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This Blind Skateboarder Uses His Cane to Do Awesome Tricks

Dan Mancia’s vision started to fade when he was thirteen. Now, he only has a very small amount of peripheral vision in his right eye. But that hasn’t stopped Mancia from pulling off sick skateboarding tricks. Read More >>

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Japanese Frozen Fish Ice Rink Theme Park Horrifies Local Skaters

A Japanese theme park has outraged its guests with its latest exhibition, in which it decided a pretty thing to do with an ice rink would be to freeze fish into the surface to make a pretty and educational wintery experience -- OF DEATH. Read More >>

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Tony Hawk (Old) Can Still Pull Off His Famous 900

Seventeen years ago, extreme sports ambassador and titular Pro Skater Tony Hawk pulled off the 900 revolution at the 1999 X-Games. The trick involves rotating the board two and a half times while midair (and in normal gravity), and Hawk struggled with it back in his spry days. Now 48, he gives it another crack. Read More >>

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Sensors Show Figure Skaters Absorb 8x Their Own Body Weight When Landing a Jump

Researchers at Brigham Young University recently designed and built an unobtrusive skate sensor that can measure the impact when a figure skater lands a jump: it turns out they're absorbing forces up to eight times their own body weight. Read More >>

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This Submersible Skatepark Is Drainage in Disguise

Skateboarding's earliest shredders cut their teeth in empty pools and drainage pipes, but extreme sport-boardin' has come a long way in the years since. There are plenty of devoted skateparks out there now, but this one in Denmark goes back to those roots by doubling as a functional drainage system. Read More >>

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Watch These Real-Time Skaters Ride a Stop-Motion World

It's an amazing effect. Filmmaker Russell Houghten combines stop-motion and real-time video in Open Horizons, and not just in alternating sequences. He actually mashes them into the same scene, the same shot, at the same time. I have no idea how he did it but I want to see more. [F-Stoppers via PetaPixel] Read More >>

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Is It Easier for a Kid to Land a Skateboard 1080?

A 12 year-old skater, Tom Schaar, recently became the first person to ever land a 1080 on a skateboard. It's an impressive feat, which made some people wonder if it wasn't easier because Schaar is a kid. Our friends at Wired examine the question. Read More >>

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The Electric Skateboard Built to Ride Like a Skateboard

Powered skateboards have been around since the early 90's, but they've always seemed to require extra components — from handheld throttles to Microsoft Kinect-based sensor arrays — that could never quite capture the feel of a conventional deck. The ZBoard, with an electric drivetrain and weight-sensor control system, could be the first to actually pull it off. Read More >>

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This Robot Ice-Skates and Plays Hockey Better Than Me

Ok, I generally like robots, and have come to accept that one day we're going to be living in a world that is exactly like Futurama. But this video, as awesome as it is, just makes me kinda mad. Read More >>