SSOC 2016.
SSOC 2016. (Click to enlarge)

What: SSOC (Street Skate Only Comp)
When: Sunday, August 28th, 2016
Where: Des Moines
Meeting spot: TBA
Time: 11:30 A.M.
Cost: $20
Contact information: Bruce J. Bales (563) 650-3643

We’ve brought the legendary SSOC. back. The spots have been picked, the warning is out there, and we hope to see you all in Des Moines on Sunday, August 28th, 2016.

See last years recap here.

Download the poster here.

Last years edit:

SSOC ( Street Skating Only Contest ) Des Moines Iowa from Aaron D Schultz on Vimeo.

Gallery: Spring 2016

David Flores. Alley-oop unity. Des Moines. Photo: Bales.
David Flores. Alley-oop unity. Des Moines. Photo: Bales. (Click to enlarge)

Words by Bruce J. Bales

The photographs you are about to see are representative of the sessions we’ve had during our short and unpredictable spring. From Des Moines to Davenport, our wheels touched the pavement with more frequency in May and June. There is a strong resurgence present as we head into the bulk of summer.
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Gallery: Film travels 12

AJ Keane. Alley-oop fishbrain. Ottumwa. Fuji 800.
AJ Keane. Alley-oop fishbrain. Ottumwa. Fuji 800. (Click to enlarge)

Words and photographs by Bruce J. Bales

There are a few places in Iowa I am still anxious to explore. Ottumwa was one of them. For whatever reason Ottumwa has blessed us not only with an above average skatepark, but also a group of unique, challenging spots. During our half day visit, we saw more spots than we skated, so we are not finished in Ottumwa. What you’ll see it just a snapshot of what is possible there.
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Spencer Smith. Iowa City.
Spencer Smith. Iowa City. (Click to enlarge)

Words and photographs by Bruce J. Bales

Spencer Smith has spent the majority of his life on rollerblades. He has grown up with the Iowa Connection scene, and Spencer is still blading with the best of them. Truthfully, Spencer often surprises me. I’ve always known his determination to be hyper fueled, but it has been Spencer’s finesse that I’ve been paying attention to lately. During our last few sessions, Spencer has laced several tricks with such ease that I’m left remembering them long after the session is over. On this particular day Spencer was motivated and feeling loose, but we didn’t have that much time to session. Regardless, Spencer threw these tricks down with relative ease and we were on our way to some cold beers.
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