Far from the comfortable weather and endless summers of Southern California, skaters on the east coast were shoveling snow, stealing wood and doing whatever it took to create and ride vert ramps years ago.
In this episode, Jeff Grosso sits down with legendary east coast ramp owner Morris Wainwright (Farm Ramp – North Carolina) to talk about unknown ramps and crews from New England to Florida — also a special 80’s Midwest scene report from Darren Navarette.
The recycled skateboard jewelry and accessories company MapleXO has launched their 1st Annual Go Skateboarding Day Fundraiser and has teamed up with Silas Baxter-Neal, six-year old Reese Kahn and myself and gave us one task: Write “Go Skate.”
MapleXO turned these handwritten words into mosaic-style art pieces made from broken skateboards. These three individual pieces will be signed by the us and auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going towards building Portland, Oregon’s Powell Blvd Skatepark.
The auction launched Monday, June 17th and will run through Sunday, June 23rd 11:45pm PST.
“There’s something about seeing a person’s handwriting that seems to share a glimpse into their soul. What could be more inspiring than seeing pieces of skated boards making up the handwritten phrase “Go Skate” by such inspiring skateboarders?” says MapleXO’s owner Lindsay Jo Holmes.
“Both Kanights and Baxter-Neal are well known in the skateboard community for their past and present influences in skateboarding. To tie in the future of skateboarding, MapleXO asked 6-year-old skateboarder Reese Kahn to participate.” she continues.
“Reese’s pure and eager passion to be a kid and have fun is one of the most inspiring parts of skateboarding to me. His dad Billy posted a priceless instagram photo of Reese carving a bank ramp with a look of pure joy on his face. The caption read: ‘When going higher is the new trick.’ To me, that right there is skateboarding. Pure and simple,” explains Holmes.
Have a look and bid on these one-of-a-kind art pieces all in the good name of skateboarding.
In addition to the Go Skate art auction, MapleXO is selling 25 limited edition prints of the project each signed by all three of us.
Separately from the WriteGoSkate project, MapleXO will also be donating 50% of all proceeds from sales on MapleXO.com during Friday’s Go Skateboarding day to the Powell Blvd. Skatepark fund. For more information visit www.MapleXO.com
For the fourth year in a row, KING SHIT and Converse present Canada’s largest online video contest, CONNECT THE DOTS. A purse of $10,000 in cash prizes is up for grabs again this year. If you have at least one Canadian resident in your crew, all you have to do is email the King Shit crew your 5 minute video and 10 photos. Get to it!
Collin Provost’s new Emerica pro model, the Provost, is available in skate shops now!
Andrew Norton at has added Skateboarder Magazine’s Jonathan Mehring to The Photographer Series with his global travel stories and insight into many of his awesome skateboarding photos. The Photographer Series tells the stories behind some of skateboarding’s most epic images and the dudes who made them.
Jake Donnelly recently sat down with Jenkem Mag and fielded a few questions that include him being voted by Sex.com as SOTY for 2012, ghosts in his hometown of Buffalo NY, the crappy day jobs he’s had and more. Dig in, the lid is about to blow off of this east coaster’s true talent both on and off his skateboard!