Skateboarding

Traumatized Youth Treated by Using Skatepark

You may know that an outdoor concrete skatepark was built at a private youth facility in Calgary. The facility treats traumatized youth and has been in operation for over 50 years.

The skatepark was built about two years ago but all of its benefits were not known until now. They have found that using the skatepark is allowing these traumatized youths to heal more quickly. Watch the trailer below to learn more.

There is an online fundraising auction to raise money so the film can be completed in 2018. Please bid to support this groundbreaking project.

Proposed Under 18 Helmet Law

A Calgary Herald article talks about a proposed helmet law that will be discussed at this year’s AUMA conference. CASE has not been consulted.

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Calgary Skater Olara Obina Fatally Shot

Olara Obina was a Calgary skateboarding legend. As a member of the Skaters team, he stood out for his talent on a skateboard.

Those who knew him remember him as much for his overwhelmingly positive attitude and smile as for his sick skating. He will be missed by many.

Unfortunately, he was fatally shot over the weekend in the neighbourhood of Ranchlands. Read more here: CBC, CTV, Calgary Sun. To date, police have not arrested any suspects.

There is a Gofundme page set up to raise funds to help his family ease the burden. His obituary is here and funeral is on  Friday, November 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Foothills Alliance Church.

Watch his part in Rob Thorpe’s Stay Down (shared with Ryan Curry and Darren Bjarneson). It starts 13:20 in.

This is an awesome tribute montage from Rob Trendiak:

 

BeerStorm 3

Liam Glass’ video, BeerStorm 3, is online for your viewing pleasure. Click below to watch.

Also, Liam and Rob Thorpe answered some questions about the video below.

 

What is Beerstorm?
[Liam] I don’t really know I probably won’t hit the mark on any of these questions. I never know what to write for this sort of stuff there’s always so much too say haha. BeerStorm is the best group of friends I could ever ask for just trying to skate everyday, drinking beers in random parking lots, losing your mind and getting super hyped when anyone lands a trick. BeerStorm is just the homies having fun and not taking things too seriously.

[Rob] Liam would have to explain the origin of the term but these days it’s a crew, a video series, a lifestyle really. Maybe an apparel brand one day? Who knows? Sky’s the limit right?

 

Tell me about the guys in the video.
[Liam] They’re all my best friends that I pretty much do everything with. This Steve Graham, Ryan Spate, Chad Baker, Riley Sykes were all on a mission and super motivated not to say anyone else wasn’t. We fixed a lot of spots and tried to get out filming everyday possible.
There was a lot of people I wish I could’ve filmed with more (Derrick Timoshenko, Dillz).
Rob Thorpe is the man! He will usually film and I shoot photos. I was super stoked when he started filming with us. The first skate video I ever bought was four down.

[Rob] An extremely tight knit crew. Maybe a little intimidating sometimes to the outsider, usually due to the large posse and constant beverage consumption. But no attitudes or egos, just a bunch of bozos out trying to have fun.

 

What’s the Calgary skateboard scene like right now?
[Liam] I think it’s super good right now and getting better with all the new parks we are getting. There’s been a lot of new young kids who kill popping up like crazy. We’ve also have the 403 east side project which basically a little skatetopia.  Everyone is friendly and gets along for the most part.

[Rob] It seems like the new batch of skateparks has just fired it up. Not that it ever slowed down but there’s a whole new crop of young kids absolutely killing it. Old guys coming out of the woodwork. Lots of local videos coming out all the time. DIY spots poping up. New street spots keep getting built. We got a vert ramp. I’d say it’s as strong as ever.

 

Who took the worst slam while filming?
[Liam] Oh man, there were a few. Steve Graham’s slams on 28 were fucked. That’s the gnarliest thing I’ve ever seen. He got going so fast on it that you could smell the metal of his trucks melting.
Chad Baker probably took the most slams and Ryan had that sack at the start of his part.
No serious injuries that took anyone out for too long though thankfully!

[Rob] Spate straight to the nuts. Or Chad, also to the nuts. Or Adrian, again, to the nuts. Or Steve by sheer volume, don’t think he sacked this year though.

 

Any strange encounters with non-skaters while filming?
[Liam] We were at this wall ride spot in the industrial area and this dude who could’ve been straight off Hastings showed up. He was super high on something, wearing a winter jacket and it was plus thirty, he could barely talked because he was so dehydrated. Lane gave him some water which seemed to semi bring him back to life. The dude was mumble rapping to himself and you couldn’t understand any of the words he was saying. He kept walking in front of the camera all hunchbacked and taking stuff out his pockets and leaving it on the back of our cars. He kept trying to touch my fisheye while talking gibberish. After like two hours of that he eventually stumbled off to who knows where. I don’t know how he could’ve gotten there on foot in the first place. Probably should’ve called 911 for him in hindsight.

