Thursday, May 14, 2009
SKATE CAYMAN BRINGS WORLD’S BEST PRO AND AM SKATERS TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS THIS SUMMER
Sunshine and skateboarding go together like trucks and bearings, like concrete and bowls. This summer, Skate Cayman will bring it all together with the first destination skateboarding camp of its kind in the Caribbean. From June 8-August 21, some of the most well-known professional and amateur skaters will descend on Black Pearl, the second largest skatepark in the world, for a completely distinctive camp and family vacation experience.
Kicking off the first week of camp is Summer X Games and AST Champion, Shaun White. White will be skating and signing autographs, and taking advantage of the park’s 64,000+ square feet of progressive, concrete terrain. “I’ve never been to the Cayman Islands before, I’m excited to spend some time skating Black Pearl.” SkateCayman.com will serve as the hub for skater updates and camp announcements surrounding Skate Cayman.
Monday through Friday, Skate Cayman will offer hands-on instruction for campers. Each week will be hosted by a different skate team or pro/am skater that will put their signature style on the camp. Black Pearl is a challenging but rider-friendly park that features three different main courses—expert, intermediate and beginner — with both a flow and street course for each level. The camp will be broken out by skill level, and trained coaches will lead instruction throughout the day. Campers will have the opportunity to sign up for a full week of camp or daily sessions, giving them the freedom to experience all that Cayman has to offer as the ultimate summer vacation destination.
Throughout the summer, campers will have the opportunity to skate with the likes Bucky Lasek, Rune Glifberg, Brian Sumner, Josh Harmony, and the Shut Skates team with more names being added to the roster. Sign up for the Skate Cayman updates by registering on skatecayman.com or follow the camp on twitter under the name “SkateCayman.”
Skate Cayman will provide campers an opportunity to learn from top instructors, skate with pros and experience one of the most unique skateparks in the world for $63 for daily sessions or $282 for the week. All skate demos and autograph signing sessions will be open to the public and there will always be free skating at Black Pearl for those who want to experience the park, sans camp instruction. Campers will be able to book their Skate Cayman sessions by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located 480 miles south of Miami in the vibrant tranquility of western Caribbean, this trio of tiny islands is a premier destination for discriminating travelers, honeymooners and families. World renowned for its idyllic beaches and diving spots, and recognized as a sophisticated, diverse financial center, the Cayman Islands offer spectacular recreational opportunities along with warm, impeccable service. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, visit caymanislands.ky or divecayman.ky or call your local travel agent.
RVCA Team Signing this Saturday May 16th, 2pm at Active Huntington Beach for the Strand’s Grand Opening.
The RVCA Team including Leo Romero, Ed Templeton, Josh Harmony, Kevin “Spanky” Long, Austin Stephens, David Reyes, and Julian Davidson are all coming out to Active Huntington Beach on Saturday May 16th at 2pm to sign autographs. Come one, come all!
Street Dreams, will hit select US theaters on June 12, following its June 8 Los Angeles Premiere. Pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek makes his writing, producing, financing, and starring debut in the film. The story for Street Dreams is a writing collaboration between Dyrdek and Nino Scalia. Paul Rodriguez, Ryan Sheckler, and Terry Kennedy also star in this skateboarding film told by skateboarders to show mainstream audiences the reality of the street skateboarding community. Christopher “Thes One” Portugal created most of the Street Dreams original score. Hip hop impresario Pharrell created the film’s anthem “Hoppin’ Over Fences” as well as provided N.E.R.D. tracks for the movie. Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park also scored a section of the film.
With the attention Street Dreams is sure to garner, Rob Dyrdek hopes to continue to gain momentum for a true skateboarding movement that will open the door for serious social issues to be investigated and rectified. There are over 10 million self-identified street skateboarders in the US alone, and the majority is actively seeking natural obstacles found in urban public environments, which is illegal and sometimes harshly enforced. Until now, authorities have chosen to ignore police brutality toward skateboarders—there are even prevalent videos online showing young male and even shockingly female skateboarders getting beaten by cops caught on tape. Tired of skateboarders being treated as nuisances by public authorities, Dyrdek has taken it upon himself to change how the world sees the sport. After great struggle, Dyrdek was recently able to get through to the City of Los Angeles, and he even rode the world’s largest skateboard through L.A. with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who now supports Dyrdek and his efforts. In February 2009, Dyrdek created and launched Safe Spot Skate Spot through his foundation and in conjunction with the city of Los Angeles.
“Street Dreams is a continuation of our renegade movement. It is important for the mainstream audience to be aware of the issues and obstacles street skateboarders face today,” says Jason Bergh, Executive Producer at Berkela Motion Pictures. “Berkela’s mission is to raise awareness and bring these types of stories to life as we did with Bra Boys.” Sal Masekela, Executive Producer at Berkela Motion Pictures states, “With Street Dreams, Rob Dyrdek finally gives us a story of modern day skateboarding culture that doesn’t make a mockery of this unique, collective passion celebrated by kids across America.” “I have so much respect for Rob, and I know that everyone at Berkela is proud to be a part of his ongoing mission to bring the realities of street skating to a mainstream audience,” adds David Katzenberg, Development Executive at Berkela Motion Pictures.
The full-length film will be released in New York, California, and select theaters across the US on June 12, 2009. For more information on Street Dreams, please visit streetdreamsmovie.com.
In a page out of Supreme’s design book, Italian design firm studiometrico showed how they converted an old cinema in Milan, into the new Bastard flagship store, which includes a suspended bowl. And if you’re unfamiliar with the Bastard skate team, here you go. Peep the story on archdaily.com.