Links for 2/14/20

Hop Podcast #14 Collecting Skateboards With Andrew Maunsell


 

Globalizing the War on Indigenous People: Bolsonaro and Modi


 

The Toxic Tide


 

www.surfboardhoard.com/category/longboards/


 

LA’s Vintage Diners, Then And Now


 

Trust our expertise or face catastrophe, Amazon peoples warn on environment


 

How to Fall Down the Anti-SJW Rabbit Hole


 

Vintage Skateboard 1960’s Collection Rare Grails Museum Quality


 

The best conservationists made our environment and can save it


 

Welcome to Hawaii’s ‘plastic beach’, one of the world’s dirtiest places


 

A Youth Without a Future? – Australian Teenage Life in 1949 – Flashbak


 

First human ancestors to leave Africa died out in Java, scientists say


 

This Small Group of Women Master Blenders Are Reviving the Rum Industry


 

Surfing – Devon (1968)


 

Spider Jazz


 

Crystal, October 2019 – Ben “Dicko” Dickens somewhere in Oz

Links for 1/31/20

Tear-down of the San Onofre nuclear plant – work on the distinctive containment domes first on the list


 

‘We loved each other’: America’s first racially integrated all-girl swing band


 

Climate Change Will Displace Millions


 

Scotty Moore Tells It Like It Was


 

World’s Largest Vintage Skateboard Collection and Tour of SkateLab in Simi Valley

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Skateboard History Timeline


 

Google and Amazon are now in the oil business


 

Gregg Carroll


 

The Art of Dignity: Making Beauty Amid the Ugliness of WWII Japanese American Camps


 

Neoliberalism and Climate Change


 

Rip City or Die: The Tide of Gentrification Is Pushing Dogtown’s Oldest Skate Shop Elsewhere


 

Reducing music’s climate impact through innovation


 

Toxic Coastal Fog Linked to Dangerously High Levels of Mercury in Mountain Lions


 

An Old Brochure Reveals How the Palos Verdes Peninsula Became a Massive Planned Community


 

Where are the architects who will put the environment first?

Links for 1/26/20

vintage-skateboards.com


 

Climate refugees cannot be sent back home, United Nations rules in landmark decision


 

The case for … making low-tech ‘dumb’ cities instead of ‘smart’ ones


 

Buffalo


 

Skateboard shop in LA and It’s large collection

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California sues tech investor Vinod Khosla over beach access, reviving bitter legal battle


 

Mantra Skateboards


 

Makaha Skateboards


 

Morris J-Type van gets electric reboot after 58-year hiatus


 

Rampart Records’ essential box set mines East L.A.’s 1960s and ’70s soul-funk scene


 

Kris Hall – walk like a samba – vid by Laura Holman


 

One of the poorest, most desperate regions in Appalachia is experiencing an economic miracle thanks to fiber run by a New Deal-era co-op


 

Stacia Ahina & Ashley Ahina | Midday Longboard Surfing in Hawaii


 

The brutal history of Bougainville – in pictures


 

Unheard Voices, Unique Perspectives


 

Climate Change Will Cost Us Even More Than We Think


 

Sea-level rise has claimed five whole islands in the Pacific: first scientific evidence


 

The Oceans We Know Won’t Survive Climate Change


 

Six takeaways from The Post’s analysis of the globe’s fastest-warming areas


 

If defending life on Earth is extremist, we must own that label

Makaha Re-Build and Wentzle Ruml IV

Wentzle Ruml’s name came to my attention only recently, while images of him skating are classic and familiar. I am rebuilding my Makaha skateboard, which I bought in 1978. During online research I came across a 70s ad of Ruml holding what looks like an earlier version of my board: surfboard shape, 3-stringer look of dark and light wood vertically laminated deck and the Makaha branded wheels – two orange and two green ones. However I couldn’t find mentions of a Wentzle/Makaha sponsorship, but instead learned that he used to be an original Dogtown surfer/skater on the Zephyr team.

Makaha is currently selling sets of an updated version of said wheels. And there’s actually a n.o.s. set on eBay right now, where you can also find the risers the boards came with in the 70s. I also discovered an image of another board similar to mine, but with a wider outline and two extra strips of “stringers”, with black printed “Jordie” on it. This had green risers, while mine had orange ones.

But I decided not to purchase 70s components – I have never seen the trucks offered anyway, reason enough to go with Bennetts, which are quite similar, with a high profile, considerable rake and hopefully sturdier baseplates.

My choice for wheels: here in Berlin there is Mantra Skateboard Co.. It’s one guy building 60s style mini cruiser boards. The wheels he offers are caramel or white colored ones resembling 60s clay wheels in size, shape and branding. The urethane used is quite soft 78a, so the ride will still be as smooth as it used to be, however with a much narrower contact patch, not extruding the deck’s outline.

Makaha skateboard with Mantra wheels

The Mantra wheels match the deck’s style perfectly in my opinion, somehow bringing out the slight rocker and kick that have been Makaha design landmarks in skating history.

I will try and remove the dings and sand it carefully before finishing. I also hope to get rid of the ugly black graphic I sprayed on, some time in the 80s. The board originally had sand glued to the top which didn’t last long in the critical spots. So I’m contemplating whether to put on clear griptape (like it currently has), stripes of regular griptape on the stringers, or white on the light wood segments or actually put a coat of Solarez and sand onto the deck. Hm…

Links for 4/2/19

Scientists think they’ve solved one mystery of Easter Island’s statues


 

The boy on a raft in Manila Bay – in pictures


 

Retro classic: Wild and Wolf 746 telephone


 

The “Tragedy of the Commons” was invented by a white supremacist based on a false history, and it’s toxic bullshit


 

Too black, too strong: who killed Sam Cooke?


 

Tasmania’s lakes among most contaminated in the world


 

WindPal is a practical solution for outdoor lovers to charge their devices. It’s a lightweight (less than 1 kg), portable wind turbine that generates power. And it can be assembled in less than one minute


 

The Warriors at 40: the enduring appeal of a New York classic


 

Get Paul well and prospering


 

Doomsday postponed? What to take from the big new Antarctica studies


 

Makaha Skateboard Team 1965


 

‘Worrying’ rise in global CO2 forecast for 2019


 

Doomsday clock stays at two minutes to midnight as crisis now ‘new abnormal’

Drop Knee on a Skate Longboard

I’m always working to incorporate longboard surfing movements into my skating. To be somewhat ready once the right wave comes my way. I guess. After starting to figure out a tail first drop-in (or take-off) carving into the subsequent 180 on a bank or transition, I now start to work on drop-knee turns. The proper hard one, which is a cross-stance. It’s about as hard as a switch foot kick-turn. So, being a good 21st century skater, I searched for tips on the internet and this site is basically all that comes up. But it’s great putting it all into perspective, surfing and history wise!

Drop Knee Tribute | Background information on the drop knee turn