Category Archives: News

Cons Space 002

Like a playground for skaters and artists, Converse Inc. created Cons Space 002 in Berlin as a temporary location for a traveling artistic showcase. The creative elements of music, art, skate and style were combined in an empty warehouse. The Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area of Berlin played host to a two-week exhibition of art and performance that has previously touched down in Barcelona.

The ground floor featured Roberto Cuellar sculptures which are known to push the boundaries. The sculptures are meant to be skateable art, and transformed the ground floor into a one-of-a-kind skate lab. The collaboration between skaters and artists is not a new one, but the space fosters a new type of appreciation and celebratory atmosphere of the Berlin youth culture.

Throughout the two weeks, the abandoned textile factory hosted numerous artists and events which were free to enter. By reclaiming unused space, Converse encourages youth to unleash their creativity and express themselves. Whether they chose to do that through music, art or skating, is fine with Converse. The exhibition closed with a screening of skate footage taken in the space set to music by concert pianist Fortunato d’Orio.

USSA free skiing and snowboarding selection event

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has announced an additional free skiing and snowboarding selection event for the U.S. Olympic free skiing and snowboarding teams. In partnership with Alli Sports, the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships have been named the fifth selection event. The Dew Tour will be held in Breckenridge, Colo., Dec. 12-15.

Competitors will use the slopestyle, halfpipe and snowboarding events to vie for a spot on the 2014 team. The USSA is responsible for entry and judging criteria of all of the qualifying events. The association is responsible for preparing U.S. athletes for national and international competition. Criteria must be consistent across all five events.

The Dew Tour is a celebrated event that hosts three separate locations for beach, city and mountain sports. The superpipe and slopestyle snowboard and free skiing events will be showcased at the winter tour. The event showcases live music, sponsors and a lot of thrilling entertainment every year. After the Dew Tour, there will be one more qualifying event for the Olympic team, so you can be sure that boarders and skiers will be riding their best. It is always a good show – Olympic selection event or not.

Film your ride down the slopes

Documenting your ride is a fun way to remember some of your best rides of the season or some of the coolest parks you’ve visited. Whether you have dreams of becoming a professional videographer or just want to relive your ride, using a durable camera is a great way to get a new look at the slopes.

You can wear your GoPro mounted on your helmet, strapped to your boot, or around your chest, with a comfortable chest harness. Playing with angles will create more intrigue to your film and show different points of view throughout the ride. You can easily change the position of your camera at the top of the hill or while you’re riding up on the lift. Just be sure that your GoPro is securely mounted and you have a backup leash to catch your camera if it detaches during a fall. Those little cameras aren’t cheap, so you won’t want to lose yours on the hill.

Knowing the editing tricks and styles is possibly the most important part of the process. You can have a lot of cool shots (or a lot of horrible shots) and completely change the outcome of the video with the editing. Mix in a few static shots and recruit a buddy to take the camera for a few rides to get a full body view of you going down the hills. A film with only one point of view can be boring and with shaky footage it can be downright dizzying. Pull mixed shots together with the right transitions and some awesome music, and you’ll want to watch your film again and again.

Skating the LA marathon

A paralyzed man, Jesse Swalley, is planning to complete the LA Marathon in March 2014. While his left leg is completely paralyzed, he will not let that deter him from completing those 26.2 miles. The 51-year-old man used to enjoy running, but after his spinal cord was cut when he was trying to prevent two men from robbing another man, he was left partially paralyzed.

He now uses his arms to push himself along on a skateboard. While the LA Marathon officials have not made a ruling on whether Swalley will be allowed to compete in the upcoming race, he is determined to continue training. The main concern of officials is safety. They generally only allow racers on foot or approved aids. Officials initially told him that the race is governed by USA Track & Field (USATF), which only allows USATF-approved racing wheelchairs and hand-crank cycles.

Swalley uses shoe-like gloves to protect his hands while he is propelling himself down the street. He is no stranger to long distances. He completed a 22 mile all-skate marathon in San Diego last year. He will continue training and inspiring others to stay active despite any hardships that come their way.

Tony Hawk Foundation builds up skating in Detroit

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk recently made a record donation to a city in dire need of a silver lining. The Tony Hawk Foundation has never before given such a large donation to one particular location. The foundation gave $30,000 to help build a skate oasis at Ride It Sculpture Park. The Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 to help fund high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States. The foundation has contributed more than $4.4 million in skatepark projects since 2002.

The Ride It Sculpture Park was started in 2012 but it needed a little more capital than the creators had available. Hawk visited Detroit and saw that the park would be a great addition to a city needing its spirits lifted. The park sits on four vacant commercial lots along East Davison Freeway in Detroit and an adjacent vacant house that will serve as a mini-indoor park and lodging for visiting skateboarders and artists. The combination of art and skateboarding is not new, but the park in Detroit hopes to offer a unique lure to a neighborhood where many people are leaving. With a place to draw creative minds and active bodies, the Tony Hawk Foundation hopes that this will bring a silver lining to the neighborhood.

Hawk wanted kids to have a safe place where they are encouraged to do what they enjoy. With no place to ride, kids get scolded for skating on private property or in other public areas. With a safe place dedicated to skateboarders, the foundation hopes that kids will be able to enjoy their ride time and community members will appreciate the dedicated area.

The must-ride skate parks of the world

If you’re sick of riding the same local parks day after day, or just need a vacation, check out a few of the world’s best skate parks. You can quench your wanderlust and need to skate all in one trip by visiting one of these destinations. Whether you’re craving the ocean and sunshine of the Cayman Islands, or the rich history and culture of China – there’s a park out there that you must ride.

  1. Micropolis in Helsinki, Finland. This park is as much a visually appealing piece of architecture as it is a skate park. Built to blend with the design of the city, many passers-by don’t even realize that it’s a park. Designed by architect and professional skater Janne Sarrio, this park is located in downtown Helsinki and has won many design awards.
  2. SMP in Shanghai, China. The SMP brand has created a mammoth park that hosts the Shanghai Showdown Gravity Games. The park, designed by Darren White, has a specific competition area, separate from the many bowls, vert ramps, stairs and street plaza areas.
  3. Stoke Plaza in Stoke-on-Trent, U.K. This street-style park is the largest in Europe and draws riders from across many countries. Unlike many major skating attractions, this park is free to ride. With plenty of ledges, banks, steps, handrails and quarterpipes, this park can certainly fill its own shoes.
  4. Black Pearl in Grand Harbor, Cayman Islands. This is the biggest park in the Western Hemisphere and second largest in the world. Grab a surfboard and ride some waves during the day to beat the summer heat and hit the park at night. With a beautiful backdrop, all skaters, from beginners to pros, can stay entertained at this park for days.
  5. Lincoln City in Oregon. This park is like five in one and Thrasher Magazine even called it “The Gnarliest Skatepark in the World.” Dreamland Skateparks continued adding on to this park to offer variety and challenge to any skater who enters.