RIP Minnesota legend C.J Tambornio
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There is no easy way to say this. We are SO bummed to report that over the weekend the skate community and the world lost one of its greatest humans. No word on how he passed away has surfaced. The only reason we're writing this [with a heave heart] is because if you know him personally, PLEASE give his family our condolences. I don't care what you believe in, please pray to the skate gods to keep him peace!

 

 

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Neenah Skate Park Takes the Simple yet Effective Approach
A rendering for the new Neenah Skate Park. 

A rendering for the new Neenah Skate Park. 

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For those that have never made the trip North on I-43 or I-41 in Wisconsin, the pockets of skate communities and their designated skateparks all have a unique culture. It's not the lurkers or the annoying ass scooter kids, but the skaters that literally skate every inch of a park over the short skate season. 

Whether its the the old pools converted into cement skateparks or the smattering of holy ramps and janky handrails, Neenah has finally accomplished what we've all been asking for...a simple street plaza.  

The City has replaced the wooden ramps with a smooth concrete slab. It almost feels like an episode of Oprah's favorite things, "You get a flat bar!! You get a buttery ledge!! You get a wavy ledge!! You get a gnarly brick quarterpipe!!" 

This is huge for Wisconsin's ever growing skate scene. Make a trip to the Valley to check out the newest addition.

Also, Make sure to check out the homies from OTC Skate Shop (Green Bay) and Surfin' Bird Skate Shop (Appleton) shredding the new Neenah setup below. 

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Alumni's Be Nice Should have you hyped

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You know it's gonna be a good video when a ratchet chick shouts out your skate shop within the first 30 sec. The Alumni homies out of Madison are setting up for what looks like an extremely dope video.

Shot by filmer extraordinaire Ernie Flint (@madisonskateboarding), there are some laughs, some bails, some makes and some gnarly Midwest skate spots in the trailer for Alumni's upcoming video, "Be Nice."

There are some familiar faces including the boy wonder himself, Carter Oeflein, and what looks like one of those famous front crooks we love and know. 

Check out the trailer for Alumni's, "Be Nice," video, which is set to release next week!!  

 

 

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GBASO Grabs its Clippers in Support for Executive Director

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How do I even start...He was the guy that had a dream. He was the guy that convinced a ragtag group of skate rats to shovel Lambeau Field in promises of an indoor skate park. He got the same skaters to make the 4.5 hour trek from Green Bay to Cable, WI to tear down ramps and later reassemble them in a warehouse on Green Bay's West side. 

Brian Schroeder created a community for the Green Bay skateboard scene as the non-profit Green Bay Action Sports Organization (GBASO). As a father, he provided the youth a safe environment to learn a creative outlet. As a fellow skateboarder, it was an opportunity for skaters to grow in a city that constantly shut the door on any advancement in the sport.  

After three years, hours of footage and thousands of bails, GBASO couldn't need to be anymore of a family as Brian has been diagnosed with brain cancer. 

GBASO is going bald alongside its executive director for its GBALDSO Game of Skate event July 8, 2017. 

Whether you can show up to the park and skate or make a donation, the GBASO family would gladly welcome the support. 

For more information visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1079219242209232/

Check out the most recent edit from local rippers by filmmaker Kris Suster. 

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Tony Eagle is Taking Names and Cashing Checks

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Don't Sweat the old dudes because Rob Owens is taking cash left-and-right!!

Whether its the double flips or the fact he can straight-8 in his sleep, Rob doesn't play when it comes to S.K.A.T.E.

Opponents should tread lightly as the homies Trace Thayer and Trenton Olson were the first blood on the "Tony eagle Summer Hit List Tour by Grime Official." 

Rob has called out some pretty big names for some pretty big cash. All he needs is the place and time and he'll be there. 

Follow his Instagram @milwaukeeog76 and witness the carnage. 

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Finatik Boarders Wars Stop #5 Telulah Skate Park in Appleton
Winners circle: Chris Siani (3), Lj Falk (1), and Brandon Buchko (2)

Winners circle: Chris Siani (3), Lj Falk (1), and Brandon Buchko (2)

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Just like a packed Honda Civic on a summer skate trip, the Finatik Boarder Wars contest is five deep and hot as hell!! 

Though the original Saturday contest was rained out, it was no match for riders as they stacked points at Telulah Skatepark in Appleton, WI on Sunday June, 5. 

The Valley has been a breeding ground for talent over the past few years and it showed. The winners were:

First Place: LJ Falk

Second Place & Best Trick: Brandon Buchko

Third Place: Chris Siani

Shouts out to Surfin' Bird Skateshop for offering up a CRAP TON of product for best trick contest and product toss. 

With only two stops left, there is plenty of time to stack points and take home that W.

Stop #6 is only two weeks away at Janesville Skate Park on June 24th. 

 

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From Shredder Pizza Guy to Full-Time Skate Dad, Alex Barnett Still Skates Appleton Like it’s His Day Job

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There is meeting somebody for the first time, and then there is REALLY meeting somebody. It’s not the handshake, or that awkward you go in for a five and they go in for a pound situation.

Sometimes that first experience is scary, like watching that chill dude at the park utterly freakout in what looks like a 3-year-old’s tantrum, screaming expletives at the top of their lungs while throwing their board across the park.

