The Super Sesh Saver for the Discerning Skater

January 26th, 2015 by Kruns

You have a spare tire and a jack in your trunk just in case your car breaks down, so why aren’t you just as cautious with you skates?

Yeah, if your car takes a crap on the way to a sesh, you’ll be pissed, but if your old P.O.S. gets you there and you chunk a wheel, can’t slide, or lose a frame bolt, you’ll be as equally bummed.

That’s why AMall put together the Roadside Assistance Pack years ago, giving you the essentials you need to keep the juice flowing in your sesh.

The Amall Roadside Assistance Pack is a steal at $19.99, covering all the basics of what could go wrong while you’re shredding.

But everyone knows a full-size spare is better than that little donut in the back that’s only good for 30 miles at no faster than a tortoise crawls.

Give your emergency pack the Ferrari upgrade with the new PREMIUM Roadside Assistance Pack.

For $44.99, you get the following:
- a set of Eulogy wheels
- Amall ABEC 9s, tested by the Amall team
- a bar of the world-famous Amall wax
- two long-handled allen keys
- two 18mm frame bolts

If you do the math–and don’t worry because we did that for you–all separately that’s worth over $60.

Keep this handy pack in your trunk, glove compartment, or in your bag as you blade. It could either save your sesh, or upgrade it completely, depending on how you already roll.

Exclusive Offerings From Our San Carlos HQ (now in San Carlos)

January 21st, 2015 by NOT DRE

AHHHHHH YES! The glorious month that we call January! Not only is it cold as shit with snow and other unmentionable shit that I have only seen in movies (in most (flyover) states), there is also nothing really exciting or new coming out till late spring slash summer.

While we can’t make ice melt (we have tried with Krans and Nolte, yet they are still pretty fucking ice), we can come up with some fresh takes on some already fresh items.

BATTER UP!

Exhibit number 1: Impala “Tiger-Style” Setup.

Tiga Styluh

The V 13 has re emerged as a staple tried and true blah blah blah. We know all this. This skate is popular because it is lightweight and solid. Over here at our lovely San Carlos HQ (now located in San Carlos) , we concluded that there is only one thing that can make this skate more solid: Flat Rocker.

Loading these jams up with some Soichiro Eulogies presented a problem however since the wheels are now 58mm. Luckily, the Kizer Slimline 2 does a great job of accommodating this size wheel with a 4 down setup. Add some orange laces for some piz-zazz, and BLAM! There you have it.

Exhibit Number 2: The Ray Gun Religion “Prodigy” Tee

Raygun Religion

Not sure what to make of this shirt. Is it the virgin mary? is it some crunk monk? To quote Arlo from the USD Video, “What is that Guy”?

To be honest, I don’t even know where this thing came from. It seems that it really is of extraterrestrial, and it has invaded every single clothing category on the website. I heard that all it wants is to be purchased, and it will go away. Let us hope that it means no harm.

Exhibit Number 3: Ridin’ High with USD

With the amount of Carbon and Carbon Free skates currently out nearing astronomical levels, the good ol’ boys at Amall’s San Carlos HQ (now located in San Carlos) set to make something new and exciting to buds around the sesh in.

If you never heard this song, you most likely live in Fremont….

Introducing, the USD Riding High Setup V.Montre point oh

YEA SON

as well as the USD Riding High Setup V. Eisler point three

Eisler RIdin High

Don’t allow yourself to be pidgeon holed with a classic anti rocker setup topping off at 58mm, or a flat setup with some jumbo ass wheels. There is a middle ground. There is a gray area. We are here to ENABLE you. Skate anti with 72mm and smash on a hater! What is stopping you?

Exhibit 4: Kizer “Tall Boy” Ready to Roll

Kizer

Now I coulda swore I just was ranting about embracing the middle ground in life and saying you should not be pidgeon-hoe’d. If I offered the Riding High Setup only for 2 pairs of skates, I would be pidgeon holing each and every one of you. Kizer “Tall Boy” Ready to Roll allows you to get that same crunk feeling offered on the Riding Highs but for whatever skate you have or are looking to get. 72mm Anti is a beautiful thing mayne, and the way Ready To Rolls move nowadays, don’t be surprised if these sell out soon!

