Maryland Am at Charm City Skatepark in Baltimore

Jason Chapman invited us up to Baltimore to check out his skate park and scene that he's been part of since 1994 when Charm City Skatepark started. The park's second home in that time is now in an old paintball warehouse. It's huge, has a vert ramp, and more wood than a forest. Today, Jason ran his Maryland Am Contest that we helped run with The Boardr Live, our scoring app that we run our events with. Baltimore is an interesting city with some good skateboarding. We should make it part of our long term plans. More on that later. As usual, my story is in the photos below.

Maryland Am at Charm City Skatepark in Baltimore

Posted by Rob Meronek 8 years ago on May 1st, 2014

Jason Chapman invited us up to Baltimore to check out his skate park and scene that he's been part of since 1994 when Charm City Skatepark started. The park's second home in that time is now in an old paintball warehouse. It's huge, has a vert ramp, and more wood than a forest. Today, Jason ran his Maryland Am Contest that we helped run with The Boardr Live, our scoring app that we run our events with. Baltimore is an interesting city with some good skateboarding. We should make it part of our long term plans. More on that later. As usual, my story is in the photos below.

Jason Chapman and Son at Charm City Recycle

The early mornings at Charm City start with Jason and son separating trash for recycling and cutting the trash expense down. Jason is neck deep in all the details from top to bottom at this business.

Tyler Thomas Backside Noseblunt Slide
Tyler Thomas Photo

Tyler's a Baltimore local that ended up winning it today. That's a backside noseblunt slide. Tyler's whole family was there backing him.

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Anthony Shetler Varial Heelflip Boardslide
Anthony Shetler Photo

Anthony Shetler brought his AIN crew. He's got the Manny Santiago to fakie here.

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Kyle Flegel Bigger Flip
Kyle Flegel Photo

Kyle Flegel has all the bigger variations on lock, flips and all.

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Billy Drowne Backside Wallride at Maryland Am
Billy Drowne Photo

Billy Drowne was on Shetler's AIN road trip to the Contest. All wallrides like this remind me of Jake Johnson. I hear he rides for that one Cussword Awesome company now?

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Tyrone Henderson Fakie 5-0 at Maryland Am
Tyrone Henderson Photo

Tyrone Henderson has been skating our old am contests for a few years now. He's a Baltimore local up here killing it. This is a fakie 5-0.

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Angelo Delzingaro at Maryland Am
Angelo Delzingaro Photo

A very lackadaisical nollie varial heel from Angelo Delzingaro.

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360 Flip at Maryland Am
Matt McCauley Photo

Matt McCauley on a 360 flip.

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Shopping Trip at Maryland Am

A heavy shopping trip.

The Shop at Charm City Skatepark in Baltimore

How does your local shop compare? Jason stocks everything from local brands to the ones you all know.

410 Skateboard Company in Maryland

Baltimore's local skateboard wood company is the 410 Skateboard Co.

Charm City Baltimore Maryland

There's a bunch of other businesses around here also called Charm City. It's funny how town need a nickname to appeal to people just like certain skateboarders do.

Ramp Cave at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

The ramp cave.

Sections at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

There's three huge sections to this warehouse and every one of them is filled with wood bent to skatable shapes.

Perch at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

That perch up there looks a little sketchy.

Pyramid Moguls at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

Pyramid moguls are not your everyday park feature.

Rodeo Helper at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

Maybe you can learn some gross looking rodeo flips on this thing?

Waterfall at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

For your waterfall of skateboard stunt stacking.

Tanning Bed at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

Is that a tanning chair turned skateboard obstacle?

Paintball at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

The entire ceiling is nearly perfectly evenly covered with paintball war remnants like this.

AJ at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

AJ used systems from two different decades to announce the Contest. He's been doing events since the Beast of the East days.

Crowd at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

The crowd was a good mix of parents backing their little skate rats. Nice to see.

Big Ass Phone Filming at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

Rumor has it that soon the iPhone 6 will be out and extra large like the Samsung phones.

Ghetto Gear Check at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

Pause for a gear check.

VX Check at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

Pause for another gear check.

Jason Chapman at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

And one more pause, this one with Jason manning yet another detail of his business, documentation and skate photos.

Griptape at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

I like Charm City's grip tape.

Clements Phelps Koston at Charm City Skatepark Maryland
Ryan Clements Photo

Clements' is like a human collab of Jake Phelps and Eric Koston here.

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Old School App at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

What app is he using right there?

Advanced Division Winners at Charm City Skatepark Maryland
Toby Bennett Photo

It's an all ages and skills contest that Jason's doing here. This is the Advanced Division top three. Toby Bennett won it.

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Tyler High Fives at Charm City Skatepark Maryland
Tyler Thomas Photo

High fives as Tyler finds out he won this one.

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Tyler, Tyrone, Ben at Charm City Skatepark Maryland
Tyler Thomas Photo

Tyler, Tyrone, and Ben. Thanks for ripping.

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Tyler Thomas Family at Charm City Skatepark Maryland
Tyler Thomas Photo

Tyler's family shortly before they packed it up to head to a wedding.

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Vert Ramp at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

Wait, there's a vert ramp here? I wonder if Bucky shreds it or how many letters in games of SKATE get dropped daily.

Obama Care at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

DIY medical supply, or Obama Care.

Ziggy at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

Ziggy introduced me to Nattie Bo, the local sauce choice of champions.

EXPNVM at Charm City Skatepark Maryland

Once I find a DVD player, I'm going to check out the premiere issue of EXPNVM.

Shops in Downtown Baltimore

After the Contest, we made a little time to push through downtown on our own. We didn't hit any jackpots of old man spots, but it sure was interesting.

Ledge Spot in Downtown Baltimore

I bet that pilgrim on the horse skates this ledge when no one's around.

Europe in Downtown Baltimore

Parts of downtown Baltimore remind me of Europe.

Europe Czech Republic in Downtown Baltimore

This definitely could be the Czech Republic or something.

Francis Scott Key in Downtown Baltimore

Francis Scott Key died in this building.

Historic Building in Downtown Baltimore

The duck pond in Downtown Trampa and this building have the same status on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tourism in Downtown Baltimore

Stacking tourist photos.

Hill Bomb in Downtown Baltimore

When you come from flat Florida, even baby little hills like this are fun to bomb.

Shoes in Downtown Baltimore

This guy likes shoes more than you and me.

Art in Downtown Baltimore

Sports kids playing friendly in the hood.

Ironwoman in Downtown Baltimore

Ironwoman?

Neighborhoods in Downtown Baltimore

The neighborhood has style here.

Betsy in Downtown Baltimore

We stayed with our friend Betsy from the Smithsonian while we were here, had a home cooked meal, and enjoyed 40's from the local bullet proof glass protected convenience store before waking up shortly before 4am to get home. We're already back. See you soon, Baltimore and Betsy. We're doing an event with the Smithsonian and Rodney Mullen on Go Skateboarding Day in Lakeland, Florida. We'll be back in Baltimore with some grand plans on tying together some skateboarding shindigs around your neck of the worldwide woods. Thanks for the hospitality Charm City and Betsy.

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