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Churchill Skateboard Park (Cambridge, ON)

Churchill Park is located at 200 Christopher Drive in Cambridge, ON. It’s a beautiful park with a lot to see and do. The latest edition is a uniquely designed skateboard plaza.


The shape of this park in pretty interesting. Can you see what the designers did with it?

This is one half of the course.

It would have been nice to see a quarter-pipe here, but the platform and ledge offer lots of possibilities for tricks.

In the middle of the park is a low box and a long ledge to grind.

There is a spine, a rail, and a ledge built in to this obstacle.

The other end of the park has some stairs, rails, and ledges too. It also has a slight cure to launch from.

So do you see it yet? I haven’t seen a park designed this way before. Have you?

The park is actually shaped like a skateboard. It is long and skinny and has a nose and a tail section. I skated this course for fifteen minutes before I realized it too.

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Iroqouis Skatepark – Whitby

Iroqouis Skatepark is a colourful cement-based park in Whitby, Ontario.

It is located at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

I had the pleasure of skateboarding there a few weekends back. Here is a brief tour of the park.

The art in this park is very well done.

Here is one of the launch ramps.

There are several different obstacles, ramps, and quarter-pipes to skate.

This skate platform is a unique obstacle.

There are a few grinds to ledges and rails as well,

and a mini-spine ramp.

This is a very colourful skatepark that is centrally located and a lot of fun to skate.

This memorial tree is like nothing I have ever seen before.

It has several skateboards on the trunk and all the way up then branches of the tree. There are several broken decks littered around the base as well.

It is a fitting memorial for Doug E. Fresh.

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Skateboard Competitions in Ontario (July and August)

WHAT: Ode to the Aud Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Skatepark
WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
FORMAT: Best Tricks
ENTRANCE FEE: Free

SPONSOR: EMERICA

WHAT:  Cambellford Skateboard Competition
WHERE:  Campbellford Ontario Skatepark on Saskatoon drive
WHEN: August 12th 11am sign ups start at 12pm
ENTRANCE FEE:  $5. $ goes towards best tricks
FORMAT: Contest timed run & best trick
EMAIL: y_calver@hotmail.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: @66thieves

WHAT: Alexandria Sk8fest
WHERE: 170 MacDonald Blvd. Alexandria, ON
WHEN:  Aug 12, 2017
FORMAT: Games of S-K-A-T-E, Gap Transfer Competition, Long, Ollie
ENTRANCE FEES: Vary by event
ADMISSION: $15 for the day (includes concerts)
WEBSITE: http://sk8fest.com/
EMAIL: info@sk8fest.com

WHAT: Thunder Bay Skateboard Competition
WHEN: August 27, 2017

MORE INFO: to come

SKATE COMPS

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Go skate, compete, watch, and have fun!

Fisher-Hallman Skatepark (Kitchener, ON)

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There’s a new skatepark in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and it is nice. Let’s explore it, shall we?

bowl

It has a large bowl that’s a little difficult to skate, but a lot of fun.

china-gap

There’s a china gap for those who like to get some air,

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a spine with a railing to grind,

quarter-pipe-and-lanuch-ramp

a quarter pipe with a rolling launch ramp,

quarter-pipe-transfer

a quarter-pipe transfer,

rail

plenty of places to grind,

stairs

a set of stairs to jump,

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and some really cool skateboard-shaped benches to take a rest.

street-course

There is even a street course section in this plaza-styled course.

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This one is well worth the drive if you like to travel to different skate spots.

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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!

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/

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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

Binbrook Skatepark

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

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

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With some cool grind ledges,

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launch ramps,

quarter-pipe

quarter-pipe transfers,

rail

multi-leveled rails,

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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!

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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.

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Aamjiwnaang Skatepark (Sarnia, ON)

This is my new favourite skateboard park. It is located on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation at 1972 Virgil Avenue in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Aamjiwnaang Skatepark

The ramps are metal and offer a smooth ride. There are plenty of obstacles, some great ramps, and even a dual leveled half-pipe.

Mini-ramp Half-pipe

I wish every skatepark had one of these ramps. I love a small mini-ramp that lets me do some of my old school and vert tricks.

Great flow skatepark

The angle and size of this ramp is perfect too!

Launch Ramp with Mini-quarter pipe

This obstacle is a lot of fun. It has a short quarter-pipe at the end that lets me practice my stalls and grinds.

Pyramid

This is the typical ramp you find at most skateparks, but it has a gap to jump as well.

Skatepark Ramps

I like this pyramid-styles ramp. I was able to get a little bit of air on it too. I just need to work on my landings.

Tall Quarter Pipe

This is a tall quarter-pipe launch ramp.

Roll-in ramp

Here is a roll-in ramp, along with a steep quarter-pipe launch.

This is a gorgeous park. I am glad I found it. I will be going back here often this summer. You can count on that!

When you visit skateparks, remember to take good care of them. These are meant for everybody (just not bikes or scooters) I love that too!

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Hagersville Skatepark

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I stumbled across this skatepark last weekend. I wasn’t looking for a new spot to skate so it’s a good thing that I keep my skateboard in my trunk for occasions such as this one.

curved-quarter-pipe

I like the arch of this quarter-pipe. It’s also a nice height.

grind-rails-and-ledges

There are plenty of places to do grind tricks too.

pyramid-ramp

It has the typical pyramid ramp that is standard at these concrete parks.

stairs

The stair obstacles are nice.

steep-grind-obstacle

Not sure what this ramp is all about.

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I like that the part is relatively free of graffiti. It’s not the best place to skate and maybe not worth your time to travel here . . .

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but if you are in the vacinity of Hagersville in Haldimand County, it’s the only place to get your skate on.

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Parkhill Skatepark Tour

Last week, I happened to be driving through Parkhill, Ontario and stumbled upon this amazing skatepark. Let’s go on a visual tour of it now.

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Parkhill Libro Skateboard Park is located at 269 McLeod Street in Parkhill, Ontario.

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This park has plenty of obstacles, some unique features, and a great flow.

brick-wall-ramp

This brick-wall quarter-pipe ramp is a neat visual and quite different from the rest of the black-top ramps.

bump-obstacle

I’m not quite sure what this one is or how to skate it.

grind-rail

This extended and curved rail is interesting.

mini-ramp

I love a park that actually has a mini-ramp!

multi-levlel-quarter-pipe

This quarter-pipe has multiple levels to it and is good for skaters of all abilities.

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When you are here, make sure you follow the rules.

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Stairs, pyramid, and flat ramps.

picnic-table-skateboard-obstacle

This picnic-table obstacle is really cool. I haven’t seen anything like it at any skate park.

skateboarding-spectator-sport

Skateboarding is a great spectator sport. This park even has bleachers so you can sit back, relax, and take in some great skateboarding action.

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It’s worth the drive to Parkhill, Ontario, Canada.

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A Repurposed Tennis Court Becomes a Skatepark

An old and unused tennis court is the perfect place to build a new skatepark.

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I have never seen anything like this before.

But it is a great idea, don’t you think?

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This park is located in Mount Pleasant, Ontario and it has quite a few nice features.

stairs

I like the orange and blue colour scheme as well.

quarter-pipe

Here is the quarter-pipe,

pyramid

the pyramid with a grind ledge,

launch-ramp

the launch ramp,

girnd-ledges

and some additional flat-land grind obstacles.

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I had a lot of fun skating in a tennis court. I’d never done that before.

It’s nice to see park spaces being revitalized and repurposed so that they can be used in new and excited ways.

Thank you, Mount Pleasant!

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Old School Skateboarding with Rodney Mullen

“Rodney Mullen, who three decades ago invented many of the tricks on which modern skateboarding is based, steps inside fashion photographer Steven Sebring’s revolutionary 360 studio for his first major release of footage in 12 years, including several never seen before moves.”

