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Leo Valls Targets Defensive Architecture

Longtime proponent of the skate urbanism movement and developer of skateable art, Leo Valls sets his sights on skatestoppers. After posting an Instagram story about skatestoppers reappearing on Pier 7 and receiving an outpouring of support, Valls invited his followers to join in the discussion and promoted positive communication with city officials.

“Skate stoppers, shared public spaces and skate friendly cities seems to be a topic that interests a lot of skateboarders around the world. So much to say and do on that matter,” Valls said.

He continues,

Skate stoppers are wrong because:

  • They send a negative message to the general public about skateboarding and the act of playing in the city
  • They cost money to build and install, money that could be used to create skate friendly features elsewhere for example
  • They often bother other city users (people who want to sit, wheelchair users etc)

Valls has long been involved in making the urban landscape skate-friendly. His work in Bordeaux has made a significant difference in the community, and it’s sparking some other important conversations, too, including public space accessibility and anti-homeless devices. Get in on the conversation on IG below.

 

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Skating Across Borders Mini Ramp Jam Registration Now Open

This year’s Skating Across Borders charity event will be held on May 21st from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Green Bench Brewing, St. Petersburg, Fl.

Presented by the Stoefs Studio in cooperation with the Skatepark of Tampa, the fundraiser features a mini ramp jam as well as live band performances.

Register at skateparkoftampa.com to join the mini ramp jam.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Board for Bros, a non-profit dedicated to providing skateboarding equipment, safe skate spots, and youth mentoring in their community.

Board for Bros will also have a tent during the event where they will be accepting old boards and skateboard parts that will be refurbished and given to kids who can’t afford their own.

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Monster Energy Crew to Kick Off Euro Tour

Ishod Wair, Grant Taylor, Aurelien Giraud, and the rest of the Monster Energy Crew will shred the best skate spots in Europe this summer in the upcoming Monster Euro Tour.

The tour is in partnership with local skate shops.

The first stop will kick off in Bristol on the 8th of May.

The rest of the tour schedule follows.

  • Hamburg – May 14
  • Berlin – May 17
  • Munich – May 21
  • Athens – June 5
  • Warsaw – June 10
  • Helsinki – July 1
  • Vienna – July 9
  • Tel-Aviv – September 3
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Watch the X Games Chiba 2022 live on YouTube and ESPN App

Hey X Games fans. You can catch X Games Chiba 2022 live from April 22-24 on the ESPN app and the X Games YouTube Channel.

You can find the schedule and the links to the live streaming for each game here and the full list of participating athletes here.

Two hours of event recap coverage will also air on ABC as part of the World of X Games series on May 14 and 21 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET.

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