DC Evan Smith Hi debuted in January with some great vegan colorways, though some may have been a bit more colorful for your monochrome skate uniforms. Well you’re in luck Lil’ Dracula, this season features an all black model!
If skater-goth isn’t your vibe and you’re feeling a little evergreen, tis the season. (They’ve got Tan too!) We reviewed the Evan Smith Hi earlier this year and it’s a solid skate shoe! If you’ve got wider feet and want a large toe cap then pick up a pair. You’ll be jumping off buildings in no-time! Oh yeah, and Evan is a vegan skater, so bonus points!
Long time VSB contributor Sean “sleepinghouse” Conley is a working stiff. Dom Parlavecchio rips for Troika Skateboards and somehow still works a real job like a grown-ass person. Somehow they still make time in their busy lives to at least skate once a lunar cycle. Enjoy!
Look Back Library exhibits at Slappy’s Garage in San Diego
Kevin Mark’s Look Back Library Tour is back on the west coast and will be at Commonwealth Skatepark in Portland Oregon this Friday! The tour features a bevy of out of print publications, notable covers, and a chance to see some of your favorite adolescent moments! You might even glimpse a Pro and their cover.
Commonwealth Skatepark 1425 SE 20th Street Portland, OR The skate sessions ends at 8pm, so if you’re planning on bringing your board you can skate until 8pm. ( Normal rates apply. Support your local indoor park ya’ cheap skates.)
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Commonwealth Skatepark – 1425 SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 – FRI Oct 21st / 7-10pm
Good Times – 146 Mill Ave. Grass Valley, CA 95945 – FRI Nov 4th / 5-8pm
Boulevard Skate Shop – 3230 Broadway Sacramento, CA 95817 – SAT Nov 5th / 6-9pm
Red Curbs – 40293 Grimmer Blvd. Fremont, CA 94538 – SUN Nov 6th / 6-9pm
San Francisco Skate Club – 635A Divisadero St. SF, CA, 94117 – FRI Nov 11th / 7-10pm
Skate Works – 379 State St. Los Altos, CA 94022 – SAT Nov 12th / 6-9pm
Bill’s Wheels – 1240 Soquel Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062 – MON Nov 14th / 6-9pm
Morro Bay Skateboard Museum – 699 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442 – TUES Nov 15th / 5-8pm
Five Points – 2787 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93003 – WED Nov 16th / 5-8pm
Skatelab – 4226 Valley Fair St, Simi Valley, CA 93063 – THURS Nov 17th / 7-10pm
Kingswell – 4651 Kingswell Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 – FRI Nov 18th / 7-10pm
Long Beach Skate – 3142 E 7th St, Long Beach, CA 90804 – SAT Nov 19th / 6-9pm
Joker’s Skate Shop – 9606 Hamilton Avenue HB, CA 92646 – SUN Nov 20th / 5-8pm
Programme – 2495 E Chapman Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831 – MON Nov 21st / 6-9pm
Overcast – 28780 Old Town Front St. Temecula, CA 92590 – TUES Nov 22nd / 5-8pm
The House Skate Shop – 637 S Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA 92083 – early December
Pacific Drive – 756 Thomas Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 – early December
Matzo Ball Soup is one of my favorite meals during the colder months. It’s a traditional jewish chicken soup with dumplings. I grew up eating it in the spring for Passover but it’s good all year! This is my vegan adaptation.
There are two ways to get matzo meal for the matzo balls; pulverize a few sheets of matzo or buy a box of pre-measure matzo meal. The recipe on the back is quickly tweaked to make it vegan.
Matzo Ball Mix (a box has two 2.5oz pouches each that make about 8 balls each)
ENER-G Egg Replacer
1/2TB Better Than Bullion No Chicken Base (make sure it has the V for Vegan on it)
2 TB Canola Oil.
3 Medium Carrots
4 Stalks of Celery
2 Tablesppons Better Than Bullion No Chicken Base
1 teaspoon of Ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
8-10 Cups of
BONUS: Vegan chicken strips shredded and chopped
Make the Matzo Balls first!
