A 23-year-old man was arrested shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, after allegedly striking another man over the head with a skateboard.
The victim was standing in front of KeyBank at East Holly and North State streets when he was hit, apparently unprovoked, with a skateboard, said Mark Young, spokesman for the Bellingham Police Department. The victim, who had a large bump and a cut on his forehead, was treated by medics, Young said. He provided a description of the suspect, including what clothes he was wearing.
The suspect was later located carrying a skateboard at East Holly and Railroad Avenue, Young said. Daniel Meador was booked into Whatcom County Jail for second-degree assault and an unrelated Department of Corrections warrant. Meador and the victim both appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, Young said.
Of all the places in the world you would never think had a skate scene… Afghanistan has to be on top of the list. No one is 100% sure how it happened, maybe skating Santa made it through the blockade, perhaps Animal Chin made a sneak training session. We may never know how it started, but we can show you where it’s at and going.
Skateboarding in Afghanistan – photographs by Noah Abrams
In the summer of 2009, upon hearing of the country’s emerging skate scene, Abrams hopped on a plane (I’m sure it wasn’t quite that simple) to go and document the Afghan locals and their wooden toys. It’s actually amazing that despite being exposed to the harshest of harshness in life that a skateboarding scene has been given the breath of life. Rolling knows no boundaries. Rad!
Pictured in the images above are some samples from the series Abrams entitled Skateistan.
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Some of you may be wondering what skateboarding has to do with psychedelics, other than the fact that skaters are usually ADHD compulsive danger freaks who like drugs among their many other vices. However, there is one skater who has taken the psychedelic vibe to a whole new level, Richie Jackson from Australia. Here are a few of the better Richie Jackson clips that are on the web.
The history of Downhill Skateboarding starts with the history of the skateboard itself. In 1959, the first skateboard available was the Roller Derby Skateboard. Essentially roller skates on a plank of wood, the first skateboard had steel or clay wheels. Needless to say, skateboarding back then was far more dangerous and very difficult to run at high speed.
Sidewalk Surfing, as skateboarding was often called, took technological leap in 1970 with Frank Nasworthy’s invention of the urethane wheel. Faster with more grip, urethane wheels sent skateboarding to the next level. Skateboarding became very popular with races not uncommon, especially in California. As skating grew in popularity, the skateboard began to change. Before long, the newer wide skateboards were being used in pools and a new phenomenon was born. Further changes and the arrival of the ollie created a skateboard that was unridable at high speeds.
The Longboard was a byproduct of the skateboard revolution and became the transportation of choice, especially among the surfers. There had always been a core group of skaters with a love for speed and soon there were regular competitions featuring slalom and speed boarding. Again, the famous Signal Hill just outside of Long Beach, California, would host some incredible high speed action.
Today there are skateboards specially designed for speed. With extra soft wheels and modified deck designs, insane speeds can be achieved with more control. The new revolution of dropped decks and specialized skateboard trucks, skateboarders are more competitive than ever with speeds over 50 mph not uncommon.