Geoff Dermer and Stacey Gabriel of Kitsch both made their yearly winter pilgrimage to warmer climates, this time choosing Barcelona, and both returned with full parts. Check it out.
You saw the photos and read the story yesterday, now enjoy the video.
This spring, the Chance skateboards team decided to head south of the border to start off their Canadian summer early with a trip to L.A. With team riders Derek Epp, Dominic Devries, Nic McNeill, Riley Cronin, and Ryan Siemens, along with filmers Dan Funk and Matt Holdsworth, we flew into LAX and set out for a week of street skating, palm trees, fish tacos, and good times.
Skate spots in LA are fairly spread out, and as we set out from out hotel to go skating every morning, we had to be just as ready to battle the traffic as the spots. We spent a lot of hours in the van, but definitely hit a wide range of locations, from the Hollywood hills down to Laguna Beach. We made one of our fist stops in the Anaheim area and enjoyed a sesh on some of California’s legendary curb cuts. Ryan Siemens catches a Kickflip over a power box gap.
This hubba ledge in Huntington Beach provided the Chance crew with our first excuse to hit the beach. After a few noseslides up and over the wall-rail, Dominic ground out a fast Crook on this man sized ledge.
On our second afternoon we headed up into the hill country above LA to hit the Glendale rails. While the rest of the posse seshed the handrails, Derek went in search of a spot he’d noticed on the drive up through the trees – a concrete reservoir nestled into the thick underbrush. A few barbed wire fence hops and a lot of foot-sweeping produced a pretty sick gap over a channel filled with deep mud and garbage. Derek risked rolling up through an array of pebbles to stomp a quick Kickflip over the gap, and thankfully we didn’t have to rescue any boards from the mud.
After an invite to come skate the Berrics one morning, we scoped this gap-over rail spot just around the block from the warehouse. We decided we’d check it out after the Berrics park (no filming allowed).
After skating perfect obstacles on polished cement and having the park to ourselves for several hours, it was an interesting transition back to street skating and the many factors involved. In order to hit this spot, you had to gap into a busy street and we had to wait several minutes at a time for a break in the speeding traffic. The landing for this spot was pretty rough and had an angled cable from a telephone post you had to avoid slamming into. We were reminded pretty quick how rough the concrete in the streets is in comparison to the super polished concrete we had just been skating at the Berrics. The struggle is definitely real. This spot claimed the first injury of the trip, leaving Nic with a nasty heel bruise. After waiting out the cars, Ryan stomped a beauty Heelflip and we rolled out to search for more spots.
With the heat of the day, and the ‘bust’ factor being pretty high while most business’ are open, we did a lot of night skating. These rails in Anaheim provided a great spot for a night sesh, and Ryan, Riley and Dom hammered out a ton of tricks while we lit up the spot with our headlights and camera lights.
We got to these walkway rails late one night and were there just long enough to set up our gear before the police showed up and told us to move on. We managed to shoot a quick 50-50 under their watchful eye before having to leave.
After 6 heavy days and nights of skating, we ended up at Venice beach one evening to take it easy, play in the surf and cruise the boardwalk. Before heading back to Canada, we got to enjoy one last California sunset while Derek crooked through some wavy ledges.
Thanks for showing us a great time LA! We’ll be back.
Absolute madness from last Sunday in Vancouver. Serious bangers from Mikey Ray, Cameo Wilson, and more. Brought to you by Etnies and InStance.
Emerica took all-terrain ripper Collin Provost’s first pro model shoe, slimmed it down, and boom, they now have a Provost Slim. An ideal shoe for skateboarding, with all the excess left in the past.
Side Two from Antosh Cimoszko, featuring Dylan Fulford, Mikey Ray, Ty Peterson, Will Blakley, and many more.
Dig this Case Study from KR3W featuring Franky Villani.
Words by Jordan Guzyk
Photos by Sam Fidlin
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I started planning Double Standard in January 2014 and my goal was to create an experience rather than just another video that will get lost on the Internet.
Double standards exist everywhere in the skate industry. It’s hard for skaters from smaller towns to get recognition for their achievements within skateboarding. Magazines, brands, and fans instantly validate tricks being done by well-known skateboarders through likes, followers, views, and shares via social media networks such as Facebook and Instagram. An unknown amateur, by comparison, may have a harder time getting recognition for the same sort of skating. Trying to make it in the Canadian skateboarding scene out of London, Ontario is very similar. It’s hard to stand out because of the shadow of the Toronto skateboarding scene casts across the province.
The Internet has changed skateboarding videos forever. With videos coming out every single day, how does a filmmaker leave a mark on the scene? Double Standard is a video that represents the current state of skateboarding while simultaneously showcasing Canadian skaters from South Western Ontario with a contrasted roster of well-known amateurs and some not-so-well-known flow-bros.
