For a better skateboard feel and style
Text Angelo Ruggeri
There is a place in Los Angeles referred to by local teenagers as The Underground. It is not hugely well known but rather some sort of secret gathering place for selected few. It is a few miles from the endless Venice Beach. Tourists tend to think that Venice Beach is the most popular gathering spot for Californian skateboarders. But they are wrong. The Underground rules. Ramps are painted with lettering and graffiti, benches have been bleached out by the sun and the whole place is packed with skateboards.
There is a lingering smell of weed. After all marijuana was recently legalized in California. They even stated that it can help fight stress. What is certain is that here skateboarders seem to combat stress riding their skateboard. They roll down on the concrete hill like schizophrenic mosquitos, they jump, turn, sometimes they fall and flip their skateboard defying the laws of physics. The best skateboards are those made of wood because «they have better impact resistance and move faster» says one of them. At what speed? «Even thirty miles an hour with the right wind and inclination». Skateboarding is an art, like music. «Many describe it as a sport but it’s wrong. I live for skateboarding. I think with the skateboard in my hand and on my mind. Skateboarding is my life philosophy».
It’s no surprise that the fashion industry listened and got working already a few years ago starting collaborations revolving around the skateboarding scene. The latest project comes from Superga, which collaborated with Daniele Paura, the founder and creative mind behind the eponymous streetwear brand. The designer, who has always tapped into the skateboarding world, reinterpreted the iconic Superga 2750 with vulcanized rubber sole, which is now bigger and thicker, ideal for the skateboard.
Available at superga.com and in selected stores.