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NEWS


July 18th, 2010 New Concord Skate Demo
It's about 4am and I just got home from a series of events and being on the road. Today I woke up in my hotel room and set out to the city of New Concord for their grand opening of their skatepark. This was a grass roots operation the kids started with the community  raising money and working the ropes to get a park. The day began with a ribbon cutting with the mayor and an interview with their local news station. It was then on to host the skate comp. After the long day it was on to the swimming pool right beside the park, was a perfect ending to a great event. We are in the heart of summer and its truly been an amazing series of events. Many more to come! Thanks to everyone was came out. See you soon! Doug
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July 8th, 2010 New Dunkees ad, Skate Straight, and Tom Green
We are at the start of July with lots of events, Skate Straight is in full swing mainly doing appearances at libraries. Check out the new Dunkees ad for my new pro model. Go Skate Day was spent doing a demo in the city of Willard, lots of fun and skated with the Untitled Skate Team. I celebrated my 37th birthday a couple days earlier and met Tom Green. Was cool to talk old school and meet the man behind the madness. Many more events to come! Doug
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June 18th, 2010 Barnes and Noble Book Signing
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June 12th, 2010 YMCA Skate Camp and PIAS In-Store Signing in Connecticut

I'm at the Hartford Intl. airport waiting to board the plane. This weekend was spent in Southing Connecticut. We've labeled this the deja vu tour as this is my third time coming back to Southington with the Play it Again Sports crew. Lots of threes this summer. Got in late Friday and was greeted by Janet and her family with PIAS. After a good pizza and hotel check-in it was a good night's rest to Saturday morning. Weather was on our side till about noon and rain was inevitable. The day's demo was set for YMCA Camp Sloper. With the rain a load of skaters we opted to host a game of s.k.a.t.e under the pavilion till the rain passed. Following that the group gathered for my Skate Straight program. They were a receptive audience with lots of questions. After some chat with the skaters we went directly to the Play it Again Sports store for the in-store signing. The weather greatly improved and the parking lot became our skatepark for a mini demo. Following I signed a load of posters in the shop and it was good to see a lot of returning faces from last year. All and all it was a great event with a lot of happy people, mission accomplished. Lots of book signings and demos ahead, till then! Doug
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June 4th, COSI and Skate Straight Program in Delaware
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May 25th, 2010 Good Today Show on NBC
I've been skating everyday. It's been lots of Skate Straight events at libraries, detention centers and recently Morgan Hall. I got to do a spot on Good Today TV show on NBC. I was interviewed by Al Pawlowski. Its been a blast doing these media events to promote my book. June is packed with events and appearances. All new tour dates in the tour section.
Click here to view upcoming events. Till next time, Doug



Good Today Show


April 28th, 2010 Sports Talk TV
Lots goin on. Check tour dates for book signings, tv appearances and Skate Straight events. My book is now available at all major book stores and in the online shop on this site. Skating daily till next time, Doug



Sports Talk TV


April 21st, 2010 Skate Straight in New Jersey

Greetings from many miles above the earth. I'm aboard a small U.S. Airways jet set back to Cleveland. Today started with a 5am wake-up to a shuttle to the airport. On today's radar was two of my Skate Straight programs in New Jersey. I flew into Philadelphia and was greeted by Bobbi from the Garfield Park Academy school. 30 minutes of windy roads through the city and was greeted by some of the smiling students. This was a special school with students ranging from five to twenty-one years old. Many of these kids were taken from the streets or sent from public schools that could no longer handle them. That staff was remarkable and the heart that filled these hallways was more than noticeable. Upon entering the gymnasium the students had made a series of skateboards with their artwork displayed as my backdrop. These students had a quench for a caring and understanding voice which I did my best to provide during the afternoon. Many of these kids were from broken homes and came from desperate straits, they needed a light, someone to let them know there is hope and their dreams are worthy and reachable if they believe in themselves. After doing my program I signed posters for the kids and met each and everyone. My skateboard continues to bring me in this fortunate position. These efforts are more important than anything I could do on my skateboard, I can't say it enough. My book is now released in stores nationwide. My book has opened up many doors and I'm at a place in my career where things are really coming together. Many events coming up soon including a TV appearance on Sports Talk with Jeff Allen April 28th. Moving forward and staying positive in my efforts, till next time, Doug. Special thanks to Michele, Bobbi, Mitch, Kathy, Terry, Sheri, and all the students from Garfield Park Academy.

