New Black Label Directional Decks… curb munchers!

Black Label Directional Decks

Good news, we have some killer new Black Label Directional Decks just in. Don’t get me started… again. I call them directional decks as they have a distinct nose and tail. You can tell you at a quick glance which is the nose and tail. And which direction it will mostly be going. You can call them shaped decks if you like, but all decks have a shape right? Anyhoo, here are four great new decks with a nod to the past you can grab right now!

Black Label is owned and operated by John Lucero who is considered one of the godfathers of curb skating so we’ll kick things off with his deck.

Black Label Lucero OG Bars 9.25″ Skateboard

Black Label Directional Decks

The Black Label Lucero OG Bars 9.25″ Skateboard deck is an iconic directional double kick. It is a tribute to one of John’s early Schmitt Stix models. This directional shape is a great wide shape perfect for curb thumping and park schralping. Its time to set this beast free to destroy some cement.

Width (inches) 9.25
Length (inches) 33.5
Wheelbase (inches) 15.5
Construction Maple
Style Curbs or Coping

Black Label Red Baron Riky Barnes 10.25″ Skateboard Deck

Black Label Directional Decks

Who is Riky Barnes?

Black Label Directional Decks

He has been around a long time and is one of the OG curb shredders. It is rumored he was a major influence on the Deer Man of Dark Woods and the mysterious BAKU Barrier Kult. Yikes! What I can tell you is that he has a killer 10.25″ deck with a shape that I love. The shape reminds me of an old favorite, the Blockhead Neon Circus from 1988. It has a variable wheelbase making it perfect for any terrain. In a brave move for 2018 they have a graphic that is surely like waving a red flag at bull.

Black Label Directional Decks

Width (inches) 10.25
Length (inches) 31.5
Wheelbase (inches) 14.5-15
Construction Maple
Style Curbs, Parking Blocks, Whatever?

Black Label Jeff Grosso Butthead Guest Re-Issue 9.75″ Skateboard Deck

Black Label Directional Decks   

Black Label was home to Jeffery for many years before a move over to Anti-Hero.He has made a special guest return with his Butthead 9.75″  Directional Skateboard deck. This Modern Old school shape it a tribute replica of Grosso’s 1991 Black Label deck. It has a full back kick with a tapered front kick and steeper modern concave & shape. A big wide directional with serious old school flavors for big transition, pools, bowls and vert ramps. Works perfectly for giving your local curb a good thumping too.

Width (inches) 9.75
Length (inches) 32.25
Wheelbase (inches) 15
Construction Maple
Style Vert, Lounge Room
Colour Orange

Davert Skateboard Plastics & Accessories

Davert Skateboard Plastics & Accessories

Skateboard plastics? Where do you stand on these? An often overlooked functional piece of skateboarding equipment or are they a gimmick used to fleece the wallets of an unsuspecting skateboard customers. I use rails on some of my boards and risers on boards with bigger diameter wheels. No doubt they work, so I am a fan. As far as nose guards, tail plates, short tail rails, copers and other weird items go, their functionality and necessity are purely a personal choice. Good news if you are a fan, we now carry a full range of Davert Skateboard Plastics & Accessories.

For old school collectors, setting up the board you had as a kid or your dream set up is the goal. With the exhaustion of  NOS (new old stock) and quality deterioration of original plastic parts from the era, putting together that period correct complete can be impossible.

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QUICK CLIP : Foundation Skateboards – Souvenir – Full Video!

Foundation Skateboards - Souvenir

Well after coming in third this year in Thrasher’s King of the Road the Foundation Skateboards team have been hard at work putting together their latest video offering ‘Souvenir’. Following up on their 2017 offering Oddity, Souvenir offers some killer footage from the true skaters favorite underdog team.

Foundation Skateboards – Souvenir

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Girl Skateboards presents DOLL – Premier this Thursday At Basement Skate

Girl Skateboards presents DOLL


Now that I have your attention, clear the schedule for this Thursday. Girl Skateboards presents DOLL, their latest video offering. Basement Skate is holding a Sydney premier instore. I’m not sure what number Girl are up to. But with well over 20 solid video productions that set the standard for the industry DOLL is defiantly one you want to catch at Basement first!

