“Cameras are fun!” -Jackson’s Favorite Pictures from the Weekend 4/11

Recently, I sustained a nasty fall, leading me to take a brief break from skating to heal up. In my week or two off, I’m still going to skate events and sessions, but in lieu of a board, I’m bringing my camera. We had a slide jam go down this weekend, and in typical northwest fashion, we had some whack weather! Off and on rain led to a lot of laziness, lurking and less skating than expected. Nonetheless, there was still a fat session and here are some of my favorite pictures from the weekend!

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Sam always makes sweet, sweet love to the camera. Watch him soar his eagle arms through this right on a local path

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Team Canada paid a visit this weekend! We got to catch up with our team rider Griffin Gravel and he’s still steezing around on his Tesseract, Parises and Orangatangs.

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Ryan Villa makes a slalom board seem like riding any other deck out there. Here, you can spy him tipping and gripping, while his mirrored visor looks dope as f*ck!

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Spencer Bernard, repping the Duck Race Dynasty per usual, getting chased by the Goose! Admire the Goose’s facial expression as he rages standup.

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Here’s more Spencer, keeping the Northwest downhill style alive as hell. Plus, you can catch event organizer and general good guy Jake Hochkiss chasing him down.

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Oh yeah, our newest team rider Charlie Reid was looking fast as hell all day. You could catch him leading fat packs down tight trails, executing beautiful pre-drifts and generally killing it.

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As is the nature of longboarding, of course there were falls! The first picture features Erik Ulmer and Spencer Bernard getting tangled. The last two was a fatty pack fall; calamity ensued and not all were as lucky as Clayton to shoot the gap and not eat it.

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We got back to our local ‘hood and hit the skatepark for awhile. Here’s good old Dad Galus making his sexiest face possible

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Of course, the only person really shredding the park was Harrison DePass. This washed up fool kills it; he skates everything and always has too much steeze no matter what discipline he’s repping.

As much as I wish I was skating, this was still an awesome weekend and I look forward to spreading the love between a board and a lens a little more for future events.

Quackson out!

Our Instagram Contest: What Is It, Why You Should Do It, How to Win

As many of you have seen already, we’re throwing a skate contest on Instagram titled, “Motion Boardshop Skates Everyday.” Here’s the video to give you the basics and visual aid

Here’s our webpage with all of the finer details: http://www.motionboardshop.com/pages/motion-boardshop-skates-everyday-contest

The contest starts tomorrow, we can’t wait to see what’s to come from it and we hope all of you are as stoked as us. To learn more about it, we asked the orchestrator of the contest, Jackson Wells, a few questions.

Where did this loony idea come from? 

Our shop grom, helper and general good guy Dylan Pierce came to me with a much more extensive, lengthy contest idea. We talked it out together, he left me with the barebones of the project, and I went from there. Initially, it was two weeks long without real disciplines or structure. Since that would be too much, I condensed it and added a general format. That being said, the idea came from Dylan and I can’t thank him enough for being such a general help.

Is it pictures or videos?

Both, duh! We’re keeping it as open format as possible to get more people into it.

Why all the different disciplines? Won’t that discourage people or favor only the talented skaters?

We chose to feature all of the different days to get people skating unlike they normally would. That being said, we look forward to seeing people try different things! In no way, shape or form do you need to be the best at all of the different styles. If you’re clearly attempting something you’ve never done before, you get tons of points for being courageous enough to try something new and put it on the internet! All of the employees here will be judging, we all have different perspectives and skill sets and none of us have preconceived notions on what to expect. So, if you’re an amazing freerider who can’t ollie, we better see you trying to ollie by the third day! Even attempts get points; maybe you have a glorious fall trying to cross-step and win that day because it was the best post, who knows! That’s what makes this contest so fun, all of the possibility.

What are you looking forward to most about it?

Stoking out kids and rewarding them for skating always brings a smile to my face. Beyond that though, jankiest setup is going to go off. Here’s Dylan admiring my franken-board.

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I can’t wait to see what awful completes get made. You guys better get creative!

How do I win this contest? 

If I told you, I would have to kill you. Seriously though, as long as you are trying your hardest, posting new and original content and following the contest rules (appropriate hashtags, daily disciplines, following us, etc) you have a great likelihood of being chosen as at least a daily winner. The overall winners will be chosen subject to clear, consistent effort and willingness to skate everyday, despite maybe not getting to shred their standard discipline.