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April 9th, 2010 New pro model now available!
All is well. My new pro model is now available and should crop up in skate shops soon. All my efforts have been into doing Skate Straight events and promotions for my book. The book has opened up many doors and it's really been an amazing ride. The book will be available at all book stores including Borders and Barnes an Noble on April 27th. You may get the book now online at
www.beyondtheboard.net On April 28th I will be on Sportstalk TV which will be fun. In June I will be on the Robin Swoboda show promoting my book. I'm skating everyday, doing some filming. I'll be flying to NJ April 16th for a big Skate Straight event. My focus still remains in the efforts to make a difference in people's lives, its more important than any trick I could do on my skateboard. Visiting all these schools and reaching people is where its at. Till next time! Doug
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Febrary 27th, 2010 Book for Sale and Skate Straight Events
Welcome everyone to 2010. The past couple of months have been busy with projects related to my book release. The book will be in national book stores like Borders and Barnes and Nobel on April 27th but you can order and own the book now by visiting here on this site in the online shop or direct at
www.beyondtheboard.net Writing this book has been quite the experience. Working with the publisher, editor, layout, and more. I'll be flying to New Jersey next month for a Skate Straight event and if you are in Ohio be sure to check us out in the city of Willard on Monday, March 5th. Click here for more info. I have a new board sponsor and a new pro model that will be available this March. Plenty of things ahead and I thank you all for being part of this fun journey! Doug
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December 19, 2009 Merry Christmas, Beyond the Board Book Release March 2010
It's been a great year with lots of good things happening. My book Beyond the Board is set for release early spring in national book outlets and March for online sales. To view more about the release visit
www.beyondtheboard.net It's been an amazing experience and has taken a bit longer to put together with the publisher but the wait is well worth it. I continue my efforts with my Skate Straight program and I've just released the Skate Straight tags available in the online shop. I just finished a Christmas video to cap off the year and have gone through some older footage of video journals that can be seen in the video section. Lots planned for 2010, stay tuned! Doug
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October 25th, 2009 AGA Contest, Books 'N'More in Wilmington
It's just about midnight and I'm returning from a long productive weekend on the road. Yesterday I did my Skate Straight program at a bookstore in the city of Wilmington. This was a unique placed that housed a large deli, a bookstore, and a hangout for musicians to jam. The warm audience was very welcoming and aged in range from 5 to 55. This town had some major issues with their local police arresting kids for skateboarding so it was an issue I was sure to arise during my performance. One 15 year old skater was actually arrested weeks before for just walking with their board in front of the bookstore. The shop's owner Jen is heading the coalition and I was happy to assist in their efforts. Following doing autographs and meeting the locals we all marched down the street to the local skate shop called Reality Skates. The shop had a sweet mini ramp inside that we all shredded up the rest of the late afternoon. This tight knit skate community is what skateboarding is all about. They all had good vibes, eclectic styles, and had no shortage of soul skaters. Direct from skating it was on to the Holiday Inn a few miles out of town. The past couple months have been an array of skate events and notably my Skate Straight presentations at schools and libraries. No doubt my focus is on my program more than anything else I'm doing with my skating. I hosted an AGA event at Chenga skatepark with my Struggle team mate Johnny Whitehead which went well. Headed to Avon this friday for a demo and contest. I'm now a team rider for Goodlife wheels. Lots more to announce so stay tuned and check back! Thanks to Jen and everyone at Books'N'More and everyone for coming out to all the events. See you soon! Doug

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August 26th, 2009 End of Summer, Skate Straight and Updates!