5 Good Reasons to Never Skate Again

January 19th, 2015 by Kruns

Despite what you might hear, the hardest part of rollerblading is rollerblading. Not only do you have to bend down to change your footwear to do it, but there are numerous downsides to continuing skating. Injuries and other hardships aside, here are some reasons you should just quit skating and find something better to do with your time.

1. It’s Not Cool

We’re not the first to tell you this. You’ve just been living in denial for all these decades. Face it, bro, no one rollerblades anymore. Just to make everyone shut up, pick up a skateboard or a fixie. If you’re under the age of 12, get a scooter.

Society should dictate what you do and do not do. Pop culture says rollerblading stopped being a thing 20 years ago. Get with the times, ditch those skates, and don’t forget to keep up with the Kardashians.

2. It Takes Hella Work

Rollerblading is easy, which is why no one wants to do it. Just kidding. Most people can’t even stand up on a pair of skates, let alone get all the wheels off the ground.

But jumping? Man, that just sounds like a lot of work. And then if you don’t land your trick, you have to pick yourself off the ground.

You don’t have to do any of that if you just stay there on the couch playing Call of Duty. And if you don’t play, the terrorists will win.

3. No One Else Ever Wants to Skate

Why don’t your friends ever want to get out and shred?

This list gives them plenty of reasons, so don’t expect anything different. Take those skates to Goodwill and move on with your life.

4. You’re Too Old Anyway

Igor Jovanovic - Valo from Igor Jovanovic on Vimeo.

What are you in your 30s? And you’re still clomping around on children’s toys? C’mon, act your age. Ditch those blades for a mortgage, a soul-crushing job, and the noose-like fashion accessory known as the necktie. It’s what you’re supposed to do, so do it.

All those old injuries are catching up. Your ankles clack, your knees creak, and your wrists sound like gravel going through a garbage disposal. Save yourself the trouble of getting hurt and take up bowling or maybe a weekend rec softball league.

5. There’s Too Much Work to Do

You’ve got a job and you should work harder. You shouldn’t be wasting those precious hours on nights and weekends jumping off things and sliding down inanimate objects. That won’t get you anywhere.

You should be at work, staying late, hoping your manager takes notice of all you do. Put in lots of time. Put the company first. Work hard and maybe you’ll get a 50 cent raise at the end of 2015. Keep working like that and someday you might be able to afford an above-ground pool for your gated community duplex.

But don’t work too hard because your manager might think you’re gunning for his or her job. Then they’ll find some weak technicality and fire you, no matter how many years you have there. To help prevent that, run all of your ideas by them so they have ample opportunity to take the credit and earn a bigger bonus at the end of the year.

Wait, What Did We Just Say?

Coterie from Shangri La Pictures on Vimeo.

Who are we kidding? Outside leg amputation or if somehow all the concrete and asphalt turned into broken glass, we’re going to keep shredding into 2015, 2030, or 2050. We’re making reservations at a retirement home, but only if they have some sweet rails out front.

Dre’s Broke as Shit Because of Matty Schrock

January 16th, 2015 by Kruns

Dre’s Boddington fund is empty right now.

The challenge was simple on paper: the first person to grind a down ledge that fed into the San Jose basin got paid. Victor Arias, however, was not allowed to collect. The Inaugural Paco Ass Dre Invitational began in September 2013 when Dre proposed a $10 award. With the challenge unmet, he upped the anti to $100.

That may seem like steep inflation, but the ledge is no joke. First off, it’s nipple high. While there’s a downhill run up to help with speed, you have to gap out to it. On one side of the ledge are five “stairs” that are about 2.5 feet tall each, and they’re made out of rocks wrapped in chain link fence. And there was a bush growing out of the bottom stair. (Was because Victor landscaped that thing out of existence.)

On the other side is a drop that would Christopher Reeves even Superman. It’s not a spot for the timid and makes the Staples Center ledges look like a warm-up spot.

