Remembering Van Wastell
The late and legendary skateboarder Van Wastell of Ventura, California, died four years ago this month after falling from a hotel window in Berlin at the age of 24. As commemoration Skateboarder magazine published a gallery of some of their favorite shots of Wastell, who was known for his fearlessness, creativity, and hard partying. Skateboarder magazine also remembers that Wastell was “always down for an adventure,” they wrote. Whenever photographer Jonathan Mehring came up with an idea for another one of his now notorious trips to the hinterlands, “Van was always on the list of people he knew would probably be down,” Skateboarder wrote. The photo below is a portrait Mehring took of Wastell. Click here to view the entire gallery. To read the New York Times obituary of Wastell, click here.

Photo courtesy Mehring, Skateboarder

Filmmaker McNamara talks to Snowboarder
As part of Snowboarder magazine‘s continued LensCrafters interview series, they talked to filmmaker Leland McNamara, who Snowboarder calls “one of the best snowboard cinematographers out there today.” McNamara got his start in Bend, Oregon, where he initially moved to attempt to become a professional snowboarder. “I feel we had a really close group of good friends who just wanted to snowboard all the time, and at some point I thought to keep doing what I loved I had to find a way to make a living,” he told Snowboarder. “I was my own harshest critic, and I knew I would never make it as a professional snowboarder in this day and age, so that meant doing something different. I was always into photography, but I wanted to make a movie. So I sold my Nikon SLR and bought a little handycam and made a little movie called ‘Jibs not Jobs.'” The rest, as they say, is history. To read the entire interview, click here.

Photo courtesy McNamara, Skateboarder

Build your own kayak
Canoe and Kayak magazine has published their seven-episode series on building your own kayak in its entirety. The series follows a boat-making class put on by John Lockwood of Pygmy Boats in Port Townsend, Washington, which sells kayak kits. “There are literally no skills that are required to build a Pygmy boat,” Lockwood said in the final video. “You don’t have to have any prior woodworking experience. You certainly don’t need to have any boat-building experience.” Test his statement, and your ability to follow directions, by clicking here. Click play to watch the seventh episode below.

Click play to watch the seventh episode