Tony Mortenson, Josh N, Landon, Chris, Dustin, Darren, Kyle, The Dust, Big
Ben, Nick, Seth, BJ the Biker, little Reed, Minni Mark, the rest of the bike
crew, Woody, Nate, Jammie, Zac, Elijah, T Torp, Greg C, Cookie, all the
parents of the 15 and under team. Man, that's a big crew, WHOODI.
Each day sort of runs into each other. We did 6 demos a day for 12 days. The
crowds were big. I would say we had well over 1500 people average per show.
The booth this year was pretty cool, and we were prepared for the fair
buying frenzy. We managed pretty well however everyone had a moment during
the fair were they "hit the wall".
Big ups to The rib ladies at the pizza/pasta bar. Every night after our last
demo we had to get some ribs from our favorite spot. The rib servers were on
point. Like clockwork we were there at 7:00 sharp every night of the fair.
Big ups to freight Train for skating in a demo 1 hour after getting off a
plane. Then Monday he went back to Colorado to continue training to go back
to Iraq. This Year being a election year and all was filled with political
pins, shirts, hats, blaa, blaa, blaa. I could go on forever about the fair.
So many crazy memories from. Now that it is over I can look back on some
great shows. I think every show went well. For Real.
I hope you enjoy the photos they tell the best story.
I want to say thanks to all my old pals, and family that made their way up
to the hill to say hi.
Hey folks! Sorry I have been so lame about writing. I must admit, I have been spending most of my free time getting to know a certain someone. Anyway, We are done with our summer demo season. This past summer was filled with so many great times. I think we did over 60 demos this past season. We started in June and ended in late October. I must say thanks to all the skaters who I dragged out of bed at 5:30 am and hauled all over the Midwest. We are already setting up summer 2005 demos. If you would like to have us
come to your town give us a call. (763) 797-7401.
I’m pretty stoked about being able to spend some time around the 3rd Lair this winter. We have been working hard in the shop getting ready for the holiday season. Make sure you get a chance to swing by and do some gift shopping. I am getting some cool gear in. All the companies have some cool holiday specials so I’ll make sure to have all their new stuff in here.
I wanted to offer you guys a chance to win a free deck.
I have a Birdhouse autographed STEVE NESSER deck for the winner.
Saturday WE ALL WENT TO Denny's FOR A QUICK BITE BEFORE GOING BACK TO THE CONTEST. London Luke WAS WITH US, AND WHEN HE WAS PRESENTED WITH THE QUESTION, HASH BROWNS OR GRITS, HE LOOKED CONFUSED. hE FINNALY ASKED mUNZY."wHAT THE BLOODY hECK IS A GRIT.
tHE bRIT LOVES GRITS. i WAS AMAZED, THAT bIRT ATE 4 ORDERS OF dENNY'S GRITS. hE WANTS TO OPEN A GRIT RESTAURANT IN London cALLED lucky LUKE'S GRITS HEAVEN.
well THEN, BY THE TIME WE GOT BACK TO THE CONTEST, WE MISSED Jason bARR'S RUN, but AGAIN, AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT WE FOUND A DIGITAL VERSION. iT WAS GRREAT CHILLING WITH Jason. iF YOU DON'T KNOW HIM, YOU SOON WILL. hE RIPS, AND HE IS A VERY NICE YOUNG MAN. rice lAKE WISCONSIN PRODUCED 1 DANG GOOD SKATEBOARDER. for real.
wE DID MAKE IT IN TIME TO CHECK OUT LITTLE Cody DAVIS. he WAS NOT AFRAID OF THE ACTION ON THE STREET COURSE. he GOT HIS PRACTICE RUNS IN. I HEARD EVEN SNAKED THE AM. LEGEND Mr.. JR. MINT. Cody MADE ALL HIS TRICKS IN HIS RUN AND GOT SOME PROPS FROM THE SPECTATORS.
I MUST SAY ALL OF THE Minneapolis CREW SKATED WELL. I'm SURE IT WAS GREAT FOR THEM TO BE EXPOSED TO THE CRAZY WORLD OF BIG TIME AM. SKATEBOARDING. dAMN AM. HERE IS HUGE, BUT Tampa, COME ON, BIG TIME.
