Danny Fuller made Pete's picks once again. For the rest of Pete's picks check out Transworld Surf.
3rd Lair Skatepark took up residence in a small warehouse in a somewhat sketchy area of South Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the fall of 1996. Prior to 3rd Lair, said warehouse had housed one of the first indoor skateparks in the Twincities area, The Skate Oasis. After the Oasis closed its doors, the space later became Canaan Skatepark. After a short stint as a car dealership, the warehouse was transformed into the third skatepark in the same building, hence the name, 3rd Lair.
As the neighborhood progressed into a more hospitable place for suburban moms and kids alike, the skatepark grew into a shop as well, and hosted a slew of demos, including the likes of Toy Machine and Zero, Girl and Chocolate, as well as the Tony Hawk Gigantic Skatepark Tour. After a slight change of ownership, it was decided that 3rd Lair needed a larger and more flexible space to grow into, hence a warehouse five minutes outside of Downtown Minneapolis was found.
In the fall of 2002, 3rd Lair re-opened in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Old locals made the move along with the park, and in itâ€™s ever more hospitable locale the park found a new set of locals as well. The new building also meant a renewed focus on the shop side of things, and the name of the business was quickly updated to 3rd Lair Skatepark and Skateshop. Now, not only does 3rd Lair continue to host the best demos and contests in town, it has grown into one of the premier skater owned shops in the state of Minnesota. As of 2007, 3rd Lair is stronger than ever boasting more skateable space than ever, and more product than ever in order to keep the Twincities skating population as happy as ever.
3rd Lair SkatePark & SkateShop 850 Florida Ave. South Golden Valley, Mn. 55426 Phone: 763-797-5283
Check out the May/June issue of Forthekrew for a 6-page interview with flow rider Dave Abair. [gallery=7]
Check Danny's 5-page article in the June issue of Outdoor Magazine. [gallery=6]
A few photos from this past weekend's Rails for Rolee's contest. Photos by Jeb Allred. Check out the rest of Jeb's photos from the event on his Flickr page.
Osiris has recently signed a deal with Ultimate Fighter, Quinton â€œRampageâ€ Jackson, to create a special edition â€œRampageâ€ shoe.
Rampage, currently the #1 contender for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, is one of the most exciting and charismatic fighters in the sport. He has fought in both PRIDE and UFC bouts, amassing a career record of 26-6. He is slated to fight Chuck Liddell for the title at UFC 71, on May 26, 2007. This is one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history, as Rampage is the last person to defeat Liddell, the current UFC Lightweight Heavyweight Champion- doing so in definitive fashion, by scoring a T.K.O., in 2003.
The Osiris/Rampage relationship was made possible through Triumph United. Triumph United, an industry leader in the mixed martial arts world, producing fight gear and apparel, is responsible for introducing Rampage to Osiris. Triumph United lends their expertise of the M.M.A. world to Osiris for their Rampage shoe. "We are very excited to see the bridge between action sports and MMA complete now. Rampage is very stoked to be working with such a great company," said Hans Molenkamp, President of Triumph United. "It only makes sense that Rampage would join forces with a progressive company like Osiris. His fighting style emulates everything they do as a shoe company- Dynamic, Powerful, and Revolutionary." â€œGood ideas usually come from thinking outside the box, but in this case, great ideas have come from thinking inside the cage,â€ said Osiris Chief Creative Officer and Head Footwear Designer, Brian Reid. â€œRampage is a great addition to our team and his shoe will help to strengthen the bond between action sports companies, like Osiris, and mixed martial arts.â€ Rampage, a fighter who never seems to be at a loss for words, has an innovative use for his new shoe with Osiris: â€œNow you can put foot to backside, just like me,â€ said Rampage.
Check out Hagy, Ox and the rest of the militants in the June issue of Esquire magazine. The 8-page article will even teach you how to fall off a bike. [gallery=5]