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We started this feature to hear from the photographers at the front lines of skateboard action. It’s they who fill our pages and screens with the stunning visual imagery we all desire. What they’ll show us is a selection of their favourite images they’ve shot, and offer us some insight into how they got their start and what gets their heart pumping. We can all take a picture, but these are some of the people that do it best and with the most thought put into it. First you’ll see a gallery of their photos with extended captions, and below that is an interview with the photographer. –Jeff Thorburn
Name: Rich Odam
Hometown: Lima, Peru/Toronto, ON
Currently lives in: Vancouver, BC
Website: Coming Soon (I hope)
Social media handles: Instagram: RichOdam
Sascha Daley, 5-0. One day on our way to this laundromat, we walked right by this hubba. This is one of the reasons why I like China so much: you can find incredible spots that have never been skated or been out in a magazine or video just by cruising to the corner store. The Muslim fried rice is also a favourite.
Matt Berger, Back Tail. China 2013, the crew was heavy, Jordan Hoffart, Sascha Daley, Scott Decenzo and Matt Berger. Matt originally back lipped this rail but we couldn’t remember if it had been done or not, so we went back the next day and he threw down this Backside Tailslide on a 15 stair wooden rail. That same day Scooter did Switch Frontside Boardslide at this spot, we celebrated by blowing stuff up with fireworks.
JS Lapierre. This image of JS pretty much sums up the first couple of weeks of our Carlsbad monthly stay. Lots of spots where nothing was working out, JS was working on a pretty sick trick at this spot. The bank is actually insanely rough and after trying a few different things we packed the cars and drove onto the next spot.
JS Lapierre, Frontside Feeble. A group of us had rented a big house in Carlsbad for a month; it was a crazy month, lots of driving, not getting anything done and the house antics weren’t helping the situation. A lot has changed since that trip. This spot has a super short landing area and high risk factor, and the lifeguards at this beach weren’t hyped JS was skating the rail.
John Hanlon, Frontside Bluntslide. This is the “Liquor store” rail, and it’s the same day Cameo Kickflip Backside lipslid this thing. Getting two bangers in one session is pretty sweet. John ended up getting the cover of the Concrete Photo Annual in 2011 with this move.
Jamie Walker, Backside Flip.We came to this school to skate a different spot, but it wasn’t working as well as we had hope for, so we went around the building looking to see what else this place had to offer. This was one of the options, with some stairwell providing this high angle it was the perfect vantage point to catch Jamie’s Mega pop and style.
Derek Swaim, Frontside Heelflip. A skate spot by the beach. It doesn’t get any closer to the ocean than this foundation gap. Formerly a big night club, this place is now abandoned and is home to this flat gap. It was really windy and the chances of your board going into the ocean here are very high. The tide was coming up and the waves crashing were spraying the flashes I had set up.
Dan Redmond Nollie Flip. This is in Costa Rica, the hubba is super chunky and the ground is rough. Redmond found a creative way to skate it just in time before it got too dark and sketchy to be out there.
Charles Deschamps, Lipslide. This is another spot in Costa Rica. It’s out front of a University and the angle is pretty crazy, Charles killed it on this trip.
Cameo Wilson, Backside Smith. I shot this photo with Cameo in Las Vegas while I was staying at his place. It was beyond too hot to even step outside so we did most of the skating in the late afternoons when the temperature would go down to a cool 35 degrees Celsius.
An interview with Rich:
What came first, skateboarding or photography? How did one meet the other? Do you remember them coming together? Skateboarding definitely came first. I started skating back when I lived in Peru it went side by side with surfing. When my family moved to live in Toronto I would always go buy the new magazines. Back in Peru, they would arrive months late; but in Toronto they were on the shelves nice and fresh, I would never throw them out either. I would use them as inspiration for when I would go out and shoot. I used to hang out at the Empire shop downtown Toronto and that’s where I met Jason Corbett, Bill Weiss, Justin Bokma and the blood brothers.
What was your first camera and how did you acquire it? Do you still have it? My first camera was a manual Pentax my dad bought for me for my high school photography class. I had to decide whether to spend $250 on gear to tryout for the football team or a camera, come to think of it that wasn’t a tough decision at all, football sucks. But I was only taking the photo class because it was easy credits. I still have the camera at my parents place. I lent it to one of my brothers girlfriends once which she dropped and broke the mirror inside the body.
