I just saw this Team Pain video of Colorado back yard skating. I am so hyped right now to skate! Looks like I might have to road trip out to Colorado soon for the first time ever. Right now, a little farther south is required.
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I had watched most of the contest live from a phone recording, no editing and no different angles. Since the contest went down, I have been waiting for the coverage to appear on the internet. Outlets like Thrasher Magazine and Transworld Skateboarding rarely ever post contests let alone a girl’s contest. They can do whatever they want.
Over the years I have sessioned with most of the girls in these different categories. They almost always make me look like a big chicken during those sessions. Even though my skating did not shine during these session, I usually had an amazing time. Actually, since I have a pear shape to my body (like a woman), I should spend more time watch girls skateboard to figure how they get... [Voir la suite]
I was asked a couple of questions lately about skateboarding and its industry. Those questions got me to start thinking of how I felt about and saw skateboarding when I was kid and if I have noticed a change since then. While thinking about how to answer the questions it got me remembering skateboard interactions that I have had recently. Things that have happened on road trips, at the local skatepark, hanging with my friends, and of course what I see on Facebook.
One thing that came to mind was the video of Justin Bieber skating the four stair. That video was popping up everywhere. TMZ talked about it and a bunch of skaters posted it on their Facebook walls. Why did they post the video? Basically to make fun of Justin. ... [Voir la suite]
Getborn.ca just made a post about the new Mountain Dew skatepark in Montreal. Chanelle Rezko, the author of the post, looked into how « Corporate America », in this case Pepsi, sees skateboarding. How skateboarders perceive Corporate America is also talked about. I enjoyed her take on the ever growing relationship between Corporate America and skateboard culture. Go read it for yourselves... [Voir la suite]
The North Carolina trip has a different crew every year. For the 2014 edition, one of the new guys was Jordan Wiens from Ottawa. On the trip he had brought a battery backpack for his VHS carmera. Cutting edge 1982 technology. To top it off, he was using used VHS tapes that already had movies taped on them. Between clip recordings there would be parts of the background movie. What a great idea.
Jordan’s video premiered last night in Ottawa. I wish I could have made it and hung out with the boys. Since I missed the premiere, I thought I would have to wait a month or so to see the video. Then just as I was getting ready to log out of my computer at work, I noticed a link to the video. I still logged off.... [Voir la suite]
Once January rolls around, most Montrealers have been stuck skateboarding indoors for over two months. As you have most likely noticed, I am not a big fan of the indoor skatepark setups in Montreal so, it has already been a long winter. As in the last couple of years, Mike Lavoie (Mike) had called a road trip to Florida. With a few open seats on Air Canada to Orlando, Mike, Poulin, Seb (the Argentinian), and myself were off to Florida for the weekend. First thing, I blew it by not getting the transponder for our rental car. No one had told me that many of the toll roads have no cash booths. Transponders are sometimes required. So, if you are ever renting a car in Florida, get the transponder or else you will have to take a... [Voir la suite]
Another D.I.Y. skatepark is dreamed of, built, skated, and has been put to rest. It really sad for all the guys that spent countless hours building it. Also, it’s rough on the local skaters. Sadly, skateparks all behave as lifeforms, they are born, live, and finally die. Some skateparks live longer than other but they all eventually die. While they are living, take advantage and enjoy them. Here is the Iceman enjoying the Cow Place. Check out the whole post on the Lowcard... [Voir la suite]
London Ontario that is. Right now I am busy planning my annual Southern California (okay, I go there more than once a year but this is the annual Canadian invasion). It’s kind of a nightmare with people arriving on different days and also leaving on different day. We have not even started planning the skate spots to hit yet. The complication level is mounting. Then, kind of out of the blue, the London Skateboard Co-op crew dropped their video of last years trip. It is kind of a long one at over 24 mins. Packed into those 24 mins are so many of my memories though. Little CJ (skating with a white helmet) just throwing himself around the combine. Jesse killing everything he skated. Sean eating a wall at the Oceanside... [Voir la suite]
The good guys from Antique Skateshop in Ottawa have started their Yolobus once again this year. The bus allows Ottawa skaters to jump on a bus and skate the indoor skateparks of Montreal. Ottawa has no public indoor skateparks (during the winter). Montreal is their only salvation during our long winters. Yolobus #1 had Spin Skatepark as its destination.
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I am break basically every Exposé Mag rule with this post. Wait, I do not think we have any rules here. So, I am breaking all my personal posting rules only actually. GoPro videos make me sick. I am not a fan of them (usually). This video does not even have anything to do with skateboarding, it is a ski video. The skiing (the actually turns) within the video is not even good; the airs though are sick. The cave hit is insane though.
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People keep on telling me that mellow, short, non challenging obstacles are required for (private) skateparks. Apparently little kids (and beginners) can not skate anything that passes 45 degrees of vertical (meaning mellow). They also can not skate anything taller than 7 feet tall, or is that 6 feet, or maybe 5 feet? What am I saying? 4 feet the limit. Maybe it should be 1 foot? Or maybe skaters should get a license that defines their abilities and they should only be able to skateboard on obstacles that are classified under their abilities like how snowboarding on ski hills was in the mid 80’s? If a skatepark obstacle has the possibility of being challenging it should not be included within a private skatepark is the... [Voir la suite]
2014 has come and gone. To my knowledge, no pre-fabricated skateparks (Solo [Canadian Ramp Company]) were built around Montreal in 2014. Is this true? I really hope so. If really true, it would be the first year in a long time that the Solo skatepark plague has not gotten any worse. It has been a long hard fight but finally we see a little progress. I do not think the fight is over yet and maybe it will never be over though. I am just happy that less of my tax dollars have been wasted building skateboard parks that are useless.
South Parc’s new short section in the street section. Click on the photo to see the idea behind the design of the skatepark.
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For me Christmas is not all about the gifts, usually I just spend time with the family. My nuclear family and my poker family of course. For some reason my skateboard family gets no love during this time. Boxing Day morning I sat in front of my computer and checked Facebook. One of the first posts I noticed was a new Jimmy Wilkins clip, sickest frontside ollies in the game right now. It got me so amped. Then a couple of hours later I noticed that Luc St-Germain and Sylvain Harnois were going skating for Luc’s 50th birthday. I had forgotten that they were skating today. It was about time to skate a little. I left my house at 14h30 and started the trek to the Taz. I had a fun little session with the guys for whom... [Voir la suite]