Well, quit reading and get skating guys! You’ve got one more day till the downhill day begins and then the week will go by like a blur of skateboards and fun.

A Serious Throwback Thursday; Jackson and Sam’s 2011 Skate Odyssey

Everyone remembers their first skate video, whether they want to or not. Skate videos are kind of like ex-girlfriends, everyone has them and you remember them as fondly as you would like. Sam and I (Jackson) found videos from the same time frame of 2011, and decided to provide some commentary on each other’s. Let’s start with the man himself, the Goose

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Wow, artsy shots before artsy shots were cool. Albeit, a large portion of this was shot with a GoPro, there was some DSLR shots that were way before their time, and that’s rad. Sam has been killing it since Summer 2010 and this is probably the first video of his you’ll want to see. So much about this video stoked me out when I first saw it back in the day. First off, this kid did toesides! Holy hell! This is 2011, right went the big heelside, “third digit” phase hit the grom masses. Beyond going the more difficult direction in sliding, he also put his puck down and tried to go faster. Even if it isn’t the greatest skating, it showed a multi-faceted side of someone we already knew was a dope freerider. So, if Sam Galus circa 2011 could use a DSLR, try different types of skating, and be chubby for his “sponker me” video, you guys can do way better. It’s 2015 dammit!

After Skool Skating- Jackson Wells

Oh man, I don’t even know where to start with this video. I remember the day it came out and thinking, “Wow, I wish I was as good as Jackson.” Being the 14 year old grom I was, I think I watched it 5 times the first day. Jackson has been an idol for most of the Northwest Groms for a long time, and his skating has only improved since this video. This video brings me back to the days of seeing who could do the longest slides on every steep straight hill in the area. Though this probably doesn’t represent his best skating abilities, it was the type of skating that was popular in 2011. The main goal of every skate session was to have as much fun as possible with the hills we had, which incidentally, are all mostly straight. This is 2011 we are talking about, when we were all 14 and 15 year old groms who had to beg our parents for a ride to our local spots. When they said no, there was no other option than to pack our backpacks with water and wheels and start the long push. I feel a lot of nostalgia from this video, and even watching it today with 2015’s style of “GO FAST MINIMAL SLIDING”, it’s easy to say that Jackson is a ripper who implemented all styles while lacking a variety of terrain.

AWWWWWWWWW, Sam made me blush. That’s why he’s bae <3

It’s great to look back at the old days, whenever they may have been. Reflect, regain old, lost stoke and go shred!

Its Over. Everybody Go Home.

We won. The game is finished. And nothing will be the same.

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Right next to MOTION BOARDSHOP, between that and the super sweet cafe/breakfast place we also have…

We are opening a beer and pizza joint.

Thats right you sissies. You heard right.

Beer. And. Pizza.

At the same time.

Right next to coffee and skateboards.

How do you even do better at life than that?

Huh?

HUH?!

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Well you don’t, you fucking buster. Thats what.

You have never SEEN gourmet pizzas like these gourmet pizzas.

You may as well have been eating saltines with ketchup and Kraft singles your whole life.

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BLAOW. That is a wood-fire oven. A real one.

The same intense forges that brought you samurai swords and other intense shit CAN ALSO BRING THE RIGHTEOUS DANGER STRAIGHT TO YOUR TASTEBUDS.

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BLAOW.

My face literally looks different after eating this. It is forever changed.

Devastated, even. Devastated with joy.

I couldn’t even tell you what was on it; the recipes are still top secret because this joint is still under construction.

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Yeah, we still got a bit of a ways to go.

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But its happening. It is totally happening.

Our most wholesome and righteous contribution to our community is almost to fruition.

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Almost.

BUT DO NOT LOSE HOPE.

Soon the beer and pizza will flow with unwanton abundance and we can all rejoice in an eternal hedonistic bliss.

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Forever your servant,

-me.

WHAT SKATERS NEED

The most innovative skate product of 2015 is already here and we only just got started.
I’m calling it now.

This is it boys.

Coming in clutch to save all of our disparate skateboarding needs, Blood Orange has finally done the collective scene a fat solid in bringing us the pinnacle of goods for the average travelling skater.

