This site, “Skate the Planet”, is a primarily a resource for skaters looking for skateboard reviews and articles as well as manufacturer's web sites. It is geared toward anyone (especially the older generation) who formerly skated and want to get back into skateboarding or begin skating from scratch. Some of the content is better suited toward those 18 years of age and older. Use your own discretion.
I started skating around 1973. Like many, I stopped then started and then repeated this scenario until I finally got my act together and realized: I had to skate!
My hope is that “Skate the Planet” will inspire former skaters, aging skaters and those who feel they don't fit into today's skate world to dust off their board, buy new pads and feel that board vibrating under their feet again. Whether at a local skate park or the length of your driveway, get out that old board, re-live the feeling and get stoked on re-joining the skate community.
Even if you feel riding isn't for you anymore (though it REALLY is) get involved with local efforts to build skate parks or other activities to promote skating in your area. Don't let your town waste money on a toy park when similar funds will build a real skate park.
Those who pioneered this sport, long before my time, are still at it - shooting hills, flying over the coping and draining backyard pools. Join them!
As a kid, in the seventies, I had a blue plastic skateboard that sufficed in those days. It's center sparkled with a cheesy holographic inlay and an etched hatch-pattern in place of grip tape. I upgraded it with a set of Road Rider 4's, not really grasping the enormity of the activity I had stumbled onto - or it's culture. After that initial stumble, I devoured skate mags, soaking up every piece of info I could find. I'd skate to the local 7-11 with a pocket full of change and a dollar bill or two. With a slurpee in hand and a skateboard magazine in my lap, I'd sit on the curb and delve into skateboarding, wondering if I'd ever be pulling any of the moves I saw in print.
My first real skateboard was a Vision: John Grigley deck with Indy trucks and Toxic wheels. Yeah, it had rails and a tail-guard. I still have it and it's gonna stay that way!
Fast forward to today - I have an income, the essential piece of the puzzle absent from childhood. Gone are the days of a pocket full of change. Now, I can afford a new set-up every now and then.
Technology has revolutionized skateboarding. From better materials and improved designs to main-stream media coverage, skateboarding has evolved into a growing business laden with energy, angst and passion. The diversity of skateboard culture flourishes letting you fit in where ever you want. You can find the prefect set-up whether you want to bomb hills, drop in or destroy the streets. Don't follow the leader - explore your inner cravings and do your own thing.
This site is designed using xHTML and CSS. This allows for quicker loading times for pages and some beneficial twists that you may find somewhat useful. For example, the site employs specific style sheets for printing out the pages. Graphic elements of the site will not print out - only the content will display along with some useful additions. The entire site is “printer friendly” and prints black text on a white background without all the graphically-heavy elements and background colors.
If you print out the any of the Link pages, they will contain urls and contact info. All the articles and reviews will print out showing only the pertinent text and info.
Atop each page - inside the header graphic) you'll see a "SEARCH" window. Enter the text you wish to search (DVD title, favorite porn star, pro skater, etc...) and click the "search" button. A results list will appear with options for further locating your text in each document. We update the search index with nearly every update to the site.
Both Reviews and Articles contain an option at the top of each page to remove or display profanity - the “sanitation factor”, as we call it. Most current skate magazines are full of profanity (and I get a big kick out of that!) but it seemed more fun to blatantly call it out. These pages load into your browser with profanity turned off (not displayed in the browser window). You have the option of displaying (along with highlighting) all the dirty F#©&ing words with a single mouse-click. Fun!
The Display Mode setting lets you swap the Skateboarding header images for Snowboarding images - just in case you were feeling a bit seasonal or prejudiced towards one or the other. You will find this option beneath the right-hand navigation column.
Marketing folks will tell you that sex sells. I agree. Whereas I have designed this site to be a resource for skaters, I can't help but feel a bit of sex won't harm anyone. To that end I have incorporated a “bikini” setting allowing you to view the sight (the header graphics at least) with a slightly provocative view.
We are committed to making this site accessible to everyone... even if they don't hear and see the world the way we do.
This web site was developed to conform to Level AAA compliance as articulated by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 W3C Recommendation (WCAG). There are, however, some features of the site which visually impaired users will be unable to use due to the features' inherent nature. If you use an assistive technology and are having problems accessing the content of the site, please contact us for further assistance.
For those web users whose browsers support access keys, Skate The Planet has been programmed so that the primary sections of the site are accessible without the use of a mouse:
|x||Skip to beginning of content|
|k||List of All Access Keys|
|l||Local Scene - Shops & Parks|
|z||Grind Twelve (12) Skate ‘Zine|
|b||Skateboard Blog - Sklog|
|s||Our Online Store|
In general, access keys require the user to hold down either the ALT (Windows) or Control (Macintosh) key while clicking the desired access key. The ENTER key is also required for Windows users. For instance, for Windows users to get to the Homepage, they should type ALT-h and then ENTER.
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