News Tagged ‘primitive skateboarding’

Nike SB Constant – new Nike SB video with heavy UK presence

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Nike SB Constant, what’s in a name eh? Constant as in ‘constantly releasing content’? Constant as in, ‘fuck Covid, Nike SB are still out filming?’ Maybe even, ‘Nike SB Constant, because there are mad rumours online’. I’m guessing it could be any/all of the above to be honest. If you pay attention to Instagram comment threads or the Slap forum then you might be aware of some of these Swoosh developments. Global brand leads moving on, ex Blueprint pros leaving, Olympians not wearing Nikes any more, etc.
Ultimately none of the above really means that much to the likes of you and I but it’s always interesting to speculate isn’t it?

Nike SB Constant

Nike SB would’ve been hard-pressed to drop a stronger two finger salute to the scurrilous rumours mentioned above than
with this video. This piece serves up 30 minutes of severe pisstake skateboarding. And when I say ‘pisstake’ I genuinely mean it.
This has to be hands down the most inclusive and diverse video Nike B have ever put out. From massive transition to manuals, a truly eclectic squad guarantees this a spot on the ‘web clips that qualify as actual videos’ list.
Grant Taylor kicks things off and shares the intro with Eric ‘I’m funny honestly’ Koston before Primitive ubermensch Carlos Ribeiro blows the doors off. This dude is supernaturally talented – so much innovative rail tech, crazy lines and the most composed style. Truly astounding. Sean Malto pops up during this barrage of Brazilian technicality, (weirdly set to a remix of Kenny Reed’s tune from New Deal’s ‘Seven Year Glitch’) but whatever: it’s cool to see Malto back again.
From there we are straight into an epic UK section featuring Atlantic Drift and Swoosh representatives Kyron Davies, Korahn Gayle, Casper Brooker, Kyle Wilson and Chris Jones. This is amazing to see – all five hold their own amidst probably the heaviest Nike SB video ever made so mad props to the lads. Buy Korahn a pint next time you see him.
Following the Uk contingent is Daan van der Linden who has been stuck on the injury bench a lot since joining Nike. As such, I’m unsure whether the footage on Nike SB Constant is old or new but either way, it’s a reminder why he’s just dropped his own fishing themed shoe. Ridiculous.
The bangers just keep on exploding with a solid Australian section featuring all manner of heads. Likewise, Nike SB’s female team get plenty of shine with Nicole Hause in particular dropping heavy street and transition footage alongside Elissa Steamer BGPs. Can’t ask for more can you?
Rightful holders of the Nike SB Constant curtains are Polar Skate Co pro and qualified Swedish Olympian Oski and the superhuman Grant Taylor. It’s pointless to even begin to try and express how off the charts this section of the video is. Jaw dropping, literally. Just go watch it – you’ll soil yourselves.

Nike SB Constant


Louie Lopez and Tiago Lemos keep it pumping for 2021

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

The dynamic duo of Louie Lopez and Tiago Lemos have both dropped nuggets of respective gold this week.
Two of our (and no doubt yours too) favourite non-SOTY winners just keep on producing.
First up is Brazilian power house Tiago Lemos with a short but banging commercial for Primitive skate.
Once memorably described on the venerable PWBC News as skating like ‘Enrique Lorenzo on high grade steroids’ – Tiago can do little wrong on our eyes. Yes, it was the over waist high switch backtail at MACBA that made him globally famous but there’s much more to him than that. Running mega pop on a Kareem Campbell level with a trick bag as wide as his smile – just sit back and soak up the supernatural skills.
State of that nollie crooks!

Louie Lopez and Tiago Lemos

Once you’ve digested big man casually leaping over waist-high bump to bars, prepare your eyes for another onslaught. We post about Louie Lopez a lot and have done since his midget days on Flip skateboards. If ever there was proof of Flip’s talent-spotting prowess then it’s the trajectory of this Hawthorne, L.A. raised ripper. Fresh off the back of his recent full length part for Converse Cons back in December, Louie is back again with four and a half minutes of truly outstanding skating for Fucking Awesome (or do we call it ‘FA World Entertainment’ now in tacit acknowledgement that ‘Fucking Awesome’ is an embarrassing name?).
Nomenclature issues aside – baldy comes through as always with 3 minutes of amazing lines bleeding into a minute and a half long ‘hammer section’. Filmed at a variety of presumably Covid-liberated downtown spots, along with a smattering of classics: watch out for the Venice ledges banger and a brief ressurection of the OG Beryl bank to curb. Very little more needs to be said honestly – the guy’s a pisstake and, as the blipvert of his t-shirt says ‘You must remember shit’. Cryptic? Perhaps. Banging? Undeniably.

