This is our Small/Local Business review segment! Where we take a look at up and coming start up brands and businesses.
First up, Ultra Slappy Wax out of Bradenton, FL. Ultra Slappy Wax is a local skate wax company ran by Shawn Koi. Shawn’s a skateboarder, dedicated dad, and driven entrepreneur.
It’s always killer to see someone break out the norm and start their own thing. Shawn’s been putting in a lot of work over the years. Officially launching Ultra Slappy Wax back in 2013, he’s been on the grind ever since.
If you went to the most recent Tampa Pro chances are you could of crossed paths with Shawn. He had his booth set up at SPoT and hung out for the weekend. Shawn’s been hustle and gaining clientele and support across Florida.
He’s doing something he’s passionate about, while being a good father in the process. Shawn’s son, famously dubbed “Slappy Wax Kid” is usually by his Dad’s side and stoked for the day. Shawn’s one of the hardest working dudes in the Florida skate scene hands down. Make sure to give them a follow on Instagram at @ultraslappywax and support small business in the process.
To name a few shops in Florida carrying Shawn’s goods… Westside Skate Shop , Skate Park of Tampa, and Galactic G in Orlando Fl. Make sure to click on the highlighted words above to visit and check out some of what Ultra Slappy Wax has to offer!
Thanks for reading and remember, support local!
Skateboarder Magazine has a killer edit of the 2013 Tampa Pro Finals and Luan Oliveira’s winning run.
RIDE Channel has footage from Friday at the 2013 Tampa Pro of the Team Manager/ Industry V.I.P. Contest, Tampa Am Vert, and the rained-out “Legends” Vert Session. Check it out.
Unfortunately, the “Legends” Vert Session at the 2013 Tampa Pro turned out to be only about an hour of practice between storms. It was a hell of a lot of fun while it lasted though! I managed to get a few good shots, and a pretty heated bowl session resulted because of the rain. Make sure to tune into the live web-cast at 2 p.m. EST HERE. – Nicks
Thursday practice at the 2013 Tampa Pro featuring: Nyjah Houston, Chaz Ortiz, Shane O’Neill, Alex Carolino, Sean Malto, Paul Rodriguez, Chris Troy, and Evan Smith.
In the latest episode of the RIDE Channel’s SPoT 20 Year Experience, Mike Vallely talks about winning the first ever Tampa Pro in 1995. Mike was supposed to begin being phased out of professional skateboarding and into a team manager role for Powell at the time. Well, Mike won the contest…and the rest is history. Enjoy.
As you can imagine, Andy Roy has some gnarly stories about his experiences in Tampa in RIDE Channel’s Episode 5 of SPoT “20” Year Experience.
RIDE Channel has some more crazy, historical Skatepark of Tampa footage for your viewing pleasure.
The RIDE Channel’s newest SPOTS features the infamous Skatepark of Tampa. The story behind the Skatepark of Tampa is one that is crazy and rich in history, and is one that every skateboarder should hear. The Skatepark of Tampa, has not only done so much for skateboarding in the Tampa Bay area and in Florida, it has been an important part in progressing skateboarding all over the world. Next year, the Skatepark of Tampa celebrates 20 years, it is amazing to think about how far they have come. I don’t think they are going anywhere soon. Enjoy!
Episode 1 of “SPoT Life” just dropped on the RIDE Channel. Make sure to subscribe so you can keep up with the contests, events, and general skateboarding mayhem that the SPoT crew finds themselves in the middle of all over the world.