Ohio Skate University

July 23, 2009

eS Game of Skate Austintown,OH and Mike Nypaver Sighting

eS internship winner Patrick Binkley filling out the brackets

eS internship winner Patrick Binkley filling out the brackets

            July 22nd2009 eS footwear came to Austintown/Youngstown, OH on their national leg of the eS Game of Skate tour. The eS Game of Skate was originally created in 2003 and has since expanded. This is the fourth year in a row that the tour has had an official event in Ohio. The years and places are as follows:

2006-Cleveland, OH/Westside Skate Shop.
2007-Kettering, OH/DC Skate Plaza.
2008-Austintown,OH/Stomping Grounds Skate Park.
2009-Austintown,OH/Stomping Grounds Skate Park

            A game of S.K.A.T.E. is similar to the game of H.O.R.S.E. in basketball, someone makes a shot(or trick), the other person has to do it and if they miss, they get a letter. For those of you already familiar with the game here are some rules that may differ from your own or are contrary to your belief:

No landing tricks one-footed or cross-legged(the guy in charge said it just looks bad).
A trick must be popped(which means no sliding your big spins and no pivots on the cabs).
A shifty is an ollie, doing a shifty with a flip gets you nowhere, your opponent only has to do what you did minus the shifty.
Lastly, in contradiction to the berrics, you do not get two tries on the last letter.
This last rule is most likely the reason why the matches went so quickly.

That is the background information, now to the day…

eS Game of Skate at Stomping Grounds in Austintown,OH

eS Tour Van

eS Tour Van

Today was the day eS came through on their game of skate tour to Austintown. 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 email and we can keep in contact.
I’ll have my post up most likely tomorrow morning so make sure you check back to see photos from the day and a video of the final.
Check both transworld and the es game of skate site linked above for their footage of the event and make sure to come back and check out the footage here tomorrow.


July 21, 2009

July 20, 2009

Kelly Hart v. Paul Rodriguez

Pre-Game Interview

click more for the rest

July 19, 2009

Maloof Money Cup on TV today

The Dew tour dropped Cleveland as a stop this year but the Alli people added the Maloof Money Cup as a tour of its own.
The Maloof Money Cup was last weekend but it is scheduled to air on TV today on NBC sports from 2-3pm.

This is the same contest I talked to Rob Dyrdek’s dad about. Also, keep in mind that it has a $100,000 pay out. If you don’t already know who won I won’t spoil it for you.
click more for a video of highlights and check out the coverage on TV today.


Corey Duffel v. Rick Howard

Pre-Game interview

This match has happened yet so check back, when the link for more appears below this than you know it is up. Meanwhile, check out the predictions.

UPDATE: The game has been posted,hit more to see it.

Mark Appleyard v. Ben Gore

Pre-game interview

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June 26, 2009

Battle at The Berrics 2 Predictions

BATB2 Bracket

BATB2 Bracket

I’m going to explain my picks for the battle at the berrics for each game of skate.


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.


June 22, 2009

Local Festivities


Drama Signing Autographs

Drama Signing Autographs

To begin my travels during the weekend of Go Skateboarding Day, I first traveled to Miamisburg, OH for an appearance of Rob Dyrdek’s cousin and reality show star “Drama”. The event was held at Walker Auto Group on Saturday June 20th and was equipped with free food.



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