Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Guestbook

YO, leave comments on how, why, when and what is the pipe to you and why it should be save. Or just straight up support. We might gather all those comments in a guestbook to put with our presentation.

YO, laissez vos commentaires, mémoires, anecdotes, raisons pourquoi le pipe devrait être sauvegardé selon vous. Vous pouvez simplement nous faire part de votre support. Tout ces commentaires seront compilés dans une future présentation.

87 Comments:

Blogger Big O said...

TO whom it may concern
I am writing in regards to the possible elimination of yet another land mark in skateboarding history We have lost too many this past coming years … It would be a shame to see another one go

We have very few as it is
Concerned skateboarder
Jason Masse

8:59 AM  
Blogger Big O said...

On your side Marc, you know it. I'll get a letter written today.

Darin Howard, TM
Deluxe Distribution SF

9:00 AM  
Blogger Guillaume said...

Je skate au pipe depuis maintenant 4 ans. C'est le meilleur endroit à Montréal pour skater. J'y ai rencontré des gens de partout à travers le monde. Ce lieu est reconnu mondialement dans le domaine du skate. Il y règne un esprit communautaire purement montréalais. Tous y sont bienvenus, peu importe l'âge, le sexe ou le niveau d'habileté.

Voici une photo prise en novembre 2004 par le père de la jeune débutante au premier plan : http://s91935990.onlinehome.us/7 novembre 2004.jpg

Une photo de jeunes appréciant les prouesses des skateurs. Une équipe de professionnels américains était en ville, évidemment, ils sont passés par le Big-O :
http://s91935990.onlinehome.us/hunt03.jpg

Un dessin publié par le magazine Thrasher, la bible des skateurs :
http://s91935990.onlinehome.us/thrasher.jpg

La photo ayant inspiré le dessin ci-haut :
http://s91935990.onlinehome.us/expose.jpg

11:33 AM  
Blogger j said...

i skated the pipe for the first time in 1987. i had just moved to montreal and heard so many people talking about it. in my head i didn't know what to expect but when i got there i couldn't believe that this was built as a passage way for the athletes almost as if it was designed by some nostradamus architect. i remember trying to do backside airs on the pipe and dave cummings landing them. years later i went back and saw Tison and Barry doing some crazy shit. now with a kid on the way i've always hoped that he or she would take up skating so i could bring him /her to the big o.
don't tear this puppy down and this is coming from a huge soccer fan. mind you the impact are one level above foosball at the biftek on a friday night.
long live the big o
j gallagher

12:13 PM  
Blogger Futuro2076 said...

Not only is the Big-O one of the most recognized skate spots in Quebec, it is also one of the most challenging obstacles in skateboarding.

I can hardly think of one Pro skate team touring through Montreal, who has not taken a few hours to attempt to shred the pipe.

I could tear out at least 30 pages from American and International mags that print full page pictures of the pipe...

You can go to Chapters today and find, in one of these very mags, a picture of legendary pro Tom Penny kick flipping in front of locals. Thats fckin' sick!

The Big-O Pipe is part of Montreal & Quebecs skate heritage...and I hope it is treated as such.

Good luck !

F2076

1:12 PM  
Blogger sane said...

Please preserve the pipe. I have been planning a trip to visit. It is a landmark in history and a famous place amongst skateboaders world-wide.
Thank you.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A qui de droit

detruire le pipe serait comme enlever une des pieces maitresse d une communaute en constante expansion

Jason Forbes

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

To whom it may concern,

The Pipe at the Olympic Stadium should be saved or preserved. It has been a cultural meeting spot for almost 20 years. It has a vibrant community and has drawn the interest of ten of thousands of people from all around the world. The city of Montreal should recognize that this is a unique place that deserves special consideration.

Thank you,
Steve Bissonnette,
Plank Multimedia Inc.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Big O is a world renowned skate spot. The loss of this spot would be devastating for the Montreal skate scence. It should definitly be saved for future generations to skate and enjoy but most importantly have fun on.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous cheval said...

juste le fait que cet mini rampe naturelle fasse partie des 10 spots de skate a skater avant de mourir es une raison tres valable pour moi et pour ceux qui veule le détruire prenez 15 minutes de votre vie pour aller voir les jeunes faire du skate dedans vous en aurez les larmes au yeux

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ce spot fait parti de la culture du skate on ne peut pas le détruire

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Andy Hurtubise said...

The Big "o" pipe.No other skate spot in the world compares to it,for its challenging curves and isolation from the rest of the city's terrible places to skate.
This tunnel is a true landmark of Montreal(Quebec).After all,The pipe was built for torch bearing atheletes,Not another lost cause!

2:32 PM  
Anonymous J. to the U. said...

