App Developed in Long Beach Connects Skateboarders Worldwide

For the small team of Long Beachers that make up the app-making company Join the Heard—Damian Hagger, Duncan Plexico, Christopher Carneal and Adam Page—there had never really been a moment until now for the quadruplet to pursue a passion project of their own. This was mostly because they were busy creating social networks for the passions of others rather than their own love: skating.

Home-640After months of work, the SkateBuff app is ready for its debut with the hopes that lovers of the skateboard will unite under a single digital roof and share their passion, talent and athleticism for the sport. In fact, Hagger is hopeful that the rush he gets watching the daily hoard of skaters unite and interact at Bixby Park, which he lives across the street from, will translate into the app.

“As a team we noticed that most social networks are relationship-based, meaning that you are usually in contact with people you know,” Hagger said. “However, they may not share the same interests as you. I love skateboarding and I noticed that my posts about skateboards didn’t resonate with most of my friends on Facebook. So we decided to create a social network dedicated to skaters, where they can meet and share with like-minded enthusiasts.”

The developers’ social app platform has already translated into apps like Rapify (a social network dedicated to hip hop culture) and Six Strings (another social network which connects guitarists). SkateBuff is the same, with skaters now able to share, meet, and learn from those who share their enthusiasm.

With SkateBuff’s sharing capabilities comes clean design and easy-to-use interface that permits skaters to upload videos instantaneously from within the app. Wanna post a sick shot of your deck beyond the crowded halls of Instagram? Done and done. Saw something on YouTube that no one but your skater friends will dig? Share it. Have news from the community? Post it.

Feed-640They’ve even altered the linguistics of socializing: you don’t “like”; you “applaud.” And you don’t “follow”; you become a “fan.”

“It’s really geared toward how people express their admiration of a fellow skateboarder and has a more positive connotation to it,” Hagger said.

Hagger, beyond connecting the local community, is also hopeful that (and nerd-ed out about the prospect of) seasoned skating veterans join in on the network. Being a child of the 80s, the self-described fanboy of the Bones Brigade would have a dream come true were any of the crew to join SkateBuff—“including Long Beach resident Ray Barbee!” he exclaimed.

The future of SkateBuff is bright, as Hagger et al plan on creating sweepstakes, giveaways, and even contests within the app. But until then, he wants iPhone users to download the free app, use it, and provide him feedback to assure that SkateBuff is the “go-to destination for all things skate related.”

For more information, click here. To download SkateBuff, visit the App Store or get it directly via this link. Damien Hagger can be contacted at [email protected] for questions, comments, or anything related to SkateBuff.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.