Grenade Gloves Break Into Skateboarding

Pro Skater Braydon Szafranski Joins Grenade Gloves To Launch The G.S.I. (Grenade Skate Initiative)

Interview between Danny Kass and Braydon Szafranski below.

DK: What are you most looking forward to working with Grenade in skate?

BS: The fact that it is a family tight situation and it feels right. Snow and skate have always connected as one, and you can't tell me some of the baddest skaters all don't want to go and snowboard in the winter. It's something that was supposed to happen a bit ago.

DK: We have gone on a bunch of trips together, we knew since day one. When did you realize you were the right person to lead the Grenade movement into skate?

BS: I'd seen you around LA a handful of times but our first introduction was in Dubai with the D and D (Danny and The Dingo) show and instantly our personalities exploded together hahahaha! (keeps laughing). We stayed in-touch for about a year and then we did the Jamaica trip!!! This is where everything fell into place.  Then we went to Jamaica, we smoked a shit ton of weed, and figured everything out.

DK: Can you elaborate a bit more please...

BS: We figured out that us snow and sk8 guys aren't that different, we both stand up and pee. You told me the whole time I would have to ollie off the lighthouse at the Escape Hotel where we were staying.  Then I helped scout the island for future Grenade Games 9 winners #GRENADUH.

We discussed doing collaborations with Happy Hour and Grenade on several occasions but  the box of gear never showed. Which made me to think you were bullshitting me. Then finally you got off your ass and totally redeemed yourself by taking back your brand and sending me a box of everything but gloves? 1/1/1? Hahahaha. Within two weeks I flew to New York to meet you and Tom Tom. We put all the pieces together on a project you named EYES while brainstorming with Haculla, the big homie and the legendary NYC street artist that did all the art with the fonts. It was a fun experience, cruising the streets of New York doing what we love most, just skating and feeding off each other's energy.

DK: What was your favorite experience from the collab?

BS: I enjoyed every moment of it, and then I got to preview it, it came out fire.  For a weeks' worth of work it came out really cool, fire.

DK: What are you gonna do in ten years?

BS: What am I gonna do in ten years?!!!!!! What the hell are you gonna do in ten years???????? I'm happy I know what I'm doing, I'm gonna be fine, I’ll probably be working at Grenade. I'm worried about you, what the hell are you gonna do in ten years?

Grenade Gloves,

Words from Grenade’s press release below.

Grenade Gloves, one of the most coveted brands in Snowboarding for nearly a decade, marks it's official entrance into the world of skateboarding by welcoming pro powerhouse Braydon Szafranski to the international athlete team. Grenade will be added to the roster of sponsors for Braydon including his own brand Happy Hour Shades, Baker Skateboards, Supra, and Indy Trucks. Grenade Gloves founder Danny Kass has had a long standing love for skate and all things anti-establishment, and the collaboration between the two legendary pro athletes who love to push boundaries is primed to shake up the divide between the snowboarding and skateboarding industries.

"As a company Grenade was founded in Skate and Snow", said Danny, "we've always been avid skateboarders and built skate missions into our tours and in past shows. We've supported up and comers like our friend Tom Ryen for years, it was time to make it official."

Action Sports brands sponsor athletes in both industries but typically keep them divided in their respective boxes. Grenade will be the first to launch into skate with a credible and badass vibe that has long been a part of the Grenade Gloves culture. Keeping true to their roots and building a skate team with the best and brightest. Taking the snow to the streets.

"Snow and skate have always connected as one, and you can't tell me some of the baddest skaters all don't want to go and snowboard in the winter. It's something that was supposed to happen a while ago." said Braydon. “So our NYC homie and famous artist Haculla, started this project EYES for Grenade Skate, and we are excited to drop it.”

Danny Kass named as new CEO of Grenade Gloves. Read article here.