The Big O.Pipe!
First time I skayed it was 1986. We use to drive from Ottawa to spend all weekend skating it, and other MTL. spots but we never would have made the drive if not for the Big O.Pipe I skated it last weekend Aug.-06. That was the first time in 20 years! Wow, its even better than I remember, the locals are so awesome too, friendly and responsable, using the garbage cans. Very unlike our public skatepark in Ottawa.
Let the Big O live!!
Vive Le Big O ostay!
Expos gone one thing,
Big O=another.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently visited Montreal this past summer and had a chance to skate the Big O. It definately made the trip to MOntreal worth while. It one of the raddest spots I have ever skated outdoors its pure Animal Chin and the last of anything like its kind. If the big O is to be destroyed I will be there to the bitter end board in hand.

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J'ai vu Tison et Walsh skater le big-O avant même que d'avoir l'audace de descendre mon premier quater. Six années plus tard, j'ai skaté ce spot légendaire et j'ai agréablement été surpris: c'est tellement dur à rider !

Après avoir passer une heure à faire des trucs de bases, j'ai commencer à catcher des bon trucs et on a sorti la caméra.

Préservez le big-O, je veux lander mon FS flip !

------------------------------------

I saw Tison and Walsh skating the big-O before I tried to drop my first quater pipe. Six years later, I finally skated that famous spot. After a couple of hours, we begun filming and we landed good tricks.

Keep the big-0 please... I want to land my FS flip !

Jonathan G. - Skateboarder

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

15+ years ago, I use to hitch hike from Quebec city with friends on missions just to go skate this landmark in Montreal. I will do all that is possible to help skaters preserve this beautifull spot. I guess I love skateboarding so much that I will ad my grain of sand to help build and consolidate the save the pipe mouvement.

Together we stand fellow skateboaders.
Our unity and dedication are the key elements to save this heritage.

Thanks for all your efforts put in this to make this become a reality.

I am proud to try with all of you.

Big-One love.

-Nic Côté

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Hugo Caron said...

À qui de droit,

Je n'arrive pas à concevoir que l'on songe à détruire le légendaire Big-O de Montréal.
Qu'on nous enlève le Tazmahall pour en faire une bibliothèque... ça passe.

S'attaquer au "Big O" est un manque de respect à toute une communauté.
Contrairement aux skateparks de la ville, le "big O" est un endroit unique en son genre.
Doté d'une histoire, d'une réputation et d'une âme.

Merci de reconsidérer vos plans.

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marc, first of all thanks for putting the effort required into saving the Big O. This needs to happen.
The Big O has been a destination for skaters from all over Montreal for as long as I can remember. As kids we used to take the bus and Metro all the way in from the West Island. I will never forget the first time we skated the pipe. It seemed unbelievable that this structure had, for all intensive purposes, been abandoned by the public, like they didn't realize what it was they had thrown out. The skaters from all over Montreal made that place a home away from home and as a result the BIg O became a destination for skaters from around the World.
I hope that the powers at be have the courage to help find a solution that will work for all parties and are able to recognize the value of this structure to the generations of skaters who have enjoyed it and the future generations that will continue to do so.

marc morisset

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Zerk said...

The "Pipe" I never knew it exsisted until one day i openend up an issue of thrasher magazine,which i got from a friend.There it was,Two pages of pure Excitment!!Valois boyz ripping the pipe,,Barry and his self-destructing Airs,,tison with his wild slides up the rim.At the time I was not a very good tranny skater,I was always doing street.Then i made my first trip to the big "o" pipe,VIAU Metro.Thanks 2 barry and marc tison's article.There it was,something of pure beauty and spirit,,waiting for someone too shred it!My first time I couldn't even rock n' roll fakie on the dam thing,,just kick turn on the tunnel walls and watch the locals Rip.After one summer of visits I could finally feel the pipe and sense the vibrations the locals would talk about.Ever since that summer, I return to the pipe whenever possible.For some outsiders to come build a stadium on sacred ground, would be devastating for the montreal skate scene and the world..It is a living relic,,and should be preserved for the rest of time,,as (Montreal)Quebecs most famous skate-spot.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the big o is a montreal skateboarding staple, and pretty much a historical monument to skateboarding, so, shirt man, that thing should be saved.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For people who do not sk8 it may be hard to understand why a certain skateboarding pipe should be preserved when there are others built for the same purpose. "Why not just go to another spot?" some say.

What those people dont see or comprehend is that the BIG O is not just another pipe where kids go to "hang out" and skate. It is a place that has much history...20 years of skateboarding history.

Many locals have been skating the BIG O for 5,10, and even 20 years and have, therefore, made it there home. Because of this, the BIG O has become a skateboarding spot where respect highly dwells, which isn't always the case in skateparks.