Mr.. reeves SKATED LATER ON AND MADE A BLUNT, KICK FLIP FAKIE, THAT BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN.
CHECK OUT WWW.SKATEPARKOFTAMPA.COM FOR RESULTS, PHOTOS, AND MORE.
Saturday NIGHT WE ALL WENT TO BED AT 9:45 SO WE WOULD BE FRESH TO WATCH THE FINALS.
NO REALLY, WE DID.
TRIPLE 5'S nooOOO waaAAy, 654 SUCKA, WHO'S IN!
stay TUNED FOR Sunday's EVENTS.
OUR LITTLE TRIP TO tAMPA
I recently returned from Tampa. Great time I'll try to spin the web.
We got to the airport at around 3:30. Mark Muller, Munzi, Mrod, and I all shared an X-large
chocolate malt. Then we were really excited to get to our Hotel room. Mrod put on his new swim trunks
and led the way to the new pool. We all swam, and swam, and swam! It was great. We then went to the
Skatepark of Tampa to skateboard, and watch skateboarding. It was just great to visit with our friends
there. The practice for the contest was getting pretty fierce, and some kids even got snaked. At this time
we were ready for our first night in Tampa. We went to eat pasta with The Davis Family, The Roar Family, and this young skateboarding superstar, Ryan "The Lighting bolt" Yost. After dinner time we went back to our hotel room and got into a really fun game of Trivial Pursuit. That game is SOOOO HARD. It was Munzi and Mrod vs. Me and Mulla. We won cuz we got a question about the Flintstones to win. We all went to bed early, but not until after we ate some microwave popcorn, and feasted on 3 or 4 racks of ribs.
CONTEST DAY ONE: We got up around 7:30 to go jogging around Ybor city, it was wonderful. It was so funny cuz Mrod was already up jogging and we had to catch up to him. We then ate a breakfast sandwich at this great little Cuban
restaurant. OK, after breakfast we made our way back to the Skatepark.
FOR REAL: Great time. I think about 110 skateboarders showed their stuff for the judges. There were also hundreds of cheering skateboarders rooting on their favorites. A young fella by the name of Tom Roar stepped on to the course for his run and killed it. Then all the sudden another young gun named Ryan Yost stepped out and you know what, that's right, he killed it. The problem for Mrod, Munzi, Mulla, and myself is we missed their runs because of our morning jog. SORRY.
As luck would have it though. Tom's mom recorded their runs. Must say, the digital world saved the day.
Coming soon: Keep an eye on Tom and Ryan's spot on our web page to see thier runs. (Look under DEMO TEAM button)
Well then, That evening brought out the Vertical skateboarders for the Tampa Vert contest. I must say I love vert, and the young guys, and girl, were ripping! It's just great to see. I hope some day we can get another vert ramp. (hint)
That evening we went to a movie, and discussed the SPOTS art show that we went to the evening previous. Munzi was so enlightened by the art experience that he fainted,, and did not come around until the morning jog.
Saturday: The day that Cody and Jason skated, and more than 100 others......STAY TUNED.......
WE HAVE A WINNER OF THE NESSER SIGNED DECK.
IT IS MAX MATEIKIS.
THE CORRECT ANSWERS ARE:
1. THE FACTION
2. CHRISTIAN HOSOI
3. STEVE NESSER, CLINT PETERSON, SETH MCCULLUM, CHAD BENSON, EMERIC PRATT.
4. ANDREW CANNON
5. TONY HAWK
SO, MARK JUST GOT BACK WITH OUR 2005 KING OF THE GROMS FLIERS.
I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS CONTEST EVERY YEAR. THE YOUNG SKATERS
ARE GETTING SO GOOD. IT'S GREAT TO SEE THEM SHINE. THIS IS OUR
3RD ANNUAL 12 AND UNDER CONTEST. 2003 WINNER WAS KIRIEN STONE,
2004 WINNER WAS CODY DAVIS. THE THING IS CODY IS ONLY 10 AND CAN
GO FOR HIS REPEAT VICTORY. WE'LL SEE. HE HAS BEEN RIPPING AS OF LATE.
