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Portland, Maine
« on: August 11, 2015, 12:17:07 PM »
I'm going to see Mac DeMarco tomorrow night in Portland and I wanted to get there pretty early and skate around, or skate after the show since I've never been before. Are there any fun street spots I should check out? I know there's a skatepark but that doesn't seem as interesting as doing some exploring in a new place. I know this is pretty last minute but I figured I'd give it a shot. Thanks for any help!

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Re: Portland, Maine
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2015, 05:09:12 PM »
I'd get drunk and go skate the industrial areas down by the ocean. I found a nice manny pad with these two dudes some ten years ago when I wnet to art school there for a month. The ground was a little shit mostly all over the place but I bet you'll have fun.

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Re: Portland, Maine
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2019, 10:00:38 PM »
Didn't want to make a new thread for this place. What is the skate scene like here, if any? street spots? any local shop similar to labor, seasons, andrew, humidity? all the ones i can find sell snowboards n shit. any local vids to give me more of an idea would be appreciated too.

The town has spot throughout and is a good place to cruise and explore with the intention of finding things as you go. Thereís a skatepark near town and a few within twenty miles of Portland. When are you gonna be here? Thereís definitely some snow on the ground now, and I can give you locations of a few spots if you wanna PM me.

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Re: Portland, Maine
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2019, 10:01:45 AM »
Didn't want to make a new thread for this place. What is the skate scene like here, if any? street spots? any local shop similar to labor, seasons, andrew, humidity? all the ones i can find sell snowboards n shit. any local vids to give me more of an idea would be appreciated too.

Portlands scene is kinda iffy. I guess similar to most "cities" ive been to. Pretty cliquey but at the same time if you know someone it can be very welcoming. At this point there is only one shop, mocean. Longs was around for a while but recently announced they are closing. theres a lot of spots downtown and a park (probably snowy) on st james st. theres a couple local videos ill link here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qN1x5abWKg&t=1149s
this one has mostly portland spots
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7FxbmANoB0&t=627s
this one has a lot of spots around maine, NH and RI, but mostly portland area spots.

if youre looking for any spots in particualr pm me id be happy to help you out. also if you want the real crust and better spots in my opinion check out lewiston. only about a 40 minute drive up I-95 and a lot more really cool places to skate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wjz19JkFoo

This video was exclusively filmed in lewiston and freaking BANGS

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Re: Portland, Maine
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2019, 01:47:18 PM »
if youre looking for any spots in particualr pm me id be happy to help you out. also if you want the real crust and better spots in my opinion check out lewiston. only about a 40 minute drive up I-95 and a lot more really cool places to skate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wjz19JkFoo

This video was exclusively filmed in lewiston and freaking BANGS

I skated Lewiston a ton around 1990-1991 and had a lot of fun.  That was long before the skatepark existed and we spent a bunch of time near the various parking garages, on Lisbon St, and would skate the stairs at Bates college until security would kick us out - usually after about 10 minutes.

That said, we would hit up Portland once every 6-8 weeks.  I recall the stairs between the high school and the parking garage being big (for the time).  I think 9?

There were nice stairs and a planter at 4 City Center - and we would get kicked out within 5 minutes.
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.6572941,-70.2568804,3a,60y,312.32h,78.14t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1swNE1M3arArL9mWRzCXPzvg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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Re: Portland, Maine
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2019, 08:01:34 PM »
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if youre looking for any spots in particualr pm me id be happy to help you out. also if you want the real crust and better spots in my opinion check out lewiston. only about a 40 minute drive up I-95 and a lot more really cool places to skate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wjz19JkFoo

This video was exclusively filmed in lewiston and freaking BANGS
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I skated Lewiston a ton around 1990-1991 and had a lot of fun.  That was long before the skatepark existed and we spent a bunch of time near the various parking garages, on Lisbon St, and would skate the stairs at Bates college until security would kick us out - usually after about 10 minutes.

That said, we would hit up Portland once every 6-8 weeks.  I recall the stairs between the high school and the parking garage being big (for the time).  I think 9?

There were nice stairs and a planter at 4 City Center - and we would get kicked out within 5 minutes.
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.6572941,-70.2568804,3a,60y,312.32h,78.14t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1swNE1M3arArL9mWRzCXPzvg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Most of those spots are actually on or around Lisbon st. Bates has become less of a bust in the recent years, Iíve definitely been chased out of there by security a good amount of times growing up though. Theyíve actually built a lot of good new spots within the last 10 years as well.

Yeah the PHS set is a 9. That sets pretty much off the beaten path at this point. Some people still try some things down it, but its kinda a bust so people generally try to skate something else. 4 city center actually kinda had the same fate. Mostly cause bikers chunked the ledge out so bad it doesnít lock for really anything. They just redid a few spots around there though that are super fun.


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Re: Portland, Maine
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2019, 01:06:04 PM »
Most of those spots are actually on or around Lisbon st. Bates has become less of a bust in the recent years, Iíve definitely been chased out of there by security a good amount of times growing up though. Theyíve actually built a lot of good new spots within the last 10 years as well.

Yeah the PHS set is a 9. That sets pretty much off the beaten path at this point. Some people still try some things down it, but its kinda a bust so people generally try to skate something else. 4 city center actually kinda had the same fate. Mostly cause bikers chunked the ledge out so bad it doesnít lock for really anything. They just redid a few spots around there though that are super fun.

One night around 11pm we were skating to Bates and bitching about security.  Then we heard some other skaters sitting on a curb say "you wanna piss off the security guards?"    Of course we said yes.  There were some construction saw-horses around and we blocked 3 of the four roads surrounding campus with them.  Cars were driving onto lawns to get around them.

After 10 or so minutes the dude walked up to one of the security phones and said "Hey, there are some kids that blocked off the roads.  And if you want to catch us you better run!"   

The chase was on.  Security called it into the Lewiston police. We had security, cops in cars, cops on bikes and cops on foot after us.  We'd come hauling ass around one corner only to see someone coming towards us.   At one point I was in the front of the line of us skaters heading down a hill.  One of the other skaters yelled "turn right" and immediately after I did he yelled "No - left!!!", but I was already on my way right.  Cops were coming on us fast so I had to commit and go solo.

I ended up hiding between a shrub and a building, laying as still as possible.  I could see cop feet directly on the other side of the shrub walking up and down looking for me.  I don't know how long I was there - maybe 10 minutes?

I then headed back to our car.  This was pre cell phones and we had no way to communicate.  I had no idea if the other guys had been arrested or not and all I could do was wait.  They showed up after another half hour.  One of the other skaters lived right beside the college and they had all gone to his house to lay low.

Good times.

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Re: Portland, Maine
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2022, 06:46:44 PM »
im in maine for a few, gotta say i was hoping for more than 10+ year old tales of a 9 set. Cmon mainers, whats the spots to eat, see some shows, see some ish? any skateparks or spots to session besides big hammer spots? please and thanks.

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Re: Portland, Maine
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2022, 07:41:13 PM »
not a mainer but have spent time in portland. the little park in town is worth an hour or two. the bowl isnít bad for an old municipal jawn. bombing the hills downtown is super fun. thereís a lot of ledges i saw walkin around but never skated. go to peak island, the ferry is cheap and itís really cool.

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Re: Portland, Maine
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2022, 09:30:50 AM »
thanks @wane brady ! gonna check that ferry. waves are flat and ita humid.