The BIG O is definetly unique and has an important part in Quebec's skaboarding culture. Destroying it would only reinforce the fact that the city of Montreal is feebleminded when it comes to "extreme" sports. As a matter of fact,city councillor Francine Senécal already proved this point by saying that "there's already 3 other skateparks in that area," THEY DONT EVEN KNOW THAT ALL THE SKATEPARKS IN MONTREAL SUCK, so how could they understand what the BIG O means to everyone.

I understand that soccer is popular right now and that a stadium will be built, but why destroy the pipe when it can be moved? If you think about it, while skateboarders have been skating the BIG O, the popular EXPO came and went....so if we are lucky, we will still be skating the BIG O when soccer runs out of popularity.

kim, 31 years old

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm no one special, just your evreyday skater. I play music, pay my taxes. although I live all the way in toronto one of the only reasons why I go to montreal is just to skate this pipe wich I always known as the "big O".
evrey city has it's spots where evreyone knows about. hawaii has wallows, new york has brooklin banks, and montreal has the big O. each of theese spots although seem useless and decrepid are actually hold the fantasy's and dreams of counless skateboarders of the world.

what the city probably see's when they witness the use of thier olympic stadium is a bunch of people playing around on some toys destroying thier property. what they don't realize if they are planning to destroy it is a tourist attraction for skaters. I save up as much money as I can so once a year I can skateboard it just for one day. and I know that I'm not the only one who does that. i am currently aware that there are not many good parks in montreal.
I belive that if the city destroys the Big O, they will be destroying a part of the montreal culture. a part of the montreal tourisim and a part of montreal's heratige. I love evrey single time I come to montreal, but without the big O, I would seriously rethink what I do with my money. where I will spend it and where will I go for my once a year trip.
if this post is of any use by all means use it. if not I apologise for any waste of space.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Adam Arsenault said...

It's so sad that the big o could be taken away from us. Skaters from all over the world want to visit Montreal just to skate this pefrect natural halfpipe. It is definitely a one of a kind spot. Please don't rob skateboarders of this awesome place.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Chris Dyer said...

The pipe is mor ethan a tunnel turned ramp, or a big random chunck of concrete. Inside its vibrating molecule sis teh mystic energy of thousands of skateboarding sould that have share magical moments the last 20 yeras. Its part of our MTL skate culture and a part of our hearts as roots skaters who want real and original spots, especially ina city with a lack of solid concrete skateparks. Dont destroy our culture!!

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salut Gang,

L'Art Urbain doit être préservé, c'est une culture, une culture montréalaise. They saved churchs like Sixtine... It's the same thing, but in a different size.

Big B' alias Ben

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Yanick said...

Une ambiance très particulière règne au Big-O. Une ambiance qui est imposible a retrouver ailleur, dans les skateparks de Montréal. Ce pipe est unique et ne poura jamais être égalé.

En skate, tu sort un bon truc dans un skatepark c'est excellent. Tu sort le même truc dans la rue, sur un obstacle non destiné à la pratique de ce sport, c'est beaucoup mieu! Incomparablement mieu!

Pour le big-o c'est la même chose. Le fait qu'une mini si parfait, non destiné au skate, ai été crée ammène une touche vraiment particulière. Jamais on ne pourra retrouver un spot de ce genre si le pipe est démoli. Le Big-O représente fièrement la scène du skate de Montréal à travers le Monde. Il est primordiale de préserver cet endroit.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Southern California and have never had a chance to visit Montreal yet, however when I do, I would love to get a chance to skate the big-O. It's a world famous skateboarding spot and it would be a pity to lose something that could bring someone like me all the way to Montreal just to visit.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Vincent Thibeaud said...

Je suis français (24 ans) et je reste à Québec pendant 6 mois pour un stage
dans une association environnementale.

J'ai comme tous les passionné(e)s de skateboard pour projet de rendre visite
à ce lieu mythique qu'est le Big'O de Montréal durant mon séjour au Québec.
Le scène du skateboard est en pleine expansion, elle se développe à travers
les médias spécialisés (support photo ou vidéo). Ainsi les irréductibles
connaissent et développent une affection particulière pour certains endroits
dans lesquels ils ne se sont jamais rendus. C'est par ce biais qu'un lieu de
pratique devient chers à tous les passionnés à travers le monde.

Pour les locaux, la destruction de leur lieu de pratique (qui plus est
unique au monde) serait un énorme choc. Comme toutes les passions, celles du
skateboard se doit d'être assouvie, cela nécessite des espaces de pratiques.

Il est primordial de ne pas assimiler le Big'O de Montréal à un lieu de
pratique "remplaçable". Ce lieu est unique, il fait partie de l'histoire du
skateboard et constitut un bien patrimonial pour la ville et les
passionné(e)s à travers le monde.

