Iowa local Alex Gould has been on the come up for a little bit, but his latest full part is absolutely bananas. This past summer, he spent three months building up footage with filmer Alex Havey, making both his hometown and Madison, WI his playground in the process. The part has a little bit of everything from Alex; there's a combination of technical skating and big rails, flowing lines, and easily two or three tricks that could have been considered enders. Alex absolutely crushed it, and you can check out all of the gnarliness right here:
Hot off of the success of their Battle For Wisconsin League, Finatik Apparel recently announced that it is time to expand their competition by taking things south of the border; South of the Wisconsin border, that is. The Battle For Wisconsin League contest has now become Boarder Wars, which will feature stops in both Wisconsin and Illinois over the course of this spring and summer. The point system will remain the same, and this year the overall winner will get a trip out to California as the grand prize for a session with a filmer from Plan B. Here are the currently announced stops:
Stop 1: GBASO - March 25th
Stop 2: Fargo Skatepark - April 15th
Stop 3: Four Seasons Skatepark - May 6th
Stop 4: Asylum Skatepark - May 28th
Stop 5: Appleton Skatepark - June 3rd
Stop 6: Janesville Skatepark - June 24th
Stop 7: Wauwatosa Skatepark - July 22nd
It's Wednesday, and that means we're thumbing our way through the 'gram for some clips to feature in #WeTheMidwest Wednesday. Don't forget to tag your Insta clips with #WeTheMidwest, and you just might catch them up here on the site! Ok, enough talking. Let's get gnarly.
We're kicking things off with Nick Vanderwielen, who we featured last week, but then he went all Daewon on this ledge, and I mean, come on guys. Just take a look at these clips and tell me this isn't feature-worthy. Way to get after it, Nick!
Check out my Homies Full Part! Link in my Bio, here's a few clips to get stoked on! @nicholasvw920 @sconnieboys @surfinbirdskateshop @finatikapparel #midwesthesh #skateboarding #greenbay #wisconsin #hellaclips @streetsoffireskate #gbaso #zero #mannymania #metrogramed #brokengrammed #skatecrunch #coolcop #wethemidwest
We have another clip from Asher Covillion for this week as well. Two reasons: 1) the meaty slam he took at the beginning of this, and 2) the ollie over / donation to the homeless man's sign. It's all in good fun, and that's the spirit of skateboarding.
I do it for the people. Night move tips - dont halfway commit to noseslides down handrails in the dark. 📽@zmund #skateboarding #skateboardingisfun #hellaclips #metrogrammed #skatelife #thrasher #chicago #skateclipsdaily #skatecrunch #shapeswax #wethemidwest #skateeverydamnday #oprahsbookclub #supreme #spitfirewheels
Now let's take things to Indiana, where longboarders aside, Aaron Christopher handles his business with a couple quick park clips. Check out some of these bangers, and no, we don't mean the rock n' roll to disaster by longboard guy.
Meanwhile, up at Familia's Headquarters in the Twin Cities, Tabari Cook is just out here assaulting benches. He makes these five clips look way too easy. Good thing they turned that kid pro.
And finally, we take it to Milwaukee, where Owen Liban handled his business at Estabrook Park. Watching Owen fly over the bumps is like watching Spud Webb dunk; you don't really know how it's physically possible, but it's majestic to watch him fly through the air like that. Way to get those clips, Owen!
Don't forget to tag your clips with #WeTheMidwest! We're sure there's a lot of hammers going down that we're missing, so don't miss your chance to shine on the site!
It's finally warming up in the Midwest, and that means it's time to get back to the streets. And... with that, we're bringing back #WeTheMidwest Wednesdays! Simply tag your best clips on Instagram with #WeTheMidwest, and we might feature it on the site. For now, though, here's some gems that we've come across on the 'gram so far:
To kick things off, the Dilemma Skateboards crew out of Fort Wayne, Indiana isn't playing around. Check out Xavier King, Dylan Fields, Bailey Doolin, Dillon Brown, and Austin Curry getting some serious hops:
Our squad - Xavier King, Dylan Fields, Bailey Doolin, Dillon Brown, & Austin Curry. Join our army. #dilemmaarmy @xavierking @dylan_fields_ @scooter.doolin @dillonofficial @fvckmane #dilemmaskateboards #four6crüe #indianaskateboarding #wethemidwest #thankyouskateboarding #skatelife #supportsmallskatecompanies
Billy Teska also gets down at Oak Creek Skatepark, complete with a clean bigspin front board on the flatbar. Way to make this line look easy, BIlly!
Rashaad Wells is back out at the Grant Park Skate Plaza (which is basically Midwest skateboarding heaven) and is already stacking clips for the summer. Check out some bangers here, and a serious head smack.
Speaking of Chicago, our own Carter Oeflein hit The Windy City recently, and I mean, come on. Look at that clean lipslide. Here's a couple of loose clips for you:
And finally, even though it wasn't tagged with #WeTheMidwest, how can we just ignore this monster 50-50 from Cody Davis. Like... stop it. Kid's too damn good.
We're hooking up one lucky winner with a haul from family brand Finatik Apparel! You can win everything seen in this picture, including one of their new Laced Up Originals belts! If you don't know Finatik, you need to get familiar with their team, because they've got some of the best talent in Wisconsin. To get laced up (literally), all you have to do is fill out this form. The deadline for entries is Monday, November 30th, and the winner will be announced on December 1st, so make sure you're checking your email! Sign up below: