Half the Hills, All the Skills JUST WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING BY MICHAEL BROOKE IN TORONTO? INTRO/DISCLAIMER This is probably one of the most difficult articles I’ve ever had to coordinate and write. The reason is that I live in Toronto. Actually, that’s not technically accurate. I moved to Toronto in 1983, but have been living in a suburb just a five-minute skate from Toronto since 1989. So technically, I live in the Greater Toronto Area (a.k.a. GTA). But that’s not the issue. The issue is that there are so many amazing people who have helped develop the Toronto scene that I knew it would be ridiculously difficult to cover all the bases. And since this is my hometown, I know that people will be upset by the multitudes of things I’ve missed. What we 100 CONCRETE WAVE HOLIDAYS 2011
present here only begins to scratch the surface. I am proud to present this feature on the scene here. It is long overdue. But to my fellow GTA’ers, know that I have strived to present the most comprehensive picture I could.
WELCOME TO THE T-DOT Toronto’s longboard scene would puzzle those lucky enough to live near mountains or who are blessed with endless warm, sunny days. Toronto has neither of those things in any great abundance. Actually, it doesn’t have any mountains, and it can get freakin’ cold here from November through April. But despite being vertically and sunshine-challenged,
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