by Jan MacLean
Welcome back – Spring is here! First days skatin’, last days at the hill. Drinkin’ outside, hangin’ at the shop. Alright.
I guess I’ll start with the news…
Scott Gillard of Majestic Productions is opening a sk8 shop in Glace Bay and hooked up with Jason Doucette and Paul Pink. I don’t know any prices or anything but I do know that the GB guys ain’t real down with Sydney, so they’ll be happy to have their own shop, I guess. I know that Gillard tried to punch my girlfriend in the head last summer in a rage, so I’m not going to waste gas money to go and find out.
Brad vs. Geoff – real close but Brad wins.
Geoff vs. some big guy – real close . . . Geoff almost wins.
Jason MacD. vs. Jan – I killed him ( 5 haymakers).
Charlie vs. Lee. Charlie! Lee got beat all over the lot for 3 rounds and when it was all over Lee blew his nose. Big mistake. A few hours later, all at Nikki’s party hear thatLee’s at the hospital. His sinus or something ruptured and puffed up his eye totally shut. Lee doesn’t have to pay any dues for about 2 months for that one, guys. I think his skull or something broke too. Ha!
Ever the business man, Mr. T. Muller, son of Ron, got Burton back. Got it back? Well, Burton only lets one store in an area sell their products. Sport Co. + got it first. But,Money Man Muller wooed Burton to his stable with a monster order. Look for it mid-October ‘96. You know how Burton’s cost like $1000 in Halifax? Well right here at home we’ll be getting’em for $650 – 700! Yes, pro models. Buy Local!
Next winter’s product available at Alternative Sports will include: Lib-Tech, Type A, Burton, Bent Metal, Ivory Sims, Rewind….and just for Colin and Brian, GNU too.
Remember how two years ago, Etnies came on the scene Airwalk sold out and took a dive? Well, welcome to the next generation of bio-skate shoes. The companies are called ES and Evol and they have all the benefits of Etnies – triple stitch rubber under double leather suede toes & ollie areas, and the longest lasting soles on the market. Plus for this year space squishy stuff in the insole under the pressure points and a neoprene “sock” to keep your foot in with out laces (no, you can’t see it ). Also good for keeping your foot warm when you fall in the bog. The best selling, top of the line Etnie shoe (now ES), the all mighty Salvador Lucas Barbier, has been re-introduced with a whole new design. Looks like the best dam skate shoe ever made. Get them before they sell out, or you’ll be stuck wearing one stars and Gazelles all summer.
Marble Mountain! Me, Al, Trish, Trina and Rob Lewis? went to Marble on spring break. They got rocked by this suck hole winter worse then us, if you can believe it. So the riding wasn’t so hot. I’ve been there before and I like the place more than Sunday River – the terrain is like out west. But not this year. We had fun anyway. Beer consumed in 4 nights by Me, Al and Rob, 11 cases and a 6 pack. They have a new high-speed detachable quad chair. The hill is four times higher then Ben Eion and it takes about 5 minutes to get to the top! B.E. takes 8 or 9! We got in a lot of runs. Everybody rides Burtons. The locals are super friendly and nice. They told us about a show to go see at a bar. We went, shot pool and everyone there was 17, drinking and no one cared, ‘cause it’s cool there. Blah, blah, blah…
O.K. now, Quebec! Andrew Yorke and Brian V. went and they also had fun. They also had a superpark. Andrew did a 30’ long grassers. Locals did a 30’ long f/s 540 degree Indies. Andrew went on a train and it sucked. Andrew drank something he never drank before and wound up doing a bunch of stuff that was fun. Andrew and Brianwent to SnowJam ‘96 and watched bands from Epitah and Fat Wreckords play songs. “It was 5000 people in Sydney Academy Gym – 95 degrees and 2 tiny doors for ventilation – people yelling French curses and it was really fun.”
Don Burt (The Red Baron) bombed from Whiskey Headwall 2 to do the slushbowl on the last day at B.E. The second he entered the pond, he went flying head first into the 3 ft. deep slush and water. The guy is like 45 or something and he did what we “hardcores” were too busy making excuses for. It was wicked funny though, bye! Ride on Don.
Free Agent Al Yorke signed on with Alternative Sports for a reputed $ 3 million / year salary, negotiable after Al changes his mind again.
Chris Merritt got so drunk he couldn’t find his way home (2 streets over from where he lived in all of his life) and walked for 5 hours to Groves Point Fish Plant. The friggin’ sun came up and everything!
It seems everyone got drunk and had fun this month. Back to some skating stuff next month, and an interview too.
Jan MacLean – 22 and I don’t suck