We’re stepping into spring proper with the release of Concrete #124 (May/June), our second offering for 2013. Check out our latest cover, scroll down to preview a few features, and find free copies at shops across Canada on April 22nd.
LIGHTS OUT // Cover photo & caption by Brian Caissie
Having the opportunity to leave Canada after months of rain, snow and cold is like getting out of jail for a skater. Arriving in LA with the HUF Canada team was a huge change of scenery for everyone. Usually people do tricks over the rail and off the drop at this parking lot spot, but Calgary’s TYLER WARREN took a different approach. We rubbed rocks and wax on the rail because it had never been skated, but once it was ready he grinded a long 50-50 TRANSFER into the bank before a quick-footed ollie sent him into the parking lot below. After some high fives we got into the van, which didn’t start because the lights were left on during the session! Luckily we were able to wave someone down at 1 a.m. to help us. See what else Crazy T and the crew got up to in LA by checking out our HUF Canada feature.
Words: Matt Meadows // Photos: Joe Krolick, Jeremy Adams, TJ Rogers // Design: Dave Keras
Once the icy temperatures hit TJ Rogers‘ hometown of Whitby, ON, he immediately went on a two-month sabbatical. His mission? To stay warm, obviously, and film for his part in the upcoming Blind video, Damn… TJ shared a few skate photos from his mission, along with some of the iPhone pics he shot that help tell the tale behind his stint in SoCal.
Words: Jordan Guzyk // Photos: Matt Stetson // Design: Dave Keras
This issue we started a new Q&A department piece called On The Radar, which showcases emerging Canadian rippers. Peterborough, ON’s Chad Wilson is first up, complimenting a solid selection of photos with an interview about “leprechrons” and much more.
Words: David Ehrenreich // Photos: Brandon Alton, Andrew Norton // Design: Meep Creative
Penticton-to-Vancouver, BC transplant Skylar Kehr is making quite a name for himself due to his antics both on and off the board. His first Concrete interview was almost entirely shot over a mere two-week period in the L.A. area, and it’s accompanied by a few of his many tales, including how he barged a snowboard contest without boots and snuck into a Juicy J concert.
Words: Dane Collison // Photos: Brian Caissie // Design: Dave Keras
Thanks to Vancouver’s Take Five Trading, the HUF Canada team left its homeland for the first time as a unit, leading to this 14-page headline feature. Captain Bryan Wherry, along with Zander Mitchell, Mike Fyfe, Brett Gifford, Mike Vince and Issue 124 cover bro Tyler Warren took to the streets of Los Angeles with the goal of approaching the iconic city’s heavily skated spots with a unique twist. They did just that, and this feature’s video accompaniment will hit concreteskateboarding.com on April 30th.
Bookmark concreteskateboarding.com to keep tabs on our Issue 124 extras, available for viewing on your desktop and mobile device. Take a look at some recent Concrete-exclusive web highlights, in case you missed out:
•Issue 123 Art Blender, featuring Todd Francis (includes free wallpaper downloads).
•Laval, QC’s Axis shop profile video, accompanying our Issue 123 Time Well Spent print feature about the Store Wars 2012 winners.
•Issue 123: What’s Cooking with Colin Findlater? video and digital feature.
•Concrete joins Tumblr – check it out!
•Photo recap: DC Canada in Arizona.
•Issue 123 online in full.