TOMS and Mainland are teaming up to benefit you & Children in need across the world! Since the founding of the TOMS in early 2006, the company has provided 35 million pairs of shoes and restored sight to 250,000 underprivileged children and adults across 60 countries world-wide. With TOMS “One For One” model, the company pledges that with every TOMS purchase of shoes or eye-ware, a new pair of shoes or sight-saving surgery will be given to communities in need. Of course none of this would be possible without TOMS supporters like you! As a leading distributor of TOMS products, Mainland is proud to announce that you can now make a difference in underprivileged communities with a few simple clicks! Select TOMS products are now available for purchase both on our website as well as in-stores! Check out our selection and start making a difference today!
The trip kicked off with a Converse CONS event for the Kenny Anderson 3 release – complete with fresh pairs to test and an open bar. Rider Alex Lopez filmed a short line, which can be seen here.
The first day is the busiest day of the show, with the majority of skate brands represented in The Berrics area. The crew took a break from Agenda to skate Cherry Park, where Alex filmed another short clip. As the session came to an end, Nike SB was setting up generators and flood lights to prepare for a wear test of the recently released “Free” model.
With the tradeshow coming to an end, DGK held a party for the ages, with Master P on the mic.
Check the images for a brief recap of the event.
Life is full of struggle and chaos. Money often runs out leaving us unsure where the next dollar will come from, along with wondering how we will be able to pay rent or buy food. Relationships fail or become tense, confusion sets in with where we fit in with this world and what we want to do with our lives, and the list goes on. These struggles often make it seem impossible to make any sense of life; it feels like a chaotic mess that we can’t seem to get a handle on. The beauty I’ve found in this is that whenever I seem to get on a board, everything just seems to click and suddenly life makes all the sense in the world; as if the universe aligned and the whole world finally has peace and order. The feeling of rolling on concrete, the air brushing on my skin and going through my hair; the feeling of flipping a board, catching it and rolling away – how can I feel any chaos or confusion in the midst of this? It’s moments like these where I feel like, “what would I do without skateboarding? Or how would I be able to cope with this crazy life without it?” To have the ability to ride a skateboard is a huge blessing from above, for life makes sense when I am on a board, but as soon as I get off, life is just a confusing mess that is full of uncertainty.
Words by Scotty Tang
The TOMS® Story
In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS®, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One®.
Realizing this movement could serve other basic needs, TOMS® Eyewear was launched. With every pair purchased, TOMS® will help give sight to a person in need. One for One®.
“I was so overwhelmed by the spirit of the South American people, especially those who had so little, and I was instantly struck with the desire — the responsibility — to do more.”
Levis jeans have been a staple in the skateboarding industry for over 30 years now, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. This year Levis has brought us the Levis Skateboarding Collection designed specifically for skateboarding. This collection features classic styles and focuses on superior construction as well as durability and comfort. The collection features either CORDURA fabric which has the feel and look of traditional denim but was developed for exceptional abrasion resistance or LYRICA T400 Fabric which maintains it’s stretch over time, adds strength and abrasion resistance as well as helps you stay cool and comfortable. For this collection Levis focuses on construction details, the jeans feature a riveted construction with extra stitches throughout the seams and crotch for added strength. Along with bar tacks for reinforcement and double layered back pockets to hold up against those nasty slams. All products carry a hidden stash pocket exclusive to the Levis Skateboarding line. These pants also include red, black, and tan accents including back patch, labels, rivets, buttons and thread. If you need some durable, high quality pants for skateboarding these are your best bet! Check out our online selection of Levis here: http://mainlandskateandsurf.com/product-category/brands/levi-s-jeans/
Creative genius and Krooked Skateboards founder Mark Gonzales brings us his latest masterpiece: The Krooked A League Collection from Krooked Skateboards & Adidas Skateboarding. The brand new collection includes the Gonz Pro x Krooked Shoe & Krooked Track Jacket both featuring custom artwork from Mark Gonzales himself. Adidas Skateboarding and Mark Gonzales have a long running history together and continue to bring us some of the most anticipated collections in years past, with no exceptions this time around. Check out the collection inspired video below following along as The Gonz skates the streets of the Big Apple and gives us the low down as well as his very own vision of life in New York City. Featuring additional skating from Kevin Lowry and vibing to the music of Klaus Bohms, both Adidas International team riders.
