Teenager in critical condition after Middle Township car accident – The Star-Ledger

nj-mayville.jpgView full sizePolice said the 15-year-old boy was skateboarding in the northbound lane of Route 9 when 19-year-old Samuel Caraballo of Woodbine struck him while changing lanes in the Mayville section of Middle Township.

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — A 15-year-old boy was critically injured early this morning when he was struck by a car being driven by a man with a suspended license on Route 9, police said.

Middle police said the teenager was skateboarding in the northbound lane of Route 9 when 19-year-old Samuel Caraballo of Woodbine struck him while changing lanes in the Mayville section of town. Police arrived at the scene at 12:50 a.m. and found the 15 year-old in the grass near the roadway, suffering from serious injuries.

He was airlifted to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition tonight., authorities said. After striking the boy, Caraballo lost control of his 1998 Nissan Maxima and struck a utility pole. He was not injured.

Police said during the accident investigation, they discovered that Caraballo’s driver’s license had been suspended, and charged him with causing serious bodily injury during a motor vehicle accident while driving while suspended. He was later released on his own recognizance.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

 

Article source: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/08/teenager_in_critical_condition.html

Vandalism Sucks

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been a die-hard skateboarder since the mid-1970s. I was there when urethane replaced clay in the wheel department and my first Gordon Smith Fibreflex bowl-rider deck marked the transition from wood to fiberglass as well as the development of the kick-tail.

Skateboarding captured my imagination and kept me engaged all the way into my forties — enough to have witnessed every new development, trend and style as the sport grew from its humble, makeshift beginnings on the backstreets of Dog Town in Southern California.

Skateboarding developed as an alternative means of recreation for surfers staring down a flat ocean. The experience of smoothly cruising along the pavement under the summer sun represented a new found Eden for those of us who were not terribly interested in team sports like “everybody else.” It provided an opportunity to build a sense of individuality and identity. Aside from a few skinned elbows and knees along the way, little could be found to criticize it for. It was quiet, didn’t affect people’s land anywhere and if you stuck with it long enough, you could feel like you had really accomplished something, even if it was a single 360.

Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, skateboarding began to attract a certain kind of rider who decided to take the individuality aspect of skateboarding to a new place — one that draws attention to themselves via a purposefully ratty physical appearance, aggressive behavior, disrespect for the law and a complete contempt for social harmony.

Hence, the “skate punk” was born and has over the years managed to pervert the once inoffensive sport into something feared and hated by parents, law enforcement officers, property owners and the general populations of every town in America.

Fortunately I don’t have any direct contact with this group of renegades these days. But I’ve seen enough of them around to know they not only still exist, but have grown in numbers and disruptiveness over the years.

When Belvoir’s skate park was vandalized a while back, it got me to thinking about this whole issue once again, and I’m still wondering how certain people (and not just among skateboarders) develop into an individual whose only means of self-expression is wanton destruction. I truly don’t know whether to be angry with such people or to feel a kind of sympathy for their having no creative or constructive substance whatsoever inside.

But I guess what burns me the most is that this kind of nonsense makes every skateboarder look like some sort of rabid animal who lives for making sure nothing ever runs smoothly. What makes this particular incident even more dismaying is that it happened on an Army post.

This is a special kind of community, one in which Family members try to live in some semblance of peace as they cope with the absence of loved ones who have been sent into some of the most dangerous places on the planet to preserve freedom — a freedom that has been, in this case, exploited by criminals running around in the middle of the night with cans of spray paint in their hands.

Anyone can get on the Department of Defense’s website, read through the current Casualty Releases and learn all about how hard things are for the men and women in the service, the ones who volunteer to do what so many others are unwilling to do.

Destruction here at home is just about the last thing anybody needs.

Article source: http://www2.belvoireagle.com/news/2012/aug/02/vandalism-defaces-whole-sport-skateboarding-ar-2103576/

White pushing for Olympic skateboarding

 

By Steve Keating

 

LONDON (Reuters) – Dressed all in black, snowboarder Shaun White looked out through his reflective designer sunglasses at the Olympic rings floating on the Thames on Monday and pondered the idea of becoming a crossover Olympian.

 

A double-Winter Games gold medalist and a global brand, American White liked the idea.

 

One problem. Skateboarding, his summer sport of choice is not an Olympic sport. At least not yet.

 

With his thick mane of shaggy red hair, White, 25, is one of the world’s most recognizable and popular athletes with a portfolio of sponsorships and endorsements that would make Roger Federer feel under appreciated.

 

Having signed his first endorsement deal at age seven, White has somehow managed to maintain much of his street level credibility while driving a Lamborghini and dating supermodels like Bar Refaeli, recently voted Maxim magazine’s Hottest Woman in the World.

 

But under the White brand beats the heart of a simple dude who, “just likes to ride”.

