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The Dakine Explorer Backpack is Perfect for Back to School.

Need a backpack that will carry a laptop, school books and a skateboard?  Then check out the Explorer by Dakine.  Dakine Backpacks are always sturdy and long lasting, and the Explorer is no exception. This backpack is reasonably priced at $60. It is comfortable, sturdy and convenient for any student heading back to school.

Dakine Explorer - Black StripesDakine Explorer - DenimDakine Explorer - Phantom

The Dakine Explorer backpack features a padded laptop sleeve, skate carry straps, separate MP3 and sunglasses pockets, an organizer pocket and mesh side pockets.  Padded adjustable straps and a padded back side help make this backpack fit comfortably.   The Explorer has 26 liters or 1600 cubic inches of volume and is made of sturdy 600d polyester.  Extra stitching in the critical areas and a lifetime warranty ensure that this bag will be around for a while.  The mesh side pockets allow for easy access to a water bottle or phone.

The Explorer is a great value backpack that has all the features needed by the student and skater.  First aid kt not included, but will definitely fit in this bag.

Vans LXVI Inscribe. Lightweight and from the Future!

LXVI InscribeThe first thing you notice when you take the Vans LXVI Inscribe out of the box is the clean matte finish of the upper part of the shoe.    The charcoal and light blue color way is very clean and subdued, but hints at a future style that is just around the corner.  And boy is this thing light. This is definitely a shoe I would have seen Ethan Hawk wearing in Gattaca.  Like the movie, these shoes don’t scream “Hey it’s the future!”  but calmly hint at what possibilities there are when technology and style come together.

LXVI InscribeThe Inscribe is derived from the silhouette of the Chukka Low, a classic in the Vans Shoes line up, but if the two shoes are put side by side, the shape is about the only similarity.  Vans is known for its vulcanized rubber soles, but the LXVI line steps away from the use of traditional vulcanized rubber and utilizes advanced rubber cup sole and foam technologies.  On the Inscribe is the Waffleflex design that inverts the traditional Vans sole, but also spaces the tread blocks out for better flex.  When walking in these shoes, they flex very nicely and feel like someone has already walked a few miles in the for me and broken them in.

Inside the Inscribe is a soft yet supportive insole.  Despite how light the shoe is, it feels very comfortable and supportive under foot.  The neoprene on the heel cuff not only adds some flare, but also gives snug support for the heal without biting at your Achilles.  The Rapidweld design also minimizes the stitching on the upper and helps make that clean futuristic look.  Putting the shoe on is very smooth, thanks to the Luxeliner that conforms with your foot and moves independently from the outer part of the shoe.

Whether you are looking for a casual Friday shoe, something to take out to the club or just an everyday run some errands around town pair of kicks, the LXVI Inscribe is a very comfortable, lightweight and supportive shoe that will not slow you down.

Eternal Skate Team Shreds Woodward Tahoe

The Eternal Skate Team loaded up the car with skateboards, cameras and trusty crusty skate shoes, and headed up to The Bunker once again.  It was another beautiful summer day and nice to get up in the cool mountain air of Woodward Tahoe.  A fifteen degree drop in temperature is always a refreshing change from the heat of Reno.

On board for this outing from the skate team was Jake Pierson, Robert Landers, Adam Heywood, Glynn Osburn and Cameron Agundez, with a guest appearance from Wade Godi, who is on our snowboard team.  In order to make sure we didn’t miss any of the days action our friends Edgar “Pineapple” Rivera, Mike Lee Huntsman and Kyle Volland came armed with cameras. Here is a taste of what went down.

Woodward Tahoe BunkerJake Robert and Cameron

There were about 47 campers up at Woodward Tahoe this week.  This is the fourth and newest Woodward camp in the country that gives kids a chance to improve their snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX, skiing, or cheerleading skills in the not so typical summer camp atmosphere.  They also have a digital media camp that teaches the campers how to get the best angle on the shot and put the finishing touches on their video. One of the cool things about Woodward is that campers get access to all of the camp’s facilities, so we see skaters on the trampolines and cheerleaders strapping in and hitting the mega foam ramp on Woodward Tahoes specially designed roller snowboards.  Skiers are shredding in the skate park and everyone using GoPros to record the action.

Most of the Eternal Skate Team started out cruising the park and sessioning the Euro Gap.

Woodward Camper over the EuroWoodward Camper over the EuroEternal Team Skater Adam with Woodward CampersWoodward Camper

Three of the campers were showing the boys what they could do as well.  We saw ollies, shuv-its, kickflips and more.  Campers are required to wear helmets and pads. We saw a couple of good falls, but no injuries.

Adam on the Vert Wall

Adam Heywood was killing it on the vert wall, charging as hard as he could to get to the top of it.   He was dropping in from the other side of the park, pushing as fast as he could and boosting up the wall.  I didn’t get the measuring tape out, but you can see how high it is from the picture.  Each try he was getting a little bit higher and this one was the highest that we saw.


Robert over the Doorway


Robert Landers was blowing up the doorway and put in some good time getting some tricks in.  He was trying a rock to fakie for awhile and did some gap ollies, but eventually started going for this 5-0 over the top.  Edgar was there to get the shot as well.


Jake in the closet quarter pipeJake is our youngest skater, but don’t let his age and small size fool you.  He was throwing down hard and the Bunker at Woodward is a perfect place for him to hone his skills. Check out how high he gets on this hidden quarter pipe.  There is not a whole lot of room to turn in there, but he makes it look easy.



Glynn in the Bunker

Glynn Osburn had  some rad tricks over hip.  He always has a unique style that you know is his.  He was throwing flip tricks, 360′s and more.  This tuck knee with a crail grab is gnarly, and so is the look on his face.




Cam over the Euro


Cameron Agundez was getting nasty over the Euro Gap.  This backside 180 kick flip is not an easy trick to do, especially over an obstacle.



Wade in the bunker

Armed with his Eternal shop deck and custom orange grab rails, Wade Godi showed the new kids all his old school tricks.   He carved up the park with his snowboard style, did some 50-50 grinds on the copings and blasted some bonelesses off of the hips.




Everyone got nice and sweaty, but they sure weren’t done yet.  After dinner and a quick recharge, the skate team along with all of the campers headed over to the mini-ramp and new street course.  Woodward just installed the street course, and there is a lot of fun new stuff to skate. Small quarter pipes, a spine, mannal pads, rollers and a banked manny make this mini shred park a great place to work on the basics and try new tricks. Afterwords, the campers usually scramble to get a seat in the golf cart so they can get a ride back to the bunker. Most of them ended up walking.  But that’s not such a big deal when its at Woodward.

Woodward TahoeWoodward Tahoe outdoor parkCampers at Woodward


Thanks to Woodward Tahoe for giving Eternal and our skate team the amazing opportunity to be a part of the camp.  Also a special thanks to Edgar “Pineapple” Rivera, Mike Lee Huntsman and Kyle Volland for taking video and pictures.


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