Resilience. Transcendence. Discipline. Socialization. Team spirit. Courage. Humility. Determination. So many words listed by stakeholders, parents and coaches when asked what skateboarding brings to young people.
“I believe that skateboarding has long been seen as something delinquent, explains Jessy Jean Bart. It was not part of the school systems like sport-studies. The fact that it was incorporated into the Olympics [en 2021], it really propelled the sport. »
Kids in Inukjuak were quick to make use of their new skatepark Saturday after it officially opened to the community. Joe Buffalo, a professional skateboarder from Samson Cree Nation in Alberta, attended and gave the young people a skate lesson. Caroline Gleason, a teacher in the hamlet of about 1,700 residents, led the charge to get the park built with the help of the northern village, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, CRT Construction, the non-profit Make Life Skate Life, and several local businesses. (Photo courtesy of Sylvain Paradis). Taken from Nunatsiaq News.
“I know I’m not the only woman in my 30s to harbour skateboarding fantasies, and I definitely won’t be after this summer. Skateboarding is having a major moment, with all eyes on the sport – in no small part thanks to the super-cool teen skateboarders at the Tokyo Olympics, including Team GB’s own bronze medallist, 13-year-old Sky Brown, whose triumph at the Games feels like it belongs to all of us.
The female skateboarders, in particular, were a joy to watch: they were inspiring, energising, youthful and full of promise. They gave us exactly the kind of #positivevibes we were so desperately in need of this year. Despite all the soaring through the air and balancing on impossible surfaces, skateboarding is still a sport that manages to feel inclusive and accessible for those of all ages. Plus, the dress code is effortless, comfortable and currently on trend (see: everything baggy and tie-dyed).”
There are sometimes rumors of stories about your friends that you don’t know if they are true or just rumors. Stories of pain or of happiness or lucky or of secrets in someone’s closet. As a friend it is sometimes difficult to bring up the story in the case that by doing so, you are bringing up memories that your friend would hope to forget. Our friend, Joe Buffalo wants to talk about some government imposed pain that he lived through that he is currently trying to overcome clean and sober. We love you Buffalo!
A group of women inspired by their children and the Olympics are taking skateboarding lessons in Cornwall. About 20 women aged 45 and above have joined the group, and are attending lessons at the Mount Hawke Skate Park near St Agnes.
Katie Mallam, 49, said she had gone over ramps and completed kick turns.
The majority of large cities around Canada have laws making skateboarding illegal. It’s been like that since the 60’s. The NFB documents this fact for Montreal in the mid 60’s. With skateboarders fighting the laws, media showing off skateboarding, and the Olympics accepting skateboarding, all this has started to change the thinking of the illegallity of skateboarding. Vancouver is moving forward!
For decades, Jeff Grosso lived and breathed skateboarding, spreading his passion for the sport in person and in his digital series with Grosso’s YouTube series is “Loveletters to Skateboarding” His friends and family recall his passion, his character and what made him a skateboarding legend.
“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.