Gone are the days of militant training facilities (or “TF’s” as they were referred to in the skate world) and the competitive nature that skateboarding embodied in the earlier 2000s. Skaters today are ready to have fun more than ever and by any means necessary.
Following activations in L.A., Boston, New York, Vancouver, and Toronto, Converse CONS brought their unique series of global community workshops designed to inspire the next generation of creative spirits through interactive skate, art, and music seminars to St. Henri in Montréal, Québec, on Saturday, October 24th. This time the theme was D.I.Y., and Empire skate shop invited skaters to participate in a free one day workshop on the fundamentals of building skateable structures out of concrete. Participants joined CONS ambassador Brian Delatorre, taking part in everything from mixing to framing and finishing concrete. The learned how they can make these things themselves with salvaged materials—and the tools they’ll need to do it.
Concrete is absolutely crucial in a city that accumulates up to seven feet of snow each year with temperatures dropping as low as −30 °C (−22 °F) with the winter wind chill—easily rendering any wooden ramp structure useless after thawing out. And while Montréal can be a street skater's paradise in the summer months, its offerings of good outdoor skate parks have been lacking for years. That is until some skaters such as Yan Tremblay and Phil Daoust decided to take it into their own hands, equating that if each time they would complain about the lack of good transition parks in their city, they instead picked up a shovel and did a couple hours of work they could make a difference. And that's exactly how the famed Projet 45 D.I.Y. came to be.
This was Brian's second CONS Project—his first being in Berlin where they built skateable sculptures out of metal. And it certainly wasn't his first time to Montréal either, having visited three times in just the last few months to visit and skate the streets. "Dela" admits to not having a lot of experience working with "'crete" but that he picked up some helpful information, despite the workshop being presented in French. Thankfully, skateboarding is a universal language and all of the 40+ participants along with Delatorre enjoyed a few hours of shralping following the day's info session.
Brian Delatorre, noseslide transfer in Montreal
CONS Project: MTL crew take it outside to pour some 'crete into curb molds.
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