A killer crew of girls from Portland and Washington gathered together in late June (safely distanced with face masks on hand) and hopped on the ferry in Anacortes to float northwest through the beautiful San Juan Islands. Arrival at the Scott Stamnes skatepark kicked off a full weekend of gnar; grinds, slashes and stylin’ airs.
MAXIMUM FLOW features the ultra-fun remainder of clips and outtakes from Shari White’s recent CREDITS video, which has been established as one of the best female-centric skateboarding videos of all time. But if CREDITS was a Bruce Springsteen concert, MAXIMUM FLOW would be the epic encore performance of “Born to Run,” sending you home with a deep sense of completion and new feeling of intimacy with The Boss himself.
Every year skaters from near and far reunite at Burnside Skatepark’s notorious birthday/Halloween bash for a heated, costumed snake session and eclectic night of debauchery. This year marks the park’s “DIRTY 30” which is hard to believe- it seemed like yesterday the park was still a lot-lurking teen.
Some of our best friends and greatest BIGFOOT supporters, the SCANLANS (Sarah, Tavita, Sililo and Løve) lost their entire home & belongings in the devastating Echo Mountain Complex fire in Otis, Oregon on Monday 9/9/20. This generous, loving family has done so much for our ENTIRE skateboarding community, and now it is time to return the favor.
For me, no one in the world is more influential in skateboarding & life adjacent than Jodi McDonald. I was around 20 years old when I met her, (the equivalent number of years ago) super awkward, clinically depressed and struggling hard to find my place in the world. Jodi was warm and generous and her inspiration on a skateboard was colossal. But her spirit? Intergalactic.
Instead of the city’s yearly “Go Skate Day” gathering, creative minds in Portland listened to the word of the streets and made appropriate changes in both name and purpose. “No Hate Day” provided an opportunity for skaters and skate-adjacent to gather, skate, educate, appreciate and enter a raffle that raised funds for Black Lives Matter affiliated organizations. Before the event wrapped, Smart Collective reported that donations of $875 were made to Black Resilience Fund, Don’t Shoot PDX, The Okra Project and $900 to Equitable Giving Circle.