They say that if you can measure it, you can improve it – and these guys measure everything. The NHS research & development department is responsible for the engineering side of wheels, decks, trucks, accessories, griptape, etc. Tim Piumarta and his crew put the “good” in hardgoods for the NHS family of brands, including Santa Cruz, Flip, Creature, Ricta, Independent, MOB Grip, Krux, OJ and more. Watch the video or read more and edu-skate yourself!
Skate Warehouse took a trip to Santa Cruz, California to spend a day at the NHS Fun Factory, home to brands like Independent Trucks, Creature, Santa Cruz, Ricta, OJ Wheels and many more. We got a full tour of the warehouse and NHS skate museum, we watched mad skate scientists in the R&D lab, we saw tons of vintage product from years past and we even got a sit down interview with Jason Jesse and Emmanuel Guzman. It was a really good day.
Flip Skateboards is classic. Having produced some of the most legendary videos and riders of the modern era, it’s no surprise that their latest crop of young bucks is absolutely nuts. The Flip Unmatched series includes models from established pros Luan Oliveira and David Gonzales, plus boards for their most recent additions to the professional ranks: Louie Lopez, Curren Caples and Alec Majerus. These dudes are the next generation of gnar, so I suggest keeping an eye on ’em if you weren’t already. As for the boards, Flip produces some of the best wood and shapes in the game. So when you pick one up not only are you supporting a rad brand with an awesome team, you’re also getting a top-quality product. Now thats a win-win situation!
Steve Olson, Natas Kaupas and Lance Mountain were inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame earlier this year. Each of these skaters has had a particularly strong impact on what skateboarding is today and things just wouldn’t be the same without them. NHS Distribution recently released a set of highly limited Hall of Fame Decks in their honor. Take a look at the Flip Lance Mountain, Designarium Natas Kaupas and Santa Cruz Steve Olson Hall of Fame decks and pick up your piece of skate history today!
In Part One of the Geoff Rowley Epicly Later’d we hit the rainy streets of Liverpool, England. The spots he skates when he’s in town, his go-to shop, Lost Art, early Gonz influences and his move from Liverpool to London. Rowley and some of the best out of Britain talk about what it meant to grow up skating in Liverpool, early sponsors and who thought of the name Flip.