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]
Sorry to get your hope up with the title but the skatepark does not exists yet. Construction has not even started yet. I had already seen the skatepark layout a while ago. At that time I could not show anyone else the layout. Sterling Downey has posted the layout on Facebook so I figure it is fare game to post it on Exposé Mag now. The city’s goal was to have a Plaza Skatepark. In that aspect I do not think they hit their mark. A Plaza is a type of city park. A skate plaza should be similar to a Plaza as in the new Cabot Square. The Verdun Plaza Skatepark is not a Plaza and not your normal style skatepark. It is kind of a new concept.
The Verdun Plaza Skatepark.
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There is a new video out that includes Montreal’s own, Leon. Included in the video are a ton of guys that I have never heard of before. Some of those guy’s parts are rad. Go and check the whole video.
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Most of us remember the first time we did something of importance. I remember my first day of school, my first day riding a bicycle with and without training wheels, and my first time skating the Pipe. All these memories bring back the joy I felt during the initial moment. A couple of weeks ago was my friend Lauzier daughter’s first time rolling down the Pipe. She had visited once before but that time had not gotten to enter to Pipe and hear the echo within the Pipe or feel the wind in her hair. Sadly Billie is to young to remember this first time.
Billie’s first day skating at the Pipe. Most likely there will be many more days like this.
Another small guy at the Pipe but this not his first pony ride, Ratpack... [Voir la suite]
A date has been set, skaters are making their plans, and it is going to be a blast at the Hoedown this year. Last year the contest management got convinced to create a girls division for the Hoedown. Really, there were no girls. Ladies stepped it up in the bowl. They put on a great show. The kids division has gotten so good that many of them could skate in the big boys division. The big boys had a new winner last year, Josh Mattson from Huntington Beach. Hopefully he’ll stay out of the Mexican jails and he will be able to defend his title. This year there will also be a veterans division. I will assume it will a 40+ division. Since most of the Hoof locals are 40+, it is going to be a fun division to watch. ... [Voir la suite]
Since dislocating my shoulder the last time, I haven’t been skating real hard. Always trying to keep my shoulder from popping out during every run doesn’t allow me to really get into any sessions. Being able to still skateboard is great but limiting myself gets boring sometimes. Not being able to even try frontside smith grind is heart wrenching at times. Damn, it is my only trick left after all.
Ryan Baxter blasts an Indy air out of the Ashbridges Bay pool.
My last trip to North Carolina was fun even though I did not skate much or well. It was fun to carve around big walls with friends. Hearing that some of my friends from Toronto were heading to Ann Arbor sounded exactly like what I needed to put a smile... [Voir la suite]
I had no idea what to call this post since I had no idea if this video was authorized by Vans or not but since it has tons of Propeller footage I will assume so. For all the skaters that did not get the chance to be present for any of the video premiers or just do not want to pay for the video download off iTunes. Here is a great re-mix of the video. There is definitely some cool stuff that did not make it into the Propeller release.
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It is a well know fact that reproducing something (copying it) is much simpler than coming up with the original version of that something. To no surprise, this fact holds true in skateboarding. Once you see someone land a trick, in your mind that trick in that location is now possible. Before seeing the trick being landed you may have thought the trick to be impossible or maybe you just never thought of doing that trick. Seeing the « make » changes everything. This holds true for all tricks unless you are one of those people that « thinks outside the box », a skateboard trick inventor or innovator i.e. girls often do not think they can skateboard until they see another girl that is as... [Voir la suite]