Posts Tagged ‘Concrete Skateboarding’

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.

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Find our full digital Art Blender archive right here.

Hippie Mike’s Super Tour

Wednesday, July 16th, 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.


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:

Timebomb x Concrete: Go Skate Day Vancouver

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

We teamed up with Timebomb Trading on this Go Skate Day video shot in Vancouver (#GSDVAN14). Featuring etniesRVCA and InStance advocates Magnus Hanson and Stacy Gabriel, along with appearances from Jorden Murray, Michael Ray, Jason Wilson, Mickenzie Keller and many more.

Edited by: Tyler Holm
Filmed by: Tyler Holm & Brian Caissie

Digital Edition: Concrete Skateboarding #130

Friday, June 13th, 2014

If you didn’t get a chance to grab a free copy of the print edition or if you live outside of Canada, here’s the free digital version of Issue 130 (release date: April 22, 2014) by clicking the image below…


Josh Clark, Drew Summersides, Jamie Maley, Nick Moore and Stacy Gabriel hit Hawaii’s third largest island for our Mahalo, Oahu… feature. Brian Caissie was on hand to film the skating and tropical shenanigans for Red Bull Skateboarding (click here to check out Rich Odam’s photo extras from the trip).

Filmed by: Brian Caissie
Edited by: Ben Stoddard


VICtorious is a full-length video by Leo Graceffo and Luke Connor from YouGotThat! - a blog documenting the Vancouver Island scene. Matt Gravel has a part in the video (with guest clips from Eric Timmins, John Osterlind & Carter Spinks), and an On The Radar interview in Issue 130, so we tied the two together. Watch VICtorious in full and check out our exclusive set of photos shot during the making-of right here.

Filmed by: Luke Connor, Leo Graceffo, Ryan Smith, Sheldon Barr
Edited by: Luke Connor
Music: “Personal OG” by Freddie Gibbs


Jay Croft is an Ohio-based artist who’s collaborated with the likes of Alien Workshop, Vans and more. Click the image below to view his Art Blender profile as seen in Issue 130, and visit Don’t forget to save your free computer & mobile device wallpaper images of the amazing “Push 13” – a graphic created exclusively for the mag.

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Video: 2014 World Freestyle Round-Up

Monday, June 9th, 2014

We teamed up with Ultimate Distribution to provide a video vignette of the 2014 World Freestyle Round-Up. Check out a photo-set from the event here, and find even more coverage by visiting the Round-Up site.

Filmed & Edited by: Zach Varley
Music: “Speak Of The Devil” by Hermitude / “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by The Stooges / “Shook One” by Mobb Deep

Concrete #130: TJ Rogers Interview

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Thanks to a grip of coverage, relocating to Southern California and extensive travel to destinations beyond, Whitby, ON’s TJ Rogers doesn’t need much of an introduction. The Bones Wheels and Blind rider took full advantage of his Concrete interview opportunity by coming through with 12 pages of bangers.

If you didn’t get a chance to nab a free copy of Issue 130 in Canada, or if you live beyond our borders here’s the digital edition of TJ’s Navigating The Grey Areas interview in full.

tj-rogers-prev01[o] Nick Henderson

The 2014 World Freestyle Round-Up

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Freestyle skateboarding serves as the technical background of today’s street skating, but it’s also alive and well as its own entity. Contestants from around the globe attended the third annual World Freestyle Round-Up in Cloverdale, BC from May 16-19 – a pro/AM contest with a $10,000 prize purse up for grabs.


Get the full results breakdown here, and check out Hippie Mike’s Round-Up finals recap here.

1.Isamu Yamamoto (Japan)
2.Kaue Araujo (Brazil)
3.Andy Anderson (Canada)
4.Jacob Whitt (USA)
5.Pete Betti (USA)

1.Mike Osterman (USA)
2.Guenter Mokulys (Germany)
3.Jesse Whalen (USA)
4.Per Canguru (Brazil)
5.Rene Shigueto (Brazil)

Instagram: #WorldRoundUp
Twitter: #WorldRoundUp


Andy Hang 10
Andy Anderson, hang ten.

Coconut Wheelie
Isamu Yamamoto, coconut wheelie.

Shen Impossible
Shen Meng, impossible.

Kaue Araujo, pogo.

Kevin Harris trophies
Kevin Harris at the trophy table.

All photos by Zach Varley.



“Past Blast” Digital Edition: Issue 35, 1998

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

In every issue of Concrete we take a random look back at publishing history via the Past Blast spread. Being in the game since 1990 as Canada’s first skate mag means we’ve got quite the archive to explore.

In Issue 130, we posted the cover and a collage from Concrete Powder #35, featuring a young Rick McCrank on the cover [o] Jody Morris. This was Rick’s second Concrete cover, and at the time he was riding for éS and Plan B.

Flip through the digital edition of this issue below…


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.

Dustin Locke for Theeve Trucks Canada

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Our friends at Ultimate Distribution gave us some logo love in their short but sweet edit featuring Theeve Trucks Canada rider Dustin Locke at the North Delta, BC park.

Video by: David-Wayne Stevens

Concrete #130: Mahalo, Oahu…

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Josh Clark, Drew Summersides, Jamie Maley, Nick Moore and Stacy Gabriel hit Hawaii’s third largest island for the Mahalo, Oahu… feature in Concrete #130. Brian Caissie was on hand to film the skating and tropical shenanigans for Red Bull Skateboarding (click here to check out Rich Odam’s photo extras from the trip). You’ll also find the mobile-friendly digital edition of our print feature below…


Filmed by: Brian Caissie
Edited by: Ben Stoddard