One of the most notorious skate spots in Holland, the Yard in Utrecht, is about to be destroyed. The Yard has been home for a lot of Dutch skateboarders over the last few years. The water gaps and some ledges at the spot have been there forever, while some others have been installed more recently with the support of the local skate shop, E-Zone.
To prove to the city council of Utrecht that there are more than enough skateboarders who care about this great, simple and cheap skate spot, Emerica Holland is holdng a Wild in the Streets event, and Emerica pros Bryan Herman and Braydon Szafranski are even flying out to support the cause!
It all goes down at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 24, 2006. The event will start at the Griftpark bowl (which was poorly built by the city council and quite expensive), then proceed through the middle of downtown and end up at the Yard. At the Yard, there will be a Best Trick contest over the water gap. We even built a rail over it for some extra gnarlitude!
We are working on a Save the Yard web page with some info on the event, as well as some history of the spot. Be sure to check it out.
P.S. Here’s a list of tricks that have been done over the big water gap so far. I’m sure there are more.
Backside kickflip – Andrew Reynolds
360 flip – Bryan Herman
Hardflip – Sean Malto
Kickflip – Bas Janssen
Frontside flip – Bas Janssen
Backside heelflip – Bas Janssen
Heelflip – Lindsey Robinson
Switch heelflip – Dennis Durant
First Ollie – Jos Theissens
Ollie to hang-up – Jonny Ganseman (Utrecht local)
Title: 2nd Avenue Zine Publisher: Colin Kinniburgh Issue Number: #8 Spring / Summer 2006 Page Size: 8.5" x 11" Page Count: 20 Printing method: Photocopy, color cover and black and white interior Price: Email the2ndavenuezineataol.com (Replace "at" with the @ symbol.) Web site:2nd Avenue Zine
Making our way through the Emerica Zine Showroom, we now walk up to 2nd Avenue Zine #8, which is on display behind the maroon velvet ropes to your immediate left. And, aye, what a beauty it is! This edition sports a limited-edition alligator hide landau roof, an eight-cylinder V8 engine, and a smart, four-color cover of Alex Olson flinging himself over a downright dangerous-looking fence gap.
There's also a four-page interview with Alex inside, plus a veritable trunkload of other features like Sticking it to the Man, regarding how to get shit for free, Go Skateboarding Day Skate Jam in New York, Video Reviews on Enjoi's Bag of Suck, Krooked's Krooked Khronicles, Anti-Hero's Bonus Footage, Creature's Born Dead and 5boro's A New York Minute, plus a few Music and Movie Reviews and a Photo Feature. Hit up the 2nd Avenue Web site and order an issue or two. Good job, again, Colin. Keep crankin' em.
It's time for number 19 in our never-ending series of Blab Interviews conducted by you kids. This month, we're going to hit up Emerica pro Kevin "Spanky" Long for the second time.
Just ask a nice, short question right here in this post and one week from now, I'll choose a few of the best and give Spanky a call. Read his bio and first Blab interview, so you don't ask anything that has already been answered there.
Join Emerica pros Bryan Herman, Braydon Szafranski and the Dutch Emerica Team as they take over the streets of Utrecht, Holland! Show up for the Wild Ride of your life at 12:00 noon on Sunday, September 24, 2006 at Griftpark Utrecht. Somehow, we'll make it to the Yard. Wanna know how? Show up and ride with us!
Various Best Trick Contests will go down along the way. The Best Best Trick of the Day will go down at the Yard Water Gap! We even built a rail over it for extra gnarlitude! The world-famous Falus Worst Trick Contest will also be happening. Questions? Call E-Zone at 030 236 9298 or visit their site.
Enjoy your latest free treat from Emerica: 1.98 megabytes worth of delightful little pixels featuring team rider Kevin "Spanky" Long dilly-dallying around and getting shit done on some steep-ass banks at the infamous LA High.
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On the cover of TransWorld Skateboarding's November 2006 issue, get a load of globetrotting Emerica pro Chris Senn as he precision grinds over a super narrow, hairy ass, sharp-edged donut at that new gigantic skatepark over in Shanghai, China. It's so burls, there's even a sequence inside.
Seems Senn went on a lil' Oakley team filming mission over there, which also resulted in a 12-page article in this issue. Good job, Senn-Dog! Buy a copy at a skate shop or news stand near you.