Rowan Davis has a lot of fun on his skateboard. Lovely conceptual video piece for Girl Skateboards by Adam Tabone.
Crailtap’s eye for talent was always spot on. Follow Carl Aikens through the streets of NYC and wonder why he does not buy any grocery and who his latest IG followers are.
It feels like that Girl Skateboards is stronger than ever and it is safe to say that you could blame it on their new talent. Watch Niels Bennett, Tyler Pacheco, Simon Bannerot, Sean Malto & the one and only Rick McCrank skating the city of London.
For a lot of people, Tony Hawk was the first real skater they have heard of, and to see that he is still around and just coming out with a new shoe is bringing us a lot of hope (at least for the 30+ crowd). A very classy Crailtap production with a good sense of humor and a high entertainment factor. They even found Animal Chin in this one!
The minute that people are starting to talk about Kenny Anderson his style is always the main topic. His most discussed feature is an unseizable talent and it seems like it is even getting better with age. No wonder Kenny is always smiling. While you are at it, take a look at Converse CONS‘s new “Purple” video – out now!
100% entertaining. Raven Tershy has become one of the gnarliest skaters out there and here you can see what he has been up to lately. Lakai Limited Footwear‘s “The Flare” is out now.
Not a secret any longer. Yonnie Cruz got accoladed by Chocolate Skateboards. That’s what you get when you work your ass off.
CK1 already belongs to the club of unbelievable good skateboarders. He certainly knows how to skate everything and it seems to bring him a lot of joy. Bottom line: he’s just winning from A-Z. Here is a fan-made remix of Cory’s last highlights.
This time the crew takes a cruise through downtown LA where you get busted quickly.
Featuring Yonnie Cruz, Sean Malto, Andrew Brophy, Tyler Pacheco, Kenny Anderson, Vincent Alvarez, Mike Carroll, Stevie Perez and Diego Johnson.
Even in the sunny land of LA it occasionally happends that it is raining. So for the latest Crailtap Weakdays episode the crew had to take shelter at the Crail Park.
Featuring Jerry Hsu, Vincent Alvarez, Justin Eldridge, James Capps, Jon Sciano, Andrew Brophy, Braydon Szafranski, Rick Howard, Brandon Biebel and Chris Roberts.
With its ups and downs I’d say 2016 was all in all a solid year for Girl and Chocolate Skateboards. Some of the good moments of the past year are composed in this review edit.
Featuring Vincent Alvarez, Tyler Pacheco, Brandon Biebel, Simon Bannerot, James Capps, Jerry Hsu, Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Rick McCrank, Justin Eldridge, Kenny Anderson, Andrew Brophy, Elijah Berle, Cory Kennedy, Chris Roberts, Jeron Wilson, Zach Saraceno, Griffin Gass and Johnny Jones.
People outside of Skateboarding have Christmas movies, their favorite pair of jeans, and they like to go on a walk right before sunset. We have Girl & Chocolate Skateboards.
I wonder how it feels to get ‘highfived’ by Rick Howard. Simon Bannerot & Tyler ‘Manchild’ Pacheco are scouted very well, to say the least. Here is their very first Lakai section filmed in NYC:
We are not sure what ever happend to 3D Skateboards but running your own company can be pretty intense. Let’s hope for some new footage of Brian, maybe from one of his first “18” Trips. For now, we are going back in time with his ‘Day In The Life’ video for Crailtap:
Photo by Gabe Morford.
This edit shows what it means if somebody like Gonz surprisingly appeares at your spot and changes your average day into something extraordinary, which you might remember for quite a while. By the way, Gonz is looking strinkingly solid on his all too small bicycle.
Featuring Mark Gonzales, Rick Howard, Chico Brenes, Tyler “Manchild” Pacheco and Simon Bannerot.
The Chocolate Skateboards team spend a fun day at the Rosecrans Ditch. “I’m a ditch boy” ….. “I love ditch.”
Featuring Vincent Alvarez, Rick Howard, Tyler “Manchild” Pacheco, Johnny Jones, Sam Smyth and a special guest.
It has been quite a while since Alex Olson took a seat on the infamous Crail Couch. But now he finally is back and bluntly answers any question he is given, whether it is about being his own boss or just his sexual orientation. Alex is definitely a great guy and one of our favorites!
