The Real team met up with Tanner Van Vark at the Houghton Skate Park in Long Beach. They told him he had to film a First Look with the new issue of Thrasher, little did he know REAL was actually surprising him with a new AD in the mag! Check out how it all went down!
Skateboarding is unique in the fact that it remains open to anyone and everyone – Unity Skateboarding, based in Oakland, CA, is a project that supports and celebrates all queer and transgender people in skateboarding. They provide a platform for visibility and create inclusive and welcoming spaces for them to come together in the Bay Area and beyond. A portion of the proceeds from this board will go directly to the Transgender Law Center, a national trans-led organization, to support their continued efforts advocating self-determination for all people so they can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
“I feel like I just went pro again!” – Kyle Walker. The Real Team jumped in the van and hit the park before surprising K-Walks with a special guest artist board from his good homie Dakota Hunt.
Dan Mancina and the Real team spent the day at El Sereno Skatepark in LA to roll with the locals. A few brave skaters threw on blindfolds to get a glimpse into what skateboarding is like for Dan.
On an extremely cold Friday in February, Dan Mancina brought his love of skateboarding to Calgary, Alberta, Canada and helped change the lives of fifteen visually impaired youth. In partnership with non-profit organization Academy Skateboard Collective, Dan shared his story and introduced skateboarding to the youth, their parents and school staff. Dan’s story of resilience not only resonated deeply with the group of students but its impact on their caregivers was equally visceral. As the students familiarized themselves with their skateboards and the skatepark, they approached standing on the boards, rolling, pushing and pumping the transitions with an uninhibited confidence. In a short amount of time, students comfortably explored the physical landscape in a way they had never before: through the lens of skateboarding. The impact Dan has left on our community will not be soon forgotten. He gave us all one residing message; anything is possible. The experience reminded us that we are not defined by perceived barriers but that we can find meaning in our ability to adapt in the face of them. Isn’t that what skateboarding is truly about? Thank you Dan Mancina, Real Skateboards, Adidas, Ninetimes Skate Shop, the Compound Skatepark and everyone else that made this event possible.
Sincerely, Everett Tetz Founder and Director of Academy Skateboard Collective
Dan Mancina is no different than any skateboarder – he loves every second of it and doesn’t let anything get in his way. While losing his eyesight at the age of 23 due to a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa cast a spotlight on him in the skateboard community, he was already a strong part of it. After the first time he skated with the Real Team he was instantly a part of the crew. With Dan’s help we worked on a special Actions REALized board designed specifically for the visually impaired.
Learn more about Dan’s story on https://www.actionsrealized.com.
REAL Team Manager Nate Alton keeps the crew covered from all angles, including iPhone… Get a behind the scenes look at some of the sessions and trips with the Real Team from last year in ‘The Nate Tapes : Vol. 1’.
“2018 has been a great year – thanks to all the skaters and skateshops out there that help make Real what it is – from everyone on the Team ‘Thank You’!” – Real Skateboards.
Ishod Wair, Jack Olson, Tanner Van Vark and Jake Donnelly spread the Holiday cheer to the locals at El Sereno Park.
Best of Ishod Wair’s Instagram clips from 2018, Enjoy.
In 2008 Davis had a standout part in the Boondoggle video, which landed him an official spot on the team. 10 years later he’s still out in the streets with filmer Tim Fulton… we just don’t call him ‘Torgy’ anymore.
HUF and REAL Skateboards present ’25 Years of Falling Down’, celebrating Keith Hufnagel’s 25-year career of makes and bails as professional REAL team rider since 1993. Keith breaks down the past 25 years in this best-of montage featuring footage from all four of his REAL video parts: Non Fiction (97), Reel to Real (01), Roll Forever (05), and Since Day One (11).