I can not believe it is almost September and this is the first Dimanche Au Pipe post. Sorry guys, I have been letting you down this year. To many injuries have been keeping me away from my home away from home, the Pipe. I have been missing the Pipe Fiends lately so hopefully I will be going by more often to the Pipe even if it is just to bro down with some friends.
Jean-Mich made the session happen for his birthday and he is manning the BBQ.
Last weekend I received a message from Lauzier telling me that he was going to the Pipe. I know he has not been to the Pipe this year but I think he has not even skated the Pipe in it’s new location. I was stoked he was going for a session there. Then I heard that it... [Voir la suite]
Over the years I have skated with Brad McClain a couple of times; usually at his local park in Moorpark. He one of those guys that does not talk much. His skating does the talking for him. Over the years he has gotten so good on his skateboard. Skating street, ramps, bowl, or pools, he kills it all. I usually do not post Thrasher videos but this video is a must not miss. Brad is insane.
For all that insanity, he sometimes pays the price like all of us.
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For the first time I missed the Quebec City Bowl Bash. I had made it out two weeks prior but the contest got rained out. I was in the United States on the road for the new date sadly. From the video, there was some new blood skating well. Ti-Pat was the veteran. That’s funny, Ti-Pat the veteran. Hopefully I will be around next year. Check out the video and there are some photos on the Boutique du Skate Facebook page.
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The Anti-hero Tent City road trip was such epic video and must have been an insane trip to be part of. Those kinds of trips are a very rare thing. When I heard that the a bunch of Ace guys were going to Japan, I knew this would be one of those epic trips. Raven Tershy, Tom Remillard, Ronnie Sandoval, and Bennett Harada would join a Japanese skateboard crew and throw in Joey Tershay, this trip is going to be off the hook. Just image the food they ate, places they saw, girls they met, and beers they ingested. Oh yeah, and all the crazy things they got to skate.
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Thanks to the Get Born crew for taking the time to interview me. Maybe they will make me famous and that could help me get better skateparks in Montreal, haha. Imagine the skateparks Brad Pit could get built? If you want to learn a little different angle on me, check out the interview at Get Born.
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Last night I left work a little late and to my dismay, it had just started to rain. Rain or shine, Wednesday night lately has been old guys night at the BYP bowl. Every week is a slightly different crew of 35+ guys. Three weeks ago the session had a bunch of the old Beaubien skatepark guys. Man, that was so epic. I had not skated with any of those guys basically since the Beaubien days. Last night was the guys that slalom and downhill more then they skate bowls. On this night though, we all had fun grinding the pool block.
After the session we hung out in the park outside the skatepark while having a cold drink and talking. Inevitably, we talked about skateboarding. Old skateparks and ramps, if anyone had any photos of... [Voir la suite]
**** The date has changed. August 9th, 2014 is the new date. ****
Yesterday morning I got a phone call asking if I wanted to hit Quebec City’s bowl bash. Out of all the previous Bowl Bashes, I had never missed one of them so I was stoked I was not going to miss this one. I had been looking for a ride all week. As I got into the car, Lauzier asked me if I thought it was going to rain. I had no idea at all, I had not checked the weather in days.
Once at the bowl I had a little lunch and got to seeing how my ankle felt skating. The body, my body, was a little slow to start up. The local QC guys started showing up and bam, the hard rain started. When the hard rain let up and we all got happy until the rain started up... [Voir la suite]
Okay, I have heard of H-Street but A-Street, I’ve never heard of that crew before. Apparently they are a crew from Richmond Virginia. Over the years I have driven through there a couple of times but I have never stopped there to skate. I know no one in the video but who cares what I know. The video is rad and that is all that matters.
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Most D.I.Y. skatepark projects take years if not decades to be completed. Levis (to my amazement I did say Levis) joined Bolivian skater Milton Arellano in reuniting a crew with over a 100 skateboarders and builders to fast track the building of a designed on the spot skatepark in La Paz. They came up with some crazy obstacles. It is nice to see skateboarders get together to help the less fortunate skateboarders.
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Why is it that the most populous city in the United States produces very little professional skateboarders? It is not like New Yorkers do not have the talent to be pro, it just never happens for them. The skateboard industry is run from California. Unless you move out there, chances are you will not make it as a pro skater. It looks like the industry is trying their hardest to stay in power and not have non Californian companies start running the show.
Some of the Crapsack boys making over the border to make some memories of their own.
Zered Bassett taking to the street of this great city.
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When I was thinking of a title for this post I was drawing a blank. Vertical skateboarding finally came to mind and man does that sound tacky, perfect. This video is old and it was even posted a year ago but I had lost the link to it until this week. In this video there is some serious craziness going down. My new ugliest trick is laid down by Lincoln Ueda; a slob 540. That shit is crazy and so ugly all at the same time. Then there is Bob Burnquist, one of the sickest vertical skateboarders of all time. One footed backside Monty grind to revert? I do not understand how this is even possible.
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Before my crazy travelling schedule began, I was trying to hit the BYP bowl once a week. It feels like forever since I have been there. Today, on this rainy Sunday, I thought about heading down just to roll around. Unlucky for me, I rolled my ankle last week. I will be just rolling around for a little while now. The last time I did skate BYP Ti-Pat was getting videoed. I guess more than just Ti-Pat was getting videoed on that rained out day at P45. That was a fun session. So many heads showed up. Young and old, we all had fun. Ti-Pat was zooming around and laying down tons of speedy grinds. The filming of this video is very artsy but I like it. Filming guys pumping the double corner; too funny. Good job Mat... [Voir la suite]
Two days after coming home from the Dew Tour in Ocean City, Maryland I was back on a plane to the center of the universe. Yes, Toronto. It was a two event weekend in TO that weekend. Friday was Vans Warp Tour and Saturday was the Hoedown at the Hoof.
I guess I am getting old since I have only heard on one of the bands playing Warp Tour. Good thing there was a miniramp there or else I think I might have gotten bored quickly. Barry Walsh, Marc Tison, and Mike Townsend had built this miniramp a couple of weeks earlier. The skaters that had tried the ramp at the earlier Vice/Vans event liked the ramp. It is a real mini vert ramp. Vans put up some money for the best skating. The guys were killing it. So much so that I just... [Voir la suite]
There was some great news from David Boots yesterday, he got approval for making Peace Park not a bust for skating for a trial period of time. That is amazing Dave. Dave has put his blood, sweet, and tears into getting Peace Park as a legal skate spot. Now it is up to the skaters to help him out. When you are skating there, respect the other people that are using or just walking through the park. Here is the down-low from Dave.
« APPROVED: The peace park pilot project to allow skateboarding in the park was approved yesterday. We are waiting on more details, but it is legal to skate in the Park from 10am to 9pm seven days a week until September 26th, 2014. REMEMBER, ITS NOT A SKATE PARK!!! This is a trial, skaters need... [Voir la suite]