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562: The House of Steam shop presents LandShark Wheels: Mike Vallely, Raybourn, Danforth, Svitak and the evolution of a skate shop decision.

Back in 2009 I was sent a vid of Romona from [En-Jay] Chris at S-one, that is when I saw Ben Raybourn huck a padless McTwist and was gobsmacked. Soon after I discovered LandShark wheels via another video of Ben killing it in the Bondai Bowl, san’s pads once again. I thought if you are gonna skate that aggressively with nothing to protect yourself but your wheels your gonna only ride good wheels. Then I discovered a video of Kristian Svitak skating while I was searching for a Damned song and got drawn in further. This all got my DIY Ethos Brain thinking and I suddenly wanted a shop that offered any choice of wheel as long as that choice was Landshark! So here is this new indy wheel company with these aggressive skaters, a great wheel that has a no flat spot guarantee with a name and a logo based on a bad  tattoo decision by founder Kristian Svitak and the band FANG…what more could push one over the edge to the realisation that this could be the the greatest wheel company of all time…..then Mike Vallely and Bill Danforth decided to ride for them!  That was it for me…. an email to Mike and a bit of back n forth and there you go….LandShark in THOS Shop and for all the reasons above I would be hard pressed to add another wheel.

So here is the multi-media recap:

Raybourn’s Pad less McTwist, catch a glimpse of Tag’s Frontside invert over the channel right afterwards too.

Raybourn kills it in the Bondai Bowl..LandShark discovered

Kristian Svitak discovered killing it on street to The Damned

Bad Tattoos make great Company names and logos….

FANG! Yeah I probably should have put up the LandShark song but this video is too badass to leave out.

Danforth is in……

so is Vallely.

So I put my money where my mouth is and THOS Shop is in too….

As you may surmise I am having a blast setting up and slowly building this shop, everyone is excited that it is growing via the community we have created and that it is supporting some old school values. Now that we are all burdened by the internet and its unlimited choices it feels cool to have a place that only offers ‘One’ Choice….the obvious one!

Cheers to everyone who helped make this happen. More to come…

Jason Oliva Artist

Mike V Photo by Mark Choiniere.

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