March 27th, 2015

Converse Concrete Jam @ SPoT: Outdoor Course

Our very own Jake " Poptart"  Welch getting a bit of warm up taking this nose grind yank in over the keyhole.

Our very own Jake ” Poptart” Welch getting  warmed up taking this nose grind yank in over the keyhole.

"All Terrain" shredder Nick Wallace with a solid frontside ollie north over the keyhole.

“All Terrain Vehicle”  Nick Wallace with a solid front side ollie north over the keyhole.

Mikey Lovit emphasizing style on this front side tuck knee.

Mikey Lovit emphasizing style on this front side tuck knee.

Alex Sorgente was going big the entire time. Finding lines and gaining speed effortlessly.

Alex Sorgente was going big the entire time. Finding lines and gaining speed effortlessly.

SPoT owner, Brian Schaefer approves of the course throwing down this eggplant to shut down the session.

SPoT owner, Brian Schaefer approves of the course throwing down this eggplant to shut down the session.

Ben Raybourn giving his stamp of approval to the course.

Ben Raybourn giving his stamp of approval to the course.

The gutter bash herd around the world. Jake "Poptart" Welch has been skating our parks for years now. He  seems to have a knack for find features in our courses most would never think of hitting. Jake throws this one down first try for the win and took home a hefty cash prize!

The gutter bash heard around the world. Jake “Poptart” Welch has been skating our parks for years now. He seems to have a knack for finding features in our courses most would never think of hitting. Jake throws this one down first try for the win and took home a hefty cash prize!

Winner's circle, Jake taking home the cash and shutting down the Converse Concrete Jam.

Winner’s circle, Jake taking home the cash and shutting down the Converse Concrete Jam.

 Quick 11 with Jake “Poptart” Welch

Q: What’s new in the world of Poptart? What ya up to these days?

A: Not too much new. I’ve just been hanging out. Trying to shred everyday, working at Catalyst skate shop and working on finish up my welding school.  Just trying to have fun and get shot done.

Q: You just recently won the Converse Concrete Jam at Tampa Pro 2015 right?

A: Yeah. Not sure how, but I was told I did.
Q: You’re also a local of Florida, out of Casselberry correct ?
A: Yup yup born and raised.
Q: What was it like skating against skaters of that level and winning the cash?
A: It’s was a pretty good time. They let a few other dudes in too like Tyler Coffman, Drew Hoffman, and Miles Rodrick. So it was just like a fun sesh with the boys, but a really heated one. Fun and intense. Everyone just feeding off each others stoke.
Q: Who are your current sponsors, influences, biggest contributors ?
A: I ride for a few companies all ran by rad dudes. Demon Seed Skateboards, Gullwing Truck co, Vendetta Grip, Lakai (flow), USS Catalyst, Team Pain, and Domain Premium  Apparel. My biggest influences are anyone who is an awesome person and is down to shred.  Oh and my mom and dad they kick ass.
Q: Now that we’re through with the introduction, what did you think of the course? How was the flow and was it difficult finding lines? Any hidden lines or features you prefered most?
 A:  Both are super sick. The indoor has all the essential obstacles for a good street course with some fun ones like the banked quarter and fun willies all around. And it all flows together well too. The outdoor is rad also. Just something fun with a hint of gnar. Nothing’s too big or hard, anyone can rip ride. It’s smooth and flows well but almost has little a DIY style to it. It’s cool that it has something different like a doorway and some loud zippy brick coping. Fun and deferent makes for a good park. Not hard to find lines and there were definitely some hidden ones, but you have to find those on you’re own.
Q: It’s rad to see someone use a feature of the course most people wouldn’t even consider. You literally bashed the roof of SPoT and dropped a solid 6 or 7 feet back into the concrete transition below. What’s the motivation for such a burly decision? The money? The crowd? The props? The self gratification? Or all of the above?
A: Mainly just wanting to do something different that I haven’t done or anyone else. I was looking for something like that during Tampa am. Tried to just bash off the side wall and didn’t have much luck. Then The Greek told me to try and hit the roof. Not sure if he was kidding or not, but I went for it. It was hard to figure it out, but when you try something like that and get close even once there is no backing out. Especially with all those folks and Jimmy yelling and motivating.
Q: Is there anything you wish you could add or take away from the concrete course that would make it better? or is it perfect the way it is?
A: Nothing really, it’s got a good selection. All I could ask for is more!
Q: What did ya think of  this year’s indoor street course? Was is it still slicker than an ice rink?
A: I didn’t roll in it much during the Pro weekend. It’s usually a little slick, but I know they really maintain it around these times.
Q: One final question, who makes the best skateparks in the business!?
A: Obviously Team Pain. The flow, are fun, smooth and keep it fresh. Those are essential ingredients for a good park.
Q: Thank you for your time Jake, keep slaying it you got a wicked bright future ahead of you.
A: No problem and thank you!

