All across Canada West 49 helped put on a bunch of events at parks and street spots to keep kids motivated and to stoke newcomers to the mix. The Peterborough ON crew put this together for you. Enjoy.
Posted on June 22nd, 2012 in Uncategorized |
Justin Fabus from Brampton is welcomed to San Diego’s Vagrant Skates.. check his youtube welcome out.. also featured on lowcard etc. Pretty sweet Justin!
Posted on December 28th, 2011 in Uncategorized |
Every month we get dozens of sponsor me videos in the mail, email, and through facebook. Over the past 6 months, we’ve heard about Trevon Casselmanfrom Cobourg, and he’s now put his best stuff together for you to peep. It’s a no brainer to put a kid like this on the West 49 Flow Team, and he should inspire you to get a hot promo together if you’re thinking of joining our family. His homey Ricky Gouin came along last Go Skate Day and has been a good dude to add to the mix, contests and what not. That whole Peterborough store has the goods with long timer Coy Calver and new jack James Willis rounding it out.
If you think you’ve got a good enough promo to send in, let’s see it. Hit us on our facebook page
Posted on December 28th, 2011 in Uncategorized |
Looking back at our Mid-August trip to BC, we’re pretty hyped on what we got done in the time we had. It’s such an amazing province that’s pushed out pretty much the best of Canada’s skate talent over the years and we know why. The spots are pretty much all capped in Vancouver, but elsewhere short drives away there are plenty of new spots to be had. Our flow team is super diverse out there too, and it’s too bad we couldn’t hook up with everyone when we were there but those that really brought the heat with their “Bro-Cam” footage, got the call.
Our friends at SBC have just published a full feature Web Article on this trip so head there to check it out at SBCSkateboard.com!
Enjoy the Montage, and check out a few behind the scenes snaps and stories from our journey that we found in our iPhoto.
Fresh off the plane we showed up to meet the Element team at the Coquitlam West 49 where Appleyard was stoking kids by the hundreds with a simple signature or two.
Lookie who it is in the background, almighty Hashbrown! He’s shut down many spots out there apparently, makes it tough to get work done when he’s run up in every area of BC! Yeah Mike.. nice to finally meet you in MTL.
Every day is a new 24, and Tom’s not sure where to skate, let alone where to live. I think he’s got the Van City bug, so Calgary love him while he’s there!
Tom has this trick too well, but was one try away from a long roll away, so we used the clip anyway when security was on his back and he still rolled a bit, earned it though.
Perhaps our most productive day was championed by Shawn Beaupre from Langley. He is killing it at the tech game and brought us by the still waters in White Rock to get some sun and a steezy clip or two.
Bummer of the day comes about when we show up at the Brittania beach ramp site and theres nothing to be found but seizure notices and trespass warnings. Why can’t we live in a world without that word “liability” that haters like to hide behind. That’s the number one excuse for losers to rain on a perfect skate parade.
Squamish is that town in between Whistler and Van, and totally worth checking out because new spots are there weekly!
You also can’t go to Vancouver and not peep the grime on Hastings. That OWL drugs store is too ironic on the corner.
Perhaps one of the oldest bowls (snakeruns) in the area, Seylynn is still too fun to skate. Looks like the Sector 9 crew has been there before us shredding on tour.
No kidding its a tight fit with 7 in a van with photo gear, luggage, boards and everything else. AC blasting is key to keep the fumes from taking over.
Every city visit has it’s surprises. Alex Kotanko didn’t even know how buck he could get. Look for his acid drop in print soon!
We really saved the best til last and headed to Tofino to shoot some surf action with our homey Billabong Pro, Sepp Bruhwiler from Westside Surf. With an evening to just unwind and sort through some photos, SBC Photographer Jay Delaney makes sure theres no salsa left in the bowl for the rest of us. The more you live this life, you get hungrier for more photos and food apparently! LOL
Sepp’s been working hard at getting this shop running at full capacity and by the looks of it, he’s fully booked for lessons. Best teacher out there i’m sure, he got Keegan on some in no time. Tofino is actually like a Canadian Hawaii, it’d been a while and it was a real seller for surf culture in Canada. Sort of like a 70’s version of what Whistler must have been like before it blew right up.
When it’s all said and done, theres one more early start to tackle, but it’s worth turning the key on the Grand Caravan when the views actually take your yawns away real quick. Thanks for having us BC!
CHECK OUT SBC’S SITE FOR THE WEB ARTICLE ON THIS TRIP!
