Duel in Philly!
Philly Duel of Jesse and Joe 091011 video link
Checkout this short video I put together showing the famous Skateboarding contest first place "tiebreaker" between Jesse Whalen and Joe Flemke from the 2011 Philly Freestyle Championships, hosted by A.J. Kohn. You won't want to miss this!
NEW "BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY" - Stacy Peralta / Documentary!
Perspective by Lynn Cooper, Feb. 11, 2012
Stacy Peralta & the Bones Brigade team, Reunited! (Left to Right - Mike McGill, Alan "Ollie" Gelfand, Tommy Guererro, Rodney Mullen, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Craig Stecyk and Lance Mountain. Tony Hawk included, but not shown.
Since I started Skateboarding back in 1975, I never realized how much Skateboarding would eventually shape my life. While growing up, I didn't participate in traditional sports much. I had nothing against sports, I just didn't like the way the players were treated. I remember seeing many parents and coaches yelling and coming down on the kids, taking the whole enjoyment out of the game, plus there was a lot of wasted time just waiting to get the ball. I knew these traditional sports weren't for me. Yet, Skateboarding was something that I could do independently, at my own pace. I liked the Surfing type of flow to Skateboarding, being creative and coming up with cool lines and tricks. Instead of coaches yelling at me, I made great friends that encouraged me to enjoy whatever I was doing, which gave me the confidence to push myself to learn and be as creative as I wanted to be. This jump-started my entire career of Skateboarding. In the 1970's and 80's, Skateboarding was evolving so fast and there was so much that was never done before! There were no rules, no limits, everything was new! Also, growing up in the epicenter of Southern California made it an easy choice, as the first skate parks were being built all around me. I wanted to be a part of it!
I became so involved in Skateboarding that if I wasn't actually skating, I was either taking photos, or filming my friends Skateboarding. We were all just ordinary guys, teenagers, hanging out, sharing a common bond that non-skaters may never understand. Years ago, Skateboarding was not the cool thing to do. We were different and often viewed as the outcasts, but we didn't care. We had our boards and we took them to places that they were never designed to go. Think of astronauts, exploring Space for the first time and how they must have felt. Our Space existed of concrete drainage ditches and pipes, loading docks, empty swimming pools, poorly designed skate parks with kinks and cracks, moon craters, sketchy ramps made of Plexiglas, plywood and rusty nails... Yes, our Space was on earth, but our skateboards took us into another world, a world that we created to satisfy our needs! We also had to fight for our Space, just for the right to skateboard! We were unwanted and kicked out of virtually every place we tried skating. I remember seeing the thousands of manicured, well lit baseball and football fields that were mostly just sitting around, rarely being used, while we sought out places to skate, even in the dark, using our Coleman lanterns and automobile headlights. No matter how you look at it, the odds were always against us non-traditionalist skateboarders, however we persevered and never gave up. Over time, the terrain we skated on, the quality of the boards, wheels, bearings and safety gear we depended on, continued to evolve. I think of the countless scrapes, sprains, stitches and staples I endured personally along the way, but you know it was all worth it!
Now, fast forward to current times... Today, we have thousands of amazingly designed skate parks built in almost every major town in America and exploding throughout the free world. I skate and enjoy these absolutely free parks myself, but I often look around and ask myself if these younger skaters really appreciate where they are skating today and what a journey it was to get to this point in Skateboarding history. On the one side, I envy these younger skaters for having these modern proving grounds that help them to pop and flip their boards to great heights, with years of refined equipment designs, safety gear and even foam pits to limit the scrapes and bruises that my era endured, when we were at their age levels... but on another level, I think about all the people that I grew up skating with, all the falls and pain we encountered, or witnessed, as each trick, one by one, evolved right in front of our own eyes. Each ASPO, NSA and CASL contest throughout the 1970's-80's brought forth one evolutionary leap after another: the first Rock-n-Rolls, first Varial's (Eric Grisham), from Handplants (Bobby Valdez) to Sadplants (Neil Blender, Lance Mountain, Dave Church, Lester Kasai...), from vertical Ollie's (Alan Gelfand) to flatland Ollie's & Impossible's (Rodney Mullen), from 540 McTwists (Mike McGill), to 720's and 900's (Tony Hawk), to every variation thereafter, this is the era I was proud to be part of and this is the era that shaped my world view of Skateboarding. If I look around at everything we have to skate today, I am pleased that my generation helped contribute to providing what skaters enjoy today, but what I treasure most are all the moments I experienced and witnessed, within my own Skateboarding Space, as well as the lifelong friends I made along the way. This has been my Life's Journey and for years I continued to document everything that had meaning to me and I am so glad I did.
