July 8th, 2015

EVENT TRACKER! Baker Demo at Skate Park Of Tampa

The Baker Team was in Tampa, Florida this last week and put on  killer demo at the infamous Skate Park of Tampa. Here’s a quick photo recap, for full coverage head over to our friends at Skate Park of Tampa.com

March 27th, 2015

Exclusive Interview with Jake “Poptart” Welch, The Winner Of The 2015 Converse Concrete Jam

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 finishing up my welding school.  Just trying to have fun and get shit 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 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 different 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?
A: Mainly just wanting to do something different that I haven’t done or anyone else has done. 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 and 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. They flow, they’re fun, smooth and they’re always keeping 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 24th, 2015

Tampa Pro 2015: Courtyard Party with Live Performances by Destructonomicon/Psycho 78 and Patman & Robin

For the first time in the history of Skate Park of Tampa this year’s after party took place in the newly Team Pain constructed courtyard. “Pros” and “Joes” alike put on an epic show this past weekend during the Tampa Pro 2015: “Converse Concrete Jam”. Amongst the immense crowds, killer tunes raged, as live performances by Destructonomicon/Psycho 78 and “Patman and Robin” entertained the crowds rallying a lively mosh pit, exciting the young and old alike embracing the true nature of skateboard culture.

With our latest additions, including the reconstruction of SPoT’s indoor street course and the heavily skated courtyard which features an array of concrete transitions, a key hole, and a few pump humps that make gaining speed an easy task. Skaters truly have the chance to showcase their skills on all terrains. We’re stoked to hear all the positive feed back from the participants involved and to have had the opportunity to make all this a reality. Check out the photos below courtesy of Skate Park of Tampa .

 

 

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 .

January 30th, 2015

Zephyrhills News Update

Before the Grand Opening of the Zephyrhills Skate Park tomorrow, we thought we would tempt anyone that’s attending by giving a little Quality Control teaser. Every skate park we build goes through a stringent quality control process during construction by the Team Pain crew to ensure every inch of the park is up to the quality standards inherent of a custom designed and built skate park. This park may not be large but it packs a punch and is a super fun place to skate! Check out these shots and go skate!!

Chad Poore Backside Tailslide

Chad Poore Backside Tailslide

Chris Blake Ollie to Grind

Chris Blake Ollie to Grind

Chris Blake Feeble on the curb

Chris Blake Feeble on the curb

Chris Blake Front Slide Blunt

Chris Blake Front Slide Blunt

Keith Gibb

Keith Gibb

Lake Black

Lake Black

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Chad Poore Smith up the ledge

Chad Poore Smith up the ledge

December 12th, 2014

Skatepark Of Tampa Courtyard

We recently made a phenomenal addition to the courtyard at Skatepark Of Tampa. It was completed just before Tampa AM, and the Nike SB team decided to break it in with a jaw dropping demo. Below is the footage from the demo, and the photos of the exciting DIY style build that we did.
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December 11th, 2014

Field Report: Zephyrhills, FL 12-11-2014

Looks like it is getting down to the wire in Zephyrhills, Florida. As you can see; This park is packed full of awesome features such as the China-Bank, Jersey Barrier, Drainage Ditch, Railroad Track Flat-Bar, Hand Rail, Manhole Volcano and much more. This park isn’t done yet though! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with everything that is going on here at Team Pain.
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November 20th, 2014

Field Report: Zephyrhills, FL 11.20.2014

The new skate park in Zephyrhills, Florida is quickly becoming a well-rounded visual treat. The China-Bank has a hip going in the middle of it that adds dozens of options, and a manhole volcano on the corner that is equally as awesome. The bowl is ready to go, and the colored concrete on the flat bottom matches the tiles and makes this bowl almost as exciting to look at as it is to skate. If you look closely, you will notice that the flat bar on top of the bank is actually made of a piece of an actual railroad track. With the train running directly across the street from the park, this rail-road themed flat bar makes this skate park feel right at home here in Zephyrhills.

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October 22nd, 2014

Field Report: Zephyrhills, FL 10.22.2014

Checking in from Zephyrhills, Florida. They are about to get their first load of concrete tomorrow in the bowl. At the rate these guys are working, this park will be finished in no time. To keep up to date with this project and many others, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
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October 22nd, 2014

Field Report: Skatepark Of Tampa

It is that time of the year again… The time of the year when we get to redesign the legendary Skatepark Of Tampa Street Course. With Tampa AM right around the corner, we put together a course that we feel is going to bring out the best skating from the best skateboarders in the world.
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