Crailtap, parent brand to Girl and Chocolate Skateboards among others, recently celebrated 20 years with a group photo exhibition entitled “Crail Camera Crew.” The brand’s first purely photographic show, CCC features work from regular collaborators including Jerry Hsu, Sam Smyth, Aaron Meza, Andy Mueller, Ben Colen and Eric Anthony. Chronicling the last 15 years of Crailtap, which includes brands Girl, Chocolate, Fourstar, Royal, Lakai and Crailtap, the online magazine, it’s hard to pin it down into one category, with the brand describing itself as more of an ethos than a regular company.
I first became aware of a Robbin’s skating when he was little, on a Dutch skateboard forum. Here was this young kid with the user name “Robbin Reynolds” posting clips of himself trying frontside flips like “The Boss” at his local spots in Haastrecht.
Everybody knows a kid who likes a company or pro skater so much that he wants to dress and skate like them. But the first time I met Robbin, he clearly had his own style and bag of tricks and on top of that, he was a super nice guy – but it’s been a while since we last talked to each other. And it’s safe to say that Robbin’s skating has made a lot of progress since we last met. Some of you might have seen him skating in the Bombaklats video, or the Rotterdam scene article.
At this point, Robbin has some great skate companies backing him, names like Girl, Lakai, Thunder and Bones to name just a few. With a new Bombaklats video on the way, I thought it would be nice to catch up have a little Small Talk with Robbin de Wit.
Hey Robbin, how are you doing?
I’m doing fine, how are you?
I’m doing great, I was thinking we could do an interview for Place Magazine.
Yeah, man that would be sick! Do you think they’ll be down to do an interview with a Dutch guy? Isn’t it a German magazine?
Well I’m also Dutch and the magazine is in English now.
Haha, that’s true. I’m always down to do something so let’s do it!
Are you still working at [Dutch distribution company] Hardcore Supplies?
Yes, I’m still working there about three-to-four days a week and I’m skating in my free time.
Have you been going on a lot of trips?
I just came back from a Bombaklats filming trip. We had this idea to skate all these cities in the Netherlands we normally wouldn’t skate.
Sounds like a great idea. How are things going with Lakai?
Great! I love skating for them, I like the shoes, and they have been supporting me for a long time now. It’s a bit of shame that Sylvain and Karsten aren’t skating for them anymore. No bad feelings though, they got there own thing going on now.
For people who might not know, can you explain what Bombaklats is ‘cause it’s not just a skate video right?
No, it’s a group of friends that skate and live in and around Rotterdam. Actually it came from my friend Ali. When he would land a good trick, he would always say “Bombaklats!”
Bombaklats video part:
I also started to see some Bombaklats hoodies and shirts popping up in footage. What’s going on with that?
Yeah, we made some of that stuff to get people hyped on our projects. It’s just some stuff for the crew to wear.
It seems like Bombaklats has been growing and people outside of the Netherlands are starting to take more notice.
Yeah, since the video came out people are really starting to take notice of what we are doing.
I recently saw you skating the Berrics as well. How did that happen?
After Bombaklats was all done, I went to visit Sewa [Kroetkov] in LA, and he took us out skating. One of the visits was to the Berrics and that’s how I ended up in one of their clips.
I heard you met the Sabotage crew when you were over there?
I was skating a spot in LA, and they saw my Bombaklats shirt. The guys recognized me and they were hyped – so I gave them a copy of the video.
Did you ever considering moving away from the Netherlands like Sewa?
I have thought about it. Budgets can be a lot bigger in other countries and that can help you as a skater. At the same time look at people like Daan van der Linden and Nassim, they are really making it work!
So you just came back from a filming trip – does this mean that you are working on a new project?
Yes, we also finished this Rotterdam scene article for Kingpin. And now we are working on a new Bombaklats video. It’s going to be between twenty and thirty minutes long, and I’m filming a full part for that right now.
Nice! Do you know when the new Bombaklats video is coming out?
I don’t know the exact date, but soon, this year for sure.
Thanks for the Small Talk, Robbin.
Find more “Smalltalk” here.