January 18, 2017

Harbor scene

Recently dogged by the notion that familiarity breeds contempt, FACEBOOK! guided me to a short skate video that's been on the internet for two months, and salvation.

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.

December 28, 2016

'16 Platty's


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.

Arbitrary local skateboard awards done in the style of the T-Eddy's. PAST YEARS: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

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

Under the wire

Mark your calendars! Hiatus is premiering Saturday, December 17 at the Capri Theater.

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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.

October 30, 2016

Summer Chronicle

ThümbDrive. from PetertheJones on Vimeo.

There's a lot of local video footage flying around right now -- dig the Peter Jones flick that's essentially an LA/Downtown Minneapolis summer chronicle.

September 23, 2016

Memory on screen

Proof that what was discussed in the last post actually happened. Thanks to Kyle Ross, who sent over the clip, which was filmed by Brian McGinnis. Features Rick McCrank, Pat Duffy, Jeremy Wray, Caine Gayle, Matt Hensley, Todd Bratrud, KSTP's Joe Schmit and John Muldoon.

September 17, 2016

'In the arms of an angel'

Hailed as the best demo in Minneapolis since Rick McCrank single-handedly did everything at a last gasp Plan B event in 1998 (the line-up also included Pat Duffy and Caine Gayle -- anybody else?), Primitive flew to town and then returned home days later having skated Familia HQ very, very well. It's fairly astounding those dudes flew up here just for a demo. What days we live in.

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:

🔥DEATHWISH🔥 9.18.16 @familiahq #familiaskateshop #familiahq #minneapolis

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BYRJ redux:

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:

July 19, 2016

Don't fear the Kre-per

At the risk of inciting more comparisons between Sheckler and a bygone era of Minneapolis skateboarding, the embedded above is called Hubert's Pack of Lies. More downtown gold from 20-plus years ago. That spot with the two-stair and 9-inch ledge looks like a dream -- where was that?

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.