Its the end of August. This summer was just amazing. No shortages of events... contests, demos, hotel rooms, flights, appearances, camps, I survived. Just yesterday was the first stop of in-store signings at a Hot Topic in Summit Mall with the band High School Tragedy. It was a good way to celebrate the end of the summer with good friends like my Struggle team mate Johnny Whitehead, and the GS3 crew. I did more Skate Straight events than ever the past few months. That's been a huge bonus to my skate life, reaching so many people through my program. Check out the new site at
www.skatestraight.org The Nucleus Special edition DVD is now available in the shop on this site, lots of new footy and bonus material. You can see me in the September issue of Thrasher Magazine in the Sneaux Shoe ad. I have some footage in the upcoming Concrete Wave's Evolutions DVD. Skate Straight ads will be on the back of Ollie Pop pouches on their next run. Be sure to check out the new Struggle Skateboards team poster Click here to view. My book deal is sealed and will be released soon, Click here for the promo page. The publisher is doing a lot of marketing and it should be well worth the wait. Again, this summer was a blast! Thanks to everyone who came to all the events, it was a summer to remember. Stay tuned, lots on the radar for this fall and 2010!! Doug
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Video Diary, CT

June 14th, 2009 ESPN, Southington Connecticut Demo/Signing, Skate Straight
It's been a whirlwind of non-stop events, especially with Skate Straight. I've been traveling to schools all over presenting my program. Filmed two more Skate Straight promo spots. Flew out Friday morning on a Continental express jet directly into Hartford Connecticut. Was shuttled off in the PIAS van and went directly to the ESPN headquarters, was an amazing time and felt surreal to be there. The next day was an early wake up to the demo at YMCA Camp Sloper. Tucked in the hills of the outskirts of Southington CT this was a nice skatepark. Kids were amped, music filled the air, and the skating was great. From there it was onto the amphitheater to perform my skate straight program. I've done this program all over the planet literally but this was one of the most scenic locations, had a lake behind me, the crowd was on bleachers in the woods. After the presentation it was then on to host a skate comp. After a product toss, then an interview with the local paper, and an awards ceremony I was again shuttled off to the after party/in-store signing at 5pm. The lobby filled up and it was a great time. Lots of kids were sporting my new Struggle Bunny skateboard so it was a nice bonus in connecting with the kids. After a impromptu guitar jam session with the shop owner John we closed the evening with a nice dinner including the whole crew of PIAS Skateshop. It was then back to my hotel and onto a plane the following morning. The road has been good to me thus far this summer, check tour dates for more info. My book Doug Brown Skateboarder is being published and should crop up this summer in major book chains and libraries across the states, I'm pretty stoked on that project its been quite an experience. Also I've been filming video journals that are now available in the video section of this site. Click to view Special thanks to Janet, John, Tyler, everyone at camp Sloper and all the skaters that came out to the events. Until next time... Doug
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May 6th, 2009 Demos, Skate Straight, Videos, and more!
Where to begin? Things are in full swing with being in springtime and summer is ahead. The Skate Straight events have been filling up my time visiting library and schools across the nation. I just finished filming two promo videos for Skate Straight which can be viewed in the new video section of the site. No shortage of videos here. This Saturday May 9th I will be hosting a comp in the town of Mt.Vernon. Click here to see the flier, hear the radio promo spot by clicking the icon above. June will be a huge month filled with events. I'll be flying to Connecticut then off to Texas, Click here for info on the contest on June 13th in CT. If you haven't had a chance to grab my new pro model with Struggle Skateboards click www.shop.struggleskateboards.com/ to order. Lots of new pics in the photo section. I'm filming my travels for a new skate vid. Skate Straight now has a new myspace www.myspace.com/sk8straight Thanks for everyone who came out to all the events! Till next time! Doug
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March 25th, 2009 New Pro Model - Rabbit by Struggle Skateboards
Stoked to announce that my new pro model with Struggle Skateboards is now available. The artwork was done from renown artist Laura Pflueger. The deck can be ordered direct from
www.shop.struggleskateboards.com/ Spring is crawling near and there will be lots of skate events up ahead. Join me Tuesday April 21st, at the Brunswick library if you are in Ohio. Click here for more info. Skate Straight is in its fourth year and its really been an amazing addition to my skate life. The opportunity to go into communities and reach students, the people and the stories have been an education for me as well. I will have a couple special guests at the next few stops. I have a new clothing sponsor to announce soon. I'm pretty excited on this venture as they will be putting out an exclusive line of my own threads. My time off the board has been filled with skate related projects. My life really is consumed by skateboarding one way shape or form. The new book will be available through major book chains this summer. I'm finishing up my part in the upcoming Struggle video with Ruben and Tyrone. I think thats about it for updates, lots ahead I assure you. Till we meet again, Doug
