Comet News

NY TIMES Article
I was interviewed by Concrete Wave for the June issue and touched on some of the global issues mentioned here. Much of what is said in this editorial, speaks to why Comet is leading in the direction we are. Worth the read. The Earth is Full by Thomas L. Friedman You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornadoes plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all — and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once?
one way
With winter slowly fading away, the month of March is a momentous one for skaters all around. Two weeks ago I drove down from my college town of Chico CA to the Bay Area for another Caliber photo shoot and comet team hang out. Still hung over from a slam on my hip several days before, I took time off from skating and focused my attention on filming. One Way is the story of that weekend.
Buffalo Bill Downhill
The Buffalo Bill Downhill continues to take on a life of its own. It is hard not to begin with the end of the race. At 2 PM on Sunday, Kevin Reimer, Alex Tongue, Kyle Martin, and Zak Maytum were ready to shred the final heat. To capture this epic hill on film, Pagan Downhill Rocker, Justin Dubois, organized with Heliops Helicopters in Denver, Colorado. About 5 minutes after cresting over the vast mountain lined sky, the chopper went down. I could hear the RPMs suddenly drop down and I got an ominous feeling as I spun my camera at the site, half running and half worrying about the guys on the scaffolding.
LBDR & the McLaren Park Outlaw
On Thursday the 14th a bunch of homies from Laguna Beach came up to beautiful Berkeley to chill for the weekend and get weird. The days really just consisted of drinking lots of apple juice, skating sick runs, lurking hard, and going to weird punk shows. We heard about an outlaw race in McLaren Park on Saturday the 16th.
Major Stok’em III
by Keith Rebhorn It was a gray Sunday morning in Hoboken, NJ when I awoke from a restless sleep. I got up early, disheveled from the night before, got dressed, skated to Dunkin Donuts, and picked up some coffee for myself and fellow shredder Pat Schep. Pat went to go pick up Max Myers and his girlfriend from the PATH station, as I got the rest of our stuff together. Pat swung back around to pick me up, and off we were to Major Stok’em III.
Santa Barbara Slide Jam
by Liam Morgan On March 4th I cruised down from Berkeley to Santa Barbara for the 2nd Santa Gnarbara Slide Jam. Blake Smith, Davis Vannasing, Wyndam Lewis and I arrived in Isla Vista (after a quick stop at the Caliber Truck Factory) at about 11pm. The streets were packed with people just raging it was sick! Max Myers house was the party and camping spot, we had hella fun there the first night. It was nice to see our friends from San Francisco, LA, and Laguna!
Run-in with the Cops
by Anthony Flis Sometimes you just have bad days. Usually skating makes that better but this was one of those shitty days that you’re just stoked to get one good run in. We drove an hour south to skate our favorite VA mountain roads but it was raining that far south. So we made our way back north trying to think of other roads to go skate. The first one we hit had a good amount of gravel left from the winter and after our warm up, feel it out run it took a while for everyone to meet me at the bottom. I saw some cars that weren’t our chase car pass followed by a state trooper. Needless to say his mustache immediately told me everything before he even opened his mouth and we were all in the car and out of there with a warning.
Arlo Chapple (Comet Graphics Artist)
Arlo has been with Comet since we moved to Ithaca three years ago, and he has since worked in every aspect of skateboard manufacturing. In his spare time, he holds art shows at local cafes and as an art vendor at the Ithaca Farmers Market. Meanwhile, the various nooks in our skateboard factory have mysteriously become homes to so many surreal creatures doodled on skateboard scraps and other found materials. When you buy a Comet skateboard, you might find an Arlo creation on your shipping box. Don't feed it after midnight.
Kadie Salfi (Comet Graphics Artist)
Kadie's involvement with Comet dates back to the late 90s. In 1998, while setting up an art studio in the Mission, SF, Kadie showed up at a Comet party in San Francisco. After a night of talk about power tools, rock & roll, art, and screen printing, she agreed to help develop Comet's screen printing process. Now a full time employee wearing many hats at Comet, Kadie still maintains her professional art career both creating and showing internationally as well as recently curating shows. Her most recent curated show opens this week in Ithaca, NY, titled Combat Paper: Uniform, Pulp, Paper . Her art will also be included in a major show this Fall in New York City titled The Value of Water .


The Comet Team