Recent Skate News
It’s a wall in a warehouse in an industrial district. The space around this particular segment shares a likeness with the surrounding neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. The building backs up to the Los Angeles River and is neighbors with companies that cater to fabrics and textiles and aluminum. There’s no machines humming or clocks being punched or lunch breaks. There are loud, echoing noises: snaps and whaps and cracks. There’s also a massive forklift rolling across the room. Skateboard icon Eric Koston and renowned artist Geoff McFetridge watch and wait. Koston has his skateboard at his feet, McFetridge wears an apron over an old t-shirt, off white pants and white Jack Purcells. Behind them, the 96-foot-wide, 20.5-foot-high “canvas” stands in a state of construction.
The prestige level of the Oakley Skate Team took another step up this past month. Welcomed to the team is Street League champion, video part master and all-around good dude, Sean Malto. The 24-year-old Jayhawk (born in Leavenworth, Kansas) may look like the boy next door with equal manners, but the guy is chilling in a contest setting, with a steely nerve that allows him to dismiss what the rest of us would consider high stakes nerves. While the contest accolades and jaw-dropping video parts (see “Pretty Sweet”) equate to the sort of reputation that makes him a big-damn-deal in skateboarding, Malto still finds himself in awe of all he’s experienced due in large part to a grippy piece of wood with wheels. During his first visit to the Oakley Compound – alongside some high-profile travel companions (Eric Koston, Atiba Jefferson and Curren Caples) for a project soon to be announced – we took a few minutes to run some tape.
His moment finally arrived. After dealing with injuries and spotty judging over the past couple years, Chase Hawk finally got his due. And it couldn’t have happened at a better time and place: at X Games in its inaugural year in a new town, Chase’s hometown of Austin, Texas.