Following activations in L.A., Boston, New York, 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 Railtown in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, August 15th. Inviting skaters to participate in a free one-day workshop on the fundamentals of building skateable structures, participants joined legendary East Coast ambassador, Quim Cardona, taking part in everything from cutting transitions, drilling in ribs, to finishing ledges and wedges. Learning how they can make these things themselves with salvaged materials and the tools they’ll need to do it. Just 45 skaters were lucky enough to take part in this exclusive opportunity and The Skateboard Mag was there to test-ride the work and see it all go down.
Quim Cardona, ollies north in Vancouver
The story wouldn’t be complete without telling that of the Zengas—a family of 8 brothers (and a sister) from a small farming community in Ontario, Canada, who by proxy and lack of proximity, became prolific ramp builders and designers. The Zenga Bros. count themselves lucky that their parents believed in the philosophy to give tools not toys, insisting that “once you have the tools you can build as many toys as you want." And that’s exactly what they did. But before gaining their accolades as superior ramp builders on such projects as Dew Tour (Toronto), Jamcouver, and Red Bull’s Last Resort, they spent countless days, summers, and years figuring things out by trial and error… like two paint cans under a sheet of chipboard, kind of error (think Napoleon Dynamite meets Jackass). Not unlike Jackass, the Zenga Bros. took to filming their pursuits with a passion for fun and eventually ended up in Vancouver where they captured the attention of the world with “Leeside Skateboard Mayhem," a video quickly selected as a Staff Pick by Vimeo.com. Next, the brothers were asked to pick the saw and hammer up again, producing “Skate Heads,” a video that on top of their craftsmanship and ability to produce captivating skate films, showed just how special and original they really are.
Ross Ouellette, 50-50 bs 180 switch backside 50-50
But not everybody is lucky enough to have access to tools or parents like the Zengas. Thanks to CONS, skaters were treated to a hands-on, first class crash course in ramp construction, as well as lunch and giveaways throughout the day. Not to mention an exclusive skate session that would continue late into the evening at an off-site location. As one element of the overarching North American CONS Project initiative, CONS Project: Vancouver is slated to continue alongside future workshops in key cities including Montreal and Toronto. This specialized program, geared towards the next generation of skate, art and music talents, offers extensive, hands-on workshops with renowned legends and up-and-coming super stars at no cost.
Dane Pryds sends a wallride down an East Van alley, putting all the hard work to good use. Photo: Dan Post
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