With Danger Bay [Scoot's hometown event] being only a few days away, I thought it was timely to hook up with my man Scoot Smith for a little Q & A. I’ll always remember Scott as the guy with green hair that was, and still is, fast as hell. With the plethora of skilled riders that come out of BC, some come and go like a whisper in the wind. Some hop on the band wagon, race for few years and then you never see them again. I’ve never really known why riders usually drop off but it’s racers, true speed freaks like Scoot, that helped really put downhill on the map. Soon to be iconic, if not already, this Pender Harbour local started racing years back …and as far as I can remember, he’s always in the top 10, if not standing on the podium along side the greats.
Dan Pape: Scott or Scoot, which do you prefer?
Scoot Smith: It really depends who it’s coming from. When I’m working my day job as a drywaller I don’t introduce my self as Scoot. If I’m at a downhill event I don’t introduce myself as Scott. I’m fine with Scoot or Scott…. I’ll respond to both. (more…)
Now shipping! Issue 12 of Skate[Slate] Longboarding Magazine is fresh off the press and ready for your enjoyment! It’s a good one, as always, so don’t miss it.
In this issue:
Mailbag – We want to hear from you. Send us a letter!
Party Rocking – The Flatspot bowl opening party
Fresh Produce – The best new gear
Pack Ratz – Bombing Maryhill with friends
Growing Up Fast – Revisiting the groms of Laguna (more…)
To be completely honest, I didn’t really know how to begin this article when I first sat down to write it. I mean, how do I go about explaining the take over of an island by an international swathe of rowdy adrenaline fueled skaters without it sounding like some kind of elaborate terrorist plot? It’s a tough line to walk, but in so many words this is basically what transpired; minus the guns, bad vibes, and odious intentions. However, this isn’t the first time Catalina Island has seen such a take-over. In fact, Catalina Island has felt the burn of urethane wheels a few times before. The original event, taking place way back in 1977, has served to act as the foundation for what has become an annual event of epic proportions. This year’s Catalina Classic was no exception, with the largest rider / spectator attendance recorded to date, the Catalina Island Classic has without a doubt been fully resuscitated by the good folks at Riviera Skateboards. Once a distant memory, revived by the nu-skool, and rockin’ a little bit harder now.
This is awesome. I met Graham for the first time at Coast Longboarding’s infamous & gnarly Urban Assault. Every time I saw Buksa after that, it was in front of me racing down mountain roads with some kind of crazy tweak on his custom set up. Always came with something interesting and always made the riding more fun. Congrats on 10 years Graham and Rayne from all of us at Skate[Slate].
Stolen from his Facebook“It’s been 9 years since officially starting Rayne and 10 years from when I started building boards under the Rayne name. What a decade! Thank you to everyone who’s been there for the journey!”
It’s all about the vibe–that unexplainable mood that radiates through everyone and sets the tone. It can be manipulated but never fully controlled. It determines many things on and off the track, from an individual level to a crowd level, and can make or break any event.
The mood for the weekend that passed was everything you would want in an end-of-an-era race and the start to a new season. Perfect, crisp, cold blue skies, and high levels of ASRA organization saw this year’s Newton’s go down better than ever. (more…)
Congrats to our man Patrick Switzer on taking home the big money at the Catalina Island Classic. Well deserved! In second place was all around shredder Byron Essert, and Jomar Guzman rounded things out in third.
Elena Corrigall was on top of the women’s podium, with Tamara Prader and Anna O’Neill in second and third, respectively.