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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.

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Interview Edge Boardshop’s Mike Bornstein
April 5, 2014 – 4:44 PM | No Comment
Interview Edge Boardshop’s Mike Bornstein

An interview with Mike Bornstein, owner of the Edge Board shop to find out more about the shop and their plans for 2014 and beyond.

Dandoy Tongco, From Dropout to International Longboard Champ
January 2, 2013 – 4:07 PM | No Comment
Dandoy Tongco, From Dropout to International Longboard Champ

At a young age of 19, the My Life on Board Downhill Skate Ambassador and DC Shoes Rider John Rex Tongco – best known as Dandoy Tongco – has already gained an international name in the field of longboarding. Recently, he was hailed as the champion in the first ever longboarding event held in Dinosaur Hill, Pattaya, Thailand last December 8, 2012. With over 50 longboarders from other parts of Asia, Tongco – a true Oponganon – bagged the championship in both Slide Jam and Giant Slalom categories. “I never really expected to be the grand winner of the competition, but I believed that there was a chance. I did the best that I can and it paid off,” Tongco said about his experience in Thailand.

P. Swiss’ Destructive Championship Year
September 27, 2012 – 11:15 PM | No Comment
P. Swiss’ Destructive Championship Year

The 2011 IGSA Downhill Skateboarding World Cup Series will be remembered by the dominant performances put in by some of racing’s biggest stars, bigger events that spread the sport further around the globe and the fierce level of competition that became common place. Prior to the season Kevin Reimer, the all conquering downhill skater of 2010 suffered a severe leg injury. This left him off his skateboard and unable to defend his newly earned IGSA World Cup Series Championship.

IGSA Report: Tongue Breaks His Duck
September 12, 2012 – 6:35 PM | No Comment
IGSA Report: Tongue Breaks His Duck

The 2012 IGSA World Cup season kicked off April 20-22 in Wollongong, Australia, with the inaugural $10,000 Mt. Keira Challenge. Organized by the Australian Skateboard Racing Association (ASRA) and held in the picturesque surroundings of a tropical rain forest, Mt. Keira’s ever-changing weather made for some unpredictable and challenging racing. It rained nonstop on Thursday before the event, and due to the humidity, the track was still wet for Friday morning practice. It was beginning to dry for the afternoon qualifying session but was still slick and treacherous.

The Catalina Island Classic
September 12, 2012 – 4:23 PM | No Comment
The Catalina Island Classic

In 1977, a small group of elite downhill skaters took over the City of Avalon to particpate in the original ‘Catalina Classic’. The Weekend of May 5th and 6th, 2012 saw a modern version of this island skate invasion with the ‘Catalina Island Classic’ presented by Riviera Skateboards. This event was homage to the forefathers of downhill skating and a weekend long festival of our culture that included a mini-ramp demo, a very special appearance by Ben Harper and a downhill skate race held on a never before ridden road.

Q&A Time with Patrick Switzer
September 11, 2012 – 8:32 PM | No Comment
Q&A Time with Patrick Switzer

I talk to people about Longboarding a lot. It’s hard not to. Everyone in our industry is intimately aware of how popular it’s become. Most people have at least tried doing it, whether “it” be Downhill, Sliding, Dancing, Freeriding, or just pushing around campus. And people that are heavily involved in longboarding are crazy passionate about it. During many of these conversations I’ve had with people about longboarding, the name of Patrick Switzer is almost always inevitably brought up.