Girl Skateboards presents DOLL

Girl Skateboards presents DOLL

6:00pm Sharp – THURSDAY 18th October 2018

Basement Skate,136 Regent Street, Redfern, NSW 2016, Phone: 02 8668 4658

Details on the video are pretty hush hush. We can tell you that there are parts for new team riders film featuring new additions Griffin Gass & Niels Bennett

It wouldn’t be a Basement premier if we didn’t go to some effort to put on a soirée to say thank you to you all for supporting us.

We have teamed up with our good friends over at Young Henry’s to put on some fine beverages for you to get stuck into. Did I mention FREE BEER? Of course I did or you wouldn’t been reading down this far.

Girl Skateboards presents DOLL

Arts and crafts hour has been extended and shop team have also been putting their finishing touches on a mega Girl piñata. Skateboards, beer and piñata… what could possibly go wrong.


Girl Skateboards is a based in Torrance, California.  They are skateboarding company that was started in 1993 by Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Megan Baltimore, and Spike Jonze.

The current team includes: Sean Malto, Brandon Biebel, Andrew Brophy, Mike Mo Capaldi, Cory Kennedy, Rick McCrank, Jeron Wilson, Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Tyler Pacheco, Simon Bannerot, Griffin Gass & Niels Bennett

They are one of the most popular skateboard brands around. They also make killer shirts, hats, skateboard wheels, hoodies, trousers, bearings, belts, wallets and amazing skateboarding films. Don’t mistake their logo for a women’s restrooms – it’s the entry to skateboard bliss.

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INTERVIEW : Claudia Stranger from Olliesonny Skate School



At Basement we are all about getting new people into skateboarding any way we can. Olliesonny is a new skate school we are supporting. Olliesonny recently hit the Sydney scene and are the only all female created, owned, and run skateboard school in town.

They are passionate and want to promote skateboarding as an all inclusive activity & lifestyle. Claudia and the team know what it’s like to arrive at a skate park for the first time. It can be really nerve wracking for a new skater. The team are working to reduce the current skate stigma. They empower all new skaters to confidently enter a skate park and give skateboarding a go. What’s not to like about that? We caught up with head coach and co-founder Claudia Stranger to find out what Olliesonny is all about.


AHA: Hi Claudia, tell us a bit about yourself, how old are you and when did you start skateboarding?

Claudia: I am an events student and I’m currently working as Skate coach and a Cross-fit trainer. I am 25 years old and I started skating when I was 15.

I was begging my dad for a long time by me a board when he finally caved in and bought me a second hand skateboard. Since then I have always had a board with me.

AHA: You grew up around Ryde in Sydney, what was the skateboarding scene there like at the time?

Claudia: Growing up in Ryde there wasn’t a lot of skateparks around. So on the weekends I would go to the city and skate around Cook and Phillip Park.

AHA: There’s a new park going out that way at Meadowbank, have you had a chance to check out the plans yet?

Claudia: Yes, It looks like it’s going to be a very big skatepark that caters to both street and transition skaters. I will definitely check it out when it’s open.

AHA: What inspired you to start skateboarding and who were some of your favorite pro and local skaters from that era?

Claudia: At the time my mum was working around Maroubra Beach. I used to walk down to the beach and I would watch the kids similar age to me skate and surf all day. It looked like so much fun.

I started with skateboarding as I didn’t like swimming out far to far from the shore so I decided to stick to skateboarding. The kids similar age to me inspired me to skate and that’s where I made a lot of friends through skateboarding.

AHA: What sort of terrain do you like skating the most?

Claudia: When I was younger I was really in to street skating and trying to land technical tricks down stairs. Now, I’ve been trying to get better at transition tricks.

AHA: You’re also into longboarding, what styles do you like best in that discipline?

Claudia: Yes, about 5 years ago I was on the bus on my way to Bondi Skatepark. When I saw this guy sitting front of me with a longboard and he was watching longboarding videos on his phone. I thought it was so cool. I tapped him on the shoulder and we got chatting and from that conversation. He invited me to a Sydney Longboarding jam where I met some rad Longboard riders.

