Posts Tagged ‘Concrete Skateboarding’

Ryan Decenzo In The Streets

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Ryan Decenzo takes to the streets with TJ Rogers in this short brought to us by The Dew Tour.

Fourstar Wair To Spare Re-Edit Contest

Friday, August 29th, 2014

This looks fun. Fancy yourself a video editor? Fourstar is running a contest allowing you to re-edit footage from the Done Deal Tour.
you can download the footage through this link.

Powell-Peralta: Nice Beaver Tour Pt.1

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Unfamiliar with the new-look Powell-Peralta team? That’s going to change. This summer Charlie Blair, Victor Aceves, Brendon Villanueva, Nolan Munroe, Zack Kuehne and Brad McClain came up to the Vancouver area to do demos and assault street spots on the Nice Beaver Tour. We think you’ll be pretty surprised by the photos they came up with; stay tuned for the full article in Concrete #132.

For now, here’s a video of the demo madness (including guest Bones Wheels skaters Chris Russell, Cody Lockwood and Ben Raybourn) produced by Ultimate Distribution.

Cover photo by: Brian Caissie
Filmed & Edited by: Kolby Harris
Additional Filming: Terry LaRue
Music: “Cents” & ” My Sunshine” by Ty Segall

Hippie Mike’s Super Tour

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Following Hippie Mike’s Tour de Surrey, which had a 10-year run (read about it in Concrete #128), he’s bringing the grassroots contest series beyond Surrey, BC’s borders. Now it’s called Hippie Mike’s Super Tour and it’s staying in the Metro Vancouver suburbs of Surrey, Burnaby and Port Coquitlam.

Find all the info you’ll need by visiting the Facebook event page.


“Double Standard” Webisode #3

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The Double Standard crew continues stacking clips for their Spring 2015 feature-length, and their next filming mission takes them to Vancouver, Seattle and Portland starting on August 19th.  For now, enjoy some moves from Colin Findlater, Jesse Belrose, Sam Fidlin, Dave Hnatiuk and Ben Paterson in Webisode #3 (shot at the new White Oaks park in London, ON) as we continue our updates during their filming journey:

Filmed & Edited by: Jordan Guzyk
Music: “2 Cups Of Blood” by Gravediggaz

Webisode #1
Webisode #2

“Double Standard” Webisode #2

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The Double Standard crew comes through with Webisode #2 as they continue filming for the Concrete-supported Spring 2015 feature video project. This time around you’ll find clips from Ben Paterson, Jesse Belrose, Jon Cosentino, Byron Ready and Colin Findlater.

Watch Webisode #1 here.

Concrete #131: etnies Canada in China

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Timebomb Trading sent their etnies Canada squad over to China for three weeks to explore charted spots and discover new ones in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Guanghua and Foshan. Unlike what they’re used to during their North American travels, the crew discovered the unique and expansive alleyway marketplaces of the Far East. There they found everything from unrefrigerated street meat, to pet turtles, pool tables and even their accommodations.

As seen in Concrete #131 as a 14-pager, Alleyway Vacay features Matt Berger, Derek Swaim, Cory Wilson, Drew Summersides and Stacy Gabriel. Check out the accompanying Part 1 & 2 videos, as well as a digital version of the feature as it appears in the mag.



Filmed & Edited by: Tyler Holm
Additional Filming: Dakota Allison, Jordan Mayfield
Music: “Keepin’ The Faith” by De La Soul


Filmed & Edited by: Tyler Holm
Additional Filming: Dakota Allison, Jordan Mayfield
Music: “Straight Up And Down” by The Brian Jonestown Massacre

“Past Blast”: Issue 77, 2005

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Our latest archive pull related to the Past Blast spread in Issue 131 provides a look back at Concrete Powder #77 from 2005. Arron Johnson was making his presence known both in Canada and the US, and the fact that he got this cover with a cherry-popping kickflip at the infamous downtown Vancouver Black Ice double-set only helped his case [o] Brian Caissie.

Flip through the digital edition of this issue below…

past blast issue77

Want to watch some Past Blast videos? Check out our Chris Haslam one here, and our Soul Train edit (feat. Magnus Hanson, Paul Trep, Scott & Ryan Decenzo & Ted DeGros) here.

