Chris Cole hits up Carlsbad’s Alga Norte Skatepark for a session and hooks up some rippers with sets of his new limited edition Black Lights Pro trucks for the newest Thunder Parks & Wreck.
It has been over 20 years since construction crews walked away from The Aspotogan Sea Spa Resort a multi-million dollar resort project on the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, never to return. Half completed, the building sat empty and abandoned in the wild wilderness of the maritime coast…until now.
Ryan Decenzo, TJ Rogers, Joey Brezinski, Cody Lockwood and a crew of some of the best skaters in North America convened on this neglected piece of prime real estate in early September on an ambitious mission to bring new life to the forgotten resort by transforming it into the ultimate skate retreat. With no limits and a little help from their friends – legendary park builders the Zenga Brothers and director Alex Craig – the crew worked tirelessly to create a skate park unlike any other by building custom features using materials found around the resort, spanning across three floors and 175,000 square feet of smooth concrete.
From the darkest, shadowy depths of the building’s idle interior to blazing sunsets over a custom-built concrete bowl and the resort’s uncertain future, this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Has social media hurt or helped skateboarding? In Chapter Two of ‘Pushing Forward,’ a skate documentary from Red Bull, they take a look at the impact of social media on pro skateboarders and how the modern pro utilizes social media to manage their own brand.
To help answer this somewhat obvious, but complex question, they looked at the different ends of the spectrum. Joey Brezinski is quite active on social, as is Alex Midler, who at the age of 16 was born into the social media era and doesn’t know anything different. And then there’s Wes Kremer, who has a different approach entirely to the medium. Veteran pros Jamie Thomas, Mike Vallely, and Steve Berra weigh in on the subject with some strong opinions that provide interesting context to how the profession has changed.
Over the month of December, Skateistan is hoping to raise $60,000 to help keep them rolling into next year. Skateistan has big plans for 2015, so this is their biggest fundraising goal to date and they need your help to get there!
They only reach out to our supporters for donations a couple of times a year; this is your chance to make a huge difference in the life of a child.
Why? It matters for kids to have safe places to play, especially those living in difficult circumstances or in a conflict situation. In places like Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa, the streets aren’t a safe place for children. Everyone knows the value of a warm meal and school supplies, but Skateistan’s programs provide all that and more. Children deserve more – they deserve a childhood. They deserve an escape from the realities and stresses of growing up in an extremely difficult setting.
That’s where Skateistan comes in.
Recently, Skateistan was featured on a special 25th anniversary edition of CBS ‘Courage in Sports.’ They are really excited about the feature, and it does a brilliant job at telling the story of Skateistan and capturing the magic that is happening there. Watch it to learn why Skateistan is so special, and keep the magic happening by making a donation!
Vox is stoked to announce Al Brunelle as the newest addition to their team. Al hails from Denver and now resigns in Santa Clarita, California. You’ll be seeing a lot more mashing from this ripper in the near future.