Interview: Lindsey, Nash and Reese’s Mom

Nash and Reese are two young Calgary skateboarders who have been getting noticed for a couple of reasons: their skills and their age. Both are under 10 years old but are landing tricks that much older and more experienced skaters have trouble with. See them on Instagram here.

We spoke with their mom, Lindsey, about skating and living in Calgary.

How old are Nash and Reese? How long have they been skating for?
Nash is 8 yrs old and Reese is 6 years old. They’ve both been skating for almost 3 years.

Do you and your husband skate? How did the kids get into it?
Neither of us can skate. We both snowboard, but the kids are already better than us at that too.

The whole thing started when we found a skateboard on our lawn when Nash was 5 yrs old. We had tried putting him in all kinds of activities, but he didn’t enjoy anything. We took him to The Compound for some skate lessons and he was hooked. Reese wanted to do whatever her big brother was doing. The Compound embraced Reese’s crazy and let her start lessons there when she was 3 years old.

It looks like you encourage them to skate a lot. Do you plan skate trips now?

We’re happy to drive them to the skatepark whenever they want to skate. When they’re enjoying something, it makes us happy. It’s awesome to watch them work hard for a trick and see the sense of accomplishment when they finally get it.

The only skate trip we’ve planned so far, was Woodward West last December. The kids said that all they wanted for Christmas was to go to Woodward, so we made a family holiday out of it.

That said, we have started bringing their skateboards wherever we go. The kids really like trying new skateparks. Their dad also recently started a job in California, so they have one skateboard here and one in the States.

Where do the kids like to skate?
Their home base is definitely the Compound. They’ve been skating there since the very beginning. The love it because they usually see at least one of their skate friends. I would definitely say Jared Anderson and the crew at the Compound are skate family.

Do you ever get worried about them getting hurt?
When the kids first started, I was very worried about injuries. It was the hardest to watch Reese because she was doing crazy stuff when she was super little.

At this point, I trust that the kids know what they’re capable of. Both of them seem to have an individual sense of how far they can push themselves. We try to remind the kids to have confidence and try new things while making “good choices” at the skatepark.

Who are their favourite skaters?

Reese’s favourite skaters are Tom Nelner and Kevin Lowry. Nash’s favourite skaters are Jayson Guenther and Caleb Nicholls.

What are their favourite tricks?
Reese likes blunt fakies. She recently got them while we were in California and she was super proud. Reese gravitates towards halfpipes and vert skating.

Nash likes pop shuvits. He has more fun skating street.

Who do they skate with?
They mostly skate with the Compound and Southwood regulars. Reese can often be found skating with or by Tom Nelner, Jayson Guenther and Caleb Nicholls.

Do they have any sponsors? Any skateboarding-related goals?
They don’t have any sponsors, but they have received clothing from different skate shops. We were in California last month and Skateworks (a shop in Los Altos) gave Reese one of their shirts after seeing her skate. They joked that she has to wear it when she’s in the Olympics.

We make it a point to tell the kids that the focus at the skatepark is to have fun.

Reese has mentioned that she wants to go to the X Games, but most of the time she’s focused on progressing and learning new tricks. Reese would like to be sponsored by Ninetimes like her buddy, Tom.

Nash has said that he wants to own a skate shop or a skatepark. He’s mostly focused right now on having fun with skate friends and trying new stuff.

Who would you like to thank or shout out?
Honestly, the local skate community has been so good to the kids. We can’t go to a skatepark in Calgary without one of the older skaters chatting with the kids or offering some tips.

The Youth Brigade was a great place for the kids to start out and they’ve been good about letting the kids ride their ramp if it’s open.

The guys at Ninetimes have been awesome over the last year. We completely rely on them to tell us what the kids should be riding and how to maintain their boards. The kids love going there!

The guys at the Compound have been amazing from day #1. They even hosted Reese’s 6th birthday and some of her favourite local skaters gave up their Friday night to help her celebrate.

2019 New Skateparks Update

The City of Calgary is building three new skateparks in 2019: Bowness, Genesis Centre, and Rocky Ridge. Great news for Calgary skateboarding!

Bowness skatepark is under construction. It began late in 2018 and the crew from New Line Skateparks worked under a heated tent for a few months to complete most of the work. It just needs a bit more minor work before it opens this spring.

The park is located in Queen Elizabeth Park (4324 77 St NW). Here are some concept images of the design (click either image for more):

Concept art for Bowness skatepark

Construction on the Genesis Centre skatepark will begin after Bowness is complete. New Line is the contractor and construction will likely take about three months. The site is the front of the Genesis Centre YMCA, 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE. Here is the concept image (click below for more):

Rocky Ridge Skatepark will be located at the new Shane Homes YMCA, 11300 Rocky Ridge Rd NW. Construction will start up a little later than Genesis and hopefully will be done in late fall. Here’s a 2-D sketch of the design concept:

CASE Co-Founder Selected for 2019 Faces of Community!

Zev Klymochko co-founded CASE over 10 years ago and is still committed to pushing Skateboarding in Calgary. He was recently nominated and selected as one of Calgary’s 2019 Faces of Community for his outstanding volunteer contributions.

A big congratulations to Zev for some well-deserved recognition! Head over to the Federation of Calgary Communities to see the full interview:

City Proposes Allowing Downtown Skateboarding

The City of Calgary’s Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit will review recommendations to the Transportation bylaw from City administration on Wednesday, February 27th. These recommendations include allowing skateboarding downtown and in the bike lanes/cycle track.

CASE is supportive of these recommendations and will attend the Committee meeting to express our support.

Here’s a look at some of the proposed changes:

To read the entire report that will be presented on Wednesday, click here. It’s item 7.1

You may know that skateboarding downtown or what’s known as the “Central Traffic Zone” has always carried a $25 fine. We contacted the City’s Bylaw department and they told us that since 2001, only 13 tickets had been issued.

This classic cartoon from the Calgary Sun circa 1993 is still relevant today!

CASE February Meeting Minutes

Ever wondered what goes on at a CASE monthly meeting? From now on we’ll be publishing our Meeting Minutes so the skate community knows what we’re working on! There’s tons of projects happening right now so if you’re interested in learning more or attending a meeting please email!

(Click to open pdf:)

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