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This week's #RipperOfTheWeek is Eugene OG @shawnfromportland! Shawn's done a lot for the local skate scene over the span of the last couple decades, only felt right to recognize him and the crew! Check his Q&A on our blog, link in @tactics bio! @ashesmarion @fkg_duke @cruzgroovy @benjaminspok Keep those #CatchARip entries coming! #TacticsSkate
Go Skateboarding Day Eugene 2017 was another banger! Full recap video is live now via the link in @tactics bio! Get there! #GoSkateboardingDay #GSD #TacticsSkate #CatchARip/: @jordand3mo55
Old Skool meets new tech @vansskate Ultra Range Pro available now, link in @tactics bio! #Vans #UltraRange #SkateShoes: @beauwherethesnow /: @jordand3mo55
That's a wrap! What'd you do for Go Skate Day?? Check our @tactics @tactics_eugene & @tactics_bend stories to check all the chaos in our home towns!#goskateday #gsd #goakateday2017
It's finally here, Happy Go Skateboarding Day!! Check out our new accounts @tactics_eugene and @tactics_bend for more details on each city's events! Special shoutout to our sponsors @elementbrand and @adidasskateboarding for providing the goods! #GoSkateboardingDay #GSD #GoSkateboardingDay2017
HAPPY GO SKATEBOARDING DAY!! Today only, save 10% on skate gear, clothing and shoes. We'll also be donating 10% of our in-store sales to local non-profits, check out @tactics_eugene and @tactics_bend for more details. Come in today, get the hookup and help support a #LegitCause #GSD #GoSkateboardingDay
Eugene & Bend! We just launched accounts for @tactics_eugene & @tactics_bend so you can keep up on new arrivals, local events, sales & specials, team news, local rippers, and follow along with shop life. Today only, we are offering 10% off skate, clothes, and shoes, plus donating 10% of in store sales to local non-profits. Give us a follow, get the hookup, and help us support a #LegitCause. #tacticseugene #tacticsbend
The @bendvertsessions ramp is almost ready for ripping! Head to the Century Center for open sessions from June 23-25 9am-6pm. Don't miss the @theoutsidegames Showcase Session on June 25th from 5-6pm featuring Tactics team rider @jakeselover.More info at @bendvertsessions link in bio.: @bearings_skateboard_academy #bendvertsessions #subaruoutsidegames
IT'S SO CLOSE! Join us tomorrow for the 14th annual Go Skateboarding Day!We'll be meeting up in Eugene at the Autzen Foot Bridge at 1 PM and barging down the bike path to WJ Skatepark for tons of contests, prizes and, most importantly, SKATEBOARDING!! If you're in Bend, meet us at Ponderosa Skatepark fom 4-8pm for food, music, contests, prizes and more SKATEBOARDING! More details via the link in @tactics bio! #GoSkateboardingDay #GSD #TacticsSkate #CatchARip

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Mervin Snowboards Factory Trip

It isn’t very often you get invited to go tour a company’s manufacturing center so obviously when the offer came up we jumped at the chance. Turns out our shop guru Luke is really good at selling Lib Tech and Gnu snowboards and they wanted to take us up for a day of factory touring and another day of shredding at Hurricane Ridge. So before they could change their minds we jumped on the Grease Bus and headed north.
A huge box of Doughnuts, plenty of road soda, and one viewing of “Too Fast, Too Furious” later we were pulling down Banana Way and into the Mervin factory. The Mervin campus is hard to describe. Just imagine a wooded area filled with ramps, an amazing concrete volcano, super friendly employees and even more friendly animals EVERYWHERE. Not to mention every place you look there is a major piece of snowboarding history sitting in the corner, or up on a wall, or taking you on a tour.
After they explained the in’s and out’s of how they make their snowboards, and their obsessive commitment to recycling, we were treated to a stellar BBQ with the likes of Temple Cummins, and the rest of the staff as they came off their shifts. Then it was off to the mountain for the next day of pow riding and cornice drops.
Mervin runs their company the way a company should be run. Looking after their employees and the environment, while making some of the best snowboards on the market. We at Tactics couldn’t be more stoked on em’. Huge thanks to Tim for making it all happen, and Chris with Grease Bus for driving our sorry, smelly asses with a smile.

 

 

The whip

 

"This sh*t runs on grease!?"

 

Skate Break In Twin Cities

 

BOLTS

 

Refueling for free from the back of a bar in Tacoma felt a little sketchy at first

 

The Tree Car from "Thats It, Thats All" is the first thing you see

 

Don't believe the hype. The "Attack Cat" Is more like the "snuggle you all day cat"

 

Raddest ripper, even better spokesperson

 

Kevin from Exit approves

 

Board presses, put out to pasture

 

The OG "DoughBoy" press. Serious history

 

Trimmings waiting to be recycled into new boards

 

"THE RAD RAMP" Skate this thing and you win... forever.

 

"Hey your factory runs on Biodiesel? We have this bus that you should check out."

 

Since there is no recycling in their town, the factory lets employees bring their recycling to work and Mervin takes care of it for them.

 

Core scraps are used as kindling, or recycled into paper and wood products

 

Wood Cores ready to go

 

Press forms. Putting the Rocker into your Banana

 

Die-cut Bases ready to get put back together

 

Laying up the "board sandwhich", before it all goes into the press and gets fused together

 

The presses in action. Cooking a board only takes about 20min

 

Trimming the boards after the press. This dude is a master

 

Getting edges, nice and sexy

 

"Yeah, we have a few boards"

 

And the Best Ad Campaign Ever award goes to Mervin

 

Rob from Exit with the ultimate banana

 

The ExperiMENTAL division has been working hard. Wait till you get to ride one of these on a pow day and your head explodes

 

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Chris filling up the grease and its time to head home

 

 

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