Follow the instructions on the Ener-G box to make two eggs ( quick tip, its 1TB powder to 4TB water) Whip it into a foam making sure the powder is desolved. Add Bullion to egg replacer mix, whip until fully dissolved, then add the oil, continue to beat with a fork until everything is smooth and dissolved.
Mix one packet of matzo with the egg replacement mix until the its semi stiff. Roll it into 8 balls, cover and place in the fridge while you make the soup.
If you want more balls, just double all this.
Chop the celery, make the carrots into coins, and dice the shallot. Shallots work well in the soup and is better suited to the flavor than onions.
I’ve added some Beyond Meat grilled chicken strips that I’ve shredded and chopped.
Heat a large soup pot(try and go 6 Quarts or more) and then add Canola Oil, let heat for 30 seconds and then add 1/2 teaspoon of salt. When the salt has mostly dissolved add the carrots and celery. Sauté for a moment until they start to sweat releasing their water, then add the shallots.
When the shallots start to become translucent add the bullion. It will quickly start to caramelize which will be your cue to add water. 8 to 10 cups, it all depends on how salty you like your soup.
Bring the soup to a rolling boil, having a lid really comes in handy here.
Add the matzo balls, just drop them in there.
Before you close the lid add the shredded vegan chicken strips if you’re using them! Or try vegan ham. The flavor will be all wrong, but it’s still kosher!
Cover the pot and let cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. I let mine go a little too long in this picture which you can see on the sides of the pot. The matzo balls started to break up a little. The important thing is that they’re floating! If you like your matzo ball soup with parsley, add it into the bowl right before you serve.
Where do you like skating? I cruise the streets of Portland, looking for spots that aren’t really skate spots. Things out of the ordinary.
Why did you go Veg? I was vegetarian for awhile because I didn’t want to contribute to the suffering of animals, other living beings. I went vegan when I gained more knowledge and understanding about the dairy and egg industry.
What is your favorite thing to skate and why? I like pole-jams, wall-rides, barriers, and anything sketchy or crusty. But my absolute favorite thing is curbs because I can charge at them with full speed and have fun. Slappies forever!
What shoe are you skating now? Huf Classic Hi’s. All black, canvas. I really want to try Servant Footwear next!
Nollie bs tail slide photo: Jon Geiter
Or just say whatever you want about skating Veg… Skate fast. Eat like you give a damn.
James is the Pole Jam king of Portland! I’m glad to call this guy a friend and it is always a blast to skate with him. Thanks for sending this in James!
Are you veg and shred? Send in a some photos and the answer to all these questions to email@example.com Don’t forget a mailing address so we can get you some rad stickers. ( US only – that international shipping is EXPENSIVE!)
David Mayhew izas a professional skateboarder through most of the 90s. Coming up amongst such legends as Marc Johnson, Jerry Hsu, and Rodney Mullen; Mayhew was a street skating tech-wizard. His most infamous mark on skateboarding was the Osiris D3. A bombastic culmination of the ‘puffy’ skate shoe of the 90’s which actually came out in 2000. It was loved, hated, and remembered. Osiris has re-issued it several times (current models available are vegan, link at the bottom of this page) and Jenkem recently interviewed Mayhew about the shoe. David along with his family have been Vegan for eight years and posting about it on social media. Contributing writer Kevin Marks spoke with Mayhew on Go Skateboarding Day in Madison, WI about skating, veganism, and even the D3.
Where did you grow up? Madison, Wisconsin
What year did you first step on a skateboard and how did that come about? Seeing my older brother skateboarding just looked so cool. He got me into it. That would have been around 1986.
Does your older brother still skate? No, it’s been a long time off the board for him.
Do you recall the 1st skate magazine you ever saw? It was a Thrasher Mag, 1985 or 1986.
