We just received the above photo from a skater who recently obtained one of our Wheelbase Shadow Shooter tees. On the surface, it’s just an amateur image of some college kid standing in his dorm room, and from the looks of his pants, waiting for an eminent flood of some sort. He, he, he! But on a more serious note, if you take the time to look a bit closer at the photo, you begin to notice other things—details which reflect to what extent skateboarding has influenced this Michigan skater’s life. Looking closer you’ll spy various skateboard-inspired art donning the walls, skateboards lounging here and there, an unmounted set of trucks & wheels sitting eagerly on a coffee table. If you look even closer you’ll notice a stickered-up helmet lying in wait on the floor, as well as “Skateboarding Is Not A Crime” & “Earthwing” stickers calling out their anthems from the mini fridge. Nick’s picture reminds us of why Wheelbase began in the first place, and why it continues to provide so much stoke on so many levels—why we’re just as fired-up about it, if not more, than the day we went live. Skateboarding rules!
At it’s best, Wheelbase is a vehicle for the individual creativity and empowerment of skateboarders. It’s that particular autonomy—which is innate in skateboarding itself—that led to the belief that longboard skateboarding needed something different—something authentic—a magazine published and operated by the individuals who actually dedicate their lives to riding skateboards. Wheelbase was conceived in order to give the autonomy back to the actual skateboarders. So when we come in contact with skaters like Nick Hooper, and see how genuinely stoked on Wheelbase and skateboarding they are, it gives us hope that what we’re doing matters and reminds us of our purpose.
A big thank you goes out to all the skaters from across the world who show their Stoke and Shredlove for what we are doing here at Wheelbase. What’s Next? 2012, we’re coming in hot!!!