Henry’s designs are influenced by traditional art, folklore, alchemy, and shamanism. By observing historical art he came to the conclusions that all humans are wired to express themselves artistically in a similar way. Furthermore, by traveling and getting inspired by anthropology and history around the world, he creates his own interpretation of visually pleasing art.
The 2018 Arbor Skateboards Artist Collection inspired him to create graphics that include mythological deities, checkered and triangle patterns. The boards available in the collection are the Pocket Rocker, Pilsner, Dropcruiser, Catalyst and the Axis 40 (left to right on the picture above).
The color pallet of his Arbor collaboration graphics is based on the orange-red tone found in historic pottery combined with contrasting cyan.
Sector 9 Skateboards released another skateboard in their 2018 Signature Series; the Sector 9 Island Mason Pro complete developed together with an American surfer Mason Ho.
Whether charging your local ditch, cruising the boardwalk, or having a session at your local skatepark, the Mason Pro should be a ‘go-to’ for anyone looking for a good time! ~ from Sector 9 Skateboards
Sector 9 Island Mason Pro cruiser skateboard
The Sector 9 Island Mason Pro comes with a 7 ply maple deck, it is 31” long, 8.25” wide and has a wheelbase of 14.25”. With a double kick and a top-mount truck mounting, it’s available as a complete skateboard with quality components; 8.5” Gullwing Shadow trucks, 61 mm 78A Nine Balls wheels, grip tape, and all the necessary hardware.
The complete Sector 9 Island Mason Pro skateboard is best suitable for parks, cruising and as a commuter to take you where you need to go without having to fight traffic.
This is the first time Sector 9 ever worked with a female rider to develop a specific board, and Tia took her time in order to ensure the final product not only reflected her tastes but also ended up being a highly functional skateboard. Small, easy-to-ride, lightweight and comfortable to travel with, the Tia Pro is a great choice for skaters of all abilities.
Sector 9 LOTUS TIA PRO Skateboard
The Sector 9 Lotus Tia Pro skateboard deck is best used for cruising, commuting and carving riding style but don’t let that hold you back from getting creative with it.
It features a 7 ply maple construction and a top mount platform with double kick. The deck is 30.5″ long and 8.0″ wide and has 14.25″ wheelbase.
Available as a complete skateboard, the Lotus Tia Pro comes packed with 8″ Gullwing Mission trucks, 58mm 78a Nine Balls cruising wheels, ABEC 5 Greaseball bearings, 0.25″ recycled plastic risers to avoid wheel bite. The complete comes pre-gripped with ERG grip tape with a Sector 9 logo.
With a boom of XYZ media channels we are able to feast our eyes on a lot of downhill skateboarding visuals. Some are more noticeable than others while the rest hold great memories of a certain era.
Well, Aleix Gallimo is not a media crew, but he is a downhill skateboarder, graphic designer, videographer, tattooer and what to him is most important, a father.
He’s been skating so long he doesn’t even know the exact number of years. Currently he’s living high in the north of the Spanish Pyrenees. His valley called Benasque is surrounded by up to 3000 meter high mountains with plenty of epic descents.
What he truly loves to do is downhill skateboarding, that’s why he is preparing an ambitious project for the 2018 IDF racing season with the aim to help the downhill community and give it the exposure he thinks it needs.
Our industry is running low so we need to put more effort into trying to raise it up. If we don’t do it we’ll be stuck like this for a long time.
One of the reasons he sees a problem with the industry is the amount of people wanting a sponsor without giving anything back. He feels that while it’s great to support skaters, brand owners should know how to support them in a sustainable way. In the role of a skater, he decided to take a more ”hands-on” approach…
What is I’m Gonna Downhill Forever?
Before describing his project to me he said he still remembers a few years ago when longboarding was growing rapidly, brands were getting strong and helped the riders by working with them closely. At the time riders got a chance to travel the world, mixing up different cultures and styles and promoting the sport in different countries.
I work hard to travel, learn and achieve the things I do around the world. That gave me the opportunity to learn from the best and see what exactly is important and what’s not. This is also the reason why I started I’m Gonna Downhill Forever.
This year while attending all IDF events, Aleix wants to show ‘’outsiders’’ how dh skaters meet, travel, learn, have fun, challenge themselves and portray the sport as, what most people would agree with, the best time of our lives.
Aleix will attend races on four continents; Asia, Europe, North and South America, during a 6 month period. He will start the project in the Philippines, followed by South Korea, later head over to Europe to attend IDF races in Romania, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain. He’ll visit the US twice and end the season in South America, Colombia, Peru and finally in Brazil.
During his travels he plans on producing 1 video from each country, 3 quick blog type stories, online streams from freerides and races, and end his project with a final video to recap the whole tour. Besides races, he will also visit other countries along the way. All together he plans on making around 32 videos.
Where can you watch it and how to support it
The I’m Gonna Downhill Forever media will be showcased online, through his personal website and social media channels. For the final World Tour video he plans to have it screened in designated skate shops in order to give them and the local scene support.
I’ll try to show this sport as raw as I can and let people know it’s like other sports, you just need to learn the basics and go step by step and then boom, you’re deep in a fun thing that will bring some of the best times in your life.
At the end of our conversation, Aleix said that so far he has some help from his sponsors and he is going to invested his own hard earned cash, but the project is big. He hopes to receive donations to make this a reality.
For sure I’ll do my best to accomplish this project because I think it’s really important for our sport. My own sponsors help me with the basics for racing, but don’t cover the project. To make this happen I need help with the filming gear, work and I need to pay people for their work on the project.
The RidersFly season opener will be the 2nd edition of Xert Freeride which will once again take place in a small town in Eastern Spain called Xert, on the 24th and 25th of March. The town is not more than 25 minute drive away from the sandy beaches of Vinaròs and only about 45 kilometres away from the Castellón–Costa Azahar airport.
Watch the video 1st Xert Freeride aftermovie by Bunker Media
With a population of 800 inhabitants where millenary olive trees, oil and typical pastas predominate, RidersFly expect nothing more that relaxed and friendly vibes.
The event’s track is located in “Les moles de Xert” on a 2.5 km long road with fast corners, forks and fast sections with speeds up to 75 km/h. The crew describes it is a technical circuit but at the same time very fun!
The price for this two day event is set at 75 eur and includes shuttles, rider insurance and an ambulance crew with a doctor, as well as camping and lunch.