First sponsors? Small Room and Etnies. I rode for a shop in Madison called California Connection.
Did you ever work in a skate shop as a teenager? The owner of California Connection would let us work off product, help put boards together and clean things up. It was never an official job.
How did you end up in San Diego? After riding for Small Room I started to ride for a company called Evol. That was right around the time H-Street split up. Plan B and Evol were the companies that came out of the split. Evol was based out of San Diego so it seemed like the next step. Plus I had a few friends that were living in SD.
What was your first photo in a magazine? It was a Krux Trucks ad in Slap, black and white sequence of a kickflip nose slide nollie flip out.
Who would you room with on an Osiris trip? Kanten Russell or Tyrone Olson
How much of a role did you have in designing your Osiris shoe? I came up with the concept of the lace loops the rest was done in-house. I wanted something different. I remember being on an Osiris tour and every shoe in all the shops looked the same. My thought was I just wanted something different. I ended up seeing a hiking boot at a Sports Authority store that had loops at the top of the shoe. I had a vision to continue the loops all the way down the side, next thing you know the D3 was born. At the first trade show the D3 wasn’t very popular and then 6 months after that they couldn’t make enough. Crazy time for sure.
We hear so much about pros earning big checks for a few years, and then having nothing to show for it. Did you make investments with your shoe checks? Overall I’m pretty frugal. My big purchases would have been a car and a house. I also invested some in the stock market which was doing great until 2008!!
kickflip photo:Cory Peteron
How much time transpired from first moving to San Diego to owning a home there? I moved out in 1994 and bought my house in 1999. My first pro pay check was for $300 and that’s not going to buy you anything in San Diego.
Wackiest place skateboarding has taken you? Honestly, I don’t really have one. Traveling was such a gift from skateboarding. It’s something I never expected when I first turned pro. And who knows, some people might think Madison is a wacky place.
During your tenure at Osiris, which three teammates amazed you with their skating ability? Jerry Hsu, but I met him before Osiris. He was about 14 when he went on a Maple tour with us. It’s easy to see his talent now. Chris Dobstaff would be another one. He had a big bag of tricks and was really creative. Smolik was also amazing. All three of them thrashed and had a natural ability. It was also cool to see Kanten Russell hold it down because I grew up watching him skate. So many people just run out of steam. Tyrone Olson is still going hard still to this day.
Can you name a skater that never got their due in the professional ranks? Way too many to mention. We had this guy from Green Bay, WI. Troy Turner is his name and man that dude was years ahead of his time. Most of us would watch a video and then learn the tricks but he would already be doing them. He never made it pro but easy could have.
tailslide photo:Cory Peteron
Out of all the board companies you’ve ridden for which brand do you look back on with the fondest memories? It would be a toss up between Osiris and enjoi. We traveled so much with Osiris, all around the world. Plus it was most of the homies from San Diego. Enjoi was fun because it was Marc’s creation and it felt so good after the A-team. He is a creative dude and it felt good to have him in the director’s chair. Skateboarding was very serious and judgmental for a while.
What was the lead up to you moving back to Madison in the fall of 2004? It was a few things that triggered it. One being that MJ was going to leave enjoi and go to Chocolate. Second would be Osiris kicking me off the team for no reason while I still had a great selling shoe. Third would be the housing bubble. My neighbor’s house in SD sold for almost double what they paid, made me wonder what I could get for my house. I had an open house and about 2 minutes into it a family wanted to pay my top asking price, hard to say no.
Had you always wanted to open a skate shop? Not really. When I got back to Madison I noticed that none of the shops really carried good stuff or did anything fun. I wanted to change that. Next thing you know I had a partner and in 2005 we opened.
How did the name Alumni originate? I kinda felt like I was an alumni of skateboarding. Going from kid to pro and back made me think of it like school. Plus Madison is a big college town.
