Vancouver’s voice for skateboarding

The mission of the Vancouver Skateboarding Coalition is to act as an entity that is accessible to all skateboarders, promoting unity throughout our city’s diverse skateboard scene and taking a proactive role in creating and maintaining a safe, fun environment that all of Vancouver’s skateboarders can enjoy for years to come.

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chris at 3:03 pm on Saturday, June 22, 2013
Tagged: News,Update

Hi everybody! The Vancouver Skateboard Coalition is as active as we’ve always been, stay connected by following our social channels for all the latest news and info!

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Upcoming Events

Norma at 11:35 pm on Monday, March 14, 2016
Tagged: Events,News
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As we look ahead to another exciting summer, now is the time to mark your calendar with some of the activities and events that will be taking place in the coming months:
May 1: Youth Week at the Plaza Skatepark

June 19: Main Street Car Free Day

July 24: Grom Go Getter Kids Contest at Mount Pleasant Skatepark

Aug 13: Kids contest at Strathcona Skatepark

Stay tuned for more info!

Leeside Update

Michelle at 5:42 pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Tagged: News,Skateparks,Update
As some of you already know, Leeside has been an ongoing project in Vancouver for over ten years.
Frontside James going frontside.

Frontside James going frontside.

For those not aware, Leeside is a DIY project under the Cassier and Hastings connector, this place has so much history and it’s amazing on so many levels: a community built, city supported, 24 hours of light covered concrete painted madness.

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LEESIDE: Built with love Built from love.

Leeside has been through many phases which brings us to this one currently nearing the end.

UPDATE MARCH 14th: 
After a checkup today, “The concrete is still dark grey and somewhat soft.”
Leeside WILL NOT be skateable this Monday !!!

Please be respectful of all the hard work and stay off of the park until further update ( mid week, most likely around Thursday)

To help finish building Leeside, visit this page.

WE HEART LEESIDE!

Photos: Michelle Pezel and Norma Ibarra.
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Female Skateboarders are multiplying

Norma at 4:07 pm on Monday, February 29, 2016
Tagged: Update

Meanwhile in the Vancouver Skate scene, female skateboarders are multiplying, filling the streets, local skateparks and ramps all over the city.

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Kristen Landry “East Side Krispy”, is the creator of Chickflip, an all female skateboarding group aiming to connect female skateboarders in Vancouver BC and beyond.  The goal of the group is to push female progression in skateboarding, spread the stoke among women in the community and encourage them to try it out.  Kristen has partnered up with Melanie Mercier “Mels Bells” to expand the group. Since the new year, the group started hosting ladies skateboarding nights, and the group keeps growing!

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For more information visit their Facebook group or follow them on Instagram.

Photos: Norma Ibarra 

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New Features at Strathcona

Jeff Cole at 10:43 pm on Saturday, February 20, 2016
Tagged: News,Skateparks,Update

After many lengthy conversations with Vancouver Parks Board the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition is very excited to announce the newest official, city installed addition to Strathcona Skate park, New Curbs!

In addition to that a very generous Donation from Folk Skateboards allowed for the install of a Barrier.

Awesome things happening!

Photos: Michelle Pezel

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2016 Board of Directors

Norma at 10:29 pm on Thursday, February 11, 2016
Tagged: Update

On February 10, 2016, a new Board of Directors was elected for the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition

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The results are as follows:

President:
Jeff Cole
Vice President & Treasurer: Michelle Pezel
Secretary: Glenn Caseley
Director Of Events: Melanie Mercier
Director of Marketing and Communications: Norma Ibarra
Executive Members: Will Pearson, Spencer Hamilton and Geoff Dermer.
Members at Large: Chris Young,  Jesse Oye and Micheal Gordon.

We at the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition would like to thank Jesse Oye for serving as the secretary and all of the hours of work he contributed over the last year.
We would also like to thank the extraordinary skateboard community at large for their support through a very critical time.

The Hastings Skatepark turns 10 today

chris at 12:58 pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tagged: News,Skateparks,Update

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years today since the ribbon cutting took place at the Hastings Skatepark on May 25th, 2001. Were you there? You can see in this photo that I shot of Sluggo on that opening day, there was barely any graffiti on the walls at all, she was still a new born babe. And, she’s standing the test of time, looking better than ever and that’s mainly because of that guy up there, Sluggo. He took it upon himself to paint the whole bowl a few weeks ago to make it killer smooth. Thanks a million for that Sluggo. There’s a very long list of others that need to be thanked for making Hastings a reality all those years ago, but you know who you are.

 

Every time I think of Hastings, I think of Josh Evin, just one of the many, many rippers that have unlocked Hastings’ potential – just look at that air – RIP Josh. Photo taken from Louis Feller’s Flickr page.

Do you have any pictures or videos from the Hastings Park? Put them up in our Facebook group gallery (or post the videos to our wall). I have a bunch of photos from the opening day on a disc somewhere… I’ll try to dig them out and put them up in the gallery sometime soon.

Now get out there and carve a few lines in the bowl, and show it the respect it deserves.

 

BC Youth Week Skate Event at the Plaza – Sunday, May 8th, 2011

chris at 11:54 pm on Friday, May 6, 2011
Tagged: Events,Update

As part of BC Youth Week (May 1-7, 2011) – the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition, in conjunction with the City of Vancouver and Douglas Park, Thunderbird and Roundhouse Community Centres is putting on a youth-focused, family-friendly skateboard event Sunday, May 8th at the downtown Skate Plaza. Come down and enjoy a pressure-free day of fun down at the plaza – just remember to grab your pads, and especially your helmet.

There’s going to be a demo by the Kitsch Skateboards team as well as a BBQ and bands. Child’s Play is back for the second year, and Greentree will also be hitting the stage. Be sure to check out their MySpace pages at www.myspace.com/thechildsplay and www.myspace.com/greentree.

As this event gets larger every year, so has the list of sponsors – and that means more prizes for everybody!

Tons of prizes from Kitsch, Monke, Color Magazine, Real skateboards, Skull Skates, Antisocial, Vans, Boulevard skate shop, Toy Machine, Fallen Footwear, HUF, Zero Skateboards, Circa, Momentum Wheel Co., the Dry Spot indoor skatepark, Analog, Quicksilver, Native shoes, Red Dragon Apparel, Independent Trucks, Girl Skateboards, éS Footwear, and Sandbox Helmets.

Wow! Thanks a ton to all of our sponsors supporting this youth event – nobody will walk away empty-handed that day.

The event is Sunday, May 8th from 1pm-4pm at the Downtown Skateboard Plaza (at Union and Quebec Streets), and is on RAIN OR SHINE.

This is a youth-focused event, so all are invited to this non-competitive, family friendly skateboard event. We’ll probably have some Vancouver Park Board Commissioners and maybe a City Councillor or two come by to show their support for the youth of Vancouver at the plaza – and we hope to see you there too.

For more info about youth week, check out there site at bcyouthweek.com.

 

While we’ve got your attention: The Plaza will be temporarily shutting down for repairs after the Youth Week event, and will be closed for a few weeks while the park undergoes some much needed maintenance. We’ve been told the park will definitely be reopened before Go Skateboarding Day, which is June 21st. We’ll keep you updated as we have any exact dates.

 

 

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