After releasing the Dot Collection last year, streetwear icon Stüssy teams up with Herschel Supply Co. once again to bring you the World Tour “Cities” Collection just in time for Fall 2014. The collection includes two duffels, a backpack, and tote which all boast the names of fashion capitals from around the world. Included are references to cultural hubs New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris and London which are all uniquely printed on the bags in a classic Stüssy hand-written style font. The cotton/polyester bags come in navy blue, grey, and black and are available now in Stüssy chapter stores. Check out our selection of the Stüssy x Herschel Supply Co. “Cities” collection HERE.
Hey kids, Uncle Tony’s got a great new toy for you to beg for this christmas. It’s by the people who gave us vibrating bugs and remote control spider bots — Hexbug. Can we really skate better than Tony Hawk? Hey! It did help answer this recent question: how does Tony keep the brand rolling? This is just one way. Follow the jump for the official word from Hexbug.HEXBUG Creator Partners With Legendary Skateboarder Tony Hawk to Launch All New Circuit Boards Brand & Product Line
Tony Hawk?? Circuit Boards??? to hit retail in Europe and North America this Fall
GREENVILLE, Texas — Innovation First International, masterminds behind the widely recognized HEXBUG brand, today announced the launch of its new Tony Hawk Circuit Boards brand and product line due to hit shelves across Europe and North America this Fall. The new line of motorized remote control skateboards and ramp sets marks a giant leap in innovation for the traditional sport of finger boarding.
“Circuit Boards is the coolest technology I’ve seen in skateboard toys,” said Tony Hawk. “I knew we made something special when my kids wouldn’t stop playing with them on the first day.”
“We’re stoked to team up with the global sensation that is Tony Hawk. He is the go-to guru for all things skateboarding, and we’re confident kids are going to love the hi-tech twist we’ve put on traditional fingerboards,” said Tony Norman, president and chief executive officer of Innovation First International. “We paid a lot of attention to make sure we got the little things right, too from the width of the decks, to the rubber of the wheels and, of course, the force of the power axle! We can’t wait to see the international response from both of our fan bases.”
Kids of all ages can unleash their inner pro skater with Tony Hawk Circuit Boards. Choose between two ways to play: traditional fingerboard style or slap on the power axle and take off with the I/R remote control, turning on the turbo boost for accelerated ramp action! To power on, roll the board forward and begin to play. To power off, roll the board in reverse. One of the coolest things about this new toy line is that users can build the ultimate skatepark and grind the rails, pull off a rock to fakie, or master their own series of gnarly tricks with their favorite Birdhouse deck. The initial product assortment available at launch will include 24 Birdhouse and Tony Hawk authentic decks to customize and collect, along with a variety of ramp sets and skateparks.
HEXBUG joined the Birdhouse Midwest Summer Tour in August 2014 to give families and action sports fans a sneak peek at the new offering. HEXBUG will be showcasing the new product line by appointment at the TIA Fall Toy Preview from October 7-9, 2014 at the Dallas Market Center; the London Toy Fair from January 20-22, 2015 at the London Olympia Exhibition Centre; the Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair in Nuremburg, Germany from January 28 February 2, 2015; and at the American International Toy Fair in New York from February 14-17, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
About HEXBUG and Innovation First:
HEXBUG is a brand and product line developed, distributed, and marketed by Innovation First Labs, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Innovation First International. Innovation First is a high-tech robotics and engineering company at the bleeding edge of consumer technology. HEXBUG was designed as a way to give children a positive experience with robotics at a young age. People are drawn to the HEXBUG brand for the products’ fascinating behavior, intelligent bug-like attributes and eye-catching packaging.
About Tony Hawk Inc.
Tony Hawk Inc. is a world leader in its field with the unprecedented ability to bring alternative sports and their unique lifestyle to the masses while maintaining an indispensable edge of authenticity with the market’s hard-core, trendsetting audience. Founded by Tony Hawk in 1998, THI is based in Vista, CA.
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