Dylan Fulford for Surprise Skateboards

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Edmonton, AB’s Dylan Fulford rides for Surprise Skateboards through Ultimate Distribution, and he was also featured on one of our Issue 131 Young Bloods pages. Check out his shralpy tendencies in this part he shot for us, and take a look at his YB page below…

Filmed & Edited by: Nick Hale
Additional Filming: Cayden Stoddart
Music: “+65 6742 1771″ by ESPRIT 空想 / “FEELING” by VHS Logos


Concrete #131: “HAZBROS: Made in China” Video & Article

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Bones Wheels pro Chris Haslam was itching to go on a trip, so he contacted his pal Steve Nesser from SEND HELP, who decided to bring an up-and-coming AM for the brand, Tabari Cook. Destination? Guangzhou and Foshan, China. Brian Caissie tagged along as the one-man media assault unit, handling the photography and filming duties for our HAZBROS: Made in China feature.

Flip through the digital edition of the article as it appears in Issue 131, enjoy the video and check out a few photo extras from the trip…

Filmed & Edited by: Brian Caissie
Additional Filming: Will Cui
Music: “If You Want Me To Stay” by Sly & The Family Stone

Chris Haslam, rainy-day calisthenics.

Baofeng Temple.

The matrix.

Steve Nesser, ollie over rail.

Haslam prepping for the flight home.

Pop-up cop shop.

With the amount of ripping he was doing, Nesser gives Tabari Cook a break.

All photos by Brian Caissie.

Van Doren Invitational: Highlight Video

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Canadian edition of the Van Doren Invitational went down on July 11-12th at the iconic Hastings Bowl in Vancouver. Check out our photo-set from Qualifiers along with the Final results right here. Better late than never, here’s our highlight reel from the main event, featuring Raven Tershy, Adam Hopkins, Nolan Munroe, Brad McClain, Riley Stevens, James Clarke, Raney Beres, Ben Raybourn, Tom Schaar, Alex Sordente and Rob “Sluggo” Boyce.

Filmed & Edited by: Brian Caissie
Music: “Surf Beat” by Dick Dale

Concrete #131: Swanski “Art Blender”

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Pawel Kozlowski, better known as Swanski, creates his stark, handcrafted-style art in his hometown of Warsaw, Poland. On our side of the pond he’s getting more and more noticed, whether it’s through the graphics he’s done for Girl, the Lakai collection he worked on, or his insole art for Footprint. Swanski’s work is unique, as you’ll see in Issue 131.

Check out the digital edition of his Art Blender as it appears in the mag, and don’t forget to save your free computer & mobile device wallpaper images of the amazing “Untitled”, which he created exclusively for us.

Click on a wallpaper size and save the image from the new window:
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Find our full digital Art Blender archive right here.

Concrete Skateboarding #131 Commercial

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Copies of Concrete Issue 131 are hot off the press and available for free across Canada as of July 14, 2014. Check out the commercial, featuring cover-bro Cory Wilson, along with Tabari Cook, Matt Berger and Bobby de Keyzer.

Edited by: Brian Caissie
Filmed by: Tyler Holm, Brian Caissie
Photo sequence: Alex Hart
Music: “Parade” by Air

Van Doren Invitational: Qualifier Photos & Final Results

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

It was a scorcher during the Day 1 Qualifiers of the Van Doren Invitational on Friday, July 11th at the iconic Hastings Bowl in Vancouver, BC. 33 skaters got whittled down to 14, which will advance to the semis on Saturday, July 12th to join the gnarly list of pre-qualified rippers. Notably, locals Adam Hopkins, James Clarke and Rob Boyce made the qualifier-cut.

Find the full break-down of the Qualifiers right here, and check out a few Day 1 photos, shot by Brian Caissie. Scroll down for the July 12th final Day 2 results and recap video.

The heat was on (literally) for the Day 1 Qualifiers.

Bones Wheels rider Patrick Ryan goes frontside over the hip.

Kevin Kowalski from Lifeblood Skateboards was ripping all day. He qualified 3rd with moves like this risky-business frontside invert.

Tom Schaar, the youngest VDI competitor at 14, qualified 9th because he was flying all over the place. Case in point: this stalefish.

Another case of going big was local James Clarke. He qualified 13th, just above the cutoff, despite barely being able to walk due to a knee injury. This dude charged and this frontside air is proof.

Josh Borden on grasser duty.

Powell-Peralta‘s Charlie Blair is a pleasure to watch, and it’s a bummer he didn’t qualify . Don’t worry, you’ll be seeing more of him in our neck of the woods. Alley-oop 360 over the hip.

At 44 years old (the oldest competitor in the VDI), Rob “Sluggo” Boyce is showing no signs of slowing down. He landed a perfect backflip in the deep end, which got the biggest rise from both the crowd and the contestants (which all freaked out and threw their boards in the bowl, then lined up for high fives). Respect. He also took 14th – the qualification cut-off.