It took me a good 4 months till I got my first slide. I would say that I’m a “Free rider,” and I would like to get into some downhill races one day.

AHA: If you were going to be stranded forever on a skateable desert island and could only take one skateboard, what would it be?

Claudia: This Is a really hard question. “The Rally Cat 34?” So I can still do flip tricks and bomb down big hills.

AHA: You’ve teaching skateboarding for a while now, how did you get into it and who have you worked with?

Claudia: I used to get skate lessons at K-man skate school they were based at the Entertainment Quarter at Fox Studios. That was when I was 15 years old. When I turned 18 I reached out to them to see if I could start skate coaching. They offered me work at some of the schools around the Eastern Suburbs.

When they moved to Queensland and I started working at PCYC. That’s where I met Nigel we were both at a community event and I wanted to get in to skate coaching again I had a chat with Nigel then he got me on board the Totem team. So I started working for his Skate school as a coach and I still help out to this day.


AHA: You recently started up your own skateboarding school called Olliesonny, where did that name come from?

Claudia: Yes, I thought it was about time I branch off and try to build a skate school with my partner Allie. So Ollie comes from the skateboarding trick and Sonny is the name of my Dad. Our slogan is “Leave your Mark” and Mark is Allie’s dad’s name.

AHA: Where do Olliesonny hold most of the coaching clinics at?

Claudia: The clinics are mainly held at Skateparks around the Inner West. Sydenham, Annandale, Summer Hill, Dulwhich hill. We are mobile so we can go anywhere.

For longboarding and downhill riders we can have lessons in netball or basketball courts.

AHA: The Olliesonny crew consists of an all girl team; tell us a bit about that?

Claudia: We wanted to have an all girls team to help grow the sport so everyone feels included. All the graphic designers, coaches & administration will be run by all girls to help connect more female artists & skater girls together.

We may have guest skater boys to help out with demo’s every now and then but it will be all girl coaches on the team.

AHA: As far as kids and people wanting to learn how to skateboard, are you getting more boys or girls turning up, or is it an even mix?

Claudia: Yes, we are getting a great mix of both boys and girls. We are also getting a lot of interest in Longboarding, Freeriding & Skateboard Dancing.

AHA: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about skateboard coaching?

Claudia: Coming from a Personal & Group training background, I find it really rewarding when skaters land a trick for the first time. Seeing their confidence build from there is the most rewarding part of skate coaching.


AHA: I’ve always thought gender divisions should be eliminated from skateboarding competitions. They should just run terrain, age and experience divisions. Do you think this would work for modern competitions or do you think they should still have male and female divisions?

Claudia: In Downhill riding you have professional longboarders and 3 times World Champion like Emily Porss competing alongside the guys. I think eventually the gap will start to close. For now competitions should offer the same career opportunity as the guys which will be encouraging the next generation of skaters to welcome all genders and build the sport cohesively.  

AHA: What coaching events does Olliesonny have coming up?

Claudia: At the moment we have been working with Skate Park Leagues running their Skate, Scoot & BMX events. Next year we would like to organize more Olliesonny skate clinics and skate events.

AHA: Good stuff, thanks for taking the time to talk to us, any thank you’s or shout outs?

Claudia: Yeah 100% – Basement Skate, Allie Cowie, Sonny Valdes, Mark Cowie, Skate Park Leagues, YMCA Action Sports, YMCA NSW, Sydney Girls Skateboarding, Paige Anthony & Amy Gardner.

Check out more about Olliesonny, book lessons and keep up with their upcoming events here and check them out on Facebook & Instagram.


DOUBLE TAKE: Classic Wheels from Spitfire & Pig

classic Wheels from Spitfire & Pig classic Wheels from Spitfire & Pig

A few years ago new wheel formulas were all the rage. Companies made all sorts of wild claims that their wheel were formulated to never flat spot or go faster. Whether it was true or not it was really up to you. One thing that divides skaters is how they feel under foot. Some people really liked the new formulas while others believe they feel too chalky and chattery. If you like the old feel here are a couple of classic Wheels from Spitfire & Pig. Both these wheels have been around since the early 1990’s and are still some of the best selling wheels on the market today. We always have a full range of classic and new wheels to suit whichever way you want to go. Continue reading

QUICK CLIP: Passport – Dean Palmer & Taylor Square

Passport - Dean Palmer & Taylor Square

It’s been a while since I posted up a quick clip, so here’s a beauty from the boys over at Pass-Port featuring Dean Palmer & Taylor Square  Dean is a super nice guy that can navigate the mean streets of Sydney with speed and style. Check it out.

