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HUF x THUNDER TRUCKS

Friday, October 31st, 2014

This Saturday (November 1st) Huf and Thunder trucks have joined forces and are releasing the collaboration of the year. Huf seem to be partnering with companies a lot  recently but this one has to be the one I’m most excited about. Thunder has been around for some years now starting in 1986, gathering a team of steez along their way. It includes Dylan Reider, Chris Cole, Mark Appleyard, Marc Johnson, Erik Ellington, Peter Ramondetta, Nick Dompierre, Sean Malto, Keith Hufnagel, Ed Templeton, Dennis Busenitz, John Rattray and many more. As you can see it’s an extremely powerful crew….

 

 

Huf has also been around for plenty of years starting around the 2000s. Keith Hufnagel the founder of Huf also skates for thunder so I can understand how this came about. Plus quite a lot of other riders skate for both companies so it makes sense to combine the two brands. Take a look below to see what’s to come.. 

It’s good to see how each brand have contributed, Thunder doing the trucks then Huf taking control of the clothing. The socks which have been a huge hit in the past have still got the standard ganja leaf symbol but have also got Thunders heart shaped grenade logo too which I think works really well. The design for the Raglan, T-shirt and Snapback is also mint. It isn’t just the colour way featured above but there is also a navy blue/white one too. 

 

 

When it comes down to0 the trucks, the idea behind the packaging is pure brilliance. They’ve made miniature Huf shoe boxes to store them in. How cool is that! Also there’s no need to worry about sizes as there are sizes to please all types of girth. Gillet, Cromer, Hufnagel, Rieder, Ramondetta and Plunkett all have a pro truck for you to choose from. Some are lights too so will make your board as lite as a feather. If your not into that then they are the standards ones as well. 

 

 

Overall this is exciting shit so keep yours eye peeled for the drop, happening tomorrow! As always these things tend to sell out fast so get it on your Christmas list asap and hopefully you’ll be available to purchase some of this fine product from the Huf X Thunder trucks range!  


When Stannerz Met Jerry Hsu

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

 

Earlier this year our team rider Nick Stannerz had the opportunity to interview the legend Jerry Hsu. Born December 17, 1981 and currently living in San Jose, California. Jerry has been involved in skateboarding for many years so it was a pleasure to get the opportunity to ask some questions. If your not familiar with Jerry then get familiar! Have a read below to find out what he replied and about his move to Chocolate and much, much more…..

 

Nick: Mr Jerry Hsu, steez isn’t a good enough compliment for your mad skills on a skateboard and character off the board. You have done some serious sh#t over the years, from Osiris “The Storm” To Enjoi “Bag Of Suck” which ended up you winning the Transworld best video part……must be stoked about that right?

 

Jerry: I’m glad to still have this job, yes.

 

Nick: It’s not any new news that you have left Osiris for Emerica which resulted in your epic Stay Gold Part but you have recently moved from Enjoi to Chocolate…. It must have been upsetting leaving your good friends at Enjoi like Ben Raemers and Barletta?

Jerry: Everyone on the team is my friend so yeah it wasn’t easy to go my separate way, but there are no hard feelings and I’m always glad to skate with those guys.

 

 

Nick: So now you’re part of the Chocolate family which is bloody amazing what can we expect in the future, could you give us any secrets on missions to come featuring the company and yourself?

Jerry: Everyone is helping to plan 20 years of Chocolate so that’s the main thing coming out. I don’t have any personal projects with Chocolate right now, just skating with my new team mates and going on trips this year. I’m focused on Made 2 at Emerica so Chocolate is nice enough to let me do that.

 

Nick: How did the idea behind the chocolate Beavis and Butthead for yourself and Marc Johnson come about?

Jerry: I really had nothing to do with it. An artist named Rob Mathieson sent in the Butthead version of me to Girl and they liked it so they asked him to do an MJ version too. I think they came out just right.

 

 

Nick: Since the move to Chocolate Skateboards has this changed the crew you cruise with and who does this involve anyway?

Jerry: Yeah I go out with Ben Colen a lot (girl/choco photographer) so I get to meet up with people on the team more like Vincent and Stevie and I go skate with MJ as much as I can. But as far as my regular crew of people, that hasn’t changed really.

 

Nick: You’ve visited Manchester last year for an Emerica Demo at the Pumpcage, did you manage to see much of the city and if so what did you think? You should also make plans to come back and visit, more than welcome to pop into the store for a brew (tea) or coffee!

Jerry: I enjoyed Manchester and I would love to come back for tea.

 

Nick: Manchester has also produced some great music in its time like Joy Division, The Smiths, Stone Roses, Broke n English and DJ Dogger but no Elvis, is it true you have been nicknamed ‘The Asian Elvis’ aha….. How did this come about?

Jerry: I think it comes from when Matt Eversole and Chris Avery made the first tilt mode video and the just put that name in front of my part. I have no idea why and it doesn’t make any sense to me.

 

 

 

Nick: With the photography Instagram has been a huge hit in the past years but how did the name @internetfamous come to mind?

Jerry: Most people take that name literally which I will never understand. I wanted to have a name that was slightly derogatory and glib. I felt like people seeking out and begging for internet fame was so rampant and pathetic I would name it after them. It’s basically meaningless.

 

Nick: Many thanks from the Black Sheep Store for answering these long winded questions aha…. it is much appreciated! To finish off with we would like your quote of the year so far? Thanks again and we wish you luck for the future and your time at Chocolate Skateboards. Respect man!

Jerry: I’m still waiting for my quote of the year. Thanks so much.

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Jerry more and we would like to thank him and Chocolate for making this interview happen. It mustn’t have been easy making time to speak to Stannerz of all people so lots of respect and hope all goes well with your future at Chocolate and we’re very excited to see more action from Jerry in future!

Lastly massive thanks to Form Distribution for hooking this one up. 

 

Now get your viewing eyes on and peep some of our favorote Jerry Hsu sections below-

 

Emerica ‘Stay Gold’ B-Side.

 

 

 

Chocolate Skateboards Welcome…

 

 

 

Jerry Hsu & Louie Barletta – Osiris ‘Subject To Change’

 

 

 

Jerry Hsu – ‘Wheels Of Fortune’ 411 Video Magazine.