Focus Magazine and Rep215.com have come together to host the Rep215.com Focus Mag Park Montage video contest. Focus Magazine quickly rose to fame by putting out a largely street based magazine of high quality content and images. Thankfully they have expanded there focus and now highlight some trannsition as well, keeping us old men who still enjoy riding ramps and parks happy! The last few years of Focus' content has been really well rounded and always a guaranteed great read. Rep215.com is the brain child of Reign Skateshop's Kyle Knoblauch. Reign is owned by skateboard superstar Zero rider Chris Cole. Kyle is an amazing skateboarder packing serious clout, so his involvement alone is enough legitimize Rep215.com. Just in case you had any doubts.
So two of the East Coast's big dogs got together to hold a video montage contest geared towards shops/crews. The rules were pretty basic. Videos were of a team of 3 to 8 man skateshop team or crew and had to be at a minimum of 3 to 4 minutes long. Each video needed to be at one particular park. The Charmcity Skatepark really capitalized the last rule by not only skating in their park but also on top of it with a roof session. Some awesome teams and parks entered. Homebase from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania entered skating at their local park the Bethlehem Skateplaza. The crew from Glasgow submitted a solid clip. Pyramid Skateboard's Micah Wu entered representing his hometown park for the Cosmic skateshop clip. All great and diverse clips. The boys from Baltimore the Charmcity Skatepark video took 1st place with a super diverse clip. It include model/actresses, a balloon bowl, the Navy's Blue Angels aeronautics team, roof skating and a hell of alot of serious shredding. In 2nd place was Homebase Skateshop from Pennsylvania.3rd place was Cosmic Skateshop from Louisville, Kentucky.
It seems like this type of contest might be the wave of the future. It makes a finished product that is so much more polished and enjoyable to watch. The excitement and commradery of everyone getting together for a contest are great and should never be done away with, but this type of video contest is a different yet relavant way to approach the contest scenario. Not only can you judge on the skateboarding but the whole package of skating, presentation, editing and filming. The actual creation of the clip gives a skateboard contest a whole new dimension. Filmers and editors rejoice you can finally get some of the credit you deserve.
"All the videos submitted were such great edits, and featured some amazing skateboarding, that it made judging them very difficult. But in the end, you couldn't deny Charm City the gold. They brought the heat." - Justin Heister Focus Skate Mag
"Big thanks to Kyle Knoblauch and Focus Magazine for putting together such an awesome contest. We were honored to participate!" - Jason Chapman owner the Charmcity Skatepark
Charmcity Skatepark's Official winning entry's video description: (Watch the attached clip)
This is the Charmcity Skatepark's official contest entry edit for the Rep215.com and Focus Magazine's Parktage edit contest! This edit has it all! Models, Balloon Bowl, The Blue Angels, roof skating, Rodney Jones and a lot of great skating from Kadian Maxwell, Tyrone Henderson, Tyler Thomas, Myles Willard, Kyle Flegel, Kevin Scott and Sean Emery.
The Charmcity Skatepark
The Charmcity Skatepark was started in September 1994 by Baltimore skateboarder Jason Chapman. The Charmcity Skatepark has strived to build the Baltimore skate scene (literally) and support skateboarding through events, demos and contests and help bring top talent and events to Baltimore. The 20,000 plus square foot facility is one of the largest on the east coast. The park is located in the Canton Trade Center industrial park in the Canton area of Baltimore (a stones throw from the historic Fells Point waterfront area) Maryland. The street address is 4401 O'donnell St. Baltimore, Maryland 21224. They can be found on the web at www.charmcity.tv
The Charmcity Skatepark Team
The Charmcity Skatepark team has consistently won the Best of Baltimore Contest Series and has won the Shop Contest at Academy Skatepark in Connecticut. They participate annually in 3rd Lair's Top Shop contest. The Charmcity Skatepark team are the proud winners of the 2013 Focus Magazine and Rep215.com's Park Montage contest.The Charmcity Skatepark team frequently does team demonstrations for major companies (ASA,AST,Bowie Baysox,The Maryland Science Center,Dew Tour,Six Flags,Camp Sunrise-CampForTheTerminallyIll),schools and other skateparks. Their work with the less fortunate has been recognized and awarded by Mayor Martin O Malley and Mayor Sheila Dixon. The team stays busy street skating,chillin at the park and constantly filming for various video projects.