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End of Summer Bummer 2 – South Park, Colorado

Deep in the woods of South Park County, Fairplay Colorado was home to the second annual End of Summer Bummer 2, the leaves were changing, the PBR was flowing, and the heckle hole above Dana’s bowl was going strong all day. In the end Nicole Noller came out with the win in the ladies division, Tim Johnson came out and won the masters division, and a very heated pro division came to a twenty minute final deathmatch where Xavier Manzanares came out with the win, oh and not to mention doing a NBD nose blunt yank off  from the top diving board that dangles 8+ feet above the shallow end. This event doesn’t show any sign of slowing down for years to come, get your ass over the pass next year and you won’t regret it!

Words and photos: Taylor DeHart

Chuck Pontone. Lien melon.

Chuck Pontone. Lien melon.

Geoff Turner. Tailblock.

Geoff Turner. Tailblock.

Tim Johnson. Stalefish

Tim Johnson. Stalefish

Joe Storm. Invert.

Joe Storm. Invert.

Derek Scott. Backside tailslide.

Derek Scott. Backside tailslide.

Tony Marle. Backside nosegrind.

Tony Marle. Backside nosegrind.

Chuck Pontone. Invert.

Chuck Pontone. Invert.

Chuck Pontone. Indy air.

Chuck Pontone. Indy air.

Zach Cusano. One foot tailblock.

Zach Cusano. One foot tailblock.

Derek Scott. Invert.

Derek Scott. Invert.

Jaeson Manzanares. Frontside nosegrind.

Jaeson Manzanares. Frontside nosegrind.

Charlie Martin. Invert.

Charlie Martin. Invert.

Jaeson Manzanares. Madonna.

Jaeson Manzanares. Madonna.

Tony Marle. Frontside lipslide.

Tony Marle. Frontside lipslide.

Xavier Manzanares. 1st place trophy!

Xavier Manzanares. 1st place trophy!

End of Summer Bummer 2016 – finals

Video by Matthew Norris

La Kantera Pro Pool Contest – The Confusion report

Location: La Kantera. Playa Arrigunaga. Basque Country
Date: September 10th, 2016

Video / Edit: Jonathan Hay
Photos: Fred Ferand, Borja Casas and Jaime Marcos

Robin Bolian. Frontside nosebone. Photo: Fred Ferand

Robin Bolian. Frontside air. Photo: Fred Ferand

Melvin Abdou Salam. Frontside smith. Photo: Fred Ferand

Melvin Abdou Salam. Frontside smith. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kalle Berglind. Invert. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kalle Berglind. Eggplant. Photo: Fred Ferand

Robin Bolian. Slob plant. Photo: Fred Ferand

Robin Bolian. Slob plant. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kalle Berglind. Frontside tuckknee. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kalle Berglind. Frontside tuckknee. Photo: Fred Ferand

Noah Fuzi. Frontside tailbone. Photo: Fred Ferand

Noah Fuzi. Frontside tailbone. Photo: Fred Ferand

Melvin Abdou Salam. Melon to fakie. Photo: Fred Ferand

Melvin Abdou Salam. Melon to fakie. Photo: Fred Ferand

Ian Campbell. Front smith. Photo: Fred Ferand

Ian Campbell. Front smith. Photo: Fred Ferand

Alex Sorgente. Madonna. Photo: Fred Ferand

Alex Sorgente. Madonna. Photo: Fred Ferand

Robin Bolian. Boneless. Photo: Borja Casas

Robin Bolian. Boneless. Photo: Borja Casas

Josh Borden. Stand up shallow end grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Josh Borden. Stand up shallow end grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Noah Fuzi. Frontside crailslide. Photo: Borja Casas

Noah Fuzi. Frontside crailslide. Photo: Borja Casas

Kalle Berglind. Front feeble. Photo: Borja Casas

Kalle Berglind. Front feeble. Photo: Borja Casas

David Sanchez. Frontslide lipslide over the death box. Photo: Borja Casas

David Sanchez. Frontslide lipslide over the death box. Photo: Borja Casas

Alain Goikoetxea. Stand up frontside grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Alain Goikoetxea. Stand up frontside grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Robin Bolian. Frontside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Robin Bolian. Frontside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Alex Sorgente. Saran wrap. Photo: Borja Casas