Ainsi en plus de toutes les personnes qui prennent position et s'engagent à
défendre ce lieu, pensez à tous les autres pour qui le Big'O est un projet
de voyage, un rêve... Le Big'O représente un attrait certain pour la ville.
Sa destruction serait dommageable à tous. Un lieu qui attire des gens du
monde entier pour y assouvir et partager une passion mérite d'être
conserver.

Vincent THIBEAUD

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Marc said...

I'm a BMXer and I've seen this spot in a couple of mags. Riders and skaters from around the globe come to ride the big o but most importantly, we ride it. We want to keep it!

12:51 AM  
Anonymous alex degrace said...

If this pipe gets destroyed the skate scene in this city will have no heart left. Cause the crew that hangs out up there and skates the O are the heart of the skate community in this city, in my opinion. There's no hostility, none of this prove yourself before we accept you bullshit that plagues skateboarding in other areas. Its about feeding off each others energy, shredding, good vibes and good friends. For the longest time I couldnt do a damn thing in the pipe, but I still had fun everytime I went cause everyone up there welcomed me like an old friend. I have nothing but respect for the entire Big O crew.
If the time does comes when they will tear it down, im gonna build a shanty hut in the fullpipe and huddle right in there just like a beaver.
Please save the pipe.
-Alex

2:59 PM  
Anonymous alex degrace said...

If this pipe gets destroyed the skate scene in this city will have no heart left. Cause the crew that hangs out up there and skates the O are the heart of the skate community in this city, in my opinion. There's no hostility, none of this prove yourself before we accept you bullshit that plagues skateboarding in other areas. Its about feeding off each others energy, shredding, good vibes and good friends. For the longest time I couldnt do a damn thing in the pipe, but I still had fun everytime I went cause everyone up there welcomed me like an old friend. I have nothing but respect for the entire Big O crew.
If the time does comes when they will tear it down, im gonna build a shanty hut in the fullpipe and huddle right in there just like a beaver.
Please save the pipe.
-Alex

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Todd Henderson said...

The common thread among the comments posted above (and, most likely, those to be posted below) is sincerity. Each one is concerned only with saving the pipe. Not one comment has yet to attack the Ville de Montréal, Councillor Senécal, Saputo, the Impact or the RIO, and each of these groups is lucky to have encountered such a simple negotiating position, i.e. saving the pipe, whether it be through rebuilding, relocating, or leaving it as-is.

Clearly, a solution amenable to everyone concerned is possible. To the Ville de Montréal (future owners of the Big-O, if my memory serves), I would strongly encourage you to adopt a similar attitude to that of the City of Vancouver, which for years attempted to either ignore or ban skateboarding, until the City realized that skateboarding was in fact a valuable asset to the city as a sporting and cultural destination. Probably the most symbolic recognition of skateboarding came from former Mayor Larry Campbell who declared "skateboard week" in the city a few years back to coincide with Slam City Jam, the largest professional skateboard competition in North America, also held in Vancouver. It goes almost without saying that greater, Vancouver has, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the best public skatepark network in Canada.

In light of the current situation facing the future of the Big-O pipe, the Ville de Montréal has been provided with the opportunity to demonstrate that it too recognizes the contribution of Montréal skateboarding to the civic fabric. Clearly, it is in the best interests of the Ville de Montréal to recognize the importance of the pipe by either rebuilding it, relocating it, or maintaining it at its current location. The Ville de Montréal would do well to add the Pipe to its list of "official" skateparks, as Councillor Senécal seems to suggest, in addition to improving the current parks by seeking the input of skateboarders.

I believe the Pipe will be saved. Please consider this post as an addition to any petition in favour of saving the pipe.

Todd Henderson, BA, BCL, LLB

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Jade said...

For two years now, I have been skateboarding at the Big O, a concrete pipe located near the Olympic Stadium. To me, the Big O isn’t just a concrete pipe, it’s so much more than that, and it’s such a historic place where different generations of skateboarders have left their mark. Ever since I’ve known the Big O, I have met such incredible skateboarders and they have inspired me so much throughout my journey in skateboarding. The Big O isn’t just a place to skate; it’s a place where skateboarders learn to respect one another and the environment by always keeping the surrounding area clean. At each time I go to the Big O, I can’t help myself but admire the beauty surrounding the pipe. The sky, the soft breeze that blows in the trees, the greenery, even the Olympic tower makes the place even more beautiful by its presence. At each time I go to the Big O, I always feel so welcomed and you can feel the warmth between the skateboarders, I have never had that feeling in all of the other skate parks I went to. The skateboarders always encourage one another and when someone gets a trick; everyone instantly smiles and cheers them on. Whenever I show pictures of the Big O to other skateboarders across Canada, I feel so proud to be part of it and to be able to skate it each day. Unlike some other skate parks I have been to, there is no competition whatsoever between the skateboarders, they always try to help one another. There are not enough words to describe the way I feel at each time I go to the Big O; there is something magic about this place, something so overwhelming, it’s as if everything is suddenly possible if you can just reach for it. The Big O is unique in its kind because it wasn’t meant for skateboarding, you have to work twice as hard but that’s what makes it so special. The thought of not being able to skate the Big O for the rest of my life breaks my heart because this place means so much to me, without the Big O, I wouldn’t be half the person I am today. So please, save the Big O, it’s an historic landmark that deserves to be preserved for the generations of skateboarders to come.

