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The Ganja Grind: 5 Iconic Weed Moments in Skate Historical past

Hashish and skateboarding are like peanut-butter and jelly; they’re each nice on their very own, however even higher collectively. In our column The Ganja Grind, we’ll take you into the fold of what to look out for on this planet of skateboarding. From interviews with our favourite professionals and compilations of social media hijinks, to video opinions and sneaker releases, this sequence will get your week rolling.

Each April, skaters across the nation emerge from winter hibernation to have fun the primary weeks of spring and re-learn the entire tips that had been misplaced to months of freezing nights, bar stools, and bong rips. On the identical time, weed lovers in every single place spend the identical weeks getting ready to have fun the annual excessive holy day of four/20 with a stocked head stash and mediocre excuses to take off work. 

Right here at MERRY JANE, we prefer to have fun all of April’s seasonal glory, each on the board and in a blunt. And with four/20 arising this weekend, we’ve put collectively an inventory of our favourite weed-fueled moments in skate historical past, from puffy shoe stash pockets to a still-unmatched piece of skate journalism identified merely because the “Bong Olympics.” So pour up the epsom salts to soak these sprained ankles, gentle up your favourite pressure, and have fun the intersection of spring’s two favourite actions.

Huge Brother Journal’s “Bong Olympics”

For so long as skateboard journalism has existed, the occupation has relied on a heavy dose of unprofessionalism to interrupt up the monotony of the media industrial complicated. On the peak of skateboarding’s “something goes” journalism ethos, SoCal skate magazine Huge Brother pushed the envelope long gone a paper lower, publishing pornography, directions for suicide, and different extraordinarily taboo articles alongside photographs of kickflips and tour recaps. The publication finally spawned Jackass and the rise of MTV’s slapstick fool era.

Within the mid-1990s, Huge Brother, fueled by an office-wide hashish behavior and simply the correct quantity of stupidity, revealed a name for readers to ship weed via the mail in order that the employees might evaluate the bud. And would you consider it, stoners from across the nation packed nugs in envelopes and let it fly. To have fun the newfound stash — and to settle the publication’s inner iron lungs champion — Huge Brother hosted its first and solely “Bong Olympics.”

Documented within the 1994 skate/debauchery video Shit, and the 2007 documentary The Man Who Souled The World, the Bong Olympics pitted author vs. graphic designer vs. photographer vs. freeloader in a battle of quickest bowl clearing, largest hits, inebriation endurance, and extra. Huge Brother was finally offered to Larry Flint and folded beneath the “Hustler” umbrella, however the journal’s legacy stays influential each in skate and mainstream popular culture. And for the file, we’ll take skateboarding’s Bong Olympics over skateboarding’s inclusion within the impending 2020 Summer season Olympics any day.

That One Time Tony Hawk Smoked Weed And Made Steve Berra Cry

By no means meet your heroes. The adage applies to film stars, musicians, and politicians — and there may be actually no exception for professional skaters. However whereas most situations of hero worship lead to a brilliant fan blown off by his or her icon, the identical phenomenon can happen throughout the celeb ranks. Typically, the end result can result in a legacy professional skater falling aside on the website of his airborne idol toking up.

In a 2012 episode of the Experience Channel interview sequence Free Lunch, longtime professional skaters and firm house owners Jeremy Klein and Tony Hawk informed the story of an early Birdhouse tour the place a younger Steve Berra — one other professional skater and the co-owner of skate content material manufacturing unit The Berrics — walked in on Mr. 900 smoking loud. The end result? Berra started bawling in a full-on reefer insanity match on the sight of his hero breaking unhealthy. 

Berra has since garnered a fame in skate circles for his connections to Scientology and his penchant for filming “road” tips on manufactured obstacles. However the thought of a sponsored skater succumbing to tears on the sight of Tony Hawk smoking a joint is undeniably an iconic trade fake pas, and possibly the toughest to dwell down. To make issues worse, Berra has saved up his anti-ganja stance, with a “no weed allowed” rule nonetheless standing at his well-known personal skatepark. 

