Helmet Safety

Posts like these are impossible to write without succumbing to empathy, memories and sadness.

Before we even get into it, Motion Boardshop sends all of its sincerest condolences to the family who has suffered a loss this last week. No amount of words can justify the sympathy we feel, and it’s through incidents like this we must learn, and grow closer as a community.

Although details are still unclear, someone passed away in a local Seattle neighborhood from a head-on fall, without a helmet. Accidents in longboarding are far too real, and the hard truth is we are all liable for something to happen to us. Every time you step on a longboard, skateboard or anything with wheels, you are putting yourself at a serious risk. Executing caution in any of these situations is necessary, especially when in accordance with the most vital organ in your body, the brain. We take these things for granted, and after days, months or even years of skating, we enter a comfort zone of, “Oh, I’m just cruising,” or “I’m just going down the block, I’ll be fine.” We make these decisions consciously, without thinking about the possible outcome.

Some of the worst falls we have encountered have been in these situations; you can hit your wheel pushing, fall over a crack or anything, and tumble onto the most sensitive and important portion of your body. It doesn’t matter where you’re going, how intense the ride is, or anything, if you do not wear a helmet you are, consciously, risking your life. Skating open roads holds the same bearing. Once again, skill level means nothing. You may have hair-trigger reactions, your slides dialed, and a great skateboard, but one second you could be here, the next, under a car. Our team has a catalog of horror stories, which we share as precautionary tales to try and show people how intense things can really get. Open roads are nothing to mess with, cars will almost always win against a skateboarder, and that’s why you must skate open roads in your lane, cautiously.

It is imperative to keep this in mind, and never forget the danger that comes with everyday skateboarding. This, is why every video of ours ends with, “Be safe, wear a helmet.”  This is why anyone that represents Motion Boardshop promotes helmets safety with the utmost severity, and whenever we spot someone without one, we always tell them to get a helmet. As the sun comes out, there’s more free time and skating happens more often, please be safe everyone. Along with all of this, if we want our collective passion of skateboarding to live on, executing safety is necessary, as to maintain a positive public image we have worked hard to gain after years of criticism and profiling. Wear your helmets, obey the traffic laws and be mellow, we want to skate with you all some more!

*The Ian Tillman Foundation is great organization for this issue and you can donate here http://www.theiantilmannfoundation.org/ian.html and if you’re local, contact us and we’ll get you suited with a helmet as best we can*

Churchill Narco MISPRINT WHEELS – $22

Churchill dun goof’d and mislabeled their slidey doublekick/freeride wheels.

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(look closely; the wheels read Churhill Narco)

Due to the ‘blem,’ these wheels have been marked down to $22 dollars.

For real.

There is nothing wrong with them except for the ink on the side of the wheel is missing a letter.

Does that matter to you?

No way jose.

Still 65mm, still 80a, still an awesome slide and consistent wear patterns.

Slap it on a doublekick or topmount freeride board for a lowered board with less risk of wheelbite.


To be honest I don’t even know why we’re marking down the price. A label misprint just doesn’t seem like a big enough deal, but I aint complaining I just copped a set myself.


Or two.

You can find em here!


Maryhill 2015 Spring Freeride

I went and it was beautiful.

Deano and the Maryhill Ratz all came together and did a banger job organizing and executing, and everyone had a total blast as per usual. I liked it so much I even wrote a lil recap of it.

We built this retarded long tunnel of hay to shoot through with your friends. The claustrophobia isn’t so bad when you whip through hella fast inline with other skaters.. But if you mess up inside that tunnel its over for everyone.


There goes Billy Bones leading some cats through a turn, looking super cool and stuff.

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Arman lost some skin like a genius.

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There’s all the skaters loafing around waiting to get dragged up the hill in the back of U-Hauls.

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Matt McKeon also sucks; see him on the baby board equipped with the orange behemoths.

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And the ride back was beautiful too. You just can’t lose with this event.

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Unless you’re Arman.

“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


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.


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!


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


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.


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


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.


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❤

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.


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?




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.


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.



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.


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


But its happening. It is totally happening.

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




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


Forever your servant,