with Vanessa Torres and Friends. Yes, Vanessa’s new friend is Annie Guglia. I told you there was some cool things to come in 2016 for Annie. Hey, it is almost 2016. Oh yeah, there is much more to come from Annie. Hey Annie, can I get your autograph? 😛
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Skateboarding like many other sports has a harsh divide between male and female professionals. I am talking about their possibilities to actually be professional skateboarders. A professional skater makes their living off skateboarding, be it contest money, sponsorship money, and/or advertising money. Sure, male and female talent levels are not the same. Neither are NASCAR drivers and F1 drivers but both have their entertainment value. The entertainment value is really why sports personalities are paid well or not. Or that is how it should be. Then marketing gets in the way of who is cool and who is not. How many modern ugly singers do you listen too? With the advent of video and television, marketing has pushed aside the... [Voir la suite]
Over the years I have skated many skateparks. Many of those skateparks I have only skated once or I have rarely skated them because I just do not get the chance to go back or maybe I just did not like the skatepark. Something else that happens much more often then I would have thought is going back to a skatepark and not liking it as much as you remember. The more skateparks you skate at, the bigger the your knowledge of what obstacles work (height, length, incline, and spacing), what lines work, and what could be better. When you go back to that skatepark that felt amazing 10 years ago, you start noticing that the surface has started to get rougher, the building errors have become apparent (cracks and breaks), and more... [Voir la suite]
Over the years I have seen a bunch of different cool uses for old dead skateboard decks. Many of those different uses involve artists making art with them. From sculptures, cabinets, to glass frames and everything in between can be created with these dirty old broken toys we call a skateboard deck. Last night I saw a new way to use old decks from a friend. He chops the decks into brick size pieces, all of the same size and then creates a brick pattern on a wall. The end result is really nice, maybe not according to your wife though. I guess you could step this idea up and scan in a photo of each brick and use one of those computer programs to create mosaics from photos as a pattern for your wall. Say a mosaic of Hosoi doing a... [Voir la suite]
Once again I was told that I should stop bitching today. Also that people need to work together to get better skateparks built in and around Montreal instead of bitching. With the term « people » that was used, I do not think they were referring to me as part of the people. So, hopefully one of you guys out there is part of the « people » that could help skateboarders get skateparks that make sense built in this beautiful city I call home. Enough with the cottage cheese finish with randomly placed obstacles, and flat ass transition skateparks please.
Above is the only negativity for this post. The rest will be filled with smooth words, tight grammar (maybe), and a review of the Verdun... [Voir la suite]
In 2015 the P45 crew did not create many new obstacles at P45. We do have lives after all. One thing that did happen, there were a tons of skate sessions with a BBQ running. Man do those guys love to BBQ. They also love to skate. I was stoked to see a P45 video on Lowcard’s youtube channel.
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The last couple of years I have traveled to Ann Arbor, MI a couple of times. The bowl and the pool are not my favourite to skate. The flow bowl is mad fun though. The town is a really cool place to hang out and the local skatepark skater are the best. Skating Ann Arbor is so much fun. I cannot wait for my next trip there. Bryan Elkus, I do not think I know him, has made an artisy video using a drone and camera. Man do I wish I was there right now skating.
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I hit the road just to skate (or sometimes snowboarding back country). Within my trip plans there is rarely a touristy thing I do actually. I travel to skate new and challenging obstacles. Seeing as I do not enjoy any of the Montreal’s skateparks, having fun requires traveling. Skateboarding in Montreal is still enjoyable though. The streets (downtown’s building, parks, and hills) are very enjoyable to ride even if I can barely ollie up a curb now. Really though, I am a transition skater now a days. The only transition I enjoy around Montreal to skate right now, and I have enjoyed since the mid 80’s is the Big O Pipe. On the road I sometimes miss home i.e. the Pipe. I miss skating with my friends at the... [Voir la suite]
« Stuck in Vermont » just released an expose on the new Burlington, Vermont skatepark that the local skateshop (Maven) pushed to get built, Grindline designed, and Artisan Skateparks built. Even though the groups involved are professional and know what they are doing and talking about, the process to get the skatepark completed took 7 years. In the end, all the groups involved should be proud of themselves for the great skatepark they created. For all you skateboarders out there that are trying to improve the skateboard facilities in your village, town, or city, with a lot of hard work, some luck, and a whole lot of determination (7 years for Burlington and 10 year for Boston) your project can work out... [Voir la suite]
This is not the latest in HD videoing, it is not Street League worthy, nor is it brought to you by Mountain Dew. It is much better than that. Here are a bunch of guys just having fun on their skateboard just cruising around the local spots. There is even a little Glory Challenge going on. I do not even know who they are. Or maybe I do from Hoedown at the Hoof and I drink to much. Watching the video just makes me happy. It reminds me of when Orion, Paddy, Oli, Mer, Raymond, myself, and some other guys would cruise down Montreal’s downtown hitting every spot we could think of and even tons of shit that were not even spots. Thanks Max Jordison for making my... [Voir la suite]
Back in the days, when I used to hang out in the local skateshop watching videos (when skateshops allowed that kind of thing), most videos were rather rubbish. We were excited to watch all of them because that was the only way we would ever see pro skaters doing their thing. You would never run into any pros skating downtown Montreal back then. Pros on tours rarely made it to Montreal at all back then. Magazines and videos were our peepholes to what was happening in skateboarding. Then Blind Video Days came out….another rubbish video (Jason Lee singing). It was so much more then just rubbish though. The skating was so next level in the video. We could watch the video over and over and never seem to get sick of it.... [Voir la suite]
Ottawa is so close to Montreal and yet I have not gone to skate there in years. Actually I did get to try out the Charlie Bowins skatepark on the way to Pittsburgh/Cleaveland this year but only for an hour. Man it has been years since I skated Ricky’s pool. Luckily the Ottawa guys happen to come to Montreal quite often. It is always a blast when they are around. Many of the guys in this video I do not know but chances are that I will be skating with them in the coming years. There is one thing though, guys, the Pipe is not a curb. You can do tricks on the lip and then go down the transitions,... [Voir la suite]
Since I was a kid and I first saw the Bones Brigade video, I was told that Mike McGill invented the McTwist in Sweden at a summer camp in 1984. Mullen ended up coming up with the name of the trick. The first time North America saw the McTwist was at the Del Mar contest which was filmed and include in the Bones Brigade video. That is what happened, Right? Well, maybe not.
This weekend I saw for the first time footage of McGill’s McTwists from that Swedish summer camp. Sorry guys, those are 540’s in the video. A McTwist is only a McTwist when the rider flips and twist. What is now called corked. A 540’s is just a spin. So, 540’s existed first? Wow, so when did... [Voir la suite]
If you are hiding from the cold outside and not into skating indoors, I have a plan for you, watch Tampa AM off the live streaming. Wish JS luck or some other AM. Shit always goes off at Tampa AM. Sorry guys but Tison will not be sleeping the in the bushes this year.
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