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Birling the Skatepark Effect

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Birling the Skatepark Effect

Aaron Cayer - Kickflip to Fakie [o] Manion There was once a time when skate parks acted primarily as warm-up spots. They were the appetizer. Street skating was the main course. Entire days were sometimes spent skating at parks, but there was always an understanding that “real” skateboarding occurs in the streets. Skate parks were where you learned or refined certain tricks in preparation for taking them to a local street spot. To the classic security guard question: “Isn’t there a skate park around here?” when getting kicked out of a spot, many of us have thought “No matter how many skate parks...

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Jeff Wolfe

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Jeff Wolfe

Featured below is an extended interview with our friend Jeff Wolfe from the latest Kingskate magazine.  Why did you quit skating for a couple of years?  Jeff: Simply put, I quit due to depression. When I came out of the closet, I was dealing with a lot of gay shame and self-loathing issues. I also felt a shift in my group of friends and was pushed into this outer circle. I felt lost. It was at a time where the words "gay" and "fag" were quite common at the skate park, so I didn't feel welcome. It was a few years later when...

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Birling the Archives

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Birling the Archives

The Garden of the Provinces and Territories has been the go-to staple Ottawa street spot for decades. Skaters refer to it simply as “Archives” due to the fact that it lies across the street from Library and Archives Canada. It is centrally located, with plenty of shade from numerous trees, and is rather large in size. Archives features 2 long, yet small ledges, a taller ledge and two eight sets. It also features plenty of room to hang out and play S.K.A.T.E. It’s the closest thing Ottawa has to a street plaza, but a far cry from legendary spots such as Pulaski, J-kwon, or Love....

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Shogo

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Shogo

Enjoy this photo of Shogo (0) Aaron Cayer

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That was then, this is now: Ben Jensen

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That was then, this is now: Ben Jensen

Through his artwork, Ben “Way Bad” Jensen has become a household name in skateboarding. Behind the art and low brow comics we all know and love is a husband, a father, a mason and above all (to us), a skater. His skateboarding based comics act as a creative (and funny) means of expressing what’s on a lot of our minds.  They exude the kind of grumpiness that we at Birling appreciate. He has contributed graphics to many shops and brands out there, although his most valued contribution to our culture is undoubtedly, the "pizza beer bong". Chatting with Ben regarding the current state of...

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