Posted on October 6th, 2011 in Uncategorized |
West 49 AM Ty Peterson showed Cochrane who’s got that baby tiger blood on the weekend. He came up with $500 to spend on candy winning first in the big boys division. Not completely unexpected though as he is a glimpse of skateboardings future in Canada. Big shout to all who skated under threatening clouds and ska music. Look for Ty at other contests this summer including Take the Cake.
Time flies when you’re on the run. 2010 was just how we like it, fast and furious, gettin work done as planned. Since June we were on the road pretty much from the Martimes through to Alberta just back in time for Take the Cake.
Here’s a look at what you didn’t see in our HD monty’s, because this is the b-cut shot with iPhones, Stylus toughs and Crackberrys. A big shout goes to our whole flow family for rolling with us this year, and you know we’re back at it once this snow’s gone!
Posted on January 21st, 2011 in News |
It’s just about Christmas time now, and we’ve got a lot to look back on and most recently, our trip to Alberta. That province has just come up with the wildest parks which are too fun to skate. The new Airdrie plaza is one that we didn’t get to enjoy due to weather, but the Callingwood park in Edmonton itself was enough to develop a severe case of parkthritis on a daily basis. Little Zach Hoffman kills that place, and is one more sign of why our young breed of flow cats will one day rule the herd. Unlike some tour montages that like to run park footy mixed with street, we stack enough to let it run on it’s own. So here’s the Alberta Parks montage, well worth the visit.
Having had an amazing time at the West 49 Take the Cake contest at Niagara Falls, ON, Chris, Ryan and Bob felt the need to post up their favorite pics from the weekend. What’s amazing is that Dune himself is so rad that the Canadian customs agents hooked up a stay in our country by only providing his California driver’s license. Nice to know they can determine who is legit enough to not need a passport. Love those bros, they’re welcome back here any damn time they want! Big shouts to SPoT for joining us at the first big show in a long time up here, check out their article from their site.
This weekend October 1-2 Niagara Falls will host the dopest skate contest on Canadian soil in a long time. Our am’s will be taking to the stage for the goodtimes. Some course pics are surfacing on twitter #TakeTheCake and it’s looking good. Ty Peterson, Kirk, Tatem, Ian Reid, Coy Calver, Kyle Perry, Richard Hepworth, Justin Fabus and more are all ready to give’er so come join the fun. Peep the site west49takethecake.com for details. Get tickets online or there. Be sure to not miss it! P-rod…T-pudz… Chaz… Come on!
After a month of processing footy, sorting through photos and straight up relaxing too, we’ve put the touches on our second Monty. It’ll be up here as a vimeo stream on Friday. Also, SBCskateboard.com is posting another web feature on their page about our times out West. Look for all that and more, here on 49days.ca!
As much of the team has hosted us in their cities to shoot photos and footy at their spots, the Ontario crew has been patiently waiting to get work done. Without sitting idle, they decided a few days at the Muskoka Woods Sports Resort was a good call. Peep the monty here or just watch it on this page if it’s still at the top, a day in the life pretty much. Can you imagine a week of this?
It’s now ringing in your eardrums and you’re wondering who the voice is behind the tune. Jay Be hails from the Port City of Saint John N.B and has spent the last decade following his dreams of music, skateboarding and life in general. He was down to let us use a tune of his for the first montage, so we’d check in with him to give you a better idea of who he be.
49Days: So, I’m curious how long have you been in the mix with the Saint John skate scene.
Jay Be: I started skating when I was 12 and from start to finish was out there doing it heavy. I guess I started making videos at 13 and kept growing with it.
A long time eh? Who were some of the first dudes you pushed around with?
The first dudes were Brian and Justin Gautreau. It was us all day after then then shortly came along the crew, Kevin Murray, Nick, Luke Chown, Matt McFarlane, just to name a few
So what was took you down the Music path? How did that get started?
I started just freestylin in the car with the boys. whenever we went on road trips and stuff. I guess I just got good at it!
No doubt! As many got their start that way, addictive isn’t it?
Like nothing else ive ever done and now to take stage… feels like stompin’ a banger every time!
What Shows have you done lately, didn’t Lil’ Kim come thru SJ?
Yah. Lil’ Kim, Naughty, Slaughterhouse, to name a few and we just did SunSeeker festival.
The fact that you are a local St. John MC who happened to be tight with the skate scene made your music a logical choice for this first montage no doubt, did you ever think your two loves would run together like that?
It would be foolish to say i had never thought about it. but to actually have it happen on a big scale like the West vid is crazy for sure, very motivating.
It stokes us to work with Canadian talent, especially some pure blooded skate heads like yourself. What are some other goals you’ve set for yourself.
