Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ante Up 3 - Skateboard Madness at the BBB in Springfield

So Ante Up 3 has come and gone. Although a game of s.k.a.t.e. is a pretty straightforward affair, Ante Up has always taken it a step above and beyond other traditional contests. This weekend's contest was no different, as you can see from the photos. Not only was there tons of loot given away to worthy competitors, including beverages from Berentzen, gear from East Center, Square One Skateshop, and more, but the first place prize was a car, donated to the cause by skate-friendly beaches car dealer Autoline.

Just as its predecessors, Ante Up 3 was a family friendly event that was free for anyone wanting to stop by, eat some free food, drink free beverages, and watch skateboarding. This Sunday, the parking lot at BBB was full of people from all corners of the Jacksonville skate community. Outdoors, the grill was going with free hamburgers and hotdogs, and inside the Zombie Bikes HQ was the free bar. The game was played on a painted strip of concrete in the parking lot. The ground was a little rough, but it's my opinion that you couldn't have picked a better place.

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This is David Jordon, and he hails from Orange Park. He was gonna win the whole thing, dunno what happened. I do know that he played one of the best games of the day. These days, every 12 year old should have their own car.

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I think when I leave my hat off it confuses people.

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The Masterminds Behind East Center

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These Dudes Make it Happen on a Regular Basis in Springfield.

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Tom P and His daughter Rory. Tom is the best dude in Jacksonville, and his kid is awesome too.

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Some sketchy dudes swarming on the free alcohol. The hot bartender didn't exactly scare people off, either.

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A few notable things I personally witnessed - Ryan King took someone out using only shoves. If nose mannys were allowed, I'm sure one of those would have been there too. Macintosh humped the car. Nate Johnson's kid took down Clyde Singleton. A local yokel with white pants tucked into cowboy boots was crudely hitting on a couple of ladies, who then told him off. Captain J made a joke about my hat. Matt Fink won a car.

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By the time the finals came around, the party was winding down and it was getting dark. In the end, Matt Fink emerged as the winner, which lead to an all out dance party on the roof of the prize car. I couldn't be happier for Fink, he's a great dude with an even better sense of humor. Ante Up was a great success, and I want to say thanks to Kevin Graver for running this thing, and also thanks to all of the sponsors for making this amazing grassroots event happen.

For the whole collection of photos in hi-res, check out the flickr gallery here, or click on one of the above photos.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Crown Skateboards "Live"

Looks like individual parts from the Crown video are starting to hit the internet. Special thanks to our friend over at Pound Production , Marcus Gause for always making it happen. Full length video dropping soon. Thanks to everyone who made this video possible, Kyle Frere, Marcus Gause, Drew Doyle, Eric Staniford, John Cocks, all other contributing filmers and everyone at Crown check out pieces of the video go to..... .....its under Gallery.....we will upload more of the video as it hits the laugh ride....Crown skateboards!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

New Tees from East Center

New Tees Available now from East Center Clothing. Go pick one up at any one of these fine skate shops: Knuckle Up Sk8 Shop, Square One Skate Shop, and Extremely Board Skate Shop. More coming soon... So Support your LOCAL skate shops and GO SKATE!!!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thanks to Urban Jacksonville for Selecting BusStop as Jacksonville's Best Skate Blog

In light of Folio Weekly's Best of Jax Awards awarding the awesome Urban Jacksonville blog the award for best local blog (which I wholeheartedly endorse), the blog's owner Joey Marchy posted his own best blogs list, and BusStop is on it. Thanks for the support! It really means a lot to me.

I do my best to support all types of skateboarding from the region, and I'm happy to have the contributors that I do. I'm always looking for new people to bring the core idea of skateboarding to our audience. Once again, thanks to all the readers, contributors, and people who take the time to enjoy skateboarding. Look for BusStop's own 'Raddest in Jax' awards, coming soon!

If you are interested in events, news, and acquiring a general sense of what's up outside of skateboarding, put Urban Jacksonville in your reader.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

8103 Clothing - DJ Gaudin

Thanks to Nick for the link.

Ed Austin Park Requests!

We here at Crown Skateboards took some time to e-mail Cm. Bishop with the skateboard community's questions about the park, and we were successful. We had a meeting today with Cm. Bishop and the Deputy Director, Parks and Recreation Assistant to discuss these matters. Funding is not the only hurdle we are encountering right now, it is also the way the park is being treated and the activities (non skateboarding) that are occurring in the park, i.e. the selling of drugs, the graffiti, and fighting. It is up to us here in the skateboarding community to stop all these incidents from occurring, so we can move forward to all phases of the park and lights. I made it clear to Cm. Bishop that it is mainly not the skateboarders that are causing all these problems, but we (the skateboard community) will see stop to it. Cm. Bishop wants nothing more than to see this park complete, and as of now we will be working together to raise money in getting the lights and Phase Two, the advanced bowl. We need everyone in the local scene to make this happen. There will be a contest there at end of January or beginning of February to begin this fundraiser. Any shops that would like to go ahead and contact us here at Crown for sponsorship of the event please feel free to e-mail us through our site,

Its up to us skateboarders now!!! Lets do this!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Kona Halloween Am Jam 2009

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Crown Contest 09 at the OP Park

Since I couldn't make it out, Stefon J went out to the OP Park to film the contest for me. Thanks to Stefon for the sick footage. This is what you will see at an OP Park contest, so make it a point to come out to the next one. You won't regret it!

To see this video in HD, use the Youtube link.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Giveaway: Girl Skateboard Films' 'Where the Wild Things Are'

So those of you living under a rock may not have heard about this movie, but Girl Skateboards' Spike Jonze and author Maurice Sendak have been working on this film based on Sendak's children's book, Where the Wild Things Are.Thanks to EU Jacksonville, Girl Skateboards, and Busstop, you might just be able to get yourself some tickets to see it early. All you have to do is send an email telling me why you should get the tickets. Keep in mind, your email may be posted. Please post 'Wild Things' in the subject line. Good luck! This special screening will happen on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 pm.

Eat Center Rider: Tom Johnson

Here are a few clips from East Center rider Tom Johnson out of Tallahassee. He's workin hard on gettin' some good stuff out. Keep your eye on this kid!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Send an E-mail to Our Councelmen About Ed Austin Park on Monument Road

A few people have brought this to my attention recently, and I felt it was my duty to share with you guys. As most of you know, the skatepark at Ed Austin is not complete. No lights, no street course. Many people feel ripped off by this fact, and quite a few people are concerned about the lack of safety of a skatepark with no lights. Please do your part - take advice from "NO" over in the chatbox:

email and and ask about phase 2 of ed austin skatepark