THE BEST PART OF THIS CONTEST IS REALLY GETTING ALL THE YOUNG SKATERS
TOGETHER FOR A DAY, AND CELEBRATE WHAT THEY LOVE TO DO, SKATEBOARD.
ALL THE SUPPORT OF THE PARENTS IS ALSO REAL COOL. I HOPE EVERYONE GETS
A CHANCE TO COME SHOW SOME SUPPORT TO THE FUTURE OF SKATEBOARDING.
I am so stoked right now. The weather is around 65. The outdoor course is open. Top Shop is next weekend. I think it is safe to say we made it through another winter.
O.K. this just in: I made the board for O.U.T. This is our 4th O.U.T. contest. I really enjoy this contest. It kinda marks the beginning of summer for me. We used to do it during the Cinco De Mayo celebration at the old location on Lake Street. Now it’s become a spring tradition of it’s own. We only have 64 spots for the contest; so don’t wait until the last minute to sign up.
New for this year: We are going to add up to 3 contest official O.U.T. judges to help me make the calls. I know last year there was some controversy regarding how fast some of the competitors were rolling. This year we will have a Golden Valley police officer there with a new 2005 state of the art “Ketchum speed gun, gold model 2Z0524b” The latest in speed gun technology. So don’t worry, this year you’ll all be clocked. All in fun my friends. Just joking, there won’t be a police officer at O.U.T with a Ketchum gold model 2Z0524b. Chad Benson will be on hand as 1 of my official out judges though. Remember, he won the 1st O.U.T. contest back in 2002.
3RD LAIR O.U.T. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
2 COMPETITORS WILL PLAY PAPER, ROCK, SCISSORS; THE WINNER WILL BE THE 1ST TO TRY A TRICK. ONCE THE BOARD LEAVES THE GROUND IT MUST LAND ON ALL 4 WHEELS. NO RAIL LANDINGS, MANUAL LANDINGS, CASPERS, OR 50-50S.
NO HANDS ON THE GROUND, BEFORE OR AFTER A TRICK. NO STEP OFF TRICKS, (I.E. BONELESSES, OR NO COMPLYS)
ON OFFENCE (WHEN IT’S YOUR TRICK) THE TRICK MUST BE LANDED COMPLETELY CLEAN, AND AT A DECENT RATE OF SPEED (CREEPERS WILL BE CALLED OUT).
ON DEFENSE (WHEN IT’S THE OTHER GUY’S TRICK) THERE IS A BIT OF LEEWAY FOR THE LANDING. THIS WILL BE UP TO THE SKATERS, AND THE JUDGES, BUT IT IS TRULY OBJECTIVE: THUMBS UP OR THUMBS DOWN
EITHER THE TRICK WAS LANDED OR NOT.
IF YOU MISS THE OTHER GUYS TRICK, YOU GET A LETTER. IF THE OTHER GUY MISSES HIS FIRST TRICK, (WHEN ON OFFENCE) OFFENSIVE POSITION CHANGES AND IT IS YOUR TRICK. THE FIRST SKATER TO ACCRUE THE LETTERS O.U.T IS ELIMINATED, AND THE WINNER GOES ON TO THE NEXT ROUND.
Sometimes something hits you so hard it really snaps you back into reality. Recently I have been spending way too much energy on useless matters. There are haters everywhere.
A friend of mine and a friend to many skateboarders was shot while serving in the US Army in Iraq. Sergeant Jeremy (Fr8 Train) Wolfsteller of the 3rd Armored Calvary was shot, and severely wounded early Sat. morning June 25th. I was informed as we set up for a skateboard demo that we were doing in Farmington Mn. I went numb when the reality of the situation sunk in. I wanted to help, but what the F&*K was I to do? I just started praying that my friend would pull through.
Currently Fr8 Train is in a hospital in Wash. D.C. Recovery from his wounds will take a long time. The Fr8 has a long hard road ahead of him. I truly think that it is time for us all here in the Mpls. scene to focus on the big picture, relax, and respect our community. I ask everyone to spread some positive. Send some good energy to our friend Fr8 Train.
