365

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   With the average human attention span these days being a bit longer than that of a goldfish, we will keep these words short and just let you watch the video. Without further ado, YGT proudly presents our second film, 365. If you're coming to Fernwood tonight, just keep scrolling.

-Luke and Leo


365 Dropping Tomorrow!!

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   Well, the time is almost here. After a year of filming and way more time editing than anticipated, 365 is almost done (it's still exporting). If all goes to plan and our computers don't crash again, the video will be live tomorrow at 4pm right here. Our friends at Concrete Skateboarding will have a photo gallery featuring tricks from the video tomorrow as well, but for now, feast your eyes upon a few more tricks from the video. You Got That! and hopefully we will too....

   If you're in Victoria or down to make the trek, 365 will be premiering in the real world at Fernwood tomorrow night, along with Matt Gravel's edit from the recent Cake Supply Co trip to San Francisco.
The videos will start when darkness falls, and we will skate into the night. Hope to see you (and not the police) there! So if you're planning on coming, be respectful and sensible as it's in a public space. Thanks!


Carter Spinks- Nosebonk [o] Connor

Matt Gravel- Fs Overblunt [o] Connor

Leon Breton- Ollie [o] Connor

365

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My fellow colleague Luke Connor and I are pretty excited to be putting out our second feature film "365" right here on Friday May 1st. It will feature the likes of Corey Cawdell, Isaac Walker, Leon Breton, Cheyenne Hehr, Keanu Piena, Dylan Timmins, Matt Gravel, Carter Spinks, Jason Wilson, Shay SandifordAdam Colborne, Luke Connor, myself and more, stay tuned!


-Leo




A Real (Matt) G Tucks His Homies In At Night

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    Matt Gravel is a good guy; he's also a great skateboarder. Making sure he tucks the homies in at night and sits on his Switch Frontboards, Joop Beans is living right. Support the guy and go buy his newest Instrumental Skateboards pro model, in stores now!

-Luke Connor


Matt Gravel- Switch Frontboard [o] Connor

Gimme Shelter

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Lately this flat gap has been my go too rain spot, although the ground gets a little bit wet where you throw down your board it has still proven to be productive every time I end up here. Fresh out of knee sugary and onto the board Cheyenne has been ripping lately, this hardflip was one of the 2 clips we managed to film here both of which will be in 365. For maximum connivence factor there happens to be a BC liquor store right across the street were Cheyenne grabbed 2 tallies after, one for each trick, just another reason this spots my go too!

-Leo


Cheyenne Hehr - Hardflip [o] Graceffo




Mandatory after session refreshments [o] Graceffo

Just a Quickie

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   Here's a quick one for ya on this Friday afternoon of Pierce Mckay jamming poles and clearing stairs.
 
-Luke Connor

 
Pierce Mckay- Polejam Gap Out [o] Connor

Pour Some Out

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   Another photo that never made it to the light of day for one reason or another, this Frontside Nosegrind of Garrett McNevin is one of the last photos I have from the now defunct ghetto spot. Pour some out for all the fallen DIY spots around the world.

-Luke Connor



 Garrett McNevin- Frontside Nosegrind [o] Connor


Playing With Fire

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   I wanted to shoot this photo in between the fence and the gate, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get a decent angle without being in the shot myself. I really wanted the photo to look a certain way though, so over the fence I went. Lifting up the chain link and sliding my camera underneath, my hands were pinned between the fence and the ground, with my camera right in the line of fire for Rich Redman's Fs 5-0. With the inability to pull my camera away if things got hectic, I can't say I was too surprised when Rich's board came crashing down on my lens a couple times. Luckily the fisheye I was using is super small with a plastic hood so no damage was done. If I had been using my main fisheye setup on the other hand, things would not have been so pretty.

-Luke Connor


Rich Redman- Frontside 5-0 [o] Connor


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




Aloha Brobra! Canadians+1 in Hawaii (Part 3)

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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 (Part 2)

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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)