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Pipe Fiends: A Visual Overdose of Canada's Most Infamous Skate Spot [Paperback]

Marc Tison , Barry Walsh


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Book Description

Sept. 1 2006
The 1976 Olympics left Montreal with the Big O, a huge bill to pay, and a mystical concrete tunnel known as the Pipe—a blessing to all skateboarders.

Pipe Fiends is about a legendary skate spot at Montreal’s Olympic stadium. Who would have imagined the concrete tunnel leading to the Big O’s outdoor track and field area would become a temple for Montreal’s heart-filled skaters, and a canvas for writers, bombers, and especially chicken-scratch toys? The Pipe’s 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 Pipe’s origins, history, and the locals who can’t get enough of its energy—their 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 Pipe’s 30th anniversary—the 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.

Photography by:

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

Featured Artists:

Hest 1, Chris Dyer . . . and others

Featured Skaters:

Barry Walsh, Marc Tison, Eric Koston, Rick McKrank, Chad Muska, Kris Markovich, Eric Mercier, Alex Gavin . . . and the many locals who frequent the pipe.


Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Media MudScout (Sept. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097395504X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973955040
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 20.1 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #621,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

About the Author

Marc Tison was born in a suburb of Montreal. He excelled at most sports until the day he started ditching soccer practices to go skating with his neighborhood friends, the Valoiz boys. Since then, Marc has skated all over Canada and the US, with and without sponsors, and he has earned the respect of his peers far and wide as a hardcore skateboarder. Over the years, he has appeared in and written numerous articles in Canadian, American, and European skateboarding magazines. He also worked for Thrasher Canada. He now lives in Montreal and won’t stop skating and taking care of the Pipe . . . after all, he is the original caretaker!

Originally from Verdun, a borough of Montreal, Barry Walsh was a lurker and a b-boy, always into something active, like bmx-ing, before he became a skater for life. One of the most renegade skaters out there, he has amazed many with his skills over the years, and has been in countless mags and videos—always oozing with style and power. He lived in Vancouver, B.C. for many years, but now resides in MTL, the city he loves. From intimate sessions with Duane Peters to demos with Tony Hawk in stadiums, he has always remained true to his essence and artform, paid or not paid. He’s had many pro models, but Barry Walsh is simply a skateboard bomber.


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