September 16 – 18 the City of Edmonton will host the "biggest and best action sports festival in the world" when the FISE World Series comes to Alberta's capital city. FISE is a French company that hosted it's first action sports festival in 1997, and has grown to host international events in Dubai, Kuwait, Costa Rica, China, and Malaysia, as well as having developed a French tour. The original event in Monpellier France now sees over 500 000 spectators pass through the gates over 5 days. That this event is coming to Edmonton is HUGE!
Most of the details are yet to be announced, but the Mountain Bike Slopestyle, skateboard, BMX Flat, and BMX Freestyle Park events will be held in Hawrelak Park. Check out the video, and mark your calendar to be in Edmonton September 16-18, 2016! For details, check out the FISE World Series website or Facebook page.
Anyone who thinks skateboarding is only for children and teenagers will be proven very very wrong when "Skateboarding's ultimate Old Man Jam" comes to Ride N' Play on April 9th! This jam, the first of what will hopefully be many, is presented by Old Balls Skateboard Co. and 4 Wheel Co., with Powell Peralta and Ride N' Play. Skateparktour.ca is proud to support this awesome event for Alberta's old school skaters!
Because of demand since the event was announced, the jam will also be having a women's division. If there are enough registrations, there will be a women's division. If there are not enough women's registrations for a separate division, they will join the men's jam but have separate ranking.
10:30am Registration opens
11:30am-12:00pm: Over 40 Division “Street Style” Warm Up Session
12:00pm -12:30pm: Over 40 Division “Street Style” Open Jam
12:45pm – 1:15pm: 30-39 Division “Street Style” Warm Up Session
1:15pm – 1:45pm: 30-39 Division “Street Style” Open Jam
2:30pm-3:00pm: Over 40 Division “Vert” Warm Up Session
3:00pm – 3:30pm: Over 40 Division “Vert” Open Jam
3:45pm – 4:15pm: 30-39 Division “Vert” Warm Up Session
4:15pm – 4:45pm: 30-39 Division “Vert” Open Jam
5:00pm: Draws and raffles winners announcements
5:05pm: Message from the organizers
5:10pm: Contest winners and prizing
Ride N Play is a 22000 Sq ft indoor skatepark that opened this winter in Edmonton. The owners have invested heavily in building a first class facility for everyone who enjoys wheeled actions sports to enjoy. In this, skateparktour.ca's first video blog, we take you on a tour of Ride N' Play, and fill you in on some more detailed information about the Ride N' Play experience!
Calgary's Youth Brigade shop is offering beginner skate lessons starting in April! Here's a chance for children and youth to learn to skate and be comfortable on their board, and learn basic skills tricks a lot faster than they would teaching themselves. Call Youth Brigade, or click on the poster to visit their website for details
When Skateparktour.ca first went live on August 20, 2006, each skatepark page featured a virtual tour created using Quicktime VR (QTVR) by Apple. Technology has evolved, and in 2015, support for QTVR ended, meaning the virtual tours no longer work. Skateparktour.ca will gradually replace the old QTVR tours with photo tours, but it will take time as Skateparktour.ca is a one person project.
A recently completed inventory of the park pages identified 59 pages (26%) that still have the QTVR tours, and another 66 pages that have photo tours, but are 2nd generation design HTML pages. The QTVR pages are the highest priority, and the following pages have been updated so far this week:
These parks were updated because photos were located of them, and many of the parks will need new photos taken before the page can be updated. If you can take photos of your local park if it has a QTVR tour (especially southern Alberta, South-east BC, and the BC Interior), you can help speed up the process by sending them to Skateparktour.ca by email or Dropbox, but in the mean time, your patience is appreciated!
February 2, 2016
Edson is 200km, about 2 hours, east of Edmonton and the Edson skatepark is the 221st and latest addition to Skateparktour.ca. The skatepark is older and in good condition, and has a wide variety of ledges, banks, rails, manny pads, and transition that are too numerous to list.
In 2015, a concrete pump track was built on the site of the old BMX track. You can generate a lot of speed on the track and at about 2 feet wide, It is a little narrow for most skateboarders, especially in some of the corners. The pump track will be fun for more BMX'ers than skateboarders.
Special thanks to Old Balls Skateboard Co. for the photos!