Figure skater Nathan Chen jumps his way into history at national championships

USA Today:

We have seen the future of U.S. figure skating and it is Nathan Chen.

Chen, 16, made history Sunday at the national championships by landing four quadruple jumps in his long program, more than any American skater ever, giving him a total of six over the two days of competition, a previously unthinkable number for a U.S. skater.

He did not win the men’s title, however. That honor went to veteran Adam Rippon, a lyrical skater who didn’t land a quad but still won his first national title at 26 with a score of 270.75 points. Max Aaron, the 2013 national champion, finished second (269.55), and Chen was third (266.93).

Third? Yes, third. Four quads were not good enough for first place. Chen is young and not fully developed as a skater and a jumper, but what a statement it would have been for the judges to have placed him first.

That said, all three skaters qualified for the world championships in Boston this spring, and Chen also will compete at the world junior championships in Hungary two weeks earlier, so he will get plenty of exposure on the international stage two years before the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

A random video about a skateboarding sushi chef

Japan is known for their slightly skewed sense of humor, and this is a perfect example of it. The premise is of a meticulous sushi master, unsatisfied with the quality of his results. Keen on appeasement, his apprentice, played by Japanese pro skater Matsuo Hiroyuki, ventures out with his skateboard, landing tricks like a pro on his “custom” setup – a deck with a kitchen grater retrofitted to the underside.

The chef then transitions from “grating” rails to Japanese daikon radishes, much to the enjoyment of his sushi master and the fine texture of his new ingredient. The video closes with the context of the video for Bank Time in Circle K convenience stores – “if only your ATM banking service could be this ‘smooth.’

Supreme 2015 Spring/Summer editorial by ‘GRIND’ Magazine (Japan)

 

A Bathing Ape 1ST CAMO Skateboard

 

RVCAloha hits Hawai’i once again for surf, skate and art alongside POW! WOW! Hawaii

Guangzhou (China) House of Vans 2014 Recap

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HYPEBEAST: 

The last stop of the House of Vans Asia tour concluded in the city of Guangzhou, providing a three-day program of diverse cultural offerings to the local community, as well as tourists alike. Although Guangzhou may not be the first place to spring to mind when one thinks of creative locales in China, the illustrious city has long been leading the line in economic and cultural developments, yearning only for a platform to showcase the creativity it has to offer. House of Vans provided this platform, where multiple workshops grounded in art and expression brought together the like-minded community and even mothers who took their infants to experience the occasion.

Kicking off the first day were renowned photographers Tobin Yelland and Lele Saveri, teaching students the art of self-publishing through DIY zine classes. Shanghai art duo Idle Beats carried on the momentum by educating design and illustration students on the entire process of making a screen print, from design to creation, and finally printing a custom tote bag. Taking a different approach than to the previous House of Vans events to represent the more edgy side of expression, tattoo artists from Sunrat Tattoo in Korea and famed Chengdu-based artist Keke offered up free tattoos of which were well-received, causing local kids to line up in front of the venue from the early morning hours in a bid for some free ink.

A House of Vans event would not be complete without a slew of talented local and international music acts. Thus, the evening portion of the festivities saw Hong Kong-based punk rock drummer Kevin Boy open the stage to pave the way for Beijing indie/synth band The Big Wave. The first night was then capped off with Montreal indie dance band We Are Wolves, which ended everything off in climactic fashion and made sure the crowd stayed dancing into the early hours of the morning. Saturday night showcased a more hip-hop-laden roster as local crew Chee Productions successfully whipped the packed house into a frenzy by bringing out a surprise performance by Beijing’s MC J Fever. However, the next act that followed was arguably the highlight of the evening, where special guest Pusha T performed a full set of his most popular songs and verses, from the likes of ‘Grindin” to G.O.O.D Music tune ‘Mercy.’ The musical performances did not stop there though and DJ duo Two Fresh brought things to a close with an explosive performance. Sunday night also saw a rap-infused event and an MC battle by the Iron Mic brought together a plethora of young aspiring artists to battle it out in front of friends and family.

Notwithstanding what Vans is predominantly known for, the three-day event also provided a program of skateboarding activities open to all. Independent skate/surf photographer Leong Zhang took out a crew of young photographers to give them insights into the intricacies required for shooting skating activities. Using the Vans China/Hong Kong skate team as the subjects for the class, the participants took note of the details and angles that transform a great photo into a legendary photo. Two days of skate contests for amateurs and pros were also offered as Chongqing artist Panda and local graffiti crew Dickid created a monster 6-meter tall, Sk8-Hi-inspired set filled with a mammoth quarter-pipe as well as street obstacles painted by American artist Rich Jacobs. The much-anticipated jam-format contests brought out the pro’s representing five local skate brands: Vagabond, 8FIVE2, HKit, Symbolic and Hero, who all battled it out to take home the winnings. After impressive displays of tricks and creativity from all those involved, it was the 8FIVE2 team from Hong Kong that took the title for best street run and Shenzhen-based team Vagabond winning the best quarter-pipe jam.

Enjoy the recap above and head over to House of Vans Asia for more information regarding the events, while you can also check out recaps of the previous stops in the tour here.

 

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Pusha T headlines the Seoul stop on the House of Vans Asia tour

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Following from Shanghai, the latest leg of the House of Vans Asia took to Seoul on September 19 and 20 for a two-day pop-up concept at Hanil WarehouseGangseo-gu. Featuring over 40 artists, seminal figures in skateboarding documentary Tobin Yelland and Clint Woodside led zine-making workshops, providing an opportunity for local youth to explore self-expression via DIY approaches. Meanwhile, Los Angeles filmmaker Angela Boatwright shared intimate photographs from her ongoing documentation of East Los Angeles’s backyard punk scene. Students also learned about storytelling through film and how to tackle unfamiliar subjects with conviction. The creative spirit continued elsewhere in Lovenskate’s DIY Paper Shoes making booth and DEKAL’s silkscreen workshop, while others got creative at Vans’ #livingoffthewall project, adding colorful renditions to a large blank wall or next to the live painting artwork of Original Punk. The Sunrat Tattoo crew interpolated their deftness in body art onto leather materials and exhibited unique artworks alongside local artists SUPA CRQS who painted on huge, traditional Korean masks.

Celebrating Vans’ longstanding commitment to skateboarding, a pop-up skatepark inspired by Seoul’s landmark Namdaemum was erected in the warehouse’s center. DJs took turns on the ones and twos while Vans skate teams from Hong Kong, China and Korea showed their deftness on the four-wheeler, one-upping each other at the “Best Trick” competition, with skaters Jihoon LeeYoungjoon Park and Chris da Cahna bagging prizes.

No House of Vans is complete without a stellar line-up of music acts, and Seoul was no different. Taking stage on Friday was none other than G.O.O.D. Music signee Pusha T — a headline that attracted a mammoth queue five hours before the doors opened, alongside a guestappearanceform Seoul’s wonderboy, G-Dragon. Saturday’s agenda paid homage to Vans’ roots in hardcore and punk, with local bands Used Cassettes, New Blue Death and Juck Juck Grunzie playing out their latest garage rock anthems. San Diego psychobilly outfit The Strikers and Japan’s Radiots contributed to the high-strung list of performances, while co-headliners Las Cochinas represented the “East Los” scene, shredded into the late evening. On its second consecutive year, the latest HOV is another triumphant chapter from Vans and continues to show the capital’s appetite for art, music and creativity.

Two more stops to go for House of Vans Asia tour. Check houseofvansasia.com for the latest on Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

 

 

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