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Tony Hawk’s Debut Lakai Shoe – The Proto







A long time ago in a galaxy far far away when I was a kid, when it came to skate shoes it was cheap disposal store gym boots, Chucks if you were flush and if you had some connections you might grab an enigmatic pair of Vans 38’s. Around 86 Airwalk and Vision Street Wear hit the streets, initially most of their designs were inspired by classic vulcanized plimsoll silhouettes… and then came the Airwalk Prototype.

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Madness Skateboards – Big boards for big stuff!

Madness Skateboards

It’s Madness. When you think about just how many transition oriented parks are around compared to the number of transition specific brands around, the figures are a little skewiff. A new company out of the Dwindle camp, Madness Skateboards is here to help reset the equilibrium. As far as shapes and graphics go they have been taking notes from the likes of Pocket Pistols & Welcome.

They have a full team of maniacs that like to get wild on the high ropes including Sam Beckett, Alex Perelson, Clay Kreiner & Aussie Jack Fardell. you can expect big things from Madness. Not just with a killer line up of riders but on the deck front too. They have kicked things off with some wider double kicks and directionals. They are all tweaked with little features with riding big stuff in mind. Maybe Madness isn’t so crazy after all?

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Primitive X Rick and Morty Collaboration is here!

 Primitive X Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty Fans rejoice. Here we go with an awesome Primitive X Rick and Morty collaboration. In case you have been living underneath a rock, Rick & Morty follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures. In this little licensing deal Primitive have produced a couple of shred sleds, some socks, hats and T-Shirts so you can fly the flag for your favorite psychedelic whackos.

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DOUBLE TAKE: SMA & Slime Balls Glow in the dark s%#t!

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Normally with my Double Take posts I’ll present 2 similar items and sprout their wonderful attributes. This is so you can make an informed decision about what to spend your hard earned lucre on. But I’m only human and every now and then I fall some marketing sorcery and become a sucker for a good gimmick. Continue reading

Etnies Michelin Marana Shoe – Performance & Durability

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What do you get when one skateboarding’s iconic footwear companies and one of the worlds oldest tyre manufacturers collaborate? A super durable shoe with an outsole that will last 3 times longer than it’s rivals. This is exactly what the new Etnies Marana shoe brings to the market.

Michelin is a French company well over 120 years old and one of the first producers of rubber pneumatic tyres. They are also known for having one of the worlds first and most recognizable trademarks Bibendum, commonly known as the Michelin Man.

As a self confessed tyre nerd I’ve always been a fan of Michelin and have used their car and bicycle tyres for years. As a sales rep traveling the countryside I could get around 90,000km out of their Energy X tyres. Your lucky to get 50,000 – 60,000km out of most other things on the market. So that puts them in my good books if they are going to use this technology in skateboard shoes.

The Marana has been around for a while and has gained a reputation as one of the most durable cupsole shoes on the market. This durable shoe is now more durable than ever – 3x more durable to be exact! Etnies partnered with the planet’s top manufacturer of rubber, Michelin, to help us reinvent the Marana outsole.

The upper includes a fused on, injected rubber toe cap for incredible longevity and hidden lace loops to protect your laces. For comfort and performance, the Marana includes a padded tongue and collar with a Pro Foam 1 insole. Thanks to Michelin, this all sits atop a cupsole formulated with durable Michelin rubber.

Etnies Michelin Marana Shoe – Dark Grey Blue

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  • Suede Synthetic Upper
  • Pro Foam 1 Polyurethane insole
  • 400 NBS rubber outsole with flex grooves for flexibility
  • Beefy car tyre inspired tread designed to last
  • Michelin performance tyre formula rubber outsole
  • Fused on, injected rubber toe cap
  • Padded tongue and collar
  • Hidden lace loops

Etnies Michelin Marana Shoe – Navy White Blue

etnies michelin marana shoe

Here is a little more tech talk about the design of this amazing shoe.