Well i just graduated university with honors in multi media and decided to work for myself doing that so im planning on chasing any opportunity I can really. I guess a small goal would be to get to a larger market with my music and to shows all around Canada.
I’m pretty sure you’ll meet the right people to help get you where you want to go, I help this skate piece has helped get your music out there.
It for sure has and like I said I can’t thank you enough for real!
It’s only right to work this out local, like in the movie Fargo we dealt with this right here in Dakota. Love it.
Check out Jay Be … in Stardust, and a piece he did not too long ago. Making dreams happen.
Good things come in small packages, and in this case big packages bring that much more. Early this summer 2010, Dwindle Distribution began supporting West 49 AM Ty Peterson from Edmonton Alberta, Blind boards, Tensor Trucks and Globe shoes. At age 13, Ty is no stranger to skateboarding, having travelled to skate since he was 6, he’s experienced much of North America and Mexico, and it shows. His bag of park tricks are soon to be seen on the streets of Alberta in the 2nd 49 Days HD montage set to release in Mid-September, 2010. As his shop sponsor, we’re glad to know that he’s being taken care of by one of the best people in the business. Blind TM, Bill Weiss first looked at him to be the perfect young blood to build with, and we’re all really excited to be working with such an amazing person directly in California. As West 49, this is exactly what we’re aiming to do- investing in young talent and seeing them live the dream.
Ty has had a busy summer so far, having travelled to Mexico, Cali, Minneapolis and toured with me for a few weeks this summer. He’s off to Am Getting Paid in Montreal at the end of September as well, having qualifed at the Callingwood Plaza in Edmonton. This past weekend he rounded out the top three with Dustin Henry and Mitch Phillips at the Sylvan “Shake the Lake” Contest. I’m super psyched to see this kid bloom into the path which awaits his arrival.
We’ve been here since this past Monday putting endless clicks on the van, trying hard to get the last touches on the Alberta montage and we’re just about done. I spent some time this morning watching a youtube series on the history of skate videos, and I think what we’re doing through this project falls right in line with a lot os what spike, gonz, lance and greg hunt etc talk about. I just love shooting skateboarding and seeing what we can come up with, when we put our spot lists and creative ideas together. Out here it’s been a blessing being able to shoot with Matt Allen a hard working store manager at South Centre here in Calgary. He is an inspiration to me as a skateboarder, film maker and person. Let these images guide you through our week.
The Edmonton crew was amazing. New recruit Taren Kootenhayoo is a free spirit, who just relies on skateboarding to escape, like we all do. It’s a sight to see how tight this crew is, like an actual family. Seated at the Strat 10 we have from L to R: John Masuda, RJ Park, Alliesha, Manager Mike, Taren and Zach. Missing from this mix is Mac Bauer and Ty Peterson who you’ll be seeing later in this post, and the near future.
Did I mention we skated so many parks that I lost touch with where we were at? In Edmonton, it was so hot that I forgot to shoot a pano of the New Line, Callingwood Park. It’s so sick actually. There’s a heap of footage from there though so look for a park montage to drop asap. Peep some of these other parks out here, they tell a story of the past 15 years. My favorite was and is Canmore, because it’s just the most intriguing sight to behold surrounded by beauty.
Calgary is just a short three hour drive away, and I say short, because this distance isn’t considered much an issue to keep these 2 crews from skating together. Matt told me of the many times he’d day trip it up north to Edmonton to get some skating in, and I compare that to Toronto where many skaters don’t leave their own block to find new spots. This helped alleviate any newer introductions between the 2 crews and we all were focused on getting a trick from everybody. In this photo below, we finally got a chance to drive up to the three block in downtown Edmonton where Alliesha had her mind set to kickflip it. I poached an angle of one attempt which was one of the many that were inches away from a clean roll away.
This summer has been really rainy, and it seems that most days on this trip were either threatened by rain, or straight up written off by it. Edmonton’s spots were so far spread out that most of our time was spent sitting in the vehicle, talking about where to shoot, and who has what. Once we did get out and down to business it was often this guy pictured below who had shuffled the deck and had the cards play out in his favor. John “HJ” Masuda straight up merks spots that many don’t skate, or at least like he does. Full pipes to gapping out to grind 2 foot long curbs, he found ways to get a photo or two.
