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Sharing my passion for an active lifestyle with a focus on trail running and skateboarding.

Skateboard Competition Next Week (Brantford, ON)

Bell City Summer Jam ’17 (Skateboard Competition)

WHAT: Bell City Summer Jam ’17
WHERE: Brant Crossing Skatepark. Branford. ON.
WHEN: July 22nd, 2017
ENTRANCE FEE: $10
CONTACT: The Collective Skateshop.  62 Brant Ave. Brantford, ON.
PHONE: (519) 758-9656
EMAIL: Contact Page
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook

If you have a skateboard competition, please send me the info and poster and I will share it here.

Go skate, compete, watch, and have fun!

Highlights from Last July

Chasing Content (3)It’s time to go exploring!

Let’s dig through the archives and blow the dust off some posts you might have missed.

Here are a few highlights from last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last July,

or just these favs . . .

Old School Skateboarding with Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen is a pioneer when it comes to skateboarding tricks. His flatland style is breathtaking and this new video shows that he is still the master of old school tricks and routines.

DJs Run It and Run With It

This book about DJs who use laptops and other electronic equipment specifically in the EDM (electronic dance music) genre. It does have some things to say about hip-hop music and culture and is a good read for anyone who loves the art of deejaying.

Guest-hosting The Come Up Show

I had the chance to guest-host and DJ for The Come Up Show last year. As a late-night radio disc jockey, it was nice to spin some great hip-hop in the day time over the airwaves. If you missed it, you can click through and listen to the podcast.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Please click on the above links to read some of the best of Silent Cacophony from last year at this time. Don’t let great content get buried in the archive. Thanks!

Skateboard Competitions This July

London Skateboard Co-op – Canada day @ Kiwanis

WHAT: Canada Day Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Kiwanis Skatepark. 1475 Brydges Street (at Wavell) London, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 1st, 2017
CONTACT: London Skateboard Co-op
PHONE: (519) 518-9995
EMAIL: londonskateboardcoop@gmail.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook

Kenora Skateboard Competition 

WHAT: Kenora Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Kenora, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 9th, 2017
CONTACT: Board Anyone
PHONE: (807) 468-3211
SOCIAL MEDIA: http://www.boardanyone.com/

WHAT: 25th Annual Beasley Sk8 Jam
WHERE: Beasley Park. 96 Mary Street. Hamilton, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 8th and 9th, 2017
SATURDAY: 13 y/o & under, Women’s division, 14-18 division, Best Trick on The Escalator, Highest Ollie out of the Bowl
SUNDAY: 30+ Masters division, 19+ division ($300 for 1st, $200 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd) – sponsored by The Local Skateshop, Best Trick Jersey barrier – sponsored by Lowcard, Best Trick Box, Best Trick Quarter, $300 Game of Skate – Sponsored by Che Burrito & Lounge
ENTRANCE FEE: $5 per day, $10 to enter the $300 Skate Contest
CONTACT: The Hamilton Skateboard Assembly
SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/events/1040015862800256/

If you have a skateboard competition, please send me the info and poster and I will share it here.

Go skate, compete, watch, and have fun!

It’s Time to Break the Gender-Barrier in Professional Sport

American Ninja Warrior is a grueling obstacle course competition. The athletes only get one shot at conquering the very complex course. Even the best trained and experienced athletes fail.

Women regularly compete in the games and there are no separate or easier courses designed for them. They run the same track with the same rules and expectations as the men.

Last month, Jessie Graff became the first woman to complete Stage 2.  Watch the video of her impressive record-breaking run below.

Jessie Graff proves that women can not only hold their own in professional sport but they can compete with the men and win.

I would like to see this run set a precedent for women in professional sport. There is absolutely no reason that women aren’t competing against the men in all sports. Women could be in the MLB (baseball), the NHL (hockey), the NBA (basketball), the NFL (football), and the MLS (soccer) leagues.

Break the Gender-Barrier

Let’s break the gender-barrier and allow women to compete against, and with, the men in professional sport. This needs to happen. It’s long-over due and we shouldn’t settle for anything less.

Go Skateboarding Day (5 Easy Tricks for Newbies)

Go Skateboard DayToday is Go Skateboarding Day.

It’s a day to celebrate the sport and the art of skateboarding. It’s a day to encourage people to get out there are try it. To that end, I found this interesting video that highlights the 5 Easiest Skateboard Tricks. 