 

March 23rd, 2015

Tampa Pro 2015 – Indoor Course

Tampa Pro is one of the biggest professional contests in the business and we’ve been designing and constructing their courses for the past decade. It’s an occasion to witness an unbelievable level of skateboarding and a meeting ground for professional skateboarders all over the world to showcase their abilities and compete to be the Tampa Pro champion taking home the $20,000 in cash and earning the coveted title.

This year was one to remember, Luan Oliveira took 1st place beating out a heavy hitting group of finalists, which included crowd favorites such as Shane O’neill, Ishod Wair, and Nyjah Huston.  During the Independent Best Trick, Ryan Decenzo took 1st place followed by Florida native Timmy Knuth placing 2nd , and Kelvin Hoefler taking the bronze at 3rd place. It’s challenging to describe in detail all the epicness that went down throughout the weekend so luckily we have the benefit of these epic photos below courtesy of Skatepark of Tampa .

Grant Taylor coming off the top rope to the transition below.

Grant Taylor coming off the top rope and dropping into the transition below

We're starting to think Brazil is a breeding ground  for skateboard talent, Felipe Gustavo taking this switch back tail up the hubba during his run.

We’re starting to think Brazil is a breeding ground for skateboard talent, Felipe Gustavo taking this switch back tail up the hubba during his run at Tampa Pro.Greyson Fletcher lofting a proper front side ollie.

Greyson Fletcher lofting a proper frontside ollie.

Casually flowing the course and finding lines most wouldn't think of all weekend,  Ishod takes this front side board slide up the rail.

Casually flowing the course and finding lines most wouldn’t think of all weekend, Ishod takes this frontside boardslide up the rail.

Justin Brock with a proper smith grind through the corner.

Justin Brock with a proper smith grind through the corner.

 

Florida native, Chris Kendall with a 360 flip over the pyramid.

Florida native, Chris Kendall with a 360 flip over the pyramid.

 

 Florida native, Timmy Knuth kickflip crooking his way to 2nd place during the Independent Best Trick

Florida native, Timmy Knuth kickflip crooking his way to 2nd place during the Independent Best Trick

Man of the hour casually crushing it in his run to win it all.

Congrats to the top 5 winners of the Independent Best Trick jam. 1st- Ryan Decenzo 2nd – Timmy Knuth 3rd – Kelvin Hoefler 4th – Felipe Gustavo 5th – Tj Rogers

Congrats to the top 5 winners of the Independent Best Trick jam. 1st- Ryan Decenzo 2nd – Timmy Knuth 3rd – Kelvin Hoefler 4th – Felipe Gustavo 5th – Tj Rogers

Congrats to Luan Oliveira, Nyjah Huston, and Kelvin Hoefler for taking top 3 and moving forward to Street League.

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February 8th, 2012

FL Bowl Riders

Florida Bowl Riders competition kicks off at New Smyrna Skatepark on March 9th! Be there for a day of epic bowl skating, at one of the sickest concrete bowls we have built in all of Florida. It’s a family friendly event that is sure to be a good time. Check their website by clicking here for more details.

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January 25th, 2012

Make It Count @Midtown

Our parks have been getting a ton of coverage already this year in all sorts of media outlets. Element just had one of their “Make It Count” contest stops at Orlando’s Midtown Skatepark, and the event was packed. Check out this edit of all the good times from the day courtesy of Element Skateboards.

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January 25th, 2012

Triple Threat on ESPN

ESPN has a feature up on our contest at Surf Expo by Team Pain crew member James Covington. Check out some sick shots of the highlights from the weekend by clicking here!