[Rob] Nothing too dramatic but my favourite had to be old Jim at Masters Academy. Homie got so bent out of shape from the boys hitting the rail he called the cops. They show up and wonder what tricks we’ve gotten that day and who’s trying what.
“Oh, Chad needs a few more tries for his popshuv? No problem! Let’s see it!”
Jim looked like he was gonna blow his top!

 

 

Carrington Skate Spot

The Carrington skate spot is now open. It’s located at the corner of 14 St. NW and Symons Valley Parkway. It’s a plaza-style skate spot with two quarter pipes, plenty of ledges, some stairs, and a central volcano. It’s free and open to the public.

It was created by Mattamy homes as part of the development of the community of Carrington. Designed by New Line Skateparks and built by Transition Construction.

2017 Municipal Election Candidate Questionnaire Results

Last week, we sent a short questionnaire to all candidates running in the Calgary 2017 Municipal Election.

Remember, the election is on October 16th but you can vote early from October 4-11. We encourage you to learn about the candidates running in your ward. Vote for whoever you think will do a good job and represent your vision for the city.

Click below to learn how the candidates responded to our questionnaire. They’re sorted by Mayor or Councillor and then by ward. If you’re not sure what ward you live in, click here. If a candidate is not listed, they did not yet complete our questionnaire. We’ll be updating it daily as more responses come in until election day.

 

Mayor
Councillor – Ward 1  Councillor – Ward 8
Councillor – Ward 2 Councillor – Ward 9 
Councillor – Ward 3 Councillor – Ward 10 
Councillor – Ward 4 Councillor – Ward 11 
Councillor – Ward 5 Councillor – Ward 12
Councillor – Ward 6 Councillor – Ward 13
Councillor – Ward 7 Councillor – Ward 14

Interview: Councillor Evan Woolley

Ward 8 Councillor Evan Woolley has been Calgary city council’s top supporter of skateboarding (and CASE).
From helping return Millennium Park back to a 24-hour park in 2015 to putting forward a successful notice of motion in 2016 that changed a 30 year old bylaw which banned ramps on private property, Councillor Woolley has helped our city become a better place to skate.
Woolley has also helped out at several Millennium spring clean ups and co-lead a Jane’s Walk Skate in downtown Calgary.

Photo by Marlene Hielema

 

Why do you have so much love for skateboarding?

My love for skateboarding started when I was a kid. At the age of 10, seeing kids cruising around on boards was just the coolest thing to me. The sport really captured my imagination and I saw it as an important counter culture movement. I’ve seen the dedication and perseverance it takes to learn tricks or to get up after a really bad fall translate into my life and lives of my friends. Now that I’m older, friends of mine who skated as kids/teens/young adults are now business owners, directors, professional photographers and more. I think the skills and lessons learned through skating have without a doubt led them to be as successful as they are today.

Alderman Joe Conelly tried many years ago to change the prohibitive ramp bylaw but could not get any to second his motion. To what do you attribute the support you received from council on your ramp bylaw notice of motion?

I think as time goes on, attitudes change. Calgary is one of the youngest cities in North America and as new generations grow up in this city, we’re seeing shifting mentalities. A lot if it was hard work to break the stereotypes surrounding skateboarding. If you can have a basketball net or a tennis court in your backyard, why shouldn’t you be allowed to have a skateboard ramp? Why shouldn’t your young daughter or son be allowed to safely practice a sport that they love? We did a lot of work and due diligence to to make sure we worked with the community on what type of ramps the city would support – making sure they’re safe and feasible.

 

Our city seems to have embraced skateboarding in the past few years. The Skateboard Amenities Strategy has seen six new, free outdoor concrete skateparks created. To what do you attribute the “new outlook”.

Again, I think with a city as young as Calgary (The average Calgarian is 36 years old) we crave vibrancy. I also think that our City Council has recognized that kids being out and active is a great thing in general — whether it’s a new playground or a new skate park.

Do you still skate?

I do! Not as much as I would like. Just this past summer I went out with a rad group of people on Go Skateboarding Day and toured around the city with friends. No matter how long I go without skating, getting on a board again always feels great.

We’re hoping skateboarding will be allowed in downtown Calgary. Can you help us with that?

Yes, that work is underway. Having a skatepark downtown, but not allowing skateboarding downtown is a pretty ridiculous problem.

Photo by Marlene Hielema

With the election coming up on October 16, what’s the most important message for citizens of Calgary to consider?

I think the most important thing to consider is that our city is changing– we’re in a state of constant change. Our economy is changing and diversifying, there are opportunities and challenges with the growth in population in our city, and there will be constant impacts of technology on our daily lives.

Municipal Election Candidate Questionnaire

Last week, we sent out a questionnaire to all candidates who are running for council and mayor. Here are the questions. We’ll post the results shortly.



Westside Skatepark Closing for Season

According to their Twitter feed, the skatepark at Westside Recreation Centre will be closing on Saturday, September 30:

Carrington Skate Spot Grand Opening

Carrington Skate Spot will be opening on Saturday, October 14th. Click the image for more event information.

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