Kyrgyzstan….what? I am betting that most people that check out Exposé Mag have no idea what Kyrgyzstan is. Kyrgyzstan is a country just below Kazakhstan (that is just below Russia). What the hell could Kyrgyzstan have to do with skateboarding you might ask? Well, Red Bull posted a video of a couple of guys road tripping through it.
In the early 80’s my brother and I traveled all over Europe. Most places we visited the locals had never seen a skateboard before. To me that was so weird since what seemed like my whole life I knew what a skateboard was. It was so foreign to me that I seemed so foreign to them. The guys in the video get the same feeling in 2014, that is amazing. Spreading the joy of... [Voir la suite]
Skateboarding is always evolving. The decks change, the wheels change, everything on a board changes over time. The pros change, tricks change, what skater rides change too. The change of terrain to skate has the most effect on the evolution of the other parts of skateboarding. Some people say it is the media that is the main key to the evolution of skateboarding but I disagree with them. Without the terrain, media could not get videos or photos to use in their media. Skateboarding went from skatepark skating in the late 70’s to ramp skating in the 80’s to street skating in the 90’s because the 70’s skateparks closed and then the ramps were taken down; not because magazines stopped converting the other... [Voir la suite]
Basically since the last and first time I went to the Boonies Skatepark, I have been on the road or injured. I really hope that I will be able to skate again soon to be able to hit the slopes and then a little session at the Boonies before the snow goes away. At least I have been seeing a couple of fresh video clips from there so other people have been hitting it at least.
Here is a clip of Technical skateboard’s free skate jam. Yes, it was free to skate the park that day.
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Finding the right deck has been a big issue for me for a long time. Basically since the big boards disappeared during the mid 90’s, it has been hard to find a « good board ». It took me a while to get used to a Popsicle stick deck but I did it. From the mid 90’s until today I have purchased zero boards from a store in Montreal. I am not proud of that fact at all. Time after time I have gone to local skate shops to buy a deck but I just can not find one. Can you see me riding a 7.75″ deck? Bahaha. Until a couple of years ago, finding any deck bigger than 8″ was basically impossible around Montreal. You had to be lucky enough to drop into the shop shortly after they received... [Voir la suite]
The Lakeside pool has a mellow shallow end but it is close to being a complete circle shape. Because it was so closed, I thought this was a great place to try doing a double carve over the stairs. Yes, go over the stairs and then right back over the stairs. The guys questioned me what the hell I was trying to do so I told them. That got shit started. Most of us started trying it. Even a double 50/50 would make us stoked. On one run you would « kind of close » and the next try you end up shot into another pocket. This was a hard game to play. So hard that Leon came in all wrong and got worked. Before this trip I thought Leon never fell. I was grossly wrong. Leon pays the piper to get that smooth... [Voir la suite]
Sadly this year the Vert Attack preliminaries were not streamed live. At least they are streaming the semi-finals and finals. This contest might be a vert contest but this is no X Games or Dew Tour contest. This is more a return to 80’s style vert contests. The ramp is not huge (like the X Games 13.5 foot) so the tricks are very different. No 720s or 900s will be going down. Doing the same run over and over is frowned upon. Style is king here. Many of the tricks you will not have seen since the early 90s. So if you get home late tonight or you’re one of those freaks that gets up early, live coverage starts at 5h00 EST. Click on the image for the link to live... [Voir la suite]
What used to be called AMTEC is now called Vans AM Pool Party 2015. As you might have read, I was just in Los Angeles and got to spend a lot of time with the kids during their practice sessions during the last couple of weeks. Some of the Canadians were having a hard time getting runs in so some of the better kids (the ones that finished top 3 plus the Rennies) would block the other kids so that the old guys could get some runs in. I did not seem to have a problem getting runs but then again, as a heavy weight the kids must have been scared to run into me. The Canadians had a blast skating with this kids. Man are those kids good.
In third place for the 14 and under is Kiko. He is listed as... [Voir la suite]
Tick-tock, it is that time on the clock….February once again. February means one thing to me, Southern California’s (Socal) annual Canadian invasion. Meeting up with old friends and a couple of new friends to enjoy some great skatespots, it’s always a blast.
Group Shot: (L to R) Jessica Middleton, Ri Abderrahmane, Glenn Woloski, Jean Brunelle Bradette, Otis Williamson, Trevor Moncaster, Dave Brown, Mackenzie Carruthers, Leon Chapdelaine, Chris Bright, Chris Macallum, Sean Cavanaugh, Brad McGinn, Vance Hutchinson, Mark Best, Greg Baller, Steve Kotsopoulos, Ryan Baxter, Dave Sawler, Mason Burke, David White, Alex Keaveny, Shawn Pierce, Chris Fonseca, John Finley, and Jeff Gluck. Missing from this photo: Rob Bell,... [Voir la suite]
Techniquement c’est un mercredi, mais bon, au printemps on vit avec le soleil! héhé!
Après la job j’ai passé croyant y trouver Marc ou kek autres locals, finalement c’est un random dude, Zach, qui était à l’oeuvre. Je lui ai donné un coup de main et on a réussi à étendre ce qui avait dans le tunnel et faire des canaux pour l’eau. Y’aura pas de session dans 2 jours, mais y’a de l’espoir en crisse! (Je sais qu’il va y avoir une autre tempete Ri, mais pareil, ça sent bon!)
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I wrote this piece last week, the morning I found out the news.
Charlie stoked on his and Sam’s two page spread in the latest King Shit. Taken from Charlie’s Instagram.
This morning my alarm rang (actually it is just the radio) but I did not wake up. At 8 am I heard the phone ring and checked the time; shit, it is 8 am. No bath, a little breakfast, some minimal shoveling of my walkway (my shoulder is jacked), and out the door to catch my bus (no bike because of the shoulder). Once at work I logged onto my Facebook account and right away I was confused about that posts in my feed. Back to this later…
People are always talking about how we should all live our lives in... [Voir la suite]
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]