I have to admit that I stick to the tried-and-true tricks I learned close to 30 years ago when I first started skating. I don’t often push the limit and try new and daring stunts. That’s because I am old and falling hurts a lot more than it used to. That being said, I can do some of the tricks in the video you are about to watch. I can even do a few old school tricks no one seems to do anymore.

The tricks in this video are easy, even for a skateboarding novice. And they even cover the main five tricks you should learn in sequence when just starting out.

I hope this helps. And I hope to see you out at the skatepark today after work or school.

Let’s celebrate Go Skateboarding Day!

Skateboard Competitions This Month in Ontario

Summer is here and skateboard season is kicking off with some great competitions and events. Here are a few that are happening this month in Southern, Ontario, Canada. One of them is TODAY!

So, get out there and show us what you’ve got. Compete, have fun, take home some prizes, and have fun!

WHAT: Zumiez Best Foot Forward Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Iceland Skatepark. 705 Matheson BLVD E, Mississauga, ON.
WHEN: June 14th, 2017
TIMES: Check-In/Registration 3:00 – 4:30, Contest 4:30 – 7:00. Best Trick & Awards 7:00 – 7:30
FORMAT: Jam format, Best Trick.
WEBSITE: http://www.zumiezbestfootforward.com/dates/2017/toronto

WHAT: Go Skateboard Day – Peterborough
WHERE: 560 McDonnel St, Peterborough, ON.
WHEN: June 21st, 2017
FORMAT: Timed Run, Best Trick.
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/flavourfashion/

WHAT: Switch Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Audley Recreation Centre. 1955 Audley Rd, Ajax, ON. L1Z 0L2
WHEN: June 24th, 2017
FORMAT: Jam format, Best Trick.
CONTACT: Switch Skate & Snow, 161 Harwood Ave North Ajax, Ontario, L1Z OA1
PHONE: 905-426-3321
EMAIL: info@switchnow.ca
WEBSITE: www.switchnow.ca
SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Photographic Tours

I love finding new places to run. I often take my camera along with me and stop every few minutes to snap a picture. This way I can present you with a photographic story that captures the scenery of my run.

This page is a table of contents for these Photographic Tours. I will continue to update this list every time I post a new visual tour.

I hope you enjoy these Photographic Tours. I certainly enjoy bringing them to you and look forward to sharing new ones with you soon.

Angus McKenzie Trail – St. Thomas, Ontario

Archie Coulter Conservation Area – St. Thomas, Ontario

Ausable River Cut Conservation Area – Thedford, Ontario (Grand Bend)

Avon Trail – Stratford, Ontario

Beamer Memorial Conservation Area – Grimsby, Ontario

Bechtel Park – Waterloo, Ontario

Beverly Swamp – Flamborough, Ontario

Bob McMullen Linear Trail – Cambridge, Ontario (Exercise Trail)

Brock’s Route Rail Trail – Copetown, Ontario

Carolinian Trail – Pinery Provincial Park, Ontario

Chesney Wilderness Area Trail – Woodstock, Ontario

Clark Wright Conservation Area – Middlesex County

Coldstream Conservation Area – Ilderton, Ontario

Coves Trail – London, Ontario

Devil’s Creek – Cambridge, Ontario

Dirt Runway – Northern Ontario

Dorchester Mill Pond – Dorchester, Ontario

Dumfries Conservation Area – Cambridge, Ontario

Dundas Valley – Hamilton, Ontario

Embro Conservation Area – Embro, Ontario

Fanshawe Park  Lake Trail – London, Ontario

Farm Trail – Binbrook, Ontario

George Nicholson Trail – St. Catherines, Ontario (Port Weller)

Gibbons Park – London, Ontario

Glen Rouge Trail – Toronto, Ontario

Grand Trunk Trail – St. Marys, Ontario

John Lawson Trail – Ingersoll, Ontario

Historic St. Marys – St. Marys, Ontario

Hyde Park Rotary Trail – London, Ontario

Kain’s Woods – London, Ontario (Shore Road) and (Main Entrance) and (Kains to Warbler Woods)

Komoka Conservation Area – Komoka, Ontario – (Main Trail) and (Side Trail)

LaFarge 2000 Trail – Flamborough, Ontario

Laurier Woods – North Bay, Ontario

Lambeth Centennial Park – Lambeth, Ontario

Lions Lake Trail – Floradale, Ontario

Lorne C. Henderson – Petrolia, Ontario

Marguerite Omston Trailway: Walter Bean Grand River Trail – Kitchener, Ontario

Marsh Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Meadowlilly Woods – London, Ontario

