December 21st, 2011

Surf Expo Contest 2012

Team Pain and Surf Expo are once again joining forces to bring you a skate contest of epic proportion. We have three events a day lined up three days in a row for you, with a ton of cash and prizes to give away to the winners. There will be events for skateboarders run by skateboarders at three times a day January 12th-14th. The details of each contest are still in the works, but we will keep you updated! The contest is open to registered Surf Expo attendees only, so come prepared! We are hammering out ideas for the contest course, so check back soon to see what we have in store for you!

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December 21st, 2011

Crews That Rock Results

A big thanks to everyone that helped by voting for Team Pain in the 2012 “Crews That Rock” contest. We ended up placing a respectable 4th Place out of tons of other competitors. We truly love what we do, and appreciate all of our fans out there that helped us place 4th in the voting polls! Check the full list of results here.

December 15th, 2011

Apollo Beach, FL Update

Check out this aerial photo of Apollo Beach, FL Skatepark along with a few other snaps the concrete crew sent over this week. We love building parks everywhere, but we get especially psyched when we get to build a park in the state our headquarters is based out of. This park has all your modern street elements, like granite hubbas, ledges, and rails, along with tranny aspects that make it fun for all the ATV rippers coming up these days. Check out more photos of Apollo and our other recent projects on our facebook page!

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..hold on guys, that wasn’t in the plans…

December 15th, 2011

Surf Expo 2012 Hype

Team Pain and Surf Expo will be hosting a big skate contest this January 12-14 here in Orlando. There are no specifics yet, other than there will be some BIG money, and there will be a killer Team Pain course. We will keep you updated, and let you know what’s going on as the details start coming in! Get hyped!

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December 15th, 2011

Boardertown Getting Ripped

Since the completion of our most recent wood project, Boardertown, located in Ft. Smith Arkansas, we have seen some amazing locals shredding the new park. Montages of Boardertown have been popping up like crazy, but this one has some serious shredding in it. Check it out, and be sure to check out Boardertown if you’re in the Ft. Smith area!

December 8th, 2011

Apollo Beach Update

The concrete crew has been working away at Apollo Beach, FL Skatepark. This is the first of three parks that we are building along Florida’s West Coast over the next few months! Check out these photos of the progress that is being made, and let us know what you think of the Apollo Beach park on our facebook page!

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December 1st, 2011

SPoT’s New Course

We hit up Jeff Hammond, our Designer and Lead Supervisor of Wood Projects, about his recent work on Skatepark of Tampa’s street course. Here are a few of his thoughts on the new setup:

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What are your favorite parts of the new build?
“My favorite part of the 2011 tampa course is the multi-use hip section.. Not for reasons of it being complicated to conceptualize or build or anything like that.. It’s actually a quite simple area to frame and consists of only straight and square lines.. Visually though, it just seems solid and clean, plus we managed to get 4 or 5 (depends on how you look at it and/or ride) different hip elements into this year’s course.. Generally speaking, hips take up a lot of area- for instance, the older tampa pyramids took up 25% of the available space in there.. Building the hips as we did this year barely used any of spot’s limited square footage.”

“I also like the surface blend in the area between the roll-in and the tight tranny 1/4, plus adjacent areas… it’s not super skate-able but I’m thinking some ’slashdogs’ will get busy in that area.. I like it more from a design/construction technique point of view.”

What inspired you to build some of the unique and quirky pieces, like the tight little quarter along the edge of the park?
“That’s one of those things you don’t necessarily think of first then set out to build it.. It comes along during the actual building process or late in the design process.. You might step back and look at what you have so far then the design tells you to put it there — instead of you telling the design what to do..”

What made you want to go for a mellower design for the course? It’s definitely the most different Tampa setup I think we’ve ever seen.
“Tampa is a tough one.. The main street course is relatively small yet it hosts two of the biggest events per year featuring many of the most talented figures in skateboarding.. Thing is, SPoT is also a premier skatepark and needs to be inviting to everyone else for the other 50 weeks in the year..

So my intent with tampa is to make it easy to ride for everybody but i try to arrange the hits in such a way that lil’ 12 year old Johnny can try his handrails tricks on an easier little rail but, if you skate the same rail in another direction or from a different angle then it opens up the possibility for a much more challenging and/or useful obstacle for the skilled riders.. So yeah, i think it’s a mellow course overall, but there are some hidden lines in there for people to get showtime on.. I don’t doubt that we’ll see some great skating at Tampa Am & Pro this year on the new course.”

“That’s the approach i’ve been going for the past few years.. instead of making single ramps (i.e.- this is the pyramid, the quarter pipe goes there, etc), I try to make much larger single structures that can be skated from different directions.. if you hit an element one way, it’s easy.. the other way and it’s hard.. you can fit a lot more options into a skatepark this way and it also becomes more visually interesting.. It’s a more difficult approach to designing and building but when it’s successful, it really pays off.”

“All that being said, if the SPoT course were strictly being designed for high level skaters then yeah, I think it would be burlier overall.”

Be sure to check out SPoT’s new course. We have already skated it, and had a total blast! Big props to Jeff Hammond, and the rest of our wood crew for building such a sick course this year! Check this video to see it being shredded by some SPoT locals.

First Session on Skatepark of Tampa’s New Street Course from Skatepark of Tampa on Vimeo.

December 1st, 2011

Midtown Minor League

One of our most recent wood parks, Midtown Skatepark in Orlando, FL is starting a year long contest series this Friday for skaters 15 and younger. This is sure to be a fun contest to participate in, and gives the younger guys all the spotlight. Go to Midtown’s website for more details.

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November 11th, 2011

Northglenn Gets Lights

One of our newest parks located in Northglenn, Colorado has been getting shredded by the locals. Now, the shredding will continue into the night with some amazing lights. (which is coming sooner now, did you set your clocks back?) The party doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down!

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November 10th, 2011

Grind For Life Skatepark Series

Grind For Life ran a skatepark series throughout a bunch of parks we built in Florida. Starting at Skatepark of Tampa, and stopping by Cocoa Beach and New Smyrna skateparks as well. The final event is November 12th at Cocoa Beach Skatepark. Grind For Life’s events are always fun for the entire family, be sure to check it out if you are in the area to support a great cause!

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