Early on, how did you figure out shooting skateboarding? Did someone with more experience help you? Was it books, the Internet, school? In Toronto we had a skate ‘zine I used to check out, as well as Concrete Powder, then SBC came along thanks to Ryan Allan. I did the ol’ trial and error hanging and skating with the T-Dot locals, which happened to all be either really good amateurs or big time pros. It was fun and it was a trip to skate through downtown following them around.
Who was the person you had the earliest success shooting with? Someone you got along with on a personal level that also happened to rip. I’d say it was my good homie Wes Loates. He always had a spot to skate and was down for me to come shoot. Nathan Olokun was another guy I would go out with lots. After a few years I started working at So Hip it Hurts which is a lifestyle/surf/skate shop on Queen street and Jason Corbett also started working there. He opened lots of doors for me.
What photos jump out at you in a skateboard magazine? Can you pinpoint something that the best photos all have in common? Which ones get you excited? To me the photos that stand out the most are usually the ones that have the best aesthetics, whether it’d be artificial or natural lighting, photos that would be Photo Annual worthy, you know what I mean? I can appreciate a gnarly trick in a photo but if the lighting and composition are shit, I’m gonna flip the page real quick. I’ll watch the footage later.
Tell me about a skate photographer that first caught your attention. As in you noticed something about their shooting style, beyond just capturing the trick. The first guy whom I followed his work was Derek Kettela. He had a great eye for things, not just his skate photos but in general. I still remember clearly articles he shot and the incidental photos that went with it. He then went to shoot snowboarding full time and is currently a big time fashion photographer in New York.
Atiba Jefferson has always been at the top of my list though, as far as creativity and innovation. He’s always been the number one for me. His angles, lighting, different types of cameras and film, post-processing tweaks—I’ve always studied his work through the pages of Transworld and The Skateboard Mag.
What is your approach to skateboard photography? Do you try to be right in the middle of the action, or watch from afar and document it without disturbing? Do you like more emphasis on the skateboarder and trick, or the overall environment? I used to be 100% about being right in the middle of the action, get in there real close with the fisheye and make spots look big and tricks look gnarlier, but as time went on I’ve now adapted a more environmental approach. Nowadays I try to scout the area for different possible angles that might show more than just a skater and a trick, something that would give more to the person looking at the photo, I think skate photography has been going in this direction in the past few years, showing more of an environmental side than just the trick itself.
Outside of shooting action, are there other things you like to photograph, either related or unrelated to skateboarding? I love to travel and enjoy walking around places endlessly with my camera taking a street photography approach. I do this everywhere I go; capturing things that haven’t been planned, whether it’d be candid moments or some good lighting; just keeping things interesting.
Is photography your primary occupation? If so, what does that involve? If not, what else do you do, and how do you balance it all? Yes, photography is all I do, there’s some side photo jobs I do aside from the skate stuff that help pay the bills as well.
Are there some photos you see that make you want to go skate, and others that make you want to go photograph? What’s the difference or similarity? Since I picked up a camera it’s been photographer first, skateboarder second. I’ve always been really sucky at skateboarding. I love it and wish I was a lot better at it but that’s just not the way it is. I think in my case when I look at photos that I like, it makes me want go shoot photos, but when I see my homies rip around on their boards having fun that makes me want to go skate.
Name one photo that we should all go look at right now. I have two photos in mind, but for he life of me I can’t find the one online [ed: I think we found it]. I’m talking about this photo of Chad Muska doing a Frontside Grind on a wall rail in LA. Atiba shot it from a high angle on this bridge above the spot, the lighting on it always stood out to Me. The other photo is of Andrew Reynolds Frontside flipping Vancouver’s Black Double on Wild in the Streets. It’s amazing on so many levels.
