November 25, 2014 – 2:57 PM | No Comment

Omen Longboards started with the Carbon Matrix, which was the collaboration between a bunch of local Seattle skaters including Nate Blackburn and Trevor Preston. Omen didn’t have a physical location at the time, so the Matrix was outsourced to a local company. Due to the relatively low price tag (compared to other carbon boards) Omen gained some notoriety pretty quickly. After a little under a year, Omen procured space in a north Seattle garage and started producing the first Pike prototypes.

Read the full story »

AXSGear latest longboard / skate merchandise. Updated

Featured Stories

A collection of the most popular featured stories in our Industry.


Latest and Greatest Niche News on Longboarding Business, Industry Related Team News.

Longboard Retailer Mag

Skateboarding | Longboards, Marketing, Referral, Advertising, Interviews, contacts and resources.


Feature Articles and Interviews with successful Skateboard and Longboard RETAILERS and INDUSTRY insiders.

Home » Archive by Tags

Articles tagged with: Michael Brooke

Girl Is NOT A 4 Letter Word
October 12, 2013 – 4:30 PM | No Comment
Girl Is NOT A 4 Letter Word

Many ideas in the skateboard industry have been born over great food, cold beer and good friends hanging out. This just seems to be how we all work best. Ask any old-school skater and they will tell you stories from the 1960s and 1970s of how the ideas for various trucks, boards, wheels and even skate shorts and shoes were conceived from ideas thrown around among friends on a California hot summer night. But as we all know, ideas are just ideas, until someone puts the crazy plan into actual motion.

Company Profile: DB Longboards
October 10, 2013 – 2:20 PM | No Comment
Company Profile: DB Longboards

DB Longboards Company Profile on AXS: Like many skaters, the more we rode, the more we found ourselves coming up with ideas to change and improve the decks we were on. Eventually we gave in to the urge and took things into our own hands. The first DB boards were made back in 2003 when our founding crew was still in high school, so the initial startup capital came from loans through friends and family.

Long Days Brings Longboards
August 3, 2013 – 7:24 PM | No Comment
Long Days Brings Longboards

With summer well-established, it’s time to review the rules of the road. Michael Brooke, founder of the magazine Concrete Wave and avid longboarder, took time out from a recent talk with East York college students to give some advice on how to stay street safe aboard longboards

Longboardering for Peace And Board Rescue
June 21, 2013 – 1:14 PM | No Comment

Longboarding for Peace reached out to Board Rescue. Board Rescue is a non-profit public benefit corporation and is dedicated to providing skateboards and safety equipment to organizations that work with underprivileged and/or at-risk children in the USA. Together, Board Rescue and Longboarding for Peace will work with on initiatives to get longboards into the hands of organizations in the United States working towards peace.

Inside Vancouver’s Newest Longboard Shop: Longboarder Labs
May 28, 2013 – 12:56 PM | No Comment
Inside Vancouver’s Newest Longboard Shop: Longboarder Labs

Longboarder Labs was created by Rick Tetz. Who is Rick Tetz? What is your background? When skateboarding hit in the mid-seventies, I really got into it. I was a sponsored skater back in the 70′s. I rode for Santa Cruz, Hobie, Sims, Vision, Rector, Vans, Wings Wheels, and Gullwing to mention a few. started putting ACS trucks together in the 70′s working for Northwest Skateboard Distributors at 18. Tom Sims was my mentor and a great influence in my business life and or my business strategy. A look inside of Longboarder Labs.

Longboarding for Peace Teaches Skaters in Toronto
May 27, 2013 – 2:02 PM | No Comment
Longboarding for Peace Teaches Skaters in Toronto

What started in Jaffa, Israel bringing Arab and Israeli children together through longboarding has now mushroomed to a worldwide movement of peace. Gangbangers are turning into longboarders in Houston, Texas. First Nations youth in British Columbia are learning how to longboard and surf. The after school program in Watts is creating some mighty fine skaters. We’ve taken the movement to Jamaica, Peru and things are now starting to roll in Japan and Europe. For our latest activity, we worked with Josh Benoliel and Daniel Rinzler of Evolve Skate Camps.