No more lost speed rings, no more letting your buddy borrow a bolt off of your board so he at least has two to keep his trucks on, and no more using your fingers to break down your legally acquired medicinally purposed stoke-augmentations.

And their ad was hilarious, good job guys.

Vantucky Valentine’s Day Slide Jam

Ah, what better way to forget the pangs of nonexistent love than amid a dense fog of dudes skateboarding? IMG_4461

Nothing, duh.

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Blake McLam put on a banger event.

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Race in the morning, then slide-jam after. I showed up way too late and missed the race cause I’m a huge pus.

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The jam was hella fun though; it was held on a hill with actual turns which is kinda crazy for the straight-hill-freeriding  local skate population. It was quickly made apparent who was comfortable turning left and right and who was a bit less prepared for corners.

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A barely visible eagle in the distance graced us with its presence. It might not even be an eagle; you’ll just have to take my word for it. Its a twisted world sorry man.

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All the good skaters made a point to lurk back and provide commentary much more than they actually skated.

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This dude bailed right into where I was standing. Luckily my cat-like reflexes are… cat like.

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More heart-broken loners mill about aimlessly in search of love.

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Unfortunately all they found was Camden’s steeze. Maybe it was Grant. Whatever it was one of them.

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The man of the house gives the ladies a tour of the shebang.

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I got a lot of butt flying in my direction; none of which I was particularly down with.

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And a bit of attempted nipple action. Temping, but still not down.

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The hike up the hill sucked mad dilly, no lie.

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A bit of drift-trike action in the distance.

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More butt. Always with these pucking butts.

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Here it comes. Basically making a beeline straight for me. TJ Joo; booty magnet.

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One of the Beneshes again with the tweaked steeze. Probably one of the more entertaining types to see at a slidejam.

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It was a really good time getting into shenanigans with my friends in the name of love. Definitely going again next year if I’m not slaying mad poon or something. Y’know. Huuuuuge thanks to Blake for putting on and housing a bunch of skaters for the after-function; you the man.

And if any of you readers see yourself in this post feel free to take my shitty photography and use it for whatever I don’t care.

Churchill’s LAX line: Hoodoo Review

A fresh set of collectible boards have been released under LAX, a subset of the Churchill brand which has recently attracted some attention to itself with clean, basic designs and affordable pricepoint.

This one is called the Hoodoo.

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I gave it to some random lady passing by and took pictures with it.

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And then I rode the bitch.

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The deck, you sickos.

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The board is interesting, to say the least. I mean, look at its profile.

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Shits bacon.

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Bacon.

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Bacon.

And for some reason, it all works.

Its weird because there are two sets of pockets on the deck, inner and outer, which I interpret to mean two different styles of riding the deck.

Its 9 inches wide at the outer pockets where your feet would go for a “freeride” style or riding involving riding switch and keeping a consistent distance between both feet and their respective truck mounts, but about 10 inches wide where the inner pockets are.

For this.. I have only one explanation.

In a tuck, I keep my feet a closer together than when I am freeriding, and so I noticed that I can slip my back foot into the inner pocket to hold my foot in place when I’m leaning through turns while crouched down all tight n snuggly. It also gives a solid platform for digging into when I’m predrifting, a process that I also keep my feet a bit closer together for.

As for the additional width of the deck, I can only assume that it is for structural integrity and additional lateral leverage when I’m cranking down on my back foot while downhilling.

It was kind of unsettling how well the Hoodoo suited my body specifically for a lot of the things I do, so I realize this board may not work perfectly for people with other styles of riding, but the deck totally crushes it in many departments if it matches up with you.

The only real complaint I have about the board is that they have these weird little sem-developed kicks at the ends which would be totally awesome if the wheelbases weren’t drilled so far apart and close to the ends. If the wheelbase was moved in a solid 3 inches the board would feel way more alive and fun, not to mention the kicktails would be much more usable.

Then again, redrilling wheelbases is such a basic do-it-yourself modification that it may not even be worth mentioning; just a thought on what I’m going to do with mine as soon as I get the chance.

Otherwise, the Hoodoo is totally sick if you have a similar riding style to mine, but may be a little extravagant for those who may not have not dialed in how they like to ride yet.

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The Hoodoo definitely does you more than you do it.