Medway Valley  – London, Ontario – (Side Trail) and (Western University Trail head)

Merrit Trail (Mountain Locks Park) – St. Catherines, Ontario

Mill Pond Trail – Cambridge, Ontario

Moffat Creek – Cambridge, Ontario

Niagara Escarpment – Grimbsy, Ontario

Perch Creek – Sarnia, Ontario

Pinafore Park – St. Thomas, Ontario

Princess Point – Hamilton, Ontario

Red Hill Valley – Hamilton, Ontario – Albion Falls, King’s Forest

Riverside Park – Cambridge, Ontario

Roth Park – Woodstock, Ontario

Scenic Trails – Ingersoll, Ontario

Short Hills Provincial  Park – Pelham, Ontario – Black Walnut Trail , Swayze Falls Trail

Shriner’s Woodlot – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Sifton Bog – London, Ontario – Boardwalk trail and Nature Trail

Southcrest Ravine – London, Ontario

Southpoint Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Spicebush Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Springbank Park: Terry Fox Parkway – London, Ontario

Springwater Forest – St. Thomas, Ontario

St. Marys Loop Trail – St. Marys, Ontario

Stoney Creek of The Thames – London, Ontario

Thames Park – London, Ontario

Thames River Trail – St. Marys, Ontario

Thames Valley Parkway – London, Ontario

The Pines (Mountain Bike Trail) – Woodstock, Ontario

Tulip Tree Tail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Vansittart Woods – Blanford, Ontario

Warbler Woods – London, Ontario

Warwick Conservation Area – Warwick, Ontario

Waterfront Trail  – Grimbsy, Ontario

Wawanosh Wetlands – Sarnia, Ontario

Westminster Ponds – London, Ontario

Windsor Waterfront Trail – Windsor, Ontario

Youth Start Trail – Woodstock, Ontario

Binbrook Skatepark

binbrook-water-tower

How cool is it to have a skatepark under a water tower?

binbrook-mini-ramp

With a mini ramp that is the perfect size for my abilities?

grind-blocks

With some cool grind ledges,

launch-ramp

launch ramps,

quarter-pipe

quarter-pipe transfers,

rail

multi-leveled rails,

spine-transfer

and a spine?

This is definitely one of my favourite skateparks. It’s mostly because of the near perfect half-pipe. We need more of those at skateparks. It’s rare for me to find one that is so well suited to my limited abilities too.

It’s well worth the drive to Binbrook!

Want to see more?

Skatepark Visual Tours – over two dozen great skate spots

My Everything Birthday

Everything Birthday

42 is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything. That is why I am dubbing today as my “Everything Birthday.”

There is surprisingly little about everything birthdays on the world wide web. I was certain that fellow Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fans would have made everything birthdays commonplace. I guess it is up to me.

I want to have an everything bagel for lunch today and celebrate all of the great things that have been happening in my life.

Coincidentally, this month we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the colour-barrier in baseball. He changed the face of baseball and popular sport, and he did it while wearing the Number 42.

This year, I got married, celebrated the fifth anniversary of my radio show, excelled in my studies at university, rekindled my love of teaching, taught high school for the first time, and have continued to skateboard and trail run.

I have a lot to be thankful for and will be celebrating all of this, today, on my everything birthday.

Corunna Skatepark (ON, Canada)

Last week I discovered an amazing skatepark close to Sarnia, Ontario. As I drove home from it, I saw this park off in the distance. I immediately took a detour to see what it had to offer.

Corunna Skatepark

This park is located in the Corunna Athletic Park at 420 Colborne Street. Corunna, ON.

Graduated Rail

This graduated rail is nice for beginners. The pavement doesn’t offer a smooth ride though.

Plastcic Quarter Pipe

These ramps are made out of plastic. They feel a little strange to ride on.

Plastic Skatepark

If you look at the first image in this post, you can see the underside of this ramp and how it looks like a slide from a playground. It’s the first ramp of its type that I have ever seen. I didn’t even know they made plastic quarter-pipes like this.

Pyarmid

Overall, this park isn’t terrible. It’s nice for the kids in the small town to have a place to skate. But it’s definitely not worth your time to travel to.

Virtual Skatepark Tours – over two dozen great spots to skate