Rail Jam at Payson Park 2018

To start of the fundraising for the Portland Skatepark expansion we teamed up with the City of Portland Parks & Rec, Gnu Snowboards, Vans, Portland Pie Co, and Capt'n Eli's Soda to put on a fundraising rail jam. Ma Nature didn't really help much so the City trucked in and threw the snow where we needed it while Rob and i set it up - from grass to park all in a day! Beautiful blue sky and full sun for the event, pizza, rootbeer, a board from Gnu and Vans gear - thanks to all who showed up to shed and contribute!

Great way to kick off the fundraising and some great riding. Maybe we'll have to turn this into an annual event?

For more on how to donate, and details on the expansion head to our fundraising page here.

LBS Team in CA

Every year we head out to Long Beach CA in January to see the coming year's skate gear and footwear. i'm not sure which part i enjoy more: geeking out over the new decks, wheels, sneakers, pros, or getting to actually walk around in a t-shirt in January eating Pizzanista.  After all the trade show activities were done the crew at Skate One (Bones and Powell Peralta) invited us up for a tour of their factory/headquarters and were kind enough to let us come skate their local indoor private park.

My 1st board was a Powell Peralta skull & sword and i have ridden more Bones bearings and wheels over the decades than i can count. Understandably i was too busy being a nerd watching the boards get pressed and the wheels get poured to take the camera so phase one - factory tour images are all Sarah's pics (below).

Since LBS team riders Tristan and Jake have moved out to the greater LA area they joined us for the tour. As luck would have it team rider Gabe was out visiting while we were there so Maine was rolling in force, including Tristan's roommate (and fellow Mainer) Eamon. The guys at Skate One generously gave everyone in the crew a new Flight board and a place to test them out: Orchid Skatepark. The lighting was low this rare rainy day in CA and i didn't have a flash but i'll just call them stylishly effected. So here are Tom's Pics (below).

Big thanks to the whole crew at Skate One! You guys are great!