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.
Left for dead, a crew of skaters including Ryan Decenzo, Joey Brezinski, Cody Lockwood, Nate Lacoste, Nick Moore and Cam Schuster opted to revive an abandoned multi million dollar resort on the rugged coast of Canada’s eastern seaboard.
Director Alex Craig took over the resort site for 7 days in early September working with renowned park builders the Zenga Bros to bring a truly unique vision of the hotel to life. Circle back here on December 4th for the full-length release.
Is the traditional skate video as we know it really dead? What is the relevance of the skate video in this modern digital age?
The latest skate documentary from Red Bull, ‘Pushing Forward’ takes a look at the emergence of the solo video part, the impact a traditional premiere still has, the hype behind the biggest team video in recent history and we look towards the future of skate videos.
Chapter One shines the spotlight on Ryan Decenzo during an important time in his career: as he prepared to drop his online solo video part “Double Down” for Thrasher. Ryan dedicated two full years filming for this part. The question is raised: Was it worth it?
Zered Bassett was recently featured in “Outliers,” Transworld’s 26th full length team video. Reaping the benefits of a traditional Hollywood premiere, Zered defends the significance of the skate team video.
With the much anticipated Plan B video set to drop in two weeks, Chapter One reinforces the core nature of a traditional skate video and why the concept of longevity and shelf life can never be replaced.
‘The Golden Age of Video is…Dead’ features Decenzo and Bassett, as well as skateboarders Torey Pudwill, Felipe Gustavo, Wes Kremer, Joey Brezinski, Dane Burman, and industry heavy hitters Ty Evans, Steve Berra, Erik Bragg and Chris Thiessen.
The final episode of “Away from the Equator” takes the team to Thailand, and even with Madars still hurt, there’s some raw and grimy street action on the menu in Bangkok. With a big bag of footage under their belts, the gang embark on the last leg of the journey to Chiang Mai to visit Songkran – the water festival. Things get messy from here on in.