The latest SPoT On from the Skatepark of Tampa features Ex-Pro, O.G. Tampa local, and MIA Skateshop owner Ed Selego.
MIA Skate Shop and Coral Morphologic are psyched to announce the release of a series of skateboard decks featuring the photography of three different fluorescent corals that call Miami their home. The collaboration is a logical extension of Coral Morphologic’s view of Miami as the Coral City. A city whose cement buildings are metaphorical monuments to the fossilized remains of an ancient coral reef that once ran through it. Skaters will now be able to skate through a city of coral (recycled as concrete) on boards that reflect its bio-geologic past, present, and future. Miami, a city where vertebrate and invertebrate life-forms are forever bonded through calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate skeletons that were once enveloped with fluorescent coral tissue now form the foundation for a neon metropolis that mirrors its coral reefs. A metropolis with an Atlantean destiny, where corals will one day recolonize the streets and buildings as their own.
– Coral Morphologic (May, 2013)
Featuring: Lazaro Reyes, Joel Meinholz, Deion’dre De Veaux, Tristan Trout, John Baragwanath, Rafael Lynch, Ed Selego, Paul DeOliveira, Koki Loaiza & Danny Fuenzalida
Here is footage of the 2013 Clash of the Crews Presented by Vans @ SPoT. Teams from all over Florida and beyond competed for the fame and ($1,000) fortune. In the end, the Graffiti Skate Zone team from Palm Bay, Florida took home 1st place. The final results and some photos can be found here.
MIA Skateshop has a killer little edit for the release of their “Heavenly” Pack featuring team riders: Danny Fuenzalida, Ed Selego, Rene Perez, John Baragwanath, and Rafael Lynch.
RIDE Channel takes you on a skate-tour of Miami with Mr. Miami himself, Joel Meinholz.
Filmed and Edited by Josh Stewart
Check this killer footage of the *AMMO* X MIA Collab and the Bum Rush The Spot event from a couple weekends ago down in Miami.
SPoT Life Episode 6 from the RIDE Channel finds Ryan Clements and Justin Ryan in Miami for a little business with DC Shoes. Of course, they manage to squeeze in a little skating with Joel Meinholz, Ed Selego, and Danny Fuenzalida while they are there.
MIA Skateshop put together a sick little edit of their road-trip to Tampa for the Clash of the Crews at SPoT last month. Looks like they managed to fit in a killer session at P(A)yne Skatepark in Sarasota as well. Check it…
Filmed and Edited by Mikey Bueso.
When I called Matt a few nights ago to interview him for this Mind’s Eye piece, I had a list of questions that I was prepared to ask him. Most of the questions were pretty standard, but I figured that they would be good starting points that would lead to questions that I hadn’t thought of. Anyway, when Matt answered the phone, he told me that he had just put his daughter down to sleep and that he would have to be somewhat quiet. This immediately led into an organic conversation that lasted over 30 minutes, which, after I hung up the phone, I realized I had never asked him a single one of those questions. So, that being said, I will give you some background information on Matt and cover some of what we talked about. In the end though, as is the sign of any passionate and talented artist, I will let Matt’s work speak for itself.
Matt Roy is a snow skier from New Hampshire, snow skiing he says was his first true love. When Matt was a kid he wanted to make ski movies, so he mounted an old VHS video camera to his helmet…you know, the ones that weigh like 25 lbs! Obviously Matt knew from day one that you have to do what you have to do to get the shot. When Matt was about 8 or 9 he discovered skateboarding, he skated until he was about 15 and quit. It was also in this period of time that Matt picked up his mom’s Pentax K-1000 for the first time and started shooting photos of his friends. Unfortunately, all the film from that era is missing, which seems to be something that happens to all of us at one point in our lives.
Anyway, fast forward several years, Matt leaves the northeast for the tropical climate of Miami, where he eventually begins working as a personal trainer. Matt is still a full-time personal trainer, which he is also very passionate about. But about 5 years ago Matt started wakeboarding and also went in to MIA Skateshop and bought a new setup to start skateboarding again. I guess not being able to snow ski as much as he wanted to was starting to get to him.
Apparently the wakeboarding and skateboarding also sparked Matt’s photographic fire. He bought a 20D and started taking it wakeboarding to shoot photos for trade on getting pulled behind the boat, and he also started taking it to the old MIA Skate Park (R.I.P.) to shoot. Eventually, Matt started hanging out with and shooting photos of Abe Bethel and Rene Perez at the park, which led to countless hours of watching online tutorials, experimenting, and a ton of trial and error…photography was consuming him.
As you can see from the photos below, all that time and passion has translated into some amazing photography. Matt’s skateboarding photography has been featured in Focus Skate Mag, Lowcard Mag, and FTK Mag (snagged the cover shot in the most recent issue). Matt says that he doesn’t want to make a career of photography (for now at least), he is focused on training, being a dad, and juggling a busy schedule, although he said that he is getting more and more phone calls to go shoot all the time. This also allows him to focus on shooting subject matter that he is comfortable with.
Matt shoots and skates with the MIA Skateshop team and other Miami locals on a regular basis, which keeps him involved in skateboarding. Make sure to key your eyes peeled, lots of good things to come. In the meantime, enjoy this gallery of photos, all of which really epitomize the Miami skateboarding scene. – Nicks
Check out all of Matt’s work at Matt Roy Photography
All Photographs © Matt Roy Photography
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It’s been a while since we did a Time Capsule Thursdays feature, so when I stumbled upon this clip recently I figured it was time to do a new one. This is a part that Ed and Matt Selego shared in an independent film, FM2, that was produced, filmed, and edited by Rob Hoovis about 10 years ago. Rob came up skating in the Ft. Myers scene with a crew that consisted of Matt Milligan, Allen Russell, Elissa Steamer, and others. Ed and Matt Selego were from Tampa, but the Tampa and Ft. Myers crews spent a lot of time skating together. Enjoy.
Filmed/ Edited by Rob Hoovis