This last Saturday a group of fools trekked down to San Jose to get the job done. We warmed up at the downtown San Jose park to get the legs loose and the crew juiced.

Matty Schrock had been down in his home state of Florida for the past few weeks and was afraid someone else would beat him to the cash.

Not at all. The ledge was still pristine and because the recent rains have subsided, the landing was clear.

Ledge be damned, Matty was there to make some money. With a little rub brick and wax love, the stage was set for Matty to cash in.

After a few trips up to the launch, Matty let the crew knew he was ready to roll. The first shot down, he made the distance, but safely slide down on his ass. Same with the second. Since there’s no safe place to come off early because the stairs are more dangerous than the drop, it was an all or nothing endeavor.

Matty made it down with a soul grind, but since his hand touched, he didn’t count it. Clips have to be clean, you know. Matty went back and laced it.

The proof shot, captured by Erick Garcia, shows the true burliness of the ledge. Matty looks like a midget photoshopped onto a normal ledge.

Soul

So that’s it. Sixteen months later, Dre had to put his money where his mouth is and Matty couldn’t be happier.

Payment

Stay tuned for more ways to take Dre’s money.

10 things to do with $ 100 $ and one easy way to make it.

January 6th, 2015 by NOT DRE

It has been over a year since I originally announced the contest for the San Jose down ledge, and much to my chagrin, no one has taken my money.

Ledge

If you are unsure of what it is that I speaketh of, enlighten yourself by clicking this time portal to September of 2013.

Unfortunately, some people just bought the internet in 2014 (which is perfectly ok) and missed that original post. The follow up that was made shortly afterwards can be seen on this separate time portal to January 2014.

But Fuck All That

Nostalgia is for bums. That was then, this is now. The past is the past etc etc. The point is, y’all fools either drive a hard bargain or are lazier than a certain friend of mine who wears a sleepy crow as a hairpiece. As a token of how much I want to see this ledge done did, I have upped the ante (for the second fucking time) for this contest. $10 dollars was fine and dandy in 2013, but what the fuck was I thinking? This is 2015 and shit is hella expensive.

Shit is so expensive in 2015 that certain black labs have resorted to working for BOTH FedEx AND UPS at the same time just to eat! Paper bags now cost 25 centavos in San Carlos, and Boddingtons 4 packs run for $8.99. With all this rife inflation in 2015, I personally find it hard to believe that nobody wants the extra $10, I mean $50, I mean $100 just to do a simple grind.

So for the third time, I proudly present the Inaugural Paco Ass Dre Invitational (for the third time).

Below is a comprehensive list of all the necessary details that make up the Inaugural Paco Ass Dre Invitational.

I personally invite: Everyone.

Rules are as follows: Grind the San Jose Down ledge.

Prize for 1st place: One Hunid U S - D O L L A R S.

Exluded Applicants: Victor.

So without further ado, here is the the obligatory map of where the ledge is located in downtown San Jose.

Map

If you need any further directions to it, feel free to call Nolte, or to just #textcrunky.

Happy Hunting #youjams.

Start Your New Year Off Right…

January 5th, 2015 by Kruns

Some people have high aspirations when starting off a new calendar page. The most common of which is to lose weight or get in better shape.

Did you know that up to 63 percent of gym memberships are never used? Instead of signing a contract and giving some jock-head your hard earned money, invest in yourself. And by yourself, we mean the blader in your soul.

If you want to get in shape by blasting around your neighborhood, you can snag one of the Powerblade “Ready to Roll” sets complete with moster-sized wheels and AMall Swiss bearings. At $179, that’s cheaper than any gym membership you’ll find, and you’ll actually use them.

But if you want to get better at blading, practice makes perfect nothing makes you want to strap up and roll quite like some freshies. A new set of wheels and bearings are the quickest and cheapest ways to give your skates some new life.

You can customize the most popular frames out there, the Ground Control Featherlite 3s, with your favorite color, wheels, and bearings to make your ride uniquely yours.

