Posted by:on June 14th, 2007
Team Pain Skateparks sent in some pictures of a magnificent looking new skate facility they recently finished for Eastern Skateboard Supply in Wilmington, NC.. Eastern is the largest skateboard distributor on the East coast and is owned and operated by former Walker pro Reggie Barnes. The bowl is probably one of the biggest on the East Coast. The first week the park opened it hosted a demo with the Plan B team along with a handful of other pros. I’m just looking at those pictures and I can smell the birch! More pictures and Reggie Barnes after the jump.
Reggie Barnes and Eastern Skateboard Supply
Reggie Barnes was a former freestyle pro for Walker skateboards. Outlook Skateboards has some good pictures (scroll down) of one of his old decks in their freestyle museum. If you absolutely need to ride an old Reggie Barnes model, your closest bet is Outlook’s Tommy Harward pro model which is supposed to be modeled after the Reggie’s old board. That’s not surprising considering Tommy’s first freestyle exposure and encouragement was from meeting Reggie Barnes at a school demo back in 1987. Reggie even gave Tommy his old board. I’m stunned and amazed that there are still pro model freestyle boards. I guess they are calling them flatland boards now, but they look very much like street popsicles with a slightly blunt nose and tail.
Bruce Walker is a longtime figure in east coast skateboarding. He owned and ran Walker Skateboards and Ocean Avenue skateboard distribution, which Reggie actually just bought a year ago. There is a lengthy profile on Reggie written by Transworld Busniess’ Sean O’Brien titled Eastern Power. Yes, freestylers have taken over our industry, but Reggie skates bowls too, as you can see below.
Eastern Skateboard Supply’s new skateboard facility built by Team Pain
And finally we get to the reason most of you probably clicked through. Here are some shots of the new facility sent to us courtesy of Team Pain Skateparks. You can click to enlarge them.
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