Krooked welcomes turf killer Ronnie Sandoval to the team. “Keeping in the danger zone,” as they say…
Krooked skateboards are available in Canada through Supra Distribution.
Anti Hero has some good things cookin’. Their 2004 film, Tent City, is now available on iTunes with “hours of extras.” This documentary-style trip to Australia is for the ages, and features Frank Gerwer, John Cardiel, Julien Stranger, Matt Rodriguez, Peter Hewitt, Tony Miorana, Tony Trujillo and more.
Anti Hero product is available in Canada through Supra Distribution.
Powell-Peralta has been revamping their look and team lately, and they’ve just added Poway, CA’s Brandon Villanueva to their “Street/Park” team, where he joins fellow all-terrain rippers Brad McClain, Charlie Blair and more…
Powell-Peralta skateboards are available in Canada through Ultimate Distribution.
Concrete #128, our sixth and final issue of 2013, will be available for free at skateshops across Canada starting December 9th. Until then, take a look at our latest cover and feature previews…
FEAR FACTOR // Cover photo & caption by Brian Caissie
With new videos dropping online each day, some people seem satisfied with posting average skating. Others, like NICK MOORE, choose to be picky, have a higher standard, and push their abilities. Seeing this skinny Vancouver-area full pipe from the road, we knew the security factor would be high. So we quickly jumped the fence and after climbing up to this thin hole we all noticed how scary and dangerous it was. Still in the construction phase, it wasn’t very smooth. We found nails and cracks in the cement transition, and there was about a 10-foot drop on either side; the metal bars at the bottom made bailing and jumping down even less of an option. After some close calls and zero security encounters, Nick got an OLLIE TO FAKIE and we got the hell out of there.
Words: James Morley // Photos: James Morley, Sam Fidlin // Design: Dave Keras
Who ever thought being a “space cadet” could work to your advantage? As James Morley finds out, Oakville, Ontario’s Ben Paterson wrote the book on it. Well, not really. But amidst Ben’s world of breaking phones, focusing the front end of his Vamborghini and looking for his shoes lies the true advantage—applying a high level of gnar to his skateboarding.
Words: Justin Allain, Tyler Holm // Photos: Rich Odam // Design: Dave Keras
As you can see, a small group can easily become a small army. Such was the case when Timebomb Trading sent etnies Canada’s Stacy Gabriel, Derek Swaim, Cory Wilson and special guest Justin Allain to Portland. It wasn’t all craft beers and food trucks, either. The fellas got down to business to bring us this special multiplicity-style sequence feature.
Words: David Ehrenreich, Jorden Murray // Photos: Antosh Cimoszko, Nathan Ethier-Myette, Sam Fidlin, Brian Caissie // Design: Randy Laybourne
To begin 2013 we collaborated with Ultimate Distribution on a one-year goal for the latest On The Reel video project, which will include two montages that feature Canadian riders who represent brands under the Tum Yeto and Blitz umbrellas. Video specialist David Ehrenreich wrangled and assembled clips from a lengthy list of Ultimate teamsters scattered across the land, and this feature stands as a primer to the video series—available for viewing at concreteskateboarding.com and ultimateskateboarddist.com in January 2014.
Words: Dane Collison, Josh Hotz // Photos: Josh Hotz // Design: Dave Keras
Torey Pudwill, Chico Brenes, Luis Tolentino, Marty Murawski, Jon Nguyen, Paul Shier (and Canadian team rider Cory Lakeman) from DVS Shoes made a solid up-north appearance recently (thanks to Supra Distribution). The Canadian Bacon Tour hit Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, and despite a tight demo schedule, short timeline and some unsavoury weather, these dudes found a way to please the crowds and fill a stack of pages in the mag. Stay tuned for accompaniments from Supra Dist. and DVS.
•Oct.16: Print Run video by Brian Caissie, featuring the making of our 2013 Photo Annual.
