Quick Flick

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   Temporary spots are always fun to skate because you know they won't be there for very long. Adam Colborne noticed this hunk of metal down at Ogden Point, and made sure to get his before it was too late. The spot didn't grind nearly as well as one would think, but was still able to handle a Kickflip Fs 50-50.

-Luke Connor


 
Adam Colborne- Kickflip Fs 50-50 [o] Connor




Good Morning, Hawaii

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    Words and Photos by Luke Connor



    We had found these ledges one night while cruising around in the van one night. We made it our "warm up spot" the next day, but basically became an all day spot as we piled out in the sun, most of us skated out as Rich and Caleb filmed a line each and we eventually gathered ourselves and made it to another spot.
 
Rich Colwell- Nollie Lipslide around the bend


    "Zone's Ditch" proved to be a game of cat and mouse trying to find the location. We were given very vague directions, and circled the surrounding blocks and a military school looking for any resemblance for close to an hour. We eventually found a field which looked similar to what we saw in an old Red Bull Hawaii video, and without hesitation Ethan jumped out the van and went looking. He came back 15 minutes later, sweaty and out breath, but he had found the spot. It's a lot more decrepit than it has appeared in videos, but at least we found the damn place.

Mack Basil at Zones Ditch

 
Mack Basil- Blunt to Fakie


    This ditch on the other hand, was as simple as inputting GPS coordinates and rolling up to the door.

 
Ethan Craig- No Comply 360

Dan Redmond- Nollie Backside 360 Kickflip


   Easily one of the most iconic spots of all time, Wallows was a surreal experience. I was shooting a trick of Matt Gravel and missed the first (and way better) one Dan did, so thanks for doing another Dan; sorry you slammed because of that.

 Dan Redmond- Sw Frontshuv at one of the most iconic spots of all time

 Skate Wallows at your own risk, Dan Redmond got chomped on by the rough ground.


       I had some trouble deciding how I wanted to shoot this spot at first, but once I figured it out I was quite pleased with the results; I'm sure Caleb's sponsors won't mind either.
 
Caleb Davies- Tre Flip


   We wasted a solid day looking for this school which hosted a bump to bar that wasn't nearly as easy to skate as we had anticipated. It didn't help that we came back to skate it on a rainy day, but Caleb snagged this Ollie at the school on the sunny day we found the spot, but couldn't skate it.

 Caleb Davies- Ollie Over


 
Ethan Craig lurking the night streets of Honolulu


Words and Photos by Luke Connor

Sunday Smithers

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   As I watch the streets start to dry as the sun peaks through the clouds on this Sunday morning, I thought I'd post up some photos from last year when the sun was always shining. The gate was being a bit shifty, and I had put a belt in my camera bag for the first time and actually ended up being very useful. We fastened up the gate, and the boys got skating. A handful of tricks went down, including Drew Copleston's Smith pop out. 
Hurry up Summer!

-Luke Connor


Carter Spinks and Leon Breton fastening the gate [o] Connor

Drew Copleston- Smith Pop Out [o] Connor

Aloha Brobra! Canadians+1 in Hawaii Extras

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 They say life is a beach, but wouldn't it be funner if it was a wave? 
Welcome to the #BestWaveEver.

 
Words and Photos by Luke Connor




   On January 14th, I flew out of Vancouver with Matt Gravel, Ethan Craig, Dan Redmond, Caleb Davies and Regan Hodgson with Honolulu, Hawaii as our destination. Rich Colwell was flying from Seattle and would be picking us up from the airport later that night. It could have been the anticipation, the lack of music/movies, or soaking my pants with water and coffee multiple times during the flight, but that 6 hours was a painful stretch. When I stepped off the plane though and the humid air filled my lungs, I couldn't help but grin ear to ear and let out out a loud "Yeeeeewww!!"

   Rich rolled up in the rental van with a case of beer and a huge smile on his face as a few first time introductions were made. After a few cigarettes were inhaled, we piled our gear into the van and set off for Waikiki. A handful of us couldn't wait until the following day to skate so we set up our boards as soon as we got to the hotel and went pushing. The security in Waikiki is insane; there aren't many spots you get much time at, if any. The streets were smooth though so it made for the perfect evening push.

                        
   
  The next morning we had some paperwork to deal with regarding the rental van first thing, but once that dilemma was sorted we all piled in, and it was off to the tropical spots.
   While cruising along the highway at 70mph, the Gopro that Ethan suctioned to the hood came loose, and with some good graces fell in the perfect direction and was saved from imminent doom; all scenery was filmed from inside the van after that happened.







   One of the first spots we checked out was a ditch that ended up being way too much fun. We don't get ditches in Canada very often, so to skate a perfect hip with plenty of run was a treat. It was impossible to stop skating, so it was inevitable that everyone got a trick over this spot. 


Rich Colwell- Nollie Backheel


 
Regan Hodgson- Frontside Flip

Caleb Davies- Backside Heelflip

Ethan and Matt

  Rich Colwell

Sunday School
 

   Weekends are days for checking out the schoolyards and universities that are generally a bust on weekdays. We checked out a few schools, some proving to be busts while others possessed some gems. For example, this school on the North Shore had these painted ledges going in every direction with "endless" line potential. Matt Gravel snagged a few clips here, including a quick line with this No Comply over the ledge to finish it off. Matt did the line the first time I was shooting, which lead to me feeling like I could have shot the trick better. Just so you know: this ledge isn't small. And he stepped off the ground, not the ledge. No half stepping here, kids.

Matt Gravel- No Comply
  
 

Wallows Baby!

