and recently announced latest addition the Almost Skateboards roster, Fran’s career is going up and up and from this section he’s probably going to be one of the very best Euro dudes out there.

 

 

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Rodney Mullen – Liminal Part

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

 

After 2004’s Almost Round Three, Rodney Mullen has largely stayed out of the limelight. Now though, the 49 year old street pioneer is back with a brand new video part after twelve years, the new footage called Liminal and released by Vogue is far from an ordinary skate section. It came about when Dhani Harrison ( son of Beatles guitarist George Harrison) approached him asking about documenting his skating with Steven Sebring, a fashion photographer who has had work in magazines like Vanity Fair, Vogue and GQ. Shot in his revolutionary 360-degree studio (a 24 foot dome surrounded by 100 cameras) Mullen returns and he’s well on form as he compiles a collection of NBD’s all captured in stunning 360-degree high definition. Rodney hasn’t lost anything at all in fact he’s even better. Click play below now and you will see what we mean.

 

 

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Youness Amrani Battle Commander

Monday, June 27th, 2016

 

When you start a part with a ridiculously long steezed backside tailslide people should take notice. That’s what Youness Amrani does straight away and immediately grabs your attention. The part was first shown during the Battle At The Berrics 9 finals, Amrani himself finished third overall in this years competition. This part proves that the Nike SB and Almost rider is much more capable of just skating flat ground really well. Every clip in this is pretty much a jaw dropper, hammer after hammer it’s intense. We might have given a little spoiler to the opening but we will say no more and let you discover everything else for yourself.

 

 

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Lewis Marnell – “5 Incher” Part

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

 

3 years ago skateboarding lost one of it’s most loved brothers, the memories will always be with us. Let’s take a moment to appreciate one of his best video parts. RIP Lewis Marnell

 

Lewis_MArnell_Tribute

 

 

 


Youness “Almost A Part”

Monday, May 5th, 2014

 

 

In terms of progressive skateboarding you can’t front on the wonder kid Youness Amrani! Watch below his whole new section of bonkers skating and then prepare to press the replay button a few more times after that till it starts to sink in.

 

Props to Thrasher Magazine, Nike Sb and Almost Skateboards on this one.