We started this feature to hear from the photographers at the front lines of skateboard action. It’s they who fill our pages and screens with the stunning visual imagery we all desire. What they’ll show us is a selection of their favourite images they’ve shot, and offer us some insight into how they got their start and what gets their heart pumping. We can all take a picture, but these are some of the people that do it best and with the most though put into it. First you’ll see a gallery of their photos with extended captions, and below that is an interview with the photographer. -Jeff Thorburn
Name: James Morley
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Currently lives in: Toronto, ON
Social media handles:
Instagram – @jamesmorley
Tumblr – morleyphoto.tumblr.com
Barrier Textures, 2014 – I’ve always been interested in the nature of the spaces that skateboarders occupy. Early this year I started a project where I was looking at a bunch of visually distinctive spots in Toronto and documenting different aspects of them, whether it was a more generalized view of the spot, or a closer, abstracted view of a smaller detail within it. This was from the barrier behind the Pizza Nova in the west end. I ended up making a six-foot-tall print of this, and the textures in the cement and bondo looked awesome.
Charles Deschamps, Wallride, 2013 – Charles and I shot this photo in the summer of 2013 when he was working on a big interview. We were out of spot ideas in Montreal, so we decided to go check out the Olympic stadium to try and find something new. He started to play around on the bank to ledge, but quickly moved on to the wall a couple of feet up instead. That is something I love about Charles’ skating; he will go to a spot without promising anything, and end up doing something mind-blowing and different. He has become my favourite dude to shoot with and watch.
Colin Lambert, 2014 – I shot this photo with my Xpan in Las Vegas last winter. Colin had just bailed a trick on the rail on the right side of the frame. I was really stoked that this photo turned out when I got the film back. I think it captures one of those moments that shows that skateboarders are a special breed. To get the land, everyone will hit a low point like this at some time (or many times), but perseverance will keep sending you back to the top to try and succeed again.
Jon Cosentino, Frontside Flip, 2013 – Jon and I shot this photo in the summer of 2013. Our plans with a filmer had fallen through, so we just went out to shoot photos. We had talked about shooting a trick at this relatively untouched spot for a long time, but it was this day in particular that the motivation to get a trick was there. I wish I could say Jon had an epic battle to get this Frontside Flip, but he just put it down in about 7 tries with no problems at all. He’s just that good. This was also one of the few times that the photo came out exactly as I had imagined it before going there, which was a nice bonus on top of everything else.
JS Lapierre, Kickflip Frontside Lipslide, 2013 – This rail is right in the downtown core of Albany, NY, and because of the urban sprawl in that area, it is almost always totally abandoned on weekends. Both of the times we went to skate here, the only person to give us any trouble was an old janitor inside the building. On this day, he called the cops right when we got there, giving us very little time to get JS’ trick. Luckily, he can flip into rails like no other, and we were gone before any altercations with the police.
Kyle Nickoshie, Back Smith, 2013 – This was the first photo I ever shot of Kyle, and it was my first day of my first trip to Winnipeg. I started off shooting on the other side to try and get the “normal” angle, but it wasn’t looking very exciting. Kyle trusted me to try something new on the other side of the rail, and it ended up looking a million times better. Situations like this are the motivation for trying angles and techniques that seem a bit risky, because they can always work out better than you could ever imagine.
Sascha Daley, 2013 – I know there can only be so many good push photos out there, but I felt like this one needed to be shot while we were rolling through the Empire State Plaza in Albany. I think there is something defiant in the push towards the big government building, and I think that is something engrained in the whole act of skating itself. This one has become one of my favourite photos ever since I got the roll of film back from the lab.
Sascha Daley, Ollie to Block, 2013 – On all of my trips through the northeastern US, I have always loved the look of the buildings and homes outside of the polished downtown area. Everything looks a little bit gritty, broken, dirty, and rugged. I was really stoked that Sascha was able to handle the heavy tow-in to this high bump to bar, because I think the scene is as east coast as it could be. I also would have normally set up flashes for something like this, but I’m very happy that I stuck to natural light instead. Adding light would have made the spot look way too clean and bright.
Tom Remillard, Japan Air, 2014 – Tom came to Toronto for a Converse event in the spring of 2014, and ended up being down to street skate a bit on the day after. This spot is a bit out of the way, and as a result it doesn’t see much action. Most people just grind the top of the bank, but Tom decided to blast off the top of it instead. I really like the colour scheme of the whole scene, and I couldn’t have been happier with the placement of the lion and head in the background.