Jade

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

le big O ses un patrimoine pour les skater quebecquois un patrimoine sa se conserve

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not boarder; I don't even live in Quebec, but I'd hate to see this be demolished. I love just going to the parks and watching people, hanging out and stuff.

A.B., Oakville, Ontario

3:02 AM  
Blogger Bear1626 said...

To do away with another skate park would be completely senseless. We have one here in Kenora, Ontario next to the Rec. Centre and it is used and enjoyed constantly. God bless the town for having the foresight to put one in and knowing that there was a great need for it. Surely there are other options available rather than to simply trash this well- known and well- used park???? I'm not a skater or a biker and am 60 years of age but come on planners.....use your heads and find another solution rather than taking away something so famous and so needed by our young people. There is always and I stress "ALWAYS" a better way and a better location that won't involve destroying this landmark. You are professionals or supposedly - use your heads and prove it to others!!

Bear1626

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Rob Daoust said...

I skated in that pipe when I was a kid. It is a great spot, smooth surface and quick transition....
Some guys realy go big there!!!
This is one of the last 'original' Montreal skate spots left, so let's do our best to keep it there!
Rob Daoust
Tokyo, Japan

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of montreal's land marks..known world wide...I don't even skateboard but yet I know of this spot very well. I am proud Montreal has a place envied around the world.

Don't extingish the flame...pass the torch.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous AtomicRide said...

To whom it may concern,

Although I am not a skateboarder I am an avid Snowboarder and Mountain Biker and know the value of finding that "perfect" place to ride. On behalf of all athletes who find that perfect place to play a game of football\game of soccer\or perfect place to ride, please preserve these landmarks as their value to us extends far beyond a parking lot or stadium seating. Do the right thing.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous leylandro said...

ARE YOU CARAZY????????
You city planners do do some good work every now and then,however when it comes to fun you must remember to leave the "F" in it.
Am not your typical SK8 border, i'm a forty someting year old "BLACK MAN" goddammit! and i'm saying to you; live a little.
If you going to be anal; Remember when you look into an abyss,it looks back. The tunnel,the tunnel...
PS: share the love...
leylandro.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous B. Baxter said...

They can't take from one sport to give to another, can they?

Best of luck skaters!

10:05 AM  
Blogger kwiss said...

Not only will the elimination of this landmark affect skateboarders it will also affect the bmx community. Several pros have driven hours to ride it and it has appeared in several videos

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DRAGON
I ALSO HAVE HAD FUN THERE, WHILE IN THE AREA FOR A MTN BIKE RACE HAD ALOT OF FUN IN THE "O" ON MY BIKE

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a skater and I have never heard of the big O, and I don't realy know how I ended up on this site, but, if it caries the significance it seems to it may be worth while to present the idea that it be moved to a new location and have a world class skate park built around it. through the pics it looks structuraly sound and thick walled. If it couldn't hold up to the move it could be rebuild in excact dimentions. If well planned it could be worked into the cost of site preperation for the soccer stadium and then they could have there stadium and you could have your big O. If it really carries the international significance it seems to than it would be a worth while investment to the city to have it in a world class skate park. It would obviosly take a lot of planning but to me seems like a great presentation idea in your effort to save your spot. Good luck.

11:08 AM  
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11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Montreal is an amazing city and I've lived in it my whole life. Our history is something we must preserve and our special places savoured. Please leave historical spots instead of yet again destroying pieces of our culture.
- Rachel C.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard about your battle to save the park. From reading all the comments on your site it is quite obvious that this has been a landmark for decades. Have you started a petition??? If so please add.....

Claire Conn, coquitlam, BC
Mike Brown, Coquitlam, BC
Shannon Howell, Maple Ridge, BC
Mandy Burton, Delta, BC
Mike Klinkhamer, Whistler, BC

And email Petition to khi77799@hotmail.com as I'm sure I can scare up a few more signatures

11:50 AM  
Anonymous patricia, Ontario said...

