Nearly a decade ago I was told of this magical place. Every year since I have made the pilgrimage, to the heart of the east coast, this self proclaimed retirement home for vert skaters. Not far from the legendary Mt. Trashmore in Virginia beach, the Outer Banks North Carolina.

The initial draw was the fact that there’s a house with a pool, built for skating, in the backyard. That alone was enough, add in being a block from the beach, and there being more than a handful of backyard pools, ramps and nutty contraptions nearby, owned by some of the most hospitable friendly people and amazing skaters.

It truly is unreal, such a vibrant, healthy, skate scene, it inspires me to bring this home, and try and make it happen here. To someday hear “have you skaters Ottawa?, so rad”.

Julian Garner

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