What do you see as the role of the local skater owned & operated shop? Listen to the skate community. Some people may want more pro’s to come to town and some people just want more local events (contests, games of skate, video premier’s…) Keep the kids engaged and happy.
wallride grab photo: Cory Peteron
What were the major struggles in running your own shop? About 3 years into the shop, Zumiez opened up 2 stores. In some bigger towns that might not seem like a big deal but we needed those kids who were just starting. Another thing would be Nike SB and I feel like that story has been told by many small store owners.
What led you to get out of the shop recently? My wife and I started a family, a boy 4 1/2 and a girl 2. I have been staying at home with the kids and not having much to do with the shop. We did have 2 employees to take my hours so I felt like once the kids were in school I would jump right back in. My business partner had other plans. I wanted to do more community stuff like lessons and skate camps, along with doing more events at local schools. He thought those were all terrible things and wanted the shop to have nothing to do with them.
bs 360 flip photo: Cory Peteron
With the growth of web sales, do you see a future in the local skate shop? I believe if you have a good relationship with the skaters, they will shop in your store. I think as a society we need to understand how spending money at a local store can help pay for other things in your community. When you buy online who knows where the money ends up. So get your butt off the couch, support local!! What are you other interests outside of skateboarding? I played some soccer when I moved back, both indoor and outdoor. Since becoming vegan I have enjoyed learning how to cook. Now it’s all about family time with the wife and kids.
When did you find veganism and how did you come to that path? My wife and I have been vegan for 8 years now. She grew up a vegetarian and my dad was a vegetarian growing up. I had friends that had been vegan years before. It all clicked for me. I was driving to work one day and heard an interview with Karen Dawn, a vegan book author. I told my wife about it and we both read her book “Thanking the Monkey”. NO turning back. My wife and I support each other. It can seem like looking up a mountain, like how can I make this happen. The key is baby steps, take time to learn “why”? What is making you want to change: health, ethical, earth, global warming? It’s everything for us.
Were you vegetarian for a while or go right to being a vegan? I joined my wife as a vegetarian for about a week or 2. I felt like I only ate cheese, cheese and more cheese. It is easy to be an unhealthy vegetarian/vegan. A few days into it is when I heard Karen Dawn’s interview, perfect timing!! There are very few vegans in the skateboard world and even fewer who are willing to be vocal about it. I was psyched to see that you proudly proclaim your veganism on your instagram page @davidrmayhew
are there other ways you are vocal about your choice to be vegan? I try to promote it to friends but not push. A few of my friends have changed to being vegan in the last couple years. My wife and I helped do the first ever Madison City Vegan Fest, they are on year 6 now. More and more often people are interested if the topic is brought up. Is your immediate family vegan or veg? My dad is a vegan.
Has it created any tension in your relationships?No tension but some jokes. Everybody thinks it is my wife making me do it, like it makes you less of a man.
Are you raising your children vegan? YES, YES, YES!! Both of our children are vegan and will be as long as they live in our house. We understand that they will have a learning curve. All we can do is pass on our knowledge and hope they can figure things out.
What challenges if any does that present? Now that our son is going to preschool we have to plan out snacks. The school works well with us and plans out all snacks ahead of time. They have a few other kids that are vegan which helps.
Best city for veganism/vegan options that you’ve visited? Closest would be Chicago for us. We also liked Seattle and SF. Gonna be in San Diego and LA this September, excited to see what they have to offer.
How would you rate Madison for being vegan friendly? Madison only has one vegetarian/vegan restaurant. I end up cooking most of our food. The summer/fall is great for salads and soups. Winter is a different story and is kind of a struggle.
Favorite vegan meal to cook for the family? We love a nice big salad most days. I also make black bean burgers and chickpea cutlets. Those both use Vital Wheat Gluten which is a great source of protein. We try hard to use a ton of fresh veggies and a protein source with each meal. Winter is soups, sweet potato/peanut African stew would be one of my favorites.
