To say we're hyped about opening our fresh Soggybones Skate Shop is a massive understatement. We're fucking over the moon. On Sunday 30th September the doors of our store swung open to a mob of genuinely stoked people and the response has been insane. We've been working hard on this store for a few months and it's a complete DIY project that's another big step forward for SB and everyone involved. Pop in store, meet the crew running SB and make the most of the South West's original hard-core skate store.
We almost lost our junk when Stacy Peralta raised his fist for an interview in our little mag from the West coast of Oz. Yep, he's inside Dead Cats, undoubtedly one of the truest lord's, Zephyr Boy Stacy Peralta. The man, skateboarding icon, inspiration, shredder, director, producer, film maker, business man and straight up go getter of everything worth getting. We figured Mr. P deserved more than a feature so we dropped him on the cover. You really don't have to pick up the 'zine to understand what all of the hype is about with this. Surprisingly there's more than you might 1st believe.
FATHERS OF THE FOAM
Instead of adopting a sheepish mentality of slapping together a misleading surfboard guide we decided to introduce 'Fathers Of The Foam'. In the 1st installation of FOTF you'll meet 3 experienced shapers from the Margaret River region: Mat Manners, Nathan Rose and Marty Littlewood. Read on as these shapers share their foam related opinions and knowledge. We're not charging appearance fees. Nup, surprisingly we're not receiving free boards or exchanges. FOTF isn't a piss weak advertising exercise, we simply explore and expose shapers who do an exceptional job and are willing to share their passion for shaping foam.
SKATEBOARDING WAVE ROCK
No you didn't! Yep, fucking oath we did. A motley crew of skateboarders pushed a drunken rambling into action to emerge from the sleepy shadows of Perth with intentions to skate something no man or woman has before skated. The crew, consisting of some of the West's best rippers, carelessly slapped together a dismal campers survival list, boards with beast-ish wheels and hauled ass in metal on four wheels to Wave Rock hoping to skate one of mother natures roughest, radest and most magnificent sculptures.
YOK AND MUTCH
Meet 2 of Western Australia's most active and talented Artists, The Yok and Mutch. These cats have completely differing styles and are currently living in different countries, but their dedication and passion to art, plus a stellar magazine they co-created and produce titled Kingbrown, ensures they're both only an email or skype conversation apart.
BELLY OF THE BEAST - TAI BUDDHA GRAHAM
Without being a toe sucking corn dog, I'm going to put it out there: the ultimate pursuit is happiness. Damn straight they made a movie about that, obviously with intentions of making millions, but lets pretend the kooks made it cause it's for real. Tai Graham has nothing to do with that Hollywood blockbuster, but he most definitely is taking control to ensure he keeps the stoke breathing at healthy levels. Surf, sleep, fuck, eat, beats, drink, travel and greet... that's pretty much what Tai's life's all about. Life's full of interesting characters and those worth detailing are the cats who inspire, shoot their own hoops and ultimately kill it!
Morgs carries a touch of regret for being part of the first tow-surfers in Australia. Why? Quite simply he's part responsible for influencing a bunch of clowns. Back when assisted paddling hit our shores, Morgs had no proper clue what the reaction would be years later. Now countless surfers take the easy option and tow. Jet Ski's encouraged a new breed of surfers who think they're all that, when they really haven't earned their big wave stripes. Fuck 'em. Don't pick up a rope unless you're prepared to paddle large. That's what Morgs does and that's why he's here, it's just that he'd rather leave the ski on the beach. Funny that.
WHIP & STORK - EXPLORING AN ESSENTIAL COMBINATION
I thought Mark Thompson's nickname was Stalk. Wrong. Turns out he ain't a stalker, and for the record it's "Stork", not stalk! Actually, being a professional photographer I guess you could say Stork is a bit of a stalker, just not the creepy sort shamed on crime stoppers. The dude he's been stalking with his camera is a freesurfer who responds to Scott Dennis. Mates refer to him as Whip. The dude rips. Whip and Stork have established a key relationship and that's exactly what this feature explores: The essential surfer and photographer partnership.