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January 20th, 2012

Team Pain’s Triple Threat Contest Results

Last weekend Team Pain and Surf Expo teamed up for what was one of the most fun contests to go down in Surf Expo history. Skateboarders from all corners of the States showed up to try and get a chance at the $3,333.33 we had to give away each day. The event was ran the same way our skateparks are built: “by skateboarders, for skateboarders.” It makes a hell of a difference when you know you are getting judged by your peers instead of someone who thinks they know about skateboarding.

The contest went down like this.. We took 15 people Thursday and 15 people Friday to get paid cash per trick landed (if worthy of cash of course). The top 5 money makers from Thursday and Friday went on to compete in the finals Saturday for one last chance to strike it rich. The top 5 from Thursday were Manny Santiago, Bert Wootton, Shawn Hale, Fletcher Renegar, and Kevin Sikes. The top 5 from Friday were Jon Scianneaux, Paul Hart, Devin Abreu, Blake Carpenter, and Yonnie Cruz. Check this video coverage of all the shredding that went down from Orlando’s local videographer TJ Gaskill.

The top 5 big money winners from the weekend were Paul Hart, Bert Wootton, Jon Scianneaux, Yonnie Cruz, and Manny Santiago.

Big thanks to Surf Expo, Skull Candy, Bones Wheels, and all the skateboarders who came out. We hope everyone had a good time, and that everyone left Surf Expo with their pockets a little fatter. Till next time…

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January 16th, 2012

Vans X Team Pain

As we all know, Vans Skatepark Orlando is permanently closing their doors January 21st. As a tribute to 10 solid years here in Orlando and a gift to keep Orlando’s skate scene thriving, Vans has partnered with us here at Team Pain to donate two concrete skate pieces to the Orlando Skate Park. Check out some 3D renderings of these pieces. The pieces will be installed and ready to skate this week. Be sure to check out the events going on January the 19th and 20th at Vans!

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January 16th, 2012

Surf Expo 2012 Coverage

There were filmers and photographers everywhere this weekend at Team Pain’s “Triple Threat” event at Surf Expo. If you missed out on this great time, we’ve got you covered with photos and video of the incredible skating, neck and neck races, and cringing slams that went down. We had $3,333.33 to give away each day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, where skaters got paid cash per landed trick. Check out the first edit we found filmed and edited by Riley Payne, and be sure to check back over the next few days as there will definitely be more videos popping up.

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January 11th, 2012

Backyard Paradise

Back in 2009, a young teenage FL ripper named Keith Baldassare(and his Mom) approached us about building some serious concrete transition in his backyard. Some of the Team Pain concrete crew showed up at his house (address will remain private, sorry guys), and built some of the gnarliest transitions in all of Florida. Keith’s backyard has gotten some serious attention from a ton of FL’s heavyweight skateboarders, and recently an article came out in Focus Skate Mag, giving you the rundown of this backyard paradise. We hit up the young Keith Baldassare, and got a little insight on his thoughts about his personal wonderland.

Keith, give us the run down on your backyard..

I dont know what to call it except a death pit. Haha, it’s a bowl built into my block wall fence. Its like six foot with loads of vert.

Who designed it, and who built it?

I designed it, and it was mainly Josh and Tony. Most of the crew was here on the pour days though, and I made some of the pool coping and helped with as much prep work as I could.

What’s your favorite piece of it to skate?

My favorite part is the bank wall, it’s gnarly but not too hard to do tricks on compared to everywhere else.

Who rips it the hardest aside from yourself?

The people that rip it hardest are Matt Call, Mike Barnes, Nick Murphy, Poptart, Tyler Coffman, Joe Storm, a ton of others as well. Too many to name.

Thanks Keith, glad to hear you’re doing well, and that you and your backyard are getting some well deserved coverage!

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January 11th, 2012

Surf Expo Schedule January 12-14

Attention Surf Expo attendees, we have a detailed schedule of this weekend’s events! Check out the schedule below, and you’ll see that we have 3 events a day for 3 days, keeping you on your toes, and putting some cash and prizes in your pockets. Just a friendly reminder, you MUST have a Surf Expo badge with your name on it in order to compete in Thursday, Friday, and Saturday’s events. This is sure to be a killer Surf Expo contest, because it is run by skateboarders, for skateboarders; the Team Pain way!

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