But if the K2 Fattys you’ve had since Matty Mantz was on ESPN2 aren’t cutting it 20 years later, maybe you should look into getting a new rig. AMall still has some K2 Fattys in select sizes, but there’s a lot more skate technology on the market for you to choose from.

If you like classic 90s skates, you can’t go wrong with the Valo V13 re-boots. The latest release, the Blue Impala, will get you shredding in the streets for $204.

But if you want to get with the 21st century, there’s no way to do it quicker and with more style than the new Ben Schwabs from Xsjado.

For $339, you get a complete setup ready for street or park, as well as foot wraps that double as shoes for hitting the bar after a gnarly sesh.

Because let’s face it, what’s the point in bettering yourself if you’re not going to reward yourself with a shot and a beer afterward?

Warm Up Your Holidays with a Blanket Party

November 25th, 2014 by Kruns

It’s getting cold out there, so while some people want to hide away from the effects of global warming under a nice comfy blanket, we have something a little more sinister in mind.

If there’s someone in your crew who doesn’t blade in the winter, whether from the weather or from just being lame, we can help you get their priorities straight with a Blanket Party.

The premise is simple and one you may remember from Full Metal Jacket.

Since your grandma is going to knit you a blanket anyway, you’ve got most of your gear there. But it takes more than a blanket to party.

For $17.95, AMall will hook you up with a Blanket Party Pack, which includes a pair of Gawds socks and two blocks of wax.  The pack comes in short and long, depending on your arm length and velocity needs.

To get cranking, just drop the wax in the sock, shake it down to the bottom, and get cranking. While AMall in no way encourages violence in any way, we would like to remind you the liver is on the right side of the torso.

Or your could do everyone one step better and use those new socks to keep your feet warm while you blade and the wax to keep all your surfaces buttery smooth.

Don’t forget to check the site and your email inbox from some violently discounted goods this Black Friday shopping season.

The Boise Beast and His Brand New Blades

October 29th, 2014 by Kruns


In case you’ve been hanging out on the moon and didn’t already know, Aggressive Mall rider and all-around good guy Erik Bailey has received another pro boot from Valo.

Bailey’s latest skate is a tribute to his first pro boot, which came out in black and white color ways back in Valo’s infancy. Since then, the classic cut has been made into maroon, gray, and denim color ways, but Bailey, a man of classic taste, is going back to his first.

“That was my favorite of them all,” Bailey tells us. “I didn’t want it to be exactly the same.”

 

The Bailey 1.5 has a black leather skin, Valo two-piece souls, and other subtle updates to give new life to this classic blading look. Unlike other recent Valo pro skates, the EB 1.5 doesn’t use the carbon fiber shell and relies on the tried-and-true classic Valo boot.

“I think it’s cool because it lasts a long time,” he said.

The Idaho native is back in Boise after a month in Washington and New York, helping good friend and blade artist Kyler Martz with some exclusive pieces (Kyler also did the art for Bailey’s latest pro wheel from Eulogy).

 

While everyone waited to get theirs, Bailey has been collecting clips in his new skates in front of the lens of Ivan Narez. The dynamic duo brought you other great Bailey sections and clips in the last two Valo videos, Shred ‘Til You’re Dead I and II, and other projects.

“Ivan was in Seattle for nine days. We filmed the whole time, except for the few days it rained,” Bailey said.

The edit to accompany Bailey’s new boot is expected to premiere at the Blading Cup this weekend in Santa Ana, Calif.

Bailey will soon be en route for his fourth appearance at the Cup. Despite the fact he’s now old enough to qualify for the 30 and Over division, Bailey won’t be skating in it, but he’ll be judging the ol’ boys and blading with the pro boys.

“The older guys are probably the ones to watch,” Bailey said.

Besides filming for his new edit, Bailey’s been filming with Erik Bill for Snake River Special II, the second installment of the Idaho-centered scene. He’s also been filming with some Boise skateboarder friends.

“It’s really fun and that’s the point,” he said.

 

But don’t expect ol’ Bailes to hop on the VOD train just quite yet. He’s been enjoying the one’s he’s paid for, including Bolino, Broskow, and B. Free, but right now, he doesn’t have any plans for paid edits.

