There’s no question that the United States has some of the world’s largest skateboarding magazines. But many countries around the world are busy producing high-quality skate media. From Finland to China and Canada, writers, photographers, filmers, and designers are representing their own local and worldwide scenes.
After starting with a modest budget, Dogway is now one of the preeminent forces in the Spanish skate scene and the beacon for skateboarding advertisers and skaters of Spain. Although Dogway is now distributed all over Europe, Venezuela, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Latin America, “It was a hard time for the Spanish skate market (in 1997),” says Dogway Editor Oskar Sueiro.
Skate photographer Patxi Pardiñas got the magazine off the ground. “Patxi made a revival of the Spanish scene by connecting (to a) national scene, (and) returning to all skaters in the Spanish scene,” Suerio says. Future coverage will include more of South America, Sueiro says. Dogway is based in Bilbao on Spain’s north coast and has a Slap-like look to it. dogwaymedia.com
Captured Video Productions-Finland
Geoff Rowley referred to this as “Fin-One-One,” says Juhani Salo, editor at Captured. Cutting the line between 411VM and the arty TransWorld videos, Captured, which started in 1999, is now on its tenth issue. “The goal of Captured is to document (the) Finnish, as well as European, skate scene, and to be a medium for companies to advertise in,” Juhani says. He estimates the Helsinki-based company sells about a thousand copies of each video and has roughly 10,000 viewers out of a huge skate scene of more than 50,000 skaters (Finland’s total population is approximately five-million). It’s owned by Skateland (www.skateland.fi), Finland’s largest skate distributor. “One-hundred-percent owned and operated by skaters,” Juhani says. “For the kids, by the kids.”capturedvideo.com
The only free-skate media in China is a Chinese- and English-language skate-culture Web site run by a 27-year-old Army lieutenant named Tim who’s been into the skate scene for about twelve years. CSN started in 1999 in Guangzhou, although skating in China has cooked slowly over the last fourteen years and is just now picking up. “There are no formal magazines or video products about skateboarding,” Tim says. “The National Sports Bureau wants to control all the skaters around China, but they don’t know what is skateboarding and why we called it an art.” The site has some nice flash, an online shop, graffiti flicks, and streaming videos. chinastreets.net
“We’re damn entertaining, yet professional,” is how Brian Peech at SBC describes Canada’s only national skateboard magazine. At an average of 240 glossy pages per issue, perfect-bound, and photo-heavy, SBC has helped to promote Canadian skaters like Mark Appleyard, Paul Machnau, Rick McCrank, Corey Sheppard, Mike Hastie, and Gailea Momolu. But it’s not strictly Canadian-SBC focuses on the international scene as well. Peech explains, “Skaters are interested in how other countries deal with the same joys and frustrations that revolve around it (skateboarding): how security reacts in Japan, how the weather is just as uncooperative in England as it is in Canada.” Owned by SBC Media, the skate magazine is distributed all over Canada (even in convenience stores), select U.S. skate shops, and in seven countries.sbcskateboard.com