Tokyo’s VHS MAG just released Leo Takayama’s sick as hell PICK UP video part today. Leo is an Osaka local who’s been ripping for a good minute, with a super deep bag of tech tricks as well as the ability to drop those hammers on command. In addition to the amazing skateboarding, one of the best things about footage from Japan is how different the terrain and spots look, giving Japanese skateboarding such a refreshing look. Not forgetting to mention that the way Japanese skaters approach spots is also totally unique, just like Leo’s patented backsmith backside bigspin out, gotta love creative thinking out of the box!
Anyone who’s met Leo also knows he’s also a super rad dude with a great attitude and a big smile who really loves skateboarding. It’s great to see him getting some shine and picking up new sponsors. He’s definitely one to look out for in the future, so check out his new part below! Leo rips!
And if you’ve read this far, we’ve also included Leo’s Welcome to Chocolate Skateboards Japan intro video as a bonus below (peep the LA footy he filmed on his recent trip Stateside). Hell yeah Leo!! Ganbatte!!! – HK
It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to skateboarding or are a 20 year veteran of the skate game. The name HUF should be more than familiar to you, and the man behind the brand, Keith Hufnagel is one of the most respected pro skateboarders from out of the East Coast in the past two decades. A stalwart on the Thunder and Spitfire program, this East Coast powerhouse and now West Coast transplant is part-owner of HUF, Keith’s career as a skateboarding business owner is just getting started with HUF’s more recent foray into the footwear game.
From the early days of the HUF brand as a sneaker boutique in SF to their SoCal migration with a retail front on Fairfax, Keith has been instrumental in steering the brand through the vagaries of the skateboarding business cycle and making moves to enter the ultra-competitive footwear game. In this short little Guest Talk interview with Tokyo’s VHS MAG, Keith talks about coming up on the East Coast, getting sponsored by Thunder and Spitfire through Shrewgy (now of ACE trucks) , running HUF, the infamous plantlife socks, and his vision for how HUF fits into skateboarding. A worthwhile watch for a little behind the scenes at a skater owned brand built from the ground up.