Here’s the video that played at this year’s TWS Awards just before Ed came onstage to accept the Legend Award. Ed knew nothing of this video, admitted it got him a little choked up, then delivered the best Legend acceptance speech ever.
In the final part of Ed’s episode, he discusses the many highs and lows that Toy Machine has faced since he began the company. And when a leg injury sidelines Ed from skating, he and Deanna confront the possibility that he may not be able to stay on the path he’s carved out for himself.
Vans and Jack’s Garage in partnership with the City of Huntington Beach have announced the grand opening of the highly anticipated Vans Off the Wall Skatepark and Jack’s Garage skate shop to take place on Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Huntington Beach, California. Commencing with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am the free and public park will officially be open to the community until 4pm and from 10am to 7pm everyday thereafter. Activities and giveaways from Vans and Jack’s Garage are planned throughout opening day to celebrate the occasion, including autograph signings from Vans pro skateboarders and the inaugural “SoCal Sole of Fame” induction ceremony where Huntington Beach skate legends Christian Hosoi, Ed Templeton and Tosh Townend will be honored for their respective contributions to local skateboarding.
Designed and built by California Skateparks, the newly constructed 42,500 square foot Vans Off the Wall Skatepark is located at 7471 Center Avenue in Huntington Beach, California and the 3,000 square foot on-site Jack’s Garage store offers a fully-stocked skate shop featuring Vans and other top brands along with a pro shop for skate equipment and rentals.
“Working with the Vans organization and Steve Van Doren has been an experience I’ll never forget,” said Joe Ciaglia, CEO of California Skateparks. “Vans is a staple in skateboarding and we knew we’d have to live up to their reputation. With the creativity and passion contributed by both Vans and California Skateparks, this park is absolutely going to be the best in Southern California.”
“Vans is honored to bring to the City of Huntington Beach a world-class skatepark that generations of kids and parents can enjoy forever,” said Steve Van Doren, Vans’ vice president of events and promotions. “We are happy to have this great park in Vans’ backyard and just 10 minutes away from where we lived when my father moved to Southern California to start Vans.”
In this fourth episode Ed discusses the depths of a dark era for skateboarding, with his financial problems, feuds and becoming an unsponsored professional. But Ed’s creative spark endured he put together the a scrappy company called Toy Machine Bloodsucking Skateboard Company. As the months and years and assorted Toy Machine team riders rolled on, Jamie Thomas nailed the production with “Welcome to Hell”, the video that would cement Ed and Toy Machine’s legacy. Tune in.
In this third episode, Ed looks back what was arguably the peak of his skate career—when he dropped out of high school to conquer Europe in 1990 and landing the covers of Thrasher and Transworld in the process. He also tells the story of how he met his wife, Deanna, and what led him to leave New Deal to start a new company with Mike Vallely.
In this second episode Ed discusses skating with Jason Lee, his first sponsor and magazine ad with Circle A Skateboards, the lack of street skating videos, joining Schmitt Stix for a brief stint, moving forward with The New Deal and more. Listen in.