NIGEL HEARSON OF DICER APPAREL

For Nigel Hearson, fitting in” found its true meaning when skateboarding became a part of his life. Now with skateboarding in his lifestyle, Nigel feels the need to give back to the skating community who welcomed him arms wide open. The 18 year-old is well aware his chances of making it to the pros are slim, but he decided to counterbalance that by working in the skateboarding industry. Two years ago, he started a small company named Dicer Apparel, selling t-shirts, hoodies, beanies and such apparel.

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HENRY JONES

If you ride a skateboard and have any intelligent awareness of what is happening within the social media outlets of skateboarding, you have definitely seen, related, and laughed to these illustrations by the brilliant Henry Jones. We set Henry apart from any competitors because his work is hysterically honest, highlighting thoughts and feelings that most skateboarders have experienced and related to before. We wanted to focus on some of his concepts behind particular hard hitting illustrations, his creative process, and just his two cents on the industry and what it has become.

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PHILIP DULUDE

I met up with 15-year-old, goofy-stanced Philipe Dulude at Taz skatepark, which is actually where I first saw him ride about a year ago. You can easily see he has that special something running in his veins. And it's extremely satisfying to know you are right about that when you ask the guy, “What hobby do you have apart from skateboarding?” and he genuinely answers, “Skate or die”.

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HUGO PAPILLON

Hugo Papillion is a skateboarder who really stands out in the Montreal community. He saw the lack of spots and quality parks and took initiative to create his own. The first DIY spot he ever made attracted out-of-towners to come film at his stolen concrete-slab bench. Now, Hugo runs his own building company that specializes in skateparks, hoping to put the quality back in the local community that’s become overrun by not-so-local companies. He has some really key points on the industry in Quebec, and its definitely worth your read.

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SKATE JAM AND TEA TUESDAYS

The legalization of skateboarding in Peace Park has made a tremendous difference in liberating Montreal’s skate culture. The park is a big, open space surrounded by an unbelievable amount of perfect manual pads and ledges – putting Montreal street skating on a whole other level. Since the early days of skateboarding, it has been a place for people to meet up, hang out, and skate all day. Many locals know it as the heart and soul of skateboarding in Montreal.

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RI ABDERRAHMANE

Ri resembles the core of skateboarding that many people have lost or never had. He is one of Canadas most OG skate rats who stayed true to the essence of skating by never leaving  his foundation. So, if you are concerned with your own future as a skater, the future of Quebec skating, or the future of the skate industry at large, we highly suggest that you take the time to hear what Ri has to say.

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