Alex Sorgente. Saran wrap. Photo: Borja Casas

Alex Sorgente. Ollie. Photo: Borja Casas

Alex Sorgente. Ollie. Photo: Borja Casas

Josh Borden. Frontside crailslide. Photo: Borja Casas

Josh Borden. Frontside crailslide. Photo: Borja Casas

Marcel Cama. Backside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Marcel Cama. Backside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Alex Sorgente. Rocket air. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Alex Sorgente. Rocket air. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Alex Sorgente. Judo air. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Alex Sorgente. Judo air. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Danny Leon. Nose grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Danny Leon. Nose grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Masters:

Kako. Slob plant. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kako. Slob plant. Photo: Fred Ferand

Txus Domingues. Frontside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Txus Domingues. Frontside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Kako and Txus. Local masters. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Kako and Txus. Local masters. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Salba. Backside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Salba. Backside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Pedro "Pope" Tomas. Frontside smith grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Pedro “Pope” Tomas. Frontside smith grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Kevin Campbell. Frontiside hip grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Kevin Campbell. Frontiside hip grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Sean Goff. Sweeper. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Sean Goff. Sweeper. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Diego Doural. Madonna. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Diego Doural. Madonna. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Txus. Frontside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Txus. Frontside grind. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Diego Doural. Mute varial. Photo: Fred Ferand

Diego Doural. Mute varial. Photo: Fred Ferand

Diego Doural. Stalefish. Photo: Fred Ferand

Diego Doural. Stalefish. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kevin Campbell. Frontside air. Photo: Fred Ferand

Kevin Campbell. Frontside air. Photo: Fred Ferand

Dicky. Frontside grind. Photo: Fred Ferand

Dicky. Frontside grind over the hip. Photo: Fred Ferand

Dicky. Frontside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Dicky. Frontside air. Photo: Borja Casas

Jon Ander de Ariño. Invert. Photo: Borja Casas

Jon Ander de Ariño “Txufo”. Invert. Photo: Borja Casas

Pope. Stand up frontside grind over the death box. Photo: Borja Casas

Pope. Stand up frontside grind over the death box. Photo: Borja Casas

Txus. Frontside grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Txus. Frontside grind. Photo: Borja Casas

Sean Goff. Invert. Photo: Borja Casas

Sean Goff. Invert. Photo: Borja Casas

Paul "Dicky" Davis. Frontside air. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Paul “Dicky” Davis. Frontside air the evening before the madness. Photo: Jaime Marcos

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Pro results:
Alex Sorgente (USA) – 1st
Danny Leon (ESP) – 2nd
Ivan Federico (IT) – 3rd

Masters results:
Sean Goff (UK) – 1st
Diego Doural (Basque) – 2nd
Txufo (Basque) – 3rd

More event info, history and to see the full non edited video of the Pro finals and Masters finals go to lakanterapro.com

Urban Skate Project: Building the Burbank Shark Fin

The Shark Fin
By Fred Keeler

At first glance, the Shark Fin left one with the crazy idea that a concrete Jaws lurked just below the surface of your typical, urban wasteland San Fernando Valley parking lot. Which is to say, the sight of the thing made the ordinary look extraordinary.

The dorsal-fin-shaped spine jutted out of the blacktop up to about 3 feet and declined into a series of unified parking blocks. It was a weird thing to see, but any skater would immediately recognize the possibilities. Pop over, slap on, grind up, slide up, slide down … whatever. The session could be as mellow or as heavy as you wanted it to be. The Shark Fin was a unique structure that creative rippers would have reinvented with every session, had it remained intact.

Build It

Build It

The construction and design was led by my buddy Clayton Graul, who has been masterminding DIY builds in Los Angeles from Culver City to El Sereno to Downtown for some years now. In a way, he’s kind of a shark himself– cruising the streets, scanning everywhere for the next underutilized, crusty, forgotten piece of urban blight to sink his teeth into. Once he gets an idea (smells blood), there isn’t much getting in his way.

This particular build was located within a little-used parking lot in North Hollywood. The parking lot is situated beneath behemoth power line towers and sandwiched between low-rent apartments on one side and a DWP power station on the other. Not exactly a postcard, but with the additions Clay and his team put in there, skaters would be on alert passing by.

