April 16th, 2014

Photos from Jackson Springs

Here are some pictures of the new Northwest Skatepark at Jackson Springs.We are very happy to add this park to our ever-growing list of Florida Skateparks. Northwest Skatepark is 13,000 square feet of fun. This park features a great selection of street elements, transition elements, and also a few obscure elements just to keep things interesting. Bert Wootton, Chris Blake and Cesar Fernandez came out and ripped the park for us just to make sure it was up to par. All photos are shot by Stephen Knight.

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April 7th, 2014

We are proud to announce that next Saturday, April 19th is the Grand Opening of our new Northwest Skatepark in Jackson Springs, FL. Here is Bert Wootton doing some quality control testing just for you. Be sure to come out on Saturday to help us break in this awesome park. Photo by: Stephen Knight.
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March 17th, 2014

Event Tracker: Tampa Pro 2014

This weekend is the 20th annual Tampa Pro contest. This is guaranteed to be three days packed full of chaos. If you can’t be there in person, tune in to the live webcast to watch all of your favorite pros rip the Skatepark Of Tampa.
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April 9th, 2013

EVENT TRACKER: Bro Bowl Bash!

Sunday May 5th, all the bros are getting together at the famous Bro Bowl of Tampa for an event! Stay tuned for details 

March 27th, 2013

FIELD REPORT: Lakeland Skate Park

Working on some brick tranny at the new Lakeland Skate Park: 3/27/2013

Stay tuned for a grand opening date!

 

March 21st, 2013

The Evan Smith Expierence

 Orlando Local, Evan Smith just joined the professional world of skateboarding. We’ve watched him progress over the years, knowing he was going to be successful and we couldn’t be more proud of him! He has one of the most creative styles in the industry…check out his part below and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Also, Look out for Evan in this years Tampa Pro 2013 and stay tuned for an Event Tracker with the Tampa Pro 2013 results.

November 6th, 2012

FIELD REPORT: Skatepark Of Tampa 2013

The wood crew finished up at Skatepark of Tampa for the 2013 course.  here is a great shot of the new street course!  Photo courtesy of Rob Meronek.

November 1st, 2012

FIELD REPORT: Skatepark Of Tampa 2013 Street Course.

Team Pain’s wood crew has been in Tampa at the legendary Skatepark of Tampa all week.   The boys are tackling the 2013 street course.  Team Pain has headed up the course rebuilds since 1995.  This year has a ton of different elements and really shows the versatility that Team Pain’s wood crew is capable of in the design and construction of a street course. Here are a few photos of the final build day, putting the finishing touches on and cleaning the place up.

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October 24th, 2012

Event Tracker: 20th Anniversary Course Build at S.P.O.T.

As a lot of you know, Skatepark of Tampa redesigns and rebuilds the street course every year.  Yesterday marked the first day of the construction of the 20th Anniversary course build.  This is the demo crew that helped SPOT with the tear down before Team Pain’s crew came in.  Congratulations to SPOT for 20 years.  The photo was snagged from Brian Schaefer’s instagram.

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.