In 2000, I created this Skatelegends.com website with the intention to show the world a sampling of the great events and skaters that helped shape the world of Skateboarding. Through the years, I have received numerous requests to provide archival Skateboarding photos, film, or video footage for several prominent Skate videos, TV shows, Video Games, Books, Magazines and many other publications. There have been many requests from people interested in obtaining stock footage and producing some entertaining videos, but I always felt there was "something missing". To me, Skateboarding was not just about the competitions, or who was the best skater, or what city had the best skate parks... Here's why I say this. In my own life, I endured various personal hardships growing up. Skateboarding was the one thing that made me feel good about myself. It gave me confidence. It provided me with freedom, friends and a feeling of brotherhood that has lasted a lifetime! To me, these are key components about Skateboarding that has not really been exposed in a major Skateboarding film, but all that is about to change!...
In January, 2011, we flew to Orlando, Florida to witness and film a 1980's style reunion contest/demo at the Surf Expo, hosted by Quiksilver. Many Skate Legends were there, including Christian Hosoi, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Andy MacDonald, Kevin Staab, Cara Beth Burnside, Jeff Hedges, Mark Lake, Mike Frasier, Henry Gutierrez and others... After the event, Tony informed me that he and Lance Mountain were talking to Stacy Peralta about creating a new movie, featuring several of the original Powell Peralta Bones Brigade team riders. I had provided Tony with film footage in the past, so he wanted me to talk to Stacy about helping out.
A few weeks later, Stacy called me and shared some of his thoughts about his new movie concept. We reminisced about many of the events we experienced during the 70-80's Skateboarding era especially. I mentioned the first Bone Brigade video showing that Stacy held at Tony Hawk's parents house in 1984. Kevin Harris had invited me to this very first Skateboarding video premiere, which was so small we all fit into Tony's Living room. I expressed to Stacy my thoughts on the importance that his first Bones Brigade Video Show had on the whole world of Skateboarding. We were so fortunate to have grown up and witnessed Skateboarding as it was unfolding during these 80's contests in Southern California. I told Stacy that most of the rest of the world only had Skateboarding magazines to look at. They could see a photo, but could not necessarily relate to what the skater was doing. Now, for the first time, they could buy a Videotape, plop it into their Video Cassette Recorder (VCR) and really see how these tricks were done, plus they had the added bonus of seeing the personalities of the Powell Peralta Bones Brigade team riders on a personal level that they could relate to. The influence was huge! As an example, my friend, Jody Calhoun told me stories about how he and his skate buddies used to dress and emulate the Bones Brigade riders, in his Arizona hometown. They eventually started making their own skate videos. Keep in mind that this was before DVD's existed and most people were just starting to buy VCR's for their homes. Think of the timing! All these events coming to a head at the same time: The arrival of Skate parks being built in California, a new generation of prodigy skateboarders revealing a revolutionary explosion in the progression of tricks, the first fully organized National Skateboard Association (NSA) competitions, further refinement of skateboard, truck, wheel and bearing designs, plus the technical advancement in Video Recording that allowed for the capturing of these Skateboarding images at the right time, as this new world unfolded, plus there was the creative vision of Stacy Peralta and the Powell Peralta production and distribution mechanism allowing all of this to be made available, to be shown in homes for the first time ever! For us Skateboarders, I view this as having conquered our Space. This was "our" first Landing on the Moon! The world as we knew it was changed forever! At the end of our conversation, Stacy told me that he wanted to put me on camera to share some of my perspectives.
The next thing I know, it's Spring, 2011, I am in a warehouse in Burbank, CA sitting on an amazing Hollywood-style skateboard set, getting interviewed by Stacy and his team. There were multiple cameras rolling and I got to have some fun being on the other side of the camera. Stacy provided me with no prepared questions. He wanted everything to be fresh and sincere and the interview went on for well over an hour. As my interview ended, Rodney Mullen showed up for his part. A few of us stood behind the cameras and watched intently as Rodney spoke from the heart with the most amazing story I have ever heard. We all looked at each other in awe, shaking our heads, amazed! We just couldn't believe what we were hearing. I am not going to give anything away. You will just have to see the movie, that's all I can say.