Move It

Move It

When I first saw the Shark Fin and the other installations (transitions built at the base of the surrounding jersey barriers and parking blocks mortared together to form ledges), my first thought was that this project would be a dream come true for some of the poor kids living in the shitholes across the street. I could imagine some young kid growing up in one of those apartments learning to rip right there in that parking lot under the blistering sun. That imagined kid sure as hell wasn’t as likely to learn to skate at the skatepark down the street where pads (money), helmet (money), and ridiculous fee (more money) are required to get through the gated entrance. Here was a spot that would be a gift to a kid without the means to learn at the sanctioned park. Save the municipal spot for the kids aiming for the 2024 Olympics.

Don't Do It.

Don’t Do It.

Of course, that vision of the stoked-out grom was fleeting. The Shark Fin was torn out the day after I got the chance to skate it with Clay and some other lucky peeps. And, damn– it was a fun piece of work to mess with. I popped over the spine a few times and later daydreamed about some next session that I’d push as hard as I could, grind onto the parking block backbone, and then up and off the Shark Fin. I didn’t happen that way, but everyone I saw taking a crack at it was likely imagining their own potential shred plans. Maybe some of the kids across the street saw us skating it and were coming up with their own visions. Who knows?

Watch it dry

Watch it dry

What is certain is that when you’re lucky enough to skate a great DIY piece, you might as well assume it’s going to be the last chance you’re going to get. Give whatever trick you’re thinking of trying in the future a go because the spot is gone the second you leave. To his credit, Clay gets that. He takes every demolition in stride. Cheers to him and to the next spot coming to a busted-up piece of land near you thanks to that lurking shark eye.

Text by Fred Keeler @gangstrchicken
Video by Jank House Productions @jankhouseproductions

Burbank "Shark Fin"

Burbank “Shark Fin”

The Tournament – Las Arenas, Getxo 2016

The Tournament 2016 took place Lasa skatepark in Las Arenas, Getxo recently repainted and slightly upgraded by Kako, Alex Mosterin and other locals from Algorta. The day before was a mini ramp contest in Romo, also in Getxo. David Sanchez from Madrid took first place at the Tournament taking out Danny Leon, among others, and Jerson (also from Madrid) took first at the Romo mini ramp. All photos by Jaime Marcos.

Enrique Giles. Front feeble. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Enrique Giles. Front feeble. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Urtzi. Frontside crailslide.  Photo: Jaime Marcos

Urtzi Unanue. Frontside crailslide. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Urzti stalefish over Guilles

Urzti Unanue stalefish over Enrique Giles

Danny Leon. Frontside blaster in the face of David Sanchez.  Photo: Jaime Marcos

Danny Leon. Frontside blaster in the face of David Sanchez. Photo: Jaime Marcos

David Sanchez. Blunt to fakie.  Photo: Jaime Marcos

David Sanchez. Blunt to fakie. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Danny Leon. Slob channel plant.  Photo: Jaime Marcos

Danny Leon. Slob channel plant. Photo: Jaime Marcos

David Sanchez. Lien to tail.  Photo: Jaime Marcos

David Sanchez. Lien to tail. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Jaime Ruiz de Gopegui. Frontside ollie at the Tournament.  Photo: Jaime Marcos

Jaime Ruiz de Gopegui. Frontside ollie at the Tournament. Photo: Jaime Marcos

Ivan Federico. Tucknee over the channel at The Tournament in Lasa skatepark

Ivan Federico. Tucknee over the channel at The Tournament in Lasa skatepark

Jerson. Frontside bluntslide at Romo miniramp.  Photo: Jaime Marcos

Jerson. Frontside bluntslide at Romo miniramp. Photo: Jaime Marcos

The finalists at Romo mini ramp with Jernest taking first presented by Captain Jairo.

The finalists at Romo mini ramp with Jerson taking first presented by Captain Jairo.

Basque Ramps Five

Basque Ramps: fifth edition

Skaters: Txus Dominguez, Kevin campbell, Aitor Perez, Pedro Vivas, Ibon Achutegui, Pablo Ribera and Carlos Moya.

Video / edit by Pablo Ribera / DAB PRODUCTIONS