Will Marshall, Frontside Flip, 2013 – Will and I shot this photo in Albany during a trip last fall. I’ve always found frontside tricks on flat gaps really weird to shoot, just because the spot where tricks are normally caught is so close to the landing and it makes it very hard to get an angle. In this situation, the only angle put the sun in the worst possible place, and I had nothing but some light meter readings to decide if it was ok to use my Hasselblad. I’m glad that I did, because the blues in the sky and angle make this one of my favourite photos I’ve shot. I guess Will’s textbook Frontside Flip was pretty cool as well, even if he did do it more than 10 times…
An interview with James:
What came first, skateboarding or photography? How did one meet the other? Do you remember them coming together? Skateboarding came first, then photography a number of years later. I started skating when I was 10 years old, but my rate of progression was pretty low. By the time I was 15, I had basically realized that I wasn’t going to really get a whole lot better on the board, and I decided that I would get into filming to try and stay involved in some capacity. The price of a VX1000 at the time was a bit too high, however, so my next option was photography. I actually got my first camera when I was 16, and only used it to shoot skating for over a year before experimenting with other things.
What was your first camera? How did you acquire it? Do you still have it? My first camera was a Nikon D60. I split the cost with my parents and got it for my 16th birthday. Going into photography with no prior knowledge of how things worked, I thought that camera was so rad for a while, but I ended up selling it about 16 months later so I could buy an old D70 instead.
Early on, how did you figure out shooting skateboarding? Did someone with more experience help you? Was it books, the Internet, school? At first, I spent a ton of time on skateperception.com to try and learn about composition, lighting, and other technical stuff. That was a pretty big help for a while, but at a certain point it became evident that the more knowledgeable people were greatly outweighed by the other beginners. Once I got the technical stuff down, I just looked at a ton of magazines and other photographers’ sites to try and mimic the photos that were already out there.
Who was the person you had the earliest success shooting with? Someone you got along with on a personal level that also happened to rip. I bounced around between a lot of different crews when I started shooting, but I was always really stoked on photos I shot with my friend Max Fairley. He was killing it at the time, and we would go out and shoot a few times a week when I was in my last years of high school. Only a couple of those photos ended up getting published anywhere, but a lot of them were the first pictures that I was really proud of, and they were largely responsible for getting me motivated to go out and shoot more.
What photos jump out at you in a skateboard magazine? Can you pinpoint something that the best photos all have in common? Which ones get you excited? The photos that stand out to me are usually the ones that look the most “real,” if that makes sense. I love photos that look like perfect snapshots of skating. I like it when the whole scene and the lighting looks natural, as though a photographer just happened to stumble upon the spot and snap the perfect photo of the trick as it was happening. I’m all for using lights and killing the background and stuff like that, and many times it is necessary. I just don’t like it when that is overdone and the photographer’s hand in shooting is way too evident. I’m way more blown away by stuff that is (or looks like it was) shot natural light. Lately I’ve been drawn to Mike O’Meally and Ryan Allan’s photos more than ever before.
Tell me about a skate photographer that first caught your attention. As in you noticed something about their shooting style, beyond just capturing the trick. I started to pay a lot more attention to photos around the time that Andrew Norton was getting his work published left, right, and center. His photos always stood out because of the technical precision in every frame; everything always looked so perfect. I also really liked his lighting technique. He used a lot of heavy side-lighting that created really harsh shadows and a lot of texture. It seemed like it would have been an awfully risky technique to use, but it always came through just right.
What is your approach to skateboard photography? Do you try to be right in the middle of the action, or watch from afar and document it without disturbing? Do you like more emphasis on the skateboarder and trick, or the overall environment? It all depends on the spot and trick in question. My first order of business is generally to make the trick look as impressive as possible. While there are many visual options to explore in any situation, I’ve always thought that the skateboarding action-photo wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the trick, so it is worth it to make it look as gnarly as possible if it is worth shooting. From there, however, I like to put a lot of emphasis on the environment. For the most part, I’ve always thought that a photo grabs my attention more if the angle and environment makes it relatable to the viewer. I try to shoot photos in a way that you could almost image being in the scene, watching an epic move go down in front of you.
Outside of shooting action, are there other things you like to photograph, either related or unrelated to skateboarding? In the past couple of years, I have become much more interested in shooting stuff that helps to visually capture the act of skateboarding as a whole. I’ve found that a lot of my favourite photos over the past little while have been behind-the-scenes documentary photos of skate sessions and trips, or abstract close ups of skate spots and the materials that compose them. I like being able to look through my film archive and see a bunch of photos from every place on the skateboarding spectrum.