Louie Lopez and Tiago Lemos


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


Mariah Duran and Jenn Soto for adidas skateboarding

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

One tiny glimmer of hope and joy amidst the otherwise truly grim beginning of 2020 has been the prevalence of banging female skate clips.

This week saw the latest she-shredder banger drop courtesy of Mariah Duran and Jenn Soto for adidas skateboarding. Following last month’s amazing Credits video from Vans, the pressure was most definitely on for whichever big brand stepped up to the female skateboarding Oche next, but this Mariah Duran and Jenn Soto for adidas skateboarding piece more than came through with the goods.

For those of you unaware of this duo prior to watching this and shouting ‘Damn’ at your phone screen when Mariah did that fakie hardflip – here’s a super brief overview of them both.
Mariah Duran is pro for OG female-owned brand Meow skateboards, has won two X-Games golds and is generally pretty gangster. Check out her 2016 YWBHFT below for some more background. She’s gangster, she rips and you wish you’d filmed that bench line in the adidas skateboarding video above.

 

 

 

 

Jenn Soto, like Mariah, is a big name on the female skate scene, took first in the 2018 Street League finals in London and is equally gangster. These two can run adi trackies and shell toes with zero cosplay issues.
Additionally Jenn joined the Primitive skateboarding team in 2019, announced in the Testing II video, which is also banging and is conveniently embedded right below this.

 

 

Mariah Duran and Jenn Soto for adidas skateboarding

 

 

Along for the ride with Mariah Duran and Jenn Soto in the latest adidas skateboarding clip is Floridian ripper and now NYC local Samantha Narvaez – she’s underground now but she won’t be for long. Along with the three she shredders is Palace skateboards wonderboy Heitor Da Silva who throws in a few bangers to this clip too and gets the job done.
As we’ve mentioned his name – it’d be churlish really not to use this as an excuse to repost the amazing Palace video ‘Deeper Understanding’ that officially announced Heitor and our very own Charlie Birch to the team.

 

 

Enjoy the clips above, stay safe and, if this has whet your appetite for adidas proddy – check out our huge range of adidas skateboarding shoes and apparel here.


UK Primitive rider Charlie Munro scores two covers

Friday, May 1st, 2020

 

 

UK Primitive rider Charlie Munro scores two covers of two different UK skate magazines in April.
Bagging yourself two magazine covers in the same month is an achievement in itself but doing so whilst the entire country is under lock down is something that’s (hopefully) unlikely to be repeated any time soon.
We felt that this was worthy of a donation of virtual knucks to Cambridge-born ginger ripper and UK Primitive rider Charlie Munro really, and because, let’s face it – we’ve not really got much else to do than stare at skate clips right now have we?

For the sake of clarity – you can see both of Charlie Munro‘s quarantine-themed covers here: the first was the cover of Grey released in early April, followed yesterday by an equally banging cover of Vague. I’m almost certain that this is something that hasn’t happened previously – yeah there have been times when more than one skate mag has had the same person on the cover but I don’t think that it’s ever happened in the same month – and certainly not under the crazy circumstances that we’re living through right now.

 

 

 

 

Anyway with cyber props out of the way – might as well revel in a little bit of Munro juice really mightn’t we?
First rising to prominence via the Get Lesta series of videos, Charlie has subsequently gone on to achieve notoriety across the globe, be a semi-regular fixture amidst Thrasher’s never ending web output, and get a legit (non-distro) direct sponsorship deal from the skateboarding super team of the modern era – namely Primitive Skateboards. Not bad for a ginner eh?
With his two covers landing in our store right now – what better excuse to air a few banging parts from the Munro back catalogue?

Above you can see a couple of our favourite bits of Charlie footage from the Get Lesta era – including the one (at the very top) made to celebrate the release of the 2016 Get Lesta x Primitive skateboarding collab.
Below you can check out Charlie’s outstanding contribution to Kev Parrott and Dan Magee’s masterful independent release ‘Cover Version’ – it’s set to play from the beginning of Charlie’s section but honestly, just watch the whole thing, it’s amazing and Black Sheep family member Harry Lintell has the last part.

 

 

UK Primitive rider Charlie Munro Primitive skateboards Marvel

 

 

As well as all the above, here’s the clip from 2019’s UK visitation from the Primitive skateboarding crew – not bad for a few days eh? Whilst you’re at it – I’d recommend hitting up the hyperlink here too and watching the utter devastation that the Primitive lot brought to Bay Sixty6 back in August of 2019. Craziest demo I’ve ever seen, hands down.