 

“I’ve heard talk about 2016 in Brazil maybe getting skateboarding, for me that would be like the ultimate to compete Winter and Summer,” White told Reuters. “The only thing I could relate it to would be the Summer and Winter X-Games, I compete in both of those and have medals in both.

 

“At the time I thought it was the biggest thing that could ever happen until I won the Olympics and then it changed the game.”
Continued…

 

Article source: http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCABRE86T15220120730

Olympic wave carries wakeboarding and skateboarding

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants new sports and new audiences in the Olympic movement. In the history of the Olympiads, only two board sports have delivered medals: snowboarding and windsurfing.

While kiteboarding seems to be making a debut in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, surfing is still struggling to prove how popular it can be, in terms of global audience.

Unexpectedly, skateboarding has been boosted by cycling’s world governing body – UCI – to be included in the Olympics. What do skateboarders and cyclists have in common? Apparently, only wheels.

But there’s more. UCI wants to show its commitment to help modernizing the Olympic Games and skaters are cool and radical.

“I’ve heard talk about 2016 in Brazil maybe getting skateboarding. For me that would be like the ultimate to compete Winter and Summer,” Shaun White told Reuters. “The only thing I could relate it to would be the Summer and Winter X-Games. I compete in both of those and have medals in both”.

“At the time, I thought it was the biggest thing that could ever happen until I won the Olympics and then it changed the game.”

Wakeboarding has been growing very fast. The water board sport evolved and can now be seen towed behind a motorboat or in a cable park system.

Multinational brands have been steadily supporting wakeboarders and the X-Games were a major success for the sport. With a complete set of high-flying tricks and moves, wakeboarding may see the light of the Olympic day, in a near future.

IOC will select one in eight bidding sports for the 2020 Olympic Games. Two of them are board sports. So, in the era of artificial waves and surf pools, where’s olympic surfing heading to and what’s hot in modern wakeboarding and skateboarding? Maybe these videos from the X-Games can clear things up:

Article source: http://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/7671-olympic-wave-carries-wakeboarding-and-skateboarding

Skateboarders, Sponsored Event Will Head to Nyack

While Nyack skateboarders still haven’t seen their vision for a village skatepark realized, the next best thing is on its way.

“Game of Skate,” an event that houses skateboarding competitions and raffles, is slated to commandeer the Riverspace parking lot Saturday, Sept. 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“A lot of skaters are concentrated in the Nyack area,” explained Sarah Anderson, a village resident who helped orchestrate the event. Anderson’s husband is an avid skater, and one of her two children is just picking up the sport, too.

The one-day event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Nyacks, Second Nature skate shop in Peekskill and Vans shoes and clothing. Vans will be providing merchandise for contests and giveaways.

On the agenda is the eponymous “game of skate.”

“It’s like ‘horse’ in basketball,” Anderson said. “Two skaters or teams compete; one does a trick, and the other has to pull it off.”

Anderson said this is the first event of its kind in Nyack, and serves a specific purpose.

“It’s to demonstrate to Nyack that skateboarding is a popular, safe sport,” Anderson said.

Anderson has been in the vanguard of residents working toward a local skate facility; she says her husband has to travel to New York City, Yonkers or New Jersey locations to skate.

“There’s no where to go in Rockland,” she added.

Anderson is hoping for a strong turnout.

“I’m working to get as many people as I can,” she said. “I’d love to see 100.”

Article source: http://nyack.patch.com/articles/game-of-skate-heads-to-nyack

Waterfront ‘eyesore’ comes to life as Underpass Park officially opens

As politicians praised the remarkable transformation of an “urban eyesore” into an “innovative, welcoming place,” Graeme Leung and his skateboarding pals performed tricks on the rails of the new Underpass Park.

Waterfront Toronto, the government agency leading revitalization efforts along the lake shore, hired the group to show off its skills, but Mr. Leung, 16, had been here before. Tucked under the Eastern Avenue overpass, south of King Street, the park is protected from rain and offers a “good flow” for skateboarders.

With a price tag of about $6-million, paid for almost entirely by the federal government, Underpass Park is the 18th public space that Waterfront Toronto has improved or built since 2005. A second $3.5-million phase is expected next spring.

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A condo development called River City is reaching toward the sky, with the first residents slated to move in this winter. Across River Street, a Toronto Community Housing building with 243 rental units for families and seniors is under construction. Due south, work has started on the Pan Am Athletes’ Village, which after the Games will become the Canary District neighbourhood, with condos, affordable housing, a YMCA and a George Brown College student residence; Don River Park, the centre piece of the West Don Lands, is expected to open next spring.

“There is a now a critical mass coming out of the ground that will change people’s opinions of what is happening,” said John Campbell, president and CEO of Waterfront Toronto. He lists off the Corus building, Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common and George Brown’s new campus, nearing completion, as other signs of progress.

