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Timeless Passage – Monty Nolder – Never Ending Shredder

12 Jul
Monty Nolder - Sweeper

Monty Ripping a Big Sweeper to Tail. He is a king of what I call “Step Off Tricks”. Photo courtesy of Jim Goodrich.

Growing up in Miami back in the day, I would spend all of my time at The Runway, my local skatepark. As soon as the park got up and running and the locals established it as their territory our team was put together. One of the original riders to be put on the team along with me was a young hearing impaired kid from the Cutler Ridge section of Miami, Monty Nolder. Monty soon got a reputation for being an Aggressive and Fearless skater. Even on the totally abrasive, uneven and kinked surfaces of the notorious Runway Monty was always pushing himself to break new ground.

Monty, Invert

Monty nailing a Cross Channel Hand Plant

One weekend early in our careers we all ventured up to Solid Surf skate park in Ft. Lauderdale for a pretty important regional skate contest. It was a big weekend for us then “Groms“. Tony Alva, Brad Bowman, Steve Olsen and a few other pro skaters came in from California to be celebrity guest judges. One thing that made me see the awesome potential of a very young Monty was the fact that during the after-contest Pro’s Skate Jam he was totally ripping it apart in the Solid Surf Pool with the same aggression as these established pros. That got him an immediate level of respect, he was able to hang with them.

Monty's Hosoi Ad

After a I returned from a 4 year break from skating I open up a magazine and see this. Yeah Monty!!!

Fast Forward – I moved to NYC to go to art school, Monty moved to California to keep ripping. I jumped back into the skate scene after a four year break and pursued freestyle skateboarding. I walked into my local Manhattan news stand and opened up a copy of Transworld Skateboard magazine. There was a two page spread of Monty busting out a huge air.

During our early days of skating and driving around Florida to different skate contests Monty was laying out the groundwork for what he would become famous for. Big Air, Aggressive Lip Tricks and an Off the Hook Style.

Years later the Original Runway Skateboard Team reunited a few times to hangout, skate and catch up on things. On those occasions Monty was still shredding with the same Mega-Big style. His trucks are still always ground to the axel.

Original Runway Team

The Original Runway Team reconvenes once again.
Left – Right; Shawn Webster, Monty Nolder, Wayne Hildreth. Robbie Weir & Rob Rodrigues.

Longboard Advocate – Stu Anderson

7 Jul

Fort Greene Brooklyn native Stu Anderson has been tirelessly spreading the stoke throughout the entire NYC Longboard community. With his 550 member strong Longboarding New York City Meetup page he has been organizing group rides and open skate clinics on a weekly basis. In addition to giving his time for Community Meetups he is also heavily involved in after-school teaching for Stoked Mentoring. Click the links and check out what Stu’s got cooking. Sure Skateboards is on board with his leadership.

Stu Anderson

Stuart Anderson taking a two minute break during a recent Meetup event in Prospect Park

Rider Spotlight – Jonas Richter – Downhill Skateboarder

28 Jun

Jonas Richter is 17 years old, he is from Porto Alegre Brazil and rides for NYC’s Bustin Boards. I got to know Jonas pretty well during his first visit to the United States in January of this year. Jonas is an all around great skateboarder with a focus on Downhill Racing and Free Riding.

This “Brazilian Whiz Kid” has done very well in races and competitions in South America. So well that he was granted a deferred studies waiver in order to represent Brazil as an international skateboard racer. Jonas is in the middle of a three month North American tour. He has been at several big events in the Vancouver BC area. Last weekend he made his way to New York to compete at the Windham Downhill race. This week he is out in Goldendale Washington for the United States’ most famous downhill event, the Maryhill Festival of Speed.

Jonas is at a critical age. At 17 he is still allowed to compete in the Junior division. He has several Junior’s wins, most recently at the Britannia Classic last month. Jonas has also been competing in the Pro Open division. He is doing very well standing up against the world’s top racers. He has earned the respect of everyone in the industry. At the Windham race last week he qualified with the 8th fastest time on the course. That’s out of a field of over 100 competitors.

This is an awesome time for all disciplines of skateboarding. Talented young riders like Jonas represent the future of the sport. Hard work and a good attitude will take kids like him to the top. Sure Skateboards says Viva Jonas!!!

Jonas Richter

Jonas heading into a sharp left downhill turn at 40 plus MPH

Jonas & Rob

Bustin Boards team manager, Rob Rodrigues & Jonas say goodbye before he heads back out west for more races

Great little video from the Brazilian Whiz Kid’s first visit to NYC

World Class Downhill Racing Comes to New York

15 Jun

I Love Downhill Grand Prix

Some of the best downhill skateboard racers in the world will converge on Windham Mountain the 23rd & 24th of this month for the I Love Downhill Grand Prix. Downhill racing has been gaining a lot of momentum the last few years and is also proving to be a great spectator sport. It’s pretty awesome to see people flying down a hill at 50 plus miles per hour on a skateboard. It takes extreme skill and nerves of steel to handle turns and corners in a pack of racers at high speed.

The Windham race is a big deal for the east coast because it’s sanctioned by the IGSA (International Gravity Sports Association). Top riders from around the world are registered to race. Guys like Patrick Switzer, James Kelly and Lois Pilloni to name a few. There are also many riders from the NYC area that have been working on their downhill game that will be competing.

 If you can’t make it up to the mountain for this great event, watch for news coverage of this and many big events by my friends at Push Culture.

Patrick Switzer

2011 IGSA World Champion Patrick Switzer full speed ahead at 53mph. Photo Courtesy of Michael Hausler

Skater Focus – Johnny Lozano – Sure Skateboards – NYC Skateboard Lessons

11 Jun

Johnny Lozano

Two weeks ago I was helping Maribeth McHugh teach her Sunday morning group lesson at the Houston street park. I started watching another skater in the park. I immediately noticed his ripping, steezy style and that he was consistently nailing very technical tricks. We started talking and he turned out to be a super nice and modest guy.

Johnny is from Houston Texas and skates for the Austin based Tekgnar Skate Shop. He is up in NYC studying law at New York University,this is his final year. He did his undergrad at the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in Political Science and Spanish. He’s also currently employed at a law firm doing litigation work.

I’m totally stoked to have Johnny join the Sure Skateboards Crew. As you can imagine he’s super busy with school and work so he will only be helping us out a little bit here and there. But more important, because Sure likes to use skateboarding as a medium that shows the value of hard work and consistent effort. We want to have him aligned with us as a positive example of a great skater and a hard working student.

Here’s a quote from Johnny regarding his NYC skate experiences;

“I love skating in NYC much more than Texas because you don’t have to drive to a skatepark; the whole city is a playground and New York seems to know how to take care of its skateboarders (the parks here are kept in great condition).”

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