Never got a skateboard as good as your favorite from the last millennium? Then Jaseboards Kick 38 is one of the best longboard brands recommended for you. Coming in at the sweet length of 38 inches and a width of 8.5 inches, this is the perfect build for a longboard that can actually be used for doing some of those tricks you have been longing to do for such a long time.1

As the name itself tells you about the length of the Jaseboards Kick 38, you should also know about some other things. Jaseboards are a longboard specializing shop based in Hawaii and have built a reputation for being the Macs of the longboards.

The brand has had numerous satisfied customers over the years and other products from their stable include the Surge, Grom and Moko among many others. Jaseboards are known for their unmatched strength, flexibility and reliability whether they are used or abused. The Kick is considered a steal at the price of $219.

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  • Value for Money: There aren’t as many boards that sell at around $220 and are considered value for money. The Jaseboards Kick 38 is certainly one of these rare longboards. Considering the features and specifications that it carries with it, the Kick is definitely worth every penny spent on it.

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Hanging heels at malibu? Pulling in at backdoor? or both. I’ Last November, during a Hawaiian Triple Crown event at Haliewa, Bonga Perkins engineered a decimation of the notorious, shifty walls of A’lii Beach Park. On his way to a championship victory, the stocky Hawaiian put on a jaw-dropping display as he buried powerful, full-rail bottom turns, carved full-speed hook turns under the lip and fearlessly floated over thick, folding sections that resembled concrete slabs.

Perkins rode a longboard. But was he longboarding?


With the modern longboard era now into its third decade, a contentious debate that’s been percolating for just as long brims over in sandy parking lots from Leucadia to Lennox Head to Laniakea.

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Skateboarder Rob Dyrdek has been riding professionally since he was only 16 years old. Since then, he’s gotten into all manner of businesses. Now, at 37, he’s come full circle.

Dyrdek announced last week that his down-town L.A. company, Dyrdek Enterprises Inc., acquired skateboard company DNA Distribution. It’s a significant purchase because DNA brand Alien Workshop first sponsored young Dyrdek.

DNA is a Dayton, Ohio, supplier of skateboard decks, wheels, grip tape and other accessories, and includes brands Habitat and Reflex in addition to Alien Workshop. The Habitat brand also includes apparel and shoes.


Dyrdek used his skateboarding stardom to get into a variety of industries, including consumer goods, apparel, video games, toys, cartoons, construction and entertainment. He is best known for his MTV shows “Rob & Big,” “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” and “Ridiculousness,” all of which he writes, stars in and produces. He started Dyrdek Enterprises in 1999 as the umbrella company for his ventures.

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With big, online companies in the skateboard industry going after the same pool of customers as small, community-based shops, stores like Bustin Boards in Williamsburg are increasingly turning to digital marketing to attract sales from beyond the city’s boundaries.

The Grand Street shop has long been a popular destination for skateboard enthusiasts. Its walls are lined with custom, one-of-a-kind skateboard decks. Along with a sister location, Longboard Loft in Manhattan, the retailer has added to its avid following by sponsoring local skateboarding events and a branded, competitive riding team.


That alone, however, is not enough. Bustin Boards has just increased its spending on digital advertising, especially Google Adwords and retargeted marketing, in which ads are served to those who have already visited the store’s site.The company has also ratcheted up its presence on Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube, posting monthly videos of its products, as well as riders competing and doing tricks.

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It’s working so far. Thirteen-year-old Bustin Boards, which also owns a third store, Bikle’s Snow, Skate & Surf in Hagerstown, Md., has averaged annual revenue growth of 28% for the past three years and is profitable. “Each time we release a video, we get a bump in sales online and in the stores,” said Cary Smith, the company’s marketing director.

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Selling $200 worth of skateboard equipment via eBay used to be a good day for TGM Skateboards, despite General Manager Chuck Bonten’s leeriness about using the Web-based auction service in 2000.

Good thing he warmed up to it; TGM averages between $4,000 and $5,000 in daily eBay revenue by selling between 100 and 150 skateboard decks a day.


Bonten said his small St. Clair Shores business can send its custom-made and brand-name skateboard products to customers who don’t otherwise have access to the cool wares at affordable prices.

Were it not for eBay, he said, TGM would depend on all of its revenue coming from its St. Clair Shores storefront.

“I didn’t want to sell as competitively as you need to on eBay when I first looked at it,” Bonten said. “I put it on the back burner at first and after keeping an eye on it, decided to try it. I’m glad we did, because our eBay business has grown tremendously.”

TGM Skateboards is part of a growing number of small businesses with a wealth of entrepreneurial spirit and a lack of capital using eBay to make money.

Everything from salt shakers to full-size trucks are being sold by local eBayers. At any given moment, there are roughly 130,000 items listed in metro Detroit for sale. EBay is an electronic marketplace owned and operated by eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) in San Jose, Calif.

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Long before its popularity as recreational activity, skiing in the Sierra was chiefly a competitive sport, stimulated by wagers between immigrant Norwegian miners in Plumas, Sierra and Nevada counties, just north of Lake Tahoe. Most had learned the sport as children. They fashioned homemade 10-to-13-foot-long, 4-inch-wide skis from Douglas fir. Known as “snowshoes,” they were grooved on the bottom; the tips were soaked, steamed and bent.


The most famous of the early Sierra skiers was John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson. For twenty winters, beginning in 1856, he delivered the mail between Genoa, Nevada–the first town in the state–and Placerville, California, called “Hangtown” at the time. Traveling over the high peaks near present day South Lake Tahoe, he delivered the mail through the depths of winter … 30 to 40 feet of depth to be exact, the average snowfall in this area. With 50 to 80 pounds on his back, Thompson would make the eastward journey in three days, often returning in two. Carrying neither blankets nor a heavy jacket, he relied on his exertion and an evening campfire for warmth, reportedly surviving one blizzard by lighting a dead tree on fire. Legend has it, he was never lost, even in the most violent storms, and that he could jump off 15-foot-high precipices.Continue reading