MUSING ON ALIEN WORKSHOP IN "MOSAIC" / PART ONE

Date: January 11, 2018 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

I count Habitat’s first video, 2003’s Mosaic, as one of my all-time favourites. Over the years immediately following its release, I watched it from front to back numerous times. Danny Renaud’s opening part is a classic that set the tone for a unique video that stands the test of time, and I expect we’ll revisit that part sometime down the line. Same goes for Rob Pluhowski’s part. But as the years go by, it turns out that the top parts I always go back to watching from Mosaic are...

SPY CAM 9.5

Date: January 8, 2018 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

Pillows fill the void between our head and shoulders when we sleep at night. Particular pillows can make or break your sleep. Too thin or too thick and you may wake up with a nasty kink in your neck. Do you go with feather or fluff? Undoubtedly, though, nothing is cooler than the other side of a pillow. Dane Pryds, 50-50. Fidlin  A brick is one heavy, tissue-box-sized building block. A mix of clay and shale, it’s interesting how differently a brick wall can look, just based on how it was...

KEIRAN ZIMMERMAN INTERVIEW

Date: January 8, 2018 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

You know how every spot sucks, and how you never have enough time to film a full part? Well Keiran doesn’t. He produces footage like a conveyor belt and will skate every single spot no matter how crusty, shitty, or non-existent it is. You can take him to fucking a gravel road and he’ll manage to film a sick line and a couple hammers. I can say without question that Keiran is definitely more motivated to go out and get tricks than anyone else in Winnipeg today. Though he has to be if...

MUSING ON BOBBY PULEO IN "STATIC II"

Date: January 4, 2018 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

My friend Kelsy got the Static II DVD when it came out in 2004. I don’t think I really knew who Josh Stewart was, but it just so happened that Cigar City was the first video my friend Alex got when we started skating. I only figured that out years later though. That was the first video that I know of that Josh put together. Anyway, Kelsy had this DVD, and he lived in the basement of a house we shared, and I used to go down there often to borrow the video to watch before I went skating. I...

CHRIS MARLEAU INTERVIEW

Date: January 3, 2018 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

I first met Chris in Spring 2016, when we met up to work on an ongoing photo and video project. Throughout the first morning session, it quickly became clear that we got along well and had lots in common, ranging from our preferred skate spots to a mutual interest in urban design. Plus, the first trick we ever shot together at the first spot ended up being one of my favourite photos and clips from the whole project. Chris and I have shot together plenty of times since, and he has continued...

COLD CALL: RILEY CRONIN

Date: January 2, 2018 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

I heard you are currently rolling with two broken wrists. Is that true? How did they happen and what are you going to do about them? Just one right now. Just over a year or so ago, I was skating Norton Park with some homies and slammed pretty hard. My wrist was dust. The next day I went to get it checked out and the doctor said I broke the scaphoid in my left wrist. I went and got X-rays done and the doctor wanted to X-ray my other wrist to compare them. It turns out that wrist was broken...

MUSING ON NICK JENSEN IN "LOST AND FOUND"

Date: December 28, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

Blueprint's Lost and Found came out in 2005, I’m figuring the DVD made it to Calgary around that time too. I didn't know how anything worked back then, and I don't think you could get Blueprint boards in Canada, but somehow this DVD made it to The Source while I was working there. I would have been 20 years old at the time. I think Nick and I are just about the same age. I was aware of Nick and the rest of the Blueprint guys from photos in various magazines, but I don’t think I had...

SHOPKEEPER / FIRST AND FIRST

Date: December 27, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

Where is the shop located and can you place it geographically for us? Linden Hergott: The shop is located in the small city of Warman, SK. It’s a very short hike north of Saskatoon and pretty much holding hands with its twin, Martensville, just five minutes down the road. What's up in Warman?  Quite a bit. We just got our first McDonalds. Oh and a 7-Eleven. It’s a young city. I think someone told me average age is mid-30s. There are kids everywhere, new businesses, neighbourhoods...

COMING UP / RYAN DESROCHES

Date: December 22, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

Full name: Ryan Alexander DesRoches Age: 18 Hometown: Southwest Scarborough, Pharmacy Avenue.  Sponsors: Blue Tile Lounge, Vans, Polar, Skate Loft, Axel Griptape, Easy Bolts, Dirté Design Co.  Dream sponsor: Swiss Chalet would be pretty epic. Or maybe Termite.  Favourite class in school: Not too many that I liked honestly, but I went to an alternative school to finish grade 11 and 12 and I took math for everyday life and Travel & Tourism. That was pretty tight. It's a lot easier...

WALK THE PLANCHE / '94 FOREVER MORE

Date: December 22, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

Terry’s JNCO jeans ballooned around his skinny legs, their bones slapping against the thick material of the pant like a broomstick beating dust from a door mat each time he pushed his skateboard down the street. Frankie wasn’t far behind. He weaved through traffic in his new-to-him pair of vintage B.U.M brand denim that he’d found on eBay. They swallowed the lower half of his body, shrouding whatever was inside of them, the swishing of the pant legs having an almost hypnotic effect....

COMING UP / REILEY BOOTH

Date: December 22, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

Full name: Reiley Gerard Booth  Age: 22 Hometown: Barrie, Ontario  Sponsors: Souldiers Skate Shop  Dream sponsor: I guess Creature would be my dream board sponsor, but I will say I've been loving these Latchkey boards that have been in the shop lately. Creature is the shit though. Emerica for shoes, and of course Bones and Indy for the other stuff. Favourite class in school: Music. I played the trumpet and killed it.  Favourite trick: I love Tre flips. Board setup: Right now I'm...

