Ohio Skate University

June 23, 2009

Alumni Visit: 1031 at Ohio Surf And Skate on Go Skateboarding Day

Columbus native Chad Knight beside Greg Harbour and team owner and Cleveland native Kristian Svitak

Columbus native Chad Knight beside Greg Harbour and team owner and Cleveland native Kristian Svitak

 

June 21st, I continued my travels by going to Willoughby, OH to Ohio Surf and Skate (a skate shop) for a 1031 demo. Ohio Surf and Skate had ramps set up in the parking lot for the occasion. 1031 is a skateboard company that was created by a Cleveland native by the name of Kristian Svitak. He has been a professional skateboarder for around 10 years, I believe, and tours yearly with his company. This specific summer tour is to celebrate team member Ben Raybourn becoming pro for 1031. Ben Raybourn won the bowl contest in the 2007 Texas Skate Jam and is definitely someone to look out for on the come up.

 

 

Chad Knight with some sort of bigspin to 5-0 stall

Chad Knight with some sort of bigspin to 5-0 stall

The team also had another skater from Ohio by the name of Chad Knight. Chad Knight is from Columbus and has been around skateboarding for a while. He used to ride for companies like Osiris and H-Street and disappeared for a while due to injuries. He is now back in the scene and has been picking up sponsors with no problem. When reading about this event I recognized his name, alongside Kristian’s, immediately; I had seen his name in an article in The Skateboard Mag a year ago. You can read more about him and the rest of the team on their website 1031skates.com.

 

Kristian Svitak Cab Heelflip attempt

Kristian Svitak Cab Heelflip attempt

I arrived at the demo about an hour late but was still there early enough to see a myriad of tricks put down. I got behind the deck of the quarter pipe in time to see Chad Knight land a variety of flips and spins into stalls, that I myself did not fully understand, but received applause from around the venue. Kristian Svitak was also on the quarter pipe when I arrived, attempting a cab heel flip on the ramp. When he finally rode away, he received his applause as well.

 

reaching to pull back in on the make

reaching to pull back in on the make

In the midst of all of this, a local rider was launching off a ramp and stalling the middle of his board on the plaza sign and I snapped a picture on the same try he landed it and the crowd loved it. For as small as the set up was the team made the best of it and laid down plenty of tricks to keep the crowd satisfied. Ben Raybourn could be seen cruising around the set up doing tricks like a one-foot board slide on a grind box and he was getting laughs. Chad Knight could be seen on the other side doing flatland from time to time. After the product toss, the same local rider who stalled on the plaza sign launched himself to the top of the sign and rode all the way off the end and then, a number of tries and slaps in the face from a fellow teammate, managed a 50-50. Another trick I managed to get a picture of the landed try.

 

Product toss with Brian Kennedy, Kristian Svitak, and new team pro Ben Raybourn

Product toss with Brian Kennedy, Kristian Svitak, and new team pro Ben Raybourn

 

ramp up to backside 50 land

ramp up to backside 50 land

While all of this was going on, kids were allowed on the set up and some of the pros were just walking around signing autographs and talking with the kids and people. Ohio Surf and Skate kept their doors open and there were plenty of kids and pros in and out of the shop and some of the pros even checked out the neighboring music store. The whole plaza did not seem to mind the demo and it was never interrupted by any complaints or police presence and the passing traffic all had a case of rubbernecks and a trucker or two passed by yelling encouragement of sorts. I managed to introduce myself to Kristian Svitak but kept it brief since kids were flooding him and when I told him what I was about; he seemed interested and said, “Well, hell yeah”.  Chad Knight stayed back in the van for a while after the demo was over but was still talking to kids with Ben Raybourn behind him and Kristian was busy doing his rounds with the kids for a while after. It was good to see pros that have been around for so long willing to talk to the kids and do a demo in a smaller area. It was also good to see Ben Raybourn goofing around on the set up. The whole team did really well interacting with the kids and generally, everyone was pretty happy with the show 1031 put on. I hope to get a chance to go and see them skate again.

backside 360 transfer attempt

backside 360 transfer attempt

 

1031 is continuing their tour spending a couple days in Michigan doing demos and then coming back to Lancaster, Ohio at the X-Gear skate shop on June 24th so be sure to go and check out the 1031 team and support the skate shop. I would like to thank Ohio Surf and Skate for holding this event and 1031 for coming out. In addition, I would like to thank the plaza neighbors for being down with the whole thing.

 Keep checking back for a few video clips of the event

Here is a slideshow of all of the photos:

For more on 1031 and their tour check out www.1031skates.com
For more on Ohio Surf and Skate check out www.ohskate.com
For more on X-Gear check out www.myspace.com/xgear07

15 Comments »

  1. […] Sometime between the next two events I’m going to be posting some more stuff related to 1031 so be sure to check back. Leave a […]

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  2. […] I’ve got plenty of photos and video to sort through and a good amount to write about. Also, Mike Nypaver (if you’re checking the site) send me an email at ohioskateuniv@gmail.com so I can get your […]

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  3. […] I was waiting for the event to start I spotted a skater I had seen at the 1031 demo in Willoughby so I asked to get his picture for the site and he obliged(keep reading for more about him a little […]

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