Huf Footwear is based out of San Francisco California and was started by Keith Hufnagel 10 years ago. From there start they have grow into one of the most notable brands in skateboarding. There products range from shoes, socks, t-shirts, pants, and their famous 5 panels. They have a stacked team with Pros like Joey Pepper and Peter Ramondetta and am’s like Brad Cromer and Josh Matthews we are completely jealous of their lineup. Their best selling product is there HUF Plant life socks that are a definite best seller since we see them all the time at the park. I recently got a pair of The Keith Huf Pros and they are one of the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. In this weeks branded we give a huge thumbs up too Huf Footwear Rating them a 9/10    Check out and


Emerica Reynolds Shoe Drops 3.31

Its not everyday that Andrew Reynolds come out with a shoe but when it does happen you know its going to be a instant classic. Andrew is one of the pros that puts time into his products before he puts his name on it. With all of the new technology that Emerica has released in the G6 we know the Reynolds will be packing the same. Check out to check out the shoe and more

Blake Carpenter (HighLite of the day)

Blake Carpenter (HighLite of the day)

In this High Lite of the day we are featuring Blake Carpenter. Blakes style and trick selection when he skates makes him one of the sickest dudes. Blake is hooked up by Tum Yeto and Rip and Dip and has been making a name for himself lately. We have seen him in person at various demos and what not and he is genuinely  good.  Check out Blakes Part in DayLando by clicking on the picture and you’ll see yourself why we choose Blake for our High lite of the Day. Keep it up Blake you are on of our favorites here at Freeryder

Battle at the Berrics 6 (Moose vs. Chaz Ortiz)

A pretty crazy game of skate went down between Moose and Chaz Ortiz. Some kids would think that this game would of been a shut down by Chaz but not us. Moose is one of the most underated skaters out he’s gnarly so its no doubt he hung with chaz. So when he landed all of Chaz tricks in defense ….. Well check out the video to see who won this game of S.K.A.T.E

Habitat Shoes New 2013 Catalog (Fresh off the Press #1)


We hopefully all know by now that Habitat Skateboards has branched off to create skateboarding shoes. I have personally never owned a pair but we want to know if any of you have because there new catalog is looking very tempting. With Surrey having a shoe now and Austyns shoe in new colorways we give a big thumbs up to Habitat on this awesome collection of new products available now. Check out the Catalog here and pick up some new kicks today –> Habitat Skateboards Catalog 


Every year on March 17, millions of people gussy themselves up in green attire, hold big parades and drink lots of beer, all in the name of an old Irish saint. But what’s the history of this emerald-hued holiday, and why do we celebrate it with shamrocks and alcohol?

Who was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick was a Christian missionary, bishop and a patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain to a wealthy family near the end of the fourth century. At age 16, he was captured by Irish raiders and brought to Ireland, where he spent six years in captivity, working as a shepherd. He became a devout Christian and, it’s believed, began to dream of converting the Irish to Christianity. He then escaped back to England. He wrote that a voice — God’s — spoke to him in a dream telling him to leave Ireland.

After reaching England, Patrick described having a second dream in which an angel told him to go back to Ireland as a missionary. He started religious training to become a priest. He was later sent to Ireland on a mission to convert the Irish to Christianity and minister to Christians already there. Rather than replacing pagan Irish rituals, he incorporated them into his teachings. For instance, the Irish used to honor their gods with fire, so Patrick used bonfires to celebrate Easter. He died in A.D. 461 on March 17, which became St. Patrick’s Day.

Why green clothes?

Wearing green has become a staple of St. Patrick’s Day, but the holiday was originally associated with the color blue. It’s thought that the shift to green happened because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle,” the green in the Irish flag and the shamrock, or clover. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn as early as the 17th century. During the Irish Rebellion of 1798, an uprising against British rule in Ireland, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on March 17 to make a political statement. Legend has it that wearing green makes a person invisible to leprechauns that will pinch someone if they see them. [Image Gallery: One-of-a-Kind Places on Earth]

In Ireland, some people still adhere to the tradition of Catholics wearing green and Protestants wearing orange, the colors that represent their respective religious sects on the Irish flag.

Where the shamrock came from

According to folklore, St. Patrick used the shamrock, the familiar three-leafed clover, to explain the Christian Holy Trinity. The word “shamrock” comes from the Irish word “seamróg,” meaning “little clover.” It is the symbol of Ireland, and wearing and displaying shamrocks has become a widespread practice on St. Patrick’s Day.

Why so much beer?

Beer is one of the most widely consumed beverages on St. Patrick’s Day.

While the Irish beer Guinness remains a top St. Patty’s Day choice, a disturbing trend is the consumption of green beer, dyed with food coloring. Some studies have linked food coloring to cancer (at least in lab animals) and headaches, though revelers would probably have to drink a lot more dye than the beers contain to cause health problems, according to nutrition expert Keri Glassman, founder and president of a nutrition practice based in New York City.

It’s no surprise that imbibing beer or other alcoholic beverages affects brain function, and a new study helps reveal what’s going on. The ethanol in these drinks disrupts connections between the brain’s visual and motor areas, hindering muscle coordination, a recent study found.

Parades and celebration

Celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete without parades, festivals and Céilithe, a social gathering that typically involves Gaelic folk music and dancing. Céilithe, also known as Céilidh, has its origins in Ireland and Scotland, but has spread with the Irish and Scottish diasporas.

Many cities hold parades in honor of the holiday. The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest parade in the world. It was first held in 1762, 14 years before the Declaration of Independence, by a group of homesick Irish expats and soldiers who served with the British Army in the American colonies, according to the parade’s website.

The world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade is held in the Irish village of Dripsey. It lasts only 100 yards, spanning the distance between the village’s two pubs.