Caleb Davies ate his Shreddies this morning


   One of the "Life Hammers" accomplished on the trip was skating the legendary spot, Wallows. Ever since The Search For Animal Chin, the winding ditch has been an iconic destination to roll your wheels over. It has grown over a lot over the years and the concrete isn't as smooth as I'm sure it once was, though bombing down from the top has to be a highlight of my time spent on a skateboard.

Ethan Craig at the top of Mount Wallows

Skaters gotta swim, too.













Matt Gravel and Dan Redmond




   We did a total of one "hike" that I can recall while on the trip. We had intended on doing a few, but skating always seemed to take precedence and we never got around to it. This is atop a lookout on the North Shore, and the light faded surprisingly quick and we were almost left to navigate down in the dark. Don't mind the massive cliff face on the one side.



Regan Hodgson

Caleb Davies

 
 North Shore eats

 
The now-defunct Pipeline Bowl

Luke Connor- Ollie [o] Redmond


   Another beauty school we probably spent too much time at, there was a perfect manny pad, ledges, benches to skate over, and this thing. I was feeling a bit lazy and didn't want to miss the sunset setting up flashes, so I opted to give it a go natural light. Classic looking trick, and I like the simplicity of the natural light for this one.

 Ethan Craig- Frontcrook
                                                                                                             
    Ethan Craig


   For one reason or another, we never made it out night skating until halfway through the trip. Once the spark was ignited and we realized what we were missing out on, we weren't getting back to the hotel until at least 2am every night onwards. We stumbled upon one neighborhood that had spots along every block and was relatively bust free, and after three nights, we had basically just circled around the WalMart and came out with a handful of clips and good times.

Dan Redmond casually Crooked Grinds tall bars for fun


   We drove by this flatbar nearly every day, and it wasn't until the last few days we were there did we look for parking and give it a whirl. Both Matt Gravel and Mack Basil got to business and quickly filmed their tricks in lines,  and we were gone just as security was rolling up.

 
Matt Gravel- Bs Feeble Pop Over

Mack Basil

Mack Basil- Frontside 50-50 Pop Over


   This ledge was a bit weird for grind tricks, but it was a blunter's dream. It took much longer than expected for security to roll up, so when they rolled up mobbin' an excessive 7 deep, Dan and I already had what we wanted.

 
Dan Redmond warms up with a Frontside Noseblunt before filming stepping his game up


   I hope you've enjoyed reading this (if you did), or at least enjoyed the photos. This is only a sample of what I shot in Hawaii, and the good good will be released sooner or later along with some footy. Thanks for stopping by, and if you're ever thinking of going on a skate trip, 
just remember You Got That! It will be worth it, I promise.

Words and Photos by Luke Connor (www.LukeConnorVisual.com)
 






Spring Cleaning

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   Dropping this Friday I will have a large post of my trip to Hawaii so check back for that!

   While going through my folders I often stumble upon photos I've forgotten about, never went to print, or weren't posted for one reason or another. This Nosegrind Pop Out of Dane Pryds is over 2 years old now and it's about time it sees the light of day. I shot the photo outside on the other side of the hall, catching the reflections of the buildings behind me on the glass I was shooting up against. It has always been a photo I've liked.
 
Dane Pryds- Nosegrind Pop Out [o] Connor


   Now for something in more recent memory, a 50-50 up and over of Peirce Mckay. I was excited to shoot this photo because I had a feeling the circles could work in my favor; the brick building didn't hurt either. 
   Thanks for checking in!

-Luke

 
Peirce Mckay- 50-50 [o] Connor

365 trailer

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Luke and I are both super exited to be putting out our second feature film "365" coming May 1st, exactly a year since we dropped VICtorious. Keep posted here for more info and updates over the next few weeks or give us a follow on the instagram machine @ygtskate 

-Leo 


A Weekend Across the Water

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   This past weekend I made a long overdue trip to Vancouver for Leo Graceffo's birthday and to skate some refreshing spots with the homies. After some hot tub and steam room recuperation on Saturday morning to rid ourselves of the after effects following Leo's birthday, we grouped up and headed to UBC for some spot studying. 50m from the bus stop rested an ideal bump to barrier that turned out to be more skateable than initially expected. We all warmed up with Ollies, then it came down to what trick to try. Leon Breton picked out a trick, and after a few dusty bails rolled away 3 or 4 times to seal the deal. Same shit, different day.


 
Leon Breton [o] Connor

 
The Squad [o] Connor


   The following day lead us to overcast skies and some sore legs. After hitting up the $4.95 Warehouse for breakfast, our 4th visit of the weekend, we hit up the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for the Barcy-like ledges and architecture. This gap over pole caught my eye once I had warmed up for a few minutes and gave a look at it; I've been feeling Ollies lately and wanted to give it a go for the sake of it. After a couple kickouts to test the waters, Leo filmed it a handful of times until we were happy and shot a photo for good measure. Thanks homie!
   

 
Luke Connor- Ollie [o] Graceffo


   After getting my trick and filming Isaac stomp a line involving the ledge and a trick down some stairs, Leo's attention turned to the 10 stair. He casually did the trick in question down a 7 first try, and mentioned to me he wanted to try it down the 10. For those who haven't been to the spot, it is not a good 10 stair. The run up is good, but the landing is rough and goes into traffic shortly after. Ty James was at the spot as well with some homies, so we both bunkered up on the stairs to document the gnar. With Ty shooting a sequence and myself on the filming, Leo laid down one hell of a trick that apparently shouldn't cooperate. The footy will be viewable in the near future, so keep posted as we have some new shit in the works!

-Luke Connor

-Luke Connor