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Makia & Etnies Spring/Summer 2013

26 February 2013, 17.06 | Posted in Uncategorized | No comments »

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Nature has always played a great role for us in Scandinavia. Our life is a mixture of urban lifestyle and countryside spirit and after the long winter, summers are always a reason for celebration. For our second season with Etnies, we wanted to embody this feeling into our collaboration. That is why we invited Don Brown, Natas Kaupas and the rest of the gang over, to experience the rugged but beautiful landscape and to spend a few days camping and skateboarding on the Finnish archipelago. A perfect getaway from the hectic city life, giving us time to reflect on the partnership and what we really wanted to portray. Inspired by the relaxed coastal atmosphere, sunsets and the rugged islands left behind by the ice age, we came up a collection of classic items that work equally well camping, skating or just going about your day. In the end, it’s all about taking some time off the everyday rat race.

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About Makia:
Makia was founded in 2001 by a group of friends with an intention to create a line of easily approachable timeless clothing. Designs reflecting values that the nordic people have lived by for ages and the harsh climate influencing them to last, and look good, year after year. Trust, honesty and a no-nonsense attitude where the essential has been stripped down to the bare minimum and functionality plays the key role making them an easy choice to wear, without having to think too much about it.
www.makiaclothing.com

About etnies:
Established in 1986, etnies is the first skateboarder-owned and operated global action sports footwear and apparel company. etnies not only pushed the envelope by creating the first pro model skate shoe, but it pioneered technological advances and changed the face of skateboard footwear forever. Today, etnies’ vision, led by owner and skateboarder Pierre-André Senizergues, is to remain the leading action sports company committed to creating innovative products that provide the most style, comfort and protection possible. etnies stays true to its roots by sponsoring world class skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, moto-x, BMX and auto teams and continues its dedication by giving back to each of these communities. For additional information, visit www.etnies.com

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Nike’s largest action sports store in Greater China opens in Beijing

05 February 2013, 14.21 | Posted in China Skate Event | No comments »

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Jan. 29 marked a big milestone for Nike Action Sports in China, as the brand opened its first action sports-specific store in Beijing. The store is located on the fifth floor of Joy City shopping center in the Xidan district, the heart of the city’s skateboarding community. At 110 square meters, it’s Nike’s largest action sports store in Greater China. Shoppers will find a full range of the latest Nike action sports footwear and apparel.

“Skateboarding is growing quickly in China, and there are many fans of the sport in the Xidan area,” said Jason Zhu, GM, Nike Action Sports in Greater China. “We chose this location to be closer to the skate communities. Many top athletes are already fans of Nike Skateboarding, and the new store will continue to bring Chinese skaters the most advanced products and best services available.”

Nike Skateboarding athletes Eric Koston and Sean Malto attended the opening ceremony and were joined by members of the Nike Skateboarding China team, including top Chinese skateboarder Che Lin as well as Boss Xie, Jeremy Hu, Daniel Jason Leung, Didi Liu and Hu Jinchen. The athletes answered questions from fans, and Koston showed off the second generation of his signature shoe – the Koston 2. Featuring Lunarlon cushioning and enhanced breathability, durability and fit, the Koston 2 will be available in early April.

The store mixes unique, artistic elements as well as cultural influences from the city itself to create an authentic, inviting space for the skate community. A table with tools is available for customers to fix their boards, and videos and photos help bring the sport to life throughout the store. Famed Beijing graffiti artist Li Qiuqiu created a unique painting in the store inspired by Nike SB athletes Koston, Paul Rodriguez, Omar Salazar and Che Lin. Brick walls and graffiti manhole covers add strong local flavor to the modern space. Members of the Nike SB team plan to visit the store regularly interact with skate fans.
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How To Teach Kids Skating in China

