Seylynn Is So Epic
Now a days skaters complain that their local skatepark sucks. Hey, I’m the king of complaining about the local skateparks. When I think back to mid 80′s, we had one skatepark. No, not one skatepark in my neighbourhood, one skatepark in Beaconsfield. Once the Beaconsfield skatepark closed, the wood was use to make the Beaubien skatepark. Yes, strictly one park open at a time and they were on opposite sides of the island. Back then I didn’t care if I had to travel 120 mins each way on public transit to skate an hour. Now I’m a whole lot more wimpy. Back in the day we would most likely have been skating the local shit skateparks if we had today’s Montreal skateparks. For me now, I’ve skated a ton of skateparks and it’s hard to skate a shit park. Why skate something you don’t enjoy skate?
Beaubien skatepark membership. Cesar is my middle name, RCA baby.
In 1986 I went to Vancouver for Expo86. Part of the exposition was a skateboard contest that held a contest for all divisions of skateboarding at the time. Luckily bowl skating had been around since the 70′s. Even in 86 Vancouver had a concrete bowl. Seylynn skateparks has been around since 1978. It’s one of the oldest skateparks in North America and it still kicks skaters butts. Towards the end of the week of skateboard contest for Expo86 it was the bowl contest. Brent Jordan, Steve Coffey, and myself made our way to North Van Skatepark (Seylynn Skatepark). It was the first time I’d ever seen a concrete skatepark. I was speechless. My first concrete skatepark and all my skateboard heroes were there. Contests back then were much more free then today. There was a full on crazy contest going on but I could skate at the same time as Steve Caballero or Neil Blender. Chris Miller was not the only person to bleed that day. I went down hard in the halfpipe at the top of the snake run. From that day I have been in love with snake runs. The worlds skateparks do not have enough snake runs. Seylynn will always hold a special place in my heart.
Someone decided to post the Seylynn history video on Vimeo. In the last ten years my skating has changed a ton. Way less tricks but much more flow. I even finally learned how to backside 50-50. How different would I skate Seylynn today? I wish P45 had a little snake run on the hill by the trailer. That would be so epic.