I'd love to take my son to skate the Pipe. His generation is being delegated to the confines of community skate parks. The kids are missing out on the freedom that makes street skating such a rush. Leave the O alone; let another generation of kids be kids.

12:34 PM  
Blogger xshorexhardtailx said...

whether its skating history or olympic history, its still history and with the recognition this spot has there's no reason for it to go. A soccer field can go anywhere but a piece of architecture like this that doubles and a legendary skate spot in canada cant be recreated it wasnt intended for skateboarding but its perfect. Canada has a good skate scene but compared to the west coast of the states it cant afford to loose a landmark.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Jody Walker -Windsor, ON said...

I have never been to the 'Big O' but it is a monumental masterpiece to skaters everywhere! It's like one of the seven wonders of the world architecturally from a skater's point of view. It's a place that every skater plans to visit at some point during their lives. Don't take away a skater's dream!

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't wreck a piece of history that people regularly appreciate. Save the BIG O!!!

1:39 PM  
Blogger Thomas Berry said...

I've travelled several time to the pipe. Its a tourist attraction and a world-wide known and loved landmark.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Save the history!
Save the big o!
Skaters come from all over for that sick pipe.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous turik said...

the o is the heart of the montreal skate scene, it just got repainted, so if u destroyed it that would be just like burning money, and who burns money? dont destroy the montreal skate scene, don destroy the olympic monument, if ur going to take something down take down the olympic stadium, no ones using that

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not much of a skater any more, used to love the sport though. I have tons of respect for the pro's, it takes a lot of time and dedication to get that good. Anyone good enough to ride the big O Pipe has definitly got my respect too. It would be a tragedy to loose an increadilby historic and wicked place like that to ride. I hope they find someway to keep this around for a long time.

NW

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to quote a cliché, but skate boarding isn't a crime. It is a professional sport, and deserves to be treated like that. Skateboarders need places to practice and hone their skills. Because we don't get the recognition as other more stream line professional sports, like soccer, there are very few places funded for growth and advancement of the sport (aside from privately funded parks). The Big O is a challenging place where skateboarders join and push each other to advance the sport. It is a place where young kids can go and literally learn from the pro's. Tearing down the big O would be like going to a sports complex with a wrecking ball. I can not fathom that Montréal would consider destroying this land mark.

I truly hope that the right decisions are made to keep this historical landmark alive for many years to come.

NW

5:12 PM  
Anonymous I said...

save the fucken pipe

5:21 PM  
Anonymous c. anderson said...

Please don't destroy a piece of Canadian skateboard history. This is a great skate spot, really challenging and famous. Keep the pipe alive!

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can't they move it,with out destroying it.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a retired skater, The Big O was one of my fondest memories from 15+ years skateboarding. One of the hardest and funnest spots I have had the priviledge to ride. Thanks!

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Daver said...

Save the big O pipe. I haven't ridden the pipe as of yet but I would be willing to make a trip out to montreal just to do so.

Daver

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we cant let another skateboarding landmark be torn down or destroyed.This pipe has shaped created some of the best skaters we know today. To take a stand as to ask not let another thoughtless action as this one i'am oblagated to pleed to who ever this may concern this is not only the destruction of a monumant that as pathed the way for are athletes of our nation but it would be the destruction of a community.

cory french

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Jordan Armstrong said...

Save the big O.

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I support all of you out there that wants to save the pipe. I skated the pipe almost 30 years ago right after the Olympics. I am one of old school guys that don't skate anymore but am still actively involved with the skate scene. This is a land mark and is part of the skate culture that lives on in Montreal.

Ed from Temple/Distinct

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Eldor said...

Natural pplaces to skte like this one are rare and shouldnt be destroyed no matter the reason......im sure they could find another place to put the soccer stadium or move the big o without comprimising it!

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was visiting Montreal from New Jersey and this has to be one of the world's most incredible skateboard spots. What are these Canadian bureaucrats thinking?
Please tell us what you need done to save the landmark and I will be happy to help.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

once again the beaurocrats are going to ruin something good. somethings were once great for one reason and some are great for alot of reasons this is one of them. sk8t to live

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

I haven't skated something like this for years, and I have never been to the "Big O", but it reminds me of the great spots we used to get chased out of as a kid. If this is a good thing that is keeping skaters involved in a positive way, that doesn't bother the general public, I hope you can convince them to keep it. I plan to visit the next time I'm in Montreal. I hope I'll have the opportunity to skate it.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive never skated at the big o....yet, but hopefully i will some day thats why u shuld save the big o, for skaters who wanna skate all over their city, so plz save the big o for me and all skaters who love 2 skate

11:22 PM  
Anonymous eric said...

to whom it may concern
I currently live in New Jersey and i used to live in Montreal, i come all the way over to the big o just to skate it and it is the most fun spot ever idk if its because its natural or because its a cool spot probaly both. Anyways i just wanted to say that the spot needs to stay its a landmark in the skateboarding world today and will always be in its history Please save the o

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't think it was true!... i heard form a friend and i didn't beleive him... i am in complete shock.... The Big O has been a spot i have dreamed about skating since i started... i remember the first time i saw a picture of it in my skate mag way back when i was in grade school.... I still haven't had a chance to skate it yet!... i hope its still there this summer... ill make sure i get to skate it atleast once

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Richard Bowen said...

