The 1976 Olympics left Montreal with the Big O, a huge bill to pay, and a mystical concrete tunnel known as the Pipea blessing to all skateboarders.
Pipe Fiends is about a legendary skate spot at Montreals Olympic stadium. Who would have imagined the concrete tunnel leading to the Big Os outdoor track and field area would become a temple for Montreals heart-filled skaters, and a canvas for writers, bombers, and especially chicken-scratch toys? The Pipes destiny was inevitable. The proof is in the movement. One of the flukiest things in the history of skateboarding, the Pipe has amazed and uplifted thousands of skaters to this day. It has been in tons of magazines and videos, and many skate crews have rolled through town and hit it in awe.
With eye-popping photography and artwork, mini-interviews and epic quotes, this book celebrates the Pipes origins, history, and the locals who cant get enough of its energytheir gatherings and camaraderie, and even their inspiring clean-up missions. Pipe Fiends features some of the most skilled tricks (and bails) that have been performed over the years by local legends and world-renowned skaters, and captivating testimonies from the crews that have called it home for decades give a firsthand view of the gnar things that went down on wooden toys.
2006 marks the Pipes 30th anniversarythe perfect moment to honor this structure and the community it supports. Designed for artistic value with mass appeal, the Pipe has evolved from an abandoned natural phenomenon into a mecca for underground skaters of the world . . . One Love.
Dan Mathieu (Montreal); Judah Oakes (Vancouver); Jody Morris (California); Felix Faucher (Montreal); Pierre Alain Parfond (France-Montreal); Diana Day (Vancouver); Guy Levesque (Montreal) . . . and many others
Hest 1, Chris Dyer . . . and others
Barry Walsh, Marc Tison, Eric Koston, Rick McKrank, Chad Muska, Kris Markovich, Eric Mercier, Alex Gavin . . . and the many locals who frequent the pipe.