Lynn Cooper, Rodney Mullen and Stacy Peralta during Interview filming on the set, in Burbank, CA, 2011
A couple months later, I finished compiling the various skate footage that Stacy requested. I had to get some work done to get the old VHS tapes converted to the proper Digital format. Some more time went by and then the "big news" came out that Stacy's movie, now entitled "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography" was accepted to be debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. This was really big news, as there are always thousands of entries and even though Stacy was featured at Sundance in prior years, for his "Dogtown & Z-Boys" and other movies, it was no guarantee that he would get accepted, but his artistry proved to win the judges over once again!
There were a few different showings planned, however getting tickets was the real challenge. Most of the showings were "Sold Out" right away. Fortunately, I secured tickets for the final Sundance Film Festival showing, in Ogden, Utah. The turnout in the newly remodeled Egyptian Theatre was very good. Stacy introduced the film and I finally got to enjoy my first viewing of "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography". I have to mention that the audience reaction, which consisted of many Sundance Film Festival "non-skaters" was outstanding, proving that this movie will appeal to all audiences. You could hear audience reactions throughout the movie, along with applause for every single Bones Brigade team rider at the end of the film. Also as an added bonus, Stacy surprised everyone when he brought five of the six star Bones Brigade team riders on stage, at the end of the movie: Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero, Mike McGill and Rodney Mullen. George Powell and others were on stage as well. Tony Hawk was unable to attend due to an obligation in Australia, unfortunately. Stacy mentioned that this was the first time in over 20+ years that this original team was brought back together. Stacy also surprised me by having me stand up in the audience, while he thanked me publicly for contributing to the movie. I certainly didn't expect that, but I really felt honored. This was followed up by a lengthy Q&A session with the audience, which really capped off the event for everyone there.
Bones Brigade Director, Stacy Peralta
The following week, there was another big premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. We were proud to meet up for dinner with Kevin Harris, Sean Mortimer and family before the show. I found it interesting that Kevin and I attended the very first Bones Brigade movie together back in 1984 and now here we were again, so many years later! The Bones Brigade team was treated to a Red Carpet welcome at the Arlington Theatre. All the Media were there covering the event and it was a "Who's Who" of Skateboarders, with the entire Skate Industry participating in the movie celebration. The audience was even more enthusiastic than the Sundance Film Festival showing we attended a week earlier! "Bones Brigade: An Autobiography" is now certainly the talk of the town!
Stacy Peralta & team - Q&A Session, on stage at the Santa Barbara Bones Brigade premiere, Feb. 2, 2012. The event was followed up by a VIP Party, on top of the Canary Hotel.
On a personal note, regarding the movie... again, I am not going to give anything away, but let me say that there have been very few times in my life where I really needed something to lift my spirits. Between the time that I started assisting Stacy with this project, to the time I saw this first showing, I had to endure some real hardships in my life. Both my parents suffered severe medical trauma within a few days of each other and then my mom passed away. It's not easy to lose one's family. It's the hardest thing I have ever endured so far. This "Bones Brigade" movie hit home with me, not because it features many of the greatest Skate Legends of all time, not because of the amazing events and Skateboarding feats that are portrayed and honored so well within this film, but rather for the one thing I always felt was missing from Skateboarding movies of the past. This movie is about some teenagers that formed a bond many years ago that became a foundation for their futures that endures today. It's also about an insightful Coach that didn't demoralize young people into feeling worthless, but rather created a sense of family and motivated, mentored and lifted them up to believe in themselves, to respect their skills and talents and eventually change the lives of countless others around the world. Yes, I lost part of my personal family recently, but this film helps me to see the Space around me, the other family and brotherhood that has motivated me for so many years, a bunch of outcasts, all sharing a common bond, brought together by a small wooden board with four wheels!
Keep on Skating! - Lynn Cooper
Christian Hosoi & Son
Flatland Reunion: Lynn Cooper, Kevin Harris, Rodney Mullen and Per Welinder - Santa Barbara premiere, CA
Powell Peralta Skate Legends, enjoying the Red Carpet treatment!