Aside from skateboarding, I enjoy documenting things that I come across in day-to-day life. I don’t really have a mind for coming up with weird, conceptual ideas for photos; everything I shoot stems from objects or situations that are very much real and would exist for anyone there at that time and place. I shoot a lot of landscapes and scenes where there are weird interactions between people and objects in them. You might classify it as “social critique,” but I don’t know if it is all the way there.
Is photography your primary occupation? If so, what does that involve? If not, what else do you do, and how do you balance it all? I’m currently finishing my final year in Ryerson University’s photography program, so my daily routine revolves around being on campus, shooting and scanning photos, researching projects, and being in class. When I’m not there, I’m always trying to get out to shoot skate photos or pick up any freelance work that I can. I would say photography is my primary occupation, but both sides are always interfering with each other. School always has to take priority over skating because the deadlines there are much firmer, and I’m only wasting my own time and money if I ignore them. There have been a bunch of trips and opportunities in skate photography that I’ve had to turn down so that I could fulfill my obligations at school. As much as it really does suck at times, I have noticed a big difference in the way I shoot skating since I started school, and I know balancing them properly now will pay off in the end.
Are there some photos you see that make you want to go skate, and others that make you want to go photograph? What’s the difference or similarity? Both definitely exist individually, and they do overlap occasionally. I find that the photos that get me the most stoked to go out and shoot have very interesting visual content. Things like rhythm in the composition and interesting lines and shapes get me really psyched to go out and use a camera. Unique spots also leave me in awe a lot, and they often take up a lot of my headspace for quite some time after seeing them in photos.
Photos that get me stoked to skate are usually pictures of tricks on transition or huge gaps and rails. I don’t actually skate any of that stuff, but seeing photos of it makes me imagine what it would be like to blast out of a quarterpipe, or what it would feel like to grind a long handrail. I might never get there with either of those things, but seeing photos of them always gets me stoked to get as close as I can with smaller obstacles at the park or in the streets.
Name one photo that we should all see right now.
Mike Blabac’s photo of Josh Kalis 360 Flipping over the garbage can at LOVE Park. It always reminds me on an iconic time period in skateboarding, and gets me just as stoked as I would when I was younger.
Brian Caissie paid Montreal a visit before the weather turned, and shot the latest 60 Seconds Or Less instalment on his iPhone. Featuring Josh Clark, Kyle MacDonald, JS Lapierre, Charles Rivard, Charles Deschamps, Johnny Purcell and Andrew McGraw…
Filmed & Edited: Brian Caissie
Music: “Forty Days” by Billy Brooks
Find our 60 Seconds… video archive right here.
Concrete #126, our fourth issue of 2013, will be available for free at skateshops across Canada starting August 12th. Until then, here are a few previews to get you hyped…
VICTORY BEFORE RETREAT // Cover photo & caption by Brian Caissie
Have you ever tried to skate in a heat wave? It was around 40°C during this session at a ditch in the Arizona desert, and instead of skating, most of the DC Canada crew understandably hid under a bridge for shade. Getting the speed, figuring out the pop and landing near the bottom of the bank below was a little tricky for CHARLES DESCHAMPS. After a few bad bails onto the molten cement and a few litres of sun-warmed water, he handled this massive hip OLLIE and we quickly retreated back to the van to fire up the air conditioner. The thing with ollies is that they never get old. It’s the most photographed trick in skateboarding and we can add Charles’ first Concrete cover to the pile. Speaking of amazing, be sure to check out his feature interview this issue.
Words: Frank Daniello // Photos: Brian Caissie, Nate Lacoste // Design: Dave Keras
During a stint in his hometown of Vancouver, BC, Roger pro Nate Lacoste applied his signature style to a few spots in the city. Accompanying these skate photos are images he shot with his trusty 1962 Olympus PEN EE half-frame camera during his extensive U.S. travels. It all adds up to a solid Both Ends Of The Lens instalment.
