Max Olijnyk

Posts tagged: skateboarding

The Guy Stokes Channel Xmas Bash

The Guy Stokes Channel Xmas Bash was the most enjoyable skate competition I’ve ever attended. Callum and Conna did a great job organising the event, which was held on Australia Day at the curbs on the south end of Edinburgh Gardens, and which seemed like a joke to begin with, but was actually really fun and exciting. There…

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10 things that have changed since the ‘90s

If you haven’t noticed, the ‘90s are back in a big way. Your pants are two sizes too big, you’ve dusted off your parents’ VHS camera and your favourite skater is Sean Sheffey. Great, right? So great. But the 2015 version of 1993 is a bit different to the real thing. I was…

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Old year, old blog

We’re all pretty excited about this new website, but let’s just take a moment to remember the old blog, which I kicked off in 2007 after Myspace ‘died’. Myspace, of course, was home to Andrew Prior’s blog. Prior really opened up on that thing; it was beautiful. That inspired me to start ‘blogging’,…

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Dave Quirk

For a couple of years, I had a sweet gig writing the Six Burning Questions column for The Sunday Age newspaper. When I say sweet, I mean I loved it, because it ticked all my work boxes: it was fun, it was good for my cred and it paid well. Very rarely does a job…

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Craig is an old friend of mine. He was a skater and a graffiti writer when we first met more than 20 years ago, and now he works in an abattoir and sings lead vocals in a death metal band called Belligerent Intent. I can see Craig as a scary person if I look at…

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Christmas at home

We stayed home for Christmas this year, which seemed like a good idea going in, but as the holy day drew near, we became sad. ‘It just doesn’t feel like Christmas,’ I said to Rosie as we moped around the house, playing with Fred or waiting for Fred to wake up, or sitting on…

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Noble Park

I’ve been hearing about this Noble Park place for a while now. ‘It’s amazing!’ people say. ‘It’s huge!’ say others. So one night I went out there after work with French, Trent and Alex. We met up with Joey, Keegan and a few others out there – Shane O’Neill was even there, floating around with…

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Doing Time With Tas Pappas

I spoke to ex-pro skater Tas Pappas about what it was like in prison. I went to his house one morning and spoke to him for an hour or so, then I copied it down and it was published in a really good issue of Vice magazine, then online.

Eric Dressen

Aggressive, fast and loose, Eric Dressen’s style of skating is one you can see echoes of in many of today’s top pros. Now a world-renowned tattooist, designer and illustrator, Eric still lives and breathes skateboarding. I had a brief chat with him on his last night in our country, at the end of a tour…

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Shannon’s hill

The phone booth shone like a beacon from the top of the hill, illuminating the street in a fluorescent glow. We always stopped to check it for coins on our way to the shops. Then we rolled back, salt and vinegars and one point two five litre cokes in hand, the lines in the…

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