COLORADO SPRINGS 2011 CONTEST VIDEO FOOTAGE" - by Lynn Cooper Aug. 27, 2011
Posted on Sep. 2, 2011
Congratulations to all the riders that competed in the annual Colorado Springs skatepark bowlriding competition. It was an awesome event that ran late into the night and the skateboarding was nothing but spectacular as the skaters keep pushing skateboarding to higher levels! Also special thanks to Chris Patton, Rob Miller / BC Surf & Sport and the other sponsors, judges and announcers that made this great event possible!
Sponsored Results: 1st Place - JohnO, 2nd Place - Tony, 3rd Place - Otto...
If I get some good feedback, I will also post some of the Masters and Grom divisions as well. Enjoy the video footage! - Lynn Cooper
Video Link - "COLORADO SPRINGS 2011 CONTEST"
"A Weekend visit with Per Welinder, Pierre Andre’ and Rodney Mullen" - by Lynn Cooper, Feb.19-21, 2011
Written on Feb.23, 2011
It’s interesting how things change as we journey through life. Recently, I had the chance to meet up with some old friends and I thought you all may find this article interesting.
I have known Per, Pierre and Rodney for many years now and I am very proud of all their achievements. I skated with them many times during my lifetime and I was fortunate to have witnessed and competed in many of the Pro/Am Freestyle competitions from 1981-1990. During this era, these guys were a few of the world’s best skateboarders having won, or placed in more competitions than many others ever have. But let’s face it, these guys moved on. Everyone did. They had to. Street Skating took off like a rocket! The vertical and freestyle “competitive” scene faded away almost overnight, since Street Skating became so popular. Toward the end of this era, Sonja Catalano, who ran the CASL organization, tried to keep Freestyle contests going “for us skaters”, until she finally conceded and we competed in the final PSL Series contests, which ended in 1990. I remember these days fondly. Professional Freestyle competitions in the USA ended and remained that way through the 1990’s, until Bill Robertson organized a reunion contest in San Francisco, in 2000 and it’s been slowly growing again ever since. Thanks to efforts from WFSA/Bob Staton (RIP), the Canadian’s, Brazilian’s, Japanese, AJ Kohn and others, during the last few years, we have seen an awesome “Renaissance” in competitive Freestyle, or Flatland skateboarding and it will just continue growing. I have no doubt and I am excited about this! …but, let’s keep in mind that Freestyle was never “big” in the Skateboarding world and it doesn’t have to be, so we should be celebrating all our advancements, whether they are big or small.
So what happened to these “Heroes of the past” and why is this important. It’s important to me to talk about this, because many people assume things, without seeing the bigger picture of life itself.
#1 - Let’s start with the statement that we are all “Skateboarders”. I went from riding the streets, ditches and banks to skating the earliest skate parks built in California. I rode pools for years, rode full pipes, backyard ramps, slalom, downhill, high jump, Sadlands and yes, I even skated “freestyle”. Today, I still enjoy all these different forms of “Skateboarding”, but I still skate Freestyle also, because it remains fun and still fascinates me and I feel really proud that I can still do it well, after all these years. Am I a Freestyler, or Flatland skateboarder? No, I am just a “Skateboarder” and I evolved my skating into many different areas through the years.
#2 – Let’s talk about Skateboarding itself. We all started skating for various reasons. When I felt that I was skating well, I started competing in 1981 and it lasted for many years. At the time, that was important to me. Today, not so much. I’d rather just get together and skate with friends, or do demos… I still enjoy contests, but I don’t feel that “drive” to try and beat out the other competitors. Does that make competitions any less important? No, I think not. Everyone should be allowed to showcase their talent in contests, if that’s what’s important to them, but at my stage in life, it’s not my priority like it used to be, but I understand it is certainly important to other skaters and I fully support this. As you see, my priorities in life changed over time, yet because I enjoy skateboarding so much, I still skate and plan to continue doing so as long as I can.
Now, let’s go back to Per, Pierre and Rodney!
