GIF Your All

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   Dylan Timmins has been on the disabled list since the VeeDub comp, though he's started pushing around lately so hopefully it won't be much longer until he's getting it again. Here's a sequence we shot a couple months ago at Torquay before he went down, taking the hard way out of a Frontside Nosegrind.

-Luke Connor



Dylan Timmins - Fs Nosegrind Bs Revert

Screaming Hand Art Show

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Last tuesday I got a chance to check out and recap the the Screaming Hand Art Show that went down at str/ke mvmnt in gastown; celebrating 30 years of Santa Cruz and paying homage to OG artist Jim Phillips. Can't say no too free beer and great original pieces by all your favorite skateboarding artists from Michael Sieben to the Gonz. Shoutout to Matt MacLeod and Centre Distribution for having me!

-Leo 


Highway Man

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    I picked up Shaun Ingham from the ferries earlier this week and made a stop along the highway to shoot some photos for work. We talked about shooting your classic pushing shot in the middle of the highway once I was finished, though Shaun learned Bs Wallrides on the meridian while I was shooting. Seeing as a wallride is tougher than pushing, we opted to go for that. Running into the middle of the highway for a couple tries in between traffic, it took a few tries before everything aligned and we got the shot we were wanting just as the light faded. Shooting a skate photo when you were least expecting to is always a nice treat; it isn't every day that the spot in question is on the highway either.

-Luke Connor





 Shaun Ingham- Wallride [o] Connor

Nothing Wong With a Tailgrab

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   An often uncommon occurrence, grabbing during a grind is something you don't see very often, albeit in a pool or on transition. Given that, I feel like Braely Wong could be cropped out and put on top of a pool coping and it could look believable. We don't really have pools in Victoria though, so in the meantime this flatbar had to do. 
 
-Luke Connor


Braely Wong- Smith Grind Tailgrab [o] Connor

Kitsch Skateboards in Barcelona 2015

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   This video found it's way to myself via Geoff Dermer, who travelled to Barcelona earlier this year alongside Stacy Gabriel for some paradise under four wheels. Check out their adventures below in a video filmed by Mario Cano as they shred the Spanish wonderland.
While you're at it, check out Kitsch's Summer 2015 line here.

-Luke Connor 


Tuff City 2015

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   For those who weren't in the beautiful region of Tofino for the Tuff City Skate Comp this Canada Day, here's a brief photo recap of the afternoon. 

Words and Photos by Luke Connor

 

 
Brandon Wells on the crates with co-pilot Evan Schumann

 Chase Torrie- Noseblunt

Isaac Walker- Fakie Flip

Brenan McEwan- Hardflip

Father and Son Timmins

Isaac Walker

Jayden Prescott

Jamie Knowles

Vahid Mathiscyk

Da Ladies

MC Picton

Amy Mattes in 1st


"Johnny Boy"

 AJ chasing shadows

Kyle Berry- 5-0

 
Kyle Berry- Smith Grind while the beer drinkers watch 

Schumann and Picton

Johnny Hanue- Fs Transfer

Ladies and gentlemen, the newest Instrumental Skateboards rider: Reed Timmins!

 
Reed Timmins
 
Brando congratulating Kyle Berry

Kyle Berry and Aaron Jackson

Johnny Hanuse

 Timmins and Co.

 
Instrumental Fam

 

See you all again next year!

Timmins and Co.

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   Shout out to Reed Timmins for taking 2nd at the Tofino Brew Co. ramp party June 30th, taking 1st at the Tuff City Canada Day comp, as well as becoming the newest addition to the Instrumental Skateboards squad. Big ups! More photos coming soon.

-Luke Connor


 
Reed Timmins- Layback Frontrock [o] Connor



Quick Compliance

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   I'm writing this at 3:33am, which could mean something, but I don't have time to think about that. I'm bouncing off to Tall Tree Festival tomorrow morning, and whilst doing late night packing I am managing to get a blog post in. I made the trek over to Vancouver this past weekend for Go Skate Day, and amidst all the chaos, shot Leo Graceffo doing some steppin n hoppin with a No Comply Saturday night. I'll have some photos and clips of Go Skate Day up soon. This is all for me, have a good weekend whoever you are!

-Luke Connor

Leo Graceffo- No Comply [o] Connor

Veedub 12

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   ...and here it is. For those who weren't at Vic West on Saturday, this will give you a glimpse into what went down on that fateful day; boards, bangers, and broken bones. Thank you to everyone who made the comp possible for the 12th year in a row.
Peace!

-Luke Connor




Dyltims Down

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    If you weren't at the 12th annual Veedub comp this past Saturday, then you may be unaware to the amount of gnar and carnage that occured. A considerable amount of people were injured unfortunately, Dylan Timmins included with a broke toe/foot combo. It will be a couple months until Dyl will be back on the board, so hopefully this Bs Powerslide sequence holds you off for a bit. Here's a get-well-soon to everyone who suffered an ailment from the comp. 
   Veedub recap edit coming soon.

-Luke Connor
 


Forgotten fotos

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I had planned on posting these photos before we put out 365 but due to lots of procrastination and just plain laziness I guess we're here now, few months late but hey a photos a photo and a gifs a gif or rather a sequence of photos stung together by a random dude who asked to shoot Cheyenne's varial heelflip while biking past us at the classic stanley park kicker spot. Not knowing what to expect I was pretty stoked to find this sequence sitting in my mailbox the other day pre made into a gif ready to go, thank you Mr. Brunkow!

-Leo



Keith Stevenson - Ollie over to Crooks [o] Leo Graceffo


Cheyenne Hehr - Backside Bigspin [o] Leo Graceffo

Cheyenne Hehr - Varial heelflip [o] Ian Brunkow

Bad To the Bone(less)

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   Better late than never, here's a Boneless of Bryn Mckay from our latest film, 365. This is a pretty rad spot out in Sooke that we stopped at on the way to Sombrio for a weekend of camping. Speaking of that, I'll have a little edit of the weekend coming sooner or later.

-Luke Connor



You Got a Friend In Me

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   Sometimes you need a friend to give you a helping hand; even if it's just at the top of a 30+ foot long handrail. While out skating in Langford recently, we drove around Bear Mountain for an hour looking for a spot we never found, eventually ending up at this school on Wishart Road. As you can see below, there is a very big handrail there. Dylan Timmins started eyeing it up, and with the help of Rich Redman at the top, stood up and pushed off for the grind of his life.

-Luke Connor


Dylan Timmins- stand-on 50-50 [o] Connor


90's Alley Way Gangster

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   As mentioned in the previous post, Matt Gravel is on his rub brick and lacquer hustle, bringing some life to previously unused chunks of concrete. Discovering and skating new spots is one of the better feelings in skating, especially in Victoria where construction isn't popping off and new spots hardly ever come around. This is another spot he prepped and proceeded to Nollie Shuv Noseslide like a "90's gangster". If you happen to skate any of these spots, or even if you don't, go buy Matt's pro board so he can continue to invest his own money into fixing up spots.

-Luke Connor




Getting Blunted in Gordo

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   With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, evening sessions are coming out in full force. Matt Gravel has been on a spot-replenishing spree as of late, making spots better than an "Almost Spot" or a "Vic Spot" with his own two hands. Somewhere in Gordon Head, Erik Sorensen takes a Frontblunt to Fakie across this refurbished beauty.

-Luke
 

Erik Sorensen- Frontblunt to Fakie [o] Connor