Patrik Evander speaks up to carry his voice over the buzz, clatter and grind of wheels and boards on wood. "They're a lot better than the old guys." He gestures at the young men perched on top of a slope at Bryggeriet, the converted brewery at the heart of Malmö's skateboarding scene. "We didn't have a good place to skate until we built it, and by the time we did we were tired and old. That guy Fernando, he was here when he was 11, flying around the edge of the vert ramp on inline skates. He'll skate really high, skate concrete steps, skate pools. He's not afraid of anything." It's already after 9pm, but in less than 12 hours, many here will be back — not to skate, but to go to school. By day Bryggeriet doubles as perhaps the world's only state-funded secondary school to put skateboarding at the heart of the curriculum, with several former students, like Nike-sponsored Fernando 'Nando' Bramsmark going on to professional careers. But this barely … [Read more...] about How Malmö uses skating to revamp public spaces: ‘It’s leagues ahead of everyone else’
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Tony Paul The Detroit News Published 11:50 PM EDT Sep 27, 2018 Detroit — The family had just moved from Redford to Brighton. Cullen Finnerty was 5 at the time. That was when Tim Finnerty, the older brother by three years, first got a glimpse of the supreme athleticism that would come to define Cullen's short but impactful life as a history-marking football player. "It's crazy the moves he was pulling off when he was 5 years old," Tim Finnerty said, laughing. "He would bob one way, and his bowl (hair) cut would go that way, while his hips would go the other direction. It was uncanny. He was always a good athlete, soccer, you name it. He was good at ping pong, skateboarding, snowboarding. "You kind of got pissed, because he was a natural at everything." Cullen Finnerty would go on to an epic career at Grand Valley State, where he was 51-4 — a college record, then and now, for any level — in four years as a starting quarterback, including three Division II … [Read more...] about Grand Valley State legend Cullen Finnerty was everybody’s ‘Superman’ up until tragic end
Greg Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 7:01 AM EDT Sep 19, 2018 Sterling Hayden hatches a plot to rob a racetrack in broad daylight in “The Killing,” the 1956 caper film from director Stanley Kubrick that’s being screened Saturday night as part of NOIR CITY DETROIT. The festival celebrating all things film noir is returning for a third year to the Redford Theatre with host and film noir aficionado Eddie Muller, who is seen regularly on cable's Turner Classic Movies. Seven films will screen Saturday-Sunday, including 1949’s “Act of Violence,” which features Robert Ryan stalking war hero Van Heflin across L.A., and Martin Scorsese's moody 1976 "Taxi Driver," which gets a special showing at midnight Saturday. Of special local interest is 1956’s “Inside Detroit,” a Motor City-shot drama starring Pat O’Brien as a vengeful ex-union boss. A $30 festival pass gets you access to all the weekend screenings plus a reception … [Read more...] about The weekend: Film noir festival, Tracy Morgan, Milford skateboarding
By Ginny Prior | Columnist August 30, 2018 at 5:00 am It’s not just a SoCal thing. Interest in surfing and skateboarding is reaching new heights now that the 2020 Olympics have added both sports to its summer competition. One of the best places to celebrate surf culture is Huntington Beach, the officially trademarked “Surf City USA” and home to ’60s surf rock icon Dean Torrence of musical act Jan and Dean. I had lunch with Dean, recently at Duke’s on the Huntington Beach Pier. Duke’s management says it’s the same spot where legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku introduced surfing in 1925. And it’s a sun-kissed stretch of coast like this that inspired Jan and Dean’s hit ‘Surf City’ in 1963. “There are other beaches north and south of us that are nice, but you can’t see them,” says Dean. “Here there is so much room. The good surfers can be by the pier, and the average surfers can be … [Read more...] about Happy Wanderer: Surf’s up for sure always in Huntington Beach
By Fernando Ramirez Published 2:36 pm CDT, Wednesday, August 29, 2018 The Texas GOP recently attacked Beto O'rourke for playing in a punk rock band, a 1998 DUI mugshot, and knowing how to ride a skateboard. >>> Check out the closest races in Texas this election cycle. The Texas GOP recently attacked Beto O'rourke for playing in a punk rock band, a 1998 DUI mugshot, and knowing how to ride a skateboard. >>> Check out the closest races in Texas this election cycle. Photo: Beto O'Rourke Ted Cruz (R) vs. Beto O'Rourke (D) Race for: U.S. Senate RealClear Politics rating: Leans GOP Ted Cruz (R) vs. Beto O'Rourke (D) Race for: U.S. Senate RealClear Politics rating: Leans GOP Photo: File, Houston Chronicle Will Hurd (R) vs. Gina Ortiz Jones (D) Race for: U.S. Congress, Texas' 23rd District in southwestern Texas. … [Read more...] about Texas GOP attacks Beto O’Rourke for… skateboarding, playing in a band?