•Oct.17: Issue 127 Art Blender, featuring Daniel Curtis (includes free wallpaper downloads).
•Oct.22: Concrete x Lakai Disposable Vancouver mega-post (video/slideshow/digital feature) with Riley Hawk, Jon Sciano, Sebo Walker and Miles Silvas.
•Oct.29: Vancouver Visit video, featuring Cody Lockwood, Brad McClain, Charlie Blair, Mason Merlino, Steven Reeves, Danny Tumia and Frank Faria.
•Nov.5: 60 Seconds Or Less Video #2, with Shay Sandiford, Paul Trep, Stacy Gabriel, Tom Nelner, Conlan Killeen, Magnus Hanson and Jason Wilson.
•Nov.16: The Straight & Narrow – full Vancouver alley video and behind-the-scenes interview right here.
•Nov.18: 60 Seconds Or Less Video #3, with Drew Summersides, Arte Lew, Ian Twa, Paul Trep, Matt Berger and Cameo Wilson.
•Nov.25: 2013 Photo Annual online in full.
Floris Gierman and Eugene Lai have launched a print shop of iconic skate photos, called Aika Collective (Aika means Time in Finnish). Participating photographers include Dave Swift, Ryan Allan, Michael Burnett, Anthony Acosta, Sam Muller, Concrete Photo Editor Brian Caissie and more.
“In the last 30 years there has been a lot of amazing skateboard photography, and a lot of these epic and iconic images have been used for magazine covers, in articles and for ad campaigns,” Floris explains. “These images often disappear after being used once. Aika Collective is a group of skateboard photographers bringing back these skateboard images from the ’80s, ’90s up to today, all in one online photo gallery.”
New photos will be released regularly, and all images are available for purchase. They’re printed on high quality photo paper with an archival value of 100 years, and most photos are available in six sizes from 8″x10″ up to 30″x40″.
To help celebrate the launch of Aika Collective’s web store, we’ve collaborated with them on giving away one of the photos that’s available for purchase. Up for grabs is a 20″ x 24″ printed photo (valued at $200) of Tom Penny doing a backside kickflip in Montreal’s iconic Big-O pipe. This image, shot by Brian Caissie, originally appeared on the cover of our 2006 Photo Annual. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment below, letting us know what you think of Aika Collective. A winner will be picked on Monday, December 9th. Good luck!
I Am Thalente is a documentary-in-the-making about the once-homeless and undereducated LRG South Africa rider Thalente Biyela. Hailing from Durban, he journeyed to Los Angeles to experience the heart of skateboarding.
REAL pays homage to Jim Thiebaud‘s iconic “Hanging Klansman” graphic from ’93 by reissuing a special 20-year limited edition run of it for Johnny Kicks Cancer. Proceeds will go to this foundation, which helps kids with Leukemia. Gain more insight about the graphic and peep some classic Thiebaud footage…
REAL skateboards are available in Canada through Supra Distribution.
It’s an evening of mini ramp sessions in the club, featuring Gailea Momolu, Conlan Killeen, Mike Schulze, Jorden Murray, Nick Moore, Adam Hopkins, Jamie Maley and Skylar Kehr.
Needles//Pins, DJ Cherchez La Femme and more will be performing, and on top of there’ll be giveaways (your entry ticket will get you in on a raffle for a ton of product).
Proceeds from this event will go towards the Jamcouver Cultural Society, with the goal of funding a much-needed indoor skatepark in the Vancouver area. Not bad!
Check out DC’s video, Streets & Boards & Bees & Swords, which chronicles how the album had a profound effect on both the music and skate industries because it stood out from the rest—a mentality that launched the DC brand and carried it forward into the present…
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Concrete photo editor and staff photographer Brian Caissie is quite the productive and well-traveled lensman, in case you hadn’t noticed. He very recently updated his portfolio site, which is well worth your daily clicks. Get at it right here, or click the image. There’s lots to look at…