1. Alex Sorgente / $15,000
2. Raven Tershy / $12,500
3. Brad McClain / $10,000
4. Tom Schaar / $7,500
5. Nolan Munroe / $5,000
6. Adam Hopkins / $4,000

Concrete Skateboarding #131: Out Now

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Skateboarding is rad, pure and simple. We all know it, so there’s no need for a heartfelt intro about how it makes us feel. The days are long, the weather’s warm and free copies of Concrete #131 will be available at a Canadian skateshop near you (starting July 14th) to help get you hyped. In the meantime, check out our latest landscape-style cover, commercial and feature previews…

MIRAGE FREE // Cover photo & caption by Rich Odam

On our way to a plaza in Dongguan, China, that hadn’t been skated by anyone besides locals, myself and the etnies Canada crew spotted this huge metal sculpture about a block away. The arch has two metal banks on the inside, and thoughts of this being a mirage spot rather than a skateable one quickly ran through my mind. But once we rolled up, CORY WILSON and I knew it was good to go. He put his feet to work, and it wasn’t one of those sessions that attracted attention since the spot was basically on an island next to a couple main roads. People would slow down to see what was going on, but that’s about it. There was no kick-out, so Cory had plenty of time to work on this HEELFLIP FAKIE while I wrapped my brain around the different angle possibilities.

Edited by: Brian Caissie
Filmed by: Tyler Holm, Brian Caissie
Photo sequence: Alex Hart
Music: “Parade” by Air

Words: Josh Hotz
Photos: Josh Hotz, Alex Hart, Will Marshall, Bobby de Keyzer
Design: Dave Keras

What does Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Denmark have in common? Thunder and Spitfire riders Will Marshall and Bobby de Keyzer skated ‘em all during the #eurotripofdoom2014, that’s what. Learn more about this three-month adventure in a double-interview, see what they saw through a collection of their snapshots, and catch some of the tricks they got at fancy Euro spots. Unfortunately there are no photos of them “getting weird” at Spanish discotecas.

Words: Chris Haslam, Brian Caissie
Photos: Brian Caissie, Will Cui
Design: Dave Keras

A dose of culture shock and the promise of perfect spots for days is plenty of motivation to get your ass on a plane. It started with Chris Haslam walking out of a Ben Stiller movie feeling inspired, so he called his friend Steve Nesser, who called up fellow Send Help teamster Tabari Cook. Brian Caissie tagged along as the highly motivated filmer and photographer, and there you have it. Don’t think the classic toy logo knock-offs mean the dudes were playing around. They got down. | #hazbrosinchina

Photos: Joel Dufresne, Brian Caissie, Tadashi Yamaoda, James Morley, Brandon Alton, Sam Fidlin
Design: Dave Keras

Our latest Exposure feature is laced with bangers like Mike Schulze’s nollie heel (above), as well as photos of Charles Deschamps, Adam Hopkins, Dustin Henry and more.

Words: Tyler Holm
Photos: Rich Odam
Design: Dave Keras

The odors might be pungent and the street meat might be visually unpleasant, but there are gems to be had in the alleyway marketplaces of China. Cover-bro Cory Wilson (his second Concrete cuv shot in China), along with Matt Berger, Derek Swaim, Stacy Gabriel and Drew Summersides from etnies Canada even stayed in an alley hotel. When the fellas weren’t buying pet turtles and “safe” Muslim fried rice in back lanes, they where slaying sweet spots for this 14-page headline feature. | #sweetandsouretnies

Van Doren Invitational in Vancouver: Details & Parties

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Vans presents the Canadian edition of the Van Doren Invitational – a free event being held at Vancouver, BC‘s legendary Hastings Bowl on July 11-12 (find the full schedule right here). Pros like Curren Caples, Ben Hatchell, Grant Taylor, Ben Raybourn and many more will be skating for the $75,000 purse.

And if you can’t make it to Vancouver, no worries. You’ll find the LIVE WEBCAST ON SATURDAY, JULY 12TH AT 2PM PST RIGHT HERE. More details can be found via the Facebook event page. Scroll down to learn more about Hastings, the confirmed rider list and official after parties.

“It seems like only yesterday that Vans helped to bring the Slam City Jam skate contests to Vancouver’s PNE, and today Vans Canada is excited to present the Van Doren Invitational as we bring together some of the greatest bowl riders from around the world to the Hastings Bowl at the same location. Don’t miss this exciting day in Canadian skateboard history!”
Steve Van Doren, Vans Vice President, Events and Promotions




THURSDAY, JULY 10 - Concrete Issue 131 Release Party (click image for event page):

FRIDAY, JULY 11 - Renegades & Role Models (click image for event page):

SATURDAY, JULY 12 - Dayglo Abortions & Tubuloids show: