Georgia on My Mind

Georgia on My Mind

Georgia is a country located in the Caucasus high mountains and it’s on the border of Europe and Asia. The population of the country is nearly 4.5 million people. Georgia has a high potential to be the longboarding spot in Eastern Europe, because all the roads go through the amazing mountain ranges and it’s a great pleasure to go longboarding on such places with such views. Want more proof? Take a peek at this:A longboarder's paradise.In previous years Georgia was under restrictions from the Soviet Union. Every kind of activity and every kind of new idea were prohibited and that’s the reason why this country is less developed in social affairs and activities. But things are changing.There's a lot of stoke in Georgia!Nowadays, Georgian people are oriented to development, to something new. They want to change conditions and want to think about evolution of  ideas and community.  Creating some kind of activities/sports events took part some years ago. People care about environment and charity.The capital of Georgia is Tbilisi.The organization ,”Step Up Georgia” is based on three main niches: Extreme Sports, Ecology and Charity. “Step Up” always tries to do more new events that are not created/held yet. They try to develop kind of sports without any profits. One of the goals of the organization is developing Longboarding Community in Georgia. “Step Up” has made two Longboarding Mass events, One Longboarding Festival and some longboarding riding tours in beautiful parts of Georgia.A small but growing scene.If we look back about 3 years ago, we can’t see the community. We can’t see even Longboarders in Georgia! But today they are highly developed. Georgia has Longboarding Lovers Community Group with 250 members in it and most of them are interested in that activity.  They try their best to get more people interested in it.So Georgia needs more interested youth people in youth affairs, in activities, in kind of extreme sports, they need some kind of goals, interest and support and after everything written up there, more and more events, Mass gathering events and even sliding tours will be managed and held in that amazingly beautiful small country of caucasian mountainous system.The next generation.For more information on Step Up Georgia, please email Giorgi here: 

New York Skate of Mind; Raise your glass for the Hosts !

New York Skate of Mind; Raise your glass for the Hosts !

What a summer!  Over here on the “beast coast” and the tri-skate area, the longboard scene is picking up steam and gaining speed. Although a couple of events were cancelled, the longboard community is growing and the talent is showing. As we roll on forward more and more events are on the rise.

   Anyone who takes the time and dedicates themselves to hosting an event should be revered in our community. The logistics to host a city approved event are mind numbing and, most certainly,  frustrating for the host. The same goes for the smaller outlaw events which are the bread and butter for most emerging longboarders and a place where the competitive spirit is mildly on hold, friendships are forged and talent improved.

   One of the areas legendary hosts, Adam Dabonka, is familiar with both roads. The founder and force behind Major Stokem and a wide range of outlaw events, Adam started the summer off on Skate Day in mid- june with “the 5 Bomber”.  What a great night ! Oh yes, I forgot to mention, it started at mid-night with a “ Dirty Start”. A push race through NYC streets from Central Park  to Washington Square Park. Even better was his “Roots Session” in Oakland N.J., another epic event with a lot more speed.   Around mid-July, Aaryn Scott Davis and Michael Avery Simmons hosted a largely attended event called The Dunston Avenue Slidejam in Queens N.Y. This event was lit from start to finish. When up to 70 longboarders attack a Queens hill all day long and no cops respond to that event, its not only a success, its miraculous. Aside from being of great talent themselves, Aaryn and Mike brought together many of the areas best. About a week later in Paramus, N.J. Carlo Domenico Castoro hosted the first “Diablo Sesh”, another big day of speed and sliding.    As many of us know, August starts with Central Mass. Sadly, I was unable to attend because of a responsibility to an unrelated convention in San Diego. This certainly balanced out missing Central Mass. Naturally, I packed my gear and pre-arranged a visit to ‘Blacks’ where i was met with locals, Anthony Pilpa and Richie lee Hernandez. As if the scenic beauty wasn’t enough, I had all I could do from picking my jaw from the floor watching Pilpas’ and Hernandez’ super lit and steazed out style. These guys scream SoCal and Pro. I really owe them and the other locals a debt of gratitude for their spirit and hospitality.   Back to New York, where August had no shortage of events in the tri-skate area. You could take your pick from the ‘Nitro-slide jam, the ’Newton- slide jam or the ‘Battle of the Boroughs’. If you were looking for an event, you would find one.    As the sun begins its slow creep south across the horizon each day at dusk we are reminded that we draw closer and closer to the end of another summer. The weather will get more frigid, the leaves will fall and snow will eventually cover the roads but in the tri-skate area, because of the few who make an event available, we will skate regardless.  So give thanks to all those cats   that take the time to make it happen. There is, most certainly, no financial gain in hosting an event but if you measure wealth in smiles and good vibes then you are rich beyond imagination. Thanks to all the Bro’s that make it happen.

PumpTrack Progression

PumpTrack Progression

 

 

Several months ago, Concrete Wave editor, Michael Brooke and I visited the first permanent Velosolutions pump track in the United States. At the time, it was solely managed by Ride Brooklyn Bike Shop as the Brooklyn Bike Park. Since then, Joner Strauss’ Skateboarding Supercross (SBSX) has stepped in to implement a stage of rebranding as this organization has taken over the management of the park. 

 

To provide a bit of context, the idea of Skateboard Supercross came around six years ago as a byproduct of the International Distance Skateboarding Association. After partnering with Velosolutions, they are primed to take over the premier Brooklyn, USA location in an effort to sustain and deliver the experience of riding the pump track.

 

Enter new manager and professional competitive distance rider, Colby Cummings. The Portland, OR native is a self proclaimed “longboarder through and through,” here to get to know the community and build SBSX’s academy-style league with its members. 

 

In a virtual sense, Skateboard Supercross acts as a networking platform with the potential to become a worldwide phenomenon. While still in its developmental stages, its mobile application connects Velosolutions’ other two permanent US tracks (in Leavenworth, WA and Oklahoma City, OK) and letsriders compare the fastest times logged at each track. This close relationship will confirm who the top riders of each track are and will clarify the metrics and objectivity of what makes a rider victorious. 

 

Velosolutions Pumptrack Brooklyn operated by SBSX – the official video:

In a physical sense, the Cummings and Strauss are looking forward to programming a never before designed league with an A-Z path of progression for skateboarding. The league will be established from the bottom up and will provide the events needed to make use of the track’s prime location. This space is, as Strauss called it, “a community anchor that has yet to be showcased.” In the same way that Skateboard Supercross was influential in helping Velosolutions construct its pump tracks in a way more conducive to skateboarding, they seek to invest in the youth by creating a community that is conducive to learning how to ride and experience the magic of balance. 

 

Strauss hopes that SBSX will give skateboarding and more specifically, longboarding, the educational foundation it’s never had. Looking comparatively at other mainstream sports, most have a sustainable future because of the educational programs in place that breed its future participants. Similarly, SBSX plans to broaden their influence with the help of Velosolutions to construct more pump tracks across the nation. Through the interconnectedness of their app, Cummings and Strauss believe they can help overcome the cyclical pitfalls that skateboarding has fallen victim to. 

 

Above all, Cummings and Strauss advise that anyone wishing to experience the feeling of pure stoke, regardless of age or skill level, come to the track to try their hand at it.  

 

If you are looking to get involved in the movement, you can access the SBSX database they have created to help local skaters become local ambassadors. Visit their website here.

 

 

Velosolutions USA latest track in Oklahoma.If you would like a free info pack on how to get a pumptrack built in your city, email concrete.wave@velosolutions.com Have a peek at the new park below.  

A Taste Of The Brazilian Skate Scene

A Taste Of The Brazilian Skate Scene

 Skateboarding is absolutely everywhere in Brazil. I went there two months ago and I spent a couple of weeks in Rio de Janeiro, just before the Olympic fever. In the center of the city I came across a very nice longboard community called Guanabara Boards. The two owners, Alex Batista and Teresa Madeline Geer Batista, have an ‘escola de skate’ (longboarding freestyle, dancing school). The school is for everyone who wants to learn or develop their board skills.  All the equipment is provided, including a variety of boards and safety gear. The two have more than 30 years of skateboarding experience to share with their students. They are expert teachers, who can certainly be considered as pro-longboarders, teach in both Portuguese and English. Guanabara Boards is made up of ten amazing Brazilians and one sweet British girl (Teresa), who ride almost every day. For them, longboarding means passion, fun, freedom, happiness – it’s a way to live. They are passionate about sharing longboarding through their classes. They want to stop people being scared about riding and to learn in the safest way possible, whether you are a child, a woman, a man, a parent, old or young – you can start learning this sport at anytime in yourlife. They show their students that it is totally normal sometimes to fall down after trying new tricks and they teach how to fall down in the safest way and that the most important thing is getting up and trying again, to keep pushing yourself. Julie struts her stuff!I first discovered Alex and Teresa on a YouTube video called “Dancing, Freestyle, Freeride, Downhill’, when I was at home last summer, in Mont-Tremblant, Québec, Canada. I soon got addicted to their videos where I also discovered Ana Maria Suzano, one of the Guanabara Boards team and student of Alex, freestyling barefoot by the beach. When I saw her dancing on her board, all I could think to myself was – I really want to do that! I was hungry to find that freedom and share that happiness. Ana Maria Suzano was like spark of genius in every move that she perfectly executed. She was inviting me to try dancing too. The Brazileira has gained millions of views on her Youtube videos since 2013. She’s globally appreciated for her talent, style and control of the board. Since I was 12 years old I’ve always had a board under my feet, but here, in North America we don’t see a lot of longboard dancing tricks, because we have so many places to downhill and practice freestyle. So for me, it was a new challenge to try dancing and I decided to contact the Guanabara Boards team to help me with my new mission. I booked my flight ticket to Rio, a city that everybody told me was a paradise for riders. I can tell you personally, that this totally true. When I arrived I was stoked to ride by Ipanema beach, the incredible view of the ocean and the rocky mountains, Dois Irmãos (the two brothers), marking the landscape. The city’s cycle paths are perfect to ride on, and there are also skateparks in almost every corner you roll. On Sunday, the main roads right next to the beaches of Ipanema, Copacabana and Flamengo are closed so you can enjoy car-free concrete with your bike, rollerskates, board or even just jogging or walking. In all of my travels, I’ve never seen so many people riding a board – kids, families,workers, surfers and even tourists – everyone is riding. Another amazing place to hang out on weekdays is Lagoa. It has kilometers of perfect bicycle patharound a lagoon with that exceptional view of the surrounding mountains andCristo do Redenter. The father of Guanabara Boards, Alex Batista, born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, rode a street skateboard since a young age. Unfortunately, a few years ago he had a very bad back injury which prevented him from riding. At that time, his skateboard was a huge part of his life and was riding at a professional level so it was a huge blow to have to stop. He put his head down and built a chain of IT businesses, and although he was becoming very successful, something wasn’t right in his heart. He decided to sell the business to search for something with more meaning. Afterseeing some longboard videos, he realized that he could apply his street and classic freestyle skateboard skills to a longboard, which would be more stable for his back. He started doing his tricks with a longboard and began to develop the longboard dancing freestyle scene in Rio. He soon started giving lessons to share his passion with everyone who wanted to learn too and the Guanabara Boards Escola de Skate was born. One day, Alex was teaching in one of the most beautiful places to ride in Rio, Aterro do Flamengo, and he saw a pretty woman, Teresa, about to ride down a hill with her Penny board. She, of course, fell and bumped her cute face on the concrete on the way down. Alex saw her falling, came to her and got her to the hospital. She told me of the romantic moment, her savior came to her, and I can believe it, because last year they went to Teresa’s brother in Australia and got married while longboarding by the amazing beaches of Queensland. It’s the kind of love story, we usually only see in the movies, but this awesome story isreal. Teresa is a professional photographer and video-maker. She is the producer of many Guanabara Boards videos. She is also the creator of Boardettes in her homeland London. She has also now brought Boardettes to Brazil. Boardette’s mission is to initiate women and girls to learn boardsports or to deepen their skills andchallenge themselves. It’s a digital and real-life community of powerful female riders. They now run Guanabara Boards together with it’s escola de skate. Alex and Teresa are excellent teachers, together unifying the perfect match of technique and fun. I learned very quickly with them and I am still practicing a lot here in my town. Guanabara’s vision is about challenging yourself, being free and finding your balance. They run workshops all over Brazil, including in Sao Paulo, Fortaleza and Brasilia. Beyond skate classes, the team are currentlyworking on making their very own Guanabara’s longboards in Brazil.When the crew aren’t teaching skateboarding to their students they can be found at the square outside of MAM (Museu do Arte Moderna). Here, I learned dancing with the local skateboard community who meet up regularly to encourage riders to keep pushing, and remind everyone that, first and foremost, is the fun. The four year company has grown up very fast. If you are a rider or if you plan to travel in Brazil, just take your backpack and go to explore the breathtaking country. Head to Rio de Janeiro, the cidade maravilhosa, and meet the awesome Guanabara team and learn to live the Guanabara Boards lifestyle. PHOTOS: Teresa Madeline Geer Batista 