Places like Underpass Park, the most extensive park of its kind in Canada, are “the glue” that tie disparate developments together and “make it a place,” said Ken Greenberg, a prominent architect and urban designer.

It features basketball courts, a playground and an installation by artist Paul Raff made up of 57 octagonal mirrored stainless steel surfaces affixed to the underside of the Richmond/Adelaide overpasses. The overpass columns are illuminated at night with LED spotlights. A second $3.5-million phase is expected next spring.

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Skateboarders take in the new Park located on River Street Thursday.

Thursday’s event also marked the first time Mayor Rob Ford has attended a Waterfront Toronto unveiling. Members of his administration have in the past heaped criticism on the government agency and the speed of progress — most notably his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, who dubbed it a “boondoggle” — but the mayor only had good things to say about Underpass Park.

“Toronto’s growth has brought forward the need to think about how we best use spaces in our city that might otherwise go unused,” he said, citing Underpass Park as an “excellent” example of how to turn a neglected space into a community hub.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said before climbing a jungle gym, while children chanted “go mayor, go mayor.”

York-Simcoe MP Peter Van Loan, who was on hand to represent the federal government, said one of the biggest challenges in revitalizing the waterfront has been that there are three levels of government with approval jurisdiction.

“We came up with the way to solve this problem of too much government by creating yet another layer, Waterfront Toronto,” he said, to feigned chuckles in the crowd. “In the end, what will determine the success of this space will be people.”

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Article source: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/08/03/waterfront-eyesore-comes-to-life-as-underpass-park-officially-opens/

Shaun White pushing for Olympic skateboarding

Dressed all in black, snowboarder Shaun White looked out through his reflective designer sunglasses at the Olympic rings floating on the Thames on Monday and pondered the idea of becoming a crossover Olympian.

A double-Winter Games gold medallist and a global brand, American White liked the idea.

One problem. Skateboarding, his summer sport of choice is not an Olympic sport. At least not yet.

With his thick mane of shaggy red hair, White, 25, is one of the world’s most recognizable and popular athletes with a portfolio of sponsorships and endorsements that would make Roger Federer feel under appreciated.

Having signed his first endorsement deal at age seven, White has somehow managed to maintain much of his street level credibility while driving a Lamborghini and dating supermodels like Bar Refaeli, recently voted Maxim magazine’s Hottest Woman in the World.

But under the White brand beats the heart of a simple dude who, “just likes to ride.”

“I’ve heard talk about 2016 in Brazil maybe getting skateboarding, for me that would be like the ultimate to compete Winter and Summer,” White told Reuters. “The only thing I could relate it to would be the Summer and Winter X-Games, I compete in both of those and have medals in both.”

“At the time I thought it was the biggest thing that could ever happen until I won the Olympics and then it changed the game.”

There is no disputing that White’s arrival on the Olympic stage was a game changer for the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

COUNTER-CULTURE ROOTS

While snowboarders have fiercely clung to their counter-culture roots, a decade of growth sparked by three Olympic Games have brought the sport mainstream appeal and –(gasp)–respectability.

Once as welcome as swine flu at ski resorts, snowboarders now rule over the mountains they were once chased from and White is their king.

Absorbed into the establishment they once rebelled against, snowboarding has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry where the biggest names like White are linked with everything from video games to home decorating.

With the IOC desperate to keep the Games relevant snowboarding has become the cornerstone of the Olympic youth movement.

Since snowboarding was welcomed into the Olympic lodge at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the Winter Games have steadily upped their hip quotient with an ever-expanding list of “rad” disciplines, including snowboard-cross and ski cross.

The Summer Games, however, has not found yet found a way to tap into the same youthful vibe, delicately fine-tuning its program with the addition of BMX and little else.

The addition of skateboarding would provide the Summer Games with a massive injection of “street cred” but skateboarders are not as convinced they need the Olympics.

In the skateboarding community the most respected skaters do not even compete, satisfied to showcase their moves on YouTube and leave the gold medals to synchronized swimmers and modern pentathletes.

Hardcore skateboarders underlined their disdain for all things Olympic by launching an online petition urging IOC president Jacques Rogge not to recognize skateboarding.

“With due respect for Olympic athletes, we the undersigned skateboarders and advocates strongly request that the IOC not recognize skateboarding as an Olympic sport or use skateboarding to market the Olympics,” reads the petition. “Skateboarding is not a ‘sport’ and we do not want skateboarding exploited and transformed to fit into the Olympic program.”

“There’s good and bad,’ said White, who recently won the ESPY Awards as Best Male Action Sport Athlete for the fifth consecutive year. “It (the Olympics) made the sport (snowboarding) bigger, more popular but to people to holding onto something that is very core, very true it is always hard to go through a change like that.”

MONEY AND ATTENTION

“But I thought it did something really amazing for the sport. It brought more money, more attention to the sport.”