Music by Dhani Harrison
Steven Sebring: http://sebringrevolution.com/

Rodney Mullen is a pioneer of skateboarding and one of the best to ever do it. He specializes in flat-land tricks and performs them flawlessly.  He makes the board behave in ways that seem scientifically impossible.

It is so great seeing the pioneers of skateboarding still active on the boards. I love this stuff!

Ward Indoor Skatepark and Shop

Launch Ramps

Ward Skatepark and Shop is located at 199 Victoria Rd S, Guelph, ON.

Beginner Street Course

It is a warehouse style indoor facility with tons of great ramps and obstacles.

Grind Ledges

It is open year-round and offers membership and daily use passes.

Half Pipe

This is a really nice half-pipe.

Mini Mini-Ramp

This is truly a mini-ramp. I love it!

Quarter Pipes

There are all sorts of launch ramps.

View from the Half Pipe

The graffiti is a nice aesthetic touch as well.

Ward Skatepark Geulph

The park is well-designed and maintained.

Warehouse Style Skatepark

It’s worth a trip to Guelph!

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Grimsby’s Memorial Skatepark

Shayne Armstrong Skatepark

Shayne Armstrong Memorial Skatepark is located in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada.

Box and Rail

It has all the typical ramps you would expect to see at an outdoor park.

Bump Launch

The ramps and obstacles are spread out nicely to allow a great flow when skateboarding.

Grinds

There are several ledges to do grind tricks on.

Half-pipe

There are three ramps here and one of them is part of a half-pipe.

Quarter-pipe

It serves as a great mini-ramp, complete with coping on either side.

Memorial Graffiti

I like how this skatepark is relatively graffiti free. They do have a few pieces such as this one on posts just off to the side of the cement course.

Pyramid

This pyramid box is nice.

ramps

I really love skating here and I think you will too.

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Strathroy Skatepark

Strathroy Sign

Strathroy Skate Park was built by the local Optimist Club.

bumps and ledges

It’s a nice park for little kids and those just starting out.

Centre Bump

It has a large bump in the middle of the park.

DIY box

Some skaters  have added a few personal touches, including this box

DIY ledge

and this grind ledge.

One half of the half-pipe

There is also a half-pipe. It doesn’t have any coping and the two sections are a bit too far away from each other, but it’s still fun to skate.

Rail

The rail has been replaced recently as well.

Strathroy Skatepark

I wouldn’t go out of my way to skate here, but if you are in the neighbourood, it’s a nice place to skate.

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Mount Brydges Skatepark

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The Mount Brydges Optimist Skatepark has been been a staple of the town for a number of years now.

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It has all the typical ramps and obstacles you would expect to find at one of these parks.

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The pyramid at the centre of the skatepark is short and great for beginners.

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The quarter-pipe is a little too steep though.

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The ramps on either side of the park don’t have any coping bars, but there is plenty of space to zoom around on.

Overall, this is an average park. I wouldn’t recommend coming out of your way to skate here. But if you’re in town, it’s worth a stop-over.

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McLennan Skatepark – Kitchener

McLennan Park

McLennan Park is located at 901 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener, Ontario and it is quite the place to visit for an afternoon of family fun. They have a leash-free dog park, a splash pad, basketball courts, a dirt bike course, a playground, and a great skateboard park.

bowl

This is one of the few parks in the area that has a full-sized bowl.

pool ledge coping

There are places where you can skate it just like a half-pipe. It even has an extra tall wall with pool-style coping at the top.

Street Course

And for the new-era skateboarders, it has a nice street course as well.

double camel hump

The double camel humps are a lot of fun.

launch ramp

There are plenty of places to grind.

quarter-pipe

This quarter-pipe is quite nice.

stairs and grind ledge

Here is a shot of the three-step, downslope ledge, jump ramp, and incline.

stairs

These stairs are more for the advanced skateboarders.

wedge

I’ve been to this park many times and have yet to see anyone use this obstacle.

hardcore plaque

This is a great park and very enjoyable to skate. Come skate it with me some day!

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