“Devoid of their usual inhabitants, the skate parks dotting the stretches of California are alone works of art in the eyes of photographer Amir Zaki.

His new photo-book, California Concrete: A Landscape of Skateparks, features Zaki’s photos of 12 major skate parks throughout the Golden State. The brutalist structures that emerge at these sites, from San Jose’s Cunningham Lake to Linda Vista in San Diego, fill a void in landscape photography and capture a pivotal cultural moment.” Click here to read the rest of the article.

Colorado Skatepark Tour with Annie Guglia

“We joined Annie for a few days to show her running around and shredding some of Colorado’s best skateparks. Between the sessions and hanging with old friends, Annie and Alexis head off the grid to cook, camp, and breathe some of that quality Rocky Mountain fresh air. As we followed her journey and listened to her perspective, we slowly understood that this sixth sense is very much realistic if you remain passionate and inspired.” Click here to read the rest of the article.

Big-O’s Big Move

” The Big-O Pipe in Montreal is what many call Canada’s most infamous skate spot. The Pipe is to Canadian skateboarding what San Francisco’s Embarcadero was to US skateboarding, and, interestingly, both sites were constructed without any expectations that they would attract skateboarders—they were just aesthetically pleasing architectural design elements. ” Click here to read the rest of the article.

Canadian Skaters are Gearing Up

“We have a national event series that’s happening in Canada this year, for the first time it’s like a new pathway to becoming an Olympic athlete,” Guglia said to CTV’s Your Morning. Read the rest of the article here.

Honoré-Mercier Skatepark Project

The Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough has been working since the winter of 2019 to create and skatepark in the Honoré-Mercier park, in collaboration with the Association Skateboard Montréal with a committee of locals skateboarders. To read the city’s write up (only in French) click here.

Jeff Grosso: On Vert Ramps

When did the transition from concrete parks to wooden ramps occur?
It was between 1980 and 1984. A four-year timespan. A year in skateboarding is a long fucking time. It was kind of sad for all of us, out here in my world. The skateparks were our babysitters, it’s where we grew up. We spent a lot of time there. You’re either in the streets, street skating, at somebody’s back yard ramp or if you were fortunate enough, you were at the skateboard park on the weekends. It was sad because all of the stuff was going away but it was also kind of empowering. A lot of people were dropping out and growing up, going to school, getting jobs and moving on with of their lives. The rest of us were left to fend for ourselves, to figure out what we wanted to do with it. I was fortunate enough to grow up near Lance Mountain so we started riding Lance’s a lot.” Read the rest of the article here.