When competitive Freestyle ended, the magazines and industry continued promoting Street Skating to no end. For Freestyle skaters, there was no more industry support, no more magazine coverage, no more competitions. Rodney was the most successful at making this transition with his skating and he clearly helped lead the way. Rodney, Per and Pierre, plus others like Kevin Harris and Reggie Barnes also adapted to this transition by focusing their energies around building their own companies: World Industries, Etnies, Blitz Distribution, Ultimate Skateboards and Eastern Skate Supply started from the ground up and they became leaders in the Skateboarding industry. Think about it… these few Pro skaters of the past, helped to grow the Skateboard industry to enormous levels and still do so today. Many of people thought of these guys as “Pro Freestyle” skateboarders, but keep in mind that Per was also a Street skater, Pierre was a champion Slalom racer and Rodney was, well… Rodney! So, over time, these guys evolved from Skateboarders, to Business owners, to family men… and trust me, if they are running these big companies, it would be amazing to me, if they ever find any “free time” to skate anymore. I know that Rodney makes the time, but that’s because skating is still so important to him. I was really fortunate last weekend to convince Per and Pierre to take some “time out” and go skate for a while. My goal was simply to renew friendships and remind them of the fun side of life, called “Skateboarding!” I plan to post some video clips soon.
In case you are wondering what these guys are up to today:
Regarding Pierre Andre’:
I asked Pierre a few years ago, if he ever thought of retiring early from his Sole Technologies company. He told me that he had no intention of doing this. At the time, he had over 300+ employees, he expressed that he needed to continue growing all the Sole Technology brands, not for himself so much, but for his employees. His employees depended on him and his company to sustain their lives, their families… He was not thinking about himself, as you can clearly see. Last weekend, he informed me that he recently produced a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, called “The 11th Hour”, to help raise more world awareness around Global environmental issues that are devastating our planet. He also worked with celebrities to raise money for Katrina Disaster victims in New Orlean’s… Now he is also working with the Government of Costa Rica on a huge project to plant trees and re-forest huge areas of Rain Forests that have been wiped out in Costa Rica. Pierre even drives a Prius to help the environment! He is highly environmental focused. He has even been changing everything at his company to become as “green” and carbon footprint neutral as possible! I think his focus and contributions are admirable. What good is Skateboarding, if we won’t have a planet in the future to skate upon?
Regarding Per Welinder:
Per distributes five major brands of skateboards to most of the skate shops, all over the world via his Blitz Distribution Company. He has been doing this on his own terms now, since Tony Hawk moved on to his other ventures. We all know that the Economy has taken a huge hit. I can only imagine the challenges Per must face to keep his company moving forward. Think about the thousands of skateboarding products that must be ordered and distributed to generate profits to support all his employees. It takes a lot of dedication and time on his part to support the company, not to mention his family. Think about how much he supports “Skateboarding” by providing the thousands of boards, trucks and wheels that get shipped around the world every week!
Regarding Rodney Mullen:
Most people think of Rodney as the greatest competitive skateboarder of all time and no doubt he was! After his competitive era though, he continued to advance his personal skateboarding skills to absolutely incredible levels, which are constantly being challenged by the world’s skaters today. I have always believed that Rodney has a gift much like Beethoven did. Beethoven wrote some of his best symphony’s AFTER he went deaf. He cut the legs off his piano and laid it on the floor, so he could feel the vibrations to write his music. Rodney continues to think and live “Skateboarding”! I think he transcends far beyond, by constantly analyzing every aspect of what he can possibly make his skateboard do, to the point of completely re-engineering his skateboard if need be, to achieve his dreams. He needs to be given his space to continue evolving his own music through his skateboarding. He told me that he has been re-learning all his tricks again, but reversing his stance. He is working on a new “Almost” team movie part and I am sure he will soon surprise the world yet again! If any of you have ever seen Rodney skate in person, you understand what I mean. I strongly believe that Rodney’s most famous Symphony is yet to be written!
There is also something else very exciting I wish to share with you all, but I need to save this for another time! I think it’s time for you all to stop reading this and go SKATE!!!!
Thanks for reading! - Lynn Cooper
2/23 - From Dan Garb: Onto the Rodney part, He was more then just a freestyler or skateboarder I think. He was more of a creator in my opinion. He thinks of new ways to flip and spin his board in the most craziest stances. He showed the skateboarding world that "anything is possible if you try." That's what makes Rodney so unique, he never gives up until he proves its possible to do. That's what I like the most about him and wont to be like that in my figure of skateboarding. Showing others the creative side in skateboarding, showing the true colors.
