Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the City of Calgary has temporarily closed all skateparks. Please respect these closures and help stop the spread of COVID-19 by skating at or near your home and practicing physical distancing.
UPDATE: we’ve decided to postpone our Annual General Meeting that was scheduled for tonight. Check here or our social media channels for the rescheduled meeting date.
On September 14 from 10am to 3pm we’ll be cleaning up and re-painting Millennium skatepark– Calgary’s original concrete skatepark. Come out and help if you can!
Derrick Timoshenko is a Calgary skateboarder, CASE supporter, and overall rad dude! We’re pleased to have our youth journalist Peter Osiowy conduct this interview and showcase local talent in Calgary!
What was your first set up?
Walmart board. No idea what it was, but I know it was from Walmart though.
Which felt better down a 12 stair? A nollie heel or fakie frontside flip?
Fakie frontside flip. It took a lot of attempts, probably at least 2-3 hours. When I pulled it off I almost couldn’t believe it.
Did those tricks happen on the same day?
No, different days.
Place you want to visit?
Paris. I’ve had a bunch of buddies go there and they’re always sending videos and stuff. Cool architecture and skate parks. Good food.
Place you’ve been and want to return to?
Steaks or sushi.
Definitely sushi. Love the ginger too.
When you’re setting up a skateboard, do you carve the tape out with a file before you cut it?
For sure. I always use a file or something similar first. Actually, I’ve never seen anyone not use a file.
So what’s it like being a really good skater vs. someone who spends more time trying tricks?
It does feel good to land tricks, but I do put in tons of effort trying and working on new tricks and all, and I do spend lots of time not landing things. I like seeing people work hard to pull off a trick is a lot cooler than doing the same tricks over and over. I’d rather do something I’m uncomfortable doing than do the same things I already know I can do.
Do you have your half dozen tricks you know you can land to warm up?
Of course, but that’s just for the warm up. It’s about trying to get things that are out of your realm. That’s progression to me.
Is there anything you’ve been thinking about trying that you want to share?
Skate the Stampede Corral rail.
What did you learn from the visioning session for the future of skateboarding in Calgary?
If I can give anything back to skating it would be an honour. Helping out skateboarding in any way would be an honour. There’s a lot to do for skateboarding that I never realized, and CASE works really hard for the skateparks and the community. The goals all hover around more or less the same question – how to progress skating in Calgary. I’m probably most excited about seeing an indoor skate park built in the next five years.
What do you think would need to happen for an indoor skate park to be built?
There needs to be funding — from government, or WinSport, or private investors, or maybe all three. A proper indoor park won’t be cheap, but I think it is a combined effort with the skating community also becoming more involved.
What advice would you give to a new skateboarder?
Practice makes perfect. Patience is a virtue. Hard work will reward.
Very hyped on CASE, and on everything they’ve done for the community. I’m really appreciative of all their hard work. Sign up to Canada Skateboard! Have fun out there and be safe!
Come on out to Millennium and help clean up and paint the park on Saturday June 8th from 10am – 3pm (*Note – Park will not be usable during painting).
Then get pumped for the CASE fundraiser at the @palominosmokehouse Saturday night. Doors 8pm – Bands 930pm. Will have a ton of awesome items for silent auction. Be sure to follow us on facebook and Instagram to check out all the great stuff available!
Thanks to everyone who has helped us out:
– Youth Brigade
– Nine Times
– The Source
– Vans Canada/King Pin Agency
– The Ship & Anchor
– DC Skateboarding
– Pabst Blue Ribbon
– The Compound
– Jon Balletta (Eternal Image Tattoos)
– [x] Conz
– Darren Parnell (High Wire Tattoo)
– Dylan Birkholm (High Wire Tattoo)
– Garret Price (Tattoo Artists)
– Mike Peace/Parkour Tattoo
– Village Brewery
– Legend 7/Hey Y’All
– Lulu lemon
– Concorde Group
– Dylan Llewellyn
– Red Bull
– Boring art
– Mark Kawalchuk
– SAXX underwear (Lachelt Marketing)
– Adrian & Martinus Pool
– Right to Roam
– Kermillac Skateboards
– Salad Skateboards
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.showpass.com/case-fundraiser/
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!