Following a dehydrating day at the Edmonton Warped Tour, our West 49 flow team did skate super hard trying to put their heads together thinking of spots, and backup plans if all else failed. RJ Park stomped the “trick of his summer”, and was left wondering what else was left to do. Ty got what I hope turns out to be his recognize photo on a ten stair rail in Sherwood Park. With the help of Mike and Josh at the West Ed store, we had the crew up and at it every morning, high on life and Rockstar energy drinks. Those guys have so much passion for what we’re doing, and we felt we owed it to them to make the most of our time.
After Edmonton’s time was up, we made our way down to Calgary to meet up with these guys. From L to R: TM Matt Allen, Tom Mok, Hernan Flores, Kurt Ropchan and Connor Rempal. All of these guys are fully dedicated to skateboarding, and had this super spotlist printed up to make sure we weren’t left twiddling our thumbs. Tom’s ankle was on the mend, and Kurt’s was just good enough to walk, so that left us with 2 guys to be mindful of when suggesting spots and tricks. Kurt actually left to Peru for a travel-cation and the rest of us, plus Ty got down to business, shooting with Geoff Clifford from SBC.
The best start to a productive filming mission is a spot list. Matt and his crew pulled together a spreadsheet of spots that we hit really hard during our stay in Calgary. Many spots were un-seshable because of cars blocking, or in one case, where we pulled up to a cemented barrier that looked like it had been attacked by a jack hammer. Regardless, we put the vehicle in drive, checked weather network app on the iPhone and GPS’d our way to the next spot. Connor joined us on the one day, and banged out a sequence on this ledge, proving to himself that patience pays off.
To close off this blog posting, let’s enjoy the view on the road as we head a short 75 km’s out of Calgary into the mountains in Canmore. The foothills turn into this high alpine spectacle in just minutes as you cruise the limit at 110. Vans/Consilidated AM Drew Merriman convinced us that it was the right time to get up there. He got a sick photo with Clifford to add to the trip, and our park montage got that much deeper.
With all the effort that went into our time spent in Alberta we left exhausted yet satisfied knowing that we’ve done our best. It’s one more step closer to us all achieving our dreams and starting out on some new ones. An upcoming teaser will shed more light on our experience as a team, and hopefully stoke you to skate! Look for Montage 2 which will feature the best from this trip, set to release in Mid September.
We’re so stoked on how our last trip panned out, and now that the montage is up and getting insane views, we wanted to get out shooting some more. Alberta is a province that has received it’s share of rain this summer, which means, not near the amount of skateable weather. This all boils us down to a crew of skaters out here that are down to make up for lost time. Bags are packed, flights are boarded, it’s go time again, 49 days style.
Coming from Ontario, it’s been a nice change showing up here in Alberta where the heat is actually bearable, and that makes everything enjoyable. We will be spending the next 3 days up here on the usual program of hitting spot after spot with our flow team. With Vans being one of our sponsors for this project, they also had us roll with them at the Vans Warped Tour here in Edmonton.
Amazing day at the mini ramp, watching the dudes slay the aluminum transition. By the time the ramp jam started, it turned out to be a big snake fest, where if you weren’t a snaker, you didn’t get a drop of action. It was tight seeing dudes that didn’t snake, get a chance to skate, made for a nice break in the action.
It took the boys a bit to get used to the aluminum, even though the ramp is the same every year. It’s was really just a fun day hanging out like a cat watching ping pong. Bobby, Stefan, Mike and the rest of the Vans crew were the best hosts, and repped hard! Get some vans on your feet for Back to School, I am.
After the Warped experience left us wanting some more skating, we headed to a few street spots en route to the Callingwood plaza. It is actually one of the finest new line parks i’ve ever seen. Just took a few hours shooting on the hip alone. Look for more from here in the Alberta parktage. Should be amazing.
Let me close off this posting by hyping up Jamie Tancowny . It’s dudes like this that just light me up for Canadian skating. Local talent that’s been raised up by local skateshops and crews that are dedicated to skating. I remember Jamie skating when he was just coming out and doing small things, and now he’s at the top in my books, but down as a clown to just take a minute to pose out on Whyte ave. If you felt his Zero part you’ll most certainly be counting down the minutes for Stay Gold to drop. Support your skaters! That’s exactly what we’re trying to do here.
Posted on August 6th, 2010 in Alberta, Announcements, Calgary, Connor Rempal, Devin Morrison, Edmonton, HJ Masuda, Hernan Flores, Matt Allen, Medicine Hat, News, Skaters, Tom Mok, Ty Peterson, Uncategorized |
You’ve seen the parktage, the teaser and read the SBC article, now we’re stoked to have put the finishing touches on the montage from our first filming trip. All 3 minutes of footage is up here on the main page. On the bottom right hand corner it links to VIMEO which let’s you watch it in HD. Hit us up on the 49days facebook page and let us know if you’re feelin it. I know the guys out east who worked hard at getting tricks when we were there will feel really good about this, and they should. I love skateboarding!
