We’re proud to announce the release of our 2012 Photo Annual. This time we took a slightly different approach compared to our past two Annuals (check out 2010 here and 2011 here), focusing less on photography-related editorial content and more on a visual experience. We’ve also printed this issue on an uncoated stock to match the raw skateboarding that lives on its pages.
If you’re in Vancouver on Friday, August 10th, head over to our release party at Fortune Sound Club, brought to you by Altamont, Emerica, InStance and Cariboo. Check out advance copies of the 2012 Annual and have some coldies. Details and free guest list hook-ups can be found right here.
Enjoy this preview, and keep an eye out for the full range of content by picking up your free copy in skateshops across Canada on August 13th.
WALKING THE PLANK // Cover photo & caption by Andrew Norton
When you hear the name Trout Lake, you might picture picnicking on a sandy beach with the family dog swimming in serene waters. Not, say, a ledge off a roof with a drop that’s well over head height and a sea of ankle-mangling stairs below. This day at Vancouver’s Trout Lake started out with MATT BERGER having a few laughs about how unfathomable it was to skate before he started to lay into a few CROOKED GRINDs. But a hockey game starting in the rec centre below meant lots of gawking kids, bad jokes and justified concern from the growing crowd of passers-by. Opting to come back on a less busy day and just steps away from our cars, a big crew, including fellow Kamloops-er Stacy Gabriel, rolled up and sparked Matt to walk the plank a couple more times. A few tries later and he was safely back at sea level with another epic trick chalked up.
Why Analog? It’s a fair question. Jeff Thorburn explores the waning art of film photography as the digital landscape continue to expand and evolve rapidly. A handful of Canadian photographers show off a variety of unique film formats in this feature.
It’s no mystery that the highly populated U.S. is stacked with wood-wheel talent. The concentration in Southern California alone is insane. In Exposure Gallery 1 of 2, we present a focus on the fine work of Stateside lensmen pointing cameras at their fellow countrymen.
Winnipeg, MB’s Sk8 Skates has been going strong since 1987, and its eventful evolution has led to their highly motivated team rider/team manager Colin Lambert taking the ownership role in January 2011. Concrete photo editor Brian Caissie recently spent a short stint in the ‘Peg and Minneapolis, MN with Sk8 teamsters Jared Arnason, Tyler Guerts, Russell Staats, Evan Sinclair, Kyle Nickoshie, Josh Thorvaldson, Jamie Mospanchuk, Cain and Colin Lambert for this photo feature.
In the Annual’s second Exposure Gallery, our fellow Canadian photographers and rippers are showcased in this beefy feature containing images from across the country.
Bookmark concreteskateboarding.com to keep tabs on our 2012 Photo Annual extras, available for viewing on your desktop, iPhone and iPad. Take a look at some recent Concrete-exclusive highlights, in case you missed out:
•Think x Concrete Metro Vancouver Park Barge video, featuring Russ Milligan, Lee Yankou, Josh Matthews, Adrian Williams, Joey Guevara and Pat Moran.
•Issue 119 commercial, featuring Micky Papa, Matt Berger, Mitch Barrette, Will Marshall, Hill Sulpher, Lee Saunders and Jamie Jeffery.
•Windsor, ON/Detroit, MI Border Cities Issue 119 online feature and video by Jim Tumey.
•Ultimate Distribution x Concrete presents an Arte Lew video part from the On The Reel video series.
•The 7 Shreddly Sins preliminary photo set, featuring Adam Hopkins, Drew Summersides, Desmond Hoostie, Danny Tumia, Dan Redmond and Jorden Murray.
•Issue 119 online in full, along with all the extras.