I’ve been bombing hills all of high school—hitting races, filming videos, going on skate trips, and other adventures of that sort. For example, I’m writing this month’s Wheelbase column from the backseat of the PDX Skate Bus—heading to Santa Barbara on a six day skate trip. My other schoolmates have 2 days left until break and are probably sitting at home on Facebook procrastinating on that project due tomorrow. Good thing I turned my project in this morning! Now, I’m chilling with the homies, headed to a beautiful part of California for a little R&R. It’s actually pretty easy to pull this off; more and more high school students are taking time off school to pursue “extra-curricular activities”. Below are some tips to kicking back, but not slacking. Check it:
Get a job; money is helpful.
Figure out your school’s grad requirements, finish them ASAP. This way by 11th and 12th grade you barley have any classes.
It sounds weak, but meet with your school’s principal and let them know what’s up: “I skate a ton, I’ll need to disappear for days at a time, but since I have an above average GPA it is totally chill.” This is what I said and it worked for me.
Girlfriends (but not girls) are kind of a weak.
Don’t party like an idiot.
Drive slow; crashing cars is expensive and painful to skate funds.
I’m not claiming a deep knowledge of this subject, but I am a traveling skateboarder dealing with high school and this is just my two cents. Anyway, when that stuff is all dialed-in and you are in a rhythm it’s pretty mellow.
Chill hard, skate new and cool places, remember the roots.
Alright, Comet riders. Here’s a pic of the Wheelbase Graphic Challenge board. We have done some of our own graphics treatments to get the brain swelling. Check these mashups by Comet’s own Kaya Keys.
The Wheelbase Graphic Challenge (a.k.a. “The Challenge”) is a variation of what we have done before at Comet, but it’s a definite refinement. The Challenge began with a Loki Flush. Back in 2010, Liam and I cut out a topmount / flush version to see what the geometries would feel like. Byron and Davis were super into that board, and i became apparent from the constant pressure from Shawn that this board must come to life.
Through a series of text messages, I took input from Byron about where to put the “sweet spot” on the board. The deepest part of the rocker and widest of the board is just behind the front truck. Normally that could have a weird effect on the way the front truck reacts, but we were able to run a flush mounting system that keeps the trucks in longitudinal plane with each other. This is very important if you are riding precision trucks like the Aeras that Byron is rocking. At a perfect zero degree the truck mounts will yield the exact degree that you intended when you chose your trucks. Lorren Hammond, Comets’ chief CNC designer and engineer, was able to create gradually deepening wheel wells that interact perfectly with the zero degree flush mounting system. The interaction of the front foot pocket with the flush mounting yields next level control.
We’re sending the first dozen of these board out the Comet team members for some final feedback. Then it is off to the Challenge! Speaking of that, get your graphics in to Wheelbase.
Overall length: 39 1/4″
Width at widest point: 10 1/16″
Width at tail: 7 15/16″
Distance between truck-mount machining: 25 7/16″
Nose: 3” from front truck mount holes
Tail: 3″ from back truck mount holes
The Challenge is a graphic contest put on by Marcus Bandy at Wheelbase. Wheelbase tells it straight, so go there to read about what is up in skateboarding right now. Anyway, here’s the deal. Marcus put Comet, Caliber, and Divine together to stoke people out and throw some new graphics by the skate community on some Comet decks. With Comet’s rich history in community design, this is a natural fit for us and we thought it would be a great way to launch a new board. Entry time closes on Jan 8, so get your pencil out and paint or photoshop all sorts or colors. The board will launched in late January / early Feb through Comet, Wheelbase, Rip City, and Muir Skate.