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FOCUS: Emerica Presents Justin “Figgy” Figueroa

Figgy’s been a part of the Emerica family ever since his early teenage years. He’s been known to go big on and off the board, but it’s been rare that we get a glimpse into how Figgy lives his day-to-day, to see what makes Figgy tick.

So, join Emerica as they dig a little deeper into Big Fig through this FOCUS episode, tagging along with him as he gets his hands dirty working on his new home in Vista, CA, while chatting about his life, music, traveling, and skating.

Real Skateboards – Out of Sight: Thrash Can

K-Dubs / Oakland : Skating teaches us to look at our surroundings different. Walls and obstacles become opportunities. Youth Activist and Artist Keith ‘K-Dubs’ Williams sees Oakland as a place for positive change, taking action and creating new environments for the youth. You will never look at a trash container as just a place to throw away garbage again.

The Cult of Concrete – Mark Hubbard

The Cult of Concrete
The story of Mark “Monk” Hubbard, and his history as the leader of the visionary outfit Grindline Skateparks.
Directed by Michael Maniglia
Produced by Michael Maniglia and Micah Shapiro

Skateistan – Land of Skate Documentary

YouTube Preview ImageSkateistan has recently released Land of Skate, a 13-minute documentary produced by Ghost Digital Cinema and directed by renowned filmmaker Ty Evans. The film explores how skateboarding has emerged as an unlikely tool to change society. Filmed on location in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa, it captures breathtaking shots and an often unseen perspective of these countries. The documentary goes behind the doors of Skateistan’s Skate Schools worldwide for the first time and delves deeper into the inspiring stories of Latifa, Ahmed, Soso and Srey Pich who, despite living in difficult circumstances, have found a path to empowerment through skateboarding and education.

Alongside the documentary, Skateistan has launched a fundraising campaign with the aim of raising $100,000 and growing their global community by December 31st. They intend to empower more girls, create safe spaces in new locations, and change the lives of even more children around the world in 2018.

Please watch Land of Skate above, and share and support their campaign today at skateistan.org.

Lookback Library: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Kevin Marks, founder of Lookback Library, spends the majority of his year on the road dedicating his time to preserving skateboarding history by way of building skateboarding libraries at core skate shops across the country. Kevin is currently on the road showcasing his Signed, Sealed, Delivered display at select skate shops. The premise of this particular exhibition is that each of his 60 magazines has been signed by the skater on the cover and features a mailing label addressed to either one of your favorite skateboarders, photographers, or industry executives. The exhibition is any skate nerds dream to check out and Kevin is sharing the stoke on a regular basis.

Street Canoe caught up with Kevin to learn more about his exhibit, page through some magazines, and check out his van in which he lives in and carries his traveling exhibition and donations of skateboarding magazines. Bill Danforth even popped in for a short cameo in part one!

Check out the 3 part video piece here.

Copenhagen Open 2017

If you weren’t lucky enough to be at Copenhagen Open, chances are that you were staring at your Instagram feed for the week of 19-22 July to watch the (in my opinion, but arguably) greatest contest in skateboarding unravel. Basically, for 5 days straight, thousands of skateboarders took over Copenhagen, skating and cycling from event to event on (most likely stolen) bikes, with beer in hand. If you’ve seen video recaps from CPH Open before, you can gather that the event indirectly revolves more around debauchery than skateboarding itself for most participants and fans alike. If you’ve seen Jenkem Magazine’s video recap of the event, that was an extremely accurate representation of what it felt like to be there for the week of CPH Open.

It was an overwhelming, surreal, and special experience sharing the streets with so many skateboarders from around the world. Everyone looked out for each other and came together in the name of skateboarding and everything that comes along with it (mostly alcohol consumption, in this case). Having said that, there were almost too many humans to navigate around; each event was so crowded that it was really a fight to see any skating. This is probably one of the main reasons why the event was more of a party than anything; most people just gave up trying to see what was happening and focused on enjoying each other’s company. Overcrowded-ness aside, the skateboarding was next level and always a blast to watch when possible. We even had a Tom Penny sighting, which was already a treat on its own.

There’s not really much more to be said. CPH Open will go down as one of the most fun and unique skateboarding events on the planet. Rumor has it that the 2017 CPH Open will be the last one to take place, at least for the next few years. In that case, we’re lucky we were there to be a part of skateboarding history.

