Fourstar Demo!! 6pm at Belco Skatepark TODAY Monday 17 Feb 2014.
Sean Malto (injured)
The SbA Shifty’s Best Trick at Belco skatepark turned on a cracker of a day. The event was divided into three sections:
-the top 5 stair set, hubbas and rail
- then it was on to the tranny
- finishing on the 7 stair set hubbas and rail.
Woody got on the mike while Mick from Shifty’s manned the BBQ. Given how hot it was, the talent on display still saw heaps of radness go down.
A Chinese photographer and film crew were also onsite to capture the event including young pocket rocket Ethan Copeland. They were filming for a Doco called ‘the Tale of Two Cities’ where a photographer from Beijing travels to Canberra to create an exhibition about the Australian capital and its people, and a photographer from Canberra makes the reverse trip to Beijing. In case you didn’t know, Beijing is the sister city of Canberra.
Big thanks to everyone for shredding! Thanks for sponsoring the event to Shifty’s skateshop, Holiday skateboards, Modus Bearings and Picture Wheels. Big thanks also to the Skateboarding Australia Hub program that puts these events on supported by ACT Government, Australian Sports Commission, Nike Sb and Protec.
Overall best trick winners was a tie between Rylan McNeil and Edwin Flynn for $100 cash each, but heaps of other shredding went down from the likes of Darcy Corbett, Howard Palmer, Kenny Hammond, Jeremy Neideck, Patrick Letts, Benny Bice, Mitch Webber and co. Big ups also to young fellas Ethan Copeland and Liam McGirr for getting in the mix!
Cheers everyone for comin and making it an epic day!!
Fourstar Demo!! 6pm at Belco Skatepark Monday 17 Feb 2014.
Sean Malto (injured)
Thanks to TAMS Directorate and SbA ACT/NSW Zone manager Brenden Wood, the damaged bricks at Erindale skatepark are now fixed.
2013 had multiple highs and of course some heavy lows. That’s how life seems to work though right? And life sure wouldn’t be as interesting without skateboarding. The SbA team have been working hard to push skateboarding and to create opportunities for skateboarders in this country. We put together some of the highlights and stoking moments in one short video for your perusal. Stay tuned for even more 2013 highlights in the Am Titles hype clip that we will drop early Jan. For now kick back and have a gander at the year that was. We have included some snippets from Skateboard Hubs, our various competitions and some highlights from the web content. Be Safe, have a rippin’ new year and see you all on the flipside.
Brenden Wood has reported this recent damage to Erindale skatepark via the Canberra Connect weblink. Hopefully TAMS repair it soon. It is right in the centre of the main wall. Keeping you posted.
There are 2 bricks that have recently been removed from the ‘lip’ at the top of the brick banks at Erindale skatepark. May or may not have been caused by works to the light pole. Requires immediate repair.(See attached images).
I’ve had the privilege of knowing Brenden ‘Woody’ Wood for many years now. His dedication to skateboarding is unrivaled. If you’ve ever had the pleasure to skateboard with Woody, or even better, go on a road trip with him, you’ll know he is stoked on life. And even more on skateboarding. He’s one of those guys that people say is just a genuine good dude. He’ll go out of his way for people without a second guess.
I had the pleasure of passing the ACT Hub Manager torch to Woody in late 2012 when I was able to work on the SbA Skatepark Facility Guide. I had every faith in him, and he has proved himself tenfold over the last year. He is the glue that holds it together. I’m hyped to see Woody awarded the ACT/NSW Zone Manager role for SbA. Woody will bring a new spin to it and his zest for supporting the community and skateboarding will shine through. Congrats mate, here’s to developing skateboarding for the better!
- Luke Brown, Project Manager, SbA Skatepark Facility Guide and President, Canberra Skateboarding Association.
More over here: http://sba.org.au/Blog/welcoming-woody
Interview and photos by Vagabond.
Earlier this year, Morgan Campbell visited to research some Canberran history to inform Australia on the country’s biggest skateboarding event of 2013.
Vagabond: So Morgs, what was your mission in visiting the ‘berra!?
Morgs: This trip was to source footage and interviews for what became “Canberra: the State Capital” video piece. I guess it was an overview of the scene and the terrain with a focus on Belconnen. I was shown nothing but love and the utmost hospitality from the locals (and the terrain).
Did it inspire any memories for you?
For sure. I used to come to Canberra when I was a grommet. My mate Louis Page lived in Curtin and he introduced me to all the Woden locals. People like Simon Donne, Luke Murphy (RIP) and Blake Convey were super rad to me. We used to skate Civic, (mini chess pit and big chess pit), Woden Skatepark, Tradies Curb and even a brand new Belco (at the time). We are talking really early 90′s. I guess it was 22 years ago!
What did all of your research uncover?
My research on the trip in question uncovered two main things: that Canberra has more than its share of awesome terrain and that the locals were all super friendly and helpful. I also learnt that in the middle of the winter Canberra is probably the coldest place in the country. But those crystal clear days were beautiful and worth every single moment of the frostbite that was in effect. I learnt (again) that Erindale is hard to skate. I learnt that Belco is the largest rideable purpose built skate surface in the southern hemisphere. I learnt that an incredible new obstacle had been built in the Kingston area. And I also learnt that Canberra has a lot of round-a-bouts.
Tell me about your visit to David Pang’s archives?
Man my visit to Dave Pang’s archives was all time. I am an eternal grommet and a skate nerd from way back. To see all those slides, prints and albums in one spot blew my mind. You have to understand that Pang was like the Aussie Atiba or Burnett of the 80′s. Every single mag that came out in Oz was riddled with his imagery. To see all the original slides coupled with Dave’s real-life commentary was absolutely epic. It was honestly a moment that I never would have fathomed happening when I was little. Really appreciated Dave having us over and I will never forget it. Can’t wait for the book. Luke and I were so hyped after seeing all the pics of Lee Ralph at the volcano that we went and skated it!
You managed to get some good vibes skating some of Canberra’s spots with some of the DadCam crew. What were the highlights?
The highlight of hanging with the Dad Cam posse was just to be around amazing skating with nothing but good, laughter-filled vibes. Jack Dowden and the boys are gems. They even had us over for a good old fashioned BBQ and campfire. The highlight of my Dad Cam adventures was seeing bangers getting documented for Dad Cam 3 and just seeing all the lads in their element. Can’t wait to peep their film!
What was your favourite skate spot?
Easily the Rust-Ness Monster. That thing was incredible.
Anything else you want to mention!?
Just like to say thanks to Luke and Caroline Brown for putting me up, lending me a car and showing me round, all the legends who helped with the video piece and Skateboarding Australia for sending me on such an amazing assignment.