THE BACKSTORY / SCOTT DECENZO

Date: December 20, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

The day before Scott and I shot this Wallride Nollie in Toronto, we had driven all over the western Greater Toronto Area with a car full of Quebecers. It seemed like no matter how many spots we checked out, we couldn’t find anything enticing enough to get down to business, and when we did, we would get kicked out before there was any chance to set up camera gear. By the time the sun was nearing the horizon, morale was low and I decided to bring the crew to a fun spot where we could...

KEVIN FURTADO OF STATE FOOTWEAR / INTERVIEW

Date: December 11, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

We quickly catch up with Kevin Furtado, the man behind State Footwear, to talk about skateshops, the strengths of an independent skateshoe company, and what's coming next from The Free and Liberated State. Where did you travel on your recent trip to visit shops? I went to the North East. New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. What did you see at shops that really stood out as unique? Not sure if unique is the right word, but what was...

ISSUE 9.5 PREVIEW

Date: December 1, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

Julian Kelly plants a precarious Axle Stall on an untouched lip and then yanks it back into the deep end of this Winnipeg pool for the cover of our final issue of 2017. Photo by Tyler Geurts. Check out local skateshop for a copy.   “I look at areas of the city that are built in ways that might result in unintentional discomfort in summer or winter. People built these cities at times when they weren’t thinking about those sorts of things, and now, because of things like climate...

CODY BEAUDRY / COMING UP

Date: November 28, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

"The homies and I were skating this pretty secluded park. I had to take a dump and I went into the men's room but it was filthy, so I went and used the women's, thinking no one would see. While I was in there, I heard someone come in and sit in the stall next to me. I presumed it was one of my homies. I farted extra loud and looked under the stall too see who had heard and made eye contact with some random Asian lady!" Backside 50-50. Stripp Full name: Cody Beaudry Age: 24...

FRANCIS LEMOY / COMING UP

Date: November 27, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

"I was craving waffles on a cross-Canada road trip. I remembered my friends telling me how easy it was to act like a hotel guest and hit up the free continental breakfast. I didn't even make it halfway through the buffet lineup before an employee, waiting for a power trip, walked up to me and threatened to call the cops. After a couple of minutes, quietly freaking out about having a criminal record over a stupid waffle, the manager of the hotel showed up. The guy used to skate and was hyped...

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Date: November 21, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

When I first discovered skateboarding as a kid, as much of a thrill as the actual act of skateboarding was, so was the thrill of hunting for videos, magazines, and skateparks. Those aforementioned magazines, specifically Transworld, used to have pages of skatepark listings in the back, with a legend that showed what types of obstacles the park had, whether it was indoor or outdoor, if you had to pay, and so on. Because I’m sure keeping a list like that up to date in those days would have...

Rest in Peace, Darrell Smith

Date: November 21, 2017 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

  Family. That’s what we do over here. I know it sounds cliché but I would like to think it's true. We lost a good one. Darrell was our tour guide and host any time we rolled through Montreal or London. Photographer for everything around the shop and on sessions. Screen printer for our shop gear on and off for years. General handyman any time we needed help with small and large renovations. Security guard for every time we were holding an event in the back space of the shop. These were...


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MUSING ON ALIEN WORKSHOP IN "MOSAIC" / PART ONE

January 11, 2018
I count Habitat’s first video, 2003’s Mosaic, as one of my all-time favourites. Over the years immediately following its release, I watched it from...
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By: Jeff Thorburn

SPY CAM 9.5

January 8, 2018
Pillows fill the void between our head and shoulders when we sleep at night. Particular pillows can make or break your sleep. Too thin or too thick and...
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Features
By: Jeff Thorburn

KEIRAN ZIMMERMAN INTERVIEW

January 8, 2018
You know how every spot sucks, and how you never have enough time to film a full part? Well Keiran doesn’t. He produces footage like a conveyor belt...
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Features
By: Jeff Thorburn

MUSING ON BOBBY PULEO IN "STATIC II"

January 4, 2018
My friend Kelsy got the Static II DVD when it came out in 2004. I don’t think I really knew who Josh Stewart was, but it just so happened that Cigar...
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Features
By: Jeff Thorburn

CHRIS MARLEAU INTERVIEW

January 3, 2018
I first met Chris in Spring 2016, when we met up to work on an ongoing photo and video project. Throughout the first morning session, it quickly...
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Features
By: Jeff Thorburn

COLD CALL: RILEY CRONIN

January 2, 2018
I heard you are currently rolling with two broken wrists. Is that true? How did they happen and what are you going to do about them? Just one right...
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By: Jeff Thorburn

MUSING ON NICK JENSEN IN "LOST AND FOUND"

December 28, 2017
Blueprint's Lost and Found came out in 2005, I’m figuring the DVD made it to Calgary around that time too. I didn't know how anything worked back...
Read Now
Features
By: Jeff Thorburn

SHOPKEEPER / FIRST AND FIRST

December 27, 2017
Where is the shop located and can you place it geographically for us? Linden Hergott: The shop is located in the small city of Warman, SK. It’s a...
Read Now
Features
By: Jeff Thorburn

COMING UP / RYAN DESROCHES

December 22, 2017
Full name: Ryan Alexander DesRoches Age: 18 Hometown: Southwest Scarborough, Pharmacy Avenue.  Sponsors: Blue Tile Lounge, Vans, Polar, Skate...
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By: Jeff Thorburn

WALK THE PLANCHE / '94 FOREVER MORE

December 22, 2017
Terry’s JNCO jeans ballooned around his skinny legs, their bones slapping against the thick material of the pant like a broomstick beating dust from...

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