Arrival in Montreal With the Editor from Frontside Grind Magazine

We're in Montreal this weekend to mix skateboard bid'niss and pleasure yet again. We're getting lost around the city in harsh traffic at random skate spots and also running the Empire Backyard Party with The Boardr Live.

Arrival in Montreal With the Editor from Frontside Grind Magazine

Posted by Rob Meronek 8 years ago on September 5th, 2013
We're in Montreal this weekend to mix skateboard bid'niss and pleasure yet again. We're getting lost around the city in harsh traffic at random skate spots and also running the Empire Backyard Party with The Boardr Live. Watch it live on Sunday, September 8th at noon on BackyardParty.ca.

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Direct links to all the images in this set are below.


Empire Backyard Party Preparations

We land at 2pm in Montreal, spend an hour in customs, then two hours in traffic. It's early evening by the time we get to stop by on site where they're setting up and getting ready for the big event this weekend.

Empire Backyard Party Preparations
Neal Hendrix Photo

That's the widest spine ramp I've seen since The New Deal days. If you know those days, you're thinking of Neal Hendrix right now. Neal is actually here to help announce for the live webcast on Sunday. Maybe we'll see him take a five minute long run like the old days here.

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DIY at La Taz Skatepark

Out in the back behind La Taz Skatepark is the best variety of DIY stuff you'll ever find.

Ryan Clements at La Taz Skatepark
Ryan Clements Photo

You need to have some Grant Taylor blood to skate this thing. Ryan Clements dips a toe in the gnarly water with a fakie rock.

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Porpe at La Taz Skatepark
Jorge Angel aka Porpe Photo

Porpe does not have his signature backside disaster move on this thing. He's settling for a simple back truck love tap.

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La Taz Skatepark TV

Channel zero in the bushes.

Porpe Ollie at La Taz Skatepark

Porpe's getting there with having his ollie's nice and flat.

Frontside Grind Magazine at The Big O
Frédérique Luyet Photo

Now we're completing our skateboard tourist mission by coming to The Big O. They recently got this thing preserved and moved over a few hundred feet where it now sits as a legit skateboarding spot. With all this tranny, The Editor of Frontside Grind Magazine had to put the hat on. Frontside Grind Magazine is a fake magazine I made up years ago after I picked up a copy of Juice Magazine and was blown away by all the frontside grind photos in it. I'll be stacking plenty of covers here on FSG's new home, The Boardr.

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Ryan Clements, New Companies, Old Tricks
Ryan Clements Photo

In 2013, Ryan Clements has a new company, The Boardr, but the tricks remain the same. Frontside grind at The Big O clocks him in for maybe his fourth or fifth cover.

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Ryan Clements Backside Disaster in the Big O
Ryan Clements Photo

Ryan's shadow on this backside disaster looks like he's in a straight jacket.

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Porpe Backside Tail at The Big O
Jorge Angel aka Porpe Photo

Porpe's got his backside tail in there.

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Rob Meronek Pivot Fakie in The Big O
Rob Meronek Photo

I had this same pivot to fakie five or so years ago when I came here for the first time. Skateboarding makes time stand still even in old age.

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Ryan Clements Pivot Fakie at The Big O
Ryan Clements Photo

Ryan's got a pivot fakie in there, too.

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Porpe Frontside Grind Magazine The Big O
Jorge Angel aka Porpe Photo

The Editor is picturing Porpe riding a serious Harley with apehanger handlebars right now.

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Ed Hardy Special in Montreal

We're out for dinner right now at a classy place that has an nice Ed Hardy special.

Lance Mountain in Montreal
Lance Mountain Photo

Wow, a random run-in with Lance Mountain? Yep, he's here with the entire Flip team on tour.

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Metal Show in Montreal

There's some kind of metal show going on right now. It's free so we have to stop by and try to barge to the front row.

Metal Show in Montreal Girl

It sounds like a metal show until you hear this soft girl's voice speaking French on the mic. She parted the crowd and came all the way out to the back. Thanks for the entertainment.

Zack Ferguson, Jon Cosentino, Ben Patterson
Zack Ferguson Photo

Another random run-in on the late night streets of Montreal: Zack Ferguson, Jon Cosentino, Ben Patterson, and damn, forgot your name, homie. This crew is on the way to a bar named Trash to get trashed. They have street beers and side car Charlies in cups for the pre-party. Damn, wish we could join you guys, but we have to go work at the crack of dawn. Good night, ya'll.

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America in Canada

Setting up for the event is looking very patriotic for Americans right now. Is that a coincidence?

Zack Ferguson Boneless
Zack Ferguson Photo

Zack Ferguson killed it in the Qualifiers. I'm looking forward to seeing him skate the Semis tomorrow.

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Jon Cosentino Nollie In
Jon Cosentino Photo

That's a nollie in that Jon Cosentino is doing right there. He's insane in the bowl and qualified first today.

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The Crowd at Empire Backyard Party

If you're not in this crowd, you better be watching online.

The Boardr Live Running Skateboarding Events
Ryan Clements Photo

I spent the last month coding this new app like a maniac and today was the first event where it was used. It's called The Boardr Live. Find out about how it can help you run a tight ass event at TheBoardr.com/live. Additionally, today was the first time Ryan Clements ever said on the mic, "I'm Ryan Clements with The Boardr." At this point, we're still a few days away from going public with our new company. I couldn't be more excited about what we have planned.

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