Can you point to one film that you would recommend a person watch who is considering going veg or vegan? We watched “meet your meat” from PETA. My wife and I have made our decision to stay vegan and will never turn back. Watching those films makes me sick. I’ve heard the film “earthlings” is a good one. I believe that when the time comes you will have your moment when all of the dots line up.
Emerica Romero Laced comes in a vegan synthetic-leather colorway for the fall season! Leo Romero’s revisions to the classic Laced model made this low profile shoe even more skateable. A single piece toe cap gives a smooth flick and should be much more durable then canvas in the all black synthetic-leather. The tongue and collar are both thin, with very little padding. The tongue on the Laced is stabilized with an elastic cage so not only will it stay in place, but you could even eschew the laces. A note about sizing, go up a 1/2 size. I tried these in both 10.5 and 11. The 11 was by far more comfortable.
OCCUPATION: Cook, looking for a full time job at a vegan restaurant.
Where do you like skating? Street spots…many pads, ledges, gaps, banks, anything that grinds. Skateparks with good street options all day.
Why did you go Veg? Can’t support animal brutality.
What is your favorite thing to skate and why? A sick ledge at a quiet urban street spot at twilight on a warm summer evening.
What shoe are you skating in now? Just ordered two pairs of the Emerica Figgy’s, the ones that Vegan Skate Blog just reviewed. Clutch!
Or just say whatever you want about skating Veg… Do what you can. Don’t expect the world to follow you because you have made the decision to be vegan. Just be proud that you aren’t contributing as much to the bullshit in this world.
Vans AV Rapidweld Pro Lite dropped this spring in an entirely animal-free line! An update to Anthony Van Engelen’s line of pro model shoes with some truly durable material! The Rapidweld is a heat fusing technology that leaves no visible stitch lines on the upper of the shoe. Duracap is a rubber reinforcement that on some models is under the most outer layer of material. In the AV Rapidweld Pro Lite however, the Duracap is featured on the outside.
Available in two colors for spring, there are two more for fall. All four utilizing the same material and construction. We should mention on Vans site, the “Lite” model is not made with suede. This has been confirmed with the design team, but marketing didn’t give the message.
Fresh out of the box, the Vans AV Rapidweld Pro Lite is clean looking but the toe caps are were your eye goes. The toe cap has caught on in a big way in skate shoes even though its been prominent since the early days of Chuck Taylors. These aren’t a soft rubber like chucks. They’re somewhat slick to the touch. Just like the polyurethane coated mesh that forms the rest of the shoes vamp. The shoe is an instant fit, true to size at 10.5 and wide in the toe. A good fit in both the front and heal!
A close look at the ollie area and more of the vamp gives an idea of what the AV Rapidweld Pro Lite is made of, though it still seems mysterious. It feels like a rubber coated paper, something that has been crushed and compressed. The shoe is super light weight as the name suggests.
The back quarter of the shoe is almost entirely mesh, with a reinforced heal cap. The padding is medium weight so while there isn’t a huge amount of ankle protection, it’s got a little more heft then most skate shoes.
An extra thick line of textured foxing tape is there like all of Vans’s Pro shoes, and they almost last as long as the ollie and flip trick area! Kind of a reverse of what you’d expect from your standard skate shoe.
Traditional Vans Waffle sole look. Nothing new to see here, but as for how they hold up, that they might be.
The Pro line models also feature this super cushioning insole! Heals rejoice!
The all mesh tongue certainly adds some ventilation to the shoe. The tongue is also held in place by sock liner that keeps the shoe pretty damn snug. Nice for a shoe that is a little wider in the toe!
So how did the shoe measure up?
A profile after 6-weeks of skating. The only “destroyed” part of the shoe is the laces of the front (ollie side) shoe and a little bit of foxing tape. A little bit of scuff at the top of the collar and some dirty mesh on the back make the Vans AV Rapidweld Pro Lite un-presentable for weddings and other fancy gatherings but they still have a TON of skate life left in them. You can barely see the ollie patch, so lets zoom in.
