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Match Made in HEL – Connecting the Skateboarders of East and West

For two days in October 2014 some of the best skateboarders from East and West were connected to share their passion on the top of the world at Finland’s Helsinki Airport. This first-ever skate session was directed and hosted by Arto Saari and includes his Flip Skateboards teammates Curren Caples and Louie Lopez along with Golden Tickets winners Matt Berger, Hiroyuki Matsuo, Kasperi Kropsu, Andreas Larsen and Gosha Konyshev.

Have a look at the amazing footage from a 48-hour period when these heavily skilled skaters got access to totally unique skate spots to test the limits of the gateway between East and West.

For more about this unique event, check out Match Made in HEL and be sure to check out Arto’s introduction with this truly unique skate session right here.

Glen E. Friedman and Ian MacKaye Discuss MY RULES Book

As the release of Glen E. Friedman’s new forthcoming book MY RULES nears, he and Ian MacKaye got together at the Dischord House just outside of Washington DC to discuss some of the rare and important photographs that appear within the pages.
You can advance order the book through this link.

Bridge to Bridge

Bridge to Bridge is a view into the world of skatepark building and more notably, the evolution that exists between renegade DIY projects and local government funded skateparks. This short documentary gives a glimpse into the amount of effort, passion and sheer dedication it takes to construct the nation’s largest covered skatepark and the key players that pour their sweat and blood into the making of these vast concrete structures.

Also a full DVD version is currently in production and will be available soon. Visit Dreamland Skateparks’ Facebook page and website for more information.

Levi’s Skateboarding in La Paz, Boliva


On the heels of supporting Holystoked and 2er with the DIY build in Bangalore, India and what Jamie O’Brien led in Johannesburg, South Africa, Levi’s Skateboarding took to La Paz, Bolivia, this past spring to support Milton Arellano and his efforts to make skateboarding accessible to the greater skateboarding community.

More than 100 volunteers from over a dozen different nations were joined by professional skateboarders Al Partanen, Josh Matthews, David Gravette, Chet Childress, Joey Pepper, Dan Plunkett and Marius Syvanen to help build what is now one of the largest skateparks in all of South America at 2,000 square meters.

Volunteers from outside of the area and pros alike slept for weeks in makeshift huts a few hundred yards up from the build site where they cooked each meal on camp stoves and rested up from sixteen-hour days of pouring and finishing concrete.

The result of endless days and campfire nights is a skatepark that’s suited to every level of skating and large enough to support the entire city of La Paz and beyond. While Levi’s® helped to make materials obtainable, it’s the dedication of Milton, the community of La Paz and the global skateboarding community that made this park a reality. See the results of all of this hard work and catch the entire short film above to inspire you to organize a build in your community.

Fourstar Crocodile Done Deal Tour

Eric Koston, Sean Malto, Max Schaaf, Shane O’Neill, Tyler Bledsoe, Ishod Wair, Tony Trujillo, Brian Anderson, Mike Carroll and Cory Kennedy are removed from their daily routines and environments in America and head across the Pacific Ocean for a Fourstar team trip to Australia. Have a look as they meet up with Andrew Brophy to rip ride and entertain skateboarders down under, and have a good time.

Covoland


Have a look at Romain Covolan and his (black) magic garden filmed by with friend Yves Fraweel, who took it upon himself to add his personal illustrating skills to the footage. The final result is a raw look at Romain’s skating ability and his tweaked mind behind the garden that needs less mowing within the suburbs of Paris. Fun is where you build it.