When you have a belief and a passion towards something that moves you and comes from the heart, you pursue it. Such is the case and creative aspirations of Mark “Monk” Hubbard, and his skatepark company Grindline Skateparks which began from humble beginnings in the Pacific Northwest. Tune in to this short film that follows Mark’s story and his huge contributions amongst several others, which helped to kickstart the modern day public skatepark movement.
The “My War” video above and these accompanying words are too good not to share. Thrasher Magazine nails an important piece of skateboarding’s backstory with this: “There are a handful of tricks in the history of street skating that were absolute game changers and helped push us to where we are today. Bachinsky’s El Toro kickflip in 2006 was one of them.”
It’s often been said that without a past, you have no future and we couldn’t agree more in the world of skateboarding and towards the pioneers, legends and those that have spent their lives pushing its progression. That said, ballots went out to nearly 400 qualified representatives from all eras of skateboarding history to vote for their choice for the Class of 2015 Hall of Fame inductions. After a week of vote collection, here are the results.
2015 Skateboarding Hall of Fame Inductees
1960s Brian Logan
1970s Era One – Henry Hester
1970s Era Two – Duane Peters
1980s Era One – Neil Blender
1980s Era Two – Chris Miller
1990s John Cardiel
1970s Female – Robin Logan
1980s Female – Cara-Beth Burnside
1990s Female – Elissa Steamer
Tampa Pro Finals just wrapped up at the Skatepark of Tampa where it was truly a proud day for Brazil skateboarding, its nation of skaters, and its gifted professionals. As per several predictions, Luan Oliveira nailed a flawless and technical line of mastery in his third run that kept going well past the buzzer to take home the victory.
What’s more, fellow Brazilian shredders Kelvin Hoeffler and Felipe Gustavo definitively earned their places onto Street League’s 2014 World Tour with their sick runs in the finals as well. Drop by both the Skatepark of Tampa and Street League websites for more info and recaps on today’s action. Congrats Luan, Kelvin and Felipe!
The 21st Annual Tampa Pro has begun and the live webcast exclusively through StreetLeague.com has kicked off with the Semi-Finals. The top 28 from yesterday’s Qualifiers along with any past winners of Tamp Pro will skate today where the top 10 will meet up with Golden Ticket winners Shane O’Neill and Ishod Wair in this afternoon’s Finals. And of course, don’t forget the live coverage of the customary Moat Race!
Again, visit the live webcast right now, and you will also find out which two finalists will become the two new SLS Pros heading into the 2015 SLS NikeSB World Tour. In addition, all respective dates and locations are to be announced as well.