Free Skateboard Instructor Accreditation Seminar

Help grow skateboarding, become an accredited skateboard instructor! in Association with present


November 8, 2014


12PM - 3PM PST


 Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. saying you want to register


Ben Wixon MEd:
Ben is a professional educator and public school teacher with a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as over 20 years skateboarding experience. For more info click here.

Ty Smith, BEd:
Ty is a teacher and passionate skateboarder of many years, who contributes to the skate community through, as an organizer of the Kootenay Skateboard Series, and by managing and instructing the highly successful Summer At The Skatepark
 instruction program at the Castlegar Rotary Skatepark.


I know how to skate, why should I take the webinar?

  • Knowing how to skate, and being good at teaching skateboarding are different things. Good teachers know what sequence to teach skills, how to demonstrate and describe the skill effectively, and how to analyze and correct problems the student is having.  
  • By giving beginners (of all ages) a positive learning experience skateboarding, they will have fun and keep skateboarding. By helping advanced beginner and intermediate skaters learn new tricks and progress their skills, they will have more fun and keep skateboarding.  Giving quality skateboard instruction will help grow skateboarding in your community!


Whoop Up Throwdown & Taber Corntest 2014

Time for a southern Alberta road trip September 12 & 13!

Whoop up THROWDOWN Friday

  • At the SLP Skatepark  park in Lethbridge
  • 5 pm register
  • Skate contest from 6-10 pm.
  • Lots of swag and $800 cash prizes!

Event poster


Taber Corntest Saturday


At the Taber skatepark

Entry Fee $10

Warm up 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


  • $600 - First Place
  • $250 - Second Place
  • $150 - Third Place
  • $100 - Best Trick


  • 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. – 15 & Under
  • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. – 16 & Over
  • 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. – Best Trick
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. – Prize Ceremony is 8 Years Old Today!

Invermere skateparkBack in 2006, looking for places to build sample  QuicktimeVR virtual tours of, a tour of Shaw Millennium Park was created.  While working on the virtual tour and planing for a holiday trip into BC, I wondered if there were any more skateparks I could make virtual tours for. After returning from the holiday I had photos of about 30 skateparks and was born! Over the past 8 years, the site has grown to 202 skateparks in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan and it has become an important tool for many and a heavily visited website.

This summer while taking photos at the Hay City Slam BMX,comp, and Skate comp, I met a family from the Okanagan that was doing their own skatepark tour using to plan their trip. The kids' Mom showed me the book they were putting together on the trip, and the skatepark lists from the site where they would check off the parks they had visited. Hearing the stories of their trip and seeing the enthusiasm everyone in the family had for skateboarding and for checking out the skateparks was gratifying and rewarding to say the least.  This  is the vision that has driven the development of for the past 8 years, people having fun, being active, following their passion, and exploring skateparks

Westside lsat dayAlong the way I've been able to provide information and varying degrees of support for groups advocating for new skateparks where they live. Several of these have turned into new, concrete skateparks.  The Skatepark Advocacy section includes some original research as well as links to resources and the work of others striving for the same goals so other groups can benefit from the experiences of others.  There are still plenty of communities needing new parks and is happy to support them whenever possible.

The future is just as exciting for as the past 8 years have been. Later this year, is proud to be park of an initiative to help grow skateboarding by certifying people to effectively teach beginner and intermediate skaters so they can have even more fun and progress their skills faster.  More BC skateparks will be added this fall, and there is hope for a photo trip to Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan as well.  Eastward expansion has been a goal for several years, and a few Saskatchewan Skateparks including the  Lions Skatepark, Saskatoon SK were added in 2013. A mobile site is also in the plans, depending on available time and money.

Thank you for your support for, for sharing the site with your friends (no matter what kind of wheels they ride!), and for being a fan of Facebook, twitter, and Instagram. Here's to many more years for western Canada's most complete skatepark directory!