I am from nothern Vermont, and am a tranny granny that has made three seperate trips to Montreal solely for the purpose of skating the coolest natural transition in the world; the big O. Every single person I have met there; Canadians, Americans, skateboarders and evens a few biker dudes, have been really cool regaurdless of ability level. It's such a great scene, and such a great spot. Every time I go I meet great people and have a great time. I plan on making many more trips to the Big O and would be heartbroken to arrive and discover that it was gone. It's great to see so many people are behind the cause of saving it and skating it!

See you there!

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Jay said...

Je suis jamais aller le skater a date mais sa l'air vraiment nice... faut pas le détruire... la ville chiale pcq on skate dans les rues.... sa c'est un spot ou que la pluspar des skater se rejoingne....

8:14 PM  
Anonymous moi said...

je lai skater juste une fois pcq je vien de Québec mais juste le skater pendan 15 min stè flun pi javais limpressioon de le connaitre par coeur

fauux pas le détruire...

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Erik Tobin said...

In May of 2005, I first travelled to Montreal with 3 friends and fell in love with the city and the Big O. It was such a great experience that my friends and I decided to make the 6 hour trip from Connecticut, USA again this year (October 2006). We were not disappointed.

What was amazing about our trip was that we skated at the Big O with some of the same skaters we had met the year before. The pipe never gets old. You can skate it for years and not get tired of it.

It is perfect for skateboarding, attracting skaters, both professional and amateur (like my friends and I) from all around the world, not to mention the die-hard locals that skate there almost every day. It has been featured in numerous world-famous skate videos over the years, becoming a part of skateboarding's and Montreal's history.

This fame has made the Big O the definitive meeting spot for local and out-of-town skaters. You go there and you'll meet a variety of friendly and interesting people, all enjoying the pipe and the welcoming atmosphere.

Also, it is a truly unique place. I have travelled throughout the US and Europe without seeing anything comparable to this spot. Montreal has a real gem here. It must be preserved.

My friends and I are making it a yearly tradition to visit Montreal and especially the Big O. I hope it is still there next year!

Sincerely,
Erik Tobin

1:36 AM  
Anonymous LuCkyJ said...

Salut les boys,

Je peux vous dire que pour le moment notre Pipe du Big O est sauvé ... du moins pour le moment. Je travails pour une firme d'ingénierie de Montréal et nous avons reçu les plans, pour commencer l'électricité et le pipe fait partie des équipements À CONSERVER ... je vais essayer de suivre les développements.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Wez Lundry said...

Certain spots in skateboarding become iconic, and the Olympic Tunnel in Montreal is one of them. These icons become indelibly associated with the city in which they reside. Think of Derby, Burnside, FDR, the Turf, or Kona, and you immediately think of Santa Cruz, Portland, Philly, Milwaukee and Jacksonville. Yet the Big O is of an entirely different breed, in a class more like the Nude Bowl (Palm Springs), the Glory Hole (Lake Berryessa), Mt. Baldy, or Buena Vista pool, that is, an organic spot in the sense that it wasn’t made for skateboarding, but is part of the landscape that is adapted and adopted. Where others see disuse, danger or neglect, skateboarders see potential and challenge. The places become etched in the mind, and are destinations hiding in the subconscious, waiting for the opportunity to present itself.
When opportunity knocked, I answered. As part of my “other life” I was invited to chair a panel and present research on East Timor’s transition to independence under the United Nations from 1999-2002; this is the kind of stuff I do outside of skateboarding. It was at the Pearson Peacekeeping Institute in Montreal, and as usual, my first thought was “what’s there that I get to skate?” In the never-ending search to cross the infinite number of spots off the list of things to do, here was the opportunity to get to the Big O.
Besides the nomadic drive to skate unexplored territory, another great thing about skateboarding is the perpetual solidarity that comes with meeting and skating with someone just once, or even finding a friend of a friend. That was what happened here; I called up the guys at Thrasher and told ‘em I’m going to Montreal, who do I get to skate with? “Marc’s the guy,” was the response, “and here’s his e-mail.” The contact was made, and the news that Barry Walsh lived there was the icing on the cake. I’d skated with Barry when he lived in Vancouver at the Richmond Skate Ranch and various other incarnations of plywood approximations of concrete curves, as well as the real thing, and it was gonna be on.
The conference went fine, but the reward was to come later. I met Marc and Barry at the spot, with some other folks, and we all did what comes naturally. The spot is tough for a one-timer: it’s tight and elliptical. The question of how to work the edges when the pipe opens up is a quandary. But these aren’t complaints, they’re acknowledgements that this is what you get with a spot like the Big O. The locals ripped it, insane shit went down. The question of what to do with the edges was answered with disasters and alley-oop lipslides and all the other stuff that happened.
Hearing that it was endangered brought mixed feelings. Spots like these come and go, and sometimes you’ve just got to move on. But all too often spots like this are torn down without considering their total value, and all too often without anyone putting up a fight. They’re not simply places to go ride your skateboard, do some old tricks and learn new ones, but they are social spaces, where people meet up, bullshit about the day to day, push each other to try something new. With something as iconic as the Big O, it’s more than just a loss of a park that could be recreated in some fenced in and monitored skate park environment. It’s its own scene.
All of this, and I’ve only been there and skated it once for a couple hours. Listen to the guys who live there. It’s their spot, I was just a guest. It’s another spot crossed off my list, but it’s so much more. Save the Tunnel.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Trishaaa said...

