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The Montana Skatepark Association (MSA) is excited to announce that we are joining forces with Jeff Ament’s Army (JAA)!
We admire and appreciate JAA’s grassroots efforts, not only to support what Jeff Ament believes in, but their willingness to combine their strengths with those of the MSA so we can both work to make a positive impact and further our cause.
We strongly believe in the community that is created through building world class skateparks and have witnessed first hand the joy they bring. Having JAA on board will provide a shot in the arm for both our organizations and more importantly, for many towns across Montana.
On November 14, 2015 members of the Montana Skatepark Association (MSA) lost a close friend who will always be near and dear to our hearts and everything we work to accomplish. Although a lifelong friend to all of us, Zack Spannagel was more than that. He was a father figure, mentor, sounding board and source of inspiration. He dared to take his own path. He risked. He won. He lost. He lived. He laughed. And in the process he altered the course of the lives of many kids in western Montana and beyond.
At a time when snowboarding and skateboarding cultures were barely beginning to enter the vocabulary of households in Missoula, MT (and all of America for that matter), Zack took a leap of faith and brought these worlds that only existed in magazines to our small town by opening a shop in 1989 called Board of Missoula with his buddy Dan Gavere. With barely more than a snowboard, some stickers and some clothes for sale, he became the proverbial fork in the road for every “grom” that walked into that store. Rather than filling the air with intimidation or a “too cool” attitude, Zack opened his mind and his heart to every kid that opened the door. Because of who he was – and who he was not – countless lives were changed. Among those lives are almost every member of the Montana Skatepark Association. Simply stated, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Zack paving the way.
To honor and celebrate the memory of our friend Zack Spannagel, the Spannagel family would appreciate your support in helping to carry on his legacy. All donations made to the MSA in the memory of Zack Spannagel will work to make a positive impact on future generations in Zack’s name.
Whew, we did it! And we couldn’t have done it without your help! Thanks to all of our amazing artists this year; some truly great stuff! And a huge pat-on-the-back to Jen and The Brink Gallery for letting us take over for the month of May.
We have big plans for OnDeck 10 next year, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled! Now get out and skate!
Hey On Deck 9 artists; keep your eyes peeled for your decks! And thanks a million for being a part of this awesome event! We are soooooo excited to see all your efforts! OD9 is gonna rüüüle!
We are excited to announce that our annual On Deck art auction at The Brink Gallery is going to be taking place on Friday, May 2nd this year! This will be our 9th show and we are super excited to see more amazing art work from incredible artists from all over the country. We will be sending out an email for our Call To Artists very soon, so if you or anyone you know are interested in possibly being involved in OD9, please head on over here and fill out the form to be included in the initial blast. Wahoo!
Edge of the World is teaming up with The Montana Skatepark Association (MSA) and local communities to bring out the best in skateboarding this summer.
Presenting: The First Annual Montana Skatepark Series 2012
The Montana Skatepark Series serves to bring together all the skateboarders of Western Montana for some good times and also to crown 2 champions.
3 contests total: July 14th – Helena Skatepark * July 28th – St. Ignatius Skatepark * August 11th – MOBASH (Missoula) Skatepark
All proceeds will go towards the MSA’s China Banks project at MOBASH.
Competition style is all across the park (not limited to street and/or bowl); skate it all and skate it your way.
Judging will be based on all around style, creativity, and difficulty and the best all-around skateboarder.
3 rounds: qualifier, semifinals and finals. Top 3 per event qualify for the finals in Missoula. Top 9 from all three events compete for the crown in Missoula.
There will also be mini skate-jams, raffles and other skate style fun to be had for those that choose not to enter.
2 age divisions: 16 and under 17 and up. Registration fee is $10.
3 – 5 skaters skate the park jam style for 5 minutes.
If you are interested in sponsoring this first annual event, please contact Chris Bacon @ 406-721-7774 or email [email protected] for more information.
All systems are GO here on the MSA front. We have had a good summer of activity in the skatepark world. The skate camps that the MSA helped organize with Missoula Parks and Rec. were a hit and saw some dang fine enrollment. Good to see the interest and excitement over these camps. MOBASH here in Missoula continues to get tons of use from locals and visitors alike. The Girl/Anti Hero tour came through Missoula and drew quite the crowd at the park as well as at the Badlander for the After Smash. The Helena expansion is complete and open to the world. According to one report, the park is “the best in the west.” The MSA continues to work with Glendive as they work to get their park up and running. It will happen and it will be epic when it does. Also, there has been a flurry of talk about a Hamilton-area skatepark lately. We will definitely be keeping our eyes and ears open as this project continues to gather momentum.
That’s all the news for now….
The summer skate camps offered through the Missoula Parks and Rec are going great guns! The MSA teamed up with Parks and Rec over the winter to find ways to work together and “beef up” the skatepark programming so that more youth could have the opportunity to experience the skatepark. Camps have been filling and some kids have even been enrolling in several weeks of camp. We are stoked about the success of this partnership and look forward to making even more skateboarding opportunities in the future.
From Missoula Skatepark Association to Montana Skatepark Association – one small step for the keyboard. One giant leap for skateparks in Montana.
That’s right! The MSA is changing it’s name. We have decided to do this for a variety of reasons, most importantly so that our identity reflects the new, broader scope of the work we are doing. The Missoula Skatepark Association (MSA) was formed in order to facilitate the building of a skatepark in Missoula, MT. With that goal accomplished, we have decided to set our sights on the entire state of Montana.