 

 

 

 

Finally, for now at least – check out Charlie Munro in the latest video from Pocket magazine featuring him and a host of other European rippers tearing up the ridiculous marble spots of the UAE. I’m not convinced by trap music still but this clip’s a banger.

 

 

 

 

If all of this has whet your appetite to jump on some Charlie Munro related product, why not head over to our web store and check out the range of Marvel x Primitive boards that just came in? You know it makes sense.
In a bit…


Tiago, Suciu or Milton: Who’s your 2019 Thrasher Mag SOTY?

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Tiago, Suciu or Milton: Who’s your 2019 Thrasher Mag SOTY?

 

Tiago, Suciu or Milton: Who's your 2019 Thrasher Mag SOTY?

It’s undeniable that in the world of skateboarding there is no higher accolade than the much coveted Thrasher Magazine SOTY trophy. Imbued with the literal blood of the much missed dude-with-the-glasses himself, since 1990 Thrasher have flexed their benign dictatorship and awarded one skateboarder above all others the title of SOTY in accordance with a recognition of their contributions to skateboarding during the 12 preceding months. Neither Jake Phelps nor Thrasher Magazine itself have ever made any secret of the fact that this is their award and that ultimately the winner is decided by them, regardless of what everyone else thinks. Equally, they’ve also always made it abundantly clear that one aspect of being in the running for SOTY is what each winner has done ‘for the mag’. Put another way, you could be hippy jumping over moving cars but if you’re not doing it for Thrasher then you’ve got no chance.

With the above in mind, hopefully you’ll forgive us for picking the three most worthy candidates from this year’s slightly confusing SOTY pick just to narrow the field down for you. I mean, democracy is all well and good in principle but there’s nothing like a focused choice…

 

 

 

 

First up, we have the man with hand grenades in his skate shoes (New Balance Numeric skate shoes as of last month to be precise) the one and only Tiago Lemos.
Initially dropped as a stand-alone single part on Thrasher for 24 hours, and then re-released as the curtains of Primitive Skateboarding‘s full-length Encore piece a few days later – Tiago brings the heat as always with 5 minutes of straight up skateboarding annihilation. You know a part is good when it follows a switch backside heelflip down Wallenberg and still manages to blow everything out of the water.
Put simply, this dude has the most explosive and mind bending POP in the history of skateboarding.
If you dig ledges, switch front feebles to switch heel out down handrails and the most legit switch mongo ever seen, then you need to vote for Tiago.
Extra points for all the nerds too by including a trick at the legendary Sadlands spot.

 

 

Up next is the twinkle-toed, high brow ledge poetry of Mr Mark Suciu – we’ve waxed lyrical about his Verso section previously so if you want more comment – check out this blog post.
If you’re more of a white wine and French poetry kind of skater then Mark’s probably your guy.
Here’s a reminder…

 

 

 

 

Last, but by no means least, if you prefer your skateboarding to err on the side of outright insanity and near-death-experiences then you have absolutely no option but to cast your vote for Creature Skateboards‘ own Argentine maniac Milton Martinez. If his “¡DEMOLICIÓN!”section doesn’t scare the shit out of you, then you need to lay off the Xanax. Pure, unbridled, skate and destroy ethos in human form.
An entire video section of enders without a hint of hyperbole. Fucking nutter!

 

 

 

 

Tiago, Suciu or Milton: Who’s your 2019 Thrasher Mag SOTY?


Primitive Skateboards Tiago Lemos Pro

Friday, November 16th, 2018

 

Primitive Skateboards Tiago Lemos Pro

 

You simply cannot not like Tiago Lemos skating. Sorry if you disagree but we feel he’s the ‘skater’s skater’ and just an all round pop/style/smiley ruler on the skateboard front. Oh and if this is all new information for you, head over to YouTube and play some catch-up on the don himself Tiago. You won’t be disappointed, pure gold raw skateboarding at it’s finest.

 

Hyped to see this short (but oh so sweet) Primitive Skateboards Tiago Lemos Pro welcome clip. Be sure to support the Brazilian powerhouse when his Pro deck drops in the U.K later this month. Expected to be available in store and online from Monday 26th November.

 

 

 

 

Shop Primitive Skateboards Tiago Lemos Pro board when it lands in UK – https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/primitive-skateboards.html

 

Follow Tiago Lemos Instagram

Follow Primitive Skateboard Instagram