4 Questions: Lucas Beaufort

4 Questions: Lucas Beaufort

Hello Lucas, 

Your work is almost, actually not almost, but everywhere. You started painting those characters on the covers of magazines, ads along with  collaborations with bunch of brands. You are French and you got a huge amount of exposure in skateboarding in only few years. We don’t know how you did that, but we have 4 questions for you:

 

1- Why combine skateboarding and painting?

Skateboarding is the best thing ever ! I can’t see my life without it. To be honest with you, skateboarding gave me this need to paint. I remember when I was a kid, I wasn’t interested by the brand but more about the graphic.

 

 

 

2- How do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from everywhere, from where I eat to how I make love. If you open your eyes and you take the time to see what is around you, you will feel me.

 

 

 

 

 

3- What is your goal ?

My goal is to bring something special to the world. I don’t want to come out with something that you see everyday. It’s weird to say but come on, what’s the point to be transparent with no goals in life? I’m currently traveling the world, I need it so much, I can’t stay to one place more than 2 months.

 

4- What do you dream about?

I would love to paint a plane or a building, I have big dreams and want to achieve them.

 

 

 

Follow Lucas Beaufort on:

Facebook :  Beaufort.lucas

Instagram : @lucas_beaufort

website : www.lucasbeaufort.com 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait by Francois Marclay

Fundraising Campaign

Fundraising Campaign

Tibs Parise, originally from Nice, France. Growing up as a skater he and his fellow riders would apply a French green clay paste on their road rash and bruises.

  

 

Tibs is now based in San Diego, California and couldn’t find a similar green clay product here. So Tibs decided to create something by himself.

He started the company in January 2016 with his partner, and built the first ready-to-use French Green Clay paste in North America.

With 100% organic, chemical free, high quality ingredients, and clinically proven formula, the product assists in the healing most of injuries. These include from road rashes to inflammation, and more.

With his network in the skateboarding industry and action sports, he decided to produce samples to give away to X-Games athletes and other riders to see their reaction. All the feedback came back positive. Concrete Wave also had the opportunity to try one of the samples, and they found it to very beneficial.

So in conjunction with Concrete Wave, Tibs is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise $4,000.

 

Click here to go to the  fundraiser page:  http://www.concretewavemagazine.com/funding

 

CLAYER website:

www.TheClayers.com

 

 

  

4 Questions: The Old Bro

4 Questions: The Old Bro

Hello Bill, I remember to meet you years ago, you were for me just an “old” guy riding a skateboard. But seeing you riding and enjoying it,  I learned, you were not an “old” skateboarder, you are a truly inspiring skateboarder and an “old” bro. Skateboarding is like something you share with love with every skateboarders.

It has been now 10 years since we talked about the OldBro on Concrete Wave, so let me ask you 4 questions:

 

1- Why do you love skateboarding ?

I love skateboarding for so many reasons. Mostly because of the friends and relationships I’ve made along the way. There have been so many experiences and amazing good times that skateboarding has given to me that I feel I could never repay the debt! I have tried by giving back in every way I can. I started a skate program in Egypt that has got hundreds of kids on skateboards for the first time that would have never had the chance before. We built the first and only skate park in Egypt and I am very proud of that and the guys who helped make that happen. I’ve never skated in a single skateboard contest because I never felt the need to prove anything to anybody when it comes to skateboarding. I’ve always only ever done it for one reason, because I love it. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t do it. I honestly feel like I could never give back enough to make up for what skateboarding has given me.

 

2- How did you start skateboarding ?