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February 27th, 2009 New Book, Army Tour, Struggle Skateboards Mag Ad
It's now the end of February, It's been sometime since I did an update. A few weeks back I got to join pro bmx legend Rick Thorne on the Join the Army Skatepark tour. I've seen Rick many times and it was good to rock out to his band Good Guys in Black. Getting to the event was another matter having more snow than Cleveland has seen in years and driving an hour and a half in awful roads, freezing temps with no heat, but that's another matter. I've been skating every week and enjoying some downtime with the winter months. During the summer of 2005 I was writing a journal while on the road. Long layovers at airports and hotel rooms at night gave me time to transport my life's ventures onto paper. With that I put it on my site as an ebook. The feedback was strong and everywhere I went I had people tell me how my story reached them, old and young. So the opportunity arrived for some publishing deals and I decided to take the leap and put a book out. I've been touring libraries throughout with my Skate Straight program so I figured this would coincide with my efforts. The book will be released this spring so keep your eye out at a book store near you. I've been riding for Struggle Skateboards and a second new pro model will be released this spring. The graphic was done by an artist friend of mine so I'm stoked. I've finished filming for the next Struggle vid with team mates Ruben Najera and Tyrone Olson, a trailer of the vid is in the works. Other than that its been skating and gearing up for spring/summer events. Lots of demos planned so check the tour dates and see you on the road! Doug
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Nucleus DVD Preview

November 11th, 2008 New Pro Model, Focus Magazine, New DVD
Here I am in mid November. It's been a bit since I've done an update on things. The past couple months have been filled with demos but mainly my efforts have been geared towards my Skate Straight Program. A couple weeks back I had the unique opportunity to do the program at the junior high I went to back in 1987-88. It was a trip to be back in the halls once again after all those years. My third DVD Nucleus wrapped up and is out and about in shops and is available through my website. Nucleus has a space theme and a mix of me on the road, skating, with a "day in the life" vibe. I'm in the November issue of Focus Magazine with my Skater's Night Before Christmas poem that some of you are familiar with. Grab a copy if you get the chance. Most notable update is the announcement of my new board sponsor. I've joined Tyrone Olson, Ruben Najera, and Anthony Johnson as a pro rider for Struggle Skateboards out of Imperial Valley California. My first pro model with Struggle is part of the Roar series and is available through
www.struggleskateboards.com It's an exciting time and I look forward to what is to come. Lots of projects on the radar, stay tuned. Thanks Everyone. See you round' Doug
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August 25th, 2008 End of Summer
Its been airplanes, rent-a-cars, my van, and hotels all summer non-stop. Even the weekend I thought I had free a couple weeks back ended up getting a booking for a demo. So without a doubt this summer has been incredible. Last weekend started with a drive to the city of Alliance. Most of the summer involved planes so it was fun to be back in the van and reminded me of the demos I did years back when it was long drives from park to park. The van now has 280,000 miles all from skate trips and such. I arrived into the city and found the hotel thanks to mapquest. This was a pretty fancy hotel so I knew the weekend was gonna be smooth as far as lodging. After a nap, jog, then shower it was off to meet the Phillips family for a dinner at Grinders. Jeana was someone I went to school with years ago and she coordinated this event. It was about a year in the making. Her and her family went to one of my Skate Straight events so she was committed to getting me to their local skatepark. They worked with their parks and rec depot and my agent and now here I am. After some quality sleep it was off to the demo. I got there pretty early and hid out in my van. To my surprise there was a huge crowd. I don't think I've ever done a demo where people brought lawn chairs lol Their local paper had me on the front page promoting the event so I think that kicked things up a gear on attendance. The dj they had coming didn't have his act together and forgot cables so thankfully I brought my back up sound gear (a guitar amp, mic, and cd player) After being introduced it was out into the sea of people. Normally at an event I skate first then end up at a table signing posters but this time it was reversed. This community was hungry so I found myself in the eye of a hurricane signing posters. Even the local paper was trying to interview me while kids in front were shouting "me next" and someone behind me wanting to take a photo with me. This was the rhythm of activity that took place for the next hour. It was a little overwhelming. Jumping on my board was a relief but it does suck to have to warm up in front of hundreds of people. Not only that it was a park I had never skated before. It was a great park with awesome elements. Had a decent slam mashing my wrist but the show must go on. Did a big phat 360 over the spine, an indy kickflip