“This year, Vans Park Series is officially leaving Vancouver and heading to the East Coast, making Montreal home to their Canadian headquarters, and VPS stop. So we took the opportunity to look at the behind the scenes of what it takes to organize an event like VPS and talk to the unsung heroes that make it all happen. ” Read the rest of the article here.
Skateboarding today is a global phenomenon, with around 50m riders and thousands of skate parks worldwide – it will even feature as a sport in the 2020 Olympic Games. From the full on testosterone of Thrasher skateboard magazine to the fashionable styling of Vogue, the skater girls and boys of Kabul to the Native American reservations of South Dakota, the skate parks of Brazil to the streets of Shenzhen, skateboarding is no longer just for punkish, subcultural rebels – it’s everywhere, for everyone. Read the rest of the article here.
The year was 1979 and a small patch of park near Clark Drive and Broadway had a similarly life-changing effect on generations of Vancouverites past and present. The China Creek skatepark turns 40 this year, and members of Vancouver’s skating community will gather July 19 for a birthday bash at the Smiling Buddha Cabaret (SBC).” Read the rest of the article here.
Standing at the top of a skateboarding ramp, preparing to roll down the side for the first time, is intimidating enough. But it can be even more so when you’re the only girl at the skate park.” Read the rest of the article here.
“But the location of the half pipe was also considered to be a problem, and a new home needed to be found for it, the report said. The ramp was set too close to the outside brick wall of the Wellesley arena, opening up the township to potential liabilities if someone fell into the wall. The structure was also too close to a nearby gas meter which, again, would put the responsibility on the township if someone got hurt.” Read the rest of the article here.
“A new skate park has been named “The Skatey McSkateface” following a public vote on Facebook and Twitter.” Read the rest of the article here.
“I was a latch key kid with alcoholic parents,” Carroll said. “I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house in Halifax and there were a lot of poor kids around who didn’t have a lot. When my uncle brought out that skateboard I just grabbed it and went down the hill. Looking back, something just went, ‘this is me’.” Read the rest of the article here.
Construction is expected to begin this year and a late fall 2018 opening is possible; though it may be pushed into spring 2019, according to city spokesman Marie-Pier Paquette-Séguin. Read the rest of the article here.
Philadelphia’s homeless population, who came to congregate at Love. Property values dropped and, for a while, the city bemoaned the park as derelict and dangerous. But once skateboarders started arriving on the scene in the early 90s, things started to change.” According to Howell: “Skateboarders made it seem safe again. As [Philadelphia skate legend] Ricky Oyola put it, ‘If these little kids aren’t scared, why should I be scared; I’m a 30-year-old man coming home from work.’ Once it’s safe for young skaters, it’s safe for young male office workers. Once it’s safe for male office workers, it becomes safer for female office workers, then for older folks, and so on.” Read the rest of the article here.