Skateboarding is Safe!

Next time someone tries to tell you that skateboarding is dangerous, quote some of the stats from the Tony Hawk Foundation:

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Calgary Skateboarding History in Swerve Magazine

Today’s edition of Swerve Magazine includes a great article about Calgary’s skateboarding history. It covers early skateparks, founding figures like Chuck Bell and John and Barry Hiebert, along with some general skateboarding information. Pick up Swerve in today’s Calgary Herald or click the image below to read:

Photo by Brent Mykytyshyn / Swerve

Photo by Brent Mykytyshyn / Swerve

Skateletics Competition October 1 at Southwood Skatepark

Have you been waiting for a real competition that will showcase your athletic prowess on a skateboard? 100 yard mongo dash and hippie jump hurdles are just two of of the events at Skateletics, presented by The Source and Timebomb Trading at Southwood on October 1st. Click below for the Facebook event info.

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The Compound Indoor Skatepark Fall Hours

Calgary’s only indoor skatepark, The Compound, has updated their hours for the fall skateboarding season. Check out their site for info about the drop in sessions and skate camps.

Drop in hours are as follows:

Wednesdays (girls-only session) 5pm-9pm
Fridays 6pm-9pm
Saturdays 1pm-5pm
Sundays 12pm-4pm
Cost: $10

The Compound Sneak Peak from Riders On Board on Vimeo.

September CASE Meeting

Our September board meeting is on Wednesday, September 14th. Please let us know if you’d like to attend.

*not an actual CASE meeting

*not an actual CASE meeting shown here

Calgary Real Estate Listings Mentioning Skateparks

A quick search of realtor.ca reveals a number of listings mentioning skateparks as nearby amenities. It’s difficult to say skateparks have increased (or decreased) property values in Calgary, but you can’t argue that many believe it adds to their listing and makes their properties more attractive to prospective buyers. Thanks to realtor Dennis Hwang for providing stats and archived listings for us.

Here’s one in Southwood:

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Here’s another one in Huntington Hills:hhreal estate (640x523)

New Brighton Skatepark is Open!

New Brighton skatepark photo by Cory Brown

Cory Brown photo

The long awaited New Brighton Skatepark is officially open!   Check out Skateparktour.ca for map and directions.

 

 

Interview: Mike DeVries

There are a lot of guys that have been skating for a long time in Calgary. Some of them you may know, some of them you may not. What’s important is that some of them have made some very large contributions to Calgary skateboarding. Mike Devries is one of those guys. We chatted with him about what he’s done and what he’s up to now.

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the Oakridge area of Calgary.

How long have you been skating for?

I’ve been skating for 35 years now.

What spots did you grow up skating?

Downtown. The rest of the time we made ramps and everyone would check out everyone’s ramps all over the city.

What about skateparks?

There were only poorly designed city-owned ramps, so a few people made their own indoor parks and I spent a lot of time riding them: Skate World (Lindsey’s park), Ramp o Rama (Barry Hiebert’s park) and Skate Jungle (TJ’s park) and All Skool(Trevor Morgan’s park). They were some of the first parks in Calgary aside from Skatopia in the 1970s. It was a concrete indoor park– before my time.

What made you open your own indoor skatepark (Four o Three)?

I wanted to create a space for all of the people in Calgary to unite and build a great community of skateboarders and support for Calgary Skateboarding.
I was intending on opening an indoor park and found out there were some guys already building a indoor park. I was super disappointed. I didn’t get into it at first but after thinking about it I decided it wasn’t a big deal and I should go and help. So I did that and ended up becoming friends the 3 partners: Tony, Jarrod, and Devon. The building team was hired from Toronto (Bruce Carson Ramp to Ramp and two of his friends Gosh and Russ). After some time helping I bought out Devon and that’s how it all happened.

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How else have you been involved in Calgary skateboarding?

I worked with a group of people called the Fellowship of Calgary Skateboarders (A non-for profit organization similar to CASE) for 10 years to get Millennium Park built and built a temporary outdoor pilot project skatepark out of wood. This was right around the same time the indoor park Allskool opened and the interest was overwhelming from the City of Calgary. They pushed forward to make Millennium happen with help from the Calgary skateboarders and the Parks and Recreation department.

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Tell us about the vert ramp you’re working on. 

The ramp I’m working on right now is a ramp that I’ve had for quite a few years many people have helped out financially and with working on it as well. We used to have it outside of the Four o Three then it moved Priddis until a few people that ride vert wanted to turn it back into vert ramp. So we moved it and restored it. And after many man hours and thousands of dollars we are now to the point where we are ready to fundraise to get the final layer put on. And the people that support what we’re doing will be the people who are eligible to come ride whatever we build.

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Any last words?

I’m very happy to see all the new parks springing up and can’t wait to see some of the next generation of kids turn into future rippers. Shout out to everybody that supported me in the past and present times. It means the world to me. Thank you.

Deer Run Skate Spot Construction

Work on the Deer Run skate spot has begun! We’re expecting this one to be completed later this fall– check back for updates.

Photo by Josh Hollingworth

Photo by Josh Hollingworth

Jesus Trujillo Street League Trick of the Year

Help keep Jesus Trujillo at the top of the leaderboard for Street League’s Trick of the Year by voting for him and his MASSIVE 360 filp tail grab at Millennium Park:

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