over the spine and a handful of my other tricks throughout the park. Later I saw the pipe was empty so I figured I could slip over there but the large crowd followed me and there it was, a vert demo. This was a nice big ramp with some height and a killer transition so I was stoked. A product toss followed. Lots of smiling faces that day and it was a great demo. People were so nice and always willing to help with this or that. After the demo the Phillips family took me out to dinner with their crew. Was a great closing to a great weekend. I spent a lot of time talking with the local skaters and their families. I had a grandmother tell me she had cancer and bringing her grandson to the skatepark and watching him gave her energy and made her forget the cancer. Stories like these stick with me in my travels. The positive things skateboarding does for people and communities. I feel honored and lucky to play a part in the whole thing, being able to inspire people. Doing events and demos is such an amazing experience and never gets old. Summer 2008 kicked ass. Highlights were definitely the Dew Tour, Muskoka Woods skatecamp in Canada, and all the countless demos throughout. My plate is full of things to do, the new DVD Nucleus is being edited together and will be available this fall. So for this weekend many thanks to the Jeana and crew for everything. Jeremy for filming, and the whole Alliance staff for everything. Throughout the summer thanks goes to all my sponsors, all the skateshops, skateparks, and skatecamps for having me. It was one of the best summers indeed. Lots more ahead so stay tuned. Best Regards, Doug
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August 1st, 2008, NCAA Skate Jam
It's been non-stop life on the road for the past couple months. Last weekend was the NCAA Skate Jam which was a blast especially after coming from the Dew Tour. It's fun to do the grass root demos and visit the small towns. After checking in the hotel it was straight off to a neighboring skatepark in Cambridge. This was cool park, looked metal but everything was cement. Skated a nice pipe with some of the locals. Was kind of a struggle since my leg was recovering from the Dew Tour slam but I wanted to session and the kids were stoked I was there. After skating the Reed family was nice enough to take me out to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant then it was back to the hotel for some rest. I ended up signing posters in the lobby to a whole little league team thanks to the efforts of the crew and their promotional posters around the town. Reports of rain were shadowing all week but getting to the demo it was nothing but blue skies. It was a great day of just full on skating and music. The small town demos are sometimes the best because the kids aren't jaded and are appreciative that you are there. Big cities have the funding to put together big parks. But these communities have to start at the bottom starting their own coalition. Its amazing to see the parents involved and the support they give their local skaters. These kids really didn't have a lot to work with but with events like this they are raising money and should see a bigger park in the future. After signing odds and ins including an interview with NBC Whiz TV it was back on the road. What a great day, lots of happy skaters and a great community that stands behind its efforts to get a park and improve their skate scene. Next stop is the Max Velocity Challenge. During the week I've been visiting camps with my Skate Straight program which has really been an amazing experience. Special thanks to everyone at NCAA, Joe, Robert, April, and Robbie for everything. Till next time, Doug
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July 20th, 2008. Doing the Dew 08'
Its the last day of the Dew tour and its been a crazy week. The first day was the qualify days. All was well till Thursday which was the official start of the event. Had a load of fun doing signings and spending time with my sponsor Softrucks at their booth. After the course closed my SMF team mate Johnny Whitehead and I skated around and kinda started a demo of sorts. Couple other skaters joined us and it was an all out jam. The sun was falling down and I knew time was limited so I had to step up and went into stuntman mode. I dropped in on a quarter piped and rolled to the other side of the course to a wedge, went to ollie up on the fence and I planted my foot. My intention was to plant my foot while the board shot into my hand and I would leap over the fence and drop outside of the park. Only I slipped and got tangled into a medal bench. It was a hard hard slam and I could here the gasp of the spectators. I jumped up and declared I was ok. In shock that I didn't kill myself I just collected my thoughts on what just transpired. I could feel my thigh stiffening up and I limped away with dizzy spells to the parking garage to call it a night. Was happy I didn't end up in a hospital but depressed that I wouldn't be skating the next few days. The following days were spent doing signings and obligations with my sponsors. Everyone was so nice and the vibe was great. Had a front row view to the finals and the skating was just insane! It was so cool to see a lot of people from my hometown and skaters I use to skate with years ago. So many highlights from the weekend. After the last day I got to go up on stage and play guitar with the group Texas Toast. They told me I could choose any song, in the middle of their set they introduced me and next thing I knew I was on stage. I limped up grabbed the guitar and started the opening riff to Purple Haze, the place went crazy and I made it through the tune. Was a great way to end an amazing week at the Dew Tour. I'll be back on the board this week. I have a demo next weekend so its back in the circus with lots of demos ahead including my Skate Straight program. I did turn 35 on the 10th which was a trip. Fortunately the week before I had an opportunity to skate with a guy that was 50 and he was shredding full on, gave me lots of inspiration. Special thanks to Joe and crew, Johnny Whitehead, Texas Toast, and all the people who came out to the Dew. See you at the next stop, Doug