I started skateboarding for real in 1972 when I was 13 years old. I had ridden around on one either on my knee or my butt for as long as I can remember but when I was 13, I started surfing. I lived about a half hour inland in Arcadia CA. but my mom would take us to the beach every weekend and then every day in the summer, my mom loved the beach. I started surfing and knee boarding and just couldn’t get it out of my head, so when I was stuck in Arcadia I just always wanted to get that feeling of surfing! So we would “sidewalk surf” it was driveways and hills, then ditches and reservoirs  then empty pools and finely in 1976, it was skate parks! I skated everything and kept surfing too. I got a job at Skatopia in 197, in Buena Park and moved to Newport Beach, then in 1978 I moved down to San Diego’s North county and helped build and worked at the Del Mar Skate Ranch until 1980. I’ve been fortunate to have made friends early on with the Dog Town guys, the San Gabriel Valley crew, the IE crew and the Down South crews. And we are still friends today, forty years later.

 

3- What does Old Bro mean ?

Old Bro comes from the Old Bro bowl that was built by a group of Old Guys in 2006. I went to a Skatopia 30th reunion and was talking to a bunch of guys, some I had known for thirty plus years and some I had just met, and we said how we should build a skate spot that we could all enjoy. I had a big backyard just blocks from the beach and the Old Bro was borne. That day people who I had just met, wrote me checks or committed to funds or materials and we started building. My wife Pat was always on board with the whole idea. We built a really fun bowled in mini ramp that was featured in CW that year but we were soon forced to sell the house, so we had to cut the ramp up and move it to our new house. Once again my wife was adamant that any home we bought, had to have room for the Old Bro. So we moved the ramp and soon people from all over the country and the world came to skate “the Old Bro” soon those became “Old Bro sessions” and the “Old Bro Crew” started growing and people started referring to sessions all over S.D.’s North county as “Old Bro Sessions” no matter where they went down.

I soon realized that Old Bro was more of a feeling, a vibe or a way that you referred to your long time friends and acquaintances and stopped being about the ramp. It is now a brand and sort of a movement. a way that we all just connect with one another. I talk to guys all over the country and the world and we instantly connect because, we are Old Bro’s.

 

 

4- Do we have to be old to be old bro ?

Ha! no. you don’t have to be old. I often say that everybody has an Old Bro, or is one, or knows one. If you are a 14 year old kid but you have a buddy that you’ve known since you were 6, well he’s your Old Bro! or you are a 30 something dude and you’ve got a friend form collage or you have this friend that was a friend of your old man’s, or that 14 year old looks up to you, you either are, have, or know an Old Bro, and you are an Old Bro to someone.  And this goes for any type of activity, not just skating because it can be so many things that bring us together and make us appreciate our Old Bro’s.

Thank you my friend Tibs for asking me these questions, you are truly an Old Bro.

 

 

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Instagram: B_RAY

Facebook: the Old Bro Group page

website: www.theoldbro.com

 

 

 

   

Lost in Havana Premiers in Holland & Canada

Lost in Havana Premiers in Holland & Canada

 In our March 2016 Buyer’s Guide we showcased a story about Kebbek Skateboards bringing 100 completes to Cuba. This was no easy feat and a new documentary about this extra-ordinary experience is premiering early next month in Toronto and Den Haag. We had an opportunity to chat with the founder of Kebbek, Ian Comishin and get some more background on the documentary. This is actually the second major film on skateboarding that Ian has been involved with. For a truly mesmerizing look at the world of a skate tour, you must take a look at “Hicks on Sticks. The trailer for that 2012 film can be found here. Lost in Havana was produced by Warren Lane Films (the same company who produced (Hicks on Sticks). The film was written, filmed and edited by Soren Johnstone. It is narrated by Mike Carter and features Juergen Gritzner, Betty Esperanza, Kalie Racine and Yojani Perez. “No company in history has ever tried to bring 100 complete boards to Cuba as a donation” says Ian. “Soren wanted to capture this historical moment and to try and get inside the experience of those involved in the donation.” I asked Ian if there was a particular message in the film that will resonate with viewers. “Skateboarding and bureaucracy don’t tend to tangle too well. Good intentions and vanity can sometimes be a blurry line. Cuba is freakishly amazing.”

The film was first shown in Slovenia and met with very positive reviews. “The audience was both stunned and inspired” says Ian. They were also stoked and saddened.  Initially, the documentary will be spread though international film festivals and premiers like the ones in Canada and the Netherlands.