NEW 2010 Freestyle/Flatland Skate Video segment - from Skatelegends, Reverse Freestyle teamrider - Lynn Cooper
Video Link - "A Day in Denver with Lynn Cooper"
Venice Beach Jam - 2010
On October 16, 2010 , Skatelegends/ Reverse Freestyle Pro teamrider Lynn Cooper competed in the Flatland/Freestyle PRO-AM contest in Venice, California. Lynn ended up earning 1st Place in the Freestyle event and then also captured 1st place in the "Best Trick" contest, by pulling off a combo-trick consisting of a 2 1/4 fingerflip to railstand to a Double-180 Cooperflip with a perfect landing. Lynn was excited to get two 1st places in a single day. After the event, Reverse Freestyle hosted a "History of Freestyle/Flatland Skateboarding" video and Pizza party. Most of the Venice competitors attended and received a good dose of history and stories from Lynn's personal archives. We all had a great time watching many of the SkateLegends from the past!
Denver Day of Rock - Skatelegends Demo team! DDOR Photos by Alex Cisneros
Skatelegends BIG SHOW at the Denver Day of Rock!
On May 29th, Skatelegends team members participated in a huge annual Children's organization fundraiser called "The Denver Day of Rock!" The event showcased three live Skatelegends team demos, as well as several big name bands, including The Fixx, Fishbone, Five for Fighting, The Romantics... and many others! I was told that over 200,000 spectators attended the all day/night event and it was an awesome success!
I wish to thank all our "volunteer" teamriders, including Ryan Green (Announcer / Skater), the Cisneros family skaters (Dan, Paul and Steve), Joel Peterson, Phil Hansen, Christian Delatorre and special Mob skateboard riders: Cameron and Logan! Yes, I skated too! Everyone skated great and spectator response was excellent, as we had great attendance at all three of our shows!
Cooper Productions filmed the shows in HD and we will be posting a sample video very soon on this website. Also, Alex Cisneros took a lot of photos of every show which we will also provide soon. Thank you Alex!
I also wish to send out a "special thanks" especially to the Loveland crew that came out early to get good seats for our shows. They never left and attended all three shows! Thank you so much for all your support! It mean't a lot! We received great feedback from the Organizers of the event and they have already asked us to perform again next year! We hope to see you all again soon!
If you are interested in hosting your own events (big or small), Skatelegends will be happy to bring our portable skatepark and demo team to your town! We also provide ongoing skateboard lessons, so keep this in mind! We can be reached at 720.851.8251.
Thank you Denver! - Lynn Cooper
"Grindmaster" Dan Cisneros, Clement Skatepark, Littleton, CO
Jan. 6, 2010 - Excellent News! We now have "Z-Flex" products back in stock! Due to the high demand for Z-Flex skateboards, Z-Flex is manufacturing once again! The famous Jay Adams Designs 29" decks and completes are now available and we will be adding them to our Online SkateShop Shopping Cart shortly. In the meantime, just call us at 720.851.8251 to place an order. We have white, black, blue and the new tie-dye colors in stock now! In addition, we also have Brad Dorfman's classic 80's re-released Vision decks, which include several famous deck models: Mark Gonzales, Gator, Psycho Stick, Marty "Jinx" Jimenez, Joe Lopes BBQ and the famous Alva decks (tri-logo, or single logo decks with the classic Alva die-cut griptape to match and others! Just give us a call and we can email you photos of any or our decks and ship right away! Also, keeping in line with our charter to continue promoting Skateboard History, we are also now offering Skateboarding books, such as: Jay Adams, Warren Bolster, as well as the new Skateboarder Journal by Jack Smith!
Z-Flex, Vision, Alva - Classic Skateboards!
ALSO NOW AVAILABLE! A NEW DESIGN in Skateboard wheels! Introducing the new Reverse Freestyle hybrid Street and Flatland / Freestyle wheels! These wheels are fast and have also been designed so that the axle nut is slightly recessed into the wheel, therefore the axle does not hit the ground when performing railstand tricks on the side of the board. This wheel is perfect for Street skating, while also providing stability for all sorts of Railflip / Primo combinations! The wheels are black with the Reverse logos printed on both sides of the wheels. 55mm / 101A Hardness! Call us at 720.851.8251 for ordering details, or order them from our online Skateshop! These wheels were designed by Professional Skateboarders Lynn Cooper and Lillis Akesson.
