Ottawa is so close to Montreal and yet I have not gone to skate there in years. Actually I did get to try out the Charlie Bowins skatepark on the way to Pittsburgh/Cleaveland this year but only for an hour. Man it has been years since I skated Ricky’s pool. Luckily the Ottawa guys happen to come to Montreal quite often. It is always a blast when they are around. Many of the guys in this video I do not know but chances are that I will be skating with them in the coming years. There is one thing though, guys, the Pipe is not a curb. You can do tricks on the lip and then go down the transitions,... [Voir la suite]
Since I was a kid and I first saw the Bones Brigade video, I was told that Mike McGill invented the McTwist in Sweden at a summer camp in 1984. Mullen ended up coming up with the name of the trick. The first time North America saw the McTwist was at the Del Mar contest which was filmed and include in the Bones Brigade video. That is what happened, Right? Well, maybe not.
This weekend I saw for the first time footage of McGill’s McTwists from that Swedish summer camp. Sorry guys, those are 540’s in the video. A McTwist is only a McTwist when the rider flips and twist. What is now called corked. A 540’s is just a spin. So, 540’s existed first? Wow, so when did... [Voir la suite]
If you are hiding from the cold outside and not into skating indoors, I have a plan for you, watch Tampa AM off the live streaming. Wish JS luck or some other AM. Shit always goes off at Tampa AM. Sorry guys but Tison will not be sleeping the in the bushes this year.
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After a failed attempt to create a Canadian skater road trip to Oregon this fall, I still needed to use up my last few vacation days from work so I headed to where the sun is always shining and where sessions are easy to find. Yes, I went back to Southern California (SOCAL). After talking with my friend Bill about planning to head down to SOCAL, he made me aware that Exposure 2015, an all female skateboard contest, around the dates I talked about. I have previously skated with many of the girls that would be in the contest and I have had a blast doing so. I thought to myself that I might as well include the contest date within my trip plan.
Yes, the Nude Bowl is really in the middle of nowhere. My first visit there... [Voir la suite]
Right after Rumble In Ramona, Gullwing Truck Co. kept the vert ramp skating going. Most skaters would say, « How Cares? » Well they decided to invite Chris Russell to the session. Chris would make a bingo game exciting to watch. He definitely makes this Gullwing video exciting. Oh yeah, Chris is still rocking his Indys.
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Yes, construction began on the latest version of the Verdun skatepark. Just for your information version 1 was an 8 foot high 12 foot width vert ramp. Version 2 was a prefabricated Solo skatepark that basically no one enjoyed.
Overview of the skatepark.
The construction does look much like the initial drawing. The main street is still there, the tit, and the bank to ledge and maybe some other things have made it into real life.
Pool block just sitting around waiting for a home on a lip.
It is not just in the photo but, in real life it seems that the transition gets mellower as the coping levels go down.
There are transitions at the bottom of the banks.
Isn’t that nice, they build... [Voir la suite]
I find it weird that a young guy from Thunder Bay, Ontario has become one of the biggest names in Canadian skateboarding. I doubt the street spots are any good in Thunder Bay. There used to be no good skateparks there; since he moved to Vancouver the city had a good skatepark built. How did Adam get so good? I guess through the love for skating, determination, and a lot of traveling. Actually, even though Adam now lives in Vancouver, he still travels more than about anyone I know. Yes, even more than me. Adam has been getting so much better at skating (what ever) every time I see him.
As a bonus there is also another new video of Adam on the Skateboard Mag... [Voir la suite]
New Balance Numeric just came out with a short video. Surprisingly it is basically an expose of Eastern Canadian spots. So, how many times did Arto Saari come to Montreal this summer? Maybe he is thinking of becoming a Montrealer, haha. Yeah, I really doubt that. Does anyone know if there is a Montreal skater that rides for New Balance?
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Last Sunday was an okay day but the following Monday was an unexpectedly beautiful fall day. So, this is actually a Lundi Au Pipe. The normal Sunday crew came out to enjoy possibly the last of the warm sessions at the Big O Beach. Marc and I got there rather early. So early that we surprised the Red Bull bmx guys who were filming. Little by little the locals showed up. It ended up being so hot that multiple breaks had to be taken. That also meant that we had to call for a delivery too.
I was going for an artsy, changing of the foliage colour photo of Vincent frontside disaster.
It was so nice outside that the whole Appleby Family made it out. That little guy might become the next JS the way he loves skateboarding so... [Voir la suite]
With a win at Am Getting Paid, JS Lapierre won a bunch of money but more importantly, he also won a place in the Kimberley Diamond Cup in South Africa and the X-Games in Texas. On this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, the Kimberley Diamond Cup is going down. JS qualified for the finals day. The finals days seems to be a head to head battle with the winner moving on to the next round. In the first round, that begins in 30 mins (1 pm EST) JS is going against TJ Rogers. Really, the first battle takes out another Canadian? That is how the cards fell I guess. Click on the image below to see the contest break down and a live... [Voir la suite]
There is a new skatepark in town. Okay, not in Montreal but in Quebec City. I had heard rumors about La Boutique du Skate building an indoor skatepark but I never believe those rumors until the skatepark actually opens. How did I miss that the skatepark had already opened? I have no idea. Maybe I am way over the hill and no longer in the loop? Who cares? The skatepark is open already so, it DOES exist.
Winter is just around the corner so maybe I will road trip up to Quebec City to try it out. By the video, it looks like an early 2000’s style street park. Hopefully this skatepark will last longer than the last one. What is going to happen with the private indoor spot (the Congelator)... [Voir la suite]
As we all have heard, California in going through one of its worst droughts right now. They are currently into a five year drought. The government and other organizations are working to raise awareness to conserve water (in California at least). Skateboarders for a long time have argued that everyone should empty their pools; save water and keep those pool empty.
There is an issue with emptying your pools that I see, the only water that it does save is the replacement water from the water that evaporates. I guess in Southern California that might be gallon or so a day. Kind of how much water most people waste while brushing their teeth. Saving every little bit of water does help though. So drain your pools but, when... [Voir la suite]
Here we go once again a low budget video gets me amped to go out and skate. Isn’t that what videos are all about? After many years of skateboarders thinking street skating was the end all, be all of skateboarding, then came the Antihero and Thrasher beer series of videos that has slowly changed that street skater only view of skateboarding. Many young skaters now are complete skaters. The guys in this video destroy everything.
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The « new » Boisbiand skatepark is a little on the far side for me to bike to. Actually that is not true, biking there and back is no problem. The problem lies in carrying my board, carrying a backpack, and skating for a couple of hours in the middle of the transit. The bike ride home would be really painful. For those reasons I have never skate the Boisbiand skatepark. That is until last weekend. A bunch of old skaters were escaping their families for an early morning session. These old guys are crazy; 8 am sessions on a Saturday. I would have to wake up earlier than I do during the week. Luckily a couple of them were also opposed to waking crazy early so I got a ride with them.
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