Other times it’s that 4 a.m. McDonald’s stop to order 100 chicken nuggets on the way back from a skate trip.

Skateboarding is not skateboarding, without the homies…it’s a proven fact. So, when you really get to know thy fellow skateboarder, it makes every session after that so much better.

I think the first time I really got to know Alex Barnett was back in 2012. I had just moved to Milwaukee for my Freshman year of college, and I didn’t know many skaters. At the time, he was my fellow Surfin’ Bird teammate, and Appleton homie. Though I didn’t skate to the caliber he did, Barnett welcomed me to sesh and even let me kick it at his apartment above a Chinese restaurant.

Though I had plenty of sessions with Barnett, I think when I really met him was when I seemingly thought Fleischman’s and Kool-Aid was my drink of choice. I just so happened to order Toppers at 3 a.m., as I occasionally do, and guess who shows up to my dorm…Alex Barnett.

That night sticks out so much in my head because even in my most inebriated state he was so hyped to see me. Even on the job, dealing with my drunk ass that early in the morning he was simply stoked as he always was. I slurred some words, I gave him a college-salary tip, and we shook up. Eight hours later we were skating Estabrook.

Even after watching him go through a skaterboarder’s worst nightmare with a torn ACL, he kept the positive vibes afloat.

It’s been dope to witness Barnett go from ripper park hippie, to shredder pizza guy, to full-time working skate dad. I caught up with the Appleton native to see what he’s been up to.

Dilla:

Hey dude what’s up? I saw you had your lawn mowing hat on today. 

Barney:

Yeah man just making some extra cash when I can. Did 6 yards for $25 a pop, so I got like $150.

Dilla:

Damn dude straight hustling!! I’ve seen you’ve been killing Telulah lately...I guess the real question is, how’s the scooter situation?

Barney:

Haha!! I never really had a problem with scooters. The way I look at it is whenever I’m skating a park, I’d rather have more people than less. I like the idea swerving and dodging and it makes it fun because you have to skate the park different then if you had it by yourself. Appleton’s a big circle anyway, I love the park but that’s the bummer. You drop in hit the hip come up the ramp or up the step up hit the quarterpipe, decide whether or not you want to go down the rail or hit the quarterpipe and hit the five stairs. Lowkey was going to say I’d rather go to Menasha.

Dilla:

Haha!! Dude that’s so funny because I was just going to ask if you still went there. I remember the first time skating with you there for the Appleton Surf’ opening and you were killing it.

Barney:

Yeah dude love Menashsa. With the homies, it’s always a 50/50 split because some people are like, “Let’s go to Appleton,” and the rest of us are saying, “Let’s go to Menasha.”

Dilla:

Haha!! I totally feel you on that. All indecisive and nobody knows what to do. So, I saw you had a baby girl, congratulations.

Barney:

Thanks man! Her name is London, but we’ve been calling her "Dunners" recently.

Dilla:

So how is the dad life treating you? I guess you’ve been finding time to skate.

Barney:

Blessed!! The way I look at the dad life, especially with skateboarding that not many other dads have is because I tore my ACL. So, I’ve been off for a year/year and a half type deal, and I know what skateboarding is like outside of skating. Even before I had the baby girl, I was content with being at the level of skating that I was at, and even before I tore my ACL. So, now that I’m a dad I only get to go three or four times during the week and I only get maybe an hour and a half. So, when I get to the park it’s like, “Ok, what am I gonna do?”

Dilla:

Almost like it’s a mission.

Barney:

Time is more like a clock, “tick tick tick tick.” So, you know I show up to the park I’m like, “I only have an hour,” and Dave (Witt) will be like, “You need more time!”

Dilla:

Haha! For sure dude.

Barney:

Dude its awesome, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Alex Barnett is sponsored by Finatik Clothing and Surfin’ Bird Skate Shop. Check out his Beeramid Re-Edit Below.

Pyramid Country Slays in "Love and Gratitude"
Dave Engerer pushes a mean Front Board through a kinky rail. 

Dave Engerer pushes a mean Front Board through a kinky rail. 

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HOLY S***!! The Pyramid Country homies have been slaying AZ for a minute now, and whether its the acid-induced b-roll or the complete back-hand to "normal skate tricks," they've been killing the game. They've invited some Midwest rippers along for their newest video, "Love and Gratitude." 

Michigan natives, Tyler Franz and Dave Engerer have full parts, along with Jack Olson (MN), Erick Switzer (WI) and Josh Oakes (WI) getting a shoutout for additional film credit.

Make sure to check out "Love and Gratitude," you will not be disappointed.  

 

 

Red Bull Ams Shred in Wingin' It in Detroit
Jamie Foy Kickflipping into some gnarly Detroit DIY as his homie watches. 

Jamie Foy Kickflipping into some gnarly Detroit DIY as his homie watches. 

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In the words of Jamie Foy, "The cops don't mess with you out here. This is Detroit—they got worse problems to deal with!" 

The Red Bull Ams got to sample some of Detroit's many DIY spots before taking it to the Hart Lines course in this Red Bull/Berrics special. 

Follow CJ Collins, Zion Wright, Alex Midler, Jamie Foy, and Jagger Eaton shredding the Midwest.