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MUSING ON DENNIS BUSENITZ IN "ROLL FOREVER"

Date: February 9, 2018 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

I’ve only encountered Dennis Busenitz once in real life, and it happens to have been almost exactly eight years ago to the day of me writing this. Normally I have an awful memory when it comes to dates, but in this case I can remember the specific situation in which I met him, and the time. It was February of 2010, and I was in San Francisco with Kevin Lowry and some other friends. We stayed at the Green Tortoise Hostel, a place that was basically made into a de facto Canadian...

MUSING ON GINO IANNUCCI IN "YEAH RIGHT!"

Date: February 1, 2018 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features | video

It’s possible that Gino Iannucci was my first favourite skateboarder outside of those featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The Chocolate Tour came out within my first year or so of skateboarding, and while I was becoming very familiar with the cast of THPS in the evenings, I know that I definitely dug “Gino’s skate part” as well. My best friend had a pair of his Axion Islanders too, so that helped with some name recognition early on. By the time Yeah Right! came out in 2003, I was...

MUSING ON ANTHONY PAPPALARDO IN "MOSAIC"

Date: January 26, 2018 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

At some point in my early days as a skateboarder, Anthony Pappalardo ended up as one of my favourites. It’s weird now to think about, and maybe some of the younger generation reading this (if they read it) might not understand, but there was a time when you might develop favourite skateboarders just by editorial photos and interviews in mags, and ads from their sponsors. Pops was a favourite of mine before both Photosynthesis and I.E., both released in 2000. He was the up-and-coming kid,...

MUSING ON JASON DILL IN "MOSAIC"

Date: January 18, 2018 Author: Jeff Thorburn Categories: features

Picking up from where we left off last week, we end up at Jason Dill's part in Habitat's 2003 video, Mosaic. All of you youngin's are probably wondering why Jason Dill, who never rode for Habitat, is in a Habitat video. Well, believe it or not, there was a time when people weren't all that concerned with only riding and wearing their sponsors products and only appearing in sponsor-approved videos. But alas, the world turns and business interests prevail, for now. -The first mental image I...

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...


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TY PETERSON / WIND PARADE

February 22, 2018
Ty Peterson just released this part from some time spent in San Francisco not long ago. As you'd expect, Ty continues to rip. Ty's smooth and powerful...
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TRAVIS WALLER / CHEAP THRILLS

February 22, 2018
The tie-dyed-shirt-wearing and coloured-wheels-riding member of the crew, Travis Waller brings a mix of grit and technical skills to his part in "Cheap...
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ADAM "RICKY" RICHTER / LEESIDE HORDE PT. 2

February 22, 2018
Adam Richter, the Leeside local known as Ricky, goes off at some of Vancouver's best transitional haunts in this new part. Major props as well to the...
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MICHAEL JAMES / CHEAP THRILLS

February 21, 2018
Michael James explores the possibilities of various Boneless variations over a chill driving tune from Craig Williams in his part from Ty Williamson's...
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KYLER HALE / CHEAP THRILLS

February 20, 2018
Kyler Hale lays down a solid foundation of classic and stylish tricks in his part from "Cheap Thrills", a new video from Vancouver's Ty Williamson....
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ANDY ANDERSON / CHEAP THRILLS

February 19, 2018
Marching to the beat of a drum only he can hear inside his combat helmet, Andy Anderson kicks off the "Cheap Thrills" video with a part mixing Airwalks,...
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COLLIN PROVOST / WINO G6

February 19, 2018
via Emerica: The Wino G6 Slip-On brings a new addition to the Emerica line, with Collin Provost's signature colorway. The Wino G6 Slip-On builds upon...
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SUPPORT GROUP IN CHICAGO

February 16, 2018
Vancouver skate friends “Support Group” packed their long johns to spend a cold and windy week in the spring of 2017 roaming the streets of Chicago...
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LIZZIE ARMANTO PRO WHEEL

February 15, 2018
Shredding as hard as ever, Lizzie Armanto can now ride her own set of pro model Bones Wheels while screeching and flying around bowls. Grab a set from...
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GONZ FOR PRO-TEC

February 14, 2018
Gonz shows you how to be zany and stylish on an oversized board while staying relatively safe. Via Pro-Tec: Mark Gonzales rolls around Bay Ridge...

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