Check out our entire Etnies range here. We also have a Ryan Sheckler Pro & Kids version. Good news if you  are not a cupsole fan we even have a vulcanized variant of the Etnies Marana.

DOUBLE TAKE : Smallish bags for your stuff?

enjoi Smallish bags

Bum bags, fanny packs, bum bags, lady luggage, man bags… who knows what the correct terminology is in this politically correct era we are in? In the mid 80’s your hip pack was the height of skateboarding fashion. As cargo pants came in bum bags went out. As practical as they were, nobody wanted to look like your average western suburbs contraband dealer. In a strange an unpredictable twist, with 1990’s fashion being so hot right now, the 1980’s bum bag has made a comeback. A strange anomaly in the time space continuum. Continue reading

Totem Skateboarding : Free Skateboard Lessons on 6th October 2018

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Have you ever wanted to try skateboarding and don’t know where to start? There are some fantastic skate schools and coaches in Sydney. Great news if you want to start rolling, Totem Skateboarding are holding a FREE skate clinic at Sydney Park on Saturday 6th October. Continue reading

Powell Peralta Flight Decks – Now with full graphics!

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We put up a post about Powell Peralta Flight Decks a few weeks back. The first batches of these came with a common graphic with small details for the signature models. To make your life a little brighter Powell Peralta have released a bunch of team signature model Flight Decks with full graphics. Continue reading

Interview – Darren Kaehne – Still ripping at 42!

Darren Kaehne

Although we moved in the same circles for many years I never really crossed paths with Darren Kaehne until we were both working at Monster Skate Park around 2006. I was in the shop and Darren would come in on the weekends and coach kids how to skate. As you get older, the circle of guys around your age to skate with decreases and you come across people you haven’t seen in years. I have been lucky enough to skate with Darren a couple of times recently and he is killing it.

So much so I thought we better check in with some old crew and come up with a few questions for an interview to document Dags.  Check out the clips too, tech and smooth, amazing! Here it is folks, the Darren ‘Dags’ Kaehne interview. Continue reading

Oil’s aint oils – Unguent to soothe your skateboarding woes

Dave's Hippy Oil Road Rash Formula The Cream Dave's Hippy Oil Road Rash Formula The Cream

Skateboarding gives you a reality check from time to time. As Ed Templeton mentioned in a recent interview “sooner or later you have to pay the piper”. It doesn’t matter if you are a young gun or an old schrapler getting back into it, soon or later you will fall. When you do you are likely to get bruised, sprained or loose some bark. When this happens there are measures you can take to get back out there quicker with less long lasting repercussions. That’s where a couple of new products : Dave’s Hippy Oil Road Rash Formula and The Cream will help you out. Add these to your after skate wind down along with a Epsom salt hot bath and you’ll be fighting fit in no time. Or you could open your own post skate day spa? Continue reading

Remember Longboards & Luxe Bearings.

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The Remember Collective hit the scene in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. They wanted to bring some new ideas to the longboard scene that you won’t forget. You may have seen the post a couple of weeks back about the worlds first production carbon fiber longboard truck. Today we are going to have a look at a couple of other things the Remember Collective has on offer. First off are the new Luxe Built in Bearings. Continue reading

New Pocket Pistols Skates are here!

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If you have never ridden a Pocket Pistols Skates deck before you don’t know what you are missing out on. This really is a premium product and you can feel the quality just by picking them up.

Perfectly crafted with thinner veneers and hand screen printed the old way with colours that really pop. The way they ride and the screened inks smear together as they get scratched up gives a completely different feel to most other decks on the market. Continue reading

DOUBLE TAKE : White kicks from Lakai and Huf lakai

I’m going to get all Jerry on you again, here are a couple of fresh whitey’s just in. With skater owned and operated companies footwear being about as common as rocking horse crap these days it’s worth backing Lakai and Huf. White shoes, you either love em’ or hate em’. Keep em clean or grubby them up, they always exude a cool vibe.

Huf Clive White Leather Skate Shoes

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