Check out some great Bands we've been filming! Scroll to the bottom of this page.
Skatelegends Team - Parker Skatepark video link
Additional Skateboard Demo & Skate Clinic details:
In the last several years, Skatelegends held numerous Skatecamps and demos throughout Colorado and other states and several of our team members also worked with the Woodward Skatecamps in California as well. We performed many demos and motivational talks and expanded our Demo capabilities further by building several portable skateboarding ramps and our portable street course. We even purchased a large 20+ feet long enclosed trailer and a Ford F250, which has allowed us to take our shows on the road to numerous demo sites. All we need is a decent flat area and we are set! We also supported local skateshops, competed in a ton of contests and held some of our own contests and BBQ sessions once again! We are really looking forward to 2010, as we continue our growth and promotion of Skateboarding and the important History around it! Now that we have our mobile Skatepark for lessons and demos, why not contact us to get on our 2010 schedule! Call 720.851.8251 to book your event soon!
"Breaking the Glass Ceiling", Steve & Paul Cisneros, Woodward Skatepark, CO
"Style-Lynn" Lynn Cooper, Chino Skatepark, Chino, CA, Photo by: Terry Jackson
Skatelegends Owner / Pro Skater Lynn Cooper video link
Skatelegends Teamrider / Dan Cisneros Amazing Handstand video link
Skatelegends Owner / Pro Skater Lynn Cooper - Casper Classic World Championships 2004, Pasadena, CA Contest video link (flimed and provided by Skater/Dan Trujillo
Skatelegends & Mogo Teamrider / Dan Cisneros video link
Woodward Skatepark, Colorado / Skatelegends teamriders video link
Conspiracy FUNfest video link
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Lynn Cooper and our other Skatelegends teamriders can be found competing, as well as participating in many events all around Colorado and other states. As an example: Lynn was featured on Colorado News channel KOAA 5/30 promoting a Supermoto event and was also featured for a week on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) on nationwide television! In addition, Lynn also performed skate demos for over 10,000 people at the Freestyle Motocross (FMX) event held in Spokane, Washington! The team has provided numerous demos and shows for schools, churches, mall openings, Conventions, "Grind for Life" fundraisers, Youth events and even Youth Correctional facilities, just to name a few! See some comments below!...***********************
Community Involvement feedback - Ridgeview Academy Exhibition
The Skatelegends team also donated a Skateboarding performance and provided motivational guidance to the Ridge View Academy (RVA). Here's an excerpt from a letter written by F. Jerald Adamek, Community and Government Relations: "Our initial relationship was to arrange a Skate Boarding Exhibition for student-athletes at RVA, a 500-bed residential school for high-risk delinquents (ages 14-20). Youth are ultimately placed with this program after being committed by Juvenile Courts from Colorado. Staff supervision and programming are designed to assure the active involvement and participation by the young men with no security fences. The program is operated for the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections by Rite of Passage, Inc., a private company.***********************
The exhibition was held on the RVA campus on May 28, 2006. To say it was a successful event is a major understatement. A group of nearly 50 RVA student-athletes witnessed an outstanding performance of very courageous and proficient skate-boarders led by Mr. Cooper, who belies his age with remarkable balance and flexibility. Mr. Cooper's first achievement was to demonstrate that you can be an accomplished skateboarder as an adult....
Mr. Cooper very effectively communicated the importance of setting personal goals, working hard, and persevering even when the odds seemed to be against you. He also stressed the importance of higher education and the role it has played in allowing him to pursue his passion of skateboarding. Maintaining a job in a professional industry has also allowed him the income to pursue his dreams. While the message was framed around skateboarding, it was applicable to any situation that our young men will encounter. The performance may have been primarily entertainment, but it was a lesson in life too... Mr. Cooper and his Skate Team are welcome to return to RVA any time. We would recommend this program without any reservation... Mr. Cooper is an outstanding performer, but more importantly, he is an outstanding role model for our youth." - F. Jerald Adamek
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