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Canada Video Diray

July 2nd 2008, Canada Bound, Muskoka Skate Camp
Here I am gearing up to board a plane bound to Toronto Canada. This week will be jammed for sure. I'm heading to Muskoka Woods Skate camp. This place has an amazing set up, amazing. After a couple of days and some demos I'm flying back to the states then get a rental car, then a four hour drive to yet another demo. I just arrived in Toronto, went through customs which always sucks but I found my way to where I was suppose to be. To my surprise I was greeted by a chauffeur in this mini limo with tinted windows and all. From the look of things this is going to be a good weekend. After a scenic two hour drive to nowhere I was taken through the gates that let to the camp. There was so much to take in. I was given my own little cabin, no cell phone, no tv, no internet.. its a good getaway from the world for a couple days. After getting a tour of the facility in a golf cart I met the skate counselors then it was straight to an on air interview with their local radio station 104.9 Adrenaline. From there I got my long awaited meal at their killer buffet. The first big demo was set for 7pm so I snuck up early to feel the ramps out. This was an Xgames style course with lots of big elements. The crowd gathered quickly and there was a sea of kids ready for the mayhem. It was a great mix of bmx riders and skaters from all over the world. Music was pumping and the announcer was getting everyone pumped. I made the mistake midway into the demo of going huge doing a finger flip foot plant from the big quarter pipe on the wall behind it then back in the transition. After a couple failed attempts the crowd was behind me and there was no turning back I had to pull this off. Thankfully on my 4th attempt I rolled away successfully and the crowd was stoked. After a crazy product toss and signing posters I was sped away into a car and off for some down time. Today was just amazing and the Canadian skaters have the right vibe and attitude. I've skated big ol' Canada many times and the vibe is drastically different than that of the states. They love the word gnar and gnarly. There is a nice sprinkle outside and i'm heading to bed. Till then...(July 3rd 2008) Wow its the end of day two and its been filled to the brim. The day started with an early 8am wake up then into the cafeteria for some breakfast. Cheese omelet, the works, this place feeds their people first class. Today was a chilled day with only one demo at 1:20. B2 is a separate section of the skate camp for beginners and up top is B3 which has 3 huge separate parks including an indoor facility. The demo was with fellow Triple8 team member Mitch Brusco and bmx rider Mike Deon. The kids were amped as they aligned the park sardine style. Mitch did some sick kickflip transfers from a huge wedge to a roll in. Mike was killing the course till he had a pretty bad slam on the 10 foot landing sideways on his shoulder. My grand finale trick was one of my signature acid drop from the top of the fence into the quarter pipe down below. By 2nd try I was good to go and rolled away to a cheering crowd. After the demo was a taco lunch then back to a full day of skating with everyone. During a break I got to get out on the lake with a group of water skiers to help spot. The water, the breeze, was priceless, I made sure to get some footage. What can I say after today? I met so many cool people here and the skating in Canada is point on. The kids here are all about shredding and having fun. So much diversity in peoples skating compared to anywhere else in the world. Everywhere I went I was greeted with a "great skating today" or some hand shakes or some high fives. Tomorrow morning I have to leave at 9:30am to get to Toronto then the airport. It will be non-stop for the next couple of days with a demo tomorrow morning but I'm good to go. Summer has been great with events and a couple new sponsors. I'm filming for my upcoming dvd. AST Dew Tour is in a couple weeks along with a handful of demos, check tour page for updates. Big big thanks to everyone at Muskoka Woods, Ian, Matt, Mike Deon, Carter and all the skate counselors and skaters. I hope to get back soon. Doug
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May 19th, 2008 In Wilmington with 3rd Lair Team