Jesse Belrose, Boneless Bluntslide
A lot of well-known Canadian skaters have come out of London, including: Ryan Blaxall, Darrell Smith, and Chad Dickson. It’s a strange town, though. It isn’t quite large enough to be a big city, but it’s big enough to shake the small town vibe. Just two hours east of Toronto, it’s more than a leisurely drive and many locals never really want to make the trip out there. Because of this, the local scene is very tight.
London often gets lumped in to the Toronto stop on skate tours, but our skate scene has so much more to offer than other major cities on the east coast. This is primarily because of the City Council’s involvement with the skateboarding community. A city run Facebook page allows the skateboarding community to stay updated on what is happening in the London skate scene. Not to mention we have ten skate parks (with a population of only 350,000), two amazing community-dedicated skate shops, a great core group of skateboarders, and quite possibly the most perfect ledges in Canada.
The guys who run the shop go out of their way to make skateboarding in London more inclusive to everyone and promote the act of supporting local businesses. By organizing contests, parties, and trips to other skate parks, the Co-Op has developed amazing relationships with younger skateboarders and their families.
London skateboarders love showing around guests from other cities. This past year Dave Hnatiuk, Colin Findlater, and Jesse Belrose all lived in the same house. They called it ‘The Ranch’. Complete with mini ramp in the garage, skaters from other cities could come and stay the weekend free of charge, skate the local spots, and have a great time. Ben Paterson, Byron Ready, and Jon Cos spent tons of time in London filming and skating with the crew; some could even argue that they were basically locals.
Ben came and stayed the weekend multiple times in 2013 and he had become good friends with a lot of the guys that we skate with, so naturally, with his talent and the way he was able to get along with the crew, he would be a great addition to the video line up. At one point, Ben even claimed he was going to move to London. I don’t think he’ll be moving to London very soon, though—word on the street is that he’ll be living in Vancouver by the end of the year.
Even though the crew spent most of the time filming in London and Toronto, we made a few trips to different locations to get the creative juices flowing and keep everyone motivated. Last summer Colin, Dave, Jesse and myself spent two weeks on the west coast in Vancouver with a quick road trip to Seattle and Portland. In September, I joined Jon and Ben, along with a few other friends, on a trip to Montreal for AM Getting Paid, and this past March the whole crew decided to get spring off to an early start with a 10-day trip to North Carolina.
I chose to film the video in HD as opposed to SD because I wanted to give myself a new challenge. I filmed with a VX for seven years and I felt like I needed a change of pace to keep things interesting. In my opinion, HD skateboarding gets a bad rap. There are many people who, when they hear of HD footage or videos, immediately associate them with cinematic productions. The fact is there are a lot of HD videos that seem overproduced for a skateboarding video. My goal was to make an HD video that has simple filming, simple editing, and reminds the audience about what skateboarding really is: simple, fun, and beautiful without effects.
I wanted to make a video that’s a little bigger than just a video you make with your homies, but still has the homie-video vibe. Skateboarding doesn’t need to be serious. Double Standard is a video you can throw on five years from now and say, “Damn, they had a good time.” I mixed in the skateboarding, the fun times, some of the bad times, the shenanigans, and a bangin’ soundtrack and I hope it ends up being someone’s favourite video, or inspires someone to make a video with their homies.
Double Standard is my second full-length video out of London and regardless of my impact on the Canadian skate scene; I know that I will be making a big influence on the London skate scene. Special thanks to Ultimate Distribution, Bones Wheels, Bro Style, The Boardshop, The London Skateboard Co-Op, and Concrete Skateboarding for helping out with the promotion of the project and helping to make it such a great experience.
If there is one time of day photographers love, it’s the golden hour. When the sun is just above setting, the shadows are long, the light is strong from one side, and it’s, well, golden. Andrew Kelly documented Kurtis Shea taking advantage of some nice light in Fredericton recently. Dig the short video and accompanying photo.
An independent skateboard film by Dakota Allison featuring Arte Lew, Mike Campbell, Derek Swaim, Desmond Hoostie, Dustin Locke, Cam Schuster, Nick Moore, Clayton Uhlig, Tyler Holm, Jamie Walker, Alexis Lacroix, Mike Schulze, and Taylor Senft.
Premiering June 21st in Vancouver at the Rio theater. Tickets 5$ at door. Details here.
Somewhere from the mountains to the deserts lies High, Low & In Between. This past April, Lizard King, Boo Johnson, Taylor Kirby, Chris Gregson, Pat Rumney and AJ Zavala traveled through California to Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and ended in Denver over the course of 8 days.
On the off chance your parents are planning a Europe vacation for you and your siblings this summer, why not work part of the Globe EU Trippin’ Tour into your itinerary? Click here for all the details on where you can find Mark Appleyard, Ryan Decenzo, Chris Haslam, and the rest of the team this summer.
Bones Wheels Canada rider Johnny Purcell grew up in small-town Nova Scotia, but moved himself on over to Montreal a couple of years ago. After a growth spurt presumably fuelled by poutine and bagels, he’s now starting to show glimpses of becoming the next east coast powerhouse. Dig this new part and watch for more Johnny P in the years to come.