Words: David Ehrenreich // Photos: Tadashi Yamaoda, Steve Marentette, Derek Fukuhara // Design: Dave Keras
In this interview feature, Kevin Lowry, Jed Anderson and Ben Blundell chime in on Calgary-based ripper Dustin Henry, who discusses the importance of watching old school vids, his enjoyment of filming, editing and shooting photos, having a couple tricks in Cliché’s Bon Voyage, getting caught in the 2 Chainz trap and much more…
Words: Frank Daniello // Photos: Rich Odam // Design: Dave Keras
Your daily routine might be sweet or might be a drag. Either way, it’s always refreshing to break out of your bubble with some homies and hit the road, even if it’s just for a few days. That’s exactly what LRG Canada team riders Arte Lew, Mike Campbell, Sean Lowe, Chad Dickson and Timebomb Trading TM Tyler Holm did. Destination? The planet of Vancouver Island.
Words: Ian Twa // Photos: Brian Caissie // Design: Dave Keras
Bryan Wherry is a Canadian skateboarding OG, true tiGa and fan of all that is proper. Fellow @1611East resident Ian Twa explored the valid opinions, extra terrestrial testimonial and much more in this short-but-sweet interview with the HUF Canada TM and team rider.
Words: Sascha Daley, Josh Clark // Photos: Nathan Ethier-Myette, Brian Caissie, James Morley // Design: Randy Laybourne
Hailing from Montreal’s South Shore, Charles Deschamps has been featured in previous issues of Concrete when he was lesser-known in the country. Landing himself on the cover of this issue and having a solid presence during his first team trip to Arizona with DC Canada, Charles is clearly on the come-up. Get to know him a little better in this headline feature.
RECENT EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
•Video: Past Blast, featuring raw seen and unseen footage of Chris Haslam spanning 2002-2007.
•Issue 125 Art Blender, featuring the one and only Andy Jenkins (includes free wallpaper downloads).
•Ultimate Distribution x Concrete Go Skateboarding Day Vancouver video.
•DC Canada in Arizona: official video, digital feature, bonus video/photos, featuring Chad Dickson, Josh Clark, Sascha Daley, Micky Papa, Bobby De Keyzer, Morgan Smith and Charles Deschamps.
•Theeve Trucks Canada commercial, featuring Caleb Davies.
•Cheyenne Hehr, Isaac Walker, Luc Fast, Leon Breton and Dane Pryds in Victoria, BC’s Road To Remulak video.
•Video coverage of the Vans Canada RoadBlock contest, held in Vancouver, BC.
•Video: Mike Schulze, Dustin Locke, Desmond Hoostie, Arte Lew, Tyler Holm and more from the Cariboo Brewing team skating Barcelona.
Josh Clark, Chad Dickson, Sascha Daley, Micky Papa, Will Marshall, Bobby De Keyzer, Morgan Smith and Charles Deschamps from DC Shoes Canada spent some time in the desert not too long ago. They called Tempe, Arizona home temporarily, loading up their 15-passenger van and road-trippin’ to spots on the regular.
Check out the exclusive AZ/DC video that supplements the 14-page headline feature in Concrete #125 (available for free in Canadian shops now!). Oh yeah, we’ve made the digital version of the article available below, which is also viewable on your mobile device. Enjoy!
Filmed & Edited by: Brian Shannon
Additional Filming: Josh Clark
Music: “Ventilator Blues” by The Rolling Stones
The season is upon us and so is Concrete #125 (June/July), our third issue of 2013. We’ve run with a horizontal cover for the first time, and as you’ll see it’ll be well worth the tilt when you get you hands on a copy. Speaking of which, you’ll find them for free at shops across Canada starting June 17th.
WEEKEND WARRIOR // Cover photo & caption by Brian Caissie (click the image to enlarge it.)
Driving all the way to Seattle to finish off an interview can create some pressure. I mean, so many things can happen. Luckily, the two days we spent there were a breeze, minus the long border waits. Garfield High is a staple go-to, whether it’s to warm-up or skate there all day, and these concrete rails have definitely seen some action. Doing a SWITCH BACKSIDE NOSEBLUNT on a rail is pretty rare—it’s only been handled by a few in the world, and PAUL TREP is now one of them. We thought it was fitting to lay this photo out in its natural state, which led to our first horizontal cover. Behind the scenes, Paul landed it three times so he could get the perfect roll-away, and understandably said: “That shit made my day, dude!” It was pretty damn amazing to watch, and you’ll find much more from him in this issue.