No one is an island, no one stands alone.
Drop the fr8 a line.
I wanted to give everyone an update on our bro Jeremy Wolfsteller. The bullet entered under the right hip, towards the back of it, went diagonal upwards and broke part of his pelvis, fractured his Lombard and the bones along the spine, damaged the nerves in that area and continued up to puncture a lung. The bullet is now under his shoulder blade. The Doctors are stunned at the way the bullet moved thru his body.
I spoke with the Train a few times now that he has been in a Washington D.C. Military hospital. He seems to be going through some of the toughest times imaginable. He is making progress. He has a long road to recovery and I know he is ready for the hard fight. He wants everybody to know he is O.K.
He said that Tony Hawk stopped by the hospital to visit the troops, and when he found out the Fr8 Train was a skater he went straight to the Fr8’s room to pay him a visit. Ryan R. was able to go out to visit, and many other friends and of course family have made the trip to give the Fr8 support. I’m planning on visiting in Mid Sept. I would love to go sooner but we are readying ourselves for the Dakota Co. Fair, and the State Fair of Mn. This will be our 5th year at the State Fair and we will miss having the Train out there ripping it up with us. He is receiving all the e-mails.
O.K. Everyone. I spoke to Fr8 Train’s mom the other day and she brought to my attention that I have been darn lazy and need to update my corner.
She is right it’s been way too long.
Anyway an update. Fr8 is progressing well; he is out of the hospital and is now an outpatient. He’s still in Wash. D.C. It is still a long road to recovery. Fr8 train is a tuff dude, mentally, and physically. He told me he has received 100’s of e-mails, and he loves hearing from everyone. Soon though, we can all hang out in person!
Here is the BIG NEWS:
Sergeant Jeremy Wolfsteller was given a chance by the army to come home for the holidays. His friends and family are planning a frickin GIANT welcome home PARTY!
Everyone is welcome, and encouraged to be there.
Jeremy is a true skateboarder, and I bet it would stoke him out if EVERYONE SHOWED UP!
Where and when:
Dec. 10th 1-5 at the VFW in Hopkins, 100 Shady Oak Road (Everyone, including 21 and under, be there!)
Continuing at 6:00 at the Hopkins Tavern on Main, 819 Mainstreet Hopkins.
Jammin Jay, Pushy, and brigadier Woodrow will be spinning vinyl all evening long.
JOIN US IN WELCOMING FR8 TRAIN HOME!
The Skateboard Mag. Presents - Top Shop 06,
MY TAKE ON THIS WEEKENDS PARTY!
Top Shop was an idea that was put into action 4 years ago. We all thought
it would be fun to get all the shop teams in the area together for a weekend
of skateboarding and fun. I never imagined that 4 years later teams would
be traveling from around the country to hang out, skate and party. 40 teams
was the total number of shops this year! Up from 23 in 2005. I was stoked to
get a chance to meet all the true skateboarders that made their way here
this year. For me the best expirence at Top Shop is making friends, seeing
old friends all in the name of skateboarding.
This year we introduced the Top Shop Trade Show. We thought that with 40
teams competing and numorus other shops hanging out, it would be a great
chance for our sponsors to set up camp and do their thing. Over 20 companies
made the long journey to MPLS. I have never seen so many companies
representing ever in the Midwest! It was completely genuine. I hope all the
companies had as much fun as I did, and of course, I hope, got some "work"
done. I know that the locals were freaking out on all the gear they went
home with. I think Rob Washburn gave out 150 sets of Bones wheels, and Matt
from DNA gave out 200 limited edition Top Shop shirts. Creature premiered
their new video saturday night, and about 1000 people showed up for that
party! I want to say THANKS to all the industry. It meant
so much to so many having you all spend the weekend here. Everyone who
attended knows that the skateboarding was fierce, the parties were great. I
could go on forever. Thanks to everyone for all you did and all your
support. I want to say that all the shop owners that spent their time and
money to get their teams out here deserve big props.
KEEP SKATEBOARDING IN THE HANDS OF THE SKATEBOARDERS!