Dose: See how a $15,000 gold-plated skateboard gets made
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.
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On this episode of NKA Project, Nigel K. Alexander explains how to shoot long lens clips for skateboarding. Watch as Nigel breaks down zooming techniques, camera positioning, and suggested lens set ups. Your shooting technique will definitely be upgraded after watching this video.
In this episode Forsberg visits Redline Restorations in Black Rock, Connecticut, which is a high-end restoration shop focused on the European classics including Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, and Bugatti.
Owned by Colton Amster, this bright brick shop prides itself on its concours-quality restorations. Our tour includes a ’37 Bugatti Type 57S, a ’39 Delage D6 race car, a ’61 Ferrari GTO and an unexpected 1970 Chrysler Hemi 'Cuda with an incredible backstory. After a behind the scenes tour of the garage, Forsberg gets behind the wheel of a Ferrari 250T (!), and then enjoys a few burnouts in a classic rear-wheel drive Fiat 500.
What a wild and lucky Sunday it was at Jeffrey's Bay in South Africa. Not only the entire surfing world, but also the entire world itself is now well aware of Mick Fanning's fighting off a great white during the final of the JBay Open and coming away physically unscathed.
If not for Fanning's quick instincts to do exactly what he needed to, and the speedy response by the Water Safety team, this would be a much harder story to digest. Easily the most witnessed shark attack in the history of human existence, Mick Fanning is clearly counting his stars today.
The World Surf League, Julian Wilson, and Mick Fanning have all decided that it was best to cancel the contest and split the points and winnings. They've felt it was no longer safe and not worth risking things after the luck they had.
Now let us not scream death to all sharks and go on manhunts. Rather, let us realize that sharks exist in their natural habitats and as surfers we will encounter them from time-to-time. In this humble writer's opinion, I do not believe the shark wanted a taste of Mr. Fanning—if he had he would've taken one and no leash (or much of anything really) would've stopped him.
There's going to be lots about this incredibly strange and incredibly fortunate event for time to come. The World Surf League now has the entire world's attention. Where they decide to go with it could shape the future of surfing as we know it.
Take a watch below of the footage again and get the behind-the-scenes of the moments in the aftermath when Mick and Julian Wilson triumphantly returned to shore.
Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg takes us on a tour of garages around the country, from professional outfits to grassroots backyard garages.
In this episode of Garage Tours, we visit Coupe King in Long Beach, California. Coupe King is owned and operated by Peter and Erik “Slick” Sliskovich, a father and son team. It started as a hobby in the early 80s, but has since evolved into a highly recognized full-service BMW restoration and parts business. Slick shares their enormous collection of BMWs including a pair of rare orange 1971 ultralight 3.0 CSL. In the garage we see just how busy this shop is with an incredible number of full restorations in progress. Then it’s time to get behind the wheel as Forsberg takes a 1974 3.0 CS with 260 HP to the streets of Long Beach.
Network A Summer Camp continues with one of the most important aspects of sitting around a campfire with your buddies: the beer.