• Written by Leigh Roche

Dropping In

Action sports rewind and spin around a slice of what’s happening in skateboarding and BMX Freestyle for September 5- 13, 2015, including Toul BMX Jam results, World Skateboarding Federation current street skate rankings, a trip back in time to the 1990s and Element’s Skypager video, and a look at Drew Bezanson’s Uncontainable video. It’s going to be a bumpy ride, so jump on a Descender all-terrain board!

Think about how much skateboarding opens your eyes to see the world differently.
-Jon Humphries, The Skateboard Mag April 2010

Good Karma:  Boards for Bros Skatepark of Tampa


In an industry that has many charities that give back to the community, Boards for Bros is one of the best causes skateboarding has to offer; its mission is to “inspire kids to use skateboarding as a gateway to a healthy life by giving them refurbished skateboards through a joint industry effort.” It started 10 years ago with a bunch of skaters getting together to set up skateboards for kids who might not otherwise step on their own skateboard.

Boards for Bros is affiliated of the SkatePark of Tampa and became a non-profit last year.  since 2006, Boards for Bros has been providing reconditioned and new skateboards to kids in need. In 2010, Emerica got on board and has been in partnership with Boards for Bros, as the organization provides assistance with skate equipment as well as mentoring year-round.


Anyone interested in donating hardgoods:

Skatepark of Tampa

Attn: Boards for Bros

4215 East Columbus Drive

Tampa, Florida 33605

World Skateboarding Federation Releases 2015 Street Skateboarding Rankings

World Skateboarding Federation (WSF), a governing body for skateboarding, released its ranking system for street skateboarders in advance of the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in South Africa Oct. 7-10.

WSF’s ranking system is based on the top contests in the world, with weighted values for contests with a national broadcast, international broadcast, or prize purse over $100,000 for men’s street. Individual skaters are ranked based on their contest performance in the top skate events globally, including the Skateboarding World Championships, X Games, Dew Tour, Street League, Copenhagen Pro, Tampa Pro, Simple Sessions and Mystic Cup. The final events of the year for skaters to earn points to advance in the rankings are the Street League Series finals Oct. 4 and the WSF-sanctioned Skateboarding World Championships Oct. 7-10.

The top 10 Street Skateboarders for 2015 as of September 1, 2015 (a complete list of rankings can be found at – they are updated live after every major contest)

  1. Luan Oliviera    
  2. Felipe Gustavo
  3. Ishod Wair  
  4. Nyjah Huston
  5. Shane O’Neill
  6. Danny Leon    
  7. Chaz Ortiz  
  8. Kelvin Hoefler
  9. Igor Golubev    
  10. Evan Smith      

Skateboarders are creative people and if you put them in an element like that, they're going to paint you a beautiful picture  - Steve Caballero, skateboarder

Time Travel  #Throwback

I saw Jefferson Pang when I was at an event recently and I had a flashback to the early 1990s when I lived in New York. There was an energy and excitement, a fomentation of changes  emerging in action sports. So I delved into videos in the way-back machine, specifically to the 1993 Element Skypager video. It’s raw, it’s gritty and captures the vibe of the East Coast, with more uneven pavement per second.  Pang was New York’s first pro street skater and he has been a trailblazer within the industry ever since. Skypager also includes Harold Hunter and other denizens of NYC skateboarding in the early 1990s. It’s fun, it’s silly and the skating is gnarly; it took me back to a more carefree time.

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Product Toss: Rockboard Descender Skateboard

Descender is an all-terrain skateboard-- a board with tank-like treads, so skateboarders can take skating off-road. The promotional video says that it navigates on any terrain, even snowy hills or wooded paths. It definitely is a board, but the tank treads make it more ..tank-like. It’s definitely not a board for doing traditional street skating or bowl riding, unless of course someone has the opportunity to carve the surface of Mars or the Moon! It’s pretty rad, and I would highly recommend pads and a helmet for escapades of the Descender.


Toul BMX Jam 5

 The Toul BMX Jam went down in eastern France, in Toul, September 12-13, 2015, with contests in BMX Park and Flatland.

Toul BMX Jam 5 BMX Flatland Results
Alex Jumelin
Raphael Chiquet
Thomas Dechenaux
Fabien Stephan

Toul BMX Jam 5 BMX Park Results

Mael Flores
Bryan Tillot
Sofiane Flores

Adrien Rossion
Alex Bibollet
Germain Fortin  

Harrison Barbier  
Lucas Andre  
Maxime Chris

Gotta See: Uncontainable- Drew Bezanson

“I wanted the same feeling of accomplishment as when I was a little kid starting to ride BMX.”

Drew Bezanson is one of the best BMX Freestylers around, with many years of experience, a ton of titles, and an amazing arsenal of tricks. HIs latest project, Uncontainable, is the video that documents his collaborative creation of a gigantic ramp set-up from shipping containers. Bezanson’s need to feel fear ultimately meant building something that would actually be massively huge. Bezanson is daring--even among BMX riders, always looking to push the boundaries and annihilate his comfort zone.. His Uncontainable project  created some absolutely frightening-sized, breathtaking riding. The floating, curved wall ride suspended over a gap between two columns of shipping containers, and the drop in to the ramp from the top of four shipping containers as to be seen to be believed. Not only is Bezanson’s riding amazing, the filming and editing really captures the vertiginous quality of the whole thing- amazing!

“My goal on this project was to ride stuff that would really scare me; to push my personal limits on a bike and to ride stuff I would never get the opportunity to ride unless it was built.”- Drew Bezanson, Uncontainable

 Enjoy the ride. Enjoy Life.

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