As many of you already know, Wheelbase believes that skateboarding comes in many shapes, styles, and forms—all of them viable and having their place. You won’t hear us ranting that racing, freeriding, distance riding, or anything else is the only way to roll. We leave what type of riding you want to do up to you. What we are trying to accomplish at Wheelbase is to stay aligned with the original tradition and culture of skateboarding—a culture that focuses on freedom, self-expression, and creativity—rather than competition, scorecards, and rulebooks. That is why when we feature a race, or anything else; we try our best to keep the focus on the culture and expressiveness of the skaters themselves. Don’t get us wrong, racing is super fun, it’s just that skateboarding in the larger sense is so much more than just that. Skateboarding can definitely be regarded as a sport, and it can also be seen as a form of transportation, it can even be looked at as a child’s plaything, but at it’s most transcendent we believe skateboarding is an art form. As longboarding grows we wish to help in growing with it the idea that skateboarding is dynamic and limitless in its possibilities.
Sometimes the best way to explain something is to explain something else. That said, please check out this Vans video featuring legendary longboard surfer Joel Tudor. Pay special attention to his thoughts (mid way through) on surfing as a multi-faceted discipline, and where he suggests that if you focus too much on one particular thing that you begin to miss the “entire picture”. Skateboarding comes from surfing and so it makes sense that we may be able to learn a bit from it.
(Big thanks to our buddy Justin from Riviera for the heads-up on this video.)
Anyway, we are stoked to be here with you sharing in this longboard revolution. Let’s keep learning, keep exploring, and keep rolling. Shredlove.