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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Every skateboard road trip starts with a dream, the dream to skate some rad spots. Even if your local skate spot is the best thing ever, you are limiting yourself if you do not travel to expand your mind (and bag of tricks) at another skate spot. The dream is only the beginning. Many road trip just never flourish from the initial dream sadly.
Leon hitting the gnarly coping at Sculpture Skatepark (Detroit’s biggest D.I.Y. project) with a backside smith grind.
This trip began with the idea of going back to Ann Arbor since we got rained out a month ago. Somehow the trip destination changed to Pittsburgh and Cleveland without my knowledge. Those are two cities I have never skated before, nice. I did have an issue with... [Voir la suite]
I have zero idea what the hell forkboy means. Does anyone? Who really cares?
If you have gone up north (of Montreal) to escape from the heat to jump into a lake, you should know there is a ramp in Val David. Work on some sweat and then jump in that lake. I had heard Adam Green had retired…I guess he still skates for fun :P.
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It seems as if the best days of the Transworld Skateboarding videos are behind us sadly. Over the years TWS had created some epic videos. It has been a while since there was a must watch TWS video. Sight Unseen was one of those. This years’ installment is nothing to write home about but there are some sick parts and memorable tricks. So sit down with a cold one when it is to hot to skate and enjoy or not. Note: It seems that this is an independent film, not a TWS video.
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Yesterday the Empire Game wallride event went down. The event had a couple of new faces for me. I guess I have been a hermit this year (stupid shoulder), not skating and not going out even. It is hard to know what is going on in town or who is in town when you only leave the house for work. Yesterday Justin Healey was one the new (to me) skaters. Coming from Rhode Island seems like a weird place for a skater to come from but really it is not. They have had a fun indoor skatepark in Tauton and the Southwest end of Connecticut has so much cool stuff the skate too. At first Justin seemed totally out of his element on the wallride. Once the high line contest started many of the skaters really stepped it up. Justin was one of... [Voir la suite]
Some new Canadians invaders of the Los Angeles area doing what they do best, skate hard. It seems that there is still hope for my street skating if Bill Weiss can still ollie to smith grind on ledge.
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Last weekend Montreal played host to the Dime MTL Glory Challenge. The Glory Challenge is a very unorthodox skateboard contest. There were multiple events that not all riders would even try. Need 4 speed, gangster, guillotine, Valdez, and the best trick were some of the challenges. If you would have seen the flyer, you would have noticed some Montreal skaters and many big US pros. The Dime guys are always down for a good joke so, I thought the US pro were put on the flyer as a joke. I thought that right until I walked into the event and the first person I saw was Dennis Busenitz. Woops, this was not a joke.
The half-time show was a game of skate (World Championship) ERIC RIEDL vs WADE DESARMO. The photo is from the... [Voir la suite]
Voici une question avec laquelle j’ai lutté dernièrement, « quel est mon skatepark préféré au Canada ? » ça pourrait avoir l’air d’une question à laquelle il est simple de répondre, mais je ne sais tout simplement pas quoi y répondre. Au Québec nous pourrions être jaloux des skateparks des autres provinces car les skateparks y sont les pires. Tout comme les skateurs du Yukon pourraient être jaloux des nôtres car les leurs sont les pires ! Les autres provinces ont de meilleurs skateparks que les nôtres, mais vraiment, leurs skateparks ne sont pas si bons que ça, ils sont juste mieux que les nôtres. Il n’y a aucun skatepark canadien dans mon top 10.
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Mt.Baker has been one of the best places to snowboard since snowboarding began. Being just south of Vancouver, I have heard a ton of epic stories by my friends snowboarding there. Throughout my winter snowboarding travels I have not yet made it there. Now there is a skateboard park there. The chances of me visiting Mt.Baker have just got up drastically.
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When I found out my friend Tristan Rennie was invited to skate at the Van Doren Invitational in Vancouver this year I checked flights to Vancouver from Montreal and thought to myself, « That’s just stupid ». The cheapest flight I could find was $750 for the round trip ticket. For the same dates, a Los Angeles flight was $600. Everything in Vancouver is expensive including getting there. Even though I would not be going, I still mentioned that Tristan was coming to Canada again to my road trip friends and Mike Lavoie bit. Actually he is the only one that could have changed my mind on go there since he works for Air Canada. After a couple of emails, we were booked for a three day trip to Vancouver.... [Voir la suite]
I just heard, the bowl contest this year is supporting streaming live coverage. I am stoked for the ladies. Coverage of their contests have been harder to find as compared to the guys lately. These ladies put on a great show and very much deserve to be placed in the spotlight, live streaming coverage that is. When you get home from work (tonight!!!), set your TV (or computer) to stream the contest and chill out with you daughter, girlfriend(s) and enjoy. Yes, it is on tonight from 18h – 20h... [Voir la suite]
Jon Cos and Ben Paterson seem to always be together. When I originally met them back as kids in Toronto I could see that they pushed each other. Often skating together usually brings out the best in one’s skating. Each one feeding off the other to try and one up the other is the best cycle of progression. At this point in their skating, they have become some of the best skaters anywhere in the world.
During the last week they both dropped new video parts. Even as grow ass men they are brothers, doing things together. Both parts are good. Which one do you think is better though? I have my pick... [Voir la suite]
During the last couple of weeks I have been hanging with a bunch of current and ex Lifeblood skaters, yes I have been having a fun time. The Lifeblood team is stacked with transition slayers. Their video from last year was so sick. Kevin Kowalski is one of my favourite skaters to watch right now. Throw in Cody Lockwood, Mason Merlino, Sean Blueitt, and some weird ass kid for a complete entertainment package. I need to try out that skatepark once my shoulder is better. By the way, Walla Walla in a little east of Portland, Or.
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After being on the road for nearly a month I came back to Montreal to HI-DUST being posted on Vimeo. This video is rad. A bunch of guys in the video that I rarely get to see skating live or on video really made an impression on me. Jeff Denomme is one of those standouts. Jeff is one of the nicest guys and he’s always super stoked. It was great to see him rip but in the bail clip he does pay the price for his ripping a lot. Simon Vadlamudly really steps it up in this video. I see Simon all the time but usually he’s busy and not skating. It was a pleasant change to see him skating in the streets. There are tons of Montreal heads in this video. Sorry guys that need HD footage (or even 4K footage), this is old... [Voir la suite]