Words: Antosh Cimoszko // Photos: Brian Caissie, Antosh Cimoszko // Design: Dave Keras
This issue, Tsawwassen, BC’s Michael Ray is On The Radar. Not only is the dude ripping, he’s a student president, runs Instagram off his mom’s iPhone, and is considering a career in the nursing field. A well rounded individual, indeed.
Words: Ty James // Photos: Brian Caissie // Design: Dave Keras
This isn’t the first time you’ve seen the famous Vancouver skate house, 1611 East, on the pages of Concrete. Previously we focused on the residents and what makes 1611 tick as a household. This time, with rain falling outside and the landlord coming through with some startling news, Bryan Wherry, Ian Twa, Caine Cripps and Joey Williams decided to session within the comforts of home. Stay tuned for the video evidence.
Words: Matt Meadows // Photos: Brian Caissie, Rich Odam, Will Jivcoff // Design: Randy Laybourne
Paul Trep is known to be elusive and even disappear for periods of time, but whenever he resurfaces, his skills on-board are always mind boggling. We’ve been stacking Trep photos for a minute, and a quick trip to Seattle pushed things over the edge. Just take another look at the cover! Plenty more where that came from in his interview feature.
Words: Josh Clark // Photos: Brian Caissie // Design: Dave Keras
DC Shoes Canada doesn’t mess around. They’ve got one hell of a squad, and teamrider/TM Josh Clark keeps the troops motivated and the opportunities plentiful. Speaking of which, he arranged a home in Tempe, Arizona for himself, Chad Dickson, Sascha Daley, Micky Papa, Will Marshall, Bobby De Keyzer, Morgan Smith and recent addition Charles Deschamps. With a 15 passenger van and a strictly skateboarding schedule (well, they made time for a pizza and 40 party), the dudes came through with tons of photos and scribbled in notebooks during their down time. Watch for this feature’s video accompaniment right here on concreteskateboarding.com.
RECENT EXCLUSIVE WEB CONTENT
•Issue 124 Art Blender, featuring the Kayo Corp’s Brian Baker (includes free wallpaper downloads).
•The World Freestyle Round-Up coverage and results.
•Video: 60 Seconds or Less, featuring Paul Machnau, Jordan Zazula and Paul Trep.
The DC Shoes Canada team opted for one last fair weather jaunt before positive temperatures return to our fine land. They spent two weeks in Arizona, posting up in Phoenix and road-trippin’ to all spots in range.
Sure, with heavy hearts they missed Mitch Barrette (who couldn’t get across the border), but Josh Clark, Chad Dickson, Micky Papa, Sascha Daley, Morgan Smith, Will Marshall, Bobby De Keyzer and Charles Deschamps ran things in the desert and made Mitch proud. You’ll be seeing what went down on the pages of Concrete, but for now Photo Editor/Staff Photographer Brian Caissie shared a few behind-the-scenes photo-sets via our new Tumblr page. Click each image to check out the 4 photo-sets.
You’ll also find a grip of Instagram photos from the whole crew by browsing the official tour hashtag, #AZDC, right here.
Jordan Moss takes Neighbors Charles Deschamps and Pierre-Marc Sauvé out for a roll at the North Oshawa, ON park, backlit by Juicy J.
Concrete #116 was released in skateshops across Canada on December 12th, 2011. East Van wild man Jamie Maley made his first cover happen by taking on a seldom-skated and classic downtown Vancouver out-ledge. If you didn’t get a chance to grab the print version of the mag, it’s available right here for the same price – FREE.
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The Concrete commercial promoting Issue 116 is presented by Spitfire, C1RCA and Coastal Riders. It features Cephas Benson, Tyler O’Grady, Grant Patterson, Charles Deschamps and Jamie Maley // Filmed by Devin Guiney, Jordan Moss and David Ehrenreich // Edited by David Ehrenreich // Music: “Wanna Be ADD” from the album The Spits V (2011) by The Spits (who appear on this issue’s “Sound Check” page).