“Skating is one of those things where the edit is promoting the product,” he said. “If I were going to film something like that, I’d have to go out for a year.”

Right now, Bailey is having a blast being out on his blades, traveling around the country when he can, and finding a bit of new zeal about life.

“A lot of people talk about all the younger years, and I can’t relive them as an old man, but I’m finding a lot of new good times,” he said. “I’ve been skating more than every lately. I’m feeling really good.”

The EB 1.5 will be shipping out to pre-ordering AMall customers after we all return from the Blading Cup.

New Skates Direct from the Young Gawd

October 22nd, 2014 by OLD MONEY

It has been a while since our dear friend in Long Beach has had a new Pro skate, but the wait is almost over! The brand new USD Franky Morales Carbons are due to arrive any minute now! If “beneath a rock” is your permanent mailing address, Franky has been modeling his pro skates after his favorite sneakers.

His first model blew everyone away featuring an assortment of colors that seamlessly blended together to produce the most memorable skate of its time.

OLD Franky

His second model flipped the script on his first skates as he hit us with the subtle black highlights.

OH MAN

His newest skates come complete with brand new Clear Kizer Fluid 4 Frames. While your truespin topside tricks may not improve, your swagg is guaranteed to go up about 6 points on average. These frames come loaded with some fresh Gawds wheels and Antis so you know you will be rolling correct.

In all their glory, here are the new Franky’s.

USD Franky Morales Carbons

No Franky release be complete without an edit featuring that one park in the LBC. Without any further ado:

Like all USD Skates, these are extremely limited so be sure you pick these up while you can.

Don’t Count on Global Warming

October 15th, 2014 by Kruns

The Earth may be heating up rapidly, but that doesn’t mean winter won’t be too far away.

And since we’ve lost all that handy fur due to evolution (and most cities have anti-nudity ordinances), you’ll need something to keep your flesh covered. We can help you out with that.

New for fall, AMall some new sweatshirts to keep you looking good and feeling warm, whether you’re out shredding the streets or looking to tear it up at the club (or just stand in the corner because the crappy “DJ” is nothing but a chump with a laptop).

Starting out at $49, there’s the Inked Laurel Crew Neck.

But if you’re worried about your neck or ears getting cold, we’ve got you covered.

For $55 (Hey, hoods aren’t free), there’s the Inked Laurel Hoody, in Navy and Ash.

But if you prefer a zipper because you like quick access out of your clothes, there’s the Framed Zip Up Hoody for $55.

And if you need a quick Halloween costume, you can use the sweatshirts to go as Headless Nolte, a reference no one will get unless you wear it out in Santa Ana the night before the Blading Cup.

Check out our full selection of sweatshirts at AggressiveMall.com

It’s Time to Talk to Your Doctor

October 9th, 2014 by Kruns

Have you been feeling a little off lately?

Have you experienced unexpected weight loss or weakness? Have your wounds been healing slowly?

Do you have pale skin or edema: a collection of water in your legs, feet, and ankles? Has it affected your blade game?

Have you been cranky, moody, depressed, anxious, or generally feeling like a huge, icy buster chump?

Those are all symptoms of protein deficiency. You know what has protein? No, not some unappetizing pinner soybeans.

MEAT! Come get some of it this Saturday at the Housewarming Meat Up beginning at 1 p.m. at the Redwood City Skatepark, at the back end of Red Morton Community Park in the heart of Redwood City. (Here’s a Google Maps link, so you have no excuses.)

Even if your subsidized Obamacare healthcare doesn’t cover your Cross Fit-branded protein shakes, all the meat you’ll need to get your leg strength back is covered by Aggressive Mall. That’s right, free beefy healthcare.

But don’t bring any buns. There’s tacos and sausages, but this is a bun-free environment. Besides, buns don’t have protein in them.

As far as your fat water-logged feet and pale skin, putting on your blades in that beautiful Redwood City sunshine should take care of that. And sunshine is full of vitamin D, which is good for depression and your general cranky mood.

You can thank us later.

