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]
A couple of weeks ago Montreal skateboarders lost the BYP skatepark. At around the same time, the Boonies skatepark opened. The skatepark is not in Montreal, actually it’s kind of snowboarding distance away from Montreal. Boonies is located in Cowansville in the Eastern Townships. From the parking lot of the skatepark you can basically see the top of Bromont.
The view from the upper deck.
Back when I had a car, I would travel all over the place to skate new skate spots and parks. I would at least check out all the skateparks that were within a 6 hour drive on Montreal. Travelling to Quebec City or Bennington Vermont was a normal occurrence during the 90’s for me. I had a car and some friends that wanted to... [Voir la suite]
There is finally an opening day date for the new South Parc skatepark. December 29th. Hopefully the complete park will be open on opening day. Sorry I do not have anymore information like are they working with 3 hour sessions, how much they will cost, and will there be padless sessions. Since the South Parc website do not exist anymore and their Facebook page does not have this information, we will have to wait a little longer for this information.
There are no more 3 hour sessions at South Parc. From now on it is $14 for the whole... [Voir la suite]
The Last Resort – Aspotogan video premiered last Wednesday in Montreal. I did not make it to the premier but I assume it was a full house. With skaters like TJ Rogers, Ryan Decenzo, Nate Lacoste, Joey Brezinski and Cody Lockwood, Red Bull was working hard to make a splash and get people talking about this video. It seems though, now a days you can not foresee the future when you do anything. People out there like me jump all over when companies do things that seem not to make sense. I get in trouble for posts that I make because it offends the industry. Weirdly, this is not one of those posts.
Bye, bye bowl.
The skateboard media and even Canadian mainstream media is this time jumping all over Red Bull, all... [Voir la suite]
Written by Jeff Gluck.
As always, when in close quarters with the Rennie’s, heckling and verbal abuse are the order of the day. For them nothing is off limits: how you look; the way you dress; your skating style; how you sound; even your accent – if you’ve got one – which Nathan tried to get in my head that I did (Jeff does have one). Every time I used the word « out » or « about », him and Tristan would tease me incessantly, hollering « oot » and/or « aboot » until we were all laughing our heads off.
The Yard from our February trip. Photo by Christopher Bright.
Ri fared worse. The past has seen many animal and... [Voir la suite]
Just in case you needed a break from watching the Destination Unknown video, Antihero was nice enough to recently post their first video. That video was Fucktards. That’s where is all began for Antihero. It was the first video in a while (in 1997) that caught my attention. Cardiel, Burnquist, Julian, and Red light up this video. Warning, I would not watch this while eating. Hahaha.
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Tampa Am 2014 is going down right now. The finals are not until tomorrow (here is the calender) and that is the only thing that will be streamed on the internet but, tons of crazy shit is going to go down today during the contest. As usual, Montreal is very well represented. Hopefully Antoine Asseline, JS Lapierre, and any of the other boys that made the trip will make it into the finals tomorrow. Good luck guys.
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Written by Jeff Gluck.
It’s 5:45 pm and sure enough as soon as we head north past Mission Viejo traffic turns to shit. It takes us an hour and 20 minutes to move less than 30 miles to Salander’s in Brea where we’re once again reunited with the Rennie boys. It’s a good sized crew at the Ranch but of course Tristan’s getting a kick out of snaking everyone, especially me. The outgoing Hotel Rennie guests are there too, Arizonian, Jean Russen and her friend Jenna from Daytona, Florida. Everyone’s having a blast skating the challenging terrain that is Salander’s. Salander himself spends five minutes telling me how messed up his hip and back are but that he can’t just cruise on his skateboard. With... [Voir la suite]
Last year when I traveled to Los Angeles out of the blue for the US Thanksgiving, I just happened to be there for the first ever Slappy Slaughter. I could not believe how many of my friends happened to be there. Tristan Rennie was just starting to think about girls, I mean one girl. Nathan Rennie (the younger brother) disappeared with CJ’s (Cedrick Juan [haha]) sister. Tons of heads were around too that day. This year my out of the blue trip ended up ending a week too early to make it to the second edition of the Slappy Slaughter. Maybe that is why it rained. Brandon from Radballs at least covered the event so that I could read about what I missed. MRZ even captured a great photo of Brandon partaking in a slappy.... [Voir la suite]