Check out some photos from the event below for a small glimpse into what happened during the week.

Here’s a below average photo I shot in beautiful Nyhavn; one of the more touristy, well photographed areas of Copenhagen.

On to the bowl jam at Faelledparken Skatepark. I missed the street contest entirely and barged up front by the coping to ensure I had a good spot in the sea of a thousand people trying to catch the action. Here’s Nora Vasconcellos with a color coordinated monty grind.

American gladiators Ishod Wair & Tom Remillard battle it out to the death.

GT goes backside on the back truck. Watch Grant soar literally 2 inches in front of my lens here via Instagram.

Over to Christiania, a small corner of Copenhagen where one can walk up and buy weed and hash on the streets. If you aren’t familiar with Christiania, take a moment to learn more about this special place here via the always reliable sources at Wikipedia.

Located in Christiania is the Wonderland Bowl, a legendary ramp located just behind the Alis shop. Here is local ripper Ginger who could be seen killing the ramp on a regular basis.

For the several skaters (including myself, for the first night) that came without a plan, they knew they could count on the Wonderland crew to make sure they had a place to stay on the deck of the bowl. Already a challenge to sleep on a 3 foot quarter pipe, to make matters worse, I was inhaling the sweet smell of vomit of which I could not identify the source of. Definitely had to be vomit though.

Tyler Surrey shiftys his flip at the Polar X CONS jam at Litauens Plads.

Sebo Walker with a fuckin’ switch heel mute grab for cryin’ out loud.

This photo doesn’t do much justice to accurately protray the usual scenes of commuting from spot to spot, but if you squint extra hard, there are skateboarders on bicycles (and skateboards, of course) as far as the eye can see. A pretty amazing sight to see for those who have never witnessed the “Wild In The Streets” formula as seen on Go Skateboarding Day in many cities around the world.

On to the Meat Packing District for the Indy Trucks “Wallrides and slappies” jam. Here’s a frontside crive from this guy.

With close to a thousand inebriated skateboarders at one place at the same time, it’s no surprise that eventually something would be lit on fire. Here a bicycle falls victim to drunk antics.

After all the pros got down on the vert wall and curb jam, the vert wall became a free for all for those wanting their 15 minutes. This guy climbed up from the back to pull this noseblunt drop yank in.

Pretty sure that this wasn’t the first instance that this dude dropped in naked throughout the course of weekend.

The Polar X CONS “LA Days” is a fun short film that premiered following the Indy skate jam and the naked drop ins. Check it out on our homepage in the On Tap column.

The homie Khulu from South Africa was having a good time.

If you weren’t too drunk to care about some pictures, there was a rad Nils Svenson photo exhibition in the corner gallery featuring photos from the filming of “LA Days”.

Madars Apse with a noseslide pop over at the Levi’s event at the Triangle DIY. As Tim O’Connor said on the mic, the Danes use the term “DIY” very loosely. It might not translate well in this photo, but the rest of the park is virtually a professionally built skatepark.

Raftin’ with Majerus, Kevin Bradley, Porpe, and company.

Denmark has a generous cash return for recycled cans & bottles, so hustlers were making their rounds throughout the week to collect cans throughout the week. Some of the skaters who were also on the same hustle eventually developed beef with some of the street collectors. This collection game is no joke!

Jamie Foy shuts down the tricks for cash jam at Planetariet with a back heel.

Ishod Wair won the CPH Open overall. If you’ve seen him skate a contest before, then this news won’t be coming out of left field. Here’s Ishod with a lengthy front feebs at Copenhagen Skatepark.

Luan Oliveira with a beautifully caught hardflip. Power.

Definitely the most entertaining part of the finals at the Copenhagen Indoor Skatepark was the death match races. Here, Aaron Herrington and Mason Silva go toe-to-toe as Koston follows behind, keeping his Instagram story at 100.

Blake Johnson with the ole “7 barrel jump”, a Danish specialty. This was the last event that happened indoors before headed to the outdoor bump to bar jam which only about 100 people were lucky enough to witness. As stated previously, CPH Open is one of most fun and unique skateboarding events on the planet and we were lucky enough to be there to witness it. Until next time, whenever that may be.

Photos and words: Mike Chinner

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