Its a Sunday night and I'm torn and fried from the road. Early Friday I headed out to Wilmington on a 3 hour journey for a demo joined with the 3rd Lair team from Minnesota. They hooked us up and put us in a nice nice hotel, flat screens and all. With a late arrival I hit up the tred mill and crashed to bed. The weekend was calling for rain but woke up to sunny skies and some hefty winds. the 3rd Lair crew didn't get in till 1am the night before and had to be up at 9am to set the course up for the demo. Things started late with the bands and the crowds but the demo started with a hungry crowd. These kids were stoked and the vibe was a good one for sure. The rough gravel was an obstacle but the set up had wedge ramps, quarter pipes, rails, and the resurrected picnic table from the 3rd Lair park in MN. Had lots of good skatin, over 8 hours non-stop to be exact, no joke. Not to mention lots of good entertainment from kickin bands, helicopter rides, and freak show wrestling to top it all off. The crew raised a lot of money for their skatepark fund and the day saw a lot of smiles. Somehow I survived the hours with a few good slams and I was all in one piece. After talking with a group of locals it was on to Pizza Hut to end the day. Was great to have an additional night in the hotel, normally when a demo is set up the sponsors only give you one night before the event so we took this additional night for sure. I was so damn sore from skatin the day before and all last week but we made our way out on the road with gas peaking 3.98 with three hours to go north. On the way out of this town which was in the middle of nowhere I might add there was a bridge out which caused some problems but we got set on the right path and it was onward. Ended up eating at Al's which was in a small town that I did a demo at a couple years ago, figured I would check out the park to see if it was still alive, there was a little dude skating the pipe as I showed up. He asked me if my name was Doug and his face lite up when I told him yeah, he said he skated the park everyday and his board was holding him back, without hesitation I brought out a brand new deck and gave it to him free. Christmas came early for this dude, as we skated the park a bit within 10 minutes kids were on their cell phones and it basically turned into a demo. The park filled up with kids and we had a good lil' sesh. I was fried and tired from the weekend but stepped up to the plate to give the locals something to remember. After signing some posters and some hand shakes I headed toward my grandparents hometown since it was on the way. They've been in Florida for the winter and my grandma has been in the hospital and not doing well at all, So I randomly showed up on their doorstep to see if they were home and they were. They were in great spirits and my grandma was doing much better. They are so sharp for being in their late 80s. They were reminiscing on when they took me to see my first pro event and this was way back in 1988. Was so good to see them and my aunt and uncle from Kansas were there also. Something about seeing my grandparents and visiting the hometown of my parents that just gives me and overwhelming feeling of life and purpose. I use to spend my summers with my grandparents and would skate this small town when I was like 12-13. Its always cool to go back there and remember where I came from and who I came from. My parents were high school sweethearts and grew up in this town. So the events continue and I'm back on the road, its been demos every week for 3 weeks in a row with lots more to come. I'm stoked to get some down time this week and skate a handful of local parks. I've been filming a lot for the next vid and continue to put my energies into the Skate Straight benefits and helping out my sponsors. Thanks for everyone involved in this weekends demo, 3rd Lair guys, Jen, Christina, and all the skaters, skate on, Doug
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May 2-3rd, 2008 In Connecticut
Here I am miles above the ground in a Continental express jet headed for Hartford Connecticut. Events are picking up and summer is right in front of us. Things are moving forward and I'm proud to announce I'm a member of Athletes for Hope which assists in my Skate Straight Program. This weekend I have a demo in Southington Connecticut for Play it Again Sports. I'm now booked into my hotel. Janet and the crew from the shop picked me up from the airport in their PIAS van and sped me here. The room is amazing and was greeted with a gift bag from the crew upon check-in. (Sat. May 3rd.) Woke up today, slept so so. Was disappointed to see rain outside and received a call letting me know the 2pm demo was canceled but we were still on for the in-store event at 4pm. With plenty of time to kill I moved the table in the room, got the ipod, and had a flatland session till it was time to go, hoping the people down below don't mind. After some lunch Rob shuttled me off to the store to an awaiting crowd. My buddy John from DBS clothing had his plasma screen tv behind me playing promo vids of me. The crowd had a great energy. I'm always flattered that people took the time to come out and hang with me. Was good talking to the locals and the parents. The skate community here is very tight knit and has a positive energy. After some time the guys were hungry to skate so we all rushed out the back entrance to a parking lot. First order of business was jumping on top of Robs jeep for an acid drop. After some bails the crowd got behind me and I landed on my third attempt. After some hungry product tosses the rest of the afternoon was filled with flatland skating and chatting with the skaters and the locals. After the event John, one of the shop managers had seen one of my videos and knew I played guitar. With this, he set up a PA system and to my surprise a jam session was in order. After some conversation and strumming the owners took the crew out to a nice dinner at Ruby Tuesdays. Since I was in Southington it was imperative that I visit the ESPN headquarters, so after food we went there. Special thanks to everyone at PIAS, Janet, John, Jenn, Rob, and for John and Tony from DBS for helping us out. So many events coming up and I'm filming more than ever for the next dvd. Till next time, Doug
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