The Long Game

August 7th, 2014 by Radsac

Everyone these days wants instant satisfaction or gratification with the least amount of work possible.

The thing is that you can’t get really good at something over night. You have to put in the work day in and day out. You have to be in it for the Long Game.

We want you to be the best rollerblader that you can be and that requires time. Think about how many hours of skating the pros have put in to achieve their greatness?

So the next time you are frustrated with your progress, say to yourself, “Maybe I can’t land this trick today but since I’m in the aggressive rollerblading Long Game, I know I will eventually be able to stick it.”

Here is a quick video that explains the Long Game:

The Long Game Part 2: the missing chapter from Delve on Vimeo.

New Tees Please

August 5th, 2014 by Radsac

There is nothing like getting a hair cut, rolling on a new pair of socks and putting on a clean new t-shirt. Don’t it feel great? Like a million bucks!

Below are the new rollerblading tees to cover you for part of the equation. Click the pics to get yours today.

Neil did cut his bangs for the pictures and was wearing new Them Goods socks so you can easily tell that he is feeling like a new man. Gawds socks coming soon hopefully!

AM Yall Like Skatin? Tee Tye Dye ($25) Available in Navy also.
Amall Y'all Like Skatin? Tee Tye Dye

AM 96 Raglan Tee Red ($28) Available in Black also.
AM 96 Raglan Tee Red

Gawds We Trust Tee ($28) Available in White also.
Gawds We Trust Tee


Gawds Glory Tee ($28) Available in Black also.
Gawds Glory Tee

Click here for our entire selection of t-shirts for you to wear out blading and in the public sector.

We Love Mondays

August 4th, 2014 by Radsac

Nolte loves Mondays.

Even after a weekend full of rollerblading, come Monday Nolte is at the shop bright and early getting things rolling smoothly. He knows how to start the week off right because he has made the proper preparations.

Are you ready for the skate sessions this week? Come next weekend are you prepared to take full advantage of the long skating days?

Love Mondays like we do and attack the week with full velocity and handle your business.

None of this, “My skates are broke but I can’t fix them or get new ones because my pockets are broke.”

Need a boost? We’ve got a new package deal to help you roll smooth and roll clean with all of your stuff strapped to your back. It even comes with a free bar of wax to replace the one that got left behind at the skate spot the other day.

Things are looking real good this Monday.

MTN DVSN Adventure Time Package Deal (Starting @ $95.00)
MTN DVSN Adventure Time Package Deal

Throw Your Very Own Summer Skate BBQ

August 1st, 2014 by Radsac

Dre developed the Amall Meat Up because he likes to get rollerbladers together for skating, socializing and good ol’ food. We’ve had a total of 12 successful Meat Ups over a 1 year span. Dre is looking forward to the 13th one (to be determined) because he has a special affinity for the number.

drebbq.jpg

Since we can only hold our Meat Ups around the California Bay Area, we highly encourage you to throw your own summer skate BBQ’s if you are not already. Here are a few pointers:

-Let everyone know far enough in advance. None of this,

“Hey brah we should throw a BBQ today at Noon.”

“Dude it’s 3 pm.”

-It’s much easier if you keep the food simple but if you want to go nuts and offer a 5 course meal for folks, I don’t think anyone will complain. Street tacos are easy. Hot dogs are easy. Too much money? Supply just the BBQ and encourage folks to bring their own meat or veggies.

-NO ICE CREAM. I can’t stand it when all of the local scooter kids spill their ice creams all over the skate park. Don’t join them.

-Coolers and ice work great to keep your road soda’s cold. No one likes a warm C- except maybe Mickey Avalon.

-Pop up tents are great and folks will appreciate the shade.

-Camping chairs are nice to sit on under the pop up tents.

-Put your own unique spin on the summer skate BBQ idea. There are no rules here. If you want to have a pinata then go for it. If you want it to have an 80s theme then break out the neon.

-Music is great. Whether you have a jam box or a boom box, folks like to feel the groove.

-Lastly have a fun, enjoyable time. Whiners and complainers need not apply.

Let us know how your summer skate BBQ goes! @Aggressivemall on Instagram.


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