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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Some contest are just « next level » craziness. I guess Colorado likes its wild west skateboard contest where basically anything goes. I personally prefer jam style contests to single run contests but I do draw the line on some things. I understand that during a jam session often two or more riders will drop in at roughly the same time, that’s okay in my books. Dropping in while someone else is a couple of tricks deep already I think is a little to dangerous. Dropping in mid-run on someone is disrespectful too. I hope no one got badly hurt from the smash up derby.
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As I have already stated before, I seem to have a skater crush on Jimmy Wilkins and here is another reason why. Check this clip out! In all the skaters I remember doing slob airs (frontside air while grabbing mute and no it is not a frontside mute air), there are only two people that make the trick look sick. Sorry Salba, you are not one of them. Bucky and Mike V. both do a Japan air (mute air with your front knee touching your board) style slob air that are totally stylie. Add one more person to that cool slob air list, Jimmy. His are not Japan air style but frontside nose-bone style. Back in the days that was the only way I could land slob airs but not that boned. Doing them the standard way my back foot always came off... [Voir la suite]
I, like many of you had zero idea where Iqaluit, NU is. That is because it is way (I mean way) up north. I have never had an urge to travel into the great Canadian north except for once in my life I would like to check out Baie James (it sounds better in French for me). My vacations revolve around skateboarding or skiing/snowboarding and that about it. No checking touristy things for me. I did that stuff when I was young. Going into Canada’s great north has way to sketchy back-country riding and no skateboarding or so I thought. Last winter I did find out that some of my friends had built two skateparks in Greenland which totally blew my mind.
Backsmith Wednesday for Tom. Most likely the farthest north one to... [Voir la suite]
Lately I have been missing all the Pipe sessions. Showing up and it rains or it gets dark right away seems to be the normal as of late. Even with all the birthday parties at the Pipe, no skating has been had by me. Finally last Sunday I made it out to the Pipe early enough to get in some skating in. Unlucky for me, my body did not want to be skating. Even shitty grinds (non stand up grinds) were not working. It was a short session, time wise but, it seemed long and painful. I hate those days.
This post was going to be about how the session was 40 and over aside for Vincent. Then just before leaving a bunch of scooter kids showed up. The random kid mid 540 in the photo above got Walsh hype. The kid had never been... [Voir la suite]
I am not a big fan of Street League or their contests. Yes, the skateboarders rip and you will see a ton of insane tricks landed but for me it is kind of like watching football. American football that is. For every 5 seconds of playing (excitement) there is 40 seconds of waiting. Most of Street League is broken up into attempting (or actually landing) one trick in one section and that is it. Jam format contests are way more entertaining for the crowd than the Street League format. On a rainy day I will still watch it though.
One amazing thing Street League has done is bring money to the participants. Instead of the promoters making all the money that the event sponsors give, Street League gives out some rather hefty... [Voir la suite]
Every city’s skateboarders have had a struggle to show the legitimacy of skateboarding. Skateboards originated as a Frankenstein toy, ripping off roller skate trucks and wheels to attach them to a small piece of wood. For « public safety » reasons cities all around the world banned the use of toys (skaterboards, toboggans, roller skates, scooters, and so on) on public infrastructure. These laws allowed skateboards to be sold but only used in your parents driveway. As skateboarders ventured into the illegal to skateboard areas skateboarding went away from its origins of being a toy and evolved into much more. The technical artistry of street skateboarding, the gnarliness of pool skateboarding, the... [Voir la suite]
Tomorrow is the big day, Montreal’s 16th City Hall Championship Poser Game is going down. Will one of the « old repeat champions » take the prize, will Zander make it two in a row, or will fresh blood take it once again? No one knows yet? Click on Montreal’s 16th City Hall Championship POSER Game for more information.
20h30 @ Parc des Veterants off Ave. Papineau
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The Great Antonio was born Anton Baričević in Zagreb in what was then known as Yugoslavia. In 1946 he moved to Canada. As a child going to my baseball games in N.D.G., I would often run into the Great Antonio on the 105 bus. What really intrigued me about him was the size of his feet. His size 28 shoes amazed me.
Alex Gavin’s old pro model with the Great Antonio pulling a full bus with Alex and Barry riding it.
You might ask what the Great Antonio and skateboarding have in common? The Great Antonio the strongman was kind of Montreal’s famous daredevil that Montrealers would get to see all the time. I never actually saw him pull a bus or cars live but I did see him walking down Ste-Catherine street... [Voir la suite]
On this day of pouring some concrete at P45, I have been thinking about the progress at the new Burlington skatepark. Some of the guys building the skatepark came to Montreal once again while I was on the road. It seems like they had a killer time with Tison and the Townsends. Having a great time in Montreal to clear their minds and return to work on the skatepark, yeah! Here are a couple of photos from Artisan Skateparks Facebook page.
Crazy ass big bowl.
It looks like a little pump track is in effect.
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