Mike Rapaich's Male Talent, set in that strange confluence of hills, college and industrial rot, Duluth, starts out hard with a nice Red Tube allusion and provides new spots and new skaters (yo, I know Justice Simmons, full disclosure). Highlights of the video include Duluth, super-kid Carter Nguyen and Stephen Pestalozzi, along with everyone else. It's a departure from Lake Superior harbor scene that I knew from a decade and more ago: Pocket Park, the library and Jack Boyd, et. al. Watch.
January 18, 2017
December 28, 2016
By Pat Smith, right?
A great blogger once said, all the random, few and far-between updates from throughout the year are all for naught if you don't handle your annual, end of the year post. And here we are. This blog is paid for through 2017 -- maybe even 2018.
Shows No Rust: Hiatus
Balancing Act: TJ Moran
Came In After Deadline: insano
Big Things: Alec Majerus
Hair Hero: Cody Davis
Heckuva Year: Lorenzo Obnamia
Jim, Turn Him Pro: Jack Olson
Banned/Reinstated: Henry Gartland
Best Night Of His Life: Dana Ross
Solo Project?: Phil Schwartz
SP: Tabari Cook
Probably a Terminator: Chad Benson
Downunda' (still): Andrew Leibman
Stay Thirsty, My Friends: Dan Jackson
Could Have Ended It There: RIP Switch Crooks Kitty
Jumping Rope: Dennis Burdick
Where's Your Blog?: Wylie Tueting
Ramp Jesus: Jay Jenson
Resurrected: Back Yard Ramp Jam, Aqua Jam
Lazarus Man: Dom Randazzo
Still Waiting: Minneapolis public skateparks
Rad Dads: Tucker Gerrick, Augie Van Art, myself
What Happened?: Local skate Twitter
Get 3 Parts in 3 Years!: Jan Jacobson
Engagement Party: Davis Torgerson
Haven't Been There Yet: Burnsville plaza
Up All Night: Dan Rusin
Mustache Rides: Corey Millett
Still Shouting: The Hesh Dot Com
South Of The River: Adam Bovee
Still Deadly: Ricky Nunn
Extended Vacay: Pat Gallaher
On Background, In The Streets: Rob Sissi
What's Next?: Local shop videos
Still Here: CJ Tambornino
The New Oak Street Cinema: Capri Theater
Endurance: The garage
Best Event: Air Bump Challenge
Can't Hardly Wait: 30+ session
Weird, Right?: Minneapolis X Games
November 30, 2016
It's premiere season -- Kevin Horn is breaking now ground now that basically all the old first showing venues have been knocked down or vacated with a move to the Capri Theater. When the name of the flick was revealed, way back at Day of Familia, Muldoon and I figured we were the only ones in the room who noticed the bit of Planet Earth Skateboards trivia attached to the moment. Pete Spooner's also got a solo joint on the way. We're all grown up, now.
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October 30, 2016
September 23, 2016
September 17, 2016
List of other memorable TC area demos
1. Birdhouse in 1996 or so at what might have been the Stearns County fairgrounds. Featured a young Andrew Reynolds and Tony Hawk doing McTwists on a 8 or 9-foot quarterpipe.
2. Flip in the middle-aughts at the 3rd Lair. There were fears the ramps would collapse because of the 700-800 people who showed up. The crush of humanity fogged up the park.
3. Girl and Chocolate in 1998 at the Lair. Mike York tried a handful of noseslides and then focused his board and left. Everything else about it was quite lit.
That's pretty much it beyond the Hot Chocolate Tour demo, which seemed redundant to list.
Here's other stuff. The DLX contingent rolled through town the past couple weeks.
I wrote a list about skaters going all Lochte at the Olympics that kids on Facebook hated.
There's another demo:
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A quick look at the archives at right shows that August 2016 was the first month since July 2008 during which this website was not updated, meaning this two-month drought was the longest ever. Very significant. In order to close the circle on that last update:
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July 19, 2016
Davey Torkelson appeared on the The Nine Club podcast -- you can download it in the usual ways one would or you can catch it on YouTube. *The following highlights are from the podcasting POV*
There's talk of golfing; not sacking rails at Street League; Roger Bagley evidently produces a copy of Weekend Warriors; Chad Benson's rep grows stronger; as well, the legend of Nate Compher is discussed; Davis talks about making movies. I'm generally skeptical of skate-produced stuff like this (public radio snobbery?) but this one, albeit with a dude I know, was pretty well-done. I'm gonna listen to the other ones.
Update: Forgot how much the heart grew three sizes when Davis brought up his love of bad skateparks. It's all true.
By all accounts the return of Aqua Jam will be really cool. It's this Saturday -- between the keg jumps (high entertainment) and the mini ramp built for the ordeal, it should be worth showing up for.