Pass Port Skateboards was launched by Australian skater Trent Evans in 2008 based in Brisbane. Since then, the company has moved to Sydney and carved a niche for itself as a progressive Aussie skate brand drawing inspiration from travel, Australian heritage and collaborative efforts with like-minded friends and artists.
Its team features some great skaters from New Zealand and Australia, such as Callum Paul, Juan Onekawa, Glenn Wignall, Willy Brown and Bernie Foo. Aussie Geoff Campbell joined the squad in 2012 and Austrian-born but Queensland-raised Josh Pall arrived in February 2013, with a great welcome edit also featuring Sammy Winter, Ryan Wilson, Chima Ferguson and Nathan Jackson. Recent additions to the squad, such as New York’s Billy McFeely, have come from further afield.
The company’s other video releases include the nine-minute Whole of Community from 2011, featuring solid skating from Onekawa, Brown, Paul, Wignall, Foo, Glenn Palmer and Phil Parker. Also online are a clip of UK rider Paddy Jones on a day/night mission at London Bridge Plaza, filmed and edited by Daniel Kreitem, and a six-minute tie-up with independent Auckland skateshop Arcade.
The current Pass Port collection, available in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Norway as well as the USA through Permanent, features a great assortment of good-looking products. There is a distinctive down-under vibe running through many of its eye-catching designs, most obviously the ‘Work-Hard’ range of clothing, and the ‘Life In Bars’ range of decks which includes the ‘Barm Wrestle’, ‘Sequence’ and ‘Convicts’ models.