Archive for Skateboarding

Lords of Seatown. Marginal Way Sk8 Park. Northwest Skateboarding

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 15, 2017 by gerilewis001

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Skateboarders are a peculiar group. That is for certain. Those that stick around longer than a cursory adolescent interest are rugged and ragged, daring and fierce. None of the tribe would readily admit as much as it would never strike many of us to consider the aforementioned description. It is acquired with the territory.

Looking down the barrel of 60 years of age,  my skateboarding ability has declined but not my membership in the family or nor my affection for the afflicted.
Jay Meer and the Pacific Northwest clan have it bad. The D.I.Y skateparks they have built under freeways and bridges is a testament to their dedication to the sport/art/lifestyle/

The latest assembly of Pacific Northwest skaters and others took place at Marginal Way in Seattle, WA. Jay and crew hosted the urethane tainted shindig in part to raise funds for upkeep and maintenance of the skatepark and of course to fellowship and have a good time.
I got my skate on and ate tens of delicious tacos as the bands and dj laid a sound track to the grinding, clapping, shouting and of course wheels rolling over concrete.

Keep ’em grinding Jay and friends. I salute you!

A skateboarding Life.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 4, 2017 by gerilewis001

During 2010 I was ousted from a the organization I founded. A classic hostile take over if there ever was.  A significant amount of footage exists of the effort to bring a skatepark to Venice. Not much as to the hostile take over and eventual destruction of a community organization. It will make for an interesting book.

In 2016 Made in Venice was released. Years before I had signed off and took a paltry amount to wash my hands of the film project. My agent at the time advised to take the pay off as the film will in all likelihood never be released. Low and behold it did get released.

In my opinion many people got burned by the film maker of Made in Venice  monetarily,creativly or emotionally. A fe4llow that showed up about 2009 Eric Muse Barns, threw himself whole heartedly into the VSAvolunteering for the VSA. He did not get a mention and his work was ignored by the fim maker of Made In Venice. The begining of the clip is from a piece he shot documenting  the now defunct VSA.  The end  of the clip is from the Second Annual Surf-A-thon Skateboard Clinic in Mindanao.  

https://gerilewis.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/second-annual-surf-a-thon-international-skateboard-clinic-mindanao-philippine-islands-2/

https://gerilewis.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/a-view-from-the-audience-made-in-venice-the-film-portland-or-screening/

Tid bits from 1980

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 4, 2017 by gerilewis001

pat-steveie-jayWhen I ended up on the North Shore. Jay and Paul Cullen introduced me to Buttons. They gave me a T&C single fin. Buttons personal board and escorted me out to Velzyland. I got all the waves I could ride after taking gas on the first two.I felt like a king. Seriously. I went back to V-land alone the next afternoon and got socked in the face by a Kanaka. Jay laughed like a fiend about it and he never let me forget it.      allstarsbuttonssimon