Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Thanksgiving. The giving of thanks for that which we are grateful for. Gratitude is due to my wife for her patience with me because if I'm not skating then I am sitting in front of this lap top networking with skaters across the United States and furthur. Gratitude is due to my friends on 4 (or sometimes 8) urethane wheels and maple stuntwood. I met a lot of skaters this summer by frequenting the local skatepark and was able to capture some pretty decent images of skateboarding in West Virginia thanks to you guys. Gratitude is due to the vets of the scene. I've known some of you guys as long as I have been on board. Thank you for skating. This year take time to be grateful not great, full. Give thanks for what you have and don't worry about what you don't have. See you guys at the skatepark.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The first three pics today are Grom in a backside grind looking like a Mini Me, a No Skateboarding sign at one of the city's best bank spots, and last but never least is our friend Scotty busting a frontside ollie wallride. The crazy thing is that he does a 180 out of the wallride. INSANE.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
We are currently working to bring this film presentation to the Charleston area in May or June. A venue is needed and we prefer a theatre setting but an alternate venue will do. This is a rad ass show of 16mm films put together by Stephen Slappe of Portland, Oregon and would be an asset to both the art and skateboarding communities of our fair city, Charleston. Don't scoff. Do some homework. Check out Mark Gonzales. Skateboarding and art are one in the same in many aspects. Charleston could really use a little more positive culture so let's work together and bring this show to town.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
It was all asses and elbows and moms and groms at the Capitol Flea Market today. Marc held his Grand Reopening Party from noon to one and the turnout was insane. Emily and I stood outside and watched an old Powell video while kids bought gear and mingled inside munching on free chili dogs and swilling cold sodas. Typical of Saturday at the Market a bluegrass band was pickin' up a storm by the snack bar. Thank you Marc for this event and for bringing affordable kits to the kids who need them. Not everyone here in the Third World State of West Virginia can afford to throw down $65 for a pro deck at the sporting goods store every few weeks and Marc is here to provide quality pro decks at affordable prices. Two lucky kids walked away with new completes and there were shirts, stickers, mags, and more given away. Emily even won some curb wax. Rad. Thanks again Marc and Marc's Board Shop! "Still Your Best Deal".
Friday, November 2, 2007
Good times were the order of the day at the park with about a half dozen skaters riding the ramps and hitting up the stairs and ledges. Today's pics are MONGO in the midst of a flip trick followed by Coon's RoastBeef spine transfer. Next is Coon's pic of my fully extended frontside boneless followed by Morgan going high karate off of the ledge and last but never least is our boy Andrew busting a flip trick off of the ledge. Thanks for looking.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Here are 2 pics that have me STOKED! The first is Steve Holt and this photo is from the BullDog Skates website. Pic number 2 is Portland Oregon's Mark Conahan catching a tuck knee frontside air and this pic is from Rebel Skates of Portland. Skater owned and operated and punk rock as all Hell, just the way we like it. 4 trucks and 8 wheels and as wide as a fat man's ass, the Eight wheeled skateboard is a spectacle to behold. To see more Steve Holt hit this link http://www.bulldogskates.com/bdssquadron_holt.htm. You'll be glad you did.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I opted out of the usual backside grinds today to bring you a bert slide, a no comply, and last but not least, I have included a close up of a frontside grind. The no comply is a no hands boneless invented by Neil Blender and brought to the forefront by Natas, Mark Gonzales, Mike V., and of course Ray Barbee and Matt Hensley. I'm stoked that I captured this one with both feet in the air. Step Hop. That's all it is.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Okay, so they're not that new. New in that I took them today but the spots and tricks remain the same. The first shot is the ever present backside curb slappie followed by a step hop no-comply on the mellow bank. The last shot is the wallride spot that I frequent. All of these pics were shot Do It Yourself on a ten second timer using our trusted Kodak digital camera. PEACE OFF!
Marc's Board Shop is open for business at the Capitol Flea Market. I stopped by this morning while I was out skating to say hi and check things out. He had already sold 2 completes! If you live in the greater Kanawha Valley and would like to buy your skateboard from a skater for a very reasonable price then visit Marc's Board Shop today. Otherwise you will be paying entirely too much money for your board from a corporate backed sporting goods store which employs no skaters and sells much more than skateboards. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SKATESHOP!
Friday, October 19, 2007
More groovy lava lamp inspired skate sequences and a re-run of Marc's recent daffy at Coonskin. See why I love skating with my friends? The skater pictured is Rick Collins and yes, he is sporting a KONA shirt. We'll need some Orange juice, some B vitamins and some Allman Bros records and you'll be fine.
Wet conditions kept me from the skatepark this morning so we took a trip to the library. I found this relic entitled The Complete Book of Skateboarding by Laura Torbet and Allen Brill published back in 1976 by Thomas Y. Crowell for Funk & Wagnalls, New York and in Canada by Fitzhenry and Whiteside Limited, Toronto. It contains all kinds of groovy 1970's era slalom pics as well as how to power slide, up curbie, down curbie, daffy, high jump (now called Hippie jump), etc... I mean if it was done on board in the '70's it's in this book. Even some pool skating.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
The recent rains have brought cooler temperatures that feel more like October than say late July. I met up with Marc and a handful of locals today to skate the park and here are a few pics. The first is Marc getting daffy with a trick I call "yeah, right." The second pic is Trevor in the midst of an ollie followed by Marc who, like Dr. Dre, still rocks his Khaki's with a cup and a crease. Check out Hesh One at http://www.myspace.com/heshone for more Khaki Rockin' action.