04 January 2013, 04.29 | Posted in China Skate Video | No comments »

2012 CX OPEN Final bring skateboarding into the BIRDS NEST

15 November 2012, 13.19 | Posted in China Skate Contest | No comments »

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Nov.1-4th, top skaters from all over China and U.S., Brazil, Taiwan, Thailand, Czechoslovakia skating inside of the Beijing National Olympic Stadium aka The Birds Nest for the CX OPEN 2012 Final and fight for 5000US dollar champion prize. Manny Santiago is obviously the star during the whole event and won the best trick contest.
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DC China rider Liu Jiaming, fs lip slide
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Converse China rider Li Zhixing, kickflip triplesets
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Taiwan skater Mi Xiaojun
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Manny Santiago triflip the gap
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more stories about CX OPEN 2012 please check it out here

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‘MEET THE STANS’ onLine

05 November 2012, 13.36 | Posted in China Skate Video | No comments »

Patrik Wallner’s new video is out! Meet the Stans documents the journey of a group of various skateboarders traveling along the ancient Silk Road traversing China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Featuring Dave Bachinsky, Jimmy McDonald, Laurence Keefe, Dan Zvereff, Stas Provotorov, Gosha Konyshev, Walker Ryan, Kenny Reed and Michael Mackrodt.Directed, Filmed & Edited by Patrik Wallner

ORDOS

14 October 2012, 08.20 | Posted in China Skate Video | No comments »

ORDOS from Charles Lanceplaine on Vimeo.

Built for 1 million people and currently inhabited by just a few thousand.
It’s been called the Dubai of northern China, showered with wealth, packed with public infrastructure and located near to precious natural resources in a region plagued by water-supply troubles.
Ordos is a ghost town located in Inner Mongolia. Seeing the potential of this city in terms of spots we decided to organize a skate trip and be the first ones to skate such a surreal place.
Directed filmed & edited by: Charles Lanceplaine
Additional filming: Patrik Wallner & Tommy Zhao
Music: You Me by Hamacide + Chacha
Sound mix: Gaetan Lourmiere
Logo: jmartdesign.com
Skaters: Jay Meador, Gustav Nymans, Tommy Zhao, Alexander Hwang, James Capps, Elliott Zelinskas & Brian Dolle

Converse China presents – Far East, Up North

10 September 2012, 09.14 | Posted in China Skate Video | No comments »


After the “Where do we land” last year, Converse China team Russia tour video out now!

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ETNIES AND MAKIA PARTNER UP TO GET YOU THROUGH THE HARSH WINTER

10 September 2012, 07.01 | Posted in Uncategorized | No comments »


Makia and etnies proudly partner up to produce a quality line of clothing and shoes. The partnership between Makia and Etnies
represents the passion one has to have to push through rain, wind and snow during dark cold winter months, just to go skating.


The product range is a full setup of what you need on your journey. From water repellent high-top shoes to the Raglan parka jacket,
the line is based on subtle grayscale tones that draw inspiration from old black and white pictures as well as the nordic winters.
This reflects the “life-after-skate” feeling that the whole partnership is based on. Classic timeless items with small details, cuts and
patterns that take inspiration from old Black & White photo’s as well as the harsh Nordic winters. All products are designed to keep you warm,
dry and classy for a trip to the skatepark and back. So go ahead – put your kids to bed, kiss your old lady goodnight and go out skateboarding
just for the hell of it. Go to makiaclothing.com for the video and more info about the partnership: http://www.makiaclothing.com/?p=5800

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Makia Clothing Headquarter Tour

16 August 2012, 09.26 | Posted in My Life | No comments »


One more surprise of the Radical Design Week Finland trip. Glad to meet Samuli Heino in Helsinki and we took a tour of Makia Clothing’s awesome office!

Samuli used to be Element Euro brand manager, moved back to Finland last year and focus on Makia biz now


This is the best ever oldschool tour bus I have ever seen.


warehouse for online shop


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Thanks Sam for the Sauna deck!


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They even have a sauna room in their office! true Finnish style







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SDA2012 SHANGHAI PARTY

30 July 2012, 14.21 | Posted in China Skate Event | No comments »


CHALLENGE SKATEBOARDS SDA 2012 Skate Deck Art – customized collectibles presented by Skullcandy. Shanghai Party & TWS “THE CINEMATOGRAPHER PROJECT” premiere party – Skullcandy Office, July 25.
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