The Weekly Ledge(r) – Episode #44

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Skateboard culture is deeply rooted in this fine city of ours. Not only does Metro Vancouver produce some of the world’s finest wood-wheelers, it’s also a major migratory destination for skaters from all over Canada. The Weekly Ledge(r) exists to update you on skate-related news and happenings in our town. Know the ledge, it’s not just used for sitting…


Lots going on for the Canada Day edition of the Ledge(r). Those 4 urethane wheels never stop rollin’… The first round of fan voting for X Games 17’s Real Street is on. It’s a video contest where 16 pros are invited to submit a 60-second video part. The most fan votes wins $10K. Judges will also select an overall winner, which gets an X Games 17 Gold and $50K. Amongst the stacked roster of pros is our very own Ryan Decenzo, who put out a sick part with the help of Transworld‘s Chris Ray. Watch it above and click here to see all the vids and to do some voting.

As for Canada Day skate events, head up to the Seylynn snake-run (Canada’s oldest existing concrete park), for the annual kick-off to the grassroots Bowl Series (starting at noon and going strong all day), which is in its 17th year (details here). In July 1st contest news, East Van’s Desmond Hoostie won the Vancouver Red Bull Manny Mania qualifier last weekend, and will be in Ottawa today to try and win a spot in the NYC World Final this August. The Vancouver Go Skateboarding Day videos continue to hit the web-waves; Supra Distribution released Part 1 and Part 2, which includes the amazing Lakai Flare ledge they brought to Strathcona park for people to skate at the end of the day.

Color Magazine shed some light on this year’s Olio Festival, during which they’ll host a skate contest and awards show at The Waldorf. Speaking of Color, photo editor Gordon Nicholas recently got the Lensman profile treatment on Push.ca. Cory Wilson was also recently interviewed about peripheral inspirations that fuel his high-calibre skateboarding. In tour news, Quiksilver Canada is hitting the road, and local fellas Jordan Hoffart, Bradley Sheppard, Cory Wilson and Magnus Hanson will start off with a Van Plaza demo at 7pm on July 4th.

As for videos, David-Wayne Stevens gave up his dated Sony VX-1000 and cut some of the remaining footage into a sweet Vancouver Homies Montage. Mike “Hashbrown” Schulze appears in the latest  Cariboo beer web vid (must be nice to have a coldie sponsor), which shows off some of the Vancouver Plaza’s recent upgrades. Since today is the Canada Day kick-off to the 17th Bowl Series at Seylynn in North Van, I’d like to end this week’s Ledge(r) proper with a nod to the late and great “Carver” Don Hartley. R.I.P., brother…