Yo, che pas ben sur le skate mais ca ma toujours dans un sens interesse a cause que suis dans ce genre de socialscene skate faq quand jai vu un show sur Spam qui avait pour 20 rider pi des limos pi la javais deja entendu parler que queque chose allait arriver au pipe a cote du stade j'etias comme: J'ESPERE que rien arrivera I hope for the best for all em skaters in MTL. Mais au lieu de juster rester la HOPING FOR THE BEST jai penser a vraiment aider pour que au moin jaie un vote qui conte faq la jai vu le site sur la tele ou on pouvait aller pi je lai pris en note. Faq se pour ca que aujourdhui je laisse ma signature...Trisha Patel...

Peace -xox-

9:06 PM  
Anonymous FeeltheFLow said...

Great to hear that things are looking promising for the Big O skate spot! This is a special place.
I live in Vancouver where skate spots and parks are everywhere. There is a large, diverse and growing skate community out here, which has been cultivated and supported by the Greater Vancouver Regional District's urban planners. This support comes from their realization that people using public space in a healthy and active way keeps the area safe and provides people with a healthy way to express themselves, stay out of trouble, have fun and stay fit.
Overall, everyone wins. Vancouver has come a long way to embracing skateboarding from when it was illegal, not long ago. Montreal urban planners should speak to planners in Vancouver to learn from their experience.
So, not only save the Big O Skatespot, expand it! Take this amazing feature and capitalize on the skateboarding interest in this area. Build a skatepark adjacent to it and make good use of all of the dead space around the Olympic Stadium!
Jodi Stark
Vancouver, BC
(originally from Montreal)

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Théo said...

Sauvé le Big 0

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GUS
Jvuex juste vs dire de po lacher c vrm un bo spot pi on veut le garder

SAVE THE PIPE!!

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sauvé le Big-O, c'est un spot juste trop sick a skater!!

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Iza said...

Sa Fais 3 Ans Que jfais Du Skate !
J'ai Toujours Voulu Y Aller Mais je N'ai Pas Encore Eu la CHance
Dy Aller...
Sa Srais tres Apprécier QUe Vous le DÉtruisiez pas Parce que mon »Reve Se Réaliserais
Mais SI vous le DÉtruiseiz Vous Brisez Une Existence !
Thanks SI Vous Le Détruisez Pas

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yo this is the Embassy crew saying what up to all the pipe fiends who skate or have skated the pipe.

The winter time is approaching so keep in shape for spring because the pipe is going nowhere. I have faith that the pipe will stand strong as it has proven for the last 30 years!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

keep the dream alive!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Big O said...

The person who keep posting the stupid-useless link please that's enough. It's not your average forum please

10:53 AM  
Blogger cam said...

le skate est a mon sens un antidote aux soucis que nous réserve parfois la vie,une bouffé d'oxigéne... c'est pour cela que des endroits tel que votre pipe doivent étre préservé.ce sont des lieux d'épanouissement,et d'amitié qui font du bien a de nombreux gens. A trés bientot,je viendrai boufer du béton avec vous!! camille de france.

7:42 AM  
Blogger marc-skate@hotmail.com said...

Moi j'ai jamais ete au pipe mais j'en ai entendu parler , pis ca laire que c'est le spot par excelence.alros garder le svp.Marc-skate

12:01 AM  

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