Don’t waste a minute and check out SBC Skateboard.com to read up on the full details of the Maritimes Trip. Curtis Rothney from SBC wrote up a truly epic account of the trip. Special thanks to all our sponsors for their support of our shenanigans, helping us bring some exposure to the true East coast of Canada. 12 days is just not enough time to blow out there, and I wish we could spend weeks on end doing what we did. Don’t miss the exclusive teaser at the bottom as well!
Rolling into a skatepark with Kirk is like going to the batting cage with Willy Mays. He knows exactly what he’s capable of, and then some. The morning of go skate day he set up a new redstar and looked out the window telling me “I’m feelin good today, I really wanna kill it”. That’s the spirit homey! Look at what 60 shutter actuations absorbed in a matter of minutes in a packed house.
Coming home from 12 days on the road is all about recollecting what just happened and going through hundreds of pics and hours worth of footage. This time round it was a real mission sorting through what went down because we shot every single day, and went back to spots for more. Call us greedy, but we got what we went out for. We’re setting up a web article with SBC that will drop early next week. Look for a call out here, and a teaser that will run for a few days before the montage surfaces in full Hi-Def. The park montage that is playing at the top of the page is a mix of all the park stuff we shot on our warmup sessions before hitting the street where it counts.
As every tour goes, there is a lot of driving involved. This last one required us to man up for a total of 2234 km’s over the time we spent together. Thank God for zero deductable insurance because our GPS had us fooled a few times. Yup, the same GPS unit that just about had me drive off the SD pier a few years ago while at ASR.
I’ve had the best time shooting with the XHA1 on this video so far. I’ve been inspired by all the footage that Steve Staffan has shot on it, especially that of Nick Mullins. If you don’t know, now you know. Google it. A little camera dolly work goes a long way in getting that one shot that stands out from the rest, here I shot Colby ollieing over this wall into a bank, which on it’s own wasn’t the most cred clip to get, but with all the angles it adds to the edit. Again, making due at the SJ Ghetto Spot.
We all know the code when checking in. Dudes hang near the van waiting for the boss man to give up the key cards. Once access is gained, we open the tailgate of death, deal with the pile of boards and luggage that falls to the greasy parking lot and roll up to the elevator. On this trip, Curtis Rothney had this big purple suitcase his sister lent him, we called it Barney. It was that big. Hazen’s thug jugs are evidently emptied, so this must have been an hour into the stay in Moncton. Who ate cherry Tomatoes? AC gets cranked, World Cup soccer gets tuned in and shoes get kicked to the corner.
What else is a photographer to do when the boys are shooting lines. The night we got sidetracked with the GPS trying to find the ledge spot, we took a break from shooting to find Curtis out in the field trying to find himself, or maybe he was simply looking to capture this image that speaks of true New Brunswick beauty. Love the province.
There’s a saying out there that goes “If you don’t like the weather in the maritimes, then wait 15 minutes”. So true, this day we shot at the park, it rained like a mofo for about an hour, then dried up like beef jerky. Same deal with Go Skate Day. This was actually Tony’s 2nd day in SJ and he was already familiar with the park and loved it enough to put this down for the kids.
What could be better than having a skateable spot at your hotel. No driving, parking just walk out and shoot. Here’s an image I grabbed off facebook actually, pretty conveniently tucked it right here into the story. Thanks Curtis! Damn good angle, once again. Both on the photo and smith, both dipped.
Every trip has it’s high’s and lows, and news of Josh’s disappearance at first hit me like a blow the the heart. Still has me wondering how something so suddenly tragic can happen to such a bright soul. His skateboarding alone has left an impression on me, let alone his outlook on the life he lead.
These two bies are enough to write about for days. If it’s not Matt’s flawless execution of manning up to whatever the hell he says he’s going to do, or Kevin’s good vibes he brought to every day we were blessed to have him with us, I don’t know what we would have done without these two. That’s just about the best part of my role as TM for West 49, to be able to share life with such amazing homies like these two. A red seal chef on the left and a brilliant artist turned framing genius on the right. Watch out.
With plus 38 degrees as the weather for the day, we had to take a minute in Shediac NB. Kirk takes some cold shots along, sets up the lifeguard tower, only to get apprehended by none other than Tommy Lee himself. Dude was freaking me out with his faux hawk. Made for some laughs. I totally zoned out on the fact that this was salt water too, stoked.