Vancouver here we come!
TJ Rogers’ month long mega-tour of his old skate stomping grounds concludes as the van rolls out of Calgary headed for the western seaboard and the end of the skating road for Steady Pushing.
Stopping first in picturesque Banff, Alberta to session what might be the most photogenic skatepark in the world, TJ then heads to Kootenay, British Columbia to visit Driftopia, another off-grid skateboarding getaway, this time owned by Daniel ‘Alien’ Nelson, and where the entire Emerica team once showed up. The story of Driftopia is one which will resonate with everyone inside and outside of the Canadian skate scenes who knew Josh Evin, the inspiration behind the loveheart bowl there. Bidding goodbye to Alien and his magical project, all roads lead to Vancouver where TJ meets skate photographer Norma Ibarra to find out how skateboarding in Canada is changing, and TJ’s constant skate companion Mitch Barrette tells his own incredible winding life story. A month on the road, a whole country-worth of skate scene snapshots and fascinating stories needing to be told went into Steady Pushing.
All photos by Dan Mathieu
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