“The beginnings of snowboarding you weren’t even allowed on the mountain, now there are mountains that compete over who has the best snowboard park.”

White’s star status has made the Olympic half-pipe the hottest ticket at the Winter Games and there is little doubt an appearance by the “Flying Tomato” on the vert (half-pipe) at the 2016 Rio Summer Games would do the same.

But despite White’s enthusiasm and backing there is little chance skateboarders will be doing their thing in Rio.

It takes a full seven years for a new sport to work its way through the IOC red tape onto the Games program or it could be fast-tracked as a new discipline but would have to be absorbed into an existing federation such as the International Cycling Union (UCI) – something skaters want no part of.

The biggest hurdle standing in the way of skateboarding joining the Games is the lack of structure within the skating community with no single governing body able to pull together all the different factions, tours and promoters.

“Even in snowboarding it was tough,” said White. “There has been a lot of debate because we’re operated somewhat under the ski federation so some pretty hardcore snowboarders have some issues about that.”

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/07/30/olympics-white-pushing-for-olympic-skateboarding/

Street League Skateboarding Brings Winner-Takes-All Championship To Newark

NEWARK–The Street League Skateboarding DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy (SLS) will cap off an amazing 2012 season with its winner-takes-all Championship. The historical event features the top eight Street League pros battling for $200,000 – the largest first place prize purse in skateboarding history, an all new 2012 Chevy Sonic, plus the highly coveted Nixon Championship watch and ring set.

The Street League pros qualified into the Championship are as follows:

  • Nyjah Huston
  • Paul Rodriguez
  • Sean Malto
  • Chris Cole
  • Chaz Ortiz
  • Luan Oliveira
  • Bastien Salabanzi
  • Ryan Sheckler

2011 Street League Champion Sean Malto is back to defend his title against an all-star lineup including Paul Rodriguez, Nyjah Huston, Ryan Sheckler, Chaz Ortiz and Chris Cole. The eighteen-year-old Ortiz and the thirty-year-old Cole have multiple second place finishes between them, but each has yet to win a Street League contest. With an impressive second place finish earlier this season, European Selection winner Bastien Salabanzi is the lone Street League rookie to earn a spot in the final eight. Ryan Sheckler and Paul Rodriguez are veteran contest skaters and fan favorites, both coming off of incredible recent performances including P-Rod’s first league win at Stop Three in Arizona last month. Come August 26th, it could be anyone’s day to take the most elite title in professional street skateboarding.

Last year’s final event left fans on the edge of their seats as Nyjah Huston was ultimately denied a season sweep by Sean Malto who put a stop to Huston’s historical win streak. The seventeen-year-old Huston has yet to win a Street League championship since the league added the winner-take-all finale as the Championship instead of a season-long point system that was in place in its inaugural year.

“We’ve had an amazing year so far and there is no better way to end it than our winner-take-all Championship” says Street League creator Rob Dyrdek. “We know each one of these 8 pros has what it takes to win. On Aug. 26 we’ll see who can rise to the occasion when the stakes are highest to become Street League Champion. The stage is set for our best Street League ever.”

“Most of the guys that are usually in the top spots – Chris Cole, Malto, P Rod – will make it an incredible Championship,” said winner of this season’s first two stops Nyjah Huston. “P Rod has been killing it lately. Got to look out for him. All those guys…This is pretty much the top of all the dudes in skateboarding and Street League, so it’s going to be interesting.”

The 2012 season has been one for the history books, with record-breaking crowds for skateboarding, and undeniable excitement with each event ending with the top three skaters within one or two points of each other in the final attempt. Nyjah Huston and Paul Rodriguez are the only skaters to win Street League events this season, but the victories have not come easily. Bastien Salabanzi was a single trick away from winning in Kansas City, as was Chaz Ortiz in Ontario, and Chris Cole in Arizona who suffered the same fate after missing their final attempts.

Street League’s $1.6 million purse is the largest in skateboarding history and almost double the combined winnings for all other skate contests. The SLS tour culminates in a winner-takes-all Championship in Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center on August 26. The SLS Championship will feature the Golden Ticket winners of the first three stops of the 2012 tour along with the remaining top six qualifiers who will compete for $200,000 as well as the title of Street League Champion. The Championship will air LIVE on ESPN2 on Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. Check www.streetleague.com for the complete pre-show and Chevrolet Overdrive webcast schedule.

Street League Skateboarding is presented by DC Shoes and Monster Energy, with additional sponsorship by Chevrolet, Air Force Reserve, Superheat, X-Out, mophie, Zumiez, Nixon, Bill My Parents and California Skateparks.

Article source: http://njtoday.net/2012/08/04/street-league-skateboarding-brings-winner-takes-all-championship-to-newark/

Seventh day for US Open Surfing and first Damn Am Skateboarding Competition

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