The polyurethane coating is coming away and you can see the woven material underneath, but its holding strong. A hot spot around the ball of the foot has worn but plenty of grip left in these!
Fast-forward to six weeks of skate wear and a hole has formed in the ollie area. The red is the sock liner, which even after this photo was taken continues to hold up in skating. (No holes in the socks just yet) The foxing tape is totally worn smooth, but has a good bit of life left. Aside from the soles wearing down, a little shoe-goo would patch the tiny ollie hole and keep the AV Rapidweld Pro Lite running a little longer.
So the verdict. If you want a shoe that lasts and don’t mind spending a little more, buy this shoe. These are the longest lasting skate shoe we’ve ever seen produced by Vans! The fact that they have done this with out the use of animal materials is just a sign of the future things to come from the industry. The fit is nice, room in the toe for good movement and a solid fit on the heal. Break in period, took about half a day of walking around in them. The first skate was a little awkward but once broken in, solid. Usually when we get promotional shoes, we don’t get extra laces, thats fine but for $90 lets hope two sets are in the box. The only real gripe about the shoe is the smell. After awhile they smell, and they retain the smell. Perhaps this is a personal issue, but with other shoes, they have not smelled so bad. Often synthetic materials retain foot odor in pockets of material that would otherwise escape and defuse in a canvas shoe. Well, not here. Keep them outside the bedroom door.
All that said, get yourself a pair and they will likely last twice as long as your average skate shoe, vegan or otherwise. For the life you’ll get out of these, it’s like buying two or three pairs of shoes in one.
Check your local skate shop, we know DLX in SF and Uprise in Chicago have carried this model. And don’t forget, the Lite is Vegan. If its just the Pro without “Lite” at the end, it is made of animals.
Vans size 6.5-13 $90.00 (All 4 colorways are vegan)
Where do you like skating? I prefer street skating over skating a park but if I have to choose I’ll say the local park in Myrtle, Matt Hughes Skate Park. If I have a more broad choice I really like going up to Columbia, Charlotte, and just any out of town skating/filming.
Why did you go Veg? I was volunteering, which is a stretch because I mainly just walked the dogs that I thought weren’t getting enough attention at an animal shelter in Columbia SC. I felt this internal guilt of how those animals had ended up in the situations that they were in. This one dog I especially felt a connection to had some facial scarring from who knows what but was still as sweet and loyal as could be. Although this was not a very extreme thing in the grand scheme of animal neglect it made me realize just how pure animals are and how I was contributing to their abuse and enslavement. I did vegetarian for about a month and then realized that wasn’t the best I could do. I went vegan with no plans of turning back.
What is your favorite thing to skate and why? I really enjoy skating things that people aren’t looking at as something to skate. Figuring out how to do something at a spot that doesn’t seem worth skating is super rewarding. Because of this the local people I skate with have coined the term, “Garet Spots” and are not fans of going to them.
What shoe are you skating in now? Right now I’m skating the Adidas Seeley in Canvas. I read the stripes are man-made leather (synthetic) on several sites. I also just ordered another pair of the canvas/gum Adi Ease and those are the best shoes I’ve skated in awhile.
Or just say whatever you want about skating Veg… I’m vegan for the animals, not for my health and I think that’s a major misconception about being vegan. Vegan food is amazing and has so many more flavors than what I was eating on a non-vegan diet. I also really love taking out of town trips because I can try to persuade my group of non-vegan friends to either try or go by the vegan spots other cities have to offer. Shout out to Dellz Uptown in Charleston, Lambs Bread in Columbia, and Bean in Charlotte. Oh and to the good homies in HD and the sk843 family too.
I want to get down to the Carolinas and check out some Garet Spots! Thanks for sending this in Garet, glad its finally up on the blog!
Are you veg and shred? Send in a some photos and the answer to all these questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t forget a mailing address so we can get you some rad stickers. ( US only – that international shipping is EXPENSIVE!)