Chad Muska’s Professional Sneaker Dimebag Stash Spot

When shoe firms assemble a brand new mannequin for skilled athletes, the objective is to tailor the footwear to the precise specs of the given sports activities’ wants. This implies crafting a mix of vogue and performance, alongside the requisite padding, assist, and supplies viable for a mainstream market. For skater-owned shoe firm éS, when it got here time to make legendary ripper Chad Muska’s first professional shoe in 1997, model strategist Don Brown and designer Frank Boistel paid particular consideration to Muska’s bone-deep love for weed.

And so with Muska’s first shoe — the very first skate shoe to crack a $100 value level — éS added an almost-invisible zipper to the highest of the tongue, revealing a hidden stash spot designed to cover a dime bag.


“We threw the stash pocket within the tongue as a result of Chad was a heavy weed smoker on the time,” Brown informed skate website Quartersnacks in an oral historical past of the shoe’s design. “It was a gimmick, however totally different than another shoe.”

And if there wasn’t already sufficient of a connection between skateboarding and hashish tradition, Muska’s shoe made the correlation unimaginable to disregard. Tales started rising of police pulling over skaters particularly to examine their footwear, and newspaper studies warned dad and mom concerning the sneaker’s hidden characteristic.

Videographer Ryan “Beagle” Ewing Creates His Personal Weed Pressure: OGBeagleKush

Today, Baker, Deathwish, and Shake Junt skate filmographer Ryan “Beagle” Ewing is busy racking up thousands and thousands of Instagram and Youtube views with movies of his tiny canine Murdy skating down stairs and grinding curbs. However earlier than the VX1000 specialist and his pooch hit viral paydirt on the ‘gram, Beagle supplemented his skate videography paychecks with one other facet hustle: utilizing his infectious character and skate trade cred to model his personal pressure of OG Kush.

OGBeagleKush, an unique pressure from Inexperienced Group California, hit the cabinets of California medical marijuana dispensaries in 2016 beneath the Golden State’s lenient Prop. 215 rules. And, so far as we will inform, it was skateboarding’s first customized professional pressure.

Beagle instantly began pushing the kush on Instagram, hashtagging the pressure title and posting movies of himself planting, trimming, and — in fact — smoking his private product. Judging by Instagram, the be-all and end-all supply for skate information, it seems that OGBeagleKush has since departed the Cali weed market, however we’re fairly positive that hasn’t slowed down Beagle’s consumption charge. In any case, it’s gotta take some sturdy grass to place your pet on a skateboard and begin pushing him down flights of stairs.

Cory Juneau Will get Suspended From Competitors for Soiled Urine 

Subsequent 12 months, skateboarding will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo, Japan. And ever because the Olympic committee formally introduced skating into the fold in 2016, it looks as if everybody who’s ever stepped foot in a skatepark began asking the identical query: “How are any of the world’s finest skate boarders going to move an Olympic drug take a look at?” And for 2 and a half years, skateboarding’s hashish obsession hung over Olympic group picks like an ever-present inexperienced cloud. Would skaters actually have the ability to lower their hash habits? What would occur if a skater examined constructive? Can WeedMaps sponsor the Olympic group? 

These questions had been answered in January of this 12 months when the U.S. Anti Doping Company introduced its first cannabis-related skate punishment. The company disclosed that 19-year-old Southern California park skater Cory Juneau was suspended from competitors for hashish use. 

Juneau, who seemed to be on the brief listing for U.S. Olympic hopefuls on the time, has since missed the lower for the 2020 video games. However as a consequence of his first-in-flight hassle making, Juneau has nonetheless change into a family title in skate communities, if solely as “the primary skater ever suspended for smoking weed.” It is probably not a Wheaties field, however should you ask us, that title is simply as cool as a gold medal.

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