Lee Ralph documentary to get full release

The documentary on New Zealand skateboarding legend Lee Ralph‘s life has gone from web documentary to full blown release says Alex Dyer behind the lens and organisation of the project. Words with Dyer published here discuss the filming that is going down with various pro’s:

“Pretty much every story is funny and entertaining, as Lee has a way of spinning a classic almost Chopper-esque style yarn for every story. The only hard part is trying to get him to keep on a subject, or conversely to actually get to the point that he was aiming for before the memory cards run out. It’s fantastic though, most of the best stories have come from the informal nature of the questioning and the rambles that come from Lee’s encyclopaedic mind.”

We are patiently waiting but inside we are screaming to see it right now!

Keep up to speed with plans of ‘Barefoot – The Lee Ralph Story’ release here.

Pinball skatepark built in New Zealand

A skatepark built in the style of a pinball machine has been built by Mountain Dew in Auckland, New Zealand this month. It’s made from a combination of plexi-glass and wood costing a cool half a million dollars and amazingly built in just 17 days.

A British artist, Mark Ward designed the layout of Skate Pinball that opens today (Saturday June 4th) with guest pro riders which will then be open to the general public. Look out for edits dropping soon and enjoy this preview of what is going on down under.

Riding the Long White Cloud

Those who follow John Rattray’s unsurprisingly excellent blog will have had the pleasure of watching this already. For those who don’t, well, you should start. You should also start by watching this superbly documented trip to New Zealand, Riding The Long White Cloud. Here’s what John himself has to say about this project:

Below, in 5 parts, you should hopefully find a film of a muscle-powered tour that a group of skateboard enthusiasts undertook in New Zealand one summer. My idea was to use the trip as a speculative platform from which to investigate what life might be like in a post-industrial society. That is to say a society whose main fuel source has been depleted to the point of being scarce and expensive. Please let me know in the comments if this objective is not clear from the film. Thankyou.

Expect great things, and reward your expectations with something beyond them. Check it and find Rattray’s blog here for more goodness from one of skateboarding’s most interesting minds.

Riding the Long White Cloud Part 1 from predatory bird on Vimeo.

Riding the Long White Cloud part 2 from predatory bird on Vimeo.

Riding the Long White Cloud part 3 from predatory bird on Vimeo.

Riding the Long White Cloud part 4 from predatory bird on Vimeo.

Riding the Long White Cloud part 5 from predatory bird on Vimeo.

Earthquake skateboarding in Christchurch

What do you do when your City has just been rumbled by an earthquake other than help others around you to get back to normal first? You skate the transitions that have been left from the natural disaster itself of course.

Watch this footage of local skaters in Christchurch, New Zealand who are putting the street cracks to good use out there.