Canada now has its Skateboard Bible. After years of hard work, Canada Skateboard recently published a coffee table book with over 200 photos taken over the past 5 decades.
Halfway between a tribute to the history of Canadian skateboarding and a collection of the most legendary spots in the country, this book was made possible thanks to the collaboration of over 40 photographers.
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The second edition of our coffee table book "Canadian Skateboarding – A Visual History" is off the press and available for presale!! The second edition features 16 new spreads of Canadian skateboarding. This is a limited run so grab a copy before they sellout. Click the link in our bio or head to our site to purchase. Thank you for your overwhelming response to this project. A reminder that this was a 100% volunteer led project and all proceeds go directly back into our non-profit focused on growth and promotion of skateboarding in Canada. #keeppushing #canadaskateboard #coffeetablebooks
But the one we have to thank is without a doubt Ben Stoddard, president of Canada Skateboard.
“In 2016, I was elected to the volunteer position as president of Canada Skateboard and I was working in the video game industry. I always needed creative projects to work on outside of my jobs and I’ve been thinking about this book for a long time,” said Stoddard. “Since it would have been an impossible task to do it myself, I asked the board of Canada Skateboard for help in getting the photographers and skaters involved. I spent two and a half years working on this in parallel with my job.”
The mission of Ben Stoddard and Canada Skateboard is a noble one: to grow and promote Canadian skateboarding as much as possible. He sees the publication of this book as an opportunity to reach a new audience.
“It’s an art book that can soon be found in any library,” he says. “Anyone can enjoy flipping through the book, it’s meant to reach a large portion of the population.”
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The second edition "Canadian Skateboarding – A Visual History" is at the printers. To get a jump on presales, fill out the contact info on our Home page. All we need is your name and email to notify you of our presale a day ahead of the public. This will sell out and it's first come, first serve. Thank you all for your interest in this project. #canadaskateboard #keeppushing Josh Evin. Vancouver, BC. 2003. Photo: @dylandoubt
From Nova Scotia to British Columbia to Quebec, Canadian Skateboarding – A visual history is a collection of legendary photos. Stoddard was there for many of them, and has a souvenir for us.
“One of my favourite memories from the book is when we had come to Montreal for the JACKALOPE festival (in 2016) and I was accompanying Skylar Kehr, a skater from Penticton. While looking for a parking lot near the Big-O, we stumbled upon a steep mega bank where no one had done much, except go halfway down it. Skylar started trying kickflips at the top by landing in the bank. After scaring everyone around us for like a half hour, he finally rolled away and the photo ended up on the cover of SBC Skateboarding magazine. Everytime I see this picture, I remember that crazy weekend in Montreal.”