It turns out that fingerboards weren’t just a passing elementary school fad, and Mike Schneider is proof. We sat down with the 23 year-old owner of Flatface Fingerboards to check out his skills, fans and custom made boards. The scene is apparently huge, and growing, with fans flocking from around the world to compete in tournaments.
ARCA Space Corporation announced that it has created ArcaBoard. ArcaBoard, an electric powered flying machine with 272 horsepower and 203,000 watts of installed power is the most powerful and lightest personal vehicle ever created. ArcaBoard represents total freedom of movement, total freedom of travel. ArcaBoard is a personal vehicle that can move in every possible direction including upwards. “ArcaBoard represents a revolution in motion. For the last 17 years we have developed aerospace technologies that looked to the sky. We took our knowledge and applied it to everyone’s dreams. Dreams of flying,” said Dumitru Popescu, CEO of ARCA Space Corporation.
ArcaBoard is built from composite materials, it has a length of 145x76x15 cm (57x30x6 inches) and a weight of 82 kg (180 lbs). This technology allows a person with a weight up to 110 kg (243 lbs) to be able to fly. The vehicle is able to fly up to 30 cm (1 ft) and with speeds up to 20 km/h (12.5 mph) and the overall performance is limited by the onboard sensors. The maximum endurance is 6 minutes, but with the ArcaDock accessory the user can be back in action in 35 minutes. The retail price is $19,900 and is available for order now. Shipments will start April 15, 2016.
While Cuban skaters struggle to get their hands on new equipment and dedicated ramps, this hasn’t deterred one skateboarding community thriving in the suburbs of Havana. At the forefront of this is regular rider Yojani Perez Rivera, who shares the sport’s role in a changing social and political landscape, in this film directed by Ivan Olita.
Part of the beautiful gritty and grimy aspect of Nick vonWerssowetz aka Lurk’s videos was his use of a Sony VX camera. For his latest video though titled “Vacancy” he swaps it for some clear and shiny HD footage. Does it change much? It’s still gritty, it’s still grimy and it’s definitely still raw NYC skateboarding. Check it out and see for yourself.
Skateboard filmmaker and traveler of far away lands, Patrik Wallner has just released his latest video, The Edge of Arabia. “While the turmoil in the Middle East doesn’t seem to have an end in sight, the Visualtraveling project zigzagging around the Eurasian peninsula has somewhat concluded. Exploring the nations on the edge of the Arabian peninsula was mandatory even while Yemen was going through a coup and was swept with chaos. But considering the past ventures such as taking a ten thousand kilometres trek on the Trans-Siberian, meeting the ‘stans, turning ginger in Bangladesh, taking the Mandalay Express, circling the Black Sea, traversing Iran and the Caucasus in the Persian Version and various other smaller journeys, the dedication to explore this last pocket of Eurasia with the mysterious Dragon blood trees lurking on the island of Socotra was intriguing.”
Vancouver-based directors Benny and Christian Zenga aka Zengabros have a new video out called Skate Heads. In it a bunch of skateboarders ride several artistic mobile skate ramps. The sheer amount of creativity that went into this project and the uninhibited fun had by the skaters make this more than enough reason to watch it a couple times.