Dose: See how a $15,000 gold-plated skateboard gets made
These are insane
The golden skateboard is a true father-son project. New York City artist Matt Willet came up with the idea and enlisted the help of his dad, who works at Epner Technologies in Brooklyn. The company makes gold-plated components for NASA, but Willet had a different kind of transportation in mind than spaceships. On the latest episode of Dose, host Tim Brodhagen visited the Willets to see firsthand how they make 99.99% pure electro-plated skateboards.
Willet and his dad completely transform all the parts of a Shut Skateboards complete, progressing through copper plating, nickel plating, and finishing with the gold. The board is then polished to a mirror finish. The final product weighs nine pounds but it is completely functional, although Willet suggests keeping this board strictly as a wall-hanger. The $15,000 price tag probably has something to do with that.
What do you think of the golden skateboard? Tell us in the Comments.
By now you probably know that the BBC and longtime Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson parted ways this week in what can best be described as the most controversial moment in recent automotive history. Gearheads across the world have blasted the decision up, down, and sideways, and while most major automakers have (wisely) held their tongues, others have offered up their farewells to Clarkson, including Toyota, who just dropped this all 'Yota superedit culled from Top Gear's 20-plus year reign. Global PR firms, instead of simply turning and running for the panic room, try something like this next time.
Union Surfboards is one of the only companies shaping surfboards within the confines of New York City. Started by friends and life-long surfers Jeff Schroeder, Charlie Porter, and Christopher Williams, they pride Union on custom hand shaped surfboards exclusively with the New York surfer in mind.
Offering a wide-array of shapes, head shaper Chris takes us through the shaping process at their studio in Brooklyn. Not only do the guys at Union have a solid thing going, but they also "test" their boards year-round for some crucial R&D. Only on Dose are you going to find NYC-shaped surfboards.
Check them out on their website and pick up a board of your own, or maybe even set up an appointment to shape your own surfboard with them: UnionSurfboards.com
Welcome to the second season of Drift Garage hosted by professional Formula Drift drivers Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck. This season we’re getting into TWO totally contrasting drift car builds. Chris Forsberg is upgrading a brand new Nissan 370Z and turning it into a mean street legal twin turbo 700 HP weekend warrior. Meanwhile, Ryan Tuerck has a project of his own upgrading his thrashed 20-year-old Nissan 240SX in an attempt to bring it up to snuff.
The series starts with Forsberg dumping the 370Z engine and Tuerck demoing his missile car to prep it for brand new parts.
Drift Garage airs alternating Tuesdays on Network A, be sure to leave your questions and comments below for Forsberg and Tuerck to answer in next week’s response video.
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The narrow, winding hillsides of Valparaiso, Chile are home to one of the gnarliest, most technical downhill mountain bike courses on earth and this crazy POV video from Red Bull Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2015 has all the proof you need. Point it down straight and hold on tight, because this one gets crazier with seemingly every twist, turn, jump, and stair ride.
Boston has had plenty of snow this winter (PLENTY). So the Signal Snowboards crew decided to get into a little throwback vibes and hit up Boston.
On this episode of Every Third Thursday, Dave Lee and the crew team up with longtime skateboard designer Paul Schmitt to create the ultimate backyard, back hill, neighborhood golf course fun board—we’re calling it Mr. Fun. Dave finds legendary skateboarder Christian Hosoi’s pro model shape in Professor Schmitt’s workshop, which serves as the foundation for this 7-ply deck. Hosoi himself stops by the factory to add some crucial design input to the Hammerhead-esque shape (kinda like the surfboard he made of it). Mr. Fun gets a custom Hosoi grip tape job and then it’s off to the streets of Boston for the historic amounts of snow to see if Mr. Fun delivers on the promise of fun.
See this simple board take on snowy streets, parks and everyday urban features with no lift ticket (and no bindings) required. Does this look like fun to you? Let us know in the comments below!
Follow surf photographer Stu Gibson's drone around the world as he captures footage of some of the best surfing spots with some of the best surfers. Big waves, perfect waves, and everything in between, Stu is getting some incredible imagery.