The course in Kansas City is different from last year and includes the fist quarter pipe to be featured in Street Leauge history. The pros threw down some intense tricks during the practice session, getting a feel for the course before the event kicks off.
The event schedule looks like this:
Preliminary Qualifier 7-9:15pm CT
Semifinal 7:15-7:35pm CT
Final 8-9:30pm CT (Televised LIVE on ESPN2)
Here is a gallery of photos from the practice session.
Also do not forget to check out the Escapist video premier of Red and Yellow at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City.
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Story by: Linnzi Fusco
May 15th, 2012, 4:00pm, would officially mark the ribbon cutting and reopening of Penn Valley Skate Park in Kansas City, MO after it's recent expansion. The park also known as the Kansas City Skate Plaza, opened in late 2005 but remained incomplete due to funding until this year. Rob Dyrdek, professional skateboarder, Founder and President of Rob Dyrdek Foundation and Street League Skateboarding, donated $75,000 to complete the park. Also presenting and in attendance for the event were Mark L. McHenry, Director, Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation, Cindy Circo, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Kansas City, Missouri, and Jan Marcason, City Council, 4th District.
Video by: Mike Goehring
The park's new addition is comprised of obstacles used in last summer's Street League course held at the Sprint Center. The Rob Dyrdek Foundation founded in 2003, aims to strengthen communities by promoting and providing assistance to develop, design, and construct safe and legal Skate Plazas as well as educational programs to encourage and promote skateboarding. The Penn Valley Skate Plaza marks the tenth "Safe Spot Skate Spot", that the Rob Dyrdek Foundation has completed which creates a safe and legal place for skateboarders to ride. The Skate Park is located at W. 29th St. and Pennsylvania Avenue in Penn Valley Park, not far from Escapist Skate Shop, a local hot spot for skate gear.
Dyrdek will be in Kansas City this week for the Street League DC Pro Tour at the Sprint Center May 18-19. For more information and tickets, visit www.streetleague.com.
Photos by: Linnzi Fusco
The image above illustrates the newly completed Penn Valley Skate Plaza's design. The Skate Park was originally built in 2005 but was left incomplete due to funding until this year. The Rob Dyrdek Foundation donated $75,000 to complete the park making it the tenth "Safe Spot Skate Spot" the foundation has completed to date.
Tonight i went down to the Mousetrap skate park to shoot some photos since i have not shot any skateboarding for some time. I was disappointed to see that the new lights, the city installed, were dimmer than the once previously lighting the park. It made it very hard to shoot because of how low lit every thing was. Either way i still shot some pictures enjoy.
DC riders Mikey Taylor, Nick Dompierre, and Rob Dyrdek visited the Escapist skate shop, in Lee Summit, on June 10, 2011 to sign posters and give out tickets to Street League.
Street League is a skateboarding event that was founded by Rob Dyrdek and is coming to the Sprint Center, in Kansas City, on June 11th and 12th. To find out more information visit
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June 7th, 2011 marked the first day of filming for "Old Park" a documentary skate video about the Mousetrap, a skatepark in northeast Topeka, Kan. The video is being produced by OriginalPro Films, with the help of photographer Anthony Richardson, and is expected to be released in the Fall of 2011.
The video will feature skateboarders who grew up at the Mousetrap and have many great memories of the park. Interviews, video, and pictures will tell the story of "Old Park"and to start off here are some images from the first day... enjoy.
A short story about student and local skateboarder Anthony Richardson.
On Sunday Sept. 5, a few Lawrence skateboarders met up with some videographers to head out to the streets to watch skateboarder JP Redman.
Redman was going to attempt to krooked grind a rail in the heart of the city. When the crew arrived at the skate spot, Redmon started his warm up doing a few ride ups to get the feel for the trick.
His first attempt at the rail ended with him sliding and jumping out half way down the rail. During his attempts at one point Redmon slid the whole rail, popped off the end, but couldn’t quite stay on his board. For his next attempt, he added a wax to the rail to help him move smoother over the rail. The following attempt was not as successful for Redmon as he approached the rail he bailed early, wrapping his body between his rib cage and hip like a jack knife. There was about 20 seconds of silence before everyone moved closer to see if he was ok, which he was but was pretty shook up.
“I was seeing stars for like a minute and my side feels weird,” said Redmon.
He attempt a couple more rides towards the rail but he stopped and was done for the day. He was disappointed he could not get the trick because of everyone who should up to watch.
“I really want to get this trick it’s so hard to get everyone together like this,” said Redmon.
Redmon plans to return and try again on a future date. Shortly after two other skateboarders present headed to a ten stair area that was located near by.
Addison Toelkes and Josiah Tripoli name spell were both attempting tricks down the stair set. They alternated attempts back and fourth with Toe attempting a switch heelflip and last name attempting a varial heel flip. Toelkes rolled up to the stair set with considerable speed popping the board up with his back foot and flipping it with the heel of his front foot, sending it sailing over the stairs landing over the bolts riding away clean. Tripoli was still trying to stick the varial heel flip getting so close to landing it but he continued to shoot out. Then it happened he threw out a big very heel filp catching it high over the stair set landing with ease.
Overall it was a productive day of skateboarding and gathering footage. The skateboarders continue to skate the Lawrence skate park until the next time they take their skills to the streets.
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