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To supplement a 6-pager shot by Will Jivcoff in #116 featuring Red Star Skateboards in Detroit, Devin Guiney put together a solid edit featuring Cephas Benson, Tyler O’Grady, Grant Patterson and Paul Machnau:
As an online bonus to the Charles The Champ’s Spanish Victory 10-page feature in the issue (shot by James Morley and Sam Fidlin), we hooked up an advanced look at Charles Deschamps’ part in the Concrete-supported Slub Bucks (by Jordan Moss and Wade Power – check out the full vid and more right here).
Click the image below to view Travis Millard’s Art Blender spread from this issue. And don’t forget to save your free desktop and iPhone wallpapers featuring the artwork entitled “Poked Eye” that Travis created for the mag.
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To coincide with our 2011 cover vote, we wanted to tip our hats to the past year by cutting a video featuring 3 minutes worth of the best clips from our Concrete exclusives.
There are too many dudes to mention in this one, so you’ll have to click play and watch 37 of Canada’s finest rollers (with a few south-of-the-border bros in the mix). Brought to you by Fourstar, C1RCA and OMIT:
Filmed by // Mike Gilbert, David Ehrenreich, Dane Collison, Justin Carlson, Jordan Moss, Wade Power, Devin Guiney, Ian Docherty, Brian Caissie, Aaron Wylie, Vern Laird, Brian Shannon and Jason Picton.
Edited by // David Ehrenreich
Music // “Three Little Bears” from the album Merry Christmas and Happy New Year by Jimi Hendrix.
A special thanks goes out to David Ehrenreich and all the filmers who’ve contributed to our videos over the past year. We’re looking forward to padding CONCRETE TV with more visual goodness in 2012!
Charles Deschamps, along with Will Cristofaro, Bobby De Keyzer and Jordan Moss caught a bird and skipped over the pond to Barcelona, Spain’s architectural wonderland. The mission was to wrap up some filming for the Slub Bucks video and the feature below (as seen in Issue 116).
Charles The Champ’s Spanish Victory, written and shot by James Morley (with additional photo support by Sam Fidlin and Charles Deschamps), outlines the strange and savage path Charles and Co. carved in order to reach the ultimate goal.
Click the image to launch the feature, and below that you’ll find the exclusive online release of Charles Deschamps’ Slub Bucks part, filmed and edited by Jordan Moss and Wade Power…
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Want to view another online Issue 116 feature/exclusive video? Check out Dysfuncional In Detroit, featuring the Red Star team (Paul Machnau, Grant Patterson, Chad Dickson, Cephas Benson and Tyler O’Grady) right here.
The latest Concrete commercial promoting Issue 116 is brought to you by Spitfire, C1RCA and Coastal Riders. It features Cephas Benson, Tyler O’Grady, Grant Patterson, Charles Deschamps and Jamie Maley.
Filmed by // Devin Guiney, Jordan Moss and David Ehrenreich.
Edited by // David Ehrenreich
Issue 116 is available now (and for free) in finer skateshops across Canada. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, you can find a preview run-through of the covers and features right here.
Visit CONCRETE TV for the complete archive of our exclusive videos.
WAX ON, WAX OFF // Cover photo by Brian Caissie – Caption by David Ehrenreich
Usually the peanut gallery waits until the session is over to divulge horror stories of previous attempts. But the legend of Sean Hayes’ multiple hospital visits had found its way to JAMIE MALEY by the time I arrived at the famous downtown Vancouver spot. Amongst all our preparation, no one bothered to check if the spot was waxed. Why would it be? No one waxes marble. But Jamie’s first attempt at a FRONTSIDE NOSESLIDE tipped us off. It was disastrous, and the only reasonable explanation was that a renegade Rollerblade posse unleashed their entire scented candle stash upon the ledge. It took longer to scrape off the massive Post Office out-ledge like it was a frozen car window than it did for Jamie to finish what many had started. Who’s next?
Filmed by // Devin Guiney, Jordan Moss and David Ehrenreich.
Edited by // David Ehrenreich
Music // “Wanna Be ADD” from the album The Spits V (2011) by The Spits (who appear on the Concrete #116 “Sound Check” page).
Here’s one to watch with today’s lunch. Bring Me Back Home is a 22-minute feature cut by Quebec’s Will Cristofaro, Simon Vadlamudy. It includes skating by Joey Larock, Will Cristofaro, Jeff Denomme, Charles Deschamps and more…