New West Sk8 Jam
The Mercer Stadium Skatepark, also known as the New West Park, in New Westminster, BC was built decades ago. It’s an aged concrete park featuring a snake run and some shallow bowls linked together, a pyramid, manny pad, and ledges. It has cracks, slippery graffiti, some lack luster bank-like transitions, and some uneven transitions, but the locals love it just the same. It has been a source of fun and even an influence of style for the locals. But, very soon it will be destroyed. Before things got too wet in BC, Stuart “Stumanchu” Pettie held a New West Sk8 Jam to bring out all the homies for one last shmang to go out with a bang. Pretty much all day, people came by to skate for a few hours at a time. It was fun time. Here are the photos.
Local hometown hero, David Helmer, skated so hard he broke his tail.
There was a local crew holding the session down and appeared to have a rich history with the park. When it was getting dark and some were talking about leaving, they got a group shot with Stu and one guy doing a five-o on the ledge in front of them.
I wanted to return the favor with Josh Hardwick’s photo of me, so I asked him to do one of his carves in the snake run for me and the rest is Histeezry. I know it’s a stretch. You’re gonna wanna stretch when doing carves like this.
Things were getting dark and wrapping up for most people, but others were still getting the more of their energy out. Harlen Terjesen, in particular, was still ripping. He surprised me with a boneless finger shuv-it to disaster. He had it down on lock and I couldn’t capture it with a single photo, so I got a sequence of it.
Some of the guys couldn’t leave the park without taking a piece of it with them, especially if it’s going to get destroyed soon anyway. They used a hammer to take a chunck out of the concrete. I, for one, am excited to see what the city comes up with for the new park and will be sure to visit when it’s built.