lil edit by Bryce Dehorty
Recap of yesterday's go SKATEDAY
Bryce explains a Fakie Fullcab
100 years is a long time to stand... even if you're a tree. The winds, cold winters, hot summer days, sunrises and sunsets all contribute in carving our external structure. What is endured in life is a part of who we are as beings. Those with scars and wrinkles are the fortunate, for those are the markings of a life lived! After life we all hope to live on somehow, someway, or at least to have made an impact on the future lives to come.
Around the year 1916, a specific spruce tree rose from the ground, on the bank of Lost Horse creek, that flows into Murray Lake, Saskatchewan. That ground happened to belong to a man named George Tucker. A farmer in a time when your hands were the tools, and the necessity of your crops dictated whether or not you would live or die. The spruce and George were much the same, in the fact that their will to survive and grow was more powerful then a climate that at times could be so unforgiving... and grow they did! In 1926 George had a son named Kenneth Ernest Tucker, who grew up farming and living off the same land as his father before him. Ken remembers when his dad showed him the spruce tree as a boy... almost 90 years ago. Over those years things have changed a great deal, price of grain, equipment, technology, and the land itself, but the "Big Spruce" had always been there as a constant landmark for the Tucker family in an ever changing world.
Ken says he could "look out the window of the homestead, and see the big spruce down the valley", standing tall, standing strong, standing the test of time. But as it has proven in the past, "TIME" will win all battles in the game of life, and in the summer of 2012, the Big Spruce's time as guardian of Lost Horse creek was up. A plow wind made it's way through the luscious prairies, dropping baseball sized hail and knocking the power out in numerous communities around central and northern Saskatchewan, houses damaged, grain bins overturned, and the Big Spruce snapped in half. We all can't stand strong forever, it's impossible, when it's our time to go... it's our time to go.
Bearcat explains an Impossible
3 flips with Bryce Dehorty
SKATEBOARDING IS NOT A CRIME! and last night's comp was a total atest to that. All different types of kids from all different walks of life, came together in laughter, bro-ism, and a lil competition. The cheers for one another after a hammer had been tossed brought a smile to my face and truly warmed my soul!! Last night felt the way skateboarding had felt for me when I started back in 96 ish. Homies pushing homies to succeed, progress, and just be out there for the fun of it all. The talent out of this little town blows me away everyday! I wish the teachers of our schools and nai sayers of our community would all come out and watch these "trouble makers" or "bad seeds" in their enviroment. They may see what I see, and thats kids of a misunderstood world living a life of education, government, and achievement away from the mold. The smiles and high fives that were thrown around couldn't have been counted, and with no particapation ribbons or prizes, I feel they were all just excited to be out with their friends.
Now there is some behind the scenes happenings that go on for these kids to do what they do, and I wanna take a sec and give a huge thanks to these types of organizations and individuals. Concern for youth is out on the streets daily, hooking these kids up with waters and sandwiches, and are always down to help out with barBq's or whatever needs help with when we throw contests. Wild youth sports sask(Josh Reise)is a huge help and role model for these kids aswell, taking them around sask and alberta to different skateparks and giving them opportunities that they possibly wouldn't get in everyday life. Alanna Tucker and the Freedom skate and snow staff, hosting contests, and running a place these kids can come and feel safe, at home and accepted is crutial to skate life! But the most recent help these kids have been given, is from a body that they haven't seen before... and that is a group of people that are making moves and changes at the sanctuary the skaters call home. This group of people is made up of Comunity safety coordinator Herb Sutton, Parks and Cemeteries head honcho Gordon Whitton , Boys and GIrls Club Excutive director Nicole Combres and myself Brennan Lampitt. These cats have come together to achieve new garabage cans,benches, and a Brett Craig memorial water fountain in the works for the skatepark. They will continue to push futher development for our Park. HUGE thanks to all in this column, you guys kill it and without you there wouldn't be a skateboard community like ours!!!
Thanks to the peeps that helped and to all the skaters who came out last nigh, it was a refreshing night of good times with great people!!!
Here it is ... The winner of this years Skateboard graphic contest!! Congratulations Koby Ellis. For the past 7 years we have hosted a skateboard design contest, in which we send out the invatation to draw up what you would like to see on our next seasons skate decks. The entries can be sent to email@example.com and will judged upon by our pannel of experts! In the past we have been very fortunate to have such an amazing selection to choose from, North Battleford artist you guys kill it!
Thanks to all that enter and send in, we hope all of the same people and new people keep putting in entries and maybe you will be able to skate a deck in which you designed yourself. Having the logo or the word Freedom is our only guideline for the contest. We will be doing this again next Febuary so no time better then the present to get creative... thanks a million!!
Koby next time you're back in town swing into the shop we will have your prize pack waiting for ya
In this world of technology that moves so quickly, it's easy to get left behind and out of the "know". I'm as guilty of this as most. When the younger generation comes into the shop asking my thoughts on the winners of last nights street league, or the technology on a product that was a late release and was dropped via social media that morning, I'm stumped 80% of the time. Unless my 11 year old kid and I had spoke on these subjects at breakfast and he brought them up. That being said with our new blog page on our updated website, I will try my absolute best to stay on top of our new News, deals,sales,products, and people we love and support, and getting that info out to you guys are beloved followers, customers, friends or as we call you... our "FREEDOM FAMILY". If you have something you feel we should share or be apart of let us know, swing into the shop and say what's up. Just because technology is taking over doesn't mean we should loose the art of conversation face to face! Sometimes your profile Pic doesn't quite look like you on a day to day basis, and we like to be able to put a face to a personality!