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Speed Freaks raw files: Santa Cruz archive gold!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

The drip feed release of the Speed Freaks raw files has been a highlight of the last few months.
Delivered via the YouTube account of legendary film-maker and surf photographer Tony Roberts, this is certified gold. For those too young to understand why the clips above and below have all the creaky knee dads frothing at the fishtails, here’s a quick history lesson.
Tony Roberts is the man responsible for filming and editing two of the most influential skate videos of the late 1980s. Speed Freaks (1989) and its follow up Risk It (1990) featured Santa Cruz skateboards massive Speed Wheels teams. Both videos dropped on the cusp of the biggest cultural shift that skateboarding had ever known. Hugely popular at the time as videos which literally catered to every single type of skater, (from slalom to progressive street skating), these two anomalous masterpieces have been weirdly absent from the modern day conversation when it comes to epoch-shifting VHS marvels.

Maybe that’s down to the montage style whereby skaters from every brand in the industry all appeared in the same place at once, a format unknown at that point (but later normalised by 411VM). Possibly it’s down to both Speed Freaks and Risk It coming out at the point when the industry went from being vert led to street led. Or perhaps it’s just down to the fact that both videos are so long and have never been uploaded in full in decent quality to the internet. Until now that is.

Speed Freaks raw files

Basically, if you have any interest at all in the history of skateboarding, and in particular the skaters and scenes who formed the vanguard of the late 80s/early 90s then you will LOVE these Speed Freaks raw files. Tony Roberts is still in the process of uploading it all as I type, he’s not even got to Natas Kaupas yet either! For me, some of the craziest stuff is of the skaters who kind of disappeared from the TV screens of the world soon after both of these videos came out.
Up there you can watch an hour of raw Neil Blender footage – Dr Spock casually redefining the future in a kit that could be run today. 30 years into the future.
Below you can see the raw footage that created what must be the most unique video part ever released – Venice Beach’s very own wall man Tim Jackson from 1990’s Risk It.

Honestly, you shouldn’t need any more encouragement to lose days in Tony Robert’s Speed Freaks raw files archive but, if you do, how about 45 minutes of never-seen Eric Dressen footage?

Or, if that’s not enough – how about Tom Knox casually inventing off-the-flat kickflip wallrides in about 10 tries in the middle of a day long session that turned into the most progressive street part of the 1980s?
With me now?

This shit is GOLD!
If your appetite is piqued, why not head over and check out out huge Santa Cruz range too?


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


Vans Versa DX Hoodie – Skateboarding Is Not A Fashion

Friday, January 19th, 2018

 

Vans Versa DX Hoodie – Skateboarding Is Not A Fashion

 

This ones a bit special for all you skateboard memorabilia collectors out there! For those keeping up to date via our blog on the soon to come release of the next level tech Vans Versa Hoodie DX you don’t need telling anymore on that hot drop from Vans. To coincide with our delivery of the above products the good folk at Vans Pro Skate have gifted us a very highly limited box set comprising of an air sealed packed Versa DX Hooded Sweatshirt along with the as yet unreleased book by Dirk Vogel titled ‘Skateboarding Is Not A Fashion.’

 

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For those living out of the social media world circus recently, this book release has been heavily circulating various feeds over the past few days. The original concept for the book was to try cover all brands and there history in shaping skateboarding as we know it but after the realization of such a task Dirk and friends managed to hone it down to key brands and their owners. Along with all the ridicuosly amazing content contained within this hardback book, the contributing photographers  is somewhat of a feature within itself.

 

Expect to see key untold stories from the likes of Steve Rocco (Wolrd Industries) Stecyk III of Zephyr fame, Rich Novak from the legendary NHS Santa Cruz camp plus many,many more industry shaping figures. Also see the perspective from the Pro riders of the era including Vans backed Tony Alva, Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero along with a whole other host of skate to create innovators of there time.

 

So following on from the mention of the fine gift described above we thought it only fitting to give one of these away FOR FREE over on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theblacksheepstore/ with a simple like, tag four friends (and be sure to be following our page.)

 

Its that simple, click the link above to get involved and a winner will be picked on the 31st January 2018.

 

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Shop the full Vans Versa DX collection here –

 

https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/vans-versa-hooded-sweatshirt-old-gold.html

 

https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/vans-versa-hooded-sweatshirt-cement-heather-grey.html

 

https://www.blacksheepstore.co.uk/vans-versa-hooded-sweatshirt-black.html

 

 


Erick Winkowski : Right To Exist

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

 

Some of you may not have really heard of or taken notice of Erick Winkowski but we know after watching this part he’ll be a name you will remember. Santa Cruz’s Right To Exist premiered last December and for those of you who may have missed it or not purchased the video on its release the usual array of internet sharing is underway. Watching this you’d think we have been transported back to 1985 as Erick reps those old school shapes, has an invert and handplant game to put others to shame, a bonkers bag of tricks but yet still throws in a dose of street skills just for good measure. Skateboarding has no rules as they say and this part is proof to that statement if there ever was one. Get ready for a lesson in what it means to shred…

 

 

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